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Facebook (facebook.com) today released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographic, showcasing just some of its investments across Sub-Saharan in 2019.  Committed to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, throughout the year this translated into significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities.

 

During 2019, Facebook Africa:

  • Trained over 7,000 woman-owned businesses in digital skills across sub Saharan Africa;

  • Celebrated 79 Community Leadership Circle meetups with over 2 ,650 people attending;

  • Reached its 45th Developer Circle, with circles now in 17 African countries and representing more than 70,000 members;

  • Hosted the first-ever iD8 Nairobi Conference with over 400 African developers and startups in attendance;

  • Expanded Third-Party Fact-Checking across 10 African countries;

  • Announced the creation of the world’s most detailed population density maps of Africa, created by Facebook AI researchers to help humanitarian aid and relief agencies; and much more.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa, commented: “Africa is important to Facebook, and we’re committed to investing in its youth, entrepreneurs, the creative industries, tech ecosystem as well as its many other communities. Our 2019 Year in Review highlights just some of these investments, and the impact we’ve been able to have here in the region. I’m excited about the future of Facebook and our family of apps here in Africa, as well as the potential of this young, mobile and dynamic continent, and look forward to creating partnerships in 2020 and beyond.”

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The DStv School of Laughter and 947 are excited to announce Lerato Tloubatla and her son Tlotlego as the winners of the #1stDayTakeover competition, which ran from 25 to 29 November 2019.

DStv knows the first day of big school is a milestone day for parents and kids alike. That’s why we partnered with 947 to create an event that would be cherished by parents and kids for years to come.

 

We asked parents to tell 947 what they were most looking forward to about their kids going to “big school”. Participants were entered into a draw to win an epic #1stDayTakeover activation for their child, where DStv’s School of Laughter and 947 will visit their child’s school on the first day of the 2020 academic year and hand out all sorts of goodies including interactive weekly planners to help kids plan their homework, sport activities and DStv time.

 

 

Lerato Tloubatla, a DStv premium customer, heard about the competition while listening to The Breakfast Club with Anele on 947. “I immediately thought it was an awesome opportunity for my son, who starts Grade 1 next year,” she says. “After speaking to him about it and seeing how excited he was, I decided to try my luck.”

 

Lerato received a call from DStv a few days later confirming that they had won the competition. “Tlotlego’s birthday always falls within the school holidays – so more than anything, I was grateful that he would finally enjoy a day at school that is all about celebrating him,” she says.

 

The influence of a child’s home environment and parenting practices on early development is well established. In fact, studies show that interactions between parents and child in the first few years of life are especially important for early language, cognitive and socio-economic development.

 

 

According to Lerato, one of the things she loves most about DStv is the fact that she and her son can enjoy the same entertainment. “Shows like The Amazing World of Gumball, for example, appeal to both adults and kids,” she says. “I find the wittiness hilarious, while Tlotlego enjoys the characters and storylines. We watch these kinds of shows together all the time.”

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For more than six decades, the Miss Universe pageant has attracted millions of viewers worldwide, every one of them cheering for their homegirl. This year, it was our turn to do the cheering when our brilliant representative Zozibini did us proud, proving to be outstanding in every category she competed in.

 

It’s the world’s largest pageant competition in terms of live TV coverage, with more than 190 countries tuning in. The Miss Universe competition has a worldwide audience of over 500 million people, and this year was no different in terms of popularity.

If you never saw the live broadcast of the event, never fear – you can now tune in to watch all the tears and laughter first-hand.

 

 

The pageant was hosted by talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey for the fifth time – he’s been allowed to continue despite his spectacular gaffe four years ago when he accidentally announced the wrong winner! His evening wasn’t completely without errors this year either though, as he incorrectly announced the winner of the Best National Costume as the Philippines, when it was in fact Malaysia.

 

Zozibini’s stunning win brings the number of times South African beauties have won the crown in the past to three: Demi-Lee Nel-Peters won just two years ago in 2017, and prior to that, Margaret Gardiner was our last winner back in 1978.

 

 

Zozibini has wholly embodied the pageant’s motto of ‘Confidently Beautiful’ with her strong message of how young women should never be scared to be leaders. Her incredible achievement is a win for all young girls who have ever had a dream, and for the whole universe who believes in her message.

Want to see why Zozibini won?

Watch Miss Universe 2019 on Sunday 15 December on Vuzu 116 at 20:00.

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NOW STREAMING: AfriDocs Anytime Migrant Stories

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

AfriDocs, Africa’s only free streaming platform for documentary films, is once again bringing some of the best documentaries to TV screens across the continent. The 2019 edition of Migration Stories is sees six powerful and moving documentaries about the various realities of migration from an African perspective.

With the support of the German Government, AfriDocs will once again present powerful stories that reflect the difficulties of migration as faced by thousands of people looking for a better life in Europe.

 

This diversity of films from Kenya, Burkina Faso, The Gambia, Burundi as well as from Europe bring in to stark focus the hardships that drive many Africans to leave their homelands, as well as the stark realities awaiting those who do.

 

The films are being screened as a way to increase awareness around migration in the communities that are most affected. You can join in the conversation on the AfriDocs social media platforms: https://www.facebook.com/AfriDocs/ and on twitter @Afri_docs. Use #MigrantStories to add your voice to the conversation.

 

The films are available to stream on Africa’s only FREE streaming platforms for documentary films, AfriDocs Anytime, www.afridocs.net that will stream all six of the documentaries anytime for anyone viewing from Africa.

 

Free to Air TV screenings will also take place in the Horn of Africa and  in Nigeria and Ghana during December and January.

 

The following films are available to stream now on #AfriDocsAnytime

 

Cinema Dadaab |  Kati Juurus | Kenya | 2018 | 58 min
Dadaab is a dreamlike place forgotten by the rest of the world: a huge refugee camp on Kenya’s border to  Somalia. The refugees cannot leave, but they let their  minds escape by going to the cinema to watch films  and to dream of other countries

 

 

 

Special Flight | Fernand Melgar | France | 2011 | 52 min

Special Flight is a dramatic account of the plight of undocumented foreigners at the Frambois detention center in Geneva, Switzerland, and of the wardens who struggle to reconcile humane values with the harsh realities of a strict deportation system. The 25 Frambois inmates featured are among the thousands of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants imprisoned without charge or trial and facing deportation to their native countries, where they fear repression or even death. The film, made in Switzerland, is a heart-wrenching exposé of the contradictions between the country’s compassionate social policies and the intractability of its immigration laws.

 

Espoir Voyage | Michel Zongo | Burkina Faso | 2011 | 80 min

In Espoir Voyage, Burkinabe director Michel Zongo sets off on a personal journey in search of traces of his older brother Joanny. Like many others, Joanny left his village at the age of 14 to go and earn money for his family working on plantations in the Ivory Coast. Nobody had heard from him since he left. Many years later, Joanny’s family received a message saying he had died. How had he lived? Why did he die? Via his brother’s life story, Zongo tells the story of migration within Africa and reflects on its consequences: the solidarity and conflicts between migrant workers and the concern of the families left behind.

 

Chez Jolie Coiffure | Rosina Mbakam | Belgium | 2018 | 72 min

Sabine works in Matonge (Brussels) as hairdresser in a salon. While she is working, she is at the same time waiting for a regulation of her case. In that place where she use to work, with other girls, they live under threat of national police who chase them. Sabine works no less than thirtheen or fourteen hours per day and sometimes tourists come and visit the place where she works and look at them as in a museum.

 

Uncertain Future |  Eddy Munyaneza | Burundi | 2018 | 70 min

Burundi, April 2015. Demonstrations against Pierre Nkurunziza’s third term bring thousands of people to the streets of Bujumbura. A failed coup d’état further plunges the country into repression and violence. Whole families are fleeing the country. Eddy, director, films the demonstrations, then the first executions and the victims. His artistic and social commitment dislocates his family, who decides to leave without him. Faced with the violence that is gaining ground, he is eventually also forced to flee his country. As a refugee in Senegal, far from his family, he begins an internal journey caught in the images and memories of the crisis that shakes Burundi. Nine months later, he goes in search of his children in Rwanda. On both sides of the border, he meets those who stayed in Burundi or chose the path of exile. Their stories, often fragmentary and brutal, show great uncertainty.

 

No Way Back | Louise Hunt | The Gambia | 2019 | 8 min

No Way Back’ explores the realities of life in Italy for two asylum seekers from Gambia, both called Lamin, who risked their lives to reach Europe in the hope of getting an education and jobs. But since the Italian government changed its immigration laws in November 2018, they are at risk of joining the thousands of undocumented migrants who are forced onto the streets or seek shelter in squalid camps and squats, such as ‘The Ghetto’, a derelict factory in Rome.

 

A Walk on the Tightrope | Sandra Budesheim, Sabine Zimmer | Germany 2017 | 52min
In the asylum procedure in Germany, applicants and case officers meet on only one single occasion – at the personal interview. A decision is then made about who stays and who has to leave.

 

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After a very successful five years of empowering the next generation of storytellers through on-the-job training and the opportunity to work with experienced producers for hands-on experience, M-Net’s Magic in Motion now starts a new chapter as MultiChoice Talent Factory ZA.

The programme, which consists of the internship academy and a bursary programme, immerses its participants in a 12-month long  industry readiness programme. In addition, the internship also affords participants the opportunity to learn from some of the leading TV producers in the country while acquiring valuable experience in the directing, producing, cinematography, commissioning, art direction and many other skills.

 

MTF ZA will continue to play a critical role in providing qualifying young people skills and experience in TV and filmmaking through the academy, as well as bursaries to qualifying students studying film and television.

 

Be on the lookout for more information on the 2020 MTF ZA opportunities.

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DStv to launch three new channels

Posted by radio On November - 21 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The festive season is approaching fast and we’re preparing to enter a new decade. At DStv, that’s even more reason to bring our customers brand new explosive entertainment for the whole family.

From brand new channels and shows to contracts that will keep two of your favourites on your screens for years to come, we’re giving customers so much more entertainment to enjoy this festive season and beyond.

Here’s everything you can look forward to this November:

Three brand new channels

MultiChoice recently announced the launch of three new channels to the DStv platform. CuriosityStream, CBS Justice and Euronews will be available from Thursday, 21 November 2019.

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of these channels that will expand the line-up of new programming for our DStv customers to enjoy,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment at MultiChoice Group.

 

“CuriosityStream will give our viewers informative entertainment that the family can enjoy together and it’s with great pride that we are able to launch CBS Justice, a new true crime channel which is part of the CBS AMC Networks EMEA portfolio of channels. We’re also delighted to expand our viewers’ choice of news and actuality programming with Euronews so they’re kept in touch with what’s happening around the world.”

 


CuriosityStream and CBS Justice will air for the first time in Africa on DStv channels 185 and 170 respectively, to ensure fans of factual entertainment and true crime stories enjoy their favourite programming on familiar channel destinations. Euronews, which is currently available to DStv customers in the rest of Africa, will now be available to Southern Africa on DStv channel 414.

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CodeJIKA.com encourages educators to schedule Web Development as a vocational subject for a term in 2020

 

Offering a platform for educators who want to push their learners to pursue new opportunities, youth empowerment initiative CodeJIKA has developed an easy and cost-effective way for schools to equip their learners with the skills they need for a prosperous future.

 

Spearheaded by South African non-profit organisation Code for Change, CodeJIKA is an initiative that arms South African high schoolers with digital and coding skills that empower them for digital entrepreneurship or employment. All that’s needed to get the programme under way at your school is a functional PC lab and a slot in the school timetable for one term – the minimum time it takes to teach a basic web development course as a vocational subject.

 

That means schools needn’t worry about costly infrastructure, reliable Internet access or the cost of publishing and delivering updated curricula. All educators need to equip their students for the future is to commit a term to the CodeJIKA programme.

 

Adopting Web Development as a subject is actually quite simple and can be implemented by schools independently. CodeJIKA works with provinces and districts to provide a one-day training workshop that introduces educators to the curriculum, detailing the programme goals and teaching them how to facilitate web development learning.

 

Teachers don’t need to understand coding concepts and can simply implement the programme as a facilitator who encourages deep learning capabilities among students. The secret to teaching Web Development is allowing learners to experiment in small groups, so that when they get stuck, they can solve the problem as a team. This also stimulates critical thinking and encourages learners to gain a conceptual understanding of the code.

 

Research proves that learners who work with their peers to solve a problem in this way begin to understand the concepts of a subject much quicker than when they attempt to study solo. Those who learn to work in a group setting are more adept at problem solving and don’t only memorise formulas to regurgitate in an exam setting.

 

In partnership with educational authorities, CodeJIKA encourages districts, schools and provinces to schedule vocational Web Development as a high school subject from Grade 8. Further, the initiative seeks to develop Web Development as a a Grade 10 elective from 2020.

 

CodeJIKA’s 16-session basic programme kicks off with tasks like saving a notepad file as an html, calculating using JavaScript and learning what codes one would need to add emoji’s to a website. The curriculum is therefore inclusive, fun and applicable for young people, showing them how to create the technology they use daily.

 

Why is coding important?

With government establishing a 4IR Commission to ensure that South Africa is equipped to survive and thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s never been more crucial for our youth to enter the job market with the appropriate digital skills needed to navigate the current realm of ongoing disruptive change.

 

And while the Department of Basic Education is making moves to introduce digital skills and coding at foundation phase, CodeJIKA believes it’s just as important to bridge the gap for secondary school learners.

 

“A systemic shift needs to take place where coding is seen as a critical and necessary skill that forms part of the national CAPS curriculum, rather than as an extracurricular activity,” says Code for Change operations head Mpho Segolela.

 

He believes the best time to introduce coding to our current generation of schoolgoers is before they matriculate, as the job market can be frustrating and overwhelming, especially considering the current economic climate and vast social challenges across South Africa.

 

How does CodeJIKA empower our youth?

Driven by an innate desire to reverse the country’s high unemployment rate, CodeJIKA came up with a solution to empower high school learners with skills that they can monetise while still in school and once they’ve graduated.

 

The CodeJIKA programme is a free self-learning curriculum – available both online and offline – that uses standard PC programmes.

 

These skills give learners the edge, setting them apart in the eyes of universities and employers alike. “Not only are CodeJIKA graduates prepared to progress with ease into programming or coding-related professions, but they’re also adept critical thinkers and problem solvers with basic project management skills,” says Segolela.

 

“Our students acquire these skills through working with peers on both CodeJIKA and self-initiated projects. The programme is developing our youth into confident and motivated members of society who are capable of solving problems using digital skills,” he adds.

 

The CodeJIKA curriculum therefore offers a much-needed vocational digital skillset that provides a crucial entry-point into many other skills and opportunities at school, in university and in the modern labour market.

 

What can you do to empower our youth?

CodeJIKA is urging local education stakeholders – including government, teachers, principals and parents – to help bring coding to 250 or more schools in 2020 by introducing Vocation Web Development into the mainstream curriculum.

 

We are partnering with any provinces, districts and schools that would like to start rolling out coding in secondary schools.

 

Take action now by visiting www.codejika.com to get in-touch with our team. Schools that are interested in offering the course as a subject in the 2020 school year can sign up at www.codejika.com/schools and will receive free advice on how to schedule and facilitate the course.

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The Apple Original Stars Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer, Emmy Award Winner Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Emmy Award Winner Ron Cephas Jones

Apple celebrated “Truth Be Told” today with the global premiere of the original series at The Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, California. The limited drama series follows podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she is compelled to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation and comes face-to-face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Based on the novel by Kathleen Barber, “Truth Be Told” provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.
Beginning December 6, the first three episodes of “Truth Be Told” will be available to watch on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions around the world. New episodes will continue to roll out weekly, every Friday.
Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers, launched on November 1 in over 100 countries and regions. The service is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, as well as select Samsung smart TVs, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Customers who purchase any new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch starting September 10, 2019, can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free.Beginning November 1, customers can initiate the one-year free offer in the Apple TV app on the device running the latest software.
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Samsung announced its headline sponsorship of the latest in Cassper Nyovest’s famous FillUp series of concerts. This December, Samsung will be firmly behind the popular hip hop star, in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, as he once again raises the bar for South African artists. Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up concert series is the most successful hip hop focused event in Africa. This is seamlessly aligned to Samsung’s position as the most loved brand in South Africa in the Sunday Times Top Brand survey, for the 7th year in a row. Additionally, the show’s innovative stage design and production has set the standard and influenced major artists worldwide.

“Cassper is a pioneer intent on blazing new trails. He is the perfect epitome of Samsung’s brand ethos ‘Do What You Can’t”, says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

Consumers will also be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy A30s, a special edition with enhancement such as Celebrity Alarm and Galaxy Theme, allowing our customers to enjoy flagship features such as Samsung Pay and Bixby Alarm so they Don’t Live Life Nje. The new Samsung Galaxy A30s has triple camera, uninterrupted infinity display and long-lasting battery life at an affordable price that will strike a chord with all South Africans.

 

Event Details
Date: 15 December 2019
Time: 14:00 – 00:00
Venue: Royal Bafokeng – Rustenburg

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There is nothing quite like a live performance from the legendary Thandiswa Mazwai. This powerful and dynamic artist will share an evening to be remembered as the finale of the 2019 Bassline Live season.

Saturday November 30th 2019 guests will be in for an evening of magic, as Thandiswa herself explains, “What I love most about performing live is how unpredictable it is and just how much a great audience can heighten the experience of the music. Improvisation is an important part of live performance because it speaks to sounds being created here and now. With the right musicians on stage, live performance can be transcendental. In the words of rapper Homeboy Sandman, and I paraphrase, ‘I never do the same show twice, I am way too nice.’ The people can expect more of that. I am always trying to find new ways to look at the music and it’s performance.”

 

She goes on to say, “I’m really excited to be back at the Lyric theatre with my Bassline family, we look forward to creating sacred spaces, and allowing music to do its divine work.”

 

This show promises to be a sold out show and a fitting end to this star-studded 2019 season for the Bassline Live series. Meshalin Naidoo, Promotions and Events  Manager of The Lyric Theatre puts it this way, “The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City is super proud to have been part of the amazing and successful Star-Studded  Bassline Live Series for 2019.  We look forward to partnering with Bassline for 2020!”

 

Thandiswa’s performance comes after months of international touring, as she explains “The last few months have been packed with travel as I try to build bridges to other lands. We played AFROPUNK in Brooklyn after headlining it twice in Jozi. Then we went back to NYC for the Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival. We played the Schomburg centre for research in black culture and it was really amazing to see the iconic pictures of African-American creatives strewn everywhere. We also just got back from playing the Redbull Music Festival in Melbourne and are right now getting ready for Summer festivals all over the Mamaland.”

 

The show starts 8pm at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday November 30th. Tickets are available from Computicket starting at R250.

 

Once again, supporting this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing who continue to stand behind the rich arts and culture scene in South Africa. Bassline Live is also presented in association with Castle Lite to unlock Extra Cold Refreshment and Experience.

 

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