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Vuyo Dabula Exposes Unpaid Acting Gig, Sheds Light on Entertainment Industry Woes

Renowned actor Vuyo Dabula recently shared his frustration over an unpaid acting gig, highlighting a concerning issue in the entertainment industry.

This incident unfolded after Dabula, who recently joined the cast of Uzalo as Bentley Majozi, responded to a post by the popular entertainment commentator, Phil Mphela, concerning his involvement in a soap opera.

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Phil Mphela’s Commentary Sparks Discussion

On X (formerly Twitter), Phil Mphela suggested that Vuyo Dabula should be taking on roles in movies and series, rather than appearing in just any soap opera to make ends meet. Mphela expressed concern about the current state of South Africa’s film industry, which has seemingly left talented actors like Dabula, who should be leading men, with little room to be choosy.

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Dabula’s Insight into Industry Evolution

In response, Dabula, while being interviewed on DJ Fresh’s What A Week podcast, discussed the evolving industry landscape. He acknowledged soap opera actors as the current A-listers but questioned whether this dynamic was shifting due to the influence of streaming giants like Netflix.

Artistically for myself without judging anything, that’s where the industry should go. I’ve always said that the A-listers right now are soapie actors. I don’t know if the industry is changing now with your big streaming giants like Netflix

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Personal Disappointment: Vuyo Dabula’s Unpaid Acting Gig

However, the situation took a personal turn for Dabula over the weekend. He took to his verified Instagram account to express his disappointment with a production company that had failed to pay him for an acting gig. Dabula posted a screenshot of a conversation he had with a representative from the production company, wherein he was following up on an overdue payment.

While Dabula didn’t disclose the production company’s name, he clarified that it was not related to his involvement in Uzalo. In his Instagram post, he mentioned,

“On other news guys, this has nothing to do with UZALO but must I mention which production? I invoiced last week Thursday.”


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