BY SHARON SIBINDI
SOUTH AFRICA-BASED award-winning Zimbabwean producer Monalisa Chisango is on cloud nine after one of her productions, The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) broke Showmax records of online subscription video on demand service which was launched in the neighbouring country.
The production, which was launched on Showmax in January, centres on six Ethekwini queens who have their own business empires, lavish lifestyles, and are fashionable.
It features Nonkanyiso Conco, who owns a beauty brand, Ayanda Ncwane the president of The Africa Gospel Awards, Sorisha Naidoo, former Miss India South Africa Kgomotso Ndungane, who is into events management and floral business, Nonku Williams the founder of Ashes to Beauty Winery and has business interests in construction, and Annie Ludick, who owns Durban’s Luxury Beauty Salon as well as a dance agency.
Chisango told NewsDay Life & Style that she was overwhelmed by such a milestone.
“The show did very well on Showmax and broke records. We trended every week topping the service’s charts and now the show is available on Mzansi Magic since May 2.
“Two words that come to mind are grateful and overwhelmed. The show’s success is due to the hard work, dedication put in by the cast and crew,” she said.
Chisango said they were done with season one and people could still watch it on Mzansi Magic.
“The series in total has 14 episodes and we are now done with season one. From Showmax the show is on Mzansi Magic till August 1. It airs every Sunday at 7pm and so far everyone is enjoying the show,” she said.
In a recent interview, Chisango said there was need to support the local film industry as it had the potential to create jobs and market the country to bring in foreign currency. While for neighbouring countries the film industry is contributing much to their gross domestic product, the local sector continues to operate on a shoe-string budget.
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