All Access Mzansi resurrected on DStv

2013-06-13 11:40
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – After it was cancelled at the end of 2012, Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) has decided to bring back the local magazine show All Access Mzansi, once again retooled with new presenters after the show shifted to the channel from M-Net two years ago.

All Access Mzansi will return to Mzansi Magic on 20 June at 19:30, this time with presenters Dineo Ranaka and the singer Nandi Mngoma.

ProVerb, who is also the presenter of Idols – a co-production between M-Net and Mzansi Magic – is the only former presenter retained, with Pabi Moloi, Jason Greer and Bridget Masinga not returning to the show.

Mzansi Magic has not responded to media enquiries made weeks ago as to why the channel cancelled the Homebrew Films production during the latter part of 2012, saying at the time it was "moving towards more exciting content" in line with Mzansi Magic's audience, and why the show is now back.

Interactive viewer element

All Access Mzansi was already a retool from All Access, which started on M-Net and was then shifted to Mzansi Magic and renamed All Access Mzansi for two seasons, where it was adjusted for a black urban TV audience. The resurrected show will now once again undergo changes when it returns on 20 June such as an interactive viewer element.

Viewers older than 21 will be able to invite All Access Mzansi to their own events. The requirement is that events need to be "fabulously trendy and unmistakably the place to be on that day" whether it is a birthday, graduation, anniversary or something totally original. Requests can be sent to for the show to possibly cover it.

About the new presenting trio, Yolisa Phahle, the channel director for special interest channels at M-Net, said: "We were looking for presenters who know what it's like to be in the spotlight themselves and are able to bring that to the inserts and interviews they do, in a relaxed and informal fashion."

ProVerb is again the presenter of the new season of the reality show Idols which will start on M-Net and Mzansi Magic and Ranaka is a presenter on music magazine show Club 808 and baring her tumultuous personal life in a reality show on Vuzu, another M-Net supplied channel on DStv.

"ProVerb, Nandi and Dineo fit that bill just perfectly and we're thrilled that they are going to be taking All Access Mzansi into a fantastic new world," said Phahle.

'I'm super excited'

The resurrected show will feature celebrity interviews and red carpet coverage, as well as tie-in synergy inserts with Idols, such as contestant interviews. The retooled version of All Access Mzansi will however ditch the more glossy and formal approach and interview style in favour of covering street and club events.

"I'm super excited that All Access Mzansi is returning to our screens and even more delighted to be a part of it again," said ProVerb in the statement.

"I'm thrilled that I've been blessed with an opportunity to host All Access Mzansi," said Ranaka, "the show, its producers and former presenters have set a high standard and I hope to suavely fit into that standard. I am looking forward to giving the best of me."

"I'm absolutely elated to be a part of such an amazing show, mostly because it is coming back bigger and better," said Mngoma who have been filming inserts for the past two weeks.