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Excitement has been building since A+E Networks commissioned a local version of Married at First Sight for Lifetime Africa. 

Married at First Sight South Africa will premiere on Lifetime (131) on Friday 3 February at 20:50. 

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In order to match the couples as scientifically as possible - in the hope they will find true love - the producers have selected a number of specialists who will work with and closely monitor the individuals before, during and after the filming process.

They are:

Production consultant Sam Cowen

Sam started off her career at Primedia Broadcasting on 702. She later moved to sister station 947 to co-present Joburg’s biggest breakfast show, where she spent 18 years. She is the longest-running female morning show host in the country.

Her interest in current affairs and her extensive experience as a radio presenter are well suited to the talk format and she is able to host discussions on everything from pop culture to breaking political scandals.

In addition to her radio work, Sam hosted a successful parenting show and wrote two bestselling books on the topic of motherhood, Waiting for Christopher, and Good Enough Mother. The first was featured in an exhibition in the International Museum of Women in San Francisco.

She also co-wrote a third book, The Irreverent Mothers’ Handbook, with Lee van Loggerenberg, a collection of columns and advice that originally appeared in Your Baby magazine.

 

Psychologist Neo Pule

Neo is a registered counselling psychologist with the Health Professions Council of SA, having gained the M.Sc. Counselling Psychology degree at the University of Free State. She is currently acquiring a doctoral degree in Consulting Psychology at the University of South Africa. Neo currently serves as an executive member of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) as well as that of the South African Association Counselling, where she holds the portfolio of outgoing chairperson. Her history in leadership positions is vast and this includes work as a consultant in leadership development in various sectors.

Neo has established a private practice in Sunnyside Pretoria, which has been in operation since July 2009. Her area of expertise includes the areas of relationship and family dynamics as well as adjustment and personal development. As a result, Neo has extensive experience in terms of working with couples or assisting her clients to understand relational dynamics and facilitating personal development as a way to grow into experiencing relationships positively. In addition, she is currently a lecturer in the department of Psychology at the University of Pretoria.

Her community work ranges from her appearance on TV programs and radio interviews where she shares her insights on psychological issues, mostly those that affect people relationally. Furthermore, Neo has written articles for magazines such as Move and True Love as well as newspapers such as Pretoria News, Record and The Sowetan.

Neo is passionate about deconstructing psychology. More often psychology and psychological issues are met with taboo and distance. Her concern is to bring these into dining room conversations where these issues are normalised and form part of everyday dialogue.

In terms of achievements, Neo was awarded the accolade of Most Promising Young Researcher in 2015 and has been afforded the opportunity to be one of two South Africans and one of 40 participants in the world to participate in an Emerging Psychologist Program in Japan in 2016. She comes from humble beginnings. Her difficult and complex growing up circumstances have seen her to be a good getter, resilient and confident person. Neo describes herself as "feet on the ground and heart in heaven", which helps her see everyone as human regardless of where they find themselves.

 

Relationship specialist Paula Quinsee

Paula is a certified Imago Educator and Professional Facilitator and NLP Life Coach. As a relationship expert, she teaches individuals and organisations the importance of healthy relationships using emotional intelligence skills.

After being exposed to Imago Relationship Therapy in 2006 and having been through the Imago and NLP process herself as part of her training, she now views people and relationships in a different light, resulting in more empathy, compassion and understanding for others by applying these principles to all areas of her life. She shares these tools and skills with all her clients.

She has been a member of the Imago Africa Board, has presented at the FutureEd Expo, Imago Africa/FAMSA Dan Siegel Conference, SACAP Festival of Learning and University of Pretoria Neuroscience seminar. Paula has been actively coaching since 2009 and conducts regular monthly workshops, is a speaker and author of the self-help book Embracing Conflict.

Services she provides include inspirational talks, workshops for individuals and organisations personal coaching for individuals and groups.As an inspirational speaker, she draws on both her professional and personal experiences such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, running the Comrades marathon, cycling from Sun City to Cape Town and more to lift and inspire her audiences.

Paula also holds a BBA Marketing Degree with over 14 years experience in the marketing and advertising field in a corporate environment. She has worked at companies such as Standard Bank, Nedbank and KFC. This experience equips her with knowledge and skills of how a corporate environment works and the challenges thereof.

Paula also writes articles for a number of platforms such as: Our Parenting Spot, Nutreats, Child of the Universe, Down to Earth Women Magazine, Spice4Life Mamahood, Wildrunner, Leadership Debunked, Parenting Hub 
and Business Essentials. 


 

Sexologist 
Dr Shingai Mutambirwa

Shingai Mutambirwa holds M Med (Urology) Medunsa and FCS (Urol) degrees, qualifying in 1996. He has a busy private practice at Clinix Tshepo Themba Hospital where a number of medical industry-driven and university research projects are conducted under his other cap as head of department of Urology at Dr George Mukhari Academic hospital and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the developer of technique and with the largest series worldwide of using Skin Glue for Circumcision (presently over 3 000 cases) with published poster presentation (since 2005 to date).

She is a founding member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa and current head of the academic committee for South African Urological Association (SAUA), head of Review Board for South African Guidelines for Prostate Cancer coordinating the multi-disciplinary team for all the South African societies for oncologists, urologists, nuclear medicine and pathologists involved in this cancer and head of Review Board for South African Guidelines for Enuresis under the Enuresis Academy of South Africa. She is also an academic committee chair for the Urological Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, an academic committee member for the African Society of Sexual Medicine and a member of Continence Association of South Africa (Casa)
.

In addition to working as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Urology (Official journal of the American Urological Association) and The African Journal of Urology, she has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and 10 book chapters.

She sits on the boards of the following organizations: The Prostate Cancer Foundation of South Africa (founding member), the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), Dynacon Technologies (previously Dynacon Steel), an affiliate of facilities management company WSP (Africa) and works in an advisory capacity for Astellas, Jansen (J&J), Bayer, Schering Pharma, Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Abbott, Schering-Plough, Ferring and Adcock Ingram

 

Financial expert Winnie Kunene

Winnie is a mother, friend, colleague and a professional business woman.

 

When it comes to money, nobody speaks its powerful language like Winnie Kunene - referred and known to many as the money psychologist - simply because she teaches and inspires people to love and feel comfortable to talk about money and she does it in a simple way. Her message is simple and straight forward: victory over debt will only be gained when behaviour changes. If behaviour does not change, it is also very simple: happy poverty!

She inspires, teaches and informs people about money and her work is frequently featured on various radio and televisions stations, including co-hosting The Money Show on Business Day TV and Soweto TV Money Show. Winnie is also a weekly columnist for The Sowetan on Psychology of Money, 
a blogger for 1Life’s Truth About Money, a trustee for Truth About Money Foundation, a qualified debt counsellor, a children’s money coach and a financial freedom activist.


Her services are provided across all sectors of society including companies, churches 
and communities. 
She conducts talks on various topics pertaining to money, debt and life, 
runs workshops on financial management, career exploration boot-camps, health 
makeovers, 21st Century survival skills and goal-setting/dream mapping exercises, as well as individual financial coaching 
and corporate social investment consultations.


Winnie is passionate about the subject of money and she is convinced that money is at the 
core of true independence and self-reliance. Debt, however, is 21st Century slavery and holds people back from achieving and living their lives peacefully. Her mission is clear: inspire, teach and equip responsive South Africans with practical skills to review their own debt which enslaves them, and get rid of it for good. This will allow them to have mental space to imagine a brighter future for themselves, families and communities. 


Winnie studied Business Management at The University of Witwatersrand, attained a postgraduate qualification from GIMT, Senior Executive Program at Harvard Business School in Boston USA and University of the North School of Micro Finance. 
She has more than 25 years of high productivity experience in business, 18 years of which have been spend in supervision and management of other resources including people.

She 
has carved her own successful career working for large corporations (Liberty Life, Anglo American), banks (The World Bank and Nedbank/Nedcor), foundations (Liberty Life and African Bank) and non-governmental organisations – locally and internationally. She is a founding member of Classic FM South Africa (until 2013) and a non-executive director of MBD Credit Solutions.

She established company foundations for CSI, managed micro finance enterprises specialising in low-cost housing and funding for small and micro enterprises.

Winnie recently joined the ranks of Trusteeship to 1Life’s Truth About Money Foundation.