Johannesburg - For people like myself who don’t know a baseball from a cricket ball, there’s far more enjoyment in participating in the lifestyle aspect of sport.
For that, Mzansi Magic and SuperSport are giving us the best of both worlds in their new show Homeground.
This lifestyle and entertainment show with a dose of sport will be hosted by Minnie Dlamini and Lungile Radu – two of South Africa’s foremost presenters.
Homeground makes sport fun for those who don’t enjoy the numbers aspect of games and matches. It’s a young and vibrant show just like its co-host Dlamini who says, “Sport in itself is a show! The more you watch, the more you realise that it’s a spectacle – you see it a lot more at finals and major sporting events as cities transform when a tournament comes to town.
“One of my fondest memories is being in Berlin for the Uefa Champions League final. It was so cool. The streets were buzzing and the game itself was really fun but, in the end, it’s more than just about the game – it’s a lifestyle and a culture, and I think that’s what Homeground is trying to portray.”
The show, which kicks off tomorrow, will be a weekly live SuperSport-Mzansi Magic simulcast giving viewers news, trivia, celebrity interviews and social media, with a distinctive touch of lifestyle.
On what excites her about joining Homeground, Dlamini says, “What I’m looking forward to about the show is that it features a variety of sports – not just football. The show also offers a really big entertainment platform, so it’s breaking down South Africa’s existing segregation between the two worlds.”
Besides becoming one of the leading women in sports broadcasting in the country, sport isn’t foreign to her. “Growing up playing sport was a huge thing for me. I played tennis, touch rugby, netball; I was a sprinter and did long jump and high jump. I was athletics captain in high school and captain of pretty much every sport that I played. I still play tennis once a week with my brother. So when I got into the entertainment industry, sport was always the benchmark; it was always where I saw myself going.”
Dlamini says that one of her favourite women in sport is long-distance runner Mapaseka Makhanya. “She’s a mom, but that doesn’t stop her. She’ll run and outrun everyone on any day.”
Dlamini promises that the show will be sexy, fun and entertaining. “You’re going to see your favourite South African celebrities mixed with your favourite athletes in a jam-packed, fast-paced show. At no point do we want anyone to be bored.”
Catch Homeground every Monday, live on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 and SuperSport 4 DStv channel 204 at 21:30.