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2013-04-19 15:16
Cape Town – MultiChoice is renaming its cheaper DStv Lite bouquet of R99 per month to DStv Access and is adding two new TV channels from 7 May, namely Mzansi Wethu and M-Net Movies Zone provided by M-Net.

Mzansi Wethu is a general entertainment channel with indigenous African languages which will be added to channel 163 and M-Net Movies Zone is another extension of the existing M-Net Movies movie channels subset brand on DStv which will run library titles of movies aimed at a black audience.

Mzansi Wethu will be made up largely of local library content which was already broadcast on M-Net channels such as iNkaba, Top Shayela, Nonhle Goes to Hollywood and Running with the Reps.

Similar to the recently launched kykNET & kie which is a "cheaper" version of the premium kykNET channel but with older content, Mzansi Wethu will give DStv Access viewers access to more programming they couldn't see before although it won't be new.

'Great local content'

Mzansi Wethu will however also add a new local black soap on weekdays entitled Zabalaza which will also be broadcast on sister channel Mzansi Magic. The channel will also have My Perfect Wedding presented by Thuli Thabethe, a wedding reality show following 12 couples across South Africa trying to create the perfect wedding.

Both channels will be available on the DStv Family, DStv Compact and DStv Premium bouquets.

"We are committed to bring great and relevant entertainment on our different packages to our customers," said Collins Khumalo, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa in a statement.

"For the first time, customers on our lower packages will be able to watch not only movies without ad breaks, but also great local content that reflects South Africa today."

Reflects day-to-day reality

Yolisa Phahle, M-Net's director for local interest channels said in another statement that M-net is "proud to introduce Mzansi Wethu to the pay-TV scene and we are delighted that it is available on an affordable package.

"Mzansi Wethu authentically reflects the day-to-day reality of many South Africans and we trust that viewers will love all the new vernacular programming and other not-to-be-missed shows. Our content can now reach a much wider audience and this can only be good for the local television industry."

M-Net Movies Zone will start on Thursday, 7 May at 13:00 and Mzansi Wethu will start on the same day at 18:00.

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