Summary: Performers Protection Amendment Bill 2016

Through various channels, SAGA has been lobbying government and the DTI to effect changes to the existing Performers Protection Act which dates back to 1967 and which fails to protect the rights of actors in today’s environment. On 5th July 2016, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies published... more

So, what’s your real job?

When the long-running soap-opera ‘Generations’ went off air, the 16 actors at the centre of the storm filed papers with the CCMA, challenging their dismissal. The first question the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration had to answer is whether or not it has jurisdiction at all in... more

With your support & active membership, the South African Guild of Actors can enhance working conditions, compensation and benefits, and be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of actors rights

  • Working together to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation & benefits
  • Representing actors in the film, television, stage, commercial and corporate sectors of South Africa. We're a powerful, unified voice for actors' rights
  • SAGA is a member of Actors' Guilds and Unions from 68 countries including SAG-AFTRA (USA), ACTRA (Canada) and British Equity.
  • SAGA is a member of the International Actors Federation (FIA)

Valued SAGA Members

In accordance with a decision taken by UASA at their National Executive Committee meeting, UASA’s Membership Subscriptions have been increased. For current debit order members, UASA will do the necessary in terms of the monthly debit order and relevant change in the subscription rate. We thank you for your continued support of SAGA.

About UASA - our union

The signing of the coalition agreement: UASA CEO, Koos Bezuidenhout (Centre), with Carlynn De Waal-Smit (left) and Hans Strydom (right).

SAGA has a coalition with UASA, an association of trade unions that has been in existence for more than 100 years. UASA is registered with the Department of Labour and represents workers and professionals in the minerals and mining, metal and engineering, transport, agriculture, communication, sport and recreation, media and catering industries.

UASA is politically non-aligned and is dedicated solely to the well-being of its more than 80 000 members. It is represented at the highest decision-making levels on various statutory councils and the Union's expert negotiators are well informed on all policies or pending legislation. In addition it able to lobby parliament through FEDUSA and NEDLAC, providing input into any legislation that might adversely affect members.

Under current legislation, freelance actors are deemed to be self-employed contractors and as such, are generally excluded from the protections offered by the Department of Labour. However, UASA has developed a special sector to service the unique needs of independent professionals, from doctors and lawyers to business consultants and hairdressers. Through our coalition, actors now have access to UASA's existing infrastructure, administrative resources and legal expertise.

SAGA members can be assured of first-rate representation in contractual disputes with producers, up to the level of the Constitutional Court where necessary. In addition, should a member find themselves in formal permanent employment, such representation extends to the CCMA and Labour Court.

Through our powerful coalition partner, the South African Guild of Actors strives to create a bargaining forum for our industry that guards against exploitation of actors by employers and corporate bullies. In addition the Guild aims to determine minimum standards and requirements, and to elevate the South African Performance Industry to the same level as those in Europe and the USA.

About UASA

UASA is an association of trade unions – it incorporates 34 different trade unions - which has been in existence for more than 100 years. It is registered with the Department of Labour and represents workers in the minerals and mining, metal and engineering, transport, agriculture, communication, sport and recreation, media and catering industries.

UASA has in excess of 80 000 members and focuses on the employee in the workplace holistically, rather than just employee-employer relationships.

UASA is not politically aligned and is represented on ICFTU, NEDLAC, UIF, various Retirement Funds, the Workman’s Compensation Board, the President Consultative Forum and a multitude of Bargaining Councils as well as Statutory Councils. It is therefore well informed of all policies or pending legislation that could affect its members.

Members of SAGA have – through UASA - access to first-rate legal representation with regards to grievance, disciplinary, CCMA and Labour Court cases. UASA also offers expert negotiators and will assist SAGA in establishing a collective bargaining council.

Through UASA, SAGA members have access to a range of lifestyle and financial benefits.

To read more about UASA, its history and benefits, visit

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