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Samsung Galaxy Fold Sells Out in South Africa

Posted by radio On October - 15 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The highly anticipated Galaxy Fold, a new foldable device creating a new mobile category, is clearly a hit with South Africans. The first batch released has already sold out with pre-order sales. Samsung South Africa is currently working on increasing stock levels to keep up with demand. Even after a delayed-release, there is clearly an appetite for this pioneering device. The Galaxy Fold officially goes on sale in South Africa on 18 October 2019.

Galaxy Fold features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display. Galaxy Fold offers a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

 

“Samsung is proud to introduce a premium foldable device, that goes beyond the limitations of a traditional smartphone,” said Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa. “The pre-order sales are indicative of the public’s affinity for technology that transcends the norm.”

 

A Smartphone. A Tablet. Folded into One.

Galaxy Fold is in a category of its own. It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone. Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display. Galaxy Fold brings together material, engineering and display innovations, developed over eight years following the debut of Samsung’s first flexible display prototype in 2011.

 

For more information about Galaxy Fold, please visit https://www.samsung.com/za/

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Samsung Innovation Campus Launched

Posted by radio On October - 12 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Samsung has launched the latest of its global citizenship program for young adults, Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC), in Russia. Under the company’s corporate citizenship vision of Enabling People, launched in February of this year, this new program will offer IT education to help young adults around the globe gain academic and professional skills useful for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Education for Future Generations

 

The company had been helping educate young people all over the world through programs such as Samsung Junior SW Academy, Samsung SW Academy for Youth and Samsung Tech Institute, the last of which has been running since 2013, providing valuable experience for over 110,000 young people in more than 30 countries. Following the successes of these programs, Samsung Tech Institute has evolved and grown and is now launching under Samsung Innovation Campus as part of the company’s new corporate citizenship vision.

 

SIC offers young people the opportunity to enhance their employment prospects and gain a practical education in technologies through both classroom learning and, from 2020, online-based courses that can lead to official certifications. The skills at the core of SIC curriculum are rooted in technologies which are keys to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, including artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), big data, cloud platforms and mobile platforms. Additional programs have also been established to help the participants build their skills in creativity, communication and teamwork for future employment.

 

Curating Collaborative Experiences

 

SIC will provide tailored curriculums in different countries and work closely with local schools and NGOs in order to operate these programs effectively and ensure the experiences offered by the courses are uniquely customised for the local participants.

 

“Samsung Innovation Campus aims to empower a generation of problem solvers by equipping them with future-proof skills and giving them practical understanding of the technologies that will shape their future and enrich sustainable growth of the world,” said Hlubi Shivanda, Director: Business Innovation Group and Corporate Affairs at Samsung South Africa.

 

SIC begun on October 1 in Russia, where previous Samsung programs such as Samsung IT Academy and Samsung IT School have been well-received. The new initiative built on the successes of these curriculums will gradually expand to Vietnam, Spain, Indonesia, Chile, Thailand, and other countries in the near future.

 

SIC is a part of Samsung’s new vision for its global citizenship initiative, Enabling People. Launched in February, this vision reflects Samsung’s commitment to helping the future generation fulfil their true potential and work towards a brighter future for themselves and their communities. Since the launch, the company is continuously working to build on and expand the programs it offers to young people all over the world.

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DStv announces channel changes

Posted by radio On October - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

As part of our ongoing efforts to refresh our content line-up and optimise the suite of channels on offer, MultiChoice Group will be saying goodbye to the History, Crime + Investigation and Lifetime channels on its DStv platform at the end of the current contract term. The current contract expires on 1 November 2019. Viewers will however be able to continue enjoying some of the firm favourites such as the Housewives franchise that’s already available on 1 Magic.

 

We will soon be announcing the introduction of two new channels to DStv. The first is an established global brand and the other, a new innovative brand. Both channels will bring exciting new titles and genres that viewers will really enjoy, including among others blue chip documentaries, history and factual reality shows. In addition, we continue to increase our significant investment in local shows and content, which have great resonance with customers and are a key driver of engagement.

 

 

We are continuously reviewing our content line-up and channel selection to improve our entertainment offering to our customers, as well as ensuring customers continue to get good value. This process includes ongoing engagement with various content partners to ensure we can provide more compelling content offerings for customers.

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Phuthuma Nathi share exchange now open

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice Group’s (MCG) offer to Phuthuma Nathi (PN) shareholders to exchange up to 20% of their Phuthuma Nathi shares for shares in MCG is now open. Phuthuma Nathi shareholders that choose to take up this offer will then hold shares in both PN and MCG.

 

 

Make sure that you fully-understand what this means to you as a Phuthuma Nathi shareholder so that you make an informed decision. More information on this offer is available on the Phuthuma Nathi website.

The offer closes at 2pm on 28 October 2019.

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MTN Bushfire Announces Camping Upgrades

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Taking place from 29 – 31 May 2020, MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival. As one of Africa’s largest and most inclusive festival of music and the arts, MTN Bushfire has earned its global reputation as a distinctly African, yet globally-infused festival experience.

MTN Bushfire annually welcomes close to 30,000 admissions hailing from over 60 different countries, who make the journey from near and far to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini. For the past six years the festival has completely SOLD OUT so guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets and accommodation early.

 

Every year, MTN Bushfire undergoes innovative upgrades to improve the overall festival experience. MTN Bushfire 2020 will offer an upgraded Golden Lounge, improved and expanded camping options, as well as the diverse and eclectic mix of music, arts, and culture that makes it such a unique and memorable experience.

 

The high demand for the festival’s Golden Lounge area has inspired some new and exciting developments. For the 14th edition of MTN Bushfire, our guests can look forward to up-graded experiential lounges, premium service and a new and improved toilet block in the extended Golden Lounge area. For easy access and ultimate comfort, the space will also now have two entry and exit points.

 

 

All Out Africa Camping

The official camping area at MTN Bushfire, managed by All Out Africa, has grown in popularity over the years and next year it grows in size, comfort and adventure. It is conveniently located on the Amaswazi Farm at House Fire, within a walking distance to the festival arena. Open from Thursday 28 May to Monday 01 June 2020, the All Out Africa Bushfire Campsite offers the ultimate festival camping experience and direct access to the festival.

 

With plenty of space and 24-hour security, the site has a true festival atmosphere.  In 2020, the campsite will be relocating to a different position, with some exciting new additions: extra space for campers in some of the zones, a new Zen Zone and some campfire activities.

 

Camping is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the full MTN Bushfire experience and the team is committed to ensuring a peaceful, memorable, yet fun-filled camping experience for all.

 

 

Campers are therefore reminded to heed awareness of the festival’s strong focus on tolerance, inclusion, safety and security for all. Campers are requested to respect each other’s space, privacy, and above all to be part of ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

The official MTN Bushfire Campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa

 

 

MTN Bushfire’s family-friendly atmosphere thrives in an exclusive camping area designed for families with children aged 16 or under.  In the camping area available to families only, festivalgoers have the option to put up their own tents and equipment.  This section will be fenced off from the rest of the campsite and will have exclusive access to those with family camping wristbands only.

 

 

If you wish to bring your own tents then you have two choices; camp in our large open BYO (Bring Your Own) zone or pay a little extra and set up your tent in a shaded area known as the BYO IN THE FOREST zone.  All camping tickets are available online EXCEPT for groups over 20 Pax that are asked to email tours@alloutafrica.com to make their bookings.

 

PLEASE NOTE: All campers must have their Full Festival pass before purchasing their camping tickets. As in previous years, only those with full festival tickets will be permitted to enter the campsite. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the event. They can only be purchased through pre-booking online.

 

 

Camping options:

  • Ready Erected Tented Camps
  • TENT VILLAGE located on open lawns
  • FOREST FIRE CAMP located in a pecan nut grove
  • CANVAS CAMP located in exclusive shaded zone with upgrade option to larger tents
  • FAMILY CAMPING ZONE dedicated family camping area only accessible to those with family camping tickets AND who have children with them aged under 16
  • LUX CAMP; tents with en suite shower facilities and breakfast (not part of the All Out Africa zone – Harambee or Rush sites located elsewhere)

 

The campsite will still have great facilities, including hot showers, flushing toilets and running drinking water available all weekend.  The 24-hour café will be open selling breakfast, muffins, tea, coffee and juices throughout the weekend.

 

 

Luxury Camping

Festivalgoers who prefer luxury and five-star camping will be happy to know that MTN Bushfire 2020 glamping options are now available. Guests can choose from Harambee and Rush Adventures’ enticing glamping options which come with exclusive hot showers, toilets, comfortable beds and full breakfast.Glamping packages usually sell out months before the event so guests are advised to secure their bookings early.

 

Harambee

In 2019, Harambee was, yet again, sold out months before the event! The expansion of Harambee’s2020 camp layout will include an extra 50 tents which will make for a more memorable and special camping experience.  Camp will be set up between the sugarcane and shady pecan nut trees, a short walk from the entertainment area. Space is limited and is expected to sell out fast.

 

Harambee Camping includes:

  • Standing room tents occupying a maximum of 2 people with the option of twin or double beds (tents are not sold per person). Each tent comes with a bedside table lamp and power to charge electronic gadgets
  • Hot showers, VIP flush toilets, real beds and linen (no bean bags or stretchers)
  • An executive chef will prepare gourmet breakfasts and coffee every morning in Harambee’s restaurant and chill area.
  • A special blend of home-grown hospitality
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On 12 January 2020, Old Mutual’s Amazing Voices, a pan-African singing competition, will premiere on the small screen with contestants from nine African cities – Accra, Kumasi, Mombasa, Nairobi, Bulawayo, Harare, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg –squaring off against each other for the grand prize of $100 000 (R1.5 million). The show will run for 13 weeks until 5 April 2020.

 

The show will seek to unearth unsigned music groups across three genres:

  1. Gospel,
  2. Pop, and
  3. Rhythm and blues (R&B).

The show will see celebrity selectors from each of the four countries selecting three groups from each genre after mass auditions to steer them through the elimination round before the winning group is chosen.

The show will kick-off with mass auditions then shortlisted groups will advance to the home ground battle, which will be the elimination stage. After the elimination phase, three groups will advance to the grand stage where they will sing it out to win the main prize, in Johannesburg.

Audition Venues

Ghana:

Kumasi, Kosados Arena Hotel, 1 October 2019
Accra, Christ the King Parish Hall, 4 October 2019

Kenya:

Mombasa, Reef Hotel, 8 October 2019
Nairobi, UAP Old Mutual, 11 October 2019

Zimbabwe:

Bulawayo, City Hall, 15 October 2019
Harare, Monomotapa Hotel, 18 October 2019

South Africa:

Cape Town, Old Mutual Pinelands, 22 October 2019
Durban, The Playhouse, 25 October 2019
Johannesburg, AMPD Studios, 28 October 2019

The show will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Wethu, Africa Magic, Maisha Magic East and Zambezi Magic at 17:00 CAT, starting 12 January 2020.

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Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet entertainment service, announced that a melodrama film Tune in for Love will launch globally on November 5, 2019.

Tune in for Love is a young couple’s love story, in which fate keeps pulling them together and pushing them apart again as they try to figure out life on their own, and with each other.

 

The film starts off in the year of 1994. Mi-su, played by Kim Go-eun (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Cheese in the Trap) works at a bakery, inherited from her mother. Hyeon-u, played by Jung Hae-in (One Spring Night, Something in the Rain) ends up working at the shop, and they slowly start to grow feelings for each other. Throughout the next decade, Mi-su and Hyeon-u continue to cross paths, but timing is not always in their favor.

 

 

Tune in for Love is a music-filled melodrama, with songs flowing through the years, triggering nostalgia and emotion. The film depicts fresh college graduates who are faced with an economic recession due to the Asian financial crisis of 1997. It also attempts to capture two sincere young adults who try to do their best to make it through those uncertain times.

 

 

Tune in for Love is directed by Jung Ji-woo (Heart Blackened, Eungyo), and written by Lee Sook-yun (One Fine Spring Day, On the Way to the Airport).

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The inaugural 16 members of the ICT Council were appointed by the Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services on 23 September 2015 after being concurred by Cabinet, Cabinet Meeting of 23 September 2015. The appointed Councilors met for the first time on 1 October 2015 to constitute the ICT Council and adopted its first Constitution.

 

In terms of the Constitution of the ICT Council, the appointed Councilors serve a four-year term (First Term), renewable for a further four years (Second Term). The First Term of the ICT Council ends on 30 September 2019. “The ICT Council is preparing for the Second Term of Office. The ICT Council must be comprised of a minimum of 14 and a maximum of 16 appointed Councilors. The ICT Council currently is comprised of 15 appointed Councilors.” said Andile Tlhoaele, Chairperson of the ICT Council.

 

 

Second Term of Office of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council begins on the 02 October 2019.

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 Councilor Pheladi Gwangwa
2. Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Committee chaired by Councilor Petronella Linders
3. Guidance and Monitoring Committee chaired by Councilor Adrian Schofield
4. Review and Amendment Committee chaired by Councilor Sara-Jane Capazario
5. Strategy, Governance, Risk & Funding Committee chaired by Councilor Lucky Masilela

 

 

 

The ICT Sector Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE
Amended ICT Sector Code (the ICT Sector Code). The ICT Sector Council is also mandated
to monitor the implementation of the ICT Sector Code and report its progress to Honourable
Minister Ms. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on
BEE, Honourable Minister Ebrahim Patel and the B-BBEE Commissioner Ms. Zodwa Ntuli.

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In an awards ceremony held at The Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg, the winners of the 2019 Sunday Times Top Brands were announced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paid Streaming Service was one of eight new categories included in this year’s survey, which is in its 21st year. South Africa’s consumers voted Netflix in at 3rd place, Showmax in at 2nd place, and DStv Now took 1st place. Both Showmax and DStv Now are Multichoice products, housed in the Connected Video division.

 

 

 

The results are based on face-to-face surveys of 3,500 consumers, conducted by Kantar on behalf of the Sunday Times, and are considered a barometer of consumer sentiment towards brands in South Africa.

DStv subscribers – sign up for DStv Now

If you can’t be at home to watch your favourite shows via your decoder, visit now.dstv.com and watch DStv on your laptop, tablet or phone. It’s no extra cost to all DStv subscribers (just remember to keep an eye on your data).

How to get Showmax

Did you know that if you’re a DStv subscriber, you pay even less (or nothing at all!) for Showmax? DStv Premium subscribers get Showmax for free while DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers only pay R49 for Showmax.

  1. Go to Showmax.com
  2. Create a Showmax account with your email address.
  3. Create a password.
  4. Choose “DStv add to account” as your payment method.
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Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Fleabag win big at Emmys

Posted by radio On September - 23 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

At last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, Game of Thrones won Best Drama, Chernobyl took home Best Limited Series and Fleabag was named Best Comedy.

In the three main narrative categories, five series on Showmax (Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, Barry, A Very English Scandal and Succession) won eight awards; two Amazon comedies (Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) won six awards and three Netflix shows (Ozark, Pose and When They See Us) won four awards. Netflix also won Competition Programme (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and TV Movie (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch), putting them at six awards overall for the night.

 

This follows last week’s Sunday Times Top Brands Awards, where Showmax placed ahead of Netflix and just behind DSTV Now in the Paid Streaming Service category.

 

The Emmy results are also in line with Rotten Tomatoes’ recent list of The Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far, which features eight titles on Showmax in its top 20, compared to five titles available on Netflix and one on Prime Video in Africa.

According to Variety, HBO was the overall Emmy winner, taking home 34 awards from 137 nominations across both weekends, followed by Netflix with 27 wins out of 117 nominations.

 

Best Drama: Game of Thrones sets records 

In addition to winning Best Drama, Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage also won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister. This was his second consecutive win in the category and fourth overall – a new record for the category, putting him one ahead of Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad.

 

“I count myself as so fortunate to be a member of a community that is nothing but all about tolerance and diversity because there’s no other place where I’d be standing on a stage like this,” he said at the start of his acceptance speech.

 

Only available to stream on Showmax in Africa, Game of Thrones has now won 59 Emmys – the most of any narrative show ever and the second most of any show, period, behind only Saturday Night Live, which has been running for 44 years compared to Game of Thrones’ eight seasons.

 

After its fourth Best Drama win, the HBO fantasy is now tied for the most Best Drama wins of all time with Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Mad Men and The West Wing.

 

Other drama winners included Succession (Best Writing), Killing Eve (Best Actress for Jodie Comer), Ozark (Best Directing and Best Supporting Actress for Julia Garner) and Pose’s Billy Porter (Best Actor).

 

Best Limited Series: Chernobyl 

In addition to winning best limited series, Chernobyl won Best Writing and Best Directing.

 

Creator Craig Mazin dedicated his Emmys to the victims of the tragic Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.

 

The HBO historical drama is only available to stream on Showmax in South Africa.

 

Other Limited Series winners included When They See Us (Best Actor for Jharrel Jerome), A Very English Scandal (Best Supporting Actor for Ben Whishaw), Fosse/Verdon (Best Actress for Michelle Williams) and The Act (Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette).

Best Comedy: Fleabag 

Having won six times in a row, Julia Louis-Dreyfus was tipped to win Best Actress for the final season of Veep, but she lost out to Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who also won Best Writing and Best Comedy. Fleabag also won Best Director.

 

Other comedy winners included Barry (Best Actor for Bill Hader) and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Best Supporting Actor for Tony Shalhoub and Supporting Actress for Alex Borstein).

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