Find out what's new on VIA for September. Mark your calendars for some exciting shows!

The big moment has finally arrived: VIA (DStv 147 and streaming online on DStv Now) and Coleske Artists’ brand new TV show, Die Kontrak, which will crown the next big Afrikaans music star, kicks off on the Afrikaans lifestyle channel this month.

Die Kontrak officially starts on  Wednesday 19 September at 20:00 and the brother-and-sister duo Bobby and Karlien van Jaarsveld are the presenters. The show’s eight aspiring music stars who were picked from about 2 000 auditions after a countrywide talent search, will be coached by the mentors Elvis Blue, Tarryn Lamb, Monique Steyn, and Dewald Wasserfall for the tough elimination concerts they will have to face week after week.

A panel of experts consisting of the singers Theuns Jordaan and Corlea Botha as well as Barry Pretorius, the director of the Afrikaans is Groot mega-concerts, will weigh in on the contestants’ performances weekly. It is, however, Coleske Artists’ big boss, Arnold Coleske, who decides whether a contestant loses their contract or comes one step closer to the Afrikaans is Groot stage where the eventual winner of Die Kontrak will finally be crowned.

The winner will be announced on 23 November during Afrikaans is Groot 2018 at the Sun Arena in Pretoria and will be awarded a recording contract with Coleske Artists to the value of R1 million. New episodes of Die Kontrak will air on Wednesdays at 20:00 with repeats on Sundays at 18:00. The JOOX app, the South African streaming service with the most Afrikaans content, is the official streaming partner of Die Kontrak.

VIA viewers will also be treated to much more this month:

A brand-new season of Nisboere kicks off right away. The popular presenters Chris de Clerq, Anrich Herbst and Simonia Magardie hit to road to meet farmers who are performing miracles on small plots of land. Mondays at 20:00 and Sundays at 19:30. Sponsored by Laeveld Agrochem.

Pietie Beyers is back on VIA from Thursday 11 September with a new season of the quiz show Blitsbrein. This time 21 new brainiacs will battle it out week after week for the Blitsbrein title and a cash prize of R120 000. Now on Tuesdays at 18:00 and Saturdays at 22:00.

On Monday 24 September the red carpet is rolled out once more for the presenter Sinki Mlambo and SA’s matric girls when the second season of My Matriekafskeid kicks off. Sinki visits a new high school every week where she follows three matric learners’ matric-farewell adventures: from the search for the perfect dress to the drance floor on the big night. Now on Mondays at 20:30 and Saturdays at 17:30. My Matriekafskeid is sponsored by Afrikaans.com.

And last but not least: Fans of Nisboere will be given VIP access to Laeveld Agrochem’s Seilsafari, the largest agricultural expo on the sea. In this special half-hour doccie the presenters Chris, Anrich and Simonia invite viewers on board the Seilsafari cruise for a unique agricultural experience. Monday 3, September at 18:30, Wednesday, 19 September at 21:30 and Thursday 20, September at 19:30.

Watch VIA on DStv channel 147 and streaming online on DStv Now