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Ogilvy make senior appointments

Posted by radio On April - 7 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Following the recent appointment of Alistair Mokoena as CEO, Ogilvy has spent some months finding just the right person to fill his previous position as MD of Ogilvy Johannesburg, where Alistair served for three years. We’re happy to announce that we have finally found her in Elouise Kelly!

Elouise strengthens our team in several ways, bringing experience, talent and the people skills needed to develop and communicate the streamlined, effective and well-aligned One Ogilvy offering we’re driving with Next Chapter. Next Chapter is Ogilvy’s strategic approach to the demands and realities of the Modern Marketing era.

 

With the ongoing emphasis on Delivery – Ogilvy’s approach to Operational and Execution Excellence – we are also delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Edwards to drive this process in our organization as Chief Delivery Officer.

 

Elouise Kelly, Managing Director, Ogilvy Johannesburg

 

Elouise comes to Ogilvy with a wealth of experience as an award-winning marketer and with hands-on knowledge of growing brands, leading effective teams and driving communications, branding and business strategy in the media space.

 

As Head of Marketing at SABC, Elouise managed 25 SABC radio and TV brands, achieving 70% radio audience share and 58% TV audience share, as well as hitting a R6 billion commercial revenue target. She built brand loyalty and awareness through interactive marketing campaigns, leading a 130-person team. She reinvigorated the marketing division by reintroducing agency partners and devising a centralised electronic briefing system.

 

Elouise’s vast media experience includes time as CMO/VP of Marketing for ON Digital Media (TopTV), Head of Editorial (Africa) for MTV Networks Africa and Business Unit Director at Jupiter Drawing Room. As Senior Manager for Brand and Comms at MTN Irancell, she helped drive sales of 1,2 million subscribers in just one year into the Iranian market.

 

Elouise brings to Ogilvy her skills as a New Market Strategist, having revamped content and penetrated fresh markets for emerging brands. She also has deep awareness of digital and social strategies and driving audience engagement, from her time at SABC.

 

Elouise is perfectly equipped to drive Next Chapter at Ogilvy Johannesburg and to manage our strategy of aligned, effective delivery on client needs.

Tracey Edwards, Chief Delivery Officer

 

Tracey has long been an integral part of the Ogilvy team. She has worked in PR throughout her working career, including an early stint at Leo Burnett. She later moved to Red Nail as an Account Director before joining Ogilvy & Mather in 2001, also as an Account Director. She rose through the ranks of Account Management until she reached the position of Deputy Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg.

 

Tracey’s various portfolios have included clients like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kimberly-Clark, Mondelez, Avis, Investec and Brand KFC.  She led the KFC Brand for 12 years before been promoted to Deputy MD. She also handled the acting MD role at Ogilvy Johannesburg following Alistair Mokoena’s promotion to CEO.

 

Tracey’s move into Delivery is indicative of the importance that Ogilvy worldwide is placing on this position and we’re excited to have a person of her ability to handle this critical responsibility

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (“the Authority”) hereby give notice to convene oral hearings on the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services in accordance with Section 4B of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act, read with section 67(4) of the Electronic Communications Act.

 

The Authority published the Discussion Document on the Inquiry into Subscription Television Broadcasting Services in Government Gazette 41070 Government Notice 642 of 25 August 2017. The closing date for submissions was 31 October 2017 extended to 04 December 2017. The Authority received eighteen (18) submissions and all indicated that they are interested in making oral presentations.

The hearings will be held as follows;

 

Date:     07-11 MAY 2018

Venue:  ICASA BLOCK C PRESENTATION ROOM

164 KATHERINE STREET

PINMILL FARM

SANDTON

SCHEDULE

 

DAY 1: 07 MAY 2018

Registrations 09h00 – 09h30
Chairperson’s opening address 09h30 – 10h00
1. ETV 10h00 – 11h30
2. Capricorn Community Concepts 11h30- 12h30
BREAK 12h30 – 14h00
3. Deukom 14h00 – 15h00
4. ACT-SA 15h00 – 16h00

DAY 2: 08 MAY 2018

Registrations 09h00- 09h30
Chairperson’s opening address 09h30 – 10h00
1. SABC 10h00- 11h30
2. Cape Town TV 11h30 – 12h30
BREAK 12h30- 14h00
3. MMA and SOS 14h00 – 15h00
4. Mr. Whoolf 15h00- 16h00

DAY 3: 09 MAY 2018

Registrations 08h30- 09h00
Chairperson’s opening address 09h00 – 09h30
1. MTN 09h30 – 10h30
2. Vodacom 10h30 – 11h30
3. Telkom 11h30 – 13h00
BREAK 13h00- 14h00
4. Cell C 14h00-15h30

DAY 4: 10 MAY 2018

Regist.rations 09h00 – 09h30
Chairperson’s opening address 09h30 – 10h00
1. Kwese’ Econet 10h00 – 12h30
BREAK 12h30- 14h00
2 . Liquid Telecoms 14h00 – 15h00

DAY 5: 11 MAY 2018

Registrations 09h00- 09h30
Chairperson’s opening address 09h30 – 10h00
1. Multichoice 10h00- 12h30
BREAK 12h30-13h30
2. Cricket SA 13h30-14h30
3. PSL 14h30- 15h30
4. SARU 15h30- 16h30

 

Presenters are requested to make available 9 copies of the presentation to panel members.

Any enquiries in relation to this notice must be submitted in writing (e-mail) to:

Ms Violet Letsiri

Senior Manager: Social Policy for ICT service

Tel: (011)566 3715

Vletsiri@icasa.org.za

OR

Ms Honey Makola

Project Leader

Tel: (011) 566 3665

 

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From Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 22 April DStv Premium customers will experience an unprecedented cinematic journey with the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel. This super-powered channel, which will be added to the already existing six M-Net Movies channels on DStv, will be available for ten days only on channel 109 and will feature 15 of the most pulsating films from the massively popular Marvel Studios franchise.

 

During these ten days, the M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel will run from 06:00 CAT to 00:00 daily. Each day of the week a film from the franchise, which has overlapping storylines, will be screened in chronological order, i.e. according to how the films were released in cinema. Starting with 2008’s Iron Man, viewers can revisit the stories of their beloved heroes all the way through to Spiderman: Homecoming, which will close the channel on Sunday 22, April.

 

 

“This channel is a special treat for the legions of Marvel fans—both old and new—who have enjoyed the live-action exploits of favourite Marvel Superheroes in films that express the unique vision and creativity of their filmmakers, and deliver thrilling action and visual spectacles with relatable characters,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “The timing of our M-Net Movies Marvels Studios Pop-Up Channel is also absolutely perfect with the franchise currently creating an incredible buzz worldwide”

 

 

The release of the recent Black Panther became the biggest film of all time in East, West and South Africa, showing that Marvel Studios is at the forefront of the comic-book-turned-action-pop-culture phenomenon. While the M-Net Movies Marvel Pop-Up channel will give DStv viewers the opportunity to enjoy more gems of the franchise, which has been ten years in the making, it also serves as a lead-up to the new Avengers: Infinity War which hits South African cinemas on Friday, 27 April 2018.

 

On top of the 15 feature films (see list below) there will also be programming linked to the behind the scenes of the movies, such as: United We Stand, Divided We FallThe Making of Captain America: Civil War; Guide to The Galaxy with James Gunn and more.

 

Additionally, avid fans of the blockbuster franchise will be treated to a range of documentaries offering incredible insight into the history of Marvel. These include: Marvel 75 Years From Pulp to Pop; From Asgard To Earth (Thor); Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years; Ultimate Iron Man: The Making of Iron Man 2 Rebuilding the Suit; Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe just to mention a few!

The fifteen Marvel Studios blockbusters on the channel are:

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Avenges: Age of Ultron (2015)

Ant-Man (2015)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Doctor Strange (2016)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

 

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The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) CEO Nothando Migogo has noted with deep concern, this past weekend’s media reports about the organisation’s distribution rules.

A sensational report by journalist Charl Blignaut in the City Press, sensationally headlined, “Gospel shocker: How black musicians got screwed”, raised several allegations, particularly around SAMRO member Ms Hlengiwe Mhlaba’s royalty pay-outs, SAMRO’s relationship with multinational publishers, and the matter of public domain works.

 

The report alleged that of the 90 songs collecting royalties through SAMRO on behalf of Ms Mhlaba, “24 were only paying out 16.7% of what was due to her”. It further said that, “the remaining 83.3% was, according to SAMRO’s own database, paid to a mysterious composer called ‘DP’”, and that “Mhlaba claims that in the course of 14 albums she has had well over R100, 000 taken by DP – on top of the millions SAMRO paid to [her former manager Sipho] Makhabane without her ever formally signing her rights over to him”.

Disappointingly, despite an extensive response to an equally lengthy query, SAMRO’s comments were largely overlooked by City Press, and this resulted in a news report containing several factual inaccuracies.

 

Firstly, it must be noted that ‘DP’ is not a person, but simply an internal system categorisation that is allocated to all public domain works. A musical work will be in the public domain if it never had copyright in the first place, or if the copyright has expired (which occurs 50 years after the death of the composer as per the Copyright Act).

 

“We requested Mr Blignaut to provide evidence of his calculations and allegation that SAMRO has allocated R2 billion to the ‘DP’ category, which he did not. Based on the information at my disposal, that figure is way off the mark. I have commissioned an exercise to get an accurate figure, which our board and membership of SAMRO will have access to within the week,” said Migogo.

 

Regarding the 16.7% Arrangement Rule – this deals with music arrangements of an existing musical work. The rules stipulate that where a composer creates an arrangement of an existing song, he or she receives 16.7% of the copyright in the arrangement. The balance goes to the composers of the original work because the presumption is that original work forms the basis – and thus lion’s share – of the new arrangement.

The songs in question, arranged by Ms Mhlaba, were in the public domain, which means there was no copyright accruing to the original composition which she was arranging. Therefore, according to the Arrangement Rule in force at SAMRO, Ms Mhlaba was allocated the 16.7%.

 

The remaining 83.3% is assigned the category ‘DP’, indicating that this portion is in the public domain and technically, this remaining 83.3% does not have a royalty attached to it.

Because SAMRO licenses its users, e.g. broadcasters, on a blanket basis (i.e. a predetermined amount to be paid out to all SAMRO-member works used by the user) and not on a per-song basis, it is evident that SAMRO does not specifically collect public domain/DP royalties.

 

The pre-determined licence fee offers the user indemnity against copyright claims. SAMRO then has to ensure that the fee received is divided equally against all the in-copyright musical works reported on the basis of airplay. Where some of the works reported are in the public domain, SAMRO then has to (during the internal royalty processing) find a way of removing those public domain works from the distribution pool. This is when they get categorised as DP, meaning they do not accrue any royalties. The royalties that would have accrued had the work been in copyright, are ring-fenced and distributed to all SAMRO member musical works that have been active in that year. There is no account or purse of royalties belonging to DP.

 

 

However, SAMRO also acknowledges that the redistribution policy of ‘DP’ categorised works may not be the best practice and, as part of its policy overhaul, is committed to reviewing and addressing this urgently, in consultation with its members. SAMRO also urges the DTI to urgently release the regulations on the copyright treatment of indigenous and traditional musical works.

 

Regarding the contractual relationship between Ms Mhlaba and Mr Makhabane, who are both SAMRO members a way forward was agreed upon, in writing by Mr Gilfillan, to ensure that the SAMRO rules are applied objectively. In instances where there was conduct which was not in line with the rules or it was found that one member benefited unduly at the expense of another member, this has been and will continue to be addressed. SAMRO takes the allegations of corruption seriously, and will take appropriate actions to ensure that the matter is resolved.

 

SAMRO also seeks to clarify the issue of its relationships with multinational publishers being blatantly untrue. It was reported that over half of SAMRO’s board is made up of multinational publishers, while in actual fact, only one board seat is occupied by a publisher that can be described as a multinational publisher. The SAMRO board can be viewed at http://www.samro.org.za/about.

 

SAMRO also notes that the good news of more royalty income remaining in the country was unreported. The listening patterns on radio have previously dictated that the majority of royalties in the past were paid to international rights holders. Encouragingly, though, it must be noted that in the last radio distribution (March 2018), a total of 6,907 local members earned either for the first time (over 2,000 were new earners) or increased their SAMRO earnings significantly, which means more royalties are staying in the country. In total, an increase of R24.2 million in local distributions was seen.

 

 

Finally, SAMRO welcomes the enquiry by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, this week and looks forward to engaging with all relevant departments of government on matters of copyright and growing the creative economy in South Africa. The winds of change with new executive management since July 2017 have brought many improvements and a commitment remains work with our members to further improve where necessary and possible.

 

 

It must be recorded that long before the weekend City Press story broke, SAMRO had long been working on reviewing the rules in question as part of a far wider policy review. This was because of the clear disharmony between some of our policies and the SAMRO we wish to see in the future.

 

 

SAMRO will be engaging in roundtable meetings with its members in our three major centres during the month of April, after which an Extraordinary General Meeting in June 2018 will be held and where new rules will be agreed upon. The dates, which have already been communicated to members, are as follows:

 

  • Cape Town – 10 April, 2018
  • Durban – 13 April, 2018
  • Johannesburg – 23 April, 2018

 

 

“A commitment to changing and evolving for the benefit of our members has been unequivocally made by our board and new executive management at its last AGM,” said Migogo. “Further, we are committed to ensuring that any wrongdoing in the past will be accounted for. We are committed to working with the relevant government departments to ensure SAMRO operates at the utmost levels of efficiency and transparency.”

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Two City Tour – Part of Dublin’s Euphoria ‘Mile High’ World Tour

#therapyeuphoria

Therapy Clubbing is proud to announce that they will be the official hosts of the international clubbing sensation EUPHORIA – as part of the Mile High World Tour taking place in 2018.

 

With two of the country’s top venues hosting the events, the EUPHORIA parties are scheduled to continue the legacy of this already world-famous party brand and bring top international DJ’s to our shores, including Dublin’s Matt Bogard and Dave Mladi as well as Therapy’s very own founding father, house legend, Stuart Hillary.

EUPHORIA DUBLIN is a Club night that was created in March 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.

A highly revered brand catering for the LGBTQ Community, each of the parties is a theme with a full production. The crew fly in on a regular basis and international DJ’s and greats as Tony Bruno, Ben Manson, Tommy  Love, Ana Paula, Danny Verde, Phil Romano, Fabio White, Pagano and Hector Fonseca have all played there.

 

The main aim of EUPHORIA is to put smiles on faces.  The Mile High World Tour will also visit London, Florence, Algarve, Lisbon and many others.  Therapy is incredibly excited to be part of this world-class party series this Autumn.

 

DJ SOUNDCLOUD LINKS

Matt Bogard https://soundcloud.com/search?q=matt%20bogard%20xtra

Dave Mladi  https://soundcloud.com/search?q=dave%20mladi%20-%20xtra%20party

 

A VIDEO link to one of the  parties that shows EUPHORIA in action:  https://vimeo.com/224906039

 

JHB

Featuring 2 Thumping Dancefloors, 2 International DJ’s, as well as the unstoppable Therapy residents in action.

Includes Hotbox Main Room inside the venue and a Therapy Lite Street Party

Where: Carfax Newtown, 39 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown

When: Saturday 28 April

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R140, Standard online R190, Door price R200 before 10pm, thereafter R220

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

CAPE TOWN

Featuring 2 international DJ’s as well as the inimitable Therapy resident DJ crew

Where: Pink Panther Night Club, 120 Strand Street, C.T. 8000

When: Thursday 26 April (Friday is Freedom Day)

Time: 9PM – 4AM

Tickets: Early bird R75 , Standard online R85 , Door price R90 before 10pm, thereafter R110

Right of admission reserved: No under 18s, No Attitudes

 

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YFM, was introduced 20 years ago into the South African media landscape as the official platform for the voice of youth in Gauteng. The platform has always been synonymous with trendsetting in urban youth culture, developing and nurturing talent that have become icons in the eyes of young people and beyond.

 

 

YFM recognises that in the last two decades, the South African landscape has drastically changed and with it, the media landscape and youth culture have evolved. Being a station that caters for the young at heart, YFM understands that the market needs to be catered to in a new dynamic way and we are evolving to serve that purpose.

Young people in the country are now experiencing different challenges from 20 years ago. They are finding it difficult to be heard as individuals, to define who they are, to fully believe in their abilities and reach their full potential.

Remembering that the youth of the country have changed the past to define the present, YFM believes that young people remain the key to defining the future.

 

“Our listeners need to believe that they can change their immediate circumstances, their perceptions of themselves and revel in their ability to stand out. They are more powerful than they know and YFM fully understands this”, says newly appointed Managing Director, Haseena Cassim.

 

This belief is what has led to the station’s vision and mantra for the year to BElieve in YOUrself – #BEYOU.

In executing our belief and vision for YFM and young people, YFM’s Programming Manager, Tumelo Diaho-Monaheng has lined up the personalities that will represent, lead and entertain our audience, while continuing to break new music.

 

Following the reshuffle in October 2017, Y Mornings will continue to be hosted by the ever-entertaining DJ Ankletap from 05:00 to 09:00;

 

The passionate Khutso Theledi will follow breakfast from 09:00 to 12:00 with Krunch ‘till Lunch;

Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 15:00 weekdays by the talented and energetic Nia Brown on the Nia Brown Shakedown;

DJ Sabby takes you home with The Best Drive from 15:00 to 19:00, with YTKO being extended for an extra 20 minutes from 18:00;

YFM is excited to welcome a new breed of dynamism in the form of Cape Town born Carissa Cupido, who will host Run This Town from 19:00 -22:00 Monday to Thursday;

 

The slot that excites the station the most, is the introduction of Y Talks hosted by award winning Debater, Oliver Dickson, on Tuesday nights from 22:00 to 24:00. Y Talks is the official platform that gives the “Voice to Young People”, which will address all topical discussions relevant to the audience.

 

 

 

“The refreshed line-up, launching on 3 April 2018, is a representation of the leading, inspiring and relevant voices of young people in the country. The content will be curated by young people who share the same environments as the audience they engage with.” says Diaho-Monaheng. Our invitation to the audience is “come to us as you are, we are in the same headspace as you. There is no judgement; this is the only place that you will totally be free to express yourself. Believe in yourself. Be you!” he adds.

 

 

Lastly, the station bids farewell to Smash Afrika, Melo Maoka and DJ @Large. The Station wishes them well on their future ventures.

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) and DISCOP Zanzibar are proud to announce The Africa Channel, the largest broadcaster of Africa-themed content in North America, as the official sponsor of the inaugural TV Series Festival 2018.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo said: “As the lines between TV, film and digital content blur, it is becoming more and more essential to recognize and promote the amazing work being done by TV producers and directors across Africa.  Broadcast TV in Africa is still a rapidly expanding environment, and with the rest of the world eagerly looking to Africa for fresh and original content, platforms like The Africa Channel are ideally poised to share this content globally.”

 

With some of Africa and the world’s best known content producers and distributors on hand for ZIFF, taking place from the 7th – 15th July, and DISCOP Zanzibar, from the 11th – 13thThe ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will be the official showcase for TV shows selected in competition for ZIFF.

 

Two days of competition screenings selected by the ZIFF Festival will screen from the 12th and 13th of July, and will be followed by a showcase day of screenings on the 14th where platforms such as The Africa Channel will highlight some of the their newest and most exciting content.

 

Open to the public as well as industry guests, The ZANZIBAR TV SERIES FESTIVAL presented by The Africa Channel will celebrate excellence. The event strives to create a stage on which the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased and a prestigious international competition for a wide range of genres and for series of all shapes and forms is presented.

 

ZIFF’s Colombo has spearheaded this vision of celebrating the TV content genre within the traditional film festival format. “Across the world TV content is now acknowledged for its quality production and importance for the industry,” he said. “Here in Africa especially, many producers and directors get their start in TV production and it is a critical growth driver for the next generation of filmmakers. ZIFF is always innovating and looking to find ways to support the growth of the industry in Africa, and we are excited to partner with DISCOP and The Africa Channel in the important TV space.”

 

Narendra Reddy, Executive Vice President & General Manager of The Africa Channel, said, “We are so proud to be the official sponsor of the inaugural Zanzibar TV Series Festival at this year’s ZIFF event. The Africa Channel has been privileged to present content from and about Africa to North American audiences for over 10 years.  Through our production arm TAC Studios, we have worked with amazing producers and talent from across Africa to help them create globally accessible content. This festival calls the world’s attention to the incredible film and TV content coming out of Africa and is a fabulous opportunity for content creators from the continent to showcase their fine work and be recognized for their efforts.”

 

DISCOP Market’s General Manager Patrick Zuchowicki explains the rationale for this partnership: “We are proud to welcome The Africa Channel as the sponsor of the inaugural edition of The Zanzibar TV Series Festival. The Africa Channel is a veteran DISCOP delegate and and a great supporter of the world’s foremost creators of TV series”.

 

During this year’s ZIFF, the category for Best African TV Series will be open to any African produced or co-produced and broadcast within the last two years. Three episodes would need to be submitted for consideration via the on-line application process as below.

 

Deadline for submission has been EXTENDED to 18th April  2018.

 

Submission Procedures:

  • All submission must be done through ZIFF platform on www.festhome.com
    (link is can be found on the website of the festival)
  • A signed and fully completed application submitted by e-mail at filmdept@ziff.or.tz
  • To be eligible for programming, the entire application MUST be completed and signed. 
  • The submission deadline is 18th April 2018.
  • Freight costs of any film will be borne by the producer.
  • Selection results will be available from May 15, 2018 on our Website: www.ziff.or.tz
  • No DVDs will be returned. They will be kept at ZIFF for archival purposes.
  • ZIFF is committed to preserve the copy of film from any act of piracy and illicit business.

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Centred on a ground-breaking partnership between two media companies, Content Connect Africa and JT Comms announce plans to digitally distribute cooking show, Bunnies In The Burbs through Viva Nation, a music and lifestyle video channel that broadcasts throughout the African content.

 

The new season of the cooking show features guests such as the award winning afro-jazz guitarist and producer Kunle Ayo, publisher and storyteller Zanele Ndlovu and leading HIV and gender activist Yvette Raphael. Joining the host, with a delectable mix of recipes from fast and fantastic, through to ideas for effortless entertaining, big deal dishes and everything in-between, there’s something for cooks and homemakers of every skill level. Elevating everyday dining experiences with simple, affordable and homely cooking meals, the show promises to.

 

 

This partnership will allow JT Comms to offer a wide selection of exclusive content to mobile phone network clients, MTN; with the content being integrated to guarantee multi-channel delivery and superior customer experience across Africa.

 

 

Bunnies in the Burbs, a digital cooking show takes the popular format of a cooking show – but is more intimate and inspiring in that, viewers get to witness a young African millennial sharing good food and wisdom with her role models and peers. Also championing a staunch ambition for youth to be entrepreneurial, BIBs highlights through the presenter an eagerness by the youth, to take charge of their lives and careers; by encouraging young people in South Africa and beyond to become active participants in the building of the economy during in a time where the job markets in the continent dry up and the fiscal landscape is changing from industrial to hi-tech.

 

 

The show which debuted yesterday on MTN Shortz will be streamed to on the network across South Africa and Nigeria, with more countries to follow, by Viva Nation TV.

 

 

Described by JT Comms founder Vanessa Perumal as a “game changer”, the new partnership is a positive move towards creating a platform for authentic African content to be shared while disrupting traditional media methods and channels which do not give access and platforms to tell our stories as Africans, while tapping into and harnessing the opportunity multimedia platforms enable in a technology era.  This pioneering collaboration with champions such as Content Connect Africa, who are trailblazers in their field, is encouraging.

 

 

And leveraging on a superfast network, subscribers will be able to experience Viva Nation TV’s premium lifestyle content seamlessly on their mobile devices, taking TV beyond the traditional model to an even wider audience.

 

Commenting on the accord, Content Connect Africa’s Antos Stella says “Content Connect Africa has strived to create revenue opportunities for independent content providers over the past 8 years; mobile television is a natural progression from our music platforms where focus on sustainability has been, and remains our main objective.”

 

 

Viva Nation TV’s offerings are now available to watch through MTN Shortz and will soon be on all digital channels.

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5FM Line-up changes announced

Posted by radio On March - 28 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

5FM has announced that new talent will join the 5FM family in April. The station will be on-boarding on-air presenter Smash Afrika, who will be taking over 5FM Nights from 19:00 – 22:00 Monday – Thursday.

 

Smash, who hails from Bloemfontein and started his career on campus radio, has a youthful energy and is a real livewire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable.

“Talk about a dream come true! I have always wanted to work at 5FM and finally it’s happening,” Smash says, “Words can’t begin to describe the emotions, but I will express them on every show once I get started,” he adds.

 

Smash Afrika regards himself as the perfect 5FM fit with his live loud attitude and will be joined by well-known producer, Given Baloyi.  Baloyi says it is Smash’s unique personality and world view that will make the show stand out and grab the attention of 5FM’s community.  “The show will have an eccentric and whimsical feel. We want to create a show where they get to let their guard down and tap into their inner child,” he says.

5FM Station Manager, Justine Cullinan, says this dynamite partnership is undeniably a creative pairing with the perfect fit for brand 5FM.  “5FM has the most diversely represented and dynamic collection of on-air and producer family members,” she says, “With these two new talents we are only taking that positioning further.  We are looking forward to delivering a high intensity weeknight show to the 5FM community.”

 

5FM is equally excited to announce that acclaimed and revered Ultimix resident Ryan the DJ has been offered his own show on the station, taking over the Saturday night 19:00 – 22:00 Weekender5 show from 5FM’s pH who will sadly be leaving the station to focus on his very busy DJ and production work.

Ryan is certainly no stranger to the 5FM community. He was crowned the winner of the 5FM Ultimix DJ competition in 2012 which landed him a regular resident feature on the station as well as on their event line-ups.  Ryan, is one of South Africa’s foremost mix masters and recently represented the country at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Poland, where he was placed in the top 6.

 

“I’ve always held the 5FM Saturday night slot in high regard.  I grew up listening to Derek the Bandit and Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery – they were iconic shows. I would listen to them religiously and so to have the opportunity to host my own show on a Saturday night on 5FM is an absolute honour and dream come true for me,” says Ryan. “I’m really excited for the journey ahead as well as being able to share good music and connect with my fans and listeners across South Africa,” he adds.

 

5FM’s Bosslady, Justine Cullinan, says that Ryan the DJ will deliver the perfect party soundtrack for a Saturday night.  “His skill in music selection is incomparable and I know that his show will be carefully curated with mix music from the best in the world,” she says, “As one of our Weekender5 he will add immense value to 5FM’s specialist music fame and will continue the station’s legacy in delivering to the 5FM community the best mixologists and deck wreckers the country has to offer.”

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The Official #BRINGYOURFIRE Guide 2018

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winner of the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, MTN Bushfire has also been hailed in by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”

 

MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.

 

From May 25th – 27th MTN Bushfire encourages everyone, from guests and artists, to traders and vendors to BRING YOUR FIRE to the beautiful Malkerns valley in Swaziland.

 

Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.

 

For those unsure of just how to #BRINGYOURFIRE in 2018, MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce the official Bring Your Fire Zone, an interactive space devoted to specialized activities where all guests can create and share their own #BRINGYOURFIRE experiences.

 

The Bring Your Fire Zone will present tangible opportunities to engage within the key themes for 2018. No less than eight partner organisations will bring the following themes to life at this year’s event:

 

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • STEM Education (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

  • Tolerance and Inclusion

  • Sexual and reproductive health

  • Orphans and vulnerable children

  • Rural development

 

Every visitor will have the opportunity to take part in a host of #BRINGYOURFIRE activations that include the following.

 

GREEN YOUR FIRE!

As a green festival, MTN Bushfire continues to aim for a minimal global footprint across its various strands and has renewed its commitment to being an eco-friendly event. Recycling will have an increased focus across the festival, including all trader and market spaces.

 

PLANT A TREE with The Khula Tree Planting Project

In 2018 people will have the opportunity to engage in the protection and promotion of indigenous trees by participating in the 2018 Khula Planting Tree Project.

 

MAKE MUSIC with Conservation Music

Conservation Music is an organisation that uses music to engage communities across southern Africa in environmental projects and awareness. In addition to hosting a studio where guests can add their voices to various tracks, Conservation Music will be offering guests a variety of ways to get involved.

 

RAINBOW FIRE!

 

MTN Bushfire has always celebrated tolerance, diversity and inclusion. In 2018 the focus is on LGBT rights, gender equality and the rights for sexual and reproductive health and freedom. A host of experts and organisations from within the LGBT space will present a space to proudly celebrate inclusion. From poetry slams and discussion at the new venue The Hub, to social and photo booth activations, everyone is invited to take part.

 

Poetry & Performance

MTN Bushfire is also very excited to announce a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award winning poet and performer. Winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.

 

A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there.

 

Get CONDOMISED!

Condomise will be back at MTN Bushfire in 2018, once again sharing information on sexual and reproductive health.  In addition to information and product distribution, Condomise will offer HIV counselling and related services, and host a number of conversations through educational and entertaining games and activations.

 

MENTOR a Male with Kwakha Indvodza

Kwakha Indvodza is a male mentoring organistion that runs community-led, health and behaviour change interventions interventions with men and boys.  KI will present its materials as well as take part in training over 120 staff. Local guests can also find out more about ways to get involved in mentoring youn men in order to promote gender equliaty and a more just Swazi society.

 

BE A FIRESTARTER!

 

Everyone’s a Hero

Just by purchasing a ticket to MTN Bushfire guests are supporting Young Heroes, as MTN Bushfire sponsor E15 to the organisation from every ticket purchased.  This deep partnership dates back to the very first MTN Bushfire. Since then, the festival and its partners have donated over E/R1.6 million enabling Young Heroes to provide food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans. Activators from Young Heroes will discuss those issues with festival goers and will provide people with knowledge and information on how to support the organisation even further.

 

Wear Your Fire

100% of MTN Bushfire official merchandise proceeds are given to BOMAKE Rural Projects, an NGO that assists nearly 800 rural Swazi women their families and their communities to access basic Health services, basic education, and training in sanitation and hygiene as well as savings and micro-enterprise development.

 

Since 2010, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts has donated close to half a million Emalangeni /Rand to this organization. So just by purchasing a t-shirt, cap or other merchandise, guests to the festival are supporting this amazing initiative. In the Bring Your Fire Zone activators will also be present to share about their experience as people who work in the NGO.

 

Code & Create

STEM will introduce festival goers to computational thinking, computer science, and technology who will then be given the chance to use a graphic base programming language, and to produce a digital artwork using or through coding.

 

For more information on the 2018 edition of MTN Bushfire visit www.bush-fire.com or https://www.facebook.com/MTNBUSHFIRE

 

 

 

 

 

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