The Intern By David Tlale Celebrates Heritage Month With Blankets


Heritage month sees the celebration of South African cultures and last night’s challenge on The Intern by David Tlale season one on SABC 3 did just that! Remaining contestants make use of the blanket to capture the beauty of the diverse cultures.

It’s was a brand-new day and the sun was shining at the Bird Sanctuary next to Aranda blankets in Randfontein, where the contestants are meeting Nico. He was joined by Palo Mokoailane, brand ambassador of Basotho blankets. It was fitting for him to join in on this episode as the contestants would be designing a ready-to-wear garment using blankets.

They all went into the Aranda blankets headquarters to join David as he was waiting for the contestants to arrive in order to give them more information about this interesting challenge. He explained that this challenge was to showcase the diversity of South African cultures. He then directed them to the room in which they would select the blankets they could use; all of them were beautiful and they didn’t know where to start!

As soon as they were done with sourcing, it was time to head back to the studio in Maboneng where they had to start sketching. We all know that it’s not their favorite moment because it not easy to please David. The twist this time is that they first had to choose the material before the sketching, whereas normally, they’d sketch first before sourcing material.

The competition is getting harder, there is too much at stake and the contestants are feeling the pressure. The interns started on their designs the following day, David went around checking on their progress and he was not at all impressed. He felt as though they were not thinking out the box and were recycling the same ideas. Goes without saying that they had to go back to the drawing board and come up with something that will secure them a space on the top four.

Things were slowly starting to look up, designs were coming together and the elimination was set to take place the following day. Suddenly the electricity went off, they all panicked because there was so much to be done and there was little time. In the real world, the show must go on, David had to organise a generator so that they could continue working. He had to remind them that even though they had no power, the elimination time would not be moved. They all worked extra hard to have something to show at the elimination.

Finally, elimination day: the throne was set on the roof-top of Maboneng. All the contestants were getting their models ready and were called upstairs to present to the judges. Alongside David on the judging panel was Palo Mokoailane and Chereece Samuels-Balkisson, general manager of The Intern by David Tlale project at the FP&M SETA. The show started, the judges were impressed with all the designs but someone had to go home.

In the end Keletso Moraba (Limpopo) won the challenge and Denver Juries (Cape Town) fell off the seams.

Be sure to catch all the drama on The Intern by David Tlale, Wednesdays 19:30 only on SABC 3, “The Stage Is Yours”

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