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Paybox M-Net launches its second “Big Brother” series Sunday, which it promises will be “bigger, better, rougher and tougher.”

South Africa’s first locally produced reality TV skein was a hit for M-Net last year, becoming the channel’s most popular program, with around 1 million people tuning in to the weekly shows.

Carl Fischer, CEO of Magicworks, M-Net’s production company, said around 10,000 people had applied to become housemates for “BB2″ compared with 3,000 last time.

M-Net has made changes to get the housemates to project a healthier lifestyle than the previous drinking, overeating and smoking contestants, many of whom put on a lot of weight during the show.

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