The fourth season of SABC 3’s decor reality competition Win a Home was brought to a close with the live finale aired on Afternoon Express on Friday 10 November. This year, designers competed as duos, creating double the drama and entertainment over the 12-week series. Mentored by House and Leisure‘s editor Tiaan Nagel, the talented #TeamHL was made up of interior designer Tshepo Sealetsa and artist Banele Khoza.
Throughout the season, viewers could vote for their favourite design duo, and it was here that Team House and Leisure shone, capturing the hearts of the public. As the winners of the Viewers’ Choice award for 2017, Tshepo and Banele received a cash prize of R20 000.
‘I’m super excited that Banele and Tshepo won the Viewers’ Choice award!’ says Tiaan, who worked alongside the duo every step of the way. ‘Their excellent colour choices and ingenious use of local design made their offering contemporary and exciting.’ For Tshepo, this prize indicates that there’s a market out there who relate to his and Banele’s style – and that’s encouraging. ‘It shows there is something we did right, and that someone out there was been watching and they liked what they saw,’ he says. ‘To me, it made all the hard work worth it, and gives me the confidence to go out into the industry and be true to my vision and design aesthetic.’
Taking the Judges Choice award and a cash prize of R100 000 this season was Brad Muttitt and Abiah ‘Superstar’ Mahlase of Team Habitat, mentored by Amanda Graham of Habitat magazine. The flamboyant duo, who also have a fashion label called Amen, said that the win is a wonderful foundation upon which they can build an interior design business as an extension of their creative careers.
Win a Home’s grand prize is the largest of its kind on local television. Six finalists were randomly selected from the hundreds of thousands of viewer entries to stand the chance of winning one of the three luxury cluster homes decorated by the design duos at Eye of Africa Estate in Eikenhof, Joburg. The value of each property and its’ furnishings is over R3 million. Ultimately, it was Zintle Kom, a single mom from Cape Town, who was named the overall competition winner – marking a well-deserved new beginning for the scholarship-programme manager and her young family.
Watch season four of Win a Home here.