More cooking and drama

The first five couples to be featured in the fourth season of My Kitchen Rules SA, to be seen on DStv’s M-Net from Sunday, September 4. The couple on the right, Mark and Mbali, are from Durban.

……BY BILLY SUTER…..

NEW seasons of two popular South African television series are on the way – a fourth season of the reality series, My Kitchen Rules SA, headed for M-Net (Channel 101 on DStv) this weekend, and a second season of the psychological thriller, Dam, scheduled for Showmax during the first quarter of 2023.

Filming is underway in Adelaide and Bedford in the Eastern Cape on the second season of Dam, one of the 10 most watched titles on Showmax in 2021 and the most nominated TV drama going into this weekend’s South African and Television Awards (Saftas).

The second season of the Showmax Original is set three months after the cult’s ritual sacrifice, which seems to have worked: rain has come and transformed the land. Yola is missing – Sienna fears she is dead – but diamonds, and skeletons, are about to be found.

“This show remains unlike anything else on TV in South Africa,” says four-time Safta-winner Alex Yazbek, a contender for Best Director at the awards this weekend. “It’s going to be another twisty and twisted season of love triangles, monsters and more suppressed memories being uncovered.”

With 11 nominations, including Best TV Drama, the thriller is in joint second place overall at the Saftas. As Yola, Lea Vivier is up for her first Safta, for Best Actress. As her sister Sienna, Natasha Loring (daughter of actor-singer Richard Loring) has also earned her first Safta nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, while two-time winner Pallance Dladla is up for Best Actor as Themba, Yola’s lover.

Hollywood success story Neil Sandilands (Sweet Tooth, The Flash) has also cracked his first Safta nomination this year. He is up against another first-time acting nominee in Dam co-star Siv Ngesi. 

Produced by Picture Tree, Dam also stands to win Saftas for art direction (Sue Steele), music (two-time Safta-winner Brendan Jury), sound (David Oosthuizen), and makeup/hairstyling (Mpho Ledwaba and Smartie Rosina Olifant).  

All the Safta nominees, other than Sandilands and Ngesi, are back for Dam’s second season, as is three-time Safta winner Tom Marais, who is nominated again this weekend for his cinematography on Reyka

In the Safta Best TV Drama category, Dam is up against M-Net’s Reyka as well as Kyk-Net’s 4 Mure and Slot, all of which are available to binge on Showmax. 

Getting back to the fourth season of My Kitchen Rules SA … it will again feature seasoned judges David Higgs and J’Something when it returns to M-Net at 6pm on Sunday, September 4.

The season will see 10 teams of home cooks hunting for flavour, fun – and R1 million! Viewers can expect epic meals, dynamic challenges, and more blood, sweat and tears than ever before, says an M-Net spokesman.

Among the first five pairs who will be dishing up the drama is a Durban couple – Mark and Mbali, both aged 27, who met in 2010 when they were paired in Zulu class at school and remain best friends.He’s a consultant at a financial institution – as well as an influencer – and she’s an architect.

Mark entered the reality show to amplify his cooking skills and challenge himself, he says, adding that he learned to cook in primary school – rather unwillingly – because his parents worked late and he had to prepare meals for his siblings. Mark, who wants to modernise African dishes and give them some flair,  loves pizza, burgers and “anything with curry”.

Mbali was taught to cook by her mother, sisters and aunts, who saw cooking as a mandatory skill for a young woman. Her signature dishes are traditional Zulu meals like steam bread, and samp and beans – and her favourite South African dish is a lamb bunny chow.

She’d love to document different types of cuisine from off-the-map areas and would also like to open a breakfast and brunch spot with Mark.

My Kitchen Rules SA will be on DStv Premium on M-Net (Channel 101) at 6pm every Sunday, as well as being available on DStv Catch Up after broadcast.


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