Top dancers to hot chefs

2013-09-09 00:00

ZAKEEYA Patel and Ryan Hammond emerged as real contenders to win the Strictly Come Dancing South Africa R25 000 prize after wowing both the studio audience, and viewers at home, with their passionate tango and paso doble displays last week.

I caught up with the pair, who produced a sensational lift in the paso, after last week’s live show at the SABC3 studios in Johannesburg.

Hammond, who is heading to Durban to take part in Shall We Dance , which is at the Playhouse from September 13 to 21 , after Strictly comes to an end this week, said he had been blessed with the “pick of the litter” when it came to this year’s celebrities.

“It’s unbelievable how she linked herself to me,” Hammond said. “She hasn’t held anything back.”

During this season of the reality show, the couple have enjoyed a number of firsts including: the first nine of the competition, the first 10 from Tebogo, and the highest score.

“I also believe we have had the most hours of training,” Hammond said. “Zakeeya has given up so much to be part of this competition.”

Hammond and Patel will now go head-to-head with actor and television presenter Thapelo Mokoena and his partner Hayley Bennet; and Japanese-born South African dancer, actress, model, television presenter Lalla Hirayama and her partner Grant Esterhuizen.

Expresso presenter Graeme Richards and his partner, Lindsey Muckle, lost in last week’s dance-off to Hirayama and Esterhuizen.

Having missed a week due to illness, Hirayama showed incredible character by continuing to compete and demonstrated that one can triumph over adversity.

Don’t miss the finale of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa on SABC3 on Wednesday night at 8 pm.


MASTERCHEF South Africa season two comes to an end this week when Durban-born Kamini Pather takes on sisters Seline and Leandri van der Wat.

They made it through a testing pressure test against chef Richard Carstens, from Tokara restaurant in Stellenbosch, the man voted chef of the year in 2005, to make a spectacular dessert: the Chocolate Handkerchief.

It comprises the eponymous chocolate “handkerchief” made out of tempered chocolate, a chocolate cremeux, a chocolate chiboust, orange jelly, a white chocolate mousse, chocolate aero, and liquid nitro chocolate foam with a bit of chocolate streusel underneath, decorated with white chocolate branches and pistachio powder.

The winner was Leandri, the 23-year-old scientist from Mahikeng, who told the judges that she had fun with this challenge. She got to go straight through to Wednesday night’s finalé, but will have to watch her big sister, 25-year-old engineer Seline, and Pather, a food blogger, fight it out for the other berth on M-Net at 7.30 pm tomorrow night.


MZANSI Magic telenovela Isibaya, which is centred on a battle for wealth and power between rival families, the Zungus and the Ndlo­vus, in the Thukela valley in KwaZulu-Natal, marked its 100th episode on Thursday, September 5.

The landmark episode, titled What the eye sees, the mind must believe, saw Detective Mimi (Matshepo Maleme) attempting to unravel the truth about what happened to Mpiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Twala) and Thandeka Zungu (Nomzamo Mbatha) struggling to deal with what happened in the valley.

With storylines that deal with subjects like bewitchment and the use of deeply authentic language to drive the story forward, Isibaya has been embraced with real enthusiasm by audiences since launching in April this year.

Yolisa Phahle, channel director of M-Net’s local interest channels, said: “With each episode, social networks are buzzing with speculation about what’s going to happen next”.

With more than 100 episodes still to go, and plenty of storylines still to develop, Isibaya looks set to pick up an even bigger audience in the weeks to come.

Catch it Monday to Thursday at 8.30 pm on DStv channel 161.


MZANSI Magic is adding the country’s first local movie channel, Mzansi Bioskop, to its line-up.

From tomorrow, on DStv channel 164, viewers will be able to see a host of locally made films.

Yolisa Phahle, didirector: M-Net local interest channels, said the channel was born out of viewers’ love of the Lokshin Bioskop films, but also showed the channel’s commitment to boost the local movie industry.

David Kau’s Taxi Ride is one of the big attractions on the channel, which will be available to customers with the DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium packages.


IN case you missed the memo, the world’s most-watched television soap drama and winner of 31 Daytime Emmy Awards, The Bold and the Beautiful, is now being broadcast on SABC3.

The daily drama, which airs at 6 pm Monday to Friday, moves from SABC1, where it ran for 23 years.

Its slot on SABC1 has been replaced by a series of Generations specials to celebrate the home-grown soap’s 20th anniversary.

There is a new face on’s Rhythm City, which airs weekdays at 6.30  pm. A ward-winning actress Xolile Tshabalala (4 Play, High Rollers, Intersexions, Jacob’s Cross, Isidingo, Generations) will be playing Stella, an ambitious, assertive and hard-working woman, who sees no excuse for shortcomings.


KYKNET is venturing into new territory. Afrikaans-speaking South Africans in the United Kingdom, who have been craving television programming in their mother-tongue, can now enjoy two kykNET channels on the television service TalkTalk.

Subscribers will be able to experience the programmes that their South African friends and family are raving about on kykNET, including Binneland, Villa Rosa, Donkerland and Die Nataniël Tafel; while kykNET Musiek showcases the biggest contemporary music stars, such as Laurika Rauch, Steve Hofmeyr, Juanita du Plessis, Coenie de Villiers, Kurt Darren and Snotkop.

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