Following on a groundbreaking and successful first season, the satirical online newscast ZA NEWS is back at last ­ with new puppet characters, a brand new website, new skits and more irreverence than ever. ZA News is a long­term collaboration between famous cartoonist Zapiro and film and TV producer Thierry Cassuto. The satirical newscast consists of life­size puppets of some of South Africa’s most famous and infamous figures: former and current South African presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to name a few.

ZANEWS attracted over 700,000 viewers over the course of its first season last year, shattering previous records to establish ZANEWS as South Africa’s favorite online video content. Although received well by the general South African public, the same cannot be said about the reaction by broadcasters. After SABC showed interest in the show in the beginning, the show never made it to television. But the team found a more globalmedium by which to air their show and with the help of the, the show began broadcasting daily online in October 2009.

“We are able to raise the bar this year, thanks to some really talented young people who have recently joined ZACrew” says Executive Producer / Director Thierry Cassuto who created the show in collaboration with Zapiro. “We’ll be showing new characters, new sets, new skits, a slick new website… and plenty more “teeth”. Overall, I think our fans will be really pleased and we’ll have many surprises for them in the weeks to come.”

“I’m really glad we are finally able to launch season 2. There is just so much material to draw from right now and our writers, our voice artists and our manipulators are all fired up” adds Zapiro.

To mark the launch of the second season, ZA News will be presenting at the Design Indaba Conference where the audience can interact with the puppets and their creators. If you’re looking to get a bit closer, the team will also have a stand at the Design Indaba Expo – and who doesn’t want to get closer to Madiba? The Design Indaba Expo will be running from 26 to 28 February so be sure to make a turn at the stand and have a chat with Tutu or Zuma, because this is the one place where watching the news will leave you with a smile on your face.

As a teaser for the upcoming season, ZANEWS is releasing a parody of 50Cent’s “Baby by me” music video. This version features JZ (Jacob Zuma) and young Julius doing what they do best…

ZANEWS Season 2 debuts on February 23rd and will be streamed daily on

For more information please contact:

Nazeera Hartley

Both Worlds Pictures

021 801 1256