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With the advent of technology strongly making a mark on how multimedia aptitude is becoming a necessary tool in the everyday running of organisations, it is becoming even more essential for training models to fast track solutions on how to create a knowledge based economy that enables training providers to embrace multimedia platforms as a business game-change to access and create new markets.

 

Accordingly, statistics show that African continent is the fastest growing mobile aggregator in the world, with at least 960 million mobile subscriptions across Africa – which seeing an 80 percent penetration rate among the continent’s population. Of the 216 million internet users, penetration of the platform is at 18%. And with Nigeria’s internet penetration sitting much higher at 53%, its mobile subscription is similar to Africa’s, placing at a staggering 81% penetration and that translating to 150 million mobile subscriptions. This has then created a massive untapped ecosystem and an opportunity for businesses and entities to scale products and offerings to a global market using digital to connect.

 

With this at hand, JT Communication Solutions, independent leaders in the communications, media and public relations sector announce its new multimedia training service and solution to businesses and corporations aimed at assisting clients towards progressing from a traditional, disposable based media mindset to a contemporary and instantaneous web based media alternative.

 

Having earlier in the year graduated our first cohort of students on how to effectively use multimedia and better leverage technology in the arts and culture industry to profile and share authentic African stories; journalists, photographers, videographers and most recently, trainee web developers in the IT stream, gathered in a much needed information exchange on how to migrate to digital means of working and exploit multimedia which to date, in SA remains a missed opportunity in all sectors of business and society.

 

The training aimed for all in need of multimedia guidance draws from a wide pool of experts and ensures that everyone, ranging from small to large organisations, government, micro-entrepreneurs and groups who have been isolated from and need to catch up with the digital shift, find value in this practical offering.

 

Applying the use of video and internet technology with an accent on a synergy of partnerships with social and entrepreneurial conscience, the high-level national training is accessible in a professional and affordable way for individuals and organisations in the artistic, business, cultural and various other sectors and also affords opportunities for personal branding, development and media management.

 

Having carved a niche as highly sought after media practitioners and award winning publicity agency in the arts and culture industries of South Africa and the continent at large, our agency’s passion and creativity is driven by Vanessa Perumal, a pioneer in highlighting an inclusive agenda and representation of SA’s artistic, cultural and entrepreneurial agenda in a new South Africa. Perumal gives a voice to numerous talents while profiling the achievements of global, continental and national artists and businesses in diverse disciplines.

 

Our use of resourceful strategies and understanding of government, business operations and corporate networks, JT Comms commits to informed and professional media practices across various media platforms while giving the highest level of professional excellence and maintaining integrity and a clear vision to put and share positive African narratives with the world.

 

The training workshops held at the African Media Resource Centre of Excellence – a hub for locally produced engaging, cultural and socially relevant content can also be hosted at different venues, at the discretion of the client.  Over the years, the centre’s work has accelerated through a growing support and collaboration of various incentives, continuing to be pioneering while developing local media professionals and producing content that is groundbreaking and unapologetically Pan African.

 

Contact us for a consultation for a multimedia training and keep up with all things digital that are happening in the world.

 

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GfK launches its annual ViewScape study in Africa, showing how the rise of digital platforms is transforming consumers’ viewing habits.

Some 20% of South Africans who sign up for a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service such as Netflix or Showmax do so with the intention of cancelling their pay television subscription. That’s according to GfK’s international ViewScape survey*, which this year covers Africa (South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria) for the first time.

 

The study-which surveyed 1,250 people representative of urban South African adults with Internet access-shows that 90% of the country’s online adults today use at least one online video service and that just over half are paying to view digital online content. The average user spends around 7 hours and two minutes a day consuming video content, with broadcast television accounting for just 42% of the time South Africans spend in front of a screen.

 

Consumers in South Africa spend nearly as much of their daily viewing time – 39% of the total – watching free digital video sources such as YouTube and Facebook as they do on linear television. People aged 18 to 24 years spend more than eight hours a day watching video content as they tend to spend more time with free digital video than people above their age.

 

Says Benjamin Ballensiefen, managing director for Sub Sahara Africa at GfK: “The media industry is experiencing a revolution as digital platforms transform viewers’ video consumption behaviour. The GfK ViewScape study is one of the first to not only examine broadcast television consumption in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, but also to quantify how linear and online forms of content distribution fit together in the dynamic world of video consumption.”

 

The study finds that just over a third of South African adults are using streaming video on demand (SVOD) services, with only 16% of SVOD users subscribing to multiple services. Around 23% use per-pay-view platforms such as DSTV Box Office, while about 10% download pirated content from the Internet. Around 82% still sometimes watch content on disc-based media.

 

“Linear and non-linear television both play significant roles in South Africa’s video landscape, though disruption from digital players poses a growing threat to the incumbents,” says Molemo Moahloli, general manager for media research & regional business development at GfK Sub Sahara Africa. “Among most demographics, usage of paid online content is incremental to consumption of linear television, but there are signs that younger consumers are beginning to substitute SVOD for pay-television subscriptions.”

 

 

*GfK’s annual ViewScape study is run in 19 countries: Australia, Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, South African, Spain, Sweden, UK, US. Full country reports are available for purchase.

 

 

[Source:GFK.com]

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Orange (www.Orange.comand Vivendi (www.Vivendi.com)  have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared, the unique experience of the big screen in the best technical conditions and absolute comfort.

 

CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinemas and performance venues deployed by Vivendi in central and Western Africa, with 8 cinemas open to date, twenty by the end of 2018 and several dozen in the next few years. Every week, several thousand spectators visit each of the cinemas, all equipped with a cutting-edge projection and sound system.

 

As part of this partnership, Orange will offer its “Cinédays” programme in all the CanalOlympia cinemas where Orange is present, i.e. 8 African countries and a dozen multi-purpose cinema and performance venues. Cinédays was launched in the UK in 2004. Today, it is available in Romania, Luxembourg, France, Belgium and Morocco. It enables Orange customers to benefit from a 2 for 1 cinema ticket offer once or twice a week, to invite a person of their choice to share an enjoyable moment at the cinema together.

 

 

The offer will initially be launched in Cameroon, quickly followed by Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Conakry, and Niger, then Mali, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as the CanalOlympia network is deployed.

 

The CanalOlympia cinemas offer a varied programme including French films, films from different African countries, American blockbusters and productions specifically aimed at young people. Orange Studio may contribute to the programming with new co-productions as well as its extensive catalogue of European and African films.

 

Orange will provide its expertise and know-how to ensure the best connectivity and to improve the digital distribution of films in the various CanalOlympia cinemas.

 

Orange’s contribution to this ambitious project will also include the integration of Orange Money, its flagship mobile-based money transfer and financial services offer, now available in 17 countries with over 37 million customers. For the first time, you will be able to pay directly at the cinema using your mobile thanks to the digital tills.

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DEEZER LAUNCHES NEW TRAILBLAZERS PODCAST – THE DEFINITIVE STORIES OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC PIONEERS

  • TRAILBLAZERS presenters Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes celebrate dance and electronic music pioneers in new Deezer Originals podcast
  • Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes are widely respected champions of electronic music with Eddy playing an important role as a broadcaster and DJ, while Nick signed The Prodigy and countless artists as the scene grew in popularity over the years
  • Guests include: Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Gary Numan, Goldie, Mike Pickering, Mary Anne Hobbs and Danny Rampling

 

The world’s most personal global music streaming company, is launching its brand new originals podcast TRAILBLAZERS. The ‘Deezer Originals’ series honours famous artists, DJs and creators who inspired and established a unique genre of music, by transforming electronic music from underground subculture to a multi-million pound industry.

Presented by Eddy Temple-Morris and Nick Halkes, the new Deezer Originals reveals the legendary stories of visionaries who shaped electronic music around the world.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Trailblazers presenter Nick Halkes founded the ground breaking record labels XL Recordings and Positiva before becoming a successful artist manager for The Prodigy, DJ Fresh and Stanton Warriors. He has played an important role in the development of electronic music culture for close to thirty years.

 

Eddy Temple-Morris gave the first ever airplay to acts including Kasabian, Simian Mobile Disco and Justice. As well as presenting daily on Virgin Radio he’s co-curator of the Secret Garden Party festival and is a regular DJ at major music festivals, previously performing at Creamfields Ibiza and High Definition Festival many more.

 

Guests range from the legendary musician Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim, to iconic radio DJ and music mogul, Tony Prince and BBC Radio 6 presenter Mary Anne Hobbs. Each guest tells their unique story, charting  the momentous events that shook and shaped electronic music, including:

  • Gary Numan

  • Norman Cook

  • Mary Anne Hobbs

  • Goldie

  • Mike Pickering

  • Danny Rampling

  • Daniel Miller

  • Tony Prince

  • DJ Zinc

  • Renaat Vandepapeliere

 

Eddy Temple-Morris, co-host on the TRAILBLAZERS podcast, said: “The depth and the richness of storytelling in this series is as mind-blowing as it is heartwarming. This is a legacy project for generations to come and I’m so happy to be working with such a legend in Nick Halkes and with Deezer, who’ve been so supportive. It’s an ongoing electronica resource so people in the future know what happened from 1988 onwards, who made it, who signed it, who played it.”

 

Nick Halkes, joint presenter, said: “With almost 30 years working in the industry and as a lifelong fan of dance and electronic music I have spent countless hours studying and enjoying the work of the industry’s trailblazing artists, DJs and executives. My work launching and building the XL and Positiva labels plus everything I do today is influenced by the pioneers who went before me and who continue to do great work. I loved these conversations and I hope people find the podcasts as enjoyable and interesting as I did!”

 

Chris Baughen, Global VP of Content & Formats at Deezer said: “Having the chance to explore the untold stories behind the creation and growth of such a ground-breaking music genre is incredibly exciting. Our guests come armed with first-hand accounts of the most iconic moments in electronic music history and we can’t wait to share these stories with our listeners.”

Deezer users will be able to access the first TRAILBLAZERS episode here, with future episodes released weekly on the Electronic channel at https://www.deezer.com/us/channels/electronic.

 

 

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Currently, one of the most debated topics influencing innovation is digitalization and its impact on the future of employment. It is met with equal parts excitement and trepidation. No matter how you look at it, digital transformation and a truly connected global economy is already upon us.

 

Siemens (www.Siemens.com) has provided automation equipment and industrial networks to assist Anglo’s Engineering Skills Training Centre (ESTC). One of the pillars of Digitalization is industrial networks and security and it is crucial that these engineers understand the role of this technology in the future of mining.

 

 

As a leader in automation we are continuously expanding our leadership role in Industrial Digitalization. There is an opportunity, especially in Africa to embrace new and exponential technologies combined with human talent to accelerate industrialization and drive economic growth. “We are proud to be supporting Anglo American Platinum to advance skills and opportunities in Africa,” explains Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO for Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa.

 

Gary Humphries, Anglo American Platinum’s Executive Head for Processing was appreciative of Siemens completion of yet another skills project at the ESTC. In his address, Gary said, “Siemens and Anglo American Platinum have been in partnership since 2010 and we have seen approximately 298 artisans successfully trained and qualified at this centre. This vital contribution by Siemens to ESTC will significantly contribute towards the development of the human resource capabilities of our artisans and will help broaden the thinking of the students to explore new career capabilities.  We celebrate the handover of the Siemens Simatic Wall and look forward to the role it will play in training the current and next generation of skilled artisans.”

 

We are ramping up our commitment to the region to meet our customer’s needs, expanding our portfolio for digital enterprises, supporting our customers in the manufacturing and process industries with digitalization, customization and efficiency improvements and investing in equipping our future generation with the right skills,” ends Sabine.

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Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline has fast solidified itself as the premiere music event in the Jo’burg music scene, having presented a host of successful shows with the crème-de-la-crème of music royalty in South

Africa.

kayFollowing the incredibly well-attended Ray Phiri-The Man, The Music and Friendships show, comes one of South Africa’s most prolific artists Judith Sephuma, who will headline the next instalment of Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline on 1 October 2016.

 

 

Judith first burst onto the scene with her critically acclaimed, multiple-award winning debut album titled; A Cry, A Smile, A Dance released in 2001 and has continued to wow jazz audiences across South Africa and the world. Judith Sephuma is a highly versatile, vocally talented artist, having collaborated on songs with various equally highly successful music icons across various music genres, including Michael Bolton, Kenny G and Oliver Mtukudzi to name a few.

 

 

With six jazz albums under her belt, music fans will be in for rare evening of jazz musical brilliance from this award winning artist.  True to her artistry, when asked about what her fans can expect she said “It’s so exciting to be part of this music series that gives music lovers and artists the opportunity to interact in an intimate venue such as Bassline. I’ll be bringing nothing but soothing sounds that will speak to the soul.”

 

 

Joining Judith will be Durban born afro-jazz singer Brenda Mtambo, who is also no stranger to performing to thousands of adoring fans. Having started her career with Joyous Celebration, she has become a fully seasoned afro-jazz artist with an impressive catalogue of music.

 

 

Judith Sephuma and Brenda Mtambo will proudly carry the Afropolitan music torch forward on the 1 October 2016 with phenomenal performances lined-up!

To join us book tickets at www.webtickets.co.za for R180 and R200 at the door.

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5FM warms up for Joburg & CT Live Loud

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The station announced, in June the return of Joburg Live Loud and the addition of Cape Live Loud this September. In the run up to the biggest station events of the year, 5FM will host live events with some of the 5FM DJs and featured acts in Gauteng and Cape Town.

5fmjhbKicking off this weekend, Jimmy Nevis takes over Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch on Saturday, 13 August from 1pm. Jimmy is just one of the performers at Cape Town Live Loud on 24 September at Kenilworth Racecourse.

 

On Saturday, 20 August rapper Emtee and A Reece head to 1 Fox in Johannesburg followed by The Parlotones at Market @ The Sheds in Pretoria on Saturday, 27 August. And on Saturday, 17 September, Dirty Skirts will perform at V an A Food Market.

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For more information on the events and the line-up, visit http://liveloud.5fm.co.za/liveloud/.

Check out our video on YouTube for Joburg and Cape Town Live Loud, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6eegWpNZ78

 

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Ten of Africa’s most influential and iconic contemporary musicians have been nominated for the “Evolution” award, to be presented at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal (MAMA) 2015.

 

 

mamas15MAMA 2015, sponsored by KwaZulu-Natal in association with Absolut Vodka and in partnership with The City of Durban, will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre on Saturday 18 July 2015.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base, “The MAMA “Evolution” award honours established artists who have made an indelible mark on African and global music culture, taken African music to new territories around the world, pushed the boundaries of creativity, and shaped the soundscape of contemporary Africa.”

 

 

 

Nominated in the category are

2Face (Nigeria),

Anselmo Ralph (Angola),

Asa (Nigeria),

Black Coffee (South Africa),

Chameleone (Uganda),

D’Banj (Nigeria),

Fally Ipupa (DRC),

HHP (South Africa),

P-Square (Nigeria)

Samini (Ghana).

 

 

The winner of the Evolution award will be decided jointly by MTV Base and music fans voting online, and via Twitter and Instagram. To vote for your favourite artist, go to at http://mama.mtv.com or use the hashtag #Evolution on Twitter or Instagram, followed by the artist’s name, ie #Evolution2Face, #EvolutionAnselmoRalph, #EvolutionAsa, #EvolutionBlackCoffee, #EvolutionChameleone, #EvolutionDbanj, #EvolutionFallyIpupa, #EvolutionHHP, #EvolutionPSquare or #EvolutionSamini.

 

 

Celebrating the evolution of African musicians by recognising contemporary artists and trailblazers across a range of music and lifestyle categories, the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 will broadcast live across Africa on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), MTV (DStv channel 130) and BET (DStv channel 129) on Saturday 18 July at 21:00 CAT. The show will also be transmitted worldwide on partner stations and content platforms including BET International from 18 July. In addition, a special MAMA-themed edition of MTV’s acclaimed World Stage franchise will air globally on MTV channels around the world on 27 August 2015.

 

 

Tickets for the 2015 MAMA are on sale at Computicket priced R267 (standing). A percentage of proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated by MTV Base to deserving causes in KwaZulu-Natal.

DStv, Gagasi FM and Yfm are the official media partners of the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015 KwaZulu-Natal.

For more information on the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015, please go to www.mtvbase.com or http://mama.mtv.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica. To join the conversation about the awards please use the hashtag #MTVMAMA2015.

 

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hereby issues the Findings Document following the publication of a Discussion Document into the review of South African Local Content on television and radio. The process that drew a lot of attention from interested stakeholders and the general public, summarises the views expressed by interested persons with respect to the regulation of South African Local Content.

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It is the Authority’s view that the summary is not exhaustive, but reflects on salient issues raised by interested parties; and these will assist ICASA to develop positions and draft regulations informed by the consultations and research conducted thus far on South African Local Content.

 

The Authority commends stakeholders who took part in this process, with some submitting that local content must be audited across the entire bouquet of the television service provider rather than requiring each channel to measure compliance with television local content requirements.

 

Others cautioned the Authority that excessively high local content requirements can undermine the viability of broadcasters and pluralism, particularly at the community level as this will lead to a higher number of repeats, ultimately resulting in negative consequences such as the decline in listenership.

 

Even though the Authority is yet to develop its position, it still believes that through South African music and television programming, radio and television can make a vital contribution to democracy, nation building and development in South Africa; while protecting and developing the country’s national cultures and identities, and promoting local industries.

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M-Net Edge clinches HBO deal

Posted by radio On October - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The brand new DStv Premium channel M-Net Edge, which will take television connoisseurs to the edge of entertainment from 20 October 2014 at 19:00, will be the future home of HBO in Africa. M-Net has signed a milestone agreement with the renowned US television network to screen all first-run HBO series, as well its iconic library material, exclusively on M-Net Edge.

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When M-Net Edge launches on DStv’s channel 102 next week, the HBO classic The Sopranos will be a fixture on the schedule on weekdays at 22:00, while viewers will also be able to enjoy the fifth and final season of the highly acclaimed Boardwalk Empire, the period drama starring Steve Buscemi, which has garnered a long list of prestigious awards over the years.

 

In a revolutionary move, M-Net Edge has furthermore created weekend binge-sessions of drama series that previously only occupied late-night slots on M-Net. All prior spectacular seasons of Game of Thrones will be screened on Saturdays from 21:00 before the latest venomous power struggles of Westeros hit screens world wide in Season 5. These Game of Thrones catch-up sessions will include five episodes back-to-back in one go.

 

Among the other HBO shows that will premiere on M-Net Edge at a later stage are new seasons of The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, The Leftovers and Looking. But that’s not where the good news ends: anyone who has been waiting for the chance to watch gut-wrenching or hard-hitting masterpieces like Rome, Banshee and The Wire again, will love M-Net Edge’s plans for 2015.

 

“The deal with HBO is a great coup for us,” says Victor Eckard, Director: M-Net and M-Net Edge. “Throughout the world, HBO is well-known for its groundbreaking, cutting-edge and superior quality productions. Their shows are a perfect fit for the bold new M-Net Edge which aims to delight discerning viewers with risque, yet classy, series. This fantastic partnership also allows us to bring the best HBO series to our shores much faster and you’ll know where to find them first — on channel 102.”

 

“It is great to see M-Net Edge adopt the ‘Home of HBO’ model. It has proven to be successful in many other countries around the world,” said Charles Schreger, President Program Sales for HBO. “We are thrilled to have such a valuable partner like M-Net embrace the HBO brand in this way.”

 

As part of its promotional campaign to launch M-Net Edge, the legendary Iron Throne from Game of Thrones was brought to South Africa. Some of the country’s biggest stars, passionate Game of Thrones fans – and even politicians such as the Western Cape’s Premier Helen Zille – have already taken their seat in this piece of television history.

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