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The South African Breweries (SAB) has opened entries into the Annual SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2017.

Now in its 29th year, the Awards were started by the late conservationist Dr. Ian Player, to recognise members of the media who have excelled in reporting on environmental matters in Video, Audio and Written Media as well as Photography over the past year.

 

The Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year acknowledges individuals who have gone above and beyond to look after the environment.

 

“As a company we believe it’s important to promote and recognise excellence in environmental reporting. We believe the media have an important role to play as society attempts to find a balance between progress and securing a thriving and prosperous world for future generations,” says Robyn Chalmers, Director Communications, AB InBev Africa and SAB.

 

 

The categories for the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 are as follows:

  • Written Media Award(Print and Online)
  • Photography Award(Print and Online)
  • Video Media Award(Television and Online)
  • Audio Media Award(Radio and Online)
  • The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Awardfor environmental journalists with less than two years’ experience in the Industry.
  • Nick Steele Memorial Awardfor the Environmentalist of the Year.

 

Entrants for the SAB Environmental Media Awards and Environmentalist of the Year 2017 should submit work produced between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 through the Online Awards portal at www.sabenviromedia.co.za

 

 

All Main category winners will receive a cash prize of R25,000 while merit winners each receive R3,000. The winner of the Magqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Cub Award will receive R15,000 prize money. The Nick Steele Memorial Award winner will receive R25,000.

 

 

“Over the years, these Awards have served as a window to the state of the environment in South Africa and we look forward to seeing, hearing and reading this year’s entries,” says Chalmers.

 

 

The online entry portal can be accessed at www.sabenviromedia.co.za. Members of the media and the public can also motivate their nominee for the Environmentalist of the Year via the online entry portal,www.sabenviromedia.co.za.Entries are open and will close at 17:00 on Friday, 1st September 2017.

 

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Riveting African Stories – AfriDocs on BET

Posted by radio On August - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs on BET continues to present some of Africa’s most riveting and relevant stories every Sunday at 10pm.

 

September sees an array of stories including the new film, Unseen Enemy that looks at how recent epidemics have brought out both the best and the worst in human behavior. This powerful film looks at how the inter-connectedness of people can lead to a host of unpredictable outcomes.

 

The film was written and directed by Janet Tobias, who embedded with some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and medical professionals for more than three years, tracking outbreaks of Zika, Ebola and influenza worldwide.

The Ethiopian film Omo Child looks at the challenge of one man, Lale Labuko, who takes on his own community and their ancient tradition that sees certain children killed based on superstition and fear. The film has won numerous awards from festivals around the world.

 

Rwanda’s Finding Hillywood looks at the power of cinema to heal, create dialogue and encourage cultural discussion, whilst South African film Noma takes a harsh look at what it really means to have no home.

 

In addition to screening on BET Africa, DStv channel 129 every SUNDAY at 10pm (CAT), AfriDocs Anytime is now available via www.afridocs.net, where you can stream over 40 documentary films anytime, including the catch-up feature that incudes all the latest films from BET available for a limited time only.

 

Make sure not to miss these films that will be available to view for the next month only:

 

Town of Runners:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz99MdEfYO0&t=2s

http://www.afridocs.net/watch-now/town-of-runners/

 

Chameleon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzRAqMtrjV8&t=25s

http://afridocs.net/watch-now/chameleon/

 

In Shadow of the Sun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXt_wr36SAI&t=25s

http://afridocs.net/watch-now/in-the-shadow-of-the-sun/

 

For more information: www.afridocs.netwww.facebook.com/AfriDocs, @afri_docs

 

3 September

Omo Child | John Rowe | Ethiopia | 2015 | 90 min 

In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, children are being killed horrifically under an ancient tradition known as ‘mingi’. Teeth growing in a certain order can bring a child a death sentence. One young tribesman strives for change through education and adopting the cursed children. But challenging tribal superstition isn’t easy and as he battles to save lives, things are not all that they seem.

* Social Impact Media Award – Jury Ethos Award, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmIeT7COYw4

 

10 September

Unseen Enemy | Janet Tobias | Global | 2017 | 90 min

Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behaviour, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death. We are all connected to any person, animal and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. And that connection is either incredibly dangerous or a powerful force for good. It is our choice which of those becomes true.

CPH:DOX 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzQ5FUSHdgA

 

17 September

 Finding Hillywood | Chris Towey & Leah Warshawski | Rwanda | 2013 | 60 min 

Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realisation that we all must one day face our past. In Hillywood (Rwanda’s film industry named for the country’s rolling hills) there is a blossoming film community. As Rwanda is still healing from the wounds of a cultural genocide almost 20 years ago, cinema has become a way for artists to express themselves and create cultural discussion.

* Audience Award, Best Documentary – Napa Valley Film Festival 2013

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vvo90DhfPzw

 

24 September

Noma | Pablo Pineda Bóveda | South Africa | 2016 | 56 min

Noma is a young black woman who represents a huge portion of the post-apartheid South African youth: surviving with a precarious job, living in a township in Cape Town, renting a shack that she shares with four other people: her two sons, her cousin and her younger brother. One of her sons is a semi-paraplegic and blind disabled baby. What she wants is to improve her life and her family’s life and aims to build a house in a new slum facing violent evictions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azwzSwIbjqc

 

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DStv Now breaks records with The Money Fight

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv Now has broken all previous records with the live stream of The Money Fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Conor McGregor. The daily live stream audience peaked at 40% above any previous high on the DStv Now platform, including those driven by events in traditional “prime time”.

 

Live sport has been one of the main drivers of growth for DStv Now. With its unrivalled and exclusive sports offering of up to 12 live streaming SuperSport channels, DStv Now has grown monthly usage more than 50% in just three months and has doubled in the last six months. To put the growth of live streaming on DStv Now in context, the Money Fight audience was 30 times larger than that for the Mayweather vs Pacquiao live stream just two years ago.

 

And it wasn’t just the main event which drove up audience numbers. Almost as many fans visited the live stream for the build-up and undercard as the main event, while many others used Catch Up in the DStv Now app to view the fight at a more civilized hour or watched the “All Access” documentary. The Fight coverage started at 03:00 CAT, with the main event starting just before 06:00 CAT. Users tuned in on their decoders, or the DStv Now website and APP (iOS and Android).

 

Worldwide, the fight between the boxing superstar and the MMA phenomenon was mostly available on a “pay per view” basis. However, SuperSport made sure DStv Premium customers across Sub-Saharan Africa could view The Fight live, at no extra cost.

 

And it’s not just once-off boxing spectaculars that are big on DStv Now. In the past two weekends, DStv Now users have had exclusive live streaming access to The Rugby Championship. The first of two games between South Africa and Argentina resulted in the second highest live streaming numbers seen to date on DStv’s online platforms. These exclusive live streaming events create unprecedented excitement and value for DStv Premium customers.

 

There have been many other drivers for the stellar growth in DStv Now usage. Nineteen additional live streaming channels have been added since April 2017, bringing the Premium offer to more than 70 channels, as well as making the service available to Compact and Compact Plus subscribers in recent months.

 

“Exclusive live sport is a key drawcard for our customers,” says Graeme Cumming, head of DStv Digital Media. “We were proud to be able to stream The Money Fight live to our Premium customers at no extra cost”.

 

DStv Now can be accessed via the app for tablets and smartphones, or online at now.dstv.com

 

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FULL LIST OF THE DSTV MZANSI VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte

 

TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda

 

COMEDIAN: Summary

 

RISING STAR: Sjava

 

RADIO PERSONALITY: B2Cada

 

ACTOR: Themba Ndaba

 

ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara

 

MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Kwesta

 

DJ: Black Coffee

 

SPORTS PERSONALITY: Caster Semenya

 

ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE: Thembisa Mdoda

 

 

Viewers who voted also got a slice of the cake when one was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year.

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SABC dominates the SATMA Nominations

Posted by radio On August - 28 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC) received  an astounding number of nominations at the 12th SATMA Nominee’s announcement held at the Durban ICC, in KwaZulu Natal.

According to the SATMA Award’s an unprecedented number of 190,613 SMS nominations and a total of 697 entries to the different categories were recorded in 63 days of the SATMA’s nomination period.

A number of SABC Radio presenters and programs were nominated in various categories including:

 

 

 

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC RADIO PROGRAM OF THE YEAR:  

Dzumba na Mina (Munghana Lonene FM), Lwesuka Lutfuli (Ligwalagwala FM), Lavuth’iBhayi (Umhlobo Wenene FM).

BEST TRADITIONAL RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR NOMINEES:  

Monwabisi Bangi “Gudla” (Umhlobo Wenene FM), Ntsoaki Motloung  (Lesedi FM), Willem Viljoen (RSG), Sthembele Thomas “Mantofontofo” (TruFM), Vusi shabangu (Ikwekwezi FM), Russel Kwinika (Munghana Lonene FM) Hunadi Mogohlwane (Thobela FM), Modika Mothuzi (Motsweding FM), Vincers Mabele (XK FM), Bheka Mchunu & Nkosinathi Mshengu (Ukhozi FM), Magidzeludzakeni (Ligwalagwala FM), Godfrey Mavhasa (Phalaphala FM)

TRADITIONAL RADIO PROGRAM LOYAL LISTENER:

Siphenathi Keswa (I-Identist) (Umhlobo wenene FM), William Mahlangu (IKwekwezi FM), Salome Mmgomogale (X-K FM),  Bellia Phutiyagae (Motsweding FM)

Other categories included:

BEST CULTURAL ELECTRONIC MEDIA JOURNALIST:

Benjamin Tsotetsi – Ikwekwezi FM

Bongani Mavuso – Ukhozi FM

Lesibana Matlala – Motsweding FM

Caswel Taolane  – XK FM

Palisa Moeti – Lesedi FM

Mweli Masilela – SABC News

Unathi Binqose – Umhlobo Wenene FM

News Zimkhita Manqinana – SABC News

BEST TRADITIONAL MUSIC AIR-PLAY RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR:

Ligwalagwala FM

Phalaphala FM

Thobela FM

Umhlobo Wenene FM

Munghana Lonene FM

Ikwekwezi FM

TruFM

Lesedi FM

RSG

Motsweding FM

XK FM

Ukhozi FM

 

 

The SATMA AWARDS promote, preserve, uplift, develop, honour and award traditional musicians across racial and ethnic background. The SATMA Awards have made a tremendous contribution in the cultural landscape of South Africa through nation building and social cohesion.

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The 2017 DStv Mzansi Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards will celebrate who’s who when it comes to South Africa’s favourite faces.

 

With over 50 stars to choose from, viewers were asked to cast their votes during the weeks leading up to the awards show on Saturday 26 August. From Song of the Year to Favourite TV Presenter and the much anticipated Rising Star award, we’ll soon see who takes top honours.

 

Expect a night of glitz and glam when Mzansi’s stars step out in style for a night to remember. Make sure to tune in to the DStv MVCAs red carpet special on Saturday 26 August from 19:30 to spot your favouruite celebrity as they make their way to the event of the year.

 

Hosted by the queen of media, Bonang Matheba, you won’t want to be left out during the live broadcast of the 2017 DStv Mzansi Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards on Saturday 26 August at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic (161).

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OPW is looking for a new presenter

Posted by radio On August - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

After seven successful seasons of the popular reality show, Our Perfect Wedding is switching gears with a presenter search open to the public.

 

With three seasons under her belt ushering couples to the altar, Thembisa Mdoda is bidding farewell to the show.

 

“Thembisa Mdoda’s contract has come to an end. We thank her for her commitment and contribution to the success of OPW,” says Nondumiso Mabece, Head of Publicity at M-Net Local Entertainment Channels.

 

“We are looking forward to the exciting journey the show will be taking, opening up the platform for a hidden gem, a new face with untapped talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed,” concludes, Mabece

 

The reality wedding show, which documents the real-life journeys of ordinary South Africans as they create their perfect wedding day, continues to own Sunday night viewing by creating weddings that keep South Africans talking.

 

The magic and the celebration of love carries on as Nomsa Buthelezi returns as the host while OPW is looking for a new face. “The new presenter will need to have a warm personality to match and the ability to connect with the viewers,” explains Mabece.

 

Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the auditions:

 

Contestants must be 25 years old and upwards, should be South African citizens with a valid South African ID. The potential presenter will be auditioned by the producers and shortlisted for a second round of auditions. A panel of judges will select the contestants that will battle it out for the public vote in the final phase.

 

If you have what it takes to host Our Perfect Wedding, make your way to the following venues :

 

East London: Premier Hotel Regent,  2 September 2017

Durban: Protea Hotel – Marriott Edward, 9 September 2017

Johannesburg: The Pyramid, 16 September 2017

Doors open at 08:00 in the morning and close at 18:00. Dial 010 594 5127 should you have further queries.

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The award, which aims to celebrate the achievements of future creatives as they redefine creativity in the mobile era, was created in partnership with Facebook and The Nelson Mandela Foundation

 

The Facebook Challenge (www.Facebook.com), an official Loerie Award in the Student category, was won this year by three students from AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town. The award, which aims to celebrate the achievements of future creatives as they redefine creativity in the mobile era, was created in partnership with Facebook and The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 

 

With students from across Africa and The Middle East briefed to address gender inequality awareness through the development of a mobile video campaign, the inaugural Facebook Challenge Loerie was won by Peni Buckton, Claudia Bester (both 3rd year students studying BA in Creative Brand Communication) and Lunje Jwambe (2nd year student studying Copy Writing diploma).

 

 

The winning trio created an engaging piece of work called ‘Everyday Armour’ which is an ‘anti-harassment couture’ brand that seeks to make thought-provoking social commentary on the gender-based violence women face daily. These students felt that as women, they could all relate to the small things that women have to do consciously and sub-consciously to prepare themselves for any instance; be it taking a different route home, wearing oversized clothing to deter unwelcome advances or even go as far as taking martial arts/self-defense classes, simply because they are born female. The campaign aims to shed light on this unfortunate reality and make a small difference in society.

 

 

“The quality of work we saw coming from students was truly inspirational,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook, Africa. “There was a lot of conceptual innovation, as well as fascinating approaches to the use of technology. Many congratulations from us at Facebook to the winners for not only embracing the challenge, but creating a thought-provoking and moving mobile video campaign. We look forward to our ongoing work with advertising schools and universities as we continue to support and invest in young and diverse creative talent.”

 

 

The three students received a bronze Loerie for their work, titled ‘Every Day Armour’. Commenting on their win, student Lunje Jwambe said: “It’s been a real honour to win a Loerie. We really enjoyed the opportunity to think about mobile in a different and challenging way and coupled with social consciousness, this truly made it a fascinating experience. It’s been very good grounding for each of us and one that I’m sure will stand us in good stead for our future careers.”

 

 

Charles Maggs, Head of Creative Faculty AAA, Cape Town, added: “The project exposes students to the demands of the digital communication front line. They learn a huge amount as they work, and the thematic tie-in to social issues makes the process relevant to everyone on a personal level.”

The winning campaigns will be launched on Facebook and Instagram soon.

 

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The South African Breweries (SAB) Sports Media Awards 2017 has opened for entries.

 

Entrants have until Friday 6 October 2017, to consolidate eligible material and submit via the online portal that opened today.

 

Currently in its 37th year, the SAB Sports Media Awards acknowledges and recognises the work of dedicated members of the South African media who excel in reporting sport across print, digital, video and audio mediums as well as photography.

 

“For close on four decades we have had the privilege of recognising and rewarding those members of the media who excel in the reporting of sport in South Africa and to encourage quality standards and awareness of important sporting issues facing the country,” saysRobyn Chalmers, Director Communications: AB InBev Africa and SAB.

 

The categories for the SAB Sports Media Awards 2017 are:

 

  • Audio Media Award(Radio)
  • Digital Media Award
  • Photography Award(Print and online)
  • Video Media Award(Television)
  • Written Media Award(Print)
  • The Newcomer of The Year (sports journalists with less than two years’ experience in the industry)
  • Sports Media Hall of Fame
  • Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year

All main category winners receive a cash prize of R15,000 with the winner of the Photography sub-category “Action Shot of the Year” receiving R5,000.

 

The awards will also acknowledge a deserving candidate into the SAB Sports Hall of Fame and Sports Journalists’ Journalist of the Year.

 

Entries open today and close on Friday, 6 October 2017 at 17h00.

 

Entrants are to submit work published between 1st October 2016 and 30th September 2017.

 

For information and submissions, go to www.sabsportsmedia.co.za.

 

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 23 November 2017.

 

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Joyous Celebration headed to Sun City this Spring

Posted by radio On August - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Having already staged its 21st instalment in six provinces this year, MTN Joyous Celebration is headed to Sun City as part of its national tour. The 1-day spectacular, grand, and spiritual show will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on Saturday, 2 September 2017.

Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, Founder, says: “Our theme of Heal our Land has been spread throughout the country and outside our borders. It is such a significant theme that came right on time. As a society, we are currently witnessing ailments that cover our bodies, mind and soul, and we – as a nation – have been granted the authority to denounce these. Our show aims to call on people in the North-West province and beyond to join us as we call on our Lord to restore peace in our land.”

 

MTN Joyous Celebration, the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Gospel music powerhouse, has established itself as the pioneers in the music industry. Year on year, the bar is raised to ensure that fans are enthralled by the group’s offering. From the outfits, production and performances, North West will be left in complete awe. We are about giving our best, and this year is no different. We are so excited and looking forward to celebrating this milestone with our fans ” says Lindelani Mkhize.

Furthermore, as part of its 21st birthday and celebrating with the community, MTN Joyous Celebration has committed to give-away one of its previous gorgeous outfits to a deserving choir in each of the nine provinces. Local choirs need to send an email with their details, and why they feel they are the deserving choir to info@joyous.co.za by 2 September 2017.

 

“Giving back to communities is one of the things that drives us. We are grateful for the support we’ve been given over the past 21 years, and we know that it is because of our fans and our Almighty that we are where we are today. Each year, our talented designers create magic in the form of costumes to dazzle stages and enchant our audiences, we are truly blessed and it would be a disservice to let these costumes collect dust, when they could be used by someone else. We waited for the right moment, which is now – as we come off age,” says Pastor Mthunzi Namba.

 

Tickets for the Sun City show are available from R200 per ticket at Computicket and Shoprite / Checkers outlets nationwide.

 

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