Phumzile Van Damme's sister, Qiniso, is one of the ladies competing for The Bachelor SA's heart!

Cape Town - Reality show, The Bachelor SA returns to M-Net 101 for a spicy second season on Thursday, 13 February at 19:00 with a 90-minute-long premiere episode.

South Africa's Bachelor fans already know that model Marc Buckner is this season's handsome suitor but who are the 22 South African beauties who will step onto the red carpet to get that rose? 

After many viewers requests, M-Net has decided to start revealing the names of the ladies ready to fall in love with The Bachelor.

"We selected a group of diverse, gorgeous, standout individuals with different personalities and looks, each of whom is a potential love match for Marc," says Lani Lombard, M-Net's Head of Publicity.

"You'll adore them all, for different reasons, from the word go! Our first arrival on the red carpet will set the scene for another must-watch season of The Bachelor SA."

The lady in question is a vivacious, confident, kind and free-spirited 26-year-old Capetonian, Qiniso Van Damme.

If you recognise her striking features and a broad smile, it might be from one of several big-brand advertising campaigns that have featured her in print, in retail stores or on television. Take note, though: Qiniso is not your typical model and actress. She's a feminist and UCT Masters Student in Social Anthropology.

And, if her surname rings a bell, it's because her sister is an outspoken Member of Parliament, Phumzile Van Damme.

Marc made it clear in radio interviews that he was looking for a gorgeous and strong, independent woman.

Qiniso certainly fits the bill – and she ticks other necessary boxes on Marc's wish list. She will be a great hiking and globe-trotting companion for a man who is always on the move. When Qiniso is not having the time of her life in front of the cameras, or immersed in her books, you'll find her hiking on Table Mountain or cooking for friends.

Qiniso Van Damme

Health-conscious Marc should love the fact that she's vegetarian and partial to Mediterranean, Asian and African cuisine.Whatever they do will have an element of fun to it. Qiniso says she's always up for a challenge, and when she describes her dream romantic date, it could have been Marc's own words. "The fireplace is lit… we're in a cabin in the Cederberg… warming our bodies after spending the day swimming in rock pools."

The perfect match on paper? Perhaps. But will Marc and the kind, warm and intelligent Qiniso hit it off in the Bachelor Mansion? Only time will tell.

The Bachelor SA Season 2 will be screened on M-Net from Thursday, 13 February at 19:00.

DStv Premium viewers can also catch all the romance on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now.

Qiniso Van Damme

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue and sponsored by Lottostar.

Compiled by Alex Isaacs.