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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