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'I paid out of my pocket to save an actor’s life': Mfundi Vundla

By Kgothatso Madisa | Aug 22, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 66 ]

Generations producer Mfundi Vundla says that he feels betrayed by the fired actors as they have been painting him as an exploiter.

Vundla said that he has played a major role in some of the actor’s lives and that their behaviour does not make sense to him.

“To some extent I do feel betrayed, because one actor almost had a stroke and ended up at a private clinic with a blood clot in his brain, he had no medical insurance.

“I paid out of my back pocket for this actor. He is alive today. I played a role in saving his life,” explained an emotional Vundla at a press conference in Auckland Park.

This comes after 16 main actors of the most watched local soap were fired for staging a protest and demanding an increase and royalties for repeated viewing of the show among other things.

Vundla said: “I feel betrayed that I’m being painted as an exploiter. There are other things that we have done for these actors, above and beyond the call of duty so to be painted like I’m this avaricious person who doesn’t care is not in accordance with the facts.”

The production company for Generations revealed that on average, a permanent actor gets around R55 000 per month and that their R100 000 per month demand was not applicable.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng told reporters that the doors are not permanently shut and they are still willing to negotiate with the fired actors.

“The actors are supposed to follow proper processes and solve issues while continuing to work, and not hold the broadcaster and MMSV to ransom,” Motsoeneng said.

He however mentioned that there are a lot of actors who are eagerly waiting to gain from the fired actors’ ruins.

“Other great actors have approached me saying they want to come to Generations,” said SABC CEO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“People are waiting,” he added.

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so generation is like a farm? farm workers and most people in the agricultural industry don't have medical aid, they say organise your own yet they don't pay enough. Mfundi is selfish, since he paid for Ngamla's medical bill he thinks they should take peanuts? yet he and his wife monopolise the SABC?

Aug 22, 2014 3:31 | 5 replies


What do you mean they dont pay enough Did you see their payslip those actors are earning more than you , You will be suprised if you see thier payslip

Aug 22, 2014 3:45 | 1 replies


don't have a payslip, yes they get more money/month, but some months, I can pay the whole generations crew!

Aug 22, 2014 4:15 | 0 replies


Maduvula These actors cant manage their money , Generation is the big soap and is paying actors well Ngamla is suppose to pay his medical aid privately , Even now Ngamla is about to devorce again his wive , These actors must sort their lives

Aug 22, 2014 3:51 | 1 replies


Mshove, this dude must just pay his employees not less than R75 000,00. he mustn't think this guys are stupid, they know some programmes like generations pay better, actors are like business people, they benchmark.

Aug 22, 2014 4:19 | 0 replies


Pay wena khehla ndini?? I once met mfundi @ the Sabc offices and he had that nasty attitude

Aug 22, 2014 3:54 | 2 replies


So that why you want to pay its because of his attitude

Aug 22, 2014 3:58 | 0 replies


Money/salaries and attitude should not be a contributing factor. Lets up hope there are no inside or hidden issues in the entire issue. Lets not take things to a personal level.

Aug 23, 2014 11:41 | 0 replies


Maduvula, you have this tendency of farting with your mouth. Did you read that "on average a permanent actor gets around R55 000 per month "? They earn way higher than you and I, yet you say they don't earn enough. How much is enough if I may ask?

Aug 22, 2014 3:54 | 0 replies


It is time to give young actors a chance to feed.

Aug 25, 2014 8:6 | 0 replies


he had no medical insurance--- maybe if you payed them well, he/she could afford it.

Aug 22, 2014 3:32 | 2 replies


Like Baby jake those celebrities are earning more money but they are dont want to pay medical aid because they are not forced to have one like us

Aug 22, 2014 3:49 | 1 replies


With their type of emplyment it would be hard to compel them to join one. Remember it is fixed contract hence they get large sums of money so that even after it has expired they are able to live without getting gigs.

Aug 22, 2014 4:33 | 0 replies


I earn R38 000 less than their average but i have a medical aid, when they went on strike i thought maybe they earn around R10 000... I dont watch Generations but I will be more than willing to join the cast and earn that R55 000

Aug 25, 2014 9:18 | 0 replies


R55,000 a month for pretending to be a character in a local soapie? They don't even go down a mine shaft or break a sweat! As for medical aid, why don't they take medical through the Actors Guild (or don't we have an Actors Guild in SA?)

Aug 22, 2014 3:39 | 2 replies


I am paying my own medical aid no one is assisting me but I am earning less than those actors , They like lavish lifestyle

Aug 22, 2014 3:52 | 3 replies


But wena you have a permanent job, hence you can afford to fork out for medical aid. Stop reasoning like a typical mpondo wena slima.

Aug 22, 2014 3:55 | 0 replies


Mshove, same here. and i see iyakuthukuthelisa lendaba.. enjoy your weekend!

Aug 22, 2014 3:57 | 1 replies


Thanx I will enjoy urs

Aug 22, 2014 3:59 | 0 replies


I don't even have medical aid! I have a credit card which I put money into every month as a savings account. The closest I have to medical aid is a travel insurance!

Aug 22, 2014 4:8 | 0 replies


MommaC. Actually R 55 000 is nothing considering that acting is not a permanent job. They should be getting three times that amount. People holding the purse in the Creative Arts should use the same approach as in the sporting world. In sport, athletes get paid millions of dollars every month. They know the athletes (sportswomen/men) have on average 10 years to earn the salary that must in the end sustain them for the rest of their lives. If it can be done in sports, and even the creative arts in may developed countries, why don't we do the same? Mfundi just su'ffers from a "black boss" mentality. Legend has it that one has to work his /her a'ss off to earn a descent salary from a black boss. You don't have to go further than Generations for evidence.

Aug 22, 2014 3:54 | 3 replies


"They should be getting three times that amount." - For what? Pfft!!

Aug 22, 2014 3:56 | 0 replies


TWAAAK!!!! Do you honestly think that Hendrik Ramaala or Herziekiel Sepeng ever got R55g a month? Professional athletes only get paid when they produce the goods or when THEY go out and find sponsors - not every athlete is a flippin soccer player! Even our club rugby players have other jobs because sport simply doesn't allow ends to meet! Sports people at least have a limit to the age they can produce at, actors can act until they are in their 80s if they want to. They must get their act together (pardon the pun) and get an Actors Guild which will allow them to get pension and medical aid. The problem is that they all want to live the high life instead of looking after their money! We are talking GENERATIONS here, not FRIENDS!

Aug 22, 2014 4:7 | 1 replies


Don't confine your thoughts to SA.

Aug 22, 2014 4:13 | 1 replies


We live in South Africa ... or hadn't you noticed? If we were selling the rights to broadcast Generations in other countries, they could ask for more - we don't, so they can't.

Aug 22, 2014 4:45 | 1 replies


Bye MC- enjoy your weekend, me will work overtime tomorrow.

Aug 22, 2014 4:53 | 1 replies


Have a great one, Jengele - don't work too hard tomorrow

Aug 22, 2014 4:55 | 1 replies


Will try not to- Thanks.

Aug 22, 2014 4:59 | 0 replies


Mgwiji. sport people are earnign money for doing something that is of interest to people. you have to agree with me that this soapie is just useless and it only gets viewership bacause its on prime time. get it to compete with sports it will not have viewers.

Aug 22, 2014 4:11 | 0 replies


his children as well has production companies doing business with the public broadcaster...

Aug 22, 2014 3:39 | 1 replies
Aug 22, 2014 4:35 | 0 replies


He is an exploiter. He must just stop telling us excuses. PAY BABA PAY!!!

Aug 22, 2014 3:42 | 1 replies


Siqhaza yekela ixhosa or impondo lakithi wena ngekhe abhatale

Aug 22, 2014 3:44 | 1 replies


Amabhaca azini kodwa ngemali. The actors sweat hard to earn a living, and this mpondo mampara robs them of their hard-earned earnings. It's "INTO YOMUNTU NGEYAMI" mentality indeed.

Aug 22, 2014 3:52 | 1 replies


Ok sesingamabaca manje yekela ke amabaca akithi siqhaza sesilima

Aug 22, 2014 3:53 | 1 replies


Angeke siwayeke lamabhaca namapmondo uma ebhizi exhaphaza abantu bakithi. Ingabe wona lomsebenzi zazinikelwani leziziqhaza zamampondo zingenalo ulwazi lokuphathwa komsebenzi. Nxeee....

Aug 22, 2014 3:57 | 0 replies


Motshoeneng why dont you act yourself. you have been acting in that position for years before getting apointed this should not be a problem for you, or maybe mfudi can use certoon characters for those roles.

Aug 22, 2014 3:49 | 0 replies


The production company for Generations revealed that on average a permanent actor gets around R55 000 per month and that their R100 000 per month demand was not applicable. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx They are crazy 100 000 thousand 55000 is enough man you can get your own medical aid adakiwe lama actor

Aug 22, 2014 3:56 | 1 replies
Aug 22, 2014 4:35 | 0 replies


if you paid them well, you wouldn't feel guilty to even pay their medical bills, he knows by international standards, they worth more than he's paying them, if he can pay R150 000,00 Samuel Jackson to do that 5sec Khetiwe alcohol encounter why cant he pay Ngamla R275 000,00/month and never worry about his medical bills? hey!

Aug 22, 2014 4:26 | 1 replies


LOL - genuine? You are saying that the actors in Generations are on a par with Samuel L Jackson!?!? In which world?

Aug 22, 2014 4:56 | 1 replies


You watch them everyday, so clearly the is something you like. People like talking rubbish for the sake of talking, Generations is the most watched tv program in SA, even more than Bafana Banafa games, meaning they attract lots of advertisers, people must stop talking trash please, lets debate facts

Aug 22, 2014 6:14 | 0 replies


Sir you finger!! Your finger I am now worried about your finger not fired actors-Ohk ohk ohk ohk...hahahahaha

Aug 22, 2014 4:33 | 0 replies


Aah ppl u talk as if medical aid is expensive for a person earning dat avarage that Mfundi is talking about i mean i earn far less and i do have it problem wt dis pips is dat they wamt to live dis glamourous life that they cant really afford i mean funeral covers n medical aids r sooo cheap eve life insurance instead of paying the like all of us do they choose not to and live a carefree life as if they wont die tomorow hai suka

Aug 22, 2014 4:40 | 1 replies


are you paying your medical aid or your company do? I am paying mine and its not cheap, if your is can you recommend it to me? how much are you paying? if its less than R3500/month for 4people please let me know...

Aug 22, 2014 4:43 | 1 replies


if your is cheap....I mean.

Aug 22, 2014 4:44 | 0 replies


ooh my god, who decides that 50k is enough or not enough, do you know what bond you qualify for with 50k,less than a million if I must tell you, this is not a permanent job with all the benefits that come with it(Medical Aid/Pension etc). People must not just comment for the sake of commenting. You are the same people that will be taking picture of the actors when you see them in a taxi and sending to daily sun and saying they are broke. When you're an actor your career can be very short, you can be written out of a story line before you say Action. That is why you get paid a lot of money because the producers and the SABC make a ton of money out of you and continue to do so for many years to come even beyond your life time.

Aug 22, 2014 4:47 | 3 replies


my point exactly...

Aug 22, 2014 4:51 | 0 replies


.... and who pays for all the series that flop? The producer gambles - sometimes they win and sometimes they lose. Either we accept that they never invest or we accept that they have to defray the costs of their failed attempts

Aug 22, 2014 5:1 | 0 replies


Oh, and I don't really think they will be having repeats of Generations in 20 years time or it being sold to Fox TV any time soon

Aug 22, 2014 5:2 | 0 replies