The second season of interior design reality TV show, Win a Home, has come to a close with a life changing grand finale that took place at a glamorous event held at The Oyster Box hotel in Durban. After three months of gruelling design challenges, Johannesburg based mother of one, Jacoline Sema won the prestigious title of Win a Home’s top interior designer and took home the cash prize of R100 000, beating her fellow finalists Zimkita Sidumo and Sifiso Shange.
The show wouldn’t be called Win a Home if it wasn’t for the famous Grand Prize give-away. One loyal Win a Home viewer, Kajal Sewraj a maths and physical science teacher from rural KZN, walked away with the key to a luxury 2 bedroom apartment at the Ilala Views Estate in Umhlanga Ridge. The prize includes the option of having the new home furnished to the value of R200 000, or for her to take the cash and do the decorating herself. Her life and the lives of her family will never be the same again.
Randomly drawn from over half a million online and sms entries, six contestants were drawn from all over the country to participate in a final draw for the three prizes: R50 000 worth of top tech LG appliances and products, a luxury Mercedes Benz GLC, or the main prize 2 bedroom apartment at the Ilala Views Estate in Durban. The six contestants in the running for the three prizes were: Manesh Pragalach, a school bus driver from Phoenix in KZN, Lorraine Sadler, a retired dance enthusiast from Sandton; Manini Marwu a social worker from Benoni, East London based real estate agent Anne-Maree Sweetnam; Kelvin Van Beulen, a 31 year old from the small town of De Rust at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, and of course, Kajal Sweraj, the winner of the grand prize apartment. Third prize of R50 000 worth of appliances was taken by Lorraine Sadler who is looking forward to replacing some of her home appliances and Kelvin Van Beulen drove away with a brand new Mercedes Benz GLC-300. He is one of the first in the country to get his hands on the coveted car.
The Grand Finale left nothing to be desired and was attended by everyone who made Win a Home a possibility. Win a Home judges Plascon’s colour expert Anne Roselt; CEO of Private Property Simon Bray, and Nedbank’s Head of Sales and Client Management, Tim Akinnusi, gave their final feedback to the Win a Home top 3 design contenders and revealed the R100 000 cheque with Jacoline’s name on it. There to share in the celebration were the shows three Durban-based design mentors; Ntokozo Ntuli of NT Design Box, Grant Webster of Fahrenheit Design and Schane Anderson of Oh la la Interiors, who was particularly proud of her protégé Jacoline.