Gen­eral knowl­edge fun

New quiz-show Fundis has two very fa­mil­iar faces run­ning things.

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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!”


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!”


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.

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