Editor's Note: 24 January 2014

By Drum Digital
24 January 2014

In DRUM this week: We tune in to watch the characters we’ve come to love. Without these actors there would be no Generations.

FROM the first episode it captured our hearts and minds. Finally, a cast and a story that resonated with the hopes ushered in by a new South Africa.

Being part of a black, beautiful, rich family was the dream of every black person in 1994. This is what Mfundi Vundla and his team brought into our homes; a dream realised, earning him the respect of the nation.

We lapped it up in our millions and 20 years later, we still can’t get enough.

In many South African households today, 8 pm is officially Generations’ time. No contest, all the other TV channels and production houses know that all too well. Eight o’clock on a weekday belongs to Generations, finish and klaar. Everything else must come either before or after.

It is an institution that has made many an actor famous and adored.

And so, imagine our disappointment when we couldn’t find a single actor from the soap who was brave enough to speak their mind about their job experience. After going on strike late last year, the actors are now working in fear.

Everyone is afraid to lose their job for one reason or another – which they themselves don’t understand. As a result, all those we spoke to are looking for better opportunities where they’ll be treated with respect.

We urge the SABC to investigate the issue of basic employment rights on all their shows or risk losing their offering: their talent. They are what keep us glued to our screens – not the producers or production houses.

We tune in to watch the characters we’ve come to love. Without these actors there would be no Generations.

See our story on page 12. Until next week,

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