Our Perfect Wedding Hosts Get “Peanuts” As Salary: Industry Expert

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Arguably South Africa’s most popular reality show, one would expect that Our Perfect Wedding hosts are comfortable with their pay.

The show trends just about every time it airs and the hosts are usually admired by many. Nevertheless, if you are one of those who envy OPW hosts because you think they earn a lot of money, then you might need to brace yourself as their take home salaries will make you do a double take.

According to the information provided by popular entertainment blogger Phil Mphela, it seems OPW new host Kayise Ngqula can expect to get paid “peanuts”.

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Mphela took to Twitter this week to share a thread about the “shocking” salaries Which the hosts of the popular show get to take home. He revealed that the presenters, depending on their experience, could earn R12 000 per episode.

“Ever wondered how much the presenters on the no.1 show on DStv earn? They earn around R12 500 per episode for a four-day work of at least 18 hours and no overtime pay. That’s R3k per day. The new host might earn even less,” he tweeted.

While the amount may seem like a lot of money for the average South African, according to Phil, that’s “peanuts” by industry standards. This because you have to consider things like tax, and agents’ fees.

Furthermore, when you consider the fact that Kayise is still new in the industry, you would come to the conclusion that she could be earning much less.

“There reason why I say Kayise, the new presenter from the OPWPresenterSearch, might earn less, is because of the archaic salary system we still use in SA – where talent is paid by experience (how long they’ve been around) in the industry not what they bring to the show,” he tweeted.

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Phil concluded his thread by expressing his disgust for the industry’s salary system. He suggested that talent should be paid based on what they contribute and not on how long they have been in the industry.

Kayise Ngqula won the presenter search for the show and will join other Our Perfect Wedding hosts in January 2018.