Vatiswa called the 82k the Fergusons offered her ‘daylight robbery’ and ‘slavery
Vatiswa called the 82k the Fergusons offered her ‘daylight robbery’ and slavery
Actress Vatiswa Ndara sent out a letter to Minister Nathi Mthethwa detailing her experiences as an actress and accussing Ferguson Films of exploitation.
In a no-holds-barred 6-page open letter to the Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture, she incriminates the Fergusons; as they are the owners of the production house she was employed by.
Vatiswa Ndara posted the letter on Twitter, asking the minister to intervene on cases where actors are not getting paid what’s due to them. To further illustrate her point, she used her experiences with Ferguson Films, the production company that produces iGazi.
GOOD MORNING 🙋🏽♀ 🇿🇦
AN OPEN LETTER TO MINISTER OF SPORTS, ARTS & CULTURE @NathiMthethwaSA + @asandamagaqa#actor #acting #actorslivesmatter#DiaryOfAMadFrustratedActor#StopExploitingActors#TheShowMustGoOn#IAmAnActorSA#SouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/o2auq7FckZ
— Vatiswa Ndara (@theVati_Can) October 7, 2019
In a quote from an email sent out by Ferguson Films, she claims that she was offered R110 000 before taxes over five weeks of work with no limit to calls. On iGazi she played the character NomaRussia and had said she will not be returning for the third season of the hit series.
In the letter she breaks down how the R110K will be broken down and at the end of the 5 weeks she will only be receiving a mere R82 500 while the company enjoys the sweet financial benefits. She called it ‘daylight robbery’ and ‘slavery’.
What upset many people was the actress mentioning the ill-treatment herself and fellow actors in the entertainment scene (as a whole) receive. Unfair contractual agreements and expectations, poor remuneration, being unfairly treated by producers, poor oversight by channel, bullying and intimidation are some of the things she encountered.
Vatiswa is very much aware of the repercussions of sending out this letter and the possibility of being blacklisted by the powers that be.
Some of you are just looking at R100k & saying #vatiswaNdara is ungrateful without knowing how the industry works. Such working hours, no leave entitlement for urgent private matters, working conditions, working Monday to sartuday for 12hrs. that’s exploitation 101. #Fergusons
— Man’s Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) October 8, 2019
So the fergusons quit their jobs, spent their money trying to set up a production company, first two shows bombed. They cut all the losses and continued working their ass off…finally found their feet and now we want them to write Million Rand check with just two hit shows???🤔 pic.twitter.com/9EHlghcFT0
— Body_Bag_Pablo (@Body_Bag_Pablo) October 7, 2019
If bravery was a person! Bravery beyond measure ! @theVati_Can o bosso wena! Salute✊🏿Thank you so much Minister @NathiMthethwaSA for acknowledging the letter. Let’s defend the creative industry pic.twitter.com/1OZmEwc141
— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) October 7, 2019
#Repost @HlubiMboya (get_repost)
This was 3 years ago. I am 41, still living this truth. vatiswandara #Vatiswa🖤🖤
“Here’s the thing: I’m 38, I’m black, and I’m a woman. So those are three really hard things to… https://t.co/E1T3Cg96uO
— Hlubi Mboya Arnold (@HlubiMboya) October 8, 2019
Here lies the remains of Vatiswa Ndara’s acting career that died on 07 October 2019.
Good luck @theVati_Can as you pursue a career in engineering, teaching or whatever…it’s been real boo! #RIP https://t.co/aydkfq0TgX
— Rami Chuene🌈🏳️🌈 (@ramichuene) October 7, 2019
Picture credit: iol.co.za