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The 2014 winners of the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label (AABLAs) were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on, Friday, 14 November.

Young Business Leaders & Entrepreneur of the Year

In a process that began over two months ago, with regional finals in West, East and Southern Africa, the pioneering and innovative business leaders of Africa in their respective fields were finally whittled down to just five game-changing individuals.

 

“With the continent hosting eight of the world’s fastest growing economies, Africa is internationally perceived as the next great business frontier which is both exciting and inspiring,” says Jeff Milliken, Director of brandhouse.

 

“As such, in the AABLAs, it has been both rewarding and heartening to survey Africa’s corporate landscape and discover so many exceptional men and women who are making their indelible contribution toward the progress of the continent into a globally competitive entity with a strong internal business sector.”

 

The ceremony presented the coveted title of Young Business Leader of the Year jointly to Group CEOs of South Africa’s leading activations agency, The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner. The two were recognised for using their collective charisma and entrepreneurial spirit to build the company into the top-ranking Marketing, Media and Advertising group in the country.

 

For his sustained success and bold contribution to solutions-based business and IT strategies across multiple platforms for companies of varying sizes, Asher Bohbot (South Africa), CEO of Enterprise Outsourcing Holdings (EOH) Limited, was named Business Leader of the Year.

 

The prestigious accolade of Entrepreneur of the Year went to Executive Chairman of JSE-listed brokerage, Brimstone Investment Corporation, Fred Robertson (South Africa). Robertson was honoured for his demonstrated leadership on both the national and international business stages and, in particular, through his directorship and co-founding of numerous leading of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) companies.

 

Founder of Keroche Breweries, the first ever brewery to be owned by a Kenyan, Tabitha Karanja, was singled out as Business Woman of the Year.

 

 

The award recognised her unfailing resilience and matchless business sagacity over nearly two decades in growing a company that now employs over 300 people and gives back to the community by educating the country’s youth.

 

Finally, the special honour of the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Tanzanian pioneer of corporate social responsibility, Dr Reginald Mengi, CEO of IPP Limited, for his commendable contributions to worthy causes for positive change in underprivileged communities, education, health and environmental conservation.

 

“With individuals of such extraordinary calibre at the helm of the progress of the African business world, there is no doubt that the state of the continent’s economy and corporate sector are in safe hands as it continues to grow from strength to strength,” adds Jeff Milliken.

 

The CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented by Johnnie Walker Blue Label now looks ahead to 2015, anticipating the emergence of new industry leaders and the continued success of business stalwarts on the continent.

 

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Vinny’s House gets summer sizzling

Posted by radio On November - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Are you looking for the perfect soundtrack to warm up your festive season? Then tune into Mzansi Magic Music on DStv Channel 321 every Saturday for a blast of sizzling hot music from the legendary Vinny Da Vinci.

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Vinny’s House kicks off on Saturday, 15 November 2014 at 19:00 – and puts one of South Africa’s most loved DJs and producers in the heart of homes across the country as they celebrate the best season of the year!

 

With parties and get-togethers being the order-of-the-day, Vinny will be offering up a head-spinning music mix each Saturday that’s perfectly brewed for summertime.

 

The iconic mixmaster won’t be alone in bringing the party into South African homes: each week Vinny’s House will feature a special guest star to keep the beats rolling. Among those destined to step into Vinny’s House are DJ Ganyani, Tim White, Ralf Gum, Julian Gomez, Christos and Mbuso – in short, the who’s who of Mzansi House music, both legends and newcomers!

 

“Vinny’s House is the first of its kind on Mzansi Magic Music. This show is guaranteed to attract house heads, focusing on the technical art of DJing with one of the masters at work. We intend to take viewers on an exciting ride where they will have access to exclusive Deep House song selections,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

 

Vinny himself needs no introduction to devoted House music fans. He is considered one of the most established figures on the South African dance music scene and has galvanised deep club culture over two decades. His influence has not just been as a DJ – although he’s revered by fans and peers for his ability on the ones and twos, a skill that was honed in the 1990s. Vinny is also one of the original music entrepreneurs. Through his partnership in the House Afrika empire, Vinny has overseen many top-selling compilations, including the House Afrika: Deep House Sounds and Africanism series, all of which he compiled and mixed.

 

As a producer he’s broken ground with the DJs At Work project alongside longtime friend, DJ Christos. Together they have released five critically acclaimed, platinum-selling studio albums and a slew of top-notch deejay mixes.

 

“Vinny’s house has been a long timing coming and I know SA is ready for it. Big up to Mzansi Magic Music for having the vision to launch it, and to all my longstanding DJ friends and House Afrika family for supporting me. Viewers are in for a real treat,” says Vinny Da Vinci.

 

Vinny continues to specialise in his signature deep house style, breaking new music and educating his audience. He has deejayed with several of his international peers visiting South Africa – including “Little Louie” Vega, Frankie Knuckles, Dennis Ferrer, Charles Webster and Jazzy Jeff – and now he’s getting ready to DJ for Mzansi Magic Music viewers. Summer will never be the same again!

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Ndoni Khanyile gets innovative

Posted by radio On November - 14 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

South African Ndoni Khanyile is set to appear on over 270 million TV screens in more than 140 countries this November, when she makes her debut on Al Jazeera English as the presenter of Innovate Africa.

 

The new six-part series travels across Africa to meet the entrepreneurs and innovators who are using technology to change their lives and the futures of those around them.

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Produced from Cape Town, Innovate Africa has already taken Ndoni to France, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda. She’s met children learning to build robots in Ghana from age five, as well as children in Kenya learning to code from age six. She’s learnt about advances in space satellite technology; discovered 3D printers made from recycled waste; and watched students learn in solar-powered classrooms. She visited multi-million dollar projects like the World Agroforesty Centre in Nairobi, where they’re sequencing the genomes of traditional African food crops, as well as students working to support their communities on a very small scale, with almost no money at all.

 

“The internet is a really democratic medium,” says Ndoni, who presents the show with well-known radio personality Tapfuma Makina, who is also a Biotechnology graduate. “Because of the access the web gives you, whether you are a student or a multinational, anyone with an idea can have an impact. Africa Innovates isn’t just about the tech; it’s about the innovative thinking that uses technology as a tool for problem-solving on a young continent that is on the move.”

 

Ndoni will be familiar to African viewers as the host of eNCA’s premier technology show Tech Report from 2011 to 2013. She also starred in films like Skeem and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom; and alongside John Kani in the Sean Mathias play Antigone, among other roles.

 

Ndoni studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town, before receiving a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University, which she attended as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the William and Ceil Africa Pulitzer Fellowship.

 

As a founding member of the poetry performance group Rite 2 Speak, Ndoni has performed original music and poetry in London, Switzerland and Portugal. She’s also a columnist and editor-at-large for Essence of Africa, a new women’s magazine that launches in November 2014.

 

Innovate Africa premieres on Al Jazeera English on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at 22:30 CAT.

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Africa’s ultimate Game-Changers to be crowned

Posted by radio On November - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Having travelled the continent to applaud regional business game-changers, the CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented By Johnnie Walker Blue Label, will now crown the ultimate winners across five categories in a Finalé to take place in Johannesburg on November 14.

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In the Finalé, the winners of the regional rounds will vie for the title of Africa’s most exemplary business trailblazers in their respective fields, ranging from Business Leader of the Year to; Young Business Leader of the Year; Business Woman of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; and the Lifetime Achievement Award, Sponsored By Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

 

“The AABLA awards strive to acknowledge the pioneers of the African economy at the highest level, to honour their contributions, tireless dedication and vision. The nominees in this year’s Finale are truly of a superlative standard,” says Jeff Milliken, Director of brandhouse.

 

The Business Leader of the Year category will see three consummate professionals contending for the honour of being recognised as Africa’s premier leader. Southern Africa’s Asher Bohbot, CEO of EOH Holdings Limited, will compete against East Africa’s Dr. Reginald Mengi, CEO of IPP Limited, and West Africa’s Atedo N.A Peterside, Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC.

 

Africa’s Young Business Leader of the Year title will see three of Africa’s most promising young leaders contending. Southern Africa’s Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner, Group CEO’s of The Creative Counsel, will stand against East Africa’s Patrick Ngowi, CEO of Helvetic Solar, and West Africa’s Chude Jideonwo and Adebola T. Williams, Co-Founders and Managing Partners of Red Media.

 

Two dynamic leaders will contend in the Business Woman of the Year category, which celebrates the continent’s most impactful female pioneers. East Africa’s nominee is Tabitha Karanja, CEO of Keroche Breweries Limited, while West Africa will be represented by Arunma Oteh, the Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria.

 

The pioneering spirit and relentless drive towards success is toasted in the Entrepreneur of the Year category and the three nominees are: Southern Africa’s Fred Robertson, Chairman of Brimstone Investment Corporation Limited; East Africa’s Manoj Shanker, CEO of IPP Limited; and West Africa’s Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Paga.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award, Sponsored By Johnnie Walker Blue Label, applauds the most consistent visionaries in the African business landscape. The nominees are Southern Africa’s Phuthuma Nhleko, East Africa’s Dr. Reginald Mengi, and West Africa’s Otunba Subomi Balogun. These three leaders have made indelible impacts on the future of African business, and this category celebrates the point where boldness and rare character meet.

 

“The CNBC Africa All Africa Business Leaders Awards Presented By Johnnie Walker Blue Label have celebrated excellence across the African continent, in this, the fourth season of the award. As Africa’s foremost business media company, we congratulate those who have conquered their regions and now look forward to recognizing Africa’s ultimate business visionaries who have made a noteworthy impact on the continent as a whole,” says Roberta Naicker, Managing Director of the ABN group.

 

The AABLA has partnered with BMW South Africa to ensure the awards finalists and judges are transferred to and from the black tie award dinner in luxury and comfort. The awards have also received support from the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and the IDC.

 

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BootCamp, celebrity style

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Mzansi Magic’s BootCamp is getting a transformation of its own when it returns for a new season in January 2015.

 

In Season 3, the popular weight-loss show will be known as BootCamp Mzansi – Celebrity Edition, with the 12 contestants now facing the challenges and workouts set by a cast of handpicked celebrity trainers.

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With their names still under-wraps, the new BootCamp trainers are being drawn primarily from the world of entertainment and sport – with a few surprise trainers also set to make their presence felt on the popular show!

 

As with the previous Season 1 and 2 headed by Kabelo Mabalane, BootCamp Mzansi will see a dozen South Africans learn to take charge of their bodies, minds and ultimately their lives, boot camp style. This time around, the emphasis will be on the individual journey of the contestants as they attempt a transformation in their lives, with all the blood, sweat, tears and joy that accompanies it.

 

“We are shaking things up a little on BootCamp with the next season,” explains Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.

 

“There are many homegrown celebrities who are also role models for healthy and active living – and we will be drawing on their insights, experience and unique stories for our bootcampers. We know from our first two seasons that our viewers also get inspired to get fit and healthy when they watch BootCamp and we are sure that Season 3 will once again positively impact the lives of ordinary South Africans.”

 

The contestants will live in the BootCamp Mzansi house for 11 weeks. During each week, a celebrity trainer will enter the house to take the bootcampers through a morning workout, an afternoon workout, a challenge and, then, an elimination. The contestant who loses the least amount of weight and displays the least amount of determination after every week of challenges is eliminated.

 

The emphasis is on empowering contestants to face their personal life challenges with conviction, knowledge and courage, especially when they leave the BootCamp house for good.

 

The celebrity trainer’s role would be to ensure that the contestants walk away with the tools to effect a holistic transformation on themselves, even if they leave the BootCamp house during the early elimination rounds

 

The winner of Season 3 will join previous season winners Thabo Mboya (Season 1) and Thapelo Mabusweni (Season 2).

 

BootCamp Mzansi – Celebrity Edition, debuts in January 2015 on Mzansi Magic Channel DStv, Channel 161.

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Skeem Saam is holding auditions

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Skeem Saam is proudly one of the few television shows in South Africa who regularly hold open auditions. This is how we discovered most of the young talent that are currently gracing our screens.  High school is over for some of our beloved characters; in 2015 they progress from high school to university and leave Turfloop for new adventures in Johannesburg.

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Skeem Saam are looking for talented performers who are driven, passionate, dedicated, disciplined and have a fervent desire to be on our show. These new performers will become the main fabric of characters in this new, additional Johannesburg world that some of our characters will be relocating to.

 

The characters we are auditioning to find are:

Young vibrant students (aged 18 – 25)

Lecturers (30 and older)

Tutors (24 and older)

Security guards (25 and older)

University Staff (25 and older)

Pairings for possible parents (40 and older)

 

Skeem Saam is primarily a Sepedi show, based in Turfloop, Limpopo but our Jo’burg world will be as true a reflection of the diversity of Jo’burg as we can create. It will be populated by people from all over the country and even from different parts of our continent and abroad.  We will audition in Hammanskraal and Johannesburg and are looking for males and females from all the language groups of South Africa.

 

HAMMANSKRAAL AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:

MANDELA VILLAGE on Friday 31st October 2014 and Saturday 1st November 2014.

Address: 532/3 Hammanskraal Community Hall/ Sports grounds, Lovelane Road, Mandela Village

Time: 8am – 5pm.

 

JOHANNESBURG AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:

THE BASSLINE on Friday 7th November 2014 and Saturday 8th November 2014

Address: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, 2119

Time: 8am – 5pm.

 

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eNCA is announcing that as from 6AM on Friday, 31 October 2014 the channel will no longer broadcast in the United Kingdom on the SKY Digital Satellite (channel 517).

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However viewers will still be able to watch the channel via live streaming on Livestation.com or they can continue to get all the latest news at eNCA.com.

 

The reasons behind the move are part of the company’s move to realign itself to changes in the way news media is consumed in a digital world.

 

“We know we have a loyal audience on SKY who will be upset by the decision. We regret that very much. However the reality is that satellite broadcastings is expensive and we have to look at cost effective alternatives such as live streaming” said eNCA’s Managing Director Patrick Conroy.

 

“Our news content will still be globally accessible just via alternative platforms” he said.

 

eNCA’s news service can still be viewed by anyone outside of South Africa via www.Livestaton.com. eNCA.com also offers up-to-date information and regular live stream broadcasts of major news events.

 

eNCA will explore alternative platforms so that viewers are able to easily watch the service on their TVs.

 

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