“Viewers can start preparing themselves for a visual feast when our brand new series kicks off at 19:30 on Wednesday 18 April on SABC2. You are invited to take your place in our lounge and be transported to our magical world of books, food, art, style and entertainment,” says Elzilda Becker, executive producer of DEKATv and editor and publisher of DEKAT magazine.
“We are also excited to be sharing the DEKAT world and adventure with the large target market of SABC2. Thanks to fresh approaches and often unconventional programme content, as well as a select group of talented presenters (a few will take their places in front of the camera for the first time), DEKATv promises top-notch entertainment for the following 26 weeks,” she adds.
Becker, a constant innovator and developer of new ideas, provides creative leadership and marketing concepts and has been the owner and publisher of DEKAT since 2002. The magazine maintains a high standard of content, layout and photography with the aim of stimulating thinking and discourse. Under Becker’s leadership, the magazine and TV venture have flourished and have raked in numerous prizes and awards.
- DEKATv is a natural extension of the DEKAT brand, and the first series was broadcast on SABC3 in 2009. Since then six series followed on a pay channel.
Chris Chameleon – Anchor
One can’t easily place someone like Chris Chameleon in a box. He has been in the entertainment business for more than 27 years, and his unique style, irresistible stage personality and reputation for captivating audiences with his acrobatic four-octave voice has excited critics worldwide. His exceptional talent has ensured various awards, including three South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and an honorary medal from the South African Academy for Science and Art. He is also the patron of the FAK liedjietuin.
Gerard Scholtz – Books
Traveller. Adventurer. Drama lecturer. Scriptwriter. Director. Diarist. Ex-pat. Narrator. DEKATv’s presenter of writers.
In his ‘previous life’, Scholtz was the vice-principal of a school and spent many years lecturing at the Akademie vir Dramakuns. During his years as a professional theatre director, he and Suzanne van Wyk staged the first production of Fiela se kind for Capab in the old Nico Malan – it was regarded as one of the biggest successes in Afrikaans theatre.
Although he had the idea of retiring at 40, Scholtz then became a scriptwriter and television producer at EDUMEDIA. The Western Cape Department of Education appointed him as project leader on human sexuality, and he produced television programmes for youth and adolescents for several years.
For the past seven years, he has produced inserts on wine and writers for DEKATv and in 2015 he was nominated for an ATKV Media Veertjie in the category: Best Afrikaans presenter.
Jawaahier Petersen is the daughter of the iconic Taliep Petersen and singer Madeegha Anders and inevitably had to end up in the limelight at some point. Petersen was the first presenter of SABC’s flagship Islam magazine programme, An-Nur – The Light, becoming a familiar face in homes across the entire country. An accomplished master of ceremonies, solo artist and lead singer/founder of the popular, award-winning Afri-Kaaps group, Die Jaloersbokkies, Petersen enchants audiences by celebrating South African heritage and the musical tapestry of the past.
As an ambassador for Afrikaans.com, Petersen is also actively involved in initiatives aimed at the inclusivity of all Afrikaans dialects.
Chantel Dartnall – Food
Chantel Dartnall is the executive chef at the award-winning Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient Boutique Hotel near Hartbeespoort Dam, and once again she conjures up something special for DEKATv’s culinary slot. In 2017 Dartnall was announced Best Female Chef in the world at an event in Warsaw, Poland, where she defeated 17 other chefs in her category.
For inspiration, Dartnall packs her bags every year and heads to Europe, where she discovers a treasure chest filled with culinary science and rarities. From hunting truffles in a forest in La Morra in the south of France and tasting the rare balsamic vinegar in Modena to dining in Laguiole at the restaurant of a great master like Michel Bras – he’s known as the world’s most influential chef – she is constantly discovering new flavours.
Piet Matipa – Art
Piet Matipa is young, black, gay and Afrikaans. He is a keen observer. A writer who doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind on contentious matters. His debut book, Dwarsklap, was published at the end of last year by Penguin Random House and contains a selection of Matipa’s popular Beeld columns.
Matipa was also a crime reporter for Beeld for several years. In 2014 he won an ATKV Mediaveertjie as well as the Standard Bank Sikuvile Award as the best young journalist. He is currently a story and dialogue writer for the SABC soapie, 7de Laan, and now viewers can also see him on the small screen, as a presenter for DEKATv’s art inserts.
Charlenè Brouwer – Style (Bon Vivant)
A country girl, Brouwer started working as a model in Milan, Italy, at the age of 19. Since she was a child, she has loved storytelling and drama and attended Potchefstroom Gimnasium specifically for the speech and drama classes. She is crazy about her work as an actress but also donned the hat of director and producer for a few years. Now a DEKATv presenter, viewers can look forward to her visits with Jack Parow who has his own Parow Festival in the Netherlands.
Brouwer’s big breakthrough came with the role of Anna (the movie based on the book, Dis ek Anna, by Anchien Troskie). She and Niel, her producer husband, were married at the end of last year and that is where her heart is: with her husband, her dog, Hendrik, and her little house.