The Real Housewives of Johannesburg
The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Logo.jpg
GenreReality
Based onThe Real Housewives
Presented by
  • Moshe Ndiki (Season 1)
  • Phat Joe (Season 2)
Starring
  • Christall Kay
  • Brinnette Seopela
  • Lebo JoJo Mokoena
  • Lethabo Mathatho
  • Mpumi Mophatlane
  • Mpho Merriweather
  • Tarina Patel
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languagesEnglish
Xhosa
Tswana
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes28[1]
Production
Executive producers
  • Pebbles Gqunta
  • Christall Kay
  • Sonia Mbele
  • Rebone Sesing
Production locationJohannesburg, South Africa
Camera setupMultiple
Running time~45 minutes
Production companiesRHOSA (seasons 1-2)
Sonia Mbele Films (season 3)
DistributorNBCUniversal International Television Production
Release
Original network1Magic
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 August 2018 (2018-08-03) –
present (present)
Chronology
Followed byThe Real Housewives of Durban

The Real Housewives of Johannesburg (abbreviated RHOJ) is a South African reality television series that premiered on M-Net's rebranded channel, 1Magic, on 3 August 2018.

Developed as an international installment of the American The Real Housewives franchise and the first installment of the franchise set in Africa. It has aired two seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women living in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The season two cast consists of Christall Kay, Brinnette Seopela, Lebo JoJo Mokoena, Lethabo Mathatho, Mpho Merriweather, Mpumi Mophatlane and Tarina Patel.

Overview & casting

The Real Housewives of Johannesburg was first rumoured in 2014.[2] Another company took over production – repurposing some of the footage and reshooting with an added cast member to create the critically panned Divas of Jozi, which premiered on SABC3 in 2016.[3] In January 2018, as part of M-Net's ongoing rebrand of their Vuzu Amp channel to 1Magic – it was announced that they had secured an official version of the Real Housewives franchise, to premiere within the year.[4]

On December 7, 2021, original cast-member Naledi Willers died at the age of 30 after suffering from breast cancer.[5]

Season 1

In July 2018, the season one cast was announced.[6]

The first season premiered on August 3, 2018, with Evodia Mogase, Mercy Mogase, Christall Kay, Brinnette Seopela, Naledi Willers Busisiwe 'Lendy' Ter Mors joining the cast.[6]

On November 23, 2018, the series was renewed for a second season.[7]

Season 2

On May 23, 2019, both mother and daughter, Evodia & Mercy Mogase, announced their departure from the show.[8]

On September 18, 2019, the cast of the second season was announced.[9]

The second season premiered on October 18, 2019, with Lebo JoJo Mokoena, Lethabo Mathatho, Mpho Merriweather, Mpumi Mophatlane and Tarina Patel joining Christall Kay and Brinnette Seopela.[9]

Season 3

In April 2021, it was revealed that production for the third season had been halted due to a physical altercation between Christall Kay and Brinnette Seopela.[10]

On November 25, 2021, the third season was confirmed and will consist of fourteen episodes.[11]

Cast

Timeline of housewives

Housewives Seasons
1 2
Evodia Mogase Main Does not appear
Mercy Mogase Main Does not appear
Christall Kay Main
Brinnette Seopela Main
Busisiwe Ter Mors Main Does not appear
Naledi Willers Main Does not appear
Lebo JoJo Mokoena Does not appear Main
Lethabo "Lejoy" Mathatho Does not appear Main
Mpumi Mophatlane Does not appear Main
Tarina Patel Does not appear Main
Mpho Merriweather Does not appear Main
Friends of the housewives
Lerika Kleinhans Friend Guest
Olwethu Leshabane Friend Does not appear
Nthabiseng "Chef Nti" Ramaboa Friend Does not appear
Bridgette Sutter Does not appear Friend

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
114August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)October 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
214October 18, 2019 (2019-10-18)January 17, 2020 (2020-01-17)
3142022 (2022)2023 (2023)

Season 1 (2018)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Welcome to the Good Life"3 August 2018 (2018-08-03)
The six South African Jozi wives welcome people into their rich lives as first time African housewives Brinnette prepares for her traditional wedding as she struggles to invite her arch - enemy in the group Lydia meanwhile mother and daughter Evodia and Mercy shock Brinnette when Mercy wants vegan food at an African wedding as at the traditional wedding Lendy gets very furious with Lydia after an issue regarding outfits.
22"The Real Private Jet"10 August 2018 (2018-08-10)
Naledi invites the girls to her hometown country Botswana for her mother's 50th birthday as Lydia’s lies about a private jet catch up with her as Evodia confronts her and when the ladies get to Botswana the class, lavishness and lifestyle they hoped and prepared for is completely the opposite as Lydia feels misunderstood by the girls.
33"Dinner from Hell"17 August 2018 (2018-08-17)
The girls come back from Botswana as Lydia prepares to host the wives at her house as more housewives try to mingle with each other Naledi invites her friend Lerika to join the girls at Lydia’s tea party at her mansion when she insults Evodia and Mercy about the bugs and untidiness at their home earlier in the day when she was hosted causing a lot of racial controversy.
44"Apology Gone Wrong"24 August 2018 (2018-08-24)
55"Vegan Fever"31 August 2018 (2018-08-31)
66"Fashion Show Disaster"7 September 2018 (2018-09-07)
77"Still Water Run Deep"14 September 2018 (2018-09-14)
88"The Bachelorette"21 September 2018 (2018-09-21)
99"Shopping Spree Showdown"28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)
1010"Haarties"5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
1111"The Big Day"12 October 2018 (2018-10-12)
1212"Season Finale"19 October 2018 (2018-10-19)
1313"Reunion - Part 1"26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)
1414"Reunion - Part 2"26 October 2018 (2018-10-26)

Season 2 (2019-20)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
151"Bye to be"18 October 2019 (2019-10-18)
Brinnette and Lydia prepare for their divorces as they are the only ones who returned from the first season as the four new girls Mpumi, Lebo, Lethabo and Tarina gives us a look to their glamorous lives.
162"Friendships & Wives"25 October 2019 (2019-10-25)
Lethabo and Lebo try to navigate their friendship as the drama between Lebo's bestie might ruin their friendship and Lebo's birthday party as Mpumi considers acting.
173"Cape Town Breakdown"1 November 2019 (2019-11-01)
The girls take a weekend away in Cape town as Lydia becomes attached to Tarina and all fun ends when the girls confront Lydia which leads to a mighty breakdown.
184"No Sip, No Shade"8 November 2019 (2019-11-08)
Brinnette tries to get an understanding of Mpumi's mixed feelings towards her as Lebo looks to the last resort of her friendship with Lethabo and Lydia and Lethabo addresses her issue with Lydia and Brinnette becomes turned off by Lydia.
195"Liar, Liar Pants on Fire"15 November 2019 (2019-11-15)
Tarina invites the girls to her sendoff party as Lebo prepares for her husband's big event and Lethabo and Lydia’s beef cool down as Lydia shares her opinion on Brinnette’s ex marriage and Mpumi and Lebo confront Tarina about not inviting them to her sendoff party.
206"Miss Breezy's Thirsty"22 November 2019 (2019-11-22)
Lebo invites the girls to her 60s icon party as new girl Mpho joins the mix and while on a spa date Lethabo and Mpumi gossips about Brinnette's love life.
217"Durban July, Here We Come Baby"29 November 2019 (2019-11-29)
The girls go to Durban for the durban July as Mpho finally get to meet the girls and at the actual Durban July event Brinnette and Lethabo have an heated altercation.
228"Blonde's & Billionaires"6 December 2019 (2019-12-06)
The girls rehash Brinnette and Lethabo's heated argument as Lydia plans her Blondes and Billionaires party and at the party Lethabo's love life becomes the topic as Lebo throughs shade.
239"Champagne On Chrissy Baby"13 December 2019 (2019-12-13)
Sick Lethabo confronts Lydia about her love life being centre topic at her party as at Mpho's 40th Mpho's friend Bridgette and Lydia clash.
2410"Champagne Gate & Dirvorcettes"20 December 2019 (2019-12-20)
The champagne saga continues as Mpumi opens up her home to the girls and Lydia becomes miss understood after the altercation with Bridgette and at the divorcette party Lydia and Bridgette give each other the cold shoulder.
2511"Can It Be Squashed"27 December 2019 (2019-12-27)
Tarina invites the girls to her music video shooting as he Brinnette's birthday comes up the girls think of a way where they could squash the beef and Lethabo hosts the girls to her house but Lebo becomes furious with Mpumi.
2612"Limpopo Girls Trip & Reunion - Part 1"3 January 2020 (2020-01-03)
The girls go on a girls trip to Limpopo without Mpho as Lebo and Lethabo have a heated argument and the girls explore Limpopo with sick Lethabo and at the Reunion host Phat Joe tries to get to the bottom of the Brinnette rumours as Brinnette and Lydia clash.
2713"Reunion - Part 2"10 January 2020 (2020-01-10)
Brinnette confronts Mpumi and Lethabo with the rumours as Mpumi claps back as Bridgette comes out to set the record straight which sets Lydia on fire.
2814"Reunion - Part 3"17 January 2020 (2020-01-17)
Mpumi and Brinnette clash over cheating rumours as the reunion continues without Tarina and Lethabo discuss her issue with Brinnette and Lebo and Brinnette clash as the girls rehash on their trips and phat Joe's asks the girls about the season and who might return for season 3.

Broadcast

In South Africa, the first season began airing episodes on 1Magic on 3 August 2018. The second season premiered on 18 October 2019.

The show also airs on Media24's Honey on 10 May 2021.

International broadcast

In Australia, the series premiered on Arena, on subscription service Foxtel, on 7 July 2019.[12]

In Canada, the series airs on cable channel Slice.

On January 19, 2022, the first two seasons became available in the United States for the first time on Discovery+ with a subscription. It has also become available to Tubi on April 1, 2022.

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