Fans of the couple, who fell in love on the set of Big Brother Mzansi 2014, will now be able to witness the next stage in what is unquestionably the most talked-about and intimate relationship that the reality show has produced.
“Mandla and Lexi has been created for those Big Brother Mzansi fans who want to know what happened after Lexi and I left the house,” states Mandla. “But it is also for everyone who wants to get an up-close view into what it takes to make a relationship work when two people are so different. Lexi is fire and I am ice – but we are forging a life together and we want to share that with viewers.”
“Our show is original and will take us beyond being seen as ‘Mandla and Lexi – the Big Brother couple’,” adds Lexi. “We face real life challenges now, and not those set by the producers of the show where we first met. This show will showcase our relationship as we go through different avenues and follows challenging ventures and paths.”
Vaal-raised Mandla Hlatshwayo (24) walked away with one million rand when he won Big Brother Mzansi but must now use his money, ingenuity and more to make the leap from Spaza shop owner to musician. A former call centre agent based in Cape Town, 25-year-old Lexi van Niekerk (25) is now chasing her dream of becoming an actress in the competitive city of Johannesburg.
Into this mix of entertainment industry hustle comes the family and friends of both Mandla and Lexi – along with the drama, highs, lows, dreams, romance, fame and desires of the couple who caused a stir with their displays of desire whilst in the house together.
The 5 part series, Mandla and Lexi is the very first spin-off reality show from the Big Brother Mzansi reality show.
“I’m feeling super excited that the show is finally airing,” admits Lexi. “I am also a little nervous because we are in a television genre that is filled with successful shows – but I am sure Mzansi Magic viewers will be drawn into our world.
“I’m just as excited as the viewers to see the show,” adds Mandla.
Mandla and Lexi airs on the 3rd of March at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161.