The Fergusons have responded to the allegations made in the media by Veteran actress Vatiswa Ndara.
They say the allegations made against Ferguson Films are misguided, misdirected and misleading and can be seen as a ploy to defame and tarnish the company’s name and reputation.
On Monday, Ndara posted an open letter on social media, addressed to Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, stating her grievances on what she calls exploitation of actors in the television production industry.
In the letter, which has led to widespread engagement on social media, the actress specifically mentions “Ferguson Films”, which she worked for as an actress on a TV series – iGazi.
Ndara mentions that she was offered R110 000 for a five week period in the series. She declined the offer and labels the owners of Ferguson Films as “slave masters.”
She says actors are subject to unfair labour practices, poor remuneration and working conditions.
Responding to the allegations, the Fergusons say: “We pride ourselves in producing quality shows, providing much needed employment to new and old talent and contributing to the growth of the industry. We will remain steadfast in our endevour to treat everyone who works with us fairly and with the utmost respect.
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— UNCLE SHO (@Shona_Ferguson) October 9, 2019