So, what went wrong at SABC1's soap drama, Generations?

By Drum Digital
18 August 2014

The SABC & MMSV Productions have terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama.

Following consultation with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), have today terminated the contracts of the striking actors on the SABC1 soap drama, Generations, said SABC’s Kaizer Kganyago in a media statement.

“The SABC & MMSV Productions would like to assure the public that measures have been put in place to ensure the future of Generations,” Kganyago said.

So, SABC and MMSV Productions have fired the Generations cast members, but what went wrong?

A brief timeline:

•October 2013 – Cast embarks on legal action and strike over pay issues.

•November 2013 – an in-principle agreement is reached between the cast, the SABC and MMSV Productions, where the SABC & MMSV Productions commit to resolving the cast’s issues by March 2014, on the basis that the cast returns to set and continues to work.  Based on this commitment, cast returns to work.

•March 2014 – the SABC and MMSV Productions requests an extension to July 31st, 2014 to resolve the issues and respond to cast.  Cast agrees to the extension, and continues to work.

•July 31st, 2014 – once again, deadline elapses, this time, with no indication from the SABC and MMSV Productions as to what their promised resolution to the issues is.

•August 11th, 2014 – in light of SABC and MMSV Productions failure to honour their commitment to address their grievances, cast revives strike and legal action.

•August 12th 2014 – SABC sends a communication to the casts’ legal representation ordering the cast to report to duty by August 13th 2014 or face immediate dismissal

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