This is a list of TV shows that were made and or shown in South Africa since post-apartheid that helped set apart the South African culture.
YO TV: A presenter-driven interactive, dynamic, racially diverse SA kids, fun and wacky social media blom-pozzie that entertains and informs Mzansi’s youth while fostering the idea that even as kids, we are all equal.
2. Emzini Wezinsizwa:
A group of men befriend one another while living in a male hostel. This hilarious series filled our homes with laughter while challenging patriarchal & tribalist discourses, a group of men befriend one another while living in a men’s hostel.
3. Jam Alley:
A show where urban youth was given a platform where they could express their talents, creativity & freedom. Identity & talent discovery was the focus & ‘cool’ was defined by hosts who not only had access to the Stars (aspirational element) but they spoke “just like us”.
4. Soul City:
HIV, AIDS, Diabetes & TB were central health issues amongst black people, Soul City was a real-life television drama which focuses on health and development issues which mirror those of the South African population.
5. Soul Buddyz:
Soul Buddyz was a ground breaking children’s edutainment drama dealing with real life issues that children face and it was also a great platform to communicate issues around sexual abuse, education, bullying & HIV in children. The TV show was a co-production between SCI and SABC education.
6. Madam & Eve:
A comedy of hope and reconciliation. The sitcom used to examine the fears, prejudices and foibles of white and black South Africans alike. As the famous sit-com “All in the family” did in the 1970’s in America, the Madam & Eve sit-com aimed to show South Africans the absurdities of separateness, while keeping audiences laughing.
South African soap opera set against the backdrop of the advertising industry, this drama celebrated the hopes and dreams of South Africans who aspired to a better future. The has been revamped and it is now called Generations: The Legacy
8. Top Billing:
South African lifestyle show focused on beauty, fashion, food, home decor, travel and weddings. Different local and international celebrities were interviewed each week and a designer home was featured as part of the show. This platform was showcasing wealth in South Africa.