Chris Jaftha. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso/ANA

“A lot of people are looking for love and what better way to do in a fun adventurous way,” says Chris Jaftha, as he tells IOL Entertainment about his latest hosting gig, SABC3’s dating reality show, The Longest Date.

Singletons are being offered the opportunity to take part in a whole new kind of dating experience, featuring experiences that take extremist and outdoor activities, mashing them up to make a uniquely South African reality.

“It’s an extreme adventure dating competition. We will basically be taking 16 singletons on a blind date kind of vibe...it’s like ‘Fear Factor meets Survivor and Amazing Race situation.

"There’s also money up for grabs, there’s a nice little twist at the end,” adds The Longest Date host.

Sixteen contestants, eight couples, will spend 14 days exploring the majestic Mpumalanga, taking part in extreme activities such as abseiling, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, with the winning taking home the ultimate prize of R100 000.

“The contestants must overcome various gruelling challenges in the hope of finding love along the way and to see if they are suitable for each other. ”

We’re doing a couple of provinces. We’re starting to shooting starting with Mpumalanga from August 12,” adds Chris.

If you think you have what it takes, then sign up visit the website: www.thelongestdate.co.za


‘The West Side Stories star then us tells that he's just finished shooting an episode for a series on the American crime and investigation channel, Discovery channel. The show will air in early 2019.

“It’s a series called What Lies Beneath, it’s going to be on Investigation Discovery, DSTV channel 171, So we’re going international!

He continues: “I play very disturbing, real-life character where this guy had to kill his wife and his two kids”

It was quite intense ... it was difficult but been in the game for a long time I know I have to separate myself from the character.

Jaftha says at one point he had to take some time of set to reflect on some real-life stories tragedies. 

“I took a moment to think about those people that no longer with us because of the one moment of rage. These kind of stories are real and they need to be told and the world needs to see them."

The Top Billing presenter joined the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Kofi Annan, Refilwe Modiselle, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and many others on the #walktogether campaign at the historic Constitution Hill as part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations earlier today. 

What did you do for #mandela100 ? Bongi.I can’t find you

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Jaftha is also a philanthropist. He’s involved with many charity organisations including JAM, the South African NBS and Field Band Foundation.

“I’m very involved with philanthropy, shout out to JAM, these guys feed over a million children worldwide every month, I’m part of that, The South African National Service and The Field Band Foundation in Westbury township, which provide music as an escape from for underprivileged kids.

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