Vatiswa Ndara’s open letter spotlighting the alleged mistreatment of actors in the arts and film industry has received support from the veteran actress, Marah Louw, in an open dialogue at Power FM headquarters, South African creatives have gathered to discuss the industry’s plight.
Marah Louw: “I’m blacklisted because producers reached a sealing of how much to pay”
Louw has been vocal about her struggles and took a jab at the governing party stating that the “biggest mistake” was the African National Congress (ANC) deploying politicians to be Ministers, as she was referring to the Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa.
Marah has also divulged that she is currently writing a book, and will “tell it all” and the actress told the panel that in 2003, while playing Catherine on Muvhango, she was earning R65 000 a month.
The actress also took a jab at Shona Ferguson, after an alleged business deal was not completely secured because of financing and the lack thereof: “And now Shona, a child, tells me that I am expensive”.
During the dialogue, members of the public chimed in and offered their opinion on the matters raised, and one of the “suggestions” was for Nathi Mthethwa to step down as the Minister, while others point out that creatives need independent producers as well, so the industry can be regulated.
MEC Hlophe claims the only solution would come from legislation
Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Mbali Hlophe, was in the building and has stated that the solution lies with legislation, and that support for these regulations would need to come from “everybody”.
Hlophe further states that President Cyril Ramaphosa has been getting advice on signing the two bills, and Marah Louw has interjected stating that the President’s hands are probably “tied up” when it comes to signing the bills because of lobby groups who are against it.
“I’m blacklisted because producers reached a sealing of how much to pay. I’m 50 years in the industry and it means I must get paid the same as someone who just left acting school.”
Social media is torn as “no-solution” seems to manifest
Social media has been divided on who to support with all the claims coming forth, some stating that the legislations won’t “do much” to help the plight of South African artists.
“The Copyright Amendment bill gives the users the rights as if they are the composers of the works. That’s robbing the composers and authors of the material of the full right to their royalties, it’s not viable.”