The top local talk shows from the past two decades

We take a look at some of the earliest local talk shows that caught the attention of South of many South Africans.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:45 PM  | Top of The


With the news of Ayanda Ncwane launching her own talk show that will be focusing on women issues we decided to take a walk down memory lane & highlight some of the top local talk shows of the past decade.

Having lost her husband almost 5 months ago, Ayanda Ncwane has gradually picked up the pieces of her life one project at a time.

On Thursday afternoon, the mother of two announced that she would be starting her own talk show in the near future. We're not sure when the decision to kick start the talk show came to fruition, but we'd like to believe that the decision was also influenced by her interview on Real Talk with Anele recently.

In the past, South Africa has been blessed with numerous talk shows that have talked many social issues that we still deal with in the present day.

Here are some talk shows we've come to appreciate.

Felicia Mabuza-Suttle Show


If memory serves us correct, the Felicia Suttle Show was the first talk show to be hosted by a black woman in post-apartheid South Africa.

Every week, South African's tuned to watch Felicia-Mabuza-Suttle drive the show as guests and the audience engaged in serious matters that included drugs, domestic abuse, racism and more.

If you're feeling nostalgic, you can view the Felicia Suttle Show on  SABC Encore as well.

Asikhulume, Let's Talk with Xolani Gwala

Xolani Gwala

Before Mzansi Magic came to save us from our Sunday night boredom, for some reason, we enjoyed watching Asikhulume, Let's Talk, with Xolani Gwala. Especially considering how abrasive he was with his questions towards his guests.

Xolani hardly beats around the bush, he always went straight for the jugular especially with questions that needed some serious answers.

3Talk with Noeleen


Apart from Isidingo, this talk show was the only reason why we continued to watch the channel. What we enjoyed about 3Talk with Noeleen is that it not only focused on social issues but at times also managed to speak on light-hearted topics.

People of the South with Dali Tambo

Dali Tambo

This was basically the 90's version of Real Talk with Anele, the only difference is that it was hosted by a man and done back in the 90's.

Dali Tambo was able to get almost any celebrity to interview at the time. Our most favourite interview with a celebrity by him was when he got to interview Brenda Fassie.


We just received a message from a very disgruntled reader who is not impressed that our list does not feature the Phat Joe Show, which played in the early 2000's. So without further ado here it is.

The Phat Joe Joe Show
Phat Joe Show

The Phat Joe Show also now repeats on SABC Encore as well. We recall the many great guests and interviews Phat Joe had on this show. To be honest, the Phat Joe Show should've aired for years on end.

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