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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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MultiChoice announces Open Week

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

For a whole week, from Monday, 11 November to Sunday, 17 November, MultiChoice will give most of its customers access to Premium channels at no extra charge.

DStv Access, Select 1 and 2, Family, Compact and Extra customers will be able to watch and experience some of the great entertainment on Premium channels – the best movies, series, sport, documentaries, music and much, much more!

M-Net channels will be opened to DStv Select 1 and 2, Family, Compact and Extra customers on 16 and 17 November. Get ready for a big weekend of Premium entertainment!

MultiChoice is encouraging customers to keep an eye on the DStv website, Twitter and Facebook pages for daily highlights during this week.

Some of the exciting shows and sports DStv customers can look forward to include:

Monday, 11 November
Monster vs Alien S1 on Nickelodeon
Wolly and Tig S2 on Cbeebies
The Amazing Jonathan: Wrong On Every Level on Comedy Central
Pakistan vs SA – Fifth ODI

Tuesday, 12 November
Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls on Discovery Channel
Scoody Doo & The Alien Invaders on Boomerang

Wednesday, 13 November
Fina World Cup
Pakistan vs SA – First T20

Thursday, 14 November
PGA Tour 2013/2014 – OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Friday, 15 November
Top Gear Australia S3 on BBC Knowledge
The Real Hustle S9 on BBC Knowledge
Pakistan vs SA – Second T20
FIFA World Cup Qualifier –  Ukraine vs France
International Friendly – England vs Chile

Saturday, 16 November
Dukes of Melrose S1 on M-Net Series Zone
Petrolheads S5 on Ignition
MasterChef Australia S4 on M-Net
Idols S9 on M-Net
Big Bang Theory S6 on M-Net
X-Factor USA S3 on M-Net
Betrayal S1 on M-Net
The Mentalist S5 20 on M-Net
Ironside S1 on M-Net
Banshee S1 on M-Net
Django Unchained on M-Net
War Horse on M-Net

England International Rugby – England vs New Zealand
Irish International Rugby – Ireland vs Australia
Welsh International Rugby – Wales vs Argentina
Italian International Rugby – Italy vs Fiji
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Nigeria vs Ethiopia
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Senegal vs Ivory Coast

Sunday, 17 November
Two Guys and A Girl on Comedy Central
Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home on BBC Lifestyle
Raising Hope S4 on M-Net Series Showcase
The Day Kennedy Died on BBC Knowledge
Richard Hammond’s Miracle of Nature on BBC Knowledge
Scotland International Rugby – Scotland vs South Africa
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Cameroon vs Tunisia
Formula One – United States Grand Prix Main Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup – Ford Ecoboost 400

Royal Pains S4 on M-Net
Perception S2 on M-Net
Beauty and the Beast on M-Net
Idols IX 0026 on M-Net
Carte Blanche on M-Net
Magic Mike on M-Net
Homeland S3 on M-Net
House of Cards on M-Net

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Team Columbus get to fight another round

Posted by radio On October - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Top Trader this week, the contestants were tutored on technical analysis with Warrick Selzer of Wealth Skills.  They then had to put all this knowledge to the test in their next challenge. Before they could get to their task, they faced the mentors in yet another gruelling tribunal.  Each trader’s portfolio was scrutinised and they had to come up with some really good reasons for their week’s trades.

The challenge for this week was to select two shares from the JSE Top 100 and perform a thorough technical analysis on these shares.  The traders were divided into two teams, team Baobab Partners headed by Ori, with Pule and Johannes and team Columbus headed by Jason, with Mbuso and Tsolofelo.  But before the teams presented their technical analyses to the mentors, they had the opportunity to have a dry run with presenter Juliet Newell.  Juliet gave the team’s tips and advice on how they could improve their presentations.

In the late afternoon, the contestants presented to the mentors Gerhard Lampen, Ian Cruickshanks and guest mentor Warrick Selzer.  Following much deliberation, the mentors picked the winners for this week’s challenge:  Baobab Partners.  The losing team were then called in for a round of elimination.

Jason, Mbuso and Tsolofelo each had to nominate who they thought should be eliminated and with Jason’s portfolio posting the biggest profits of the team, he was given immunity.  But, as the competition had already lost one contestant through elimination and another through disqualification, it was decided that this would not be an elimination round.  Mbuso fell to his knees with relief and all three contestants got to trade another week in the CNBC Africa Top Trader 2013 competition.

Don’t miss the next exciting episode of Top Trader sponsored by Sanlam, every Wednesday at 9:30pm (CAT) only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv!

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Delicious feature on Business Behind the Arts

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, will re-broadcast its monthly business and lifestyle show ‘Business behind the Arts’. The hour-long show highlights this year’s international food and music festival – ‘Delicious’ and will air on Saturday, 26 October at 8am CAT with a repeat on Sunday, 27 October at 11am CAT. The show is sponsored by the South African Department of Arts and Culture.

Delicious is a music festival for food lovers or a food festival for music lovers, set on the rolling green lawns of Blue Hills Equestrian Estate in Kyalami. Jamiroquai entertained festival goers and was supported by some of South Africa’s best entertainment – Lira, Prime Circle, Danny K, Mi Casa, Khuli Chana, BlackByrd and Household Funk.

‘Business behind the Arts’ also takes a look at Ghana Fashion and design week, the contemporary international platform envisioned to direct, lead and promote both emerging and established designers to a global audience.

Don’t miss ‘Business behind the Arts’ on Saturday, 26 October at 8am CAT with repeats on Sunday, 27 October at 11am CAT, only on CNBC Africa, channel 410!


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Pearl Thusi bids farewell to RGB

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


After an exciting, whirlwind experience hosting Mzansi’s highest rated lifestyle and entertainment Saturday show – RGB – to an average of 5.6 million viewers, Mzansi’s media darling Pearl Thusi has decided to say farewell to the much-loved show.

“I absolutely loved my time on RGB.  I have had an incredible journey and everyone at the show has been amazingly supportive with my decision to move on.  I am not saying goodbye, just see you soon.  I have so many great things going on at the moment that I had to make a tough decision on what to focus on.  I feel that I’m leaving a stronger and better show,” remarked Thusi.

Thusi joined RGB in early 2012 and her career opportunities soon expanded to include being a co-host on SABC1’s Live Amp and earlier in 2013 decided to follow her passion back to acting by landing a role on SA’s long running soap -Isidingo.

“We are definitely sad to see Pearl leave RGB. She is a great talent with many exciting opportunities that lie ahead for her. We and our viewers are going to miss her, but we are continuing to work with her on other projects, so the future is most certainly looking bright,” commented Dichaba Phalatse, SABC1 Portfolio Marketing Manager: Entertainment.

The channel is excited to announce that Sinazo Yolwa and Amanda Du Pont will be joining the RGB team as co-presenters alongside host, Phat Joe Kambule, to provide the show with a wider variety and in-depth interviews. More changes on this lifestyle and entertainment show will be communicated in due time.

In line with SABC1’s stated objectives to remain the number one television and content brand, the channel continues to ensure that viewers are kept entertained and informed via a process of refreshing and revitalizing key shows with the aim of enhancing audience’s television experience.

Pearl will still be seen on RGB until the Saturday 09 November and Sinazo and Amanda will make their very first appearance on the show on Saturday the 16th of November 2013.

RGB airs on SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho every Saturday at 18h00.

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Anele Mdoda to host MySchool Dream School SA

Posted by radio On October - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

What happens when you take 15 youths that have “dropped out” of school and give them a second chance?

And what happens if we create a “dream school”, with amazing celebrity teachers willing to share their knowledge and passion, and see if these learners can rediscover education in a whole new way?



The new reality TV series MySchool Dream School SA which premiered on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday, 13th October at 17:00pm aims to help us find answers to these critical questions. The series is a South African first and aims to rekindle a 21st century generation’s love for learning. The series will also be simulcast on M-Net101, M-Net HD, Mzansi Magic and M-Net Series Channel.



Running for 13 weeks, MySchool Dream School SA takes the format of a documentary reality show and tries to answer one question: Can we re-engage the unengaged? Fifteen learners who have dropped out, or who are in danger of dropping out, come together for a two-week period and spend their time with celebrity teachers and mentors, opening a door for them to have another chance to complete their high school education. In a country where the matric pass rate is less than 80% and the unemployment rate is 25.6%; it is crucial to for any child to get a decent education to give themselves a chance at a better life.



The cast is the face of young South Africa. Natasha (17, Mitchell’s Plain), Zama (18, Soweto), Trevor (16, Durban), Nisaa (16, Manenberg), Lihle (17, Khayelitsha), Waunita (17, Pretoria), Monique (18, Johannesburg), Simphiwe (16, Langa), Keagan (15, Kempton Park), Thandeka (17, Dobsonville), Tshepo (19, Soweto), Masi (17, Woodstock), Chenique (15, Hanover Park), Vincent (15, Cape Town) and Nuraan (15, Hanover Park) are struggling to complete their high school education and all have their own unique stories. When they get together for Dream School SA they have the opportunity to re-engage with their educational journey.



With the aim of inspiring young people MySchool Dream School SA has an impressive line-up of educators and celebrities. Hosted by Anele Mdoda, with Johan Volsteedt (recently retired from Grey College) as headmaster, the rest of the teaching ‘staff’ includes the likes of South African struggle hero Denis Goldberg, journalist and author Tim Butcher, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Cobra’s coach Paul Adams, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, celebrity cook Karen Dudley, and Dance for All’s Philip Boyd. Covering all school subjects, and using cutting-edge iPad technology, MySchool Dream School SA focuses as much on the learner’s emotional well-being as on their academic education, with the daily involvement of a psychologist and also including subjects such as dance, cooking, and life skills.


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Eleni Giokos leaves eNCA

Posted by radio On October - 12 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

eNCA regrets to announce that news anchor Eleni Giokos will be leaving the channel.

Giokos was a rising star within the organisation having joined eNCA from CNBC Africa in 2011. However she will soon be joining Bloomberg TV Africa as an anchor working out of Johannesburg.



“We’re very sad Eleni is leaving us. She is a very popular member of the team and a true professional” says Group Head of eNCA, Patrick Conroy.


Giokos was destined to anchor a new business show on eNCA, but opted to join Bloomberg TV Africa after lengthy talks with both channels.


“I’m very torn about my decision. eNCA offered me a tremendous opportunity which sadly I’ve had to turn down. I had some of my best times as a broadcaster at eNCA. My bosses and my colleagues were always amazingly supportive and great to work with. I learnt so much from Patrick Conroy and working in such a professional environment. And so it is with a heavy heart that I find myself having to say goodbye.”



Giokos was an instant on screen success for eNCA anchoring live breaking news events such as the Nairobi terror attacks and the Oscar Pistorius saga in February.


Earlier this year legendary CNN business anchor, Richard Quest, agreed to co-host a show with her on eNCA.



“In the competitive world of 24 hour news your talent is always at risk of being poached. eNCA has become a recruitment ground for international networks and rival 24 hour news channels. We actually take it as a compliment. So it is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to Eleni. We had hoped she would stay with us, however we are proud that she is held in such high regard by a major international broadcaster” says Conroy.



eNCA will announce her replacement in coming weeks.

[Source: eNCA]


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CNBC Africa premieres ‘Your Money Matters’

Posted by radio On October - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Your Money Matters’ is the ultimate guide to sound personal finance and wealth accumulation and preservation.


The new personal finance series will premiere on CNBC Africa on Thursday, 10 October at 6:30pm (CAT) and is co-hosted by renowned personal finance experts which include the Executive Director at Galilleo Capital – Warren Ingram, the CEO of Foundation Family Wealth – Sunel Veldtman, and Director at Quaestor Wealth Management – Shaun Latter.


Boasting the best experts in the business sharing their insights in the A to Z of personal finance. This series will act as a guide to viewers seeking in-depth knowledge on how to manage, grow and preserve their wealth. Viewers will be armed with insights that go beyond the obvious, given our three hosts’ and weekly guest-hosts experience as financial planners, coaches and investment experts.


Every week, join our three personal finance experts on ‘Your Money Matters’, as they explore topics viewers will find pertinent and insightful, from tax and estate planning to making the best investing decisions given the current market conditions every Thursday at 6:30pm (CAT) only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv.



[Issued by: CNBC Africa]

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Cape Town TV add to local content on Dstv

Posted by radio On October - 9 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Thursday 10 October, Cape Town TV will join the ever-growing selection of regional and local content channels that have made DStv their platform of choice.

All DStv customers will be able to tune in to news and stories from the mother city on channel 263.



The addition of Cape Town TV will give DStv customers even more local and community stories from their own backyard. DStv is already the home of digital entertainment to a number of community television channels and a wide range of community radio stations, giving viewers across South Africa the opportunity to enjoy channels such as Tswane TV, Bay TV, Soweto TV and 1KZN.



“Joining the DStv platform gives us immediate access to more than 20 million viewers in more than 4,5 million DStv households”, says Cape Town TV  Station Manager, Karen Thorne. “Our funding as a community broadcaster is limited, joining the DStv family will enable us to access a larger audience and thus attract more advertising revenue. More funding means more stories from the Mother City.”

DStv already offers a large selection of local programmes on a range of local channels. These include all free to air channels such as SABC 1,2, 3 and ETV as well as channels that can be seen only on DStv – Mzansi Magic, Mzansi Music, Vuzu, Africa Magic and KykNET, to name a few.




Through these channels DStv brings its viewers local dramas, locally-produced movies, entertainment and educational programmes they can relate to. Many of these programmes have become runaway successes with a large following from an ever growing fan base.



“DStv has become a place where providers of television entertainment want to be. We welcome Cape Town TV to our family of channels. We are proud to be the carrier of some of the most popular local and international television entertainment brands. DStv offers our customer a one stop shop for their television entertainment needs in great digital quality,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.

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Forbes Woman Africa & Forbes Life Africa launch

Posted by radio On October - 7 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

ABN Publishing launched the highly anticipated Forbes Women Africa magazine in an exclusive cocktail gathering at Summer Place in Sandton on Tuesday, 1 October.  The event, sponsored by JT Foxx, hosted a number of esteemed guests which included Chairperson of Africa Fashion International, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and her husband Patrice Motsepe.


Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who is the first woman to be on the cover of Forbes Woman Africa said at the unveiling, “By launching Forbes Woman Africa, the magazine and its owners are not only supporting the theme of woman empowerment but have also realised the fundamental truth that there can’t be an ‘Africa Rising’ without woman rising.

From left – Sidarth Wahi - Project Director Forbes Africa, Chairperson of Africa Fashion International - Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder, Publisher and Vice-Chairman of the ABN Group - Rakesh Wahi

From left – Sidarth Wahi – Project Director Forbes Africa, Chairperson of Africa Fashion International – Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Founder, Publisher and Vice-Chairman of the ABN Group – Rakesh Wahi


“We are excited about this new magazine which will provide a platform for amazing women in Africa doing extraordinary work, be it in the economy, business, politics, art and culture. Forbes Woman Africa is a niche product sorely needed in the African market,” said Karima Brown, editor of Forbes Woman Africa. 


The event had all in attendance captivated with fashion designer Shweta Wahi and African Fashion International as they showcased their latest designer wear during the fashion show. During the launch of Forbes Woman Africa, the Forbes Africa team surprised guests with the auxiliary launch of the Forbes Life Africa magazine.  


Forbes Life Africa opens up a new platform for debate and expression on the rich stories of everything from lifestyle and sports to the arts. From cigar lounges in Nairobi and music for the masses to the millionaire as a consumer, the publication will highlight the continent’s wealth, youth, action and vitality.

[Issued by: CNBC Africa]


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