Gupta-TV launch met with a series of WTFs?

Africa News Network7 (ANN7) is the product of a Gupta family partnership with Duduzane Zuma . 

It is being launched under the umbrella of Infinity Media – a joint venture between India's Essel Media and the Gupta firm Oakbay Investments.

The 24-hour channel on DStv received a prime-time slot on SABC.

The channel follows on the launch of the SABC's own 24-hour channel earlier this month, which was widely panned. ANN7's pilot on Wednesday evening too was met with some rather mixed reactions from the Twitter-sphere:

Others were kinder about the fledgling news channel:

Both ANN7 and the SABC are perceived to be sympathetic to Zuma and his government. One of the Guptas' empowerment partners is Zuma's son, Duduzane, who, with Rajesh Gupta, is a director of Mabengela Investments and sits on the board of directors of JIC Mining with Rajesh, the Mail & Guardian previously reported.

The fiasco in May when the Guptas' wedding plane landed at Waterkloof Air Force Base – after being denied permission by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – appears not to have dampened their working relationship with the SABC.

But controversy over free screenings by the public broadcaster of business breakfast events hosted by the Gupta-owned New Age news­paper continues, as state-owned companies have paid millions of rands to bankroll the breakfasts.

SABC's acting chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has previously defended the SABC's involvement with the Guptas. He said the SABC would happily trade news content with ANN7, if requested, just as it would with other broadcasters.

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.


Test backlog skews SA’s corona stats

With thousands of samples still waiting to be processed, labs are racing to ramp up testing to help the government gain a better idea of how prevalent Covid-19 really is

M&G’s latest Covid-19 projections

Covid-19 numbers are prompting disaster declarations and dramatic action across South Africa this week. All steps should be directed by numbers

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories