Sentech

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Sentech is the signal distributor for the South African broadcasting sector. The organisation began operations in 1992 as the signal distributor of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Sentech's mandate also included providing services to M-Net, Radio 702, Radio Ciskei, Radio Transkei and the Bophuthatswana Broadcasting Corporation.

However, in its Triple Inquiry report that was published in August 1995, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) recommended that Sentech should be split from the SABC and that Sentech become a public company. This report was approved by the South African Parliament in March 1996 and the Sentech Act to implement these measures was adopted by Parliament in November of the same year.

Sentech now operates as a commercial enterprise that is owned by the Government of South Africa via the Department of Communications and has its own board of directors.

For a comprehensive list of South African radio and television frequencies, go to the frequency finder on the Sentech website: www.sentech.co.za.

Main radio/TV sites[edit]

Province Historical Province Location Transmitter Coordinates
Eastern Cape Cape Province Aliwal North 30°47′6″S 26°33′58″E / 30.78500°S 26.56611°E / -30.78500; 26.56611 (Aliwal North transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Beaufort West 32°15′30″S 22°30′23″E / 32.25833°S 22.50639°E / -32.25833; 22.50639 (Beaufort West transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Bedford 32°37′57″S 26°2′56″E / 32.63250°S 26.04889°E / -32.63250; 26.04889 (Bedford transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Bethlehem 28°14′12″S 28°29′57″E / 28.23667°S 28.49917°E / -28.23667; 28.49917 (Bethlehem transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Bloemfontein 29°6′13″S 26°13′47″E / 29.10361°S 26.22972°E / -29.10361; 26.22972 (Bloemfontein transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Boesmanskop 30°0′28″S 27°12′53″E / 30.00778°S 27.21472°E / -30.00778; 27.21472 (Boesmanskop transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Butterworth 32°16′35″S 28°12′24″E / 32.27639°S 28.20667°E / -32.27639; 28.20667 (Butterworth transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Calvinia 31°23′3″S 19°46′56″E / 31.38417°S 19.78222°E / -31.38417; 19.78222 (Calvinia transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Cape Town (Constantiaberg) 34°3′16″S 18°23′12″E / 34.05444°S 18.38667°E / -34.05444; 18.38667 (Cape Town (Constantiaberg) transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Carnarvon 30°54′15″S 22°22′27″E / 30.90417°S 22.37417°E / -30.90417; 22.37417 (Carnarvon transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Carolina (The Brook) 26°10′27″S 30°38′6″E / 26.17417°S 30.63500°E / -26.17417; 30.63500 (Carolina (The Brook) transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Christiana 27°53′4″S 24°55′47″E / 27.88444°S 24.92972°E / -27.88444; 24.92972 (Christiana transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Cradock 32°18′2″S 25°32′26″E / 32.30056°S 25.54056°E / -32.30056; 25.54056 (Cradock transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Davel 26°27′32″S 29°37′26″E / 26.45889°S 29.62389°E / -26.45889; 29.62389 (Davel transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province De Aar 30°27′50″S 23°59′13″E / 30.46389°S 23.98694°E / -30.46389; 23.98694 (De Aar transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Donnybrook 29°54′58″S 29°51′18″E / 29.91611°S 29.85500°E / -29.91611; 29.85500 (Donnybrook transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Douglas 29°4′8″S 23°31′43″E / 29.06889°S 23.52861°E / -29.06889; 23.52861 (Douglas transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Dullstroom 25°34′23″S 30°11′16″E / 25.57306°S 30.18778°E / -25.57306; 30.18778 (Dullstroom transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Durban (Alverstone) 29°46′12″S 30°43′0″E / 29.77000°S 30.71667°E / -29.77000; 30.71667 (Durban (Alverstone) transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province East London 32°56′21″S 27°48′55″E / 32.93917°S 27.81528°E / -32.93917; 27.81528 (East London transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Eshowe 28°51′32″S 31°17′35″E / 28.85889°S 31.29306°E / -28.85889; 31.29306 (Eshowe transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Faans Grove 27°6′0″S 22°24′16″E / 27.10000°S 22.40444°E / -27.10000; 22.40444 (Faans Grove transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Garies 30°18′53″S 18°4′40″E / 30.31472°S 18.07778°E / -30.31472; 18.07778 (Garies transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province George 33°55′39″S 22°27′1″E / 33.92750°S 22.45028°E / -33.92750; 22.45028 (George transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Glencoe (Fort Mistake) 28°9′5″S 29°56′51″E / 28.15139°S 29.94750°E / -28.15139; 29.94750 (Glencoe (Fort Mistake) transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Graaff Reinet 32°4′48″S 24°26′59″E / 32.08000°S 24.44972°E / -32.08000; 24.44972 (Graaff Reinet transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Grahamstown 33°17′15″S 26°42′30″E / 33.28750°S 26.70833°E / -33.28750; 26.70833 (Grahamstown transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Greytown 29°0′47″S 30°32′9″E / 29.01306°S 30.53583°E / -29.01306; 30.53583 (Greytown transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Hoedspruit 24°32′32″S 30°52′7″E / 24.54222°S 30.86861°E / -24.54222; 30.86861 (Hoedspruit transmitter)
Gauteng Transvaal Johannesburg 26°11′33″S 28°0′25″E / 26.19250°S 28.00694°E / -26.19250; 28.00694 (Johannesburg transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Kareedouw 34°1′30″S 24°25′47″E / 34.02500°S 24.42972°E / -34.02500; 24.42972 (Kareedouw transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Kimberley 28°51′15″S 24°54′17″E / 28.85417°S 24.90472°E / -28.85417; 24.90472 (Kimberley transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province King William's Town (Keiskammahoek) 32°40′48″S 27°15′36″E / 32.68000°S 27.26000°E / -32.68000; 27.26000 (King William's Town (Keiskammahoek) transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Klerksdorp (Hartbeesfontein) 26°45′15″S 26°24′28″E / 26.75417°S 26.40778°E / -26.75417; 26.40778 (Klerksdorp (Hartbeesfontein) transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Kroonstad 27°25′18″S 27°11′7″E / 27.42167°S 27.18528°E / -27.42167; 27.18528 (Kroonstad transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Kuruman Hills 27°53′13″S 23°33′37″E / 27.88694°S 23.56028°E / -27.88694; 23.56028 (Kuruman Hills transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Ladybrand 29°10′19″S 27°22′41″E / 29.17194°S 27.37806°E / -29.17194; 27.37806 (Ladybrand transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Louis Trichardt 23°0′5″S 29°45′27″E / 23.00139°S 29.75750°E / -23.00139; 29.75750 (Louis Trichardt transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Matatiele 30°23′47″S 28°49′15″E / 30.39639°S 28.82083°E / -30.39639; 28.82083 (Matatiele transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Matjiesfontein 33°16′54″S 20°30′17″E / 33.28167°S 20.50472°E / -33.28167; 20.50472 (Matjiesfontein transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Middelburg 25°49′6″S 29°23′23″E / 25.81833°S 29.38972°E / -25.81833; 29.38972 (Middelburg transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Mooi River 29°11′9″S 29°52′3″E / 29.18583°S 29.86750°E / -29.18583; 29.86750 (Mooi River transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Mount Ayliff 30°50′14″S 29°23′41″E / 30.83722°S 29.39472°E / -30.83722; 29.39472 (Mount Ayliff transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Napier (Bredasdorp) 34°31′46″S 19°53′33″E / 34.52944°S 19.89250°E / -34.52944; 19.89250 (Napier transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Nelspruit 25°30′57″S 30°46′33″E / 25.51583°S 30.77583°E / -25.51583; 30.77583 (Nelspruit transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Nongoma 27°54′19″S 31°39′26″E / 27.90528°S 31.65722°E / -27.90528; 31.65722 (Nongoma transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Noupoort 31°18′14″S 24°55′59″E / 31.30389°S 24.93306°E / -31.30389; 24.93306 (Noupoort transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Oudtshoorn 33°40′17″S 22°16′1″E / 33.67139°S 22.26694°E / -33.67139; 22.26694 (Oudtshoorn transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Petrus Steyn 27°31′1″S 28°19′6″E / 27.51694°S 28.31833°E / -27.51694; 28.31833 (Petrus Steyn transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Piet Retief 27°1′13″S 30°41′2″E / 27.02028°S 30.68389°E / -27.02028; 30.68389 (Piet Retief transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Piketberg 32°49′9″S 18°44′17″E / 32.81917°S 18.73806°E / -32.81917; 18.73806 (Piketberg transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Port Elizabeth 33°56′10″S 25°26′27″E / 33.93611°S 25.44083°E / -33.93611; 25.44083 (Port Elizabeth transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Port Shepstone 30°44′8″S 30°17′18″E / 30.73556°S 30.28833°E / -30.73556; 30.28833 (Port Shepstone transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Potgietersrus 24°9′26″S 29°14′9″E / 24.15722°S 29.23583°E / -24.15722; 29.23583 (Potgietersrus transmitter)
Gauteng Transvaal Pretoria 25°41′22″S 27°59′2″E / 25.68944°S 27.98389°E / -25.68944; 27.98389 (Pretoria transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Prieska 29°40′54″S 22°36′55″E / 29.68167°S 22.61528°E / -29.68167; 22.61528 (Prieska transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Queenstown 31°43′58″S 26°47′3″E / 31.73278°S 26.78417°E / -31.73278; 26.78417 (Queenstown transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Riversdale 34°1′8″S 21°7′39″E / 34.01889°S 21.12750°E / -34.01889; 21.12750 (Riversdale transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Rustenburg 25°36′59″S 27°7′5″E / 25.61639°S 27.11806°E / -25.61639; 27.11806 (Rustenburg transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Schweizer-Reneke 27°8′10″S 25°13′7″E / 27.13611°S 25.21861°E / -27.13611; 25.21861 (Schweizer-Reneke transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Senekal 28°15′21″S 27°30′25″E / 28.25583°S 27.50694°E / -28.25583; 27.50694 (Senekal transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Springbok 29°35′4″S 17°48′26″E / 29.58444°S 17.80722°E / -29.58444; 17.80722 (Springbok transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Springfontein 30°16′15″S 25°46′7″E / 30.27083°S 25.76861°E / -30.27083; 25.76861 (Springfontein transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Suurberg 33°14′55″S 25°34′27″E / 33.24861°S 25.57417°E / -33.24861; 25.57417 (Suurberg transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Thabazimbi 24°28′2″S 27°36′50″E / 24.46722°S 27.61389°E / -24.46722; 27.61389 (Thabazimbi transmitter)
Free State Orange Free State Theunissen 28°11′56″S 26°34′48″E / 28.19889°S 26.58000°E / -28.19889; 26.58000 (Theunissen transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Tzaneen (Houtbosdorp) 23°47′7″S 30°0′16″E / 23.78528°S 30.00444°E / -23.78528; 30.00444 (Tzaneen (Houtbosdorp) transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Ubombo 27°33′44″S 32°4′50″E / 27.56222°S 32.08056°E / -27.56222; 32.08056 (Ubombo transmitter)
Eastern Cape Cape Province Umtata 31°35′49″S 28°44′36″E / 31.59694°S 28.74333°E / -31.59694; 28.74333 (Umtata transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Upington 28°52′58″S 21°44′11″E / 28.88278°S 21.73639°E / -28.88278; 21.73639 (Upington transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Vanrhynsdorp 31°45′16″S 18°41′21″E / 31.75444°S 18.68917°E / -31.75444; 18.68917 (Van Rhynsdorp transmitter)
Western Cape Cape Province Villiersdorp 33°58′11″S 19°30′24″E / 33.96972°S 19.50667°E / -33.96972; 19.50667 (Villiersdorp transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Volksrust 27°18′36″S 29°53′15″E / 27.31000°S 29.88750°E / -27.31000; 29.88750 (Volksrust transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Vryheid 27°44′29″S 30°47′37″E / 27.74139°S 30.79361°E / -27.74139; 30.79361 (Vryheid transmitter)
Gauteng Transvaal Welverdiend 26°26′49″S 27°14′54″E / 26.44694°S 27.24833°E / -26.44694; 27.24833 (Welverdiend transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Zeerust (Ottoshoop) 25°51′38″S 26°2′50″E / 25.86056°S 26.04722°E / -25.86056; 26.04722 (Zeerust (Ottoshoop) transmitter)

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