DTV | DeafTV South Africa

DTV was originally designed as a youth magazine programme for the deaf and hard of hearing, and has become the pioneer in deaf television programmes – serving as an example in Europe and Britain for programmes such as Vee-TV, the British equivalent of DTV. DTV has been commissioned by SABC 3 on a yearly basis since 1996, and each weekly episode of DTV features stories designed to inspire, empower and educate.

The production house responsible for DTV, The New Production Corporation, pioneered the ongoing training of deaf television crew members in South Africa. During its 18 year existence, The New Production Corporation has trained deaf directors, assistant directors, presenters, actors, sub-title editors, camera, wardrobe, and continuity persons, production assistants, scriptwriters and runners. Louis Neethling, the first director trained by DTV, was offered employment by the BBC and has been directing award winning dramas since 2002. This speaks of the standard of training in the company. He is currently training deaf individuals all over Europe for the television industry.

DTV and The New Production Corporation have always been driven by the vision of “for the Deaf by the Deaf”.

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Natasha Parkins-Maliko

DTV would like to congratulate Natasha Parkins-Maliko on being selected as the Africa Regional Representative for WASLI. We are sure that she will make a big difference with this challenging new role. Part of what Natasha hopes to accomplish during her 4-year term includes: Encourage the establishment of national associations of sign language interpreters in countries […]


South African Sign Language Lessons – Salon

With all that can be done now with hair styles, our hair has become an extension of fashion. We are able to completely change our hair style seasonally, as we do our wardrobe: long, short, colour, straight or curly. There isn’t much we aren’t able to completely change when it comes to our hair. In […]


Chenae Laldee

Chenae Laldee The current Miss Black Deaf America, Chenae Laldee, visited South Africa earlier this year and Thabo Ntatlo got to spend some time with her. Watch this week’s episode of DTV to find out why she was in South Africa, the ways she experiences discrimination in the US, and what she has, and still […]