Production to pause on Uzalo. Production on the popular Mzansi telenovela Uzalo has been paused over a pay wrangle. This follows an amicable decision by the cast and crew to suspend their services until such time as they are paid their August salaries, which were due on August 25.
Stained Glass Pictures, which produces the series, says it has been engaging with the SABC throughout. It confirms that the corporation has committed to honouring outstanding payments by the end of August.
Production to pause on Uzalo In early August, the company’s leadership called a meeting with all affected staff to explain the situation and give them the option of either continuing to work until month-end or taking immediate leave until payments could be made.
The overwhelming majority of the crew elected to keep working until the end of August, so production continued, demonstrating the team’s continued dedication to the production, their craft and the industry as a whole.
“As a company, we carried the costs of production for as long as we were able to, while waiting for the outstanding payments to be settled by the public broadcaster,” explained executive producer of Stained Glass Pictures, Pepsi Pokane.
“Since we were unable to make payments on payday, the staff has exercised their right to withhold services until they receive their August salaries. We respect that decision.”
Source: The Citizen