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Former Talk Radio 702 host Redi Thlabi is set to host a new Current Affairs show named Unfiltered, launching on Sunday, 07 October 2018 at 20:30, on the SABC News Channel and SABC 3. This is part of SABC’s efforts to attract top talent to enhance and strengthen audience experience, in line with its turnaround plan.

Tlhabi, who is no stranger to the SABC, brings immense experience and knowledge in the television news domain, including working with international broadcasting platforms such as Aljazeera and BBC World News. She is a distinguished broadcast journalist, columnist and author.

The new weekly show, Unfiltered, will boldly tackle the broad spectrum of issues affecting South Africans, including crime, corruption, education, politics as well as community and social issues.

 

In making the announcement, Phathiswa Magopeni, Group Executive for News and Current Affairs division says, “SABC News is taking an unrestrained, courageous and forthright approach to discussing tough issues facing South African citizens daily. Redi is a dynamic and versatile journalist who fits the profile of the show and our editorial character very well. We are happy to welcome her back as part of the SABC News team”.

 

Talking about her move, Thlabi says, “I have always responded positively to conversations that help us confront the ills of our society and affirm our quest for justice, democracy and accountability. It is with that vision that I begin this new chapter with the SABC”. Thlabi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Master’s degree in gender and politics.

 

The new current affairs show seeks to communicate and strengthen the Independence and Impartiality of SABC News, and ensure that the public news service delivers on its mandate.

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Nicole Jansen Van Vuuren, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa, Marketing Manager says the campaign is completely in line with what they stand for, “There is no better fit than South Africa’s favourite toy and baby store partnering with the biggest toy collection drive over the festive season. The ECR team have done an incredible job of making Toy Story a much anticipated and well known campaign for the year! The main aim of the campaign is to pull our community together to give back and to ensure we add joy to the lives of those in need! In our dealings with local organisations, we have seen first-hand that a toy is not just an object, but is a symbol of excitement, joy and a bit of hope, which every child deserves to feel.”

 

East Coast Radio’s Boni Mchunu says the station is delighted to have Toys R Us/Babies R Us on board, “East Coast Radio’s Toy Story reminds us that we all have an important duty to play in ensuring the well-being of disadvantaged children in our country. We are honoured to facilitate giving on such a massive scale and are so grateful to our sponsors for all their efforts in making this possible.”

Other key sponsors that have come on board this year include; Durban Deliveries, who will facilitate the collection of toys from stores, schools and businesses; Gift of the Givers Foundation who assist with storing and then packing toys for distribution; Hirt and Carter, who manufacture the Toy Story boxes; Verigreen who manufacture bags for the campaign and Red Cross Air Mercy Services, who assist with the distribution of toys to rural areas.

 

 

 

When the campaign officially rolls out from 22 October, KwaZulu-Natalians will be able to donate a toy at any Toys R Us & Babies R Us store across the province. Last year, KZN listeners, schools and businesses donated 20,000 new toys and more than R750,000 towards East Coast Radio’s Toy Story campaign.

 

 

 

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Mzansi Magic’s popular drama series, The Imposter returns to the small screens for the second instalment on Sunday, 7th October 2018, on DStv Channel 161 at 20:00 with Seriti Films on the helm of production as the producers.

 

The creators of The Imposters, Ferguson Films, approached Seriti Films to produce the follow up season of the hit series by adding their own flavour and twist to the new storyline.

 

“The idea was that the series has a premise that can continue for as long as each season has different creative minds to it. We wanted to encourage producers in the industry to work together to build an even greater TV and film landscape. Mzansi Magic fully endorsed this direction as it was in line with their new story telling anthology concept,” says Shona Ferguson.

 

Ferguson Films paved the way with the first season which became one of the best performing dramas on Mzansi Magic hands over the batten to Seriti Films to up the stakes and produce yet another successful season.

 

“As Mzansi Magic, we decided to explore a strategy by introducing a novel storytelling technique with our dramas and telenovelas – the anthology concept (rolling out a series of stories under one title). In this case, The Imposter will be the first show to carry this concept; where we will be alternating top production companies to come up with the new story, new cast but keep the same premise. By keeping the premise of the show allows us to refresh the narrative by introducing a new perspective each season”, explains Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

The Imposter Season 2 comes with an all-new cast, packed with an innovative storyline with a different approach set in a whole new world.

Following Season 1’s gripping storyline which zoned in on twin sisters, Mantwa and Matshepo Tau, whose lives took an unconventional twist when one of the sisters broke out of prison to claim the life of her identical twin. The second season is also set in two worlds.

 

In Season 2, we explore two sides of the same coin as The Imposter follows the story of Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane who struggles to make ends meet and to provide for his daughter in a township called Kliptown, while his long-lost twin brother, Gary Mokoena lives a luxurious life, with manicured lawns, expensive cars and extreme wealth.

 

A rollercoaster of events that neither Tebza nor Gary could anticipate takes shape as one is faced with living in poverty while the other won the trust fund lottery.

The second season boasts the acting prowess of Mpho Osei Tutu as Tebogo ‘Tebza’ Modikoane/ Gary Mokoena, Didie Makobane as Mmabotse, Mmabatho Mogomotsi as Candy, Gail Mabalane as Kelebogile, Joyce Skefu as Valeta, Seputla Sebogodi as Dali, Tiisetso Thoka as Paballo, Nonhle Thema as Evodia, Sonia Mbele as Big Daddy, Kabelo Thai as Turbo to name a few.

 

“The Imposter Season 2 promises to be yet another fast-paced series that will keep the audiences captivated. We are always looking for creative ways to give our viewers spellbinding television. We can’t wait to unravel the plot and showcase the talented cast production has ensembled,” concludes Sema.

 

Catch The Imposter season 2 on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161 on Sunday, 7 October 2018 at 20:00

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A chance at Love at Second Swipe

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Lifetime’s new makeover series with host Pabi Moloi premieres 25 October on DStv channel 131 – stream live on DStv Now.

Lifetime’s latest local reality show Love at Second Swipe will be making over the South African dating scene one online dater at a time, starting Thursday 25 October at 20:00 on DStv 131 and streaming live on DStv Now.

Hosted by Pabi Moloi, each week a team of experts will completely makeover two people in the hopes of helping them find love online. Together with the experts they’ll revamp their dating profile, their look and also dig deeper into issues that could be holding them back.

Love at Second Swipe promises to be uplifting, sometimes hard-hitting and always emotional. You’ll laugh and cry as you watch ordinary South Africans transformed inside and out, culminating in a jaw-dropping big reveal.

Recognised TV star Pabi Moloi will host Lifetime’s Love at Second Swipe, while a qualified team including a life coach, style expert, makeup guru and hairdressers will rally around the participants throughout the transformation process.

 

 

Moloi believes there’s so much about Love at Second Swipe that the viewer will be able to relate to, “These are personal stories, these are real human beings experiencing the anguish of wanting to love and be loved and not knowing how to navigate that and we’re going to capture those moments. It excites me to demystify what online dating is and to help people discover the true connection with themselves before they make a match with somebody else.”

The show’s ‘life coach’ Dr Zenia Barnard who has degrees in both psychology and technology says the ‘makeover’ isn’t a superficial exercise , “We delve into their emotional challenges and what has possibly been holding them back and what they can let go of. You can put as much makeup on and change your hair but if the emotional shift isn’t happening then that person isn’t going to find ultimate happiness and love.”

 

 

Renowned stylist Shaldon Kopman will help the Love at Second Swipe participants see what it is they need in order to portray themselves correctly on their online dating profiles. He adds, “A lot of people don’t understand how to dress themselves or how to style themselves. So in the show my role is to makeover the participants from a style perspective so that they can feel good and comfortable in their space and go out there and conquer.”

The six-episode series is produced by Hi Mom exclusively for Lifetime Africa. South Africa’s latest reality show – Love at Second Swipe – brings together style tips, online dating advice and the magic makeover reveal moments. Tune into Lifetime on DStv 131 at 20:00 every Thursday evening, starting 25 October.

 

 

DStv Now can be accessed online at now.dstv.com or through the app for tablets and smartphones. The app is free to download on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and is available to all DStv customers. Live channels and DStv Catch Up content is available to all DStv customers.

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The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 Comments Off on The Ranakas are back on Mzansi Magic

Tune into Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161), on 11 October for The Ranakas season three premiere. This lively and refreshingly authentic family will be on our television screens every Thursday at 20:00.

Recapping on how the second season ended, Mama Siba started studying at a culinary school and pursued her dream of having a cook book. Ntate Ranaka experienced health difficulties and gave Mama Siba a scare when he had a heart attack.

 

Ranaka, the youngest sibling was trying to find himself and was pursuing his dreams in the music industry. Michelle and hubby Mzingisi officially became Mr and Mrs Ranaka. They also became first time parents! Mpumi, who is married to a German man was dealing with a long-distance relationship, family and career life. Dineo and Mpumi were not seeing eye to eye and were constantly at logger heads.

 

This season Michelle and Mzingisi deal with typical challenges of being newlyweds as well as the excitement of parenthood. Find out if Mzingisi has gotten over his bachelor days and old habits.  Manaka, actress and mom, is on a journey of personal growth and healing. Dineo, radio and television presenter is passionate about building an empire and is still aiming for the stars.

 

Who has moved back home and why? And will Mpumi and Dineo settle their differences and get along? Tune into The Ranakas every Thursday at 20:00, from 11 October on Mzansi Magic (DSTV channel 161).

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SABC appoints a new head of legal

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara as Head of SABC Legal Services effective, 1 October 2018.

Advocate Vanara brings a long distinguished legal career having worked in both the private and public sectors. He served successfully in various positions including his most recent role of  Senior Manager of Legal and Constitutional Services at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

 

SABC Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr Madoda Mxakwe stated, “I am pleased to welcome Advocate Vanara to the SABC. His appointment is in line with the SABC’s commitment to ensuring stability at senior management level. Advocate Vanara will be instrumental in driving and ensuring adherence to governance procedures and the promotion of a culture of accountability in the public broadcaster”.

 

Advocate Vanara holds various legal qualifications including LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Free State. He also holds a Certificate in Legislative Drafting as well as a Certificate in Management Development Programme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

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The Internet Society (https://www.InternetSociety.org/), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, today announced that it is partnering with Facebook to develop Internet Exchange Points (IXP) throughout Africa.

An Internet Exchange Point is where multiple local and international networks, ISPs and content providers interconnect their networks together to efficiently exchange Internet traffic through an arrangement commonly referred to as Peering.

 

Currently, 42% of countries in Africa lack IXPs, which means that most of their domestic Internet traffic is exchanged through points outside their respective country, usually through satellite or submarine fiber across multiple international hubs to reach their destination.  This can result in poor end-user experiences and discourages hosting content locally, which are some of the key factors towards the development of the local Internet ecosystem.

 

Peering at IXPs helps keep domestic Internet traffic local by offloading traffic from relatively expensive international links onto more affordable local links. As a result, ISPs are able to offer improved Internet experiences for end-users and spur interest in hosting content locally.

 

The Internet Society and Facebook will collaborate in promoting IXP infrastructure development, training and community engagement with the objective of increasing the number of IXPs and supporting the expansion of existing IXPs to meet the growing demand in Africa. Studies have shown that (http://bit.ly/2xAuPDe) Internet users throughout Africa benefit from Peering as it enables faster, more affordable and reliable access to content.

 

 

“The Internet community adopted the goal of having at least 80% of the Internet traffic consumed in Africa being locally accessible, and only 20% sourced outside the continent by the year 2020,”explains Dawit Bekele, Africa Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.  “We are getting closer to that target thanks to the many activities that promote interconnection and hosting in Africa and to partnerships such as the one we are announcing today with Facebook.”

 

 

According to the Africa IXP Association (Af-IX), there are approximately 44 active IXPs located across 32 countries in Africa.  This has resulted in a 275% growth of locally exchanged Internet traffic over the last 10 years (there were 16 IXPs in 2008). During the same period, traffic exchanged at the African IXPs increased from 0.16Gbps to 412Gbps with over 800 networks now connected at these IXPs (http://bit.ly/2zrXk77).

 

 

“We admire the Internet Society’s important work to improve connectivity in Africa by supporting IXPs,” said Kojo Boakye, Head, Connectivity and Access, Africa at Facebook. “Our partnership with the Internet Society will help develop Africa’s IXP ecosystem by deploying resources like training and equipment to the areas where they are most urgently needed.”

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In line with its focus on bringing people together and supporting the development of connected communities, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) has announced the names of 116 people worldwide who have been selected to join the Facebook Community Leadership Program. Around a dozen African community leaders have been selected to become programme residents and fellows.

Many community leaders worldwide and in Africa turn to Facebook to create connections through Facebook groups, WhatsApp or Messenger,”says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director Facebook Africa. “This programme is all about empowering them with the tools, support and funding they need to advance their causes and build their communities.”

Since announcing the programme in February, Facebook received more than 6,000 applications from all over the world. A selection committee, which included employees as well as community experts from outside of Facebook, reviewed each application to identify leaders with a strong, clear and committed vision for their community.

 

 

Five participants have been selected globally as community Leaders in Residence, each will be awarded up to $1,000,000 to fund their community initiative. The final amount received will be determined based on final budget proposal created and submitted by each resident as part of their program training.

 

 

Kenya’s Noah Nasiali, the selected leader in residence for Africa, has brought together more than 100,000 farmers across Africa through a Facebook group in less than a year. Farming is one of Africa’s most important industries, and Noah’s community helps farmers obtain and share critical information.

 

 

“Africa Farmers Club was formed to help farmers come together to access credible, reliable and applicable farming information that will help them develop their skills and most importantly help them to get a market for their produce and in the end get returns for their hard work. I invite group members to share their stories both positive and negative through pictures so that we can learn together. Whenever possible I personally visit members face-to-face to see for myself their challenges and we discuss how they can overcome and at the same time and improve. Our community aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal which is to End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” Said Nasiali

 

 

The programme will also host more than 100 fellows and youth participants who will receive up to $50,000 each to be used for their community initiative. Fellows from Africa include:

 

 

“Our group of African fellows and our resident represent diverse perspectives from different parts of the continent, but they share a common goal of helping their communities thrive. We know they will do great things over the next year and we’re excited to get them started,” says Ime Archibong, Vice President, Product Partnerships at Facebook.

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Global dance supreme was a great success

Posted by radio On September - 20 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Global Dance Supreme, an event took place this past weekend and put young talent on the map. Dancers from countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe and South Africa had the opportunity to take part in the very first Global Dance Supreme dance.

The event took place in a space of four days, at The Randburg, Walter Sisulu Hall, from 13th September to 16th September.

 

The Inter-continental battle included dance styles such as popping, breaking, Krump, Afro-styles and an open category. The battles included 2×2 and split into two divisions, 16 years and under and 17 years old and over.

Joining the workshop and judging panel the event included the world’s best choreographers and dancers. South African choreographer, Rudi Smit, Candace Brown and Spartan an American Krump choreographer. Bhudda Stretch, who worked on Michael Jackson’s Remember The Time, will do separate hip hop workshops on the 8th and 9th of September respectively.

 

WINNERS

 

 

2 vs 2 krump winners – Wrath and Rappid

 

2 vs 2 All Styles winners – Theo and Angelo

 

2 vs 2 Afro Style – Darim and Slim

 

2 vs 2 Popping – Leo and Tyler

 

2 vs 2 All Styles  (under 16 ) winners – Verushka and Aiden

 

Champions of the Duchess section  (All Female category ) – Creed Queens

 

 2 vs 2 Afro Style Champions.  Darim and Slim

 

Junior division:

 

1st place – Ozone Shield

 

2nd place – jnr Precision

 

3rd place – Creed Renegade

 

Teen Division :

 

1st place – Precision

2nd place – Algorythm

3rd place – Creed Royale

 

Duchess:

 

1st place – Creed Queens

 

2nd place – Migas

 

3rd place – Dynasty

 

Adult:

 

1st place – Havock

2nd place – Megatronz

3rd place – Airclipz

 

Legion under 13 :

 

Ozone Legion

Quaratition

 

Legion 16 and over :

 

1st place : Mainstream

2nd place : Blueprint Crew

 

3rd place : Empire Crew

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DStv Now recently launched four new lean-back apps. These apps make it possible to turn any TV in the house into an easy-to-use DStv hub without the need for a decoder. The new apps are available for the following devices:

– Samsung smart TVs (selected models from 2015 onwards)

– LG smart TVs, specifically most 2017 and 2018 models running webOS 3.5 and 4.0

– Apple TV (4th generation & newer)

– Media players running Android TV (Google-certified devices only)

 

How to install the new DStv Now app for smart TVs and media players:

  1. Connect the TV to the internet using ethernet cable or Wi-Fi
  2. Access the App Store from the TV, search for “DStv Now”, and install the app
  3. Once installed, the app will display a code on the TV screen
  4. On a laptop/desktop, go to now.dstv.com and sign in
  5. Once signed in, go to now.dstv.com/tv and enter the code displayed on the TV, then click on the “Sign in on TV” button
  6. The app will now be live on the TV

Don’t have a Connect ID? Go to https://connect.dstv.com/registration/en-za to get one.

DStv Now is an internet streaming video service free to all DStv customers (the specific content available is linked to the customer’s DStv package). Data is not included with DStv Now and usage may be charged by a customer’s ISP or mobile network.

With DStv Now, two different streams can be viewed on separate devices simultaneously. This means a single account can be used to watch TV via a decoder in the lounge, a movie on a tablet in the bedroom via DStv Now, and sport on another smart TV using DStv Now. It’s also a great way for kids who are away from home to get the most from the family’s DStv subscription.

 

 

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