Cash, sass and wine for breakfast: SA's answer to 'The Real Housewives' hits local screens

By Shanaaz Prince
05 July 2016

The show caused a social media storm when it made its debut last night.

Johannesburg has its very own gaggle of drama queens -- and they could give Kim K a run for her money.

Divas of Jozi, which debuted last night on SABC 3, is an hour-long uncensored reality TV show giving viewers a window into the world of six women living the high life in the City of Gold.

It's a show that promises "plenty of drama, tears and giggles as six sassy, larger than life women navigate the ups and downs of the glitz and glam" -- according to a press release, at least.

It seemed the concept piqued South Africa's interest, and the local Twittersphere abuzz for the show's pilot. While some were enthralled, plenty of tweeps said they'd rather watch paint dry!

A common complaint was the show's poor quality, and comments poured in on Twitter and their Facebook wall saying as much. We've included some of the more, erm, interesting insights below. Quality and camerawork notwithstanding, the divas themselves clearly made an impression. Who are the local ladies who set tongues wagging when they hit our screens last night? Sorisha Naidoo. PHOTO: Supplied Sorisha Naidoo. PHOTO: Supplied You'll recognise Sorisha Naidoo from her time as Nadia Narain in popular soapie, Scandal, a role she played for three years. She later moved to drama series Home Affairs and did a presenting stint on Eastern Mosaic. She is currently married to Durban-based billionaire Vivian Reddy, with whom she has two children. The former Miss India South Africa runs a very popular aesthetic clinic nestled in the heart of Durban-- but she says Jozi is her "playground".

Aimee Sadie PHOTO: Supplied Aimee Sadie. PHOTO: Supplied

Aimee Sadie is a fashion entrepreneur. The 30-year-old lives in Sandton and runs a family-owned business DESCH at Sandton City Mall. She dresses many of Joburg’s elite.

She is a yoga and meditation enthusiast -- and a recovering alcoholic. The young businesswoman has been sober for two years.

Nazley Delport. PHOTO: Supplied Nazley Delport. PHOTO: Supplied

Nazley Delport is super sweet -- up to a point. She is an image coach as well as a partner in a hair product company. On top of all that, she's studying Business Management.

Puleng Mash-Spies. PHOTO: Facebook Puleng Mash-Spies. PHOTO: Facebook

Super stylish mother-of-two Puleng Mash-Spies is on her second marriage to a restaurateur, with whom she runs a charity organisation.

But what keeps her busy are her affairs as the "Queen" of luxury golf estate Dainfern -- a title she bestowed on herself. Puleng is also known for enjoying a glass of red wine with her breakfast, her blue eyes and her boisterous personality.

Stevie French. PHOTO: Supplied Stevie French. PHOTO: Supplied

Radio and TV presenter Stevie French has worked as a primetime news anchor for Fox Channel in in America, but you'll recognise her from SABC 3’s soapie Isidingo as well as in political thriller Ihawu. She is currently on CliffCentral.

Christie Swanepoel. PHOTO: Supplied Christie Swanepoel. PHOTO: Supplied

Christie Swanepoel is a recruitment company owner who's full of energy -- she'd need to be as the mother of four boys.  She runs a business with her ex-husband, while she is engaged to be married to new beau, Justin. They are currently planning their beach wedding. So as promised... here are some opinions on the new local offering. Did you watch it? We want to know what you thought! Have you say on our Facebook page.  


Divas of Jozi airs every Monday at 8pm on SABC 3 with a repeat on Wednesdays at 3pm.

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