Reality Competition, Food, Afrikaans
Kontreikos Kokke (Country Food Chefs) is a cooking competition series with a difference.
In this celebration of small town South Africa, hosted by Fokus presenter Lynette Francis-Puren, communities of 'dorpies' nominate their favourite cooks to take part in the competition.
All of the nominees are tasked with making the same dish, using their own recipes and in their own homes. The locals taste all of the dishes and the community decides which chef did it best.
At the end of the episode the winner earns a cash prize of R5,000, bragging rights and the dorpie's title of Country Cook.
The 13-part series showcases home cooks in the following provinces:
Victoria West, Loxton, Kenhardt, Keimoes and Danielskuil
Philippolis, Trompsburg, Ficksburg, Fouriesburg and Rosendal
Willowmore and Joubertina
In the series premiere: the feature dorpie is Trompsburg in the Free State, where the three contestants are challenged to make the best beef cottage pie.
Massive Engineering Mistakes
HISTORY (DStv 186)
Science, Technology, Documentary Series
Humans have been building for more than 10,000 years.
We're engineering experts, yet every year tales emerge of construction calamities from all over the world.
From the extraordinary to the ridiculous, this series uncovers the epic fails and near misses engineers would rather not talk about.
A skyscraper with a killer secret, a crumbling cathedral and a bridge with a balance problem all make the hitlist of barely believable building blunders.
And let's not forget the original engineering fail, the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Who knew over-enthusiastic engineers trying to right the tower nearly destroyed it just 30 years ago?
With access to design teams, eye witnesses and a panel of experts, we analyse what went wrong with each building blunder, investigate why they went undiscovered and reveal how on Earth engineers are trying to fix them.
In the series premiere: What caused a Baltimore street to collapse onto a railroad? How did engineers fix London's wobbly Millennium Footbridge?
Experts and witnesses analyse what happened.
Spoorloos 3: Steynhof
kykNET (DStv 144)
Drama, Mystery, Afrikaans
A baby disappears from a farm in the Northern Cape. Two people are found dead. There is no trace of the baby or her carer.
What happened that fateful night? Who was murdered and by whom? And why was the baby abducted?
Fifteen years later her family gets the news: she's been found...
Fifteen-year old Adri Erasmus realises that there is no record of her birth.
With the help of Xander, a highly intelligent school friend, she finds out that a baby disappeared 15 years earlier.
The main suspect in the abduction is the child carer Liena April, as she also disappeared that same night.
Looking for answers, Adri finds herself on a farm deep in the Northern Cape where she is welcomed with open arms, but it soon becomes apparent that not everybody wants her to find out the truth.
This is the background of the third season of Spoorloos, entitled Spoorloos: Steynhof, and follows the same thread as the previous seasons.
All of the Spoorloos seasons have the same structure - they take place on the platteland and a secret of the past is the reason for the drama happening now.
This season there is one small change in that it is not a town where the drama takes place, but a farm, Steynhof.
Season 3 stars Stiaan Smith (Hotel), Jane de Wet (The Girl from St. Agnes), Brent Vermeulen (Afgrond), Diaan Lawrenson (7de Laan), Arno Marais (Die Boekklub), Eloise Clasen (Binnelanders), Vinette Ebrahim (7de Laan), Ivan D. Lucas (Dryfsand), Wayne van Rooyen (Inconceivable), Franci Swanepoel (Sterlopers) and Kim Cloete (Fynskrif).
TVSA Show Page: Spoorloos 3: Steynhof
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Fantasy, Police Procedural, Comedy-Drama
Set in a fictional city where crime has been legalised, The Watch follows a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.
The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process.
The series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it.
The series is inspired by the characters created by Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, including the captain of The City Watch Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious forensics expert Cheery together with The Watch's own idiosyncratic depiction of Death.
There's also Inigo Skimmer, aka The Duke of Stab, a member of the Assassins' Guild whose long and distinguished career is jeopardised when he runs into The City Watch,.
Ralph Ineson (Chernobyl) voices Sergeant Detritus, a huge a troll made of stone and a member of The City Watch.
An elemental exemplar of truth, loyalty and kindness, Detritus and Vimes have been close friends for many years since each saved the other from ruin.
In the series premiere, "A Near Vimes Experience": Captain Sam Vimes' life in the City Watch is changed forever when an impossible figure from his past returns to Ankh-Morpork.
Twenty years ago, Vimes watched his street brother and gang-leader Carcer Dun fall from a fatal height. Somehow, Carcer is back.
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson 2
Netflix South Africa
10h00 (all episodes)
In this comedy show, Tim Robinson and guests spend each segment driving someone to the point of needing - or desperately wanting - to leave.
There is no such thing as an ordinary interaction in this offbeat sketch comedy series that features a deep roster of guest stars.
HISTORY (DStv 186)
Documentary Series, Science, Technology
Progress sometimes comes at a price, and this series looks at what we can learn from manmade disasters to counteract the underlying issues behind why our machines and structures fail.
Using real-life footage, computer models and expert interviews, Disaster Engineered will take us through events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the Challenger space shuttle disaster to reveal how catastrophic structural failures happened.
Not to mention the bureaucratic tangles, mismanagement and financial decision-making that led to expert engineers' warnings being ignored.
It'll also examine the consequences and human and financial costs of disasters like the Bhopal gas tragedy, the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown and the Aberfan mine disaster in Wales.
Historical cases from the sinking of Titanic and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge, all the way to more modern disasters like the high-speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey in 2018 will come under the spotlight.
Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
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.