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The DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards recently launched and with it, headline sponsor – 1Life, launched a socially influential award category; The 1Life Life Changer Award! This award is in a class of its own – aimed at encouraging all South Africa’s doting celebrity fans to not only vote for the who’s who, but to vote for someone in their community who is socially influential and really changing lives through their commitment to those less fortunate.

“We are very proud to be the headline sponsor for the DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards, where developing and recognising local talent – whether in business, on the sports field, or in the performing arts – is not only empowering and uplifting, but certainly, life changing,” says Laurence Hillman, MD at 1Life.

 

“This sponsorship really holds true to our mantra of Changing Lives, and I believe that the addition of the 1Life Life Changer Award generates an even stronger alignment to this concept, as it provides an excellent opportunity for South African’s to be the voice of the people, to nominate someone who they believe is truly socially influential in the community – someone who is significantly changing lives,” continues Hillman.

 

The 1Life Life Changer Award will allow viewers to nominate everyday people from their communities, anywhere in South Africa. Nominees will then be short listed where a panel of judges, including representatives from DSTV, Mzansi Magic and 1Life, will decide on the most deserving nominees.

 

The winner will be selected based on their social impact in the community, their continued motivation for the sustainable management of their projects and the positive/long lasting effect of these projects on the communities in which they operate. The winners, as well as their nominator, will win a cash prize of R50 000 each.

 

“There is no doubt that people working in their communities are short-funded, struggling to keep up with day to day demands and merely need a helping hand to continue to do the great work they are doing. This award empowers consumers to be part of the change, to choose these winners for themselves and to identify someone who not only needs the funding but deserves the recognition for their commitment to changing the lives of those around them,” says Hillman.

 

“We look forward to the upcoming weeks of ongoing nominations and encourage all South African’s to get involved by voting, not only for the nominees but very importantly, to give back by nominating those people in their communities that are truly change agents!” concludes Hillman.

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DStv Delicious is Proudly SA

Posted by radio On July - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

For the first time, an event has become a member company of the Proudly South African buy local campaign. It might have ‘International’ in its name, but the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival is Proudly South African.

 

The Festival will be held once again this year at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October. Whilst some of the acts are from overseas, and the food offering represents many different countries’ cuisines, the Festival features many established as well as up-and-coming local artists and the concept and production of the event is entirely home-grown.

 

 

“When we approached Proudly South African earlier this year to become partners, they automatically assumed that our Festival was an international model that had been imported into South Africa,” said Lloyd Cornwall, Festival Director. “When they realised that the Festival has its roots firmly in South Africa, then we were able to start talking,” he added.

 

“In addition to the event providing 2 days of family entertainment, the business end of the Festival is what impressed us as a campaign,” said Proudly South African CEO, Eustace Mashimbye.  “The event represents millions of Rands in local procurement and is a significant creator of jobs both directly and indirectly which is exactly the key message we preach – buy local to create jobs. The DStv Delicious Festival team is living this message.”

 

Already committed to sourcing as many local products and services that it takes to put on a multi-million Rand event, for this year’s edition of DStv Delicious, the organisers have worked their way through Proudly South African’s database of members to procure as much as they can from those companies that are part of and support the buy local campaign.

 

From security services to a travel agent to put festival packages together, from printers to toilet roll suppliers, they are able to keep their spend almost 100% local. Their overall needs are vast from legal services, safety and security, marquees and tents, sound and structural engineers and set builders, cleaning and waste management services, uniforms, standby medical services, astro turf, hostesses and runners, amongst much else.

 

Said Chief Officer Marketing & Communications at ProudlySA, Happy MaKhumalo Ngidi, “I have been attending DStv Delicious since its inception and have always loved it, but had no idea of its origins. The passion with which it is put together and the commitment of the team not only to put on an amazing event, but to make a difference to the city and province in which it is staged, is very meaningful for Proudly South African.”

 

In addition to what they have sourced for themselves, the DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival will generate revenue for local hotels, guest houses and transport companies. Forty percent of the gourmet market traders are local SMMEs, who will benefit from the exposure to 40 000 visitors, whose average spend is R2 000.

 

“The job creation figures are also staggering,” said Mashimbye. “When we looked at last year’s numbers, we saw that there were 900 crew members working for 10 days, with an additional 3 500 workers taken on for the duration of the festival. We believe that this event has an impact on SMMEs, the Gauteng economy and jobs that goes far beyond the two days that the general public experiences. It is a perfect fit with our campaign and we look forward to working with the DStv Delicious team this year and beyond.”

 

Proudly South African will have a dedicated food village at the Festival featuring a number of its members each offering something unique and of course, delicious.

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Diski Divas are back on Mzansi

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Diski Divas season three promises to raise as many perfectly-arched eyebrows as the previous seasons.

 

From high-end glamorous lives and their private antics, to their men’s prowess on and off the soccer pitch, there’s never a shortage of drama with the wives, girlfriends and exes of Mzansi’s soccer stars.

 

Diski Divas season three promises to raise as many perfectly-arched eyebrows as the previous seasons. The new season will take a look at the full circle life of a Diski Diva; those who are young and desperate to enter the world, those who have married into the club and want to hold on at all costs, and those who have been there and want out!

 

The reality show has become a revolving door of the stylish women in the lives of soccer players – and this season viewers will see three new power players in heels.

 

Joining the squad is Sibongile Masuku, married to Bloemfontein Celtic player, Khethokwakhe Masuku. A home-maker and a mother of two, let’s see what lies beneath her feisty demeanour.

 

Followed by the “new kids on the block”, Thato “DJ Heels” Makgaka, 23, and her bestie Chabii Motaung, 21. Thato takes us into her world as a club DJ with a dream to take over the music industry. So how did she go from perfect stranger to a diva and more? Meanwhile, her buddy Chabii, is #livingherbestlife as the “fiancé” to another baller. Follow the trails of Diski Divas 3 to find out who.

 

Returning stronger and more confident is Kea Ntshole, just as her retired defender partner, Mbuyiselo Sambu, takes up a new position as Assistant Coach of Chippa United. Will they finally take their relationship to the next level?

 

Another returnee is Thandeka Nhleko, former wife to retired Kaiser Chiefs striker Nkosinathi Nhleko. Knowing how cliquey the WAG world is, there’s a big question mark about what she is bringing to the table this time around.

 

There’s never a dull moment in the lives of these soccer- babes. Get ready to witness what it takes to live in this high stakes world – the drama, the back-stabbing, the fear of losing it all in one quick move.

 

Diski Divas will premiere Wednesday, 12 July 2017 at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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Sun International is partnering with South Africa-based video on demand (VOD) solutions provider, Discover Digital, to revolutionise its Most Valued Guests (MVG) loyalty programme reward offering.

 

As of end June 2017, Sun International MVGs will receive a discounted offering to Discover Digital’s premium Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) services to enjoy DEOD’s vast range of movies, TV series, news and sports programmes. This will allow MVGs to enjoy their choice of video entertainment on TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones at a place convenient to them.

 

Sun International’s Diamond tier MVGs will receive a free DEOD subscription, while other MVG members will be able to subscribe at a discounted rate based on their tier.

 

Discover Digital Managing Director, Stephen Watson, says adding DEOD access to Sun International’s loyalty programme is a pioneering move for the local hospitality, gaming and leisure industry, as well as for loyalty programmes. “By partnering with us, Sun International is rewarding their customers for their ongoing loyalty.”

 

“VOD makes it possible to view the latest movies, TV series and other digital entertainment content on their mobile devices, regardless of their location. They also have the added advantage of being able to simply pause whatever they are viewing, and pick up on watching it later.”

 

“VOD services, especially if backed by free WiFi, presents many potential advantages for not only corporate reward programmes, but also for the hospitality, gaming and leisure industry” says Watson.

 

Discover Digital technology solutions can enable a closed loop environment to ensure high quality, reliable streaming no matter how many users are viewing DEOD programmes simultaneously.

 

Rob Collins, Group Chief Strategy & Operations Officer says: “As one of South Africa’s largest tourism, leisure and gaming groups, Sun International has long set the standard for its exciting, world-class customer experience. In an age characterised by global competition, one way in which we maintain our competitive edge is by ensuring our guests are rewarded through our MVG loyalty programme. Now they will have access to a vast world of exciting online entertainment, all at their fingertips.

 

“Existing MVG members will now receive discounted prices on DEOD’s subscription packages and a free month’s trial to DEOD Premium. To claim their reward, Sun International MVG customers simply need to quote their MVG card when they register on DEOD’s online platform.”

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Issues of identity are in the spotlight in July, with AfriDocs screening a compelling range of films that look at the journeys that define us. These films look at how race, language, immigration, adoption, and land all influence identity for Africans on the continent and in the diaspora.

Shashamane is the story of an actual journey, that of a community of people of African heritage who have returned to Ethiopia. Their exodus is chronicled through their own voices in this powerful film.

 

Little White Lie is a story of race and identity and how our past and heritage are always part of us. The story of Lacey Schwartz’s journey towards finding her own identity and heritage makes for compelling viewing.

 

Similarly, Mercy Mercy takes a harsh look at the world of international adoption, following the plight of Ethiopian orphans Masho and her little brother Roba.  The film looks at the realities and issues of identity that can plague these kinds of international adoptions.

 

Land and identity are intrinsically linked.  This Land, fresh from the Durban International Film Festival, looks at this critical issue through the events taking place in Makhasaneni, South Africa where a small community moved here by the apartheid government, now have their homes under threat again, this time by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family.

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday 9:00/ 21:00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStv channel 129.

 

6 July

Shashamane | Giulia Amati | Ethiopia | 2016 | 80 min

The journey to Shashamane in Ethiopia where a community of people of African heritage from the Caribbean, the USA and Great Britain have returned to live on their forefathers’ land, as sung by Bob Marley. It’s an Exodus that for some has become a haven, but for others a cage with no escape. “Shashamane” chronicles a chapter in the lengthy history of the African diaspora through the voices of men and women who have left the West 400 years after the dawn of the African slave trade, to seek their promised land.

Film Africa Festival, UK 2016

 

13 July

Little White Lie | Lacey Schwartz & James Adolphus | USA | 2014 | 65 min

A personal doc about race, identity and the legacy of family secrets and denial

Lacey Schwartz grew up convinced she was white. She has copper skin, black curls, and full lips – features which distinguish her instantly from her pale Jewish parents. Throughout her childhood her differences set her apart. But it wasn’t until she was 18 that she learned the truth: her real father was black. Eight years in the making and put together by Lacey herself, Little White Lie tells the compelling story of an uncomfortable, unacknowledged truth.

Best Documentary and Audience Award, Teaneck International Film Festival, 2014

 

20 July

Mercy Mercy | Katrine Riis Kjær | Ethiopia, Denmark | 2012 | 94 min

At first sight, adoption seems like a win-win situation: a poor orphan gets some loving parents and a good life. But the world of adoption is a question of supply and demand, with Ethiopia as a chief supplier of thousands of needy children. The fact that the well-being of the child is not always top priority becomes painfully clear in this tragic story about Masho and her little brother Roba.

Prix La Trois, Millenium Festival 2014

 

27 July

This Land | Miki Redelinghuys | South Africa | 2017 | 48 min

In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations. Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it. An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state. It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”

Encounters International Documentary Film Festival 2017

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Tumi Morake & Eric Omondi on Boomerang

Posted by radio On July - 3 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Hilarious duo Tumi Morake and Eric Omondi transform themselves into the loveable animals we all know and love.

 

South Africa’s leading female comedian and radio personality Tumi Morake and renowned Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi have teamed up with Boomerang to launch a brand new, exciting comedic series that promises to have audiences across Africa roaring with laughter!

 

From cheeky monkeys, to lazy wallowing seals, to greedy warthogs, to romantic cheetahs, Boomerang’s The Safari Comedy Show will shed light on the daily lives of some of Africa’s most humorous animals, like you have never seen before.

 

The series of one-minute short scripted comedies, where real wild animals will be dubbed by local African talents, is based on the simple concept of “if animals could talk what would they say?” Here on the Safari Comedy Show, anything is possible. Not only can the animals rap, dance and talk like humans, but they can play games on their mobile phones too, in fact these animals are not so different from humans at all. From playing with their friends, to fighting with their siblings you will learn that there is an animal in Africa, just like you!

 

“We here at Boomerang are so excited about The Safari Comedy Show. This is the first local Boomerang original and illustrates our willingness to create locally relevant series’, using familiar voices to our audiences from across Africa”, says Pierre Branco, VP and Managing Director of Turner Africa. “We (brands) are all competing for the attention of our young audience across Africa, which is why we have invested so much time, energy and effort into creating unique, exciting content.

 

Thanks to the quality of our shows and strong brand proposition, confirmed by being voted having the Coolest Cartoon Show for the third year in a row in the latest Generation Next Survey, we are even more adamant to invest in our shows in order to make them even more relevant to our local audiences, than ever before. Localisation is how we aim to break through the clutter in order to connect, engage and reside in the hearts and minds of our young audience and their families from across the continent.”

 

 

Tumi Morake says: “I have never really seen anything quite like The Safari Comedy Show before. The show is so different, unique and unexpected which makes the show very disruptive in a good way. The disruptive nature of The Safari Comedy Show is not only exciting but engaging too. The show definitely gives us a glimpse of what life could be like if we were wild animals in Africa!”

 

Eric Omondi says: “Comedy is my passion – there is nothing I love more than making people smile and laugh. When Boomerang approached me to do The Safari Comedy Show, I was so excited to get the opportunity to make hundreds and thousands of kids, and their parents, from across Africa roar with laughter. I mean what an honour!”

 

Don’t forget to tune-in to Boomerang this month on 17 July 2017 to hear Eric Omondi and Tumi Morake transform themselves into the loveable animals we all know and love (well at least, so we thought).

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Phat Joe to host a new show on Vuzu AMP

Posted by radio On June - 27 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Eligible bachelors, worthy bachelorettes, get ready – your time to find the perfect mate is here. From Monday 10 July, Vuzu AMP will match up South Africa’s keen singles in Take Me Out Mzansi.

 

Hosted by the charming Phat Joe, this exciting, provocative and candidly funny series is one of the most popular dating formats globally.

 

A single player is introduced to a panel of 30 girls or boys and tries to persuade them to keep their lights on so he or she can choose one for a potential date. The show provides an entertaining mix of comedy, jeopardy, surprises and possible romance.

 

In this show, first impressions do count. Will the panel like what they see, or will the player prove one big turn off? If the panel are not impressed they can switch off their podium lights immediately, and if it’s a total “black out”, the player instantly goes home, dateless.

 

Even if the player scores well at first glance, they’ll need to further impress the panel with skill, charm or hidden talents, whilst an interview with an overbearing mom or jealous ex may creep in, just to up the drama.

 

Once a match has been made, couples will be taken out on the ultimate date, which will be captured on camera for all to be revealed on the next show.

 

M-Net’s Head of Reality for Local Entertainment Channels, Sphumelele Sibeko commented on the new show: “Viewers are in for a treat this July – Take Me Out Mzansi has all the ingredients for a weekly dose of great viewing: humour, surprises, romance and unadulterated fun. Phat Joe tops off an already perfect mix, to make for brilliant television.”

 

Produced by Rapid Blue, Take Me Out Mzansi will be broadcast exclusively on Vuzu AMP (103) from Monday 10 July at 19:00.

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eNCA is proud to announce the appointment of a new managing director and editor-in-chief, Mapi Mhlangu. Mhlangu assumes the helm of South Africa’s premier news channel, taking over from Anton Harber on 1 July 2017.

 

Mhlangu joined the channel in 2009 and has served in various capacities in the eMedia Investments organisation, most recently as eNCA’s News Director. In that position she was principally responsible for all operations, editorial and technical. She brings a wealth of experience at both the coalface and executive management levels of news production.

 

Mapi Mhlangu says, “I’m honoured to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading this news organisation and its talented employees at this critical time in South Africa and its newsrooms. There is a pressing need for news media to ensure that citizens are adequately informed, so as to engage the state and to ensure that the benefits of freedom are realised. South African viewers have consistently indicated that eNCA is their trusted source for independent news and analysis which is accurate and unbiased. I look forward to navigating through the challenges ahead with our dynamic team.”

 

eNCA thanks Anton Harber for his contribution to the channel and newsroom where he provided mentorship and nurtured news leaders within the organization.

 

Anton Harber says, “I hand over the reins with eNCA’s audience and advertising revenue strong and growing, and I think this provides a solid foundation for Mapi and the excellent newsroom team to build on. eNCA is a crucial South African institution, one of the cornerstones of independent journalism, and its role is going to be more important than ever in coming months. I am confident that Mapi is well placed to build on this.”

 

eMedia Investments Chief Operating Officer Mark Rosin says, “With 20 years of news media experience and almost a decade at eNCA, we have full confidence that eNCA will continue to thrive under Mapi’s editorial leadership. In 2015, we spoke about the ongoing transformation of eNCA and its newsroom and Mapi’s appointment is testimony to that intention.”

 

eNCA will continue to provide journalism that is fair and free of favour, broadcasting the quality news programming which has made it the most watched 24 hour news channel in South Africa.

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In a first for South African television, M-Net’s Mzansi Magic (161) has partnered with DStv to launch a brand new awards show, one in which South African television audiences will determine the winners in 10 categories. The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStvMVCA) will be screened live on Mzansi Magic on Saturday 26 August 2017 and are destined to be a glittering celebration of local talent in acting, music, sport and more, all acknowledging the country’s top stars.

The DStvMVCA will include a special recognition award to pay tribute to those individuals whose outstanding contributions have directly influenced the local entertainment scene.

 

 

Speaking to media at the DStvMVCA launch in Johannesburg, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels Reneilwe Sema highlighted that, as arguably the largest producer of local programming in South Africa, M-Net remains committed to showcasing excellent homegrown talent, which viewers have enthusiastically embraced.

 

“Our audiences are involved, loyal, vocal and highly engaged especially in relation to their favourite personalities. Social media comes alive as they share their comments and opinions on the trend-setters, news-makers and heavy-hitters of pop culture. So to be able to organise and host a gala whose entire focus is on those stars, we believe we can give our viewers an evening of stand-out performance, red-carpet glamour and unforgettable truly Mzansi-styled magic.”

 

And in ensuring that our viewers are also rewarded, those who vote stand the chance to win a brand-new Kia Picanto 1.0 Street, valued at R150 000! In addition, prizes on the night will include the socially influential 1Life Life Changer Award, which recognises the efforts of a dedicated community leader making a positive impact in their environment. That leader will receive R50 000, while the person who nominated them will also be the recipient of a second R50 000 cash bonus. And adding to the excitement of the night will be prizes from Vodacom, who are sponsoring a viewer voting prize in the Song of the Year category. The other categories are:

 

Categories

 

Song of the Year

TV Presenter

Comedian

Rising Star

Radio Personality

Actor

Actress

Music Artist or Group

DJ

Sports Personality

 

Get ready for the fashion, speeches, red carpet interviews and the headlines! You just know that it’s going to be LIT… DStv Mzansi Viewer’s Choice Awards, exclusive to Mzansi Magic(161). #DStvMVCA

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Apple  announced that Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two of television’s most creative and successful executives, are joining Apple in newly created positions overseeing all aspects of video programming. Erlicht and Van Amburg will lead video programming worldwide, reporting to Eddy Cue. They join Apple from Sony Pictures Television where they have served as presidents since 2005, and have been responsible for some of the most popular and widely acclaimed programming of the past decade, including favorites such as Breaking Bad and its spinoff Better Call Saul, The Crown, Rescue Me and many more.

“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for them to bring their expertise to Apple — there is much more to come.”

 

“It will be an honor to be part of the Apple team,” said Jamie Erlicht. “We want to bring to video what Apple has been so successful with in their other services and consumer products — unparalleled quality.”

 

“Apple has a relentless focus on delighting customers with their products,” said Zack Van Amburg. “We will bring that same intention to Apple’s programming and we could not be more excited about what lies ahead.”

 

Erlicht and Van Amburg have served as presidents of Sony Pictures Television since 2005. Under their leadership, the studio’s slate of original primetime series more than tripled, growing to include many of TV’s most acclaimed shows. They have extensive expertise producing television for global audiences and creating programming for a wide range of services including shows for Amazon, Hulu and Netflix. Their incredible roster of programs — which have won 36 Emmys and dozens of Golden Globes, AFI and WGA awards — have included fan favorites such as Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, Bloodline, Breaking Bad, The Crown, Damages, The Goldbergs, Justified, Preacher, Rescue Me, The Shield, Sneaky Pete and many more.

 

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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