The End of a Generation

This article first appeared on Urban Hunter Magazine 

MMSV Productions’ primetime soap opera Generations has fired 16 cast members for illegal wage strike action

MMSV Productions’ primetime soap opera Generations has fired 16 cast members for illegal wage strike action

The 16 actors being fired from the Generations set will not be bowing out with much dignity, as their wage strike took a dramatic turn. The soap stars’ demands for higher wages lead to producer Mfundi Vundla’s, rather unexpected, response of booting them all. The 16 contracts were terminated on Monday 18 August, following consultations with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

With six weeks’ worth of soaps pre-recorded and in the bag, the team will need to start rubbing heads together to figure out a way of realistically ending the 16 roles on Generations. Soap opera dramas are well-known for the coma patient, horrific car crashes, sudden disappearances of people and scandals, but I am sure we are all wondering how it will play out for the 16 cast members!

The actors released statements after the contract termination, stating that they were disappointed by the response, but intend to fight for fair wages for creative professionals. The actors claim that, despite the show’s popularity (over 7 million viewers a night), they are not treated or paid fairly.

The actors are demanding bigger salaries and extended three-year contracts. They also want royalties from episodes that have been rebroadcast, as well as syndication fees resulting from the sale of Generations outside of South Africa. The actors have threatened to go to court if their contracts are terminated on Monday.

According to Sunday World, the SABC rejected the actors’ pay increases which it deems “astronomical”, increasing the wages of long-serving actors from R16 000 to R30 000 per week.

To date, the termination of the cast’s contracts have not been reversed, and the demands listed above have not been addressed by SSMV or SABC. The actors did not return to work and have gone to court over the matter. Whether or not the firing of 16 Generations stars was a mock-charge remains to be seen.

What will the 7 million viewers think in six weeks time when new plot twists emerge? It will be an extreme-soapies-throw-down, with fans glued to the TV so as not to miss one of the 16 cast members’ sudden ‘deaths.’

The actors on strike are: Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn “Choppa” Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Ndaba), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga).

If you are an avid Generations viewer, you will notice that these are not minor characters, but ones that play a daily role in the world of Generations.

Two weeks on from termination, and still no recall or changes to contracts – what will happen in Generations to come?

How will the characters be written out?

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As final farewell, or tribute, to the actors, let’s take a trip down memory lane with 10 moments from Generations worth remembering

THE KISS

better known as ‘the gay kiss’ between Senzo and Jason that lead Senzo’s homophopic father to beat them both senseless, leaving Jason with a concussion

NTSIKI

the one that viewers love to hate was shot by Sarah-Lee, who was once a friend of hers. Ntsiki was paralysed after the shooting.

SCAR FACE

that time when Khethiwe landed a modelling contract that was cut severly short after Dumisane stabbed her in the face on New Years. As one does.

HOLLYWOOD VISITS

Samuel L. Jackson featured on the show and advised Khethiwe on her drinking problem. Thanks, Samuel.

THE OLD AND THE SICK

that time when Mamfundisi tricked old and sick people into transferring money to her for bettering the church… more like bettering her lavish lifestyle. To top it all off, she set the church on fire while it was full of all her followers. Never a dull moment in the twisted lives of Generations stars.

INCEST UNCOVERED

Khensani and her boyfriend Noah are about to tie the knot, but there is a secret that becomes uncovered. Noah is her long-lost twin brother! Say what!? Noah turns to drugs after finding this out.

WIFE BEATER APPEARANCE

that episode when Chris Brown was featured and recorded a song with Ajax, who was in hospital after a car accident.

THE LOVE TRIANGLE

the episode with the messy love affairs is one to remember too; Ntombi, Sibusiso and Karabo. This one sleeps with that one, when that one is actually her man, and they were friends… you remember it right?

QUEEN’S FLING X 2

that time when Queen had a fling with Archie Moroko, then his brother, Zake Moroka, and then later had a child with the other brother, Terence. If not, why not?

TWINS

the time we all remember! Zoleka and Zinzi both fall in love with Archie Moroka. He then married Zoleka, who had a miscarriage, who then asked her twin to swap places with her… being a twin has it’s benefits.

Author: MC World

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