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Apple today unveiled several innovative technologies that make it dramatically easier and faster for developers to create powerful new apps. SwiftUI is a revolutionary development framework that makes building powerful user interfaces easier than ever before. ARKit 3, RealityKit and Reality Composer are advanced tools designed to make it even easier for developers to create compelling AR experiences for consumer and business apps. New tools and APIs greatly simplify the process of bringing iPad apps to Mac. And updates to Core ML and Create ML allow for more powerful and streamlined on-device machine learning apps.
“The new app development technologies unveiled today make app development faster, easier and more fun for developers, and represent the future of app creation across all Apple platforms,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “SwiftUI truly transforms user interface creation by automating large portions of the process and providing real-time previews of how UI code looks and behaves in-app. We think developers are going to love it.”

SwiftUI

The vision for Swift has always been about making development faster, easier and more interactive, and a modern UI framework is a huge part of that vision. SwiftUI provides an extremely powerful and intuitive new user interface framework for building sophisticated app UIs. Using simple, easy-to-understand declarative code, developers can create stunning, full-featured user interfaces complete with smooth animations. SwiftUI saves developers time by providing a huge amount of automatic functionality including interface layout, Dark Mode, Accessibility, right-to-left language support and internationalisation. SwiftUI apps run natively and are lightning fast. And because SwiftUI is the same API built into iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS, developers can more quickly and easily build rich, native apps across all Apple platforms.

Xcode 11 Brings SwiftUI to Life

A new graphical UI design tool built into Xcode 11 makes it easy for UI designers to quickly assemble a user interface with SwiftUI — without having to write any code. Swift code is automatically generated and when this code is modified, the changes to the UI instantly appear in the visual design tool. Now developers can see automatic, real-time previews of how the UI will look and behave as they assemble, test and refine their code. The ability to fluidly move between graphical design and writing code makes UI development more fun and efficient and makes it possible for software developers and UI designers to collaborate more closely. Previews can run directly on connected Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch and Apple TV, allowing developers to see how an app responds to Multi-Touch, or works with the camera and on-board sensors — live, as the interface is being built.
For more on this visit : https://www.apple.com/za/newsroom/2019/06/apple-unveils-groundbreaking-new-technologies-for-app-development/
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The Standard Bank Luju Food & Lifestyle Festival, after it’s hugely successful inaugural edition, will return this year from August 2nd -August 3rd and is excited to announce the global culinary sensation Siba Mtongana for its exciting and interactive culinary program.

 

Set on the lavish lawns of the House on Fire Sculpture Garden against a breath-taking backdrop of endless cane fields and rolling hills, in e’Swatini, just a four hour drive from Johannesburg at the home of the MTN Bushfire Festival,  this is a not-to-be event missed for any food enthusiasts, culture buffs and travellers.

 

Luju is a unique and sophisticated African-vintage styled event celebrating the local, the wholesome, the creative, and the delicious.

In an exciting development for this year, the Standard bank Luju Food and Lifestyle 2019 Festival will take place over two days, commencing on the evening of 2nd August.

Guests will be able to stay on site with Rush Glamping who will provide a state of the art Glamping experience on the Luju Festival grounds that includes en suite hot showers and toilets, providing a home away from home for our local and international guests. New travel packages will also include charter flights to make getting to this weekend feast of local flavor as quick and easy as possible.

 

JOIN SIBA’s TABLE: Headliner Culinary Program

The Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival has at its heart an ethos of celebrating and honouring the local, the African, the wholesome, and the sustainable. To that end, the House on Fire Ampitheatre will host a specially designed Culinary Programme that will be an interactive showcase headlined by one of Africa’s hottest and most loved culinary exports and experts, Siba Mtongana. Saba is the first African Culinary Star to have a global reach and influence in over 130 countries, with her show on Food Network, Siba’s Table.

 

 

Siba is incredibly excited to be heading to Luju – “Ms Sibalicious is on her way! This is my first time in beautiful e’Swatini, and I am so excited to connect with my fans and to show share what I love most with them on stage, you can expect to see some VAVAVOOM on the 3rd August at the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival.”

 

 

Siba continues to break industry barriers through her passion for food and people. In the USA alone, the show airs in over 60 million homes on the Cooking Channel, another first for a South African chef.

 

 

Apart from being an internationally awarded Chef, Siba is now an ambassador for Foodbank South Africa, an organisation that helps fight hunger or malnutrition in the country. She’s also been interviewed and profiled on CNN International for her global influence in food and her work with Rise Against Hunger.

 

 

Sustainable and Local

In addition to Siba, Luju will host a range of regional culinary experts, sustainable food practitioners, craft beverage distillers, regional breweries and wine-estates, as well as crafters and artisans.

 

 

The 2019 Luju theme is also brought to life in the Design Café – a space that takes us on a journey of celebration though sculptural art and design works. All elements in the are designed and infused with simple materials that preserve our culture and embrace our environment. Offering focus on creating comforts within our homes and preserving our heritage. Simple pleasures like taking time to swing and discovering small histories is what we yearn at the Design Café.

 

 

Vendors interested in trading at this year’s event should please visit the website as applications are now open.

For more information and to purchase tickets and accommodation: www.lujufestival.com

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Apple today previewed iPadOS, the powerful operating system with a new name to recognise the distinctive experience of iPad. iPadOS builds on the same foundation as iOS, adding powerful new capabilities and intuitive features specific to the large display and versatility of iPad. Introducing new ways to work with apps in multiple windows, more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil, iPadOS also benefits from the great new updates in iOS 13, making it the perfect device for consumers and creative pros alike.
“iPad transforms how people work and express their creativity, and with iPadOS, we’re taking it even further by delivering exciting capabilities that take advantage of its large canvas and versatility,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iPadOS delivers exciting features, including a new Home screen with widgets, more powerful multitasking and new tools that make using Apple Pencil even more natural.”

New Home Screen

The Home screen has been redesigned with a new layout to show more apps on each page. Today View can now be added to the Home screen, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information, including headlines, weather, calendar, events, tips and more.

Do More with Split View and Slide Over

iPad users can now work with multiple files and documents from the same app simultaneously with updates to Split View, or can quickly view and switch between multiple apps in Slide Over. For example, customers can compose an email while viewing another email side by side or access multiple apps like Messages or Calendar with just a swipe. App Exposé provides a quick view of just the open windows for any one app with a simple tap.

More Ways to Use Apple Pencil

With iPadOS, Apple Pencil is even more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages, documents or emails on iPad by swiping Apple Pencil from the corner of the screen. A redesigned tool palette gives quick access to tools, colour palettes, shapes, object eraser, a new pixel eraser for removing any part of a stroke and a ruler for drawing perfectly straight lines. Apple Pencil feels even more natural, using advanced prediction algorithms and optimisations to reduce its industry-leading latency to as low as 9 milliseconds.

More Powerful Files App

The Files app is a central place to quickly access and manage documents, and with iPadOS, it gets even better with iCloud Drive support for folder sharing. Anyone with access to a shared folder will see it in iCloud Drive and will always have the ability to access the latest version. iPadOS also supports external drives, allowing users to easily plug in USB drives, SD cards or log into an SMB file server, all from within the Files app. A new Column View with high-resolution previews helps users navigate directories, while support for Quick Actions such as mark up, rotate and create PDF make it easy to be more productive on iPad. iPadOS also introduces local storage, zip and unzip, and new keyboard shortcuts.

Desktop-Class Browsing with Safari

Safari is more powerful than ever on iPad. iPadOS automatically presents the desktop version of the website, scaled appropriately for the iPad display, and optimises it for touch, so web apps like Google Docs, Squarespace and WordPress work great in Safari on iPad. Safari also supports significant new features such as a download manager, 30 new keyboard shortcuts and enhancements to tab management.

Improved Text Editing

Text editing on iPad receives a major update with iPadOS, making it easier and faster to point with even more precision and speed, select text with just a swipe and use new gestures to cut, copy, paste and undo.

Additional iPadOS Features

  • Dark Mode delivers a dramatic dark colour scheme that looks great across the system and is easier on the eyes in low-light environments.

 

  • Custom Fonts can be installed for use across the system, perfect for creating beautiful documents on iPad. Fonts from boutique and major vendors such as Adobe, DynaComware, Monotype, Morisawa and Founder will be available on the App Store.

 

  • A new floating keyboard saves space and includes support for QuickPath — making one-handed typing easy and leaving more room to display apps. Customers can pinch in to enable the floating keyboard and drag it anywhere on the screen.

 

  • Photos curates the library to highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Photo editing is more intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review, and almost all photo editing capabilities are available for video editing.

 

  • Sign In with Apple is a fast, easy and private way to sign in to apps and websites using Apple ID.

 

  • Maps features a new basemap, built from the ground up: Look Around with beautiful street-level imagery of cities using high-resolution 3D photography; Collections for a new way to share restaurants, shops or destinations; and Favourites for quick navigation to frequent locations.1

 

  • Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPad apps on the App Store that reduces download sizes by up to 50 per cent, makes app updates up to 60 per cent smaller, and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.

 

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Apple previews iOS 13

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Apple today previewed iOS 13, introducing a dramatic new look for iPhone with Dark Mode and new ways to browse and edit photos, sign in to apps and websites, and navigate the world with an all-new map. iOS 13 is faster and more responsive with optimisations across the system that improve app launch, reduce app download sizes and make Face ID even faster.
“iOS 13 brings new capabilities to the apps you use every day, with rich updates to Photos and Maps, and privacy-protecting features like Sign In with Apple, all while delivering faster performance,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “We’re excited for customers to experience what’s coming to iPhone this fall and can’t wait for them to see how great everything looks in Dark Mode.”

Dark Mode: A Dramatic New Look for iPhone

iPhone has a beautiful new look with Dark Mode, a new dark colour scheme that works system-wide and across all native apps to deliver a great viewing experience, especially in low-light environments. Dark Mode is available to third-party app developers for integration into their own apps and can be scheduled to turn on automatically at sunset or at a certain time.

Easier Browsing and Powerful Editing Tools for Photos

Using on-device machine learning, Photos curates the entire library to highlight the best images, automatically hiding clutter and similar photos to showcase significant events from the past day, month or year. Photos and videos are intelligently organised, making it easier to browse, discover and relive favourite memories, with auto play videos to bring the library to life.
Photo editing is more comprehensive and intuitive with new tools that are easier to apply, adjust and review at a glance. With just a swipe, effects can be increased or decreased to create the perfect look, providing photographers with more creative possibilities and control over their images. And in iOS 13, most photo editing tools are now available for video editing, making it possible to rotate, crop or apply filters right within the Photos app.
With iOS 13, Portrait Lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to virtually move the light closer to sharpen eyes and brighten and smooth facial features, or push the light farther away to create a subtle, refined look. A new High-Key Mono effect creates a beautiful, monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos.

Fast, Easy and Private Sign In with Apple

Apple is introducing a new, more private way to simply and quickly sign into apps and websites. Instead of using a social account or filling out forms, verifying email addresses or choosing passwords, customers can simply use their Apple ID to authenticate and Apple will protect users’ privacy by providing developers with a unique random ID. Even in cases where developers choose to ask for a name and email address, users have the option to keep their email address private and share a unique random email address instead. Sign In with Apple makes it easy for users to authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID and has two-factor authentication built in for an added layer of security. Apple does not use Sign In with Apple to profile users or their activity in apps.

All-New Maps Experience

Apple Maps helps millions of people navigate and explore the world, all while protecting user privacy. After driving 4 million miles to rebuild the basemap from the ground up, Apple is delivering a new Maps experience with broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses and more detailed landcover. The new map is available now in select cities and states, and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to more countries in 2020.
Powered by the new basemap and high-resolution 3D photography, a new Look Around feature delivers beautiful street-level imagery of a city with smooth and seamless transitions. iOS 13 brings additional new features to the Maps app, including Collections to easily share favourite restaurants, travel destinations or places to shop with friends, and Favourites for navigating to frequent destinations, such as home, work, the gym or school, with a simple tap from the launch screen.

Additional iOS 13 Features

  • Reminders has a new look and offers intelligent ways to create and edit reminders, with more ways to organise and keep track of them. The quick toolbar makes it easier to add times, dates, locations and flags, or add attachments. With deeper integration with Messages, it’s easy to tag someone in a reminder so that it surfaces when the user messages with that person.

 

  • Messages can automatically share a user’s name and photo, or customised Memoji or Animoji, to easily identify who is in the Messages thread. Memoji are automatically made into sticker packs built into the iOS keyboard, so they can be used in Messages, Mail and other apps. Memoji also feature new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings and accessories.

 

  • Siri has a new, more natural voice, and Siri Shortcuts now supports Suggested Automations that provide personalised routines for things like heading to work or going to the gym.

 

  • CarPlay gets its biggest update ever with a new Dashboard to view music, maps and more in a single view, a new Calendar app and Siri support for third-party navigation and audio apps.

 

  • HomePod can distinguish voices from anyone in the home to deliver personal requests, including messages, music and more. Live radio gives Siri access to over 100,000 radio stations from iHeartRadio, radio.com and TuneIn, and a new sleep timer turns off music after a set amount of time. Handoff enables users to easily move music, podcasts or a phone call to HomePod when they arrive home.

 

  • With AirPods, Siri can read incoming messages as soon as they arrive, from Messages or any SiriKit-enabled messaging app. A new audio sharing feature makes it easy to watch a movie or share a song with a friend by simply bringing a second pair close to iPhone or iPad.

 

  • Voice Control provides a powerful new experience that enables users to operate their iPhone, iPad or Mac entirely by their voice. Using the latest Siri speech recognition technology, Voice Control gets even more accurate text transcription and editing.1

 

  • Notes has a new Gallery View, more powerful collaboration with shared folders, new search tools and checklist options.

 

  • QuickPath brings easy one-hand typing to the iOS keyboard by continuously swiping through the letters of a word.2

 

  • Text Editing is enhanced, making scrolling documents, moving the cursor and selecting text faster and more accurate.

 

  • Files app introduces the ability to share folders with iCloud Drive and access files from external storage devices like SD cards and USB flash drives.

 

  • Health offers ways to monitor hearing health and brings new ways to track, visualise and predict a woman’s menstrual cycle.

 

  • Location Services controls give users more choices for how they share location data with apps, including a new one-time location option and more information on when apps are using location in the background.

 

  • Performance improvements make the entire system more responsive with faster Face ID unlock, and a new way to package iPhone apps on the App Store that reduces app download sizes by up to 50 per cent, makes app updates over 60 percent smaller and results in apps launching up to twice as fast.
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Apple today previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that makes Apple TV 4K the easiest and most personalised entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on the biggest screen in the home. With tvOS 13, Apple TV 4K gains an immersive new Home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screen savers filmed under the sea.

 

“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “With more personalised features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”

tvOS 13 Features

  • New Home screen. Apple TV 4K is even more engaging with a new Home screen designed for discovery. Apps can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, so users can quickly enjoy great new TV shows, movies, music and games.

 

  • Multi-user support. The new Apple TV Control Centre makes it easy to switch between family members so everyone gets their own personalised entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes. The new Control Centre also provides users with quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.

 

  • Apple Music. Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalised playlists and recommendations. In the new Control Centre, users can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, users can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with their favourite songs.

 

  • Apple Arcade. This fall, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.

 

  • Xbox and PlayStation game controllers. tvOS 13 adds support for the best and most popular game controllers in the world, Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other great games on the App Store.1

 

  • New screen savers. Apple is expanding the stunning collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerising creatures and scenes.

 

 

tvOS 13 features the all-new Apple TV app, which brings together different ways to find and watch TV shows and movies into one powerful app. The Apple TV app offers Apple TV channels, personalised recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles to browse, buy or rent. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app. The Apple TV app is also available on other Apple devices and select third-party platforms.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) today presented its submission at the public hearings on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (ICASA) draft sports broadcasting regulations 2018.

 

The SABC’s submission is aimed at influencing, promoting and supporting a conducive and enabling regulatory framework for sports rights regulations in the country. The key issues which are pertinent to the organisation as a public service broadcaster and presented at the hearing include:

 

 

  • The unbundling of sports rights;

  • Exclusivity for the category of rights and platform as per the licensed service;

  • Consideration of capacity by the SABC for sports content in a digital multichannel/multiplatform environment;

  • Accessibility of sports rights by Free-To-Air (FTA) broadcasters for the benefit of all South African irrespective of their economic status;

  • A fair and transparent sub-licencing framework;

  • The review of Must Carry regulations;

  • Fair competition in the broadcasting sector; and

  • Exclusive funding for Sports Content.

 

 

From a cost perspective, sports rights are one of the biggest cost drivers for the SABC and a core genre in television broadcasting which requires regulatory intervention. The position of the SABC is that the new sports regulations should assist the South African public, particularly the poor to access prime sport in the country through FTA television broadcasting.

 

The public broadcaster is also of the view that the regulations should also consider all competition issues raised by the SABC in the inquiry on competition within the subscription television market such as “Must Carry”.

 

The SABC looks forward to a holistic regulations framework on sports rights from ICASA,

once this process is concluded.

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It was a good night for newcomer Sho Madjozi as she won two of the coveted SAMA25 awards Newcomer of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. Not to be outdone, Sjava scooped the prestigious Album of the Year and Best Afro Pop Album while Black Motion with ‘Moya wa Taola’ won Best Dance Album and Duo/Group of the Year.
DJ Black Coffee also sealed the double win with two gongs Male Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration Award with David Guetta for ‘Drive’ from last night.

Joyous Celebration picked up the SAMRO/ CAPASSO Best Selling Digital Artist (Composer’s Award) tonight, bringing their tally to three, making them the biggest winners of SAMA25. Last night they were honoured with Best Selling DVD and Best Selling Artist.
The silver jubilee of SAMA reached a nail biting crescendo when the public-voted Record of the Year winner was announced as ‘Deeper’ by Holly Rey.

 

The highly contested Best Hip Hop Album award went to Nasty C for his ‘Strings and Bling’. Kwaito veteran Spikiri proved his staying power when he beat stiff competition to clinch Best Kwaito/Gqom/Amapiano Album.
Spirit of Praise won the Best Traditional Faith Music Album for their ‘Spirit of Praise Vol. 7’ while on the African Indigenous front Ithimba LeAfrica’s ‘Sesiphunyukile’ came out tops.

 

Snotkop’s ‘SOUS’ took home the Beste Pop Album while Tresor’s ‘Nostalgia’ earned him Best Pop Album. Sgwebo Sentambo emerged a winner in the Best Maskandi Album for ‘Yekani Umona’. Candy’s ‘Hupenyu Unenge Viri’ won the Best Traditional Album.

 

Lifetime Achievement recognition was bestowed on the late Motswako hip hop proponent HHP, kwaito and guz pioneers TKZee and the iconic band Mango Groove.

 

A series of six paired hosts took the audience through the 25 years of the SAMA with radio stars Bob Mabena and Melanie Bala recreating their TV partnership as they threw back to the 90s, Twasa of Lesedi FM and rapper Khuli Chana held it down for the 2000s while comedian Mpho Popps and actress/humanitarian Nomzamo Mbatha presented the 2010s.

There were some memorable and magical moments as the SAMA25 stage exploded with performances that brought back great memories such as the Kwaito leg featuring Bongo Maffin, Thebe, Trompies, Freshly Ground (Zolani) and Connell Cruise.

The beauty of South African heritage was in full display in the Traditional segment led by the iconic Mahotella Queens and the bow and arrow legend Madosini, and SAMA25 nominees Tswelelang Cultural Dancers and VhaVenda Cultural Group.

 

The Hip Hop fraternity came out in full force with Ishmael, Zakwe, BLAKLEZ, Citi Lyts and Musiholiq. Sjava, Mlindo The Vocalist, Refentse, Zethe and Mbuzeni represented the Maskandi/Urban part well.
Gospel powerhouses Rebecca Malope and Ntokozo Mbambo hit all the right notes along with Sipho Ngwenya and the Soweto Gospel Choir. The In Memoriam performed by SAMA25 nominees Vusi Nova, Jessica Mbangeni and Thembisile Ntaka was both uplifting and a tearjerker.

 

 

The curtain came down on SAMA25 with a spectacular finale of performances from winner Sho Madjozi, Kelly Khumalo, DJ Sumbody, Dladla Mshunqisi, DJ Tira and Distruction Boyz, Sun-El Musician and Mobi Dixon.
Commented Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of RiSA: “We are proud of the SAMA25 journey and how fitting the celebrations have been tonight. We applaud the winners and nominees, the performers, presenters and hosts who brought their flavours to making this event such a great success. A big thank you to our sponsors, stakeholders and partners. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the music loving South Africans who have supported the SAMAs since day one and without whom all this would not take place. We are filled with hope that the future of SAMA and music in this country is bright”.

 

 

North West MEC for Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation, Mme Tsotso Tlhapi was ecstatic about the success of SAMA25. “I am really over the moon,” she said. “The event truly lived up to Its expectations. Congratulations to all the winners. What a way to celebrate 25 years of excellence.”

 

 

The SAMA25 took place on Friday, 31 May and Saturday, 1 June in Sun City, North West province. It was broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm and live streamed on My Muze: https://mymuze.com/za/music-za_page_sama25?utm_source=sama25tv&utm_campaign=sama25-livestream. To catch highlights of SAMA25 visit Vodacom Video Play.

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In celebration of the milestone 25th anniversary, the SAMA goes back into time to bring some of the biggest names that defined an era in the entertainment space. Side by side with the songs that became anthems these stars dictated the terms in popular culture.

 

To recreate the magic and rapport that made them a formidable 1990s TV couple, Bob Mabena teams up with Melanie Bala. The twosome presented Studio Mix, a hugely popular music show on SABC1 that built careers and fuelled hits into national prominence. Mabena is currently the breakfast host on Power FM and the station manager, while Bala is on Metro FM as a newsreader.

 

 

Lesedi FM host Twasa Seoke joins forces with popular hip-hop star Khuli Chana to relive the moments that made the 2000s such a vibrant period in local music. Twasa is an award winning presenter and sought after MC while Khuli is one of the pioneers of Motswako rap emerging from the streets of Mahikeng, North West.

 

Comedian Mpho Popps and actress Nomzamo Mbatha hook up to present the period after 2010 to current. Mpho is one of the new shining stars on the comedy stage, he presented the first night of SAMA24 earning him lots of praise and now he returns to be on the broadcast awards edition of SAMA25. Nomzamo has set herself apart from her peers with her talent, looks and philanthropy work. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency and one of the most followed local celebrities on social media.

 

 

Hulisani Ravele, the 94.7 weekend breakfast host will hold it down alone on Friday for the first night of the SAMA which will not be broadcast live.

 

 

To steal the old adage, like sand through the hour glass so are the days of the SAMA, the viewers are in for a night of nostalgia, joyous reunions and euphoria on music’s biggest night.

 

 

Comments RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi: ‘We couldn’t have thought of a better way to mark this huge milestone than turning to the stars that contributed so much to popular culture, for which music is a big component, if not the main driver. These names are synonymous with cool and we are honoured to have them grace this big stage and we have every faith in them that they will engender a spirit of celebration and recognition at South Africa’s biggest music award ceremony.’

 

 

The North West Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) said the SAMA25 presenters will add the necessary vibrant dimension to the occasion.

 

 

“As sponsors, we regard SAMA25 as a major event that marks an important milestone in our recent showbiz history,’’ a Departmental spokesperson said. ‘’We are excited by the choice of presenters who will take us through a night of great memories. We will all definitely have a fun time in the North West.’’

 

 

With so much star power and wattage on stage, all eyes will be fixed on Sun City this weekend for a memorable night of delightful celebration, surprises and entertainment.

 

 

The SAMA25 takes place on May 31 and June 1 in Sun City, North West province. It will be broadcast live on June 1 on SABC1 at 8pm. Tickets to the show are available at Ticket Pro for R415

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The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Council congratulates Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana on their reappointments as Minister and Deputy Minister of Communications respectively.

“It’s an honour for the ICT Sector Council to congratulate both the Minister and the Deputy Minister as our new Line Minister in terms of the B-BBEE Act. The Council looks forward to working with both the Minister and her Deputy. said Andile Tlhoaele Chairperson of the ICT Sector Council.

 

The ICT Sector Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code. The Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation of the Code and report progress to Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; the B-BBEE Commissioner and the Minister of Trade & Industry.

 

 

“Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a great supporter of the ICT Sector, leading the campaign on skills development to train One Million Data Scientists in readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution. We know that she will continue to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution” Andile Tlhoaele continued.

 

The ICT Sector comprises four ICT industry sub-sectors: Broadcasting, Information Technology, Telecommunications and Electronics.

 

The ICT Sector Council functions through five sub-committees;

  1. Executive Committee, which comprises of the chairpersons of all the sub-committees, which is chaired by the Deputy Chairperson Councillor Pheladi Gwangwa
  2. Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Committee chaired by Councillor Petronella Linders
  3. Guidance and Monitoring Committee chaired by Councillor Adrian Schofield
  4. Review and Amendment Committee chaired by Councillor Sara-Jane Capazario
  5. Strategy, Governance, Risk & Funding Committee chaired by Councillor Lucky Masilela

 

The Council is constituted by fifteen members from the four ICT industry sub-sectors, ICASA, Labour, Community, Youth, Women, the (previous) Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services and the Department of Communications.

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It’s that time again for one of South Africa’s most anticipated top award honors, the South African Music Awards. In celebrating its 25th year anniversary SAMA 25 boasts a string of legendary stalwarts and pioneers in the media industry with Melanie Bala and Bob Mabena as hosts to throw back to music etched in South African history. The ceremony will be taking place this Saturday, 01 June 2019 at the Sun City Superbowl, in Rustenburg.

 

With SABC1 as the official broadcast partner of the night dubbed “galaxy of stars” viewers will be able to tune into the exciting live music award ceremony on Saturday, 01 June 2019 from 20h00-22h30. For those with a love for all things beautiful, a live broadcast will begin at 19h30 for a red carpet experience with Mzansi’s hottest personalities.

 

 

This iconic night of accolades and memorable moments will feature veterans, trending musicians and in celebration of the SAMA 25th anniversary it promises to be a fun filled ceremony that will keep viewers on their feet and reminiscing of the good times.

 

 

In support of SAMA 25 Mzansi Fo Sho’s leading music show Live Amp hosted by DJ Lamiez Holsworthy and Dj Speedsta will broadcast live from Sun City on Friday, 01 June 2019 at 19h30 and give a glimpse of the throw-back to the 90’s with hit maker Thebe closing off the show.

 

 

The South African Music Awards are the music industry’s platform to display their standards of excellence and show case the quality and hard work of producers, engineers and musicians in the South African music landscape.  The event has always been a key strategic tool used by the channel to build brand equity, drive and grow audiences. Tune in for an exciting celebration of South African Music for a night to remember.

 

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