'We don't want to sabotage the show': axed Generations actors have their say

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26 August 2014

The soapie stars aren’t just looking for attention, former Generations star Sophie Ndaba said at a sombre news conference held by the Generations' Actors Guild this afternoon.

The soapie stars aren’t just looking for attention, former Generations star Sophie Ndaba said at a sombre news conference held by the Generations' Actors Guild this afternoon. "We're not standing here to be seen or for attention. It's about doing the right thing."

'That R55 000 for Sophie Ndaba who has worked on a production for 21 years is pittance'

Sophie is famous for her role as Queen on the hit TV series. She was among the 16 actors fired after refusing to return to set amid wage and contract disputes last week.

The actress said that the Guild were not trying to "sabotage something they loved so much", nor were they out to get the show's creator Mfundi Vundla. "Vundla made Queen. He made me. I respect him," she said. "But even a child sometimes corrects her father."

Sophie Ndaba played Queen on the soapie. PHOTO: Werner Beukes/SAPA Sophie Ndaba played Queen on the soapie. PHOTO: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The Generations Actors Guild have been at loggerheads with the SABC and MMSV Productions for almost a year over contract issues and wage disputes. The actors refused to show up on set until their demands — outlined in an open letter to their fans last week – were met.

At a press conference last week, the SABC and MMSV revealed that the actors make on average R55 000 a month each.

But Nambitha Mpumlwana, who played Mawande Memela, said at the end of the day they earned much less than that. "Twenty five per cent of our salary goes to tax. Fifteen percent of that gross goes to agents. R55 000 then becomes about R30-odd thousand."

"We are private individuals," Nambitha said, after admitting she sometimes struggled to put food on the table. "It's embarrassing that we have to stand here and reveal our lives."

"That R55 000 for Sophie Ndaba who has worked on a production for 21 years is pittance."

Vundla announcedc on Friday that they would be holding auditions to find a new cast for the soapie.

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