When the news that professional dancer Motsi Mabuse had been selected to the judging panel of "Strictly Come Dancing", South Africa celebrated.
And rightfully so, because Mabuse’s appointment made her one of three production members flying the South African flag high.
The award-winning dancer said being considered to be a judge on the show was "an honour". Mabuse said: “I got a very unexpected call earlier this year and I thought it was a joke but it was not thankfully."
She said answering "yes" was easy as she felt she was coming full circle in her career. “When I left South Africa I came to the UK and this country has been a huge part of my dancing career so it was an honour to be asked."
Mabuse, who replaced Darcey Bussell, described her judging style as empathetic. “I have been on both sides and I understand that words have an effect.”