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

By Kgothatso Madisa | 2014-08-22 15:21:57.0 | 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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Video  source: The Citizen

COMMENTS [ 66 ]

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Maduvula

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?

2014-08-22 15:31:58.0 | 5 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:45:21.0 | 1 replies

Maduvula

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

2014-08-22 16:15:41.0 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:51:02.0 | 1 replies

Maduvula

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.

2014-08-22 16:19:45.0 | 0 replies

DJMEENER

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

2014-08-22 15:54:35.0 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:58:16.0 | 0 replies

jacsonie

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.

2014-08-23 11:41:16.0 | 0 replies

Shredder

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?

2014-08-22 15:54:38.0 | 0 replies

BOKKER

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

2014-08-25 08:06:37.0 | 0 replies

Jengele

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

2014-08-22 15:32:19.0 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:49:08.0 | 1 replies

Jengele

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.

2014-08-22 16:33:15.0 | 0 replies

fokofpolisiekar

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

2014-08-25 09:18:32.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

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?)

2014-08-22 15:39:33.0 | 2 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:52:29.0 | 3 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

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.

2014-08-22 15:55:37.0 | 0 replies

Hutton

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

2014-08-22 15:57:13.0 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Thanx I will enjoy urs

2014-08-22 15:59:31.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

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!

2014-08-22 16:08:33.0 | 0 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

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.

2014-08-22 15:54:22.0 | 3 replies

Shredder

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

2014-08-22 15:56:28.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

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!

2014-08-22 16:07:23.0 | 1 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

Don't confine your thoughts to SA.

2014-08-22 16:13:59.0 | 1 replies

MommaC

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.

2014-08-22 16:45:50.0 | 1 replies

Jengele

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

2014-08-22 16:53:36.0 | 1 replies

MommaC

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

2014-08-22 16:55:24.0 | 1 replies

Jengele

Will try not to- Thanks.

2014-08-22 16:59:25.0 | 0 replies

maneater

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.

2014-08-22 16:11:39.0 | 0 replies

Maduvula

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

2014-08-22 15:39:46.0 | 1 replies
2014-08-22 16:35:50.0 | 0 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

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

2014-08-22 15:42:28.0 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Siqhaza yekela ixhosa or impondo lakithi wena ngekhe abhatale

2014-08-22 15:44:01.0 | 1 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

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.

2014-08-22 15:52:06.0 | 1 replies

Mshovekahle

Ok sesingamabaca manje yekela ke amabaca akithi siqhaza sesilima

2014-08-22 15:53:21.0 | 1 replies

Mgwijikhwebu

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

2014-08-22 15:57:40.0 | 0 replies

maneater

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.

2014-08-22 15:49:27.0 | 0 replies

Mshovekahle

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

2014-08-22 15:56:20.0 | 1 replies
2014-08-22 16:35:07.0 | 0 replies

Maduvula

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!

2014-08-22 16:26:15.0 | 1 replies

MommaC

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

2014-08-22 16:56:28.0 | 1 replies

IWillKickYourAss

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

2014-08-22 18:14:23.0 | 0 replies

Nkasegobotsesephirise

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

2014-08-22 16:33:38.0 | 0 replies

browneyez04

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

2014-08-22 16:40:05.0 | 1 replies

Maduvula

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...

2014-08-22 16:43:53.0 | 1 replies

Maduvula

if your is cheap....I mean.

2014-08-22 16:44:26.0 | 0 replies

IWillKickYourAss

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.

2014-08-22 16:47:34.0 | 3 replies

Maduvula

my point exactly...

2014-08-22 16:51:59.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

.... 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

2014-08-22 17:01:08.0 | 0 replies

MommaC

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

2014-08-22 17:02:20.0 | 0 replies
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