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Applications are invited from prospective participants in Masterclass, to be held in Pretoria in February 2014, conducted by Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany.



In 2012, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) initiated a vocal Masterclass/Scholarship Programme to support young South African vocal talents. Professor Josef Protschka from the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany; came to South Africa to give a Masterclass, run in conjunction with UNISA. At the end of the course, he chose three students: Siyabonga Maqungo, Nombuso Ndlandla and Andiswa Makana who have recently arrived in Germany for an academic year’s intensive study at the Cologne Music College, with full funding provided through a donation from a foundation based in Germany.


Once again, in February 2014, Professor Protschka will be offering a Masterclass for South African singers – this time in conjunction with the University of Pretoria. The Masterclass will run from Monday 3 to Saturday 8 February 2014 at the University of Pretoria. Prospective candidates are asked to forward their applications to The application should include a CV and an audi o recording (preferably mp3 files). The recording should include the following repertoire: one work each from the Baroque and Classical periods (preferably Mozart), a 19th Century opera aria, a 20th Century opera aria, plus a lied of the candidate’s own choice.



Eight candidates will be accepted as active participants. The deadline for submission of application materials is 20 December 2013. Selected candidates are responsible for organising their own travel to and accommodation in Pretoria, but there is no charge for the Masterclass.


One student will be chosen for an academic year’s study with Professor Protschka at the Music College in Cologne. The Apollo Music Trust will cover the expenses of that year of study.


For further information please email Richard Cock at the Apollo Music Trust ( or phone 011 447 9264.



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Naspers continues to grow as revenue soars

Posted by radio On November - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


Naspers chair Ton Vosloo today announced a 28% increase in consolidated revenue to  R28,8 bn for the six months ended 30 September. This growth was driven to a large  extent by the offshore internet businesses and boosted by a depreciating rand. Core headline earnings, considered by the board to be an indication of sustainable earnings performance, was up 16% on the previous year to R12,48 per share (R4,9bn in total).




This despite investing R3bn in developing future growth opportunities (referred to as development spend and expensed through the income statement). Positive free cash flow amounted to R787m.



“In recent times the composition of Naspers has changed. Offshore revenues now exceed those generated in South Africa, whilst internet has surpassed pay-TV as our main business,” Naspers CEO Koos Bekker said. “We are busy building ecommerce platforms, in particular online classifieds, and are rolling out digital terrestrial television (DTT) across more cities in West and East Africa.”



eCommerce revenues almost doubled to R7,9bn. Investment in marketing, people and product cost R2,3bn and led to an aggregate trading loss of R1,8bn in this segment. The classified businesses in most markets, Brazil and India in particular, widened their lead over competitors. The eTail segment delivered strong revenue growth, broadened categories for sale and improved fulfilment times. However, flash fashion lagged and some investments were impaired.



The pay television business grew revenues 18% to R17,1 bn. Subscribers increased by 560 000 and now totals 7,3m households across 48 countries on the African continent. Due to expanding DTT services, as well as the costs of launching new channels and services, trading profits nudged up by only 11% to R4,5 bn.


Globally, conditions remained challenging for print. Media24 managed some top line and profit growth and continues to reinvent itself by launching digital initiatives. The investment in Abril was further impaired. Naspers’s share of core earnings from associates, including Tencent in China and Group in Russia, increased by 47% to R4,5bn.


“The pace of investment in new growth opportunities will accelerate sharply over the next months. We expect development spend of about R7,0bn for the full financial year to March, compared to R4,3bn last year,” Naspers financial director Steve Pacak said.


He added: “As this investment is made largely through the income statement, it will have a dampening effect on both earnings and cash flows. However, we expect these growth opportunities to deliver shareholder value over the long term.”





The complete results are available on the Naspers website at

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We Shall Over Come On Purpose : A Kabomo Story

Posted by radio On November - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]



Super stardom in Joburg comes with  scars and plenty of nay saying peers. If you start from bottom in this scene, there is always is a bizarre negotiation of whether the art you produce meets the standards of your highly cerebral and most of the time, cynical community. Kabomo Vilakazi’s case is a classic example. He started off as a spoken word artist at the height of Newtown’s glory, where he waxed lyrical alongside laureates of the day such as Common Man, a younger Flo Mokale, Lebo Mashile, Napo Masheane, Tha Hymphatic Thabs and the late Robo.kabomo_yamaha_2





This was a time when the down town precinct fermented with the fervour of Electric Circus listening hipsters and card carrying feigns of a sound that could have possibly been by Basemental Platform or Township Frequency. Y FM was churning out this narrative viscerally through shows like Groove Kamikaze, Harambe and Bondo Ntuli’s late night repertoires. The air was ripe with an African Renaissance via Thabo Mbeki’s rhetoric. Everybody wore the patriotism on their sleeve.




Vilakazi is essentially a spawn of that generation. Our renaissance man ,Vilakazi known as Brown back then, has gone through interesting incarnations over the years, the kind that has always attracted bitch slaps from the pool of hardcore underground impresarios and yes, much approval from the mainstream after a nomination and performance at the SAMAs for his debut album All Things Grey.  Let’s unpack bricks where the man’s journey, shall we?


Kabomo in his own words


Kaya FM’s Mo G on Kabomo




Y Mag days


Y Mag had positioned itself as as purveyor of tidings solely concerned with the grand rebellion of Gauteng’s youth in the mid-nineties leading to the early 2000s. It had Sbu ‘The General’ Nxumalo and Itumeleng Mahabane running editorial. Spreads in the magazine had topics such ‘Why Are Black People So loud’ and the odd column by Sexa on sexual issues.




After Nxumalo and Mahabane’s exit, then came Paul ‘Rude Boy Paul’ Mnisi (now with Power FM) whose direction was assisted by Bongani Madondo as ghost editor.  Lee Kasumba took the batton from Mnisi, she was also one third of afternoon drive show Harambe .



According to many a murmurs, Kasumba put the final nail in the rag’s coffin. Y Mag was headed for ruin at her helm. When Kabomo Vilakazi assumed editorship. It was almost a one man steered hack job whereby every second page had the man’ overly indulged trace on it. From the editorial space to features, Vilakazi might as well had declared that he was going to single-handedly put the magazine together by himself. He was all over it!




The Coming of Age& Rising of a phoenix


After a period that marked a regular column in True Love magazine, a life of homelessness and anxiety to produce a second album, Kabomo’s  odds were to live up to the  mould  of ‘having made it’ looked dire. A member of one of the few remaining and consistent poetry collectives in Joburg known as Likwid Tongue, Richard Quaz Roodt, remembers a scruffy looking and head phone wearing Vilakazi in 2010 showing up at OST, Newtown with the world on his shoulders.






Roodt describes the moment, “ You know what, when I saw him I thought it’s a theatrical thing that he is testing out.” Roodt carries on, “I mean this was Kabomo, to see him living from hand to mouth had me in disbelief.” Quaz goes on to say, “But it was also an ironically interesting time, in that when he climbed on stage during one of our shows he blew the crowd with material he was working on for his album.”





The launch of Memory Remains at Yamaha House




Kabomo’s sophomore album launch kick started with an opener from an emerging artist known as Solo. Flanked by two mpc players, namely Solid of Third Wave and L The Third. Solo embarked on a trip of neo raps synonymous to the craze of Danny Brown, Odd Future, Kendrick Lamar and Joey Bad Ass. Solo’s performance evoked themes of urban love, ‘the hustle’ and the juxtaposition of street credibility against an ever increasing totem of economic freedom.




Then from the silhouetted stage came the main act. Kabomo Vilakazi with a sermon of soul, rap and street life blues. His second album, Memory Remains is a meandering escapade that will land you at a few stops. If finely attuned, you are guaranteed to go past Raphael Saadiq’s ‘Different Times’ from the album Gospeldelic, to the machine gun raps of Zubz, Proverb& Tumi with ‘The performance Of Your Life..’ The night’s campaign had  with it collaborations from Nothende to improvisations with scat-stars such as Zarcia Zecheus. Even the lovely union that is Tshepo Mngoma and Swazi Dlamini had a chance to dazzle at Vilakazi’s command. Even more endearing was his rendition of Sankomota classic.





Underground, above ground….whatever!


As subjective as truth is. Kabomo is living testament that street dreams can come true. He is renaissance man that we all aspire to be. A dude that has cut his teeth doing this and that, well he ended up having prime time viewers in captivation and gawking at his Joburg style at the SAMAs. His humble beginnings from Jungle Connection to Horror are a thread that motivates and yells  out to the growing mind that “You Can Be Whatever You  Wanna Be.”


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Johannesburg,  Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and MultiChoice today announced the launch of a new, dedicated High Definition feed of Discovery Channel, exclusively for DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa.

The new Discovery Channel will launch in Q1 of 2014 and will mean that HD Premium DStv subscribers will be able to enjoy all of their favourite Discovery programmes, including Dynamo, Auction Hunters, Bear Grylls, River Monsters, Wheeler Dealers and Gold Rush Alaska, in true HD for the first time.

The new HD Discovery Channel will also be a dedicated feed for DStv – meaning that the channel will be scheduled with all of Africa’s favourite programmes and offer advertisers even more brand partnership and sponsorship opportunities.

To tie in with the launch, Discovery Networks will be bolstering its existing factual entertainment programming line-up with its first scripted drama, made by Hollywood director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood). KLONDIKE, an epic 8-part mini-series, will star Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper (American Beauty, The Bourne Identity); Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction); Richard Madden (Game of Thrones); Abbie Cornish (Limitless) and Sam Sheppard (The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down).  The mini-series is based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, and brings to life the tale about six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the remote Klondike.

The Discovery Channel HD simulcast will remain on Channel 121 on DStv and will replace the current Discovery HD Showcase channel. Discovery Showcase content will however not be lost to viewers – as this content will be made available exclusively to DStv viewers via the brand new Explora HD PVR decoder VOD service and Online VOD.  As such, DStv subscribers will have the opportunity to watch even more of Discovery’s HD content – at their convenience.

“The launch of the new dedicated HD Discovery Channel is an important milestone for our services in Africa and represents our continued commitment to offering DStv viewers the best, high quality programming experience possible,” said James Gibbons, Senior Vice President, Emerging Business, Discovery Networks CEEMEA. “We’re sure that our DStv viewers and South African advertisers will relish the chance to watch their favourite Discovery Channel programmes in unbeatable high definition quality.  We’re also planning more new shows targeted at our DStv viewers, starting with the launch of the epic Klondike drama.  Watch this space for more details!”

Commented Mark Rayner, COO of MultiChoice South Africa; “We want DStv to be our customers’ home for great entertainment. Offering the adventurous and life-affirming content on Discovery as HD simulcast to our customers gives our Premium customers access to the best HD content in the world.”

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Mediamark’s newly launched TV division has been appointed as the official advertising sales representative for Glow TV, a new free-to-air channel on the OpenView HD satellite bouquet. This forms part of the company’s ongoing strategy to diversify from its roots in radio to become a true multichannel media sales house.

Mediamark’s newly launched TV division has been appointed as the official advertising sales representative for Glow TV, a new free-to-air channel on the OpenView HD satellite bouquet. This forms part of the company’s ongoing strategy to diversify from its roots in radio to become a true multichannel media sales house.

Glow TV is the product of cooperation between Kagiso Media and Nolava Television. It focuses on offering ‘eastern-inspired’ content for all South Africans on Platco’s new Openview HD free-to-air platform.

“Glow TV is an excellent starting point for our expansion into television,” says Elton Ollerhead, Managing Director, at Mediamark. “While the new TV division will operate as a standalone department with Mervyn Naidu leading the sales team, it will leverage Mediamark’s excellent reputation, infrastructure and media expertise to provide clients with TV solutions that deliver relevant audiences, and value to advertisers.”

Founded 16 years ago as Radmark with the specific focus on radio sales, Mediamark today represents about 16% of all radio advertising spend in South Africa. In recent years, the company has added a range of top digital offerings to its portfolio and more recently, events. Mediamark’s present portfolio comprises popular regional radio brands Capricorn FM, East Coast Radio, Gagasi FM, Heart 104.9FM, POWER 98.7, Jacaranda FM and Smile90.4FM. Mediamark’s digital stable includes Howzit MSN, one of South Africa’s leading content portals, as well as global communications giant, Skype.

“It is our intention to build a similarly strong presence in TV, adding a range of channels to our offering that give our advertisers the ability to speak to a range of audience segments,” says Ollerhead. “We will focus on those to allow advertisers to connect with underserved markets and execute innovative campaigns, including converged solutions.”

Ollerhead concludes, “Following the rapid expansion of our traditional radio business as well as our entrance into the events and digital spaces, TV forms the next cornerstone of our strategy to become a true converged media solutions company. Each of the offerings in our existing portfolio is a top player in its medium. But even more importantly, we are positioning ourselves to offer our clients converged media buys that help them to better coordinate campaigns across multiple media channels and hence improve the returns they get from their marketing spending.”

[Source: Mediamark]

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DStv gives MGM to its Premium customers

Posted by radio On November - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

From this Saturday, 16 November, MultiChoice will make the MGM channel available to its Premium customers. The channel launched on DStv on Tuesday, 12 November.

We understand that our customers, especially those without PVRs, are sensitive to the amount of repeats on DStv. Excluding MGM from Premium was a decision taken to partly address this concern. We want to give our customers on all the different packages the best entertainment at great value for their monthly subscription.

Not all channels that launch on the DStv platform, such as MGM, are intended for Premium customers.  However, we understand our Premium customers would like to have the full range of channels available on their package.

We thank our Premium customers for their feedback on this issue. We hope you will enjoy the entertainment on offer on MGM.


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On the 1st of August 2013, South Africans and 10 SADC Nations welcomed a new player in the international arena of news broadcasting. And true to its vision of bringing the world to the nation and opening a window to the world, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s 24-Hour News channel, broadcast on channel 404 on Multichoice platform DStv has succeeded in breaking news and offering continuous news updates.

With its bureaus dotted across the continent it continues to offer a quintessentially African perspective on world issues. Since its launch in August the channel has produced 16 304 minutes of news per month and 6 336 minutes of current affairs programming.

Within 6 weeks of the launch the channel started running commercials which is an indication of confidence on the quality of its output. Normally, it takes more than 18 months for a new entrant into the market to attract an interest from potential advertisers. Of importance is that the channel has given opportunities to young and seasoned journalists who have demonstrated a commitment and wherewithal to ensure its future growth.

These are practitioners who are guided by the public service ethos which is an essential pillar of the Corporation’s existence. The work they have produced has attracted positive feedback from our viewers both within and outside South Africa. Nowhere, is this appreciation better demonstrated than their active participation in our interactive current affairs programmes.

Ms. Lulama Mokhobo, the SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) said “SABC News regards the 100 days as the foundation phase on which to build for the future. As we enter the next 100 days, the viewers can look forward to riveting new and archival documentaries. Through its multiplatform approach the channel undertakes to increase the speed at which it breaks news as well as being a reference point for any news development in South Africa and beyond”.

[Issued by: SABC]

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CBS channels premiere in SA on DStv

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

International broadcaster Chello Zone and MultiChoice, South Africa’s leading digital entertainment provider, have announced four new channels to be added to DStv in South Africa. CBS Drama and CBS Action, featuring content from the world’s leading TV content supplier, CBS Studios International, Chello Zone’s hit children’s channel JimJam and Hollywood movie channel MGM will join the DStv family of channels on Tuesday, 12 November 2013.

This is the first time that the popular entertainment channels CBS Action and CBS Drama will be available in South Africa and marks the first major deal for the CBS Chello Zone EMEA Partnership since the portfolio’s EMEA rebrand at the end of last year. As part of the agreement, both channels will include commercials, with the ad sales fulfilled by DStv Airtime Sales Pty (Ltd).

DStv customers will see a host of brilliant content such as smash hit CBS series New Twilight Zone and Mission: Impossible on CBS Action and Dallas and Half & Half on CBS Drama. CBS is the home of world-famous titles and hit franchises from the studio’s vast television library – the largest in the world – with more than 70 000 hours of content.

In addition to drawing from this extensive library for drama and long-form content, CBS Drama and CBS Action will also acquire programming from selected third-party suppliers.

Louise Cottrell, VP Affiliate Sales for Chello Zone, says: “Our growing presence in South Africa is an important move, both for Chello Zone and our partnership channels with CBS. As the first major deal for the CBS channels since their successful rebrand it is a crucial time in their development, and we are thrilled to be working with the country’s leading platform MultiChoice “.

“Africa is a key territory for English language content and is the perfect home for our broad range of channels which offer viewers a fantastic mix of programming – from glossy US super-soaps and passionate series on CBS Drama and iconic swashbuckling and fantasy series on CBS Action to educational interactive kids’ series on JimJam and Hollywood greats on MGM.”

L. Reed Manville, executive vice president of International Channels for CBS Studios International, said: “Our growing presence in South Africa is an important move regionally, both for CBS Studios International and our partnership channels with Chello Zone. As the first major deal for the CBS channels since its successful rebrand, we are thrilled to be working with the country’s leading platform MultiChoice.”

Aletta Alberts, general manager of content for MultiChoice, comments: “We are delighted to add these four channels to DStv. Our customers will get even more great entertainment and be able to choose programmes that suit their viewing preferences. DStv really is the home of the best digital entertainment.”

At launch, young viewers and their families will be treated to classic children’s favourites such as Bob The Builder and Angelina Ballerina and hit emergency rescue animation Heroes of The City on JimJam. The channel is aimed at children between one and six and offers entertaining programming in a stimulating, fun and safe environment. Many of the programmes are interactive to encourage children to watch, learn and join in the fun with their favourite characters.

MGM offers handpicked movie entertainment from the iconic Hollywood studio with 14 Best Picture Oscars to its name. The movie maker’s vault boasts huge hit titles including Dances with WolvesWest Side StoryThe Silence of the Lambs and Rain Man to name a few. At launch, the schedule includes Death Wish II starring Charles BronsonWhat’s The Worst That Could Happen? starring the diminutive award-winner Danny DeVito and also a Best Buddies season featuring Men at WorkDouble Trouble and True Heart, which stars Kirsten Dunst.

Chello Zone is a leading international thematic channel distributor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, reaching over 120 countries with 13 broadcast brands.  CBS Chello Zone Channels reach more than 80 countries, including Russia, the Netherlands and Poland.

DStv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers will be able to enjoy all of this great entertainment on CBS Action (channel 133) and CBS Drama (channel 134). JimJam (channel 310) will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, whilst the great movies on MGM (channel 140) will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact and Extra customers from 12 November 2013.

[Source: Dstv Online]

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Following the success of the first episode in a new in-depth CNBC Africa documentary series “Titans of Africa” profiling the life and times of Raymond Ackerman, CNBC Africa will be rebroadcasting the documentary on Saturday 2 November at 3pm and 9 November at 6pm on DStv Channel 410.




Produced for CNBC Africa by ABN Pictures, “Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman”, goes behind the iconic business he created, to take a more personal view on the man who founded the Pick n Pay family business and dynasty. Ackerman’s wife, Wendy, who has always played a defining role in the business, features side-by-side with her husband, as they talk about the adventures, battles, and historical moments they experienced as they built the retail giant from 4 stores in the Cape in 1967 to a massive business today of over 1 000 stores and franchises in southern Africa.

The documentary that had Twitter buzzing this past week features archive footage, reenactments and all four of the Ackerman children, involved in the business at some level, as prominent voices, adding to an insightful hour.

“Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman” follows in the footsteps of other ABN Pictures documentary productions including “Greece: An Economic Odyssey”, “Debt: A Global Horror Story”, “Europe: Recovery or Trainsmash”, “US Economy: Does Money Grow on Trees?”, “Africa – Astronomy Frontier: The Square Kilometre Array”, and “Liliesleaf: The Untold Story”.

That’s the “Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman” rebroadcast on CNBC Africa on Tuesday 5 November at 9pm and Saturday 9 November at 6pm on DStv Channel 410.

[Issued by: CNBC Africa]

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Top Trader this week saw the remaining contestants spending time at the Thuthuzela Aid Community Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg.  The contestants were divided into two teams and given their next challenge:  ‘To prepare a presentation on Thuthuzela that could be used to attract potential investors’, Juliet would then choose the best presentation.




Baobab partners, comprising Ori, Johannes and Pule presented first. Whilst Juliet praised the team for covering the centre thoroughly, especially in terms of its financial status and future plans, she felt their presentation did not evoke enough emotion which she believes is key when trying to secure funding from prospective benefactors.  Team Columbus comprising Jason, Mbuso and Tsholofelo were up next.  Their presentation captured Juliet’s imagination from the start by introducing one of the children from the centre.  Juliet did however criticise them for not including enough information about Thuthuzela’s financial commitments and requirements.




In another gruelling tribunal, each contestant faced the mentors to hear whether or not their trades had managed to get the thumbs up.  Some of the trader’s portfolios continued to slide further into the red, whilst Jason and Ori advanced their gains by leaps and bounds.




The contestants were then asked to produce a 30 sec PSA (Public Service Announcement) for television.  The brief was to create an advert that could be broadcast on television to raise funds for Thuthuzela.  Ori, Johannes and Pule went with a simple approach using graphics and emotive music.  Jason, Tsholofelo and Mbuso decided to make an advert using Jason as their spokesperson. The winning PSA will be announced in the final episode of Top Trader.




After an exhausting day, the contestants had to face the mentors for an elimination session.  First up, Juliet announced the team behind the winning presentation on Thuthuzela:  Jason, Mbuso and Tsholofelo.  Baobab Partners remained in the elimination room to hear their fate.  As Ori had the highest portfolio value in his team, he was saved.  The remaining two had to plead with the mentors in an attempt to save themselves from being sent home.  In what seemed like a particularly long deliberation, the mentors had made their decision.  The next contestant to be eliminated was Johannes. The Top Trader 2013 experience has come to an end for Johannes Malan, who said his goodbyes and was sent back to Cape Town. 

[Issued by: CNBC Africa]

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