From telling tales of two powerful rival taxi families – The Zungus and the Ndlovus – in hit telenovela Isibaya to getting the country talking about décor, wedding outfits, cheeky singles and “driver bae” on Sunday nights, through compelling reality shows like Our Perfect Wedding and Date My Family, Mzansi Magic this month celebrates 10 years of unrivalled local content.
To mark this auspicious occasion, Mzansi will be thanking viewers by giving them an opportunity to binge-watch some of the top legacy shows from over the years, taking them down memory lane and to evoke great feelings of nostalgia. Under the theme #DankieMzansi, Mzansi viewers can find popular legacy shows on DStv Catch Up – from Igazi, It’s Complicated, Rockville to Saints and Sinners, Doubt, Love Back to Hot Plate: Catering ekasi, Uyang’thanda Na, Sam Sokolo, Kota Life Crisis, Kabelo’s Bootcamp, Ya lla, Culture Shock, Confessions to Moruti wa tsotsi, It’s for Life, among others.
Launched in mid-2010 to harness local talent and to unlock investment in local content, Mzansi Magic has, over the past decade, been a platform where home-brewed talent – from actors to producers and directors – have grown from being new to the industry to becoming household names in the industry.
“We launched the Mzansi Magic channel to celebrate African culture and African stories. The channel has brought authentic African stories to our audiences – young and old. We have a huge pool of talent that is loved and respected who have grown to become the faces of the channel. Mzansi Magic has changed the narrative, kept up with trends and even started new trends.” – Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net CEO
“The idea of introducing Mzansi Magic to DStv viewers was driven by our passion, as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, to showcase compelling content that resonates with them. Mzansi Magic has provided escapism, comedy, drama, edutainment and nostalgia in our audiences homeground,” – Yolisa Phahle, CEO General Entertainment.
“The 10-year anniversary is a significant milestone for us and an opportunity to take stock and look back at how our investment in local content has changed the face of prime-time TV, through world-class storytelling. While Mzansi Magic has kept our viewers entertained, it has also opened up the industry to new talent. Some of them now work or own reputable productions that have raked in high viewership ratings, while others are now trailblazers in local or international films with awards under their belts,” – Nomsa Philiso, the Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net
Mzansi Magic will hold commemorative events and special broadcasts under the theme #DankieMzansi, in the coming days.
Mzansi Magic would like to say #DankieMzansi for consistently watching our content and for evolving with the channel. We are because you are. Look out for our social media offerings that will include birthday shout-outs and testimonies from some of your favourite actors and presenters.