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Forbes Africa is the sixteenth local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power

 

 

The ABN Group owners of the prestigious Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships. Hyde will still be maintaining her current role as the West Africa Correspondent for the leading business publication but will also head up the new digital platform, www.ForbesAfrica.com and drive user and engagement as well as create ongoing partnerships with brands and affiliates to cement the dominance of the magazine which is the number 1 read business magazine amongst Africa’s affluent according to a recent Ipsos EMS Survey.

 

 

“The publishing game has changed dramatically in recent years. Forbes Africa has always had a passion for celebrating the people changing Africa and our new digital platform is in line with reaching that goal. The biggest trigger for the change we are experiencing is the imminent shift to digital. Companies like Forbes Africa who have already began investing in this direction as well as creating engaging content will have a competitive advantage and we are excited that this new medium will create a paradigm shift in the way our loyal readers consume content”, says Hyde.

 

 

Forbes Africa is the sixteenth local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People” Global High Performers” and “The World Billionaires”. Forbes Africa was launched in October 2011.

 

 

“The managing editor, Chris Bishop is the visionary behind the immensely successful brand that we all love today. In just 6 years, Chris has managed to create a platform that is not only aspirational but also highlights the success stories from the continent while still maintaining the glitz and glamour of the prestigious Forbes brand. Through his guidance the new digital platform will have the same strict editorial standard but now we are widening our scope across the African region to pull in more stories that impact the continent as well as exciting content”, says Hyde.

 

 

“Forbes Africa is now 6 years and with this major push towards digital media, the company is simply carving out strategies to make us ready for the future. We are proud to appoint Peace Hyde to this role to help drive engagement from our millennial audience onto the online platform”, says Frederic Van Devyver, Executive Director, CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.

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Cape Town Film Market: Developing the Film Industry

Posted by radio On September - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 12th – 21st 2017 at the V & A Waterfront, with a 4-day business to business event focused on increasing collaboration and supporting the efficiency and development of the film industry across Africa.

 

A unique business focused event,The Cape Town Film Market will see dozens of companies from the film industry participating in 4 days of discussions, networking and workshops all designed to support the growth of the industry, including its affiliate and support services.

 

The event will include an exhibition space, panel discussions, targeted workshops and networking opportunities that will enable film production companies to interact with the range of affiliate and support industries required for the growth of the sector. Government and associated City support agencies will also be part of this event with a focus on informing and educating producers on issues ranging from funding and tax incentives to permits and location opportunities.

 

Unlike any other film industryevent in the country, the Cape Town Film Market will be a multi-purpose event;a business development and sales opportunity for industry support businesses, anetworking event for all industry stakeholders, and an educational platformwhereby best practice information will be shared across a range ofcompetencies.

 

The event is aimed to encourage collaboration between Cape based companies, as well as to forge relationships across the country and the continent. The event will also create the space for networking between businesses, and between business and government in order to drive the growth of the industry, not just regionally, but across the entiresector. Promoting the Cape as the ideal location for international and local shoots will drive tourism, growth of the industry and overall economic improvement for all associated businesses across the industy.

 

To this end, the event issupported by the City of Cape Town, and Mayor Patricia de Lille has this to sayof the event, “City of CapeTown Executive Mayor Ms Patricia De Lille adds “The City of Cape Town is indeed proud of the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival for making strides in developing the film industry inour city.

 

We are committed toenhancing this growth by positioning Cape Town as the film hub of Africa andsupporting the local film industry as it is a key job creator.

 

We are determined towork harder so that Cape Town can become even more globally competitive in thisimportant sector by creating an environment that attracts investment and moreinternational film productions.”

 

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival Marketing Director explains further, “the CTIFMF’s aim is to establish collaborative opportunities, discover new voices and to broaden their respective landscapes within which they conduct business – and Cape Town is the perfect setting for this. Cape Town is a brand in its own right, and its alignment with the CTIFMF adds a tremendous amount of credibility and stature to the global film industry brand we are in the process of building.”

 

Four days of speakers and discussions will provide invaluable information from industry organisations and government.

 

All industry stakeholders,including all support services such as logistics, location support andscouting, crew hire, equipment sales and rental, security, catering, transport,post-production, technology and software, and related services are invited to takepart by exhibiting their products and services in the official expo space.Further opportunities for these companies will include networking lounges,speaking opportunities, press conferences for product announcements and more.

 

All industry professionals arealso encouraged to attend the event to enjoy the benefits of the full speakerprogramme, workshop sessions, networking opportunities, and most of all to dobusiness.

 

The Cape Town Film Market will run alongside the Cape Town International Film Festival that will include film screenings from across the world and a complimentary schedule of discussions workshops with a Pan-African and international focus that delegates can also attend.

 

All exhibition and registration information can be found on the website: www.filmfestival.capetown or please email Donovan Winterburn: d.winterburn@hotmail.com

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) TV Licences division will continue to manage and support the division’s ever popular, fast and secure online payment service through its website www.tvlic.co.za. The website is optimised for any type of device, whether it’s for payment from your smartphone, tablet, IPad, desktop or laptop.

 

The division would like to inform the public that the contract with the service provider has ended and that the www.paymytv.co.za website is no longer in use. In order to continue our online payment service to the public, the TV Licences division has again activated and improved on the functionality of the divisional website, www.tvlic.co.za for ease and convenience of payment across any device from anywhere in South Africa. The public or businesses can continue to make payments safely and securely, change their details including address, view latest statement, log a query or find their nearest pay point location.

 

Payments can also be made at provincial SABC offices, retailers or wholesalers, as well as Post Offices nationally.

 

In addition to the online payments the division has also launched a SMS balance enquiry function that allows the public or business owners fast and easy balance enquiries on their account by sending a SMS with your TV Licence or ID number to 44210. Standard rates apply. TV Licences will continue to utilise innovative platforms like online platforms and payment solutions in order to meet all our clients’ expectations and deliver in world class service. This is how TV Licences believe we can fulfill in our mantra of making a difference and making more possible for all our clients.

 

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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FULL LIST OF THE DSTV MZANSI VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARD

SONG OF THE YEAR: Prince Kaybee – Charlotte

 

TV PRESENTER: Thembisa Mdoda

 

COMEDIAN: Summary

 

RISING STAR: Sjava

 

RADIO PERSONALITY: B2Cada

 

ACTOR: Themba Ndaba

 

ACTRESS: Vatiswa Ndara

 

MUSIC ARTIST OR GROUP: Kwesta

 

DJ: Black Coffee

 

SPORTS PERSONALITY: Caster Semenya

 

ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE: Thembisa Mdoda

 

 

Viewers who voted also got a slice of the cake when one was rewarded with a brand-new Kia Picanto worth R150 000 after being randomly selected via an audited process. Another lucky voter found themselves with a R100 000 Vodacom World Shopping Experience after predicting the Song of the Year.

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The  South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), will launch the 365 days of No Violence Against Women and Children campaign as part of the SABC`s women empowerment programme on Thursday,  24 August 2017 at SABC Radio Park from 07H00-09H30.

 

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the government will join hands to support the 16 days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children. This campaign for no violence against women and children is held all over the world between  the 25th of November and the 10th of December. South Africa took a step further in 2013 to not only make it 16 Days of Activism against Violence on Women and Children but increased it to be 365 days.

 

The SABC will internally launch and re-pledge support to this campaign and staff members will demonstrate support for the No Violence against Women and Children campaign through a hand painting activity, termed ‘These hands do not commit violence’.  Ms. Shenda Moses stated, the manager Employment Equity and Transformation stated that: “It is the responsibility of each one of us to increase the awareness of the negative impact of violence against women and children, and to speak up against women and child abuse.”

 

The SABC will also hold an exhibition on Thursday,24 August 2014, at SABC Radio Park Foyer with organizations such as SAPS (South African Police Service), POWA (People opposing Women), Genderlinks, Zazi/ Brothers, Optimystic Bikers Against Abuse, Tears (Bringing Hope and Healing) and Sonke Gender Justice who support the campaign.

The official hashtag for the campaign:  #BeBold4NoViolence

 

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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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