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Idols SA move to Mzansi Magic

Posted by radio On June - 22 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

They are young, they are hungry and they are coming for you! South Africa, are you ready?


Now that the four-city audition tour is done and dusted, Mzansi Magic is ready to unveil the country’s new crop of wanna-be popstars in the 12th season of Idols SA. As the countdown to the new season edges closer and closer, Idols enthusiasts are going to be thrilled when the revamped grand dame of Mzansi’s music talent shows is revealed.


For the first time in the show’s history, Mzansi Magic will become the exclusive home to Idols SA.


Mzansi Magic’s Nondumiso Mabece said the move was a perfect fit for Idols SA. “Idols is Mzansi’s longest running music talent spectacular and will fit right in with the rest of the country’s best reality shows including Date My Family, Our Perfect Wedding and Utatakho, amongst others. Mzansi Magic is undoubtedly home to local content that is compelling, captivating and authentically South African, and we welcome Idols SA with great excitement!”


To celebrate the move, Mzansi Magic introduced another Idols SA first when they opened the doors to the newly revamped Wild Coast Sun’s theatre for the gruelling Theatre Week, allowing friends, family, fans and Idols SA loyal supporters the opportunity to cheer on their favourites and give them the confidence boost they so desperately needed in this vocal duel of their lives.


It wouldn’t be Idols SA without the melodrama; and this year delivers on the tears, the tantrums, the excitement and great singing voices. All this, accompanied by the judges’ colourful commentary.


There’s Randall Abrahams’ famously caustic tongue, Unathi Msengana’s river of tears, Gareth Cliff’s deadpan critique, and Somizi Mhlongo’s effervescent personality and tongue twisting terminology.


And lest we forget that there’s more to Idols SA than just vocal pageantry, Telkom is back as the headline sponsor, with Ford making yet another turn as the car partner while Truworths continues to transform the amateur singers into stars on stage as the official clothing partner.


After auditioning close to 10 000 aspirant singers in four cities over a gruelling cross-country audition tour, enduring long hours of anxiety and rehearsals during Theatre Week, and finally whittling down the singers to the 16 who will captivate Mzansi’s imagination during the live broadcast, it’s safe to say the Idols XII is going to be the best season yet!


Idols SA season 12 will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 from Sunday, 17 July 2016 at 17h00.

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“Black Lives Matter” to premier at DIFF

Posted by radio On June - 18 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

Black Lives Matter is a powerful and damning indictment on the current state of affairs for tens-of-thousands of miners working and living in abysmal conditions across South Africa. The film will have its global premiere at the Durban International Film Festival on Sunday 19 June at 12:30 at Maharani followed up by abother screening on the 23rd of June at 22:00 at Nu Metro Pavilion.

blmTaking the Marikana Massacre as its starting point, the film digs into the history of the mining sector as well as the political backstory that led up to the tragedy, and powerfully demonstrates that even since this defining moment, nothing has changed for most miners across South Africa.

Director Joseph Oesi, a South African filmmaker and TV journalist, was moved to produce the film after witnessing the devastating events of August 16th 2012 play out on TV screens across South Africa and the world. Oesi knew that this event was the manifestation of a much larger story that was taking place, not just in South Africa, but across the continent. He explains his motivation for making the film,



“This film being produced is a very important one at this juncture of my country’s change of course. South Africa has certainly set a course, fuelled by a betrayal to the original course set by the original struggle heroes and to the Freedom Charter. Mining, at the heart of the country’s economy, has underpinned the course in the interest of big business. In essence the struggles, sufferings from Colonialism and Apartheid still persist in modern day South Africa to the disappointment of the vast majority.”

Film Synopsis:

In South Africa, 22 years ago, the African National Congress came to power. This, many believed, would signify an end to racism and oppression, and our people would prosper. But today inequality and economic disempowerment are still rife. The corruption and power grabbing at all levels of society impacts not only on the moral fabric of our society but, more importantly, on the working class poor.



The massacre of 34 striking mineworkers at a mine called Marikana brought these issues into sharp focus. Now, in an area called Mokopane in South Africa’s Limpopo province, tensions between the community and the mining companies, and communities and their traditional leaders, seem set to explode, with equally dire consequences. Black Lives Matter explores how the mineral wealth, rightfully belonging to the people of South Africa, has been sold to capitalist interests for the enrichment of a few elite and at the expense of the country – and how traditional communities have been divided in this process.



This film takes us on a journey through three rural communities – the Mogales, the Kekanas, and the Mapelas. What they have in common is that the richest platinum bearing reef in the world runs underneath their land – and that international mining companies have made dubious deals with traditional leaders whose very legitimacy is questioned by the communities they supposedly serve.!/trailer


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Over the past four months, ShowMax has added a range of new viewing options including an app for the latest generation Apple TV as well as AirPlay and Chromecast support for streaming video direct from mobile devices to big screen TVs. Continuing this trend, ShowMax is now available on the DStv Explora decoder.

Devices_750x375_2ShowMax, the internet TV service launched in August 2015, will now be available on connected DStv Explora decoders. This is the fourth new viewing option introduced over the past four months and extends access to subscription video services to an even wider audience. In particular, these new viewing options make it easy for people with a standard (non-smart) big screen TV to watch ShowMax.

Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer of ShowMax said:

“In South Africa, interest in internet TV is entering a new phase. In addition to early adopters, we’re now seeing a more mainstream customer base wanting to try the service out. For Explora owners this is a risk-free proposition – binge entire box sets from the very beginning without having to buy any new equipment.”

To access ShowMax on an Explora, the decoder needs to be connected to the internet. More information on how to connect the Explora is available here: Connect your DStv Explora.

ShowMax will be added to all active DStv Exploras in South Africa in a phased rollout starting 13 June 2016. A ShowMax subscription is needed to access the service. Existing ShowMax customers can log in using their email address and password. New customers will need to sign up for ShowMax at via laptop or desktop computer.

As an added convenience, customers paying for DStv via debit order will be able to pay for ShowMax directly through their DStv account.

“We’re already busy on the next phase which is developing apps for additional streaming media devices as well as gaming consoles. Our goal is to provide a great viewing experience no matter what you’re watching ShowMax on,” concludes Ernst.



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M-Net streamlines channels

Posted by radio On June - 10 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

How do you find the freshest and biggest international movies and series on DStv Premium? If you’re a DStv Compact customer, would you prefer to watch more of M-Net’s channels in High Definition?

MNet-City-921x526VUZU AMP finds a new home on DStv channel 103

It will now be as easy as 1-2-3 to flick to the freshest and best scripted series from Hollywood. The popular VUZU AMP channel is relocating to channel 103 on DStv Premium (from channel 114). This means that VUZU AMP will now be in the same neighbourhood as the ever-popular M-Net (channel 101) and M-Net Edge (channel 102).

M-Net 101 will continue to bring the biggest and best family friendly blockbuster international series to our screens; M-Net Edge (channel 102) will still cater for connoisseurs with a taste for highly acclaimed and risqué content; and VUZU AMP (channel 103) will feature the international series like Power, Ballers and Basketball Wivesfor the forever young alongside its sizzling local productions.

“M-Net’s slate of up-to-date series from Hollywood has been spread across M-Net, M-Net Edge and VUZU AMP on DStv Premium for a while and it makes perfect sense to present these three channels to our viewers as a cluster in this new sequence,” says M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle.

“We will also work harder to make sure that viewers know which channel a series will be broadcast on – some of our viewers have indicated that they don’t always know whether a series will be on M-Net or VUZU AMP. We would like to fix that.”


Two more HD channels for DStv Compact viewers

The M-Net Channels also have great news for DStv Compact customers: M-Net City (115) and M-Net Movies Action (110) will now be in High Definition.


M-Net Movies channels streamlined

With VUZU AMP moving to channel 103, the M-Net Movies channels will now occupy channels 104 to 111. The number of channels will be reduced from nine to seven tightly curated channels – M-Net Movies has reduced the number of older library movies in the schedule, to keep the movie offering new and fresh.

Big news within the new M-Net Movies channel offering is the brand new, feel-good addition of M-Net Movies Smile, which will offer chuckles for the entire family as well as the revamp of M-Net Movies Showcase.

The addition of M-Net Movies Smile (104) and the revamp of M-Net Movies Showcase (108) means that three of the existing movie channels will no longer exist – M-Net Movies Comedy (currently on channel 104), M-Net Movies Family (currently on channel 105) and M-Net Movies Romance (currently on channel 107).

Viewers can also look forward to more seasonal pop-up channels, like the recent M-Net Movies Blackout channel and last year’s massively successful M-Net Movies Star Wars pop-up channel.


A quick glance at the M-Net Movies channel cluster, as of Friday 1 July:

  • M-Net Movies Premiere (which was on channel 103 until VUZU AMP’s arrival) – channel 104 on DStv Premium. M-Net Movies Premiere simply has a new address. It will continue to bring you the latest, biggest and best premiere movies from Hollywood – anything fromKevin Hart comedies to Oscar-winning dramas.
  • M-Net Movies Smile – channel 105 on DStv Premium. As the name signals, this is the channel guaranteed to make you show your pearly whites. Everyone who’s young at heart can look forward to fantastic animated and family-friendly films. Then, once the kids have gone to bed, the grown-ups can enjoy sidesplitting comedy with the likes of Adam Sandler or Melissa McCarthy.
  • M-Net Movies Action + – channel 106 on DStv Premium. The biggest, most explosive action movies will still be on M-Net Movies Action+. Watch Vin Diesel, Keanu Reeves and all the action heroes save humanity from all kinds of evil.
  • M-Net Movies Showcase – channel 107 on DStv Premium. Apart from being able to indulge this channel’s usual host of lovely festivals, box sets and franchise specials and watch an A-list, blockbuster film that previously premiered on Sunday nights every night in prime time, this will now also be the go-to destination for all romantics that want to be swept away by love stories and enchanting storytelling.
  • M-Net Movies Action – channel 110 on DStv Compact and DStv Premium. All the action that blows you away, but now in HD!
  • M-Net Movies Stars – channel 111 on DStv Compact and DStv Premium. You can continue to enjoy the company of Hollywood’s A-list stars in exactly the same way as before.
  • M-Net Movies Zone – channel 139 on DStv Family, Access, Compact, Premium and GOtv. Movie Zone lovers across the different DStv packages will not be affected at all.


Channel name Current channel no New channel number
VUZU AMP 114 103
M-Net Movies Premiere 103 104
M-Net Movies Smile brand new channel 105
M-Net Movies Action+ 106 106 – no change
M-Net Movies Showcase 108 107
M-Net Movies Action 110 110 – now in HD
M-Net Movies Stars 111 111 – no change
M-Net City 115 115 – now in HD
 M-Net Movies Zone 139 139 – no change
M-Net Movies Comedy 104 Terminated (content now found on M-Net Movies Smile)
M-Net Movies Family 105 Terminated (content now found on M-Net Movies Smile)
M-Net Movies Romance 107 Terminated (content now found on M-Net Movies Showcase)


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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.

mandlalexi_lrgThe couple, popularly referred to as MandLexi, met in the Big Brother House in 2014 and are still going strong after two years, so fans are wondering whether marriage and children are now on the cards? But everyone’s remained tight-lipped about where the relationship will go in this season.

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.


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 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 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.


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.



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


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.


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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