Mzansi Magic
CountrySouth Africa
Broadcast areaSouth Africa, Africa
(and all 11 official languages of South Africa)
Picture format576i (SDTV, 16:9) - DStv, 1080i (HDTV, 16:9) - DStv
Sister channelsM-Net City
Channel O
Africa Magic
Maisha Magic
Zambezi Magic
Pearl Magic
Mzansi Wethu
LaunchedJuly 12, 2010; 12 years ago (2010-07-12)

Mzansi Magic is a South African digital satellite and general entertainment channel created by Multichoice and run by M-Net's local interest division, and is broadcast on DStv.[1]


The channel launched in mid-July 2010 on channel 107 as M-Net's platform to boost local production and showcase entertainment in South Africa. Through the channels development, M-Net would engage with local producers, partnering with South African filmmakers to create gripping content with universal appeal while empowering new and upcoming talent and ensuring that key skills are transferred to the industry.[2][3]

The channel launched with a six-hour programming block with a mix original local series and international movies. It was headed by film veteran Lebone Maema. The channel began broadcasting in HD on the 24th July 2015.[4]


Main article: List of programs broadcast by Mzansi Magic

Mzansi Magic primarily focuses on original local productions and feature films from South Africa, with a few additions of international content.

Soapies, Dramas and Telenovelas

The channel carries original drama series and telenovelas. Titles include The Queen, Gomora, Isibaya ,Umbuso , Housekeepers and DiepCity. The channel also carries drama series from its sister channels and co-productions from Showmax like Jacob's Cross,Diep City, The River , Grassroots and Trackers.[5][6]

Reality, Talk and Magazine

The channel has a strong focus on highly popular reality series, most notably Date My Family, Our Perfect Wedding, Mnakwethu, Idols South Africa, Living The Dream with Somizi and Being Bonang amongst others. It also includes international talk shows like The Talk and The Doctors.[7]


The carries some content which is simulcasted with SuperSport. This includes highlights of WWE Raw and SmackDown, as well as the Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search.


The channel has music specials and interviews with local artists.


Initially, the channel carried several international movie titles and as time went on it worked with new upcoming producers and veterans in the industry. The channel has come to categories these made-for-TV movie titles as 'Lokshin Bioskop' and proved to be popular amongst DStv subscribers.


  1. ^ "Mzansi Magic | TVSA".
  2. ^ "Mzansi Magic to boost local production". Gauteng Film Commission. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  3. ^ "TV with Thinus: TOLDJA. M-Net and MultiChoice launches new TV channel, Mzansi Magic aimed at black viewers; set to start broadcasting in July on DStv". TV with Thinus. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  4. ^ "Mzansi Magic on DStv goes HD". Channel. 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  5. ^ "1Magic announces new local drama, Grassroots". Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  6. ^ "Deon Meyer's Trackers original series coming to M-Net". Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  7. ^ "Date my Family - Series with DStv". Retrieved 2020-04-29.