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AN ENTERTAINING WINDOW INTO UYANDA MBULI’S JOURNEY OF TURNING A LIFESTYLE OF SUCCESS INTO A LEGACY OF GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE
Uyanda It’s On is a fresh, exclusive peek into the fast-paced, jet-setting lifestyle of media and entertainment entrepreneur, Uyanda Mbuli, as she expands and deepens the roots of her growing lifestyle and entertainment brand beyond the African continent.  Uyanda It’s On will broadcast on SABC 3, from Wednesday, 5th April 2017 at 21h00.

Over the course of two 13-part episodes of Seasons 1 & 2 that will be aired for 30 minutes on SABC 3 through licensing arrangement between the SABC and the Uyanda Mbuli Corporation. The show will allow audiences to catch-up with Uyanda as she moves between different international fashion and entertainment capitals including Johannesburg, Miami, New York and many others, building and nurturing the relationships that underpin her quest to translate the success of her relationships and lifestyle brand into authentically African, global significance in business and philanthropy.

 

While the show will unapologetically carry the aspirational themes that naturally go with Uyanda’s high-flying lifestyle, it is also premised on educating, informing and broadening the horizons of local audiences who will live this aspect out through the real-life experiences of Uyanda’s trainees and protégés. Just as a diamond’s beauty is accentuated by the light reflecting on it from various angles, so too, the beauty of Uyanda’s personality and lifestyle shines under the glare of the celebrity spotlight that the show places on the various dimensions of her personality along with her successes and failures, triumphs and blunders allowing the audience to grow as she grows, laugh as she laughs, cry as she cries and weave their dreams out of her experiences as she truly makes the world her oyster.

 

The show explores on a number of factors including Uyanda’s focus on empowering young like Tshepo Matlou whom Uyanda has groomed to be a TV Producer and young business people like Lindokuhle and Simiso who run a catering business called ‘Yo Balance’ using trainee chefs at the International Hotel School in Sunninghill. Uyanda mentors her Uyanda Mbuli Corporation team to run a productive and efficient business.

 

Uyanda Mbuli is no stranger to the SABC and the South African public at large who have continued to follow her exclusive lifestyle on social media. Not only is she the former Publicity Manager for SABC1, she was also part of the management team that drove the channel’s 2005 brand repositioning from YaMampela to Mzansi4Sure. She has also been a mainstay public personality and A-lister gracing red carpet events and rubbing shoulders with South African media, entertainment, business and political elite and – for her sins – having her life being used as tabloid fodder. Today, she maintains her unique and vibrant personality and status as a fashion iconoclast but also cuts a more refined figure as CEO of Uyanda Mbuli Corporation chiseled by maturity, life experience and lessons learnt.

 

If you want to watch Uyanda’s fast-paced, jet-setting lifestyle then tune into Uyanda It’s On every Wednesday at 21h00 starting 5th April, 2017, on SABC 3 “The Stage Is Yours”.

 

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Showmax, in conjunction with Vodacom, announces a major addition to the Showmax service.

 

From 27 March, Showmax will supply three months of data, adding up to 3GB in total, at no extra charge to new customers who sign up for Showmax through Vodacom. In addition, existing customers who have already signed up through Vodacom will also receive this data.

 

In total, this dedicated Showmax data is enough to watch up to 35 episodes of hit shows like Younger and The Big Bang Theory*.

Speaking about the decision to include data with Showmax, Chris Savides, Head of Showmax Africa said:

“Internet TV is taking off – it makes so much sense if you’ve got a smartphone or tablet to stream and download TV shows and movies whenever and wherever you want. What we’re finding, though, is that data can be an issue for some customers and that’s why we decided to try including it in the purchase price. For a single monthly fee you know exactly what you’re getting with no worry. Importantly, we’ve applied this retrospectively to existing customers who signed up through Vodacom, so nobody misses out.”

 

For more information and to sign up visit www.showmax.com/vodacom.

 

Once signed up, customers will receive 1GB of data dedicated to Showmax usage, valid for 30 days. As long as the customer remains subscribed to Showmax, another 1GB bundle will be allocated at the end of the first and second months, taking the total data allocation to 3GB over three months.

 

“With the option to download shows to tablets and smartphones via Wi-Fi plus this free Vodacom data when you’re on the move, this is a great way to test out Showmax and see why so many people are signing up for internet TV,” said Savides.

 

Existing Showmax customers who have signed up through Vodacom will also be allocated 1GB bundles of dedicated Showmax data for each of the following three months.

 

The data bundles apply to both Showmax Premium and Showmax Select customers.

 

Using the most data-efficient download setting, 3GB of data is enough to download up to 35 episodes of 20-minute hit shows. If the same 20-minute shows are streamed using the most data-efficient setting, this data would be enough to watch approximately 30 episodes.

 

“We want to take data out of the equation for customers and this promotion is just one approach that we’re trying. We’ve got more in the pipeline. Our ultimate goal is to make internet TV accessible to as many people as possible,” concludes Savides.

 

For more information visit www.showmax.com.

*The number of shows that can be viewed depends upon the the level of bandwidth capping selected and/or the download quality selected. The example of 35 shows is based on downloading using the most data-efficient quality setting.

 

 

[Source: Showmax.co.za]

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Netflix announced last week that it has extended its deal with Adam Sandler and will commit to finance the development and production of four more feature length films starring the successful comedian. Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions will produce each film, which will premiere exclusively to the leading Internet entertainment network’s 93 million members worldwide.

 

Sandler, whose films have grossed over $3 billion, dominated box offices around the world with such films as Grown Ups, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Billy Madison, Big Daddy and The Waterboy. In 2014, the multi-hyphenate actor, writer, producer and occasional singer-songwriter set his sights on conquering the streaming world and his films have found enormous success on Netflix. Sandler’s first two Netflix films, The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, are the biggest film releases for the service.

 

This announcement comes as the prolific comedian’s latest feature film Sandy Wexler is set to launch on the streaming platform on April 14 and as he embarks on a multi-city US comedy tour. With Sandy Wexler, Sandler returns to the genre that gave us The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates. The film is a fun, feel-good romantic comedy set in Los Angeles in the 90s starring Academy Award® and Grammy® winner Jennifer Hudson, Kevin James, Terry Crews, Lamorne Morris, Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, Jane Seymour, Grammy® winner Aaron Neville and many more.

 

“Adam Sandler is one of the leading comedians in the film world, and his movies have proven to be extremely successful with our subscribers around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to extend our partnership with Adam and his entire team at Happy Madison and keep the world laughing.”

 

“Love working with Netflix and collaborating with them. I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see. They’ve made me feel like family and I can’t thank them enough for their support,” said Adam Sandler.

 

Sandler began his career as a stand-up comedian and joined Saturday Night Live as a writer and featured player before founding Happy Madison Productions. He went on to star, produce and write numerous films which went on to become box office hits. Sandler has received critical accolades for his work in Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Funny People. He will soon be seen in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming comedy Meyerowitz alongside Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Emma Thompson.

 

Upcoming 2017 Netflix Original film releases include: Charlie McDowell’s The Discovery starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara and Robert Redford; David Michôd’s War Machine starring Brad Pitt, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, Lakeith Stanfield and Sir Ben Kingsley; Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Steven Yeun; Jim Strouse’s The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams and Chris O’Dowd; Marti Noxon’s To The Bone starring Lily Collins; Adam Wingard’s Death Note starring Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield and Margaret Qualley; Duncan Jones’ Mute starring Alex Skarsgård, Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux; Dee Rees’ Mudbound starring Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell, and Garrett Hedlund; Ritesh Batra’s Our Souls At Night starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father, based on Cambodian author and activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir; and David Ayer’s Bright starring Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry and Edgar Ramirez.

 

[Source: Netflix]

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The Public Service Broadcaster (SABC)  has received  a total of 95 nominations at the announcement of the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards.

 

A number of SABC Radio presenters and programs were nominated in various categories including Afternoon Drive Presenter, Roger Goode (5FM), Bongani Mahlangu (Ikwekwezi FM), Dumisa “DJ Shabbisto” Mavuso (Ligwalagwala FM), Byron Oliver Davies (Lotus FM) and Lucky Komanisi (Motsweding FM) just to name a few.

 

SABC Head of Radio Marketing  Siphelele Sixaso commented , “I would like to wish all the SABC Radio stations the best as being  recognized by fellow peers in the industry is a big tap on the back to carry on delivering the SABC Public Service Mandate for all South Africans from all walks of life. The over 80 finalists that we have received as the different radio brands bears testimony that SABC Radio brands are the most pervasive medium with the widest reach and we will ensure that this reach is used to Inform, Educate and Entertain our listeners with new and exciting Innovations”.

 

Other Categories included Business and Finance Show,  Umhlobo Wenene FM (Ezorhwebo Nezimali), Daytime Show, The Forbes & Fix Show (5 FM), Community Project – Ex Convicts Empowerment  (Thobela FM) , Content Producer Hlengiwe Mbatha (Ukhozi FM), Music Show – Top 30 Count Down (Radio 2000), The Mash Up (SA FM) and Bollywood Billboard (Lotus FM). Night Time Show –Seks en Jy (RSG), Hlalani kum Mna Ndihlale kuni (Tru F,M), Sports Presenter – Robert Marawa (Metro FM), Jody Hendricks (RSG), and Station Imaging (Good Hope FM)
SABC also got nominations on Radio Documentary, Radio Innovation, Spots Show, Traffic Presenter and Weekend Show.

 

The Liberty Radio Awards aims to present a credible, well-judged transparent programme that promotes and recognises excellence in radio, with the objective of ensuring that  remains one of South Africa’s foremost media choices. It’s about rewarding those individuals and organisations who combine talent, hard work and skill to ensure that their listeners are compelled.

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OFM announces exciting new on-air line-up

Posted by radio On March - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

OFM, the sound of your life in Central South Africa, is ringing the changes in April, with exciting programming and competitions to look forward to.

 

Many hours of on-air training with handpicked individuals has resulted in three new presenters making their debut at the station from the beginning of April. Alucius Mocumi will be on air from 01h00 to 05h00 weekdays and 16h00 to 19h00 on Sunday, Thabang Moselani will keep listeners company from 22h00 to 01h00 Monday to Thursday and from 22h00 to 01h00 on Sundays, with Chantell Leach taking the 00h00 to 03h00 shift on weekends.

 

OFM is also happy to welcome Christina Kouveldt, who will be joining the OFM Breakfast team, and Shandor Potgieter, who will be hosting the Saturday mid-morning show from 09h00 to 13h00.

 

Furthermore, OFM is reintroducing a previously successful split radio show from Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 13h00. Lerato Lelia will move into daytime radio, by presenting the mid-morning show to the southern Free State and Northern Cape, while Isabel Potgieter will continue to present her programme live from Klerksdorp to the northern Free State, Vaal and North West province.

 

With the introduction of new voices, OFM’s on-air offering will also get a bit of a face-lift with a firm focus on music.

 

Says Nick Efstathiou, OFM’s General Manager: “Our listeners love music and so do we! By welcoming some new talent to the station and changing our presenter line-up slightly, we feel that it is also appropriate to take a fresh look at our music offering and make sure that we keep playing the songs our listeners love.”

 

Other interesting and exciting projects include a number of on-air competitions later in the year, including Zero Balance and the Sound of Your Life. Those who’ve always had aspirations to be on air might also get their chance this year. Celeb Radio will also return in June with confirmed guests Janina Oberholzer and Nianell.

 

“We are excited about these new elements and we hope our listeners are too. With these changes, we hope to engage, inform and entertain our loyal listeners even more,” says Efstathiou.

 

To stay informed about all the latest happenings, keep listening to OFM, download the OFM radio app or stream OFM for more details.

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OPW has a new host,guess who?

Posted by radio On March - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – host of Our Perfect Wedding.

 

She cemented her place in our hearts as the well-meaning gossip, Ma Mnisi in Isibaya and she captured our imagination as Slenda in the local female prison drama, Lockdown.

 

Now actress Nomsa Buthelezi is taking on one of her most challenging roles to date – as the host of the wildly popular Mzansi Magic reality show, Our Perfect Wedding.

 

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time. This is a big challenge and a huge responsibility because South Africa is very passionate and opinionated about OPW. I hope to win them over,” said Buthelezi.

 

The animated TV personality will become a regular Sunday TV fixture over 13 weeks from May 2017, while current host Thembisa Mdoda takes a break.

 

As an experienced stage and television actress, she has cultivated a strong brand for herself, playing fun and loving characters that South Africa has come to love.

 

Her deep husky voice coupled with her effervescent personality are sure to bring a different flavour to the narrative of lovers and the journey they face on their way to the alter.

 

“I’m looking forward to hearing couples recount their stories and being able to walk with them in the final leg of their path to marriage. Love is such a beautiful thing!,” said an excited Buthelezi.

 

Don’t miss her debut as the new host of Our Perfect Wedding in May.

 

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Netflix announces 2017 recommended TVs

Posted by radio On March - 21 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

This year, a handful of devices have innovated further – offering better usability, faster performance, and new features that make getting to Netflix and other internet TV services as easy as getting to live TV. Today, we’re excited to announce the first Netflix Recommended TVs of 2017:

 

2017 LG 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5

2017 Samsung 7, 8, 9, and Q-series Smart TVs

2017 Sony Android TVs

These devices passed a rigorous evaluation process based on factors Netflix members say are important. New criteria for this year’s Netflix Recommended TV designations include:

 

You can power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds.

You can switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.

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Also, the Netflix interface appears in hi-resolution making graphics and text clearer, sharper, and brighter, making for a higher quality, more immersive experience.

 

As with previous years, Netflix Recommended TV continues to evaluate whether Netflix is easily accessible from wherever you are within your TV menu, including having a Netflix button on the remote that can turn on the TV and go directly into Netflix within a few seconds. We also verify whether the device comes with the latest version of Netflix and includes our newest features.

 

These TVs will be in all countries where Netflix is available, though specific model availability varies by region. More information is available on our Netflix Recommended TV website. We’re thrilled with how fast and dead simple these TVs make internet TV and hope you like the difference as well.

 

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Taking Film & TV To The Kids

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For a third year running, the Magic In Motion Expo was held for grade 9 students to introduce them to the world of film and television. For four days, Sasani Studios in Johannesburg, welcomed over 3000 learners from around Gauteng. The aim of the expo was to open the minds of the young learners to the untapped careers that exist in the entertainment industry.

Former M-Net employee and now TV and radio host Ashmud Martins was there to welcome the kids and hype them up for the day’s activities. For him, the expo was a great initiative. From humble beginnings himself, he believes that the expo can help uplift and give hope and positivity to the young kids for their future.

 

The highlight for many of the students was seeing their favourite Mzansi Magic actors Andile Gumbi and Gcina Mkhize on a mock Isibaya set. A few students were selected from each group to act a scene with the cast. Their role-play and introduction to the on-set crew left them all in awe of just how much goes into putting a show together.

 

The control room visits, the media operations room and exhibition were part of the package. The expo partnered with 11 tertiary institutions, AFDA, Boston Media House, City Varsity and The Animation School; to name a few. Information, education and exposure- the students had their eyes opened to the variety of study fields that were previously unknown to them.

 

The outgoing Magic In Motion Academy interns were on hand to share their experiences of working in film and television. From getting hands-on experience on various sets, in the control rooms, to working with esteemed producer Bobby Heaneythe grade 9 students left with a wealth of information on how to direct their study paths in future.

 

Reneilwe Sema (Channel Director, Local Entertainment channels), Nkateko Mabaso (Group GM, M-Net South Africa), Yolisa Phahle (CEO) visited the expo and spent some time with the kids. “South Africa has lots of stories to tell. And it’s up to us to learn how to tell those stories”, said Yolisa Phahle.

 

They know and understand the South Africa has a innumerable stories to tell. And it is up to us, as South Africans, to learn how to tell those stories and take them to the world. The world is waiting!

 

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Adjudication Update – Liberty Radio Awards

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Adjudication has gone exceptionally well for the 2017 Liberty Radio Awards and the scores are presently being thoroughly checked by the auditors, Mazars, who are making good progress. They are confident that they will release the information to us well in time to ensure that we release the names of the finalists on Wednesday 22nd March.

We received excellent feedback from several of the adjudicators and here are some of their comments:

“There were some really brilliant pieces sent through and there were some that made me feel that you`re hazing me.

On a serious note though there are a number of stations, especially community and campus stations that could do with some help, whether its help with equipment and basic training. You hear the passion and the love for the medium but basic radio understanding and presenting is something they weren`t taught.” MK

 

“Personally I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to adjudicate the entries. I must say that it rejuvenated my passion, evoked memories and past experiences and it also gave me an opportunity to learn more this industry that forever evolving. I am honoured.” TB

 

We are extremely grateful to the entire adjudication panel for giving of their time and effort to listen to the submissions and to share their knowledge and expertise. By giving back to the industry, they are making sure that radio continually fine-tunes its offering to remain the compelling, foremost media choice. They are ensuring that the flame of creativity and excellence in radio, continues to burn brightly.

 

 

Who will be the winners on the night of 22 April at the Sandton Convention Centre?

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Andile Tlhoaele  on Promoting Tech Solutions for African Business: Global Entrepreneurship Congress

This past week at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference (GEC) in Sandton, a host of African business leaders discussed the critical role of technology in the growth of African economies.

 

 

Andile Tlhoaele, founder of Inforcomm (INC), was one of the speakers at the event on hand to share his business knowledge based on years of experience with local and international IT & Telecoms companies in South Africa and across Africa.

 

 

This past June, Tlhoaele launched “76@40” to celebrate his 40th and to mark the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprising. 76@40 is a creative initiative designed to support start-ups and SMMEs on the continent.

 

As part of this work in supporting SMME’s, Tlhoaele has over the years addressed many small business owners, university graduates, and learners on topics including the importance of partnerships to run a successful business, opportunities for youth employability, and the importance of mentoring using his experience as a case study.

 

At the GEC this past week, Tlhoaele spoke about the advent of the so-called 4th industrial revolution that is building on the third digital revolution and is characterised by the fusion of technologies that are blurring the lines between the digital, physical, and biological domains. Technology and telecommunication organisations worldwide are driving towards continuous innovation and disruption to enable this revolution, and one of the ways to embrace this rapid innovation is by enabling tech startups.

 

 

Tlhoaele believes that this is especially important in Africa as the interplay between technology startups and tech giants is imperative to the development of the African continent and to ensure that Africa plays a critical role in the new wave of digital disruption.

 

As Tlhoaele explained;

 

 

“You cannot disrupt what you don’t understand – Africans are poised to take advantage of opportunities to solve their own challenges, this includes using digital to disrupt conventional ways of dealing with challenges, starting with digital citizens, digital education, and digital health care. The notion that to be educated you must be in a classroom must be challenged. We must ask how do we use digital to ensure that kids in rural communities get access to world-class education and quality health care.

 

Connectivity—whether the Internet or mobile phones—is increasingly bringing market information, financial services, and health services to remote areas and is helping to change people’s lives in unprecedented ways.”

 

Christine Zhen-Wei Qiang, World Bank Economist stated it simply, “The mobile platform is emerging as the single most powerful way to extend economic opportunities and key services to millions of people.”

New information and communications technologies (ICT), in particular high-speed internet, are changing the way companies do business, transforming public service delivery and democratising innovation. With 10 percent increase in high speed Internet connections, economic growth increases by 1.3 percent.

 

Within this context, according to Tlhoaele, it is important that “we disrupt the notion that East African markets are served from the Middle East and Asia and North West Africa from the Europe and North America.”

 

The panel discussion also looked at the ways that start-ups are promoting tech solutions to African businesses, the importance of start-up innovation in tech, and the roles played by both start0ups and tech giants on the continent.

 

 

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