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Actors' woes - Muvhango stars not paid for 3 months

By Zenoyise Madikwa | 2010-08-06 06:29:29.0 | COMMENTS [ 32 ]

Top actors earn between R20,000 and R50,000 a month

Word of Mouth Productions, producers of SABC2 soapie Muvhango, has been accused again of not paying its workers.

The company, which employs more than 80 people - from cleaners and actor to make-up artists - has not paid actors for at least three months, while some are still waiting for their July salaries.

But Muvhango executive producer Duma Ndlovu, who also owns Word of Mouth Productions, said the workers were owed only one month in outstanding wages.

He blamed the SABC for this state of affairs but the public broadcaster denied the claim.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said: "The SABC has paid all the monies in terms of the current contract with Word of Mouth Productions. All outstanding payments as per the previous contract will be made once all the relevant documentation has been presented to the SABC.

"Part of the documentation in relation to payment for the previous contract was only received early this week."

According to one actor, who asked not to be named for fear of victimisation, actors were told three months ago to stop coming for shooting "because the company is bankrupt".

"We are sitting at home doing nothing. We fear that we are going to lose our cars and houses because our bank accounts are running dry."

A general worker said they were sent SMSes last week saying that they would not be paid on time because the SABC had not paid.

"How can we keep quiet when we cannot feed our children while Duma is living comfortably and driving expensive cars?"

The source said salaries differed.

Actors represented by agents earned between R1,500 to R2,500 a call, while top actors earn R20,000 to R50,000 a month.

Muvhango has been running for more than 10 years. Initially it was aired once a week and now runs four days a week.




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That is how we africans are, greedy and stingy. When we seize opportunity we only see a chance to LEAVE LARGE on the expence of others, we either rob our employees or not pay them at all.

2010-08-06 07:48:59.0 | 0 replies

That's BS.whether the station has paid or not has nothing to do with the actors.he should sort out his problems with sabc and leave the actors out of it and just give them their money.Gawsh I hate people that abuse their power

2010-08-06 12:02:30.0 | 0 replies

The people deserve their money no matter how much the show sucks...its just one of those shows where the producer runs out of things to say on the script and starts loosing the plot

2010-08-06 12:15:42.0 | 0 replies

It sound clice, mara Nthabi you are right, Muvhango ya bora ka passion... SABC mus destroy this sopie coz its so boring, BIG UP to blah blah blah production for not paying those lousy actors!!!!!!!!!!

2010-08-06 13:08:53.0 | 0 replies

This is total incompetency.....Whilst the blame game between SABC and word of mouth continues our brothers and sisters goes to bed with empty stomach.

2010-08-06 13:41:58.0 | 0 replies

Gee IF they earn that Much a Month, whats Three months with out a salary Going to do.....No wonder they were acting kak recently

2010-08-06 13:45:03.0 | 0 replies

He ran out of storyline a long time ago and now he is blaming the SABC for non payment... his creative side is dying a slow death and he is making excuses. Muvhango was interesting as a drama not a soapie - what was he doing airing it 4 times a week, we were okay watching it ones a week.

Hey Duma call me for more exciting storyline and how to manage the budget, I can help and for free nogal.

2010-08-06 13:48:53.0 | 0 replies

Duma u run your company like BEE'S is very wrong, i thought you r n grown up when it comes to the issues of business. i use to consider u as my inspiration. can i say sis Duma

2010-08-06 13:53:50.0 | 0 replies

Duma, it is not your actor's problem that you were not paid by the SABC, you have a contract with them and I do not beleive they would signed it if you have a clause about being paid by SABC before they get paid. Put your house up as security, sepak to the bank get money and pay the damn people! Finish and Klaar!

2010-08-06 15:02:37.0 | 0 replies

I feel soory for those celebs who are behind on their accounts.Rea Vaya transport not bad at all.

2010-08-06 15:13:12.0 | 0 replies

yaaa hei yona ya khenya tjo! I use to LOVE that thing and NOW, serious its like ba dlala mmantlwane. Delete ur so called soapy on our screens tu!!

2010-08-06 15:15:10.0 | 0 replies