ARTICLE: Top 10 Shows to watch in Mzansi


1.   Ayeye – SA actor Thapelo Mokoena (Nothing for Mahala) stars in the new local drama series Ayeye. The 13 episode series navigates the world of advertising and paints a canvas which depicts the preconceived ideas that most people hold about the erratic world of advertising, the temptations, the highs and pitfalls. The trailer previewing the show weeks in advance was rather enticing, it was in the creative use of camera angles to share ideas very authentic similar to the Saint and Sinners trailer. This is a very futuristic direction of how our stories should be told. M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels Nkateko Mabaso,  is thrilled about Ayeye premiering on Vuzu says:

“The series encompassing everything we believe the channel stands for – and that is being an antidote to the average and offering shows that reflect the immediate experience of our young, creative, switched-on viewers.”

The show started on January 19 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp. Channel 114. This series promises to deliver high ratings.


A scene from ‘Isibaya’

2.  Isibaya - Is another local favourite telenova, the cast needs no introduction with the industry’s sought-after actors such as Tumisho Masha, Nandi Nyandeni, and Siyabonga Twala. Isibaya has won numerous awards including the South African Film and Television awards for best TV actress and best actor as well as best director – but in Season Two, the drama has taken a boring turn and is in need of a storyline boost. Ironically viewers tune in numbers on a daily basis to catch up on their beloved show.

Catch it Mzansi Magic Channel 161, daily at 20H00.

What once enticed viewers of the show was its well-researched Zulu dialogue, play on words like it was never done before, an engaging and exciting plot and brilliant acting from the cast, the feud of the two families and a love story at the centre of it all. Critics have suggested that maybe the creators of the show should consider bringing back the show’s lead actors, Nomzamo Mbatha (as Thandeka Zungu) and Sdumo Mtshali (as Sbu Ndlovu) who were rumoured to be under compensated on the show and that lead to their departure on the show.


Rockville Season 3 cast member, Terry Pheto

3. Rockville - I have earned an enormous amount of respect for duo, Shona Ferguson and Connie Fergusson who are co-founders albeit lead actors in the popular series. They brought a unique dimension to how local stories are narrated. In the first season, the storyline revolved around a pimp – named Jackson “JB” Bogatsu, who owned a secret underground high class escort service named Club Venus, where he lured innocent beautiful girls who wanted a better life and ended up prostituting themselves to keep up with the Jones in order to maintain a lavish lifestyle.

Rockville is now in its third season which has been released on 4 January 2015, where this season’s main theme focuses on the characters confronting their inner demons and the reckoning, not around their families, their friends but within themselves.

Tune in to season 3 of Rockville at 8pm every Sunday on Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161.


4.  Skeem Saam - Thanks to Generations which was temporarily phased out on our screens for not paying its staff reasonable salaries, Skeem Saam took over the spotlight. This a great family show, very authentic and has its roots and is set at the backdrop of Turflop  in Limpopo, depicting the lives of young people seeking to find themselves while navigating through the ups and downs of life, Skeen Saam  also doesn’t come short of  the  recipe  for  drama with twists and tassels of a soapie , When I watched the show for the first time, I saw a common golden thread which ran on SABC 3’s Isidingo the Need, to demonstrate this show is well synchronized with the SA calendar,  creating a symmetrical effect, for example, when the 2014 matric results came out , the episode for that day was in line with what was happening in SA.

As non-Pedi speaker, who enjoys the language I would like to see more African language to be written as part of the script, We are a rainbow nation, “akere” (You agree?). It was also weird how the auditions for upcoming seasons, were cancelled at the last minute with no real explanations. On the high note, SABC1 Programme Manager, Clara Nzima, explains how and why the channel decided to make Skeem Saam 3 a daily youth drama “SABC1 is “The Official-Story-teller”, the number one channel in the country.  For SABC1 bringing back Skeem Saam as a daily is our response to audiences who have been calling for more of this ground-breaking drama.

Skeem Saam is on SABC1 Mondays to Fridays at 20h00.

5. Our Perfect Wedding - There is something  that is obsessive about weddings especially South Africans weddings and how they are celebrated  that always make the ceremony, an event everyone wants to be part of, or in some whimsy manner how they relate to them. Weddings are a joyful celebration, the moment the bride walks down the aisle, in her wedding gown to meet her grown, and the whole entourage, that people enjoy to converse about, from the cake, the bridesmaid to the venue. The show has transitioned to be SA ‘s darling past time show, unpacking every detail of leading to the wedding, with each season being presented by a new face from, and what better faces to share the stories than the likes of Tumi Morake, Thuli Thabethe, Brenda Ngxoli and Phumeza Mdabe, who each brought their own personal signature in terms of delivery.

Catch it Sunday at 19:00. Mzansi Magic Channel 161 

6.  Idols SA - is SA‘s biggest reality show, with one mission, to discover that unique voice through a country-wide audition search.  Each season comes with its surprises, lots of controversy and humour, as millions of South Africans begins to fall in love with their” Idol”. After nearly six years with only three judges Idols SA will be welcoming flamboyant choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, to their judging panel in Season 11.

Auditions for the 11th season of Idols kick off t at the State Theatre in Pretoria, followed by Cape Town auditions on 7 February at Grand West Casino, Durban on 21 February at The Playhouse and the final auditions at Carnival City on 1 March. Contestants have to be between 16 and 30 and need to take their ID to auditions.

7.  The Link - LeratoKganyago‘s The Link remains a very fresh, dynamic, tasteful show looking at the modern women, lifestyle, fashion and the latest celebrity entertainment and gossip.  The show is a breath of fresh air, in comparison to Selimathuzi which is past its expiry date, maybe the show and its brand needs a facelift.

Catch The Link every Wednesday, 18h00 on SABC1


A scene from ‘Dragons Den’ SA

8.   Dragon’s Den - This is the show where South African entrepreneurs pitch for investment from the Dragons, five venture capitalists willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity. Like any other reality show one needs to commend the contestants for putting themselves out there; who perceive themselves to be founders  of viable business ventures or concepts, The Den is definitely A dragon’s den as the millionaires are tough and won’t just give away their money  without any conviction.  The show has its highlights, especially when it comes to the most ridiculous ideas being pitched to the dragons. Dragon’s Den will definitely inspire upcoming entrepreneurs.

Mzansi Magic Channel 161 Tuesday evenings at 19:00

9. Top Billing - Remains at the helm of a show is the epitome of style and prestige.  Top Billing was the trendsender for many shows for most shows pre- DSTV‘s Style and Fashion networks.  Known for its presenters who successful and aspirant business men and women. With the recent passing of Simba Mhere’s whose career was launched on the show as a male presenter after winning a presenter search in 2010. If you are a connoisseur of the finer things in life this remains the ideal show for you.

SABC3 on Thursday evenings at 20:30

10.  Nyan Nyan – If you are up for dirty laundry and lovers ‘nasty confessions then this is the show for you. One has to appreciate the morale behind the series, which is to bring truth (derived from the name Nyan Nyan, truce and a peace offering to the parties involved, unlike your “Jerry Springers of this world, which gives an audience head-on-collisions wrestling matches, and devastating heartbreaks, which are filtered as entertainment.  Nyan Nyan is back on our screens, be sure to catch our new season on Tuesday 10th February 2015 at 18:00 on SABC1.


Tralone Khoza @TraloneK

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