Netflix Bolsters South African Entertainment Portfolio with Renewals and New Projects
Netflix has announced its commitment to the South African film and television industry with the renewal of three beloved series and the introduction of two fresh and promising shows.
Following the resounding success of the fan-favorite series “Blood & Water,” Netflix is doubling down on its investment in the South African entertainment sector. The news broke during the prestigious MIP Africa’s panel session, “See What’s Next on Netflix,” sending waves of excitement through the hearts of South African series enthusiasts.
The series set to make triumphant returns to screens early next year are:
“Blood & Water” (Season 4): This enthralling teen crime drama, masterfully crafted by Nosipho Dumisa and Gambit Films, will continue to follow the lives of Parkhurst High’s finest. With Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, and Gail Mabalane leading the cast, the fourth season is set to premiere in the first quarter of 2024.
“Savage Beauty” (Season 2): The Bhengu Family’s drama, created by Lebogang Mogashoa, will captivate audiences once again in 2024. The first season revolved around Zinhle’s quest to avenge the Bhengu family, known for their beauty empire.
“Young, Famous & African” (Season 3): Get ready for more entertainment, flirting, and drama as Africa’s A-list entertainers gear up for another season. With a diverse cast spanning South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, and Tanzania, this promises to be an international sensation.
But that’s not all! Netflix is adding more South African flavor to its lineup with two brand-new series:
“Miseducation”: Premiered on Sept. 15, 2023, this young adult series will delve into the life of Buntu Petse, a first-year varsity student entangled in a web of corrupt dealings initiated by her mother.
“Yoh’ Christmas”: Produced by Johnny Barbuzano, Tiffany Barbuzano, and Morishe Matlejoane, this holiday series drama is set to grace screens later this year, just in time for the festive season.
Moreover, Netflix’s commitment to South African content extends beyond series. The streaming service is set to release three feature films:
“Kandasamys: The Baby”: Directed by Jayan Moodley, this intriguing movie, premiering on October 20, 2023, was filmed in both South Africa and Mauritius. While the plot remains shrouded in mystery, anticipation is running high.
“Heart of the Hunter”: Adapting Deon Meyer’s spy-thriller novel, this film, directed by Mandla Dube, is slated for release in the first quarter of 2024.
“Soweto Love Story”: A feature-length romantic comedy set in Johannesburg; this film will also brighten screens in the first quarter of 2024.
With these renewals, new series, and promising films, Netflix is solidifying its place as a major player in South African entertainment and promising a bright future for the region’s storytelling talent. South African viewers and the global audience can look forward to an exciting lineup in the coming months.