1Magic (DStv 103)
Drama series which follows a woman who rises above domestic abuse to turn her life around, stand up to her husband and live fearlessly.
Nqobile (Nunu Khumalo) is the ill-treated makoti of the Nkosi family dynasty who manages to outsmart her entitled, abusive husband and take over his empire.
She transforms it into a woman-led e-hailing service and with newfound grit, she indirectly declares war against her spouse.
As she is thrust into a male-dominated industry and a new position of power, the series reveals everything she must do to negotiate her freedom, maintain respect and thrive.
The series mirrors real life and real-time scenarios such as the battle between e-hailing services and traditional meter taxis, whilest exploring issues such as gender-based violence.
The show is set against the luxurious aesthetic of Leondale streets and is juxtaposed with less opulent environments, where hustling is a way of life.
The series stars Nunu Khumalo as Nqobile and Kagiso Modupe as her husband Simo.
Other actors in the series include Magic Hlatshwayo as George, Nomsa Nene as Sarah, Lele Ledwaba as Mampoi, Lillian Dube as Black Widow, Abdul Khoza as Gugu, Nhlanhla Mdlalose as Sbambura and Ayanda Bandla as Ntombi.
TVSA Show Page: Nqobile
A Magical Love Story
Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
Telenovela, Supernatural, Fantasy
A rich magician's life takes a romantic turn when he falls in love. However, it's not a bed of roses when a powerful djinn becomes a thorn on his side.
This is the love story of Aman, a Hindi sovereign who lives in a magical palace, and Roshni, the daughter of a Tawaif - a skilled entertainer who performs for nobility.
Together they're plagued by a supernatural problem: a third entity in their relationship - a dark genie (jinn) who's put a curse on Aman.
New! A Magical Love Story Teasers - July 2021
Shark Beach with Chris Hemsworth
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
In this one-off special, movie star Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) embarks on a personal mission to investigate how we can live more harmoniously with sharks.
Chris, an enthusiastic surfer and renowned environmentalist, is fascinated by the ocean's top predator.
But he's equally perplexed by the dangers they pose to humans when we venture into shark territory.
In Shark Beach, Chris uncovers the complicated truth behind the alarming increase in shark attacks in Australia.
Joined by surfers, conservationists, shark advocates and marine biologists, Chris begins his journey in his own backyard at Byron Bay, Australia.
He explores new preventative measures and technology which can help stave off shark-human encounters.
He dives with sharks himself and accompanies a tagging team as they handle a captured great white, helping release it back into the ocean.
Chris's mission to understand sharks is more than a journey: he's searching for answers to help us live more peacefully with these magnificent creatures.
1Magic (DStv 103)
We all wish we had a rich aunt who left us a sizable family inheritance so we can get the financial boost we need to finally make ends meet - or simply level up and live comfortably for the rest of our lives.
This series follows the lives of South Africans who are surprised by the fact that they have an unclaimed inheritance.
The show's premise is created on the fact that every year many South Africans pass on, leaving their loved ones with the gift of an inheritance, but every year many South Africans miss their blessings and never receive that money.
This may be due to incorrect personal details (where their information was either wrongly logged or not updated) or the beneficiary is a minor at the time of death, resulting in payment where the money is held by the Guardian's Fund.
Others don't receive their funds for sneakier reasons, such as lack of transparency between family members.
The show will trace the relationship between the family and the deceased, while sharing the beneficiary's healing process.
Each episode culminates with their reaction during the moment of truth when the big surprise is revealed: that they will be receiving an inheritance.
Unefa! is hosted by Motlatsi Mafatshe. The show also starts a run on Mzansi Magic on Wednesday 7 July.
kykNET (DStv 144)
Talk Show, Afrikaans
South Africans like a good story. If it's a story that makes them laugh, all the better.
This is what OppieStoep has demonstrated over the years: not only do we like to laugh, but we are blessed with a wealth of excellent storytellers.
For the fifth season of OppieStoep, Lyntjie Jaars joins Pietman Geldenhuys in front of the cameras as a new host.
The season also boasts a new set as well as storytellers who are part of the program for the first time.
Lyntjie is proudly South African and a native of Namakwalander who has worked as a radio and TV presenter, master of ceremonies and motivational speaker in recent years.
She has a gift for collecting stories and has already visited the country as well as the rest of the African continent to not only reach out, but also motivate.
Among the guests that Pietman and Lyntjie invited to visit are Andries Vermeulen (who nowadays focuses on the ministry), Hannes van Wyk, Gerrie Pretorius, Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck, Poem Mooney, Danneline Ramsden, Wicus van der Merwe and Ds. André Boezak.
As before, Schalk Joubert is responsible for the music and invited someone in the music industry to come and play with him in each episode.
Some of these musicians include Robin Auld, Ramon Alexander, Pierre-Henri Wicomb, Albert Frost and Gian Groen.
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
Drama, Period Drama
The story of the powerful Okuhle tribe and their war against the Khanya people, who have been raiding their cattle and killing their women and children.
Making the situation even more complex is that Khombindlela, the Okuhle king, finds his tribe on the brink of harsh repercussions from a prophecy that hangs over his head.
This prophecy not only threatens his lineage of the rule of his true heir but also gives him the unnerving task of ensuring it does not come to fruition.
Heavy indeed is the head that wears the crown...
The series investigates the adverse effect of multiple twisted agendas and manipulation of power from the kings themselves, as well as from characters such as the king's wives – who have their own selfish ambitions.
The series is set in pre-colonial Southern Africa and stars Uzalo head writer Chris Q. Radebe, Bheki Sibiya, Bheki Ngcobo and Sthandwa Nzuza.
TVSA Show Page: Ifalakhe
When Sharks Attack 7
Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
Wildlife, Documentary Series
The world's beaches quickly turn deadly in this terror-filled deep sea saga when sharks descend, shocking the local community and sending scientists reeling.
What causes these spikes in activity? And how can they be prevented?
Terror-filled deep sea saga using underwater photography, gripping news archives and paralyzing testimony to investigate mysterious and deadly recent shark attacks.
In the Season 7 premiere, "Terror in the Texas": Every year, Galveston Island in south Texas greets upwards of 5-million visitors to its beaches.
In 2004, the fishing, surfing and beach play were shattered when three locals were attacked by sharks just weeks apart.
Shark attacks are rare off Texas beaches, so locals want answers. Experts examine what might have happened.
Are the changes permanent? And will Galveston beaches ever be safe again?
In the second episode of the weekly triple bill, "Mayhem in Miami": The 100 miles of crystal clear waters just north of Miami, Florida is some of the most popular coastline in the country.
But in 2017, locals and tourists fell victim to a mysterious rise in shark attacks. Over the course of the year, nine beachgoers were bitten.
A team of investigators uncover clues in their search for the truth.
And in the third episode, "Predators in Paradise": In 2016, sharks descend on the island of Maui, turning paradise into chaos.
Seven attacks in 11 months - more than twice the previous 10-year average. Attacks are usually rare here.
Experts investigate awe-inspiring, underwater volcanoes and ancient craters, to the bizarre, mutant sharks from Fukushima, to a dark secret about Maui's sewage system.
What they uncover could be cause for global concern.
kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
Drama series set in the Western Cape town of Paarl, which revolves around four generations of the Malan family.
Derik and Brenda Malan (played by Albert Maritz and Elsabé Daneel) are the patriarch and matriarch. Through their marriage of 40 years, they’ve managed to raise an "almost" perfect family.
After eight years in England, Frik (Ivan Zimmermann) - the firstborn - returns to take over the reins of Malan Vervoer, the family business.
His wife Tessa (Nadia Valvekens), a successful lawyer, is forced to turn housewife.
Their teenage daughter, Elani (Greteli Fincham), discovers she is pregnant and Freek (Mateo Olivier) - their adopted son - battles with his identity.
Nico (Sean-Marco Vorster), the youngest Malan son, is on the verge of marriage to Lee-Ann (Nicole Fortuin), but quits his job to pursue his rugby dreams.
The role of great-grandfather Peet is played by Marius Weyers.
Every family member faces their own challenges, but it's the way they handle these that will determine whether the Malans will stick together or scatter apart.
TVSA Show Page: Alles Malan
1Magic (DStv 103)
Hosted by Musa Mseleku, Mnakwethu is a reality show that gives married men a chance to overcome the fear of introducing polygamy to their current wives.
Season 2 continues to explore the concept of polygamy, as already married men introduce their desire to take on a second wife.
What will their reactions be as the current wife is introduced to the new woman who has been identified as a future wife?
Although polygamy still raises eyebrows and is often viewed as primitive and sexist, it is an age-old practice that continues to thrive on the African continent and across the globe.
Season 2 will offer key insights of what it actually takes to be a man married to multiple women.
As a man in a polygamous marriage himself, Mseleku shares first-hand experiences of the ups and downs of a polygamous marriage.
Mseleku will interrogate and engage with the man as to why he would like another wife and whether he is indeed capable of taking care of multiple families financially.
Further, his emotional and sexual capacity to lead another household will be unpacked, as well as the level of stability between him and his current wife before someone new is introduced into the family dynamic.
Jan Braai vir Erfenis 11
kykNET (DStv 144)
Travel, Food, Afrikaans
This season, Jan will be teaching you about braai utensils and techniques, and the ways people around the world cook on fire.
For the last 10 years, Jan and his team have travelled and braaied all over Southern Africa and this season, he is going to teach everything he has learnt.
The new season was filmed on his family's holiday farm in the Klein Karoo, in the beautiful Matjiesvlei - a picturesque valley in the Swartberg Mountains near Calitzdorp.
Because of the pandemic, all episodes were filmed on the farm.
The New Negroes
Comedy Central (DStv 122)
The New Negroes with Baron Vaughn and Open Mike Eagle includes stand-up performances from three different comedians and concludes with an original music video featuring Open Mike Eagle and a guest recording artist, with some guest-actor appearances.
The show is a socially aware stand-up and music series showcasing a collection of new and established comedians and musicians.
According to Vaughn and Eagle, the pair took inspiration for the series and title from the term "New Negro" as popularised during the Harlem Renaissance, referring to Black Americans speaking up, telling their own stories, and affirming their various identities to dismantle outdated assumptions and beliefs.
In the series premiere, "Identity": Baron and Mike discuss the New Negro movement, Chris Redd talks about his uncle's crack addiction, and Danny Brown and Mike make a music video about expressing anger.