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Oh, it’s digital. Again.

Posted by radio On February - 28 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Digital transformation is not leaving anyone behind. It’s the hero in its own disruptive movie, ensuring the safety of everyone in distress by taking them to places that nobody is entirely sure they understand. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the product of digital’s commitment to change, as is the introduction of emergent technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). Financial institutions are changing their rules of customer engagement and industry verticals after the business silos are following suit. Digital is imperative and it’s one that communication service providers have recognised as one train it needs to ride.

“The telecoms industry is shifting its focus and looking for ways to maintain and grow its subscriber base and part of this is causing them to undertake the journey from operator to digital services provider (DSP),” explains Senior Research and Consulting Manager at International Data Corporation, Sabelo Dlamini. “They want to develop new revenue streams and optimise performance by investing in efficient and automated processes.”

 

Digital opens new spaces within which the operators can build new foundations for the business. It’s where the AI and business intelligence and analytics platforms reside, providing operators with deeper intelligence into customer behaviour and requirements for improved solution development and performance. It allows for greater agility in developing solutions and services and the ability to pivot alongside ever-changing market demand.

 

“One of the primary reasons why operators are moving towards the DSP model now, more so than in the past, is because of shrinking traditional revenues,” says Dlamini. “The market is also being threatened by the over-the-top (OTT) service providers as their competitive pricing and offerings are threatening the survival of the traditional operator. They need to get out from under digital’s cloud and leverage it to their own advantage if they want to survive in the current market.”

 

Disruption is another factor in the changing mindset and strategy of the operator. The industry is being disrupted by fresh new talent and innovative ideas that have sprung out of digital. It’s a whole new world and those that don’t transform and adapt are those that will be tied to the tracks, watching the oncoming train with dispassionate disbelief.

 

“Disruption by new digital-native service providers in the industry is driving the operators to transform themselves into digital service providers,” says Dlamini. “An informed customer base is far more demanding now than in the past – they want better customer experiences at a cheaper price point, and they want it now.”

 

The process isn’t smooth sailing. Disruption and digital and the need to transform notwithstanding, the operators have a lot of legacy technology to deal with. They must find a way of moving away from the rigid processes that they’re used to so that they can develop a more agile and flexible approach to service delivery. This is what the digital-native OTTs are used to, this is their foundation, which puts them at a competitive advantage.

 

“Operators need to change their culture and their approaches,” says Dlamini. “As the picture changes, telcos are no longer the only service providers and the ecosystem has become incredibly diverse. This is an opportunity for the telco that’s paying attention to its customer base but also competition as established OTTs and digital competitors win the war for the customer’s attention.”

 

Many of the telcos in South Africa are aware of the areas in which they need to transform. This awareness is visible in their push for spectrum allocation and their focus on leveraging 5G solutions and technologies. Whether these intentions succeed and whether they successfully transition to the DSP remains to be seen.

 

“The operators need to break down internal silos such as mobile and fixed within the organisation and transform into more customer-centric digital providers, or digital service providers,” concludes Dlamini. “This requires drastic change within the operator itself in order to drive the speed of the train, to ensure that they achieve a successful outcome to the journey.”

 

Are the tracks built? Not really, no. Many operators are still trying to figure out how to smash down internal walls and leverage digital while juggling shrinking margins and disappearing customers. With speed, disruptive thinking and a focus on the value of digital, this may yet be the moment that telcos look back on with fondness. But whether or not they’re there to look back remains to be seen.

 

 

[Article by: IDC]

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The intelligent mine: The real world in sensors

Posted by radio On February - 20 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become many things in the mining industry. A canary that uses sensors to monitor underground air quality, a medic that monitors healthcare, a security guard that’s constantly on guard, and underground mobile vehicle control. It has evolved from the simple connectivity of essential sensors to devices into an ecosystem of indispensable tools and solutions that redefine how mining manages people, productivity and compliance. According to Karien Bornheim, CEO of Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), IoT offers an integrated business solution that can deliver long-term, strategic benefits to the mining industry.

“To fully harness the business potential of IoT, the mining sector has to understand precisely how it can add value,” she adds. “IoT needs to be implemented across the entire value chain in order to deliver fully optimised, relevant and turnkey operational solutions. It doesn’t matter how large the project is, or how complex, what matters is that it is done in line with business strategy and with a clear focus.”

 

Over the past few years, mining organisations have deployed emerging technologies to help bolster flagging profits, manage increasingly weighty compliance requirements, and reduce overheads. These technologies are finding a foothold in an industry that faces far more complexities around employee wellbeing and safety than many others, and that juggles numerous moving parts to achieve output and performance on a par with competitive standards. Already, these technologies have allowed mines to fundamentally change worker safety protocols and improve working conditions. They have also provided mining companies with the ability to embed solutions into legacy platforms, allowing for sensors and IoT to pull them into a connected net that delivers results.

 

“The key to achieving results with any IoT or technology project is to partner with service providers, not just shove solutions into identified gaps,” says Bornheim. “You need to start in the conceptual stage and move through the pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility stages before you start the implementation. Work with trained and qualified chemical, metallurgical, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineers that form a team led by a qualified engineering lead with experience in project management. This is the only way to ensure that every aspect of the project is aligned with the industry and its highly demanding specifications.”

 

Mining not only has complexities in compliance and health and safety, but the market has become saturated, difficult and mercurial. For organisations to thrive, they must find new revenue streams and innovate the ways in which they do business. This is where the data delivered by IoT sensors and devices can really transform the bottom line. If translated, analysed and used correctly, the data can provide insights that allow for the executive to make informed decisions about sites, investment and potential.

“The cross-pollination of different data sets from across different sites can help shift dynamics in plant operation and maintenance, in the execution of specific tasks, and so much more,” says Bornheim. “In addition, with sensors and connected devices and systems, mining operations can be managed intelligently to ensure the best results from equipment and people.”

 

The connection of the physical world to the digital is not new. Many of the applications currently being used or presented to the mining industry are not new either. What’s new is how these solutions are being implemented and the ways in which they are defined. It’s more than sticking on sensors. It’s using these sensors to streamline business across buildings, roads, vehicles, equipment, and sites. These sensors and the ways in which they are used or where they are installed can be customised to suit specific business requirements.

 

“With qualified electronic engineers and software experts, you can design a vast array of solutions to meet the real needs of your business,” says Bornheim. “Our engineers can programme, create, migrate and integrate embedded IoT solutions for microcontrollers, sensors, and processors. They can also develop intuitive dashboards and human-machine interfaces for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices to manage the input and output of a wide range of functionalities.”

 

The benefits of IoT lie in its ubiquity. It can be used in tandem with artificial intelligence or machine learning systems to enhance analytics, improve the automation of basic processes and monitor systems and equipment for faults. It can be used alongside M2M applications to enhance the results and the outcomes of the systems and their roles. And it can be used to improve collaboration and communication between man, machine and mine.

 

“You can use IoT platforms to visualise mission-critical data for device monitoring, remote control, alerts, security management, health and safety and healthcare,” concludes Bornheim. “The sky is genuinely the limit, especially now that the cost of sensors has come down and the intelligence of solutions and applications has gone up. From real-time insights to hands-on security and safety alerts to data that changes business direction and focus, IoT brings a myriad of benefits to the table.”

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Samsung has collaborated with Vega Design School on a competition that gives young South African designers the opportunity to showcase their impressive design skills. The students were invited to create content that will be used as Samsung Galaxy themes that will be loaded on to the Galaxy Store. The winners, Dean Sartor, Kyle Sartor, Mohapi Polo and Liam Cuffley, will now have their artwork made available to an international audience. The aim of the Design Jam competition is to produce unique artwork designed by the creative vision of young Africans.

“We were proud to see the level of work submitted by the winning students and look forward to showcasing their work on a global stage. We believe that the country is rich in natural talent and look forward to promoting these new pioneers and mavericks. Their skills echo our own pursuit of excellence – design that brings the world to life in innovative ways, “says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

The winners were selected based on an online poll by fellow students as well as the public. Vega selected their second year students as the first group of designers to drive this initiative. Over 400 students across Vega’s 4 campuses (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban) were involved in the Design Jam competition that took place in 2019. The students worked in groups consisting of 3 to 4 people to design a full theme consisting of wallpapers, icons and Always On displays.

 

The Vega students had an open ended brief allowing them to create a “local is lekker” approach to themes over a variety of categories: sports, cars, lifestyle, nature, monuments and also illustrative designs. Students were encouraged to use a variety of crafting skills and tools such as photography, traditional and digital illustration and/or typography. The winning designed themes will be available on all Samsung devices ranging from entry level to premium including the A-SeriesS-Series and Note devices.

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Minnie to host the DStv Awards

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

DStv and Mzansi Magic yesterday announced that the third annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) proudly presented by 1Life, will be hosted by none other than homegrown celebrity, presenter, beauty entrepreneur and producer Minnie Dlamini.

 

 

The much-loved SA media personality first burst onto our screens in 2010 as a presenter of various sport and music shows. She later moved to acting in her debut on M-Net’s soapie The Wild, and later joined Mzansi Magic’s Sunday night drama, Rockville. 2017 saw South Africans get a rare glimpse into her very private life leading up to her glamorous nuptials in a three-part reality series titled Becoming Mrs Jones. Minnie currently co-hosts Mzansi Magic’s lifestyle-meets-sports show Homeground, which features live celebrity interviews, and the hottest sporting highlights from the week.

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Ster Kinekor brings GHOST on Valentine’s Day

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentine’s Day, for one night only, experience Ghost with a 30th anniversary screening. A love that will last forever, in the luxury of selected Cine Prestige theatres!

 

Arrive at 7pm on 14 February to enjoy a welcome drink with your beloved, before losing yourselves in the romance of Ghost from 8pm. Relax in your leather recliner, order snacks and gourmet desserts to share, and experience the magic of the movies in the luxury of Cine Prestige.  You’ll laugh, cry and end up signing up for pottery lessons like Demi Moore.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore set hearts on fire with the classic romcom Ghost, a love story, thriller and tearjerker – with plenty of laughs, thanks to Academy Award winner, Whoopi Goldberg’s hilarious performance as a charlatan clairvoyant who unwittingly reconnects the lovers after they are separated by murder.

Ghost will show at Cine Prestige theatres in Eastgate, The Zone, Sandton, Carnival City, Cavendish, Baywest, Ilanga, Vaal, Cresta, Cradlestone, Gateway and The Grove. To book your date with romance, go to www.sterkinekor.com, download the SK App on your smartphone or book at the box office.  For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticket-line on 0861 Movies (668 437).

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Why every South African should watch Black Tax

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

BET’s new comedy series, Black Tax, is hilarious – but underneath the humour, there’s a serious subject that affects millions of South Africans. Whether you’re the one expected to pay black tax, or you just see its effects around you, it’s a cultural phenomenon that has a big impact.

 

In Black Tax, successful real estate agent Thuli Dlamini is given the shock of her life when her mother and stepfather turn up on the doorstep of her townhouse.

What she thought would only be a weekend thing looks like it might turn into forever. Her stepfather dropped a huge bombshell: he lost all his pension money when a certain bank went bankrupt after money was stolen by politicians.

 

 

The reality of black tax

Graduating from university has to be one of the most fulfilling achievements in the world. The feeling of starting a new life for yourself and working towards the future you’ve always imagined is unmatched. However, just as you’re dreaming about all the things you can do with your money, reality kicks in and you remember that you have other people depending on you financially. This is black tax and it’s a reality for a lot of young black South Africans.

I have a friend who’s had to take out loans to assist with her siblings’ school fees, while also taking care of her parents. Both her parents are employed, but she’s still expected to hand over a big part of her salary – even if it means she gets into debt.

 

 

For another friend, going on holiday or buying a house are just impossible dreams, because her entire family relies on her financially. As much as she’d like to focus on building a life for herself right now, she’s unable to.

 

 

I’m very lucky not to be in that situation – I do send money home from time to time, but it’s not expected of me. I do, however, have a few family members who pop out of nowhere to ask for money. A text from an unknown number on the 17th of the month to ask for R6 000, for example. It’s always an emergency, like a sick child, so the guilt is real. I’ll help where I can, but I draw the line when people only remember me when they need cash.

How did we get here?

If you’re wondering how black professionals find themselves in this situation, Thuli Dlamini has the answer, and explained it well to her white male colleague, James, on Black Tax.

When James was a bit confused about why she had to look after some of her family members, she told him: “Our country has a messed up past and the result of that is a lot of young black people taking care of their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, neighbours…”

 

 

He couldn’t fully understand black tax because his family wasn’t affected by apartheid and its legacy in the same way, she says. And anyone who still finds themselves struggling to comprehend this part of our culture would do well to watch the series for some insights.

 

 

Now it’s all up to Thuli (and her daughter) to accommodate her parents, brother and nephew. Family comes first, right? Is this a burden or is Thuli simply doing the right thing? You can be the judge of that!

One thing South Africans are definitely good at is laughing in the face of adversity, which is what makes this series so relatable and funny. Follow Thuli’s story on Black Tax, coming express to Showmax from BET.

Stream Black Tax from the beginning now.

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The Snail and the Whale
• is based on Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s bestselling picture book
• is animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish (Revolting Rhymes, Zog)

• is co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon (Zog, Stick Man)
• is produced by Magic Light (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Revolting Rhymes)

• features the voices of Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Tyrell in Game of Thrones) & two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
• premiered to over 7.5m people on BBC at Christmas 2019
• now streaming first on Showmax in Africa

 

The Snail and the Whale, the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adaptation, is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa.

Animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish for Magic Light Pictures, The Snail and the Whale premiered on BBC One at Christmas to four-star reviews and over 7.5m viewers. RadioTimes calls the 26m animation “visually spectacular… a lovely treat to watch as a family…”

 

 

This is the story of a tiny snail with an itchy foot, who travels the world on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. It’s a tale of shimmering ice and coral caves, of shooting stars and enormous waves, and of how the snail, so small and frail, saves the life of the humpback whale.

 

 

“Although it was first published in 2003, this story now seems more relevant than ever,” says RadioTimes, highlighting the “environmental message which kids will surely take to heart” and “a lovely friendship between two wildly different creatures.”

The Snail and the Whale is directed by two-time Oscar nominee Max Lang (The Gruffalo, Room On The Broom) and multi-award-winning South African Daniel Snaddon (Stick Man). This is their second Donaldson-Scheffler collaboration, following on from the success of Zog, which earned the keen but clumsy dragon gold stars everywhere from Shanghai International TV Festival to New York International Children’s Film Festival last year, not to mention nominations for International Emmy, Kidscreen, and Annie awards in 2020.

 

 

“For anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed, like the world is too big for you to make a difference, The Snail and the Whale is an encouragement that even though you feel small – and may even be small – what you do still matters,” says Snaddon. “The important thing is to keep hoping and to keep trying.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is voiced by star British acting talent, with two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Paddington, The Shape Of Water) as Snail, Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, and every Julia Donaldson adaptation) as Whale, Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show) as Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Tyrell in Game of Thrones – and Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) as the narrator.

 

 

“I Skyped in for the voice recordings,” says Snaddon. “As a kid from the Lowveld, Skype is a huge blessing because it stops you feeling too starstruck. I’m used to seeing Sally and Diana on screen, and they’re still just on a screen, so you can have a normal conversation.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is a longstanding favourite in our house,” says Brydon. “It’s an epic journey across the globe, where the tiniest creature and the mightiest mammal experience the vastness of our planet together.”

“Both characters go on such a heart-warming, emotional and ultimately life-changing journey together,” says Hawkins. “It’s a very beautiful and important friendship for them both.”

The Snail and the Whale’s environmental theme particularly resonated with her. “The protection of our oceans is everything,” she says. “I hope this animation will inspire family audiences everywhere in helping to take care of our beautiful earth and its creatures for future generations and beyond.”

 

 

Snaddon first read The Snail and the Whale to his son Frank when he was still in utero. When Frank was born, “one of the first things he got was a lot of Julia Donaldson swag – he was the first kid to get a Zog plushie, as well as lots of Stick Man and Gruffalo stuff. He’s well-kitted out with the merch.”

 

 

But for Snaddon, Donaldson is more than just a supplier of night-time stories that are always a pleasure to read. “For our family, she’s changed our lives,” he admits. “I was working in advertising before this, and I didn’t have a clear pathway to making my own films, so I’m just so grateful that we as a family have been part of spreading the magic of her stories. She’s a national treasure in Britain and I’m in awe of her and Axel and the imprint they’ve made on the British psyche.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is the fifth in a string of BBC Christmas adaptations from Magic Light and Triggerfish, following the multi-award-winning Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations Stick Man (2015), The Highway Rat (2017) and Zog (2019), as well as the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation Revolting Rhymes (2016).

 

 

Before teaming up with Triggerfish, Magic Light also made three previous Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations: the Oscar-nominated The Gruffalo (2009), the BAFTA and Emmy winner Room On The Broom (2012), and Annecy winner The Gruffalo’s Child (2011), among other hits.

 

 

All eight family classics are now streaming on Showmax.

Watch and embed the trailer for The Snail and the Whale:
https://youtu.be/YqyVxyxZhKE

 

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Ethnic Channels Group Ltd. (ECG), the world’s largest multicultural broadcaster, is pleased to announce that The Africa Channel has launched on Rogers Communications’ Ignite TV, serving viewers in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland.

The Africa Channel features unique English language Pan-African television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies, historical and cultural content. Based in Los Angeles, The Africa Channel is available in approximately seven million homes in the USA and Caribbean, on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Spectrum, and the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.

 

“The continent of Africa has been a major influencer of global culture. The launch of The Africa Channel gives further impetus to the growth of this culture, by capturing the microcosm of this great continent on multiple screens in Canada,” said Slava Levin, CEO of ECG.

 

“We are delighted to be working with ECG to bring our compelling programming lineup to Canadian audiences through this launch on Rogers Ignite TV. We are confident that the breadth of our content will appeal to both the African and Caribbean Diaspora as well as audiences with an interest in global travel, lifestyle and culture,” said Narendra Reddy, General Manager of The Africa Channel.

 

The Africa Channel is now on free preview on Channel #886.

 

 

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Overall IT spending in South Africa is set to reach $26.4 billion this year, up 2.5% on 2019. That’s according to the latest predictions revealed today by International Data Corporation (IDC) as it hosted more than 100 of the country’s most influential ICT industry figures at The Maslow Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg for IDC Directions 2020.

 

Opening the day’s proceedings, the firm’s associate vice president for South Africa, Mark Walker, announced that spending on software and IT services will reach $8.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 4.2% year on year. He said that infrastructure spending in the country (including servers, storage, and enterprise-level networks) will grow 3.3% to $880 million, while infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investments will reach $204 million, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% over the last five years.

 

The event showcased insights from Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, who presented the keynote address on ‘Helping Your Customers Transform to the Future Enterprise’. During this session he urged South Africa’s technology suppliers to engage with new buyers, connect technology to the business goals of their customers, and deliver technology solutions that enable their clients to scale and operate at the pace of the digital economy.

 

“The digital economy is at a critical tipping point,” said Lalchandani. “In just a few short years, IDC forecasts that nearly half of all GDP worldwide will come from products and services offered by digitally transformed organizations. In order to thrive, organizations must define their new role in this digital economy and proactively address new customer requirements around personalization and trust. They must also develop new capabilities around digital innovation, work, and intelligence, and build a digital IT infrastructure that supports resilient operations and pervasive experiences.”

 

IDC Directions is South Africa’s seminal ICT industry event and this year explored the theme of ‘Multiplied Innovation Goes Mainstream: Thriving in the Digital Economy’. Bringing the country’s foremost technology vendors, telecommunications operators, and IT service providers together under one roof, the event also served up fascinating fiscal insights from Gina Schoeman, director, economist, and head of research at Citibank South Africa.

 

The agenda included a panel discussion on the new digital priorities of South African CIOs, with first-hand perspectives provided by Louise van der Bank, CIO of AfriSam, and Luyanda Ntuane, CIO of the car rental division at MOTUS. Senior IDC analysts were also on hand throughout the event to offer strategic guidance on the key technology trends set to shape South Africa’s IT and telecommunications markets in 2020 and beyond.

 

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  • Lockdown S5 is now on Showmax

  •  S5 ep 1 also premieres at 8pm on YouTube, alongside a live chat with Zola Nombona

  • The first Mzansi Magic drama to reach a fifth season

  • The most awarded drama at the 2019 SAFTAs

  • “One of the best productions that has come out of this county” Azania Mosaka, 702

 

The first three episodes of Season 5 of Lockdown, the most awarded drama at last year’s SAFTAs, are now streaming only on Showmax, with two more episodes launching every Thursday. The first episode of Season 5 will also premiere on YouTube tonight at 8pm, alongside a live chat with DStv Mzansi Viewers Choice and SAFTA nominee Zola Nombona, who plays Monde.

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility, where survival is the order of the day.

 

As Season 5 picks up, Masebata’s cult is no longer in power. Arch-rivals Mazet (Dawn Thandeka King in a SAFTA-winning role) and Tyson (Lorcia Cooper in a SAFTA-winning role) are running the prison yard together, for now. Governor Deborah Banda (Pamela Nomvete in a SAFTA-nominated role) is under pressure from The Department of Correctional Services, after one death too many at the prison. And Monde (Zola Nombona in a SAFTA-nominated role) is trying to make things right with Vicky (Lauren Jenae). Multi-award winners Linda Sebezo, Nomsa Buthelezi, Patricia Boyer and Sophie Ndaba co-star.

 

After an intimate cast screening at MultiChoice City last night, the key cast – looking far more glamorous than we’re accustomed to in Thabazimbi – received plaques from the production company, Black Brain Pictures, celebrating their role in making Lockdown the first Mzansi Magic drama series to reach Season 5. Linda, so tough as Maki in Lockdown, shed a tear when she received her plaque, while Lorcia spoke for the cast when she thanked fans, saying, “We are nothing without our audiences.”

Dawn echoed this, saying, “I look back at the first day we did this and I can’t believe we made it this far. It’s been rough – in our personal lives and on screen. But look at us now! The devil did not win. Lorcia is right: we are nothing without the support. Don’t ever think we take it for granted.”

 

In the build-up to last night’s screening, Lockdown has been hailed as “one of the best productions that has come out of this county” by Azania Mosaka on 702, and “one of South Africa’s most riveting local productions” by Actor Spaces, with YoMzansi praising “one of the most impressive casts on South African television.”

Early reviews suggest Season 5 could be the best yet for the show, which won five SAFTAs last year, including Best Drama.

 

With SAFTA winner Mandla N still directing every episode and SAFTA winner Gaopie Kabe returning as the DOP, Mgosi called it “one helluva season that you don’t want to miss; “ TVMzansi wrote, “Definitely worth the wait… Beautifully shot… You’ll love the elements of comedy and the music is so on point;” and Zalebs hailed it as “thrilling… Set to leave viewers sitting on the edge of their seats and begging for more”.

 

Or as TshisaLive tweeted after the cast screening: “It’s A LOT. We were never ready.”

 

If you’re not already addicted to South Africa’s favourite prison drama, catch up on the first four episodes of Lockdown S1 on YouTube, and the previous four seasons on Showmax here. 

 

Watch the trailer below:
https://youtu.be/oJF2bCYOADc.

 

Watch the YouTube premiere of Season 5 with Zola at https://youtu.be/w_puVD1tsts.

 

Binge Lockdown on Showmax: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/zvi928nq-lockdown.

 

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