Mzansi celebs aren’t immune to feeling the pinch in these tough times – or the terrible prospect of unemployment.
Former Generations actress Palesa Mocuminyane, who’s been presenting Gospel Gold for the past three years, is apparently out of a job. According to an insider, Palesa asked for a salary increase from her bosses at Engage Entertainment, the production house hired by the SABC to produce Gospel Gold. They allegedly refused her request and dropped the bombshell that SABC is canning the show.
When called for comment an upset Palesa denied any knowledge of this. “I don’t know what you’re talking about because when I last checked I was still presenting the show,” a shaken Palesa protested.
“The last time I shot Gospel Gold was two months ago but my understanding is that SABC hasn’t renewed its contract with Engage Entertainment yet. They can’t renew my contract until theirs is sorted. My bosses have promised they’ll get back to me.”
Palesa denies demanding a salary increase. Money is apparently an issue for many celebs so we asked those in the know how much Mzansi presenters earn. According to a close industry source it obviously depends on experience and popularity.
“New presenters earn around R1 800 to R2 000 per episode and those who’ve been in the game for longer can earn R10 000 or more per episode,” explains our source.
SABC1 publicity manager Vukile Madlala refused to divulge how much Mzansi presenters get paid per episode. “I’m sorry, I cannot comment. This is a sensitive issue and a private matter,” Vukile says.
Another source adds that celebs who’ve made a name for themselves, like Bonang Matheba, would earn approximately R30 000 per month.