Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Muvhango's Rami Chuene on SABC2 who played Khomotjo, the next high profile actress dumped from a South African soap.

Rami Chuene from SABC2's Muvhango Venda soap has become the next high profile South African actress to be dumped from a local TV soap opera - her contract which just expired wasn't renewed.

Rami Chuene played Khomotjo Mojalefa but the character will soon disappear from Muvhango.

Her contract expired at the end of August and wasn't renewed. She was apparently not told.

Rami Chuene's on-screen performance has been utterly great - especially as of late.

Muvhango viewers have been enthralled with the completely terrific and totally over-the-top story line of a drama queen diva under siege with debts, family drama and a scandalous court case, but refusing to give up.

Viewers buzzed about and loved the recent scene stealing and brilliant buzzed-about moment when the character appeared on SABC2's Morning Live inside Muvhango to be "interviewed" by Leanne Manas.

"Rami's character was story line driven and the contract ends with the story," says Kgalema Mametse, Muvhango publicist.

The harsh exploitation of South African television actors, their apparent expendableness and desperate working conditions are under the spotlight like never before as the South African TV industry is forced to take stock of what is really happening, and what is really going on as far as on-screen talent contracts, proper remuneration and payment of residuals for rebroadcasts are concerned.

The entire principal cast of the SABC's biggest TV show in terms of both viewership and advertising income was fired when the Generations cast on SABC1 embarked on a stayaway last month and was promptly fired by the SABC and Mfundi Vundla's MMSV Productions.

The SABC is set to run out of recorded episodes of Generations by the end of September, with a looming crisis for SABC1 and the 7.5 million viewers the TV channel has been able to lure on weekdays to the 20:00 timeslot.

Mfundi Vundla said he will never take the fired Generations cast back, and the biggestr trade federation, Cosatu, on Tuesday called for a soap switch-off from Monday 15 September and asked all TV viewers to boycott Generations from next week and to not watch the soap.