A scoop of HONEY: your ultimate guide to DStv's latest channel

Written by TVSA Team from the blog DStv on 12 Feb 2021
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New African lifestyle channel HONEY launches on DStv Channel 173 this Monday (15 February) and we've got you covered with errythang you need to know about it.

It's available on Premium, Compact Plus and Compact and it's produced by Media24's television unit, who also do the Afrikaans channel VIA.

It's going to broadcast in multiple African countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC and Cameroon.

The programing: a mix of reality shows, reality lows, makeovers, dating, cooking, fashion and talk shows. 

Here's a snack pack blow-by-blow of the series on it:

*The first time next to the Premiere date heading is its premiere time in South Africa, with other regions' times beneath:

Making the Menu
(First show on launch day)

Premiere date: Monday 15 February, 2021 at 17h00 (CAT)
16h00 (WAT) | 18h00 (EAT)
Airs: Mondays
Duration: 30-minutes

It’s a cook-off between two Kenyan food bloggers to see whose dish will make it onto the menu of
a restaurant.

In each episode, two food bloggers visit a much-loved local restaurant and are tasked with creating a bespoke meal worthy enough to get the nod from the restaurateur.

In each episode the contestant will also explore Nairobi’s cultural and tourist attractions to find inspiration for their dishes.

The two food bloggers then duke it out to see whose dish makes it onto the menu and whose dish doesn’t make the cut.

Room Reno 
Premiere date: Monday 15 February, 2021 at 17h30 (CAT)
16h30 (WAT) | 18h30 (EAT)
Airs: Mondays
Duration: 30-minutes

Two housemates - siblings, lovers or friends - who are frustrated with a shared living space have a chance to fix it.

A coin toss determines which one of them will be given the opportunity to makeover the disputed space with the help of a team of experts.

In the space of a day and a small budget, the space is transformed to work for both housemates.

The series is set in South Africa and there are two hosts: Moyin Oloruntoba from Nigeria, who is a Cape-Town-based celebrity, pop culture and fashion blogger and vlogger; and Christelle Afana Fonkem, Cameroon-born, Johannesburg-based interior designer. 

The Buzz 
Premiere date: Monday 15 February, 2021 at 19h00 (CAT)
18h00 (WAT) | 20h00 (EAT)
Airs: Mondays to Thursdays
Duration: 30-minutes
PG 13

Anele Mdoda co-hosts this talk show alongside Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho (Kenya), Zanna Katoka (DRC) and Davina Mavuwa (Zimbabwe).

It's driven by agony aunt type letters outlining a viewer’s dilemma regarding romance, health, their hustle or family and friends.

The Buzz team offers their advice and through the course of the episode more details around the viewer’s conundrum are revealed.

Will the panel change their opinions as the episode progresses or stick to their guns?

To conclude, they vote on the matter. 

Wawu, That’s My Dress
Premiere date: Monday 15 February, 2021 at 19h30 (CAT)
18h30 (WAT) | 20h30 (EAT)
Airs: Mondays
Duration: 30-minutes

A Nigerian boutique is the hotspot for a bride who is looking for the perfect dress for her wedding day.

Brides and their loved ones swing by the boutique where the sales team helps them find the perfect wedding dress.

Ehe, It’s a Match: Zambia
Premiere date: Tuesday 16 February, 2021 at 17h00 (CAT)
16h00 (WAT) | 18h00 (EAT)
Duration: 30-minutes

The battle is on when two couples cook against one another for an enviable prize.

With fun, interesting themes and a menu set by their opponents, these couples bring a fun twist to being in the kitchen together.

But will each couples’ chemistry translate into delicious meals? 

Hair Knockout 
Premiere date: Tuesday 16 February, 2021 at 17h30 (CAT)
16h30 (WAT) | 18h30 (EAT)
Airs: Tuesdays

Welcome to the ultimate beauty competition in which beauty salons duke it out to show the continent what it takes for beauty technicians to pull off the perfect styles and looks.

Streaming cameras are set up in three different hair and nail salons in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Stylists and technicians at these different salons must race against the clock to each complete a look. The show cuts between the streams until each salon does their big reveal. Will it be a hit or miss?

Only the big reveal will tell.

Wedding Insider
Premiere date: Tuesday 16 February, 2021 at 19h30 (CAT)
18h30 (WAT) | 20h30 (EAT)
Airs: Tuesdays

An intimate view on the continent’s most beautiful weddings. Getting an inside look at the most glamourous, lavish, and over-the-top weddings on the continent.

Showcasing three couples' special and grand day, narrated by a quirky voice over by Chinyota Msimuko.

Chinyota is a Zambian media personality and entrepreneur, who is popularly known for starting Lusaka’s radio show The Red Hot Breakfast.

Love Swap
Premiere date: Wednesday 17 February, 2021 at 17h00
16h00 (WAT) | 18h00 (EAT)
Airs: Wednesdays
Duration: 30-minutes

People often connect through good food. But what happens when couples swap partners to test the strength of their relationship over a meal?

This show has a quirky tone and gets Nigerian couples to swap their other halves and cook for each other, while  finding out what makes their partner tick and how.

They express their love languages. Infusing cooking provides a common footing and a relaxing atmosphere.

At the end of the day, the two couples have dinner together and share their opinions about each other and what they’ve learnt about their own relationships.

Shine Shine   
Premiere date: Wednesday 17 February, 2021 at 17h30
Airs: Wednesdays
16h30 (WAT) | 18h30 (EAT)                                                                             
Duration: 30-minutes

We all know at least one person who is not living life to its full potential because of their insecurities or because they put others’ needs before their own.

Well, now is the time to give people the opportunity to find their glow.

Shine Shine is a reality series that surprises deserving men and women with a makeover. Watch as, each week, someone is treated to a full, surprise makeover which is then revealed to their loved ones.

We hear the emotional backstories of each individual as they go through a dramatic transformation with one of their loved ones at their side.

The individual will have no say about how they want to look. They simply have to put their trust in the show’s team of experts.

Yes! Ndio! Beeni!: Kenya
Premiere date: Wednesday 17 February, 2021 at 19h30
18h30 (WAT) | 20h30 (EAT)
Duration: 30-minutes

Savvy event planners help a man pop the question to his girlfriend in the most unforgettable way possible.

A friend of his is also in on it and offers his assistance to make this surprise a success.

The show follows all the highs and lows as the event planners devise a proposal that not only makes a statement but also stays true to the couple’s love story.

Will it be a ‘yes’? 

Hoot, Cook, Go
Premiere date: Thursday 18 February, 2021 at 17h00
Airs: Thursdays
16h00 (WAT) | 18h00 (EAT)
Duration: 60 minutes

Three teams treat one another to a meal. It’s a chance to show off exactly who they are with a plate of food but they only have an hour.

When they hear the hooter, it’s time to get in the car and move on to the next team’s house.

How will Africa’s vibrant food culture, particular palates and often curious cultures all go together? The best meal, as judged by the teams, takes the prize.

OPW The Remix 
Premiere date: Thursday 18 February, 2021 at 19h30
18h30 (WAT) | 20h30 (EAT)
Airs: Thursdays and Fridays 
Duration: 30-minutes
PG 13

A narrator reflects on highlights from Mzansi Magic's Our Perfect Wedding.

The show has been re-edited to be fast-paced and thematic e.g. episodic themes include the mother-in-law, the catering dilemma, the Bridezillas, and everything else that makes weddings fun.

Zambian radio host Michelo “Michie” Malambo narrates.

Pastors’ Wives 
Premiere date: Friday 19 February, 2021 at 17h00
Airs: Fridays
16h00 (WAT) | 18h00 (EAT)
Duration: 60-minutes 

Pastors are often in the spotlight but in this show focuses on the glamorous women holding it all together in their religious households.

Follow them to see how lavishly they live and witness the dramatic situations they find themselves in when they get together.

The Ten
Premiere date: Friday 19 February, 2021 at 19h00
Airs: Fridays
18h00 (WAT) | 20h00 (EAT)
Duration: 30-minutes

The Ten counts down Africa's freshest trends. Each episode delives into topics from different African countries' perspectives.

Opinionistas give fun commentary on couple goals, African destinations, fashion and more.  

And in March...

The Next Big Trender
Premiere date:
 Friday 19 March, 2021 at 18h00
17h00 (WAT) | 19h00 (EAT)
Airs: Fridays
Duration: 60-minutes

This series looks for Africa’s hottest influencer to own the title of The Next Big Trender.

Six aspiring reality-TV stars from different countries go all out to win the opinionistas over by introducing different facets of their lives in each of the 10 episodes.

Three of the continent’s most critical influencers will judge the footage from their studio and score the hopefuls on a leader board.

The winner will be a new Honey star.

The host: Anele Zondo. 

Actors in this post: Anele Mdoda, Anele Zondo

Channels in this post: HONEY


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