TV review – Explore your own back yard

2014-06-23 10:00

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South Streets: My Mzansi Adventure

eKasi+, Channel 105, OpenView HD

Mondays, 7pm

Travelling does not have to be an expensive, headache-inducing excursion.

Get up and start exploring your own back yard ­because South Africa is blessed with brilliant places to go and spectacular things to see.

This is the script of South Streets, a new travel and adventure show that premiered on OpenView channel eKasi+ a month ago.

It encourages the youth to travel more and explore their own communities, zoning in on people, food, adventure, ­accommodation and cool places to stop in at.

Former iCrew and Crazed Out presenter Zola Hashatsi gives the show a young, fresh feel.

On what makes South Streets unique, Hashatsi says: “It’s the realness of the show and travelling – no acting and it’s not staged. Just me – slam bam – going to different provinces.”

Hashatsi’s energetic charm is what South Streets is built on. He interacts with local entrepreneurs, chats to visitors and really gets in touch with the culture of the places he visits. It reminds me of Street Journal, a magazine show of years ago, with its location feel, lighting and camera work.

Hashatsi zigzags across the country, visiting the mountains of Clarens, the caves of the Cradle of Humankind, the plains of ­Fouriesburg, the cityscapes of downtown Jozi and the raging winds of Port Elizabeth’s beaches.

Making use of local guides, residents and businesses, the show gives the inside track on how to best navigate and explore local communities. It also encourages public transport as a viable alternative, and tells you to forget five-star hotels and pricy bed and breakfasts when backpackers’ lodges will do.

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