The cast and crew of the popular SABC2 soapie Muvhango are keenly waiting to find out if they still have jobs. They are apparently angry at management for not letting them know whether their contracts will be renewed, or not. Employees have allegedly not been working for two months.
A source told Daily Sun the show was waiting for the SABC to kick-start the renewal process. “Management sent them a letter two weeks ago, stating it would contact them after finalisation,” said the source.
“The letter was sent after two months of no communication. The cast is upset because if they are not brought back for a new season, they should have been told already. They are now sitting at home not knowing their fate. They don’t know whether to look for other jobs or not.”
Another issue was the festive season. “Obviously, it requires money. Some are breadwinners and it has been tough for them,” said the source. Another source, who is part of the soapie’s team, said although this had happened before, it never stretched out this long.
“We are left in the dark, not knowing if we will be called back or not. Every year in August and September, we take a break. But, a new season usually starts in October. This year, we’re still not back at work.”
Executive producer and creator of Muvhango, Duma ka Ndlovu said they were waiting for the SABC, and could not confirm when actors would be called back. “We are waiting for the SABC to issue us with a contract. It is busy working on the contract, and we don’t know the finer details.”
SABC group executive for corporate affairs and marketing Gugu Ntuli said: “The SABC takes all negotiations entered into seriously and will always ensure due diligence and all processes are followed. It must be noted that due to Muvhango’s lifespan, the cumulative value of the production has increased. This means the contract requires additional approvals via National Treasury.”