Sci-Fi Channel Southern Africa

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SCI-FI SOUTHERN AFRICA (SCIFISA) was a sister-channel of the satellite and cable station Sci-Fi Channel Europe. Based out of South Africa, SCIFISA had much of the same content as its UK counterpart, but it was a separate feed with its own scheduled programming.

The full extent of its coverage area is unknown, but based on available listings information, it reached north-east to Mozambique. (Geographically, the other countries that could be classed as being in the southern region of Africa would include Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.)

The station was available on Channel 39 of the South African-based DStv platform (launched on 6 October 1995), and on Canal 21 in Mozambique.

Sci-Fi Southern Africa was closed down on 1 July 2004.

Generic Sci-Fi listing (doesn't include Doctor Who) from Mozambique guide TV Zine, June 2004 - the month before the channel was closed down


The 1996 TV Movie aired twelve times on SCIFISA:

  • Friday, 27 December 2002 (6.30am)
  • Sunday, 29 December 2002 (1.20pm)
  • Tuesday, 31 December 2002 (5.00pm)
  • Friday, 3 January 2003 (2.30pm)
  • Sunday, 26 January 2003 (4.00pm)
  • Sunday, 2 March 2003 (8.00pm)
  • Saturday, 8 March 2003 (12.35am)
  • Saturday, 8 March 2003 (6.30pm)
  • Wednesday, 21 May 2003 (8.00pm)
  • Saturday, 24 May 2003 (6.35pm)
  • Thursday, 7 August 2003 (8.00pm)
  • Friday, 8 August 2003 (5.25pm)

TV Listings

Our airdates info comes from the THIS WEEK IN DOCTOR WHO site:

Generic pages relating to SCIFISA (but with no Doctor Who coverage) can be found on the WayBack Machine site: