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31.1.14

Top Billing Dream Home Winner Announced


Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba and Top Billing House Winner, Mohamed Kajee 
Last week Saturday, some of South Africa's top TV and entertainment writers were in Cape Town for the announcement of Top Billing's dream house winner. Held at the exclusive Steenberg Hotel's Catharina Restaurant, the by-invite-only event was a mix of TV personalities, media and some of Cape Town's high society. 

From August 2013, Top Billing has been on the search for the winner of the dream house. Thousands of entries were received, which is a sign that we all want a slice of the good life.  “The response we received from the public was overwhelming," said Patience Stevens, Top Billing producer. 

Even though the event started later than expected, the winner was finally announced! Mohamed Kajee from Port Elizabeth, and recently a Cape Townian, won the R5,8 million prize of a dream home, a sports car worth R700 000 and a R100 000 Woolworths shopping voucher! 
The Top Billing Dream Home
The luxury penthouse apartment worth R5 million is on the Mirage complex in De Waterkant in Cape Town. It boasts 180 degree views of Cape Town, an en-suite bathroom, walk in closet, a fitted kitchen, open plan lounge and a balcony.  The apartment also features a gourmet Miele kitchen, a Hansgrohe bathroom, super-fast unlimited internet usage supplied by Telkom with a 40 megs line, a cutting-edge entertainment centre. It's a pity that it's only one bedroom. 

Top Billing has been taking its viewers on the journey of the dream home being started from scratch until completion, which we saw on the show last night. It was designed by by award-winning architect Stefan Antoni  and built by the Nova Group. 

Now imagine owning this house and that Infiniti cabriolet? It really is the best of the good life.  Congratulations to both Mohamed and Top Billing for a successful competition. 

Top Billing presenter Bonang Matheba and Top Billing House Winner, Mohamed Kajee 
Also- how amazing was Bonang last night? We watched with awe as she did the announcement in one take, without the help of an autocue or direction. She simply got the brief for the what was required (she was sitting next to our Buhle Mbonambi at the time) and she just knew what to do. What a talent! Top Billing is truly lucky to have her. 

Now the matter about the ratings- what will Tswelopele Productions do about revamping the show? A major overhaul is needed. It's not the presenters. They are good and some of the best in the industry. It's a dream team of presenters. 

Right now they stand at 551 000 viewers. A bit more than Nov/December, but down from the 750 000 they boasted early last year. 

It's possibly that maybe the viewers are just not relating to the show any more  Most of the targeted viewers are people with DStv and so during that time they are tuned in to other lifestyle shows. Tswelopele Productions' Pasella, on SABC 2 took a six month break and they came back with better content and very refreshed. Maybe it's what Top Billing needs to do. Take a break, re-conceptualise the show and then come back with a big bang! 

Top Billing presenters. 

PICS: SABC 3

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