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Anele Mdoda has big plans for 2021, and it’s starting with S2 of her laughter-filled reality quiz show Celebrity Game Night on E! Entertainment (DStv 124).

Anele will be inviting back her two team captains, actress Ayanda Thabethe and comedian Jason Goliath, as well as using her star power to draw in fame-game professionals like Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Boity Thulo, Maps Maponyane, Roxy burger and more. Because the more, the merrier, right?

Heavy hitter

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Emmy Award-winning US series Hollywood Game Night, but things are always better with an Mzansi vibe.

After the success of S1 in early 2020 – it took home the SAFTA for Best International Format Show – it was a no-brainer to greenlight S2, says executive producer Kee-Leen Irvine from the show’s production company, Rapid Blue: “We’re thrilled at the success of Celebrity Game Night, presenting an often unknown and incredibly funny side to many of Mzansi’s best-loved celebrities. We can’t wait to bring loads of new games and many giggles to your screens. Game-face on!”

 

 

The show hasn’t let COVID-19 lockdown hold it back, with S1 filmed and edited before the March lockdown before airing from April 2020. S2 of Celebrity Game Night will be heading into pre-production for S2, with all-new celebrity guests being lined up, as well as new games to go with fan favourites like Where Are You Going?, Popped Quiz and Clue Room, all taking place in the comfort of Anele’s “lounge”.

 

 

Safety for cast and crew will be paramount, adds Lee Raftery, Managing Director, EMEA and Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Universal International. “S2 of this South African Film & Television Award-winning production promises the same fun and hilarity while carefully following strict COVID-19 precautions, prioritising the health and safety of everyone involved.

 

Hostess with the mostess

While viewers tuned in during S1 to see which new celebrity friends Anele and her captains invited to play games and crack jokes every week, there was one clear favourite on social media: Anele herself. She even got a celebrity thumbs up – see if you can spot which star is an Anele fan!

S2 will consist of 10 1-hour episodes, with filming set to start in 2021.
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Snuggle in for #Shocktober with Natasha Thahane

Posted by radio On October - 12 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Natasha Thahane is ready to hold your hand as you watch Lifetime’s (DStv 131) creepiest movies together this #Shocktober

“A Lifetime (DStv 131) movie is an addictive movie,” says Natasha Thahane (Amo in soapie The Queen on Mzansi Magic, DStv 161). “The titles can seemweird, but they’re fun to watch, easy to watch. I would recommend them to anybody.”

This #Shocktober, Lifetime fans will be treated to a host of spicy, sexy, and oh so creepy movies, full of real-world horrors. They’re airing every Saturday and Sunday in October at 19:20, and throughout the week at 14:35.

“I love watching movies that speak to women’s fears and vulnerabilities. We’re human, and tapping into that space takes a lot of courage, and not everybody can just do it. That’s why women are called ‘izimbokodo’ (rocks),” Natasha says proudly.

Natasha’s movie night setup is scary-movie ready. “I always set it up. My popcorn, I just go buy snacks. Especially now because of lockdown, I’ve been watching a lot of scary movies because I’m a ‘G’ like that. I wear pyjamas normally or just a chilled outfit with sneakers, slippers, whatever it is. Make-up off, wig off, I want to be comfortable and just enjoy that space in that moment.”

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Renting a nightmare

Natasha and her cousin, Lesego Mapeka, will be glued to Lifetime watching all their Shocktober movies, including their movie of the month, My Nightmare Landlord (on Saturday, 24 October at 19:20). Moving is stressful, expensive and difficult, and it can put women in a vulnerable position when someone they’re renting from pushes their boundaries. In this story, Lydia (Caroline Harris) is trying to make a fresh start in a new home after she breaks up with her boyfriend. And while her handsome, shirt-averse landlord, Drew (Ignacyo Matynia), might seem like something out of a romantic comedy dream, he’s a nightmare landlord, always creepy around, letting himself into her place while she’s out and sneaking through her stuff.

 

 

Natasha’s nightmare scenario as a renter would be “finding out if there’s cameras in my apartment, or finding out my landlord has an extra spare key and is then going through my stuff. Or my neighbours going through my trash. That is creepy,” she says. As to whether she’s ever had a landlord from hell, Natasha jokes, “Does my mom count?”

 

 

And you can bet Natasha will be giving her advice and commentary throughout the action. “I feel like I yell,” she admits, laughing. “‘No, don’t do it!’ I just guide them throughout the movie.” As a performer, though, she has her eye on more than just the action. “I also check other things as well, like the continuity and the frame… like ‘No! Why would you do that?!,’ So yes, I yell.”

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Ayoba (https://ayoba.me/) and MusicTime® (https://www.MusicTime.co.za/) are proud to announce their partnership to bring free music listening to ayoba users, with the launch of a new feature in the ayoba app titled MusicTime in ayoba.

 

MusicTime® in ayoba [or MTiA] is now live in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville, Guinee, Guinee Bissau, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

 

 

Each territory offers users free access to 10 playlists with 20 songs in each. In addition, the app has a new mini player that allows you to listen to music while you chat to your contacts with no interruption. Playlists are curated specifically for each territory, and always include music from the region as well. Users can subscribe [free] to the channel as per all ayoba channels, and numbers are rising quickly as users discover the new feature.

 

 

An important feature of MTiA is the ability to listen to music with no data costs. Ayoba is zero rated for data in most of its markets via its partnership with MTN allowing MTN users to listen to a limited amount of music with no data costs.

The MusicTime® channels also include editorial content, music video clips and artist polls. A major feature will be channels in partnership with artists, such as the newly launched Sark Nation channel, featuring top Ghanaian rapper, Sarkodie; currently available across Africa. Many more artist partnerships will be launched in the coming weeks.

 

 

Ayoba has evolved significantly since its launch in 2019 as an instant messaging app. Users can now enjoy content in more than 50 channels covering topics from Coronavirus news to education to cooking tips, football, Formula 1, music news and more. In 2020, ayoba has also added gaming, and offer users free access to top mobile games. In some markets (Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda) the integration with MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) allows users to send and receive money on ayoba.

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Six months after the kick-off of RADAR, Spotify’s emerging artists program, and 2 billion+ streams later, Spotify is launching a global RADAR hub on-platform in order to celebrate a successful half-year of supporting up-and-coming artists from around the world.

The centralised destination will be home to the extensive artist line-up from the RADAR program, their newest releases, 22 region-and-genre-specific RADAR global playlists (these playlists include artists Spotify editors are excited about including and beyond those in the RADAR program) and original exclusive content.

 

Since the March launch of this pinnacle emerging artist program, there have been over 22 global sister programs, including the local RADAR Africa, and 115 RADAR-affiliated emerging artists around the world – from South Africa to Brazil, Germany to New Zealand and more.

 

When RADAR kicked off in March singer and songwriter Elaine was announced as the first South African RADAR artist with rapper Willy Cardiac being the second artist to join the program, locally.

 

Says Ned Monahan, Spotify’s Head of Global Hits, “The launch of the Global RADAR Hub is the perfect illustration of how our editorial teams collaborate to build up-and-coming artists from all over the world.  We hope this will be an easy new way for fans to discover artists from outside of their home countries and for artists to begin to develop a global fan base.

 

Six-Months of RADAR around the World & By the Numbers:

  • 115 artists who have collectively generated:
    • 2 billion+ streams
    • 100 million+ hours of listening
    • 112 million+ listeners across 92 countries; and
    • 8 million+ followers (a 64% increase compared to pre-RADAR)

 

See below what RADAR Africa’s first two chosen artists had to say on their experiences with the program.

 

Elaine

“I am forever grateful to Spotify for allowing my music to be accessible to my supporters around the world. I am beyond excited about being part of RADAR, and I cannot wait to share new music with everyone that’s been a part of this journey with me.”

 

Willy Cardiac

“I am thrilled to be chosen by Spotify to be a part of their RADAR program. All the hard work I have put into my music continues to be recognised and having Spotify support me on my journey will make my music accessible to millions of users around the world, from South Africa all the way to America. There’s no limit to where your music can go.”

 

Spotify’s For The Record blog includes an animated RADAR graphic  and a sizzle video spotlighting artists from around the world that have seen exponential success through their Spotify partnership — including  Alaina Castillo (US),J.I The Prince of N.Y (US), Young T and Bugsey (UK and made a recent cameo on Barack Obama’s summer playlist) and merci, mercy (AU) – can be viewed and embedded HERE and the Hub can be found HERE.

 

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A brilliant new partnership between Red Carpet Creative and international broadcast partner, Travel Africa Network, sets out to reshape the media landscape, leveraging a global audience to reboot the travel and tourism industry throughout SA and Africa.

 

This collaboration between Red Carpet CREATIVE (RCC) – a PR, marketing and production agency for the luxury travel and hospitality sector, and Maggie Mutangiri, the Founder and Director of Travel Africa Network, was initiated earlier in 2020.

 

Red Carpet celebrates its 11th year in operation this September 2020, with the global proliferation marking its greatest milestone.

 

The innovative collab offers a 360-degree inter-continental marketing approach, with real-time audience interactivity. Geared towards local and international travel audiences, the broadcast business model with editorial-digi-commerce integration aims to reboot brands with a stronger bounce-back and global footprint. Their goal being to drive the rise in sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation, and economic SME stabilization.

 

“Africa has so many stories to tell. A continent rich in natural wildlife, culture, and undiscovered experiences. We will be showcasing the best this beautiful country and continent have to offer, highlighting its people, places, and natural wonders. Giving Africa a platform to tell its story to the world.” Notes RCC Founding Director, Jade Allen.

 

“With COVID19 becoming a major challenge for the tourism industry in 2020 and halting most, if not all, of this enormous sector of the economy, we believe we must get creative. Shifting our offerings and marketing strategies to stay afloat. There remains uncertainty not only as to how transport and accommodation services are able to implement strategies to facilitate social distancing measures, but also around how the regulations and tests at international borders will operate…

 

As the tourism industry works hard to recover from the impact of the current pandemic, tourism marketers are responsible for implementing the right marketing strategies to ensure their destinations remain competitive. Generating destination appeal in new and existing markets is essential in determining a city, resort or region’s global competitive position and its overall economic and developmental success.” Explains Matungiri.

 

The March 2021 launch of the Travel Africa global broadcast TV channel will deliver content to 135+ million homes and hotels across Europe, Middle East, and North Africa; covering everything from African culture, to gastronomy, the best places to travel and stay, and destination documentaries. A subsequent partnership has been forged with DSTV’s Spice TV, covering broadcast throughout SA and Africa with an additional 14 Million daily viewers.

 

The media impact of this is substantial. “The migration of both editorial and advertorial content with digital commerce from print and online to international broadcast is one of the ways we aim to offer brands a targeted, fast-reaching, and powerful platform for immediate conversions,” says Allen.

 

Using on-screen QR code integration for immediate ecommerce conversions – brands can now also drive bookings, purchases, and inquiries in real-time whilst watching their favourite 24-hour Africa Travel channel.

 

Red Carpet Creative’s global media partners, travel bloggers, influencers and photojournalists represent the publicity leg of their media landscape. “Celebrated film and TV presenters have joined us in pioneering yet another platform plugin with broadcast to social media content streaming via IGTV (Instagram TV) for direct engagement with local audiences.”

 

Long-seeded relationships built up and nurtured over a decade, culminating experience, and trust. Over the past decade Red Carpet has represented a host of bespoke travel, hospitality and lifestyle client brands such as Quoin Rock Wine Estate, La Petite Ferme, Webersburg, Benguela Cove, Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan, Marriott Autograph Collection, RGBC, Blue Amber Resort, Dermalogica, Cape Royale, Shangri-La Nitida and The Grey Hotel.

 

“Our team of celebrity presenters include Bonnie Mbuli, Jeannie D, Katlego Maboe, Tracey Lange, Harmony Katolundi, Jade (Daniel) Hubner, Josie Eveleigh, Ayanda Dlamini, Mamohau Seasane and Seth Shezi, to name a few. As well as international TV show hosts Ernest White II (Fly Brother PBS) and Jennifer Su, both of whom are US based… All talk-worthy, enticing client content can be propagated across the continent via our plethora of media and social network channels,” she adds.

 

Calls-to-action for brand ROI will further be driven by social network affiliate programmes and promotions. “Affiliate programmes with #promocodes for booking specials, wildlife conservation and humanitarian donations or online purchases will be available for clients to further drive instant calls-to-action, with incredible offers throughout the travel and tourism sector.”

 

While Allen joined forces with Mutangiri, establishing local and international media partnerships, production, presenter and content teams for the global broadcast network, Melissa Crous took up the position as Operations Director and Partner at Red Carpet Creative.

 

Crous will oversee the running of all PR, marketing, and event related client accounts, with Allen playing her part in strategic applications and contribution towards conceptual brand development through TV broadcast and travel experiences.

 

Through extensive experience and benchmarking tactics, Crous’ experience covers all industry facets, from media relations and marketing, to graphic design, social media, website development, market research and event management.

 

As Allen, Crous and Mutangiri draw on their team of presenters, production specialists, travel agents, content producers, magazine partners, travel journalists and influencer affiliates, this power trio offers an all-embracing marketing and publicity solution for travel and tourism establishments, enterprises, and industry at large.

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The Ladima Foundation is proud to have presented the 2020 edition of the Adiaha Award for Best Documentary from an African Woman last night, Sunday August 30th at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.

The jury was pleased to select Tamara Mariam’s Dawit personal political story, Finding Sally. The jury, represented by Theresa Hill of STEPS, had this to say of the selection of the film:

“The jurors and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the films selected in this category and were unanimous in our selection of the top 3 films. In 3rd place is Beyond My Steps by Kama Lara, 2nd place Mother to Mother by Sara de Gouveia and the winner is Finding Sally by Tamara Mariam Dewit. This film is a touching exploration of personal and collective history. The filmmaker questions notions of family, identity, belonging, personal conviction, idealism and political engagement. This film is not only about family history, it’s not only personal. It’s about a country’s history.”

 

The personal and political Ethiopian film sees Tamara Dawit draw together the pieces of mysterious life of her aunt Sally forty years after her disappearance. She revisits the Ethiopian Revolution and the terrible massacre that followed, which resulted in nearly every Ethiopian family losing a loved one. Her quest leads her to question notions of belonging, personal convictions and political ideals at a time when Ethiopia is going through important political changes once again. View the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwan8kXeDYs

 

The Adiaha Award was initiated at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2017 and has previously been awarded to Samantha Biffot (2017), The African Who Wanted to Fly, and Phillipa Ndisi-Herrmann (2018), New Moon.

 

The Adiaha Award includes $2000 towards the winner’s next film, and also an invitation to screen the film and attend The Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Festival 2021 edition.

 

Adiaha means first daughter in the Ibibio language of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria and the award is meant to both celebrate the achievements of African women directors, as well as encourage African women directors to submit their films to film festivals.

 

The Ladima Foundation is a Pan-African non-profit organisation founded with the aim of contributing to correcting the major gender imbalances within the film, TV and content industries.

 

The Ladima Foundation supports and recognises African women in Film, TV and Content.  Through training and networking programmes, we uplift, connect and include.  Ladima operates in the spirit of positivity, excellence and integrity.

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Two of Newzroom Afrika’s top journalists – Politics Editor Sbu Ngalwa and News Director Katy Katopodis – were elected to the leadership of the SA National Editors Forum (SANEF) at the weekend.

 

 

Ngalwa, who previously served as the SANEF Eastern Cape convenor, steps into the all-important position as SANEF Chairperson, while Katopodis, who has enjoyed two terms as deputy chairperson, was elected Gauteng Convenor and remains a member of the SANEF Management Committee.

 

 

Newzroom Afrika is proud of the contribution these journalism stalwarts make to the work of SANEF in promoting quality, ethics and diversity in the South African media and preserving freedom of expression – values which the channel strongly supports.

 

 

 

 

“These are extraordinary times for journalists everywhere,” said Ngalwa, “and the public relies on us more than ever for reliable and accurate information so they are equipped to make informed decisions that are critical to their wellbeing.

 

“At the same time, the journalism profession is under huge pressure in a rapidly changing media environment and the work of SANEF is absolutely vital to protect the core values of an independent media.

 

“It’s a big task, but a very important one and I’m honoured to serve as the SANEF Chairperson.”

 

Katopodis, who served her first term at SANEF 6 years ago as Secretary General, said while the media landscape was shifting profoundly with the rise of digital media and citizen journalism, the essence of newsgathering and storytelling remained the same.

 

“Democracy depends on the free flow of information and, most importantly, a commitment to truth, which is the primary purpose of the media. SANEF is a very important platform for media to stand as one in defence of these values and to make our voice heard. As representatives of Newzroom Afrika, we are pleased that we can contribute to this critical work.”

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is pleased to announce that the second edition of #TheCookoutAfrica Songwriting series with multi-Grammy Award nominated composer and producer Vincent Le Carl Berry II is heading to Southern Africa.  The second edition which will hold on Thursday, August 27th2020 at 18:00 CAT , will be an interactive Songwriting Masterclass specially designed for the music industry of Southern Africa* and all professional and aspiring songwriters are invited to register now.

 

The highly anticipated series was launched on July 30th 2020  to East African songwriters as part of the build-up to the Intra African Trade Fair (IATF 2021).

While #TheCookoutAfrica will be conducted primarily in English, we are encouraging the participation of Portuguese speaking songwriters from the region.

Promoted by Afreximbank, #TheCookoutAfrica is a live collaborative song-writing experience, designed to engage participants and encourage creative writing, group function, reflection, peer learning, peer interaction and practice that culminates in a finished song.

#TheCookoutAfrica is a resource that empowers African songwriters to highlight their community’s creativity, as well as promotes team building and collaboration. This IATF2021 series of events is just one of many aimed at enabling Africa’s creative industries to continue to produce fresh, conscious, and culturally relevant content in a sustainable and cutting-edge manner.

Hosted by Vincent Berry II, #TheCookoutAfrica, brings the magic of collaborative song writing to life, as recently experienced first-hand by a range of top East African songwriters.  This series will continue over the next few months, reaching across Africa in a celebration of the varied musical sounds and styles of the continent…

 

 

Vincent Berry II is most celebrated for being the Lead Writer of ‘Sandcastles’, on Beyonce’s highly acclaimed project “Lemonade”. “Lemonade” instantly became a pop culture phenomenon. The album and film provoked an intense worldwide discussion about race, feminism, social media and the music industry. Berry has the distinct honour of being part of this 59th Annual Grammy Award-winning Project! Continuing the path of success, Berry has been a part of six Grammy-Nomination projects in the past eight years, most recently participating with J. Cole & Dreamville on the “Revenge of the Dreamer III”, a 62nd Annual Grammy Award Nominee for the Best Rap Album of the Year. Berry has also written for Akon, Ari Lennox, Babyface, Brandy, Chris Brown, Estelle, Mary J. Blige, Migos, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Ty Dolla Sign and Usher, to name a few.

 

 

While the 2021 edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) will be taking place next year, the dynamic programme for Africa’s creatives has commenced.   Africa’s creative industries will be a major focus at the event and #TheCookoutAfrica, along with other upcoming digital events aims to create an avenue to engage, educate and encourage creatives globally to collaborate as a part of the on-going build up to IATF 2021.

To take part in this free song-writing Masterclass,  Southern African songwriters  must register here:

https://intrafricantradefair.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2aBBCd6eR5uRtx6_iePa1g

and fill out the application to reserve your spot. Space is limited, so sign-up now!

 

*Songwriters from the following countries are eligible to apply: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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Lerato Segadi Talks Influencer Marketing

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

In what seems could be an industry-shaking move, Humanz has announced the appointment of influential marketer Lerato Sengadi to head up their South African operations. The appointment appears aligned to the company’s stated effort to grow its innovative, diverse, and influential leadership team and demonstrate its commitment to, and understanding of, local markets, even as it continues its global expansion.

Lerato Sengadi is well known in the South African  advertising and entertainment spaces, with over 15 years-experience producing award-winning, ground breaking, culture shifting, narrative changing, and global best practice work for clients that range from grassroots to luxury, artists and events to FCMG.

 

“With a unique perspective on the content and influencer marketing space from both the client and influencer side, Lerato is uniquely positioned to assist Humanz as it continues to disrupt the traditional value channel.” comments Pierre Cassuto, Humanz global CMO.

 

“Future-forward marketers tap into credible influencers for deep collaborations, where they garner market insights, strategy ideas, creative work and targeted/impactful reach. Humanz is here to help fast-track this future, a mission which Lerato shares and can help enable” he adds.

 

Here, in her own words, is Lerato Sengadi’s take on the current state of influencer marketing and her excitement as she takes up her new role as General Manager at Humanz South Africa.

 

On being an “influencer”….

 

I am a marketer who is influential and not an influencer who is a marketer.

 

As for becoming an influencer, that was something that happened very organically through simply sharing authentic content that I believed in. It was not something I intentionally sought to become, and that for me sums up what true influence is.

 

Being on the both ends of the Influencer marketing spectrum, (as client and as an influencer) puts me in a unique position with an understanding that most people in the space will never have. These insights have enabled me to create impactful campaigns, foster long lasting relationships with influencers, and create a working environment where both parties are able to put their best foot forward.

 

On joining Humanz….

 

It was important for me to join a company that is diverse and inclusive and reflects the diversity of the country we live in so that our voices are heard and represented… correctly. And Humanz is exactly that.

 

On why there is so much criticism of the influencer marketing space….

 

Much of the criticism exists because the influencer marketing space is marred with many grey areas and there is still not enough clear understanding of the sector and how it works. It’s easy for people to criticize what they do not understand.

 

Many people, and even marketers think it’s just paying a celebrity to post brand content. But there is a whole other eco-system at play in order to make this kind of marketing work. Like any campaign, there needs to be research to understand your market and your spokespeople, planning and developing a well-timed roll out, development of creative content, and intensive follow up engagement.

 

Brands need to be less prescriptive in their briefs and need to leave some wiggle room that will empower influencers to create the necessary magic that they can do so well. Brands also need to refrain from viewing influencers as merely “paid for ad space,” but must partner with them as content creators and market experts in order to create successful campaigns.

 

Content creators – influencers- need to also become more professionalized and understand their role within the entire marketing mix. They need to see themselves as more than just digital billboards and understand that while they play a valuable role in the ecosystem, they also need to step-up in terms of professional and ethical behaviour.

 

On how is Humanz and their tech is  improving the situation…

 

I believe that the role Humanz plays in driving innovation in the social marketing space is essential not just by making credible data available to both influencers & clients, but more than just a data tool, it is also a much needed educational platform for influencer marketing.

 

Humanz enables  their clients to make informed decisions when selecting influencers to partner with on specific campaigns. It has also made it easier for agencies to be able to justify why they chose those partners and back it up with credible, detailed data for the client to view. The reporting tool has also made it easier for clients and agencies to gauge the success of the campaign based on credible and verifiable data.

 

This data, coupled with understanding of human behaviour, enables both parties to create engaging, tailored and impactful campaigns. Influencer marketing has moved from “the one with the highest following is best for the job” to selecting campaign partners who are best suited, and using credible data to support these decisions.

 

Humanz has enabled easy access to  credible and  accurate data from start (briefing), to campaign execution to completion (reporting).

 

On what the future of the influencer marketing space looks like…

 

Influencer marketing will not replace traditional marketing, in fact it should be viewed as an extension of the marketing mix. The space is still very new and will keep evolving. Our duty is to stay at the forefront of that change and help brands, agencies & influencers manoeuvre these uncharted waters and create successful work.

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Joanne Josephs bids farewell to 702

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Station Manager Thabisile Mbete says Joanne has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives in SA

Talk Radio Station 702, part of Primedia Broadcasting’s portfolio of radio stations, last week announced that the station will be bidding farewell to well-known radio presenter Joanne Joseph on 28 August 2020. Joanne currently hosts The Afternoon Drive with Joanne Joseph from 15:00-18:00, Monday to Friday.

Joanne joined 702 in May 2018, returning to her radio roots after a number of years hosting TV news shows with the SABC and eNCA. Over the past two decades, she has anchored several high-profile live broadcasts, most notably the live coverage of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing and his successor Thabo Mbeki’s inauguration.

Joanne has also used her media platform to raise awareness for causes close to her heart, including engaging the Minister of Justice to prioritise abuse cases and expedite interventions that safeguard society’s most vulnerable.

Commenting on her journey at 702, Joanne said: “I want to express my particular thanks to The Afternoon Drive team for their professionalism and collegiality. They have been a wonderful support system for me during my time at 702, showing infinite enthusiasm, dedication, and acting as a buffer in times of crisis. The media landscape is evolving, traditional consumption habits are changing rapidly and with the energy and agility that have characterised my work of the last twenty-odd years, I am preparing to take up the challenge in new ways.”

 

702 Station Manager Thabisile Mbete adds: “Joanne has encouraged a culture of empathy in tackling systemic societal issues that many would hesitate to take on. As a member of the 702 team, she has contributed to, and shaped, important social and political narratives in South Africa. We know that her next chapter will be an exciting one and we wish her well.”

 

 

702 will announce Joanne’s replacement in due course.

“Joanne has brought her own voice to The Afternoon Drive and has a unique ability to articulate key issues, bringing them to the fore. We recognise her contribution to 702 and know she will continue to be the voice for those who are still finding theirs,” comments Geraint Crwys-Williams, Acting CEO of Primedia Broadcasting.

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