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Channel VAS (http://www.ChannelVAS.com/), the global premium fintech and data analytics company, is happy to support the Mobile 360 Africa event, holding the position of Fintech Sponsor in this prestigious event that is taking place July 16-18 in Kigali, Rwanda.

 

With most of the Channel VAS’ 30-plus countries of operation being in the African region, events like Mobile 360 Africa, which is part of the GSMA Series of global events are a prime opportunity for the company to network with key players in the mobile industry and showcase its innovative ideas, aiming to improve people’s financial inclusion in underserved and underbanked areas of the continent.

 

 

Mr. Bassim Haidar, Channel VAS’ founder and CEO, stated of this partnership: “As a global leader in the Fintech field, Channel VAS is always keen on supporting major events like the M360 Africa, which promotes inspirational and disruptive ideas, like the services we offer, to shape the continent’s mobile and digital future. With the Channel VAS vision being the financial inclusion of unbanked populations in Africa, coming closer to other major players in the mobile ecosystem to work together towards that goal is facilitated through events like M360 Africa.

 

 

Mobile 360 Series – Africa aims to showcase how mobile connectivity is providing a foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship across the region, delivering a range of essential services across finance, healthcare and digital identity,” said Akinwale Goodluck, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, GSMA. “We are looking forward to welcoming our speakers, guests and sponsors in Rwanda next week and discussing the positive and transformational impact mobile is having throughout this incredible region.”

A delegation of Channel VAS executives will be attending the event and will have important meetings with some of the region’s major businesses, aiming to expand the delivery of the company’s services towards financial inclusion to more countries and people in the region.

 

 

Channel VAS is offering Airtime Credit and Data Credit Services, as well as other innovative Mobile Finance and fintech services in over 30 countries worldwide, covering most of West Africa, South and East Africa as well as several Middle Eastern and Asian countries. The company’s expansion is supported by a strong portfolio of proprietary intellectual properties on the products and tools offered to MNOs and businesses across the globe.

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Netflix today announced that Jackie Lee-Joe has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer. Jackie has served as CMO of BBC Studios, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, since 2015.

 

“Jackie is a truly original thinker with a wealth of global experience – making her the perfect fit as our next Chief Marketing Officer. I’m excited to work with her in promoting our brand and original programming in new and creative ways to members all around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

 

“Netflix is a much loved and respected brand, entertaining audiences everywhere with its rich and thought provoking original programming. I’m thrilled to be joining one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and fearlessly innovative companies,” said Jackie Lee-Joe.

 

A graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, Jackie joined the BBC in November 2015 from Skype, where she was Global Director for Audience, Entertainment Marketing & Broadcast Media. She has over 20 years of marketing experience with leading media, technology and telecoms companies including Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Orange. She will start at Netflix in September, based in Los Angeles. Jackie succeeds Kelly Bennett, who announced his retirement from the company earlier this year.

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HGTV launches in South Africa

Posted by radio On July - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is marking its 24th anniversary in South Africa this month with the launch of HGTV – Home and Garden Television – the number one lifestyle and entertainment channel in the USA.

The growth in viewership figures across all DStv’s lifestyle channels are proof that South African audiences love entertaining lifestyle, DIY, makeover and home and garden content. That’s why the hottest and most-talked-about home renovation channel will be launching on 15 July on DStv channel 177. It will be available in South Africa exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers.

 

The channel will focus on home improvements that are within reach of the average viewer with shows featuring on-screen experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations. The channel will include inspirational programming especially geared towards viewers who enjoy seeing dilapidated dumps transform into stylish and enviable homes, tiny homes become miniature paradises and are interested in learning how to bargain hunt for dream homes.

 

 

Described by Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Middle East & Africa, as a “juggernaut”, HGTV is the number one non-news network on cable television in the US.

Look out for these exciting shows on HGTV

House Hunters USA

Go behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a house to call home.

Starts Monday 15 July on HGTV (177) at 15:20

Flip or Flop Nashville

Page Turner and DeRon Jenkins are busy house flippers in Nashville, Tennessee – and to add a little drama, they used to be a couple. In this entertaining series, the driven duo fight the market – and sometimes each other – in their quest to turn problem homes into profitable ones.

Starts Thursday 15 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Good Bones

Mina and Karen renovate whole neighbourhoods, house by house, in hopes of improving the area and uplifting the community. Having perfected their own area, they’re venturing into a new one.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Home Town

Married couple Erin and Ben Napier devote their time to helping people in their Mississippi neighbourhood renovate their historic homes. They use only found materials and old textiles to keep the character of the homes but give them a gleaming, modern update.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 20:35

My Lottery Dream Home

What type of home would you buy if you won the lottery? In this series, host David Bromstad takes recent lottery winners on the search of a lifetime with extravagant house hunts for their new dream homes.

Starts Monday 26 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

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Mzansi Magic to premiere two new shows

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

A few local acting powerhouses add their star power to Mzansi Magic’s new line up of dramas in July. The two shows The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will resonate with the viewer because of their timeliness and relevance as parallels can be drawn between current affairs and the storylines.

In The Republic that premieres on 7 July at 20h00, Florence Masebe leads the cast as South African President Lufuno. Warren Masemola stars as Thabang Manaka, a fallen hero trying to make amends for his past mistakes while Masasa Mbangeni is Bridget Ranaka a posh young woman from a rich family in Soshanguve.

 

Reality inspires fiction in The Republic with the story set in present day South Africa. In 2009 when president Kgalema Motlanthe’s term in office ended, he was replaced by President Hendrik Mbuli whose presidency was riddled with corruption and looting of state funds. Mbuli is fired from government making way for the party’s secretary Lufuno to take the reins as president. We meet President Mulaudzi who has spent two years fighting corruption and prosecuting those who benefitted from Mbuli’s presidency – including Mbuli himself. This is set to be a thrilling political showdown and a story of political smarts and survival.

 

In Impilo: The Scam that premieres on 8 July at 20h00, the community is up in arms over a pyramid scheme that scammed them of their hard earned cash. Set in Alexandra township, the shady dealings of an unscrupulous man Khulubuse Mtshali played by Desmond Dube are uncovered leading to mob justice attempt on his son Mnqobi Nkosi played by Sipho Mdingi.

 

The stage is set for a cracker of a scintillating coming of age crime drama which sees Mnqobi caught up in the underbelly of financial crime engineered by his greedy and opportunistic father. Some of the big names to look out for are Sthandiwe Kgoroge as Nokulunga Nkosi, Naymapsplays Pacino, Candice Modiselle acts as Naledi, Siya Raymond Sepotokeleportrays Macable and TK Sebothoma features as Tebza.

 

Philly Kubheka, Head Of PR & Publicity at Local Entertainment Channels  welcomed the shows. ‘I believe that The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will do exceptionally well because they are authentically South African. They don’t shy away from the mirror reflection of the state of South Africa and with their outstanding and gripping storytelling the creators have weaved a captivating watch and unmissable performances. Forget the July chill, these dramas bring enough heat and excitement.’

 

 

Catch all your favourite shows on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) this July.

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Naspers has appointed  Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to the global Naspers management team as CEO, South Africa. Reporting directly to Bob van Dijk, Group CEO of Naspers, Phuthi will be based in Johannesburg where she will lead the group’s day-to-day business in South Africa and represent its interests in-country. She will also be responsible for Naspers’ recently announced units, Naspers Foundry and Naspers Labs, which are designed to help stimulate the South African tech sector and tackle youth unemployment, respectively.

 

Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the South African technology sector and is committed to building its existing internet and ecommerce companies in the country, as well as stimulating the local tech start-up sector through the Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment commitment targeting technology start-ups in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. This is in addition to the commitment Naspers made in October 2018 at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference to inject a further R3.2 billion into its existing South African businesses over three years, which is already underway.

 

 

Phuthi joins Naspers from her Executive Chairperson role at Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa.

 

Bob van Dijk, Group CEO, Naspers, said:
“Phuthi is a seasoned leader with a strong track record of achievement throughout her career. Her significant investor and board experience across varied sectors, makes Phuthi the perfect match for this important role at Naspers.”

 

 

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO South Africa, Naspers, added:
“I am thrilled to be joining Naspers at such a pivotal time for the group and for South Africa and look forward to adding value to the group in realising its strategy in South Africa.”

 

 

Naspers Foundry
Naspers Foundry is a R1.4 billion start-up funding initiative aimed at boosting the South African technology sector. As well as providing much needed funding, Naspers Foundry helps talented and ambitious South African technology entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses. Naspers Foundry recently announced its first investment, a R30 million backing of SweepSouth, the South African-founded online cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable domestic cleaners. More information on Naspers Foundry is available at https://www.naspers.com/foundry.

 

 

Naspers Labs
Naspers Labs is the pilot of a social impact initiative that Naspers has designed in partnership with Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs, to develop the skills and talent of South Africa’s unemployed youth. Naspers Labs participants benefit from an individually tailored online and offline development programme delivered in youth cafes that are located at the heart of impoverished communities. Naspers has committed R50 million to the pilot in 2019, on top of the R15 million invested in 2018, and four pilot labs will be up and running by the end of this financial year with plans in place to scale the programme further subject to the success of the pilots. More information on Naspers Labs is available at https://nasperslabs.org.

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TAC Studios, the  production arm of US-based The Africa Channel, announced four new series being produced in Africa for the global marketplace. Building on its commitment to invest in talent and foster quality and excellence in media production on the Continent, the company is excited to announce new partnerships and productions from across Africa to add to its already extensive and diverse slate of Africa-influenced content.

 

 

A combination of scripted and unscripted projects, these programs reflect the breadth and depth of talent and storytelling available across Africa. They include MAY’S KITCHEN, a cooking show featuring the talented celebrity chef, May Yocoubi (a partnership with Filmedia in Egypt), SECOND HUSBAND, a scripted series based on the popular Nigerian film of the same name (a co-production with Biola Alabi Media in Nigeria), THE YARD, a drama series set in the world of the hip-hop scene in Nairobi (a co-production with Currency MEDIA in Kenya) and MY DESIGN RULES, a competition reality series in the world of real estate design (a partnership with Cardova Productions, in South Africa).

 

Brendan Gabriel, Johannesburg-based Head of Creative and Production for TAC Studios explains further “We are really excited to continue to evolve our network of relationships across the continent cementing our Studio as a key hub for Pan African content creation.  The producers and talent both established and new  who we are working with bring an authentic voice to their storytelling and we want to ensure that their stories are now distributed globally and reach vast new audiences. With the recent announcement of streamers such as Netflix and Amazon who are investing in content from Africa for their global viewership, TAC Studios is well positioned to be a key supplier to these entities”

 

“After partnering with Ominek Venture Group (OVG) to produce the feature film, A Second Husband we were very keen on finding a co-creator and co-producer with African roots to partner on the series. We are very excited to join forces with TAC Studios on this fun and fierce project”, said Biola Alabi of Biola Alabi Media.

 

Patience Stevens, Executive Producer at Cardova Productions has this to say of the partnership,  “We are pleased to work with TAC Studios on our series, My Design Rules as a first of many future collaborations, building on our prior relationship with its sister company, The Africa Channel who have successfully introduced our  highly rated daily show Expresso Morning Show to audiences in North America and the Caribbean”.

 

These shows are being created with a global aesthetic for audiences both across Africa as well as for North American and UK Pay TV and streaming platforms including The Africa Channel and Demand Africa.  They come on the heel of  other recent productions from TAC Studios including, Africa on a Plate, Minjiba Entertains and World Wide Nate, which have successfully been distributed to platforms in Africa as well as globally.

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It was a dream come true at the star-studded event in Sandton Ster Kinekor Cinema, where graduates of M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy (MiM) had two of their films premiered on the big screen in front of a select audience.

Established in 2014, MiM is focused on transforming the South African film and TV industry. By upskilling students and empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience in just 12 months, they are suitably equipped to embark on a career in their chosen field. Some have started their own production companies and produced award winning content.  To date, 58 students have already been trained and are making their mark in the video entertainment industry.

 

 

“Like many incredible works of art, TV shows or movies, it often starts out with a dream. We dreamt of using our experience as Africa’s most-loved storyteller to empower the next generation of Africa’s storytellers, by practically developing their skills in the film and TV industry.” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment.

 

During their year at the academy, the MiM interns attend specialist classes where top industry professionals share their experiences and knowledge of the profession. However, the bulk of the training comes from hands-on training with the best-of-the-best in the industry, through interning on current professional productions and special events.  On the various sets, the interns meet the top television and film producers as well as crew, forging relationships that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.

 

The success of previous MiM interns has led to several MiM graduates being given the opportunity to start their own production companies. One such company is Eccentric Circus, a production company started by Xolani Nhlapho, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila. They were part of the class of 2016 MiM.

 

 

“Last year, our company Eccentric Circus was kickstarted through the MultiChoice Group’s Enterprise Development Trust. Our vision as a company is to tell stories about young black people trying to navigate post-democratic South Africa’s changing landscape.” said writer of Temba Lam, Neo Sibiya.

 

Local actor, Ben Kgosimore says: “Working with these graduates was incredible. They were very professional. Every one of them were truly amazing.”

 

Perhaps the most exciting part of the MiM internship is that they get to make four films during their year, which are broadcast on Mzansi Magic in prime-time slots. The MiM movies compete on an equal footing with all the professional productions that are created for the Saturday evening movie slot and they perform remarkably well, regularly appearing in the Top Ten programmes for the channel. To date, the Academy has produced 15 movies that have been broadcast on prime TV.

 

 

“It is exciting for us as a business that the very thing we are passionate about can bring about a meaningful change and allow people to achieve their dreams. I take pride in seeing how we have enabled passionate young storytellers, to bring to life our stated aim at MultiChoice of ‘enriching lives’,” adds Phahle.

 

The Academy supports MCG’s commitment to uplifting and investing in communities across South Africa and reflects the impact that their contribution makes to upskill local actors as well as film and television makers.

 

During the past financial year, MCG made a substantial R2,5 billion investment in local productions across the continent.

 

“Beyond the entertainment value, it’s rewarding to see how our investments in infrastructure, technology and skills development is empowering the next generation by harnessing the emerging talent of the youth and enabling them to achieve their goals,” concluded Pahle.

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SABC looking for weather presenters

Posted by radio On June - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

FREELANCE WEATHER PRESENTERS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING TV NEWS BULLETINS:

  1. XITSONGA
  2. TSHIVENDA
  3. ISIZULU
  4. ISIXHOSA
  5. ISINDEBELE
  6. SETSWANA
  7. SEPEDI
  8. SESOTHO
  9. SISWATI
  10. ENGLISH
  11. AFRIKAANS

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE:-

 

Presentation of weather shows “live” on television news KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:-

  • Interpret weather maps for live television news broadcasts
  • Alert and warn viewers about severe weather conditions
  • Present weather reports “live” on television;
  • Do live interviews with fellow presentors

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:-

  • Undergraduate qualification in, journalism, media studies or related field
  • Added advantage Meteorologist/Geography degree
  • Good command of the first language
  • Television presenting skills
  • General knowledge of weather conditions/patterns Interested candidates must forward their applications with a concise CV to:

 

 

 

Human Resources Manager: News If you have not had any response within six weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

Email: <newsjobs@sabc.co.za>

Closing Date: 18 June 2019

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Apple today previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that makes Apple TV 4K the easiest and most personalised entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on the biggest screen in the home. With tvOS 13, Apple TV 4K gains an immersive new Home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screen savers filmed under the sea.

 

“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “With more personalised features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”

tvOS 13 Features

  • New Home screen. Apple TV 4K is even more engaging with a new Home screen designed for discovery. Apps can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, so users can quickly enjoy great new TV shows, movies, music and games.

 

  • Multi-user support. The new Apple TV Control Centre makes it easy to switch between family members so everyone gets their own personalised entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes. The new Control Centre also provides users with quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.

 

  • Apple Music. Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalised playlists and recommendations. In the new Control Centre, users can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, users can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with their favourite songs.

 

  • Apple Arcade. This fall, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.

 

  • Xbox and PlayStation game controllers. tvOS 13 adds support for the best and most popular game controllers in the world, Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other great games on the App Store.1

 

  • New screen savers. Apple is expanding the stunning collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerising creatures and scenes.

 

 

tvOS 13 features the all-new Apple TV app, which brings together different ways to find and watch TV shows and movies into one powerful app. The Apple TV app offers Apple TV channels, personalised recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles to browse, buy or rent. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app. The Apple TV app is also available on other Apple devices and select third-party platforms.

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Newzroom Afrika launches on DStv

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice Group (MCG) has added  Newzroom Afrika to its portfolio of news channels as from today 2nd May 2019. The channel founded by Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato, will complement the existing local and international news channels currently available on DStv; joining the likes of CNN, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, eNCA and SABC.

Newzroom Afrika will be live on DStv channel number 405 and will be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers. The channel will be simulcast (SD/HD) and available 24/7.

 

In addition to the traditional DStv linear platform, Newzroom Afrika will also be available via streaming on smartphone, tablet or desktop, through DStv Now.

 

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment, “the addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in South Africa’s news media space. Their vision and entrepreneurial outlook has the potential to grow news viewership through its commitment to consumer centric, objective analysis and a strong digital focus”.

 

Newzroom Afrika promises a fresh take on news coverage, with credible and leading voices who will deliver the day’s top stories. The talent line-up features experienced news professionals from the industry. In addition, Newzroom Afrika will provide a platform for new talent to develop both in front of and behind the camera. The company will be supported by an experienced and respected management team and editorial board.

 

“We are proud of how quickly Newzroom has progressed and wish them everything of the best,” concluded Phahle.

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