The fourth season of Win a Home, proudly sponsored by Private Property, was filled with high stress, innovation and exciting prospects, and the live finale was the crowning moment of a riveting season.
This year, design contestants competed as duos, creating double the drama and entertainment as big personalities showcased fresh ideas and celebrated local design.
Throughout Win a Home, viewers could vote for their favourite Design Duo on the Private Property website as part of their entry into the grand prize competition. It was a close call but Team House and Leisure pipped the others to the post and captured the hearts of the public. As the winners of Viewers Choice, they received a cash prize of R20,000.
After weeks of being a top trending topic on social media, fans would finally learn which of the dynamic Design Duos would win the coveted R100,000 prize as Judges Choice. For their razzle-dazzle and unconventional style, it was Team Habitat who received a healthy boost to their bank balance. The duo were immediately overcome with emotion as Brad Muttitt and Abiah “Superstar” Mahlase burst into tears, along with their mentor, Amanda Graham of Habitat magazine. The flamboyant and bold couple, who also have a fashion label called AMEN, have said the win is a wonderful foundation upon which they can build an interior design business as an extension of their creative careers.
In the grand prize competition, six finalists were randomly selected from hundreds of thousands of viewer entries to stand a chance of winning their choice of one of the three luxury cluster homes at Eye of Africa Golf and Residential Estate decorated by the Design Duos.
Win a Home’s grand prize is the largest of its kind on local television. All three decorated homes boast luxurious finishes by Plascon and Caesarstone, top quality bathroom fittings by Geberit, high-end mixers and taps by Grohe, superior flooring by Belgotex, and premier kitchen appliances by Grundig, which brings the value of each of the properties and its’ furnishings to over R3 million.
In a unique coincidence, all six finalists were women: Nokuthula Mahlhangu from Johannesburg, Francis Leibrandt from Mossel Bay, Roberta Zyster from Wellington, Lucia Muller from Meyersdal, Zintle Kom from Plumstead, and Shelane Naidoo from Durban.
The finalists had high hopes of finding the all-important lucky key in their safe, but it was Zintle Kom who unlocked future prosperity as a new resident of Eye of Africa Estate.
The single mom from Cape Town had fallen on hard times and her and her two children are currently staying with friends. When she got the call that she was a finalist, she was driving and was so shocked that she had a minor vehicle accident.
As she celebrated her win, tears of joy streamed down her face and Kent Gush from Eye of Africa Estate was visibly moved as he welcomed her into the community, undoubtedly an exciting and well deserved new beginning for the scholarship programme manager and her young family. As Zintle describes it, the home is an answer to many prayers and a dream come true.