Minnie Quits LIVE

Just a week after I posted this aricle about Minnie being mistreated by Live viewers and producers not doing anything to help her in the situation, City Press reports that Minnie has quit the show.

The journo and paper that is still under a cloud of embarrassment after they claimed to have spotted Bonang at the Metros when in fact she did not attend the event, is reporting that Minnie tendered her resignation from the show.

According to the paper SABC1 is claiming that Live presenter Minenhle Dlamini has not resigned from the music show. With the channel’s brand manager, Vukile Madlala, being quoted as having said:

“Minnie did not resign. We took a decision to move her to Mzansi Insider ­because Live has a new format which she won’t be needed for.
The journo claims that the paper is in possession of Dlamini’s resignation letter, which is dated November 30. In the said letter which is addressed to Minnie's Urban Brew employers identified only as Bev, Marvin and Sjula – Minnie apparently wrote:

“As required by my contract, I hereby give 30 days’ notice, starting on 1 December, of my intention to leave the position of co-presenter of Live. 
“I would like to thank you and the rest of the team for taking me on as part of the team. I wish nothing but success for the show that will always be a part of my life.”

Minnie is joining a growing number of young artists who have walked away from projects, productions and shows this year; 
  • The Twinz, Hlelo and Ntando, had to leave Mzansi Insider when an opportunity to do a reality show came about. 
  • Sekoati Tsubane who played Kabelo on 7 de Laan also had to leave that show. Though his departure was marred by controversy after he made a rather unprofessional remark about the show on Twitter, I was still proud of him for standing up for what he believed. He was not happy with how he was treated and took a stand.
  • Sonia Sedibe was also reported to have resigned from Generations because she was not happy with the direction the show was taking and the lack of growth in her character on the show.
  • This week Sunday world reported that 2011 breakout star, Zahara, did not pitch at a concert in the Eastern Cape much to the fans' disappointment. The songstress is said to have pulled out from the show because the organisers were not prepared to pay her R75 000 performance fee and had to replace her with Theo Kgosinkwe who is apparently cheaper to book.

If you know you are talented and bring a positive contribution to a show or brand then you ought to be compensated accordingly or be treated in the same manner. This fear that if you voice your displeasure with your employers in this industry or resign will hurt your future opportunities in this business is just a farce.

Majority of people in this industry believe in nurturing true talent. Someone else will hire you. We all want this industry to grow as its growth benefits us all. You have to know your worth and trust in your talent to build you career.

Yes loyalty is very important but so too is mutual respect. Both parties, the artist and the employer should be on the same page about building a brand or show and having that benefit all involved in that particular venture.

Minnie is currently on Mnet's saopie, The Wild and she is set to return as Phila's co-presenter on Mzansi Insider next year. All the best for her.

Since Sizwe is also leaving LIVE, the show is set to do some restructuring and there are reports that a new presenter will be brought it to host with Bonang. Hopefull the changes will help the show capture its former glory. Or perhaps they should just call it a day whilst they are still relevant. We'll see...

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