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Dinner Date SA Premieres on BBC Lifestyle!

Plus, how to find your soulmate based on the taste of their food!



You’re on a blind date. Your prospective amor reaches for the radishes. You gasp in horror. Recent research suggests that those with a penchant for bitter foods can swing towards being manipulative and antisocial… could this uber-cool, charming exterior be a ruse?

Insights like these put a whole new spin on the hit dating show Dinner Date South Africa, which seeks to put love on the menu, when it returns to the number one international lifestyle channel on DStv, BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174,  for a second season from 26 February at 8pm.

Dinner Date follows one dater who sets out to find true love over three home cooked meals.  Each episode features a new dater who must pick three menus from a selection of five dreamed up by daring ‘datees’.

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The hopefuls behind the lucky three chosen menus then cook their courses for their blind date in their own homes. After the three dates, the dater must choose one of their chefs to take out to be wined and dined at a swanky restaurant – leaving the other two hopefuls with a night in alone with a microwave meal.

Now imagine if the dater knew how food choices reflect personality… he or she would probably be even pickier in selecting their top three!


From childhood we learn to associate different tastes with emotions and assumptions such as sweet tastes are good and bitter is bad. We attribute food terminology to describe people, he’s so spicy, she’s sour and so on.

If our food preferences can reveal our innermost thoughts and desires, and people really are what they eat then this raises all kinds of questions… if you love chillies and a date does too, does that mean fiery compatibility between you two?


Here’s a quick guide, based on some of the best-known research in this field, so next time you’re sussing out someone special, you can use their taste in food to decide if you’re a match.

  1. Your date asks for a hot curry with extra chili sauce on the side…

You’ve got an adventurer on your hands! Research by Hayes and Byrnes1 found that those who think super-spice is nice tend to really like rollercoaster rides. They’re often sensation-seekers who take risks, drive fast, and like to be the life of the party! Also, good to know? Your potential partner is sensitive to reward – so amp up the praise to up your chances of a second date.

  1. Your maybe significant other puts on a sweet show…

Your date is pretty sweet, in more ways than one. Come dessert and it’s their time to shine! Turns out, your sugar-lusting sweetheart picked a poison before the meal even began and has just been biding time to pop that order in.

One caramel, chocolate, fudge volcano later and you can rest-assured you have a sweet soul sitting before you. In fact, researchers from North Dakota State University found that people are more likely to volunteer to do good after munching something sweet. And sweet-treat seekers score highly in agreeableness.

  1. It’s the end of the meal and they order a black coffee instead of dessert…

Granted, they might just be on the banting bandwagon, but black coffee orders should raise alarm bells. Austrian researchers have suggested that people who have overcome our evolutionary dislike for bitter tastes may be excellent at expressing themselves but may also be more likely to have anti-social personality traits, like being manipulative or insensitive. But before you start to worry, consider that those who enjoy strong bitter tastes are also more likely to be open to trying out new things.

  1. A touch of tangy….

For citrus lovers or those who favour more tangy tastes, research3 suggests, these people always think before they act, which could lead to more cautious, overthinking and anxious behaviour, but they also have a proclivity for being highly creative.

  1. They order all the salad…

Another disclaimer: this might be the result of first date jitters but if, by date three, the person is still extolling the virtues of fresh fruit and veg, then according to a 2016 study4 you can expect that your flame is probably a conscientious person who is extremely empathetic.

So next time you’re watching Dinner Date South Africa, keep this in mind so you can read a little something extra into whether the dater goes for someone extra salty, spicy or sweet!

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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