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Coming to your screens: First Afrikaans version ‘Die Real Housewives van Pretoria’

The first Afrikaans version of the Real Housewives franchise, 'Die Real Housewives van Pretoria', is set to premiere as a simulcast from October 13 on kykNET and Showmax.

In a first for kykNET and also for fans of the much loved reality TV show worldwide, six women from Pretoria will dust off their most beautiful and expensive pairs of stilettos to entertain viewers every Thursday night, starting on October 13 as the very first cohorts of the highly anticipated first ever Afrikaans version of the international reality series, to become known as ‘Die Real Housewives van Pretoria’.

The show will air on KykNET (DStv channel 144) and simultenously on Showmax.

“It is a privilege to bring the famous international Real Housewives franchise to kykNET,” says Waldimar Pelser, director of the kykNET channels, adding: “The fact that this series is set in Pretoria rather than Lagos or Cape Town was always going to require us to approach it differently than the other Real Housewives shows produced around the world.”

Adds Pelser: “We want to showcase a group of strong Afrikaans women from Pretoria who play big roles in their families and communities, and of course also bring the pizzazz that Real Housewives is known for. These women live large and know the beautiful things in life. This is a rare chance to get to know them intimately, and walk in their shoes.”

Die Real Housewives van Pretoria is the fifth version of the Real Housewives franchise in Africa which has featured Johannesburg and Durban – as well as ‘Real Housewives of Lagos‘ on showmax. The format is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal and has already picked up numerous awards.

‘Die Real Housewives van Pretoria’ is the 5th version of Real Housewives franchise in Africa which has featured Johannesburg, Durban, Lagos (above) and most recently Cape Town.

Commenting on this surprising developments, senior head of programming at M-Net, Nomsa Philiso, says the acquisition is aligned to the channel’s commitment to showcasing a diverse content offering to viewers.

The series will be produced by Provoco, which is behind a series of widely-watched Afrikaans shows such as ‘Seks in Afrikaans‘, ‘Die Siener‘ and ‘Liefde Sonder Grense‘.

“I am convinced that ‘Die Real Housewives’ van Pretoria will get the country buzzing and keep it buzzing. There are more than enough moments that will leave you stunned but also make you think twice about the traditional message that Pretoria is conservative and boring!” says Rian van Heerden, executive producer of the series.

Without giving too much away, viewers can expect an unplanned race in luxury vehicles, a dramatic hike, Botox, hyenas, an action-packed trip to Zanzibar and lots of horses.

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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