Vatiswa Ndara. Image: Ndara

Vatiswa Ndara. Image: Ndara

Vatiswa Ndara sits down with Minister Mthethwa to discuss plight of artists

Nathi Mthethwa: “We know that such things have been happening.”

Vatiswa Ndara. Image: Ndara

Vatiswa Ndara. Image: Ndara

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has met actress, Vatiswa Ndara, to discuss the alleged claims of mistreatment in the South African film and television industry, and the claims made against Ferguson Films.

Minister Mthethwa responds to NomaRussia’s open letter

On Monday, the veteran actress caused a frenzy on social media, after she published a hot six-page open letter, detailing how artists are being “exploited” by production houses and begged Mthethwa to do something about this catastrophe.

The actress and Minister had a one-on-one meeting

Many brought in their council regarding the issue, and the Minister took to Twitter to confirm “receipt” of the open letter and pledged to look into it.

Mthethwa posted a screenshot of a conference call between Ndara and two others, and Ndara came with feedback stating that the minister had given her an opportunity to expand on the issues raised in the open letter:

“He’ll respond to it in due course. He encourages SA creatives to not to lose momentum and keep up the burning spirit of progress.”

Vatiswa Ndara

Progress has been made as the Minister promised, and on Wednesday, the actress and Mthethwa had a one-on-one meeting and stated that he appaluds Ndara for her courage of speaking out about the alleged injustices of the film and television industry.

“What is of paramount importance now is the unity of all the stakeholders in the Creative Industry, especially relating to the two pieces of legislation awaiting assent. We are stronger fighting together than apart, let us unite in our resolve to revolutionise the Creative Industry.”

Minister Nathi Mthethwa

Fergusons have taken legal action after Ndara’s alleged claims against them

In an official statement from the Ferguson Films on Wednesday, Connie and Shona Ferguson have indicated that their company does not “reap financial benefits through repeat broadcasts” as earlier stated in Ndara’s six-page open letter.

The power couple further indicated that Ndara’s claims are declared as “petty, unnecessary, and uncalled for”; and they describe their production company as “merely a middle-man” between the broadcaster and the artists.

“We are pretty much in the same boat as the artist. We do not own the shows, we produce under their commission, and therefore have no right or say in what happens with the show post final delivery to the broadcaster. Ferguson Films prides itself in producing quality shows, providing much-needed employment to new and old talent, contributing to growth in the industry.”

Ferguson Films