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  Coming Up On Soweto TV

South Africa's first fulltime community TV channel, Soweto TV, is planning on covering a bunch of upcoming festivals that will be happening in and around Soweto.

First there's the Soweto Joy of Jazz Festival that will be taking place in Newtown from August 23 to August 25. The channel will be bringing you red carpet interviews, showcasing Jazz artists as well as highlights of the day’s events.

On September 7 and 8 the Wine Festival will be taking place in Soweto and the channel will cover all the happenings that will be taking place, including interviews with the wine makers and the celebrities that will be attending.

The Standard Bank Soweto Festival will be taking place from September 21 to September 24. Soweto TV will be interviewing passersby, covering the show as well as daily events and they will also be covering the Five Roses Beauty pageant.

Soweto TV will also cover the grand opening and VIP launch of the brand new Maponya Mall opening on September 27. The Soweto TV crew will be interviewing people, running competitions and more.

If you attend any of these events you could be interviewed by Soweto TV. You can also visit the events if you want to find out more about the community channel.

Programmes currently being aired live on Soweto TV include:

Dlala Ngeringas

Monday – Friday: 17h00 to 18h00

A Youth Talk Show that covers topics affecting the youth of Soweto. Topics include alcohol abuse, teenage strippers, relationships, education, teenage pregnancies and much more. The show is presented by Luzuko Qabanisa and Samu Mathebula and they’re joined in studio by Lesego Tau, the resident advisor.

Wathinti Mbokodo

Monday to Friday: 18h00 to 19h00

This women talk show tackles issues that are relevant to women in and around Soweto. Discussed on the show are general and social issues such as motherhood, parenting, inspiring stories of Sowetan women, fashion, careers, music and lots more. The show is hosted by Phumelele Dlamini and Katlego Msomi.

Soweto Today

Monday – Friday: 19h00 to 20h00

This is a current affairs show that tackles news that is current and of human interest. It is also to inform and educate the community about local, regional and national news that make headlines. Soweto Today’s aim is to make certain that the community of Soweto knows what’s happening around them. The show is hosted by Refilwe Monageng.


Wednesday – Friday: 20h00 to 21h00

This is a lifestyle programme that looks at the lavish lives, homes and cars that the residents of Soweto enjoy. As much as this is the show's main focus, Ziyamporoma will also look at people’s hangout spots and activities that take place in their daily lives. It is presented by Karabo More and Simphiwe Golding.

Open Door Policy

Monday – Friday: 21h00 to 22h00

An entertainment show specifically for up-and-coming artists, which will also feature established artists. The show also includes profiles of artists as well as "A Day in the Life of…"

On Mondays the programme features jazzy and laidback music to help viewers relax after a hectic weekend.

Tuesdays is a Blast from the Past featuring music of days gone by. On Wednesdays Open Door Policy covers Hip Hop, Reggae and Ragga, on Thursdays is Kwaito and House and Fridays are dedicated to the players in the music business such as DJs, critics, writers, events organisers, etc.

Open Door Policy is presented by Lerato Kganako and Lehlohonolo “Hloks”.


Saturdays: 12h00 to 17h00

Dipapadi covers live sports, press conferences, interviewing of guests live in studio as well as footage from the field. Dipapadi’s local coverage makes up 80% of the show whilst the remaining 20% is dedicated to International and National sports coverage.

Tshepo Thobane presents Dipapadi and Refilwe Khwenyane is the shows field presenter.


Sundays: 12h00-15h00

The first part of this religious programme is hosted each week by a different pastor who’ll discuss a specific topic. During the second half of the show two indigenous choirs with different genres of music will perform live in studio while in between the performances the group leaders will be interviewed by presenters Matthew Moloi and Vicky Vilakazi.

In the third segment the show is hyped with music videos by various South African gospel artists.

If you’d like to know how to tune into Soweto Community TV follow the easy steps below.

Step 1: Press menu on your TV or remote control
Step 2: Go to search
Step 3: Let it search on UHF band
Step 4: Skip e.tv channel while searching
Step 5: Press stop when you see Soweto TV Channel
Step 6: Store the channel

Now you are on Soweto TV.

If you have any queries regarding how to tune into Soweto TV you can contact them on their help line, on (011) 939 1102/3.

Replies: 15
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Reply from: charmed_dude Thursday, August 16, 2007 04:46 AM
Has anyone watched this channel? Views about it? Opinions?

I'd like to know why they call themselves Soweo TV, its very boring firstly, and secondly, limits the demographic to being Soweto viewers, although I imagine it can be accessed from anyone...

The programs seem interesting, I wonder when it will become avaliable on DStv, because me and manual tuning have gone our seperate ways since the 1990s.

Reply from: Toxic Thursday, August 16, 2007 05:06 AM
The programs seem interesting, I wonder when it will become avaliable on DStv, because me and manual tuning have gone our seperate ways since the 1990s. 

HAHAHAHAAHHAH..that is so "divo" Charmed;-)

Haven't seen it, don't know anyone who's seen it either:(
Reply from: KeleFabulous Thursday, August 16, 2007 05:09 AM
i was thinking about this the other day and wondering the same thing-how to access it. can't say i know much about tuning thou...
Reply from: presha Thursday, August 16, 2007 05:22 AM
Siyabonga, bani zamile lapho eSoweto.
maybe iJoziFm will hook up with sowetoTV and have a Program called cheaters,
and show the faces behind the voices.
Reply from: Nah Nah Thursday, August 16, 2007 05:23 AM
I am sooo goin to try & watch this, but people that i've asked about it are not really impressed, bt I think we cannot compare this new TV station with the likes of SABC & E-TV I mean really guys.... they are still new there's bound to be some flaws there & there bt I think at the end of day they will get there, we just have to give them a chance. There's a huge potential in this initiative & wish all the guys there Good Luck in making it a success.
South Africa Alive with Posibilities !!!!! Ayeyeeee 
Reply from: Mshengu Thursday, August 16, 2007 05:24 AM

Access is a big thing, there are so many interesting channels but ppl don't know how to tune in. My DSTV services was once suspended the other day and I was playing around with the remote out of boredom and I stumbled across a very interesting free to air channel, it's called Muzica Network, it plays 100% African music and I was very impressed but I sort of forgot how to find it again the next day, through a bit of research I found out that by simply sms'ing the word "Setting" to 32013, I get the settings sent to me. Soweto TV should try something like that.

Reply from: Flo-Jo Thursday, August 16, 2007 15:32 PM

I've actually watched this at my friend's place sometime ago. Really dont know where to start. All the presenters need presenting 101.....female presenters are sooo ghetto fabulous if u get what I mean. 

If u've ever listened to Jozi fm.....I think you will get the picture!!! 

If u think Shuga is not good at presenting...then u must check out Soweto tv.She would give all of them combined a run for their money...for REAL guyz. It's really pathetic n the content is not so interesting either. 10 minutes of watching was all I cud master...

I was really thnking bout what y'all wud have said after watching it 

Reply from: Flo-Jo Thursday, August 16, 2007 15:38 PM
oh n I forgot to mention that 99.9% of the presenters n producers are from jozi fm
Reply from: ginger Saturday, August 18, 2007 10:35 AM
This Soweto TV is bad, really BAD.  Whoever is behind this whole thing should be replaced, ASAP. The quality of all programmes is poor, something needs to be done. Tell you the truth you will not be glued to your TV screen just to see what will happen next. 

The presenters: Its like they've never been trained on how to present and really  JOZI FM is behind this whole thing.  The presenters think they are on radio forgetting that they are on TV which impacts a negative relationship with the viewer. I wonder why they didn't hire/ search qualified presenters, finacial crisis perhaps????

Above all if Soweto TV wants to grow like eTV, they have a long way to go. All ppl who are involved in this initiative should get their acts together or face the door...
Reply from: pink babe Friday, September 21, 2007 08:39 AM


Reply from: onicette Monday, November 03, 2008 12:11 PM
you guys need to get informed.

Soweto tv is a form of community media. its mandate is for thr people of soweto by the people of soweto. its content, producers etc are about sowetans and what appeals to sowetans. its not meant to be glossy or of high standard, its meant to be a platform fom which the community can express itself. so the presenters are not meant to be your pros with weaves and agents demanding money, but local people. read up www.sowetotv.org.za
Reply from: Cande Monday, November 03, 2008 12:17 PM
this is soo last year
Reply from: carino Monday, November 03, 2008 12:17 PM
From what you guys are saying it seems like our Cape Town TV is 100% better.....
Reply from: carino Monday, November 03, 2008 12:20 PM
thank you cande.... didnt even check the dates.
Reply from: sleash Monday, April 23, 2012 13:43 PM
eish guys ke percy you know few weeks ago i got a call from bongiwe tshedimosetso;s producer she said to me that we have found your email and so we want you for an interview but first we will call you again to confirm.and oh i was so happy you know,telling people about it that am gonna be on tv representing my small movie company.and sadly they still havent called me.and my numbers are simply guys 0762601825 please guys my event is about to happen.

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