Unmissable local shows

A fierce tribal battle, finding absent fathers, starting a new business, a religious cult and finding love are some of the themes of the new local shows starting this week.

Let there be order in the court while we’re looking for love and reconciling fathers with their children.

Ifalakhe S1

A brand-new local drama series that is sure to have viewers buzzing is Ifalakhe, on Mzansi Magic. Set in pre-colonial South Africa, it’s s story that revolves around raging kingdoms, power-hungry kings and their deceptive kin! South Africa’s own Game of Thrones focuses on two different tribes – the Okuhle and the Khanya, who are at war with one another. The king, Khombindlela, has a prophecy hanging over his head that threatens the lineage of the rule of his true heir – and he must ensure this never happens. In the first episode, he arrives home to discover that both of his wives have given birth, apparently at the same time. Starring Bheki Sibiya, Bheki Ngcobo, Chris Radebe and Sthandwa Nzuza.

Starts Sunday 6 October on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

AboBaba S1

The plight of fatherless homes in South Africa is a serious one, and while gender-based violence is in the spotlight the rights of fathers are often overlooked. This show aims to bridge the gap between absent fathers and their offspring. Actor Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (The Queen), a father of five himself, accompanies fathers as they attempt to reunite with their children.

Starts Saturday 5 October on Mzansi Wethu (163) at 19:30

Die Kasteel S1

Eckhard de Wet invested in a Ponzi scheme that collapsed, causing his family to lose everything except their Waterkloof mansion. His wife Tina-Marie decides to convert their house into a boutique hotel. With help from their airhead daughter, Michellay, their naive gardener, Wilson, and their sarcastic domestic worker, Cecilia, the De Wets host paying guests, week after week. There’s just one problem – none of them know what they’re doing.

Saturday 5 October on kykNET & kie (145) at 19:30

Finding the One S1

The latest reality show to come to M-Net features singletons looking for love with the help of their family and friends. Here’s how it works: Three potential love interests will be selected from a “dating pool” by a panel of friends and family, and they’ll be asking them questions while on a group date to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff. If you’re a fan of Mzansi Magic’s Date My Family, then Finding the One is right up your alley.

Starts Sunday 6 October on M-Net (10) at 18:00

Oppi Kassie S2

The idea of TV was a strange concept before the first local broadcast in 1976 … Oppi Kassie focuses on the history of television in South Africa. Season two looks at how paid television, M-Net to be specific, influenced the market and pioneered a new era of digitalising content for viewing.

Sunday 6 October on kykNET (144) at 20:00

Ithemba S1

This brand-new drama focuses on a group of so-called religious people who are scamming the desperate. So near and yet so far – that’s how Philiswa feels after having to quit her university studies because of outstanding fees. Meanwhile, her sister Nomonde has been “captured” by a sinister cult. It seems there’s no end to Philiswa’s woes.

Starts Monday 7 October on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Liefde Sonder Grense S1

This talk show, presented by Rian van Heerden, explores relationships between nonconventional people. From love despite disfigurement or addiction to hairy and tall love, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

Monday 7 October on kykNET (144) at 20:00

Jan Braai vir Erfenis S9

The hunt is on for beautiful places and lekker braai recipes. Join presenter Jan Scannell as he experiences yellowtail season on the South Coast, subtropical fruit season in the Mpumalanga Lowveld and summer on the scenic island of Madagascar.

Monday 7 October on kykNET & kie (145) at 21:30

The Republic S1

This popular local drama comes to Showmax. South Africa’s first female president is tough-talking Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi. She’s on a mission to fight corruption and restore dignity to the country she leads and loves. Florence Masebe stars as the president, Hlomla Dandala plays the deceitful deputy president, and Rami Chuene features as the one who’ll stir up trouble between the corrupt former president Hendrik Mbuli and his equally corrupt wife.

Starts Monday 7 October on Showmax

Fynskrif S2

kykNET will be airing the second series of popular courtroom drama Fyknskrif. It starts three months after the last series left off, with legal firm Van Wyk en Vennote hanging by a thread after Hans (Chris Van Niekerk) retires. Lara (Tinarie van Wyk Loots) is so focused on getting new clients that she doesn’t realise she and Jaco (Jacques Bessenger) are drifting apart. And the murder case Katrien (Cintaine Schutte) is busy with is threatening to ruin her life with Ben as well as the practice’s future. And what will happen to Corne (Beer Adriaanse)? Wian (Edwin van der Walt) and Anne (Kim Cloete) are trying to define what their life together looks like. Dolf (Charlton George) makes a big decision regarding his relationship with Gertrude (Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp). Where everything will end remains an open question.

Starts Tuesday 8 October on kykNET (144) at 20:00

Yim’Lo S2

TV personality Dineo Ranaka is back with a new season of her show in which she helps various people come clean to their loved ones about their double lives. But how will their loved ones react?

Tuesday 8 October on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika S4

Afrikaans pop idol Karen Zoid is the presenter, and that can mean only one thing: Get your passport ready for an unforgettable visit to her republic. In the fourth season, Karen adds new stars to her already impressive cabinet of celebrity guests, such as legendary songstress Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Tuesday 8 October on kykNET & Kie (145) at 20:30

Uyang’thanda Na? S4

This crazy little thing called love makes one abandon logic for passion, and that’s exactly what we’ll see on this dating show, which returns for a new season. Viewers will be treated to those who throw caution to the wind and invite their beloveds to a date – a blind date. As in, the invited person has no idea they have a secret admirer.

Starts Wednesday 9 October on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Afskaal S1

Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp presents this reality series that follows the lives of four overweight people who’d like to change their lives over a period of 16 weeks. There’s Beverley from Boksburg, a SARS criminal investigator; Noelien from Meyerton, who has become a recluse because of her weight; Hennie from Randfontein; and Jandri from Pretoria, whose weight has caused her relationship with her sister to suffer.

Thursday 10 October on kykNET (144) at 17:30

Mo and Mome S1

Fans have been asking for it, and now their wish has been granted. Comedian Tol A$$ Mo and his wife Mome, who’s a designer, let cameras into their lives for their own brand-new reality show. Mome is no stranger to reality TV; we last saw her on VUZU’s Mo Love.

Starts Thursday 10 October on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00