SEVEN years ago kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane of TKZee fame weighed 104kg.
Now, with seven Comrades marathons under his belt and weighing a svelte 75kg, he has turned his attention to helping South Africans lose weight.
The strapping performer, also known as “Bouga Luv”, is working on a show, Kabelo’s Boot Camp, for DStv pay-channel Mzansi Wethu.
The channel is now calling for prospective contestants to e-mail their details to be considered for participation. No further details have been released by the channel, but Mabalane said yesterday all the contestants would be working towards one goal – to lose the most weight possible.
“The winner will be somebody who makes the biggest transformation on the show,” he said. “We will take a look at the individual holistically – their weight loss, and even overall attitude.”
He stressed that contestants had to be keen to “change their lives” by quitting bad habits and losing weight; men and women are allowed, but those able to take time off work to record the show will be prioritised.
The Amapantsula Ajabulile star added: “I’ve got to a point where I’ve practiced certain principles for sustained periods and they have worked for me and I know without a shadow of a doubt that should the contestants apply them, they will experience transformation.”
Earlier this year, the South African Institute of Race Relations said that almost a third of South African women were obese, while less than a tenth of South African men were obese.
And in October 2011, food services company Compass Group Southern Africa placed South Africa third in the world obesity rankings behind the US and the UK.
Meanwhile Mabalane, who finished in a time of 8 hours and 13 minutes at the recent Comrades Marathon, said he was aiming to trim that time by an hour for next year’s race.
Although he is on a three-week break before he begins preparations for next year, he is on a specific diet plan to help him start off on a good basewhen his training resumes.