Watch: 2023’s most popular news videos


RNews has posted more than 600 videos on our YouTube channel in the past year. From recipes and interviews with famous artists to footage of devastating fires and floods.

Here are the most viewed videos on our YouTube channel this year.

  1. Fire destroys holiday resort

In September this year, a fire at the Mabalingwe game farm destroyed thousands of hectares of vegetation and quite a few holiday homes. This video shows the damage done to some of the houses and has been viewed 14,691 times.

  1. Tears of joy: Hero dog Sussie is home

Tears of joy flowed freely when Sussie, the missing long-haired Jack Russell terrier, was located safely in the woods near the Vaal shopping center in Vanderbijlpark after more than a week. This video about sister’s homecoming has been viewed 15,304 times.

  1. David de Wet’s Gatemaster

This young entrepreneur made a smart plan with a farm gate. In this video, which has been viewed 18,851 times, David de Wet shows how his invention works.

  1. Zak drives up price

If there are two things eight-year-old Zak Thuynsma has mastered, it is how to market a boran beef and a biltong farmer. The video showing how this young man demonstrates his auctioneer skills has been viewed 25,170 times.

  1. Fires continue to rage at Mabalingwe Game Reserve

The video of the fires at Mabalingwe in September was taken by a reader and viewed 27,228 times.

  1. Body of Garsfontein learner found on rugby field

A Gr. The body of a Year 10 learner from Hoërskool Garsfontein in the east of Pretoria was found on the school’s rugby field. Her mother last saw her alive at home at midnight on Monday. RNews visited the school and spoke to the police. The video about it has been viewed 29,904 times.

  1. Vetkoekpaleis II on the way

RNews visited the set of a brand new Vetkoekpaleis series. The video, which includes interviews with the actors, has been viewed 33,314 times.

  1. ‘Goosebumps moment’ when school band decided to stop with load shedding

This video of the Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria’s band has been viewed the third most times on RNews’s YouTube channel. The girls didn’t let load shedding get in the way of their performance. The video shows the girls playing on in the dark, even though they can’t see the conductor or the sheet music. It has been viewed 41,568 times.

  1. Caravans are washing away at the Mangolds Pool caravan park

At the Mangolds Pool caravan park in Port Elizabeth, a number of caravans and structures were swept away by sea currents in September. This video has been viewed the second most (44,829 times) and shows the scene of destruction.

  1. Steve Hofmeyr talks to RNews about the man

The popular Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr visited RNews’s offices in March and undertook a candid video interview. This video has been viewed 128,800 times, the most of any video posted this year. In the video Steve discusses, among other things, his controversial statements, cancellation culture, his popularity as an artist despite opposition and the preservation of Afrikaans. If you haven’t watched it yet, here is the video: