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Real Housewives of Johannesburg Are Everything! Why We Are Obsessed

Friday night saw the season one premiere of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg! Here’s what we thought about the Jozi version of the popular franchise

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Speculation of a possible South African interpretation of the popular Real Housewives franchise has been doing the rounds for over 5 years, with rumours of ongoing production being belied by a no-show of the highly anticipated reality show.

Instead, fans were treated to infamous alternatives, most which deserved no sequels. We won’t mention names.

On Friday night, 1Magic premiered the Real Housewives of Johannesburg, a one-hour reality show offering a glimpse inside the lives of some the city’s most monied, fierce, and catty women!

The season one premiere comes months after a busy marketing campaign to promote the show’s awareness, which was obviously met with scepticism from many cynical fans who’ve seen many local adaptations of international formats been tortured with ashy standards.

Yet Friday night came with a pleasant surprise from the show, secured and produced by Sonia Mbele’s company, RHOSA.

Fans were delighted by the sheer opulence displayed on the show, with most of the housewives unafraid to exhibit their lavish lifestyles!

Five minutes in; Brinnette, Christall, Evodia and Lendy each showed us their massive mansions, fleet of luxury cars and enviable closets amongst many other aspirational sparkles! Naledi and Mercy are such hotties; and they showed us we aren’t exactly in the same tax bracket (thanks for the phrase Nomzamo Mbatha!).

The ladies appeared to be quite relaxed about flaunting their enviable lifestyles, and that’s something that continues being rare in this part of the world.

But that’s not all, the quality of the show’s production matches and rivals and matches those of US franchises! When one viewer remarked “Which part of Johannesburg is this?” on Twitter, we knew the show had already achieved most of what it intends to. You may know the dusty parts of Joburg; but that’s on you. It’s on us, guys, some people are living and we are accompanying them!

After watching the women’s glitzy lives for a few minutes, I started wondering if this was about to be another a middle-aged version of Rich Kids.

Fortunately, the girls are far too shady for any of that! The diamonds are clean but there’s plenty of shade to dim a few sparkles here and there. We already know that Evodia and Lendy didn’t get off to a good start because Lendy got a bit too excited after a few glasses of champagne and kept “touching”, which pissed off Evodia, a.k.a, Madamme, profusely.

We now also know that Naledi, whom we’ve thus far known as Dj Naked’s second wife and Minnie Dlamini’s friend and bridesmaid on her wedding reality show, is fine as fuck. Though, she’s rubbed Mercy the wrong way (for hugging her in a dismissive manner), and Brinnette, who says you are either “in or out” with her.

Christall, who seems to have a foot in her mouth situation going on, is likely to become the season’s villain! During all the interactions (mostly with Lendy, who she read to filth), she pulled no punches when it came to sharing her controversial mind. And her shady diaries? Bring her on!

 

 

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  1. Josephine

    September 2, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Naledi is the witch, Crystall ls living an embellished fantasized reality,Evodia is the grand dame of Johannesburg, Brinette is the cool girl with tendencies of mean girl streak sometimes, Mercy is admirable but look down on people that does not drive a certain car or branded clothing or accesories. Lendy is cray-cray, totally, can’t have a normal conversation.Interesting bunch of ladies with opulence lifestyles that will put the American housewives to shame, I hope they broadcast rhoj in America, so the American people can see how good South africans live over here and that we not running around and living next to animals here

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Imbewu: The Seed Hits 4 Million Viewers!

Imbewu has reached the highest ratings in the show’s history.

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Months after etv’s flagship soapie, Scandal! reached a milestone by tipping the 6 million viewer mark earlier this year, the channel’s Imbewu has followed suit with its own impressive feat. The telenovela reached more than 4 million this week, amid a drama-packed unravelling of a storyline that threatens to destroy one family.

At a recent media event, hosted by show stars Leleti Khumalo, Thembi Mtshali-Jones and Fundiswa Zwane, the channel committed to hitting the 4 million mark.

In turn, over 4 million South Africans tuned in to watch the fallout last week, after KaMadonsela turned her family’s private affairs into public shame, with a dramatic reveal.

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About Imbewu

Produced by Anant Singh, Leleti Khumalo and Duma Ndlovu, IMBEWU: The Seed started broadcasting in April this year and has quickly built a loyal audience.

Set in KwaZulu-Natal, the production has helped to develop the region’s television production industry. When the show launched, Khumalo said, “We wanted to tell authentic stories about people in Durban, and its rich and colourful diversity. We decided to do that than right here in our vibrant city, at iconic and recognisable locations and employing local people as cast and crew.”

 

The show’s authentic approach and riveting storylines have resonated with viewers around the country.

 

“We have worked closely with the team at Grapevine Productions to ensure that we produce a brilliant show with compelling storylines,” says e.tv’s head of local productions Ziyanda Mngomezulu. “We thank the production team, the cast and the crew for delivering a great show and look forward to reaching greater milestones in the future.”

 

The drama is set to continue throughout December as KaMadonsela seeks retribution for the big betrayal.

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Pearl Thusi To Star On Netflix’s First Original African Series

Pearl scores role in first ever African original Netflix series, Queen Sono, in 2019

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Netflix has collaborated with Pearl Thusi and comedian Kagiso Lediga – who both star in the South African movie Catching Feelings – on their first ever original African TV series! Entitled Queen Sono, production on the looming dramedy is set to begin in 2019.

In an awe-inspiring clip she shared on her Twitter account on Monday, the Quantico actress couldn’t hold back tears. “It’s going to change the game for every artist on this continent”, she said, delivering the exciting news. “I can’t believe I’m saying this!’

Thusi continued to thank Netflix and her team, who have worked tirelessly to make it all happen.

Netflix’s Vice President of International Originals for Europe and Africa tossed around some tea on what viewers can look forward to. Speaking to Independent Online, Kelly said the show will “have dramatic elements, a bit of humour and very very character driven.”

Netflix already revealed that Queen Sono is just a start. They are looking at doing a lot more in Africa.

RELATED: PEARL THUSI ON QUANTICO!

Her role on the show is being compared Claire Underwood’s game-changing character on House Of Cards, but Pearl Thusi is no stranger to the international market. The actress appeared on the second season of American TV drama Quantico. She played a certain Dayana Mampasi.

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Fun Facts About Bonang Revealed On Tropika Smoooth Fan

Fans uncover interesting facts about their fave Bonang Matheba. Here’s 10 Things you might have not known about Bonang

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There’s nothing quite like finding Bonang Matheba in the hot seat to spill more tea about herself!

And the Queen B, who typically keeps the most intimate details of her life away from the public, was more than willing to open up as she embarked on a hunt for a die hard fan on the latest Tropika Smoooth Fan episode.

Viewers at home were able to unearth some pretty interesting fact about the Television Presenter during the live Quiz Show.

Four ‘smoooth’ celebrity fans were chosen out of thousands to compete in a variety of interactive games and ultimately Dianetse Letsika proved she was Bonang’s smooothest fan.

Dianetse won prizes to the value of R23 000 and will now move on to compete in the final alongside the smooothest fans of the other celebrity contestants in the hopes of winning R250 000 cash and a Honda Amaze.

These Are Some Of The Exciting Things We Learned About Bonang Matheba On Tropika Smoooth Fan: 

  • Bonang was born and raised in the beautiful city of Mafikeng.
  • Her middle name is Dorothy.
  • Mo’ghel is the proud sister to two brothers.
  • Her family calls the star by her nickname Mafanda.
  • Before she became a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, Bonang wanted to be a teacher.
  • Viewers fell in love with Bonang from her very first gig. She hosted the popular SABC 1 music show ‘Live’. The platform essentially catapulted her into superstardom and the presenter went on to present a range of television shows like the popular magazine show ‘Top Billing’.
  • In the early days of Bonang’s career, she ventured into the world of YouTube with an exciting online reality show titled B*Dazzled.
  • Fashion has always been something Bonang has been passionate about. While she’s worn some incredible outfits throughout her career, the star has also had a few of her own ranges – namely Baby Star, her bag range, Distraction, an underwear line for Woolworths, and Bonang By Bonang, a T-shirt range which was launched earlier this year.
  • Bonang has had an incredible rise to fame and shared her story in the best-selling autobiography ‘From A to B’ which was released last year.
  • The star wears a size five shoe.

The show airs Fridays at 6PM, on SABC 3.

 

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