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Mandla & Lexi are back!

Posted by radio On June - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Big Brother Mzansi Season 1 winner Mandla Hlatshwayo and his girlfriend, Lexi Van Niekerk, return for a second season of hit reality show, Mandla and Lexi, fromWednesday 13 July at 20:00.

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When asked what she feels will stand out about the second season, Lexi shared that this instalment will show growth, both in their relationship and as individuals. “The audience has fallen in love with our journey, but Season 2 may have some surprises in store for viewers as there’s also a strong focus on the two of us as individuals this time round.”

Lexi, who was recently voted among the 12 sexiest celebrities in Mzansi, believes that she has grown in the industry. According to her, she has also evolved into a businesswoman, exploring her passions, while sustaining strong family bonds. Viewers will also catch interesting glimpses of some of Lexi’s family members throughout the show.

“Reality formats are extremely popular on our TV screens and Mzansi Magic always aims to bring viewers the best. Mandla and Lexi season one was well received by our viewers, so why not bring the most talked about couple back for a second season?” says Sphumelele Sibeko, Head of Reality for Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

 

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Incredible Connection and HiFi Corp are the latest retailers to offer ShowMax vouchers in all stores nationwide. This is in addition to current retail outlets Pick n Pay, Game, Makro and CNA. ShowMax vouchers are now available in almost 500 outlets across the country.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

 

  • Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).
  • The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.
  • Once activated the code on the back of the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

If you don’t have a ShowMax account yet, you can easily sign up at www.ShowMax.com using your email and creating a password. You can then select your preferred payment method from credit card, PayPal or prepaid vouchers and boom! You now have unlimited access to Africa’s largest collection of hit TV shows and movies.

 

Subscribers can also download up to 25 shows and keep them for 30 days with the ShowMax app on Android and iOS devices. So you can stay entertained even without an internet connection.

 

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After launching on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to iOS devices, ShowMax has now added Chromecast support to its Android app, making it possible to broadcast shows and movies directly from Android smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to sit back and watch ShowMax.

 

ShowMax, the internet TV service with the largest subscription video catalogue in Africa, has added new functionality to its Android app that makes it possible to broadcast TV shows and movies directly from smartphones and tablets to big-screen TVs. It’s an ideal solution for anyone who doesn’t have a smart TV but still wants to watch ShowMax on a big screen.

 

Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port present on most big-screen TVs. Chromecast is one of a number of different devices that effectively turn normal TVs into smart TVs. By enabling Chromecast support on the ShowMax app, owners of Android smartphones and tablets can ‘cast’ ShowMax TV shows and movies via Wifi to the Chromecast player which in turn seamlessly displays the same content on the big-screen TV.

 

Mike Raath, Chief Technology Officer for ShowMax said:

 

“There are times that all we want to do is sit back on the couch and take in a good movie. With this new functionality it’s as simple as finding the show on your Android smartphone or tablet and pressing play – it’ll be on the TV instantly.

 

“We’re on a roll. This is the third new viewing option we’ve added in recent weeks. Having launched on Apple TV and adding AirPlay support to our app for iPhones and iPads in early March, and there’s more to come. One way or the other, we aim to have a solution for anyone wanting to watch ShowMax using whichever device is most convenient.”

 

In order to access this new Chromecast functionality on smartphones and tablets, the devices need to be running Android 4.1.0 (Jelly Bean) or higher and the latest version of the ShowMax Android app.

 

To sign up for ShowMax and experience a seven-day risk-free trial, visit www.showmax.com via web browser on a laptop or desktop computer. Once signed up, download the ShowMax app on your favourite Android and iOS devices and log-in using the same email address and password.

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Prepaid vouchers for ShowMax are now available at all Makro stores nationwide. Makro joins Pick n Pay, CNA and Game stores where ShowMax vouchers can be purchased.

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Vouchers are available for one, three and six months.

Prices are R99 (one month), R297 (three months), and R594 (six months).

The voucher can be purchased with cash and activated at the store.

Once activated at the till the voucher can be captured on the ShowMax website.

 

ShowMax continues to partner with local businesses to improve access to internet TV in South Africa. With prepaid vouchers now available at Makro, Game, CNA and Pick n Pay stores, this gives access to many viewers who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. Prepaid vouchers can also be bought online using eBucks.

 

One of the major obstacles holding back the uptake of internet TV in South Africa is the cost of internet. Which is why ShowMax is partnering with internet service providers (ISPs), like Telkom, to give subscribers access to high-speed internet at an affordable price.

 

John Kotsaftis, CEO at ShowMax said:

 

“These partnerships are a big deal for us to give users a really convenient experience. The in-store vouchers are about giving subscribers more options to pay. For the ISPs it’s about looking at ways to give our users fast internet at a fair price to stream and download ShowMax content.”

 

Through these partnerships and unique features, like the download function to overcome sporadic internet connectivity, ShowMax is addressing real consumer needs in South Africa to break down the  barriers holding back the proliferation of internet TV.

 

“We are developing ShowMax to address specific challenges in the South African market like the fact that many consumers don’t have a credit card. The same applies to the lack of internet connectivity, which is why our app supports downloads.”

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Lifetime’s original movie, Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, starring newcomer Lex Scott Davis as the seven-time Grammy® Award-winning R&B icon, premieres Sunday March 27 at 20.00. Toni Braxton executive produces the two-hour film, which is based on her popular memoir Unbreak My Heart.

 

The movie follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, to her battle with Lupus. The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles.

 

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Fans may not know, though, about the intense guilt Braxton once felt when she accepted her first recording deal that excluded her sisters. This decision haunted her for years and tainted the enormous fame she experienced. Despite her early accomplishments, Braxton’s world also crumbled when she was forced to file for bankruptcy twice and was left alone to pick up the pieces.

 

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart is more than the story of Braxton’s difficult past though – it is a story of hope, healing, and triumph

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart also stars Debbi Morgan as Braxton’s mother Evelyn; Gavin Houston as Babyface, Cortney Scott Wright as Traci Braxton, Skye P. Marshall  as Towanda Braxton, LaToya Franklyn as Trina Braxton and Tiffany Hines (Devious Maids) as Tamar Braxton.

 

Toni Braxton, Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer and Marcus Grant serve as executive producers. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds produces. Vondie Curtis Hall (Abducted: The Carlina White Story) directs from a script written by Susan McMartin (Mom, Two and a Half Men).

 

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11 SAFTA nominations for The Puppet Nation!

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

ZA News: Puppet Nation has secured 11 nominations at this year’s South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs). – the most of any South African TV programme.  It is the second year that the show has been nominated for as many awards with the team behind the scenes being acknowledged in various categories.

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With such a large number of nominations, there is high anticipation that Puppet Nation ZA will take home many awards at this year’s SAFTA’s scheduled for 18 March 2016.

 

Iconic cartoonist, Jonathan Shapiro, better known as ‘Zapiro’ and French producer, Thierry Cassuto brought their creativity together to produce their first puppet, Madiba, for ZANews. Over the years the cast has expanded to include many more celebrity puppets, with the result being the all-star series Puppet Nation ZA.

 

The highly entertaining satirical show doesn’t hold back and takes the mickey out of politicians, newsmakers and celebrities – a winning formula that has proven successful across the globe.

 

“A show like ours is not possible without a huge amount of teamwork, and these nominations recognise every single person who puts their time, sweat, and tears into making this show happen, week after week. Thank you to the judges and to you “bloody agents,” for your support, and for inspiring us to keep on bringing you the laughs every week,” said Thierry Cassuto, the show’s executive producer and creator.
The team is especially excited that the un-sung heroes of the show, the puppeteers themselves have also been nominated along with the celebrity voices.

 

Sometimes controversial, always funny, Puppet Nation is proud of the various SAFTA nominations for 2016.

 

 

The nominations for ZANews: Puppet Nation include:

 

Best Achievement by a Lead Actor in a TV Comedy

Aggrey Lonake

Nik Rabinowitz

 

Best Achievement by a Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Puppeteers

 

Best Achievement in Art/Production Design in a TV Comedy

Franci van den Heever, Roxanne Hand, Matthew Sanna

 

Best Achievement Costume Design in a TV Comedy

San-Mari Compton 

 

Best Achievement in Cinematography in a TV Comedy

Tonga Isango

 

Best Achievement in Editing in a TV Comedy

Aurora Drummer, Alex Fynn, Nicolai Groudev

 

Best Achievement in Sound Design in a TV Comedy

Lyle Bennet

 

Best Achievement in Scriptwriting in a TV Comedy

The Puppet Nation Writing Team

 

Best Achievement in Directing in a TV Comedy

Alex Fynn

 

Best TV Comedy

ZANews: Puppet Nation

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Greed & Desire on Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On March - 9 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Come Monday 4 April 2016, M-Net’s local entertainment channel Mzansi Magic (161) will be the ultimate destination for a brand new telenovela, Greed and Desire, launching at 19:30.

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Greed and Desire explores the themes of ambition, wealth, power, secrets and desire in a world established in Bloemfontein.

 

The tragic journey of the prominent Makhetha family sets in motion a series of events when the patriarch of the family is killed in a fit of rage. His murder becomes the root of a dreadful secret that sees the family empire falling into the wrong hands. Lives are ruined when the family learns the truth about who killed the head of the house, thus threatening the fate of the empire that was built from nothing to an established jewel. The rightful heir is in the dark about their inheritance and the responsibilities that lie ahead in their future. And so the story of how greed ruined a family by threatening their wealth and fortune unfolds.

 

“At Mzansi Magic, we work tirelessly to bring our viewers the best in local entertainment. We welcome Greed and Desire and its stellar cast to the Mzansi Magic family and we will keep developing new and exciting programmes to keep viewers glued to their screens” says, Nkateko Mabaso, Local Entertainment Channels Director at M-Net.

 

The cast is nothing short of star studded. Headlining the telenovela cast is Thato Molamu, Nthati Moshesh, Xoli Zondi, Sello Sebotsane, Thami Mngqolo, Buyile Mdladla, Linda Sebezo, Nkopano Mohola, Motsoaledi Setum, Keaby Mashugane, Kamo Letsosa and Bonginkosi Shibe.

 

Family values will be tested on Greed and Desire. Tune in to Mzansi Magic (161) on Monday 4 April 2016 at 19:30, Monday to Thursday.

 

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Newtown has it all; music, art performance and fashion, come and see it showcased at the first Hypnotic Friday held at Newtown Junction on 11 March 2016.

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Hypnotic Friday brings both emerging and established artists together in a programme that not only celebrates the city’s cultural uniqueness, but also offers a platform and much-needed exposure for new talent.

 

Hypnotic Friday is an arts celebration that offers the public live hip hop, poetry and dance performances, visual arts and fashion, and an open mic. It invites different artists to come together to perform or showcase their work, and interact one another, advising, inspiring and growing the creative industries.

 

At the heart of Newtown precinct, Newtown Junction offers an outstanding shopping experience, a wide array of restaurants, catering to all tastes, a Ster Kinekor movie house and secure parking. With its growing reputation for holding exciting public events, Newtown Junction will be hosting Hypnotic Fridays on a monthly basis and invites the public to come and be inspired and entertained.

 

Hypnotic Friday runs from 4:30pm to 7:45pm in the Newtown Junction piazza.

 

For any queries, questions, access to hig res pictures or interview request please contact media@jtcomms.co.za or 011 788 7632

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Talk SA Season Seven coming to SABC2 soon

Posted by radio On March - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The seventh season of Talk SA will air on SABC2 every Thursday for 26 weeks from 5th April 2016 at 10h30.  The weekly travelling talk show covers many topics that directly and indirectly affect all South Africans. Some being freedom and human rights, religion in society, HIV and AIDS, housing, skin lightening, mental and physical health, educational rights, culture and heritage and much, much more.

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Cookie Mona, commissioning editor at SABC Education says “the show does not simply highlight a topic and explore it.  It looks at ways South Africans can deal with that particular issue driving towards building a strong and united nation. We look at overcoming all our divisions in order to come up with workable solutions for a nation, different but united, and working towards similar goals. Talk SA’s underlying, driving force is the building of a better Nation for all South Africans.”

 

Talk SA tells us what’s going on in our country, what the state of our natural environment is, our education system, our healthcare sector, what we are doing to make a better South Africa, what we’re not doing, what we’re accomplishing, where we come from and where we are going.  The show has a new co-presenter Kgaogelo Monama, a passionate performer and artist with many talents.

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Pearl and D’Banj in sync

Posted by radio On March - 4 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.

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South African entertainment superstar Pearl Thusi and Nigerian music legend D’Banj will host Lip Sync Battle Africa. Pearl Thusi will serve as all around host and “master of ceremonies”, while Koko Master and Oliver Twist star D’Banj will step up as the “colour commentator”, adding his lively observations to the proceedings.

 

Lip Sync Battle Africa will premiere in April 2016 on MTV Base (322).

 

The critically acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle, originally created for Spike, features celebrities going head-to-head, lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.

 

Multi-talented actress, radio DJ, model and television personality Pearl Thusi is a fixture on the South African entertainment scene.

 

Musician, wit and virtuoso harmonica player D’Banj, best known for his mastery of the contemporary Afrobeat genre, first catapulted to fame in 2005 following the release of his debut album, No Long Thing, and has subsequently enjoyed success with global hits such as Oliver Twist, Fall in Love and Suddenly. His latest release, Emergency, is grabbing headlines and notching up radio airplay around the continent. Among his many accolades and awards, D’Banj has won Best African Act and Artist of the Year at the MTV EMAs and MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and was named Best International Act (Africa) at the BET Awards.

 

Pearl Thusi commented: “Lip Sync Battle is such an incredible social, cultural and media sensation, I am so excited to be a part of bringing it to African audiences.”

 

Added D’Banj: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be hosting Lip Sync Battle Africa. I’m excited, willing and ready to entertain the continent on such a great platform. I am looking forward to seeing how well my fellow celebrities battle each other and entertain the world.”

 

Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, commented: “We are thrilled to translate this global hit franchise to Africa for the first time. With huge personalities such as D’Banj and Pearl Thusi at the helm, Lip Sync Battle Africa cannot fail to emulate the success of the franchise in the United States, and spin-offs in other territories such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Chile.”

 

Speaking on behalf of MTV Base, Ifeoma Williams, said: “With great chemistry between our hosts and a fantastic line-up of contestants from across the cultural spectrum, Lip Sync Battle Africa is guaranteed to capture the attention and affection of our audience in Africa. Whether you are 15 or 55 years old, you’ll be “lip syncing” in the car, with your friends, or in the shower. We hope and expect that people will take to social media and tag each other to start battling each other with #LSBChallenge.”

 

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