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Naspers has appointed  Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa to the global Naspers management team as CEO, South Africa. Reporting directly to Bob van Dijk, Group CEO of Naspers, Phuthi will be based in Johannesburg where she will lead the group’s day-to-day business in South Africa and represent its interests in-country. She will also be responsible for Naspers’ recently announced units, Naspers Foundry and Naspers Labs, which are designed to help stimulate the South African tech sector and tackle youth unemployment, respectively.

 

Naspers is one of the foremost investors in the South African technology sector and is committed to building its existing internet and ecommerce companies in the country, as well as stimulating the local tech start-up sector through the Naspers Foundry. This is a R1.4 billion investment commitment targeting technology start-ups in South Africa that seek to address big societal needs. This is in addition to the commitment Naspers made in October 2018 at the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference to inject a further R3.2 billion into its existing South African businesses over three years, which is already underway.

 

 

Phuthi joins Naspers from her Executive Chairperson role at Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa.

 

Bob van Dijk, Group CEO, Naspers, said:
“Phuthi is a seasoned leader with a strong track record of achievement throughout her career. Her significant investor and board experience across varied sectors, makes Phuthi the perfect match for this important role at Naspers.”

 

 

Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO South Africa, Naspers, added:
“I am thrilled to be joining Naspers at such a pivotal time for the group and for South Africa and look forward to adding value to the group in realising its strategy in South Africa.”

 

 

Naspers Foundry
Naspers Foundry is a R1.4 billion start-up funding initiative aimed at boosting the South African technology sector. As well as providing much needed funding, Naspers Foundry helps talented and ambitious South African technology entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses. Naspers Foundry recently announced its first investment, a R30 million backing of SweepSouth, the South African-founded online cleaning services platform that connects clients with trusted, reliable domestic cleaners. More information on Naspers Foundry is available at https://www.naspers.com/foundry.

 

 

Naspers Labs
Naspers Labs is the pilot of a social impact initiative that Naspers has designed in partnership with Marlon Parker, the founder of RLabs, to develop the skills and talent of South Africa’s unemployed youth. Naspers Labs participants benefit from an individually tailored online and offline development programme delivered in youth cafes that are located at the heart of impoverished communities. Naspers has committed R50 million to the pilot in 2019, on top of the R15 million invested in 2018, and four pilot labs will be up and running by the end of this financial year with plans in place to scale the programme further subject to the success of the pilots. More information on Naspers Labs is available at https://nasperslabs.org.

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TAC Studios, the  production arm of US-based The Africa Channel, announced four new series being produced in Africa for the global marketplace. Building on its commitment to invest in talent and foster quality and excellence in media production on the Continent, the company is excited to announce new partnerships and productions from across Africa to add to its already extensive and diverse slate of Africa-influenced content.

 

 

A combination of scripted and unscripted projects, these programs reflect the breadth and depth of talent and storytelling available across Africa. They include MAY’S KITCHEN, a cooking show featuring the talented celebrity chef, May Yocoubi (a partnership with Filmedia in Egypt), SECOND HUSBAND, a scripted series based on the popular Nigerian film of the same name (a co-production with Biola Alabi Media in Nigeria), THE YARD, a drama series set in the world of the hip-hop scene in Nairobi (a co-production with Currency MEDIA in Kenya) and MY DESIGN RULES, a competition reality series in the world of real estate design (a partnership with Cardova Productions, in South Africa).

 

Brendan Gabriel, Johannesburg-based Head of Creative and Production for TAC Studios explains further “We are really excited to continue to evolve our network of relationships across the continent cementing our Studio as a key hub for Pan African content creation.  The producers and talent both established and new  who we are working with bring an authentic voice to their storytelling and we want to ensure that their stories are now distributed globally and reach vast new audiences. With the recent announcement of streamers such as Netflix and Amazon who are investing in content from Africa for their global viewership, TAC Studios is well positioned to be a key supplier to these entities”

 

“After partnering with Ominek Venture Group (OVG) to produce the feature film, A Second Husband we were very keen on finding a co-creator and co-producer with African roots to partner on the series. We are very excited to join forces with TAC Studios on this fun and fierce project”, said Biola Alabi of Biola Alabi Media.

 

Patience Stevens, Executive Producer at Cardova Productions has this to say of the partnership,  “We are pleased to work with TAC Studios on our series, My Design Rules as a first of many future collaborations, building on our prior relationship with its sister company, The Africa Channel who have successfully introduced our  highly rated daily show Expresso Morning Show to audiences in North America and the Caribbean”.

 

These shows are being created with a global aesthetic for audiences both across Africa as well as for North American and UK Pay TV and streaming platforms including The Africa Channel and Demand Africa.  They come on the heel of  other recent productions from TAC Studios including, Africa on a Plate, Minjiba Entertains and World Wide Nate, which have successfully been distributed to platforms in Africa as well as globally.

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It was a dream come true at the star-studded event in Sandton Ster Kinekor Cinema, where graduates of M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy (MiM) had two of their films premiered on the big screen in front of a select audience.

Established in 2014, MiM is focused on transforming the South African film and TV industry. By upskilling students and empowering them with substantial knowledge and experience in just 12 months, they are suitably equipped to embark on a career in their chosen field. Some have started their own production companies and produced award winning content.  To date, 58 students have already been trained and are making their mark in the video entertainment industry.

 

 

“Like many incredible works of art, TV shows or movies, it often starts out with a dream. We dreamt of using our experience as Africa’s most-loved storyteller to empower the next generation of Africa’s storytellers, by practically developing their skills in the film and TV industry.” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment.

 

During their year at the academy, the MiM interns attend specialist classes where top industry professionals share their experiences and knowledge of the profession. However, the bulk of the training comes from hands-on training with the best-of-the-best in the industry, through interning on current professional productions and special events.  On the various sets, the interns meet the top television and film producers as well as crew, forging relationships that will stand them in good stead in their future careers.

 

The success of previous MiM interns has led to several MiM graduates being given the opportunity to start their own production companies. One such company is Eccentric Circus, a production company started by Xolani Nhlapho, Neo Sibiya and Thabo Mashaila. They were part of the class of 2016 MiM.

 

 

“Last year, our company Eccentric Circus was kickstarted through the MultiChoice Group’s Enterprise Development Trust. Our vision as a company is to tell stories about young black people trying to navigate post-democratic South Africa’s changing landscape.” said writer of Temba Lam, Neo Sibiya.

 

Local actor, Ben Kgosimore says: “Working with these graduates was incredible. They were very professional. Every one of them were truly amazing.”

 

Perhaps the most exciting part of the MiM internship is that they get to make four films during their year, which are broadcast on Mzansi Magic in prime-time slots. The MiM movies compete on an equal footing with all the professional productions that are created for the Saturday evening movie slot and they perform remarkably well, regularly appearing in the Top Ten programmes for the channel. To date, the Academy has produced 15 movies that have been broadcast on prime TV.

 

 

“It is exciting for us as a business that the very thing we are passionate about can bring about a meaningful change and allow people to achieve their dreams. I take pride in seeing how we have enabled passionate young storytellers, to bring to life our stated aim at MultiChoice of ‘enriching lives’,” adds Phahle.

 

The Academy supports MCG’s commitment to uplifting and investing in communities across South Africa and reflects the impact that their contribution makes to upskill local actors as well as film and television makers.

 

During the past financial year, MCG made a substantial R2,5 billion investment in local productions across the continent.

 

“Beyond the entertainment value, it’s rewarding to see how our investments in infrastructure, technology and skills development is empowering the next generation by harnessing the emerging talent of the youth and enabling them to achieve their goals,” concluded Pahle.

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SABC looking for weather presenters

Posted by radio On June - 4 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

FREELANCE WEATHER PRESENTERS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING TV NEWS BULLETINS:

  1. XITSONGA
  2. TSHIVENDA
  3. ISIZULU
  4. ISIXHOSA
  5. ISINDEBELE
  6. SETSWANA
  7. SEPEDI
  8. SESOTHO
  9. SISWATI
  10. ENGLISH
  11. AFRIKAANS

 

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE:-

 

Presentation of weather shows “live” on television news KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:-

  • Interpret weather maps for live television news broadcasts
  • Alert and warn viewers about severe weather conditions
  • Present weather reports “live” on television;
  • Do live interviews with fellow presentors

 

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:-

  • Undergraduate qualification in, journalism, media studies or related field
  • Added advantage Meteorologist/Geography degree
  • Good command of the first language
  • Television presenting skills
  • General knowledge of weather conditions/patterns Interested candidates must forward their applications with a concise CV to:

 

 

 

Human Resources Manager: News If you have not had any response within six weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

Email: <newsjobs@sabc.co.za>

Closing Date: 18 June 2019

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Apple today previewed tvOS 13, the operating system that makes Apple TV 4K the easiest and most personalised entertainment device for enjoying TV shows, movies, music, photos, games and apps on the biggest screen in the home. With tvOS 13, Apple TV 4K gains an immersive new Home screen; multi-user support for customers to access their own TV shows, movies, music and recommendations; support for Apple Arcade; expanded game controller support; and new 4K HDR screen savers filmed under the sea.

 

“tvOS powers the Apple TV 4K experience and continues to set the standard for home entertainment,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “With more personalised features to enjoy your favourite TV shows, movies, photos and music, expanded gaming support and stunning new screen savers, tvOS 13 delivers the most complete entertainment experience to everyone in the home.”

tvOS 13 Features

  • New Home screen. Apple TV 4K is even more engaging with a new Home screen designed for discovery. Apps can now play full-screen video previews on the Home screen, so users can quickly enjoy great new TV shows, movies, music and games.

 

  • Multi-user support. The new Apple TV Control Centre makes it easy to switch between family members so everyone gets their own personalised entertainment experience. Users see their unique Up Next list and receive TV and movie recommendations based on their tastes. The new Control Centre also provides users with quick access to key Apple TV features, including system sleep and audio routing.

 

  • Apple Music. Apple Music on tvOS 13 takes advantage of multi-user support, so everyone at home can easily play their personalised playlists and recommendations. In the new Control Centre, users can quickly access the song that is currently playing. In addition, users can now follow along to onscreen lyrics timed in sync with their favourite songs.

 

  • Apple Arcade. This fall, Apple Arcade comes to Apple TV 4K. With a single subscription, a family of six will have unlimited access to over 100 new and exclusive games, all with no ads or additional purchases, and many will offer support for game controllers. Customers will be able to play Apple Arcade games across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Apple TV.

 

  • Xbox and PlayStation game controllers. tvOS 13 adds support for the best and most popular game controllers in the world, Xbox One S and PlayStation DualShock 4, making it even easier for gamers to take advantage of Apple Arcade and other great games on the App Store.1

 

  • New screen savers. Apple is expanding the stunning collection of 4K HDR screen savers available on Apple TV 4K by taking viewers under the sea. Filmed in collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit, the team behind “Blue Planet,” these immersive videos captured from the depths of oceans around the world showcase mesmerising creatures and scenes.

 

 

tvOS 13 features the all-new Apple TV app, which brings together different ways to find and watch TV shows and movies into one powerful app. The Apple TV app offers Apple TV channels, personalised recommendations and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles to browse, buy or rent. This fall, Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will be available in the Apple TV app. The Apple TV app is also available on other Apple devices and select third-party platforms.

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Newzroom Afrika launches on DStv

Posted by radio On May - 2 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice Group (MCG) has added  Newzroom Afrika to its portfolio of news channels as from today 2nd May 2019. The channel founded by Thokozani Nkosi and Thabile Ngwato, will complement the existing local and international news channels currently available on DStv; joining the likes of CNN, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, eNCA and SABC.

Newzroom Afrika will be live on DStv channel number 405 and will be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers. The channel will be simulcast (SD/HD) and available 24/7.

 

In addition to the traditional DStv linear platform, Newzroom Afrika will also be available via streaming on smartphone, tablet or desktop, through DStv Now.

 

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment, “the addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in South Africa’s news media space. Their vision and entrepreneurial outlook has the potential to grow news viewership through its commitment to consumer centric, objective analysis and a strong digital focus”.

 

Newzroom Afrika promises a fresh take on news coverage, with credible and leading voices who will deliver the day’s top stories. The talent line-up features experienced news professionals from the industry. In addition, Newzroom Afrika will provide a platform for new talent to develop both in front of and behind the camera. The company will be supported by an experienced and respected management team and editorial board.

 

“We are proud of how quickly Newzroom has progressed and wish them everything of the best,” concluded Phahle.

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Gagasi FM refreshes its on-air offerings

Posted by radio On May - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS
The country’s biggest regional commercial radio station Gagasi FM has finally announced its on-air line-up for the new season after weeks of speculations in the media.

The major reshuffling includes the brand new breakfast show that will be hosted by Felix Hlophe with Njabs Zwane as co-host and Khaya Dladla as traffic reporter and contributor. This new show will be called The Uprising and will air between 6am and 9am weekdays.

 

Other brand new shows will be The Mid-Morning Hangout between 09h00 and 12h00 as well as Noma Yini between 12pm and 3pm weekdays. The Mid-Morning Hangout will be hosted by Zisto who will be joined by Khulekani Mbambo as co-host. Noma Yini will be co-hosted by DJ LeSoul and Heazy with Flymotion as contributor, while The Kings Drive returns with Sphectacular and DJ Naves between 3pm and 6pm alongside Nomfundo Clarrisa on traffic, so as Indaba with Alex Mthiyane as well as Extra Time with Simtho Dladla and Mike Makaab returning to their respective slots.

 

Gagasi FM also welcomes the multi-talented Afro Soul artist and producer Mondli Ngcobo to the family. He will be hosting the Gagasi Music Sessions – Afro on Mondays between 8pm and 10pm.

 

Announcing the new line-up on the outgoing breakfast show, I Love Mornings, Gagasi FM Programmes Manager, Mimi Kesaris emphasized the necessity of change within the dynamic radio environment. “We need to ensure that we are constantly adapting for us to remain relevant to the youthful audience that we talk to. Our talent as the faces of the brand, have to resonate with our audience. Over the years we have been consistent in terms of our programming strategy of developing our own talent and growing them to influential personalities within the entertainment space. With these changes, we have brought in fresh home grown talent to prime time and we are confident that listeners would love what they have to offer. They are bringing in a new energy, a new vibe and a different flavour to the shows, We Got Talent,” says Kesaris.

 

The new line-up kicks off on 2 May on-air. Gagasi FM will then embark on the roadshow all over KZN taking the new shows to the listeners. Full details around this will be shared in due course, stay tuned to Gagasi FM and also follow the station on its digital platforms.

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Taking over from Mapaseka Mokwele, Dr. Sindisiwe van Zyl will host the new 7-8pm night-time talk show: Sidebar with Sindi. While Dr. Sindi is known for her work as a medical doctor, this show will explore multiple facets of her vibrant personality with the overarching theme of family.

As a seasoned medical practitioner, Dr. Sindi van Zyl has amassed a huge following both on and offline, opening up her social media platform as a space for her followers to engage with her on a range of medical and social topics. Dr. Sindi, as she is affectionately known, has passionately shared her thoughts on important issues including; HIV – especially the Prevention-of-Mother-To-Child-Transmission, mental health, as well as constantly busting medical myths. Dr. Sindi has also picked up a number of accolades including the highly- coveted Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Award in the health category (2018).

 

“I am very excited to be joining the Kaya family. I have always been an Afropolitan and this is a dream come true for me. I am also looking forward to winning over new people from different backgrounds with the show,” said Dr. Sindi.

 

Speaking on the new show, Chief Content Officer, Neil Johnson expressed, “It is a great privilege to have Dr. Sindi joining the team. Her background in medicine will bring much needed insights and traction from a new audience, which will help us understand how best to service that market.”

 

Her first show will broadcast on Monday, 29 April 2019.

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SABC COO fired

Posted by radio On April - 24 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The SABC board has terminated the contract of its Chief Operations Officer Chris Maroleng effective immediately. The public broadcaster issued a brief statement to this effect, see below.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board met on Tuesday, 23 April 2019. After due consideration of the findings and recommendations of a disciplinary process, the Board resolved to terminate the contract of employment of its Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Chris Maroleni, with immediate effect.

 

 

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DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network (AAN) will host the 3rd annual  Animation du Monde pitching competition next month and entries are now open.

As Africa’s animation industry continues to develop, and  in recognition of the challenges that creators face in being able to reach a market, there will be a strong focus on animated short film and series.

 

DISCOP Abidjan is the second of 5 preliminary rounds of the Pan-African Animation du Monde 2020. Through the DISCOMICS footprint– an initiative run by DISCOP Markets and AAN– and which includes partnerships with 3 of Africa’s longest running comic conventions, AAN will be hosting 4 regional prelims in Johannesburg (at ICON CGC), Abidjan (DISCOP Abidjan), Lagos (at Lagos Comic Con), and Nairobi (Nairobi Comic Con).  Because the partners are always looking to create new opportunities for creators across Africa, AAN has partnered with the Accra Animation Film Festival (AAFFia) to add a 5th regional preliminary round.

 

 

The MIFA Pitches are arguably the biggest animation focused pitching forum in the world and take place against the backdrop of the Annecy Int. Animated Film Fest’ & Market/MIFA (Annecy/MIFA). A place where filmmakers can celebrate the craft while building relationships and a deeper understanding of the industry. Contestants have until the 17th of May to submit their project and can do so by clicking HERE.

 

Animation du Monde’s mission is to give animation projects in developing animation industries from across the world the opportunity to participate at the highest level internationally during the MIFA Pitches.

 

Video pitches will be accepted for those not able to attend the preliminary regional round at DISCOP Abidjan however, candidates who are able to attend the event will be given preference.  The competition regulations can be viewed HERE.

 

“The value of entering a pitch competition like Animation du Monde goes far beyond winning or losing. Through it you build relationships, your confidence to sell your project, and most of all the insight of industry professionals with years of experience with projects from around the world.” says Nick Wilson, Head of Projects & Content at AAN.

 

During the 2018 Animation du Monde finals in Annecy Ingrid Agbo, from Togo, secured a pre-sale for her project L’arbre à Palimpseste which is currently in pre-production.

 

Ingrid qualified with her project through the 2017 regionals run by AAN at DISCOP Abidjan and won one of two places to represent Africa at Annecy/MIFA 2018 via the Animation du Monde 2017 Continental Finals at DISCOP Johannesburg Through her journey she was able to connect with other African animation filmmakers who were able to help her refine her project through to the 2018 finals in France.

 

Ingrid shared her Annecy experience with us,  “My Annecy experience was so unexpected. Winning the opportunity to pitch my project there was a huge pleasure but also a real challenge for me.  This festival was like a gauge for my project. There were so many and different, great projects coming from all around the world.”

 

Jerome Soffo Simo, President of Tous’Anime Association & Organizer of CANIMAF in Cameroon, had this to say about his about his experience, “Firstly, the Annecy Pitch Contest taught me that you have to write, draw, structure, and then put together your animation project and that story is the most important part, because, a successful animation is a well-told story. The story will guide you in choosing the style to adopt and the rest will follow.”

 

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