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More than 170 million people in Africa now access the platform each month, 94% of which are on mobile
Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has moved its Johannesburg offices into new premises, creating a new home for the company to work with its partners to boost innovation and provide an African home for the Facebook culture. The new office will continue to provide support to Facebook advertisers, application developers and other key partners across the continent.

 

“Since we first established a direct presence in sub-Saharan Africa in 2015, Facebook has grown from strength to strength,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Africa, Facebook. “We have enjoyed working closely with entrepreneurs, partners, developers and small businesses as they have used Facebook as a platform for growth. It’s inspiring for us to learn from the continent and to play a role in helping people and organisations connect with the world.”

 

 

Since 2015 the number of people connected to Facebook across Africa has grown to 42% to over 170 million monthly active users. Of these, 94% come back on mobile. The Facebook team in Africa has grown alongside the number of people and businesses who use it and its ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs and business partners.

 

 

Facebook executives Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions and Nicola Mendelsohn, VP EMEA, attended the launch of the new office together with Ntshingila.

 

“Facebook is deeply committed to Africa, a mobile-first continent where seven in 10 of all connected people use the platform,” says Carolyn Everson. “Many people in Africa are coming online for the first time, unleashing new possibilities for people and businesses alike. We’re also seeing growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are driving economic development, companies that Facebook wants to help grow locally and regionally across the continent. Our new offices are part of our ongoing commitment to invest in the African market and work with innovators across our key target countries.”

 

 

 

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At the Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet on 22 April at the Sandton Convention Centre, acknowledgement will be made of people who have made a significant contribution to the radio industry as well as of the young Bright Stars who will play a substantial role in the industry’s future.

The following individuals will be inducted into the Liberty Radio Awards Hall of Fame:

  • Fakir Hassen
  • Lynn Joffe
  • Jeremy Maggs
  • Rev Nomathamsanqa Rweqana
  • Tony Sanderson
  • Zola Yeye

The future leaders of the industry who will be inducted as “Bright Stars” are:

 

Keneilwe Mohapi Capricorn FM
Herman Human East Rand Stereo
Nonjabulo “Njabs” Zwane Gagasi FM
Sthabiso Nyaba Inanda FM
Mbalenhle Shandu Nqubeko FM
Charonike Nel PUK FM
Lwazi Mpofu trufm
Katleho Mahlangu VOW FM

 

To book your ticket to the Liberty Radio Awards Banquet, click here or contact melissa@libertyradioawards.co.za

 

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The Liberty Radio Awards adjudication panel reviewed more than 1700 entries earlier in March, making this the most hotly contested Radio Awards yet. Following the announcement of the various category finalists on 22 March, the finalists for the coveted Station of the Year title have now been selected and the final adjudication of this category is in process.

 

“The excitement that the announcement of category finalists is generating is confirmation that radio is the best medium to engage with a nation,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Group. “The finalists in the Station of the Year category have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the radio industry, and this resonates with the values that Liberty has inculcated over the last 60 years to guide our customers towards financial freedom, using media such a radio to also do this. A solid future for radio ensures increased access to knowledge and information and ultimately empowers listeners with the ability to make informed choices.”

 

 

The adjudication panel will now review the finalists taking the following criteria into account:

  • Quality and depth of entries
  • On-Air success and innovation
  • Audience numbers
  • Community outreach
  • Understanding of listener and focus
  • X-factor

“The challenge of selecting the best of the best will be very exacting,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “With the depth and standard of entries received, there is not much to separate the finalists and I eagerly await the outcome of this final adjudication process.”

 

The Station of the Year finalists are:

CAMPUS
MFM
PUK FM
UJFM
VOW FM
COMMUNITY
HOT 91.9
GROOT
MIX 93.8 FM
RADIO ISLAM
RADIO PULPIT
 

PBS
LOTUS FM
MOTSWEDING FM
RSG
THOBELA FM
UMHLOBO WENENE FM

COMMERCIAL
5FM
ALGOA FM
JACARANDA FM
KAYA FM
POWER FM
TALK RADIO 702

 

 

 

The 2017 Liberty Radio Awards Gala Banquet will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre on 22 April.

 

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OPW has a new host,guess who?

Posted by radio On March - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – host of Our Perfect Wedding.

 

She cemented her place in our hearts as the well-meaning gossip, Ma Mnisi in Isibaya and she captured our imagination as Slenda in the local female prison drama, Lockdown.

 

Now actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – as the host of the wildly popular Mzansi Magic reality show, Our Perfect Wedding.

 

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time. This is a big challenge and a huge responsibility because South Africa is very passionate and opinionated about OPW. I hope to win them over,” said Buthelezi.

 

The animated TV personality will become a regular Sunday TV fixture over 13 weeks from May 2017, while current host Thembisa Mdoda takes a break.

 

As an experienced stage and television actress, she has cultivated a strong brand for herself, playing fun and loving characters that South Africa has come to love.

 

Her deep husky voice coupled with her effervescent personality are sure to bring a different flavour to the narrative of lovers and the journey they face on their way to the alter.

 

“I’m looking forward to hearing couples recount their stories and being able to walk with them in the final leg of their path to marriage. Love is such a beautiful thing!,” said an excited Buthelezi.

 

Don’t miss her debut as the new host of Our Perfect Wedding in May.

 

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Adjudication Update – Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Adjudication has gone exceptionally well for the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards and the scores are presently being thoroughly checked by the auditors, Mazars, who are making good progress. They are confident that they will release the information to us well in time to ensure that we release the names of the finalists on Wednesday 22nd March.

We received excellent feedback from several of the adjudicators and here are some of their comments:

“There were some really brilliant pieces sent through and there were some that made me feel that you`re hazing me.

On a serious note though there are a number of stations, especially community and campus stations that could do with some help, whether its help with equipment and basic training. You hear the passion and the love for the medium but basic radio understanding and presenting is something they weren`t taught.” MK

 

“Personally I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to adjudicate the entries. I must say that it rejuvenated my passion, evoked memories and past experiences and it also gave me an opportunity to learn more this industry that forever evolving. I am honoured.” TB

 

We are extremely grateful to the entire adjudication panel for giving of their time and effort to listen to the submissions and to share their knowledge and expertise. By giving back to the industry, they are making sure that radio continually fine-tunes its offering to remain the compelling, foremost media choice. They are ensuring that the flame of creativity and excellence in radio, continues to burn brightly.

 

 

Who will be the winners on the night of 22 April at the Sandton Convention Centre?

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Andile Tlhoaele  on Promoting Tech Solutions for African Business: Global Entrepreneurship Congress

This past week at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) in Sandton, a host of African business leaders discussed the critical role of technology in the growth of African economies.

 

 

Andile Tlhoaele, founder of Inforcomm (INC), was one of the speakers at the event on hand to share his business knowledge based on years of experience with local and international IT & Telecoms companies in South Africa and across Africa.

 

 

This past June, Tlhoaele launched “76@40” to celebrate his 40th and to mark the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. 76@40 is a creative initiative designed to support start-ups and SMMEs on the continent.

 

As part of this work in supporting SMME’s, Tlhoaele has over the years addressed many small business owners, university graduates, and learners on topics including the importance of partnerships to run a successful business, opportunities for youth employability, and the importance of mentoring using his experience as a case study.

 

At the GEC this past week, Tlhoaele spoke about the advent of the so-called 4th industrial revolution that is building on the third digital revolution and is characterised by the fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between the digital, physical, and biological domains. Technology and telecommunication organisations worldwide are driving towards continuous innovation and disruption to enable this revolution, and one of the ways to embrace this rapid innovation is by enabling tech startups.

 

 

Tlhoaele believes that this is especially important in Africa as the interplay between technology startups and tech giants is imperative to the development of the African continent and to ensure that Africa plays a critical role in the new wave of digital disruption.

 

As Tlhoaele explained;

 

 

“You cannot disrupt what you don’t understand – Africans are poised to take advantage of opportunities to solve their own challenges, this includes using digital to disrupt conventional ways of dealing with challenges, starting with digital citizens, digital education, and digital health care. The notion that to be educated you must be in a classroom must be challenged. We must ask how do we use digital to ensure that kids in rural communities get access to world-class education and quality health care.

 

Connectivity—whether the Internet or mobile phones—is increasingly bringing market information, financial services, and health services to remote areas and is helping to change people’s lives in unprecedented ways.”

 

Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang, World Bank Economist stated it simply, “The mobile platform is emerging as the single most powerful way to extend economic opportunities and key services to millions of people.”

New information and communications technologies (ICT), in particular high-speed internet, are changing the way companies do business, transforming public service delivery and democratising innovation. With 10 percent increase in high speed Internet connections, economic growth increases by 1.3 percent.

 

Within this context, according to Tlhoaele, it is important that “we disrupt the notion that East African markets are served from the Middle East and Asia and North West Africa from the Europe and North America.”

 

The panel discussion also looked at the ways that start-ups are promoting tech solutions to African businesses, the importance of start-up innovation in tech, and the roles played by both start0ups and tech giants on the continent.

 

 

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NFVF is offering film &TV study bursaries

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film & TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered in South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2017 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

  • Must apply six months before the course starts.
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Have a good academic record;
  • Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance; and
  • Enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time studies; post graduate film/TV programme (course must be commencing in September 2017 and not available in South Africa).

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application.
  • No late applications will be considered.
  • Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF.
  • For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on a link below.

http://www.nfvf.co.za//home/22/files/Approved%20FUNDING%20POLICY%20APRIL%202016.pdf

 

How to apply

Complete an online International bursary application form which is available on the NFVF website,www.nfvf.co.za or https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017 at 17h00 CAT.

Failure to submit all the mandatory requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.

For any queries regarding the application process please email Thandekile Hlatshwayo at Thandekiles@nfvf.co.zaand for queries regarding the qualifying criteria, please email Lebohang Khunou at lebohang@nfvf.co.za, 011 483 0880

 

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Mbali Zulu Nominated For SAFTA!

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), M-Net not only received 115 nominations but one of its Magic in Motion (MiM) Academy graduates also received her first SAFTA nomination.  Mbali Zulu, who graduated from the Academy in 2016, has been nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela for Mzansi Magic’s flagship soap Isibaya.

 

M-Net’s MiM Academy, which is investing in the next generation of film and television professionals, is where Zulu began her career after completing a three-year Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of Johannesburg. She credits her success to the M-Net initiative and Bomb Shelter Productions, a leading South African film and TV production company, where she now works as a junior story liner and scriptwriter.

 

Born in the small town of Pongola in KwaZulu Natal, Zulu knew early on that she wanted to be a writer and she fondly remembers her university lecturers telling her to never stop practising. ‘This industry is tough and far from glamorous, but it is very rewarding. I am so honoured to be nominated for a SAFTA and I still can’t believe it. M-Net and Bomb have paved the way for me to be a part of this amazing industry and I will always be grateful’, says Zulu.

 

Further success for the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy is that two interns from the current programme concluding in March, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila, have already landed jobs. Sibiya is working as a story liner and scriptwriter for Penguin Films, which currently produces Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Ring of Lies, and Mashaila has started work as the third assistant director on a new telenovela at Bomb Shelter Productions.

 

Sibiya says her journey hasn’t been easy but encourages those who are interested in a career in the film and television industry to persevere, be prepared to start at the bottom and to work hard. Mashaila says ‘I am looking forward to seeing my ideas and creativity come to life on screen.’

 

The purpose of the Academy is to provide a platform for the country’s top film and television graduates to launch their careers so we couldn’t be happier, explains Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO. ‘The interest in our interns from the industry has been incredible and we truly value our partnerships with the production companies we work with.

 

Now in its third year, the success of the Academy can also be seen in the quality of the Mzansi Magic Original films produced by the interns each year. Zulu and her class of 2015 were responsible for Forgotten and #Lit which ranked within the top 10 shows for the channel in December of that year. The movies produced this year will be screened on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on 1 April and 13 May.

 

 

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SAMA 23 back at Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on the weekend of the 26th May 2017.

The luxury resort in the North West province is the official home for SAMA 23, having hosted 14 of the 22 previous ceremonies since its launch in 1994.

 

The music industry and revelers will see the newly revamped facilities and the modern amenities this world class establishment has to offer.

 

An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA who are organizing the awards commented: “It’s such a delight to be returning to Sun City. The convenience it brings during a weekend of celebration makes it the ideal location for us.

 

“We invite local music lovers to join the industry as it makes its trip to Sun City later in the year for a party fit for our country and the continent’s finest musicians.”

 

With a number of music lovers that the awards attract, The Bokone Bophirima province is sure to be abuzz with entertainment and loads of activities in and around Sun City.  The SAMA was hosted at the Durban ICC last year while Sun City underwent a massive multimillion-rand revamp.

 

Bokone Bophirima Province is excited to partner with the SAMA’s to host this Annual Music event. We are delighted that this will contribute significantly to our Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal strategy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Further, our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSDs) stand to benefit from this event through a number of buildup activities such as mini – festivals, artist development workshops among others.

 

As a province we pride ourselves for being blessed with a capacity to host events of this magnitude and we are also proud that we have many tourist attractions on offer. Therefore we believe that this event will offer an unforgettable experience.

 

 

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has noted with great concern the recent misrepresentations around the 16th edition of the Metro FM Awards, which took place on the 25th of February 2017.  The SABC would like put the record straight and in particular deal with the recent Twitter account @SAHipHopMag, which stated someone had hacked the SABC’s servers to gain the “Real Metro FM Awards results” of the winners of the 16th METRO FM Music Awards.

 

It must be stated that this is not true as the website address or the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is not the correct Metro FM URL. The correct website for Metro FM is www.metrofm.co.za and not www.metrofmSA.co.za.  It is therefore malicious for anyone to purport to have the so called real Metro FM awards results.

 

It must also be noted that the voting for the various categories excluding the Best Produced/Styled/Listener’s Choice and the One Africa award were done via USSD and through an external service provider and through the website.  Therefore, the alleged hacking never occurred.

 

The SABC’s Acting Group Chief Executive Officer (AGCEO), Mr James Aguma stated that “As an organization, we view this matter in a serious light as it attempts to tarnish the image and integrity of these awards.  The Metro FM awards have been in existence for the past 16 years and are founded on ethical practices and professionalism. It is the public who votes for their favourites to win, and this fact cannot be undermined”.

 

These awards are aimed at rewarding musicians in the local music industry and as a competition musicians are at liberty to campaign for votes from the public.

 

The SABC reiterates that all winners, as with previous years were voted for by the public and the votes were audited by an external firm.

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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