Superstar couple Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha are recording a new reality show, which is scheduled to air on Showmax in February 2021.
The streaming service said the show, Uthando Lodumo, aimed to invite fans, and doubters, to join the couple as they enter the next phase of their relationship.
Last week Mampintsha dropped to one knee and proposed to Wodumo live on air on Gagasi FM. “Within a blink of an eye and now I’m left speechless,” Babes told her fans on Instagram afterwards. “The journey wasn’t easy but we stuck together through thick and thin ...”
Nomsa Philiso, MultiChoice channel director for local entertainment, said that while the couple had not had a fairytale romance, they had chosen to remain together. “The show focuses on how they have overcome their challenges, working through them with their families,” she added.
Among the issues that will be raised in Uthando Lodumo is gender-based violence.
“We do not condone any form of abuse or gender-based violence, but we believe that South Africans need to start talking honestly about these issues and confronting them,” Philiso said.
The reality series is being produced by South African Film and Television (Safta) winner Thomas Gumede and Safta nominee Lungile Radu through their company, Parental Advisory Productions. Uthando Lodumo is the fourth Showmax Original reality series filmed this year. It follows in the footsteps of Somizi & Mohale: The Union, which broke the overall first-day viewing record on Showmax; Life With Kelly Khumalo, which became the fastest Showmax Original to top one million views; and Lebo M – Coming Home, which will be released on December 2.
Other upcoming Showmax Originals series include Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s Blood Psalms, a co-production with Canal+ International; the second season of the Safta-winning comedy Tali’s Wedding Diary; the Cape Flats neo-noir murder mystery Skemerdans; and Dam, a psychological thriller.