FAQs: SowetanLIVE and Sunday World

We answer your questions about SowetanLIVE and Sunday World

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What are SowetanLIVE, the Sowetan and Sunday World?

SowetanLIVE is the website of the Sowetan, the English-language South African daily newspaper that started in 1981 as a liberation struggle publication.

Sunday World is a weekly tabloid-format newspaper with an editorial focus that reflects the world of the young, aspirational black consumer.

All SowetanLIVE and Sunday World online content is free to read, but readers should register (quick and free) to comment on articles or subscribe to our range of newsletters. (Already registered on BusinessLIVE or TimesLIVE? Sign in with the same details.)

Read more about the Sowetan and SowetanLIVE or Sunday World.

How do I register on the SowetanLIVE or Sunday World website?

It’s free, quick and easy. Click on the “Register” button at the top of the website and follow the instructions. First you'll receive a short email to verify your email address – it's important to click on the link in that email. At the end of the registration process, you’ll receive a second email to welcome you to SowetanLIVE (including Sunday World).

On your mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right and you’ll see the “Sign in” and “Register” options.

Why should I register on SowetanLIVE or Sunday World?

Registration is free. Once you’ve registered, you can comment on our articles and sign up for any from a range of useful email newsletters. You can also then manage your own newsletter subscriptions.

How do I sign in and out on these websites?

To sign in, click on the “Sign in” button at the top of the website and enter your details. Once you’ve signed in, your name and surname will appear at the top of the site. To log out, click on the “Sign out” button at the top of the site.

If you’re on your mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right and choose the “Sign in” option at the top of the list that appears. To sign out, click on the menu bar again and click on “Sign out”.

When you sign in on TimesLIVE or the Sunday Times or on our BusinessLIVE website (which includes Business Day, the Financial Mail and the Rand Daily Mail), you’ll automatically be signed in on SowetanLIVE and Sunday World too.

I can't register or log in. Who do I contact?

Contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za. The best time to call is 6am–3.30pm SA time (GMT +2) from Monday to Friday or from 7am to 12pm on Sundays.

I have registered but now I can’t sign in. What do I do?

Check that you’re entering the same email address that you used to register, and that you’ve got the correct password (see below how to reset your password).

No luck? Contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za.

I want to change my password. What do I do?

First, sign out of SowetanLIVE or Sunday World. Then sign on again but when you’re prompted to enter your details, click on “Forgot your password?” and we’ll send you an email with a link that will allow you to enter a new one.

How do I subscribe to the Sowetan or Sunday World print edition?                              

Contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za.

Why should I subscribe to these newspapers?

Great journalism is expensive to produce. While newspaper publishers depend heavily on advertising revenue, that is not enough to let us bring you all the trustworthy, quality reporting you need. We’ve worked hard to give you lots of value through a Sowetan or Sunday World subscription, and your support means we’re able to keep bringing you South Africa’s best news, entertainment and lifestyle reporting.

Got other burning questions about subscriptions?

Check out our subscriptions FAQs page or contact our call centre at Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za.

How do I change my name, surname or email address on the SowetanLIVE or Sunday World website?

Once you’ve registered and signed in, your name and surname will appear at the top right of the website. Hover the mouse over your name and click the “Profile” button. (On your mobile phone, click on the menu bar at the top right to find the “Profile” option.)

On your profile, you can edit your name and surname or manage your email newsletter subscriptions.

Unfortunately you cannot change your email address via your profile page. If you’re a registered user but haven’t subscribed, please sign out and register again using your new email address.

How do reader comments on SowetanLIVE/Sunday World articles work?

Readers who have registered and signed in on SowetanLIVE (and therefore Sunday World) can use the comment facility below our articles where it has been made available. These comments are managed via a reliable service called Disqus that is used on many other websites too.

Your SowetanLIVE Disqus profile is created when you register on our website. It does not pick up details from any previous Disqus profiles you might have. Your name and surname will be displayed with all your comments.

By using our comments facility, you agree to the rules contained in our SowetanLIVE and Sunday World comment moderation policy.

What are cookies and why do I need them to use SowetanLIVE and Sunday World?

Cookies are tiny, harmless files used by websites to keep track of your personal preferences and settings. Many of our services rely on such cookies to function. If you do not have cookies enabled on your browser, some of the services and settings on the SowetanLIVE and Sunday World websites might fail.

Our call centre might ask you to clear your cookies. Read how to delete cookies in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.

Email newsletters and mobile apps

How do I sign up for SowetanLIVE and Sunday World email newsletters?

When you register at no cost on the SowetanLIVE website, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to receive any of our email newsletters. Once you’ve registered, you can also manage your newsletter subscriptions via your user profile – after signing in, hover over your name at the top right of the website and click on the “Profile” button.

I've signed up for a SowetanLIVE or Sunday World email newsletter but it has not arrived in my inbox. What do I do?

Check your junk mail or rejected mail folder in case your mail server rejected the newsletter. If that is what happened, try to adjust your mail settings. If you haven't received it at all, email us at feedback@sowetanlive.co.za.

How do I unsubscribe from a SowetanLIVE or Sunday World email newsletter?

Click on the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of the newsletter you’ve received in your inbox, or sign in on the SowetanLIVE or Sunday World website and update your newsletter subscriptions list via your user profile – hover over your name at the top right of the website and click on the “Profile” button.

Is there a SowetanLIVE or Sunday World app?

SowetanLIVE has a news app for iOS and Android mobile devices, available for download free of charge from the Apple App Store and the Google Play store

The app is an easy, reliable way to get your news on the go. It's modern and slick but also light and fast to load, which makes it easy on the eye and on your pocket. The app's news stream is updated constantly by our editorial team to include the most important news of the day. You'll also find sizzling hot celebrity and entertainment news; our popular "Picture of the Day" feature; and business and sport updates, among other features.

Other matters

Who are the Sowetan and Sunday World editorial staff?

S'thembiso Msomi is editor-in-chief of the Sowetan, Mapula Nkosi is the editor of Sunday World and  Lebogang Boshomane is the editor of SowetanLIVE and the Sunday World website.

Find more editorial contact details for Sowetan/SowetanLIVE or Sunday World.

Do these websites have RSS feeds?

We have a range of RSS feeds for our websites and individual sections. Get the full list here.

How do I submit an opinion piece?

We do not publish opinion pieces already sent to other newspapers. Submitting an uncommissioned opinion piece is no guarantee that it will be published and we reserve the right to edit all opinion pieces. Email your submission to the Sowetan print edition at newsdesk@sowetan.co.za, to SowetanLIVE at tellus@sowetan.co.za or to Sunday World at sundayworld@tisoblackstar.co.za.

How do I submit a press release or story suggestion?

Email your press release or story idea to the Sowetan at newsdesk@sowetan.co.za or to Sunday World at sundayworld@tisoblackstar.co.za. It will then be evaluated by our news desk. (We don’t publish press releases but they are considered for use in news reports or features.)

How do I report an error on the SowetanLIVE or Sunday World website?

Let us know if you spot any errors, big or small, so that we can correct them. Email feedback@sowetanlive.co.za with a link to the article and explain the problem clearly and concisely.

How do I advertise in the Sunday World or Sowetan newspapers or on SowetanLIVE?

Have a look at our advertising information page.

How do I contact SowetanLIVE, the Sowetan or Sunday World?

Have a look at the "Contact us" pages for SowetanLIVE or Sunday World.