A fresh season of entertainment comes to a TV near you

2014-09-16 17:36

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Change is in the air. It’s out with the old, and in with the new, and nowhere is the new season more evident than on your TV.

Free-to-air television station e.tv and satellite service OpenView HD unveiled their spring TV offerings by throwing a lavish picnic-style event at the Leopard Lodge near Magaliesberg on Saturday.

The media contingent, TV personalities and staff members were chauffeured in style from the channel’s Randburg offices to the secret location.

The drive to an unknown venue was unnerving but once we got there, it all made sense and the almost one-hour trip towards North West province was worth the drive. The spectacular views and beautiful settings provided a calming effect on the grumpy media and all was soon forgotten as drinks and food kept coming.

The likes of Rhythm City actors Amo Chidi, Mduduzi Mabaso and Connie Chiume were there. And so were Khanyi Mbau and boyfriend Tebogo Lerole, Masechaba Lekalake, Miza, and Tol A$$ Mo and wifey Refilwe Modiselle.

But it was after the formalities that TV and radio personality Lekalake and veteran stage and TV actress Chiume got down and boogied the afternoon away during a performance by Kalawa Chikita Busiswa of Ngoku fame. The Lahla hit maker and her dancers had the guests and e.tv staffers twerking and booty hopping as she dished up a medley of dance and ragga repertoire much to the amusement of those who were too lazy to join in and preferred taking it easy in the shade instead.

Musiek Musiek co-presenter Eagan Williamson and Club 808 new addition Nonhle Thema hosted the event.

A surprise but pleasant performance by Rhythm City actress and singer Chidi alongside her group Shee provided a soothing jazzy opening performance while guests nibbled on starters and took swig of their favourite tipple.

DJ Miza was firmly on the decks, dishing out his own hits and other dance tunes when, sadly, the event came to an end shortly before 5pm and it was time to head back home. A pleasant day in the shade indeed!

Among the changes announced by e.tv head of local content Keshni Rajoo was that the news will now move to the 5.30pm slot as talk shows take the 6pm slot on weekdays.

Mondays will see Katch It With Khanyi at 6pm, while Ekse: Let’s Talk with Lekalake takes the slot from Tuesdays to Thursdays, and Paternity Court on Fridays.

The event included the official unveiling of Mark Haskins who takes on the role of sport analyst on the channel’s breakfast show Sunrise.

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