South Africa gets its first full-time motoring channel next month when the Ignition channel goes from weekends only to 24-hour, seven-days-a-week programming. Its home remains channel 189 on the DSTV bouquet.

With the expansion in broadcasting hours, comes 20 new hours of programming every week including both international and local content. The Ignition GT panel discussion on new cars hosted by Marius Roberts (of which our own editor Steve Smith is a regular participant) remains, along with what the Ignition promises to be a vibrant slate of new local shows.

The expanded line-up will include new faces on Ignition as well as some old favourites. Rally driver Gugu Zulu heats up the track on Ignition GT every week as the GT LapZ segment searches for the fastest cars in the land; Sagie Moodley and Adam Ford continue to give viewers the lowdown on what cars to spend their money on in Buyer’s Guide; and Petrolheads, hosted by spunky newcomer Sbu Skosana, brings all the latest from the hottest motoring events in Southern Africa. Joining Sbu on one of the channel’s top-rated shows is DJ Deon Govender - continuing his search for the sickest tuned cars in KZN and superbabe Rikki Brest, who’ll be chatting to local celebs about the cars they drive.

Other home-grown programmes like The Bike Show, That 4x4 Show and Street Rods Africa are also in the line-up for the coming months. And new shows in development include Laduma with Vooma – a peek into the motoring lives of SA’s top soccer stars, and Tuned in SA – a showcase of what the country’s top tuners are up to.

New international shows that will appeal to the ultimate petrol head include Supercars, a German-produced series that goes under the hoods of the world’s fastest and most expensive machines; I Want That Car takes British vehicle buyers to famous UK race tracks to size up three different options when it comes to buying a used car; And Funkmaster Flex gets to grips with celebrity rides – literally – as this hip hop DJ gets to work on customising ordinary cars and transforming them into ferocious street rides in Fast Machines with Funkmaster Flex.

Ignition will kick off with its new programming schedule on Saturday 5 July on DStv Channel 189 and will be available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Family customers. Any programmes missed over the weekend can be viewed as repeats during the week, with Monday to Friday prime time programming airing between 7pm and 11pm.