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WIN Your Wedding with Sunshine Radio 100.6FM

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

New community radio station, Sunshine Radio 100.6fm, which hit the airwaves on the West Coast, Swartland and Cape Metropole in July this year, will be giving away a dream wedding to the value of R160 000.


Says Allan Barnard, one of the founders and Station Manager: “We’re super excited to be giving away a wedding to one lucky couple. All you need to do is take a selfie of you and your loved one with either a sunrise or sunset behind you, tell us briefly why you should win and post it on our Facebook page. Then share it with all your friends and ask them to vote for you. The competition is only open to full-time SA residents and closes on 31 December 2016.  The winner, to be announced towards the end of March 2017, will be selected with the help of the public, who will be invited to vote on our website and Facebook page.”


The prize is sponsored by Delsma Farm Accommodation and Function Venue. Barnard continues: “We’d like to thank Pieter and Elizma Smuts from the bottom of our hearts for their generous sponsorship of this fantastic prize. Delsma is a beautiful working farm on the banks of the Berg River, 10 minutes from Riebeek Kasteel en route to Wellington and Paarl. It’s here that the newest Smuts generation continues the tradition of hearty hospitality, fearless pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit that has been synonymous with their family since General Smuts was born in the Valley in 1870.”


Barnard says this is an opportunity not to be missed. “Who wouldn’t want to win their wedding? You could be humming ‘here comes the bride’ before we’ve had time to polish the champagne glasses!”


Broadcasting from Yzerfontein and Riebeek Kasteel, Sunshine Radio 100.6fm plays a nostalgic blend of light contemporary tunes and retro chic recordings from the 70s, 80s and 90s.  From Vredenburg to Langebaan, Blouberg to Malmesbury, Stellenbosch to Wolseley and Somerset West to Cape Town CBD, the station will keep you company!


Tune in at 100.6fm or online at

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Future of SA Radio Part C – PwC Report

Posted by radio On October - 19 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Programmatic radio ad buying


What could boost South African radio advertising in the future is the programmatic buying and selling of radio ads. While most people associate this form of advertising with the Internet, automated trading can also be applied to radio. Today, most radio advertising is sold via direct sales.


Some international broadcasters are already starting to sell radio ads automatically, where audience information is shared between seller and buyer. Today’s technology does not include real-time bidding (RTB), but buyers are able to plan, analyse and alter radio campaigns online in real time. Greater transparency allows brands to better target the right audience, given the market, station or time of day. The automated process also makes it cheaper and easier for stations to sell radio slots.


The US-based Katz Group (owned by iHeartMedia) and Jelli (a cloud-based tech company) are pioneers in broadcast programmatic buying. They created SpotPlan in April 2016, the first demand-side platform for broadcasters, allowing advertisers and agencies to buy radio ads on the go.


Programmatic buying and selling in radio is still in its infancy, and there are no signs that local broadcasters will embrace such technologies in the near future. But it represents what could potentially be an exciting longer-term growth opportunity for the radio sector. Blending rich data from first- and third-party data sets into the ad-buying process will allow for much greater targeting than just basic demographics. Examples include optimising adverts based on weather and traffic patterns, and targeting consumers based on their music preferences.


Needletime royalties set at 4%


In May 2016 SABC announced it would work toward “levy parity” between SAMRO and the four organisations – SAMRO, SAPRA, IMPRA and ARIC. Artists registered to any of these four organisations will now get royalties of up to 4% of net revenue, based on editorial versus music content. Yet, there are still issues regarding the effectiveness of monitoring and reporting of needletime, and many local artists are still waiting for their royalty back payments.


New and improved RAMS


Radio audience measurement is about to change in South Africa. Established in 2014, the BRC – a body tasked with commissioning and overseeing audience measurement research – has replaced Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) surveys previously run by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF). TNS have been awarded a five-year contract to provide the new BRC RAM service. The new survey released its first data, comprising the first two waves, in August 2016. The field work for the full study, based on a 30 000 sample, will be completed in December 2016 and hence the industry will, therefore, have the complete data set in the first quarter of 2017.


According to Clare O’Neil, CEO of the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, the new BRC RAM, based on a sample frame, representative of the South African population, seeks to ensure that the dynamism of radio listening is captured and analysed for the first time. While the new data is dynamic and accurate, it will not be statistically comparable to the audience data provided by SAARF. The new BRC RAM data will also add some additional layers of insight. For example, new diaries have been designed to explicitly capture cross-device and cross-location listenership as respondents now have to actually fill in where and through what device they are listening to the radio .


DAB developments


Digital radio keeps making progress in South Africa. The NAB and the South African Digital Broadcaster Association (Sadiba) started running a digital radio DAB+ trial in November 2014. This trial was further extended to August 2016 and DAB now covers 21.5% of the population with 20 services. Another digital system, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM), is also being tested alongside DAB. While DAB+ is looking to replace the analogue FM band, DRM will still operate on the same AM and FM bands. Although digital radio in South Africa has made great progress in a short time, there are currently no talks of any analogue switchover. What could hamper the development of digital radio is the growing Internet access in South Africa, and the advancements of online radio streaming. Easy-to-access radio streaming via the Internet might overtake digital radio due its wide reach, and other potential benefits such as offerings based on e-commerce.

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Ikwekwezi FM Studios upgraded 

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Every once in a while comes an opportunity to refresh and improve on certain aspects of life. In the case of IKwekwezi FM, this chance means getting a complete makeover as its programming and current affairs are getting brand new studio equipment. The long overdue upgrade comes to a total cost of around 8 million Rand.


kwekweziSince the station relocated from Auckland Park to Tshwane in 2004, it had been using old and outdated equipment. IKwekwezi FM Station Manager, Philip Mahlangu said with the imminent migration to DTT, it only made sense that the station’s studios be modernised as well. He added by saying ‘’These broadcasting facilities come loaded with all the latest technology features to facilitate seamless broadcasts and to mitigate against deficiencies which were becoming prevalent with the old studio system.’’


Radio Broadcasting Resources in Tshwane says the new studios are more digitized and offer better functionality. Even producers now have their own fully operational work stations from which they can communicate directly with the on-air presenters without interrupting the broadcast flow. With the old studios, everything went through master control but now both on-air and production studios can ‘’talk’’ to each other easily.


The biggest component of the new equipment, which is the mixing console, comes from a German company called DHD. South African broadcast equipment service provider Concillium is the sole provider and installer of DHD broadcasting systems in the country. This upgrade project was done by SABC Engineering Services on behalf of Radio Broadcasting Resources.


The presenter of the midday show, Nkosinathi Ntuli on whose show the new studios debuted said ‘’not only will this studio enhance the quality of our broadcast but it also shows that IKwekwezi FM is very much in the digital age.’’ He added that this is the continuation of the rebranding process that the station started six months ago and that the new-look studio is part of the many visual cues that emphasize the new payoff line that says ‘’Kukhanya bha’’ which means it is bright.

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The Future of SA Radio Part B – PwC Report

Posted by radio On October - 17 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Radio is a popular medium. Almost nine out of ten (87.7%) South Africans tune into the radio on a weekly basis and the number of radio stations continues to grow. Another 38 stations were created in 2015, and by March 2016, South Africa’s radio landscape consisted of 296 stations: 40 commercial/public broadcast stations and 256 community stations.


There has been a decline in daily listening over the historical period of almost half an hour, from 3 hours 42 minutes in June 2011, to 3 hours 16 minutes in June 2015. But recent data from SAARF indicates that the decline might start to level out. Time spent listening to the radio grew four minutes from November 2015 to March 2016, from 3 hours 11 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes, pushing listening back to September 2015 levels. Listening increased across all communities, both urban and rural.


There are large regional differences in the amount of radio listening. The province with the most radio listening as of March 2016 is the Free State, at 3 hours 52 minutes per day. By contrast, the province with the lowest radio engagement is the Northern Cape, at just 2 hours 57 minutes.


Gauteng’s total time listening remains relatively unchanged compared to June 2015, but the Western Cape has seen an increase of 11 minutes over the same period. Gauteng is the province with the highest number of stations listened to per listener, per week, with 2.2 stations. This is above the country’s average of 1.9 stations.


Some of the decline in radio listening may be rooted in the growing popularity of online music streaming services, such as Spotify. Such services create competition for broadcasters as they attract music fans away from the radio listening audience base. But contrary to music streaming services, radio offers ‘the human touch’ through curated entertainment, news, talk shows and popular radio personalities. However, this may change. Apple Music, for example, launched its iTunes Radio service in July 2015. In addition to offering traditional music content, Apple Music introduced live spoken-word content with DJs and interviews via its Beats 1 channel, giving the service a traditional radio feel. If other music streaming services follow suit, they may pose a greater threat to traditional broadcasters.


South Africans spend less time on average listening to the radio daily than in 2011, but the percentage of listeners (15+) who tune into the radio every week was the same in 2015 as it was in 2011, at 87.7%. This is a positive sign for the South African radio sector, indicating a loyal and stable audience base.


Since SAARF began surveying radio listening locations in 2014, responses have been fairly consistent. “At home/other person’s home” remains by far the most common place to listen to the radio, followed by “own car/car pool”, or while taking a taxi or public transport.


In-car listening has seen the biggest increase between February 2014 and March 2016, while the biggest drop has been “at home/other person’s home”. Increasing urbanisation rates and growing car ownership are driving growth in car radio listening. According to Statistics South Africa (StatSA) there has been a small increase in the share of people using their own car or privately held vehicle to get to work over the historical period, from 32.5% in 2011 to 33.0% in 2015. The downward trend in at-home listening will likely continue, with in-car listening rising and radio listening over cell phones trending upwards, making it easier to tune into stations on the go. According to SAARF’s AMPS December 2015 report, 41.7% listen to radio via their phones, compared to 4.5% online via a website.


Radio listening via mobile devices is expected to increase along with greater smartphone ownership over the forecast period. This can be positive for stations with a strong online presence, as more listening is done on the go via radio apps. This can give rise to new advertising opportunities that would not have been possible on traditional FM/AM channels. A growing number of consumers are willing to share their locations on smartphones, and brands have a growing focus on reaching consumers out-of-home and close to the point of sale. As radio apps become more sophisticated, broadcasters can begin to explore features such as push notifications, and location-based advertising such as geo-targeting. Some stations in the US are already offering such services.


In 2011 there was greater variation in radio engagement between age segments, with the youngest age group accounting for the highest reach. Over the last five years this has levelled out. By March 2016, weekly listening engagement was more or less the same across all age groups, ranging between 24% and 26%.


The youngest age group (15- to 24-year-olds) has seen the largest drop over this period. This is in line with radio trends observed in other countries. Adults aged 25 to 34 have increased slightly, while the biggest increase has been in the 50+ age group. As a result, there is very little variation in the reach across age groups today.


Ukhozi FM continues to be the largest radio station in South Africa. The Durban-based station, which broadcasts in Zulu, had a weekly reach of more than 7.5 million listeners in March 2016. But other stations are closing in. The second-largest, urban contemporary station Metro FM, saw an increase of almost half a million listeners between February 2015 and March 2016. Third- and fourth-largest Umhlobo Wenene FM and Lesedi FM saw increases of 400 000 and 420 000 listeners each, while Ukhozi FM lost 200 000 listeners over the same period.


As of May 2016, the South African public broadcaster (SABC) brought in a new quota system, requiring 90% of the music played on its 18 radio stations to be from local artists. This will affect stations such as Ukhozi FM, Metro FM, 5FM, Lesedi FM and Thobela FM. The SABC particularly wants to promote jazz, kwaito (local house-style dance music) and gospel music. Responses from SABC’s stations have been mixed. Some welcome the quota, arguing that it will promote local talent and help to spread racial diversity, while others have objected, arguing it is too high and will damage audiences who might prefer niche listening. Commercial stations are required to up their quotas too, though less severe, from 25% to 30%.


Out of the top ten stations, by listenership, only Jacaranda 94.2 and Kaya FM 95.9 are privately owned and do not need to comply with the 90% quota. Both stations have witnessed a slight growth in listeners in the last year. It will, however, be difficult to accurately measure what effect the new SABC policy will have on listeners and station choices as the SABC policy coincides with the revised radio audience measurement figures being published by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRC). This will make it challenging to discern what listenership changes relate to the new measurement basis and which relate to the new SABC policy.


Highveld Stereo 94.7 (owned by Primedia) generated the most advertising revenue in 2015, according to Adex data. By March 2016, the station had a weekly listening base of 1.2 million. Ukhozi FM had almost six times the number of listeners compared to Highveld Stereo 94.7, but the leading station was only ranked seventh in terms of advertising spend. Metro FM was ranked second in terms of both audience and advertising revenue.


Within the top ten advertising stations, Metro FM has also seen the biggest jump in advertising revenues over the historical period. Between 2011 and 2015, Metro FM’s revenues almost doubled.


While eight out of the ten top radio stations based on audience reach are owned by the SABC, it only owns three out of the top ten based on advertising revenue. This is not unexpected as the SABC’s broadcast mandate is slightly different to that of purely commercial privately owned stations.



[Source:PwC Media & Entertainment Research Report]

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The future of SA Radio Part A – PwC Report

Posted by radio On October - 12 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

South Africa’s radio market witnessed another year with slower growth in 2015. Total radio revenue grew by just 0.6% in 2015, reaching R4.3 billion. The market is expected to pick up and grow by a CAGR of 4.0% over the forecast period. By 2020, the market will be worth an estimated R5.3 billion.


There has been a small increase in listening time, but figures remain low from a historic perspective. Time spent listening to the radio grew four minutes between November 2015 and March 2016, from 3 hours 11 minutes to 3 hours and 15 minutes, matching the figures recorded in September 2015.


As of May 2016, the South African public broadcaster (SABC) brought in a new quota system, requiring 90% of the music played on its 18 radio stations to be from local artists.

Radio listening at home dominates, but in-car listening has seen the biggest increase between February 2014 and March 2016.


The new Radio Audience Measurement (RAM) survey to be released by the Broadcast Research Council (BRC) will replace the existing survey provided by SAARF. The new BRC RAM seeks to ensure that the dynamism of radio listening is captured and analysed and will add some additional layers of insight.


Forecasted Growth


Radio plays an important role in the South African advertising market, accounting for around one-tenth of total advertising expenditure in the country.


Total radio revenue, comprising advertising spend only, rose to R4.3 billion in 2015. This represents just a 0.6% year-on-year increase from 2014, a further decrease on the 3.6% growth observed in 2014. Last year thus marks the second year with lower growth which may indicate some of the pressure that traditional advertising mediums are experiencing as advertising budgets increasingly move towards the Internet. This recent sluggish growth in radio ad spend leads to a more modest future growth outlook, with a 4.0% CAGR predicted to 2020.



[Source: PwC Media & Entertainment Report]

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All Access Mzansi is back!

Posted by radio On October - 11 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Roll out the red carpet for Mzansi’s favourite show of all things glam and fab.


It’s lights, camera and action as Mzansi Magic rolls out the red carpet to bring viewers some of the best in local lifestyle entertainment!


Mzansi’s favourite show of all things glam and fab, All Access Mzansi, is back for a second season on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at 20:00.  All dressed up and ready to mingle are the new hosts, Thato Molamu and Nomalanga Shozi, who will be joining returning presenter Mbali Nkosi to make up this season’s trendy trio.


Molamu is well-known as a talented actor who has been an integral cast member in many of the country’s popular soapies and drama series. Shozi is also a familiar face to TV viewers as an actress, but her talents expand beyond that.  The Media Studies graduate also dabbles as a radio presenter.


Nkosi, who is coming back as a presenter after the last season, got her big break from Big Brother Mzansi: Double Trouble.


“The second season of All Access Mzansi promises to deliver an intrinsic approach to lifestyle entertainment. Our presenters Mbali Nkosi, Thato Molamu and Nomalanga Shozi each bring their own allurement that speaks to the opulent brand of Hennessy, the headline sponsor of the show, whilst staying true to the authentic brand of Mzansi Magic,” says Sphumelele Sibeko, Head of Reality at M-Net.


All three will bring the best of Mzansi lifestyle to lounges around the country, with their special blend of youthful zest, sass and pizzazz. Watch as they flint from outdoor lifestyle experiences to red carpet events on clear diamond skies for pure evening elegance.


All Access Mzansi premieres on Thursday, 13 October 2016 at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

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The Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline series is bringing in summer with a bang, with a line-up that just keeps getting better.


Kaya FM is delighted to present true African superstars Mafikizolo the immensely popular duo  takes to the Bassline stage on 5 November. Having travelled and performed on many international stages local fans will be in for a treat as they perform their chart topping hits!


Mafikizolo has wowed audiences across Africa and the world, including performances alongside Akon at Wembley Stadium in the UK.  The duo graces the stages of major international festivals, so the chance to see them at home in the intimate Bassline space presents a rare opportunity. In fact, the group has not graced the Bassline stage since they opened the Newtown venue 11 years ago. This return to the Bassline is history in the making – so be sure not to miss out.


Mafikizolo’s live show is a music and dance-filled spectacle that includes a litany of hits from their impressive catalogue of music.


Their multi-platinum selling album Reunited, sealed their iconic status on the continent winning a record eight SAMA awards in 2014  and receiving the Best International Act (Africa) nomination, they won the hearts of Africans across the continent  scooping two MTV Africa awards for song of year, Kona featuring Uhuru and Best Group.



The group’s latest single is a truly continental collaboration Colors of Africa, the song is a collaboration with one of Africa’s hottest artists, Diamond Platnumz and celebrates the diversity of music from different parts of the continent. The Swahili lyrics by Diamond Platnumz are mixed with Mafikizolo’s signature Zulu and Sotho lingo over a catchy, Afro-beat inspired tune by DJ Maphorisa.


Supporting Mafikizolo will be Encore, the Afro-Soul trio that has been creating magic for the past seven years and who finally put together their finest work into 13 tracks.

They stepped onto the commercial stream with their hit single Ke Fela Pelo and have gone on to perform at major events and festivals such as the Joy of Jazz festival in Joburg, the Capital Arts Festival, Rendezvous venue and the African Jazz Night all in Pretoria.


Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline music series has become known for the incredible calibre of the artists and the Bassline’s Brad Holmes has this to say about the on-going partnership, “The partnership with Kaya FM and Bassline to create a music platform for African artists to showcase their craft has been successful and well received! We have no doubt that Mafikizolo will carry the Afropolitan music torch with pride with their live show that is an experience like no other!”


For all the latest news on Kaya FM Presents Live @ The Bassline follow Bassline on Twitter and Instagram @BasslineJozi, Facebook


To join us book tickets at for R150 and R180 at the door.

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Joburg Film Festival launches

Posted by radio On October - 6 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Joburg Film Festival: Join The Golden Circle Across Johannesburg

This October, join the local and international film stars, directors, producers, film, TV, new media and entertainment industry leaders, as well as film buffs of all ages, in the inaugural JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL. The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL is open to all and everyone with a ticket is a VIP.

60filmsFrom Friday 28 October to Saturday 5 November 2016 multiple venues across the city will be screening a selection of top South African, African and international films. From free community events and public screening venues across the Joburg metropolis to traditional cinema screenings at cinemas in Rosebank, Maponya Mall, NewTown Junction and Killarney Centre, The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL will offer film fans, aspiring filmmakers and particularly the youth the opportunity to celebrate film and filmmakers.


In addition to a full schedule of international feature films, documentaries and shorts, the festival will include exclusive premiere events, parties and a full programme of workshops and outreach screenings.



The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL curation team is proud to announce an excellent selection of films scheduled for screenings across the city. The program includes a number of World and African Premieres of some of the best films in the world today. The stellar South African feature film lineup includes the much anticipated world premiere of Mandela’s Gun by John Irvin, which has been selected as the opening night film, Vaya by Akin Omotoso, – Africa Premiere, Chemo club by Thandi Brewer – World Premiere, The Whale Caller by Zola Maseko – World Premiere, Hatchet Hour by Judy Naidoo – World Premiere, Push and shove – by Various – World Premiere, Love and Kwaito by Stephina Zwane. One of the highlights of the documentaries on the bill is highly anticipated offering by South African film maker, Rehad Desai, The Giant is Falling –World Premiere, and Soweto times of Wrath by Siphamandla Bongwana.

The best of films from across the African continent enjoy a good showing too. Like a selection of the cream of Nigerian features and documentaries, 76 by Tonye Princewill and Wedding Party. Film lovers will finally get see the acclaimed historic drama, Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker –  USA. The film makes its African Premiere at Joburg Film Festival and has been chosen to be festival’s Closing Night film. Southside with You by Richard Tanne – USA – Africa Premiere, SPA Night by Andrew Ahn – USA – Africa Premiere, Kind of the Dancehall – by Nick Cannon -Jamaica – Africa Premiere.



There’s also a great variety of French language films from Francophone Africa and France. For instance, Le gang Des Antillais by Jean Claude Flaman, France – Africa Premiere, The Wedding Ring by Rahmatou- Keïta – Niger – Africa Premiere, Madame Courage by Merzak Allouache- Algeria. The Joburg Film Festival Film programme will also feature the best of the best films in the formof Award winning International Films like I, Daniel Blake by Ken Loach- UK – (Palme d’Or Cannes 16), Hedi by Mohamed Ben Attia- Tunisia – (Best Actor – Berlinale 16), Ma Rosa by Brillante Mendoza- Philippines – Africa Premiere (Best Actress Cannes 16), The salesman by Asghar Farhadi- Iran- Africa Premiere (Best screenplay – Best Actor Cannes 16).



Apart from a cutting edge film programme offering, the Joburg Film Festival will host of international directors and actors who will descend on the City of Joburg to share in our celebration of the cinematic arts.

The full festival screening schedule and a list of premiere events can be found on the JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL website,




As part of its commitment to the local film industry, The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL will be presenting a high-level industry programme in partnership with DISCOP JOHANNESBURG, the Continent’s leading industry gathering for the commerce and coproduction of films, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels that will take place from 2 – 4 November 2016 at the Sandton Convention Centre.



The industry programme will include a host of workshops, events and panel discussions aimed at providing industry players with an opportunity to learn and exchange expertise about current best practice trends in the world today.

Some of the areas covered in the programme include: Spotlight on Women Film Makers, Writer, Producers, Directors and Show-runners.

Date: Wednesday, 2 November,

Time:  9:30 – 11:00

Venue: Sandton Convention Center –  Bill Gallager Room




This interactive panel discussion will feature the five Award Nominees who are some of the world’s leading media personalities today. DISCOP Johannesburg delegates and Joburg Film Festival attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to engage with these high-profile women in a discussion that will address various issues relevant to today’s aspiring and successful women in the media industries.  Within today’s media world, opportunities for women are brighter than ever, and these Nominees have paved the way for others with their innovative approaches to in relation to social empowerment, education and leadership. They will share their insights into entrepreneurship, abilities to unlock new audiences and ways to launch successful businesses, specifically within the African media environment. Confirmed participants to date include: Bongiwe Selane: Vice-Chairperson, IPO (Independent Producers Organization) & Creative Producer, Blingola Media, Paula Madison: Co-Owner & Consultant, The Africa Channel, Zain Verjee: News Anchor, CNN International & Founder and CEO, Zain Verjee Group

Post production is key for content to reach potential market.




Date: Thursday, 3 November, Venue: Sandton Convention Center – Industry Programme Room A full day of workshops, seminars and panels with experts on various fields of post-production will provide participants insight on relevance of the post production process and elements of critical importance to achieve best results with a view of succeeding in a competitive market for high quality content.




The Youth and Audience Development Film Industry Career Awareness Workshops in partnership with National Broadcast Institute (NABI), are specifically for participants who want to enter the film and television industry.  The integrated series of learning sessions will take place at National Broadcast Institute, 66 Carr, The Mills, 3rd Floor, in Newtown every Saturday from 1st October – 5 Nov 2016. Interested in participating in the workshops? Contact: or Priscilla Nyoni at; and 011 492 1256


Participants will learn the fundamental tools of digital filmmaking, conceptualizing, researching, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, and editing. They will also direct their own five-minute individual observational films in crews of three or four persons. The trainees will get a chance to meet and interact with industry leaders who will participate in the workshops as well as meet some of the stars and talent from the films to be screened, as part of the Festival programme.


The career awareness workshops are targeted at young participants under the age of 35, with Grade 12 or Matric, with a focus on unemployed youth with little or no filmmaking experience.


Some of the participants will stand a chance to qualify for the NABI accredited NQF 5 annual training course. Gauteng high schools are encouraged to participate by selecting and submitting a list of prospective learners who show dedication, willingness to learn and a need to create careers within digital media, television and broadcasting.


The Joburg Film Festival in partnership with entrepreneur and actor, Thapelo Mokoena’s Kasi Movie Nights, will host a series of special screenings of local feature films including Tell Me Sweet Something, Love and Kwaito, and a selection from the Push and Shove Short Film Series . The audience development screenings will take place at multipurpose community centres in townships in and around Johannesburg:


Diepsloot Youth Centre: 1st Oct 2016: TELL ME SWEET SOMETHING

Riverlea Recreational Centre: 8th Oct: PUSH AND SHOVE

Yeoville Youth Centre: 15th Oct 2016: THE PEOPLE V/S THE RAINBOW NATION

Tshepisong Multipurpose Centre: 22 Oct 2016: LOVE AND KWAITO

Power Park Hall: 29th Oct 2016: LOVE AND KWAITO

Finetown Hall: 5 Nov 2016: PUSH AND SHOVE


Partners and Supporters

The JOBURG FILM FESTIVAL is being made possible by the support of key sponsors and partners including:


Official Sponsors: City of Joburg, Department of Arts and Culture, Gauteng Tourism Authority

Industry Partners: NFVF, Gauteng Film Commision, Joburg Film Office, National Broadcast Institute, Kasi Movie Nights DISCOP Africa

Media Partners: KayaFM, Sterkinekor

Organizers: Enable Media


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How Well Can You Spell?

Show off your superlative word skills by entering M-Net’s Spellbound!

You can’t sing – not even in the shower. Your carefully planned delectable dishes end up being despicable disasters. You simply don’t have the stamina to survive on a deserted island; and your budding entrepreneurial skills won’t turn you into the next big business mogul. But the day spelling talent was handed out, you were in front of the queue, just behind the Oxford dictionary. Finally, it’s your time to shine on M-Net!

27_spellbound-enter-hereThis October, pioneering television network M-Net is celebrating 30 years of timeless magic. It’s also the month during which M-Net’s premium channel, M-Net 101, will be touring the country to hold auditions for the next season of The Voice SA as well as the month the channel introduced the highly entertaining new local reality show Shark Tank South Africa. But there’s more up the M-Net 101 sleeve: The channel is producing a brand-new, family-friendly game show called Spellbound, based on the concept of a spelling bee, and is looking for word whizzes who could become the country’s English spelling and grammar champions.

Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and one for adults of all ages, as long as they’re over 18 and are South African citizens or permanent residents. The learners must currently be attending school in South Africa and must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to take part in the show.

Apart from the exhilarating thrill that comes from knowing that you’re the country’s number one letter-master in your age group, winners – and their schools – will walk away with cash prizes.

Entries for Spellbound have opened on M-Net’s official website and will close on Monday, 31 October at 23:59. To be invited to show off your superlative English spelling and grammar skills on the Spellbound set, the first step is to complete the questionnaire and online test here.

Interestingly, according to Internet quizzes, “questionnaire” often makes the list of most commonly misspelt (or is it misspelled?) words in the English language. And it’s embarrassing (correct spelling) how often spell-checkers have to correct words such as “appearance”, “queue”, “receive”, “mischievous” and “accommodate”. If you never get these examples wrong and find yourself annoyed when the greengrocer wants to sell you potatoes with an apostrophe, you’re indeed the ideal candidate for Spellbound!

Spellbound is a wonderful local addition to our M-Net 101 schedule,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “Spelling bees have become all the rage across the world and while the contestants will be giving it a go on television, the entire family at home can test their own skills and brush up on their grammar. It’s education wrapped in great fun.”

Spellbound is produced for M-Net by Homebrew Films and will be screened on M-Net 101 on Sundays at 17:00 from 20 November 2016.

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DStv announces new Explora & HD channels

Posted by radio On September - 27 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice is on a drive to offer their customers an ever-evolving and enhanced DStv experience. At a media briefing, held today at their Randburg offices, CEO Mark Rayner said, ‘We’re making additional channels available in HD, streamlining packages to deliver more fresh entertainment daily and extending our Catch Up Plus catalogue to over 1 000 movies. We’re actively managing the DStv service to ensure our customers get the most value for money.’


Satellite launch


On 24 August, MultiChoice launched a new satellite, IS36, which will provide additional capacity. This means MultiChoice can start offering additional services. The new satellite will also act as a back-up to the existing IS20 satellite.


DStv channel changes


During the month of October and November, certain DStv packages will undergo changes and customers will get more channels in crystal clear HD. It’s all part of a process aimed at refining channel offerings based on customer feedback and viewing behaviour.


9 DStv channels will change to HD

These will include some of the best loved M-Net channels such as M-Net Movies All Stars, M-Net Family, VUZU, Mzansi Wethu and kykNET & Kie as well as certain international favourites such as BBC First, HISTORY, Crime & Investigation and Food Network.



More channels will be added to other DStv packages

DStv Extra customers will get ITV Choice HD and Lifetime, DStv Family customers will pick up M-Net Movies Stars HD, while DStv EasyView customers will receive Jim Jam and Mzansi Music.

DStv Extra customers will also be able to enjoy the specialist language channels: RAI, BVN, RTPI, TV5 Monde and Deutsche Welle


The following channels will stop airing from end of October: CBS Action and Drama, AMC and True Movies.


General Manager for Content, Aletta Alberts, explained the rationale behind these changes. ‘Our focus is to bring our customers the best entertainment possible. We do research every month to understand what they’re watching and what they’d like to watch. This research helped us identify some channels that weren’t popular or that had the same content as other existing channels.


‘We also use this research to understand what we can do to improve the channels we have. This year alone, we’ve enhanced the offering on a number of channels – M-Net Movie Channels, M-Net City and M-Net Family, ITV Choice, FOX Entertainment, VIA, Discovery Family and Discovery IDx to name but a few. This means our customers will be seeing fresher content on a more regular basis.’


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New DStv Explora launched


Our flagship Explora decoder has significantly enhanced the viewing experience for our customers. In a world where connected television services are becoming more commonplace, the Explora enables customers to connect their decoders and get access to an extended catalogue of content on DStv Catch Up Plus and ShowMax.


We want to give more of our customers the Explora experience without having to worry about expensive data costs. So we created a decoder with the same features and services as our current Explora, with a streamlined hard drive to keep it affordable.


Nyiko Shiburi, Group General Manager for Broadcast Technology, said ‘Our new Explora uses the latest video compression technology, which means our customers will in future spend less on data when they connect their new Explora to the internet.’




The new Explora has the same extensive Catch Up service, the ability to rent up to 30 BoxOffice movies and internet connectivity for Catch Up Plus, Remote Recording and ShowMax. This extensive content catalogue means our customers are recording less on their Exploras, which is why we’ve made the hard drive smaller to keep the decoder affordable. Customers can record up to 80 hours of HD content on their personal playlist (current Explora has 150 hours of HD recordings).


‘We believe the sheer volume of content available on our Catch Up, Catch Up Plus and ShowMax services, offers our customers an unparalleled entertainment experience. And the streamlined version means we can continue to offer all our customers the chance to own an Explora at an affordable price, despite our weakened Rand,’ continued Nyiko.


The new Explora gets a new A7 remote control, which incorporates features that customers have asked for. These include backlit buttons, which enables users to see it in the dark, the ability to easily program it as a universal remote for your TV and music system, and a ShowMax button for one-touch access.


Nyiko confirmed, ‘The Explora is our flagship decoder and we’ll continue to enhance it with further developments for many years to come.’


The new DStv Explora will retail at R1 499 and this price will be fixed until the end of 2017. Click here for offer options for the new DStv Explora you can look forward to.


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