VIA is all about Variety with 5 new shows in August


Whether you want to declutter your life, kick back with a music quiz, or look into the darkness, VIA (DStv 147) has a show for you

Longing for a taste of something with local flavour… just not a cooking show? VIA (DStv 147) is serving up some red-hot, spicy entertainment that’ll warm you from head to toe. There is lifestyle show Pak Weg, Pak Reg, local crime doccie series Swartskaap, local missing persons show Vermis and talkshow Die Lewe Skuld Jou Niks, rounded off with a music mix in gameshow Musiekpaniek that will test your music knowledge and keep your feet tapping. We asked the people involved with each show to dish out just a little bit more to give us a nibble…

Pak Weg, Pak Reg

“You won’t believe how many hoarders there are in South Africa,” says interior decorator and presenter Jani Augustyn-Goussard. She and Carin Smith, a décor stylist, help people who have hoarded years of stuff in their houses to declutter. Carin sees a philosophical side to clutter. “It’s not just physical stuff. It is old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”

The most common reason for people hoarding is sentimental value – they simply can’t let go of something, regardless of the value. “It’s always a difficult decision for the homeowner to decide to let go of something that they regard as sentimental. Of course, you also get people who are so busy that they don’t pack stuff away, they just dump it and so the vicious cycle continues until it’s out of control. People are very shy about these rooms that are so cluttered.” Jani says that they help people revamp cluttered spaces so that the owners can “breathe” again and the space has a new look and feel.

Not that they could help everyone who asked for their assistance. “We film one episode per day, and we have seen places where it would have probably taken us two to three days to declutter and to revamp,” admits Jani.

The most common clutter they have found while filming the series are clothes, newspapers and magazines, Tupperware, and old computers. “But if you can name it, they have cluttered it,” adds Jani.

Although Jani and Carin keep their own living spaces neat and decluttered, even they have things they cling to due to sentimental value. For Jani, it is her collection of books and porcelain, and for Carin it’s some of her grandfather’s carpentry tools she inherited. “If my house should burn down, those will be the first things I’ll grab and escape,” quips Carin.

Watch Pak Weg, Pak Reg S1, Mondays at 19:30 on VIA (DStv 147) or on Catch Up


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Swartskaap

Warning, this show is not for sensitive viewers!

The documentary series introduces viewers to people on the fringe of society, from sex workers, to notorious faces in the community. “The series looks at individuals who chose an alternative lifestyle, the road less travelled, and still made a huge success of their unconventional business,” explains series creator and producer Konrad Kuhn.

There is no presenter and it’s the individual who narrates his or her own story. “They take viewers on a first-hand look, uncensored, of their businesses. South African TV viewers haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s really in-your-face unedited. Sometimes it’s brutal.” Konrad says that although the mavericks in the episodes do most of the talking, there are also other interviews with their collaborators. “You see the good, the bad and the ugly of what is going on in the underworld of South Africa.”

Some of the individuals that viewers will meet include Cristie, a former member of the Numbers gang who exposes the state of human trafficking in South Africa; Zelda from the notorious gentleman’s club Flamingo in Pretoria, who gives an insight into the workings of the adult entertainment industry; and Michael Costa, who gives a shocking inside look at illegal dog fights across the country.

Watch Swartskaap on Mondays at 21:00 on VIA (DStv 147) 


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Vermis

Former Carte Blanche presenter and well-known TV personality Doreen Morris takes viewers on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Vermis. The series focuses on missing persons cases that have made headlines. “Some of the cases are still unsolved to this day,” says Doreen.

In each episode, she visits the family and friends of the victim to find out how they are dealing with the loss and what coping mechanisms they have. “It’s not easy telling these stories. Some are heart-breaking, and many times the crew and I had to hide our emotions as we want to portray the gut-wrenching stories in a professional way, but also with empathy. These people have been to hell and back, and most still don’t have closure. The show gives them the platform to share their stories with the public.”

There were three stories that really touched Doreen and gave her a hard time fighting back the tears when she spoke to the families:

  • On 14 October, 2001, 16-year-old Edna Piercey from Rustenburg vanished without trace. What made the storyheart-breaking is that 8 months later, her younger sister Blanche also vanished. Blanche’s mutilated body was found 5 weeks later. Edna is still missing.
  • In March,2018, Kaylah Mentoor’s 3-year-old son, Liyaqat, went missing after Kaylah dropped him off with her boyfriend, Onke Mashinini, as she had to go out for an appointment. Liyaqat was never seen again. Months later, it was discovered that Onke had murdered the young boy, but he has never revealed where he dumped the body.
  • QuewinBoshoff left his work at a hair salon on 17 September, 2008 and was never seen again. “This is a mysterious one as to this day, there have been no reports or anything on Quewin. It’s like he vanished into thin air,” reveals Doreen.

Watch Vermis on Tuesdays at 21:00 on VIA (DStv 147) 


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Die Lewe Skuld Jou Niks

Talkshow host Marlene le Roux calls her series “a never ending journey”. “We look mainly at women who have lost a loved one, or money or their jobs, and then find themselves in a dark place where they sometimes use drugs to overcome their problems, and then how they try to get back on track and pick themselves up.” For her, the show is all about a healing process. “These women, who have never talked about their problems, are now exposing them for the first time. It gets very emotional.”

Marlene reveals that the 13-episode season was filmed in only three days. “Everything just gelled together from the word go. The women in the show aren’t strangers to me. They are people that I know well and have worked with before, so it was easy for me to ask them if they would like to join the journey on the series.”

Marlene is aided by clinical psychologist Stefan Blom, who unpacks these women’s experiences and gives them and viewers advice on how to deal with trauma. “We usually delve deep into the woman’s problem and rebuild her life like a puzzle, one piece at a time. What I really appreciate is that we’ve heard from viewers who have said they have been in similar positions and had the same experiences and are now learning from our show how to deal with their problems,” says Marlene.

Watch Die Lewe Skuld Jou Niks S1, Thursdays at 21:00 on VIA (DStv 147) 


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Musiekpaniek

If there is one thing that Jacaranda FM radio DJ and presenter Carla MacKenzie enjoys about her new gig on the music quizshow Musiekpaniek, it’s meeting some of her favourite Afrikaans musicians. “I play a lot of their music on a daily basis, but you never really get the chance to interact with them. Now I can,” she says gleefully. In the series, Carla invites musicians like Kurt Darren, Demi-Lee Moore, Jakkie Louw and Elandré to meet their top four fans, who are then given a quiz on how well they really know the artist.

Music has always been a part of Carla’s life. “When my folks took a Sunday nap, I’d always take their CDs and listen to them,” she says. Carla knows what it’s like to feel that fan love, too. When she was a teenager, she fell in love with pop band The Black Eyed Peas. “I always imagined I was part of the band and knew all the words to their lyrics,” admits Carla. But her go-to song of all time is Want As Ek Droom (2010) by Karen Zoid. “It reminds me of who you are, and why you do things you do.”

Watch Musiekpaniek, Fridays at 20:30 on VIA (DStv 147) 


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