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About SowetanLIVE

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SowetanLIVE, published by Arena Holdings 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 Archive

Until August 2019, the SowetanLIVE website also published content from the weekly celebrity news and gossip tabloid Sunday World. The Sunday World newspaper was sold in mid-2019 to Fundudzi Media. For Sunday World content prior to August 31 2019 please email syndication@arena.africa.

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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Arena Holdings BEE credentials

Arena Holdings is the publisher and owner of Sowetan and SowetanLIVE, among others. It is a Level 4 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 proudly displays the “FAIR” stamp of the Press Council of South Africa, indicating our commitment to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Print and online media which prescribes that our reportage is truthful, accurate and fair.

Should you wish to lodge a complaint about our news coverage, please lodge a complaint on the Press Council’s website, alternatively email the complaint to enquiries@ombudsman.org.za or contact the Press Council on 011 484 3612.

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.