Generations actors ‘remain steadfast’ after SABC fires them

2014-08-18 19:30

More than a dozen Generations actors have been shown the door.

The actors, who have been withholding their services, today received letters of dismissal. “We are saddened by this development, but remain steadfast in our goal to ensure fair working conditions for ourselves as creative professionals,” they said earlier today. The actors include Sophie Ndaba, Katlego Danke, Zenande Mfenyana, Winnie Ntshaba and Seputla Sebogodi. On Friday, contractual talks between the actors and the broadcaster fell through and the SABC told the actors to come to work today or face dismissal.

"MMSV Productions, 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 spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago today.

"The termination follows calls by both parties for the actors to return for recordings, following the start of their illegal strike."

The 16 cast members embarked on a strike, claiming that the broadcaster and the production company had failed to deliver on promises it made to them during their strike last year.

The cast was reportedly promised three-year contracts which they had not received. They also wanted salary adjustments. In addition, they complained about the long working hours and said the production should pay them royalties for their work.

The actors’ lawyer, Bulelani Mzamo, today said: “The cast have made a decision to examine their legal options as a result of this latest development, and will update members of the media accordingly on their next course of action.”

  • Additional reporting by Sapa

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