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MAN of the week

If you missed it here, you clearly aren’t a regular on our site. The hype around the third season of the Bar One Manhunt is already driving regulars up the wall. In a good way of course.

The premier episode finally aired after much anticipation on Tuesday as we were introduced to the top 16 – in a practical manner. After much running, climbing, hanging, blood (yes, there was blood), sweat and (luckily) no tears our MAN of the week revealed himself.

This week, we give honour to James, Sibusiso James. After taking the lead in the first challenge to beat his elders (James is the youngest at 21 yrs.) he is definitely worthy of a 25 hr day.


James is from Morningside, Durban, where he was a receptionist at Muscle & Fitness Gym. Here’s more on James:

Why did you enter the BAR.ONE Manhunt? Xhosa’s call it “Entabeni”. Zulu’s call it “ukubha indoda” but I call it the “Bar one Manhunt” the modern way of initiation to be a man. Dad could not live up to the standard of being a leader and the head of the family leaving us or more like betraying us, with no choice I have to jump my teen stages to close the gap my dad left. To prove to myself that am man enough was important, questions that every young boy wishes that there dad could answer, was  answered by the 16 guys in the Manhunt from the oldest guy to the youngest answered mentally and physically. This is my modern way of initiation and entering the adulthood.

What is your motto in life? To be the best in whatever I’m doing

What are your hobbies? Playing basketball, intense gym workout, listening to music that relates to life situations

How do you feel about the whole David versus Goliath comparison made about you? Honestly feel like I lived up to that comparison at a certain stage during the BAR.ONE Manhunt, being the smallest guy age wise and weight wise, but I was able to produce a big performance.

Words to live by? Stay humble and never give up on your goals.

Favourite movie, music, book? Conair, T.I featuring Usher – My life is your entertainment.

Which superhero would you be and why? Spider Man, I am fast, a quick thinker, helpful to people and have inner strength.

What would you do with the R500 000 prize money? I would buy a good house for the family and move out of the flat. I believe education is the backbone to life and I would like to have a strong backbone and complete my studies for a better future

What does it feel like being part of the BAR.ONE Manhunt show? It feels like I have made it! It’s exciting and nerve cracking. All in all am happy!!

Papi Mabele
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