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ENews Channel Africa Logo.png
Launched June 1, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-06-01)
Owned by e.tv
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Slogan No fear. No favour.
Country South Africa
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Johannesburg, South Africa
Formerly called eNews Channel
(until 19 August 2012)
Website www.enca.com
DStv Channel 403

eNCA (also referred to as eNews Channel Africa) is a 24-hour television news broadcaster, owned by e.tv, focusing on South African and African stories. The broadcaster became South Africa's first 24-hour news service when it launched in June 2008.[1]


eNCA is available on DStv channel 403.

In August 2012, the channel began testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite, where it is free-to-air across Europe. eNCA officially launched in the region when it was added to Sky in the UK and Ireland on 20 August 2012, although it was closed down on 31 October 2014.[2]


The channel's earliest signs of birth was when the newly formed e.Sat TV applied for a pay TV licence during the Pay TV Regulation period in 2007. Later in the year they were awarded the licence along with the already operating Multichoice Africa as well as Telkom SA's media branch Telkom Media, Christian channel Walk On Water and On Digital Media. However, e.Sat TV was the first to throw in the towel and said the South African market was only big enough for two operators. They then later announced that they would instead work as a channel supplier to the already operating Multichoice DSTV platform. On 1 June 2008, the channel took to the airwaves at 19:00 for a special edition of its flagship programme News Night.[1] Over time the channel continued expanding the number of shows, presenters and format to be more appealing to more viewers.

On 19 August 2012, the eNews Channel was rebranded as eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) ahead of their launch in the UK, because they didn’t want to clash with existing global brands such as E! Entertainment Television and wanted a short and simple domain name as they prepared to go online.[3][4] The channel also received a new mosaic logo depicting the continent of Africa.[5]



Launched in May 2013, eNCA.com is the extension of the eNCA brand into the online space, to allow consumers to access signature news coverage on any device. In September eNCA.com passed the milestone of half-a-million unique browsers, with 538,000 total UBs and 395,000 domestic UBs.[citation needed]

As of February 2017 the UBs for eNCA.com was 2.4 million, 2 million of that total was domestic.[citation needed]

Target market[edit]

eNCA.com has 51.67% male users and 48.33% female users, users are predominantly in the age brackets of 25 – 29 (14.42%), 60+ (13.93%) and 30 – 34 (13.86%). eNCA.com users are predominantly from Gauteng (44.6%), Western Cape (22.07) and KwaZulu-Natal (18.87%). Seventy-three percent of users are English speakers. Top three languages of eNCA.com users are English (with 73.69%), Afrikaans (30.16%), IsiZulu (11.23%).

Logo used by the eNews Channel until 19 August 2012.

News programming[edit]

The schedule includes general news coverage with headlines every 15 minutes and the eNCA's main news shows; Morning News Today, eNCA Now and News Night. This will often be displaced by rolling news including live reports, breaking news and business news.

Morning News Today[edit]

Dan Moyane and Uveka Rangappa anchor Morning News Today. The programme rounds up overnight news events, looking to the day's news agenda, and reviews the morning papers. Broadcast weekdays 6:00 – 9:00 a.m.

eNCA Now[edit]

Hosted by Michelle Craig, Xoli Mngambi, Jeremy Maggs, Thulasizwe Simelane, eNCA Now brings you all the developing news during the day. Deven Murugan provides business news. Broadcasts weekdays 9:00- 17:00

News Night[edit]

Vuyo Mvoko and Cathy Mohlahlana anchor eNCA's prime evening show; News Night. The programme includes a business, sport and weather segment. Interviews have become the programme's trademark. It is considered eNCA's flagship show and was the first to be broadcast when the channel began in 2008.[6]Jeremy Maggs has anchored the show from the start, while his former co-anchors have included the likes of Redi Tlhabi, Nikiwe Bikitsha and Iman Rappetti.[7][8] Airs weekdays 17:00- 20:00

News Hour[edit]

Shahan Ramkissoon host News Hour. The show will take a look at the day's stories and will feature business reports as well as in-depth coverage of the day's news. Airs weekdays 22:00- 23:00.

Late Edition[edit]


Tony Ndoro anchor Late Edition. The show recaps the day's news and will take a look at news happening the next day. Broadcasts weekdays 23:00- 12:00.

Morning News Today: Weekend Edition[edit]

Hosted by Marcelle Gordon, Morning News Today: Weekend Edition tells you about news that happened overnight, look forward to the day's news and sport and a weather report for the day.


Weather Weather reports are provided every half hour by forecasters from eNCA's Weather Center situated in Cape Town. Former Chief Meteorologist Derek van Dam became the first broadcaster in South Africa to earn the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts.[9] All forecasts and graphics are created in house. Other meteorologists on the channel include Candice McKechnie, Joel Guy, Luis Fernandes and Afrikaans weather anchors Lynette van Schalkwyk, Annette Venter and most recently Anika De Beer. Weather on the channel is not live because the weather clips are broadcast on 3 simultaneous channels; eNCA, e.TV, & eNuus.

Current Affairs[edit]


The Spotlight[edit]

Hosted by Tanya Nefdt, The Spotlight brings you the entertainment news from South Africa, around the world. It features movie updates and interviews from actors and actresses. New episodes Saturday 10:30am.

Maggs On Media[edit]

A digest of media issues and topical advertising. Presenter Jeremy Maggs.

Tonight With Jane Dutton[edit]

Hosted by Jane Dutton, Tonight With Jane Dutton is South Africa's first interactive television news talk show that will feature various guests and newsmakers.

Notable coverage[edit]

While covering a service delivery protest at Wesselton, outside Ermelo, Mpumalanga reporter Jody Jacobs and cameraman Linge Ndabambi were attacked by an angry mob. Live television footage on the channel showed a group stoning a police vehicle, which sped away, and then rushing toward the cameraman and journalist, who sought cover in their satellite van. The van and equipment were damaged during the attack. Jacobs kept reporting and Ndabambi filming throughout the incident.[11]

East Africa bureau chief Robyn Kriel reported extensively on the 2011 East Africa drought.[12] In 2012 Kriel and her cameraman Orto Sori came under air bombardment while travelling with the Sudan People's Liberation Army.[13]

Also in 2012 eNCA cameras caught defacers as they vandalised a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma called The Spear.[14] The channel covered the controversy over the picture from start to finish.

The 2012 Summer Olympics saw a two-man team, reporter Peter Stemmet and camera man Neil Raath covering South Africa’s achievements at the games in London,[15] including interviews with country’s Olympic champions Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos and the gold medal winning South African rowing team.

The Marikana miners' strike culminated in clashes with the police in which 34 miners were shot dead, more than 70 injured. A crew from eNCA captured graphic incident on camera and reported on what became one of South Africa’s most violent post-apartheid clashes.[16]

Virtual Reality[edit]

On 22 November 2015, eNCA published South Africa's first virtual reality news story, reported by Yusuf Omar and produced in conjunction with South African virtual reality firm, Deep VR. The 360° video debuted on eNCA's Facebook page and has received more views than any other eNCA video.

Following its success, eNCA produced a follow-up virtual reality report on the #ZumaMustFall marches in Johannesburg, which debuted on the eNCA Facebook page on 18 December 2015.


  1. ^ a b Issa Sikiti da Silva (2 June 2008). "eNews 24-hour channel takes to the airwaves". Bizcommunity.com. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Thinus Ferreira (13 August 2012). "eNews Channel expanding to UK". Channel24. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Linda Loubser (17 August 2012). "eNews reveals new name and logo". Screen Africa. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Stuart Thomas (16 August 2012). "Domain name a big factor in eNews Channel rebrand". Memeburn. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Thinus Ferreira (20 August 2012). "eNews launches 'daunting' eNCA". Channel24. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "eNews Channel launches on DStv in June" (PDF). e.tv. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Why Redi Direko Left eNews". TVSA. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Botho Molosankwe (18 June 2012). "Prestigious fellowship takes SA journalist to US". The Star. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "eNews' Derek Van Dam earns American Meteorological Society's". Media Update. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Thinus Ferreira (17 June 2011). "Africa 360 with Chris Maroleng snags an exclusive sit-down interview with Hillary Clinton this Saturday on the eNews Channel". TV with Thinus. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "ENews team moved to safety". News24. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Robyn Kriel (7 August 2011). "Somalia's famine: A journalist's personal story of anguish and despair". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "SA citizens under fire in hot spots". Cape Argus. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "eNews scoops Spear defacing". TVSA. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Gill Moodie (17 June 2012). "Broadcasters prepare for lukewarm demand for Olympic coverage". Journalism.co.za. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "South African police gun down striking miners". The Daily Telegraph. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012. 

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