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CityPress - - Opportunity index - by Les­ley Mofokeng

The Cave Man

SABC3, Wed­nes­days, 8pm

Two men, or alpha males, as the chan­nel calls them – Janez Ver­meiren from Top Billing and Lunga Sha­bal­ala of Se­li­math­unzi – face off in a num­ber of chal­lenges and com­pe­ti­tions that fas­ci­nate and in­ter­est men.

Ver­meiren and Sha­bal­ala are pre­sented as bud­dies on an ad­ven­ture. Each episode pos­sesses a gen­er­ous dose of com­pe­ti­tion as they do ev­ery­thing from arm wrestling to bungee jump­ing.

The show is pre­sented from a man cave and is hinged on what “real men” sup­pos­edly en­joy. They shine the spot­light on lo­cal celebri­ties, ren­dezvous with girls, en­gage in ex­treme sports, test high-tech gad­gets, sam­ple dude food and fashion trends, share fit­ness tips, and test-drive mod­ern and clas­sic cars.

The trou­ble with the show is that it presents two un­de­ni­ably pic­ture-per­fect cover mod­els. So some men might feel left out by these “cheese boys” who seem to have it all. They should have roped in some reg­u­lar guys who Joe Soap on the couch en­joy­ing a beer can re­late to.

The tim­ing of the show is also sus­pect. How could the broad­caster un­veil a show to ex­tol men bang in the mid­dle of Women’s Month?

But in the end, de­spite its mis­giv­ings, the show is about chem­istry and mu­tual re­spect for the pre­sen­ters who come across as old pals.

– Les­ley Mofokeng


BROMOS Janez Ver­meiren and Lunga Sha­bal­ala

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