Sentech

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Sentech is the signal distributor for the South African broadcasting sector.

Background[edit]

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 Height of tower Transmitter Coordinates
Eastern Cape Cape Province Aliwal North 143 m 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 204 m 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 143 m 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 174 m 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 204 m 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 235 m 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 235 m 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 213.5 m 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) 146 m 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 244 m 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) 213.5m 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 233 m 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 174 m 32°18′2″S 25°32′26″E / 32.30056°S 25.54056°E / -32.30056; 25.54056 (Cradock transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Davel 265 m 26°27′32″S 29°37′25″E / 26.45889°S 29.62361°E / -26.45889; 29.62361 (Davel transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province De Aar 204 m 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 122 m 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 242 m 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) 247 m 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 204 m 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 143 m 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 146 m 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 213.5 m 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 143 m 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) 143 m 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 204 m 33°17′15″S 26°42′30″E / 33.28750°S 26.70833°E / -33.28750; 26.70833 (Grahamstown transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Greytown 174 m 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 237 m 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 235 m 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) 174 m 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) 265 m 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 235 m 27°25′17″S 27°11′7″E / 27.42139°S 27.18528°E / -27.42139; 27.18528 (Kroonstad transmitter)
Northern Cape Cape Province Kuruman Hills 241 m 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 174 m 29°10′19″S 27°22′41″E / 29.17194°S 27.37806°E / -29.17194; 27.37806 (Ladybrand transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Louis Trichardt 143 m 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 213.5 m 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 143 m 33°16′54″S 20°30′17″E / 33.28167°S 20.50472°E / -33.28167; 20.50472 (Matjiesfontein transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Middelburg 244 m 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 174 m 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 137 m 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) 143 m 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 183 m 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 174 m 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 143 m 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 235 m 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 265 m 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 174 m 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 204 m 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 204 m 30°44′8″S 30°17′16″E / 30.73556°S 30.28778°E / -30.73556; 30.28778 (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 113 m 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 244 m 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 143 m 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 143 m 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 113 m 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 265 m 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 235 m 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 241 m 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 143 m 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 204 m 33°14′55″S 25°34′27″E / 33.24861°S 25.57417°E / -33.24861; 25.57417 (Suurberg transmitter)
Limpopo Transvaal Thabazimbi 183 m 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 265 m 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 235 m 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 244 m 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 183 m 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 143 m 33°58′10″S 19°30′22″E / 33.96944°S 19.50611°E / -33.96944; 19.50611 (Villiersdorp transmitter)
Mpumalanga Transvaal Volksrust 174 m 27°18′36″S 29°53′15″E / 27.31000°S 29.88750°E / -27.31000; 29.88750 (Volksrust transmitter)
KwaZulu-Natal Natal Vryheid 143 m 27°44′29″S 30°47′37″E / 27.74139°S 30.79361°E / -27.74139; 30.79361 (Vryheid transmitter)
Gauteng Transvaal Welverdiend 143 m 26°26′49″S 27°14′53″E / 26.44694°S 27.24806°E / -26.44694; 27.24806 (Welverdiend transmitter)
North West Province Transvaal Zeerust (Ottoshoop) 264 m 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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