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Adam Pattison, VP Americas & EMEA for BBM is in the country to attend a series of events aimed at increasing BBM’s profile and presence in South Africa.  Since the launch of its new product model and offering, BBM has identified South Africa and Nigeria as key growth markets forthe brand and Pattison is here to support the major brand outreach that BBM will be launching in 2017.

 

 

 

“South Africa is an important market for BBM and we see massive growth potential in the country.  In 2017 we are making major investments in the South African business in order to address the needs of our3 million monthly active users and to continue to grow the BBM community in South Africa.

 

Our key objective is to create utility for our users, essentially creating an ecosystem of relevant and localised content and services that are housed within our Discover Tab.”

 

BBM will be partnering with a host of content providers and other platforms in order to increasing the offering its key differentiating factors.

 

In addition, BBM also offers unique product features that address the needs of the modern day user, such as the ability to retract messages, create private chats, sending timed messages, money transfers via PayPal, unparalleled privacy through two-way contact authentication, video and voice calling, and sharing location in real time.

 

During his visit to South Africa Adam will be attending the Product of the Year 2017 Innovation Awards where BBM are the headline sponsor, the Mobile Marketing Association Breakfast; Mobile Media in 2017, as well as meeting with key stakeholders and partners.

 

In the next few weeks BBM will be making further announcements in regards to partnerships and projects for this critically important market.

 

Adam joined the BBM team in 2013 as it transitioned into a multiplatform product on iOS, Android and Windows operating systems and is part of the global leadership team that developed BBM into the multi million-dollar advertising business that it is today.

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ShowMax has launched a new lower-priced service available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis. For R49 per month, subscribers get unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries. This new service has a strong focus on local content, is optimised for lower data consumption on smartphones and tablets, and is billed directly to a Vodacom account with no need for a credit card.

 

Available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis, ShowMax Select is a new internet TV service designed for use on smartphones and tablets. This service, priced at R49 per month, gives subscribers unlimited access to a comprehensive catalogue of TV shows, movies, kids shows, and documentaries.

Speaking about this, Chris Savides, Head of ShowMax Africa said:

 

 

 

“ShowMax Select is all about making internet TV even more accessible. It’s half the price of our existing ShowMax Premium service with a strong focus on local content. We designed Select to be viewed first and foremost on mobile devices, with multiple options for managing data consumption.”

 

 

As the cost of smartphones and tablets continues to fall, more and more South Africans are getting connected and can access internet TV services such as ShowMax. A major barrier, however, is the fact that many services require payment via credit card. This excludes the majority of the population who don’t have a credit card.

 

Savides commented:

“Internet TV services should be accessible to everyone, not just the lucky few who have credit cards. By partnering with Vodacom, we’ve made it simple to charge both ShowMax Select and ShowMax Premium directly to your Vodacom account, no credit card needed.”

 

At launch, ShowMax Select has more than 10 000 TV show episodes and movies including local hits like Isibaya, Shaka Zulu, Binnelanders and Dineo’s Diary. On top of that, the service features international favourites like Teen Wolf, Merlin, The Driver and Line of Duty. More than half of the content on ShowMax Select is local. New content will be added weekly.

To subscribe to the service, visit www.showmax.com/vodacom. ShowMax Select is available via apps for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, and can also be viewed via web browsers.

 

To reduce data consumption, ShowMax Select has been optimised for viewing on smartphones and tablets. Subscribers have the choice of three different streaming video quality settings. The default level is standard definition which uses almost 40% less data in comparison to the default setting on ShowMax Premium.

 

As with ShowMax Premium, ShowMax Select gives subscribers the ability to download shows to smartphones and tablets to watch offline, choosing from four different file sizes. Using the most data-efficient setting, downloading a 20-minute TV show will require approximately 80MB. Subscribers not wanting to use mobile data can also download shows via Wi-Fi. Up to 25 shows can be downloaded at any one time.

 

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AfriDocs coming to BET

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

BET (129) is adding to its rich factual programming mix by welcoming the best documentaries from Africa and across the world onto its TV screens under a deal with documentary curators AfriDocs.

 

AfriDocs’ extensive library of African and international documentaries will be aired on BET’s pan-African entertainment channel on DStv every Sunday evening at 20:00 CAT, starting on Sunday 5 February 2017.

 

Created for film buffs, lovers of African stories and culture, activists and anyone with a passion for powerful and real stories, AfriDocs documentaries are always moving, educational, and entertaining – whether ripped from the headlines, or simply the personal journeys of individuals facing the challenges of everyday life.

 

Since its inception in 2014, AfriDocs has presented over 150 documentaries, including powerful environmental doc Virunga, Rehad Desai’s award-winning Miners Shot Down, Nas Jones’ Shake the Dust dance documentary, and Nigeria’s celebrated film, The Supreme Price. This unique documentary strand has also included internationally awarded and acclaimed films such as the Academy Award winner CitizenFour (the Edward Snowden story), the Academy Award-nominated The Act of Killing, the SAFTA winning The Dream of Shahrazad, and many others.

 

 

 

“We look forward to rounding out our factual content offering, and illuminating and entertaining our Sunday night audiences thanks to AfriDocs’ intelligent, thought-provoking and stimulating documentary titles,” said Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa.

 

Executive Producer, AfriDocs, Don Edkins explained further: “We are excited about this new relationship with BET in Africa and we look forward to sharing our curation of the best documentary films on offer.”

 

Under the deal, AfriDocs on BET will feature regular themed months such as Human Rights Month, Music Month, and Women’s Month, while also continuing AfriDocs’ collaboration with the Durban International Film Festival that gives millions of viewers across Africa a chance to view a selection of films from this internationally recognised festival.

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TV Documentary: Is OJ innocent?The missing evidence

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

In 1994, the arrest of OJ Simpson for murder shocked the world, and the subsequent trial and acquittal provided gripping and unprecedented television viewing. Private investigator Bill Dear has spent the past 23 years looking into the case and, with potential new evidence, believes he knows who is really responsible for the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.

This six-part documentary series follows a new examination of the evidence as Bill Dear recruits two investigators to review his material and asks them to put his theory to the test. Will they agree with his theory and identify a suspect?

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Saints & Sinners – S3 back on Mzansi

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s gripping family drama, Saints and Sinners, is back for a nail-biting third season, that’s going to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

 

34_sinners_Full of angst and personal turmoil, this season’s storyline is layered with a cocktail of emotions: from hypocrisy and moral dilemmas, to ethical decisions and conflict.

 

“This is Saints and Sinners’ best season yet!” declares Reneilwe Sema, M-Net Local Entertainment Channels’ Head of Drama . “The storyline is reflective of our modern society. The drama holds up a mirror to the world we live in, where anger, resentment and bitterness, are often in conflict with feelings of guilt, anxiety and consequence.”

 

Season three picks up from the cliffhanger of last year, with Mamohato being carted off to prison. This sees the family suffering far-reaching consequences: Phindi cuts all ties with her mother, Boni is left bewildered, and Ndumiso’s loyalty to her mother is put to the true test as she accepts why her mother resorted to criminal actions. Mamohato, in the meantime, swears she stole the matric dance dress out of love for her family, and murdered to save Phakamani. Will she be able to escape Phakamani’s wrath as he seeks a cold revenge?

 

Sema says that for the new season, the writers and producers wanted to explore the human psyche more – the darker side as well as the “good” side. “The core theme is ‘choice’. It’s about determining the route of your journey when faced with what seems like impossible odds and hurdles. In the end, every individual gets to a point where they have to choose their path and destiny.”

 

Through intertwining storylines, the recurring theme of forgiveness versus retaliation also gets explored further, while the viewer still gets to see the story unfold as some suffer the consequences of “getting away with murder”.

 

Returning to their roles are the cast that Mzansi has fallen in love with.  Nthathi Moshesh (Mamohato), S’dumo Mtshali (Ndumiso), Tshepo Maseko (Thabang), Siyabonga Radebe -(Phakamani), Yonda Thomas (Siya) and Thuso Mbedu (Boni), are just some of the power performers that make up this impressive cast list.

 

New characters include: Thami Mngqolo (David), Baby Cele (Celiwe), Aya Mpama (Baby) and Bongiwe Ngidi (Khethiwe), among others.

 

Saints and Sinners Season three premieres on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161) at 8PM on 8 January, 2017.

 

 

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Jenny Morris joins Heart FM Talent Management

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

One of South Africa’s best loved celebrity chefs, Jenny Morris also known as “The Giggling Gourmet” has joined Heart FM. Jenny, a household name in culinary circles, will feature on the Cape’s biggest breakfast show #HeartBreakfast every Thursday morning just after 8am.

 

jenny-morris-logo-picJenny will the act as resident go-to celebrity chef and will bring a fresh new flavour to the taste buds of Heart FM’s loyal listeners. She is the first South African chef to be signed to Food Network, the largest international food lifestyle television channel. Her television shows, Jenny Morris Cooks Morocco, Jenny Morris Cooks the Riviera, Lead judge Chopped South Africa and Jenny & Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy are broadcast to 140 countries.

 

Adding to her already impressive accolades, 20 years ago she created Giggling Gourmet and the Cooks Playground (known as SA’s leading recreational and Corporate Team Cooking™ School) has cooked for royalty and Presidents and was voted onto the Oprah’s Power List in 2012. She is also an author in her own right, having penned five cook books. Her newest baby is her restaurant in the bustling De Waterkant Cape Quarter precinct called “Yumcious”.

 

Jenny says “I am very excited to be joining the entertaining and energetic Heart FM breakfast team and look forward to sharing my passion for food with the Heart FM listeners “.

 

Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys shares Jenny’s sentiments. “We are very excited to welcome Jenny Morris to the Heart FM family.  ‘One cannot think well or eat well if one hasn’t dined well’ -Virginia Wolfe, and we are confident Jenny will teach us how to dine well.”

 

Catch Jenny every Thursday morning just after 8 am as she takes you on a gastronomical journey, exclusive to Heart FM.

 

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The Ranakas invade Mzanzi Magic

Posted by radio On November - 24 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

34_theranakasThe modern world has left African families in a state of flux. Every day the young generation juggle careers, parenthood, relationships, media noise, and future uncertainty; whilst the older folk try and impose longstanding, at times obsolete, traditions on them. Mzansi Magic’s new reality series, The Ranakas takes a candid look at how an authentic local family deals with the stresses of 21st century living, within an African context.

 

Hailed as “a glimpse into the everyday lives of an authentic African family”, The Ranakas is a spin-off of the highly successful VUZU AMP reality show Dineo’s Diary starring Dineo Ranaka, wherein viewers caught glimpses of this very animated household.

 

The interesting family dynamic is fueled by a mix of 7 very distinct characters:

 

A writer and publisher, the 70-something Kgotlaesele Ntate Ranaka is the willful, outspoken traditionalist, who is seen as the head of the family, and often tries to impose his cultural views on the kids.

Catering business owner, Mama Siba Ranaka is the wise family matriarch. Often seen as the voice of calm in the storm, she’s at times regarded as an “enabler” for bad behaviour.

 

Manaka Ranaka is the eldest sibling. A popular figure, known for her string of high profile drama and production roles, she’s inherited her dad’s strong-willed personality, placing an emphasis on respect. Despite her famous public profile, Manaka prefers the simple life and shies away from the media industry limelight.

 

Mpumi is the insightful, introvert. This gentle soul is a writer, mom and home-maker.

Television producer, media personality and mind coach, Dineo Ranaka is the versatile go-getter, struggling to balance family life with her newfound success.

Entrepreneur, Ziggy Ranaka is seen as the hustler of the family and is the eldest son. We pick up on his previously documented wedding plans from Dineo’s Diary.

Ranaka Ranaka is the family’s last born and fully embraces his youthful lifestyle. Ranaka is a highly talented creative, DJ, and event organizer. Dineo has described him as “the one who will be the most successful of all of us.”

 

Dineo, who has now made the transition from on-screen talent, to executive producer commented on their journey, “It’s been an incredible experience working on this production with my amazing, dynamic family. The Ranakas wear their hearts on their sleeves. We are a vibrant family made of strong characters, and I believe that the audience will form personal relationships with each character. The truest, most genuine family dynamics will be seen: from tests of loyalty, sibling rivalry, love and all its challenges, to joy and sorrow alike, the production is nothing short of incredible. I’m excited for the country to share in on our story.”

 

Catch The Ranakas from Thursday, 12 January at 8PM on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

 

 

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, November 17, 2016/ — Facebook (www.Facebook.com) had a strong presence at AfricaCom 2016 in Cape Town, in line with its commitment to fostering a strong relationship with its connectivity partners and application developers across Africa.In addition to hosting its first-ever African FbStart workshop for developers, Facebook also shared how it is empowering local retailers and entrepreneurs with Internet.org’s Express Wifi programme.facebookChris Daniels, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said: “Our mission is to give people the power to share and to make the world more open and connected. Only half of the planet is on the internet – our aim with Internet.org is to connect the other half through initiatives such as Free Basics, solar-powered airplanes, satellites, and our exciting new programme, Express Wifi. According to the ITU, internet Penetration in Africa is now at 28%, but there is so much more do be done.” 

 

Express Wifi empowering local entrepreneurs

Express Wifi by Facebook empowers local entrepreneurs to provide quality internet access to their communities and make a steady income. Working with local internet service providers or mobile operators, they’re able to use software provided by Facebook to connect their communities.

 

The programme is currently live at 150 locations in five countries across two continents.

In Africa, Facebook already has partners in Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa, with more deployments planned soon, including Ghana.

 

“This is a sustainable approach to bringing connectivity to underserved communities in countries across Africa – it is a business model that will grow itself because it empowers entrepreneurs to serve their communities,” says Daniels.

This programme has also improved the skills of local entrepreneurs who work with Facebook and its ISP partners to build, install and maintain local wifi networks.

“We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made – but also inspired by what we’ve seen in the community,” says Daniels. “It’s exciting to see local economies transformed by connectivity as people use the internet to enhance existing businesses or create new ones.”

 

 

First FbStart Meetup in Africa

More than 150 developers and entrepreneurs gathered for Facebook’s first FbStart event in Africa on 15 November. During this half-day event, attendees met the Facebook team, learned about Facebook platform tools for developers, and saw how Facebook works with mobile app start-ups through the FbStart programme.

 

 

“It would not be possible for us to accomplish our mission of making the world more open and connected without the help of developers and other partners in our community,” says Emeka Afigbo, Strategic Products Partnerships Manager, Facebook. “We were delighted by the excellent turnout for the workshop and excited by the possibilities of the great ideas we saw from the delegates at the FbStart event.”

 

 

Population Density Map data

Also this week, Facebook announced that it is now releasing its Population Density Map data (http://APO.af/HChwir) to the public.

Government policymakers, academics and local organisations will all benefit from access to this rich dataset, with potential applications such as socio-economic research, infrastructure planning, and risk assessment for natural disasters.

To start, Facebook has shared data sets for Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Haiti, and Sri Lanka, and they can be found on the website of CIESIN at Columbia University. More countries will be added over the coming months.

 

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How Well Can You Spell?

Show off your superlative word skills by entering M-Net’s Spellbound!

You can’t sing – not even in the shower. Your carefully planned delectable dishes end up being despicable disasters. You simply don’t have the stamina to survive on a deserted island; and your budding entrepreneurial skills won’t turn you into the next big business mogul. But the day spelling talent was handed out, you were in front of the queue, just behind the Oxford dictionary. Finally, it’s your time to shine on M-Net!

27_spellbound-enter-hereThis October, pioneering television network M-Net is celebrating 30 years of timeless magic. It’s also the month during which M-Net’s premium channel, M-Net 101, will be touring the country to hold auditions for the next season of The Voice SA as well as the month the channel introduced the highly entertaining new local reality show Shark Tank South Africa. But there’s more up the M-Net 101 sleeve: The channel is producing a brand-new, family-friendly game show called Spellbound, based on the concept of a spelling bee, and is looking for word whizzes who could become the country’s English spelling and grammar champions.

Spellbound will test contestants’ word skills in a fun and interactive way and will include super spellers from different age groups. There will be a round for primary school learners between the ages of 10 and 13, a round for high school learners between the ages of 14 and 18, and one for adults of all ages, as long as they’re over 18 and are South African citizens or permanent residents. The learners must currently be attending school in South Africa and must have the permission of their parents or legal guardians to take part in the show.

Apart from the exhilarating thrill that comes from knowing that you’re the country’s number one letter-master in your age group, winners – and their schools – will walk away with cash prizes.

Entries for Spellbound have opened on M-Net’s official website and will close on Monday, 31 October at 23:59. To be invited to show off your superlative English spelling and grammar skills on the Spellbound set, the first step is to complete the questionnaire and online test here.

Interestingly, according to Internet quizzes, “questionnaire” often makes the list of most commonly misspelt (or is it misspelled?) words in the English language. And it’s embarrassing (correct spelling) how often spell-checkers have to correct words such as “appearance”, “queue”, “receive”, “mischievous” and “accommodate”. If you never get these examples wrong and find yourself annoyed when the greengrocer wants to sell you potatoes with an apostrophe, you’re indeed the ideal candidate for Spellbound!

Spellbound is a wonderful local addition to our M-Net 101 schedule,” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. “Spelling bees have become all the rage across the world and while the contestants will be giving it a go on television, the entire family at home can test their own skills and brush up on their grammar. It’s education wrapped in great fun.”

Spellbound is produced for M-Net by Homebrew Films and will be screened on M-Net 101 on Sundays at 17:00 from 20 November 2016.

Click here to enter Spellbound

 

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Mzansi Footballers makes its home-brewed debut

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers.

mzansifballWith all the on-pitch drama unfolding almost every week during soccer’s busy season, it’s safe to say that Mzansi soccer fans are in serious need of a chill pill to balance the scales.

Say hello to Mzansi Magic’s all-new, all-local lifestyle reality show: Mzansi Footballers. This show follows in the footsteps of the popular globe-trotting Goal Diggerz that gave viewers a peek into the lives of African football stars around the world.

 

Just in time to combat any blues that soccer lovers might be feeling as the club culling continues, this show will invite viewers to kick back and chill with their favourite stars during their downtime.

 

Presented by everybody’s favourite “guy’s guy” Lungile Radu, Mzansi Footballers will take us into the lives of hotshot dribblers such as Benni McCarthy, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Thuso Phala and Keagan Dolly, among others.

 

M-Net’s Director of Local Entertainment Channels, Nkateko Mabaso, lauded Mzansi Footballers as one of the best aspirational lifestyle reality shows to hit our screens.

 

“Mzansi Footballers has a fresh new look, format and take. It’s not just about the glamorous side of football – how the players live and play, but also about the hard times they’ve gone through and relentless work they’ve put in to get to where they are. Their skills, work ethic and never-say-die attitudes are attributes that have seen them rise into the giants of the game that they are; and they continue to work hard at their “hustle” while enjoying the fruits of their labour,” said Mabaso.

 

Have you ever wondered who is a secret master chef? Who likes fashion and accessories more than they let on? And which soccer star is a down-low mall rat or club hopper? Well, let Lungile take you into the homes and lives of these athletic greats – and see what comes tumbling out!

 

“This show is about celebrating Mzansi excellence and being inspired – and having a superb time while at it,”added Mabaso.

 

Make a date with Mzansi Magic and Lungile because you won’t want to miss this fresh football-meets-lifestyle show.

 

Mzansi Footballers premieres on the 12th of October, Wednesday at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161)

 

 

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