Excellence, perfection & action on DStv Access this July

From Ntokozo Ngcobo’s queenly Ibanathi in Ifalakhe, to Thor himself tackling shark week, and America’s most delightful vets the Critter Fixers, DStv Access is filled with larger than life heroes and heroines this July

DStv Access viewers can expect drama, sharks, vets, extreme lives and the best of family education and entertainment this July.

Local drama series Ifalakhe blends pre-colonial Southern African history and culture with incredible storytelling, costumes, sets and make-up to create a treasure of a show.

Chris Hemsworth: Shark Beach starts off a jampacked Shark Month National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 192), filled with brand-new documentaries this July. And animal lovers have even more coming their way with the utterly charming vet show Critter Fixers: Country Vets and the silly yet addictive America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition.

Curious about how other families live their lives? Try Extreme SistersSeeking Sister Wives7 Little Johnstons or Extreme Salvage Squad for a glimpse behind the curtain. Or explore your own lifestyle inspiration options with The Travel Show: Road To RecoveryThe Wonders of GreeceHow To Garden With Carol Klein, and Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters. There are also 3 shows to help guide lifestyle change: The Truth About Sugar, The Truth About Stress, and Loving Gluten Free.

Plus, DStv Access has 7 new series and seasons for kids, from local animator Lwazi Msipha’s series My Cartoon Friend, to educational series like Teeny Tiny CreaturesDaisy and Ollie, Waffle The Wonderdog, Mister Maker At Home, My World Kitchen, and A Week To Beat The World. And if you want to share a little family time together, you can see a different Ice Age movie each Saturday throughout July.

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The big drama

Ifalakhe S1

In this local fantasy-drama set in South Africa’s pre-colonial past, Khombindlela (Bheki Sibiya) the Okuhle king has 7 daughters and longs for a male heir. With both of his wives pregnant, he’s hoping for his wish to come true, but he’s also about to go into battle with King Ndukuzakhe (Bheki Ngcobo) of the Khanya tribe. After swaying the course of the battle with magic, Khombindlela is given a prophecy: his firstborn will unify kingdoms and be a powerful leader. But his second born will bring nothing but destruction, darkness and death.

Watch from Saturday, 3 July on Mzansi Wethu (DStv channel 163) at 21:00

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Shark Month! Shark Month! Shark Month!

Welcome to July’s shark infested waters on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 192)! Get ready to learn more about the latest developments in shark research and protection, along with new ways to predict shark attacks.Heading up the month is Chris Hemsworth: Shark Beach. There are new compilations of When Sharks Attack, in which scientists analyse shark attack incidents around the globe. And there are brand new shark documentaries playing every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month for DStv Access viewers.



This Sharkfest, National Geographic Wild will feature 20 brand new premieres of 1-hour documentaries and series including the following 10 exciting shows:

Saturday, 10 July at 18:00 Rogue Shark? In October 2018, a small patch of water in the remote Whitsunday islands off Australia was rocked by a series of shark attacks. What was bringing humans and sharks into dangerous contact?

Sunday 11 July at 18:00 Sand Eating Shark: In Fernando do Noronha off the coast of Brazil, lemon sharks have mastered the art of catching sardines in the surf zone...with a little help from some unexpected friends.

Saturday, 17 July at 18:00 Shark Attack-Tics: Sharks come in 500 different shapes and sizes, all hunters in their own right. See Wobbegong sharks go tail-fishing, Epaulet sharks walk on land, Tiger sharks chew through metal and Reef Tips that prowl in packs.

Sunday, 18 July at 18:00 Shark Gangs: Sharks are mostly seen as solitary hunters outside the “feeding frenzy”. But scientists have recently discovered a surprising new behaviour that shows how this apex predator likes to hang out in gangs.

Sunday, 18 July at 18:45 50 Shades of Sharks: This documentary uncovers seldom seen or explored aspects of sharks’ lives, revealing their fragile, delicate, ingenious, collaborative and even clumsy sides.

Saturday 24 July at 18:00 World's Most Dangerous Shark? The Oceanic Whitetip has attacked and eaten nearly 2,000 humans – more than the Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks combined. But is there an even deadlier manhunter out there?

Sunday, 25 July at 18:00 World's Biggest Bullshark: Marine Ecologist Dr. Neil Hammerschlag teams up with former Royal Marine Commando James Glancy and Evolutionary Biologist, Dr. Toby Daly-Engel to uncover how the recently caught female shark nicknamed Big Bull grew to be so huge.

Sunday, 25 July at 18:45 The Sharks of Hawaii: cinematographer Paul Atkins explores the remote reefs of the Hawaiian archipelago, to the world-famous beaches of Waikiki in search of the Hawaiian islands' 40 species of sharks, to reveal some curious behaviour seen nowhere else on Earth.

Saturday, 31 July at 18:00 Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story: Paige Winter was only 17 years old when she lost a leg and portion of her hand to a shark. Experts try to determine what kind of shark was responsible, while Paige advocates for shark conservation even as she works to overcome her fears.

Saturday, 31 July at 18:45 The Croc That Ate Jaws: Shark and croc experts Dr. Mike Heithaus and Dr. James Nifong analyse new evidence of clashes between sharks and crocs at sea.

Watch Saturdays-Sundays from Saturday, 3 July on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 182) at 18:00

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More animal antics

Sharks aren’t the only animals to love on DStv Access this July!

Critter Fixers: Country Vets S1

Watch from Friday, 2 July on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 182) at 18:00

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America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition

Watch from Wednesday, 28 July on National Geographic Wild (DStv channel 182) at 18:00

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Fascinating lives

DStv Access is filled with real people living strange lives this July, from the Extreme Sisters whose obsession with 1 another is raising eyebrows, to the Seeking Sister Wives families who’re exploring modern polygamy. The 7 Little Johnstons are back too, to show us what life is like for little people. And new series Extreme Salvage Squad takes us inside 1 of the world’s most dangerous jobs.

Live your best life

Whether you’re curious about how the rest of the world is traveling these days, or home is best in your eyes, DStv Access has shows that can help inspire your lifestyle this July. The BBC’s reporters travel around their own country in The Travel Show: Road To Recovery, and historian Bettany Hughes explores The Wonders of Greece. Find out How To Garden With Carol Klein, and Britain's crafty Kirstie Allsopp challenges celebs to try new crafts in Kirstie's Celebrity Craft Masters. There are also 3 shows that offer insight on the benefits of lifestyle change: The Truth About Sugar, The Truth About Stress and Loving Gluten Free, which offers relief and inspiration in the kitchen to anyone living with coeliac disease.

TV for the kid squad

DStv Access has 7 new series and seasons just for kids this July! They’re educational, they’re fun, they’re silly and they’re delightfully watchable. Local animator Lwazi Msipha stars alongside 1 of his own creations in My Cartoon Friend. Teeny Tiny Creatures teaches little kids all about the animals they can see around them at home. Daisy and Ollie introduces small kids to asking and answering questions about the natural world and physics. Waffle The Wonderdog is full of fun and nonsense that helps kids to learn from his mistakes. Mister Maker At Home is filled with creative ideas for crafts to do around the house. My World Kitchen shows kids in the kitchen cooking dishes from their home cultures. And A Week To Beat The World will introduce kids to some amazing seldom-seen sports played all over the globe...

Saturday kids’ movies

Every Saturday at 17:00 this July, M-Net Movies 4 (DStv channel 108) will play a different Ice Age movie! Kids can see them in their original running order and you can watch them fall in love with Scrat and his search for a nut and true love. But mostly that nut.


This could just be the tip of your viewing iceberg.

If you’re considering checking out the Premium, Compact Plus, Compact or Family packages, July is a great month to switch!

DStv Premium knocks it out of the park with the local crime thriller everyone’s going to be talking about, Reyka. You can check out all of the Discovery Channel’s shark shows, the brand new Law & Order: Organised Crime brings back Chris Meloni’s Elliot Stabler, and science gets silly in comedy series Moonbase 8.

Compact Plus subscribers will be crying over dramatic pet and owner reunions in Doug To The Rescue, and laughing along with the final season of Insecure and the brand new Kenan Thompson sitcom, Kenan. And local show fans will get the latest seasons of comedy Lui Maap Op, Belinda and chilling crime drama Spoorloos, along with animal whisperer series Dierepraters.

There are a bajillion reasons to watch DStv Compact including The Great Kenyan Bake Off, the launch of the brand new season of Idols, all the hottest new Mzansi Magic series including the return of church lady superdrama Abomama, new nailbiting thriller Nqobile, and reality series Unefa. And there are brand new martial arts movies on KIX, too.

And DStv Family viewers are getting their own treats including the new season of dog & cop drama Hudson & Rex, documentary Impact With Gal Gadot on National Geographic (DStv channel 181), Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s breathtakingly gorgeous food series Jan, community justice in a new season of S'Khipha Amafiles, Beer Adriaanse’s new game show Slim Vang Sy Baas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s comedy autobiography series Young RockThe Neighborhood, and more laughs in First Wives Club.

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