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Creating a number of programmes to help grow and recognise young, diverse creative talent across Africa and the Middle East, to showcase Facebook and Instagram’s mobile canvas for brands

Facebook (www.Facebook.com) is once again throwing its full support behind young, digital talent in South Africa, with a busy programme of events for Loeries 2017 Creative Week. The world’s largest social media community is sponsoring the Student Category of The Loeries Awards for the second year running, as well as hosting workshops and hackathons to help upskill young South African creatives in the latest practices for digital marketing and advertising.

 

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director of Facebook Africa, said: “At Facebook, we are passionate about helping talented young creatives across Africa and the Middle East to develop their skills and deliver great concepts that help brands to grow, while entertaining and informing the community. Africa and the Middle East’s emerging digital creatives represent a powerfully diverse pool of talent—one that holds the key to reaching the next billion people.”

 

Highlights scheduled for Facebook’s Loeries Creative Week include:

 

Made on Mobile, 16 August: Giving back to the local community, while showcasing the power of mobile and advertising for small businesses, Facebook will host a hands-on workshop in KwaMashu township. Designed for local small to medium sized businesses, the session will help local SMBs create an engaging and effective business presence, and campaign using only a mobile phone.

 

Instagram “Durban’s Passions” hack, 17 August: Working with top students from advertising schools around the country for a day of fun and learning at the Facebook Creative Hub, the hack will be themed around Instagram and Stories. Exploring quick, creative and easy ways to use video and mobile to connect with passions on Instagram, students will be challenged to create stories about Durban, which will then be judged by a panel including Facebook’s Creative Shop and Durban Tourism.

 

Seminar of Creativity with Facebook Live, 18 August: Facebook’s head of Creative Shop for Middle East and Africa (MEA), Weera Saad will be speaking at the Seminar of Creativity. Exploring mobile as the new creative canvas and how Africa can be driving innovation through its use, the Seminar will also be shown on Facebook Live to encourage conversation around mobile and creativity.

 

Student Category Award, 19 August: New this year, is Facebook’s very own award –‘The Facebook Challenge’ in the student category of the Loeries Awards. This recognises and celebrates the achievements of the next generation of creative professionals who are redefining creativity on mobile. Awarded to a student campaign that creatively addresses gender equality using mobile video, the winning entry will be announced on Saturday evening.

 

“I am excited to be part of the journey that Facebook and the Loeries have embarked on to invest in and grow the next generation of creatives,” says Weera Saad, Head of Creative Shop Facebook for Middle East and Africa. “It will be a pleasure to speak to young creatives in the region about how they can use mobile and video platforms to build connections, conversations and communities.”

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RSG celebrates 80 years of Afrikaans radio

Posted by radio On August - 16 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The world looks completely different than in 1937.  Then, communication was limited, and the introduction of radio – in Afrikaans – changed the world.  Now there’s a vast choice of media, but radio is still prevalent to entertain, educate and inform people – across borders and countries.

 

The past 80 years of Afrikaans radio delivered many highlights, and as part of the celebrations of 80 years of Afrikaans radio broadcasting, some jewels from the archives will be broadcasted, with nostalgic moments, where presenters will talk about the old days of radio and celebrating this milestone with a dance!

 

RSG already started the festivities with a rebroadcast of 13 weekly episodes of the Afrikaans James Bond of the 1960’s, called Staal Burger.  This super-secret spy had a way with the ladies, fast cars and putting the bad guys in their place!  Listeners will thoroughly enjoy this series every Thursday evening at 20:30.

 

During September and October, a series of commissioned documentary programs will be broadcasted.  The focus will be on the highlights of sport on Afrikaans radio, the development of drama over the years, as well as literature and music movements the past 80 years.  RSG will also play extracts from a few programs that were popular on Afrikaans radio over the years.

 

The actual 80th birthday will culminate in a special day of broadcasting on 27 October.

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After receiving over 200 entries from across the continent, Discovery Channel is proud to announce the Top 10 finalists for the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ Award.

 

Throughout August each film will be broadcast on Discovery Channel and it will be up to viewers to decide which film should be chosen as the overall winner.

 

You can vote on the Discovery website www.discoverychannelafrica.com and closes at 10am on Monday, 28 August. The winning filmmaker will be flown to Johannesburg to receive their prize at the Jozi Film Festival awards ceremony on 24 September 2017.

 

Each filmmaker stands the chance of winning a cash prize of $5 000 from Discovery Channel to go towards their next filming project.

 

“While this was Discovery’s first category in the Jozi Film Festival, we were thrilled with the quality and diversity of entries that we received,” says Dilek Doyran, VP of Commercial Development and Country Manager of Africa and the Mediterranean.

 

“Our hope was to find films which captured the ethos of curiosity and celebrated the uniqueness that the African continent has to offer, and with films from Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Uganda, we are confident the shortlist represents this. We look forward to broadcasting the Top 10 films on Discovery Channel, and showcasing the many different ways of celebrating Africanism.”

 

Here are the Top 10 Films you can see this month:

 

DISCOVERY, by Manqoba Shongwe from Swaziland, catch it on Tuesday 15 August at 20:00

 

We explore every day but neglect to learn. In this film, Manqoba took the time to pay attention to some of the things he saw in his everyday explorations and shares what he gathered. Manqoba said, “It’s a great honour to be selected as a finalist in the Discovery Channel ‘Don’t Stop Wondering’ category of the Jozi Film Festival. Not only is it validating for my work to be recognised in this manner, but it is also really cool for my voice to be heard on such a platform.”

 

Puppetsula, by Michael Rodrigues and Shaun James from South Africa, see it on Thursday 17 August at 20:00

 

Puppetsula follows Jabu, a puppeteer who travels to instill joy in all those that witness his fiery performances of traditional dances. Michael and Shaun said, “Coming from hardship and still having a passion to give joy to others is truly remarkable. We applaud Jabulani Simango and can’t wait to share his amazing talent with our country. Thank you to Discovery for providing a platform for his story to be seen.”

 

Sithaidi: The Traditional Xhosa Bead Artist, by Caley Kolk from South Africa, see it on Wednesday 16 August at 20:00

 

This film follows Sithaidi’s journey to work every day: a scenic 6-hour trek in rural Transkei. The story showcases how creativity overcomes human adversity, old age and a lifelong polio condition, and how creativity ultimately inspires us to live. Caley said, “As a first time filmmaker, I am simply delighted our film has progressed to the Top 10. I am thrilled that Thaidi’s story is finally being seen by the world – she is a woman of great strength and her simple philosophy, cocky nature and tenacity is a continual source of inspiration to me. In her own words, she is number 1. I hope to report back to her that her film is number 1 too!”

 

The Ascension by Dieter Du Plessis from South Africa, airing on Wednesday 23 August at 20:00

 

This short documentary follows the journal of a trail runner, with a voice-over that relates life to mountain climbing. Dieter said, “It feels like a door being opened after years of knocking!”

 

The Tragedy of Africa, by Dusty Van Niekerk from South Africa, airing on Friday 25 August at 20:00

 

The Tragedy of Africa looks at Africa’s beauty inside and out, following the sad reality behind the harsh rhino poaching crisis which South Africa faces. Dusty said, “I am so grateful and excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity to share my film with everyone”.

 

Mr Ability, by Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce from Uganda, airing on Monday 21 August at 20:00

 

This is a story of Simon Peter Lubega, a physically impaired, creative artist who wakes up early every morning and works against all odds on his art pieces to raise money to support himself and his family. Okuyo said, “I am highly honoured to be set apart for this prestigious moment, amongst creative minds, by a world class channel. My first work as a director to be selected and aired on Discovery channel is indescribable.”

 

Egg Slap, by Pressilla Nanyange from Uganda, airing on Tuesday 22 August at 20:00

 

Egg Slap explores a childhood game, football, but with a twist. Pressilla said, “I am beyond excited to be selected among the top ten; I’m feeling blessed.”

 

Sjangalala: The New Era, by Siphiwe Phiri from South Africa, see it on Friday 18 August at 20:00

 

This is a documentary about a pastor who is breaking the stereotype surrounding the art of spinning cars. Siphiwe said, “I have been in the TV industry for over 8 years now and this is by far the biggest acknowledgement I have ever received for my work. Thank You to Discovery Channel Africa, Jozi Film Festival and ALL its sponsors for creating such a platform for young creatives like us! Siyabonga!”

 

Non-People, by Wesley Rhode from South Africa, airing Thursday 24 August at 20:00

 

This documentary celebrates the trials and tribulations of South Africa’s informal recyclers – people that are over looked and ignored. Wesley said, “Myself and my team who put this film together are extremely excited and feel blessed to be chosen as part of the Top 10 films, we are happy that our hard work has paid off and that our vision and our story has been recognised.”

 

Another Sunny Day, by Tim Huebschle from Namibia, see it on Monday 14 August at 20:00

 

This film tells the story of how life must be for someone whose skin has no protection from the sun, living in a country that averages over 80% sunshine during any given year. Welcome to Paulus’s life in Namibia. Tim said, “To have Another Sunny Day selected as one of the Top 10 finalists is one of those magical moments that rarely happen. I’m humbled by the opportunity and look forward to viewing the other nine magical works from across our continent.”

 

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote for the film you feel epitomizes our African story! Join the conversation on Twitter @discoverysa and by liking us on our Facebook page Discovery Channel South Africa, using #dontstopwondering and #jff2017.

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Apple reports 3rd Quarter Results

Posted by radio On August - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Revenue Growth of 7 Percent and EPS Growth of 17 Percent

Services Revenue Hits All-Time Quarterly Record

 

Apple recently announced financial results for its fiscal 2017 third quarter ended July 1, 2017. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.4 billion and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.67. These results compare to revenue of $42.4 billion and earnings per diluted share of $1.42 in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

 

“With revenue up 7 percent year-over-year, we’re happy to report our third consecutive quarter of accelerating growth and an all-time quarterly record for Services revenue,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We hosted an incredibly successful Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and we’re very excited about the advances in iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS coming this fall.”

 

“We reported unit and revenue growth in all our product categories in the June quarter, driving 17 percent growth in earnings per share,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We also returned $11.7 billion to investors during the quarter, bringing cumulative capital returns under our program to almost $223 billion.”

 

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2017 fourth quarter:

Revenue between $49 billion and $52 billion

Gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38 percent

Operating expenses between $6.7 billion and $6.8 billion

Other income/(expense) of $500 million

Tax rate of 25.5 percent

 

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.63 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 17, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 14, 2017.

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Vodacom has appointed one of the country’s well respected and talented trailblazers in marketing and advertising, Abey Mokgwatsane, as its new Managing Executive for Brand Marketing and Communications.

 

Mokgwatsane has been the Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy South Africa since January 2012, one of the country’s leading advertising agencies where he bagged a string of accolades. He brings to this post a broad skills set, honed over a career that spans over a decade in Brand Marketing and Communications industry in some of the country’s leading corporates.

 

Matimba Mbungela, Chief Human Resource Offer for Vodacom Group commented:

 

“Mokgwatsane is no stranger to Vodacom and is acquainted with the brand’s rich history and inner workings. He brings with him the sort of ingenuity that Vodacom needs at this time. This year, we revised our strategy to ensure that we are best positioned to seize opportunities, and manage the risks, of a rapidly changing marketplace, characterised by significant levels of digitalisation. We’re confident that Mokgwatsane will do well in positioning our brand as we seek to position Vodacom to be a leading digital company that empowers a connected society.”

 

Mokgwatsane began his career as a marketing intern and was later promoted to marketing manager at VWV Group in 2005 where he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007. He previously worked for South African Breweries (SAB), as Brand Manager for Castle Loud and Brand Group Manager for Miller Genuine Draft, was widely credited with the successful launch of the MGD brand into the South African market, earning three Managing Directors Awards for marketing excellence at SAB. Most notably, he recently led the merger of Gloo Digital with Ogilvy, expanding Ogilvy’s digital offering. He was also nominated as one of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young Leaders of the year in 2011.

 

He is taking over from Mzamo Masito who joined Vodacom in May 2013. Masito played a key role in applying a segment marketing approach to brand.  He brought a dynamic perspective to the Segment and Brand teams. His accolades include increasing the Brand NPS lead; winning SA’s Best Liked Ads for three years and Vodacom being named South Africa’s Favourite Brand at the Sunday Times Top Brands for 2016.

 

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Diski Divas are back on Mzansi

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Diski Divas season three promises to raise as many perfectly-arched eyebrows as the previous seasons.

 

From high-end glamorous lives and their private antics, to their men’s prowess on and off the soccer pitch, there’s never a shortage of drama with the wives, girlfriends and exes of Mzansi’s soccer stars.

 

Diski Divas season three promises to raise as many perfectly-arched eyebrows as the previous seasons. The new season will take a look at the full circle life of a Diski Diva; those who are young and desperate to enter the world, those who have married into the club and want to hold on at all costs, and those who have been there and want out!

 

The reality show has become a revolving door of the stylish women in the lives of soccer players – and this season viewers will see three new power players in heels.

 

Joining the squad is Sibongile Masuku, married to Bloemfontein Celtic player, Khethokwakhe Masuku. A home-maker and a mother of two, let’s see what lies beneath her feisty demeanour.

 

Followed by the “new kids on the block”, Thato “DJ Heels” Makgaka, 23, and her bestie Chabii Motaung, 21. Thato takes us into her world as a club DJ with a dream to take over the music industry. So how did she go from perfect stranger to a diva and more? Meanwhile, her buddy Chabii, is #livingherbestlife as the “fiancé” to another baller. Follow the trails of Diski Divas 3 to find out who.

 

Returning stronger and more confident is Kea Ntshole, just as her retired defender partner, Mbuyiselo Sambu, takes up a new position as Assistant Coach of Chippa United. Will they finally take their relationship to the next level?

 

Another returnee is Thandeka Nhleko, former wife to retired Kaiser Chiefs striker Nkosinathi Nhleko. Knowing how cliquey the WAG world is, there’s a big question mark about what she is bringing to the table this time around.

 

There’s never a dull moment in the lives of these soccer- babes. Get ready to witness what it takes to live in this high stakes world – the drama, the back-stabbing, the fear of losing it all in one quick move.

 

Diski Divas will premiere Wednesday, 12 July 2017 at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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Tumi Morake & Eric Omondi on Boomerang

Posted by radio On July - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Hilarious duo Tumi Morake and Eric Omondi transform themselves into the loveable animals we all know and love.

 

South Africa’s leading female comedian and radio personality Tumi Morake and renowned Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi have teamed up with Boomerang to launch a brand new, exciting comedic series that promises to have audiences across Africa roaring with laughter!

 

From cheeky monkeys, to lazy wallowing seals, to greedy warthogs, to romantic cheetahs, Boomerang’s The Safari Comedy Show will shed light on the daily lives of some of Africa’s most humorous animals, like you have never seen before.

 

The series of one-minute short scripted comedies, where real wild animals will be dubbed by local African talents, is based on the simple concept of “if animals could talk what would they say?” Here on the Safari Comedy Show, anything is possible. Not only can the animals rap, dance and talk like humans, but they can play games on their mobile phones too, in fact these animals are not so different from humans at all. From playing with their friends, to fighting with their siblings you will learn that there is an animal in Africa, just like you!

 

“We here at Boomerang are so excited about The Safari Comedy Show. This is the first local Boomerang original and illustrates our willingness to create locally relevant series’, using familiar voices to our audiences from across Africa”, says Pierre Branco, VP and Managing Director of Turner Africa. “We (brands) are all competing for the attention of our young audience across Africa, which is why we have invested so much time, energy and effort into creating unique, exciting content.

 

Thanks to the quality of our shows and strong brand proposition, confirmed by being voted having the Coolest Cartoon Show for the third year in a row in the latest Generation Next Survey, we are even more adamant to invest in our shows in order to make them even more relevant to our local audiences, than ever before. Localisation is how we aim to break through the clutter in order to connect, engage and reside in the hearts and minds of our young audience and their families from across the continent.”

 

 

Tumi Morake says: “I have never really seen anything quite like The Safari Comedy Show before. The show is so different, unique and unexpected which makes the show very disruptive in a good way. The disruptive nature of The Safari Comedy Show is not only exciting but engaging too. The show definitely gives us a glimpse of what life could be like if we were wild animals in Africa!”

 

Eric Omondi says: “Comedy is my passion – there is nothing I love more than making people smile and laugh. When Boomerang approached me to do The Safari Comedy Show, I was so excited to get the opportunity to make hundreds and thousands of kids, and their parents, from across Africa roar with laughter. I mean what an honour!”

 

Don’t forget to tune-in to Boomerang this month on 17 July 2017 to hear Eric Omondi and Tumi Morake transform themselves into the loveable animals we all know and love (well at least, so we thought).

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Phat Joe to host a new show on Vuzu AMP

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Eligible bachelors, worthy bachelorettes, get ready – your time to find the perfect mate is here. From Monday 10 July, Vuzu AMP will match up South Africa’s keen singles in Take Me Out Mzansi.

 

Hosted by the charming Phat Joe, this exciting, provocative and candidly funny series is one of the most popular dating formats globally.

 

A single player is introduced to a panel of 30 girls or boys and tries to persuade them to keep their lights on so he or she can choose one for a potential date. The show provides an entertaining mix of comedy, jeopardy, surprises and possible romance.

 

In this show, first impressions do count. Will the panel like what they see, or will the player prove one big turn off? If the panel are not impressed they can switch off their podium lights immediately, and if it’s a total “black out”, the player instantly goes home, dateless.

 

Even if the player scores well at first glance, they’ll need to further impress the panel with skill, charm or hidden talents, whilst an interview with an overbearing mom or jealous ex may creep in, just to up the drama.

 

Once a match has been made, couples will be taken out on the ultimate date, which will be captured on camera for all to be revealed on the next show.

 

M-Net’s Head of Reality for Local Entertainment Channels, Sphumelele Sibeko commented on the new show: “Viewers are in for a treat this July – Take Me Out Mzansi has all the ingredients for a weekly dose of great viewing: humour, surprises, romance and unadulterated fun. Phat Joe tops off an already perfect mix, to make for brilliant television.”

 

Produced by Rapid Blue, Take Me Out Mzansi will be broadcast exclusively on Vuzu AMP (103) from Monday 10 July at 19:00.

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SAMRO appoints Nothando Migogo as new CEO

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Southern African Music Rights Organisation NPC (SAMRO) together with the Composers Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) today jointly announced the appointment of Nothando Migogo as incoming Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO, from 1 July 2017, saying she will inject a “dynamic and focused energy” into the copyright administration society.

 

“The Boards of SAMRO and CAPASSO are  pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Nothando Migogo as the Chief Executive Officer of SAMRO”, the two bodies said in a joint statement.

 

Nothando has been CEO of CAPASSO since January 2014 and has led that organisation, together with a dynamic team, to triple digit revenue growth and crucial licensing breakthroughs. Importantly, CAPASSO initiated two key strategies: first, the integration of rights holders (composers and publishers) in the field of mechanical rights administration following years of fragmented administration and secondly, the licensing of digital music platforms in South Africa”.

 

The statement continued: “SAMRO and CAPASSO look forward to continued strategic engagement and assure all stakeholders – members, licensees and government – that the solid structures and strong relationship between CAPASSO and SAMRO will ensure that all operational and strategic processes for both organizations will benefit by a seamless transition and will continue smoothly in the future. A strong succession structure has been in place at CAPASSO for some time, and will continue to deliver the success and growth thus far achieved.”

 

The SAMRO Board said that Migogo would succeed the acting Group CEO, the Reverend Abe Sibiya. Sibiya will return to the chairmanship of the organisation once she assumes office in July, and acting chair Sibongile Khumalo will resume her position as his deputy on the SAMRO Board.

 

Migogo, who was appointed following a lengthy recruitment process, is no stranger to SAMRO. She previously served as the managing director of DALRO, a SAMRO subsidiary that administers literary, artistic and dramatic rights, serves on the board of SAMRO Foundation and more recently spearheaded the establishment of mechanical rights collecting society CAPASSO.

 

“It was at CAPASSO where Nothando’s skills, knowledge and her visionary and strategic insights became abundantly clear,” Khumalo noted this week.

 

A lawyer by training, Migogo has previously worked in educational publishing and as a tax consultant, and during her DALRO stint was named by the Mail & Guardian as one of its Top 200 Young South Africans to watch.

 

Sibiya, who was appointed to chair the SAMRO Board seven years ago, assumed the mantle of acting Group CEO when Sipho Dlamini stepped down in March 2016. He reflected that he has had to dig deep into his experience as a media executive and fuse it with lessons from the “SAMRO University” to carry out the role.

 

Over the past year, he and the executive team have focused on improving efficiencies, while accelerating transformation and BEE within the organisation. Their achievements include improving the royalty tariff payable by the public broadcaster, thereby increasing performing rights revenue for SAMRO members.

 

Commented Sibiya: “Ms Migogo is an astute and intelligent executive and a tried-and-tested professional who is credited with setting up CAPASSO from scratch. She has proved her mettle and will no doubt give a good account of herself as she steers this 55-year-old organisation with its 15 000 members. I know she will prove to be an asset to SAMRO.”

 

Added Khumalo: “Nothando is one of a growing cohort of astute young executives with a values-based attitude to leadership. We look forward to her moving SAMRO firmly along on its quest to remain an ethical and forward-looking modern organisation, and a vital player in our industry’s digital space.”

 

She said: “We have no doubt that her presence will imbue SAMRO with a dynamic and focused energy, and a youthfulness that will help us tap into our members’ needs. We look forward to an energized organization with a fresh handle on its strategic vision.”

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