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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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NFVF is offering film &TV study bursaries

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF) is a statutory body mandated to spearhead the equitable growth and development of the SA film and video industry.

The NFVF’s bursary programme is aimed at building capacity by upskilling film & TV professionals for global competitiveness through its support of qualifying applicants for overseas studies which are not offered in South African tertiary institutions. However, Live Performance or Acting programmes are excluded.

This bursary will be awarded for the 2017 academic year with a cap of R250 000 inclusive of tuition and living expenses.

 

 

 

 

Qualifying Criteria:

The applicant must:

  • Must apply six months before the course starts.
  • Be a South African citizen;
  • Have a good academic record;
  • Demonstrate a need for a financial assistance; and
  • Enrolled at an accredited overseas tertiary institution for a full time studies; post graduate film/TV programme (course must be commencing in September 2017 and not available in South Africa).

Applications must be accompanied by a detailed motivation why the applicant must be awarded a bursary together with all the supporting documents as indicated in the online application form.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Failure to provide all requested information will lead to an automatic disqualification of the application.
  • No late applications will be considered.
  • Should there be a change of contact details the onus is on the applicant to notify NFVF.
  • For further information, please consult the NFVF Funding Policy available on a link below.

http://www.nfvf.co.za//home/22/files/Approved%20FUNDING%20POLICY%20APRIL%202016.pdf

 

How to apply

Complete an online International bursary application form which is available on the NFVF website,www.nfvf.co.za or https://nfvf.praxisgms.co.za.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017 at 17h00 CAT.

Failure to submit all the mandatory requirements will result in an automatic disqualification.

For any queries regarding the application process please email Thandekile Hlatshwayo at Thandekiles@nfvf.co.zaand for queries regarding the qualifying criteria, please email Lebohang Khunou at lebohang@nfvf.co.za, 011 483 0880

 

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Mbali Zulu Nominated For SAFTA!

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), M-Net not only received 115 nominations but one of its Magic in Motion (MiM) Academy graduates also received her first SAFTA nomination.  Mbali Zulu, who graduated from the Academy in 2016, has been nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap/Telenovela for Mzansi Magic’s flagship soap Isibaya.

 

M-Net’s MiM Academy, which is investing in the next generation of film and television professionals, is where Zulu began her career after completing a three-year Audiovisual Communication degree at the University of Johannesburg. She credits her success to the M-Net initiative and Bomb Shelter Productions, a leading South African film and TV production company, where she now works as a junior story liner and scriptwriter.

 

Born in the small town of Pongola in KwaZulu Natal, Zulu knew early on that she wanted to be a writer and she fondly remembers her university lecturers telling her to never stop practising. ‘This industry is tough and far from glamorous, but it is very rewarding. I am so honoured to be nominated for a SAFTA and I still can’t believe it. M-Net and Bomb have paved the way for me to be a part of this amazing industry and I will always be grateful’, says Zulu.

 

Further success for the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy is that two interns from the current programme concluding in March, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila, have already landed jobs. Sibiya is working as a story liner and scriptwriter for Penguin Films, which currently produces Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Ring of Lies, and Mashaila has started work as the third assistant director on a new telenovela at Bomb Shelter Productions.

 

Sibiya says her journey hasn’t been easy but encourages those who are interested in a career in the film and television industry to persevere, be prepared to start at the bottom and to work hard. Mashaila says ‘I am looking forward to seeing my ideas and creativity come to life on screen.’

 

The purpose of the Academy is to provide a platform for the country’s top film and television graduates to launch their careers so we couldn’t be happier, explains Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO. ‘The interest in our interns from the industry has been incredible and we truly value our partnerships with the production companies we work with.

 

Now in its third year, the success of the Academy can also be seen in the quality of the Mzansi Magic Original films produced by the interns each year. Zulu and her class of 2015 were responsible for Forgotten and #Lit which ranked within the top 10 shows for the channel in December of that year. The movies produced this year will be screened on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on 1 April and 13 May.

 

 

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SAMA 23 back at Sun City

Posted by radio On March - 17 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards (SAMA) will be held at the Sun City Superbowl on the weekend of the 26th May 2017.

The luxury resort in the North West province is the official home for SAMA 23, having hosted 14 of the 22 previous ceremonies since its launch in 1994.

 

The music industry and revelers will see the newly revamped facilities and the modern amenities this world class establishment has to offer.

 

An elated Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA who are organizing the awards commented: “It’s such a delight to be returning to Sun City. The convenience it brings during a weekend of celebration makes it the ideal location for us.

 

“We invite local music lovers to join the industry as it makes its trip to Sun City later in the year for a party fit for our country and the continent’s finest musicians.”

 

With a number of music lovers that the awards attract, The Bokone Bophirima province is sure to be abuzz with entertainment and loads of activities in and around Sun City.  The SAMA was hosted at the Durban ICC last year while Sun City underwent a massive multimillion-rand revamp.

 

Bokone Bophirima Province is excited to partner with the SAMA’s to host this Annual Music event. We are delighted that this will contribute significantly to our Rebranding, Repositioning and Renewal strategy through Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT). Further, our Villages, Townships and Small Dorpies (VTSDs) stand to benefit from this event through a number of buildup activities such as mini – festivals, artist development workshops among others.

 

As a province we pride ourselves for being blessed with a capacity to host events of this magnitude and we are also proud that we have many tourist attractions on offer. Therefore we believe that this event will offer an unforgettable experience.

 

 

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