Mzansi Magic set to premiere new reality show focused on transgender lives

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Yaya Mavundla.
Yaya Mavundla.
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A new reality show focusing on the lives of transgender people in South Africa is set to start in April on Mzansi Magic. Called Becoming, the show will to offer viewers an exclusive glimpse into the lived experiences of four transgender people and the emotional impact each one goes through while transitioning. 

Becoming follows the lives of Yaya Mavundla, Ramazan Ngobese, Gugu Kumalo and Gina Sokoyi (who sadly passed away during the shooting of the show).

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“When I first received a phone call from Basetsana Khumalo to be part of this show I was in disbelief,” Mavundla said in a statement.

“This meant I have the opportunity to rectify many myths and further make sure transgender people are visible. I realised this is not only for us transgender people but for our families and society at large. Furthermore, it meant I will get the opportunity to learn much more about this journey,"

Viewers should expect an honest, thought provoking and heartfelt show that will reveal all aspects of gender reassignment

The 13-part reality show is set to delve deeper into the psychology of being a transgender person as well as the challenges they need to overcome as they live their lives.

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“Viewers should expect an honest, thought provoking and heartfelt show that will reveal all aspects of gender reassignment – from taking a closer look at psychological impact and gender dysmorphia, to hormonal changes and the emotional impact on each individual,” the statement read.

Becoming is not the first South African reality show which sheds light on matters faced by the LGBTQI+ community. It joins Moja Love’s The Way Ngingakhona show which will be airing its second season in May and follows the lives of three friends, Tholang Motsumi, Innocent Matijane and MJ Maponya as they navigate their lives as members of the LGBTIQ+ community.

Catch the first episode of Becoming, on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 from 7 April 2021 at 8pm.

Yaya Mavundla
Yaya Mavundla.

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