Generations The Legacy and Uzalo are among two of the most-watched soapies in South Africa.
Just how much do the actors at Generations: The Legacy earn compared to Uzalo actors?
Vusi Kunene is the highest-paid actor on the set of Generations The Legacy. He’s been in the industry for more than 25 years and takes home between R70, 000 to R150, 000 per month, followed by Tau Mogale played by Rapulana Seiphemo, whose take-home is between R60, 000 and R120, 000 per month.
Amongst other seasoned actors are the likes of Manaka Ranaka who plays Lucy Diale, Latoya Makhene who plays Tshidi Moroka, and Vuyo Dabula who plays Kumkani Phakade earn between R40, 000 to R70, 000.
Musa Ngema who plays the role of Mazwi Moroka earns between R35,000 to R40,000 per month. Moopi Mothibeli who played Smanga Moroka earned more and had a take-home of R37,000 to R45,000 per month. Kope Makgae acts the role of Mrekza Makhafola earns between R25,000 to R30,000 per month
These are actors like Mbali, Fikile’s ex-husband, and Gog Flo. Supporting actors earn between R1,500 to R5,000 per call – which is a 12-hour day of work. These actors can be paid up to R6,000 per call.
The term ‘extras’ refers to non-speaking actors or random individuals, who are in most cases untrained. They earn from R250 to R500 per call.
According to some insider information, the main cast members like Nkunzi and Mangcobo are the highest-paid actors ranging around R40k to R50k
The supporting actors are there to add more depth and to flesh out the main actor’s storylines. They may be in the middle of some storylines, but not necessarily the driving force behind the plot. They are the second-highest-paid.
Then there are the extras, these may appear in just one episode or in just a few scenes and they get paid per appearance and according to the time they have spent on the scene.
According to reports, the lowest-paid actress was Nomcebo who played the role of Khehla’s mother.
She was reportedly paid R15k to R20k per month, she was followed by Nyawo, Madlala, and Mbatha whose salaries range from R15k to R25k per month.