The first episode of The Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD) launched exclusively on Showmax on Friday, 29 January and within hours was trending on Twitter and on screens.

Many people have however been asking why Durban millionaire Shauwn Mkhize is not part of the cast of Real Housewives of Durban. Shauwn Mkhize does fit in the fabulous life of glitz and glam. She is probably the richest of all the housewives on the show.

Many people have been questioning why Shauwn Mkhize is not on Real Housewives of Durban.

The series features six successful and stylish Durban socialites: Annie Ludick, Ayanda Ncwane, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso Conco, Nonku Williams and Sorisha Naidoo. In the series, viewers are invited into their homes, their businesses and of course, into their drama too. The first episode ended on a bombshell as Nonku shared her personal connection to Ayanda, CEO of Ncwane Communications and widow of gospel legend Sfiso.Ayanda, CEO of Ncwane Communications and widow of gospel legend Sfiso.

The hashtags #RHODurban and #realhousewivesofdurban were trending throughout the day on Twitter as fans from across the continent tuned in to the drama. Minnie Dlamini, whose wedding show, Becoming Mrs Jones, is also on Showmax, said on Twitter, “This is my new favorite show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #RHODurban Episode 1 has me hooked.”

Shauwn Mkhize is rumored to be busy with another season of her highly susccessful show KwaMkhize and having her on RHODurban woukd have been extremely difficult. Shauwn has already shared her lifestyle with South Africa in a reality show that is also more or less like Real Housewives of Durban.

A review of the launch day statistics on the streaming platform reveals that RHOD has broken all previous first-day viewing records, claiming top spot on the streaming service.

The episode landed on Showmax at 00:00, with die-hard fans staying up until midnight to stream. Views started to pick up from 07:00, continuing to rise throughout the day with views peaking at 20:00. Over the last week, RHOD has remained the most popular show on Showmax.


Speaking about the success of the first episode, Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Showmax, says, “We know our reality fans come for the drama and if you’re looking for fireworks, the first episode of RHOD has it all, so we’re not surprised to see it break records.”