Earlier this week, M-Net announced that they will be producing the first season of The Bachelorette SA. But, there’s also another exciting – and unique – local version of an international dating show waiting in the wings to touch viewers’ hearts. The Single Wives SA is starting on M-Net on Thursday, 3 September at 19:00, turning Thursday nights on the channel into “date night” again.
Based on the popular Australian format, The Single Wives SA zooms in on six previously married women who have been unlucky in their search for love. They embark on an expert-led journey of self-discovery and transformation which will give them real-life tools to possibly find love.
The experts who are at the Single Wives’ side with advice and guidance are Justin Cohen and Mapaseka Mokwele. Justin is a transformational coach whose limitless curiosity and penchant for research-based change turned him into an international keynote speaker, bestselling author and television talk show host. Mapaseka, who is no stranger to TV, has been in the media industry for more than 22 years. Her experience ranges from news anchoring talk shows to being Kaya FM’s ‘voice of reason’, dealing with relationships and all matters of the heart. Mapaseka is also a philanthropist, businesswoman and qualified coach – coaching in the leadership, career, life and relationship space.
Justin explains why The Single Wives SA is so different from other dating shows on television: “It’s not about competing for an object of affection nor finding that Mr Right; it’s about women who are willing to be vulnerable and the process that they will go through to get to a point where they’re ready for a potentially long-lasting relationship again,”
Mapaseka adds that the road taken in The Single Wives SA is indeed travelled by many seeking love. “At the same time, it’s a journey filled with entertainment, tears and laughter – one definitely worth taking.”
But, who are the six brave women who will share their anxieties, shed their fears, and face the stumbling blocks that prevent them from being in a healthy relationship?
Meet M-Net’s Single Wives
Angel Pather (38)Advocate and social media influencer, Angel from Centurion, married her Prince Charming at a very young age envisioning a happily-ever-after. Instead, she found herself in an unhappy relationship for twelve years. Always believing that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, she married the same man twice and when she realised that it’s all a vicious circle she decided to leave him, this time for good. Five years later, Angel still struggles to commit to a relationship, out of the fear of being hurt and attracting a love interest who will disappoint her. “I need to deal with the issues that I have suppressed since I left my ex-husband five years ago. I’m hoping to find out what it is that is causing me to behave this way and to be able to move forward with someone who will love me the way I am.”
Chantelle Thrupp-Snow (33)Chantelle is a Corporate Account Executive from Johannesburg who has always dreamed of a picture-perfect “picket-white-fence” kind of lifestyle – but life hasn’t been kind to her and she found herself at crossroads many times. Her first two marriages failed, she was diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder, had a baby out of wedlock, and her last relationship ended with a broken engagement. Chantelle believes that she is way too pushy and forceful when it comes to relationships and marriage due to a fear of abandonment. “I need to learn how to make the right choices,” she says.
Helen Zondo (50)Strong and independent Public Transport Operator Helen from Fourways dated her then-boyfriend for what she describes as “ten beautiful years”. It was when the couple got married and started living under the same roof that the relationship took a dark turn. Scarred and left to face life alone, Helen lost faith in men and remained single for fourteen years, focusing all her efforts on her daughter. The 50-year-old single mom joined the show to rediscover herself as a woman and find her worth again, “I want to break down the emotional barriers that hinder the process of forgiveness.”
Nikki Nell (42)Nikki, a Marketing Manager from Randpark Ridge, admits that she hasn’t had much of dating life. She walked down the aisle with her second serious boyfriend and their marriage lasted twelve years. Post their divorce, however, she continued to date him on and off. She entered The Singe Wives SA in the hopes of becoming more self-aware and getting back onto the dating scene, “I want to embark on a new chapter in my life, and I am excited about this new chapter,” Nikki says.
Tori Celliers (47)Tori’s marriage of eight and a half years ended after a series of infidelities. The fitness studio owner from Durban and mother of two says she walked away not because she did not love her ex-husband any more, but because she knew she had to stop hurting herself. The couple remained apart but continued their friendship and considered reconciling. But then she experienced intense trauma. Before their love could take flight for a second time, her ex was tragically murdered. Understandably, it has been difficult for Tori to find closure and move forward. “Will I ever recover from a loss like that,” she asks at the beginning of her journey on The Single Wives SA.
The Single Wives SA is produced by Black Swan Media and starts Thursday, 3 September at 19:00 on M-Net (DStv 101).
Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net Website, and join the conversation with #TheSingleWivesSA on Twitter (@MNet / @DStv), Instagram (@mnettv / @dstvza) and Facebook (@MNet / @DStv).