This February, South Africans living abroad can curb their homesickness with a bumper crop of new Mzanzi Magic, kykNET and Via series.
South Africans living abroad have access to a uniquely South African catalogue of series and movies – with the latest seasons of some of the biggest series currently airing in South Africa. (And don’t forget Carte Blanche is available to expats every week, two days after it airs in South Africa!)
Here’s what’s new this February:
Being a first-time mother is an adventure full of challenges, new experiences and discoveries – but no one said it’s easy. In Angelique & Jr, the reality series about motherhood, actress and TV presenter Angelique Gerber invites you into her home to join her in learning about motherhood, and to experience life through the eyes of little Jacques, her son with husband Jacques Potgieter, the well-known rugby player. Every episode is basically a day in the life of a baby and his momma, and we meet everyone involved in the Gerber-Potgieter household and the daily lives of Angelique and Jacques Junior. Angelique also makes video-journals for Jacques so he’ll know how much he is loved and cared for if he watches these tapes one day. Everyone who is caring for a young child will identify with Angelique & Jr – exclusively available to Showmax international subscribers.
Launches 8 February
Date My Family helps singletons find love by sending them on dates with their potential partner’s family. Can you really trust your family to help you find love? Watch now »
Nkululekho is a coming-of-age story set in the windswept streets of one of South Africa’s most infamous townships, Khayelitsha. Watch now »
iKhaya follows the story of a man whose circumstances threaten to put his world in turmoil when a secret he has maintained is on the verge of coming out. Watch now »
TV personality Dineo Ranaka helps various people come clean to their friends, families and partners about their double lives. How will their loved ones react? Watch now »
After the success of Love Back comes another dating show, Uyang’thanda Na?, which will help people confront their fears by telling their crushes how they really feel. Watch now »
Hosted by Tol Ass Mo, Mzansi Comedy Nights brings you the best of SA comedy in this special showcasing the talents of Summary, Trevor Gumbi and Felix Hlope, to name a few. Watch now »
A reality show that dives into the topic of polygamy. Set in KZN, this is one man’s story of how he views polygamy and what his four wives and his family mean to him. Watch now »
A farming enterprise doesn’t need to be big to make a massive impact. VIA’s latest agricultural series Nisboere places the focus on farms utilising small patches of land in extraordinary ways. You’ll meet farmers who cultivate interesting crops such as lavender, olives and exotic mushrooms, as well as breeders of miniature horses. Even viewers with no specific interest in agriculture will enjoy the stories of how these farms came into existence and how ordinary people became niche farmers, and there’s much to learn about farming from everyone featured on the show. The people may be quite normal, but there’s nothing ordinary about their farms: we’re talking crocodiles, proteas and tropical fish, farmed in or on anything from a hectare of land to a suburban garage. The presenters, Anrich Herbst, Chris de Clerq and Simonia Magardie, also share handy hints about growing vegetables at home. Showmax international subscribers get exclusive access to Nisboere and all the strange and wonderful farms and farmers featured on the show.
Launches 12 Feb
Brackenfell’s best-known “boytjie”, Pedro Kruger, pays homage to the biggest names in Afrikaans music, with his unique musical energy.
Launches 12 Feb
We revisit some of the iconic stories that have made headlines in this age-old magazine. We visit the characters, experts and journalists behind the stories. Subscribe here to watch.
Launches 14 Feb
In this special reality series, we share teenagers’ Matric Dance adventures, presented by Sinki Mlambo.
Launches 14 Feb
Mynie Steffens is passionate about cooking. Together with photographer Ari van der Walt, Mynie heads to cute little places in South Africa and braais exceptional food.
Launches 15 Feb
South-Africa’s favourite pastime is now a social experiment: in Kom Ons Braai, three couples who have never met take up the challenge to invite the others for a braai – and the heat is turned on almost immediately. Family recipes and foodie flourishes meet typical braai dishes, complimented by all sorts of talk around the fire and contestants roasting one another to a toast once they get to tell the cameras and viewers what they think of their competitors’ braai skills. At times you won’t believe your eyes, while some of these braais will have you drooling over the delectable offerings. In some cases there’s nothing to do but laugh and shake your head at the things coming from the contestants’ mouths. See a bit of the country while hanging out with braaiers around the fires in their backyards. New seasons of Kom Ons Braai are available exclusively on Showmax to international subscribers. Watch now »
These days Die Kliek is the coolest place to find love – at least if you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind doing this sort of thing on TV with a comedian taking shots at you throughout the episode. The male contestants are judged by their social media profiles by a group of women, and must prove themselves to the fairer contestant by means of a physical challenge. Finally, the guys get to choose whether they want to take a girl on a date. There are no farms, cow dung or cattle parades here – this is real romance for the 21st Century. Comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout stole hearts as the first presenter on the series and in the latest season Jack Parow takes the reins from him. To find love in the time of reality TV and Tinder is a bizarre and comical experience at best, and on Die Kliek you’ll see the best of this. New seasons are available exclusively to Showmax international subscribers. Watch now »
Dana Snyman is a South African icon: an award-winning journalist and author with a unique take on the country and its people. In this travel show, Dana takes to the roads to meet South Africans from across the spectrum. Through his conversations, he learns how these people live their lives and experience reality. Dana makes a concerted effort to get to know the country and understand the people he encounters – basically, to find the heart of Mzansi. He talks to real people and shares his observations of things seen while on the road. Dana’s love for others and his compassion is contagious, and the series as a whole shows you a different side of a country that is familiar and strange all at once. Showmax international subscribers get exclusive access to new seasons of Op Pad met Dana. You’ll be hard pressed to find a more soulful travel companion. Watch now »
Piet Marais and Frik Oosthuizen are the presenters of the potjiekos programme Laat die Potte Prut, in which three teams compete to impress one another and the judges with their potjie skills. You’ll be amazed at the unique and creative dishes people make in cast iron pots: from astonishing taste combinations to new versions of classic recipes, to unexpected puddings and side dishes. Piet and Frik are professional chefs who know their story, but every so often a contestant appears with enough potjie talent to blow their hair and beards back. The presenters see cooking on a fire as the way of the future – so catch a few handy hints in the brand-new season of Laat die Potte Prut, exclusively available to Showmax international subscribers. The recipes are simple enough to try at home, so get inspired to cook up an authentically South African meal in your own cast iron potjie. Watch now »
Rapport’s doyenne of interviews, Hanlie Retief, chats to people who amaze, inspire and interest her. Watch now »
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Please note: These series are only available to international Showmax subscribers in Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States. Not all titles are available in all territories. Showmax brings you the best South African series and movies, from the classics to the latest releases, from complete box sets to kids’ favourites.