Ac­tors take plea to Parly

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SOUTH African ac­tors are at their wits’ end over be­ing ex­ploited in an in­dus­try they are pas­sion­ate about and to­gether with the SA Guild of Ac­tors (SAGA) led by Jack Dev­narain and Florence Masebe they will state their case in a pub­lic hear­ing in Cape Town.

Af­ter years of com­plain­ing in hushed tones at events and tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to rant, South African ac­tors fi­nally have a chance at ig­nit­ing a process that could change the cur­rent set up that al­lows them to be ex­ploited in their work space. Ac­tors have spread the aware­ness about the big step that could change the en­tire in­dus­try by post­ing one mes­sage on so­cial me­dia.

“It’s 2018 and I still do not have the right to own my im­age or share in the prof­its of its dis­tri­bu­tion. We need to change this. That is why I sup­port SAGA’s sub­mis­sion to adopt the Per­form­ers Pro­tec­tion Amend­ment Bill.”

Jack, who is most pop­u­lar for his Isidingo role as Ra­jesh Ku­mar took to Twit­ter to an­nounce the history mak­ing mo­ment for SA ac­tors.

“I will be with SAGA in par­lia­ment on Thurs­day the 13th of Septem­ber, mo­ti­vat­ing for the adop­tion of the Per­form­ers Pro­tec­tion Amend­ment Bill. This bill will al­low South African ac­tors to claim a resid­ual in­come for their work on an au­dio­vi­sual medium,” he said.

Florence Masebe, who is known as an ad­vo­cate of artistes’ rights also ex­plained on In­sta­gram why this mo­ment has been a long time com­ing.

“I have been an artiste all my life. I have been a pro­fes­sional ac­tor since 1993. My re­al­ity echoes that of many South African au­dio­vi­sual artistes that have never had any moral or eco­nomic rights ac­cord­ing to law, pro­tec­tion in our harsh en­vi­ron­ment or the right to de­mand resid­ual pay for the work we do.”

Florence said that she has per­son­ally cho­sen to speak out de­spite know­ing that she would fur­ther be alien­ated by in­dus­try big wigs.

“I speak up know­ing well that broad­cast­ers will black­list me even fur­ther for choos­ing to use my voice. I have lost enough cast­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties by be­ing out­spo­ken on all man­ners of in­jus­tice against artistes. Will I stop speak­ing up? When pigs fly. I’m off to Par­lia­ment of SA to state my case and that of ev­ery ac­tor liv­ing and late. We won’t back down. We count. Our voices mat­ter.”

Ac­tors have come out in their numbers in sup­port of the wor­thy cause. The mat­ter will be heard in par­lia­ment in Cape Town on Thurs­day.—

Florence Masebe

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