Mandela family gets reality TV show

2011-09-29 12:23
Johannesburg - Three of former president Nelson Mandela's grandchildren are to star in a new reality show, a member of the family announced on Thursday.

"The show will be about our lives as young, black women... We're not wearing 'I'm a Mandela' T-shirts," Swati Dlamini, granddaughter of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Said her cousin Dorothy Adjoa Amuah, granddaughter of the late Evelyn Mandela: "We are exposing Africa for what it is... with a new middle class of intellectuals... contributing to the economy."

Dlamini, Amuah and Swati's older sister Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, grew up in the United States, but returned to South Africa for business and family reasons.

The show would take an unscripted look at the role of the new generation of women as mothers and career women.

"We're definitely not the African Kardashians (three US reality stars)," Amuah said.

Producer Rick Leed said the reality show would not be trash television, but would have dignity.

"They clearly have a great love (for each other). This may be part storytelling, part reality, except the story we are telling is real... it's not going to detract from the dignity of Nelson Mandela."

"This is about three women... breaking away from the (Mandela) legacy to find their own feet," said director Graeme Swanepoel.

The trio said the show may feature their cousins, but would not feature their parents and grandparents.

Dlamini-Manaway, 34, is the mother figure of the show with a 10-year-old son, a two-year-old daughter and a third child due in January.

She is involved in a family business, Mandela Dlamini Associates, and plans to launch a clothing line.

Dlamini, 32, is a single mother getting back into the career world with plans to set up a foundation focused on the housing, education and medical sectors.

Amuah, 27, is a socialite with a law degree and an MBA from Monaco. She is in the luxury brands market.

The as yet unnamed show would probably be flighted early in 2012.


  • bill - 2011-09-29 12:30

    does anyone care? They are really milking the old mans name.

      ANC Comrade - 2011-09-29 12:53

      Not even I will watch this.

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-29 13:37

      "Grew up in the USA but returned to SA for business reasons" hahahaha a tender or two perhaps?

      sefeddt - 2011-09-29 14:21

      "This is about three women... breaking away from the (Mandela) legacy to find their own feet," And yet the article photo is a picture of Nelson Mandela. Why not a picture of the 3 then.

      czovczov - 2011-09-29 14:27

      I think jumping on to the reality TV show bandwagon is a terrible mistake for anyone let alone the Mandelas. Lives, friendships, legacies, reputations and marriages have been destroyed by these shows. Please don't do it.

      WCD - 2011-09-29 15:53

      The Fast (grandson) and the Furious (winnie 'the poo') Escape from Robben Island

      Liberty - 2011-09-29 18:37

      I don't think so, but I suppose if a bunch of nobodies in the US can do a show like that and make money with it, then I suppose so can the Mandelas

  • MrMacky - 2011-09-29 12:33


      Fanny Mc Pee - 2011-09-30 09:42

      "We are exposing Africa for what it is... " Hooooboy! Be careful what you wish for!

  • IAmSipho - 2011-09-29 12:34

    The children fund running a little low?

      sniperman - 2011-09-29 12:39

      Yes, been siphoned for private purposes and self enrichment.

  • happycow - 2011-09-29 12:35

    It HAS to be more interesting than Keeping up with The Kardashian's!?

      daaivark - 2011-09-29 12:41

      Farting slowly is more interesting than the Kardashian egostream.

      TOLDUSO - 2011-09-29 14:01

      Witch planet do you come from?

  • I Like Everything - 2011-09-29 12:35

    South African reality shows are usually shoddily produced.. I like regular shows more than I like reality shows

      WCD - 2011-09-29 15:56

      I would rather have my toenails removed by a pair of wire clippers while balancing a watermelon on my head and reciting dutch love poems.

  • Juliaas - 2011-09-29 12:37

    My goodness Who would want to look at that.

  • sniperman - 2011-09-29 12:38

    What a lot of crap!!!!!!! But I hope it will be better than S.A. Idols

      CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-09-29 13:00

      haha, do you meant to tell me you will even watch it. even just once? no way hoozay. crap is crap

  • daaivark - 2011-09-29 12:40

    This was touted a while ago. I think it is utterly disgusting. Sure, they are "women in their own right and blah blah blah" but "breaking away from the legacy? Oh yeah? This entire notion is pure self-promotion by riding high on that legacy. Shame on you, ladies. Your grandfather is a remarkably humble man. Does he know of this? He must be quietly fuming, but too much of a gentleman to take you on.

  • Marcus Westin - 2011-09-29 12:45

    Now really...W T F cares about them? Quality of SA TV just on the decline. There is obviously money involved! Go figure!

  • vasti - 2011-09-29 12:46

    time to dump your pick a channel on the rubbish heap! sies man

  • cj - 2011-09-29 12:57

    Ag no, this cannot be true. Come on, this is not America where people don't mind selling their dignity just for temporary reality TV fame and a few bucks.

  • Kobus - 2011-09-29 12:59

    I thought they were already in one????

  • leonard - 2011-09-29 13:10

    Good.Gives me sufficient time to get rid of my TV set and not have to pay for a new licence.Anyway,hope this farce is NOT going to be funded by the cash strapped SABC.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-29 13:13

    do not want

  • Jimmy636 - 2011-09-29 13:19

    who cares about the 'grand-children of Madiba'? they are nothing without the name and association. what a waste of time. we only care about the old man himself. and does he really want all kinds of hype around him now? the man is where he wants to be -at his home, overlooking his 'kraal', taking in the land and getting his much deserved rest and break from the limelight.

  • Nkulekweni - 2011-09-29 13:20

    why oh why oh why!!!

  • windweaver - 2011-09-29 13:21

    Why? What have we ever done to you? Reality shows are boring at best!

  • SGL - 2011-09-29 13:34

    *yawn* *look at watch* *yawn* *change channel to watch TellyTubbies*

  • djaggalas babbelas - 2011-09-29 13:35

    Does anyone even know who they are, does anyone give a hoot? Another bunch milking the name. Will probably last 1 episode before it is cancelled. Hopefully only on SABC channels in Venda.

  • guytom - 2011-09-29 13:36

    Who gives a crap......

  • Ockert - 2011-09-29 13:45

    Came back to make it on their own ? , yeah right with AA , BEE, BEEA etc etc all in their favour, no competition to match their "unbeleivable skills" .

  • 1970 SAI - 2011-09-29 13:47


  • Mandla - 2011-09-29 13:51

    Why not, Kenny Kunene has a show people! If a thug like Kenny and the terrible twins can have a show, then we difinetely need people from a respected name such as Mandela to have one.

      BOFFINBOB_RETURNS - 2011-09-29 13:59

      No Mandla....We dont.

      WCD - 2011-09-29 16:01

      Watch less TV , take a jog, read a book, take a hike whatever, but not even pink monkeys mating on the moon is interesting enough to waste life's precious time like that - pink monkeys , uh that might be ...

  • pragmatism - 2011-09-29 14:01

    give me a bucket...

  • JWEV - 2011-09-29 14:03

    Money grabbing attention seekers! Go back to the US!

  • Eleanor - 2011-09-29 14:11


  • Robin7 - 2011-09-29 14:11

    Please tell me that this will be shown on SABC! I wouldn't want my subscription to DSTV being used to subsidise trash like this. Rather give me re-runs of infomercials!

  • Sisie - 2011-09-29 14:14

    First the Zuma's, then Kunene and now the Mandelas. And this is what they want me to pay TV licences for - TV is definitely going to the dogs these days, or maybe they are actually paying the SABC to air their reality shows.

  • Thelma - 2011-09-29 14:15

    Producer Rick Leed said the reality show would not be trash television, but would have dignity. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

  • sefeddt - 2011-09-29 14:16

    Great, please let me have the channel and times it will be shown so i can ensure i avoid watching it.

  • jenten - 2011-09-29 14:44

    What a lot of rubbish....who cares what they do

  • Flasheart - 2011-09-29 14:49

    Apocalypse PLEASE!

  • semaj - 2011-09-29 14:53

    Thank heavens for DStv (oops, hope it is not them putting it on)

  • Nikki - 2011-09-29 14:55

    1 - I have never heard of these people in my life. 2 - "This is about three women... breaking away from the (Mandela) legacy to find their own feet," YET Dlamini-Manaway's firm is called: MANDELA Dlamini Associates?? That sure is breaking away from the legacy right there! Ha-ha! 3 - Dorothy Amuah: "We are exposing Africa for what it is" .... in the very next sentence: "Dlamini, Amuah and Swati's older sister Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway, grew up in the United States" Ha-ha-ha! I love how these 3 privileged buffoons feel qualified/in a position to "expose" Africa for what it is when they never even lived here during the toughest times their brothers and sisters had to make through in SA. If I was a family member or remotely connected to these dimwits even by virtue of the colour of my skin I would be deeply embarrassed.

  • Mogan_212 - 2011-09-29 15:07

    This is really pathetic! I know these girls very well and all they ever do is go on about being Mandelas as if anyone really cares. They are lazy, live off their grandmother and dont work so what makes them think they can pull off a reality show. I have never met such evil people like these girls. This is a complete disgrace to Madiba's legacy!

  • IC1 - 2011-09-29 15:47

    What do you give the family that has everything, their own reality show, i mean WTF!!!! O 4fs SABC, what next? And they want to dock us 1% to fund crap like this, I mean get over yourselves.

  • ManofGod - 2011-09-29 16:20

    Yawn...anything to make a buck off the old mans name.

  • Arachnid - 2011-09-29 16:22

    @WCD - & I'd rather sip blood from a baoons bladder than watch this!

      WCD - 2011-09-29 16:49

      Mixed with a bit of camel piss and grated cow nose

  • Ben Fowler - 2011-09-29 16:32

    Will there be an episode named "Necklace". Winnie will play the lead role in that episode. :)))

  • X-PAT - 2011-09-29 16:35

    SABC 1, 2 or 3?...

  • jen - 2011-09-29 17:10

    God help us. 3 Black Kardashians. While I have the utmost respect for Nelson Mandela, his children and grandchildren has been using and abusing his iconic status at will.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-09-29 18:04

    An "ANCYL Reality Show (JM) would be much more entertaining than this one.

  • preshen govender - 2011-09-30 07:44

    you have to make money its the recession

  • Dingaani - 2011-09-30 08:40

    Who cares? whites cares, why dont they put the show on that afrikans channel or SABC3

  • Dingaani - 2011-09-30 08:41

    Who cares! whites cares, why dont they show the bloody thing on that afrikans channel on dstv or SABC3

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-30 08:46

    'With a new middle-class of intellectuals...contributing to the economy'. With this here sentence I mark three obvious mistakes. 1. These three spoilt Bratz are not middle class. Go tell that to folks in Diepsloot. If they are midlle class then old Julius is very middle-class hanging out in Sandton wearing Breitling and carrying Louis Vuitton. 2. Intellectuals. Sigh. And they are going to expose Africa for what it is? Corrupt and utterly despicably useless. I nearly broke my arm falling from my chair laughing. Intellectuals mind you. 3. These three show ponies won't be contributing anything else than giving out money they never really worked for in Sandton Mall. How self-induldgent can you get? How narscissistic have the poor blacks become to want to see themselves. They live in New South Africa la-la land. They represent nobody. Just a feckless sycophantic fawning opportunistic black upper class that will cling to power through corrupt practice, manipulation of structures and propaganda based on the great myth that whites came to take things from the blacks. In Africa you are great when you can take things and use things. You are not so great when you invent things and elevate yourself above your peers by taking up individual responsibility. Well, why don't you come down to the masses you filthy rich black lot and associate with the real issues South Africans face today. How about exposing that? You bloody stupid insipid shallow opportunistic queens. Voerstek.

  • wisegirl - 2011-09-30 08:51

    yawn, another reality show.....zzzzz

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-30 08:55

    What pisses me of is that the black diamonds and black celebrities hooked up by family in government think heaven has come. Yes bank accounts are now lined and stuffed like never before. I grant them that. But don't pretend we can afford watching the self indulgence of three politically connected narcissistic black women and think all is fine in SA. The streets are burning. The water is poisoning. The lights are dimming. The rubbish keeps piling. The foundations are floundering and the f@cking people are crying. Go $%^& off to Houghton of wherever it is you reside and shut the f^&&* up. We are not interested. Mandela is an epitaph of what once held true. The true struggle forgotten. The cause betrayed. I spit on polished black gems who ride the tide of revolutionary opportunism and make like they are exposing anything else than their twisted worldview of consumerism and naive optimism. The black revolution threatening in the wings will swallow celebrities whole. Can't wait for the black satanic monster to swallow itself by the tail and vomit it out on the infamous pages of history.

  • Pieter van der Merwe - 2011-09-30 08:58

    This is exactly what SA needs. Three pretty politically connected airheads showing their peers in Mabopane how to shop in Sandton. Give the nation a false sense of calm and prosperity while the municipalities burn. Hang your USA cultural immitating heads in shame.

  • bluf - 2011-09-30 10:22

    only whites will be watching this rubbish show!