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All Access Mzansi is back on Dstv

Posted by radio On June - 15 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By DStv Online]


All Access Mzansi set the bar high during its eight seasons – and now the popular, homegrown entertainment show returns with a trio of hotshot presenters, a new on-the-move urban vibe and a stunning element of viewer interaction.


Broadcast on Mzansi Magic on Thursday 20 June at 19:30, the new-look show is hosted by Dineo Ranaka, ProVerb and Nandi Mngoma.


The selection of Ranaka, ProVerb and Mngoma is the perfect mix of seasoned and fresh talent that will lead the show into exciting new territory.


“We were looking for presenters who know what it’s like to be in the spotlight themselves and are able to bring that to the inserts and interviews they do, in a relaxed and informal fashion,” said Yolisa Phahle Channel Director: Special Interest Channels.


“ProVerb, Nandi and Dineo fit that bill just perfectly and we’re thrilled that they are going to be taking All Access Mzansi into a fantastic new world!”  All Access Mzansi season nine retains the familiar mix of interviews, music, red carpet events, backstage inserts and more – all centred around the celebrities of the moment.


This time around though, the show is less about the studio or formal interview and more about going on-the-move and into the streets, clubs, and places where no access is denied to the presenters!


“I am super excited that All Access Mzansi is returning to our screens and even more delighted to be a part of it again. The new and improved show promises to be more accessible and interactive. I can’t wait to start shooting!,” said an elated Proverb.


“I’m thrilled that I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to host All Access Mzansi, the product is clean, the audience is mature, the channel is progressive and my co-host ProVerb is a charm! The show, its producers and former hosts have set a high standard and I hope to suavely fit into that standard. I am looking forward to giving the best of me,” said Dineo.
Her co-host Nandi shares the same excitement, “I am absolutely elated to be a part of such an amazing show, mostly because it is coming back bigger and better. This season is for everyone from the suburbs to Ekasi!,” she added.


One of the newest aspects of All Access Mzansi is the ability of viewers to get the All Access Mzansi crew to their own events. The only requirements are that the event is fabulously trendy and unmistakably the place to be on that day – and that the guests are over 21 years old.


Whether it’s a birthday party, an anniversary, a graduation party, or something totally original, viewers can motivate to get the All Access Mzansi crew at the party – and have the chance to have Dineo, Nandi or ProVerb as a guest too!


The following information is needed from viewers to stand a chance to be part of the hot new All Access Mzansi:

What is the event?
Where is it happening?
What will happen (order of events)?
What is on the menu (music and food)?
What is the dress code?
How many guests will attend?

These should be sent to



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CNBC Africa goes Mauritius

Posted by radio On June - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA will launch its eleventh African bureau in Mauritius next month as it continues to widen its African reporting footprint.

The launch will take place in the Mauritian capital city of Port Louis on 11 July 2013 and will be attended by key Mauritian government and business leaders who will discuss the country’s investment prospects in an hour-long panel discussion to be broadcast on CNBC Africa in July.


Africa’s ‘miracle economy’, which has undergone a transformation from dependence on sugar exports to the export of services such as tourism, financial services and information technology in one generation, is starting to look vulnerable in face of the relentless European financial crisis.


So while the economy has held up well against the persistent global economic turbulence, its growth momentum has eased, with the real GDP growth rate estimated at 3.3% in 2012 down from 3.8% in 2011. Forecasts for 2013 and 2014 show a gradual recovery with the growth rate rising to 3.8% and 4.2% respectively.


“Mauritius is an important addition to our coverage map given the country’s economic performance in the past few years and its role in attracting investment to Africa as well as its strong reformist agenda,” said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor. “From Mauritius, we hope to follow the east Asia money that we have seen coming into the continent as well as the country’s efforts to maintain its remarkable economic advance.”


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Lotus FM’s Warm Hearts Campaign

Posted by radio On June - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Every winter, thousands of South African children go to school without being adequately attired for the winter chill. They have no jerseys and raincoats, shoes with holes in them or no shoes at all. The plight of the underprivileged school children in KZN is one that has been close to the hearts of Lotus FM and its listeners.   


In a bid to help those that are in need, Lotus FM has dedicated Mandela day to giving back to the community. We plan to run a CSI winter drive, to provide these “gifts” to deserving, underprivileged kids before winter comes to an end.  


“The community is completely aware of how much suffering there is out there but is often at a loss as to how they can help.  This initiative is to inspire the community and give them a good opportunity to lend a helping hand” explains Station Manager, Alvin Pillay.


Lotus FM appeals to listeners and businesses in the region to donate School jerseys, rain coats and shoes. In addition, the station’s jocks and management have made a commitment to drive the campaign through their own personal efforts.  


A Collection box will be placed at Lotus FM studios (100 KE Masinga Road Durban).  Donations will be split and distributed amongst 7 underprivileged schools selected in KZN.  


For more information on how you could get involved with this project tune into Lotus FM 87.7 – 106. 8 or contact Lotus FM marketing on 031 362 5018 “Be the change you want to see” Mahatma Ghandi


[Issued by : Lotus FM]

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SABC secures limited cricket and rugby rights

Posted by radio On June - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that SABC Sport has secured a limited free-to-air broadcasting rights package from SuperSport International for three major sporting events, namely Cricket’s ICC Champions Trophy 2013 tournament taking place from the 6th until the 23rd of June 2013, the Rugby Championship, as well as the Castle Lager Inbound Test Series, which includes the Springboks, taking place from the 8th until the 22nd of June 2013.


In terms of the Cricket, as per the sub-licence agreement, the SABC will broadcast live all 3 matches of the Proteas in the group stage, as well as one semi-final and the final match live.


The SABC will have specific television programming, which will feature daily highlights of all the other matches in the tournament. SABC radio station, 2000 FM will carry all the cricket matches live, with updates and scores on other SABC ALS radio stations.


With regards to rugby, as part of the sub-licencing deal with SuperSport, the public service broadcaster will broadcast matches on radio and television. The TV deal allows the SABC to broadcast delayed matches after the final whistle and live coverage on radio. This applies to the South African inbound Tests only.


The coverage of these events will ensure that sports lovers of the diverse codes will have a front seat row to all the action.


Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer said, “With these events happening around the same time, we made a decision that we would try our best to get these broadcasting rights, as the nation of South Africa, with its diverse sporting tastes, deserves the right to watch their favourite sporting teams. We believe that the public will also enjoy the high-quality programming that has been put together to support the respective tournaments”.


Happy Ntshingila, CEO of SuperSport International said, “We are pleased to have concluded an arrangement with the SABC regarding this content on commercial terms which are satisfactory to both parties”.


[Source: SABC]

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‘LATITUDE’ to premiere on CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On June - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, the continent’s largest business and finance television news network, will premiere its weekly tourism and travel show ‘Latitude’ on Friday, 7 June at 6pm CAT. Join CNBC Africa anchors as they set out to uncover, discover and explore tourist destinations in South Africa and ascertain the key drivers behind this growing industry.


The show will reveal hidden gems in far-flung corners of South Africa, explore tempting towns, luxurious hideaways, different forms of adventure tourism and activities and holiday destinations, all the while taking the viewer on a visually rich journey that brings to light the business behind the tourism and travel industry.


Industry experts will discuss the challenges facing the travel and tourism industry, from poaching, poor business management, lack of cohesiveness and support to how the industry can properly benefit from public private initiatives and find more efficient ways to grow and develop.


“Latitude allows us to follow our business viewers from the office to their ‘other’ lives as we look at tourism in a very different way,” said CNBC Africa Chief Editor, Godfrey Mutizwa. “The introduction of the show marks another important development in our journey to provide our type of viewer with content that helps bring value in their lives. This is part of our overall strategy to improve our out of markets and weekend viewing experience.”


Don’t miss Latitude on Friday, 7 June at 6pm CAT only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv!

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SABC pledges support for 49M

Posted by radio On June - 4 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), which is the country’s only public service broadcaster, has today pledged its support for the 49M initiative.


At the signing ceremony broadcast live on Morning Live last friday, the SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Mrs. Lulama Mokhobo said the public broadcaster was thrilled to be part of the 49M initiative.


Mokhobo said the 49M pledge signing was a natural step for SABC as the initiative’s objectives formed part of the broadcaster’s overall corporate goals.

“We understand that there is sufficient capacity to meet the demand most of the day, however the concern is the peak hours between 5pm and 9pm. If that can be reduced, electricity supply will be adequate. Our role is therefore to ensure that we mobilize South Africans towards this goal. What is significant about this partnership is that we share common customers, as our audiences are also users of electricity. For them to enjoy our programming they need electricity. We therefore cannot avoid educating our viewers about the efficient use of electricity,” said Mokhobo.


The SABC, with its three television channels, and 19 radio stations, has a wide daily audience reach of over 24 million South Africans. Its role is therefore critical.


This agreement also encompasses the work being done through the ‘Power Bulletin’ which is flighted on television immediately after the news, starting with the 17:30 news bulletin through to 19:30. The announcements, which follow the weather forecast format, will run for 60 seconds on all three TV channels for five days until the end of the year. The radio announcements will be run three times a day – morning, midday and afternoon – and will also continue until December.


As an organization, the SABC has also taken steps to be energy efficient. In this regard the SABC received an award in the Commercial Category at the 2010 eta Awards, for work done with Shared Energy Management to conserve energy at the organization. Some energy saving interventions at the SABC include dry mist evaporators, fixed operating hours for light and air conditioning, with remote after-hour switching as well as decommissioning energy-intensive boilers. Since 2006, the SABC has saved approximately R31, 261M per annum in terms of energy consumption.


Eskom Chief Executive Brian Dames said he was pleased that big corporates such as the SABC were supporting the 49M initiative. He said this commitment would go a long way in ensuring that the energy saving campaign achieves its mandate of achieving the 10% energy saving.


“Today’s pledge signing is yet another milestone in our journey towards a sustainable future. We are extremely excited about this partnership as we believe it will strengthen the campaign and increase awareness among South Africans,” says Dames.

Dames further commended the SABC for their continued efforts to operate as a responsible corporate citizen. He said the partnership will give a strong boost to the broadcaster’s education drive and as they engage with their stakeholders to promote energy efficiency.


So far 49M has partnered with 78 businesses that have pledged to cut down on their electricity consumption. Businesses that have already signed partnership pledges include mining houses AngloGold Ashanti, Goldfields, Anglo American, Samsung, Spintelligent, Standard Bank, Nedbank and other top companies.



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M-Net triples its Series offering on DStv

Posted by radio On May - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By DStv Online ]


On Tuesday 9 July, M-Net will change the way you watch series! Adding to the most amazing international series available on M-Net, the current M-Net Series channel on DStv will transform into a trio of amplified series channels. These will be called M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Reality and M-Net Series Zone. All three channels will be available to DStv Premium customers, while DStv Compact customers can follow their favourite series on M-Net Series Zone.


M-Net Showcase will be the high-definition playground of the series world’s latest big-name shows with all its flamboyant characters. The channel will feature fresh, superior quality content in all popular genres – from comedy and drama to fantasy, crime and suspense. These first-class shows include new seasons of Army Wives, Mad Men, Criminal Minds and Defiance, and all the latest showstoppers from the USA. It will also be the channel where fans of series can devour all their favourites in one sitting, with marathons of back-to-back weekend screenings. Most of the series will be seen on African TV for the first time, close to their US debuts.


As the name suggests, M-Net Series Reality will cater to the fans of real-life series. Reality fare like Junior MasterChef, Life after Top Chef, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, America’s Got Talent and supermodel Naomi Campbell’s The Face will make their African television premieres here. Apart from these captivating reality shows, the very best in talk shows will also be scheduled on the channel. This means that viewers will be able to find two of the most popular genres on global television – reality and talk shows – all in one place.


M-Net Series Zone will be the home of all the firm series favourites. It will include content specifically catering to DStv Compact customers. The shows will also be packaged in such a way that back-to-back screenings, especially over weekends, will make it easy for everyone to catch up on all the series action they may have missed. The channel will boast special festivals and themes, and much more. To summarise, this will be series “heaven”.


Pierre Cloete, Director of M-Net channels says: “M-Net’s fantastic reputation in broadcasting is built on screening the world’s best movies and series. These new channels allow us to do it even better, with well-designed tailor-made schedules for every taste. In line with our very successfully defined channel offerings in the movie arena, we are now collating our incredible series portfolio in an easy to find, well structured, channel offering. We are specifically catering to the varying tastes of our DStv Premium and DStv Compact viewers.”


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Producing black gold on the airwaves

Posted by radio On May - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Foshizi]


Consumer brands and their respective agencies which ignore the ever-evolving black consumer market do so at their own risk. This is according to Foshizi Director Lebo Motshegoa who recently partnered with SABC Commercial Enterprises in a national African Language Service (ALS) road-show to address the subject of ‘The psyche of a township and rural consumer and their relationship with radio.”


“Vernacular radio is a powerful medium in reaching black audiences. But all too often ad agencies are bent on chasing awards for ‘cleverly scripted copy’ that does not necessarily resonate with the specific black audience it seeks to engage. It should not surprise radio advertisers who are unable to see any tangible positive business value if they are not delivering a message that connects with the black consumer in that limited 30-second spot they have paid for,” says Motshegoa.


According to Motshegoa, brand-owners are no longer the ones assembled around an oak boardroom table inside ad agencies, much less client offices. The consumer owns the brand.

The South African consumer market has found its voice, influencing brand reputations, purchasing decisions and touting personal brands of choice ‘across channels of their own making’. These include social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp.


“The black consumer market continues to evolve at an alarming pace but if brands are not willing to adapt their message which incorporates real-time insights of this specific market, the message is lost and brands suffer abuse at the hands of social media citizens,” adds Motshegoa.


In his presentation, an animated Motshegoa took certain audiences on a nostalgic tour of what it was like growing up in the townships where, for the most part, families were not exposed to the luxury of owning more than one car or an electric blanket, where keeping a good bottle of whiskey was unheard of and having access to the internet while at home was an absolute impossibility.


“Think about words or expressions which, if translated into English, would lose their essence or relevance. I am sure black copywriters and brand owners can understand how ‘rangwane’ or ‘ethiya makhosi’ would create instant connections with black audiences if incorporated into brand messaging? As well as the fact that Rangwane cannot be reduced to an uncle”


“These are insights which brands and ad agency creatives can bring to life in radio messaging that immediately hits home for a black consumer. Even if the black audience you are targeting enjoys residential suburban bliss, demonstrating that you understand who they are, how they grew up, creates a connection with your brand.”


It was this ‘all-important and meaningful connection between brands and listeners’ that inspired SABC to invest in a road-show which would bring added value to radio advertisers.


“It is incumbent on any brand, any advertising agency to conduct research, to understand the market they are speaking to. More importantly, these consumer insights need to be accurately reflected, packaged and placed on the relevant platforms at the appropriate time if radio ad-spend is to be effectively leveraged.”


The ALS Conference was hosted in Johannesburg, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban, and included Muzi Kuzwayo and Louis Seeco as conference speakers.

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Forbes Africa storms ahead with sales

Posted by radio On May - 22 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[Issued by: Forbes Africa]


Forbes Africa magazine, the continent’s first-ever international business publication localized for the African executive, has reached its highest-ever circulation with an average of 21,471 copies distributed each month during the first quarter of this year. According to the African Bureau of Circulations of South Africa, circulation grew by 22.5% from the previous quarter, from an average of 17,538 copies circulated. The magazine’s overall year-on-year growth is a remarkable 54%.


The magazine, which has been on shelves since October 2011, encompasses both the detail and personality, bringing a unique perspective to business media reporting that is delivered in a sharp, in-depth and engaging fashion.


“I am thrilled. This is the realization of a dream for us at Forbes Africa,” says Chris Bishop, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa. “We have worked hard for nearly two years in the belief that Africa needs a high-quality business magazine and this proves it is so. I also thank our growing army of readers in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya for their support. We will be working even harder to make sure we give our readers the best business magazine on the continent,” says Bishop.


“Our growing circulation numbers are a testament to the demand for a publication like Forbes Africa,” says Davlynne Lidbetter, General Manager of Forbes Africa. “We went digital in March and will be rolling out a distribution strategy to reach all readers, across both print and digital platforms.”


As the sixteenth English-language edition of the highly successful FORBES magazine, Forbes Africa has distinguished itself as a key title, renowned for its many lists based on the levels of global wealth and power. Forbes Africa reached yet another milestone recently when the magazine went live in March, placing the local African publication on a global platform. The magazine is currently being distributed throughout South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

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John Gale, Managing Director of Ogilvy Durban, has been appointed to the Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (O&M SA) Executive Committee (ExCo) Board.


With over 21 years with the Ogilvy group and, more recently, 13 years at the helm of the Durban office, Gale brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the O&M SA Board. 

A passionate brand-builder, Gale has, in turbulent global economic conditions, seen the Ogilvy & Mather Durban office, which incorporates Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, Ogilvy Action and Digital@Ogilvy, grow into one of the region’s advertising powerhouses.


“Most of South Africa’s industry hubs are concentrated in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and as such enjoy the lion’s share of the country’s advertising revenue. This presents some unique challenges for the industry in Durban,” says Gale. “Given these challenges, and the fact that we are currently in a global economic trough, we are enormously proud to have been able to not only sustain the business, but significantly grow it.”


Growth of the business in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), coupled with some exciting new contracts on the horizon, means that O&M SA, a world-class multinational communications company, has a strong foothold in all three of South Africa’s economic hubs.

“We realise it is important for Ogilvy to have

 a footprint in each of the major business regions in the country,” says Gale. “It is also important from the perspective of a global brand that we are aligned when it comes to the implementation of the company’s processes and structures, not to mention those of our global clients.”


“While we work independently of each other, it is important and enriching to remain connected and involved in important areas of the business such as implementation of group strategy, human resources, training and technology. My appointment to the ExCo will ensure our Durban and KZN interests are synergized with the rest of the group.”


“I am thrilled to become a member of the ExCo as I have gained important insights over the years as MD in Durban,” says Gale. “I believe I will be able to add further perspectives and value to the continued success of one of South Africa’s leading advertising groups.”


Some of the Point Waterfront-based Ogilvy Durban current clients include Boxer Superstores, Decorland, Defy, eThekwini Transport Authority, Field Band Foundation, Game, Lesotho Milling, Marico, SABMiller, Sun International (Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom and the Wild Coast Sun), The Sharks and Unilever.


Gale has worked on major brands such as Castle Lager, Castle Lite, Hansa Pilsener, Debonairs Pizza, Volvo, Mica, and Continental. While at Ogilvy Africa (1998/9), he was primarily involved in managing brands for key clients with business interests and activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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