The cat’s out of the designer purse. The ever-expanding Real Housewives franchise has made its way to the Mother City shores - and will be on our TV screen REAL soon.
Local network Mzansi Magic first broke the news on their Instagram page.
Earlier this year, we were spoilt with The Real Housewives of Durban and The Real Housewives of Lagos, and now the drama-filled series is continuing its reach in the African continent. This will be the fourth African adaptation for the franchise and its 17th internationally.
Produced by Trace Studios, the cast of The Real Housewives of Cape Town are an ensemble of powerful and affluent women who are beloved, enigmatic and often misunderstood. The newest Housewives – including Beverley Steyn, Rushda Moosajee, Loveline Abinokhauno, Thato Montse, Camilla McDowell, Kutazwa ‘Rooksy’ Gqirana, and Lulwando ‘Lue’ Tukwayo. - are from diverse social backgrounds and represent an eccentric mix of new and old money, connected by one common thread: their desire to run the Mother City.
Meet the cast
Born and bred in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Beverley moved to Cape Town five years ago. She is a property owner and investor with interests in commercial, warehouse and residential property, she loves planes, yachts, fast cars and a luxury lifestyle. Designer labels are her weakness and she collects diamonds, which also happen to be her birthstone.
Popularly known as RushTush, Rushda has an impressive social media presence and booming fitness empire.
A qualified personal trainer and online coach, she is the mother of three boys. She is focused, passionate and incredibly ambitious. She also has a passion for fashion and after a hard days’s work, loves spoiling herself with designer items.
Rushda may be tiny and reserved but she can pack a punch – in more than one way. In her own words: “I’m not one for drama but I will always stand up for what is right.”
Loveline Abinokhauno, aka Mrs Leo
Blogger and momfluencer Loveline Abinokhauno, (aka Mrs Leo) is a successful entrepreneur. She owns a concierge and events company called La Prive Concierge & Events, is a proud wife of 14 years, and mother to three girls and a boy.
Originally from North West, she is an advocate for sisterhood and uses her social media platform to connect with women across the globe.
Thato Montse describes herself as an entrepreneur, strategist, designer, thinker and wine connoisseur. She is the owner of Thato Wines - but also knows how to have a good time. She describes herself as controversial, authentic, unfiltered, unapologetic, fun and explosive.
Camilla McDowell is the Queen of Constantia. She is a humanitarian, creative, vintage car collector, beekeeper, entrepreneur and public speaker. While opulence and luxury seep through her veins - proven by her vintage Rolls Royce Moonshadow which she uses to make an unforgettable entrance at every gathering - understands that there is more to opulence than just the price tag, and she has nothing to prove to anyone.
Kutazwa ‘Rooksy’ Gqirana
Born in Gqeberha and now a proud Capetonian, Rooksy describes herself as a go-getter and hustler. She is a lover of beautiful things and owns her own company, Style Boutique SA. She loves being in the kitchen and trying out new recipes, and would love to have her own cookbook one day.
Rooksy describes herself as enthusiastic, adventurous, dutiful, loyal, respectful, selfless and family-oriented.
Lulwando ‘Lue’ Tukwayo
Originally from Khayelitsha, the glamorous and stylish Lulwando is a property entrepreneur, digital creator and mom of three.
A qualified Chartered Accountant, she has a passion for working with community-based organisations that address issues of GBV and is the founder of an NGO called Wings to Learn.
Fun, free-spirited, and fiercely independent, she says: “I speak my mind. I can be misunderstood, but I’ve learned to embrace that.”
“We are elated to continue to build on the monumental success of The Real Housewives franchise in Africa with this latest instalment,” says Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal Formats. “The spirit of Cape Town and the unique energy this series will bring will deliver an addictive and unmissable experience and we cannot wait for fans, around the world, to experience it.”
The Real Housewives of Cape Town will premier on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161), Sunday 10 July at 19:00.