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DStv is bursting at the seams with all the new local content on offer this week. Tune in to find fresh, new series or new seasons of fan favourites!
S3 of anthology series Spoorloos won’t just have you asking whodunnit but also whydunnit with the story of false identity following the kidnapping of a 6-month-old baby and the murder of her parents on the Northern Cape farm, Steynhof.
Actor and presenter Motlatsi Mafatshe helps people get unexpected money they inherited in the new Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) show Unefa, and actress Nqobile Khumalo gives a stunning performance as a makoti seeking power in a man’s world in the new local drama Nqobile.
S2 of Abomama also brings tons of drama when the stokvel ladies have new challenges to face, and polygamy reality series Mnakwethu serves more scandals and eyebrow-raising reality in S2.
kykNET (DStv channel 144) has new seasons coming of Lui Maar Op, Belinda, Slank, Jan Braai Vir Erfenis, along with magic movies, all this week.
In this new drama series, husband and wife Nqobile and Simo want the same thing – full power and control of the Nkosi dynasty. When Nqobile, an abused makoti of the Nkosi family dynasty, takes over the CEO position from her abusive husband, she transforms it into a women e-hailing service, and indirectly declares war against her spouse. Backed only by her father-in-law, George, Nqobile is thrust into a male dominated industry and must succeed if she is to negotiate her freedom from a position of power.
Watch from Monday, 5 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
Every year, thousands of South Africans don’t receive the money that they’ve legally inherited from deceased family and loved ones. A beneficiary could have been a minor at the time of death, and still unaware of the payment, or it could be a case of incorrect details – contact information changed, not updated, or wrongly logged. Unefa’s aim is to close this gap as host Motlatsi Mafatshe takes viewers on an emotional and reflective journey in which unsuspecting beneficiaries are surprised with this information.
Watch from Wednesday, 7 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
The Next Level
Channel O (DStv channel 320) brings musical entertainment to the comfort of your home with The Next Level. A live party mix and performance segment with DJ PH will be followed by a one-4-one duo guest DJ mix in this two-hour special music show. Episode 1 will see PH joined by Costa Titch and Durban Gogo in an epic party mix that can’t be missed. More of your favourite entertainers will join him throughout the season, so set those series recordings and get your reminders in for every episode.
Watch from Friday, 2 July on Channel O (DStv channel 320) at 20:00
The drama, the laughter!
8 episodes, 1 terrifying case as this drama series returns with a new tale. This time, we follow the disappearance of a 6-month-old baby whose nanny, Liena April, kidnaps her from her parents’ Northern Cape farm on the night that her parents are murdered. 15 years later, the baby’s surviving family get word that she has been found alive. And for 15-year-old Adri van Tonder, finding out that the woman who raised her isn’t her biological mother raises a flurry of questions with buried answers.
Watch from Tuesday, 6 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
In S1 we saw 4 church women – Mapule (Nokuthula Ledwaba), Fumane (Joyce Skefu), Dora (Unati Guma) and Tshidi (Khanyi Mbau) – transform their stokvel into a money-laundering scheme to use R2 million in stolen cash to serve their community. In the finale, a new member stepped into the secret circle when Raki (Masechaba Mtolo) murdered the gangster Bonanza, ending his persecution of the ladies. Now, 2 years on, Bonanza’s “amnesiac” daughter Amamkele arrives on the women’s doorstep, looking like innocence personified. But she’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Watch from Sunday, 4 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
Lui Maar Op, Belinda S2
Brümilda van Rensburg leads this comedy set in the Ian & Ander general store in George. The action picks up again 2 months after the events of the S1 finale, when Belinda is bored out of her mind… until Annetjie returns. It’s just in time for a TV watch party for a certain special Kwêla Dorp Van Die Jaar episode, and looking ahead, Ian has big plans to step up operations at Ian & Ander by bringing in a baffling new computer system, and Belinda explores online dating.
Watch from Monday, 5 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
Real people, real drama
Polygamy reality series Mnakwethu stirred outrage in 2020 on the socials, with viewers calling out disrespect from husbands, mistresses and wives left, right and centre. Keeping a marriage on an even keel when you add another partner turned out to be no simple mission. Now as Mnakwethu returns, Mafuleka isn't calling on host Musa Mseleku to ask him about how to raise the topic of polygamy, because his wife has already agreed to him marrying another woman. The thing is, he wants to marry her friend…
Watch from Tuesday, 6 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
Lebo M: Coming Home S1
Grammy-winning singer Lebo M returns home in this 10-episode series, which follows his efforts to reunite his family under 1 roof – including 4 of his kids, 3rd wife, Angela, and his mother – and to create new music with Zahara, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Judith Sephuma and his daughter Refi. Lebo talks about his past, including his accidental move to Lesotho while he was in exile, homelessness on the streets of the USA, his rise to fame, and the glory years working on The Lion King.
Watch from Thursday, 8 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00
A Very Bonang Year
This 2-part special follows one of Africa’s biggest media personalities, Bonang Matheba, on her global adventures in what was her biggest year yet as she balances life, family and career along the way. In never-before-seen footage, we see Bonang as an entrepreneur making business decisions, with all the trials and tribulations of working with teams and business colleagues abroad. We also join her as she goes apartment hunting in New York with celebrity real estate agents and then spends time in LA with Hollywood A-listers.
Watch on Friday, 2 July on Showmax
If you’re dodging the scale and feel like you’re groaning under the weight of failure, take heart. This reality series, presented by Leandie du Randt, takes viewers on a health and wellness journey along with some of South Africa’s biggest stars. Join Pieter Koen and his wife, Lotie, as they learn healthy eating habits and build muscle, Bianca le Grange as she gets healthy as part of her journey to pregnancy, Manuel Escorcio as he tackles his diabetes diagnosis, and photographer Trompie van der Berg as he aims to slim down.
Watch from Sunday, 4 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 17:30
Die Kliek S10
VIA’s popular dating show is back for a brand-new season and the show’s original presenter, Schalk Bezuidenhout, is hosting again. In each episode, a panel of 8 single women have a chance to meet the man of their dreams. But before they meet him in person, they get to snoop through his social media. Those who like what they see, get a chance to get to know him better and by way of a series of question-and-answer sessions, move closer to going on a date with him.
Watch from Friday, 2 July on VIA (DStv channel 147) at 21:00
Dankie Lottoland S2
In this lifestyle show, the gambling website Lottoland South Africa gives back to a variety of charities and organisations in need by inviting celebrities like singer Jannie Moolman, TV presenter and model Marciel Hopkins and actress Laré Birk to help them give back with exciting renovation projects. In S2, singer Jak de Priester gets involved with the Innovation For The Blind initiative, which is aimed at empowering visually impaired adults. Jak travels to Worcester where he meets inspiring people struggling with their eyesight and changes their lives with the help of Lottoland.
Watch from Saturday, 3 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 18:00
Jan Braai Vir Erfenis S11
Former accountant-turned-braaimaster, chef and cookbook author Jan Scannell is back with a brand-new season of Jan Braai Vir Erfenis in which he travels throughout South Africa and other countries to find the best places to light a fire and braai. And, of course, Jan shares some of his favourite recipes – yummy mushroom burgers, steak and even puddings you can make over a fire. Jan is also a huge supporter of Heritage Day on Friday 24 September, and he urges viewers to support it and light a braai on the day.
Watch from Saturday 3 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 18:30
Tuis-Bly Sessies Met Willem Botha
Singer, songwriter, and avid photographer Willem Botha takes music lovers on a journey in personal performances he made during his time in lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Willem spoils viewers with his biggest hits like ’n Liefde Soos Die (2020), Iemand As Jou Hart Breek (2017), My Stem is Joune (2012), Breek Op In Stereo (2012) and more. He also explains the meaning behind these songs and what it took to write, produce and release them.
Watch from Friday 2 July on kykNET NOU (DStv channel 146) at 21:00
Handel: Die Londense Operas
The Cape Town Baroque Orchestra (formerly Camerata Tinta Barocca) presents a concert of solos and duets from operas composed by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), with the famous Canadian soprano Stefanie True and the South African countertenor Christopher Ainslie as soloists. Conducted from the harpsichord by Erik Dippenaar, Stefanie and Christopher take viewers on a beautiful operatic journey. Both singers are currently based in Germany where they specialise in the singing of a Baroque repertoire.
Watch on Sunday, 4 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 10:30
The drama gets intense in the new episodes of telenovela Lingashoni. Puleng, Papi and Robert meet to decide on Mandla’s fate now that it’s clear what a danger he is to them. Robert vindicates Mandla’s suspicions about his killer, while the Mchunu brothers go back on their word. Robert has to hand Mashao to Mandla, pay the Mchunu brothers and still play happy families while everything falls apart. Puleng is tricked into committing fraud, and Mohau puts a plan in motion to get rid of Mantoa.
Watch Mondays -Thursdays, on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 19:30
At the movies
Dis Ek, Anna
Based on the novels Dis, Ek Anna and Die Staat Teen Anna Bruwer by Anchien Troskie, this film follows the story of a young girl who is repeatedly sexually assaulted by her stepfather, changing her whole world, until the day she takes charge and kills her stepfather. Starring Charlene Brouwer, Elize Cawood and Morne Visser.
Watch on Saturday, 3 July on fliekNET (DStv channel 149) at 21:30
This mockumentary film takes us along for a tongue-in-cheek, lump-in-the-throat look at 1 middle-aged Afrikaans woman’s life. An annual visit to the gynaecologist sparks Magda’s thoughts and fears about human imperfections, the absurdity of being human, and growing old. With Desiré Gardner, Mienke Ehlers, Shimmy Isaacs, Gershwin Meas, and Andre Weideman.
Watch on Sunday, 4 July on kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00
Sechaba starts dating his late wife's friend Palesa immediately after her burial, which causes tension between Sechaba and his daughter, Pabalelo.
Watch on Saturday, 3 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30