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About SowetanLIVE

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SowetanLIVE, published by Arena Holdings (formerly Tiso Blackstar Group) in Johannesburg, is the website of the Sowetan, the English-language South African daily newspaper that started in 1981 as a liberation struggle publication and which serves a proudly South African readership who have earned the right to be in the know and on the move. Nwabisa Makunga is the editor of the newspaper.

The website carries content from the print edition of the Sowetan along with unique online-only content throughout the day, all week long – general and political news; entertainment and celebrities; soccer and other sport; and much more. It is one of South Africa's largest online news publications, with a highly engaged audience of more than 1.5-million readers per month.

All online content is free to read, though readers need to register (quick and free) to read certain articles, comment on articles or subscribe to our range of email newsletters. (Already registered on BusinessLIVE or TimesLIVE? Sign in with the same details.)

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Sunday World

Until August 2019, the SowetanLIVE website also published content from the weekly celebrity news and gossip tabloid Sunday World. Tiso Blackstar Group (now Arena Holdings) sold the Sunday World newspaper in mid-2019 to Fundudzi Media, though the SowetanLIVE web archive still contains all Sunday World content up to August 31 2019.

Contact us

Tel: +27 11 280 3000


Physical address: Hill on Empire, 16 Empire Road, Johannesburg

Subscriptions call centre: Tel: 0860 52 52 00 or helpdesk@sowetanlive.co.za

7am–4pm SA time (GMT +2) on weekdays or 7am–12pm on Sundays

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To advertise online or in print, email our sales team on websitesales@arena.africa.

  • Retail advertising queries: Debbie Thompson on thompsond@arena.africa or Tel: +27 11 340 9386.
  • Agency advertising queries: Debbie Thompson on thompsond@arena.africa or Tel: +27 11 340 9386.
  • Government advertising manager: Tiny Koaho on koahot@arena.africa or Tel: +27 11 280 3163
  • Direct and classified advertising: Tel: +27 11 280 3434/5/6
  • Digital advertising: Eben Gewers, GM: sales, on +27 11 340 3878/+27 82 374 6287 or gewerse@arena.africa

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Arena Holdings BEE credentials

Arena Holdings (formerly Tiso Blackstar Group) is the publisher and owner of Sowetan and SowetanLIVE, among others. It is a Level 5 contributor to broad-based black economic empowerment on the generic scorecard set out by the Department of Trade and Industry.

View our B-BBEE verification certificate.

Press code

SowetanLIVE subscribes to the Press Council's Code of Ethics and Conduct for South African Print and Online Media, which prescribes news that is truthful, accurate, fair and balanced.

If we don’t live up to the code, please contact the public advocate at Tel: +27 11 484 3612. You can also contact the case officer at khanyim@ombudsman.org.za or lodge a complaint online at www.presscouncil.org.za.

Arena Holdings is also a member of the IAB SA, the non-profit, non-government organisation helping SA's leading media companies, advertising agencies, brands and technology firms excel in digital marketing and related activities.