Florian Schott’s short film Baxu and the Giants made its Netflix debut on 30 September 2020, which means every Namibian with a Netflix account and good internet connection finally has the opportunity to see the much celebrated film.
Baxu and the Giants is already a favourite with international festivalgoers and curators, since it’s premiere on the streaming service, it has been widely received by Namibian audiences who took to Twitter to share their excitement.
Here are some of the best reactions to Baxu and the Giants‘ Netflix premiere:
#BAXUANDTHEGIANTS was an experience. I loved it. I'm inspired all over again ❤ Thank you to everyone that was involved in creating this film. & s/o to the baby girl for carrying us through the journey so seamlessly
It was PDK’s night after bagging two awards at the 5th NAMA Premium show weekend. They were crowned with Best Music Video and Best Group/Duo, with both categories tightly contested by the likes of Lioness, Dixon, Kalux, Cool Under Pressure, Ethnix, House Guru Gang all vying to get a piece of the pie.
The 5th NAMA weekend once again saw beautiful performances from the likes of Ethnix who made their comeback with the song ‘Composure’, and Dixon’s welcome return to the NAMA stage with his hit song ‘She has a Man,’ Lioness turned on the stage with her song ‘Tala’ with an electrifying performance and showing why she is Namibia’s Queen of Rap and Hip Hop.
PDK who only won a NAMA once in the last 10 years were happy to add 2 more awards to their trophy cabinet and doing so in style with a memorable acrobatic performance with their song “Saka” featuring Top Cheri, King Elegant and Athawise.
The night saw a fitting tribute to Tupac Amaru Shakur by three of Namibia’s best rappers, KP Illest, J Black and Jericho who paid fitting tribute to what many will describe as the best rapper the world has ever seen. Tupac passed away on the 13th September 1996, and 24 years after his passing his music and lyrics lives on.
“The NAMA Special Awards is reserved for any artist or group whether locally, continentally or internationally who have cemented themselves as a legend, and this year we are bestowing this award on a man whose lyrics were powerful, considered as the words most influential rapper of all time, a man who was never afraid to address contemporary social issues that plaqued society, and man considered as a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality” said NAMA Executive Chairperson, Tim Ekandjo.
The NAMA Premium shows will take a one weekend break to allow for the MTC Knockout Project Concert to take place on Saturday, 3rd October at the NTN. The next NAMA Premium show will air on 10th October 2020 with four categories namely Best Soukous/Kwasa, Best Afrikaans, Best Damara Punch and Best Oviritje up for grabs.
The NAMA Special Award was sponsored by Simply You Magazine, Best Music Video by Namibia Film Commission and Best Group/Duo by Windhoek Airport Shuttles.
There is lots of drama, intrigue, excitement and light entertainment for viewers from the end of September on kykNET.
Buildings and history. Cooking and quality. Thoughts and hope. That is what is on the menu in Toegang, a new lifestyle programme presented by Nataniël that starts on 5 October at 20:30 on kykNET (DStv channel 144).
Net Koffie is also another new lifestyle program about coffee that starts on 3 October at 18:00 on kykNET (DStv channel 144), with Henriëtte Marx as the presenter.
Also get ready for the light drama, Ekstra Meduim, from 22 September 20:00 on kykNET (DStv channel 144). With stars such as Cintaine Schutte, Wilhelm van der Walt, Llandi Beeslaar and Marvin-Lee Beukes.
Stay tune directly afterward for the new series from Louis Pretorius (Die Boekklub and Fynskrif), Kompleks, that starts 22 September at 20:30 on kykNET (DStv channel 144). Look out for Armand Aucamp, Roeline Daneel, and Crystal-Donna Robets. Koos Kombuis is the narrator.
Arendsvlei starts season 3 with four episodes per week and Tussen Ons starts with a new format from 5 October on kykNET&kie (DStv channel 145).
Here’s A Breakdown of Everything You Can See on kykNET This October:
Absa MegaBoere | Agriculture |Starts Monday 5 October at 20:00
The fifth season of the popular Absa MegaBoere is here. In previous seasons, the focus fell on the profit and turnover of farmers operating on an enormous scale. But the Absa MegaBoere team soon discovered that “mega” has another meaning which can be measured differently.
There also farmers who are mega in the application of technology, mega marketers, and a whole lot of other megaheroes. Absa Megaboere will visit 13 of these game-changers who create new opportunities by moving off the beaten tracks – farmers who each contribute in their unique way. In the first episode of the new series, presenter Kabous Meiring and the team travel to Uganda, a country with only around a hundred commercial farmers, to get to know the innovators behind Grainpulse.
In the programme of 12 October, we meet Patrick de Wet of De Wet Vrugte, and on 19 October, it is time for the inspirational story of Lawrence Hoatson and his company, Tekwani. On 26 October, we revisit Piet Karsten, the very first farmer to be featured on the Absa MegaBoere series. In this episode, viewers are introduced to his son, Pieter Karsten, the new leader of the Karsten Group. Pieter is taking their business to new heights, but it is their empowerment of others that is truly inspirational.
Toegang |Lifestyle |Starts Monday 5 October at 20:30
Buildings and history. Cooking and quality. Thoughts and hope. That is what is on the menu in Toegang, a new lifestyle programme presented by Nataniël.
As stylish as ever and dressed in his distinguishing designer clothes, Nataniël is going to visit places where the man on the street has not had access to in months. With his pop-up kitchen – a one-plate stove, two pans, one pot, and just the most necessary utensils – he is going to cook up a storm.
“It was wonderful getting access to places where only a few people are allowed in,” says Nataniël. “Even under normal circumstances, people will not have the opportunity to go to where we went. We are not telling viewers beforehand where the episode was filmed, and they are going to be surprised by what you can cook with only a pop-up kitchen available. The style of the programme is new, all the music is original compositions, and those who watch with a trained eye, will see all the extra detail.”
In the series, Nataniël is going to explore art collections, discover surprising facts about iconic buildings, and show what can be done with the most basic ingredients. He will also introduce artists that were part of the development of his range of dinnerware, jewelry, and table cloths. The series was shot during level 3 of lockdown.
“To work within the rules and regulations and to protect the production team, took a lot of effort,” says Nataniël. “It was strange. The biggest challenge was not to eat the food that I cooked or not to have something to drink after filming. All the years in Nantes we wrapped up every day with a small celebration, but this time we couldn’t. We did, however, work very hard to create a full viewing experience, and I changed everything I could for the new series – the rhythm, visually, musically as well as the content.”
How would Berdene Burger, the producer who has worked behind the scenes with Nataniël for many years, describe him in three words? “Hyperintelligent, meticulous, and full of flour!”
The recipes will be available after the episodes on kykNET and Nataniël’s platforms. It will also be available in English on Nataniël’s entertainment blog that will be launched just before the series starts. Toegang is a series of hope, timeless design, new realities, and the unquenchable spirit of Nataniël.
Mooimaak met Clare Wiese-Wentzel |Lifestyle |Starts Thursday 1 October at 21:00
Clare Wiese-Wentzel and her team of specialists are back for another season. The focus will not only be on outward appearance but also on finding the participants’ inner beauty.
Participants include Riëtte, a widow from Rawsonville, who is struggling to get over the death of her husband, and Jo and Tanya, a married couple, trying to live a healthier life. We also meet Michelle, a woman who gave up on her own life to support her son with his rehabilitation.
Elders: Pelgrimstog van Hoop |Travel |Starts Wednesday 30 September at 20:00
It is said that a camino or pilgrimage starts at your front door. For Erns Grundling it started with doing the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Later he went on a walkabout in Japan, with the SAFTAaward-winning series Elders: Japan.
For the third series of Elders, he is keeping it local, traveling from his home in Cape Town to Agulhas, the Cape Winelands, and the Overberg.
“The biggest challenge with the making of the series, was staying healthy,” says Erns. “We had to shoot the series in three weeks, traveling more than 300 km, doing everything in our power to not get ill. The pre-production was done during level 4, and we were unsure about so many aspects of the production – from the guests to where we were going to stay. Fortunately, everything fell into place and we could start filming on 1 June. We realised very quickly that people were hungry for visitors and some company.”
The “Pelgrimstog van Hoop” (Pilgrimage of Hope) was developed by the theologist Frederick Marais. Numerous churches, missionary stations, and monuments to celebrate freedom, lie on this route.
“I met Frederick and Adrienne Bester of Communitas in Stellenbosch a couple of years ago,” explains Erns. “The Pilgrimage of Hope was Frederick’s idea after he walked the Camino in 2012. He initially planned the route from Robertson to Agulhas, but it now stretches from Stellenbosch to Agulhas.”
The special guests on Elders: Pelgrimstog van Hoop include Dana Snyman, Kabous Meiring, Dave Pepler, Hemelbesem, Duane Vermeulen and Lynelle Kenned.
“When I did the pilgrimages in Spain and Japan, we knew I would meet up with other walkers. With the new series, we knew I would be the only pilgrim because of the lockdown. So, we decided to invite guests to walk certain parts of the route with me.”
Erns believes that South Africa can become a popular pilgrimage destination.
“Especially in times like these where international travel is limited, and people are looking for affordable alternatives. I was blown away by the Pilgrimage of Hope. The natural beauty is as impressive as the Camino in Span, and the history involved makes it an even more remarkable experience. Add the wine farms along the way where you can relax, and you have a winner,” he says. “I hope this series will inspire viewers to support local tourism and pilgrimages and that we will see many more people wearing red hats walking from Stellenbosch to Agulhas, the most southern point in Africa.”
Bolhuis | Reality | Starts Thursday 15 October at 20:00
Mike Bolhuis doesn’t mince his words, and in the second season, it is no different. In the first episode, Mike and his team show what they do to fight the war on drugs, and in the second episode, we meet Ferdi Barnard, the ex-policeman and hitman who served 20 years in jail for the murder of the academic Dr. David Webster. But who is the real Ferdi Barnard?
We also meet the parents of a girl who is still looking for her murderer. We see how people are swindled out of their money, and we have a look at Mike’s rescue operation of 2 134 flamingos from a drought-stricken dam near Kimberley.
Net Koffie |Lifestyle | Starts Saturday 3 October at 18:00
Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? If so, yours is one of 2,25 billion cups drunk worldwide every day. Americans alone drink 400 million cups of coffee per day in an industry that uses 10 million tons of coffee yearly.
Net Koffie is a new lifestyle programme about coffee with a focus on Nicaragua in Central America – a country with more than 44 000 coffee producers. Recipes will be shared, and well-known personalities like Clint Brink, Ricus Nel, and Jenna Clifford will learn more about the joys of coffee. Henriëtte is a South African entrepreneur and the owner of Coffee Excellence. She loves coffee. She is also a mother, friend, partner, and not somebody who says no to a challenge.
“Today, I look back on nearly 10 years in which I had to believe in myself, learn from my mistakes, and celebrate my triumphs. I could not do that without the encouragement of my team, friends, and family, my children, my life partner, and God, who walked this path with me. Without these people, I wouldn’t be able to tell all these wonderful coffee stories.”
Henriëtte says you can’t appreciate anything fully until you have been sucked in by the story of “this beautiful white flower, amazing green plant, bright red fruit, and the coffee bean”. “The more I learned about the history, traditions, and culture around coffee, the more tales, and enthralling life stories came to me,” she says. “It has always been a dream to tell the story, the real story, about coffee, and what a privilege to do it with the director of the series, Ronel Moodie.” What is the secret of a good cup of coffee and who will enjoy this programme?
“The best coffee is the one you like best, but it must be freshly roasted, freshly ground, and made the way you prefer. I am hesitant to have too many rules linked to this amazing product,” says Henriëtte. “This programme is for everybody who drinks a cup of coffee every morning, appreciates nature, likes to travel, and loves people. Net Koffie is going to take you on a journey to Nicaragua for nothing but the best coffee.”
Die Siener | Reality | Starts 30 September 20:30 on kykNET
The clairvoyant, Gerard Burger, is back for a second season. In this upcoming season he still doesn’t know where the team will take him. He’ll do readings of ordinary people, celebrities and will also do haunting buildings.
This will also be the first season that a history researcher will be on and give more context to viewers, featuring South African celebrities such as Boer Damian, Fezile Mapela, Lizz Meiring, Erik Holm, Jak De Priester and even the comedian, Schalk Bezuidenhout.
All of the celebrities opened themselves up to Gerard and he will also look at some of South Africa’s infamous “characters” from our history. Especially our political history. The reactions will shock viewers and take them on a rollercoaster of emotions like they’ve never experienced before.
Die Uitnodiging | Reality |Starts Tuesday 6 October at 21:00
Die Uitnodiging is a TV series that tries to resolve family disputes, heal broken friendships. A mediator reports a deeply disturbing problem. Presenter Cato Bekker visits the fighting parties. How will this story end? Can we get arch enemies to talk to each other after years of silence or will they continue to ignore their telephone calls?
After Etienne’s grandma passed away, he noticed something: his beloved uncle Neil stopped visiting his mother, Beverley. Odd, since these siblings once used to be so close. What could have gone wrong? Cato hands Etienne, Beverley, and Neil The Invitation. Waiting anxiously for that limo door to open …
Grace and Lee-Hana grew up together and once were inseparable. But then they drifted apart. Grace works in the Overberg. She misses her best friend terribly and wonders why they are struggling to get together. While Lee-Hana speculates why Grace no longer bothers to pop in when visiting their home town. Cato tries to persuade them to dine together.
Cathy calls for help after the sisters broke up. Cato listens to Denise, Lizzie, Felicity, and Cathy. What on earth could have happened to cause such animosity between sisters who were once so close? Perhaps what happened after their mom’s death? Who’ll get out of the limo to dine together? Hold thumbs …
Ekstra Medium | Light Drama | Starts Tuesday 22 September at 20:00
Bertie and the interesting bunch of characters in Ekstra Medium, which started in September, have already caught viewers’ attention. Llandi Beeslaar, the actress known as the character Mielie in Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika, plays Kleintjie in this new series.
Tell us more about your character in Ekstra Medium? I am Kleintjie, Bertie’s (Wilhelm van der Walt) best friend from school. She is one of those rare people who stayed in her hometown and kept her world small, but who’s not bitter about it. I wish I was more like her. I get restless if I stay in one place for too long.
Was the series as much fun to make as it is to watch? Oh, my goodness, it was great. I was very nervous before we started filming because I am a theatre baby. I was not prepared for the scale and speed of a TV series, but I was very fortunate to have somebody like Beer [Adriaanse, the director and co-writer] to help me through the tough parts. Fortunately, I also know most of the team and that helped with the anxiety.
Is a character like Mielie a blessing or a curse? We have nothing in common except for the size of our pants (LOL). She has a life of her own. I think she is like most forces of nature and a bit of both – a blessing and a curse.
There is a group of younger actors, writers, and directors making their mark now. How do you see the future? I don’t know if I am the right person to ask because I am just that little bit older, but I do think youth is a wonderful thing. It comes with fresh ideas and confidence that only young people can pull off. I always hope that the group following me, do better than I did. Work wiser, diversify. Do everything. Learn from everybody.
Is there a series, play, or film you would like to write and direct? Oh, yes! The list is very long. I am sitting with a heap of half-written texts, films, and series that I would like to do one day. I think I would rather go into directing – I enjoy the process of a project more than anything else.
Kompleks | Drama | Starts Tuesday 22 September at 20:30
The show stars Arthur Falko, Melissa Myburgh, Roeline Daneel, Armand Aucamp, Greta Pietersen en Ivan Botha. In the first two episodes, we met the characters in Kompleks and saw four hearts joined in one soul.
Sean tells Mika of his secret hobby and her reaction surprises him. In another universe, an older Mika is caught off-guard when Frida interferes with her love life. Sean and Belinda get to know each other.
Sean and Mika discover the stars that sends their relationship in another direction. In another universe, an older Mika is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s death. Sean fights with his dad and Mika fights with her mother. Both are hurting more than they realise. In another universe, an older Sean is playing cello and missing his dad while Mika finds out that her daughter is hiding something from her.
Kom Ons Jol 3 | Music program | Starts Saturday 3 October at 20:00
Saturday evening’s jolly music programme is back. The presenters are Hamilton Wessels and Leandie du Randt. Kom Ons Jol is filled with Afrikaans party music and in every programme, one of the country’s biggest entertainers join for a virtual concert. Viewers are part of the programme for the first hour.
They can join the show via Zoom and are also encouraged to send in videos and messages. In the new season of Kom Ons Jol, there are also numerous prizes up for grabs.
Voetspore: Reünie 11 | Travel | Starts Sunday 25 October at 20:00
A new season for nature lovers to enjoy the majestic beauty of our country and the continent. The journey of Voetspore continues, titled Voetspore Reunion. Voetspore Reünie is a series of Johan Badenhorst and friends who revisit the past 10 Voetspore series.
The team visited close to 40 African countries and traveled for 300 000 km on the continent. It was time for a get-together, reflecting on how Africa changes since the first series.
They start at Cape Cross in Namibia and travel across southern Africa, through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland, to the coast of Kwa Zulu Natal. They reflect on their journeys on the African continent since 2000 whilst discovering new adventure destinations. This is a reunion of 12 adventurers.
Glam Guru | Lifestyle | Starts Sunday 4 October at 17:30
Hannon and his team are back for more amazing transformations. In the first episode, Jolene, who is single and unemployed, is hoping that a new look will help her on a new life path. Rosa looks after her bedridden husband. There isn’t any time or money for her to treat herself, but after she lost 21kg, she decided to ask Hannon for help.
Then there is Tarisha, a 19-year old teacher’s assistant, who struggles with low self-esteem, but with Hannon’s help, she realises what her full potential is. In the last programme in October, it is Maysha’s turn. She is a leader at work but can be intimidated easily. That’s why she wants a look that will make her feel in control.
Getroud met Rugby |Soapie | Weekdays at 18:00 op kykNET
The struggle between Liam and his mother-in-law, Priscilla, escalates when Priscilla wants to become more involved in Candice’s web series. Simon tells Renate that they can’t be friends anymore but is upset when he finds out that she is friends with Lulu.
Jordan gives a self-defense class to the women, but it ends in chaos when one of them breaks his nose. Blitz and Lienkie get married in court, and their friends are shocked when they find out. Wynand follows in Blitz’s footsteps when he starts seeing three pompom girls at the same time. Bart has a plan to win Kristien back, and he asks Renate to help.
The Stryder community is shocked when they hear that Potties is going to be demolished, but then their favourite watering hole gets a new owner. Ryno finds out somebody stole the designs for his clothing range. Blitz and Johan are worried about Lienkie’s health. Renate meets her neighbour Willem Meiring, a handsome broker.
Suidooster | Soapie | Weekdays at 18:30 on kykNET and kykNET & kie
The huge amount of money that the Daniels brothers and Justin came upon, is starting to cause problems when Nazeem and Joy also want a piece of the pie. But then the owners demand their money back and lives are in danger.
Tim is itching to get involved in a new development, but Bridgette refuses to work with the owner. Tim goes behind her back and makes contact with Wilmien Baderhorst, a woman who comes with her baggage. Before long, the Jacobs family has to cope with her strange requests.
Mymoena is losing her patience with AB and Farah, but does that mean the end of Ruiterbosch’s most loved couple? Kate’s handsome grandson is in Ruiterbosch for a short holiday, and Joy recognises him from a naughty evening years ago. She doesn’t fall for his charms while he scams everybody with a charity project where all the money raised, disappears into his pocket.
Binnelanders | Soapie | Weekdays at 19:30 on kykNET
Tracy Smit and Conrad’s relationship is in trouble, and she must fall back on old tricks to stay afloat. She needs her place in the sun, but what do you do if you are manipulated and your past comes back to haunt you?
Tertius realises he is a free man, and he can enjoy his bachelor’s life. But then somebody gets hurt, and Tertius might get a permanent house guest. Fate also has an impact on Danny and Chanel’s relationship. Danny is adamant to show how he feels about Chanel, but does she feel the same way?
Hugo Voss is always in control of his feelings but not when Julia Wessels is around. When she turns up at Binneland Kliniek, it throws his life upside down because he is not sure where he stands with her. Julia is not the only new face at the hospital. Rita Nortier also joins, but it is soon clear that there is something she is trying to avoid. We also find out who is behind Gigi and Ian’s hacking crisis, but why did they do it?
Arendsvlei | Telenovela | Monday to Thursday at 19:30 from 28 September on kykNET & kie
Season 3 kicks off on 28 September with four episodes per week for this popular Telenovela! Naz (Carmen Maarman) walks into Anton’s bakery and jumps in when she sees that he needs help. Captain Krige (Brendon Daniels) is back in Arendsvlei to try and solve a case, and he gets to know Janice better when they are both awake late at night. Pieter van Schalkwyk’s parole is coming up and that means Wendy’s secrets are in danger. Debra is shocked when she finds out more about her mother. Will she be able to forgive her for the fact that she first lied about her father and then her grandfather?
Tussen Ons | Talkshow | The new format starts from 5 October, Monday to Thursday at 17:30
The popular Afrikaans talk show, Tussen Ons, brags with more episodes per week, a new timeslot, and a fresh approach. It will be on Mondays to Thursday at 17:30 from 5 October on kykNET&kie instead of Thursday at 20:00.
Tussen Ons, which started July 2018, with its’ current presenter, Tracey Lange, Kay Karriem, Success Lekabe, Zelda Le Grange, and Ingrid Jones, will no be twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, where they’ll be in viewers homes and talk about current and newsworthy subjects. On Tuesday, Dr. Darren Green, who is already a regular medical advisor on Tussen Ons, will now move in front of the cameras to talk about medical news, illnesses, and other diseases. The Bravo!-presenter and fitness guru, Ewan Strydom, will also pop in once a month to give fitness tips, while foodie, Heleen Meyer, will show viewers how to eat healthier every month.
The Thursday-episode will be known as Tussen Ons #TBT and will be presented by Tracey by herself. In this episode, she’ll get more nostalgic with her guests and will also give more lifestyle tips. Some of the kykNET&kie soapie starts from Suidooster and Arendsvlei will also come and talk about their soapie stories making the news. There will also be a music guest on the Thursday episode. Tracey, that has been the anchor presenter since Tussen Ons started, is very excited about the new format of the show.
“I look forward to the Tussen Ons shows being on four days a week and the name to be on everyone’s lips. I’m even more excited about the new #TBT-episode that I’ll present on Thursday,” she says. “On Thursday’s we’ll let loose and have fun with some celebrities and they’ll show us their talents while we laugh and get all nostalgic.”
Die Spreeus | Drama | Starts Saturday 3 October at 20:00
Die Spreeus is a special investigative unit that takes cases involving other worlds. It is loosely based on a unit in the SAPS that investigated cases connected to the occult.
Bas Koorts (Chris Vorster) is an intelligent man but since his wife died, he is a shadow of his former self. Beatrice Mack (Monique Rockman) comes from a rich family, but to her father’s dismay, she joins the police after abandoning her studies in mathematics and science. Rosa Scheffers (Sandi Schultz) is a brigadier and heads up the unit.
Also seen in the series, is Lea Vivier, Denise Newman, Albert Pretorius, De Klerk Oelofse, Rolanda Marais, Neels van Jaarsveld, Christia Visser, Kim Cloete, Deon Coetzee, Stian Bam, Jacques Bessenger, and Crystal Donna Roberts.
The director is Jaco Bouwer (Waterfront, Dwaalster). Monique Rockman, Jorrie van der Walt (cinematographer), Rocco Pool (production design), Chris Vorster and Pierre-Henri Wicomb (soundtrack) won ATKV Mediaveertjie awards earlier this year for their work on Die Spreeus.
André in Worship | Music concert | On Sunday 25 October 17:30
A highlight on KykNET NOU! (DStv channel 146) is André Venter in Worship. André, who was a member of the South African vocal group Romanz, tells more:
“This project is me saying thank you to South Africa. I have started a new chapter in America, but it would not have been possible without the 12 years of support I enjoyed in South Africa. The programme is a moment of worship from a place of deep gratitude, but also a place where I can serve other people. My favourite in the programme is ‘Goodness of God’ because our family is experiencing this more than ever before. Two new songs, ‘Mountains’ and ‘The Power of Your Name’, are also special, but each song has had an impact on my life and that is why I chose them. I am proud to say the programme is also being marketed in America and Canada, and the album is available on all platforms. My wish with this is that the music will heal those who listen to it.”
Alie Barber | Sitcom | Saturdays at 19:30 on kykNET Lekker
Everyone gets ready for the wedding of the year. But things derail when Margie’s bridesmaid dress gets an oil smudge, and the shop keys disappear.
A Rugby player forgets a bag with ‘prescription drugs’ on the counter. Mr. Min returns from his doctor’s visit, and before long their pills get mixed up…Margie wants to celebrate her birthday with a party but does not have money to pay the caterers. Everyone in the salon is also feeling the pinch and must make a plan to buy her a present.
DStv and GOtv customers, get ready for some thrilling entertainment as Televisa Networks and Multichoice Group team up to announce the launch of a new channel tlnovelas. The channel will be available from Monday, 14 September until August 2021.
Tlnovelas is an exclusive channel with a host of the most successful telenovelas within the Televisa Group of over 800 titles. The channel aims to delight customers with stories that will captivate them through compelling plots that will certainly drive unique emotional connections with viewers. From young adults, women, men and even children, there is a story for everyone to enjoy.
The channel explores various genres, from romantic comedies, epic dramas and binge-worthy stories for the young and old. Programming of tlnovelas include great stories such as Teresa, My Heart is Yours (Mi Corazón es Tuyo), Passion and Power (Pasión y Poder) and Fooled into Love (Amores con Trampa), not forgetting the flagship show Love Spell (Sortilegio) which will premiere on the day of launch.
“As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content and stories to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video.
This channel launch showcases the growing value of tlnovelas brand worldwide, with the English version of tlnovelas, Televisa continues its position as a leader in the Pay-TV market by offering content with the best quality” said Fernando Muñiz, General Director of Televisa Networks and Televisa International. And adds: “We continue to experience rapid growth all over the world due to partnerships with outstanding media players, such as Multichoice, and we are excited to take the next step of this expansion around the world.”
MultiChoice Namibia held its annual content showcase event via livestream on 9 September 2020. Hosted by Managing Director Roger Gertze and his leadership team, the virtual event gave the media and other key industry stakeholders an exclusive look at the breakthrough content coming to Namibian audiences via DStv and GOtv this summer.
“Video entertainment is our language, it’s what we work with every day in line with our mission of making great entertainment more accessible throughout the country. It was only natural that we used video in an innovative way to rise above the challenges presented by COVID-19. Additionally, this showcase demonstrated MultiChoice’s hyper-local approach in our business and local content offerings alike. In this way, we were able to use video, the medium we ‘own’, in a powerful way,” explains Gertze.
The event featured updates from across the MultiChoice Group covering exciting additions to its entertainment and sports content offering as well as insights into how the company is innovating to deliver a world class customer experience.
New productions, movies and more
Aligning with MultiChoice Group’s mission to invest in local content as Africa’s most loved storyteller, M-Net has raised the bar yet again recently by adding more local scripted series to its line-up.
This includes four new shows: Trackers, MultiChoice Group’s first international co-production based on the book by South Africa author, Deon Meyer; Still Breathing; Legacy and Inconceivable.
FliekNET, the popular holiday pop-up channel showcasing locally-produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites and a variety of Afrikaans film formats, is now a permanent part of the KykNET stable, broadcast on DStv Channel 149.
KykNET is also now producing shorter dramas, moving away from its regular 13-episode format for scripted content. The first of these is Kompleks, written by Louis Pretorius and Albert Snyman (Die Boekklub, Fynskrif), directed by award-winning actress Tinarie van Wyk Loots, and narrated by Koos Kombuis and Deon Meiring.
Fans of Arendsvlei, the first telenovela on kykNET&kie (DStv Channel 145), will be delighted to hear that the nail-biting cliff hangers will be around for another year, as the next installment debuts on the channel in October 2020.
New-look M-Net Movies
With the recent streamlining of M-Net movies, it is now even easier for viewers keep tabs on all their favourite movie genres and stay up to date with the latest releases.
New international channels and shows
The content showcase event also revealed a number of new international channels coming to DStv and GOtv, including TLNovelas, the renowned English-dubbed Mexican telenovela channel; Timeless Drama Channel, big-budget series from Turkish producers in Istanbul and Anatolia; tvN, the best in Korean dramas dubbed into English; Kix, Asian action movies and cutting-edge reality shows, featuring the biggest Asian action icons and classic Kung Fu movies; ZooMoo, animal-themed shows for kids combining live animation, puppetry and a real-time app; and WildEarth, the only 24/7 channel that delivers authentic live and interactive safari experiences worldwide.
M-Net will continue to bring Hollywood’s latest series to Africa, first, beginning in September with the highly rated Mrs America with its A-list cast. Other hot new international shows on M-Net’s horizon include Legacy; The Good Lord Brid; The Undoing; The Equalizer; Lioness; The Bachelorette SA and Love Island South Africa.
The world’s best sport
With international sports resuming, MultiChoice Namibia announced a number of exclusive global football broadcasts coming this summer. Among these are the action-packed Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Serie A and LaLiga, all exclusive to SuperSport and complete with expert commentary and analyses.
DStv and GOtv are now officially the home of American sports in Africa, with two new channels – ESPN 1 and 2 – joining the existing ESPN channel offering.
In addition, a sterling production, Chasing the Sun, debuts on DStv this month. This powerful SuperSport documentary has been produced in collaboration with the Springboks, and tells the rousing tale of their path to redemption and World Cup glory in 2019.
The six-part documentary series premieres on M-Net on Sunday, 27 September 2020, concluding six weeks later on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Springbok World Cup win. The documentary will also air on Catch Up, kykNET, SuperSport and Showmax.
“The fresh content slate for Summer 2020 forms part of our commitment to ensuring that we keep bringing valued customers the quality video entertainment they love, telling the best local and international stories, giving access to nail-biting sporting action and up-to-the-minute news, as well as leading international series, movies, documentaries and children’s entertainment,” says Gertze.
Looking ahead, Namibians are in for a real treat in the coming months, in terms of both outstanding content and product innovation.
The star of the Namibian feature film The White Line (2019), Girley Jazama was nominated at the Sotigui Awards 2020 in the Best Actor Southern Africa category.
She shares the nomination with South Africa’s Bongile Mantsai (Knuckle City, 2019) and Malawi’s Tapiwa Gwaza (The Road To Sunrise, 2017).
Jazama’s performance in the apartheid-themed film impressed audiences and festival curators alike earning her acclaim and the Best Female Actress nomination the 2019 Namibian Theatre and Film Awards.
“I am honoured to be nominated alongside the other two brilliant actors in my category. The nomination is a win for The White Line and Namibia because we as an industry are being recognised by our peers in the industry,” Jazama says on the nomination.
Last year, actor Adriano Visagie won the Best Actor Southern Africa award at the Sotigui Awards, becoming the first Namibian to be nominated and win at the award show.
The fifth edition of the Sotigui Awards will take place from November 12 to 14, 2020 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
The Second weekend of the 2020 Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) saw two artists who were nominated for the first time walk away winners.
Centerpiece from Rehoboth won the Best Single award while Ou Billem scooped the Best Traditional award in a rather tightly contested category with the likes of Teqla and Erna Chimu.
Maranatha who is no stranger to the NAMA stage had to fence off rather stiff competition from the likes of Effy and Joharetha to scoop the Best Gospel award with the song for the 2nd time in the NAMA history with her soulful song Yahweh.
Dennis Eiseb was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the music industry and for having mentored so many successful artists.
The NAMA weekend was once again filled with soulful and exciting performances with all artists bringing their best performing live for a TV audience only.
“We would like to congratulate all the nominees and especially Centerpiece, Ou Billem and Maranatha for winning in extremely tough categories. We would also like to announce that from next weekend the NAMAs will only take place on Saturdays and the Friday events will be removed from the calendar and combined with the Saturday shows to give the audience more entertainment value,” NAMA Executive Tim Ekandjo said.
This now means that the NAMAs will award 4 categories per Saturday. The nominees for Best House, Best Producer, Best Kwaito and Best Reggae will battle it out next weekend.
The new schedule is as follows:
Sat, 12th September
Best House Best Producer Best Kwaito Best Reggae
Sat, 26th Sept
Best Music Video Best Group/Duo Special NAMA Award
Sat, 10th Oct
Best Soukous Kwasa Best Afrikaans Best Damara Punch Best Oviritje Sat,17th Oct
Best Rap/Hip Hop Best R&B Best Pan African Artist of the Year Song of the Year
Best Album of the Year Best Male Artist of the Year Best Female Artist of the Year Artist of the Year
Best Newcomer Artist of the Decade Namibian Legends Performances
DStv and GOtv’s September line-up includes a range of African and international shows, as well as features specially curated for African audiences.
Tune in soon to see what’s on screen this September with DStv and GOtv. You’ll find a sprinkling of top shows like Love Comeback, Legacy and The Sol and much, much more.
Here’s a snapshot of September’s super-bingeworthy action:
Find out whether ‘they love me or love me not’ in this reality series with real-life stories of forgiveness and couples reunited (or not) with a little help from the Love Come Back team.
Discover how it all works out on Africa Magic Showcase, DStv Channel 151 every Sunday at 18:30 CAT.
Explore the reality of the behind-the-scenes drama of Sauti Sol – one of Africa’s most beloved bands – as we watch their daily interactions with each other, their fans, and the world.
It’s all going down on Maisha Magic Plus, DStv Channel 163 on Sundays at 18:30 CAT and on ShowMax.
Brought to you by the award-winning production house Tshedza Pictures, this telenovela explores the tale of two families on opposite ends of society and their interactions. With startling storylines set in the fast-lane world of investment billionaires and a sterling, diverse cast, this new daily is designed for DStv’s Premium audience. Legacy is M-Net 101’s very first telenovela.
Find out what happens when worlds collide from Monday, 21 September at 19:00 CAT on M-Net, DStv Channel 101.
Behind The Story
Join Pearl Thusi on a deep dive into the backstories of some of Africa’s best-known and most controversial personalities, media stars and musos.
The new season airs on BET, DStv Channel 120 and GOtv Channel 21 on Fridays at 22:00 CAT.
Discover Africa’s most diverse and talented artists in their own creative stomping grounds. Follow their journeys in this reality programme, visit their hometowns and see their contributions to art and culture on the continent.
Find out more on the Curiosity Channel, DStv Channel 185 every Tuesday at 19:00 CAT.
Free Willy (1993)
It’s a whale of a tail beloved by audiences of all ages and now you can compare the original ’93 version to the ’95 sequel on DStv and GOtv.
Follow this watery movie saga on TNT Africa, Friday 11 September at 18:20 CAT on DStv Channel 137 and GOtv Channel 18 and Free Willy 2 at 20:00 on the same evening on DStv Channel 137 and GOtv Channel 18.
Train of Salt & Sugar
A train journey uncovers the harsh realities of life in Mozambique after the civil war as four unlikely companions share their stories in this multiple award-winning movie.
Catch this eye-opening film on ShowMax as soon as you can.
Big Brother Naija Season 5
Have you been keeping up with Nigeria’s favourite reality show lately? If not, how will you know if your favourite character’s still in the Big Brother house?
Find out if they need your help to stay put by tuning into the 24-hour drama on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.
The African Couple
This infinitely relatable series focuses on a newlywed couple and the daily challenges they face in a unique African context.
It’s happening daily at 21:00 on ROK Ghana, DStv Channel 164 and GOtv Channel 18 or Channel 118 for viewers in Ghana.
Desiree Kahikopo’s feature film, The White Line (2019) continues taking Namibian cinema to new heights, having just recently scooped the Kilimandjaro Award for Best Feature Film at the 7th edition of the Africlap Festival held in France from 23 to 30 August 2020.
The Kilimandjaro Award for Best Feature Film is one of the two main prizes the festival has, alongside the Kilimanjaro for Best feature documentary and various other prizes. Festival Africlap is organized by Africlap, a non-profit association whose objective is to expose African cinema in Toulouse, France and surrounding territories.
Kahikopo says awards add certain credibility to the film and helps push the film further with the potential buyers and draws attention to her as Director/Producer, her future projects and the hard work of the entire cast and crew.
“Seeing our story having touched somebody enough for it to receive an award especially knowing what we went through telling it- all the blood, sweat and tears- is amazing and I thank Jesus for it,” she says.
Kahikopo says she hopes the international recognition earned by The White Line as a Namibian film will continue to create a shift in the quality of Namibian cinema and draw interest to private investors and corporations, not just in Namibia but internationally and equally build audiences.
“I hope this will continue to lay the new ground for building this industry to a space that we can all be proud off and the industry becoming self-sustaining,” Kahikopo says.
The White Line has screened at various international festivals and consequently earned accolades locally and internationally. The film is yet to have a Namibian premiere.