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According to a seasoned local actor,main actors in South African soapies can earn between R25,000 to R60,000 per month.

R60,000 was at the high-end of the scale, and not the norm for main cast members, said the actor.


Supporting actors can earn betweenR1,500 to R5,000 per call – which is a 12-hour day of work. “Stars” can earn up to R6,000 per call, he said.

For extras in a show – usually non-speaking roles, and who can be untrained people “off the street” –R250 to R500 per call is the going rate.

The salaries were based on information from the South African Guild of Actors – detailed in the table below.

Nomzamo Mbatha



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