What is Big Brother Mzansi All About? All You Need To Know

The reality television show Big Brother Mzansi, abbreviated as BBMzansi, is a South African competition series. It is based on the international format and is produced by Endemol. Contestants in the competition live together in a house under the camera.

They try to impress the viewers of the show to vote for them which is very important for their continuous stay in the house. The housemate who has the highest number of votes from the audience emerges as the winner of the competition.

Gradually, housemates with low votes are evicted from the house, a chart containing their names and the number of votes for each housemate are released on the eviction night.

The first season of Big Brother Mzansi aired in 2001. It was directed by Leon Coetzer and Mark Pilgrim presented the show. However, the show went off-screen for five years and made a comeback in 2022.

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Big Brother Mzansi
Season 3 of Big Brother South Africa aka, BBMzansi premiered on Sunday night, January 23 with eighteen housemates.
Title: Big Brother Mzansi
Previously known as: Big Brother South Africa
Other Names: BB Mzansi
Season: 3
Premier: January 2022
Location: South Africa
Housemates: 18
Broadcast on: Mzansi Magic Channel 161 (DStv)
Time: 18:00
Original Language: English
Original Network: DStv
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Webstite: dstv.com/mzansimagic

Big Brother South Africa (now Big Brother Mzansi) is a South African reality TV competition series. The television series is based on the international format and in South Africa, Endemol is behind the production.

Housemates and contestants live together in a special facility under the camera. The viewers of the show have the privilege to vote for their favorite housemates. The housemate with the highest number of votes wins the competition.

Members would leave their normal everyday routine and live on-screen to please the audience.


There are thousands if not millions of individuals who would want to go home with the ultimate prize. To select a few out of many of the available hopefuls, there is an audition.

These hopefuls pass a series of tests that qualifies them to be in the house. They have to meet the requirements to be in BBMzansi before they can move into the house.


Regularly, the members of the BBMzansi house will nominate those they want to be evicted. Eviction is one of the rules of the competition. Therefore housemate’s survival in the house depends on both the audience and their housemates.

Housemates who are nominated the most would be at the mercy of the audience. Inability to survive the viewers’ vote, would kick them out of the house and the competition. Eviction continues at intervals to reduce the number of housemates in the game.


The show premiered as Big Brother South Africa until it was rebranded as Big Brother Mzansi. Together with M-Net, Endemol South Africa introduced the reality television show in 2001. After Season one and two, the show ventured onto the continent with Big Brother Africa.

After decades of absence from the country, the show returned as Big Brother Mzansi and now airs on Mzansi Magic. In late January 2022, the show kicked off.

According to the organizers of the show, the third season will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic Channel 161 (DStv) at 18:00 and the 24-hour broadcast channel 198 


Organizers of Big Brother Mzansi have announced the award-winning actor Lawrence Maleka as the host of the new season. He gained prominence for playing as Zolani in the 1Magic telenovela The River.

He is also the SAFTA-winner is also a celebrated television presenter and host. Among his hosting credits is the Africa Magic Entertainment’s StarGist and Mzansi Magic’s Clash of the Choirs. In 2021, Lawrence was a co-host of the 2021 SA Music Awards.

I’m excited to be part of this instalment of Big Brother Mzansi. The franchise has become a massive phenomenon in African as well as South African pop culture, and I’m happy to join in the fun as a presenter. The fan base is huge and massively loyal – it’s an honour to be part of such a fantastic production.


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After months of anticipation, the contestants for BBMzansi season 3 were introduced to the audience.

After a 6-years pause, season three of Big Brother Mzansi premiered on Sunday night with 18 new housemates. The name of the housemates are;

  • Adindu Asuzu
  • Gashwan Brandon Mthombeni
  • Gugu Refiloe Bonga
  • Keamogetswe Motlhale
  • Libo Njomba
  • Luthando Mthembu
  • Michelle Dimpho Mvundla
  • Mvelo Ntuli
  • Naledi Mogadime
  • Norman Nhlapo
  • Rethabile Potsane (aka Dinkybliss)
  • Thando Mcopela
  • Thato Mokoena
  • Themba Karabo Mabaso
  • Thobeka Mtshali
  • Tulani Madala
  • Ukho Samela
  • Yolanda Glover


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