Gaborone - Botswana’s version of South Africa's popular reality television series, Date My Family is set to premiere on Zambezi Magic on July 18. It will feature local talent from production to voice-over artists.
Following an invitation to production houses in Botswana to express their interest in producing the reality show, a named Motion Blur was selected for the job and that the voice-over artist was a Motswana.
According to corporate affairs manager at Multichoice Botswana, Thembile Legwaila-Ndzinge, bringing Date My Family to Botswana was a landmark decision which will stimulate growth of local productions and talent..
The TV show beamed on Zambezi Magic, or channel 160, helps singletons find love by sending them on dates with their potential partner’s family, according to Mzanzi Magic.
Legwaila-Ndzinge said: “At Multichoice, we strive to be Africa’s most-loved storyteller. As such, we are continuously looking for opportunities to invest in authentic local content and to share the local Botswana story on the DStv platform.”
Date My Family South Africa is already a hit on Msanzi Magic’s channel 161. Many people have found their lifetime partners through this show but others were not so lucky.
“We recently watched Botswana’s own Koketso Mophuting and Mothusi Maxwell as they played roles on Mzansi Magic’s ‘The Throne’ and we continue to look for more ways we can see Batswana on our screens,” Legwaila-Ndzinge said.
The announcement of the local version earlier this year generated massive interest among Batswana because the show has a massive following in the country. Moreover, Zambezi Magic, which provides a mix of locally-produced content for six markets in southern Africa, including Botswana, also called in single people searching for love to participate in the show.
But Legwaila-Ndzinge was recently quoted expressing concern that the response to the call for participants was relatively low.
“In markets where the reality TV show concept is still new, initial response tends to be relatively low. We are optimistic that we will receive more entries as the show gains momentum and we begin production.”
In the reality show, the Date My Family crew takes their bachelors or bachelorettes to share a meal with three different families with hopes of finding love through the family’s representation. The bachelors or bachelorettes later choose which family they would like to take on an official date, depending on how well their families represented them.