Uyanda: It’s On
Season 1 SABC3 (*193) 21:00 Reality
“I had to claim back my name. That time is now – it’s on now!” says reality star Uyanda Mbuli. Uyanda: It’s On (2017current) follows the working mom on her day-to-day life and she adds that “I’m sharing my failures and triumphs. I’m telling my story my way, about how a girl from Mpumalanga’s journey has turned her into a global citizen”.
What sets It’s On apart from other shows?
It’s not scripted; it’s as real as it comes – all I did was have a camera follow me. I’m giving audiences an in-depth peek into my life, to see how I’m taking full responsibility for my name. I was regarded as “down and out”, yet I’ve written my comeback without anyone’s help.
It’s not just set in Mzansi though… No, I’m overseas a bit too [including Miami and Las Vegas]. I have a full-time production team and I took an unprecedented approach in this country. No one’s gone around the world to film their own story with their own money, without a TV channel backing them upfront through a commissioned process. It was a big risk on my part and I took it. You’re a mother, a businesswoman, a TV star, a socialite – which will take the lead?
This show is all sides of me, a woman who’s bold enough to pursue her dream out of the country after spending years being dragged through the mud by tabloids. I don’t want my son to grow up and think that I was content with such negativity around my name, because I wasn’t and never will be. What do want the viewers to learn? Every black, white, Asian, coloured, Indian, gay or straight, male or female South African needs to know that if they put their minds and hard work into it, they can succeed anywhere in the world. I’m not special; I just never gave up.