Who's in, who's out: all your 2019 Elections TV coverage

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 06 May 2019
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Bring out the popcorn!

It's time for the country's 2019 General Elections and we've got you covered on where to catch the entertainment on TV.

But first, our top three tips on how to get noticed if the TV cameras pan to you in the voting queue:

1. Wear something fab and weather appropriate, with a flirty touch. Ideally an accessory that people will notice and comment on.

2. Don't be so bored that your mouth hangs open.

3. Stay present in the real world instead of hiding your head in your phone.

If you stick to these three rules, you might just be spotted by one of these channels:

SABC2 and SABC News

The free-to-air coverage will be happening on SABC2 as per usual, with a feed of the SABC News channel as it airs on DStv.

Anchors include Sakina Kamwendo, Leanne Manas, Tsepiso Makwetla, Stephen Grootes, Desiree Chauke, Peter Ndoro and Francis Herd.

These are the times that SABC2 will be crossing over with SABC News:

Wednesday 8 May 2019 into Thursday 9 May 2019
05h00 - 18h00
Voting coverage (including Morning Live)
7de Laan
Afrikaans News
Setswana/Sesotho News
19h00 - 20h55
Voting coverage
Live Lotto Draw
Giyani: Land of Blood
22h00 - 05h00
First voting results

Thursday 9 May 2019
05h00 - 09h30 
Voting results continue on Morning Live
12h00 - 15h00
Race for seats
7de Laan
Afrikaans News
Setswana/Sesotho News
19h00 - 21h00
Race for seats
Speak Out
22h00 - 00h00
Race for seats

Friday 10 May 2019
06h00 - 09h30 Coverage on Morning Live

Saturday 11 May 2019
18h00 Official announcement of results

SABC1 and SABC3...

... will air half-hour wrap-ups from Wednesday to Friday at these times:
SABC1 21h00 - 21h30
SABC3 17h30 - 18h00


eNCA will have rolling coverage starting from 06h00 on 8 May with live coverage from the IEC National Results Operations Centre at the Tshwane Business Centre.

The channel will also be at voting stations across the country with various anchor teams holding the fort in studio and at the Operations Centre.

This is who to expect on Election Day:
Times Anchors Base Location
06h00 - 10h00
Dan Moyana and Uveka Rangappa Results Operation Centre
10h00 - 14h00
Xoli Mngambi and Marcelle Gordon Results Operation Centre
11h00 - 12h00
Jeremy Maggs In-studio
12h00 - 18h00
Michelle Craig and Shahan Ramkissoon Results Operation Centre
15h00 - 16h00
Jeremy Maggs In-studio
18h00 - 22h00
Vuyo Mvoko and, Jane Dutton and Faith Mangope In-studio and Results Operation Centre
22h00 - 02h00
Anlie Hattingh and Thembekile Mrototo In-studio and Results Operation Centre and OpenNews

Both channels will run their elections coverage at the top of their news hours.

Newzroom Afrika

If you haven't seen it on DStv yet... it's the new news channel that's replaced the Gupta trainwreck ANN7 on Channel 405. 

It was founded by Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato and launched on Thursday, 2 May - on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView.

They'll also be broadcasting from the IEC Operations Centre with rolling coverage of the results, reactions and analysis.

Their politics team consists of eNCA defectors Thulasizwe Simelane, Malungelo Booi and Karyn Maughan with SABC defectors Yolisa Njamela, Mweli Masilela and Mbali Sibanyoni as well as 702 defector Ziyanda Ngcobo.

The channel will also be featuring behind-the-scenes stories of South Africans who are voting so it's a reason to remember our three tips for getting noticed on the day.

Channels in this post: eNCA, SABC2


10 May 2019 16:40

This has been the most entertaining TV of the year.

It's been fascinating seeing what each channel is doing wrong and right - same thing with the parties.

I've also really enjoyed hearing from so many different South Africans - espesh now that the smaller parties are standing up for themselves! Did you see them having a go at the news channels for ignoring them and walking right past them with their cameras??

It's so true what they say... that the media's only been focusing on the three biggest parties as if the rest don't exist.

It's been very good to see that the SABC's had a sign language interpreter throughout. 

10 May 2019 20:04

PS: Re-the smaller parties... I do think they're trying their luck with their protests about the actual elections though... I see they've got lawyers and an interdict application.

11 May 2019 12:13

A heads-up that we've updated the time for the broadcast of the results: this evening (11 May) at 18h00.

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