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It’s that time of the year where we honour our mothers, and all the ‘mom figures’ in our life, for all that they have done and continue to do. Especially after the year that was, our moms deserve a special shout out for not only remaining our friends, comforters and confidantes but also becoming our teachers, chief entertainment officers and so much more… let’s not forget the banana bread extravaganza of 2020!

This year, as Mother’s Day edges closer, take some time to show your appreciation by gifting mom a personalised and sentimental gift that she will cherish. With the help of Spotify, you can sign her up for a Spotify Free account and start creating the perfect playlist that features all her favourite artists and tracks – tracks to drive to, cry to, cook to, dance to and most importantly tracks that celebrate her!

 

Take the personalisation a step further by putting together a playlist with tracks titles which, when read out, sends a special message. You can also include tracks that perfectly describe what your mother means to you and what she has done for you, with tracks such as DJ Zinhle’s Indlovu, a song of hope and perseverance,  ‘Hero by Mariah Carey’, Judith Sephuma’s loving ode to mother’s Mme Motswadi, the classic ‘A Song For Mama by Boyz II Men’ and ‘Superwoman by Alicia Keys’ – an anthem that is a reminder to all women that even when you’re struggling and are trying to figure everything out, you’re still a superwoman.

 

If mom already has a Spotify account or if you’d like to gift her the benefits of a Premium Spotify account with continued, uninterrupted streaming, look out for a year-long Spotify Premium Gift Card, making Mother’s Day more than just a once-off celebration.

 

Spotify also has a couple of curated Mother’s Day playlists such as Mother’s Day Love and Mother’s Day 2020 for all kinds of mothers because Mother’s Day is about celebrating both the conventional and unconventional mother figures that are holding it down right now.

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How Music Benefits Your Brain Frequencies

Posted by radio On May - 5 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

For the past year, studying from home has become a norm, especially for the many students who usually attended class on campuses. Now, through the global pandemic, finding and maintaining a new study routine to stay on top of academic requirements has become more crucial than ever.

Fortunately, maintaining a productive daily schedule does not have to be difficult and you can use an everyday resource that is readily available to help you. Whether it is to relax and recharge, concentrate on your assignments, or study for exams, music can be used as a tool to successfully aid in completing a task. Over the years, research has shown that listening to music while completing daily tasks can help improve brain activity and the retention of information.

 

While exploring the benefits of music in completing tasks, it is key to note that music does not affect everyone the same way. So, instead of focusing on whether music is beneficial to you, rather focus on finding which music is beneficial to you.

“Music is the key to keeping your brain healthy and full of vitality. Listening to music provides a total brain workout and just like our muscles need to be stretched and strengthened, so do our brains,” says renowned sound therapist, DJ and producer: Vanessa Holliday.

 

“When you are completely immersed and engaged in an activity, feel energised by it and enjoy it, like listening to music while studying, this is what is referred to as being the Alpha state, also referred to as the Flow state,” says Vanessa.

 

Light background music such as the Spotify-curated Music for Concentration and Vanessa Holliday’s sound therapy track that features minimalism, electronica, and modern classical opera that can help with deep concentration.

 

For those that still want to listen to their regular playlists that feature house, electronic, trap, and hip-hop, there are variations of these genres that have been adapted for studying. Focus Flow and Gold Instrumental Beats offer uptempo instrumental hip-hop beats and beats inspired by the golden era of hip hop, respectively. The Beats to think to and Coffee Beats playlists offer a collection of deep techno & tech-house and electronic tracks to study.

 

In addition to improved brain function, music can also reduce stress and anxiety which are the two most common emotions amongst students during exam periods. Listening to soothing music helps decrease blood pressure and heart rate, helping the body move into the Theta frequency – a meditative, deeply relaxed, and inward focus state. This then leads to the Delta frequency, the brain state for sleep.

 

Good quality sleep is a powerful stress reducer and key to increased productivity. A playlist such as Spotify’s Brown Noise can offer soothing, low-frequency soundtracks for relaxation and sleep.

 

“For a healthy functioning mind, it is necessary to visit these various brain frequencies on a daily basis,” concludes Vanessa.

 

If you prefer to curate your own playlists to motivate you, do it for free on Spotify, and if you’re a Premium user, you can also download them to listen offline.

 

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TECNO (www.TECNO-Mobile.com), a premium smartphone brand, is rumored to introduce the CAMON 17 Pro, the clearest selfie phone of industry by far as well as another breakthrough in its brilliant photography performance of TECNO as a leading camera phone brand. Besides its outstanding selfie camera leadership, the upcoming CAMON 17 Proalso marries breathtakingly sleek design with advanced technology, resulting in a product that is custom fit for young and active individuals looking to express themselves.

 

Why is the selfie camera so important today? It is all about the selfie-taking culture behind the camera. For the first time of mobile launch event history, TECNO presents a new product launch event which will not only showcase the phone but goes deeper into why the selfie is so central to our perception of ourselves and by extension, the world around us in a compelling documentary, titled: ‘Rise of the Selfie’.

 

 

The improvement in mobile phone camera technology indicates the increasing role that modern smartphones play in the development of our social psychology. A case in point is how the development of the TECNO CAMON 17 Pro was spurred by the demands of a selfie generation in the post-pandemic era. This trend is also highlighted in Counterpoint Research, a well-regarded research organization, in its recent whitepaper released in April 2021. According to the whitepaper, consumer behavior and the smartphone usage scenarios changed drastically due to the social-distancing policies put in place to combat COVID-19, which has led more selfie demands, such as in home quarantine, to share life snippets with friends and in social media.

 

 

TECNO’s innovations have always been futuristic yet practical, designed to perfection with the user in mind. Foreseeing this social trend, TECNO decided to upgrade the selfie innovations in its CAMON series and to unfold its CAMON 17 Pro soon.

 

 

As our world gets more and more intertwined with technology, products, innovations and the social changes, theCAMON 17 Pro cannot be simply released in isolation. TECNO will explore the history, rising and story behind selfie by a documentary during the launch event, tracing the selfie phenomenon and its impact on smartphone users today. The innovative launch event exploring the story of selfie reflects the rising brand horizon to exert more effort on industrial, social, and humanistic care as well. As a rising global brand, TECNO is showing the maturity of contributing to the global conversation through the commission of the documentary, something that is commonly seen amongst product launches.

 

 

TECNO’s deep insights into the social culture behind selfie was echoed by Chris Evans, Hollywood A-lister actor as well as TECNO’s brand ambassador. Being a global celebrity, Evans is accustomed to requests for selfies. A selfie might seem like ‘just another photo’ however, people can abuse it to document evidence and achievements, such as milestones such as brushing shoulders with celebrities or the ‘perfect life’. Evans says that the selfie ‘is a particularly important medium to help people understand perspectives and experiences.’

 

 

The social phenomenon of selfies has been gaining serious momentum in recent years and have become central to how people express themselves. The documentary outlines the way of looking at the future. Selfies will be an important medium of self-expression, as gleaned from how the young ‘digital native’ generation, not just for individuals but also groups, whether online or in person. The CAMON 17 Pro is the first product to put this behavior into focus as users nowadays in post-epidemic era associate selfies with their identity, making phone manufacturers such as TECNO sit up and take note.

 

 

Just as the selfie is a natural extension of individual expression, the mobile phone camera becomes the technology through which we express ourselves. Mobile photo imaging has been a key selling point for a product, however, it’s popularity is mainly because it touch human spirit and social need. Apparently TECNO uncovers the truth and presented a more meaningful CAMON17 with better understanding of the selfie generation. This is what makes TECNO a leading brand.

 

 

How this documentary of selfie today and future will exactly unfold still remains to be seen. Let’s look forward to the unveiling of the CAMON 17 Pro, a phone that perfectly combines aspirations with technology.

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Apple unveils the next generation of Apple TV 4K

Posted by radio On April - 21 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS
Apple yesterday announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K, delivering high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision and connecting customers to their favourite content with the highest quality. At the heart of the new Apple TV 4K is the A12 Bionic chip that provides a significant boost in graphics performance, video decoding, and audio processing. And with an all-new design, the Siri Remote makes it even easier to watch shows and movies on Apple TV with intuitive navigation controls. Together with tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — Apple TV 4K works seamlessly with Apple devices and services to magically transform the living room in ways that everyone in the family will love.
“Apple TV 4K is in a category of its own, leveraging a deep integration of Apple hardware, software, and services that delivers a massive upgrade to any TV for the very best cinematic experience,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favourite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls. And of course, Apple TV 4K offers easy access to Apple services, along with thousands of apps on the App Store for even more entertainment options.”

Improved Video Experiences

With A12 Bionic, Apple TV 4K now supports high frame rate HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Dolby Vision video, enabling fast-moving action at 60 frames per second (fps) to play more smoothly and appear more lifelike than ever before.1 Apple is working with leading video providers around the world, including FOX Sports, NBCUniversal, Paramount+, Red Bull TV, and Canal+, as they begin to stream in high frame rate HDR. And with high frame rate support in AirPlay, videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision on the new Apple TV 4K.
Through an innovative colour balance process, Apple TV works with iPhone and its advanced sensors to improve a television’s picture quality.Apple TV uses the light sensor in iPhone to compare the colour balance to the industry-standard specifications used by cinematographers worldwide. Using this data, Apple TV automatically tailors its video output to deliver much more accurate colours and improved contrast — without customers ever having to adjust their television settings.

The Redesigned Siri Remote

 

 

The all-new Siri Remote features an innovative clickpad control that offers five-way navigation for better accuracy, and is also touch-enabled for the fast directional swipes Apple TV users love. The outer ring of the clickpad supports an intuitive circular gesture that turns it into a jog control — perfect for finding a scene in a movie or show. And with its one-piece aluminium design, the new Siri Remote fits more comfortably in a user’s hand.
The new Siri Remote also has a power button that controls a TV’s power, and another for mute, making it the only remote needed while enjoying TV. Using Siri, customers can easily search for specific shows or movies, control smart home accessories, check sports scores or the weather, and much more. Siri now works on Apple TV in Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand, joining the 13 countries and regions that already support Siri.3

More to Enjoy in the Living Room

 

 

Apple TV 4K runs tvOS — the most powerful TV operating system — offering a truly unique experience. Its tight integration with Apple devices and services gives everyone in the family a range of entertainment to enjoy from the comfort of their living room.4

Apple TV 4K delivers the most cinematic home theatre experience, giving customers easy access to all their favourite entertainment on the biggest screen in the home, like award-winning shows and movies on Apple TV+, including “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” “Greyhound,” and “Wolfwalkers,” and other popular video services through the Apple TV app. Using AirPods, up to two viewers can enjoy private listening without disturbing others.

Apple Music on Apple TV 4K turns the living room into a concert hall, offering multiroom audio and time-synced lyrics for millions of songs.

Apple Fitness+ on Apple TV 4K brings studio-style workouts to customers in the comfort of their own homes, featuring a team of some of the world’s most welcoming trainers across 10 different workout types. The first fitness service built around Apple Watch, Fitness+ integrates key metrics from Apple Watch right on the big screen to offer a personalised and immersive experience that keeps motivation high throughout every workout.

Apple Arcade on Apple TV 4K offers unlimited access to a growing collection of more than 100 premium games — featuring new original releases, award winners, and beloved favourites from the App Store, all without ads or in-app purchases. Players can pair supported game controllers to enjoy games like “NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition,” “SongPop Party,” and “Star Trek: Legends” on Apple TV 4K and continue the action from iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

AirPlay on Apple TV 4K lets customers effortlessly share videos, school projects, and other content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac, directly to the TV. Videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed in full 60-fps Dolby Vision thanks to high frame rate support in AirPlay. Photos on Apple TV 4K serves as a dynamic photo album for family members and friends to enjoy photos, videos, and Memories on the big screen.

Apple TV 4K can be used as a home hub to control HomeKit accessories, and allows customers to view HomeKit video cameras and doorbell notifications on the television screen.

 

With multiuser support on Apple TV 4K, family members can enjoy their own personalised recommendations for shows, movies, and music, access their purchased apps in the App Store, or play games on Apple Arcade.

Apple One is the easiest way to get all of Apple’s subscription services in one simple plan, including Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, Apple News+, and iCloud. With a single subscription, customers in over 100 countries and regions can enjoy their favourite Apple services across their favourite devices, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
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As announced during last month’s Stream On event, Spotify has been working on a new family of personalised playlists: Spotify Mixes. These new personalised playlists were inspired by  Daily Mix, an incredibly popular part of the Spotify catalogue, and the most listened-to by Spotify’s existing users.

 

Beginning today, Free and Premium users globally will now have access to three new mix categories with clearer names that are easier to remember and evolve with the user: artist mix, genre mix and decade mix.

These mixes, built with Spotify users in mind, start with the songs users like and update with songs Spotify thinks they will love, ultimately growing with the user over time. Each mix category is updated frequently and will have several playlists featuring artists, genres and decades users listen to often – and are created with them at the core.

 

Users will be able to find the new artist mix, genre mix, and decade mix within Search in the “Made For You” hub.

 

To hear more about Spotify’s take on machine learning, check out the latest podcast episode of Spotify: A Product Story, hosted by Spotify’s Chief R&D Officer Gustav Söderström. The podcast series is designed to give users a glimpse into what decisions have guided Spotify’s product evolution.

 

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Vodacom is reducing pricing on certain 30-day data bundles by up to 14% as part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the cost to communicate and connect more people to the digital economy.

 

The latest price reduction includes the frequently purchased 1GB bundle, which is now R85, a 14% reduction from R99. As part of these price adjustments Vodacom is also giving greater value to customers by allocating up to 33% more data on selected 30-day bundles, to ensure customers get more value at last year’s prices. This will promote digital inclusion and assist our 43 million customers in making savings at a time when they need it most.

 

 

Vodacom has also re-introduced the 30-day 2GB bundle at R159 to give customers wider choice and more value. Tariffs on the 50MB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB and 20GB 30-day bundles remain unchanged.

“For the past four years, we have remained relentless and consistent in our approach to democratise access by bringing about affordable mobile prices. Our aim in reducing these prices is to ensure customers are constantly connected on SA’s leading network. Our purpose is to connect for a better future and ensure that no one is left behind in this new digital age. It is one of the most critical ways we believe we can create a more equal society for all,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Vodacom’s Consumer Business.

 

Since April 2019, Vodacom has almost halved the price of data to ensure access to affordable communication solutions for everyone, especially those with limited resources.

New Allocation Old Allocation Old Price New Price
50MB R12 R12 No price increase
200MB 150MB R29 R29 33% value increase
350MB 325MB R55 R49 8% value increase + 11% price reduction
500MB R79 R69 13% price reduction
1GB R99 R85 14% price reduction
2GB New Bundle R159 New Bundle
3GB R229 R229 No price Increase
5GB R349 R349 No price increase
10GB R469 R469 No price increase
20GB R699 R699 No price increase

 

“In our journey towards becoming a leading Pan African technology company, we will not stop until everyone is connected, as it is part of creating a sustainable, inclusive digital society. As a purpose-led organisation, the voice of our customer is important to us, as such we have reintroduced certain bundles to meet the customer demand so we can go further together,” added Mendes.

 

 

To highlight Vodacom’s continued support, the zero-rated ConnectU platform launched last year offering free access to critical essential services, information and cheaper data, benefits over 14 million unique registered users per month. ConnectU offers even more affordable data prices for customers living in 2000 of South Africa’s lower income suburbs, villages and towns. The service also addresses other key societal needs by connecting users to news, job portals, educational content on the e-School platform, and information on health, wellness, safety and security. Through ConnectU, customers also have access to emergency services such as the what3words emergency findme website and more.

 

 

For even more value, customers can continue to access personalised discounted offers through Just4You. Over the past seven years, the popular platform has provided tailor-made data and voice deals based on individual usage patterns and location.

 

 

Reducing the barriers to communicate includes having access to low-cost devices. Over 4.2 million of Vodacom’s low-cost branded suite of smart devices, which are 3G and 4G enabled, have been sold in South Africa. This access to connectivity has been further enhanced by prepaid device financing, enabling customers with no credit facilities to pay for 4G devices in instalments.

 

 

“Since April last year, we have saved our customers billions of rands through our cost-reduction initiatives and we will continue to do so. We will also invest over R50 billion over a five-year period in infrastructure and new technologies, to increase broadband coverage and data speeds which will bridge the digital divide even more. All our initiatives form part of our social contract, which is a commitment to ensure everyone is connected irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances. We are on a mission to connect everyone and will continue to play our part to combine our technology with the power of individuals, society, businesses and government so we can go further together,” concludes Mendes.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced a partnership with The Marketing Achievement Awards (MAA) as the presenting partner until 2023.

The SABC’s involvement in the MAA programme places it at the forefront of the transformation of marketing in South Africa, supporting the communication, advertising and marketing sectors and elevating marketing as a profession. This year the two entities will join forces to celebrate Marketing Genius and all of their achievements for the year 2020/21.

 

The Marketing Achievement Awards celebrate excellence in the science and art of strategic marketing.  This year the awards acknowledge the finest minds in the marketing profession by raising awareness for the creativity and originality of effective marketing while showcasing the successes of marketing teams and individuals who will be measured against, and recognised by, their peers. The MAA continues to set a benchmark for excellence and drive constant improvement in the discipline by promoting the value of marketing in strategy and business growth.

 

“These awards would not be possible without the guidance and support of our partners. As an industry initiative, the MAA relies on the relationships formed with organisations who wholeheartedly believe in the platform’s values. It’s more than financial support, these partners provide invaluable insight and encouragement from their understanding of the vital role that marketing plays in business strategy and, significantly, how the profession can be counted on to drive much needed economic resurgence” says Mohale Ralebitso, Chairperson of the Marketing Awards Council.

 

 

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the SABC, Mr Madoda Mxakwe stated “This partnership comes at the opportune time for us as we intensify our efforts to rebuild the SABC corporate image and enter into strategic partnerships that will assist in positioning our organisation favourably in the market. We are confident that this partnership presents us great exposure to business, aligns us with industry trends, and exposes us to partner insights and thought leadership”. “We are delighted to be associated with the Marketing Achievement Awards whose aim resonates with ours to continuously create opportunities to grow the industry, develop talent and offer value to marketers across all industry sectors”, added Mxakwe.

 

 

The SABC joins this year’s partners:

  • Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) | Marketing Person of the Year Award

  • Nando’s | Founding Partner and Sponsor of Brand Positioning Award

  • Provantage Media Group (PMG) | Out-of-Home Partner and Sponsor of Integrated Marketing Award

  • Accenture Interactive | Sponsor of the Marketing Organisation of the Year Award.

  • ABSA Group | Patron and sponsor of the Marketing Innovation Award

  • Brand South Africa | Supporter and Sponsor of the South African Resonance Marketing Award

  • Google & IAB | Sponsor of Digital Brand Marketing Award

  • Kantar | Sponsor of Purpose-Led Marketing

  • Unilever | Sponsor of Rising Star of the Year Award Sponsor

  • The Blue Train | Prize Sponsor for Marketing Person of the Year

  • Biz Community | Media Partner

  • Modern Marketing | Media Partner

  • Newsclip Media Monitoring | Monitoring Partner

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Nokia (www.Nokia.com) 5G radio and FastMile 5G gateways provide ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access services to subscribers; Safaricom also showcased 5G hologram and UHD video communication using live 5G network.

 

Nokia has announced today that it is powering East Africa’s first 5G commercial services with Safaricom, the leading telecoms operator in the country. Nokia’s 5G Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology and 5G FastMile gateways enable ultra-fast Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services to Safaricom’s subscribers across Kisumu and the Western Province of Kenya.

5G technology will enable new applications in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence for Safaricom subscribers. It will also benefit enterprises across important energy, healthcare, education, transport and entertainment applications.

At a launch event in Nairobi, Safaricom showcased the capabilities of the 5G network with three use cases — 5G hologram, Ultra-HD video communication and virtual fashion shopping. In the hologram showcase, the live 5G network was used to teleport Safaricom’s executives from Safaricom office in Kisumu to the launch event in Nairobi. And in the second showcase, Ultra-HD video communication was made using the 5G Fixed Wireless Access connectivity powered by WiFi-6 with Nokia Beacon 6. The third showcase of virtual shopping will change shopping experience allowing users to try on clothes “virtually”.

 

 

Nokia has leveraged its AirScale SRAN platform to enable ultra-low latency, huge connectivity and extreme capacity to support the demands of today and tomorrow. The 5G network utilizes massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radio to improve spectral efficiency and throughput capacity, maximizing the return on Safaricom’s RAN investment. In addition, Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway provides fiber like speeds for fixed wireless services to subscribers. Also, the company’s network planning, deployment and integration services ensured timely rollout of the network.

 

 

As part of the network, Nokia 5G Cloud Mobility Manager delivers the scalability, flexibility, high availability and performance needed to support the growth of mobile and enterprise services. Nokia’s NetAct network management system helps Safaricom have consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management.

 

 

Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom, said: “We are proud to be the first operator in the East Africa to launch 5G services, bringing the benefits of 5G technology to our customers. 5G capabilities will change a lot of things in unimaginable ways for people and enterprises, playing a key role towards fulfilling our vision to transform lives. Our long-term partner Nokia’s technologies and services expertise helped us achieve this milestone in our journey to provide world-class broadband services to our customers.”

 

 

Amr K. El Leithy, SVP, Middle East and Africa Market, Nokia, said: “With over 200 commercial 5G agreements with leading customers across the globe, Nokia has been bringing 5G network to every part of the world. Our 5G network for Safaricom is a key part of this journey and we are committed to working with the operator to transform the communications landscape in the country. This will open new business opportunities for Safaricom.”

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Openview to carry SABC Radio channels

Posted by radio On March - 26 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

eMedia Investments, the company behind free-to-air satellite service Openview, and the SABC, have announced a ground-breaking new distribution agreement that will enhance both companies in the free-to-air category of television broadcasting.

 

 

The collaboration between South Africa’s fastest-growing satellite network and SA’s most established broadcaster signals a seismic shift in the country’s broadcasting landscape.  With this agreement the SABC ensures that its content, in all its formats, continues to resonate with the prescripts of its public mandate, and more so in providing universal access to credible content. The agreement also guarantees High Definition broadcast quality and free access to the SABC’s television network wherever you are in South Africa. For Openview this agreement enhances its strength in the DTH space with additional content and a solid binding collaboration with the Public Broadcaster.

 

In addition to carrying SABC 1, 2 and 3, Openview will carry three additional television channels from the Public Broadcaster and all its 19 radio channels. Through this agreement the SABC is officially entering the free-to-air satellite market which will supplement its channels on DTT and streaming platforms.  First amongst the three new channels will be a standalone SABC Sports Channel that will launch on Openview soon.

 

Openview’s aggressively growing base of 2.3 million households will have access to four SABC television channels, with two more to be announced in due course, and 19 radio stations, including the biggest South African radio brands – Ukhozi FM, Metro FM, Lesedi and Umhlobo Wenene.  This enables previously geographically restricted FM radio channels to be received throughout the country via digital broadcasting on a free-to-air basis.

 

 

Notwithstanding this agreement at the platform level, the SABC’s broadcasting services will continue to compete for audience and advertising with eMedia-owned channels and services, as they currently compete on the analogue network.

 

 

Commenting on the new multi-year signal distribution and channel carriage agreement, eMedia Investments COO, Antonio Lee, says, “This is an exciting development for both the SABC and ourselves.  The agreement ushers in a new level of collaboration between a private free-to-air satellite platform and public free-to-air broadcast services. There is no doubt it will boost the offering of Openview and will extend the SABC’s audience reach.  We can now offer our Openview audience additional quality content and access to digital broadcast radio in the widest variety of languages possible in South Africa.  We hope this is the start of a stronger and more fruitful relationship between Openview and the SABC”.

According to the SABC’s COO, Ian Plaatjes, “This agreement enables the SABC to grow its channel offering and reach into the digital broadcasting space with three additional HD television channels. The first channel to be launched will be an SABC Sport Channel and will be distributed simultaneously across Openview, DTT, Telkom One and other streaming platforms. This collaboration will enable the SABC to optimally exploit its rich sport content rights and leverage the Openview reach to provide an improved integrated sport value proposition for our advertising clients across platforms. The agreement also enhances the distribution of SABC radio stations to create an increased value proposition for our radio advertising inventory.  The other two TV channels, to be announced within the next 3 months, will leverage extensive SABC content and archived material.”

 

Openview and the SABC believe that this agreement will expedite digital migration from analogue-only households to digital broadcasting platforms with more compelling free-to-air channels and content. Together with the DTT platform, Openview provides audiences with a free HD alternative to both analogue terrestrial and pay satellite options.

 

Openview boxes can be purchased at all leading retailers nationwide.

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce the appointment of four Business Managers (BM) to oversee six of its radio stations. These critical appointments form part of the new structure of the corporation’s Radio portfolio that will ensure audience and revenue growth. The public broadcaster congratulates the following Business Managers on their respective appointments and wishes them well in their new roles:

–        Ms. Sbongi Ngcobo, Business Manager – Ukhozi FM. Ms. Ngcobo began her career at the SABC as Marketing Manager for trufm. Before this appointment, she was Ukhozi fm’s Acting Station Manager, a position she held from February 2018. Ms. Ngcobo holds a BA degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) where she majored in English and Media and Communication for her undergraduate degree and Cultural Media Studies in her Honours Degree. Ngcobo has also studied a People Management Programme at Gibs Business School.

 

–        Mr. JD Mostert, Business Manager: PCS Combo (5FM and Good Hope FM). Mr. Mostert, previously the Station Manager at 5FM, is a media enthusiast with more than 12 years’ experience in the media industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Gordon Institute of Business Science Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), has a Post Graduate Diploma in General Management (PGDip) from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management (BCom) from the University of Pretoria.

–     Ms. Louise Jooste, Business Manager – RSG has been with RSG (and the SABC) for just over 14 years, where she played an integral part of the station’s strategy and illustrated through many successful marketing campaigns how powerful the Afrikaans radio station and its audience are. She has also been more involved in the daily operations of the radio station as acting Program Manager, working closely with the current Station Manager to continue driving one of the top brands of the SABC. Ms. Jooste holds an Honours Degree in Communications from North West University and complemented it with Business Management studies at Wits Business School.

–        Mr. Madikana Matjila, Business Manager – Limpopo Combo (Munghana Lonene FM, Thobela FM and Phalaphala FM). Mr. Matjila previously held the position of Station Manager at Thobela FM since January 2020. Mr. Matjila is a professional radio broadcasting manager, who possesses career experience and formal training in radio production, community media and broadcast policy and compliance. He holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the University of Limpopo, an Advanced Radio certificate from the University of Witwatersrand and a Performance Management certificate from the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership.

The public broadcaster will announce the Business Manager’s for the Fortune Combo (SAfm, Radio 2000 and Lotus FM), Eastern Cape Combo (Umhlobo Wenene FM and tru FM), Inland Combo (Motsweding FM and Lesedi FM) and Mpumalanga Combo (Ikwekwezi FM and Ligwalagwala FM) once the appointments have been finalised.

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