‘Local is lekker’: Seven shows to stream on Showmax this February

Local series and films are heating up, here are seven shows to look out for this February on Showmax.

1. SHOWMAX FAVOURITE: ‘THE WIFE’

The final four episodes of the first season of The Wife dropped today (3 February).

Over the course of the record-breaking first season, taxi driver Mqhele (Bonko Khoza) has gone from South Africa’s national husband to the new face of gender-based violence. How will Hlomu (Mbalenhle Mavimbela) react to his abuse? And will Nkosana (Mondli Makhoba) finally find a way to get his wife Zandile (Khanyi Mbau) out of jail, or will the Zulu family’s crimes catch up with them?

The second season starts on 17 February, which is inspired by Dudu Busani-Dube’s novel Zandile the Resolute.

2. NEW TO SHOWMAX: ‘SEX IN AFRIKAANS’

The eye-opening series Sex in Afrikaans follows four Afrikaans couples and two singles. With the help of clinical psychologist Bradley R Daniels, will speak openly for the first time about their sex lives and in the process discover there is much more fun to be had! You can start watching the series from 14 February.

The series features interviews with sex workers, adult shop owners, a unicorn, swingers, dominatrixes and more. Sex in Afrikaans is an eye-opening tour of what your neighbours and co-workers get up to behind closed doors.

The six-part documentary series is narrated by media personality Rian van Heerden, who is also producing through Provoco.

3. SHOWMAX FAVOURITE: ‘THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DURBAN’

Glasshouse is set after The Shred, an airborne virus that causes dementia, has left humanity roaming like lost and dangerous animals, unable to remember who they are. Confined to their airtight glasshouse, a family does what they must to survive – until the sisters are seduced by a stranger who upsets the family’s rituals, unearthing a past they have tried to bury.

5. ‘THE REPUBLIC’

The explosive first season of The Republic cleaned up at the 2020 SAFTAs, winning seven awards, including Best Drama and Best Actress for Florence Masebe as South Africa’s first female president, Lufuno Mulaudzi. Now the best political drama in South Africa is back, with the likes of,

  • Triple SAFTA winner Bongile Mantsai (Knuckle City, Inxeba | The Wound)
  • SAFTA nominee Bonnie Mbuli (Noughts + Crosses)
  • JIVA! lead Noxolo Dlamini
  • Rising star Lemogang Tsipa (Blood Psalms)

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6, ‘RAISED BY WOLVES’

Season two of Raised By Wolves sees android partners Mother (Danish actress Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim), with their brood of six human children, join a newly formed atheistic colony in Kepler 22 b’s mysterious tropical zone. But navigating this strange new society is only the start of their troubles as Mother’s “natural child” threatens to drive what little remains of the human race to extinction.

7. ‘CRIME AND JUSTICE’ SEASON TWO 

Crime and Justice follows detective duo Makena and Silas as they investigate one ripped-from-the-headlines case per episode. This season sees the likes of Sheila Munyiwa (Rafiki) and Mumbi Maina (The Matrix Resurrections, Sense8) joining the already impressive cast.

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