Sweet as Shuga

Johannesburg - MTV’s popular educational youth drama Shuga is back for a new season.

Dubbed Shuga: Down South, it is set in South Africa for the first time. The stars came out to mark the occasion on a chilled and chatty Tuesday evening at Montecasino in Fourways.

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The party had a bit of a serious tone, which was quite fitting, because Shuga aims to highlight social and sexual issues faced by young Africans.

A sizable audience – including musicians Nomsa Mazwai and Nakhane (who has officially dropped the surname Touré) – filled up the venue.

The premiere was dotted with the cast from the new season – including Ayanda Makayi, Clint Brink, Jezriel Skei, Lerato Walaza and Winnie Ntshaba.

Hungani Ndlovu, who plays Romeo on e.tv’s Scandal, was there to support his Scandal co-star and girlfriend Stephanie Sandows, who has a role in Shuga this season.

The theme was Pink Carpet Ready (all branding around the show is pink), which of course meant that peeps were rocking suits and long flowy dresses.

Nomalanga Shozi’s outfit was something to marvel at. Heemal Ganja, one third of beat squad Ganja Beats, was out showing love with his wife.

He chose pink, but abandoned the whole idea that such events call for prim and proper. Truth be told, it worked for him.

Ntshaba, who was an absolute vision on the night in a gold dress, makes her return to the small screen in Shuga, and so does Tshepo Maseko.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation and their sponsors, including the department of basic education, have thrown their support behind the power of edutainment to uplift the youth. More power to them.

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