The fourth season of Win a Home, South Africa’s premier interior design reality competition hosted on SABC 3’s Afternoon Express, has been a huge success and has captured the attention and adoration of fans across the country. Engagement on Social Media has been immense and the show has successfully been trending in the top two positions on Twitter during every episode’s broadcast. This is thanks to a fun mix of drama and the big personalities of the intriguing and talented Design Duos.
Partners Abiah ‘Superstar’ Mahlase and Brad Muttitt certainly delivered on their promise of bringing razzle-dazzle with their somewhat outlandish ideas and big concepts. The fashion-designer couple may have brought their mentor, Amanda Graham of Habitat magazine, close to tears with the amount of trademark chandeliers and artificial grass used in their home, but they have stayed true to their vision and created a home that defies convention.
Best friends Banele Khoza and Tshepo Sealetsa caught the attention of House and Leisure magazine editor Tiaan Nagel from the start. The mentor appreciated Banele’s artistic vision paired with Tshepo’s attention to detail. They have impressed the judges with their carefully curated interiors. Banele was also awarded the Gerard Sekoto Award at this year’s prestigious ABSA L’Atelier art awards, winning a three-month art residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.
Before entering this year’s Win a Home contest, Mpho ‘Designer’ Mphaga and Lesego Masekela were ‘strangers united by design’. Lesego and Mpho both studied interior design and, under guidance of their mentor Annemarie Meintjes, deputy editor of VISI magazine, have stayed the course by designing their colourful home with a fictional client in mind.
After an exciting journey, the competition will reach its peak in a live finale on 10 November at 4pm on SABC 3. The winners of the interior design competition will be announced, with the winning Design Duo walking away with a R100, 000 cash prize as the Judges Choice, courtesy of main sponsor Private Property. Additionally, the Duo who is voted the Viewers’ Favourite will win R20, 000 in cash. If the same Duo gets the nod from both the judges and the viewers, they will bag both prizes and walk away with R120, 000.
But the real big winner will be the lucky viewer who will get the keys to a brand new home. Throughout the competition, viewers have been invited to vote for their favourite Design Duo and this has been their entry into the Grand Prize competition. The prize is the largest of its kind on local television: a home in the Stone Quarter development at the magnificent Eye of Africa Golf and Residential Estate in the south of Johannesburg, valued at over R3 million.
The winner will have the happy task of choosing one of the three homes decorated by the Design Duos, which are complete with luxurious finishes by Plascon and Caesartsone, outstanding bathroom fittings by Geberit and Grohe and premier appliances by Grundig.
Season 4 of Win a Home has also been a full circle moment for Judge Donald Nxumalo of DNX Design. As the first design winner in season 1, Donald’s first-hand experience of the competition has given him empathy with the contestants and he has enjoyed judging each room challenge together with Katlego Kondlo of Plascon and the distinguished guest judges.
The live finale will certainly have viewers on the edge of their seats as the prizes will ultimately change the lives of the winners. For the interior designers, it’s an exciting boost for their careers while the winner of the home will find themselves becoming residents at one of the country’s most sought after lifestyle estates.
Expect real thrills, reactions and tears as the Grand Finale of the Win a Home competition on Afternoon Express hits TV screens in a live broadcast on 10 November at 4pm on SABC 3.
Be sure to catch all the drama on Win A Home on Afternoon Express Fridays 16:00 only on SABC 3, “The Stage Is Yours”