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By Kgothatso Madisa | Aug 26, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 112 ]

Tears flowed as Menzi Ngubane delivered his version of the story regarding the poor working conditions that the Generations Actors Guild were protesting against.

The actor affectionately known as 'Ngamla' told a press conference at the Market Theatre that he was called to work just three days after he was released from hospital.

Ngubane finally spoke out after the producer of Generations Mfundi Vundla told the media that on one occasion he had to cover medical bills for an actor with a brain clot saying that Vundla was in fact referring to him and was not entirely honest about the matter.

“It was a Thursday when I got discharged from Helen Joseph and I got a call sheet on Friday (as weak as I was after spending seven weeks in hospital) to say that I was working on Monday. It did not mean anything. The important thing for them was for me to get back to work.

“I woke up on that Monday and went to work. I had to be given a chair to sit whenever we went on standby during the shooting because I was still recovering. In my condition, I still did six to ten scenes a day, explained teary-eyed Ngubane, whilst his colleagues who sat behind him on the podium also cried as they related to his pain.

He was diagnosed with kidney failure and has to undergo dialysis at least four times a day.

“Vundla knows the truth. My friend took me to a hospital. When we got there, we discovered that I am not on any medical aid and my friend signed a cheque to cover the costs."

He said that he spent a total of seven weeks at Helen Joseph and Vundla had never offered to have him transferred to a private hospital.

“I was diagnosed with kidney failure at Helen Joseph. Mfundi came to see me with Frederik Stark along with Costa. Mfundi never said they must transfer me from Helen Joseph to a private hospital."

Since being fired, the actors have decided to form an organisation called the ‘Generations Actors’ Guild’ or GAG which they still have to officialise.

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So ndoda, you only discovered when you got to hospital that you don't have medical aid?!?!? Oh dang, you were in character when you went to hospital, I'd be confused too.

Aug 27, 2014 7:1 | 3 replies


Unless he had medical aid but wasn't a main member and removed without knowing then I'll believe, or maybe he thinks he's still on set, shooting a scene where they're holding a press conference...

Aug 27, 2014 8:42 | 0 replies


He has been acting for the whole of his life , He should have been rich by now having his own medical aid , I blame the mismanageemnt of funds from these actors , This man Ngamla is earning 80K but does not have medical aid

Aug 27, 2014 9:3 | 0 replies



Aug 27, 2014 9:48 | 0 replies


Capitalist will always have ways to exploit others, how other parties in the process are affected they don't give a damn. They forever give one side of the story, like Mfundi Vundla did last week. It is not yet uhuru

Aug 27, 2014 7:4 | 1 replies


u huru me huru everybody's huru.Okay I'm just having fun with words. Please don't miscarry.

Aug 27, 2014 7:23 | 2 replies


Haaaahaaaa. Don't worry man

Aug 27, 2014 7:41 | 0 replies


Lol ayoba RobinX

Aug 27, 2014 9:24 | 0 replies


Ag enough of this Generations crap now. Personally I think the issue is getting a lot more attention than such a trivial matter deserves. Strike. Don't strike. But just stop whining! I find it a pity that John Kani has involved himself in what is essentially not his battle but his son's.

Aug 27, 2014 7:21 | 4 replies


I agree enough about this already!

Aug 27, 2014 7:23 | 0 replies


Maybe he is nosy by nature

Aug 27, 2014 7:42 | 0 replies


I think you guys are not fair by basing you opinions and comments based on the fact that you dont watch and like the soapie. I am also not a fan of Generations but we are looking at mere South africans who are simply fighting for what is due to them like me and you.You cannot honestly make a comaprising of someone working as a garder to someone acting on set, there is a vast difference and the nature of work which is done here, as we have read that the soapie generates a lot of money in revenue and the the viewership is currently on top compared to the rest of other TV programs, thus making their current earning low because the production is making more and generating more money out of them. These are family people who also need to cover daily expenses of life like anyone else, so let us please cut them some slack and let them receive what is rightfully theirs, if you dont earn R55 000 does not mean you have to call others greedy, you maybe working in a different environment or industry that generates a different revenue

Aug 27, 2014 8:16 | 3 replies


They also have to be reasonable. This is Generations we are talking about, not Desperate Housewives! SABC is their ONLY client. They are not selling the airing rights to 50 other countries. You also have to take into consideration that revenue for Generations off sets production costs of other productions.

Aug 27, 2014 8:25 | 1 replies


Momma, do you think its fair for these actors to work without contracts? Do you know, without contracts, no financial institution is willing to take a risk on them, be it a home loan, car finance or a lousy personal home. Generations makes more money by selling it to other countries, these actors are antitled to royalties. Mfundi is in my humble opinion a real exploiter, he knows, by disclosing R55k salary people will think that is extreme, what about all the other deductions. Every caring employer should have an employee assist programme, it was his duty to assist Menzi not blackmail him. How many actors or say entertainers die & buried like paupers & we think these people make millions. Mfundi, Give the actors their royalties, Give them long term contracts, Give them subsidised medical aid as part of the contract, Salaries should be revised annually or atleast add CPA.

Aug 27, 2014 8:44 | 1 replies


I am a consultant and I don't get three year 'contracts'. If you want a 'regular' job then go get one. At R55k a month, you should be able to save enough to put a large enough downpayment on something so that the bank will be willing to give you a loan (I speak from experience).

Which 'countries' is Generations sold to? I have never seen it on any other TV station

An actor is not an 'employee' and the producer is not their 'employer'. An actor is a free agent who works for themselves.

What happens if the story line has one of the characters die off? Do you really expect the producer to pay them for 3 years where they don't even appear in the production? What about the other projects that the producer attempts? Do the actors now lose money because the producer lost money? This isn't making Widgets!

Aug 27, 2014 8:57 | 0 replies


#Normad this is greediness baba , tell them nt to spend more than their means, why do they stay in property that costs R35 000 pm whereas you earn R55 000 , drive BM cost R18000 pm just because you want a show off, mcxxxxm

Aug 27, 2014 8:42 | 2 replies


these people are driving Range Rovers and Cayennnas , no the are gold diggers

Aug 27, 2014 8:44 | 0 replies


Jaa and mfana waseskhawini and they spend R10 000 a month on expensive whiskies but they cannot pay R2000 medical aid,

Aug 27, 2014 9:42 | 1 replies


Mollo Dr Mgijimi wazelaphi eSikhawini wawunentombi ebuya esikhawini oooh ubufunda oNgoye

Aug 27, 2014 10:3 | 1 replies


eskhawini,emahlabathini,kwanongom,emhlathuze bendijola khona Dandan mfanakithi

Aug 27, 2014 10:42 | 1 replies


washiye izintombi ezinhle pha ePE

Aug 27, 2014 10:57 | 1 replies


I wanted to explore son, I constantly try to tap a venda chick but they are tribalist if you cant speak venda,angekhe bakuqome

Aug 27, 2014 11:11 | 1 replies
Aug 27, 2014 12:22 | 0 replies


This is ridiculous R55 K is a lot of money I don't care who says what. I am running my business and you won't believe how much I earn as a salary, I have a medical aid from my own salary and it is not subsidies by anyone. Am I against the Generation actors for striking, no it is their right but that does not mean they are earning peanuts, we have people working for tenderprenuers earning R600 per month and not having any job security. Yes it was very bad for Generation management to expect the actor to be on the scene while he was still ill and that I condemn it 100% , yes there actors and actresses' rights should be improved but no one should tell us that R55 K is peanuts. Every actor of actress knows that there are no medical aid scheme provided by a set

Aug 27, 2014 9:24 | 1 replies


@ Mzabalazo Image counts a lot when it comes to prominent or public figures. I am not concerned of how they spend or utilise their income but sometimes these people are in so much pressure in trying to maintain their good image to everyone, as tv viwers we expect them to leave the lives we normally watch on set but the real life has something different.Imagine seeing ngamla sitting on one of those dogdy township tarvens drinking 750ml black are the 1st one to take his photo and send it to shwashwi or daily sun but yet you critiseze them when they leave a specific lifestyle. They may be living this fake lifestyle somehow not by choice but they try very hard to maintain a pecific image to the public or media

Aug 27, 2014 10:39 | 1 replies


They can maintane the high lifestyle with the money they are earning , 55 k is earned the lowest paid actor , If you dont want them to drink 750 ml then who must drink those beers we are the same God loves us all

Aug 27, 2014 11:21 | 0 replies


ja Robie enough abou generations, Pirates and sundowns are playiong tonight which side is your favourite?

Aug 27, 2014 9:29 | 1 replies


I don't really watch sport.

Aug 27, 2014 9:33 | 1 replies


maybe you might try watching it, I do not think its too late to discover a new hobbie

Aug 27, 2014 9:42 | 0 replies


You knew when you went to the hospital that you didnt have any medical aid...thats bad...I just dont like the fact that Mfundi had to embarrass you to the public that you were not medically covered...that stain will be with you for life

Aug 27, 2014 7:43 | 2 replies


And for some1 getting R55K average salary not to have a medical aid is something I don't understand unless if generations management offered it under terms of employment, then Ngamla has an excuse, otherwise, a hambe a yo fa, Millions of us earn peanuts from govt, but pay our own medical aid!

Aug 27, 2014 7:48 | 1 replies


from the R55k...he could have easily took R5k and cover his ^ss...instead, it went to single molts and the likes...its a shame

Aug 27, 2014 7:55 | 1 replies


5k is even too much, 2500 can get one medical aid

Aug 27, 2014 9:51 | 2 replies


i know mfethu...

Aug 27, 2014 10:15 | 0 replies


Mna ndisebenzela i medical aid bebengakhona ukuba nayo basile qha

Aug 27, 2014 10:27 | 1 replies


Ubuzwe ngubani ke Mshovekahle uba usebenzela bani? *lost*

Aug 28, 2014 7:1 | 0 replies


but it is easy for them to buy cars than taking medical aids, mcxxxm

Aug 27, 2014 8:48 | 1 replies


and 20 year old single molts..eishh

Aug 27, 2014 10:15 | 0 replies


Oh, cry me a river! If you want a regular 9-5 job with all the perks, get an accounting degree! Everyone pays for their medical aid and everyone has deadlines. I have been in bed, with a full back brace on, and had to write reports! I've also been doped up and wheeled onto planes to go and do site visits to complete an assignment - you don't see me crying like a baby. It is part of the joys of being your own boss!

Aug 27, 2014 8:8 | 2 replies


These people are crazy if they are nt happy with the job why nt quit and move on

Aug 27, 2014 9:1 | 0 replies


Can you be my boss with all the benefits

Aug 27, 2014 9:52 | 0 replies
Aug 27, 2014 8:14 | 0 replies


the truth is these guys were not paid what they're worth and Mfundi is selfish.

Aug 27, 2014 8:15 | 1 replies


How do you value someone's worth

Aug 27, 2014 8:38 | 0 replies


Fuuuuccckk the ANC. We cannot continue to be fooled by these embiciles for a long time. EFF please continue to make these fooools awake in parliament. Remember back then, these fat cats only went to parliament to have morning breakfast, sleep,fart, have lunch, sleep, fart, have afternoon tea, sleep and fart. Now parliament is lively. Even the two-headed president is awake all the time.

Aug 27, 2014 8:32 | 0 replies


If the government and the ANC can attend to other strikes like this one, this country will be on G8

Aug 27, 2014 8:40 | 2 replies


If Sa sa Africans spent their time wisely everyday between 8 - 8:30 our country would be on G8.

Aug 27, 2014 9:0 | 0 replies


where did you get your profile pic

Aug 27, 2014 9:12 | 1 replies


You are just fine as you are kenwamorula !!! beauty is only skin deep

Aug 27, 2014 10:16 | 0 replies


mfundi is greedy mxm if it wasn't for these actors generations would be buried bwecause it is boring just that the actors are good except for that uselss Sello

Aug 27, 2014 8:43 | 1 replies


It seems Mfundi Vundla is not happy that they are getting R55K.If it was left to him he would give them two C@stle lites and pat on the back as payment.

Aug 27, 2014 8:58 | 2 replies
Aug 27, 2014 10:56 | 1 replies


Dont worry Charloza your boyfriend Ngamla is earning more than 55 k

Aug 27, 2014 11:24 | 1 replies



Aug 27, 2014 12:43 | 0 replies


The lowest paid actor is earning 55k

Aug 27, 2014 11:23 | 0 replies


These guys they want to earn 100k per month, annually 1.2mil, bliksem what a lebotha.

Aug 27, 2014 9:2 | 2 replies


even above that , they compare themselves to Hollywood actors

Aug 27, 2014 9:9 | 0 replies


They want to earn More the President

Aug 27, 2014 11:24 | 0 replies