So Bonang's back on SABC1 this August after wasting too much time on 1Magic.
We've always believed that 1Magic was the wrong channel for her reality show Being Bonang because it reaches too few people. Also, by the time it aired on Mzansi Magic it was as dated as a face without a mask.
Bonang started her career on SABC1 in her late teens and their relationship was always strong until "The DStv Years" so there's a nostalgic comfort in seeing them team-up for something new: a two-part reality show and a two-part documentary film.
A Very Bonang Year
Saturday, 1 and 8 August 2020 at 18h00
Described as a part-scripted reality show, this special follows Bonang on her career travels last year.
She spoke about it during an SABC1 virtual event on Tuesday evening and this is how she describes it:
Bonang: 2019 was one of the biggest years of my life in terms of my career.
Right at the beginning, my success with my wine House of BNG, I went on to host the Miss South Africa pageant, I went to Prague and I won a social media award, came back home, I went to London, shot a campaign in London, went to Manchester and debuted my film at the Manchester Film Festival, I go to Los Angeles to pick up an E! Entertainment African Influencer of the Year award, so basically I took the cameras to every single one of those places.
I'm telling you, it's never seen... the footage is absolutely exclusive, nobody has ever, ever seen it and I'm very, very excited.
It's just a summation of my 2019.
The trailer thankfully reveals that she doesn't speak with an American accent two days after arriving in New York (side-eye Charlize)::
Each episode is 40-minutes.
Public Figure: Bonang Matheba
Monday, 24 and 31 August 2020 at 21h00
A documentary film that Bonang made about two years ago with a New York production company Red Button.
It follows celebrities and influencers from round the world (including Bonang) to explore the psychological effects of social media on them, how they deal with fame, money, cyber bullies, the obsessed etc.
The series speaks to psychologists and psychiatrists who share insights into the impact and gives tips to people, including youngsters, on how to protect oneself mentally.
Will you be tuning in?