Skeem Saam is the third most-watched soapie in South Africa with 8million views, behind Generations The Legacy with 9 million views and Uzalo with 10 million views. The show is an educational soapie and premiered on SABC1 in 2011.
Like most SABC productions, Skeem Saam is a low budget show which pays low salaries despite being dominated by veteran actors who play characters as Koko Mantsha, John Maputla and Mary Matloga.
Below is the breakdown of Skeem Saam actors monthly salaries:
Award-winning actress such as Lydia Mokgokoloshi who plays the role of Koko Mantsha and Celia Kunutu played by Shoki Sebotsana are one of the highest-paid actresses on Skeem Saam with more than 20 years in the industry.
The veteran actresses take home R35 000 to R50 000 monthly while seasoned actors such as Meikie, Mantuli, John, and Lelo’s take-home salary is between R30 000 to R40 000 per month depending on their time on scenes and roles on set.
The soapie which has a huge number of seasoned actors pays lower salaries compared to actors on Mzansi Magic and ETV. The shows leading actors such as Leeto, Lehasa, Rachel, Tbose, Marothi and Leshole take home a monthly salary of between R20 000 to R30 000 per month.
Kwaito, Charles Kunutu and Katlego Peterson’s take-home salary is between R20,000 to R25,000 per month. Due to their roles and less time on scenes, Sis Ouma, Pretty, Emkay and Mokgadi gets the same range of salary between R15 000 to R25,000 per month.
Nimrod is the least paid actor on the show with a monthly salary of between R12 000 to R20,000 per month.
Supporting actors take home between R1,500 to R6,000 per call.
Watch Skeem Saam On SABC1, Weekdays, At 18:30.