Pics! Who's who on SABC2's reality competish The Coolest OG's

Written by TVSA Team from the blog SABC2 on 04 Jun 2021
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On Sunday 6 June SABC2 premieres The Coolest OG's, a reality show sparked by lockdown, starting at 18h30.

It stars 12 elderly citizens, who are all the rage right now, and it's a competition to see who has what it takes to win R100,000 and the title of The Coolest OG.

Which the show should have been called. Not OG's because that suggests they all win and because there shouldn't be an apostrophe before the "s"! 

As you probs know, OG is a slang term for someone who's authentically old skool and exceptional.

This is what each of them must be as they tackle various challenges each week. The series was filmed over 50 days and nights at their homes, when lockdown was more intense than it is now.

Their challenges include tasks such as song writing, acting, creating art and music videos, cooking and gaming.

One OGG gets eliminated each week based on their performance and swag, as judged by the series judges - a random collection of 20-somethings.

See the contestants get their OG swag on: 

Chinsamy Marie Thanaseelan
Age: 68

Born in Marabastad, Tshwane and I am a pensioner. Before retiring I worked as a salesperson at a hardware Timber and Boards.

Things that I like to do for fun: are hiking, soccer, dancing and gardening. My favourite food is mutton curry, fish, lungs, pork, and giblets. I took part in The Coolest OG's to learn more about life.

Dave Ridley
Age: 60

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and currently lives in Meyerton in the Midvaal. I am an actor and IT consultant and things that I like to do for fun are to ride motorcycles and vegetable farming. My favourite food is chicken in any format.

I took part in The Coolest OG's to enjoy the participation and have fun with the film crew at my residence.
Fun Fact: Introduce yourself in 3 short sentences: I believe I am a down to earth, fair person with no ego. I enjoy having the company of animals around me, miniature horses, dogs and a teddy bear cat - they don’t judge people and respond well to affection, as does my wife. 

Geoffrey Press
Age: 66

Born in Sophiatown, I am a pensioner. Before retiring I worked as a boilermaker.

I like to do welding for fun and my favourite food is curry. My reason for taking part in The Coolest OG's is my love to do movies.

Gina McAuliffe
Age: 67

Born in Liverpool in the United Kingdom and I currently reside in Brooklyn, Pretoria. Before I retired, I worked for the Irish government.

Things I do for fun are sewing, art, mixed martial arts fighting analysis. My favourite food is beef and salad.
Fun Fact: I love to travel by myself. I am an eccentric creative. I love my unique home and my animals. I want people to be kind to each other.

Jabulani Zwane
Age: 73

Born in Moroka, Soweto. Currently residing in Spruitview. I am retired. I was a Store Manager of a lighting company.

I love making movies and commercials. I love a well-cooked oxtail with dumpling. I took part in the "Coolest OG 's" to have fun while competing to win a R100 000 prize.
Fun Fact: The tongue is a strongest muscle in a human body.

Joy Brady
Age: 68

Born in Johannesburg and currently lives in Eldorado Park. I work as a part-time clerk, and I previously worked as an administration manager.

Things that I like to do for fun are dancing, listening to music, partying, cooking, baking, playing my piano and playing computer games.

My Favorite food is any kind of fish and a fruit salad.

My reasons for taking part in the COGs are The Challenges. I always love a challenge and when watching TV shows where do challenges,. I always wish it was me.

It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I was hoping to meet other folk but due to Covid we could not. A pity. Super TV crew. Everyone was amazing.

Fun Fact: As mad as a hatter. Always trying to live up to my name! 

Nalphy Moratuoa Lesoma
Age: 60

I live in Midrand, Gauteng, and I am a real estate sales agent. Before retiring I was a business development director for Bull Brand Foods. 

Activities I do for fun are workout, spending time with family, watching comedy and football, hiking, and reading. 

My favourite food is fish.  My reason for taking part in The Coolest OG’s is to get out of my comfort zone.
Fun fact: I can hold plank for 10 minutes and have a video to prove it. I am super cool, fun and young at heart.

Rani Govender
Age: 67

Born in Greytown, Durban and currently reside in Sandton, I am a full-time granny. Before retiring I was a hairdresser.

Things I do for fun are taking care of my grandson, cooking and cleaning. My favourite food is mutton biryani.

I took part in The Coolest OG’s as it sounded like an exciting opportunity, and I want my grandson to look back at this and be proud of his cool granny.
Fun Fact: I was a drum majorette in school. I am very active, young at heart and always up for a challenge. I consider myself a “jack of all trades” and I am never too old to learn something new. Nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it.

Reuben Huma
Age: 63

Born in Manhaarand near Magaliesburg and currently residing in Brackenhurst, Alberton. Before retiring, I worked as a voice and printing environment specialist at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Activities that I do for fun include playing golf, being a jazz presenter / DJ, house chef, gardening and hiking.

My favourite food is beef stew served with ting (sorgharm porridge). 

I took part in The Coolest OG to encourage the young people that there is life after retirement and also for the fun of it.
Fun Fact: I am Reuben Huma the jazzy DJ.

Thandi Mtimkulu
Age: 62

Born in Orlando West in Soweto, I am a pensioner. The things that I do for fun are going out, cooking and I'm currently learning to be a DJ.

My favourite food is brown rice, green salad, and salmon fish. I took part in The Coolest OG's because I am a fun lover, young at heart and self-love.
Fun Facts: Jokes, laughing, acting and entertaining people. I love being beautiful, I am self-caring, I'm very confident. I like giving, I am an adviser, I love sharing. I go to church, I love God, am a God-fearing God.

Vanessa Cooke
Age: 73

Born in Hillbrow, and I currently reside in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. I am a performer, and the things that I like to do for fun are walk my dogs, watch TV and sleep.

My favourite food is Peking duck. I entered The Coolest OG's for fun.
Fun Fact: I drive a 1989 Toyota Corolla. I love old cars. My name means butterfly, I love to dance to my own tune. I want world peace, in other words I'm a dreamer.

Zwelakhe Julius Mtsaka
Age: 76

Born in East London, and I reside in Sophiatown and worked as a university lecturer in English Literature, Business Communication and Drama/Theatre.

I took part in The Coolest OG's to show viewers that even at my age I have willpower and am in control of my body. Also to share with the youths that success starts with you before you are helped by the government or any other agents.

Things that I do for fun are jogging, reading and watching wrestling. My favourite food is mutton chops and vegetables. 
Fun fact: South African black youths: Is it not astounding that there's a new wave of our enlightened youths answering the ancestral call to join the ranks of Sangomas.

The judges

20-somethings: Zipho Sithebe (fashion expert and student pilot), Sbu Makamedi (actor), Adon Domeyer (music producer and angineer) and Allison Greenlees (food expert and entrepreneur).

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