- Katlego Maboe will host the revival of Deal or No Deal SA on SABC 1 from 6 March.
- The news comes amid Maboe's return to the spotlight following cheating and abuse allegations.
- The game show ran for two seasons on M-Net (DStv 101) in 2007; Lala Tuku, SABC head of local content teases: "The show will feature new innovations and be distinctively South African."
SABC 3's Expresso presenter Katlego Maboe has been selected to host the revival of Deal or No Deal SA on SABC 1 from 6 March.
Maboe returned to Expresso's presenter ensemble last year following cheating and abuse allegations made by his former partner Monique Muller.
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The half-hour Deal or No Deal SA episodes will see contestants choose which of 20 boxes to open to win possible cash prizes ranging from R1 to R250 000, on weekdays at 19:30.
Repeats will run on weekdays on SABC 3 at 17:30. Primedia decided to revive the game show, which lasted for two seasons on M-Net (DStv 101) in 2007, and a version for Southern African countries, which was carried by MultiChoice for DStv subscribers outside of South Africa.
"We are delighted to offer this exhilarating, upbeat show to our audiences," says Lala Tuku, SABC head of local content. "While we will be using the winning format that has seen Deal or No Deal become a global broadcasting phenomenon, the show will feature new innovations and be distinctively South African. Every day, a contestant will have an opportunity to win up to R250 000. With an electric energy that makes dreams come true in an instant, this is television entertainment at its best."
About choosing Maboe as the show's host, Tuku says: "We needed an all-rounded host for this very special show, and we are convinced that he has the requisite flair and finesse, and the generosity of spirit to ensure that Deal or No Deal becomes an essential, not to be missed, part of the daily life of South Africans across the nation.
"His charisma and compassion will ensure that each episode of Deal or No Deal is an emotive, highly charged journey for both contestant and viewers."
Lindile Xoko, Primedia Broadcasting CEO, says: "Deal or No Deal is a result of collaborative work, and we are very fortunate to be in a position to leverage our relationships with our advertisers.
"It was through a synergetic partnership approach that we have successfully identified a suitable sponsor for the show and to indeed make it a reality. Deal or No Deal, an uplifting show which can make the dreams of ordinary South Africans come true, is a definite winner, and it is a much-needed antidote for the people of Mzansi."