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SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho is excited to present its viewers a fresh and innovative content post Russia World Cup 2018. Come Monday, 16 July 2018, the channel‘s youthful audience will be treated to an exciting schedule offering comprising of cutting-edge brand new shows, new seasons and schedule movements meant to improve the channels’ competitive edge – with special focus placed on Sunday prime time viewing.

The Head of Channel at SABC 1, Clara Nzima comments: – “In line with our popular campaign of #SphetheEzishisayo, SABC 1 comes back from the adrenalin of the Russia World Cup 2018 with a bang. We will be introducing a slate of brand new shows, new seasons as well as revamped popular shows. We are very excited with our innovative Sunday drama slate and feel confident that the new offering is nothing like what the audiences have seen before. The channel is also upping the ante on the entertainment side with new shows, new presenters
and revamped popular titles. Kuzoba Lit Fo Sho!”

 

Viewers should look forward to compelling entertainment with the introduction of The Remix in the Sunday 18h00 timeslot, an adaptation of an international reality format in search of best Singer-Music-DJ/Producer team who can offer a complete new spin to favourite tracks. The show has assembled a solid team to lead and adjudicate the talent search process: – Rouge and Kgaugelo Makholwane as presenters and Mo Flava and Kelly Khumalo on the judging panel.

 

 

In view of Gospel being one of the biggest genres in the country, a brand new contemporary gospel music show, Gospel Unplugged will be introduced in the 17h30 Sunday early prime slot, with singing sensation Mmatema Moremi at the helm. New Seasons of viewer’s favourite shows will be revitalised to give the shows a fresh appeal: a new-look Live Amp returns to the screen on Friday, 20 July, at 19h30, with two new hip faces as presenters; – taking the premium music show to the next level of Friday night popular entertainment. To boost the channel’s Sunday prime time line-up SABC 1 will also introduce gripping mini- series strand dubbed – WOZA NAZO – in the 20h00 timeslot which will ensure that viewers are kept glued to their television sets. Opening with Emoyeni, a 4-part mini-series where the supernatural realm collides head-on with the ordinary – will kick-start this pioneering strand starting on Sunday, 22 July 2018.

 

 

In celebration of young female voices in the film industry SABC 1 has once again scheduled the Africa by Women Slate (now in its 3rd year) which will start airing on Sunday, 22 July at 19h30. The drama strand will feature individual Mzansi short stories written, produced and directed by female filmmakers, in partnership with the
National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

 

 

In line with SABC 1’s quest to heed the growing calls for inclusivity on national television, the channel will for the very first time in the history of television screen a local drama series called Ikani, in isiNdebele language. The drama series will start airing on Sunday, 30 September 2018 at 19h30. Verified, a brand new entertainment show featuring content-creators of hilarious on-line video clips is scheduled to screen from Friday, 28 September 2018 at 18h00 –
hosted by Nehemiah Tjatji.

 

 

On the international front the channel has acquired the rights to the popular street fashion reality format, Social Fabric, starting on Wednesday 18 July at 18h00. The award-winning drama series, Shuga Naija, which aims to improve young peoples’ sexual and reproductive health, will occupy the 19h30 timeslot from Wednesday, 18
July.

 

 

Watch this space for more exciting news from SABC 1.

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Celebrate the 100th year of Mandela’s birth with DStv – a pop-up channel and an innovative app.

Wednesday 18 July is an important date on the 2018 calendar.  On the timeline of world history, it marks a hundred years since the birth of one of Africa’s most beloved icons, legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.

On that day, DStv will launch a special five-day long pop-up channel to celebrate and honour the extraordinary life and legacy of Tata Madiba. DStv’s Mandela 100 Tribute Channel (DStv channel 199) will be available to all DStv customers across Africa.

 

Starting on Madiba’s birthday, Wednesday 18 July, at 19:00, the channel will feature an exceptional mix of films, documentaries, archive footage from M-Net’s multiple award-winning actuality programme Carte Blanche as well as exclusive celebrity interviews.

 

“Around the globe, Nelson Mandela is revered as a hero of the struggle and as the man who led South Africa to democracy.  While striving for justice and freedom and shaping a nation, he also changed the world with his humility and indomitable spirit. We are immensely proud to dedicate a unique pop-up channel to celebrate the life and legacy of this beacon of selflessness and reconciliation, who gave hope to millions,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO, MultiChoice.

 

The channel, which was compiled for DStv by M-Net, Africa’s leading storyteller, is packed with programmes that paint a powerful picture of what it meant to be Madiba – and what Madiba has meant to the world.

 

Each night at 20:00 – from Wednesday 18 July to Saturday 21 July –  DStv customers across the continent can tune in for a new director’s cut, in the form of a four-part miniseries, of the landmark film The Long Walk to Freedom (2013), based on Mandela’s autobiography which focuses on his early life and 27 years in prison, and stars Idris Elba.

 

The Mandela 100 Tribute builds up to a heart-stopping climax on the final evening: Invictus(2009), the Hollywood blockbuster directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Morgan Freemanas Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar.

 

It is the true-life depiction of South Africa’s victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Madiba famously walked on to the Ellis Park turf in the No 6 jersey, usually worn by Pienaar, to thunderous applause before the match – a stroke of genius that spurred the Springboks on to glory.

 

Other highlights include:

The Face of Unity – a documentary with previously unscreened footage and tributes from former US President Barack Obama; golf legend Jack Nicklaus; musical genius Ray Charles, and Hollywood luminaries Samuel L. Jackson and George Lucas.

 

In the Name of Mandela, War and Peace – a summary of the political history of South Africa from the time of the discovery of gold in 1886 up to the election of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994.

 

Mandela’s Unsung Heroes – an account of the Rivonia trial in which some of Nelson Mandela’s fellow accused in the trial, that led to his incarceration on Robben Island, share their memories.

 

Countdown to Freedom –  Narrated by James Earl Jones and Alfre Woodard, this independent documentary chronicles the behind-the-scenes lead-up to the rebirth of a nation and Nelson Mandela’s triumph in South Africa’s first free elections.

 

DStv customers can also access the Long Walk To Freedom miniseries, and Carte Blancheinserts on DStv Catch Up on their PVR and Explora decoders, as well as all the content from the channel on DStv Catch Up Plus through their connected Explora or on DStv Catch Up on DStv Now.

 

HISTORY Channel launches an app and more

To celebrate the 100th year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, HISTORY (DStv channel 186) and streaming live on DStv Now, will launch an app inviting viewers to share their personal stories or moments with Mandela. The innovative campaign includes pieces curated from interviews with amongst others Bill Clinton, Alfre Woodard, Robert De Niro, Richard Branson and Bono to local stars and politicians like Devi Sankaree Govender, Basetsana Kumalo,  Saleem Mowver, Cheryl Carolus, President Cyril Ramaphosa and Bongani Bingwa. The moments will be shared live across digital and linear throughout the month of July and into August.

 

HISTORY is also giving these viewers an opportunity to be heard and become a part of the campaign by sharing their own stories on how they met Madiba, via the HISTORY app.

 

The app will allow participants to be on the platform and will allow each story to have a choice of two filter options with a selection of background music to choose from.  Selected stories will be shown and shared across their personal social media platforms, as well as showcased on History’s Facebook page.

 

Yusuf Nabee, General Manager of A+E Networks Africa says, “We are excited to launch an app that enables viewers to generate their own content and to share their moment/s with the icon that was Nelson Mandela. This initiative is supported by the Nelson Mandela Foundation.”

 

In addition, during the birthday week, special relevant programming from 16 – 22 July includes:

Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me – 16 July

Monday – 19:15

In 2013, actor Idris Elba produced and released ‘Mi Mandela’, an album inspired by his time researching and portraying Nelson Mandela in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’. This special documents one man’s struggle in producing his first album.

 

 

Mandela City – 17 July   

Tuesday, 19:15

The formidable racial prejudice that Nelson Mandela encounters on moving to Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city, leads to his rapid politicisation and fight to topple apartheid. The programme charts the events that began one of the most legendary civil rights campaigns of the 20th century.

 

Mandela Country – 18 July

Wednesday, 19:15

The unique story of Nelson Mandela’s early years. Born in one of the most rural parts of South Africa, Mandela is adopted by the Thembu royalty after the death of his father, but the lure of the city is more powerful than an aristocratic lifestyle in the country and Mandela flees to Johannesburg.

Mandela Rivonia – 19 July            

Thursday, 19:15

An uncompromising insight into the darkest days of Mandela’s life as he becomes the world’s most famous prisoner. Despite lengthy incarceration in an apartheid prison, Nelson Mandela overcomes indignity and harshness to begin the negotiations that will eventually lead to a democratic South Africa.

Flat 13 – 20 July            

Friday, 19:20

This is the story of the apartment in downtown Johannesburg that, between the late 1940s and early 1960s, became a hub of resistance against apartheid. Nelson Mandela described it as the place where “the first seeds of non-racialism were sown and a wider concept of the nation came into being.” He was concerned that history accurately record the role played by all freedom-loving people towards the final liberation of the country.

Mandela Tribute: Farewell Father – 22 July

Sunday, 20:15

Celebrating the great stateman’s life and the achievements he brought about through his leadership, from the inception of the ANC, imprisonment and the presidency.

In keeping with the milestone week, HISTORY will be opened to DStv customers on DStv Compact, Family and Access from 16 to 23 July. Customers don’t have to do anything to get the channel as it will automatically be made available on their package.

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Clarion unveil ‘It’s time’ campaign for the launch of ICE Africa

 

 

ICE Africa first edition will take place across 24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa

 

‘It’s time’ is the theme of the creative campaign developed by Clarion Gaming in support of ICE Africa (www.ICEAfrica.za.com), the first edition of which will take place across 24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa. The print and digital campaign, which will comprise extensive PR, advertising, sponsorship, experiential and direct marketing, as well as  a dedicated social media offensive, will underline the importance of Africa as a strategic growth market and the vision of bringing ‘ICE into Africa’ – the first occasion the world’s leading gaming event brand has travelled outside its London, UK, home.

 

With registration for the historic first edition of ICE Africa going live at www.ICEAfrica.za.com, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at ICE brand owners, Clarion Gaming, said: “ICE Africa has been created to meet the needs of the industry for an event which provides a sharp focus on the dynamics of the gaming sector here and the practicalities of doing business on the continent.  We are working closely with key industry figures to deliver a bespoke event and an opportunity for all sections of the industry, including regulators, to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming innovations at first hand.  We are committed to the delivery of a professional, dynamic and progressive event and we are delighted at the level of interest shown by supporters, speakers, sponsors, media partners and government bodies who all agree that it’s time to create a business-to-business gaming event that the continent of Africa can be proud of.”

 

He added: “Clarion Gaming’s pledge to the international industry is to organise and deliver a joined-up programme of high quality business events based in strategically significant territories throughout the world and ICE Africa is an important piece in the Clarion Gaming jigsaw.”

 

ICE Africa will comprise an extensive learning agenda, world class training and staff development modules, products and services from leading gaming brands and extensive networking opportunities. Supporting partners for ICE Africa include, the South African Bookmakers’ Association, the Western Cape Bookmakers Association, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and the European Casino Association.

 

For more information on the first ICE Africa and to register, visit the ICE Africa website: www.ICEAfrica.za.com

 

With registration for the historic first edition of ICE Africa going live at www.iceafrica.za.com, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at ICE brand owners, Clarion Gaming, said: “ICE Africa has been created to meet the needs of the industry for an event which provides a sharp focus on the dynamics of the gaming sector here and the practicalities of doing business on the continent.  We are working closely with key industry figures to deliver a bespoke event and an opportunity for all sections of the industry, including regulators, to meet, network, share best practice and see the very latest gaming innovations at first hand.  We are committed to the delivery of a professional, dynamic and progressive event and we are delighted at the level of interest shown by supporters, speakers, sponsors, media partners and government bodies who all agree that it’s time to create a business-to-business gaming event that the continent of Africa can be proud of.”

 

 

He added: “Clarion Gaming’s pledge to the international industry is to organise and deliver a joined-up programme of high quality business events based in strategically significant territories throughout the world and ICE Africa is an important piece in the Clarion Gaming jigsaw.”

 

 

ICE Africa will comprise an extensive learning agenda, world class training and staff development modules, products and services from leading gaming brands and extensive networking opportunities.  Supporting partners for ICE Africa include, the South African Bookmakers’ Association, the Western Cape Bookmakers Association, the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling and the European Casino Association.

 

 

For more information on the first ICE Africa and to register, visit the ICE Africa website: www.iceafrica.za.com

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The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 9th – 19th 2018 at venues across the V & A Waterfront as well as in select sites across the city of Cape Town.

 

The CTIFMF 2018 is a film industry platform to create, collaborate, and celebrate the exciting and often untapped potential of this eclectic industry. Guided by the festival’s core vision of transforming the African film industry through these the pillars of creation, collaboration, and celebration, the CTIFMF will be incorporating a host of key initiatives and projects aimed at the local and Pan-African film industries, film lovers across the city, as well as emerging and new audiences from across Africa and beyond.

 

 

CTIFMF Executive Chairman Rafiq Samsodien has the following to say of this year’s festival, “We are leading the charge to re-build this industry from the bottom up. This year will see the birth of an entirely new way of collaborating and working towards a common goal for a sustainable industry.  So let’s start by building meaningful partnerships that enable and empower the spirit of filmmaking and the filmmakers.”

 

 

Create

Creation within the film industry is not limited to content, but extends to relationships too. For filmmakers, the creation of both content and relationships is essential. However, with mounting business, financial, and logistical challenges faced by filmmakers, it is harder than ever for them to focus on their core creative function.

The CTIFMF is in-and-of-itself a platform created to converge the African film industry at a single point at which these stakeholders will have unfettered access to create new business, persona,l and strategic relationships and opportunities.

 

 

Core programs at the CTIFMF 2018 will focus on supporting filmmakers in specific areas including the hosting a gathering of the Emerging Talent Labs from across Africa. The aim of this is to foster the launch of an African Film Institute, a partnership between Ouaga Film Lab (West), Maisha Film Lab (East), Carthage Pro (North) and Realness & Electric South (South), that will have a sizable footprint, real credibility, and extensive access to talent in all corners of the continent.

 

 

CTIFMF Marketing Director Jehad Kasu explains further “innovation is the cornerstone of the team’s endeavours to transform the landscape of the African film industry at the levels of ownership as well as industry stature. While some of what we are doing may have been done at other festivals before, the manner in which we are doing it within our platform is remarkably different. It is this difference in innovation that we trust will steadily build the CTIFMF to establish itself as Africa’s leading film industry platform.”

 

Collaborate

The African film industry needs collaboration. Supporting colleagues, promoting our own stories, and finding innovative solutions together in the face of adversity must be the hallmark of our industries. However, the South African film industry is largely very fractured and the emergence of a Pan-African industry is more dream than reality.

While competition is healthy, industry events and businesses that solely compete with one another, rather than complementing each other, makes for a situation that threatens the industry’s sustainability – let alone growth.

Collaboration means local collaboration with filmmakers, film schools, government, business, and other allied industry bodies such as tourism authorities, investors, and community organisations. Collaboration means a sharing of skills, an amplification of resources, and a support of people and organisations amongst the emerging filmmaker community.

To embody the spirit of collaboration, the CTIFMF is inviting the festival directors of some of Africa’s top film festivals to join together in a day of discussions, practical networking amongst filmmakers, and a sharing of award winning films.

This collaborative effort strives to enhance connectivity between South Africa and its African counterparts, to unlock co-production opportunities, identify synergies and provide traction to projects in the making.

 

 

Celebrate

The CTIFMF believes that celebrating our industry’s best and brightest is essential. Celebration is the best way to reward hard work and perseverance. Celebrating achievers is a way to highlight our stories and inspiring and motivating new talent.

This year the CTIFMF will celebrate local content from South Africa and Africa in public spaces through a series of public screenings that will be presented at the V&A Waterfront’s amphitheatre and beyond.  Red carpet premieres and a host of related public events will ensure that the African narrative is celebrated throughout the year, and not just during the CTIFMF. “We are excited about making a landmark announcement on this component of our programme in coming weeks”adds Kasu.

 

 

The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith has this to say of this initiative, “The City of Cape Town is proud to be associated with the CTIFMF’s plan to revive the local film industry. Off the back of our successes, let us collaborate and build on these and tell our African stories, loudly andproudly. It is time to be up there on the global stage amid the big names of the world. The City will fully support the initiatives of the industry.”

 

 

Throughout this year’s CTIFMF the film industry, those hoping to enter the industry, and those who just love the movies will all have something to celebrate.

Continue to visit www.filmfest.capetown for updates as the festival approaches.

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The South African Broadcasting  Corporation (SABC), as part of its commitment to invest in local music industry
development and restore the dignity of artists, has today paid the needle time royalties for the first time to the collecting society, Independent Music Performance Rights Association (IMPRA).

This landmark payment marks the first ever payment for needle time royalties to local music artists. This payment is for the songs played on the 18 SABC radio stations for the 2014-2015 period. The SABC will once again engage with collecting societies on the historical royalty payment process.

 

It must be made clear that the SABC pays the needle time royalties to music owners and artists through the collecting societies accredited by the Registrar of Copyright at the Companies Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). These collecting societies will in turn pay all the artists and the owners of the songs which were played by the SABC radio stations for the 2014/15 period.

 

In the event that the SABC played music of owners of songs and artists in 2014/2015 period; and the owners are not registered with IMPRA or any other relevant collecting society. The corporation will negotiate with the collecting societies applicable in order for the payment of these owners of songs and artists to also be effected as soon as possible.

 

The Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Chris Maroleng said that “The SABC values the pivotal role that South African music plays in influencing social change. These artists’ work is beyond entertaining people; their craft assists in bolstering courage, inspiring participation, and fostering a sense of community. It is imperative that as a public service broadcaster we ensure that the local music industry is well stimulated and the artists reap the benefits of their hard work”.

 

The SABC remains committed to promote, defend, and invest in the local music market and to ensure that the South African music industry is sustainable.

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The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that SABC Radio will be the media partner of the first ever Soweto International Jazz Festival.  This partnership highlights SABC Radio’s commitment to fulfil one of its core missions, which is to recognise and celebrate the diversity of South Africa’s vast music culture.

 

The first edition of the Soweto International Jazz Festival is set to commence in Soweto from Thursday, 14 June until Sunday, the 17th of June 2018, at the Johannesburg Theatre Group’s, State of the Art Soweto Theatre Festival Complex.  This Festival is dedicated to the historical region of Johannesburg and each day of the festival will have its own theme, namely: Celebration of Our Future, Power of Women, International Night and Inspiration, respectively. 

 

 

SAFM, Metro FM, Lesedi FM, Radio 2000, Channel Africa and Ukhozi FM are the six SABC Radio Stations that will be dedicating their resources towards promoting the Festival and unpacking the themes as part of live broadcasts and interviews.

Commenting on the partnership, Head of Radio Marketing Siphelele Sixaso “The Soweto Uprisings in 1976 were a global turn of events within the South African history, the next chapter is to highlight initiatives like the Soweto International Jazz Festival that call for a global celebration of Soweto through music and the uplifting of this township that changed our nation. As the biggest broadcaster in Africa we put our weight behind these plans in order to take the 1976 history of Young People to the next Level”

 

The four day festival is not only limited to jazz as the name suggests. The line-up comprises of multi-genres such as soul, contemporary and African music. To broaden the horizon and scope, Grammy Award winning artists in the likes of Third World, Bob James, Deborah Cox, Spyro Gyra, and  the Neville Brothers will grace the stage.  South African Jazz and R&B stars such as Ernie Smith, Zama Jobe and legendary Charlie Wilson who will be performing for the first time in South Africa alongside the dynamic local gospel artist, Khaya Mthethwa.  To add a youthful flavour to the festival local artists such as Nasty C, Lady Zamar, Major League DJs, and many more will also be featured on the line-up.

 

The Soweto International Jazz Festival is not only conceptualised to entertain but to also educate the masses through the power of music and art. As a result, the celebrations will be centred on the tribute of the late legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela and the centenary of the late former president Nelson Mandela. Tickets are available for purchase online on www.sowetotheatre.com Tickets may also be purchased directly from Soweto Theatre.

 

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Bassline Live and Kaya FM 95.9, the home of the Afropolitan, are proud to welcome back International steelpan drumming sensation Andy Narell, who will be returning to South Africa to perform at the Lyric, Gold Reef City on the 7th July.

 

Known as one of the most schooled musicians of our time, Narell has been working in the world of music since 1962, when he formed his first steelpan drum band with his brothers and friends in Queens, New York.  As the invitations to perform grew more lucrative, so expanded Narell’s experience and by 1973 he had graduated from the University Of California, Berkeley where he focused on piano and drums.

Narell instantly started his own record label and in 1979 he released his first solo album, Hidden Treasures.  He went onto release a further 6 albums under his own label and the famous jazz label Windham Hill, gaining himself the moniker ‘The Hammer’, along the way.

 

With a strong interest in Caribbean music, Latin jazz and rhythm and blues, he joined the Caribbean Jazz Project in 1995.  The group released 3 albums together.  In the early 2000’s Narell also joined an act called Sakesho and has released a further two albums with that band.

 

As a solo artist he has graced stages across the globe, as well as performing with countless other well-known names in the Jazz, Latin American, Caribbean and world music genres.

 

Andy Narell performs and teaches regularly in South Africa, playing to long time and new audiences including to his fan club based in Soweto.  He also has his own South African band, who will be joining him at the Lyric on the 7th July.  They consist of the established names Louie Mhlanga, Rob Watson, Denis Lalouette and Thandi Ntuli – all established musicians in their own rights.

 

Narell has also played the Joy Of Jazz Festival where over 80 000 music lovers gathered to watch him perform.

 

Once again, stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing, affiliates to the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series, will be on board, standing behind the rich arts and culture scene in SA through music.

 

We are honoured to have the icon Andy Narell join our family of superstars in the Kaya FM & Bassline Live series.  A music lovers dream come true, catch him live in concert on the 7th July at the Lyric in Gold Reef.

 

Tickets are open now at Computicket from R250.

Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup’s long lost Sister, Bliss, are back in a Brand New Episode.

Cartoon Network Africa will give us an all-new episode of The Powerpuff Girls, featuring their sister Bliss, this June. In her ongoing partnership with South Africa’s number one kids’ channel, South African pop sensation, Toya Delazy, will again voice the fourth Powerpuff Girl for this once-off special episode for the African continent.

In 2017, Cartoon Network introduced Bliss, the all-new member, and long-lost older sister to the beloved super-cute and super-fierce trio of heroines. In the new entertaining and action-packed special Bliss episode, entitled Never been Blissed, she makes an appearance from where she lives in outer space to protect the girls’ school from a space alien called Sporde.

 

 

The new Bliss episode follows on the success of the airing of The Powerpuff Girls Power of Four special, aired in September 2017, which generated viewership figures of 210 000 among viewers between the ages of four and 14-years-old *.

“I am so happy to be trusted with this awesome mission yet again and build on the relationship I have with Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in South Africa,” says Toya. “We have some super cool projects in the pipeline, which I can’t talk about yet, aimed at shining the spotlight on young girls across the African continent. It is going to be very impactful and game-changing – watch this space!”

 

 

Don’t miss out on The Powerpuff Girls teaching us all about teamwork and friendship with this special Bliss episode on Saturday 16 June 2018 at 13:30 CAT on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) and streaming live on DStv Now.

 

Adding to the excitement, The Powerpuff Girls are back to save the world before bedtime in the third season of the all-new, reimagined, original, animated comedy series of The Powerpuff Girls. The latest series of The Powerpuff Girls, from Cartoon Network Studios, will premiere on screens across Africa from Saturday 30 June at 15:40 CAT on Cartoon Network (DStv channel 301) and streaming live on DStv Now.. With the three little girls roaming the streets of Townsville, you can be sure that evil won’t prevail!

 

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers.

 

Live channels and DStv Catch Up content are currently only available to DStv PremiumDStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact customers and data costs will apply when streaming content.

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As Youth Month kicks off, Heart FM will be paying homage to the youth of the Western Cape with its 16 Days For Youth initiative to uplift and lend a hand in communities where help is most needed. The initiative started in 2016 undertaking youth focussed projects cross province, taking the microphone to the heart of communities, giving them a voice and making a difference while doing so.

 

Come June the 1st, Heart FM will once again close the doors of its Greenpoint on air studio and swop it for its mobile outside broadcast vehicle, travelling the length and breadth of the province. The radio stations entire line up will take to the road to bring change. This year a greater focus will be placed on feeding as many people as possible, in the light of the recent cost of living increases and food scarcity in many of the towns.

 

 

The journey this year kicks off in Kraaifontein and will see teams travel to Lavender Hill, Bridgetown, Paternoster, Langebaan, Mooreesburg, Darling, Montana, Maitland, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Greyton, Genadendal and Bishop Lavis. Projects will include and are not limited to feeding, clothing, fixing, painting and construction. The initiative will also revisit some of its inaugural projects to report on progress and expansion.

 

 

While the project has only been running for the two years, there has been many a success story along the way. In 2016 the team met Tannie Magda, a community worker in the Paarl area who clothed and fed the community with limited resources. With the help of the #16DaysForYouth team and sponsors coming on board, Tannie Magda who in 2016 fed just over 2000 people on a monthly basis, is now feeding more than 26 000 people per month in her community.

 

 

Managing Director for Heart FM Renee Redelinghuys says nothing is more important than empowering communities. “We’ve seen the impact made in the communities over the last two years and that these projects are not just once-off. Our 16 Days for Youth teams have been carrying out monthly visits to our beneficiaries and have reported on the progress and support received since our initial visits. It is heartening to know that we inspired this change and it is making a difference in the lives of those who need it. We look forward to touching the lives of those we meet on our next journey.”

 

 

Programme Manager for Heart FM Denver Apollus echoes her sentiments: “16 Days For Youth is an initiative that is based on telling the stories of the communities in the Western Cape. The ethos of the initiative is not to gain or garner exposure or to brag about the good things done in the communities by a radio station.  Rather that there is a need out in these communities and we have a microphone that has access to numbers and an audience that can be mobilised,  thus we are able to tell their stories and effect the difference and make a change.”

 

 

Members of the public will once again be able to get involved on the 16 Days For Youth journey. The route, beneficiaries and wish lists will be published on www.16daysforyouth.com . Listeners will also be able to pledge their support for the campaign. To find out how to get involved and how to join the journey, members of the public are urged to email youth@heartfm.co.za.

 

 

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HISTORY® launches a worldwide, 14-day, 24/7 television event in over 160 territories with an exclusive pop-up channel on DStv as part of the run-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 

MultiChoice and A+E Networks International launches a worldwide broadcasting first – History of Football, a 14-day, 24/7, mega television event – will air from Monday, 28 May to Sunday, 10 June.  In Africa, the dedicated pop-up channel will air on DStv Channel 187. The channel will be available to DStv customers on DStv PremiumDStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact.

 

 

The History of Football pop-up channel will showcase the event that will capture the anticipation and excitement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

 

 

Watch The History of Football promo.

Outside of Africa, History of Football will air in over 160 territories around the world. Every major territory will see over 40 hours of content which will be a blend of global and local programming. David Villa, World Cup Winner and one of the most decorated players in the world is the global press spokesperson.

 

David Villa said: “As a passionate football player, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand how much football means to so many people and how it affects people’s lives. History of Football, told so comprehensively by such a well-loved and highly respected global brand as HISTORY, is a remarkable initiative. I am thrilled and honoured to work with HISTORY on this fantastic television event, because it gives my fellow players, coaches, and myself, an opportunity to talk about what the game means to us and to re-live so many incredible memories.”

 

As part of the 14-day programming event, HISTORY will air a slate of original, globally-focused premium documentary series, short form specials and a selection of FIFA World Cup films. HISTORY channels around the world will also broadcast locally-sourced television series and documentaries that will offer a unique lens into each country’s passion for football. Supported by Villa and many other established players, coaches, journalists and experts, History of Football will be a deep exploration of the sport from multiple perspectives.

 

 

Yolisa Phahle, CEO for General Entertainment for MultiChoice said: “The story of football is great family entertainment and we’re delighted to be part of HISTORY’s global event. This pop-up channel is exclusive to DStv customers in Africa and is the perfect build-up to the full-on action that will unfold during the football World Cup tournament that we’ll be broadcasting in June, on several dedicated SuperSport channels.”

 

 

Highlights of the talent line-up for History of Football include: Pelé, the only player to win three FIFA World Cups; Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in British history and current manager of the Wales national team; Gary Lineker, England’s record holder for goals scored in finals; internationally renowned sports broadcaster, Louis Van Gaal, former manager of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Ajax Amsterdam and Holland; Philipp Lahm, captain of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and current Bayern Munich player; Claudio Ranieri, former manager of Leicester City, during their 2016 English Premier League win and current head coach of Nantes; Roy Hodgson, current manager of Crystal Palace in the English Premier League and former manager of England; and Michael Owen, former striker for Manchester United and the England national team; together with a number of players from the FIFA World Cup winning teams of 1970, 1978, 1990, 1998 and 2014, including the likes of Rivellino, Mario Kempes, Lothar Matthaus, Paul Breitner, Toto Schillaci, Emanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu, Manuel and Philip Lahm.

 

 

SERIES

History’s Greatest Moments in Football which chronicles the teams and players in recent World Cup history.

Football Godfathers presents five powerful documentaries delving into the minds and strategies of the world’s greatest and most revered club managers, revealing how they rose – often from relatively undistinguished playing careers – to become the global superstars of the sport we know today.

 

Football’s Greatest: Head to Head matches up the greatest players of yesteryear with the greatest of today, to find out once and for all, who is the greatest of them all.  Every generation has an opinion on who is the world’s greatest player.  With an expert panel of World Cup players and winners, and using hard science of statistics, as well as the romance of style and passion, this series will set out to resolve the most vexing question in sport.

No matter where you watch History of Football around the world, there will be local programming particularly focused on that respective market.  The local content will hone in on the cultural nuances which drive the passion for the game for some of football’s most avid fanbases. Below is a small glimpse of the localized African programming set to roll out:

 

The History of Football in Africa.  The 48-minute documentary explores the origins of the beautiful game on the African continent.  It captures how a sport forced on the people by their colonial masters became a tool for nation building and developed into the most popular game on the continent, giving rise to some of the world’s most renowned footballing greats, and spoiling audiences with some of the most memorable moments the greatest game has had to offer.

 

Making World Cup History – this 24-minute special event tells the story of the first ever FIFA Soccer World Cup to be held on the African continent. Exploring the turbulent political and sporting past of the host nation, South Africa, with key insights from those involved in dragging a new democracy from the fringes of sporting obscurity and thrusting it into the glare of the world’s greatest show, successfully pulling off the best FIFA World Cup in history in spite of the magnitude of the task.

 

SHORTS

HISTORY will also unveil short form original specials which will focus on everything but the game…from the origin of the ball to the insanity of the superfan, the acumen of photographers and so much more. The shorts will provide deeper insights into the sport of football.

 

Greatest African Rivalries focuses on some of the greatest African football rivalries as talked about by some of the players involved through the years. From international clashes to local derbies, our commentators give their views of these blood and thunder moments.

 

Fast Facts is a series of short factual/graphics driven info segments giving viewers a small insight into the facts and figures that illuminate the growth of African football and footballers over the last century.

 

The Scout – Piet De Visser is considered one of the greatest football scouts in the world. He is credited with finding global footballing superstars such as Jaap Stam, David Luiz, Marc Overmars, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.  Here, he reveals his secrets for the first time.

The Referee – Jawahir Jewels has been described as one of the most remarkable referees in England. At 23, she is the only FA-qualified female ethnic Muslim official currently working in the game, where she regularly tackles rowdy players at pitches on the infamous Hackney Marshes in East London.

The Prodigy – Four-year-old Marco Antonio might be young, but his football skills have many already calling him the next Neymar. His parents see his skill with the ball as a ticket out of one of Rio de Janeiro’s toughest favelas. But his promising future career hangs perilously in the balance due to severe intestinal problems that require medical expertise not available in his country.

 

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