Uzalo‘s problems seem to follow them everywhere when it comes to salary problems. The actor’s even approached Daily Sun to expose the production over salary despondencies. The actors have alleged that they were not being paid their salaries and are not sure whether history will repeat itself. Despite Uzalo being the most-watched show on television and how their actors work thoroughly to keep it at the top, it’s mind-boggling how they are not being compensated for their hard work.
Just how small are these salaries? Find out below.
Noxolo Mathula who plays Lily. Nkanyiso Makhanya who plays Nonka’s older brother, Siyabonga Shibe, Wiseman Ncube and Nelisa Mchunu are pocketing between R25k and R35k.
Simphiwe Majozi who plays Sbu is getting R30k to R40k a month. Baby Cele and Gugu Gumede are earning R35k – R45k. Masoja Msiza (Nkunzi gets R40k – R50k a month. Nyawo, Madlala and Mbatha salaries ranges from R15k to R25k per month.
Salaries have always been a bone of debate, remember the controversial Generations actors who exposed, Mfundi Vundla for mistakenly raising their salaries when he revealed to the media that they are paid, generally speaking, R55 000 for every month of work they do on the show.
Mandla Gaduka, who plays Choppa on the soapie, said that SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng confirms that Vundla did raise the pay rates. Hlaudi, however couldn’t go into too much detail as Vundla is not employed by the national broadcaster.
The Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa assembled a conference in an attempt to mediate the situation and alleviate the growing tension. This attempt was a failure in the end as SABC authorities arrived five hours late and the Generations crew also failed to turn up.
Mthethwa was hoping to give all the stakeholders a platform to talk out their issues, however the no-show from the Generations body did not help the circumstances.
The on-screen characters have said that Vundla has now gone missing and has not rectified the situation or apologized for his announcements.