A Cesspit Of Scandalous Abuse, Inequality, Exploitation And Disrespect

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For example, khona mhlokhapha, yesterday a veteran performing artist gives the writer a bellas. 

The subject of discussion is an engagement fee for a lead role in some upcoming television production. After agency and taxman deductions, the monthly income (on offer to the performer) comes to way below R15 000. Mind you, the performer in question might have to be on set every day trying to bring to life (sometimes) a shoddy script. On this account, the acclaimed starlet gets taken advantage of because work has been scarce. Ergo, the heading of this piece visits the mind each time a trouper gets serf treatment in the South African television and film sector.

Many Go Through A Vusi Thanda Experience In Local Television and Film

 

Hence the calls scolding ntate Thanda for laying bare his plight because it might lead to worms coming out of the rot of the South African film and television sectors. Where utatu Thanda got concerned, an attempt at fighting back bitter tears welling in the eyes only push the well to one eye. The writer succeeds in not becoming a Smokey Robinson singing Take A Good Look At My Face for The Track Of My Tears. But another great artist colleague can not hold the tears streaming down her cheeks. 

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“The sight of the icon Vusi Thanda on video, not doing what he does best – acting, but his posture presenting a sober reality of things, the life some actors go through in this country. Because most actors work like mules of slave labour for peanuts.” Then the unmatched screen star pauses for a measure. Additionally, to allow the writer to count matokomane of spoon sa fay’bopo. Peanuts are on offer to some actors treated like monkeys in South Africa. 

Of course, several darling actors (mostly beneficiaries of broerskaapism) get paid fees close to a decent income. However, many have to spit the noma yini grootmaan plea. That will be whenever they get offered a gig. You bet that would be the set-up in some circles of the South African film and television sector with roots firmly in apartheid grounds. 

Anyway, the great actor continues thus…, 

“I worked with him (Thanda) on two productions. The pay was insulting for an actor of his great stature. It was so bad. Come on! A call fee of R3000 per shoot in this day and age? The fee has not changed since fifteen-twenty tears ago. Now, at times, ubab’ Thanda had to ask for taxi money from fellow artists and kid actors. Can you imagine…!”

 

Aw’ wayicula ingoma u Brenda, umntaka Fassie madoda…, Noma nginga memeza mama, memeza, akusizi lutho. 

 

Indeed yangempela, wamemeza uVatiswa Ndara…, Ehe! Yena yedwana uthumbu ka mama uNomfundo Princess Ndara and utatu Reverend St John Page Tozamile Ndara. But Vatiswa’s cries did not help. Ehe! Kwanhlanga zimuka nomoya. Of course, Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa shows up to play at the gallery. Ngapha, leaping into action is the sometimes pathetic excuse of the black excellence narrative. Bakwethu, some so-called black excellence types…, Damn them, they treat other blacks like slaves. 

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Is It A Crime To Be An Artist In South Africa?

Bakwethu, dear Thivi Networker, to live down Southern Africa at a time when messengers and healers throught art get spat on, with izikhwehlela. Yeah, imagine that thwaaaca, right on the face of artists. It is painful. Thanda and many other artists go through hell for the sin of being an artist in South Africa. Meanwhile, R65 million of Covid19 artists relief fund sits stashed in some accounts because…., Phendulani NAC board because you said there was no money when artists needed assistance the most. And mawuthi, uthi phapha, there are ring-fenced monies, izinto zabo R54 million for the exclusive BongaNathi Mzansi Orchestra. In addition, some multimillion surplus funds (are meant) for the select benefit of those in NAC inner circles.

A human heart ought to have got broken upon seeing a competent on-screen comedic medicine man…, Yeah, the one and only Vusi Thanda turned into a street beggar bafethu, as if he got no talent to earn him a decent income. Therefore, a big question remains, what has the NAC, minister Nathi Mthethwa and his predecessors done to drive a successful creation of a conducive and thriving environment for South African artists to earn decently? 

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