Three episodes of SABC reality TV show filmed in Europe

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Entrepreneurial reality TV show The Big Break Legacy – which returns to SABC2 on Saturday, August 17 at 21H00 for its second season – is going international.

Two episodes of the show, which culminates with the winner receiving a R5-million investment into their business, will now be filmed in The Netherlands and one episode in London.

There’s an added boost for all South African entrepreneurs as the South Africa/Dutch alliance will result in an entrepreneurial business exhibition to be hosted in Johannesburg on November 7 before the winner is revealed in the show’s season finale on November 9.

Explains the show’s creator and one of the judges Ezra Ndwandwe: “We are thrilled to announce this Dutch/South African connection which takes The Big Break Legacy to a whole new level. It has given us an international platform and foot-print and access to European business markets and investors that are keen to invest in the developing world! Of course, it also makes for exciting television for viewers and will be both aspirational and inspirational.”

This partnership – which includes the Dutch Government – means that in one of the series’ challenges the South African contestants will be exposed to Dutch technology, what the Dutch are doing around manufacturing technology and how they use technology to develop small businesses. In turn, business people and entrepreneurs in The Netherlands will be exposed to South African products and businesses that they may want to partner or invest in. It is all about sharing Best Operating Practice and learning from each other.

The show will also be heading off to London where the South African contestants will be filmed completing a task.

This year’s The Big Break Legacy competitors, who will be fighting for a place in the Netherlands episodes, are:
• Adele Lourens (31 from Brakenfell, Western Cape) – Green launderette
• Charmaine Kleynhans (49 from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape) – A kettle that boils water without electricity, gas or making a fire
• Christiaan (Kris) Muller (27 from Durbanville, Western Cape) – Biometric security systems
• Ifthakaar Shaik (24 from Johannesburg) – Furniture made from recyclable material
• Jared Pillai (24 from Montana in Pretoria) – Educational products for babies and young children
• Kelebogile Seleka (39 from Galeshwe, Kimberley) – Vending machines for sanitary pads in schools
• Ntokozo Biyela (36 from Durban in Kwa Zulu Natal) – Mobile unit manufacturer
• Sanele Makinane (22 from Klerksdorp in North West) – Information communications technology systems
• Teboho Mafodi (28 from Benoni in Gauteng) – Alternative green building material for homes in rural areas
• Thati Mashao (28 from Polokwane, Limpopo) – Heavy duty earth moving equipment and plant hire
• Tsepiso Makhubedu (19 from Mbombela, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga) – Publishing entrepreneurial books for children
• Zama Sibinda (25 from Bloemfontein, Free State) – Laser projection advertising

Says SABC2’s Publicity Manager, Zandile Nkonyeni: “We are delighted that episodes of the Big Break Legacy will now be filmed overseas. The programmes has seen a lot of anticipation from the local audience and the international connection gives it extra gravitas. It will make for thrilling television for our viewers while still ensuring that they can learn something meaningful about the business of business.”

The Big Break Legacy first made its appearance on South African TV screens in February 2012. It aims to start a global revolution of entrepreneurs that build new enterprises which are innovative, exciting, sustainable and, most importantly, contribute meaningfully towards the social development of communities and fighting joblessness.

Each week, the show's challenges test entrepreneurs for character strength, creativity, aptitude and commercial savvy in addressing real-life business challenges under time and resource constraints.

The Big Break Legacy has been made possible thanks to MTN the title sponsor, the dti, IDC, GIBS, Productivity SA, Foschini, Markhams, Google, Brand SA, Chevrolet, SABC2 and the Department of Trade and Industry with support from CNBC and Independent Newspapers.

• The Big Break Legacy returns to SABC2 on Saturday, August 17 at 21H00 for its second season. It will be repeated the following day on SABC1 and CNBC. Read more about the contestants on the website www.thebigbreaklegacy.com.