The leading Indian media conglomerate Zee Enterprises will make history by launching South Africa's first entertainment TV channel Zee Zonke in isiZulu language on 28 August 2023 . isiZulu is the largest of South Africa’s 12 official languages.
The channel is expected to aid in improving Indo-South Africa bilateral relations, as well as the Indo-Zulu relationship.
The introduction of the Zee Zonke ('Zee for All' in isiZulu) channel has received the blessings and support of the office of the Zulu monarch, King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.
Zee Zonke will be a 24/7 channel featuring drama series and novellas that have been fully dubbed in isiZulu, catering specifically to South African viewers.
IsiZulu, a member of the Nguni language family, is spoken by approximately 27.3 million South Africans. It is the most prevalent and widely used indigenous language in the country.
Zee TV, a television channel under the ownership of Zee Entertainment Enterprises, initially debuted in South Africa back in 1996. This move followed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between India and South Africa, which had been suspended for nearly four decades due to apartheid sanctions .
It is the southernmost country on the African continent. The country ended racial segregation based on colour also known as apartheid in 1994.
Nelson Mandela was the first black President of South Africa .
South Africa has three cities that serve as capitals: Pretoria (executive), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).
Twelve languages (Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, South African Sign Language, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, and Zulu) hold official status under the 1996 constitution.
President of South Africa: Cyril Ramphosa
Currency: South African Rand