Exclusive: Yaya Mavundla Bags New Deal, to Star in Brand New Reality Show

Exclusive: Yaya Mavundla Bags New Deal, to Star in Brand New Reality Show

- South African Transgender activist, Yaya Mavundla is going to be appearing on local screens very soon

- The media personality has bagged a deal to star in her very own reality TV show which will show her transitioning journey

- Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Yaya said that she was looking forward to dispelling myths associated with the Transgender community

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Transgender activist Yaya Mavundla has secured the bag and will star on a brand-new TV show called Becoming.

The 32-year-old is known for her activism work through Transgender visibility and Mzansi Queer Festival organiser. She will be inviting viewers into her home to zoom into her transitioning journey.

Yaya will open up more than her home on the show and will let Mzansi experience some deeply personal moments including the search for her mother who she never got the opportunity to meet, and she will open up about the dynamics of dating as a Transgender woman.

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This 13-part reality show will, without judgment, delve deeper into the psyche of being a transgender person, as well as the barriers they need to overcome in order to live as their true selves.

"When I first received a phone call from Mam Basetsana Khumalo to be part of this show I was in disbelief,” said Yaya.

Speaking to Briefly.co.za Yaya said:

“The first thing that went through my mind was the thought of how will people receive this, we live in a country where we have a lot of people that are Homophobic & Transphobic, but I thought to myself, actually, there better way of challenging Transphobia than educating through your life & experience, which includes addressing myths, and living your life honestly infront of the lenses.”
Exclusive: Yaya Mavundla bags new deal, to star in brand new reality show
Yaya Mavundla will star in a brand new reality show. Image: Supplied
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Yaya is ready to rectify many myths about the Transgender community and to make them more visible.

“Viewers should expect the introduction of who we are, our challenges and much more as Transgender people.”

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The show will premiere on DStv channel 161 from 7 April 2021 at 20:00pm.

Meanwhile Briefly.co.za previously reported that Johannesburg-based transgender woman, @JasmineJabari, has taken to social media to celebrate her birthday and posted a new pic along with a throwback.

According to her profile, she is now known as to as @JasmineJabari and received plenty of warm wishes on her big day.

In a post shared on Monday, @JasmineJabari said she is turning 19 years and many could not believe her beauty. The lady posted on Twitter.

“Happy birthday to me, 19 years.”

Judging from the comments coming from all over the country on the post, which received 882 likes and 280 retweets at the time Briefly.co.za compiled this article, the lady is a hit on social media.

@MonareTaylor lambasted those who showed negativity towards the lady:

“Mara bafethu (but my friends), sometimes if you don't have anything nice to say rather just keep quiet and keep scrolling.”

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@tlhogimcfenty said:

“She deserves to feel special on her day. Happy birthday Jas. Hope you had a wonderful day regardless.”

@Ree_Mo_ said:

“Wow, you are probably the most beautiful transgender I've ever seen. I can't even tell even after you've indicated that you are trans.”

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Sibusisiwe Lwandle (Head of Entertainment) Sibusisiwe Lwandle is the Head of Entertainment at Briefly News (joined in 2019). She holds one Bachelor of Arts (BA) and one Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Cape Town and the University of KZN respectively. She has over 10 years of experience in journalism, having worked in print, online and broadcast media. She has worked at Independent Media and 1KZNTV and has contributed columns to the Washington Post. Passed set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Email: sibusisiwe.lwandle@briefly.co.za