Join SABC 2 + Ancestry24 on a voyage of discovery as we track the ancestry of some of South Africa’s most influential celebrities. Who Do You Think You Are? is a re-run of the 12-part documentary series commencing on SABC 2 from Monday 30 November at 7:30 pm.
Be captivated as well known personalities such as Nthati Moshesh, Candice Moodley, HHP Jabulani Tsambo, Riaan Cruywagen, Meshack Mavuso and Kurt Schoonraad go in search of their family history, bringing them face to face with the hidden stories of their ancestors. These celebrities will have a pivotal role in the series; their stories will be used as “emblems” of the historical trends that have created modern South Africa and their experiences will enthuse viewers to think about and start exploring their own family ancestry.
Each episode is presented as a highly personalized film, yet the wider historical themes they reveal situates the audience in the broader South African historical context.
South Africa’s most comprehensive ancestral and genealogical service, Ancestry24, assisted producers and researchers of Who Do You Think You Are? Ancestry24’s Channel Manager Heather MacAlister spent many hours in the archives and at various other repositories to assist with the research of the individual celebrities.
Join us as we effectively travel back in time to meet the featured celebrities extended family and those that knew them, and walk where their ancestors lived and worked.
The international series format has triggered a general interest in family history and a return to libraries, museums and domestic travel as people go back to the small towns they or their families came from.
The first episode of this groundbreaking series features actress Nthati Moshesh. Nthati Moshesh is adored by her film and television fans throughout the country and beyond our borders. Nthati is best known for her leading roles in the drama series Home Affairs and the soapie 7de Laan.
Nthathi also happens to be the great, great grand-daughter of King Moshoeshoe, the first king of Basotho.
Nthati crosses the border into Lesotho to speak to historians and family members, and travels to understand her ancestry. Will she decide to change her name back to Moshoeshoe or will she remain Moshesh? But why is her surname now different? What happened along the annals of history?
There’s only one way to find out. Be sure to tune into SABC 2 at 7:30 on Mondays, 30 December for the first episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
To find out more about your own ancestry go to ancestry24.com or vist www.sabc2.co.za for more information.
Please see below for full broadcast schedule:
30 November 2009 – Nthati Moshesh
07 December 2009 – Riaan Cruywagen
14 December 2009 – Meshack Mavuso
21 December 2009 – Candice Moodley
28 December 2009 – HHp/Jabulani Tsambo
05 January 2010 – Kurt Schoonraad
Acknowledgements SABC 2