Zola7 back with new telly show

Star to tackle so­cial ills such as job­less­ness

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Aubrey Mothombeni moth­ombe­nia@ sun­day­world.co.za

Pop­u­lar TV star and mu­si­cian Zola7 is set to make a ma­jor come­back to the small screen.

Sun­day World can re­veal that the Umdl­wembe hit­maker has signed with DStv’s new chan­nel Moja Love to re­vive his old Zola 7 show whose sole pur­pose was to help young peo­ple re­alise their dreams.

This timeZola 7, real name Bonginkosi Dlamini, will host a show called Hope With Zola and like he did­with the SABC1 show in the past, he is ex­pected to help the needy.

Among the hot is­sues said to be tack­led by Zola in his first sea­son of the show in­cludes youth un­em­ploy­ment, hous­ing, com­mu­nity li­braries and many other poverty al­le­vi­a­tion in­ter­ven­tions.

Sun­day World un­der­stands that in his first episode, he will help a com­mu­nity in Gaut­eng build its first ever li­brary to help in­stil a cul­ture of read­ing and learn­ing.

Zola con­firmed that the show was in the pipe­line.

“It’s a new era for every­one who be­lieves their ex­is­tence con­trib­utes to the sur­vival of oth­ers. We urge ev­ery sin­gle per­son to get in­volved in bring­ing a change we all want to see,” he said.

Moja Love­head, Jac­qui Rain­ers-Se­tai, con­firmed that the new­black-owned chan­nel­had snatched the sig­na­ture of Zola and said they were happy to have him join their team.

“Tele­vi­sion au­di­ences have been wait­ing and de­mand­ing that Zola come back to our screens for the past eight years and Moja Love has hon­oured that call. His work did not stop with the end of the pre­vi­ous se­ries be­cause he con­tin­ued to work with the youth even when he was not on tele­vi­sion,” said Rain­ers-Se­tai.

She said the chan­nel has signed a long-term con­tract with Zola and the deal will see them record a 13-part se­ries.

The chan­nel said the show could not have been com­plete without Zola, in­di­cat­ing that the star’s pre­vi­ous work on TV made him a per­fect can­di­date to be the pre­sen­ter.

/ 123RF / Moeketsi Moti­coe

Male stereo­types of women have evolved, the sur­vey found. Bonginkosi “Zola7” Dlamini’s fans must be de­lighted that he is back with a new TV show.

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