Gen­er­a­tions stars set to strike AGAIN

Ac­tors want salary in­crease

Sunday World - - Front Page - NG­WAKO MALATJI ng­wakom@sun­day­

GEN­ER­A­TIONS cast mem­bers have ap­par­ently given their bosses an ul­ti­ma­tum to in­crease their salaries by the end of the month or face the mu­sic.

Some cast mem­bers also com­plained that they were threat­ened with be­ing vic­timised if they at­tempted to strike.

Two in­de­pen­dent sources con­firm that lawyers rep­re­sent­ing cast mem­bers, Morula Pic­tures and the SABC are en­gaged in dis­cus­sions over the mat­ter in a des­per­ate bid to avert the loom­ing strike.

A pro­duc­tion of­fi­cial, speak­ing to Sun­day World on con­di­tion of anonymity, says ac­tors met on Mon­day at the SABC head­quar­ters in Auck­land Park, where they agreed on their next steps.

They ap­par­ently wrote a let­ter to Mfundi Vundla, head of Morula Pic­tures and the soapie’s cre­ator, and SABC bosses, stat­ing that they would down tools if their salaries were not hiked by March 28.

This comes af­ter Morula Pic­tures ap­par­ently failed to com­ply with some of their de­mands made last year. One of the con­di­tions dur­ing last year’s in­dus­trial ac­tion, in which shoot­ing for Gen­er­a­tions stopped for more than a month from Oc­to­ber, was that ac­tors wanted three-year con­tracts.

Ac­tors who were at the fore­front of last year’s strike in­cluded Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Win­nie Modise, Katlego Danke and Zolisa Xaluva.

Vundla suc­cumbed to cast mem­bers’ pres­sure to give them three-year con­tracts. This vir­tu­ally strips him of the power to fire un­der­per­form­ing ac­tors.

But this time Vundla seems to be un­will­ing to toe the line and in­crease their salaries.

Vundla de­clined an of­fer to com­ment.

The SABC says it is not aware of the threats to strike.

The ac­tors claim that Ze­nande Mfenyana, who plays Nol­untu, was sin­gled out as part of the al­leged vic­tim­i­sa­tion.

One source says: “Ze­nande broke down and cried in one of the meet­ings. She says some pro­duc­ers phoned her par­ents say­ing they should tell her to ‘ stay out of trou­ble’. If this is not vic­tim­i­sa­tion, then it is di­vide and rule be­cause they are try­ing to make sure that she alien­ates us.”

Mfenyana feigned sur­prise when pressed for com­ment: “I don’t know what you’re talk­ing about.”

Pic­ture: Tshepo Kekana

FORE­FRONT: Katlego Danke

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