New Channel To Air South African Shows Across Southern Africa

Beginning in July, MultiChoice will launch a new channel called Zambezi Magic on DStv for viewers in Southern Africa outside of South Africa. The channel will be available on DStv channel 160. 

Zambezi Magic will give DStv viewers access to South Africa's popular soaps from the SABC ranging from SABC1's Generations and SABC3's Isidingo to SABC2's Muvhango, as well as other curated content from the SABC's archives as well as from the M-Net and Mzansi Magic shelves.

By showing the SABC soaps, Zambezi Magic will also try and curb the growing and lucrative black market in pirate copies of shows smuggled daily and weekly across South Africa's borders to neighbouring countries.

Zambezi Magic will not however show the most recent episodes of these SABC soaps - the new channel which will not be accessible to DStv subscribers in South Africa. will show the soaps starting from previous seasons.

Besides the SABC soaps, and as part of MultiChoice's deal with the SABC for exclusive rights to archive content from the public broadcaster, Zambezi Magic acquired a large number of SABC shows for its channel line-up.

In addition to the SABC soaps, Zambezi Magic will also broadcast other SABC fare, including;

  • Zone 14
  • Intersexions
  • Yizo-Yizo
  • Khumbul'ekhaya, 
  • City Ses'La 
  • Stokvel.

M-Net and Mzansi Magic; 

  • Jacob's Cross 
  • Cooking with Siba with Siba Mtongana
  • Our Perfect Wedding
  • The Coconuts, Skwizas 
  • Kota Life Crisis 
  • It's For Life
  • Goal Diggerz 
  • Forever Young.

Zambezi Magic will broadcast the new Lusaka based lifestyle magazine show The Kool Roc Show and the channel says going forward many more local shows from other Southern African countries will be added to the channel.
"Our ultimate goal is to be the go-to channel for quality Southern African produced shows and to provide viewers with a channel they can trust to bring local stories made in their own backyards," says Addiel Dzinoreva.
Zambezi Magic will be available to DStv Premium, DStv Compact and DStv Compact Plus subscribers in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi and Swaziland.

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