The State of Small BusinessYo School Magazine unleashes true love with The Bachelor SA!

From Valentine’s Day 2019, M-Net viewers will see how South Africa’s most eligible single guy, former Sharks rugby player, international model and entrepreneur, Lee Thompson, will be looking for his match in South Africa’s very first edition of the worldwide reality show phenomenon The Bachelor.

Lee will be dating a bevy of 24 stunning local ladies from different backgrounds to find “the one” with whom he wants to settle down, start a family and create a warm and loving home. But how can you imagine this dreamy picture without the snuggles and cuddles of a loyal pooch or cutie-pie cat?

The pet lovers from are coming to the rescue. South Africa’s leading pet insurance provider has signed up as the mainline sponsor for The Bachelor South Africa, to be at Lee’s side as he searches for ultimate love.

“ is extremely proud to play matchmaker and put true love in the spotlight,” says managing director, David Roache. “It’s the ideal opportunity to remind pet owners about the responsibilities of looking after their furry friends and to raise awareness of the plight of all those homeless ones who are in desperate need of affection and a caring home.”

Together with the holding company Badger Holdings, having been in the industry for over 20 years, offers consumers convenient, affordable and better pet insurance. The company has worked closely with a number of practicing veterinarians, as well as real pet lovers and breeders to develop one of South Africa’s best pet insurance products. With their revolutionary Name Your Price™ offering, even tailors cover to the needs of their customers at a premium they can afford.

The Bachelor South Africa’s proud sponsor also has a long-term commitment to champion animal well-being and wage the war on animal abuse. In addition to being one of the best pet insurance providers in the country, hosts the annual Polar Bear Plunge which donates blankets to animals in need, and regularly makes significant contributions to animal welfare organisations like the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL). A pledge of R50k was paid to the AACL, when won a Guinness World Record™ for the most dogs wearing bandanas in one place on the 28th of October 2017.

As main sponsor for The Bachelor South Africa, has created a fun-filled “Unconditional Love” campaign, whereby they will be educating the public on the importance of adopting shelter animals.

“I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag,” M-Net’s Head of Publicity Lani Lombard says – excusing the pun. “But Lee is quite the charmer when he’s surrounded by animals. In one of the show’s dates he will make hearts melt with his furry friends and has also created a fun-filled commercial in which our Bachelor interacts with tail-wagging fans.”

Lee treasures all these special moments. “It’s been quite a daunting task for me to choose the love of my life while the cameras are rolling and interacting with these amazing animals was a great stress-reliever. Their unconditional love reminded me what life should be all about. It’s all about giving your all and looking after the ones you care about.”

As part of The Bachelor SA’s promotional activities, Lee Thompson did some time in front of the camera with a Labrador puppy called Storm, as well as with one of’s most recent TV ad stars, Khaleesi (images attached) named after the gorgeous Game of Thrones character. Khaleesi is a 6-month-old Jack Russel, who loves liver and her famous party trick is knocking down 100 chairs in a row! It was a match made in heaven for Lee and Khaleesi, but the big question is: who will win Lee’s heart on The Bachelor SA?

The 24 ladies with a burning desire to find love on The Bachelor SA have yet to be announced. The Bachelor SA will be screened on M-Net 101 from Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2019.

Fans can visit and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #TheBachelorSAand on the official M-Net Facebook page.

The Bachelor SA is produced by Rapid Blue.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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