A look into SA’s relationship with Reality TV: What’s all the fuss about?

Reality TV is one of the biggest genres of television amongst South Africans, but what is our relationship with it? Are we obsessed?

A look into SA’s relationship with Reality TV: What’s all the fuss about?

South Africa has reality shows for just about…everything. From the Real Housewives of Durban to Survivor, from Love Island to Uyajola 9/9, South Africa’s wide range of reality shows has something for everyone but do we, as South Africans, REALLY need some of them?

OVERVIEW OF REALITY TV IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa has a wide range of reality shows; some that people would relate to and others that would leave others completely in the dark. 

Some of our most popular reality shows take a deep dive into South Africa’s rich and famous, showing their flashy cars, bodacious houses, expensive booze and lavish holidays. 

Other reality shows dive into the lives of ordinary South Africans. Some prime examples would be that follows the journey of two teenagers from Ulundi in KwaZulu-Natal who decided to tie the knot. 

Moja Love also boasts another interesting show, Umdeni that follows the life of Baba Kolobe, a sangoma who lives with his multiple wives under one roof. You can certainly catch one of our many reality shows at any time of the day on television. 

SOUTH AFRICA’S APPROACH TO REALITY TV

Britta Reid notes that reality show enthusiasts sit in the upper-middle-class group of South Africans. More specifically women under the age of 35. 

“Reality fans are not driven by voyeurism and malice; rather they are motivated by the desire to learn about the world and other people.”

SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo previously noted that the public broadcaster’s approach to reality television is simple. They build their reality television formats to fulfil their “informal knowledge building” quota. 

In 2019, the head of unscripted content at Moja Love, Bokani Moyo said their mission is to create authentic content, “the lived experience of our communities. We want our viewers to see themselves in experiences-in-the-real.”

HOW OFTEN DO WE SEE OURSELVES IN REALITY TV?

A look at DSTV’s most-watched reality tv shows for February 2021 could give us the answer. Mzansi Magic’s Our Perfect Wedding and Moja Love’s I Blew It were the two most-watched reality tv shows. 

One show depicts the exciting journey of a couple about to tie the knot and the other looks at South Africans who have quickly used up large sums of money either through the Road Accident Fund, by winning the lotto, or through inheritance. Two very contrasting images of South Africa. 

THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE

The question remains, where do we see ourselves? Possibly somewhere in between. South Africans are a unique bunch and we all go through a lot on a daily basis. 

So it would probably be safe to say even though we enjoy watching others celebrate their special days with glee, we’re also entertained by other people’s loss, sadness and heartache. 

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Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says schools are ready to reopen, depending on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address tomorrow.

Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says the education sector is in agreement across the board and is ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021, depending on confirmation by the President tomorrow.

Motshekga held a briefing on schools’ preparedness to welcome pupils amid the third wave of Covid-19, on Saturday in Pretoria.

EDUCATION SECTOR READY FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN

Motshekga said School Management Teams and support staff, have already gone back to work, as from Thursday, 22 July 2021, to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday, 26 July 2021.

“Based on the information obtained from provinces, schools are ready to continue to work within the established COVID-19 health protocol, also to start resuming full school attendance in the primary schools from the 2nd August 2021.  

“The Sector continues to be committed, and at all times we are ready to maintain a balance between saving lives and livelihoods, while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

There has been growing concerns about the readiness of schools as the country battles the COVID-19 Delta variant and schools in Gauteng and KZN were vandalised and looted during the unrest.

Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that South Africa is now over the worst of the pandemic’s third wave.

“All indications are that we have passed the peak of the third wave and the overall number of cases have started to decline,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

Motshekga added that the Director-General is continuing to convene one-on-one meetings with the Heads of the Provincial Education Departments, to ensure that there is continuous sharing of experiences and working together

This week, the government also released the proposed calendar for 2022 this week, with classes set to begin again after the summer break on 12 January and ends on 17 March. However, for the coastal cluster, the first term begins on 19 January and ends on 25 March. 

READ: 2022 school calendar revealed: Education Department confirms dates

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