A new reality television series, “Our House’ will be screened on SABC2 from 29 August 2008. The series of thirteen episodes was a joint effort between the City of Cape Town, The Development Bank of Southern Africa, Game, production companies ZenHQ/Binary Film Works, community beneficiaries and Irish volunteers from the Niall Mellon Foundation.
Our House revolves around the building of 200 houses in 7 days. The 13 episodes also had to be shot during this short window, a daunting task the producers emphasize required comprehensive planning.
Four teams consisting of Irish volunteers and Freedom Park families were formed. The four teams competed to build eight of the 200 houses, which the eight families would eventually move into. Two winning families walk away with furnished and equipped homes, courtesy of Game, and an unexpected surprise was announced on the last day, which the producers are keeping hush-hush.
The 16 people who had their houses built through this initiative will be present at a news conference to be held in Cape Town on Thursday 21 August.
Executive Mayor Helen Zille and senior representatives from DBSA, the production company and the sponsors will speak and will be available to answer questions.
A promotional feature and one of the episodes of the series will be screened at the event.