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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 now 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 more than 1.5-million readers per month who spend on average nearly five minutes on each article.
The website is also the home of the popular Mzansi’s Sexiest contest. Every year, our readers choose two celebrities as Mzansi’s Sexiest male and female. The top 12 celebrities are featured in our downloadable calendar.
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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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.