It’s time for yet another group of women to come on screen and get on each other’s nerves where they don’t invite each other to events, a surefire way to start housewife drama. The Real Housewives of Durban will now launch first and exclusive to Showmax rather than 1Magic on 29 January 2021, with new episodes following every Friday.
This premiere is said to replace the Showmax Original reality series Uthando Lodumo, about Babes Wodumo and Mampintsha’s traditional and white weddings, which has been delayed by Covid-19 until weddings are possible again. There’s also a possibility that their toxic relationship doesn’t translate well on screen, so the creators are trying to find ways to salvage the footage.
RHOD is the 24th international – and second South African – instalment of The Real Housewives franchise, which is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. The new show is set to build on the popularity of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed local series on Showmax in 2019.
Here’s the breakdown of who’s who:
Nonkanyiso Conco runs a beauty brand Laconco Naturals and is the wife of former President Jacob Zuma.
Ayanda Ncwane is CEO of Ncwane Communications and president of The Africa Gospel Awards. She is also Sfiso Ncwane’s widow.
Sorisha Naidoo, a former Miss India South Africa, imports around 25 beauty products through her company SSBO. In addition to this, she is the wife of billionaire businessman Vivian Reddy;
Kgomotso Ndungane is the head honcho at an event and floral business called Oak Celebrations and recently launched her own luxury home, body and bath product line, Lelapa and married to former Springbok Odwa Ndungane.
Nonku Williams is founder of Ashes to Beauty Winery and has business interests in construction. Not that it matters but she’s also a divorced mom of three.
Annie Ludick owns Durban’s luxury beauty salon Annaesthetic, as well as an events and marketing company and a dance agency, all while juggling planning her white wedding to Durban businessman Kgolo Mthembu in April as well.
Valen’tino Mathibela (Lebo M – Coming Home, The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, Survivor SA, The Voice SA) is on the director’s chair, with Let It Rain Films producing and Lee Doig creative directing. Doig won an Emmy for his cinematography on Survivor USA and has earned another nine nominations for his work across 34 seasons of the hit show.
“The Real Housewives of Durban is going to feel like Kwa Mam’Mkhize to the power of six,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video.