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Skeem Saam: The Gang That Has Captured The Nation!

Skeem Saam is snatching every prime time wig left to claim its throne as the most topical drama television series in the country.

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South African primetime television is in a pretty good place right now, and Skeem Saam has been holding its own in terms of consistently keeping viewers on the edge of their seats.

It’s not diffucult to see why.

The drama series explores some of South Africa’s most contentious issues, and with an impressive line-up of new faces to deliver these captivating stories, the show has managed to keep itself a trending topic on social media and millions of South African homes.

Skeem Saam

Starring amongst others the likes of Amanda Du Pont, Natasha Thahane, Eric Macheru and Shoki Sebotsane, Skeem Saam is a psychological thriller that chronicles the lives of three young men as they attempt navigating their way out of a deep, dark hole. It all began when they stole a car after a night of boozing. Though the three manage to unhinge themselves from the chains of the terrible secret that bound them together, they tangle themselves in a web of far more complicated scenarios.

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But at the core of it, Skeem Saam really is about young people tackling the challenges that come with adulthood. And as we all know how difficult ‘adulting’ is, the youth on the show seem to duck some of the most vicious daggers.

Skeem Saam

As would be the case with most, these young people’s challenges do not happen in isolation. Despite all the mess, they remain rooted in families and families with a strong sense of stability and values.

Even as Kat was caught with weed in his school-bag, and as Tbose chased around Turfloop in search of his kidnapped son, the world itself remained stable. Granny was always waiting at home to lock the gate, no matter how bad things got out there in the world. The third season of Skeem Saam has been about transitions. From school to university, Turfloop to Johannesburg, gaining independence and from empty houses to empty nests.

The show boasts over 6 million daily viewers, thanks to the intriguing topical storylines.

CAST: 

Amanda DuPont, Shoki Sebotsane, Cornet Mamabolo, Clement Mamabolo, Patrick Seleka, Eric Macheru, Harriet Manamela, Bongani Masondo, Africa Tsoai, Natasha Thahane, Dieketseng Mnisi, Masilo Magoro and Elizabeth Serunye.

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Bonang, Somizi & Babes Wodumo To Appear On SABC 3’s Smoooth Fan!

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Tropika  recently announced the launch of Tropika Smoooth Fan – a new live celebrity quiz show which is set to find the smooothest fans of some of Mzansi’s hottest celebrities. Rorisang Thandekiso has been announced as the host of the show’s debut season and now, the impressive list of A-list celebrities who will take part on the show have officially been announced.

A list of celebrities on the first season;

KHANYI MBAU

Khanyi Mbau Tropika Smooothest Fan

Khanyi Mbau is one of the country’s most prominent television personalities. The star started her career on SABC 2’s hit soap Muvhango back in 2004 and has gone on to host shows like The Scoop and The Big Secret while racking up quite the acting portfolio. Khanyi has also added author and radio host to her resumé over the past few years proving that there is nothing that she can’t tackle.

The star’s personal life hasn’t been without controversy, but her determination, talent and personality has helped her become one of the biggest stars in South Africa today. “I am so excited to appear on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Khanyi says. “Over the years, my fanbase has been my greatest asset. They’ve stuck with me through the good and the bad times and now, it’s time to put them to the test and see just how well they know me.”

LETOYA MAKHENE 

Letoya makhene Tropika Smooothest Fan

Letoya Makhene is an actress, singer and TV personality who has shot to fame over the past few years. Letoya’s career started when she was cast in an advert at the tender age of nine, and she went on to present on various youth-orientated TV shows including YoTV.

When she was 14, Letoya formed the group S’kool Girlz with her sisters which saw the star break into the music industry. Letoya’s presenting career got a boost after she became a co-host on the second season of Idols South Africa and appeared in popular soapies like Isidingo and Generations.

Today, the star plays Tshidi on Generations: The Legacy. “I’m really looking forward to meeting my biggest fan on the show! Tropika Smoooth Fan is an exciting new concept and I am so excited to be a part of it,” Letoya says. “My fans should enter because not only do they stand a chance of meeting me, but there are also lots of great prizes that are up for grabs. Oh, and the show promises to be a whole lot of fun!”

BABES WODUMO 

Babes wodumo Tropika Smooothest Fan

Musician Babes Wodumo, whose real name is Bongekile Simelane, spring-boarded the Gqom musical sensation which is currently taking the country by storm with her smash hit ‘Wololo’.

The star has gone on to release multiple hit records as she continues to push herself and her musical genre creatively – something that has garnered her a massive following. “My fans have been incredibly supportive throughout my career so far and I am so excited to see just how much they really know me on Tropika Smoooth Fan,” Babes says. “I am excited to connect with them on a different level on the show so if you think you have what it takes to be my smooothest fan, buy a Tropika today and follow the on-pack instructions to enter!”

CLEMENT MAOSA 

Clement maosa Tropika Smooothest Fan

Clement Maosa is an actor best known for his role as Zamokuhle ‘Kwaito’ Seakamela on SABC 1’s popular drama Skeem Saam. After initially wanting to be a soldier, Clement set his sights on acting and has proven to be a hit with audiences around the country.

Clement’s role as Kwaito is his first gig in the industry, and has proved to be a hit with audiences and has catapulted Clement into superstardom. “For a person like me, who comes from the rural region of Limpopo, to have made a career for himself in television wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my fans,” Clement says. “So, in everything that I do, I’m aware that there are thousands of people rooting for me. I’m looking forward to meeting some of them, and interacting with them on Tropika Smoooth Fan and seeing just how well they know me. Make sure you buy a Tropika today and enter to prove you’re my smooothest fan.”

JEANNIE D

Jeannie D Tropika Smooothest Fan

Jeannie D is an incredibly talented television personality best known for her presenting gigs on SABC 3’s popular Top Billing, Top Travel and Afternoon Express. Jeannie D is also a radio host on Good Hope FM and has become a seasoned MC at major corporate events around the country.

Her passion for entertainment started at a young age and at age 12 she auditioned for The National School of the Arts.

She truly understands what it takes to be a great presenter and her ability to connect with her audiences has made her one of the experts in her craft. “I’m so excited to meet some of the people who have been with me on my journey in life,” Jeannie D reveals. “They have travelled the world with me and let me into their homes for over a decade. I am so excited to meet some of them, and be a part of them winning some incredible prizes.”

KHAYA DLADLA

Khaya Dladla Tropika Smooothest Fan

Khaya Dladla is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur who shot to superstardom thanks to his role on the popular SABC 1 drama Uzalo. The star’s passion for entertainment started during his early years after his parents used to send him to drama class.

The star enjoyed all facets of performance and later became a backing vocalist for musicians such as Hugh Masikela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Uzalo is the star’s first break-out television role and has put him on the path to superstardom. “Tropika Smoooth Fan is such an exciting concept and I am really excited about being part of its first season,” Khaya says. “I am looking forward to finding out just how well my fans really know me and to show them how different I am to any character I have placed on television.”

SOMIZI

Somizi Mhlongo Tropika Smooothest Fan

Somizi is a popular choreographer, reality show judge, radio personality and TV presenter. His career began when he was 13 years old where he joined the broadway musical Sarafina! and travelled the world for five years with the production.

He made a name for himself as a choreographer and took on massive projects like Miss South Africa between 1998 and 2008 (and again in 2015) and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He is now one of the most impressive TV presenters and reality star in South Africa, with a massively loyal following. “I am looking forward to really engaging with people that have supported me over the years, with the people that are my cheerleaders.

I am excited to find out really what makes them think that they are my greatest fans and how much they know of me and about me,” Somizi says. “My biggest fans should enter because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Imagine you see this person on TV, in the papers, you hear them on radio, you see them on social media but you have never met them. Here is your chance to come get a glimpse of what Somizi is really like.”

BONANG MATHEBA

Bonang Matheba

Bonang Matheba has cemented her spot as one of the most popular celebrities to have ever come out of South Africa. The TV presenter started her career as the host of SABC 1’s popular music show Live, then venturing into radio as a presenter on youth station YFM.

Since then, Bonang’s career has flourished. She has launched multiple fashion lines, became a presenter on Top Billing, hosted a popular radio show on Metro FM, hosted numerous television shows and MC gigs and even appeared in her very own reality show.

Bonang is the epitome of class and sophistication and continues to build an empire with her various projects and endorsement deals. “I believe I have the best fan base in the country – people who have supported me throughout the 15 years of my career.

Tropika Smoooth Fan is a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with individuals who chat to me on a daily basis on social media. It’s fun, it’s proudly South African and a wonderful way for me to say thank you to them for helping me live out my dreams every single day. I look forward to it but mostly – I’m looking forward to seeing the power of the BForce.”

Smoooth Fan will require die-hard fans of these celebrities to put their skills and celeb knowledge to the test in the hopes of making it to the big finale for a chance to win R250 000 cash and a car!

Each episode of Smoooth Fan will be dedicated to a particular celebrity, and will feature four die-hard celebrity fans as they compete in various interactive games – live in studio – in the hopes of being crowned the smooothest fan.

 

 

 

 

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Real Housewives of Johannesburg: Brinnette and Evodia’s Tea Party Bust Up

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We saw this one coming from a distance, but Friday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg finally confirmed suspicions of a brewing feud between Brinnette and Evodia.

There’s been plenty of shade and mudslinging between the girls since the season one premiere, but the tossing around of some damning allegations pretty much spelt out any possibility of them hugging it out.

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Last week’s allegations of Brinnette borrowing Athania’s Porche to keep up appearances circulated around quite a bit in the Mogase household, with Mercy finally confronting her mother’s friend to get to the bottom of the scandal.

RELATED: MERCY & EVODIA CONSIDER VAGINAL REJUVENATION! 

Prior to the episode airing, Evodia had taken to Instagram to blast Brinnette for allegedly borrowing ‘people’s clothes’, which we later found out was a reference to a handbag borrowed from Athania during the night in question.

BRINNETTE VS EVODIA: THE TEA PARTY WAR OF WORDS 

Fast forward to the lush tea party hosted by Evodia at a fancy hotel, where she brought out the ladies for some winding down. While a pyjama party brought them together for some of the most intimate and raw moments we’ve seen on the show so far, the morning after came with drama that undid all of that.

It all started with Brinnette inviting a friend, Olwethu, to join the lunch, without prior notice to Evodia. Olwethu showed up at the party with her baby, and instantly demanded that all the ladies should sanitise. That didn’t go down with Evodia, who felt disrespected by Brinnette’s actions.

RELATED: EVODIA & CHRISTALL’S SCREAMING MATCH 

“My Darling, unfortunately, you can’t come here and start calling shots”, Evodia charged from across the table, clearly in no mood to sanitise her hands. “This is my party, you can’t prioritise your baby at my party”, she later added during a diary session.

Olwethu, caught in the crossfire, later explained that it was never her intentions to make an appearance while the ladies were dining.

Was Brinnette wrong for inviting a friend without alerting Evodia? Was Evodia’s reaction extra? Scroll down and leave a comment!

 

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Idols SA: Top 10 Suffer Harsh Critiques As They Take Judges Playlist

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The all-new glamorous Top 10 were unveiled on Sunday night, bringing some pop star allure to the Idols SA stage.

This evening’s theme was the Judges’ Playlist, an on-going friendly match to see which judge will have the most songs picked by the contestants. The honour went to Unathi, whose tally of five songs picked dethroned last year’s winner Somizi.

The show got off to an up-tempo start when a red-clad Nosipho performed Lady Zamar’s pop hit, Collide. Randall said it reminded him of Kylie Minogue, but she needed to “turn it up” more. Somizi, on the other hand, predicted it to be a forgettable performance.

Next up was Mthokozisi, who looked spiffy in a tuxedo jacket, taking on Maxwell’s Ascension, a decision applauded by Unathi who said: “To attempt a falsetto with such a deep voice is commendable.” An unimpressed Somizi put it bluntly: “There was no dynamic, no colour. It was bland. It wasn’t nice.”

Lincoln came on stage in a flamboyant floral outfit that he said was inspired by Somizi. His rendition of Ringo’s Sondela was “respectful”, according to Unathi. Randall felt he brought soul to the song, and Somizi said he killed it.

The judges agreed that the diminutive Xae brought some fire with her vocals on Shekhinah’s Please Mr, but needed to go “big” and show off more personality on stage instead of sorely relying on her voice.

The contestant who likes to “smile with my eyes” took on Ed Sheeran’s Perfect. Niyaaz received some mixed reviews, with the judges pointing out the song had started off well, but he had over-sang it by the end. “You don’t need to over-emote; the song’s lyrics are enough,” advised Randall.

Self-confessed tomboy, Ntokozo, took on the uplifting gospel anthem Fill Me Up by Tasha Cobbs. Unathi called her attempt “fearless” while Randall felt the song itself was going to save her for this week.

Thato brought it back home with I Got You by Encore. “You are the first performer so far this evening to have presence. You know that this is a competition,” was Randall’s compliment. “You are the full package,” concurred Somizi. “You have charisma, charm and confidence. Your tone went hand in hand with that song.”

The petit Thando took on the big guns with Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Unathi and Somizi gave their critique, but all everyone heard was Randall. “Blah blah blah! Finally, we have a competition!”

Blouse-loving King B had all eyes on him as he sang Love On The Brain by Rihanna, with just a piano for accompaniment. “You are a true example of honesty and self-acceptance. You are not just a voice, you are honesty and we love that honesty,” said Somizi. “You are also a great singer. You do melodrama well.” Unathi summed it up: “You killed it! This is one of my favourite performances so far.”

Teen wonder Yanga closed off the show with a superb rendition of Amazulu by Amanda Black, that left Unathi emotional. “I had specifically chosen that song for you and hoped you’d pick it. You have done it justice; avulekil’amazulu.”

With the judges having made their song choices and their voices heard, it’s now up to the voting public to keep their favourite on the show.

 

 

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