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The Bachelorette South Africa has Arrived

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11 February 2021
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The wait is over! On Thursday 11 February at 7:30 PM, M-Net 101 viewers will welcome South Africa’s first-ever Bachelorette, Qiniso Van Damme. As she begins her journey to find love, she will experience romance, 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 Masters student.

The Bachelorette South Africa season 1 will be available on DStv Premium and Compact Plus. The first episode will be available on DStv Premium and Compact Plus and Compact.

In January, M-Net announced the first five men to #BachelorNation, and channel 101 is excited to reveal the next ten stunning eligible suitors vying for Qiniso’s love.

Name: LUNGA KUPISO
Age: 30
Height: 1.91m
From: Idutywa, Eastern Cape

A quiet, gentle introvert with a colourful personality, Lunga is a village-raised, city-groomed Xhosa herd boy who grew up with a passion for livestock farming before moving to the big city at age of fourteen. He was “fortunate enough to be raised by his uGogo (great-grandmother) and uMakhulu (grandmother), while his mom trained as a nursing specialist. When she qualified, his big move to Joburg came about.

Lunga is a double graduate with a Diploma in Public Relations and Communications, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Marketing Communications. Lungsta, as his friends call him, consults with a continental government agency, which sees him split his time between Mzansi and Ethiopia on a regular basis. Besides surviving the city, his biggest career moment was two years ago when he was given the opportunity to join Australia’s most beloved sport - as a communication assistant. 

A well-spoken man ready for love, Lunga hopes to be the one Qiniso is looking for. Oh, and did we mention that he's tall? He's 1.91m! And his proudest moment to date? Physically building his grandmother's house - leaning walls and all.

Name: MARC COETZEE
Age: 41
Height: 1.88m
From: Johannesburg

A father to two incredible boys aged 11 and 15, Marc is a lover of life who strives to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Marc is a lifestyle and transformation coach with a passion for improving people’s confidence and outlook. 

As an adaptive business developer, brand strategist, and serial entrepreneur at heart, Marc absolutely loves pushing boundaries in everything he does. 

Having played all his cards at love, he's ready to try something different and meet the other half of the ultimate power couple. Marc is in it to win it and is ready to give the other guys a run for their money.

Name: FRANCO BASSON
Age: 26
Height: 1.76m
From: Johannesburg

Franco grew up in Magaliesburg. He studied law at the University of Johannesburg and after some time in the legal field, realised he wasn't passionate about it. Now he works at Discovery as a Financial Consultant and runs a podcast with two of his best friends, named The Weekly Order. He loves music and plays the guitar and drums. He also has a passion for the arts and expresses his creativity through photography and videography.

He had a high school sweetheart at 16 whom he broke up with and spent eight years trying to win back. After a long wait, they saw each other again but they had both grown and moved on. Now he is ready to find love again and wants to get married.

Name: AVIWE MAHLAKATHA
Age: 25
Height: 1.88m
From: Johannesburg

An introverted extrovert, this mature and curious young man was born and partially bred in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. He was then uprooted to Johannesburg with his family for primary and secondary schooling. 

A jack of many trades, Aviwe is a media studies graduate who works as a radio producer for an online station. He also works as a freelance video editor and is a fashion runway model who has worked with some of the top brands on the African continent. 

Aviwe comes from a close-knit family and keeps a tight group of friends that build each other up. He loves what Qiniso stands for and her feisty personality. Maybe, just maybe, they'll be a perfect match.

Name: HENK “SWAZI” NEL
Age: 28
Height: 1.94m
From: Piet Retief

Henk, affectionately known as Swazi, is soft-natured but makes sure he stands out by taking on leadership roles. He is originally from Cape Town and lived in Swaziland for eight years. He then spent a season in Waterlooville, Hampshire (south of London) while advancing his cricketing career. He captained most of the teams he played for including the Swaziland u/19s for two years. 

He currently runs his own cricket academy, helping junior players throughout Mpumalanga and Swaziland. He has a wild party side that comes out as soon as (cold) tequila is involved. He is highly competitive and does not like to lose. Charming and quirky, Swazi will quickly grow on you. 

Name: VUYANI MASHEGO
Age: 28
Height: 1.92m
From: Johannesburg

Attending an all-boys boarding school played a large role in the kind of man he wants to be. Vuyani is a weightlifter, crossfitter, and strength and conditioning expert with his eyes set on the Commonwealth Games. He gives back to the sport by working with the NGO Lifting Dreams Soweto. 

He lives the bachelor life, mostly training and working at a functional training gym he owns called Urban Shack Benoni  He has been dealt a few not-so-great cards in the relationship department. Perhaps his standards are on the high side? Or maybe he fears revealing all of himself to a woman? He is also a Casanova and likes to think he can get along with any lady. He is charming and in tune with his emotions. Vuyani has a great vibe about him, is a good listener, and a fashionista.

Name: KEELAN McMANUS
Age: 26
Height: 1.88m
From: Cape Town

Keelan is a sporty, active guy who loves adventures and the outdoors. He lost his father at a young age, growing up with a powerful single mom. He represented his country playing badminton and had his eyes set on going to the Olympics but unfortunately broke his back while training.

Family means everything to Keelan. Now he is seeking a partner that can enjoy a healthy and responsible lifestyle with him and that can keep up with his adventurous nature. His party boy habits are still there but he is looking for inspiration to change that He has amazing stories to tell and is a sweet and humble guy with a big heart.

Name: PETER ROOS
Age: 27
Height: 1.82m
From: Johannesburg 

Peter is a gentle soul and would make a good partner, but he's been very unlucky in finding love. He is very close to his mother and two sisters and is very family-orientated. He went to the same primary school as Qiniso.

He's genuinely looking for love and someone to settle down with. He wants to share his journey with the right woman. He enjoys playing sports daily and exercising regularly. He describes Qiniso as charismatic and bubbly. 

Name: JUSTIN LAKEY
Age: 26
Height: 1.82m
From: Johannesburg

Justin is a track and field specialist. He competes on the local stage and is aiming for the Olympics in the next four years. He works as a sports conditioning coach and a sports massage therapist. His guilty pleasure is junk food. Justin expresses his creativity through sketching and draws amazing cartoon characters.

The past three years of being single have allowed him to evaluate what he wants. He is open to The Bachelorette experience showing him other possibilities with love. Justin is an easy-going, competitive, and funny young man.

Name: KYRAN WRIGHT
Age: 32
Height: 1.87m
From: Cape Town

Kyran is at his best when he is surrounded by nature. He became a father at a young age, then returned to university. He pursued an education and career in Ecology to provide for his young child, as well as make an impact on a cause close to his heart.

Armed with scientific and legal training, he manages important terrestrial and aquatic sites in  Cape Town and works to protect and rehabilitate the ecosystems in these spaces. He has been following Qiniso since The Bachelor and sees potential for romance with her. He is planning to move into a residence on a nature reserve in anticipation of settling down.

Kyran is very clear about who he is and what he wants out of life. For him, this will be a true journey to find love with Qiniso.

Watch The Bachelorette SA every Thursday at 19:30 on M-Net channel 101.