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Axed 'Generations' actors prepared to return to work

The 16 cast members were fired last month for going on strike following a wage dispute.

Fired 'Generations' actors Patrick Shai (Left), Slindile Nodangala (Center) and Menzi Ngubane (Right) address the media at a briefing on 26 August, 2014 following their dismissal from the television series. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The 16 axed Generations actors say they are now prepared to return to work.

The cast members were dismissed on 18 August after going on strike to demand higher wages and royalties.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) held a meeting in Johannesburg earlier today and has once again called on South African viewers to boycott the show for the week in support of the actors' demands.

Actor Patrick Shai said, "We take full responsibility for the actions that we have taken. We believe in the values and the ideals that we stood for."

There have been reports that the producers of the popular soapie are poaching other actors to replace the sacked cast members.

Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi warned potential replacements not be persuaded.

"Don't be used by the arrogant producing companies in order to maintain and continue the exploitation of your fellow actors."

Vavi said from tonight, no South African must tune into SABC 1 to watch the popular soapie.

The trade union federation has said the labour dispute has now become about much more than the show.

The list of fired _Generations _actors includes:

Sophie Ndaba (Queen)

Menzi Ngubane (Sibusiso)

Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth)

Katlego Danke (Dineo)

Thami Mnqolo (Senzo)

Zolisa Xaluva (Jason)

Winnie Ntshaba (Khetiwe)

Slindile Nodangala (Ruby)

Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu)

Thato Molamu (Nicholas)

Anga Makubalo (MJ)

Mandla Gaduka (Choppa)

Patrick Shai (Patrick)

Atandwa Kani (Samora)

Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande)

Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska)