The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the support it is currently receiving in its joint efforts with COSATU to reinstate its disgracefully dismissed Generation actors members back to work.
As the General Secretary of COSATU, Cde Zwelinzima Vavi alluded to the fact that the Generation matter is but one issue highlighting a plethora of challenges that are still faced by workers in the creative industry, CWUSA also agrees and deems the prominence given to this matter by the alliance and other progressives forces, a long overdue one that will be registered in the history books, as the defining Lula moment of the creative workers struggles for better life.
To us, the significance of this moment, it is the kind of political will and support that we are enjoying for the first time in the history of our struggle, which has been the missing link in as far as the escalation of our matters to policy making structures and processes is concerned.
We are confident of victory over the Generation’ issue and the continuation of a united front beyond the currently faced situation towards paving a way for the long overdue transformation of the intransigent creative and cultural industry.
Just to highlight few of some of the transformation issues on our agenda post the Generation’s issue:
bull The development of the Transformation Charter that will give guidance as to how the industry’s redress process should be structured.
bull The redistribution of rights that were forcefully removed from the actual owners and illegitimately transferred into the hands of the minority white right ldquoholdersrdquo similarly to the situation of land rights, in a progressive country like ours where real owners of land can now claim the rights back, we should have a similar process of claiming back the Intellectual Property rights too.
Deeds of assignments that suggest that one can only reclaim his or her rights back 50yrs after death are an insult and reflective of colonialist mentality and apartheid oppressive policies that were designed to perpetuate poverty and monopoly over the rightful majority right holders who are Africans.
bull The unspeakable lack of wisdom and unwillingness to translate Rural Development and Human Settlement agenda in terms of the arts and culture, in order to begin to retain many young aspiring practitioners within the boundaries of their comfort areasrovincesmunicipalities as opposed to being ldquoJim come to Joburgrdquo in search of the American dream, in the form of ldquoIdolsrdquo and end in the unfriendly streets of Hillbrow with no shelter nor food to eat.
bull The issue of local content versus foreign content, whereby we are totally subjected to the viewership of ldquoSouth African adaptation of American productions like American Idols, So You Think You Can Dance or Singhellip as if SA has no talent, is an indictment on the hard earned freedom.
bull Equally so to the post-modern cultural colonization by foreign artists, productions, actors and producers who grace our shores freely so, without being subjected to empowerment policies that set quotas on the number of jobs that should be retained for locals, with greater emphasis and biasness towards women and youth who are highly affected by unemployment, instead of being spectators in our home grounds and the recipients of dictated terms and compensation if not told that one is presented with an opportunity to gain exposure and experience.
These are just few of the real issues we need to deal with vigorously as soon as we are over with the Generations issue.
Let us then show love to our Generation actors by switching off our TVs or by switching to other channels during the following times:
20h: 00 – 20h: 30 Monday to Friday
09h: 030 – 10h: 00 SABC3
09h: 00 – 12h: 30 Saturday on Omnibus
Contact: Eugene Mthethwa (Acting General Secretary – CWUSA)
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions