General knowledge fun
New quiz-show Fundis has two very familiar faces running things.
Fundis Season 1 Fridays SABC2 (*192) 19:00
How good is your general knowledge? If you’re looking for a fresh take on boardgames like Trivial Pursuit, the answer could be on the way. Fundis (2017- current) will see two contestants pitted against each other, pushing their brains to breaking point for a cash prize in every episode. And who will be posing these questions? Soapie fans will know the quizmasters! Fezile Makhanya plays Sandile in Rockville (2015- current), while co-host Kope Makgae is best known as shifty Mrekza on Generations – The Legacy (2014- current; see more on p9). “This is our first time working together,” says Fezile. “It’s been a lot of fun! This is the perfect family show. It gets you talking, asking each other questions and seeing who’s the smartest!”
TALKING THE TALK
Fundis isn’t just directed at one group
of viewers though and fans will get to hear questions being asked in any number of languages. Kope speaks English, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Tswana and Zulu, while Fezile is fluent in Xhosa, Zulu and English and he’s learning Tswana too. “We’re having a great time,” says Kope, adding that “it’s like one big family on the set. This is different to our usual jobs [as soap actors] but it’s an awesome change!”
KNOWING THE GAME
Each episode sees two contestants going head-to-head over two question rounds. Round 1 is a general knowledge test that will feature topics from sport, films and music to geography and history.
In round 2, the “fundi” comes into play where contestants are asked questions from specific categories – every incorrect answer will see money deducted from their first-round winnings.
And in final round 3, the winner gets to choose the topic and must face five quick-fire questions in 30 seconds. If all five are answered correctly, the winner takes home both contestants’ winnings.
Fezile Makhanya (left) and Kope Makgae haveXxxxxswapped soapie shoes for a bit of reality TV.