Viewers of Moja Love (DStv channel 157) are in for a real treat this December, with seven new shows lined up for next month.
The at times controversial station unveiled a festive season line-up that features a few shows with slightly less problematic stories.
Comedian and broadcaster Trevor Gumbi will be hosting My Type, a dating show that looks to find love for young people, while Ready to Quit looks to offer rehabilitation to nyaope addicts.
Bring Back My Smile, in partnership with Aquafresh, ventures to rectify people’s dental problems. It features a woman who lost her teeth in a rape attack and was reminded of this traumatic event each time she looked in the mirror.
Thirteen stories play out as this show ventures into new terrain as far as local reality TV with an air of sincerity goes.
Mina Nawe puts couples in a house and interrogates the issues they are facing. The couples delve into matters of abuse and the toxic history of learnt behaviour.
A few of the couples shared their experiences of working on the show and a little of what you can expect.
Arbina “Manana” and Andrew “Sido” Mogano said it was an honour to partner with Moja Love and feature in the show.
“The channel deals with the real lives of ordinary people and it doesn’t discriminate. It is a channel of love.
“With this show, viewers are going to be surprised with a lot. On the show, we are honest and uncensored.”
Zwidofhelangani Ramushasga and Livhu Madanha also couldn’t contain their excitement.
“Partnering with Moja Love has been super exciting for both of us. What viewers should expect from the production is hidden secrets being exposed.
“Expect the unexpected – fights, drama and fun during the entire show.”
Mina Nawe also has a lie detector test, much like on The Jerry Springer Show. There is also an exercise that involves swapping phones.
The most intriguing show on the new roster might be Isipho Sethonga, which features gangster-turned-sangoma Sipho “Devil” Khumalo, who prefers the company of cold-blooded reptiles to interactions with humans.
With Jackie Phamotse and her snakes claim trending over the past two weeks, this show is a well-timed exploration of the relationship between black people and snakes. The four-part docuseries starts on December 13.
Shows on Moja Love have come under fire in the past, and the channel has been known to walk the fine line between offence and entertainment.
But Mpho Lengane, executive producer of Mina Nawe, says they have great respect for their viewers.
“The one thing that governs us is seeing humanity as a family. We have great respect for our viewers. We are in a time when social activism has become a part of business, like it or not,” said Lengane.
She adds that, as much as they are drawn to controversy, they aim to portray this in an inoffensive way.