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The HIV/Aids pandemic in Africa is no joke. It needs to be spoken about by regular people rather than something discussed only in the hallways of hospitals or whispered about in dark corners. And that’s exactly why MTV Shuga was created in 2009 – to get everyday people talking about engaging in sex, sexual health and other aspects of the intimate act.
Each season zooms in on a different aspect of sexual health, with Seasons 6 and 7 focussing on how rape destroys lives (which is trending in South Africa following shocking rape, abuse and murder stories being revealed).
“My character Khensani is in desperate need of her former friend to ’fess up. He has to say ‘I’m an abuser’. He got six months in prison for rape and murder,” says actress Samkelisiwe Makhoba.
Shuga doesn’t sugarcoat its stories. That’s why it’s not for young children – but it should be watched by teenagers who are at the age where sex is something they’re talking and thinking about.
“I encourage the youth to do research on these different issues. There is a lot of information online on credible platforms as well as programmes such as MTV Shuga that can assist them,” says Whitney Chinogwenya, communications lead at international non-governmental sexual health organisation Marie Stopes International.
Shuga is edutainment, getting viewers talking while also imparting knowledge in the 22-minute episodes.
If you’ve missed out on the drama series, there is good news: Shuga can be streamed from Season 1 through to Season 7 on Showmax here.