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With 5 days before entries close for the 2019 Sanlam (https://www.Sanlam.com/) Financial Journalist of the Year Awards at midnight on 28 February, reporters practising financial journalism in Africa are encouraged to submit their best work for the competition.

 

The Awards, running for the 45th consecutive year, recognise the best financial reporting by reporters based in Africa, publishing or broadcasting commendable journalism about the continent. Representing the longest running awards dedicated to financial journalism in Africa, their objective is to support the development of journalism.

The Awards attract keen interest from journalists across the continent. In 2018, 78 journalists representing 58 media organisations submitted 97 entries.

Entrants must submit their submissions through Sanlam’s website: http://bit.ly/2VfcTdI

The African Growth Story category, which recognises the best journalism covering the significance of business and investment on the continent, is open to financial journalists based in Africa who publish and/or broadcast their work on the region. Entries for this category must focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investment, infrastructure development, economic progress and related topics. Stories also should incorporate a continental outlook.

Previous winners of the African Growth Story category include Isaac Anyaogu of Business Day in Nigeria (2018), Dominic Omondi of The Standard newspaper in Kenya (2017), and Ancillar Mangena of Forbes Africa in South Africa (2016).

The other categories are open to journalists working in print, radio, TV and online media in South Africa. They are:

  • Business/Companies

  • Economy

  • Financial Markets

  • Consumer Financial Education

All five categories recognise financial journalists who produced compelling business stories between 1 January and 30 December 2019.

Additionally, the judging panel bestows special awards, which are:

  • Best Newcomer;

  • Lifetime Achievement; and

  • Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.

The Special Awards recognise journalists based on the discretion of the judging panel, which exercises a nomination and rigorous evaluation process.

 

 

Isaac Anyaogu from the Business Day newspaper in Nigeria, and former Forbes Africa writers, Melitta Ngalonkulu (now with Moneyweb) and Aviwe Mtila (now with eNCA TV) are some of the recent Best Newcomer category winners for 2018, 2017, 2016 respectively.

 

 

Neville Otuki, former business reporter at Energy Siren News in Kenya and a runner up in the best newcomer category in 2018, says, “Society has critical business stories the public needs to know. It is important we amplify these stories. Being acknowledged by the awards for doing so is humbling and equally rewarding, not only for journalists but for our profession as well.”

 

 

Previous winners of the journalist of the year award include Rob Rose editor of Financial Mail (2018), Sikonathi Mantshantsha, former editor at Scorpio, the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick (2017), and Susan Comrie of AmaBhungane (2016).

 

 

Information about the eligibility, criteria, and entry submission process for the awards are available at http://bit.ly/32kKCnL.

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Somizi & Mohale: The Union now streaming on Showmax

Posted by radio On February - 24 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

The fabulous first episode of Somizi and Mohale: The Union, South Africa’s first gay celebrity wedding special, is now streaming exclusively on Showmax.

The episode captures Somizi Mhlongo and Mohale Motaung’s September 2019 traditional wedding in Kibler Park, Johannesburg, which merged their respective Zulu and Sotho cultures in a flamboyant celebration full of romance, gorgeous decor, dazzling chandelier cakes, G.H. Mumm champagne and multiple costume changes…

 

Episode 1 trailer: https://youtu.be/Nd5et3sKA6I

 

A new episode of the Showmax Original four-part special drops every Monday, from the road to their wedding, to their individual bachelor parties, and then their white wedding as the finale on 16 March 2020.

 

Series promo: https://youtu.be/_e_M0GGcGnw

 

While there’s been endless talk about the white wedding’s dress code of red-bottom shoes and all-white outfits, further details have remained well-kept secrets till now, as all guests had their phones locked away on arrival.

 

Here are five things we found out when we caught up with the couple recently:

 

#1: Their wedding outfits were a secret

Somizi and Mohale’s main wedding outfits were created by designer to the stars Gert-Johan Coetzee, but they each had a different design consultation to keep their plans secret from each other.

 

“We made a deal that we were not going to do fittings together or the designs together because we wanted that element of surprise as we walked down the aisle,” says Somizi.

 

“I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to wear,” he adds. “I just gave it to Gert to decide because I trust him that much. He came up with the entire concept and I happened to really love it.”

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B7-yg16jlOK/

 

#2. They designed their wedding bands together, with Nungu Diamonds 

When Somizi first revealed the design of his and Mohale’s wedding bands on Instagram, social media was abuzz with fans complimenting the couple on their unique approach.

 

The wedding bands were specially designed by Nungu Diamonds, founded in 2013 by married couple Kealeboga and Ursula Pule.

 

“We were a hundred percent involved in the design of our wedding bands,” says Mohale. “My husband and I decided that we wanted a rose-gold piece with lots of diamonds, and we even chose the writing and size of the rings.”

 

“Their rings look like woven baskets, and that’s because the rings are made up of diamonds in two different shapes – round-cut diamonds, and baguette diamonds,” says Ursula. “Together, they help create that interwoven look, representing two different human beings that have come together.”

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/B78p9-ZhQgs/

 

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#3. Their parents were supportive

The grooms’ parents were all in attendance at the white wedding and left their sons with great words of encouragement and prayer before the ceremony.

 

“My parents came to me twenty minutes before the ceremony and we prayed together,” says Mohale. “These were the exact words from my mother: ‘God is here; the angels are here; everything is going to go well.’ For me, that really sealed the deal.”

 

Somizi’s mom, actress Mary Twala from this year’s Sundance winner This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, was also with him every step of the way. But Somizi would not let us in on what his mother said, as he’d love for the rest of South Africa to find out what she had to say when the wedding special premieres on Showmax. In the meantime, below you can watch her heart-warming message to him on the way to the traditional wedding:

 

Mary Twala & Somizi video: https://youtu.be/x2QJK3qzcvo

#4. Their vows were off the cuff

“We didn’t really pre-plan the vows for the wedding because we had said our vows while we were engaged,” says Mohale. “What we said at the white wedding were literally words that were unrehearsed and unscripted. I believe that sometimes people tend to over-plan and when the moment comes for you to execute, it doesn’t really come from the heart. So we wanted to exchange something that was really authentic rather than planned.”

 

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#5.“I literally had the best time of my life” – Mohale

“For me, the day started off on a rocky note,” says Mohale. “In the morning we were stressed about the outfits, so I had to go sort out a few outfits for the groomsmates and myself, but from the time the wedding started, I had never had so much fun. I literally had the best time of my life.

 

“I always hear people say they never really enjoy their wedding but I had nothing to stress about. I was happy. I danced until the wee hours of the morning.”

 

Clearly, their guests had fun too…

 

Mpho Popps video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8g9khRDi-F/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

TT Mbha video: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8gJnWODLgt/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.

 

Watch the first episode exclusively on Showmax here: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/p3zlk82n-somizi-mohale-the-union

 

Here Comes The Pride promos:

https://youtu.be/mCbYQGSXEtg
https://youtu.be/oLbgvGyIyo0

 

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Samsung has collaborated with Vega Design School on a competition that gives young South African designers the opportunity to showcase their impressive design skills. The students were invited to create content that will be used as Samsung Galaxy themes that will be loaded on to the Galaxy Store. The winners, Dean Sartor, Kyle Sartor, Mohapi Polo and Liam Cuffley, will now have their artwork made available to an international audience. The aim of the Design Jam competition is to produce unique artwork designed by the creative vision of young Africans.

“We were proud to see the level of work submitted by the winning students and look forward to showcasing their work on a global stage. We believe that the country is rich in natural talent and look forward to promoting these new pioneers and mavericks. Their skills echo our own pursuit of excellence – design that brings the world to life in innovative ways, “says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

The winners were selected based on an online poll by fellow students as well as the public. Vega selected their second year students as the first group of designers to drive this initiative. Over 400 students across Vega’s 4 campuses (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban) were involved in the Design Jam competition that took place in 2019. The students worked in groups consisting of 3 to 4 people to design a full theme consisting of wallpapers, icons and Always On displays.

 

The Vega students had an open ended brief allowing them to create a “local is lekker” approach to themes over a variety of categories: sports, cars, lifestyle, nature, monuments and also illustrative designs. Students were encouraged to use a variety of crafting skills and tools such as photography, traditional and digital illustration and/or typography. The winning designed themes will be available on all Samsung devices ranging from entry level to premium including the A-SeriesS-Series and Note devices.

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Stream 2/3s of the SAFTAs TV nominees on Showmax now

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Including the four most-nominated shows: The River, Lockdown, Isibaya & The Republic

Nearly 66% of this year’s SAFTA nominations in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax, with more to come soon.

This includes more than 85% of the drama and over two-thirds of the soap and telenovela nominations, as well as both the most-nominated series overall and the most-nominated telenovela (The River, with 15 nominations), and the most-nominated drama (Lockdown, with 11 nominations).

 

Outside of the TV category, Showmax also has two of the three short film nominees (Die Begrafnis and The Letter Reader); half of the best documentary nominees (Buddha in Africa and The Fun’s Not Over: The James Phillips Story); and two of the nominated feature films: Christiaan Olwagen’s Checkov adaptation, Die Seemeeu, which is up for three acting awards, and the Bram Fischer biopic An Act of Defiance, which is up for two craft awards.

 

Showmax Originals also built on the success of Tali’s Wedding Diary at last year’s SAFTAs, where it was the most awarded comedy, with Showmax’s second Original, The Girl From St Agnes, earning Drama nominations for Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

Here are seven SAFTA favourites you can stream in the build-up to the awards:

THE RIVER | TELENOVELA

 

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

 

The River was nominated for an International Emmy and was the most-awarded production at last year’s SAFTAs, taking home 11 awards, including Best Telenovela.

 

This year it’s up for 15 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Actor (Presley Chweneyagae).

 

LOCKDOWN | DRAMA

 

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility. Season 4 revolved around the rise to power of Masebata’s cult.

 

Originally screened on Mzansi Magic, Lockdown was the most-awarded drama at the 2019 SAFTAs, taking home five awards, including Best Drama, Best Actress (Dawn Thandeka King) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorcia Cooper).


This year it’s up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (King and Zola Nombona), and Supporting Actress (Cooper and Pamela Nomvete).

Season 5 is currently screening first on Showmax, with new episodes every Thursday ahead of the series finale on 27 February 2020.

 

ISIBAYA | TELENOVELA

What started as a village feud between the Zungu and Ndlovu families in Bhubesini has expanded into something far more complex as Mpiyakhe (Siyabonga Thwala) and Samson (Bheki Mkhwane) continue their fight over the valuable taxi routes in and out of town.

At last year’s SAFTAs, Isibaya won Best Directing; Best Supporting Actress (Gcina Mkhize); and Best Supporting Actor (Abdul Khoza).

This year the Mzansi Magic show is up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Supporting Actress (Linda Sebezo and Lerato Mvelase), and Supporting Actor (Aubrey Poo).


THE REPUBLIC | DRAMA

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

This hit Mzansi Magic series is from the creators of The River, Phathutshedzo Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures.

This year it’s up for 10 SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Masebe), Actor (Warren Masemola) and Supporting Actor (Hlomla Dandala and Seputla Sebogodi).

 

THE GIRL FROM ST AGNES – DRAMA

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands, a popular student is found dead at the base of the old mill. Fearful of the scandal it might cause, the school is quick to declare the death of Lexi Summerveld (Jane de Wet) a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard (Nina Milner) doesn’t believe it. The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t really know Lexi or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed…

The Girl From St Agnes set a new record for the most first-day views of any series on Showmax. At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for three Drama awards: Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

BUDDHA IN AFRICA  | DOCUMENTARY

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best Of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for Best Documentary, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography.

 

 

STROOP | WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground. Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, Stroop is up for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS

Other SAFTA nominees you can stream now on Showmax include:
• The telenovelas Arendsvlei (9), Isithembiso (6), The Queen (3), and The Throne (2)

  • The soaps Binnelanders (4), Getroud Met Rugby (3) and Suidooster (4)
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    The dramas Die Byl (1), Die Spreeus (5), Dwaalster (2), eHostela (2), Ifalakhe (2), and The Herd (2)
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    The documentary series Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas
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    The children’s series Jabu’s Jungle
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    The reality shows Kokkedoor, Living With The Dream With Somizi, and Survivor SA: Island of Secrets
    The factual and educational show Yobe
    • The variety shows Die Ware Naarheid and Mooi
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    The youth series MTV Shuga: Down South
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    The lifestyle shows Elders: Japan and Klankbord
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Minnie to host the DStv Awards

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

DStv and Mzansi Magic yesterday announced that the third annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) proudly presented by 1Life, will be hosted by none other than homegrown celebrity, presenter, beauty entrepreneur and producer Minnie Dlamini.

 

 

The much-loved SA media personality first burst onto our screens in 2010 as a presenter of various sport and music shows. She later moved to acting in her debut on M-Net’s soapie The Wild, and later joined Mzansi Magic’s Sunday night drama, Rockville. 2017 saw South Africans get a rare glimpse into her very private life leading up to her glamorous nuptials in a three-part reality series titled Becoming Mrs Jones. Minnie currently co-hosts Mzansi Magic’s lifestyle-meets-sports show Homeground, which features live celebrity interviews, and the hottest sporting highlights from the week.

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Ster Kinekor brings GHOST on Valentine’s Day

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentine’s Day, for one night only, experience Ghost with a 30th anniversary screening. A love that will last forever, in the luxury of selected Cine Prestige theatres!

 

Arrive at 7pm on 14 February to enjoy a welcome drink with your beloved, before losing yourselves in the romance of Ghost from 8pm. Relax in your leather recliner, order snacks and gourmet desserts to share, and experience the magic of the movies in the luxury of Cine Prestige.  You’ll laugh, cry and end up signing up for pottery lessons like Demi Moore.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore set hearts on fire with the classic romcom Ghost, a love story, thriller and tearjerker – with plenty of laughs, thanks to Academy Award winner, Whoopi Goldberg’s hilarious performance as a charlatan clairvoyant who unwittingly reconnects the lovers after they are separated by murder.

Ghost will show at Cine Prestige theatres in Eastgate, The Zone, Sandton, Carnival City, Cavendish, Baywest, Ilanga, Vaal, Cresta, Cradlestone, Gateway and The Grove. To book your date with romance, go to www.sterkinekor.com, download the SK App on your smartphone or book at the box office.  For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticket-line on 0861 Movies (668 437).

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Why every South African should watch Black Tax

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

BET’s new comedy series, Black Tax, is hilarious – but underneath the humour, there’s a serious subject that affects millions of South Africans. Whether you’re the one expected to pay black tax, or you just see its effects around you, it’s a cultural phenomenon that has a big impact.

 

In Black Tax, successful real estate agent Thuli Dlamini is given the shock of her life when her mother and stepfather turn up on the doorstep of her townhouse.

What she thought would only be a weekend thing looks like it might turn into forever. Her stepfather dropped a huge bombshell: he lost all his pension money when a certain bank went bankrupt after money was stolen by politicians.

 

 

The reality of black tax

Graduating from university has to be one of the most fulfilling achievements in the world. The feeling of starting a new life for yourself and working towards the future you’ve always imagined is unmatched. However, just as you’re dreaming about all the things you can do with your money, reality kicks in and you remember that you have other people depending on you financially. This is black tax and it’s a reality for a lot of young black South Africans.

I have a friend who’s had to take out loans to assist with her siblings’ school fees, while also taking care of her parents. Both her parents are employed, but she’s still expected to hand over a big part of her salary – even if it means she gets into debt.

 

 

For another friend, going on holiday or buying a house are just impossible dreams, because her entire family relies on her financially. As much as she’d like to focus on building a life for herself right now, she’s unable to.

 

 

I’m very lucky not to be in that situation – I do send money home from time to time, but it’s not expected of me. I do, however, have a few family members who pop out of nowhere to ask for money. A text from an unknown number on the 17th of the month to ask for R6 000, for example. It’s always an emergency, like a sick child, so the guilt is real. I’ll help where I can, but I draw the line when people only remember me when they need cash.

How did we get here?

If you’re wondering how black professionals find themselves in this situation, Thuli Dlamini has the answer, and explained it well to her white male colleague, James, on Black Tax.

When James was a bit confused about why she had to look after some of her family members, she told him: “Our country has a messed up past and the result of that is a lot of young black people taking care of their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, neighbours…”

 

 

He couldn’t fully understand black tax because his family wasn’t affected by apartheid and its legacy in the same way, she says. And anyone who still finds themselves struggling to comprehend this part of our culture would do well to watch the series for some insights.

 

 

Now it’s all up to Thuli (and her daughter) to accommodate her parents, brother and nephew. Family comes first, right? Is this a burden or is Thuli simply doing the right thing? You can be the judge of that!

One thing South Africans are definitely good at is laughing in the face of adversity, which is what makes this series so relatable and funny. Follow Thuli’s story on Black Tax, coming express to Showmax from BET.

Stream Black Tax from the beginning now.

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New voices, fresh new vibe on Algoa FM!

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS
Listeners and advertisers have welcomed a new Algoa FM line-up that includes exciting new voices, and a fresh sound, says managing director Alfie Jay.

This refresh and new energy celebrates Algoa FM’s move to its own iconic purpose-developed building in Port Elizabeth’s trendy Baakens Valley.

“We are capitalising on the excitement about having our own building for the first time in the 34 years since Algoa FM first started broadcasting,” says Jay, who has been in the broadcasting industry for 30 of those years.

“Our music mix has been given a tweak together with new on air imaging and some other changes to refresh the sound,” adds programme manager Baydu Adams.

On weekdays listeners wake up to Algoa Country’s favourite early morning voice, Siobhan Momberg, who is on air from 5-6am weekdays.

Multi award-winning broadcaster Wayne Hart has joined Charlton Tobias and Lee Duru “in an all-new breakfast show adventure, which promises to entertain listeners with some fresh and interactive radio.

“The team know each other well, and the energy and creativity that sparks in the room when they are together is really energising – just what is needed first thing in the morning while preparing for a day at work,” says Jay.

Mio Khondleka and KayCee Rossouw have traded morning weekday slots.
“From 9am-12pm Mio provides some mid-morning magic for listeners, with KayCee hosting us through lunch until three in the afternoon.

“We have added more vooma to the high-octane Afternoon Drive where Roland Gaspar has teamed up with Roch-Lè Bloem,” says Jay.

There are two parallel Afternoon Drive transmitter splits serving the Garden Route, with Lance du Plessis, and the greater Buffalo City metro with Brian Ndevu.

The two evening shows with Queenie Grootboom Khondleka and Vinny Nogemane have proven extremely popular with listeners and “if it ain’t broke… don’t fix it, so we have not made any changes there,” says Jay.

The station is also attracting national talent.

Among the new broadcasters is Linda Nzuzo, who started her broadcasting career in Port Elizabeth and was most recently on Kaya FM, after stints with Tru FM, Bay FM and Nkqubela FM.

“Algoa FM has also introduced some fresh voices to our highly-acclaimed news team.

“Two-time Vodacom Regional Journalist of the Year Award Winner, Siyabonga Sesant, who is originally from Port Elizabeth, is on duty behind the news mic from early until mid-day during the week.

“Siyabonga is a sought-after freelance radio and television news journalist who has spent many hours refining his craft on 5FM, Eye Witness News, eNCA and Newzroom Afrika.

“Popular Algoa FM presenter, Roch-Lè Bloem takes over the hot seat from Siyabonga from the one-o-clock news report and sees us through to the end of the afternoon drive with Roland Gaspar.

Popular broadcaster and sports fundi Mio Khondleka kicks off Saturday mornings from six till nine with the Saturday breakfast.
Next is the popular award-winning Top 30 with Wayne Hart from nine till noon.

He is followed by Nzuzo, who “brings an authoritative yet smooth vibe to the Saturday lunch-time show from 12-3pm.

“Then we unite the province with East London-based Brian Ndevu and Briony Sparg from Port Elizabeth, who team up in a show which crosses the divide between the eastern and western halves of the Eastern Cape and Garden Route.

Another new voice is Jean-Pierre Botha (JP), who is on air from seven till ten on Saturdays.

He is the former breakfast show presenter of community station Bay FM.

The Sunday line-up starts with Roch-Lè Bloem, who says she wants to keep listeners “calm but motivated.”

Lance du Plessis continues to present the very popular “Sounds of Time” from 9am-midday, followed by Charl Leslie.

“From 3-7pm KayCee Rossouw continues with his Sunday Soul, another show that is a hit with our listeners.

“The rest of the day is unchanged, with Queenie Grootboom Khondleka on air from seven till ten, followed by Vinny Nogemane.”

In addition to a new iconic building and fresh on air sound, the station has also re-launched its new responsive and mobile friendly website: www.algoafm.co.za

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The Snail and the Whale
• is based on Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s bestselling picture book
• is animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish (Revolting Rhymes, Zog)

• is co-directed by South African Daniel Snaddon (Zog, Stick Man)
• is produced by Magic Light (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Revolting Rhymes)

• features the voices of Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Tyrell in Game of Thrones) & two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water)
• premiered to over 7.5m people on BBC at Christmas 2019
• now streaming first on Showmax in Africa

 

The Snail and the Whale, the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler adaptation, is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa.

Animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish for Magic Light Pictures, The Snail and the Whale premiered on BBC One at Christmas to four-star reviews and over 7.5m viewers. RadioTimes calls the 26m animation “visually spectacular… a lovely treat to watch as a family…”

 

 

This is the story of a tiny snail with an itchy foot, who travels the world on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. It’s a tale of shimmering ice and coral caves, of shooting stars and enormous waves, and of how the snail, so small and frail, saves the life of the humpback whale.

 

 

“Although it was first published in 2003, this story now seems more relevant than ever,” says RadioTimes, highlighting the “environmental message which kids will surely take to heart” and “a lovely friendship between two wildly different creatures.”

The Snail and the Whale is directed by two-time Oscar nominee Max Lang (The Gruffalo, Room On The Broom) and multi-award-winning South African Daniel Snaddon (Stick Man). This is their second Donaldson-Scheffler collaboration, following on from the success of Zog, which earned the keen but clumsy dragon gold stars everywhere from Shanghai International TV Festival to New York International Children’s Film Festival last year, not to mention nominations for International Emmy, Kidscreen, and Annie awards in 2020.

 

 

“For anyone who’s ever felt overwhelmed, like the world is too big for you to make a difference, The Snail and the Whale is an encouragement that even though you feel small – and may even be small – what you do still matters,” says Snaddon. “The important thing is to keep hoping and to keep trying.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is voiced by star British acting talent, with two-time Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (Paddington, The Shape Of Water) as Snail, Rob Brydon (Gavin & Stacey, and every Julia Donaldson adaptation) as Whale, Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show) as Teacher and Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Tyrell in Game of Thrones – and Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) as the narrator.

 

 

“I Skyped in for the voice recordings,” says Snaddon. “As a kid from the Lowveld, Skype is a huge blessing because it stops you feeling too starstruck. I’m used to seeing Sally and Diana on screen, and they’re still just on a screen, so you can have a normal conversation.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is a longstanding favourite in our house,” says Brydon. “It’s an epic journey across the globe, where the tiniest creature and the mightiest mammal experience the vastness of our planet together.”

“Both characters go on such a heart-warming, emotional and ultimately life-changing journey together,” says Hawkins. “It’s a very beautiful and important friendship for them both.”

The Snail and the Whale’s environmental theme particularly resonated with her. “The protection of our oceans is everything,” she says. “I hope this animation will inspire family audiences everywhere in helping to take care of our beautiful earth and its creatures for future generations and beyond.”

 

 

Snaddon first read The Snail and the Whale to his son Frank when he was still in utero. When Frank was born, “one of the first things he got was a lot of Julia Donaldson swag – he was the first kid to get a Zog plushie, as well as lots of Stick Man and Gruffalo stuff. He’s well-kitted out with the merch.”

 

 

But for Snaddon, Donaldson is more than just a supplier of night-time stories that are always a pleasure to read. “For our family, she’s changed our lives,” he admits. “I was working in advertising before this, and I didn’t have a clear pathway to making my own films, so I’m just so grateful that we as a family have been part of spreading the magic of her stories. She’s a national treasure in Britain and I’m in awe of her and Axel and the imprint they’ve made on the British psyche.”

 

 

The Snail and the Whale is the fifth in a string of BBC Christmas adaptations from Magic Light and Triggerfish, following the multi-award-winning Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations Stick Man (2015), The Highway Rat (2017) and Zog (2019), as well as the Oscar-nominated Roald Dahl adaptation Revolting Rhymes (2016).

 

 

Before teaming up with Triggerfish, Magic Light also made three previous Donaldson-Scheffler adaptations: the Oscar-nominated The Gruffalo (2009), the BAFTA and Emmy winner Room On The Broom (2012), and Annecy winner The Gruffalo’s Child (2011), among other hits.

 

 

All eight family classics are now streaming on Showmax.

Watch and embed the trailer for The Snail and the Whale:
https://youtu.be/YqyVxyxZhKE

 

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Unathi joins Kaya FM

Posted by radio On February - 4 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Kaya FM shakes up mid-day radio with seasoned broadcaster Unathi Nkayi

 

Kaya FM names composer, performer, broadcaster and television producer Unathi Nkayi as the host of the newly revamped Monday-Thursday; 12:00-15:00 slot.  On her new show Nkayi will lead conversations that are attuned with the lives of Afropolitans, while continuing to serve listeners with the unique music offering that the Home of the Afropolitan is known for. Nkayi’s appointment comes in line with the station’s commitment to leading new trends in broadcast media. Her first show will go live on the 2nd of March 2020.

 

Nkayi makes her return to radio after a short hiatus and her trajectory spans almost twenty years on the airwaves. Her recent time off radio saw her hosting Moja Love’s popular Show Me Love, while most fans know her as the beloved judge on Idols South Africa. Most recently, Nkayi released her memoir, I Keep Learning (Sifiso Publishers), to critical acclaim. The book, which is co-authered by Kabomo Vilakazi, is an intimate look at the trials and triumphs of her life. In her book, she tells a story of how she is raised by Africa and living as a global citizen – which makes her a quintessential Afropolitan. The multi-talented powerhouse is an outlier in the entertainment industry and has stunned her audiences with her many hit singles including Halo Sana which is currently on high rotation. Nkayi is a Rhodes University Journalism and Drama graduate, and a University of Utrecht International Media Studies graduate.

 

 

 

“I am deeply inspired to get to work with an on air team that I have admired and loved for years and to have a team that supports the vision of greatness. I look forward to having intergenerational conversations, cultural and musical exchanges but most importantly I look forward to learning from our listeners. To work at a station that truly celebrates the continent and everything Afropolitan can only be alchemy. Here is to a new dawn. Camagu! ” expressed Nkayi on her new appointment at the station.

This new show will grant us yet another opportunity to use our platform as a global instrument for the advancement of Africa-centric content, with a particular focus on the aspects of art, travel and lifestyle.

 

 

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