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Launching of the new edition of Digital Africa

Posted by radio On September - 22 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Launching of the new edition of Digital Africa, an innovation competition to take up the challenge of digital transition in Africa

 

 

Deadline for startups to submit their projects on DigitalAfrica.AFD.fr is the 22nd of October
 

 

For the 40th birthday of Proparco, the subsidiary of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) (www.AFD.fr) focused on private sector, AFD, Bpifrance (www.Bpifrance.fr) and the La French Tech (www.LaFrenchTech.com) have launched on 19 September the second edition of Digital Africa, a startup competition and digital innovation to support sustainable development in Africa. The first edition of the Digital Africa challenge, launched in October 2016, received more than 500 applications and rewarded 10 start-ups which convinced the judging panel on the potential impact of their innovation. Building on this success, AFD, Bpifrance and La French Tech have decided to renew the experience with the objective of offering a long-term support to the emergence of mature and solid digital ecosystems, catalysers of new economic opportunities.

Digital technology, a great accelerator of Africa’s development 

Digital revolution is transforming the African continent. It’s an innovative catalyst that revolutionizes economies and societies. Ecology, energy, culture, education, artistic creation, governance, and media: digital technology has a transversal and multiplying impact in all those key sectors.

“Digital innovation is abundant in Africa. Africans are making a technological leap that accelerates the emergence of the continent. Through Digital Africa, AFD supports emblematic start-ups of the digital African ecosystems, and fulfils its mission of development in the service of education and innovation, in the digital age. Development is now moving in both directions, between the two shores of the Mediterranean” – Rémy Rioux, AFD Executive Director.

 

Nicolas Dufourcq, Bpifrance Executive Director claims “We are proud to participate in the Digital Africa challenge and to support 5 French start-ups in their development on the African continent which nowadays offers great opportunities. This challenge represents a straight continuation of our action for the internalization of enterprises and their cooperation with the African continent”.

 

Innovation in Africa is showing extraordinary development, ecosystems are being structured, and start-ups are spreading across the continent. By promoting the links between French and African entrepreneurs today, our ecosystems are building a common future. Digital Africa is for French Tech an additional step to bring this ambition with Africa”, David Monteau, La French Tech Director, Ministry of Economy and Finance.

 

A fully customized program 

All the startup winners of this second edition of the Digital Africa challenge will benefit from a high visibility and access an international network of partners, clients and investors. They will be part of a community that gathers the best talents of digital innovation in Africa and for Africa, in order to share experiences and good practices.

The 5 African winning startups will be accompanied by the AFD through an “acceleration pack”, a customizable, technical and financial support up to a 30.000 euros value.

The 5 French winning startups will be accompanied by Bpifrance up to a 10.000 euros value support pack to strengthen their expertise and develop new opportunities on the African continent: Bpifrance Université training, networking and discovery trip to Abidjan and Cape Town with the French entrepreneurs community in the French Tech Hubs.

“For a young startup, Digital Africa offers a great opportunity to gain a continental and international visibility.” – Dieu-Donné Okalas Ossami, E-Tumba, winning startup of the first edition of Digital Africa.

 

What are the selection criteria? 

For the second edition of Digital Africa, startups are invited to propose innovative projects linked to the following themes:

  • Territory (urban challenge, rural transformation, and Smart City etc.)
  • Citizenship (e-government, civic engagement, activism, and alternative media etc.)
  • Knowledge and creativity (education, formation, creative and cultural industries etc.)
  • Environment and climate (green tech, clean tech, sustainable transportations, blue economy, and renewable energies etc.)

The relevance of the solutions proposed, their feasibility, sustainability and potential impact will be key criteria in the selection process divided in several steps:

  • An extensive analysis of the projects, of their innovative nature and of their business model;
  • A review of the pre-selected projects by AFD and Bpifrance experts;
  • A final selection by a jury composed by experts of the technological and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa.

Jury:

  • Pauline Mujawamariya, Director of the Innovation Prize for Africa – African Innovation Foundation;
  • Tidjane Deme, General Partner of Partech Venture;
  • Emeka Okofore, TED Global, for Africa;
  • Aissatou Sow, Director of Development in Africa, Intel Corporation;
  • Erick Young, CEO Greentec Capital Partners.

 

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Major Gaming industry leaders confirmed to speak at the world class Gaming Africa Conference in Johannesburg
Clarion’s decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality business-to-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent
Clarion has published the Agenda for the inaugural Gaming Africa Conference, which is taking place across 24 and 25 October in Johannesburg. The agenda, for the free-to-attend business event, is available to download from the dedicated website, www.GamingAfrica.za.com.

Created as a networking opportunity for both the industry and its regulators to share knowledge and best practice, Gaming Africa will feature thought leaders including Edgar Agaba, CEO, Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board Uganda, Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director General, National Lottery Commission of Nigeria, James Mbalwe, Director General, Gaming Board of Tanzania and Jean Claude Mushmire, Head of the Services Industry Development Policy, Rwanda Ministry of Trade and Industry.

 

 

With learning modules covering the economy, payment methods, social responsibility, anti-money laundering, investment, public relations, regional roundtables and two master classes from the Totally Gaming Academy, covering Casino Marketing and Sportsbook Management, Gaming Africa has raised the bar in terms of delivering an event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent.

 

 

Heralding the new event, African gaming expert, Roy Bannister, said: “I anticipate a lot of interest from international visitors looking to get in on the action in a jurisdiction that is pretty hot at the moment. One only needs to look at the trade press to see announcements of deals being done in Africa, new developments and advances in sports betting, payment technologies and mobile growth that is fuelling a lot of excitement about the continent. There is also interest from numerous African regulators wanting to understand how to more effectively regulate their industries, as well as manufacturers looking to place the latest gaming technology on the continent and enable operators to run profitable gaming ventures. Clarion will bring a professionally run gaming event to the African continent, that will draw upon its international expertise and networking capabilities and allow a market crying out for a world class gathering to finally be able to convene on the African continent and, in the process, take the gaming industry to greater heights.”

 

 

Curtis Roach, Content Lead for Gaming Africa said: “It’s fantastic to be working on Gaming Africa as it brings a long-overdue event to arguably the most important and exciting region in the world for the future of gaming. My remit is to produce a forum that inspires, generates active discussion and provides invaluable ideas for delegates to take back to their organisations. Training plays a vital role in raising standards and creating a professional and sustainable industry. To satisfy this, we will be bringing the highly acclaimed ‘Totally Gaming Academy’ master classes to Gaming Africa. Globally recognised experts Arjan Korstjens and Lee Richardson will be flying in to guide delegates through their specialist courses: Casino Marketing Academy, and Sportsbook Management Academy. These are being provided by Clarion Gaming on an entirely complimentary basis – a saving of R15,000.”

 

 

Clarion’s decision to launch Gaming Africa follows requests from major industry players for a quality business-to-business event dedicated to meet the specific gaming needs of the continent. To download the Agenda and register, which is free to operators and regulators, visit: www.GamingAfrica.za.com.

 

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Radio 2000 celebrates the nation’s diversity and is encouraging all South African’s to unite and be open to learn more about our different African cultures. As part of Heritage and Tourism month, Radio 2000 invited 14 African countries to join in early Heritage Day celebrations at the SABC offices in Auckland Park on Thursday, 21 September 2017 from 9AM – 3PM. The objective of the day is to showcase the best in African culture through the arts, music and fashion and celebrate the myriad of cultures that South Africa is home to.

On air Radio 2000 will cover the festivities; Emlanjeni hosted by KG Moeketsi (9h00 – 12h00) and Lunch on 2000 (12h00-15h00) with Bertha Charuma. During the shows, listeners can learn about not only South African culture but also more about African heritage that spans our borders. Every Thursday Emlanjeni’s theme for the show is called Extraordinary Thursdays. This is an opportunity to listen to great South Africans that are doing extraordinary things in our country. Our lunch time show complements and adds to this optimistic and inspiring content in a feature called “Africa Thursdays”. Bertha discusses and highlights all good and positive stories from across the African continent. These shows will celebrate our diverse cultural heritage that makes up our rainbow nation and we will honour all Africans for their contributions in building a better South Africa.

Puleng Thulo, Station Manager at Radio 2000 comments, “South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Radio 2000 is excited to celebrate our nation’s diversity and through the power of radio we can unite all Africans to celebrate their heritage and educate and inform listeners about the cultures of our rainbow nation.”

 

 

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Watch Minnie becoming Mrs Jones on Vuzu Amp

Posted by radio On September - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Watch as Minnie Dlamini get’s married to Quinton Jones in Minnie Dlamini: Becoming Mrs Jones starting in October on Vuzu Amp.

 

TV personality, presenter and SA’s sweetheart Minnie Dlamini (or should we say Jones now?) is off the market thanks to hubby Quinton Jones.

 

 

 

You can have full access on the journey of her #BecomingMrsJones in Becoming Mrs Jones: Minnie Dlamini Wedding Special starting on Friday 13 October at 19:30 on Vuzu Amp.  Also available on DStv Now. 

 

 

About Becoming Mrs Jones 

It’s a three-part special which follows Minnie’s wedding planning process, the elaborate wardrobes, traditional and western cuisine, as the couple traverse South Africa in putting together their special occasion. Touching on the traditional wedding and finally culminating in the white wedding, fans will see the absolute beauty of the couple’s love and commitment to each other. Viewers will also be treated to snippets of Quinton’s proposal to Minnie.

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Cheryl Reddy appointed to Ogily PR Board

Posted by radio On September - 14 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Ogilvy Public Relations has announced the appointment of Cheryl Reddy to its board of directors. Reddy – who has been with the agency since 2011 – is currently a Business Director and lead for the agency’s corporate practice.

 

Reddy holds a BTech degree in Journalism and a Marketing Management diploma. She has 10 years of journalism experience, five of which were in the capacity of editor. She has solid experience in construction, mining, architecture consulting engineering and business journalism.

 

On being appointed to the board, Reddy says, “It affords me the opportunity to give my input into the entire business and deliver progress against our key strategic priorities. We are building an agency of the future and I am so proud to be part of the team making this happen”.

 

Managing Director of Ogilvy Public Relations, Joanna Oosthuizen, says, “I am extremely proud of Cheryl and I am confident that she will thrive as a board member. Her dedication to delivering to clients, mentoring and exceptional skill-set is testament to her earning her place on the board. She is a born leader and I wish her well in her new appointment”.

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Forbes Africa is the sixteenth local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power

 

 

The ABN Group owners of the prestigious Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships. Hyde will still be maintaining her current role as the West Africa Correspondent for the leading business publication but will also head up the new digital platform, www.ForbesAfrica.com and drive user and engagement as well as create ongoing partnerships with brands and affiliates to cement the dominance of the magazine which is the number 1 read business magazine amongst Africa’s affluent according to a recent Ipsos EMS Survey.

 

 

“The publishing game has changed dramatically in recent years. Forbes Africa has always had a passion for celebrating the people changing Africa and our new digital platform is in line with reaching that goal. The biggest trigger for the change we are experiencing is the imminent shift to digital. Companies like Forbes Africa who have already began investing in this direction as well as creating engaging content will have a competitive advantage and we are excited that this new medium will create a paradigm shift in the way our loyal readers consume content”, says Hyde.

 

 

Forbes Africa is the sixteenth local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People” Global High Performers” and “The World Billionaires”. Forbes Africa was launched in October 2011.

 

 

“The managing editor, Chris Bishop is the visionary behind the immensely successful brand that we all love today. In just 6 years, Chris has managed to create a platform that is not only aspirational but also highlights the success stories from the continent while still maintaining the glitz and glamour of the prestigious Forbes brand. Through his guidance the new digital platform will have the same strict editorial standard but now we are widening our scope across the African region to pull in more stories that impact the continent as well as exciting content”, says Hyde.

 

 

“Forbes Africa is now 6 years and with this major push towards digital media, the company is simply carving out strategies to make us ready for the future. We are proud to appoint Peace Hyde to this role to help drive engagement from our millennial audience onto the online platform”, says Frederic Van Devyver, Executive Director, CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.

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DStv Premium subscribers: how to get free Showmax

Posted by radio On September - 13 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Having a DStv Premium account means getting Showmax at zero (to be clear, that’s nil, zilch, nada) additional cost. That means getting access to over 25 000 shows to watch on multiple devices from big screen TVs to phones, without paying anything extra.

Simply link your Showmax account to your DStv account – or sign up to Showmax if you haven’t already – and you’re good to go!

 

 

 

 

 

How do I add Showmax to my DStv account if I’m already a Showmax subscriber?

If you have a credit, cheque card or Paypal subscription, simply login to your Showmax account and change your payment method to “DStv add to account”. These are the steps:

  1. Go to www.showmax.com and sign in.
  2. Go to Manage Account and click on Manage Subscription.
  3. Select “DStv add to account” as your payment method.
  4. Sign in with your DStv login details (Connect ID) and accept the terms and conditions.
  5. Add Showmax to your DStv account.
  6. Start watching your favourite shows right now at www.showmax.com, through your connected Explora or using the Showmax app on phones and tablets!

Previous payment methods will automatically be cancelled. Debit orders, for example, will stop coming off your bank account once you’ve linked your Showmax to your DStv account.

 

How do I add Showmax to my DStv account if I’m not a Showmax subscriber?

  1. Go to www.showmax.com.
  2. Sign up to Showmax with your email address.
  3. Create a password.
  4. Choose “DStv add to account” as your payment method.
  5. Sign in with your DStv login details (Connect ID) and accept the terms and conditions.
  6. Add Showmax to your DStv account.
  7. Start watching your favourite shows right now at www.showmax.com, through your connected Explora or using the Showmax app on phones and tablets!

 

I’ve already added my Showmax account to another partner’s bill. Now what?!

  1. If your Showmax subscription is currently being billed through one of our partners (e.g. bank, cellphone network), you may not see all the normal payment options available to you on the Showmax website’s payment screen.
  2. To cancel this type of subscription, contact the company that is billing you for Showmax (we unfortunately do not have access to their billing systems).
  3. Once this is done, you will be able to see the full list of payment options available on the payment screen on the Showmax website. (This is where other partners that allow you to add Showmax to your billing with them will appear.)
  4. Choose “DStv add to account” to add Showmax to your DStv bill.
  5. Sign in with your DStv login details (Connect ID) and accept the terms and conditions.
  6. Add Showmax to your DStv account.
  7. Get watching!

 

What if I’m a DStv subscriber but don’t have an Explora?

Don’t worry – DStv Premium subscribers don’t need Exploras to enjoy the binge-fest that is Showmax. Simply follow the steps above (sign up and add Showmax to your DStv account) and then start watching on an internet-connected device. Watch on a smartphone or tablet by downloading the Showmax app – choose to stream or to download shows to watch offline later. Otherwise, access Showmax on the web browser of your computer or laptop. No Explora necessary!

 

What do I get with Showmax?

  • Over 25 000 of the best series episodes, movies, kids’ shows and documentaries, with more added every week!
  • Watch your favourite shows anywhere on your phone, tablet, laptop or TV. All you need is the internet.
  • Download the best shows to watch offline using the Showmax app on your phone or tablet. (Queues, flights and road trips will never be the same again.)
  • Watch on two different screens at the same time. Share Showmax with your loved ones.
  • Thousands of shows for the kids with Kids Profiles available for fun and safe viewing.

 

 

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Cape Town Film Market: Developing the Film Industry

Posted by radio On September - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 12th – 21st 2017 at the V & A Waterfront, with a 4-day business to business event focused on increasing collaboration and supporting the efficiency and development of the film industry across Africa.

 

A unique business focused event,The Cape Town Film Market will see dozens of companies from the film industry participating in 4 days of discussions, networking and workshops all designed to support the growth of the industry, including its affiliate and support services.

 

The event will include an exhibition space, panel discussions, targeted workshops and networking opportunities that will enable film production companies to interact with the range of affiliate and support industries required for the growth of the sector. Government and associated City support agencies will also be part of this event with a focus on informing and educating producers on issues ranging from funding and tax incentives to permits and location opportunities.

 

Unlike any other film industryevent in the country, the Cape Town Film Market will be a multi-purpose event;a business development and sales opportunity for industry support businesses, anetworking event for all industry stakeholders, and an educational platformwhereby best practice information will be shared across a range ofcompetencies.

 

The event is aimed to encourage collaboration between Cape based companies, as well as to forge relationships across the country and the continent. The event will also create the space for networking between businesses, and between business and government in order to drive the growth of the industry, not just regionally, but across the entiresector. Promoting the Cape as the ideal location for international and local shoots will drive tourism, growth of the industry and overall economic improvement for all associated businesses across the industy.

 

To this end, the event issupported by the City of Cape Town, and Mayor Patricia de Lille has this to sayof the event, “City of CapeTown Executive Mayor Ms Patricia De Lille adds “The City of Cape Town is indeed proud of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival for making strides in developing the film industry inour city.

 

We are committed toenhancing this growth by positioning Cape Town as the film hub of Africa andsupporting the local film industry as it is a key job creator.

 

We are determined towork harder so that Cape Town can become even more globally competitive in thisimportant sector by creating an environment that attracts investment and moreinternational film productions.”

 

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival Marketing Director explains further, “the CTIFMF’s aim is to establish collaborative opportunities, discover new voices and to broaden their respective landscapes within which they conduct business – and Cape Town is the perfect setting for this. Cape Town is a brand in its own right, and its alignment with the CTIFMF adds a tremendous amount of credibility and stature to the global film industry brand we are in the process of building.”

 

Four days of speakers and discussions will provide invaluable information from industry organisations and government.

 

All industry stakeholders,including all support services such as logistics, location support andscouting, crew hire, equipment sales and rental, security, catering, transport,post-production, technology and software, and related services are invited to takepart by exhibiting their products and services in the official expo space.Further opportunities for these companies will include networking lounges,speaking opportunities, press conferences for product announcements and more.

 

All industry professionals arealso encouraged to attend the event to enjoy the benefits of the full speakerprogramme, workshop sessions, networking opportunities, and most of all to dobusiness.

 

The Cape Town Film Market will run alongside the Cape Town International Film Festival that will include film screenings from across the world and a complimentary schedule of discussions workshops with a Pan-African and international focus that delegates can also attend.

 

All exhibition and registration information can be found on the website: www.filmfestival.capetown or please email Donovan Winterburn: d.winterburn@hotmail.com

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TKZEE , Bongo Muffin reunite for Delicious Fest

Posted by radio On September - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

It’s going to be fire on the DStv Delicious Festival stage as two of SA’s most loved bands Bongo Muffin and TKZee reunite for exclusive performances at the 2017 DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, brought to you by Liberty at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand.

TKZee will perform on Saturday 7 October and Bongo Maffin on Sunday 8 October.

 

The two groups will join an already impressive line-up of artists at the festival such as international heavyweights Common, Imagination featuring Leee John, Alexander O’Neal, Omar and Femi Kuti as well as local talent Hugh Masekela, Thandiswa Mazwai and Black Coffee.

 

In addition to Bongo Maffin and TKZee selecting their own material to perform, audiences will be invited to choose four songs to be performed by each band at the festival. You can also expect a live band for the TKZee performance:

 

TKZee

Who doesn’t remember the endless hits brought to us by this group made up of three school friends, Tokollo Tshabalala, Kabelo Mabalane and Zwai Bala. TKZee ignited the South African music scene in 1996, fast becoming the top-selling kwaito group in the country. Their first breakthrough hit, Palafala, sampled Joni Mitchell’s 1970 hit, Big Yellow Taxi, and sold more than 100,000 copies.

 

The three musicians didn’t shoot to fame by chance.  Classically trained Zwai was the first black member of the Drakensburg Boys Choir as well as the first black member of the Royal Music Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tokollo started off his career in 1995, recording with kwaito artist, Mdu, while Kabelo was part of a music exchange programme in the United States.

 

Today, their sound is so much more than kwaito and incorporates hip-hop, classical, house and gospel beats that fuse into what is now known as “Guz” music.

 

Bongo Maffin

Bongo Maffin is known for its heady mix of kwaito, house, techno, rap, hip-hop, and reggae sounds – a highly successful blend that saw them win a South African Music Award for Best Kwaito Band in 1999 and “Best African Group” at the KORA All-African Award ceremonies in 2001.

 

Made up of Jah Seed, Thandiswa Mazwai, Stoan Seate and Speedy, the bank was formed by Zimbabwe-born musician and DJ, Appleseed (born Oscar Appleseed), in 1996. The band built up a solid fan base in South Africa before exploring the international music arena and gaining appreciation in France, England and Denmark.

 

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Showmax FREE for DStv Premium Subscribers

Posted by radio On September - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

DStv Premium customers have something to celebrate – they will now get Showmax, worth R99 per month, at no charge. In addition to getting access to Showmax’s catalogue of more than 25 000 TV show episodes and movies via the DStv Explora decoder, DStv Premium customers will also be able to access Showmax via the DStv Now app, as well as their PC, laptop, mobile device, media player or smart TV.

 

“More and more customers are telling us they love to binge-watch boxsets on DStv Catch Up and Showmax. It’s the way the world is moving and that’s why we’re offering all our Premium customers Showmax, so they can enjoy this exceptional experience,” said Mark Rayner, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

 

DStv Premium customers already have the freshest local and international content first on DStv and can now get boxsets of previous seasons from Showmax. This is a great way to discover and watch a series from the very beginning – watching previous seasons on Showmax and then catching the latest season fresh on DStv.

 

Showmax is also home to new shows that can’t be seen anywhere else. Some of the series exclusive to Showmax include: The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton; Taboo, starring Tom Hardy; Younger, about which Glamour Magazine said “nothing on TV has ever captured the Sex and the City vibe like Younger has”; Kingdom, MMA action drama starring Nick Jonas; and Class, Dr Who spinoff based at the Coal Hill School in London familiar to all Whovians.

 

Recent additions only on Showmax include Harlots, described by Variety as “Think Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones” and TUT, starring Ben Kingsley. In October, the third season of Mr Robot will be added weekly, fresh from the US, and all seven season of Game of Thrones will also be available.

 

The Showmax subscription gives customers access to two concurrent streams on different devices, so parents can watch their shows on the big screen while the kids watch cartoons on their tablet. Showmax also gives customers the option to download up to 25 TV shows and movies to their smartphone or tablet for viewing later. It’s perfect for long road trips and flights.

 

To make accessing Showmax hassle-free, a link has been added to the DStv Now app. Premium customers can use up to four mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access the DStv Now app.

 

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