Meet the men competing for The Bachelorette SA’s heart

Local 15 January 2021

Qiniso van Damme’s journey to find love begins on 11 February when The Bachelorette SA lights up the local Thursday slot on M-Net (DStv 101).

The local prime-time Thursday night slot on M-Net (DStv 101) is continuing to heat up as viewers eagerly await the premiere of the global reality hit show, The Bachelorette South Africa S1. M-Net’s first-ever Bachelorette, Qiniso van Damme, begins her amazing journey to find love on Thursday, 11 February, at 19:30.

It’s a journey that is sure to be filled with romance, love, heartbreak, tears, thrills and drama.

A host of eligible young men will soon realise that The Bachelorette South Africa is not for the faint of heart as they compete to win the affection of the vivacious model, actress and master's student.

But who are these mystery men vying for Qiniso’s love? Wait no longer, #BachelorNation – here are the first five stunning gentlemen looking to win over the woman of their dreams, Qiniso van Damme.

Ten Naidu

  • Age: 36
  • Height: 1,86m
  • City: Durban

Ten left SA in his early teens and has returned to find love where he grew up. He spent nine years travelling to 90 countries to teach, pray and find love. Now he wants to share the world and visit his 100th country with that special someone.

His philosophy is to embrace every experience and enjoy every moment. Ten is open, true and witty. He had a brief relationship with someone who reminds him of Qiniso and feels perhaps it foreshadowed this opportunity. He considers Qiniso more worldly than most ladies he has met and secretly hopes she makes for a great salsa partner.

Ten is a qualified IT trainer and school teacher specialising in English, information technology, maths and recently began modelling overseas.

He is in touch with his emotions and has a charming confidence that is fun to witness.

Ruan Meyer

  1. Age: 26
  2. Height: 1,80m
  3. City: Bloemfontein

Ruan relocated to Pretoria four years ago to study architecture at TUT Pretoria. This move broke up the Bloemfontein native’s relationship of three years with his high school sweetheart. He comes from a big family after his parents divorced and one remarried.

Ruan runs his own fledgeling construction company while furthering his studies. He admits to having used his likeness to "Game of Thrones" John Snow to win over the ladies, but he doesn't like it when the conversation does not move past his likeness.

He has a strong Afrikaans accent and comes across as a small-town boy making it in a big city. He has travelled to parts of Europe and says he would take Qiniso to Italy on a romantic date.

Ruan is still working towards his architectural qualification.

Kganya Rapoo

    • Age: 23
    • Height: 1,79m
    • City: Johannesburg

Kganya can be described as an energetic, lively, lovable geek with a smile that lights up a room, true to his name. A trainee chartered (not boring) accountant who is also a lecturer and a master’s student, his maturity will make you forget his young age.

He is an extrovert who enjoys going out and having a good time. He has plenty of energy, loves PDA and considers himself to be very sentimental.

He prides himself on being a peacemaker and a sounding board.

Bradley Newton

  • Age: 29
  • Height: 1,78m
  • Town: Johannesburg

Bradley works in the banking and insurance industry. A trained athlete and avid hip-hop dancer, this is a man with a life plan. He considers himself to be mature and a tad calculated. His answers are textbook but that is him – well-planned and direct.

For Bradley, everything needs to be executed with perfection. Because he is a sportsman and an all-rounder, he has a high awareness and confidence. He has a portable studio where he does hip-hop recording as a pastime. He travels the world and enjoys exclusive clubs and parties.

Dylan Heneck

  • Age: 28
  • Height: 1,87m
  • City: Cape Town

Born in the USA and living in South Africa since 2006, Dylan lives in a converted BnB with eight of his friends. He completed a BusSci degree but ended up in the music industry. He is a chameleon as he has many sides to him, but is generally laid-back. He loves the spotlight and is a bit of a troublemaker. Dylan spends winters overseas and is a digital nomad.

He has had many grand gestures in love but has never found the one. He has been through a lot of introspection as he has been a solo flyer for a long time. Women want commitment which he runs from. "Commitment is not my strong suit!"

To learn more about The Bachelorette South Africa and more on all the shows featured on M-Net (DStv 101), go to The BacheloretteSA and

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