March is all about Africa and hot action on DStv Compact

DStv Compact celebrates South African flavour and international action and fun this March with the launch of tVN and new shows from Chef Nti Ramaboa and Chef Katlego Mlambo

March on DStv Compact is authentic, African and action-packed, with plenty of international flavour to enjoy, too.

Looking for a taste? Chef Nti Ramaboa and Chef Katlego Mlambo are bringing us the African renaissance as they turn the spotlight on South African and African cooking, from street food to fine dining. It’s time to give Africa’s food culture the respect it deserves! And the new African lifestyle channel Honey (DStv channel 173) will be searching for the next big social media sensation.

March sees the launch of Korea’s top entertainment channel tVN (DStv channel 134), bringing you even more series, and all the K-Pop reality action. The British lifestyle legends Nigella, Graham Norton and Gok Wan are back, too, to make your March more fun.

And if you’re looking for addictive entertainment, DStv Compact’s March reality series will fill your popcorn box to overflowing as RuPaul, ex-Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, Zodwa Wabantu and the Kardashians raise the roof.

Had enough of reality? Keep your eyes wide open for DStv Compact’s action-packed March series like Coroner, Miss Scarlet & The Duke, NCIS, The Rookie and S.W.A.T.

March yourself over to that TV set and settle in for a great month.

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Introducing K-Pop Up channel tVN

The brand-new Korean entertainment pop-up channel tVN (DStv channel 134) launches on Monday, 1 March with a host of dramas, comedies, action shows, supernatural fantasy series, along with two K-Pop reality series that will make you a K-stan if you haven’t already been swept up in the global phenomenon yet. The channel will be available for 4 months, and all series will show from start to end, some dubbed into English in the US, and others with English subtitles. Check out what’s to come:

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Compact series

It’s an action-packed March as DStv Compact lays down the law with the long-awaited return of Coroner, the introduction of Victorian detective series Miss Scarlet & The Duke, and favourites like NCIS, The Rookie and S.W.A.T. And if you’re looking for something a little different, Lena Waithe’s brilliant The Chi is back, too, along with brand-new Mexican telenovela Don’t Mess With An Angel.


Coroner S3

The season starts in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Jenny and her colleagues at the coroner’s office, including new pathologist Melanie (Uni Park), thoroughly overwhelmed by the flood of bodies – not all of whom were victim to the virus. In her personal life Jenny, who’s now single again, will embrace some unusual therapies as she gets to grips with her past trauma. And Detective Donovan will have to come to terms with his own looming health crisis.
Watch from Monday, 8 March on Universal (DStv channel 117) at 20:00

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Miss Scarlet & The Duke S1

This fun period drama follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) as she takes over her late father’s detective agency, refusing to marry to escape her now dire financial situation. But since she’s living in Victorian England, she isn’t allowed to own and operate a business without a male business partner – enter her reluctant childhood best friend, William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), who’s also her father’s former protégé. Now… how long will it take these detectives to spot William’s crush on Eliza?
Watch from Monday, 8 March on BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) at 20:00

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The big news for this season of the military police procedural NCIS is that former special agent Ziva David (Cate de Pablo) is returning from the “grave” to save her former boss Gibbs’s (Mark Harmon) life. Gibbs is going to get personally involved with his new single mom neighbour, Mira Sahar Azam (South African actress Louise Barnes), and her son, 9-year-old Phineas (Jack Fisher). And one of Gibb’s buddies might be dating a lonely hearts killer he met on a dating website.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 18:30

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The Rookie S2

As the season begins, Nolan needs a new training officer and some way of coming to terms with the nature of the job, following the stressful situations that he went through in S1. And, of course, Nolan and Jessica’s relationship is on track to add even more complications. The rookies will need to develop their first informants, and cop work this season will include escorting a female serial killer, dealing with a missile crisis, a fellow officer’s abduction, and chasing up leads on cold cases.
Watch from Tuesday, 2 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10

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S.W.A.T. S3

The 20-David squad, headed by S.W.A.T. leader Sergeant Daniel Hondo Harrelson Jr., welcomes Detective Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington) to their ranks as a tactical consultant, appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles. When she tries to make radical changes to their strategy, though, Hondo questions her motives. And Jim Street’s estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardrict), rocks up (episode 5) to assist with a joint investigation between S.W.A.T. and the Long Beach Police Department.
Watch from Wednesday, 17 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 19:10

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The Chi S3

Lena Waithe’s Chicago-based drama shifts the spotlight from how violence impacts young black men, to include how violence of all sorts impacts the women in their communities, too. Ronnie goes in search of a teenager named Keisha (Birgundi Baker) who’s being held captive in a storyline that explores victim blaming. And The Chi brings in its first lead trans character, Imani (Jasmine Davis), whose fight to overcome her own struggles has filled her with a desire to fight other people’s battles, too.
Watch from Thursday, 6 March on M-Net City (DStv channel 115) at 21:40

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Don’t Mess With An Angel S1

Marichuy (Maite Perroni) grows up as a humble orphan after her birth mother, Cecilia, entrusts her to a priest who then abandons her at an orphanage. At the age of 14, she is raped by a drunken stranger, and then, having become rebellious, she is arrested. Psychiatrist Juan Miguel places her in the care of Cecilia and her strict husband, unaware that they are in fact her real parents. But Marichuy’s presence raises the hackles of Estefanía, a con artist who’s been pretending to be Cecilia’s lost daughter.
Watch Mondays-Fridays from Monday, 1 March on tlNovelas (DStv channel 133) at 19:15

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Reality, but better!

African lifestyle channel Honey is stepping it up in March with the reality talent show The Next Big Trender, drag fans can look forward to the hilarious and delightful RuPaul’s Drag Race UK S2, ex-Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump is bringing the party to you in her Overserved series. And if you like it spicy, Zodwa Wabantu is back and new confrontational series AmaBishop is placing church leaders in the hot seat. All this, a final KUWTK season, and so much more in March on DStv Compact…

And don’t miss…

Her Majesty: Busiswa S1

Busiswa makes her way to the BET Palace. From her throne, she’ll reveal where she came from, delve into her award-winning music career, bring us the real stories from her collaborations with international superstars, and open up about how she juggles family life with her busy schedule.

Watch from Saturday, 20 March on BET (DStv channel 129) at 19:30

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Live your best Brit life

Nigella, Graham Norton, Gok Wan and the Desi wedding team at Scotland’s Saffron Events are serving up a feast of British lifestyle entertainment this March.

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A taste of Africa


Inside Job With Chef Katlego S1

Joburg-based Chef Katlego Mlambo (head chef at the Marabi Club) takes us on a food journey around the world to share fine African and South African dining at its best. Chef Mlambo has cooked for former US President Barack Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Watch from Saturday, 13 March on Food Network (DStv channel 175) at 19:00

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Street Food of Africa S1

Follow fabulous Chef Nti Ramaboa on her journey around South Africa, from the cities to the townships, to uncover the defining characteristics of our modern culinary culture. Along the way she will be hunting down those dishes that make South Africa tick as a nation.
Watch from Wednesday, 17 March on Food Network (DStv channel 175) at 19:55

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For the kids

There’s something special for boys and girls of all ages this March. Coop & Cami and the Spyders are back with online madness for the tweens. Spider-Man unites with The Avengers and Guardians of The Galaxy for an amazing crossover season. And new series Elliott From Earth whisks kids into space for intergalactic adventures. Plus, the Siyaya kids are back with some educational wildlife fun.

Action movie escape

Sylvester Stallone stars in a triple bill of Escape Plan movies coming your way this March.


Escape Plan

When Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone), a lawyer turned prison security tester, goes undercover as an arrested terrorist inside the world's most secret and secure prison, he persuades inmate Emil Rottmayer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to help him to plot and execute a prison break in this twisty thriller.

Watch on Sunday, 7 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00

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Escape Plan 2

Prison security tester Ray Breslin’s (Sylvester Stallone) protégé, Shu Ren (Huang Xiaoming), is kidnapped and trapped in an elaborate prison called Hades where inmates are forced to fight each other. While Shu plots his escape, Breslin makes plans from the outside to help him.

Watch on Sunday, 14 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00

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Escape Plan: The Extractors

Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) infiltrates a prison complex called Devil’s Station with his team to free the kidnapped daughter of a business mogul. But they’re walking into a trap set by the insane son of an old enemy, who’s taken Breslin’s girlfriend Abigail (Jaime King) hostage.

Watch on Sunday, 21 March on M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) at 20:00

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And don’t miss…


Vicious Fun

In this horror comedy film set in the 1980s, Joel (Evan Marsh), the snide and sarcastic film critic for a horror magazine, stumbles across a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Using his appetite for the grotesque, he must blend in with the group of 5 killers and escape discovery throughout the night – or become their next victim.

Watch on Thursday, 4 March on TNT (DStv channel 137) at 20:00

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North Korea: Inside The Mind of A Dictator

Experts, journalists, government officials and even an assassin explore North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s leadership decisions over the past 3 years, including his meeting with US ex-President Donald Trump, the country’s history of isolationism, and the rise of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, and her use of fear and violence to maintain order. Among the rare and exclusive interviews in the documentary, for the first time ever João Micaelo, Kim’s former childhood classmate, speaks about visiting Kim in North Korea.

Watch on Tuesday, 2 March on National Geographic (DStv channel 181) at 21:00

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NB! This is just the tip of your viewing iceberg. Check out the DStv Family and Access highlights packages to see what else will be coming your way this March. 

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