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MTN Bushfire Artist Applications Are Open

Posted by radio On October - 9 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

With less than a month before the closing date for artist applications, MTN Bushfire has already received over 800 artist applications from 57 countries around the globe!

Applications have been open from 1 August 2019 and will be closing on 31 October 2019. The distinctly African, yet globally-infused festival has received applications from Eswatini, Botswana, and South Africa, and from as far afield the United States of America, France, Greece, The Reunion Islands, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Haiti, and Venezuela amongst many others.

 

Rooted in Africa and accessible  to the world, the MTN Bushfire stages embrace the eccentric and unearth the electric. The festival looks for artists who not only entertain, but embody the festival’s strong atmosphere of tolerance and inclusion and its purposeful celebration of diversity through art.

 

Each year, the MTN Bushfire Main Stage, House On Fire Amphitheatre, The Barn, and FireFly Stage present over 70 performing acts from across musical and performance genres and from all over the world. For all of these artists, performing at MTN Bushfire is a memorable and powerful experience, with artists, as well as festival guests, all being asked to BRING THEIR FIRE.

 

The unconventional musical programme that MTN Bushfire is synonymous with reflects its #BRINGYOURFIRE mandate which makes manifest the ideals of social inclusion, environmental sustainability and equality.

 

Artists who would like to be part of this amazing and on-going musical experience are invited to apply to perform at the 2020 edition of MTN Bushfire that will be taking place from May 29th–31st, 2020, in the beautiful Malkerns Valley of eSwatini.

 

MTN Bushfire is looking for a diversity of artists from a range of musical styles and across genres.  Every year features an eclectic mix of World Music, African Music, traditional and cultural music styles from across the globe; Electro, Afro pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Gqom, House, and a range of other diverse styles.

 

In addition to musical performances, the various MTN Bushfire stages and platforms also host dance, art exhibitions and installations, theatre, poetry, story-telling, puppetry, film, speakers, as well as themed workshops.

Applications are available through our website www.bush-fire.com.

 

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Phuthuma Nathi share exchange now open

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice Group’s (MCG) offer to Phuthuma Nathi (PN) shareholders to exchange up to 20% of their Phuthuma Nathi shares for shares in MCG is now open. Phuthuma Nathi shareholders that choose to take up this offer will then hold shares in both PN and MCG.

 

 

Make sure that you fully-understand what this means to you as a Phuthuma Nathi shareholder so that you make an informed decision. More information on this offer is available on the Phuthuma Nathi website.

The offer closes at 2pm on 28 October 2019.

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Advertising Week Africa announces shift to 2020

Posted by radio On September - 23 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Advertising Week (www.AdvertisingWeek.com) – the world’s largest annual gathering of advertising, creative, entertainment, marketing, media and technology industry leaders – has  shifted its maiden Africa edition to 2020.

Advertising Week Africa will now take place in the first half of 2020, with a new date to be confirmed. The date change comes after a joint decision by the event’s Africa-based Advisory Council and other local and international stakeholders, following unrest in South Africa and the resulting reprisal attacks across several African countries.

 

 

Stillwell Partners, global producers of Advertising Week, re-affirmed the commitment to Africa. “Our commitment to launching Advertising Week Africa in Johannesburg is only stronger. From adversity often comes opportunity and we will continue and accelerate all planning and development to ensure the success of Advertising Week Africa in 2020,” said Stillwell President Lance Pillersdorf.

 

 

The following lead up to Adverting Week Africa milestone events will continue as planned:

  • An AWAfrica gala reception honoring the 20th anniversary of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in New York City on 25 September, as a centerpiece of the 16th global edition of Advertising Week in New York City.

  • The next edition of Advertising Week Europe in London in March 2020 will shine the spotlight on the spirit and impact of African entrepreneurs and storytellers.

  • South Africa House on Trafalgar Square will host a special Road to AWAfrica Leadership Reception during AWEurope.

 

 

Tunji Adeyinka, Republicom Group Managing Director and Chair of the AWAfrica Advisory Council adds: “The message of Advertising Week Africa has always been that there is strength in our diversity, and therefore we stand against violence anywhere on the continent. And as our central theme ‘Great Minds Think Unalike’ succinctly illustrates, we are excited to showcase the fact that we may have different languages, practices and belief systems across the continent, but those very differences create a rich tapestry of culture, industry and creativity that represent a massive and hugely positive contribution to our continent and to the world.”

 

 

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Apple today introduced the new seventh-generation iPad, bringing more screen area and support for the full-sized Smart Keyboard1 to its most popular and most affordable iPad. Starting at just $329, the upgraded iPad features a stunning 10.2-inch Retina display and the latest innovations including Apple Pencil2 support, the fast A10 Fusion chip, advanced cameras and sensors, unmatched portability and connectivity, ease of use and great all-day battery life.The new iPad is available to order starting today and in stores starting Monday, September 30.

 

“The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model featuring a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The new iPad was built to run iPadOS, which introduces powerful new ways to multitask, manage and mark up documents, use Apple Pencil and view more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen. This new iPad with iPadOS takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for creating, learning, working and playing.”

 

 

Bigger Display in a Powerful and Portable Design

The new 10.2-inch Retina display iPad has nearly 3.5 million pixels and a wide viewing angle making it a vivid canvas for creative expression and perfect for immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences that take advantage of its enhanced cameras and advanced sensors. Featuring the powerful A10 Fusion chip, the new seventh-generation iPad brings up to two times faster performance over the top-selling Windows PC4 for powerful multitasking and smooth gameplay in Apple Arcade.
Designed to be ultra-portable and durable, iPad weighs about one pound and for the first time features an enclosure made from 100 percent recycled aluminium with the same strength, durability and beautiful finish as the aluminium in all Apple products.5 Staying connected is easy on iPad with ultra-fast wireless performance and support for Gigabit-class LTE connectivity — delivering three times faster6 cellular data connections.7 With Touch ID, unlocking iPad is simple and secure using just a finger, to keep important information safe.

A New iPad Experience with iPadOS

iPadOS brings powerful new capabilities and intuitive features designed for the unique experience of iPad. A redesigned Home screen shows more apps on each page and the Today View can now be added, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information including news headlines, weather and calendar events. Working with multiple files and documents from the same app is now easier on iPad with updates to Split View, as well as switching between multiple apps using Slide Over.
The must-have Apple Pencil opens up new ways to be creative and more productive and is even more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages or documents by simply swiping Apple Pencil from the bottom corner of the screen, and a redesigned tool palette gives easier access to useful tools, colours and shapes.
Managing documents in the Files app with iPadOS gets even more powerful with support for external USB drives and file servers. Safari brings desktop-class browsing to iPad so users always get the website best optimised for iPad, as well as support for popular web apps like Squarespace and Google Docs. For additional information on iPadOS features, including Dark Mode, custom fonts and working with Photos, visit apple.com/ipados.
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Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 third quarter ended June 29, 2019. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.8 billion, an increase of 1 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.18, down 7 percent. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“This was our biggest June quarter ever — driven by all-time record revenue from Services, accelerating growth from Wearables, strong performance from iPad and Mac and significant improvement in iPhone trends,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “These results are promising across all our geographic segments, and we’re confident about what’s ahead. The balance of calendar 2019 will be an exciting period, with major launches on all of our platforms, new services and several new products.”
“Our year-over-year business performance improved compared to the March quarter and drove strong operating cash flow of $11.6 billion,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned over $21 billion to shareholders during the quarter, including $17 billion through open market repurchases of almost 88 million Apple shares, and $3.6 billion in dividends and equivalents.”
Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2019 fourth quarter:
  • revenue between $61 billion and $64 billion

  • gross margin between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent

  • operating expenses between $8.7 billion and $8.8 billion

  • other income/(expense) of $200 million

  • tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent

 

Apple’s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of $0.77 per share of the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on August 15, 2019 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on August 12, 2019.
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  •  QLED delivers a breath-taking choice of entertainment
  •  Gamers now have a TV that does what few TV’s ever could
  •  QLED is connecting South Africans to the world like never before

When Samsung announced its 2019 QLED range, Forbes Magazine described it has having “Pictures that are as breath-taking as they are ground-breaking”. All around the world new QLED customers agree. Besides the revolutionary picture quality and audio experience, it’s a smart TV that takes innovation and artificial intelligence into a new era. This is reflected in the content, streaming options and gaming technology.

Game on – QLED is made for winners

 

With QLED, Real Game Enhancer optimises the gaming experience through a unique set of gaming features. It features AMD Radeon Freesync™ variable refresh rate technology, which helps prevent tearing and stuttering, as well as Game Motion Plus, which removes motion blur and judder. Real Game Enhancer combines these technical innovations with Auto Game Mode, which minimises input lag on compatible devices. It also includes AI-based audio and video enhancements that optimise the settings to deliver cinematic sound and smooth, lifelike visuals that can remain clear even during bright and dark scenes. QLED is clearly a level up all gamers will love.

 

A New World of Entertainment Has Arrived

 

Samsung QLED takes the viewing experience to the next level by offering iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support. In an industry first, it includes a new Apple iTunes Movies and TV Shows app which offers endless movies and series from around the world. Using the new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app you can access your existing iTunes library and browse the iTunes Store to buy or rent from a selection of hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes — including the largest selection of 4K HDR movies. With AirPlay 2 support, Samsung customers will be able to effortlessly play videos, photos, music, podcasts and more from Apple devices directly to Samsung Smart TVs, including QLED 4K and 8K TVs as well as other Samsung UHD and HD models. Overall, streaming the content you want has never been more effortless.

 

TV has never been smarter

 

QLED 2019 even offers more ways for you to discover and watch content. It features an improved Artificial Intelligence algorithm that uses your subscription services, favourite content and TV viewing habits to offer customised recommendations about what to watch. You can also even use the new Voice Command and Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant to easily control your TV and access content. And with Samsung’s OneRemote you can quickly and easily navigate your content. Then with the addition of Far Field Voice Capability on the OneRemote, you can control your TV by voice, even if you are across the room from the remote.

 

Mega entertainment, awe-inspiring gaming, endless content and cutting-edge convenience – those are just some of the ways Samsung QLED has changed TV forever.

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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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