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Recently, TECNO (https://www.TECNO-Mobile.com) announced that it will hold its product launch through TV broadcast on April 2nd to unveil its camera phone- the TECNO CAMON 15 series on DSTV golden time — 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be streamed live online on TECNO’s Facebook and will include a generous giveaway for TECNO fans. This online product launch will be the first-ever online smartphone launch in African history, which is not only a big breakthrough in the smartphone industry, but also shows that Internet development in Africa has stepped into a new phase. Here are some key facts.

 

What is this rumored phone? What exactly the magical functions that make this phone stand out? What are the most highly anticipated features that we should watch out for? Keep reading to find out!

Powered by SONY Camera

Like the previous TECNO CAMON series, the new TECNO CAMON 15 series carry forward the legacy of superior photography performance. It has enhanced sensitivity and definition by installing the Sony camera chip which is the top-rated in smartphone industry. Compared to most of the chips used in the smartphone cameras, the Sony camera chip can detect more refined details and produce an extraordinary level of quality the images it captures. With the chip’s incredible sensitivity, photos can still maintain precise details after being zoomed in even 8 times. The quality of photos will be very high, even from a long distance!

Trademarked TAIVOS™ technology for Ultra-Clear Night shots

As a high-tech company, TECNO broke new technological ground by to creating TAIVOS™ (TECNO artificial intelligence vision optimization solution) to bring you genuinely ultra-clear night shots. The Ultra Night Lens allows for better edge correction and multi-frame noise reduction, producing cleaner and clearer night shots. By reducing overexposure to reveal the night scenes, brightness and the dynamic range are both improved. Night owls, this will be your best friend!

Ultra-clear picture with 64 Megapixels

Equipped with 64 Megapixels, CAMON 15 makes even the tiniest details clearly visible from 30 meters away. In the current market, most cameras utilize 48 MP cameras to process sensory data. However, TECNO CAMON 15 has the 64MP SONY camera as its computational support. It can reduce visual noise after zooming in on subjects, and less noise means a clearer vision! According to some reports in global technology media sources, higher concentration of pixel is one of the most crucial smartphone technology innovations in the 2020s. The higher pixel count will significantly increase the photo quality and your visual experience, so get prepared and catch up with the times!

These currently leaked features are just the tip of the iceberg, there are more hi-tech innovations featured in the CAMON 15 series that worth discovering. Follow the smartphone’s online launch on April 2nd, 2020 on DSTV to learn more about this unprecedented smartphone. Don’t forget to put this on your calendar and invite your friends to watch together! Learn more about what exactly TECNO is offering and test your luck to see if you can be one of the lucky winners of the giveaway!

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SIMFY Africa (www.SIMFYAfrica.com) via its mobile applications namely “ayoba®” and “MusicTime®” are joining the community effort to inform and provide comfort to its users around Covid-19.

 

Ayoba® an instant messaging app with channels has now 3 dedicated channels providing trusted information on the COVID-19. Mainly sourced from the World Health Organisation (WHO), the information aims at informing ayoba® users about the pandemic, tips and advice in line with global and local regulations. Content is posted every day in both English and French on 3 channels including a dedicated channel for South Africa providing the latest on the pandemic.

Launched in May 2019, ayoba® has now over 2,500,000 active users and is moving toward being the first super-app for Africa. Soon to be integrating services such as Mobile Money, music and app-in-app solutions, ayoba® is surely making a difference in the landscape of applications in Africa and beyond.

Ayoba® is partnering with MTN in 14 countries and in the majority of its operations the application offers MTN subscribers subsidized data to access the messaging service and channels for free.

Announced o Friday, 20 March, MTN South Africa has launched the ayoba® Data Lifeline and every MTN South Africa customer will wake up each morning to a free 20MB ayoba® Data Lifeline, that will be available to use via the app.

MTN believes that everyone deserves the benefit of a modern connected life and that starts with connectivity. The 20MB ayoba® Data Lifeline will ensure MTN South Africa customers are able to communicate with friends and family, every day, even when they are out of airtime. This is the equivalent of 600MB of free data per month, every month,” says Godfrey Motsa, MTN SA CEO.

 

MusicTime® the music streaming app of SIMFY Africa has created a series of unique playlists under the name “QuaranTime”. Users of the app now have access to 14 playlists “@home” offering the community the much needed entertainment during the isolation declared in many countries around the African continent. MusicTime® is available in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Cameroon.  MusicTime offers a trial period of 60 minutes to allow users to explore the platform with no data or music costs.

 

 

Speaking on the release of the COVID-19 informative channels, Olivier Prentout, Head of Consumer for SIMFY Africa, said “We felt it was very important to inform our users about the pandemic and to provide trusted information as there is a lot of fake news circulating everywhere. We are ensuring that every piece of content is checked against the World Health Organisation and other reputable organisations. We also know that it is a difficult time for many of us and providing various playlists on our music streaming application will surely help everyone to cope with the needed isolation required to eradicate the pandemic”.

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DStv and Mzansi Magic are bringing Mzansi’s biggest hitmakers to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg for the 3rd annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStv MVCAs). Announced today as the first set of performers geared to rock the DStv MVCA stage on 14 March 2020, these artists had South Africa dancing throughout the festive season with Amapiano and House hits, and now they are ready to bring the Ticketpro Dome down in collaboration with 1Life and Africa’s most-loved storyteller, DStv.

 

DStv has pulled out all the stops to bring viewers a spectacular show that is aimed to honour and celebrate local stars and gamechangers across 11 different entertainment categories. Proudly presented by 1Life – and one of the most anticipated events in the local entertainment calendar – the awards will be hosted by award-winning TV personality and entrepreneur Minnie Dlamini Jones.

 

The ceremony will see a number of artists who dominated the music charts in 2019 performing some of their best hits. This year’s ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category is brought by JOOX in partnership with DStv. DStv gives JOOX VIP to DStv customers with active Compact, Compact Plus, or Premium subscriptions.

 

 

“This ongoing relationship made our sponsorship of the ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category a no-brainer. We’re big champions of local talent, and we can’t wait to celebrate the evening with our list of incredible nominees and their fans.”, said Gerjo Hoffman, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Tencent Africa.

 

 

Viewers can expect to see Jobe London and Mphow69 singing their number one record Sukendleleni, which has been certified platinum. Signed under rapper and producer JR’s Feel Good Music label, Jobe London was undoubtably one of 2019’s biggest breakout artists.

 

 

Also joining the lineup will be other performers who have had a huge influence on the Yanos culture in Mzansi including DJ BigSkyLuude Deejay & Sbhanga. Their hit single Fire became an instant banger when it came out.

Labantwana Ama Uber hitmakers Semi TeeKammu Dee & Miano will be showcasing their talent – with over two million views on YouTube. One of Limpopo’s finest stars, Makhadzi, continues to inspire many with her success story. The Matorokisi singer will be joined by Master KG.

 

 

And, no stranger to the local entertainment and music scene, multi award-winning musician and businesswoman DJ Zinhle, will also be performing. The DJ, who has been in the industry for over ten years, had a successful 2019 in both business and music. Zinhle and vocalist Rethabile Khumalo released one of the biggest songs last year, Umlilo, which they’ve performed all over the country and they are now bringing all the fire to the DStv MVCA.

 

 

The DStv MVCAs are voted for by the public, and the nominee who earns the highest number of votes wins the coveted The Ultimate Viewers’ Choice in a hotly contested race that has previously demanded that the winner get over million votes!

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The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is back for a third year! Fans of the festival will be excited to know that it will now be a two-day event, taking place from 31 July to 1 August, 2020.

Pre-registration for the Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival is officially open and will be closing on 18 March, 2020. Fans of the festival can now pre-register to be eligible for discounted Early Bird tickets which will be available for purchase from 25 March, 2020. Early Bird tickets are limited and will only be available for those who pre-register via the website. However, festival fans are notified that due to high demand for Early Bird tickets, not everyone who pre-registers will be guaranteed a ticket.

With its signature feast of delicious culinary exploits, lavishly vibrant fashion, amazing music and wholesome entertainment, the festival attracts thousands for revellers from Eswatini and beyond.

 

The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival continues to celebrate its theme, “A Return to the African Future”, which magnifies Africa’s rich history which is a timeless inspiration for creative transformation.

 

Captured in our strong fashion focus, our theme revisits vibrant trend eras, bringing back inspiration that influences current and future styles. We celebrate the root of creativity, diversity and culture in all its afro-futuristic boldness.

Luju fashionistas will be excited to know that within this theme, the focus for 2020 is“Hairvolution.”  Our hair goes to great lengths to tell a story. It is not only an extension of who we are, but an expression of our power to influence, to challenge and to change. With this crown, we command attention and  vocalize cultural beliefs. We effectively oppose conformist standards of beauty and ignite a movement . This year let your HAIRDO the talking. Tussle up those 60s beehives, tease your TWAs, and fleek those inches. Stir the honeypot and spice things up!

 

The Luju Fashion Café’s specially curated programme, will feature an exhibition lounge with a photobooth, handmade fashion and design traders, as well as a hair activism workshop. The theme will also stimulate some insightful and inspiring fashion dialogues and fashion shows with a regional focus to complement our full culinary and entertainment line-up.

Fans are urged to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment as they are expected to sell out in advance.

 

With the festival taking place over two days guests can also experience the best in luxury camping on-site with Rush Glamping packages also to be available. This is a state of the art camping experience that includes en-suite hot showers and toilets, providing a home away from home.

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Somhale wedding takes viewing crown

Posted by radio On February - 28 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

More than half of the catalogue of TV shows and movies on Showmax, whether measured in hours or number of episodes, is now local content. This deliberate shift to local started more than a year ago with shows like The River and The Queen, and more recently with Lockdown and Kwa Mam’Mkhize. And now the latest Showmax Original, Somizi and Mohale: The Union, is breaking viewing records.

Why does this matter? Local content drives views. The Somhale wedding just broke the all-time record for the number of views on its first day on Showmax, ahead of both the Showmax Original The Girl From St Agnes and the most popular international series ever screened on Showmax.

 

Local content doesn’t just get views, it also brings in new subscribers. Showmax tracks first-views statistics – what’s the first show people watch after signing up for Showmax – under the assumption that this show influenced the decision to subscribe. Currently, six out of the top 10 most popular shows as ranked by first views on Showmax are local.

 

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) is rapidly growing in popularity. Showmax now has almost half-a-billion play events (somebody watches a show, movie or live sporting event) annually, streaming around 200 petabytes (one petabyte = 1 billion megabytes) of data per year.

 

Viewing patterns are changing, with mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) becoming the dominant way to watch. Looking at viewing hours, mobile devices make up around 45% of the total, with lean-back (smart TV, media player, etc…) making up around 35%, and web viewing accounting for the remaining 20%. Interestingly, Android completely dominates mobile viewing, making up around 80% of the total, versus just 20% for iOS.

 

Speaking about the importance of local content, Niclas Ekdahl, CEO of the Connected Video division of MultiChoice said:

 

“We expected Somhale to do well but the response was even bigger than we’d hoped, and it goes to show how our shift to local content is paying dividends. In fact, the views of local content are up more than 40% in less than a year.

 

“The key to supplying local content is realising it’s a marathon. Bringing on new shows and new episodes day in, day out, week in, week out is what our customers are looking for. And thanks to the decades of local content commissioning and production expertise sitting in this company, that’s exactly what we’ll be doing.”

 

Some of the most popular local content on Showmax (alphabetical order):

 

:: Black Tax

:: Binnelanders

:: Getroud Met Rugby

:: Lockdown

:: Kwa Mam’Mkhize

:: The Queen

:: The Real Housewives of Johannesburg

:: The River

:: Somizi and Mohale: The Union

:: Suidooster

:: Trackers

 

Somizi and Mohale: The Union started this Monday with an episode celebrating their traditional wedding, which merged their respective Zulu and Sotho cultures in a flamboyant celebration full of romance, gorgeous decor, dazzling chandelier cakes, G.H. Mumm champagne and multiple costume changes… A new episode drops every Monday, from the road to their wedding, to their individual bachelor parties, and then their white wedding as the finale on 16 March 2020. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BFTO4v_AaQ.

 

Watch the first episode exclusively on Showmax here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/p3zlk82n-somizi-mohale-the-union. For more information, visit https://stories.showmax.com/originals/somizi-and-mohale-the-union/.

 

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With 5 days before entries close for the 2019 Sanlam (https://www.Sanlam.com/) Financial Journalist of the Year Awards at midnight on 28 February, reporters practising financial journalism in Africa are encouraged to submit their best work for the competition.

 

The Awards, running for the 45th consecutive year, recognise the best financial reporting by reporters based in Africa, publishing or broadcasting commendable journalism about the continent. Representing the longest running awards dedicated to financial journalism in Africa, their objective is to support the development of journalism.

The Awards attract keen interest from journalists across the continent. In 2018, 78 journalists representing 58 media organisations submitted 97 entries.

Entrants must submit their submissions through Sanlam’s website: http://bit.ly/2VfcTdI

The African Growth Story category, which recognises the best journalism covering the significance of business and investment on the continent, is open to financial journalists based in Africa who publish and/or broadcast their work on the region. Entries for this category must focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investment, infrastructure development, economic progress and related topics. Stories also should incorporate a continental outlook.

Previous winners of the African Growth Story category include Isaac Anyaogu of Business Day in Nigeria (2018), Dominic Omondi of The Standard newspaper in Kenya (2017), and Ancillar Mangena of Forbes Africa in South Africa (2016).

The other categories are open to journalists working in print, radio, TV and online media in South Africa. They are:

  • Business/Companies

  • Economy

  • Financial Markets

  • Consumer Financial Education

All five categories recognise financial journalists who produced compelling business stories between 1 January and 30 December 2019.

Additionally, the judging panel bestows special awards, which are:

  • Best Newcomer;

  • Lifetime Achievement; and

  • Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.

The Special Awards recognise journalists based on the discretion of the judging panel, which exercises a nomination and rigorous evaluation process.

 

 

Isaac Anyaogu from the Business Day newspaper in Nigeria, and former Forbes Africa writers, Melitta Ngalonkulu (now with Moneyweb) and Aviwe Mtila (now with eNCA TV) are some of the recent Best Newcomer category winners for 2018, 2017, 2016 respectively.

 

 

Neville Otuki, former business reporter at Energy Siren News in Kenya and a runner up in the best newcomer category in 2018, says, “Society has critical business stories the public needs to know. It is important we amplify these stories. Being acknowledged by the awards for doing so is humbling and equally rewarding, not only for journalists but for our profession as well.”

 

 

Previous winners of the journalist of the year award include Rob Rose editor of Financial Mail (2018), Sikonathi Mantshantsha, former editor at Scorpio, the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick (2017), and Susan Comrie of AmaBhungane (2016).

 

 

Information about the eligibility, criteria, and entry submission process for the awards are available at http://bit.ly/32kKCnL.

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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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Stream 2/3s of the SAFTAs TV nominees on Showmax now

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Including the four most-nominated shows: The River, Lockdown, Isibaya & The Republic

Nearly 66% of this year’s SAFTA nominations in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax, with more to come soon.

This includes more than 85% of the drama and over two-thirds of the soap and telenovela nominations, as well as both the most-nominated series overall and the most-nominated telenovela (The River, with 15 nominations), and the most-nominated drama (Lockdown, with 11 nominations).

 

Outside of the TV category, Showmax also has two of the three short film nominees (Die Begrafnis and The Letter Reader); half of the best documentary nominees (Buddha in Africa and The Fun’s Not Over: The James Phillips Story); and two of the nominated feature films: Christiaan Olwagen’s Checkov adaptation, Die Seemeeu, which is up for three acting awards, and the Bram Fischer biopic An Act of Defiance, which is up for two craft awards.

 

Showmax Originals also built on the success of Tali’s Wedding Diary at last year’s SAFTAs, where it was the most awarded comedy, with Showmax’s second Original, The Girl From St Agnes, earning Drama nominations for Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

Here are seven SAFTA favourites you can stream in the build-up to the awards:

THE RIVER | TELENOVELA

 

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

 

The River was nominated for an International Emmy and was the most-awarded production at last year’s SAFTAs, taking home 11 awards, including Best Telenovela.

 

This year it’s up for 15 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Actor (Presley Chweneyagae).

 

LOCKDOWN | DRAMA

 

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility. Season 4 revolved around the rise to power of Masebata’s cult.

 

Originally screened on Mzansi Magic, Lockdown was the most-awarded drama at the 2019 SAFTAs, taking home five awards, including Best Drama, Best Actress (Dawn Thandeka King) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorcia Cooper).


This year it’s up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (King and Zola Nombona), and Supporting Actress (Cooper and Pamela Nomvete).

Season 5 is currently screening first on Showmax, with new episodes every Thursday ahead of the series finale on 27 February 2020.

 

ISIBAYA | TELENOVELA

What started as a village feud between the Zungu and Ndlovu families in Bhubesini has expanded into something far more complex as Mpiyakhe (Siyabonga Thwala) and Samson (Bheki Mkhwane) continue their fight over the valuable taxi routes in and out of town.

At last year’s SAFTAs, Isibaya won Best Directing; Best Supporting Actress (Gcina Mkhize); and Best Supporting Actor (Abdul Khoza).

This year the Mzansi Magic show is up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Supporting Actress (Linda Sebezo and Lerato Mvelase), and Supporting Actor (Aubrey Poo).


THE REPUBLIC | DRAMA

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

This hit Mzansi Magic series is from the creators of The River, Phathutshedzo Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures.

This year it’s up for 10 SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Masebe), Actor (Warren Masemola) and Supporting Actor (Hlomla Dandala and Seputla Sebogodi).

 

THE GIRL FROM ST AGNES – DRAMA

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands, a popular student is found dead at the base of the old mill. Fearful of the scandal it might cause, the school is quick to declare the death of Lexi Summerveld (Jane de Wet) a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard (Nina Milner) doesn’t believe it. The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t really know Lexi or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed…

The Girl From St Agnes set a new record for the most first-day views of any series on Showmax. At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for three Drama awards: Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

BUDDHA IN AFRICA  | DOCUMENTARY

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best Of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for Best Documentary, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography.

 

 

STROOP | WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground. Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, Stroop is up for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS

Other SAFTA nominees you can stream now on Showmax include:
• The telenovelas Arendsvlei (9), Isithembiso (6), The Queen (3), and The Throne (2)

  • The soaps Binnelanders (4), Getroud Met Rugby (3) and Suidooster (4)
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    The dramas Die Byl (1), Die Spreeus (5), Dwaalster (2), eHostela (2), Ifalakhe (2), and The Herd (2)
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    The documentary series Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas
    • 
    The children’s series Jabu’s Jungle
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    The reality shows Kokkedoor, Living With The Dream With Somizi, and Survivor SA: Island of Secrets
    The factual and educational show Yobe
    • The variety shows Die Ware Naarheid and Mooi
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    The youth series MTV Shuga: Down South
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    The lifestyle shows Elders: Japan and Klankbord
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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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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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