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The Bachelorette SA Premiere: Meet the Guys

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The time has come! Thursday, February 11th at 19:30 marks the season one premiere of Bachelorette South Africa, and we couldn’t be more hype. After all, the reality television series appears on our list of Top 10 most anticipated South African TV Shows And tonight, ole girl  Qiniso van Damme begins her journey to finding ‘Mr. Right’.

But this is not Tinder – real feelings are involved. We are tuning in to come along her journey as she searches for love, experiencing romance, heartbreak tears, thrills and drama. A host of eligible young men will soon realise that The Bachelorette South Africa is not for the faint of heart as they compete to win the affection of the vivacious, model, actress and masters student.

The Bachelorette South Africa season 1 will be available on DStv Premium and Compact Plus. The first episode will be available on DStv Premium and Compact Plus and Compact. Meet the boys.

LUNGA KUPISO

Age: 30

Height: 191 cm

Town: Idutywa, Eastern Cape

Lunga Kapiso Bachelorette South Africa

A quiet, gentle introvert with a colourful personality. Lunga is a village raised, city groomed Xhosa herd boy who grew up with a passion for livestock farming before moving to the big city at age 14. The very first time he ever left his village, he recalls.

Growing up – after losing his only friend to an accident – Lunga became best friends with Kaflan the cow, who died of old age. He was “fortunate enough to be raised by uGogo (great-grandmother) and uMakhulu (grandmother),” whilst his mom trained as a nursing specialist, and only when she qualified, did his big move to Joburg come about.

A double graduate from a Johannesburg based university with a Diploma in Public Relations and Communications as well as a Bachelors Degree in Strategic Marketing Communications. Lungsta, as his friends call him, consults with a continental government agency, which sees him split his time between Mzansi and Ethiopia regularly.

Besides surviving the city, his biggest career moment was 2 years ago when he was given the opportunity to join Australia’s most loved sport – as a communications assistant – an opportunity inspired by the infamous sandpaper gate.

Well-spoken, articulate, high calibre man who is ready to love and hopes to be the one Qiniso says she is looking for. Oh, and did we mention that he is tall, at 191cm! His biggest pride (to-date) was physically building his grandmother’s house – leaning walls and all.

MARC COETZEE

Age: 41

Height: 1.88 cm

Town: Johannesburg

MARC COETZEE Bachelorette SA

A dad to two incredible boys aged 11 and 15, Marc is an overall lover of life who strives to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle, he serves out a purpose by spending some of his time as a lifestyle and transformation coach and has a passion for working to change people’s confidence and outlook.

As an adaptive business developer, brand strategist and serial entrepreneur at heart, Marc loves pushing boundaries in everything he does.

Having played all his cards at love, ready to try something different to meet someone he doesn’t normally look for, to complete his idea of the ultimate power couple. Marc is in it to win it and is ready to give the other guys a run for their money.

FRANCO BASSON

Age: 26

Height: 176 cm

Town: Johannesburg

Franco grew up in Magaliesburg and had to build himself up. His parents are divorced. Franco studied law at the University of Johannesburg, after some time in the legal field, he realized he was not passionate about it. Now he works at Discovery as a Financial Consultant and runs a podcast named The Weekly Order with two of his best friends. A lover of music, he also plays the guitar and drums. He has a passion for the arts and expresses his creativity through photography and videography.

He had a high school sweetheart at 16 who he broke up with and has spent the past 8-years trying to win her back. He used his Instagram to send her subliminal love letters. After a long wait, they saw each other again and realised that they had both grown and moved on. Now he is ready to find love again and wants to ultimately get married.

AVIWE MAHLAKATHA

Age: 25

Height: 188 cm

Town: Johannesburg

An introverted extrovert, mature and curious young man born and partially bred in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape and then uprooted for primary and secondary schooling to Johannesburg with his family.

A jack of many trades, Aviwe is a media studies graduate who works as a radio producer for an online station, works as a freelance video editor in-between and is a full-time fashion runway model who has worked with some of the top brands on the African continent.

Aviwe comes from a close-knit family and keeps a tight group of friends that build each other up. He loves what Qiniso stands for and her feisty personality. Perhaps, maybe just maybe they could be a perfect match.

HENK “SWAZI” NEL

Age: 28

Height: 194 cm

Town: Piet Retief

Soft natured Swazi often gets noticed by taking on leadership roles. Originally from Cape Town, he lived in Swaziland for eight years. He then spent a season in Waterlooville, Hampshire [South of London] while advancing his cricketing career. Swazi captained most of the cricket teams he played for and the Swaziland Under-19’s.

He currently runs his own cricket academy that serves to help junior players throughout Mpumalanga and Swaziland. He has a wild party side that comes out as soon as (cold) Tequila is involved. A highly competitive drive and does not like to lose. Charmingly quirky and quick to grow on you. In a group of men, he will make sure he is noticed.

Still lives with his parents. He realises he is too old for that but is comfortable with the status quo.

VUYANI MASHEGO

Age: 28

Height: 192 cm

Town: Johannesburg

He speaks like a BOET, but is lowkey thugging. All boys boarding school which played a large role in the kind of man he wants to be. He is a weightlifter/Crossfitter/Strength and Conditioning Expert and has his eyes set on the Commonwealth Games in his weight class. He gives back to the sport and is part of the NGO “Lifting dreams Soweto”.

He lives the bachelor life, mostly training and working at a functional training gym he owns called Urban Shack Benoni  He has been dealt a few not so great cards in the relationship department, maybe cause his standards are on the high side? Or maybe he fears revealing all of himself to a woman? He is a Casanova. He likes to believe he can close a deal with any lady. He is charming and in tune with his emotions.

A really good vibe, a good listener, high emotional intelligence and a fashionista.

KEELAN McMANUS

Age: 26

Height: 188 cm

Town: Cape Town

Keelan is a sporty, active guy that loves adventures and the outdoors. His backstory includes losing his father at a young age and growing up with a powerful single mom. He represented his country playing badminton and had his eyes set on going to the Olympics but he, unfortunately, broke his lower vertebra/back while training.

Keelan has a culturally diverse family – family means everything to him.

He is now seeking a partner that can enjoy a healthy and responsible lifestyle with him and that can keep up with his adventurous nature. His party boy habits are still there but he is looking for inspiration to change that.

He has amazing backstories – a sweet and humble guy – with a big heart.

PETER ROOS

Age: 27

Height: 1.82 cm

Town: Johannesburg

He is climbing the corporate ladder and seems to have a good financial future. He is a gentle soul, and just truly a nice guy. He would make for a good partner but has been very unlucky in finding love. He is awfully close to his mother and 2 sisters and is very family orientated. He went to the same primary school as Qiniso.

He genuinely is looking for love and someone to settle down with. He wants to share his journey with the right woman. He enjoys playing sports daily and regular exercise. He describes Qiniso as charismatic and bubbly. They have similar interests.

He is in a great place in his life, a proud and grounded guy with a hungry heart. He appeared on “First Dates SA”. He is the perfect, half English half Afrikaans guy with a backstory of having to find his own way in a crazy world.

JUSTIN LAKEY

Age: 26

Height: 182 cm

Town: Johannesburg

Justin is a Track & Field specialist. He competes on the local stage and is aiming for the Olympics in the next 4 years. He works as a Sports Conditioning coach and a Sports Massage Therapist. His guilty pleasure is junk food, and he expresses his creativity through sketching and draws amazing cartoon characters.

He was in a long term relationship before. The past 3 years of being single have allowed him to evaluate what he wants.  He is open to the Bachelorette experience to show him other possibilities of love. Justin is an easy-going, competitive, and funny guy.

KYRAN WRIGHT

Age: 32

Height: 187 cm

Town: CAPE TOWN

Kyran is at his best when he is surrounded by nature. He became a father at a young age and had to grow up real fast. He returned to university to pursue an education and career in Ecology so he can provide for his young child as well as make an impact on a cause close to his heart.

Armed with scientific and legal training, he manages important terrestrial and aquatic sites in  Cape Town and works to protect and rehabilitate the ecosystems in these spaces. He has been following Qiniso since the bachelor and sees potential for romance with her given the opportunity.

He is planning to move into a residence on his Nature Reserve in preparation to settle down.

Kyran is very clear of who he is and what he wants out of life. For him, this will be a true journey to find love with Qiniso.

 

 

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

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“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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