Big city liv­ing

Six busy Di­vas Of Jozi liv­ing it up in the city of gold – what could pos­si­bly go wrong?

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From left: Pu­leng Mash-Spies, Aimee Sadie, Sor­isha Naidoo, Christie Swanepoel, Na­z­ley Del­port and Ste­vie French. Sea­son 1 Mon­days SABC3 (*193) 20:00

Re­al­ity TV fans were buzzing in 2014 at the an­nounce­ment of a lo­cal ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Real House-wives fran­chise (2006- cur­rent). Fill­ing its line-up at the time were one-time re­al­ity TV star Pu­leng Mash-Spies, TV per­son­al­ity Ste­vie French, ac­tress Sor­isha Naidoo, mar­ket­ing man­ager Na­z­ley Del­port and en­tre­pre­neur Aimee Sadie. But then it just van­ished into thin air. So what hap­pened to the show? At the time, for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress So­nia Sed­ibe (who played Ntombi be­tween 2003 and 2011) and pro­ducer Arthur Tigere were the brains and bucks be­hind the show and they’d al­ready filmed six months’ worth of episodes when the pro­ject was shut down amid con­tro­versy in Septem­ber 2015 – ru­mour has it the two bosses weren’t get­ting on. Now, Arthur’s back with­out part­ner So­nia and he’s re­branded it Di­vas Of Jozi (2016- cur­rent), but not every­one’s a fan…

MIXED RE­AC­TIONS

So­cial me­dia was on fire fol­low­ing the Mon­day 4 July pre­miere episode – and not for the right rea­sons. View­ers were crit­i­cal of the poor pro­duc­tion qual­ity, as well as some of the Di­vas. While a few of the ladies be­lieve that they’re mak­ing a dif­fer­ence through their var­i­ous busi­nesses and char­i­ta­ble causes, oth­ers are as­pir­ing to fur­ther their ca­reers thanks to ex­po­sure from the show. Ei­ther way, see­ing the feuds, cliques and di­ary ses­sions play out has met with vary­ing re­ac­tions, with some call­ing the show cringe-wor­thy while oth­ers can’t wait for more an­tics. Who is she? The mother of two is in her sec­ond mar­riage, to ex-restau­ra­teur Fred Spies, and she was the self-pro­claimed “Queen Of Dain­fern” in the short-lived Come Dine With Me SA (2012-2014) in 2012. What does she do? She runs char­ity The Retha­bile Chil­dren’s Fund with her hubby and owns her own com­pany Glam On Heels Dé­cor. Who is she? A TV pre­sen­ter, ac­tress and ra­dio per­son­al­ity. What does she do? Af­ter work­ing as a news an­chor for FOX News in the US, she re­turned to SA in 2014 and played temptress Lindi on soapie Isidingo (1998- cur­rent) in 2015. Who is she? Night­club mar­ket­ing man­ager Na­z­ley is a sin­gle mom who’s study­ing busi­ness man­age­ment at Re­ge­nesys Busi­ness School. What does she do? The im­age coach owns con­sul­tancy firm First Im­pres­sions By Lady Naz and be­lieves in mak­ing the world just a lit­tle pret­tier, but mostly she says her pur­pose is to give hope to young peo­ple in this some­times harsh world.

NA­Z­LEY DEL­PORT (36)

STE­VIE FRENCH (28)

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