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The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector Council has elected Councillor Andile Raletlhogonolo Tlhoaele and Councillor Pheladi Gwangwa as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, respectively. 
The election of the Chairperson and Deputy comes after the resignation of Councillor Nokuzola Ehrens on Thursday, 06 September 2018 and the appointment of Councillor Tlhoaele as Acting Chairperson by the Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele on Friday, 12 October 2018.
“The election of Councillor Gwangwa and I mark an important milestone in the work of the Council. The Council is committed to contributing to the success of the sector, part of that success is the implementation of the Code.” said Councillor Tlhoaele, newly elected chairperson
The Council is responsible for developing, reviewing and publishing the B-BBEE ICT Sector Code. The Council is also mandated to monitor the implementation the Code and report progress to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Advisory Council on BEE; the BEE Commissioner Ms Zodwa Ntuli; Minister of Trade & Industry Dr Rob Davies; Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele and Minister of Communications Ms Nomvula Mokonyane.
The ICT Sector comprises of four ICT industry sub-sectors; Broadcasting, IT, Telecommunications and Electronics.
The Council functions through the following sub-committees;
1.       Executive Committee, which comprises of the chairpersons of all the sub-committees,  which will be chaired by the Deputy Chairperson Councillor Pheladi Gwangwa
2.         Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Committee chaired by Councillor Petronella Linders
3.         Implementation 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 Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services and the Department of Communications.
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Grassroots activists from Earthlife Africa,Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid, were awarded the honour of SAB Environmentalist of the Year at the 30th annual SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards 2018, today.

The Earthlife Africa pair received the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year for their work in winning a crucial court case to halt plans by the South African government to proceed with a national nuclear build programme.

 

“The SAB Environmentalist of the Year awards acknowledges individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the environment with the majority of the judges agreeing that the honour should go to Lekalakala and McDaid,” says Katy Katopodis, Convenor of the awards.

 

The two built a broad coalition to stop the South African government’s massive secret nuclear deal with Russia. In April 2017, the High Court ruled that the $76 billion nuclear power project was unconstitutional—a landmark legal victory that protected South Africa from an unprecedented expansion of the nuclear industry and production of radioactive waste.

 

SAB also awarded several journalists for excelling in reporting on environmental matters in the categories of Video Media, Audio Media, Written Media and Photography.

More than 200 entries from media were received for the 30th anniversary edition of the awards.

 

“Recognising and rewarding work by the media, is an important part of making sure that big business, governments, communities and individuals take accountability for their actions, which have an impact on the environment. Your work not only shines a spotlight on the challenges that we face as a human race but also spurs action,” continues Katopodis.

“At SAB, we have never shied away from the organisation’s impact on the environment and on the communities in which we operate. We acknowledge the responsibility that we have towards preserving and protecting our natural resources, minimising our impact and making a substantial and real contribution to building the future of all,” says David Hauxwell, VP Procurement and Sustainability, SAB and AB InBev Africa.

SAB and AB InBev this year announced their sustainable development strategy outlining their joint priorities for 2025. The key areas of focus are water, agriculture, climate change and circular packaging.

 

SAB also took the opportunity at the 30th Anniversary of the awards to announce a Legacy Award recognising community-based environmental projects. This award will be offered from 2019 onwards. “The legacy award will help those on the ground make a difference in communities that are affected, more than most, by daily environmental challenges,” says Hauxwell.

 

The winners of the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year 2018 are:

The Macqubu Ntombela and Ian Player Young Cub Award was awarded to Mlungisi Ntuli from 50/50 for the entry “The River Gives”, which follows the story of a group of young people who call themselves “Enviro Champs” whose actions reflect true conservation in action by the community, for the community.

 

The SAB Environmental Media Award for Photography went to 2014’s winner Adrian de Kock from Media 24 who travelled with a group of South Africa scientists and came across a rare group of 50 Humpback Whales and Southern Right whales.

 

The SAB Environmental Media Award for Written Media was awarded to 2014 winner, Fiona Macleod from Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism.Fiona and her team won for their multimedia journalism projects on how local neighbourhoods are surviving disruption by global climate change and the investigation into the anti-poaching buffer zone along Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa.

 

The winner of the SAB Environmental Media Award for Audio Media, was first-time winner, Jamaine Krige from the SABC. Jamaine won for her detailed, insightful and heart-breaking story about how at least 800 dogs a week are poisoned with the banned pesticide Aldicarb used widely used by poaching syndicates and is regularly available on the streets of Johannesburg.

 

Sasha Schwendenwein from Carte Blanche won the Video Media category for the second year in a row, for her investigative stories on illegal slaughterhouses beneath the City of Johannesburg and how 90% of the high-calibre hunting rifles used for Rhino poaching came from one specific manufacturer in the Czech Republic.

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The international gaming industry has shown its support for Clarion’s vision to deliver a stellar business event for the continent, with the inaugural edition of ICE Africa (www.ICEAfrica.za.com) (24 and 25 of October at the Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa) now at 90% capacity with leading brands including Aruze Gaming; BtoBet; Flutterwave; Gambee; GLI; Merkur Gaming; MST Channel; Neosurf; Playtech BGT Sports; Quanta; Superbet; and umAfrika Gaming Technologies supporting the historic event.

Predicted by Michael Collins, General Manager of South Africa based software firm, Betting Entertainment Technology (B.E.T) to join the ‘Premier League of international B2B gaming events’ ICE Africa has attracted delegates from a total of 91 countries including gaming professionals from 25 African countries, comprising:

 

Botswana; Cameroon; Chad; Congo (The Democratic Republic of); eSwatini (formerly Swaziland); Egypt; Gambia; Ghana; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; Malawi; Mauritius; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nigeria; Rwanda; Seychelles; South Africa; Sudan; Tanzania (United Republic of); Uganda; Zambia, and Zimbabwe

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Commenting on the response, Dan Stone, Senior Marketing Manager at Clarion Gaming said “We took the decision to launch following requests from the industry based in Africa for us to produce and organise a professional showcase that the continent could be proud of.  Since making the decision to bring the ICE brand to the continent, we have been really encouraged by the hugely positive response from all parties – manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, journalists and commentators alike.  As we edge closer to the first edition of ICE Africa going live, all the metrics we look to are highly positive and we are confident of opening a new chapter in the development of African gaming.”

 

 

Delivering much more than a conventional expo, ICE Africa has been curated to bring the gaming community a plethora of engaging content covering thought leadership to training and provided by the industry’s most influential and reputable stakeholders.  Dan Stone explained: “Learning and development are at the core of the ICE Africa experience.  The advance AFRICA stream creates time for quality brainstorming around how the future of the African market can be shaped to allow for sustainable growth of the industry.  microscope AFRICA is a series of workshops looking at different facets of the industry and network AFRICA a series of facilitated networking breaks, unique HIVE sessions and round-tables to forge new connections with colleagues from across the continent.  The ICE Africa conference programme will cover a wide range of topics including mobile, lottery, start-ups, investment and regulation all headed up by expert international speakers.”

 

 

 

To register for the first ICE Africa and the learning, training and networking opportunities it offers, visit:

www.ICEAfrica.za.com

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Former Talk Radio 702 host Redi Thlabi is set to host a new Current Affairs show named Unfiltered, launching on Sunday, 07 October 2018 at 20:30, on the SABC News Channel and SABC 3. This is part of SABC’s efforts to attract top talent to enhance and strengthen audience experience, in line with its turnaround plan.

Tlhabi, who is no stranger to the SABC, brings immense experience and knowledge in the television news domain, including working with international broadcasting platforms such as Aljazeera and BBC World News. She is a distinguished broadcast journalist, columnist and author.

The new weekly show, Unfiltered, will boldly tackle the broad spectrum of issues affecting South Africans, including crime, corruption, education, politics as well as community and social issues.

 

In making the announcement, Phathiswa Magopeni, Group Executive for News and Current Affairs division says, “SABC News is taking an unrestrained, courageous and forthright approach to discussing tough issues facing South African citizens daily. Redi is a dynamic and versatile journalist who fits the profile of the show and our editorial character very well. We are happy to welcome her back as part of the SABC News team”.

 

Talking about her move, Thlabi says, “I have always responded positively to conversations that help us confront the ills of our society and affirm our quest for justice, democracy and accountability. It is with that vision that I begin this new chapter with the SABC”. Thlabi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Master’s degree in gender and politics.

 

The new current affairs show seeks to communicate and strengthen the Independence and Impartiality of SABC News, and ensure that the public news service delivers on its mandate.

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Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa, Marketing Manager says the campaign is completely in line with what they stand for, “There is no better fit than South Africa’s favourite toy and baby store partnering with the biggest toy collection drive over the festive season. The ECR team have done an incredible job of making Toy Story a much anticipated and well known campaign for the year! The main aim of the campaign is to pull our community together to give back and to ensure we add joy to the lives of those in need! In our dealings with local organisations, we have seen first-hand that a toy is not just an object, but is a symbol of excitement, joy and a bit of hope, which every child deserves to feel.”

 

East Coast Radio’s Boni Mchunu says the station is delighted to have Toys R Us/Babies R Us on board, “East Coast Radio’s Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children in our country. We are honoured to facilitate giving on such a massive scale and are so grateful to our sponsors for all their efforts in making this possible.”

Other key sponsors that have come on board this year include; Durban Deliveries, who will facilitate the collection of toys from stores, schools and businesses; Gift of the Givers Foundation who assist with storing and then packing toys for distribution; Hirt and Carter, who manufacture the Toy Story boxes; Verigreen who manufacture bags for the campaign and Red Cross Air Mercy Services, who assist with the distribution of toys to rural areas.

 

 

 

When the campaign officially rolls out from 22 October, KwaZulu-Natalians will be able to donate a toy at any Toys R Us & Babies R Us store across the province. Last year, KZN listeners, schools and businesses donated 20,000 new toys and more than R750,000 towards East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign.

 

 

 

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Mzansi Magic’s popular drama series, The Imposter returns to the small screens for the second instalment on Sunday, 7th October 2018, on DStv Channel 161 at 20:00 with Seriti Films on the helm of production as the producers.

 

The creators of The Imposters, Ferguson Films, approached Seriti Films to produce the follow up season of the hit series by adding their own flavour and twist to the new storyline.

 

“The idea was that the series has a premise that can continue for as long as each season has different creative minds to it. We wanted to encourage producers in the industry to work together to build an even greater TV and film landscape. Mzansi Magic fully endorsed this direction as it was in line with their new story telling anthology concept,” says Shona Ferguson.

 

Ferguson Films paved the way with the first season which became one of the best performing dramas on Mzansi Magic hands over the batten to Seriti Films to up the stakes and produce yet another successful season.

 

“As Mzansi Magic, we decided to explore a strategy by introducing a novel storytelling technique with our dramas and telenovelas – the anthology concept (rolling out a series of stories under one title). In this case, The Imposter will be the first show to carry this concept; where we will be alternating top production companies to come up with the new story, new cast but keep the same premise. By keeping the premise of the show allows us to refresh the narrative by introducing a new perspective each season”, explains Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

The Imposter Season 2 comes with an all-new cast, packed with an innovative storyline with a different approach set in a whole new world.

Following Season 1’s gripping storyline which zoned in on twin sisters, Mantwa and Matshepo Tau, whose lives took an unconventional twist when one of the sisters broke out of prison to claim the life of her identical twin. The second season is also set in two worlds.

 

In Season 2, we explore two sides of the same coin as The Imposter follows the story of Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane who struggles to make ends meet and to provide for his daughter in a township called Kliptown, while his long-lost twin brother, Gary Mokoena lives a luxurious life, with manicured lawns, expensive cars and extreme wealth.

 

A rollercoaster of events that neither Tebza nor Gary could anticipate takes shape as one is faced with living in poverty while the other won the trust fund lottery.

The second season boasts the acting prowess of Mpho Osei Tutu as Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane/ Gary Mokoena, Didie Makobane as Mmabotse, Mmabatho Mogomotsi as Candy, Gail Mabalane as Kelebogile, Joyce Skefu as Valeta, Seputla Sebogodi as Dali, Tiisetso Thoka as Paballo, Nonhle Thema as Evodia, Sonia Mbele as Big Daddy, Kabelo Thai as Turbo to name a few.

 

“The Imposter Season 2 promises to be yet another fast-paced series that will keep the audiences captivated. We are always looking for creative ways to give our viewers spellbinding television. We can’t wait to unravel the plot and showcase the talented cast production has ensembled,” concludes Sema.

 

Catch The Imposter season 2 on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 20:00

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A chance at Love at Second Swipe

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Lifetime’s new makeover series with host Pabi Moloi premieres 25 October on DStv channel 131 – stream live on DStv Now.

Lifetime’s latest local reality show Love at Second Swipe will be making over the South African dating scene one online dater at a time, starting Thursday 25 October at 20:00 on DStv 131 and streaming live on DStv Now.

Hosted by Pabi Moloi, each week a team of experts will completely makeover two people in the hopes of helping them find love online. Together with the experts they’ll revamp their dating profile, their look and also dig deeper into issues that could be holding them back.

Love at Second Swipe promises to be uplifting, sometimes hard-hitting and always emotional. You’ll laugh and cry as you watch ordinary South Africans transformed inside and out, culminating in a jaw-dropping big reveal.

Recognised TV star Pabi Moloi will host Lifetime’s Love at Second Swipe, while a qualified team including a life coach, style expert, makeup guru and hairdressers will rally around the participants throughout the transformation process.

 

 

Moloi believes there’s so much about Love at Second Swipe that the viewer will be able to relate to, “These are personal stories, these are real human beings experiencing the anguish of wanting to love and be loved and not knowing how to navigate that and we’re going to capture those moments. It excites me to demystify what online dating is and to help people discover the true connection with themselves before they make a match with somebody else.”

The show’s ‘life coach’ Dr Zenia Barnard who has degrees in both psychology and technology says the ‘makeover’ isn’t a superficial exercise , “We delve into their emotional challenges and what has possibly been holding them back and what they can let go of. You can put as much makeup on and change your hair but if the emotional shift isn’t happening then that person isn’t going to find ultimate happiness and love.”

 

 

Renowned stylist Shaldon Kopman will help the Love at Second Swipe participants see what it is they need in order to portray themselves correctly on their online dating profiles. He adds, “A lot of people don’t understand how to dress themselves or how to style themselves. So in the show my role is to makeover the participants from a style perspective so that they can feel good and comfortable in their space and go out there and conquer.”

The six-episode series is produced by Hi Mom exclusively for Lifetime Africa. South Africa’s latest reality show – Love at Second Swipe – brings together style tips, online dating advice and the magic makeover reveal moments. Tune into Lifetime on DStv 131 at 20:00 every Thursday evening, starting 25 October.

 

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers.

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The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

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Tune into Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161), on 11 October for The Ranakas season three premiere. This lively and refreshingly authentic family will be on our television screens every Thursday at 20:00.

Recapping on how the second season ended, Mama Siba started studying at a culinary school and pursued her dream of having a cook book. Ntate Ranaka experienced health difficulties and gave Mama Siba a scare when he had a heart attack.

 

Ranaka, the youngest sibling was trying to find himself and was pursuing his dreams in the music industry. Michelle and hubby Mzingisi officially became Mr and Mrs Ranaka. They also became first time parents! Mpumi, who is married to a German man was dealing with a long-distance relationship, family and career life. Dineo and Mpumi were not seeing eye to eye and were constantly at logger heads.

 

This season Michelle and Mzingisi deal with typical challenges of being newlyweds as well as the excitement of parenthood. Find out if Mzingisi has gotten over his bachelor days and old habits.  Manaka, actress and mom, is on a journey of personal growth and healing. Dineo, radio and television presenter is passionate about building an empire and is still aiming for the stars.

 

Who has moved back home and why? And will Mpumi and Dineo settle their differences and get along? Tune into The Ranakas every Thursday at 20:00, from 11 October on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161).

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SABC appoints a new head of legal

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara as Head of SABC Legal Services effective, 1 October 2018.

Advocate Vanara brings a long distinguished legal career having worked in both the private and public sectors. He served successfully in various positions including his most recent role of  Senior Manager of Legal and Constitutional Services at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

 

SABC Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Madoda Mxakwe stated, “I am pleased to welcome Advocate Vanara to the SABC. His appointment is in line with the SABC’s commitment to ensuring stability at senior management level. Advocate Vanara will be instrumental in driving and ensuring adherence to governance procedures and the promotion of a culture of accountability in the public broadcaster”.

 

Advocate Vanara holds various legal qualifications including LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Free State. He also holds a Certificate in Legislative Drafting as well as a Certificate in Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

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The Internet Society (https://www.InternetSociety.org/), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa.

An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering.

 

Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, which means that most of their domestic Internet traffic is exchanged through points outside their respective country, usually through satellite or submarine fiber across multiple international hubs to reach their destination.  This can result in poor end-user experiences and discourages hosting content locally, which are some of the key factors towards the development of the local Internet ecosystem.

 

Peering at IXPs helps keep domestic Internet traffic local by offloading traffic from relatively expensive international links onto more affordable local links. As a result, ISPs are able to offer improved Internet experiences for end-users and spur interest in hosting content locally.

 

The Internet Society and Facebook will collaborate in promoting IXP infrastructure development, training and community engagement with the objective of increasing the number of IXPs and supporting the expansion of existing IXPs to meet the growing demand in Africa. Studies have shown that (http://bit.ly/2xAuPDe) Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable and reliable access to content.

 

 

“The Internet community adopted the goal of having at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020,”explains Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.  “We are getting closer to that target thanks to the many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa and to partnerships such as the one we are announcing today with Facebook.”

 

 

According to the Africa IXP Association (Af-IX), there are approximately 44 active IXPs located across 32 countries in Africa.  This has resulted in a 275% growth of locally exchanged Internet traffic over the last 10 years (there were 16 IXPs in 2008). During the same period, traffic exchanged at the African IXPs increased from 0.16Gbps to 412Gbps with over 800 networks now connected at these IXPs (http://bit.ly/2zrXk77).

 

 

“We admire the Internet Society’s important work to improve connectivity in Africa by supporting IXPs,” said Kojo Boakye, Head, Connectivity and Access, Africa at Facebook. “Our partnership with the Internet Society will help develop Africa’s IXP ecosystem by deploying resources like training and equipment to the areas where they are most urgently needed.”

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