Google+
Subscribe to: Newsletter      Comments      News

With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in the region.

 

The draft regulations, which are open for public consultation until 19 May 2017, highlight the progress South Africa is making in enabling affordable Internet through dynamic spectrum access. These draft regulations – which the DSA fully welcomes – and technologies will be discussed at the DSA Global Summit, taking place in Cape Town between 9 to 11 May 2017, where a whole host of leading industry figures and regulators from around the world have been announced to speak, including the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

 

 

“In the past, exclusive licenses for specific frequency bands and specific purposes dominated spectrum allocation policy and regulations,” said Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, CEO of ICASA. “While these models are good for monetizing the spectrum and for coordination between multiple services and operators to avoid interference, they often result in underutilization of spectrum. In the last decade, however, governments and regulators around the world have embraced the concept of ‘spectrum commons’ as another way to bring citizens innovation on new wireless technologies.”

 

The event will open on 9 May with a full day regulator workshop on spectrum sharing and dynamic spectrum access. Alongside ICASA, other regulators in attendance will include Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), Agência Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Ministry of Communications for Argentina and Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL).

 

Day one of the Global Summit will be opened with keynote addresses from Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, and ICASA CEO, Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, followed by panel sessions on spectrum sharing and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) through dynamic access technologies. The latter panel will feature Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, where he leads research on dynamic spectrum access. His perspective on how to connect underserved populations in emerging economies will add another dimension to the panel, which also includes Facebook, University of Strathclyde, and VistaLifeSciences Inc.

 

A panel session on closing the digital divide will address financial challenges associated with large-scale network deployments, with speakers including: Mr. Alexander Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Mr. Chikioke Egejuru, Investment Analysis, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Lumko Mtimde, CEO, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) and will be moderated by Mr. Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corporation.

 

Other confirmed speakers on day one include Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who will join the panel on Wi-Fi for the 5G World. On the final day of the Summit, Ira will start with a keynote address, before joining the Regulator Leadership Summit later in the day.

 

ICASA CEO Pongwana will return to speak on day two of the Summit to speak on a panel titled Creating Opportunities for Deployment, which will be moderated by Emeritus Executive Director of the DSA, Prof. H Sama Nwana. The panel will bring together policy makers to discuss challenges and solutions to establishing regulatory frameworks for enabling investment in infrastructure – something that is crucial to bridging the digital divide in South Africa, and around the world.

 

Other speakers confirmed on the agenda include representatives from: Facebook, Adaptrum Inc., C3 Limited, the Communications Authority of Kenya, Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) and New American Foundation.

 

Platinum sponsors of this year’s event include Microsoft and Nominet. Gold sponsors include Adaptrum Inc. and MBC, while MedyaCity is a Silver sponsor.

 

To secure your place at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa (9-11 May 2017), visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dynamic-spectrum-alliance-2017-global-summit-tickets-28614617090. To view the full Summit agenda, visit: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/agenda/.

Did you like this? Share it:

Capricorn FM, Limpopo’s Hottest Frequency, is hosting the biggest lifestyle and entertainment event on Limpopo’s entertainment calendar – ‘The 2017 Lifestyle and Music Festival (LMF)’. The festival will take place on Saturday, 29 April 2017, at the Polokwane Cricket Club in Polokwane, Limpopo will start at 12h00. Hosted in association with e.tv, South Africa’s only free to air television, the festival will bring together a fantastic music line-up, which will include some of country’s finest talent across various genres to cater for everyone.

“Limpopo is a vibrant and culturally rich province, awash with local and national musical culture featured in the LMF programme. The calibre of the artists we have put together for this inaugural festival is exceptional, catering to a variety of musical tastes and promises not to disappoint. We have rolled out the red carpet for musical fans and anticipate a great day.” said Rofhiwa ’Tholi B’ Bologo, Capricorn FM Station Manager.

 

Over 20 artists from various music genres across the country will perform for the music revellers, the festival is also set to include arts and craft pop-up markets that inform our lifestyle feature. The exciting variety of artists who will be performing at the LMF festival include AKA, Black Motion, Kwesta, Robbie Malinga & Musa, Penny Penny, King Monada, DJ Zinhle, Kabelo Bouga Luv, Mafikizolo, Mizo Phyll, DJ Master Jay, DJ Complexion, DJ Maxwell UrbanHit, DJ Daniel Teras, DJ Hellen, DJ That Boy Dee, DJ ThabangBanks, DJ KingBash, DJ MSGrooveSoul, DJ SweetCandy, DJ QScotch and Club 808’s Hip Hop DJ Capital.

 

Leading the pack will be the new crooner on the block, Sandziso ‘Sands’ Matsebula, from Swaziland, of the Tigi & Vuma fame. ‘Sands’ has been celebrated in all corners of Swaziland and is now dominating the South African music scene. His song Tigi is not only currently topping music charts of various radio stations but also stealing the hearts of fans and music lovers nationwide. Furthermore, the single has been sitting in the top 10 iTunes search for the past two months.

 

Another huge acts that will wow the attendees is Tsonga Disco King turned reality show superstar, Eric Kobane aka Papa Penny Penny. Known for his flamboyant dress sense, hip-twisting moves and in-your-face attitude, hepromises a never-to-be forgotten performance (which will take his fans down the memory lane of his 23-year music career). Look out for celebrated actors from e-tv soapies including Rhythm City’s Mduduzi Mabaso, Sphiwe Msthali, Dumi Masilela; Marjorie Langa from Scandal; Enhle Maphumulo, Jo-Anne Reyneke of Broken Vows,Mutodi Neshehe and Petronela Tshuma of Harvest, who will also be in attendance.

 

“We’re thrilled with the line-up, which includes an incredible variety of hot, talented musicians. Every artist has been carefully selected to appeal to the various nationalities in our country so that we can give back to the community and add life to their lives in as many ways as possible,” said Tholi B.

Did you like this? Share it:

Minnie & Lungsta to co-host Homeground

Posted by radio On April - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

If there’s one thing Mzansi Magic fans are crazy about, it’s lifestyle entertainment, their next favourite being sport – so this May, Mzansi Magic and SuperSport are giving viewers the best of both worlds in a new show, Homeground.

Hosted by Minnie Dlamini and Lungile Radu, the live broadcast is a weekly installment of lifestyle entertainment with a dose sports.

The SuperSport-Mzansi Magic co-production which will be simulcast on both channels from 1 May, will give fans sports news, trivia, statistics, and music, with a distinctive touch of lifestyle and fashion. Viewers across the country have been waiting in anticipation for months on the news of Minnie Dlamini’s move to M-Net and SuperSport, and the brands have been tight lipped on the details until now.

 

On what excites her about joining Homeground, Minnie Dlamini stated: “What I’m looking forward to about the show is that it features a variety of sports – not just football. The show also offers a really big entertainment platform, so it’s is breaking down South Africa’s existing segregation between the two worlds.”

 

Touching on what viewers can expect in the brand new production, Sphumelele Sibeko M-Net’s Head of Entertainment stated, “With the help of SuperSport, we’re charting new territory with a live sports production, but we’re mixing it up with the hottest entertainment and afro-glam, which is what our viewers have come to expect from us.”

 

Homeground is hosted by two of South Africa’s foremost presenters; the momentous combo of Minnie and Lungsta, is sure to keep viewers entertained, informed and coming back for more,” Sibeko concluded.

 

 

Catch Homeground every Monday from 1 May, streaming live on Mzansi Magic and SuperSport 4 on DStv Now at 21:30.

 

Did you like this? Share it:

BASIC LEAD, the organizers of the DISCOP film and television content markets and coproduction forum today unveiled reinforced efforts to firmly establish the annual DISCOP Johannesburg  as the world’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa.”

 

Organizers are launching a new initiative to put film and televised content from sub-Saharan Africa front and center during DISCOP Johannesburg 2017, taking place from October 25 – 27 at the Sandton Convention Centre. A variety of campaigns will be deployed in the next six months to reach out to international broadcasters, pay-tv operators, streaming services, theatrical distributors, and sales agents seeking diverse and high-quality content.

 

This initiative underscores what has been a long-running commitment by the organizers to both showcase African homegrown content and develop coproduction opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. With 267 of the 347 production and distribution houses in attendance last year hailing from 36 African countries, DISCOP Johannesburg is already the largest gathering of African content production and distribution executives under one roof.

 

“We proudly declared after DISCOP Johannesburg 2016 that African content is King,” explains Patrick Zuchowicki, CEO of Basic Lead and founder of the DISCOP markets, ” and while African content has long struggled to reach audiences outside the continent, the presence at last year’s DISCOP Johannesburg of some of the major global streamers – the new kids on the buying block – proved that content “Made in Africa” could be a disruptive force. There is an appetite for new projects with universal appeal and competition increases for fresh talent that can travel across all borders.”

 

As African produced content continues to draw the attention of distributors and content aggregators from around the world, thematic hubs will be set-up to showcase content “Made in Africa”, such as the PAVILION FRANCOPHONE AFRICAIN promoting indepentley produced French-speaking content; the DIGILAB AFRICA unbrella to spotlight innovations in virtual reality and 360-degree storytelling,  and the ANIMATION VILLAGE to welcome Africa’s most creative animators.

 

Indeed, DISCOP Johannesburg 2017 will continue with its strong focus on African animation through its continued partnership with the AFRICAN ANIMATION NETWORK who will be hosting the ANIMATION VILLAGE. Nick Wilson, Project Manager of the African Animation Network, has this to say of the partnership, “The African Animation Network is delighted to continue to build on the animation presence at DISCOP Markets.  African animation creators are invited to compete in our pitching competitions (Annecy – MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde) and skills development programme (Annecy – MIFA Animation du Monde – Skills Programme) which are presented in partnership with Annecy International animated Film Festival.  We’re extremely excited to host delegates from across the continent representing the widest diversity of the African animation industry and in line with the mantra “Made in Africa”.

 

Thanks to their extensive talent, shooting locations and skills pool as well as generous incentive programmes, South Africa and the City of Johannsburg will play a central role in the organizers’s plans to turn DISCOP Johannesburg into the World’s #1 destination to source, acquire, and coproduce entertainment content “Made in Africa”. Germany will be officially  welcome as DISCOP Johannesburg 2017’s “Guest Country”, and a MASTER CLASS program centered on the benefits of the existing co-production treaties between Germany and South Africa that covers both filmed and televised content.

 

Did you like this? Share it:

A number of the South African Broadcasting Corporations (SABC) radio stations along with their presenters and programmes were recognised and awarded across various genres for excellence in local programming, during the Liberty Radio Awards, which were held over the weekend at the Sandton Convention Centre.

 

 

Umhlobo Wenene FM led the SABC stable by collecting six awards including the coveted Station of the Year award for Public Broadcasting Services (PBS). The Station broadcasts in IsiXhosa, 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout all nine Provinces and reaches over 5million listeners every week. Several other SABC Radio Stations took home two awards each, these included:

 

  • Tru FM
  • Thobela FM
  • Ukhozi FM
  • SAfm
  • Radio 2000

Not to be outdone, Lotus FM, Ligwalagwala FM, and 5FM bagged an award each.

Other highlights included a TruFM Bright Star inductee, Lwazi Mpofu. This category recognises the future leaders in the broadcasting industry and the SABC expects great things from Lwazi. In the Best News Reader category, Nomsa Mdhluli was recognised as the best news reader across the radio platform, lending credence to the SABC position as the developer of new talent. In addition to the awards, three of the six people who were inducted to the Hall of Fame included Umhlobo Wenene Rev. Nomathamsanqa Rweqana and two former employees Mr Fakir Hassen and Mr Zola Yeye.

 

SABC’s Head of Radio Marketing, Mr Siphelele Sixaso, was exuberant when he said, “These awards are indicative of the SABC’s dominance in South Africa’s radio landscape. It’s wonderful to have our fellow industry peers and competitors recognise this. This is a tremendous accolade to the hard working SABC radio teams who deliver on our mandate and touch the lives of millions of South Africans from all walks of life, every day. The performance of the SABC Radio brands at the Liberty Radio awards confirms that our brands are here to stay and chart the way forward for radio globally. The Liberty Radio awards also play a huge role in reaffirming to our clients and listeners that SABC is home to the country’s biggest radio brands”.

 

 

The Liberty Radio Awards aim to present a credible, well-judged and transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that radio remains one of South Africa’s leading media choices. The awards are about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled and it is important for the SABC to be part of it.

 

SABC WINNERS AT THE LIBERTY RADIO AWARDS AND CATEGORIES INCLUDE:

Weekend Breakfast Show:

Umhlobo Wenene – Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili

Afternoon Drive Show:

TruFM- Tru Afternoon

Breakfast Presenter: PBS

Thobela FM- Nkgadimeng Kekana

Station of the Year PBS:

Umhlobo Wenene

My Station Listeners Choice:

Radio 2000

Station Imaging:

Umhlobo Wenene

Promotions Stunt/ Event: PBS

Ukhozi FM- Vuka Mzansi Breakfast Show

Music Show: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- Ikwayala Eziphambili

Night-Time Show: PBS

Radio 2000- Talk on 2000

Traffic Presenter: Combined

5FM- Ms Cosmo

News Reader: PBS

SAFM- Nomsa Mdhluli

 

Daytime Show: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- SJL (Sijik’ Langa)

Community Project: PBS

Thobela FM-Ex-convicts Empowerment

Bright Stars:

TruFM- Lwazi Mpofu

Drama Programme: Combined All

RSG- Bloedlyn

Afternoon Drive Presenter: PBS

Ligwalagwala FM – Dumisa ‘Dj Shabbisto’ Mavuso

News and Actuality Show: PBS

Lotus FM- Walk the Talk with Alan Khan

Sports Show: PBS

SAFM- Disappointment for Blitzboks in Rio

Content Producer: PBS

Umhlobo Wenene- Mpumelelo Mali

Hall of Fame:

Rev Nomathamsanqa Rweqana

Mr Fakir Hassen

Mr Zola Yeye

Did you like this? Share it:

POWER 98.7 bags six at the Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Gauteng’s newest talk radio station, POWER 98.7 dominated the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards by collecting the highest number of awards for any commercial radio station in South Africa. At a classy ceremony in Sandton, the three-year old newcomer was the talk of the night after scooping six awards in key categories, upstaging more established and older competition. POWER Drive, which was previously hosted by Thabiso Tema and produced by Neo Leeuw won Best Afternoon Drive Show, while POWER Talk, hosted by Iman Rappetti and produced by Mava Kuselo won Best Day Time Show.

 

“Thabiso and Neo delivered a brilliant product all through 2016 and this prompted us to move Thabiso to host POWER Breakfast in 2017, a move that has now been vindicated even by those outside of POWER House. Iman is away on a short holiday in the US, after stepping down from here television role and we were on the phone with her as soon as she and Mava were announced. She was very excited to win her first award in radio. She is in love with radio and radio is in love with Iman, so I’m certain there will be many more such awards for her and her partner Mava” says Andile Khumalo, Managing Director of POWER 98.7

 

The popular weekly sports show, POWER Sports Extra, hosted by the SAB Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, Thabiso Mosia and produced by Katlego Modiba won Best Sports Show, against some very tough and established competition.

 

“If you consider that POWER Sports Extra which airs once a week, on a Friday afternoon was in competition with daily shows from some of the biggest commercial radio stations throughout South Africa, you can’t help but be proud of this winning combination of Thabiso and Katlego. Their success bodes well not just for POWER 98.7 but the broader MSG Afrika group, especially with the launch of the two additional stations in the Eastern Cape and Free State – an opportunity I am confident the two of them will grab with both hands” added Khumalo.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of POWER 98.7 winning the Best Station Imaging Award, which was duly collected by Head of Production at POWER House, Linda Manganye. The award represents the full on air identity and personality of the radio station. The POWER Update, presented by Jeremy Maggs and produced by Neo Leeuw scooped the Best News and Actuality Show. In addition to the show awards, Neo Leeuw also won the hotly contested Best Content Producer award for POWER Update.

 

“There is not a single person at POWER House who is surprised by young Neo Leeuw’s success at the radio awards this year. Her work ethic is second to none. She is constantly pushing boundaries and wanting only the best of her work going on air. She deserves all these accolades and we are very proud of her” concluded Khumalo.

 

 

The full list of POWER 98.7 winners:

 

Best Commercial Drive Show POWER Drive
Best Commercial Day Show POWER Talk
Best Commercial Sports Show POWER Sport Extra
Best Station Imaging Award POWER 98.7
Best News and Actuality Show POWER Update
Best Content Producer Neo Leeuw

 

Did you like this? Share it:

Liberty Radio Awards – and the Winners are…

Posted by radio On April - 23 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flame of excellence in the radio industry burned especially bright last night at the Sandton Convention Centre when the winners of the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards were announced. The Awards programme celebrates and acknowledges excellence in radio and brings the entire industry together for a night of celebration.

“Radio plays a critical role in the lives of almost 94% of all South Africans – it is their primary source of information and entertainment – sponsoring these awards enables us to contribute towards raising the standard of radio broadcasting, ultimately resulting in stations providing more compelling fare for their listeners,” says Sydney Mbhele, Chief Marketing Officer of Liberty. “This, in turn, leads to better dissemination of valuable knowledge that empowers listeners with vital information; we trust that building on the successes of the radio industry will help us on building on our successes as a society – which is one of Liberty’s core values.”

 

“I was particularly pleased with the number of entries that we received,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “Thanks to Liberty’s foresight in sponsoring the awards, radio stations and personalities have a platform to benchmark their performance and to strive to meet higher standards of excellence in their craft. The quality and depth of entries was remarkable and the adjudicators had a difficult time sorting out the best of the best, all of which bodes well for the future of radio.”

 

John Robbie, who hung up his headphones at 702 after a distinguished career spanning 30 years with the station, was presented with a Lifetime Achiever Award. Robbie’s career and his achievements paved the way for many broadcasters to follow and the Lifetime Achiever Award is a fitting tribute to his outstanding contribution to the radio industry.

Please click here for a list of the respective category finalists and winners: (Winners in bold type).

 

Did you like this? Share it:

Kaya FM 95.9 to announce new line up changes

Posted by radio On April - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Kaya daytime line up has been largely established, with Bob Mabena and Mo-G having been at the station for the last 5 years. T-Bose Mokwele and John Perlman celebrate 10 years with the station in 2017 and Georgie Munetsi Bizzah and Nicky B are celebrating 20 years with Kaya this year, having started in the year of Kaya’s inception. While much success, tears and laughter have been shared, now is the time to make some line-up changes in-line with the vision to take the station into the future.

Kaya started implementing future plans by making shifts with the last line-up change that revolved around evening and weekend radio in late 2016. Bridget Masinga and Kojo Baffoe joined in September and October of 2016 launching Late Nights with Bridget Masinga and Life with Kojo Baffoe. Tebogo “Proverb” Thekisho was brought on to take over the Top 40 on a Saturday morning and Thomas Msengana coming in on Fridays and Saturdays with Weekends with Thomas. Other empirical changes involved T-Bose taking over Sunday afternoons with Sunday soul sessions.

 

“The changing landscape of the Afropolitan in the South African context is going to be challenging in many ways and will require deep meaningful conversations which Kaya aims to deliver with the announcement of the new line-up “, says Kaya FM Managing Director Greg Maloka.

 

Kaya will make the announcement of the new line up on Thursday 13 April 2017.

 

Did you like this? Share it:

MTN Joyous Celebration turns 21!

Posted by radio On April - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Well known for inspiring gospel compositions, uplifting nations, changing lives and creating memorable spiritual experiences, MTN Joyous Celebration has been unrivalled for over two decades. And this year, which marks the inspirational gospel extravaganza’s 21st anniversary, #MTNJoyous21, is most certainly no different.

 

Officially on tour with their 21st album titled ‘Heal Our Land’, MTN Joyous Celebration wants you to be part of the incredible journey, reliving the past 21 years, as well as making new amazing memories and joyous experiences. This year’s momentous national journey, Tour 21, boasts a sterling cast of fresh, raw talent from all around the country bringing much joy and celebration to audience members, as well as blessing them with an unforgettable phenomenon of new, and much loved, vibrant gospel tunes.

 

Since its inception in 1994, MTN Joyous Celebration has enriched and enthralled the lives of many South Africans, not just the spiritual group’s devoted followers, but ultimately, the entire nation, and in turn has become the most acclaimed gospel group in Mzansi.

 

 

To celebrate this amazing milestone, MTN is giving you, and all MTN Joyous Celebration enthusiasts, the incredible opportunity to stand to win R200 000, for you and a charity of your choice to share. This is your chance to give back to the musical group, to thank them for the past 21 years of gospel magic and to share your joyous experiences with others.

 

Entering is simple. To stand a chance to win the ultimate prize of R200 000 (R100 000 for you and R100 000 for a charity of your choice), download any of these exclusive MTN Joyous Celebration 21 CallerTunez from their new 21 ‘Heal Our Land’ album.

 

  • Dial *123*90# for Nozipho Phiri’s ‘Mayenzeke
  • Dial *123*91# for Pastor Jabu Hlongwane’s ‘I’m Surrounded
  • Dial *123*92# for Takesure Ncube’s ‘Ndiye
  • Dial *123*93# for Pastor Mthunzi Namba’s ‘Ngena Noah

 

Dial the relevant number above to download the song you want, and you could win R200 000 (R100 000 for you, and R100 000 for a charity of your choice under the theme ‘Heal Our Land’). Once the lucky winner has been announced and they have selected their charity of choice, MTN will continue the journey alongside them helping to uplift and heal the community by facilitating the donation process. T&C apply.

 

But that’s not all. There are also many other incredible prizes to be won including VIP experiences, grocery and airtime vouchers, Skull Candy headsets, and so much more!

 

Together, let’s dance, sing and celebrate, reliving the past and sharing new memories. Let’s Live Joyous.

 

This year’s MTN Joyous Celebration dates for your region:

 

DATE VENUE CITY/PROVINCE NO OF SHOWS
14 – 16 April 2017 Carnival City Brakpan, Gauteng 3
5 – 6 May 2017 NMMU Missionvale PE, Eastern Cape 2
2 – 3 June 2017 Good Hope Christian Church, Ottery Cape Town, Western Cape 2
30 June and 1 July 2017 Banquet Hall Middleburg, Mpumalanga 2
TBD Sun City Rustenburg, North West 1
4 – 5 August 2017 ICC Durban Arena Durban, KZN 2
26 August 2017 Vista Arena UFS South Campus Bloemfontein, Free State 1

 

Did you like this? Share it:
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.”

 

 

 

Did you like this? Share it:

Gagasi FM turns 13

Gagasi FM turned 13 years on the 13th of March. In celebrating the birthday, the daytime shows took listeners down […]

CapeTalk’s new line-up announced

The station’s line-up will take effect on Monday, 11 March and will run as follows:   Monday to Friday line-up […]

947 shakes up its weekday and weekend line-up with new presenters

To match the upbeat pace of Joburg and its people, 947 likes to keep things exciting and fresh. They’ve decided […]

Smile 90.4FM Programme Manager announced

Smile 90.4FM are pleased to announce the appointment of their new Programme Manager, Naveen Singh, from 1 January 2019. Singh, […]


TAG CLOUD

POPULAR