English-language newspapers and TV available? Cost?

There is a service called DSTV that has US and English programming. It is worth the cost. - Apr 2013


There are no locally-produced English newspapers. However, you can get South African DSTV satellite (we do). It's actually pretty good, and has different packages (you have to pay in cash for up to a year in advance), but our premium package costs about $120 a month. We get U.S. channels like Comedy Central, National Geographic, Discovery and TLC and also can pick up BBC stations. South African television often runs U.S. shows, but you will suffer if you are a sports fan. You can get lots of soccer and cricket, but for American football, baseball or hockey (the only sports I watch), you have to get AFN. The problem with that: AFN only covers one game at a time. Internet is your best bet for sports. - Nov 2012


AFN - Aug 2010


We had AFN which was a military channel. You can also get DSTV which is South African and is great. I don't know about the costs. - Aug 2008


There is a South African satellite system - but it can be expensive to start up. Most Embassy families rely on AFN.You can get English-language magazines from street vendors. But daily newspapers are in French. - Jul 2008


Unknown. Possibly satellite TV but unsure of the cost. - Jun 2008


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