WE WANT OUR GEN­ER­A­TIONS

CityPress - - Voices - Mal­ixole Tshingi­lane Nqga­makwe

The ac­tors and ac­tresses of Gen­er­a­tions, who are cur­rently on strike, had their con­tracts ter­mi­nated by the SABC. The big ques­tion is: how much does the show make? It is re­ported that the Gen­er­a­tions cast earned about R16 000 each a week and were de­mand­ing R30 000 a week. Yes, one will say they de­serve it be­cause most ac­tors go to var­sity for three years to study act­ing.

If some of us are happy to be slaves, oth­ers are not – re­gard­less of con­se­quences.

Peo­ple died fight­ing the un­just sys­tem of apartheid. There were peo­ple – in­clud­ing black peo­ple – who felt all was fine with the sys­tem. I think one’s state of mind and ma­te­rial as­sess­ment of any sit­u­a­tion guides their re­sponse to such a sit­u­a­tion. It’s per­haps the same with th­ese ac­tors. Joseph Mathun­jwa and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Minework­ers and Con­struc­tion Union taught us to fight for our rights un­til the end.

It is con­ve­nient for the SABC to fire work­ers and cut its costs with an in­ex­pe­ri­enced cast. Gen­er­a­tions is mak­ing mil­lions daily and I be­lieve its pro­ducer, Mfundi Vundla, is now get­ting greedy. We want the old cast back, please.

We will watch the fired ac­tors un­til the end of Novem­ber – the show shoots three months in ad­vance. I hope they won’t exit the soapie story line be­cause of Ebola.

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