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Khanyi Mbau was paid R80 000 for first acting role

By Bongiwe Sithole | Aug 29, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 24 ]

Generations actors have opened a can of worms in the television industry as they continue to strike for better salaries and working conditions.

Now socialite and actress Khanyi Mbau has revealed thow much she was paid to star on Muvhango.

In an interview with entertainment journalist Nicky Greenwall, Queen of Bling revealed that her first acting job with Muvhango for the role of ‘Doobsie’ earned her a huge amount.

“I mean I was 17 when I got into the show. My first pay check that I got from the show was R80 000, I had never worked in my life,” she said.

“Yes I made money from Kideo Kids but it was always my mom’s money. And here I am, the first pay cheque, boom, in my account.

“And I’d only opened the account two days before because they told me, 'We need an account to put your money in',” Mbau said speaking to Nicky Greenwall.

Sowetan Live contacted Mbau, she explains the big pay check was not a monthly salary but a once off payment for her short stint in the soap.

“It was not a monthly check; I was paid for the season. At that time Lindiwe Cebi who played Doobsie was in hospital,” she said.

Mbau was fired from the soap for reportedly spending too much time partying and appearing in the tabloids.

When asked whether she sympathizes with the fired Generations stars over salary demands she said: “It’s a very sensitive issue, holistically South Africa needs an intervention in the art industry. So I would like to not comment on whether their strike is valid or not.”

According to Timeslive, the South African Guild of Actors reports that soap stars earn:

A newcomer on 7de Laan - R22,000 a month

A newcomer on Isibaya - R26,000 a month

An intermediate actor on Binnelanders - R27,500 a month

An intermediate actor on Isidingo - R28,000 a month

An intermediate actor on Generations - R40,000 a month

An experienced actor in a support role on Isibaya - R30,000 a month

An experienced actor on Isidingo - R40,000 a month

An experienced actor on Generations - R60,000 a month


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eish khanyi, kuzolunga

Aug 29, 2014 11:17 | 0 replies


Now socialite and actress Khanyi Mbau has revealed that she was paid a fee of R80 000 to star on Muvhango xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx If you were getting paid that money why ere running after sugar daddies

Aug 29, 2014 11:17 | 0 replies


You are lying Khanyi , tell us you are showing sympathy with the actors thats it

Aug 29, 2014 11:22 | 1 replies


She will ruin her chances of acting on Generations

Aug 29, 2014 11:28 | 0 replies


She wasn't earning that money every month.

Aug 29, 2014 11:43 | 1 replies


It was per season , Its lump sum wich was given to her after terminating her contract

Aug 29, 2014 11:58 | 0 replies


It doesn't matter how much you were paid, the fact is that you are a broke b!tch

Aug 29, 2014 11:46 | 2 replies


She was chasing old man or sugar dadies while earning 80k Its impossible

Aug 29, 2014 12:0 | 0 replies
Sep 03, 2014 10:25 | 0 replies


Now SARS knows exactly how much you had when, you better have declared your income girl, lol

Aug 29, 2014 11:51 | 0 replies


So Generations is paying morethan other Soaps and all is for 30 minutes a day

Aug 29, 2014 11:52 | 1 replies


remember generation's viewship is 5 times more than all these other soapies in South Africa. i think they are under paid.

Aug 29, 2014 12:56 | 0 replies


perhaps she wanted to say R8000 instead of R80 000

Aug 29, 2014 12:24 | 0 replies


Aag why do we have to really care how much she was earning???? what's the point of this article mxm

Aug 29, 2014 12:36 | 1 replies


Kikikiki. O go roba pelo rakgadi Tabeya ka gore wena ga o gole madi a makalo.

Aug 29, 2014 1:25 | 1 replies


Kikikikiiii @Shredz no man I may not be earning that much but definitely I have more bucks than her in my 3 off-shore accounts. My investments ga ke bue remember bona they live for now, never heard of saving and/or invest it's foreign to them. That R80k e fitlha le go fela, am I wrong? And after all I live a very comfortable life, no debts except house and car. Everything except those two I do cash transactions.

Aug 29, 2014 2:8 | 1 replies


LOL. Cool. You must give me tips on saving money.

Aug 29, 2014 2:43 | 0 replies


These fools are getting paid a lot of money. Sports stars! TV stars! They get paid more than you, just for running around the field wearing shorts, kicking the ball or throwing it. Yet you are busy trying to do the administration of the country or your company.

Aug 29, 2014 1:39 | 0 replies


The ever hard working Mbau.Keep it up darling.

Aug 29, 2014 2:12 | 0 replies