Penny Lebyane on hosting new show Sangoma Khanyisa

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Penny Lebyane
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  • Penny Lebyane is the host of the new HONEY TV show Sangoma Khanyisa alongside traditional healer Mkhulu Ramets.
  • The show, which first aired on Thursday, 6 May 2022, is about people going on a spiritual healing journey and seeking answers to their issues.
  • Penny says that viewers will relate to the show because it speaks to human experiences.

Renowned TV and radio host Penny Lebyane is known for using her social media platforms to raise awareness on issues such as GBV and sex trafficking – and with her latest show, Sangoma Khanyisa being about African spirituality, she says it’s no different.

“We’re in this generation that talks about decolonising ourselves and self-actualisation as African people in the age of Black Lives Matter and part of that is to embrace and talk about things that have held us back and harmed us as Black people, so African spirituality is one of those things that have been used to harm Black people and has eroded our beliefs, especially in the backdrop of Covid-19,” she says.

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“We saw women getting a stronger voice in the last two years and injustices being addressed. So, there is no way we can get to the other side if we don’t engage issues about our African spirituality. We’ve seen the rise of young people going to initiation schools, so I think this show speaks to the moment we’re in as South Africa and in our journey of healing,” she further explains.

Penny describes the show as a platform where therapy meets spirituality.

“On the show, people get to consult with a sangoma, Mkhulu Ramets, about their life’s challenges and problems. I like to describe the show as a bridge between psychology and African spirituality because people get to offload to a stranger before consulting with the sangoma. Talking to someone who has never heard about your problem is one of the mechanisms in psychotherapy,” she explains.

For the seasoned broadcaster, who has worked on shows such as Moja Love’s Kukithi La and Motswako, among others, the opportunity to work on DStv’s pan-African channel, HONEY, is especially exciting because she got to work with many creatives from different parts of Africa.

“Firstly, I enjoyed working with a dynamic team of young people from across the continent. I worked with people from Nigeria, there was someone from Zimbabwe ad others from KZN and the Eastern Cape and that was beautiful to witness because these young people are so committed to telling stories we have,” she shares.

“I also enjoyed meeting the people who came onto the show to share their personal experiences with us, that for me is humbling. I love working with and meeting people and giving them the opportunity to say what’s in their hearts or minds because that’s what I relate to. I know what it’s like to not be heard ad I know what it’s like to be struggling with something that you think no one understands. Seeing how happy they get after they have consulted made me happy,” she adds.

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For viewers, Penny believes that the show will be “a shocking experience about human experiences”.

“Viewers will realise that we all have the same issues but the difference is the level of understanding when it comes to how we can get help or help ourselves,” she concludes.

Catch Penny Lebyane on Sangoma Khanyisa every Thursday at 17:30 on DStv Channel 173.

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