Work on the set of popular SABC soapie, Muvhango, came to a crashing halt recently after staff and crew shut down production
Staff are up in arms after reportedly not being paid a salary for two months.
According to the Daily Sun, irate cast and crew members have threatened to leave if Word of Mouth Productions, the company that produces the show, does not pay them their due.
A source told the publication that October and November salaries were not paid.
“Last month when we enquired, we were told that the SABC did not have money to pay them; that is why they couldn’t pay salaries. When we asked why the company didn’t apply for an overdraft to pay salaries, we were told that we would be paid double on Friday, November 29,” the mole revealed.
Friday came and went with no money in their bank accounts.
“They sent an e-mail explaining that there isn’t money to pay salaries again because they didn’t get the money from the SABC.”
Producers say they are at the mercy of the cash-strapped public broadcaster
“In the absence of a payment guarantee, we have sent correspondence notifying the broadcaster that we will be shutting down at 2pm this afternoon and we will only reopen when we have been paid,” the Daily Sun quoted an email that was allegedly sent by producers.
The SABC is allegedly thinking about cancelling the Muvhango contract altogether as it does not have the money to keep the show going.
The production shutdown will no doubt be alarming for the show’s fans.
Long-running soapie, Isidingo, was recently given the chop
The SABC canned the show after allegedly failing to secure enough advertisers, and the final episode is set to air on March 12.
Some Twitter users are speculating that the shows could move to Pay TV, which spells disaster for the average South African citizen.
“They closing all the soapies and other programs on SABC to move it to Pay TV. Don’t say we didn’t tell you… Your parents and relatives in the rurals will be forced to have Dstv to watch Muvhango and Uzalo. Ya’ll don’t know a capitalists state; it’s all about profit,” the tweep claimed.
They closing all the soapies and other programs on SABC to move it to Pay TV
Don’t say we didn’t tell you…
Your parents and relatives in the rurals will be forced to have Dstv to watch Muvhango and uZalo
Ya’ll don’t know a capitalists state; its all about profit pic.twitter.com/WU0BDpqU1u
— Sphithiphithi Evaluator (@_AfricanSoil) November 29, 2019