Bachelor Corner: Meet Marc’s ladies

The Bachelor SA returns to M-Net 101 for a spicy second season on Thursday, 13 February at 19:00 with a 90-minute-long premiere episode. Audiences are already talk about the easy-on-the-eye, mature, witty, energetic, smart, adventurous and compassionate, globe-trotting action man Marc Buckner, who is ready to share his journey to find love with the world.

Each week, audiences will watch as Marc gets to know 22 South African beauties on a quest to find his love. According to Lani Lombard, Head of Publicity at M-Net, a group of diverse, gorgeous, standout individuals with different personalities and looks were chosen to participate - each of whom is a potential love match for Marc.

“Fans will adore them all, for different reasons, from the word go,” she says. “In fact, our first arrival on the red carpet will set the scene for another must-watch season of The Bachelor SA,” she says.



Super-sophisticated 30-year-old Business Development Manager Payal Sewbalak – fondly known as Pi – will be one of the twenty two stunning ladies to enter the glamorous Bachelor SA mansion on Thursday, 13 February at 19:00.

In the life of Pi, everything is pretty much sorted. The only missing element is a man of honour who can join her on her quest to scale ever-greater heights. In Pi’s case this will be no easy task. The confident, goal-driven beauty reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in July 2019. Animal lover Marc will be double impressed by the fact that she completed this taxing challenge to raise funds for the Sandton branch of the SPCA.

To find out more about Pi, visit the M-Net website here.



The lady in question is a vivacious, confident, kind and free-spirited 26-year-old Capetonian, Qiniso Van Damme. If you recognise her striking, picture-perfect features and broad smile, it might be from one of several big-brand advertising campaigns that have featured her in print, in retail stores or on television. Take note, though: Qiniso is not your typical model and actress.

To find out more about Quinso, visit the M-Net website here.

Getting to know Marc

Does 36-year-old Marc Brent Buckner look familiar? You may recognise him from the many commercials he’s appeared in for prominent brands. Now a multiple property owner, currency trader and investor, Marc has also tested his acting chops in small parts in a music videos and movies. “It opened many doors for me, allowed me to visit exotic places and meet many interesting people,” Marc says.

Still an avid traveller today, Marc is often found exploring foreign destinations - often in the company of one of his favourite people in the world, his mom. “I love the outdoors. Hiking, kayaking, snorkelling, sky-diving or enjoying a "picnic with a view” are some of my favourite things to do.”


It’s just as important to him to build trusting, close relationships. Cooking a meal alongside a loved one and having meaningful conversation over a glass of wine near a crackling fireplace is right up his alley. Another bonus for the ladies: he loves DIY projects and even builds his own furniture. Growing his own vegetable garden is on his to-do-list for when he finds “the one” and starts his own family.

Says Marc: “Becoming The Bachelor gives me the opportunity to meet my other half. I have no preconceived ideas of who this woman should be. Sometimes opposites attract and I can’t wait to invest quality time in getting to know the diverse group of powerful South African ladies who are as keen as I am to put their hearts on the line for love on a television show.

“He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. He really is husband material,” says M-Net’s Lani Lombard.

Watch Marc’s journey to find love on The Bachelor SA S2, Wednesdays at 19:00 on M-Net 101. 

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