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The month of April sees the premiere of SABC 2 new groundbreaking Xitsonga drama – Giyani – Land of Blood. The drama will start on Monday, 01 April 2019 at 21h30 and will flight Mondays – Wednesdays. The telenovela, which is set in the heart of South Africa’s own Eden, Giyani in Limpopo Province, brings to life the conflict of two families locked in a bitter, decades-long squabble over a contested piece of fertile land and the banana plantation built on it.

The first episode opens with a jubilant celebration of the land being returned to the community as a result of a successful land restitution claim. Under the apartheid regime, the land had been assigned to the Van Reenen family who had built their considerable wealth through the banana plantation, which supplied every major supermarket in South Africa. The farm, reclaimed by the community, is renamed Tiakeni – a Xitsonga phrase meaning ‘Build Yourselves’, in tribute to the community’s perseverance and success in taking back their land.

 

Giyani – Land of Blood brings to life the ageless themes of love rivalries, forbidden passion, stolen land, and corruption. The story is centered around the conflict between the Mudau and Baloyi families. Set in the fictional village of Risinga, Giyani has harnessed the considerable skills of wellknown industry veterans as well as undiscovered talent to deliver the gripping storylines that are sure to keep audiences transfixed. Amongst the leads are acclaimed performers – Linah Ebony Ngcobo, Obed Baloyi, Charles Baloyi, Candy “Tsa Mandebele” Mokwena, Ndivhuho Mutsila and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

 

Adding to the roll-call of exemplary talent associated with the show, the theme song is composed and performed by the legendary Dr. Thomas Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters, renowned pioneers of Tsonga music, and produced by award-winning Tshedza Pictures.

 

SABC2 Programme Manager, Ms Jacqui Hlongwane stated: “In our effort to deliver on the public service and language mandate as well as introduce fresh and landmark content, SABC2 is delighted to bring to the South African public, Giyani-Land of Blood; the first ever Xitsonga drama and telenovela.

 

 

Produced by Tshedza Pictures and boasting a star-studded cast of Xitsonga actors, who for the better part of their careers, have had to act and perform in roles and languages other than their own in order to make a living; Giyani-Land of Blood has now given them this rightful opportunity. Equally, Xitsonga viewers who have had to watch dramas in other languages will now have their own drama series for the first time; celebrating and affirming their rich culture, tradition, identity, stories, music and heritage.”

 

 

Catch Giyani – Land of blood on SABC 2 Mondays to Wednesdays starting on 01 April 2019 at 21h30.

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Liberty Radio Awards finalists list confirmed

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The adjudication process for the 2019 Liberty Radio Awards has been completed. The results have been verified by Mazars, a Chartered Accounting firm, and the finalists for the various categories have been determined.

“With over 1,900 entries to evaluate, the adjudication panel had their work cut out for them,” says Lance Rothschild, CEO of the Liberty Radio Awards. “I’m confident that the adjudication process will ensure that we recognise and honour the best radio work in South Africa over the past year.”

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to motivate and inspire the radio industry to set increasingly high standards and to develop programming that will keep listeners compelled, entertained, informed and advised. By focusing on quality, the industry will ensure its prominence and success well into the future.

 

“Recognition as a category finalist is already a significant achievement,” says Rothschild. “It earmarks you as one of the best in your field.

 

Killy Bacela, Divisional Executive of Group Brand and Marketing at Liberty says, “Liberty congratulates all the entrants – and wishes the finalists well. We’re looking forward to acknowledging the winners on Saturday 13 April. Radio, through its reach, is a powerful platform for news, stories and a particularly important platform from which listeners derive information and advice.”

 

Winners will be announced at the Liberty Radio Awards Banquet at the Sandton Convention Centre on Saturday, 13 April 2019.

Click here to view the comprehensive list of finalists is in alphabetical order of category and in alphabetical order by station name.

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20th March, Superstar Rapper, Singer/songwriter and mental health advocate J Molley has released a brand new video for Lightning off his second EP Leader of the Wave. The EP follows the massive internet success of his debut Dreams Money Can Buy which was released in 2017.

 

‘Dreams Money Can Buy’ earned J Molley, whose real name is Jesse Mollett, a 20 year-old Johannesburg-born and Pretoria-bred exquisite talent, a top 3 spot in its three days of release.

 

Barely two years in the industry, J Molley’s star is shining so bright that his peers have been paying attention to every single thing he does. With over 1.3 million listens on Soundcloud, and over 1.5 million streams on paid platforms in just one and a half years, J Molley is emerging as one of the best to watch.

 

Lightning is one of the singles from Leader of the Wave EP and its video is one work of art. Shot in Cape Town, J Molley plays with subtle, dark tones and has fully dressed girls!!! How refreshing for a Hip Hop video!

 

“The album is very thought provoking, it’s from conversations in my head which were mostly negative, from some negative experiences which have ultimately made me a better person. It’s the rawest form of my thoughts and what goes on in my head. My music is my truth and nothing makes one lonelier than the secrets we keep, I make it a point that in my music, I let it all out.

 

Dark, sinister, futuristic, flashing lights, expensive, cold and new wave are definitely all the words to describe not just the album but the Lightning music video.

 

You can check out the song and video on the links below:

 

https://itunes.apple.com/za/album/lightning/1436010228?i=1436010404

 

https://youtu.be/MnLj7A2bJnY

 

J Molley is signed to Never Broke a company he co-owns. He is not only a talented independent artist, he also edits all his music videos and images. His success is his own hard work with no co-signs from other artists. He has however lent his voice on other artists’ songs, the likes of Stogie T, Kwesta and DJ Speedsta.

 

 

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Jozi Youth Dance Academy brings you Liberte

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), brings you their 5th annual production called Liberté, from 26 – 28 April 2019 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

 

This is JYDC’s 5th season and promises to be one of their best yet. This year we present to you Liberté (translated from French, meaning “Freedom”). We invite you to come and watch the ultimate form of freedom in JOZI Youth Dance Company’s enthralling season “Liberté” on Freedom day. A celebration of our country, our dancers and our freedom.

 

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.” – Victor Pinchuk

Over the past 5 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance.  “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of.  We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Liberté, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire.  “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, each bringing their own distinct personality to the stage” said Swart.  Choreographers include, Adele Blank, world renowned choreographer and dance instructor, Veronique Rabe, professional dancer, choreographer and actress, Evan Van Soest, professional dancer and choreographer, Charlie Van Rooyen, professional dancer, choreographer and actor, Cayley Hodson, resident choreographer of JYDC, Joanna De Silva, up and coming Choreographer and Jayd Swart herself who is a well-established international contemporary dance choreographer and ballet trainer and coach. And in true JYDC nature students, Luca Redfern and Navin Jacobs, have been afforded the opportunity to choreograph the student piece, also to be showcased in Liberté.

 

JYDC has opened up many doors for company members including a training tour to South-Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, Portugal, USA & Croatia.  This year, the production forms part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival line-up and a Cape Town Tour has also been scheduled to show case this wonderful production.

Out of our 1st group of graduates all 4 graduates have received jobs within the industry, both Nationally and Internationally.

We are so proud to be developing this kind of talent within the South African Dance Industry.

 

[Issued by: JYDC Marketing ]

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Thato Jessica is a force to be reckoned with, a woman chasing her dreams!

The 25-year old is bringing a new flare to the South African R&B and Hip Hop scene hence her home town, Botswana is already buzzing with her music.

 

Thato’s music carries an international sound that can transcend through every kind of culture and language. Her musical dream is to create and infuse the modern R&B sound with the African narrative and image.

 

In April 2018, Thato released her much anticipated EP titled “Rehearsal” consisting of three hit tracks “Problem, Freedom and Addicted, which national radio stations are currently playing on rotation.  To bring her single “Problem to life, she features rapper Veezo View. “I collaborated with Veezo View because I wanted to capture the expression of people in a relationship who confront each other about their relationship problems. In the single, we raise various issues with the intention of ultimately resolving them” concludes Thato Jessica.

 

Check out Thato Jessica’s latest single  https://youtu.be/KzTFdoM_i10

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Get ready Jazz lovers! Keenan Meyer is about to take the Mother City on a musical journey for one night only on the 20th March at the Youngblood Gallery. The 20th March will see a kaleidoscopic showcase of sounds which will feature self-composed debut works and stretch from Chopin to Winston Mankunku Ngozi, accompanied by a jazz ensemble.

His playing and writing style is informed by a strong background in Western Art music as well as the rich musical heritage of South African Jazz. Keenan’s passion for music has always been his drive and would love to share it with the rest of the world, him currently studying his masters in musicology can definitely attest to his passion for music.

Meyer is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and has received numerous accolades for his work in the academic and music space.

The Youngblood Foundation, which won a BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) award, was created in January 2010. Youngblood is an arts & culture development that aims to be a platform for artists from all genres to start off from or to continue from in order to become self-sustainable.

 

Roger Jungblut (CEO of Youngblood), realized a need in the Arts and Culture sector in South Africa. The need for capital and exposure, through Youngblood these needs could be met. It remains his priority to support progress within that creative sector through Youngblood. This way, many promising artists are newly motivated: they are given the chance, and of course the means, to reach their full potential.

Keenan is thrilled to be performing in Cape Town with some of his favorite musicians on the eve of Human Rights Day.

 

Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za for R100 and R120 at the door.

Interact with Keenan on social media @keenanmeyerpiano

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Gagasi FM turns 13

Posted by radio On March - 16 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
Gagasi FM turned 13 years on the 13th of March. In celebrating the birthday, the daytime shows took listeners down memory lane. One lucky listener walked away with a brand-new car, and ultimately a mother of all parties sealed it all.
Gagasi FM 13 on 13

The country’s biggest regional radio station celebrated its birthday in style and the first segment of the day saw the breakfast show, mid-morning show and midday show doing outside broadcasts in various locations with former presenters of these shows co-hosting with current presenters. I Love Mornings, broadcasting live from Barons Edwin Swales dealership, was hosted by former breakfast show presenter Alex Mthiyane together with current co-presenters Njabs Zwane and Heazy. Barons Edwin Swales sponsored the 13 birthday celebration with a brand-new Citi Golf fitted with a 2.0-litre engine.

 

 

 

Golden Circle was co-hosted by current presenter Nomfundo Mzolo together with former presenter Phindi Gule and the outside broadcast took place at Views 25 in Morningside. The venue has become the second home to Gagasi FM having hosted a number of station’s activities and is very much aligned to the brand. It was then only relevant for it to feature in the station’s birthday celebration.

 

The last OB for the day was Midday Madness at Chesterville Taxi Rank. The show was hosted by former presenter Mzokoloko together with current co-hosts DJ LeSoul and Flymotion. It was in this taxi rank where Mzokoloko first set his foot in Durban 21 years ago when he came to the city to pursue his radio dream, and the spot has always had that sentimental value to him since then.

 

“This year we decided to reflect on the station’s journey in celebrating our 13th birthday. The mixing of the current and former presenters of prime-time shows was in celebration of both where we come from and where we are as the station. One of the things we have done so well over the years has been that of balancing the generational mix in terms of our on-air talent, ensuring proper development and succession of talent on shows. We believe the special line-up for our 13th birthday demonstrated this,” says Gagasi FM Head of Brand Phinda Magwaza.

 

 

The second segment of the birthday celebration was a car give-away which happened live during The Kings Drive, hosted by the Kings of the Weekend, DJ Sphectacula and DJ Naves. The give-away took place at the Gagasi FM studios at Cornubia Mall where five selected listeners were faced with five hostesses who had car keys with them, each listener had to choose a hostess that they believed had a correct key for the car. A listener with a key that could switch the car engine on, would walk away with the car. After the first three listeners who attempted to switch the car engine on with their keys couldn’t, the key held by Nokwanda Zondi (29) from Mayville was the one – it switched on the car and she was the lucky winner!

 

Magwaza shared a perspective behind the choice of a City Golf as the birthday grand prize and a special history the car has with black communities, especially in the townships. “A Citi Golf is the iconic symbol of the youth culture within black townships. It represents a particular stage and progress in one’s life. The 2.0-litre fitted engine in the car makes it a unique machine, you’ve got heritage and power in one, and that is priceless,” says Magwaza.

 

Gagasi FM 13 on 13 festivities closed with the Crown Birthday Party at the station’s offices. The party was attended by the station’s various stakeholders and clients, artists, Gagasi FM DJs and staff members. Former Minister of Home Affairs Melusi Gigaba and long-time friend of the station gave keynote remarks in congratulating the station for reaching 13 years. Talented Durban Afro-Soul artist Zakes Bantwini gave a stunning live performance alongside Gagasi FM DJ Vumar who did a live set with Iziqhaza and got guests dancing a night away.

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Multi award-winning, gold-selling Afrosoul singer, Berita will be performing her soulful music at Hard Rock Cafe’s LASA Sessions, on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 20:00.

Berita, who is currently promoting her latest single Ndicel’ Ikiss  from her independent recording company Assali Music is thrilled to be performing on the Hard Rock Cafe stage.

 

Berita has worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hugh Masekela, Oskido, Mobi Dixon and Black Motion as well as Da Capo on the chart-topping hit Found You. Berita has performed at festivals and prestigious stages across the world, in cities such as New York, London, Berlin and Kampala. Celebrated by Zimbabwe, South Africa has equally watched her blossom and watered her into this vigorous, indestructible force that softly carpets our ears with her musical prowess.

 

The LASA Sessions at Hard Rock Cafe are a celebration of South African music and its diversity. It’s a space for artists to come together in song and dance, sharing these moments with their adoring fans.

For ticket purchases at R100, click on the link

https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1488578512

 

Tickets are available for R120 at the door.

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Digital and broadband infrastructure investment is clearly one of the top priorities for Africa’s key telecom operators and investment firms in 2019. In this article, leaders from MTN, C-Squared, Seacom and Convergence Partners discuss the critical issues ahead of their speaking roles at TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2019 (http://www.TMTFinance.com/capetown)

 

With the huge and increasing demand for data and increasing opportunities for 5G and fibre, digital communications companies including mobile and fixed operators, as well as a range of digital infrastructure specialists and investors, are targeting significant investments in new digital infrastructure.

Byron Clatterbuck, CEO Seacom, one of Africa’s leading submarine and terrestrial broadband operators, sees a really opportunity in making the case for fibre in Africa: “Fibre penetration is still very low in most African countries, so huge opportunities exist to get involved in the rollout of intra-regional projects, national projects, and even international subsea infrastructure projects.  The global cloud services companies are now putting Africa on their development roadmap, and committing significant investment to several African markets.”

For Clatterbuck, this presents a big opportunity for other investors to leverage these investments and to cooperate with these global giants in delivering new services to the business and home markets.

Envir Fraser, CSO & Partner at Convergence Partners, an impact investment management firm focused on the telecommunications, media and technology sector in Africa, expects broadband to continue offering investment opportunities as the need for high quality broadband increases with step changes in prices. “This does mean that the opportunities are shifting from pure greenfield builds and opportunities to brownfield expansion and consolidation in the sector. The needs for “big pipes” to realise the 5G reality will also need increased investment in connecting towers and high sites to high-speed fibre or wireless backhaul networks”, says Fraser.

 

Working with governments on digital infrastructure investment

To help maintain a high level of investment, Kholekile, Ndamase, Executive: Group Mergers and Acquisitions at MTN, Africa’s biggest mobile telecommunications operator, warns Governments should have a careful plan when considering the licensing questions such as coverage obligations vs license fees vs a fund to finance rural connectivity.

“If government could forego the immediate remuneration of a license fee and opportunity costs of localisations, but instead placed reasonable coverage obligations on operators, it may be more beneficial in the long run to have all their citizens connected to digital and have them participating in the digitally-enabled economy. Making more spectrum available in certain markets would also reduce network congestion and Capex expenditure which will allow the much-needed capital to be spent in the more underserved areas”, Ndamase explains.

 

Expect consolidation in digital and fibre infrastructure 

Consolidation in the sector is also to be expected, according to Alexander Kiel, CFO, at CSquared, the Google-backed African fibre network operator. “Fibre, like other infrastructure, is a game of scale, we do expect some consolidation to happen over time, with it most likely to start with transfer of management of public fiber assets to private operators.” Over time, as fibrecos increase in scale and expertise, Kiel also expects to see more sale and lease-back deals between the fibrecos and the mobile operators.

 

For Seacom’s Clatterbuck, “whether it is MNOs trying to bring together a number of African “OpCos” under one brand with synergies at the group level, or it is “fixed” fibre operators consolidating to control and manage as much of the end-to-end network as possible, there is no shortage of M&A and funding opportunities in Africa.  “Consolidation will continue as markets grow and possibly shrink, and as global players look for market entry vehicles going forward,” he says.

 

Who will be leading fibre investment?

In the next 12 to 18 months, CSquared’s Kiel expects a number of greenfield projects to come out, with multiple roll-outs, “especially in the metro areas where there is still a gap… these deployments will be driven by mobile operators and independent fibrecos”, he comments.

In about five years time, Convergence’s Fraser foresees a market with a limited number of scale players offering a broader set of offerings to operators. He expects “a shift to customer focused services and product offerings as well as continued increase in bandwidth speeds.”

As for MTN’s Ndamase, “fibre and 5G will open up a whole new experience for consumers with particular benefits will not necessarily be seen with the way we currently experience the digital world.” He reckons industries such as Autonomous Vehicles, Automation of business processes, VR & AR and a whole host of other industries that are yet to appear will primarily benefit from this shift.

 

Leaders from the largest African telecom, media and technology companies, investment banks and investors are meeting to assess the latest investment opportunities at the annual TMT Finance Africa in Cape Town 2019 conference on March 28.

 

Over 75 key speakers have been announced for the event, which features CxOs and senior executives from Vodacom, MTN, Rand Merchant Bank, Vumatel, Helios Towers Africa, ENSafrica, CSquared, Dark Fibre Africa, Convergence Partners, Seacom, Angola Cables, Standard Bank, IFC World Bank, DLA Piper, WIOCC, Paix Data Centres, BCX, European Investment Bank, Investec Asset Management, GreenWish Partners and others.

 

Key sessions at the senior executive only event include: Telecom Leadership Africa; Broadband Infrastructure; Digital Infrastructure Africa; Next Generation Media; Powering Mobile Towers; Data Centre and Cloud; Mergers and Acquisitions; TMT Investor Strategies; Broadband Infrastructure; Financing TMT; Fintech and Mobile Money; and Smart City.

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Vista Group (VistaBankGroup.com), a challenger bank building itself into a world class pan-African financial institution specifically designed to meet the needs of retail and commercial customers, has partnered with Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (Temenos.com), the banking software company, to power its digital transformation journey.

 

Vista Bank is transforming its IT systems using Temenos Infinity, a breakthrough digital front office and Temenos T24 Transact, the next generation in core banking. As part of these products, Vista Bank also has selected the advanced Analytics and Reporting, Risk and Compliance modules as well as  the Temenos Payments Hub product.

Vista Group was established following the acquisition of First International Bank (FIB) Group in 2015 by the US based investment fund, Lilium Capital. Challenging the banking status quo, Vista Bank takes a customer-centric and innovative digital approach to meeting the needs of its clients – from members of the public to SMEs.

 

Vista Bank conducted a rigorous competitive evaluation of solutions to replace its legacy IT systems. By implementing the Temenos software, the bank will be able to introduce new products and services more quickly, support its growth ambitions and continue to pursue its vision of becoming the financial institution of choice through innovative banking in its respective markets. It will also enable the bank to offer market-leading services to its customers through enhanced digital channels whilst meeting its customers’ increasing expectations for enhanced functionality, products and services when conducting their banking transactions.

 

The Temenos regional model bank approach, which includes pre-configured local functionality and best practices, will enable Vista Bank to cater for specific regulatory requirements during its expansion. Currently operating through a network of 43 branches across Sierra Leone, Guinea and The Gambia, the group’s goal is to expand its footprint into the West African Monetary Union and the Central African market, targeting a presence in 15 countries by 2025.

Vista Bank has entered into strategic partnerships with global institutions to drive its growth strategy in SME banking, leasing, women’s business banking, meso-finance loans and supply chain finance in addition to expanding its consumer banking operations. The bank will leverage Temenos’ global expertise and 25 years of experience in providing integrated, scalable packaged software, as well as Temenos’ commitment to invest 20 percent of revenues into research and development every year, which is the highest in the industry.

 

Simon Tiemtore, Group Chairman at Vista Bank, said: “As a challenger bank we are investing in our technology to ensure that we provide cutting edge products and services to our customers. I am delighted that, through our partnership with Temenos which leverages their 25 years of industry expertise, we now have the most sophisticated, innovative, cloud-native banking platform. This will help us realize our vision of building a truly pan-African financial institution group that will add value to the African economy and promote financial inclusion. Temenos is our trusted strategic technology partner and our customers will reap the rewards of its innovative API-first, cloud-native and cloud agnostic software.”

 

Femi Adeoti, Managing Director Africa Operations at Inlaks, said: “As a distributor and reseller of Temenos software in West Africa for more than 20 years, it is our delight to provide best in class digital banking solutions to Vista Bank via Temenos, the global leader in banking software. Inlaks as a company thrives on providing innovative solutions that enable our customers to adapt and stand out in the ever-evolving landscape of financial technology”.

 

Jean-Paul Mergeai, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at Temenos, said: “We are proud to welcome Vista Bank, an innovative and exciting challenger bank, to the Temenos family. We look forward to working as a close strategic technology partner of the bank as it realizes its goal of building a world-class pan-African financial institution group in addition to driving both economic development and financial inclusion in Africa. With Temenos’ market-leading, cloud-agnostic, cloud-agnostic technology the bank will be in an ideal position to meet their commitment of providing cutting-edge digital banking solutions, as well as innovative products and services, aimed at satisfying the unique needs of their customers. This partnership further strengthens Temenos’ longstanding presence in West Africa where for years our real-time and scalable banking software has been helping financial institutions address their evolving customer demands and regulatory requirements. We look forward to working with Vista Bank as it transforms the services that it offers to its customers.”

 

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