The internet erupted following Vatiswa Ndara‘s open letter to the South African Minister of Sports, Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa. In a six-page letter, Vatiswa cried out for regulation of the acting industry to ensure that actors are renumerated for their work.
Part of the open letter shared by Vatiswa reads “Ferguson Films is officially starting iGazi 3 and we would like to offer Vatiswa a global contract for iGazi 3 at R110,000 (before tax) for the duration of the shoot (five weeks). No limit to calls, first call exclusive to us.”
Breaking down what the contract meant. She said in part:
“Let me draw the harsh realities o what is actually being said in the aforementioned offer: 1) this amount is yet to be taxed; 2) there is no guarantee of residuals; 30 I am unable to seek further employment until this contract is concluded;4) I will not be compensated for time taken out for work-related activities such as wardrobe fittings, kame-up, and public relations/media interviews and; 5) limitless calls, in case you do not know Minister, means, I could be on set Monday to Saturday for the full 12 hours a day, over the duration of five weeks.”
Vatiswa Ndara receives immense support following her open letter. Below is the open letter.