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The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 Comments Off on The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Tune into Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161), on 11 October for The Ranakas season three premiere. This lively and refreshingly authentic family will be on our television screens every Thursday at 20:00.

Recapping on how the second season ended, Mama Siba started studying at a culinary school and pursued her dream of having a cook book. Ntate Ranaka experienced health difficulties and gave Mama Siba a scare when he had a heart attack.

 

Ranaka, the youngest sibling was trying to find himself and was pursuing his dreams in the music industry. Michelle and hubby Mzingisi officially became Mr and Mrs Ranaka. They also became first time parents! Mpumi, who is married to a German man was dealing with a long-distance relationship, family and career life. Dineo and Mpumi were not seeing eye to eye and were constantly at logger heads.

 

This season Michelle and Mzingisi deal with typical challenges of being newlyweds as well as the excitement of parenthood. Find out if Mzingisi has gotten over his bachelor days and old habits.  Manaka, actress and mom, is on a journey of personal growth and healing. Dineo, radio and television presenter is passionate about building an empire and is still aiming for the stars.

 

Who has moved back home and why? And will Mpumi and Dineo settle their differences and get along? Tune into The Ranakas every Thursday at 20:00, from 11 October on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161).

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With the eagerly anticipated DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards quickly approaching, voting fever is reaching an all-time high.

 

Scores of local entertainment fans are battling it out on the voting lines as they fight for their favourite stars to be declared Mzansi’s best-loved on the big night of 24 November 2018.

 

To show their appreciation to the stans, the DMVCAs are gifting fans with a chance to interact with some of their faves at three popular venues in Joburg, Durban and Pretoria – a once in a lifetime chance for many!

 

Watch out for The Herd’s most stylish witch, Winnie Ntshaba at Maponya Mall on Saturday, 29 September. She’ll be joined by fellow actors, Abomama’s Khanyi Mbau, Skeem Saam’s Clement Maosa, Lockdown’s Dineo Nchabeleng and Isidingo’s Motlatsi Mafatshe. And the cherry on top? The Queen’s SK Khoza will be there to MC the whole event!

 

Those who will not make it to Maponya Mall will get another chance to mingle with the stars the following Saturday, 06 October, when The Queen’s Patronella (Thembsie Matu) takes over the State Theatre in Pretoria with her big personality. Matu will be joined by Kabelo Moalusi for a fan meet-and greet, with Somizi making sure to keep things even more entertaining as the MC.

 

Durban will see Somgaga return to host the last leg of the fan treat at the Suncoast SunDeck on the 27th of October. Much-loved actor, Linda Sebezo from Isibaya will be joined by Ukhozi FM’s flamboyant SelBeyonce to give the public some love. Now if that’s not a party, we don’t know what is!

The activations will be from 12:00 – 15:00 and free of charge, so make sure not to miss a chance to see your fave and let them know you’re voting for them! Thank us later!

Remember to also nominate someone for the 1Life Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE and DStv, and help put a smile on the face of a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will receive a cash prize of R20 000 (Twenty Thousand Rand). Viewers can nominate by visiting  www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

How to vote:

•             Viewers can vote for free on web and mobile at www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca

•             Via SMS by sending your SMS short code to 39201

•             By dialling *120*33033# on their mobile and following the prompts.

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SABC appoints a new head of legal

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara as Head of SABC Legal Services effective, 1 October 2018.

Advocate Vanara brings a long distinguished legal career having worked in both the private and public sectors. He served successfully in various positions including his most recent role of  Senior Manager of Legal and Constitutional Services at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

 

SABC Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Madoda Mxakwe stated, “I am pleased to welcome Advocate Vanara to the SABC. His appointment is in line with the SABC’s commitment to ensuring stability at senior management level. Advocate Vanara will be instrumental in driving and ensuring adherence to governance procedures and the promotion of a culture of accountability in the public broadcaster”.

 

Advocate Vanara holds various legal qualifications including LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Free State. He also holds a Certificate in Legislative Drafting as well as a Certificate in Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

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Vodacom Eastern Cape region has embarked on a crucial network investment drive in that province and has already invested R300 million over the past three years to ramp up network investment in deep rural areas of the Eastern Cape. This is part of Vodacom’s commitment to expand network coverage for people who live in deep rural areas of the Eastern Cape province, the fourth largest province in South Africa by population, with just over 6.5 million people, covering 168 966 km² land surface area.

 

Vodacom’s commitment to accelerate network coverage for people who live in deep rural areas has already yielded a positive societal impact. Within months of Vodacom having deployed new 3G sites, most of these communities are now part of the internet revolution underway. As a result, school going kids can now access the internet for the first time, whilst those who are actively looking for jobs are using their smartphones to apply for jobs over the internet. They have the option of using Vodacom’s e-School and jobs portals that are both zero-rated for Vodacom subscribers. Those who previously had to travel long distances to do banking are doing this on their devices from the comfort of their homes.

 

 

Mpumelelo Khumalo, Managing Executive for Vodacom Eastern Region commented:

“Providing network connectivity for people who reside in rural areas remains central to Vodacom’s commitment of extending our network in the Eastern Cape. This is part of our vision to make sure that we connect everyone whether they live in the cities, townships or in the rural areas, and that takes investment. It can no longer be acceptable for people in rural dwellers to watch the internet revolution from the side-lines, they need to be part of it and reap the associated economic benefits. We mean serious business when we say that rural and township areas should have the same network experience such as the people who reside in urban areas are accustomed.”

 

 

The region invested R750 million in upgrading the network over the past 3 years, of this R300 million was invested in deploying networks in rural areas. The capex went on building new sites, radio and transmission network upgrades, providing more capacity in overloaded areas and crucially deploying new sites and coverage in rural areas. Additionally, the region built new sites to bring new coverage in the rural areas in the following municipalities: Ngqushwa, Raymond Mhlaba, Amahlati, Enoch Mgijima, Walter Sisulu, Mhlontlo, Umzimvubu, Mnquma, Nyandeni, Port St Johns, Ingquza, Mbizana, Ntabankulu, Matatiele, Elundini, Senqu, Inxuba Yethemba, and Dr Beyers Naude.

 

 

On a practical basis, this means that Vodacom brought faster data services to tens of thousands more people living in rural areas who currently only have voice services and 2G data services. This has helped consolidate Vodacom’s position as South Africa’s best network and the network provider with the country’s best rural coverage.

 

 

The region has planned 30 new sites in rural areas for this financial year. They are planned in the following areas: Mnquma and Amahlathi municipalities (5); Ngqushwa, Ndlambe and Makana (5), Mbashe and Ntsika Yethu municipalities (3 sites); Igquza (1); Sunday’s River Valley (3); Kou-Kamma and Kouga (3); George rural (3), KSD (3),  Dr Beyers Naude (2) and Hassequa municipality (1).

 

 

“We are sending a strong message that Vodacom is taking serious steps in ensuring that people in rural areas are connected and have access to fast data speed so that they become part of the internet revolution and take full advantage of its positive impacts. We plan to do more to connect deep rural areas through our Rural Coverage Network Expansion Programme,” concluded Khumalo

 

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The Internet Society (https://www.InternetSociety.org/), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa.

An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering.

 

Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, which means that most of their domestic Internet traffic is exchanged through points outside their respective country, usually through satellite or submarine fiber across multiple international hubs to reach their destination.  This can result in poor end-user experiences and discourages hosting content locally, which are some of the key factors towards the development of the local Internet ecosystem.

 

Peering at IXPs helps keep domestic Internet traffic local by offloading traffic from relatively expensive international links onto more affordable local links. As a result, ISPs are able to offer improved Internet experiences for end-users and spur interest in hosting content locally.

 

The Internet Society and Facebook will collaborate in promoting IXP infrastructure development, training and community engagement with the objective of increasing the number of IXPs and supporting the expansion of existing IXPs to meet the growing demand in Africa. Studies have shown that (http://bit.ly/2xAuPDe) Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable and reliable access to content.

 

 

“The Internet community adopted the goal of having at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020,”explains Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.  “We are getting closer to that target thanks to the many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa and to partnerships such as the one we are announcing today with Facebook.”

 

 

According to the Africa IXP Association (Af-IX), there are approximately 44 active IXPs located across 32 countries in Africa.  This has resulted in a 275% growth of locally exchanged Internet traffic over the last 10 years (there were 16 IXPs in 2008). During the same period, traffic exchanged at the African IXPs increased from 0.16Gbps to 412Gbps with over 800 networks now connected at these IXPs (http://bit.ly/2zrXk77).

 

 

“We admire the Internet Society’s important work to improve connectivity in Africa by supporting IXPs,” said Kojo Boakye, Head, Connectivity and Access, Africa at Facebook. “Our partnership with the Internet Society will help develop Africa’s IXP ecosystem by deploying resources like training and equipment to the areas where they are most urgently needed.”

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In line with its focus on bringing people together and supporting the development of connected communities, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Around a dozen African community leaders have been selected to become programme residents and fellows.

Many community leaders worldwide and in Africa turn to Facebook to create connections through Facebook groups, WhatsApp or Messenger,”says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa. “This programme is all about empowering them with the tools, support and funding they need to advance their causes and build their communities.”

Since announcing the programme in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application to identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.

 

 

Five participants have been selected globally as community Leaders in Residence, each will be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community initiative. The final amount received will be determined based on final budget proposal created and submitted by each resident as part of their program training.

 

 

Kenya’s Noah Nasiali, the selected leader in residence for Africa, has brought together more than 100,000 farmers across Africa through a Facebook group in less than a year. Farming is one of Africa’s most important industries, and Noah’s community helps farmers obtain and share critical information.

 

 

“Africa Farmers Club was formed to help farmers come together to access credible, reliable and applicable farming information that will help them develop their skills and most importantly help them to get a market for their produce and in the end get returns for their hard work. I invite group members to share their stories both positive and negative through pictures so that we can learn together. Whenever possible I personally visit members face-to-face to see for myself their challenges and we discuss how they can overcome and at the same time and improve. Our community aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal which is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” Said Nasiali

 

 

The programme will also host more than 100 fellows and youth participants who will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for their community initiative. Fellows from Africa include:

 

 

“Our group of African fellows and our resident represent diverse perspectives from different parts of the continent, but they share a common goal of helping their communities thrive. We know they will do great things over the next year and we’re excited to get them started,” says Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook.

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Giving back the love received over its 46-year span, NikNaks held a Street Conference at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, where it launched Mzansi’s first of its kind 4D Experience, celebrating all things street and urban culture.

The conference, held under the slogan, #LovedByTheStreets, was hosted by MTV Base’s VJ, Tshego Koke, songstress, Moonchild Sanelly, DJ Sabby, rapper Kay-E and NikNaks Brand Activation Manager, Sikelela Finini as panelists, lending their voices as the new school of street culture.

Finini said NikNaks had always been at the forefront of shaping movements, embracing and ushering a new generation of trendsetters who use street art to express their individuality.

“The aim of the conference goes beyond simply applauding NikNaks for having been around for so long. It also serves the purpose of celebrating the dynamism and vibrancy of street culture. From dance, fashion, skateboarding, to gqom and [graffiti] tagging, we are saying NikNaks recognises the energy of the streets along with the power street culture has in being a catalyst for change in both past and current generations,” Finini said.

 

 

The 4D Experience which left the audience in awe, is a true reflection of Mzansi’s urban cultural landscape, Finini said, espousing elements of dance, BMXing, and games such as “fish” and “three tin”, township versions of high jump and cricket, respectively.

The NikNaks 4D Experience kicked off on Wednesday, 19 September at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus and will run until October 20 nationally, hitting up three other cities around Mzansi.

 

Other locations expected to experience the relish are Maponya Mall, on September 21 and 22, 2018 in Gauteng; UKZN Westville Campus, on September 25 and 26, 2018 and Bridge City in Kwamashu, on September 28 and 29, 2018. Hitting up the Bay, students at NMMU on October 9 and 10, 2018 can join the fun. The yellow chambers will then make an appearance on October 12 and 13, 2018 at the Kenako Shopping Centre in the Eastern Cape. Swinging into CPUT Bellville Campus, students can experience the marvel on October 16 and 19, 2018. The 4D Experience finale will be held at the N1 City Shopping Mall in Goodwood, Western Cape on October 19 and 20, 2018.

 

 

“To participate in the NikNaks 4D Experience, all that’s needed is to purchase any two packets of NikNaks and bring them to the yellow NikNaks Experience on your campus or at your local malls,” Finini concludes.

 

Follow NikNaks on these social pages to keep up with this STREET Inspired experience around Mzansi and share your experiences:

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Fridays are going to be majorly lit! Yup, season 2 of Gqom Nation heads to your small screens from Friday 21 September at 18:05 on MTV Base and streaming online on DStv Now. 

 

Still new to the Gqom scene? No worries, it’s never too late to get just as hyped as us, South Africa and even the rest of the world have!

What is Gqom?

Originating from Durban, Gqom is a genre of deep house music. The sound is distinct with bass beat production. It gained much traction overseas starting in London.

Who is a part of the Gqom scene?

Many have jumped onto the scene, but we could say that Okmalumkoolkat, DJ Tira, DJ Bongz, Lord The Dj, Dj Noffoh, Dj Nkaa, Rudeboyz, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa and Babes Wodumo are some of the most notable within the genre. Thanks to Gqom, we can saying they’re #GoingGlobal with the all the attention.

Has Gqom really gone international?

Yes, it has! Just recently we saw Korean boy group BTS (Bangtan Boys) release their new track called Idol that has some serious Gqom inspo threaded through – and the music video is equally giving us South African vibes. Oh, did we forget, there’s even a version of the song with Nicki Minaj?

 

Let’s not forget our Gqom queen Babes Wodumo making it onto the Black Panthersoundtrack! Who couldn’t – and still can’t – get enough of the song Redemption? This genre has definitely become one of the most fastest climbers in popularity and brought upon some incredible success for our homegrown artists.

Get into gear for season two of Gqom Nation from Friday 21 September at 18:05 on MTV Base and streaming online on DStv Now.

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DStv honours our diversity… and similarities

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

September is Heritage Month and we’re celebrating this special time by releasing a fascinating, South African-produced documentary on DStv Catch Up.

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

 

Entitled So Where Do I Come From, the show centres around DNA and gene mapping – technologies that reveal some incredible truths about people and our shared history. In the words of geneticist, and associate producer of the show, Dr Himla Soodyall: “We can change our language, culture or place of abode in the space of a generation, but our genes will always remain an indelible record of our ancestral past.”

 

While South Africa is a country renowned for rightly celebrating its diversity, there is also a lot that we have in common. “Thanks to this documentary,” says Yolisa Pahle, CEO for General Entertainment at MultiChoice, “understanding the things that we have in common should unite us without taking away from the power of our diversity.  So Where Do I Come From is the  story of the fundamental building blocks of life  – our DNA.”

 

And there’s no escaping the truth of our past, as gene mapping reaches back into the annals of time, going back an astonishing 170 000 years! So Where Do I Come Fromtested the DNA of several well-known South Africans – such as former President, Nelson Mandela – and the results were astonishing.

 

 

Don’t forget to tune into this riveting documentary on Catch Up on DStv Now from 24 September, or on Catch Up Plus on your internet connected DStv Explora.

 

 

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

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Global dance supreme was a great success

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Global Dance Supreme, an event took place this past weekend and put young talent on the map. Dancers from countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa had the opportunity to take part in the very first Global Dance Supreme dance.

The event took place in a space of four days, at The Randburg, Walter Sisulu Hall, from 13th September to 16th September.

 

The Inter-continental battle included dance styles such as popping, breaking, Krump, Afro-styles and an open category. The battles included 2×2 and split into two divisions, 16 years and under and 17 years old and over.

Joining the workshop and judging panel the event included the world’s best choreographers and dancers. South African choreographer, Rudi Smit, Candace Brown and Spartan an American Krump choreographer. Bhudda Stretch, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time, will do separate hip hop workshops on the 8th and 9th of September respectively.

 

WINNERS

 

 

2 vs 2 krump winners – Wrath and Rappid

 

2 vs 2 All Styles winners – Theo and Angelo

 

2 vs 2 Afro Style – Darim and Slim

 

2 vs 2 Popping – Leo and Tyler

 

2 vs 2 All Styles  (under 16 ) winners – Verushka and Aiden

 

Champions of the Duchess section  (All Female category ) – Creed Queens

 

 2 vs 2 Afro Style Champions.  Darim and Slim

 

Junior division:

 

1st place – Ozone Shield

 

2nd place – jnr Precision

 

3rd place – Creed Renegade

 

Teen Division :

 

1st place – Precision

2nd place – Algorythm

3rd place – Creed Royale

 

Duchess:

 

1st place – Creed Queens

 

2nd place – Migas

 

3rd place – Dynasty

 

Adult:

 

1st place – Havock

2nd place – Megatronz

3rd place – Airclipz

 

Legion under 13 :

 

Ozone Legion

Quaratition

 

Legion 16 and over :

 

1st place : Mainstream

2nd place : Blueprint Crew

 

3rd place : Empire Crew

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