South Africa’s entertainment industry has taken the world by surprise. In Africa, Nigeria and Ghana had the most appreciated entertainment acts but South Africa has come to the party mainly through music and soapie operas. In South Africa an average actor racks in R14,291 thousand per month.

South African actors especially prominent soapie opera actors are paid in regards to how prominent is the role which one is acting, how long is the service required, and obviously one’s experience.

Skeem Saam first premiered on SABC1 in 2011 and is one of the most followed soapie operas in South Africa and it boasts of more than 8 million viewers. According to the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, Skeem Saam is the third most-watched soapie opera in South Africa trailing behind Uzalo and Generations The Legacy.

Despite having a wide base on viewership Skeem Saam is one of the low budget soapie productions. Skeem Saam cast is mainly dominated by veteran actors with vast experience in the film industry such as Koko Mantsha but their monthly salaries do not attest to that.

With Skeem Saam being one of the most and longest aired soapies on SABC 1 it‘s every actor’s desire to be part of the Skeem Saam cast but their low monthly salary has been a stumbling block for many.

It’s so shocking that despite being one of the most followed show, Skeem Saam actors most of them rack in less money per month as compared to some Isibaya actors.

Isibaya And Skeem Saam Actors’ Salaries Leaked

Multi-award winning actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi affectionately known as Koko Mantsha is one of the highest-paid actors on the set of Skeem Saam.

The seasoned actor boasts of more than 30 years in the acting industry and has featured in soapies such as Bophelo ke Smphekgo. Despite being relieved from full time acting Koko Mantsha takes home R35,000 monthly. Seasoned actors such as Meikie, Mantuli, John, and Lelo their take-home salary is between R30,000 to 35,000 per month depending on their time on scenes and roles on set.

With a number of seasoned actors at its disposal, Skeem Saam’s cast salaries per month are lower as compared to other soapies. Surprisingly some star actors within the set of Skeem Saam such as Leeto, Lehasa, Rachel, Tbose, Marothi and Leshole takes home a monthly salary between R25,000 to R30,000 per month.

Kwaito’s take-home salary is between R20,000 to R25,000 per month. Due to their roles and less time on scenes, Sis Ouma, Pretty, Emkay and Mokgadi gets the same range of salary between R20,000 to R25,000 per month.

Nimrod is the least paid actor with his monthly salary between R15,00 to R20,000 thousand per month.

Skeem Saam is one of the most-watched soapies hence they have quite a number of supporting actors and they take between R1,500 to R6,000 per call.

Despite having lesser viewership, Isibaya is one of the most paying soapies in South Africa with its cast members racking away large sums of money more than some other soapie actors in the country such is the case of Skeem Saam Actors and Uzalo.

Isibaya Actors montly salaries

Mpiyakhe is one of the lead actors on the show and she gets a salary between R40,000 to R50,000 for her role. Ntwenhle gets a salary between R35,000 to R45,000 while Qondi gets between R35,000 to R40,000 a month because of their influential roles. Mkabayi racks in between R35,000 to R40,000 a month.

Lilian gets a salary between R30,000 to R40,000 a month. Mandla, Sbu and Phumelele also get the same range of salary as Lilian. Jabu is paid between R25,000 and R30,000 a month.

Sphokazi gets between R36,000 to R43,000 while Qaphela is paid between R25,000 to R35,000 a month. Sibongile is paid between R25,000 to R35,000 a month.

Pam gets a salary between R15,000 to R25,000 while Skaleni is paid between R20,000 to R30,000 a month. Jerry gets a salary between R18,000 to R20,000 a month.

Ntandane racks in a salary between R18,00 to R23,000 a month. Makhanyi salary is between R25,000 to R32,000 whilst Fezile is paid an estimate of R27,000 a month.

Isibaya And Skeem Saam Actors’ Salaries Leaked


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