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Based on Malorie Blackman’s award-winning novels
• No. 1 show across all channels when it premiered on 5 March 2020 in Britain
• Largely shot in South Africa, with SA’s Masali Baduza in the lead role
• Also starring BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born to Kill, Peaky Blinders)
• 82% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

“Over 700 years ago, the Aprican Empire invaded Europe. Aprica colonised the continent and reached as far as Albion. Albion has been under Aprican rule ever since.”

So begins Noughts + Crosses, a controversial six-part BBC One series that has just started screening on Showmax and M-Net, with new episodes every Thursday night from 23:30.

 

South African Masali Baduza (Trackers) and BAFTA winner Jack Rowan (Born To Kill, Peaky Blinders) play Sephy and Callum, two star-crossed lovers in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet. Sephy is the privileged daughter of the Home Secretary, Kamal Hadley, while Callum’s mother, Meggie, is the Hadleys’ housekeeper. While Sephy and Callum grew up together, they may as well have lived in different worlds.

 

Shot largely in Cape Town, the series also stars Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, The Leftovers) and South African actress Bonnie Mbuli (Invictus, Wallander) as Sephy’s parents, Kamal and Jasmine, with BAFTA nominee Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Emily in Friends) and Tribeca winner Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell in Harry Potter) as Callum’s parents, as well as Josh Dylan (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The End of the F***ing World) as his brother Jude.

 

The alternate reality love story is based on the multi-award-winning 2001 novel by former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman, which was included in both BBC’s list of the 100 Novels That Shaped The World and in The Guardian’s 100 Best Books of the 21st Century. Grime superstar Stormzy, who has a cameo in the series as newspaper editor Kolawale, calls the five-book series “my favourite books of all time.”
“What I wanted to do was have the black people in my story not as victims, but celebrating their own culture,” says Blackman. “I remember the first time I wore an afro at school, I was sent out of the class for being a troublemaker. It was this thing of black people being penalised for wearing our own natural hair. The celebration of African culture in myriad forms gives a different sensibility to what has been on TV before.”

“Prior to reading Malorie’s books, I had never heard of a world that existed where Africans were the ruling class,” says Baduza. “It was unique and it made me feel warm inside, to imagine a world where this could be a possibility.”

 

“As a black African, I have never seen a television show that showcased our being or our ways, in a way that was given a place and was acceptable, until now,” says Mbuli. “It is quite a feeling to walk onto set and feel seen as a person, and feel like your hair and the way you wear it, or the way the people in your world wear their clothes or what they hold dear, is suddenly important and is being given a platform. It is shocking.

“Then you realise that you have spent your whole life without it, that you have never switched on a TV and seen that. That too is shocking. I sometimes walked onto set and started weeping.”

Visionary short film director Kibwe Tavares (Jonah, Robots of Brixton, Robot & Scarecrow) executive produced the series and steered the creation of its Afrocentric world, where everything has been rethought, from the language to the architecture, from beauty norms to the colour of plasters.

 

 

In one powerful scene, Callum cuts his finger and Sephy gets him a plaster, which is too dark for his skin. For context, South Africa has only had ‘skin tone’ plasters for black people since 2015, while in the UK, Tesco has just this year released multi tone plasters – and claims to be the first supermarket there to do so.

 

 

“There are so many small moments that a lot of people wouldn’t think about, like the fact that flesh coloured plasters are not the flesh colour of anyone but white people,” says Joseph. “It is an insidious, tiny, incremental knock to you as a citizen of any country to be told what normal is in those casual ways… Working on this drama has exercised all of our minds and made us super aware of everything.”

 

 

Noughts + Crosses was the number-one show across all channels when it premiered on 5 March 2020 in Britain. The series has a 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “vital viewing”, The Telegraph as a “must-see”, NME as “must-watch TV”, RadioTimes as “a series on the cusp of greatness”,  and The Evening Standard as “properly incendiary.”

 

Of course, the glowing reviews weren’t universal: The Independent predicted “this race reversal drama will induce hernias in right wing commentators” – and they weren’t wrong. Trolls took to Twitter to denounce it as “deeply racist”, “anti-white tripe” and “race-baiting.”

 

Blackman was having none of it. “Btw, to those accusing me of being anti-white or stating I must hate white people to create such a story as Noughts and Crosses, I’m not even going to dignify your absurd nonsense with a response,” she tweeted. “Go take a seat waaaay over there in the cold, dark and bitter haters’ corner.”

 

Noughts + Crosses was shot in South Africa with mostly local crew, including award-winning cinematographers Jamie Ramsay and Giulio Biccari, Emmy-nominated casting director Christa Schamberger, costume designer Dihantus Engelbrecht, hair and makeup designer Nadine Prigge, and production designer Shane Bunce.

 

The African links don’t stop there either – Screen International 2018 Star of Tomorrow Koby Adom, born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Ghana, is one of the two directors, while the soundtrack includes Ghana’s Kiki Gyan and Ebo Taylor; Mali’s Salif Keita; and South African artists Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mlindo The Vocalist, and Umlilo.

As Stormzy put it on Twitter, “This is 100% groundbreaking… I haven’t seen nothing like it on British telly ever.”

Watch the trailer:
https://youtu.be/t0B0YUUuzQQ

 

Watch Noughts + Crosses on Showmax:
https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/x8iovqoe-noughts-crosses

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DStv and Mzansi Magic are bringing Mzansi’s biggest hitmakers to the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg for the 3rd annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DStv MVCAs). Announced today as the first set of performers geared to rock the DStv MVCA stage on 14 March 2020, these artists had South Africa dancing throughout the festive season with Amapiano and House hits, and now they are ready to bring the Ticketpro Dome down in collaboration with 1Life and Africa’s most-loved storyteller, DStv.

 

DStv has pulled out all the stops to bring viewers a spectacular show that is aimed to honour and celebrate local stars and gamechangers across 11 different entertainment categories. Proudly presented by 1Life – and one of the most anticipated events in the local entertainment calendar – the awards will be hosted by award-winning TV personality and entrepreneur Minnie Dlamini Jones.

 

The ceremony will see a number of artists who dominated the music charts in 2019 performing some of their best hits. This year’s ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category is brought by JOOX in partnership with DStv. DStv gives JOOX VIP to DStv customers with active Compact, Compact Plus, or Premium subscriptions.

 

 

“This ongoing relationship made our sponsorship of the ‘Favourite Song of the Year’ category a no-brainer. We’re big champions of local talent, and we can’t wait to celebrate the evening with our list of incredible nominees and their fans.”, said Gerjo Hoffman, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Tencent Africa.

 

 

Viewers can expect to see Jobe London and Mphow69 singing their number one record Sukendleleni, which has been certified platinum. Signed under rapper and producer JR’s Feel Good Music label, Jobe London was undoubtably one of 2019’s biggest breakout artists.

 

 

Also joining the lineup will be other performers who have had a huge influence on the Yanos culture in Mzansi including DJ BigSkyLuude Deejay & Sbhanga. Their hit single Fire became an instant banger when it came out.

Labantwana Ama Uber hitmakers Semi TeeKammu Dee & Miano will be showcasing their talent – with over two million views on YouTube. One of Limpopo’s finest stars, Makhadzi, continues to inspire many with her success story. The Matorokisi singer will be joined by Master KG.

 

 

And, no stranger to the local entertainment and music scene, multi award-winning musician and businesswoman DJ Zinhle, will also be performing. The DJ, who has been in the industry for over ten years, had a successful 2019 in both business and music. Zinhle and vocalist Rethabile Khumalo released one of the biggest songs last year, Umlilo, which they’ve performed all over the country and they are now bringing all the fire to the DStv MVCA.

 

 

The DStv MVCAs are voted for by the public, and the nominee who earns the highest number of votes wins the coveted The Ultimate Viewers’ Choice in a hotly contested race that has previously demanded that the winner get over million votes!

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Top data deals for streaming DStv Now

Posted by radio On March - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

If you’re a DStv subscriber, you probably know all about DStv Now, the online version of DStv. Once you’re signed up, all the same channels you have via your decoder at home are available to stream on your phone via the DStv Now app. Now all you need is a great deal to get you the data.

 

Here is a brilliant deal from MTN to keep you online for less.

Get a 5GB streaming bundle for DStv Now for R159 from MTN

This MTN deal is for prepaid, top-up and contract customers.

R159 for 5GB of streaming anything you like on DStv Now; which is up to 20 hours of watching! Tip: Toggle the Quality Settings in the DStv Now app, so that you use as little data as possible.

Dial *142# and follow the prompts to buy MTN streaming data bundles.

Vodacom has a 1GB video bundle for R50 for streaming on DStv Now

Purchase your DStv Now video streaming bundles from Vodacom by dialling *135# or through the My Vodacom app.

Buy the Telkom 1GB video streaming bundle for R40

Dial *180# and make your selection.

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Driving success in turbulent times

Posted by radio On March - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

The market growth is stagnant, the landscape is volatile, and the future is as uncertain as it gets. And that’s not just in South Africa. Volatility and uncertainty have become the gold standard for measuring business sentiment and market outlook. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t opportunity and potential for the organisation to succeed, rather that it needs to adapt its outlook and reinforce its agility.

 

The problem is that everything is unpredictable. Even the experts are battling to find predictability within politics and economy and the Rand has become the most volatile, highly tradeable currency in the world. Events like Eskom, the February financial results, the South African Reserve Bank, Moodys and the ANC National General Council meeting are packed with risk and limited visibility into what conditions they will trigger within the country. The government is under pressure to reduce business risk and create space for organisations to thrive. But while that happens, what can business do now to ensure a sustainable tomorrow?

 

IT services and cloud computing are at the centre of the storm. Africa is finally receiving direct investment by hyperscale providers as multiple global providers settle down in the country and more continue to come in.  The South African Reserve Bank has given its green light for banks and there has been guidance released by SITA for the public sector. Things are happening, change is afoot.

 

For many companies looking to leverage this opportunity, rapid time to market and an aggressive channel will become standard practice. The mantra ‘adapt or die’ will dominate business behaviour as organisations look to cloud innovation and investment to revisit their foundations and strategies. It’s not a bad place to start, either. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market has seen 31.2x five-year compound annual growth rates (CAGR), showing steady growth across all markets, particularly on-premise software with a 4.8% CAGR.

 

Hybrid cloud services and infrastructure are areas that have become essential value opportunity for service providers. The technologies that currently impact on business productivity and cloud relevance are tactical, inconsistent and siloed while investment into multiple environments escalates complexity and risk. Data governance is under increased scrutiny and a lack of coordination is dampening innovation. This is further affected by the skills imbalance that’s having an impact across company and industry.

 

Service providers that can tackle these pain points with relevance and cost-benefit are well-positioned to ride some of the turbulence that lies ahead. If they can show tangible benefits to digital transformation and how organisations can use this as a springboard into the future, then they’re looking at the opportunity, not a calamity. According to the IDC South Africa CIO survey 2019, organisations have seen the biggest benefits to their digital transformation in productivity, revenue generation from existing products, process cycle times, revenue generation from new products and cost efficiencies. The data is proof – digital delivers.

 

Innovation does have measurable outcomes.  Cloud can reshape ICT infrastructure management, business processes, deployment and optimisation, security and industrial processes. Datacentres need to revise their approach to be more focused on optimisation and upgrading existing systems. And partnerships have become critical success factors in the realm of commoditised ICT.

 

The ecosystem of partnerships has become a dominant trend in the market. Partnerships, collaborative engagements, ecosystems – these are the ways in which companies can expand their growth into new markets and deliver to their clients. By 2022 it’s expected that 78% of enterprises will partner with technology service vendors that are capable of orchestrating technology innovations into business use cases that can drive transformation at scale.

 

From partnerships to innovative implementations to optimisation and stabilisation, organisations can find opportunity within the complexities of the market today.  It just takes a shift in focus, attention to what the market really wants, the ability to build partnerships for sustainable growth, and a clear vision as to how cloud and digital can support growth for customer and market.

 

[Issued by:IDC]

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Oh, it’s digital. Again.

Posted by radio On February - 28 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Digital transformation is not leaving anyone behind. It’s the hero in its own disruptive movie, ensuring the safety of everyone in distress by taking them to places that nobody is entirely sure they understand. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the product of digital’s commitment to change, as is the introduction of emergent technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). Financial institutions are changing their rules of customer engagement and industry verticals after the business silos are following suit. Digital is imperative and it’s one that communication service providers have recognised as one train it needs to ride.

“The telecoms industry is shifting its focus and looking for ways to maintain and grow its subscriber base and part of this is causing them to undertake the journey from operator to digital services provider (DSP),” explains Senior Research and Consulting Manager at International Data Corporation, Sabelo Dlamini. “They want to develop new revenue streams and optimise performance by investing in efficient and automated processes.”

 

Digital opens new spaces within which the operators can build new foundations for the business. It’s where the AI and business intelligence and analytics platforms reside, providing operators with deeper intelligence into customer behaviour and requirements for improved solution development and performance. It allows for greater agility in developing solutions and services and the ability to pivot alongside ever-changing market demand.

 

“One of the primary reasons why operators are moving towards the DSP model now, more so than in the past, is because of shrinking traditional revenues,” says Dlamini. “The market is also being threatened by the over-the-top (OTT) service providers as their competitive pricing and offerings are threatening the survival of the traditional operator. They need to get out from under digital’s cloud and leverage it to their own advantage if they want to survive in the current market.”

 

Disruption is another factor in the changing mindset and strategy of the operator. The industry is being disrupted by fresh new talent and innovative ideas that have sprung out of digital. It’s a whole new world and those that don’t transform and adapt are those that will be tied to the tracks, watching the oncoming train with dispassionate disbelief.

 

“Disruption by new digital-native service providers in the industry is driving the operators to transform themselves into digital service providers,” says Dlamini. “An informed customer base is far more demanding now than in the past – they want better customer experiences at a cheaper price point, and they want it now.”

 

The process isn’t smooth sailing. Disruption and digital and the need to transform notwithstanding, the operators have a lot of legacy technology to deal with. They must find a way of moving away from the rigid processes that they’re used to so that they can develop a more agile and flexible approach to service delivery. This is what the digital-native OTTs are used to, this is their foundation, which puts them at a competitive advantage.

 

“Operators need to change their culture and their approaches,” says Dlamini. “As the picture changes, telcos are no longer the only service providers and the ecosystem has become incredibly diverse. This is an opportunity for the telco that’s paying attention to its customer base but also competition as established OTTs and digital competitors win the war for the customer’s attention.”

 

Many of the telcos in South Africa are aware of the areas in which they need to transform. This awareness is visible in their push for spectrum allocation and their focus on leveraging 5G solutions and technologies. Whether these intentions succeed and whether they successfully transition to the DSP remains to be seen.

 

“The operators need to break down internal silos such as mobile and fixed within the organisation and transform into more customer-centric digital providers, or digital service providers,” concludes Dlamini. “This requires drastic change within the operator itself in order to drive the speed of the train, to ensure that they achieve a successful outcome to the journey.”

 

Are the tracks built? Not really, no. Many operators are still trying to figure out how to smash down internal walls and leverage digital while juggling shrinking margins and disappearing customers. With speed, disruptive thinking and a focus on the value of digital, this may yet be the moment that telcos look back on with fondness. But whether or not they’re there to look back remains to be seen.

 

 

[Article by: IDC]

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The intelligent mine: The real world in sensors

Posted by radio On February - 20 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become many things in the mining industry. A canary that uses sensors to monitor underground air quality, a medic that monitors healthcare, a security guard that’s constantly on guard, and underground mobile vehicle control. It has evolved from the simple connectivity of essential sensors to devices into an ecosystem of indispensable tools and solutions that redefine how mining manages people, productivity and compliance. According to Karien Bornheim, CEO of Footprint Africa Business Solutions (FABS), IoT offers an integrated business solution that can deliver long-term, strategic benefits to the mining industry.

“To fully harness the business potential of IoT, the mining sector has to understand precisely how it can add value,” she adds. “IoT needs to be implemented across the entire value chain in order to deliver fully optimised, relevant and turnkey operational solutions. It doesn’t matter how large the project is, or how complex, what matters is that it is done in line with business strategy and with a clear focus.”

 

Over the past few years, mining organisations have deployed emerging technologies to help bolster flagging profits, manage increasingly weighty compliance requirements, and reduce overheads. These technologies are finding a foothold in an industry that faces far more complexities around employee wellbeing and safety than many others, and that juggles numerous moving parts to achieve output and performance on a par with competitive standards. Already, these technologies have allowed mines to fundamentally change worker safety protocols and improve working conditions. They have also provided mining companies with the ability to embed solutions into legacy platforms, allowing for sensors and IoT to pull them into a connected net that delivers results.

 

“The key to achieving results with any IoT or technology project is to partner with service providers, not just shove solutions into identified gaps,” says Bornheim. “You need to start in the conceptual stage and move through the pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility stages before you start the implementation. Work with trained and qualified chemical, metallurgical, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and structural engineers that form a team led by a qualified engineering lead with experience in project management. This is the only way to ensure that every aspect of the project is aligned with the industry and its highly demanding specifications.”

 

Mining not only has complexities in compliance and health and safety, but the market has become saturated, difficult and mercurial. For organisations to thrive, they must find new revenue streams and innovate the ways in which they do business. This is where the data delivered by IoT sensors and devices can really transform the bottom line. If translated, analysed and used correctly, the data can provide insights that allow for the executive to make informed decisions about sites, investment and potential.

“The cross-pollination of different data sets from across different sites can help shift dynamics in plant operation and maintenance, in the execution of specific tasks, and so much more,” says Bornheim. “In addition, with sensors and connected devices and systems, mining operations can be managed intelligently to ensure the best results from equipment and people.”

 

The connection of the physical world to the digital is not new. Many of the applications currently being used or presented to the mining industry are not new either. What’s new is how these solutions are being implemented and the ways in which they are defined. It’s more than sticking on sensors. It’s using these sensors to streamline business across buildings, roads, vehicles, equipment, and sites. These sensors and the ways in which they are used or where they are installed can be customised to suit specific business requirements.

 

“With qualified electronic engineers and software experts, you can design a vast array of solutions to meet the real needs of your business,” says Bornheim. “Our engineers can programme, create, migrate and integrate embedded IoT solutions for microcontrollers, sensors, and processors. They can also develop intuitive dashboards and human-machine interfaces for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices to manage the input and output of a wide range of functionalities.”

 

The benefits of IoT lie in its ubiquity. It can be used in tandem with artificial intelligence or machine learning systems to enhance analytics, improve the automation of basic processes and monitor systems and equipment for faults. It can be used alongside M2M applications to enhance the results and the outcomes of the systems and their roles. And it can be used to improve collaboration and communication between man, machine and mine.

 

“You can use IoT platforms to visualise mission-critical data for device monitoring, remote control, alerts, security management, health and safety and healthcare,” concludes Bornheim. “The sky is genuinely the limit, especially now that the cost of sensors has come down and the intelligence of solutions and applications has gone up. From real-time insights to hands-on security and safety alerts to data that changes business direction and focus, IoT brings a myriad of benefits to the table.”

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Samsung has collaborated with Vega Design School on a competition that gives young South African designers the opportunity to showcase their impressive design skills. The students were invited to create content that will be used as Samsung Galaxy themes that will be loaded on to the Galaxy Store. The winners, Dean Sartor, Kyle Sartor, Mohapi Polo and Liam Cuffley, will now have their artwork made available to an international audience. The aim of the Design Jam competition is to produce unique artwork designed by the creative vision of young Africans.

“We were proud to see the level of work submitted by the winning students and look forward to showcasing their work on a global stage. We believe that the country is rich in natural talent and look forward to promoting these new pioneers and mavericks. Their skills echo our own pursuit of excellence – design that brings the world to life in innovative ways, “says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

The winners were selected based on an online poll by fellow students as well as the public. Vega selected their second year students as the first group of designers to drive this initiative. Over 400 students across Vega’s 4 campuses (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban) were involved in the Design Jam competition that took place in 2019. The students worked in groups consisting of 3 to 4 people to design a full theme consisting of wallpapers, icons and Always On displays.

 

The Vega students had an open ended brief allowing them to create a “local is lekker” approach to themes over a variety of categories: sports, cars, lifestyle, nature, monuments and also illustrative designs. Students were encouraged to use a variety of crafting skills and tools such as photography, traditional and digital illustration and/or typography. The winning designed themes will be available on all Samsung devices ranging from entry level to premium including the A-SeriesS-Series and Note devices.

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Minnie to host the DStv Awards

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

DStv and Mzansi Magic yesterday announced that the third annual DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) proudly presented by 1Life, will be hosted by none other than homegrown celebrity, presenter, beauty entrepreneur and producer Minnie Dlamini.

 

 

The much-loved SA media personality first burst onto our screens in 2010 as a presenter of various sport and music shows. She later moved to acting in her debut on M-Net’s soapie The Wild, and later joined Mzansi Magic’s Sunday night drama, Rockville. 2017 saw South Africans get a rare glimpse into her very private life leading up to her glamorous nuptials in a three-part reality series titled Becoming Mrs Jones. Minnie currently co-hosts Mzansi Magic’s lifestyle-meets-sports show Homeground, which features live celebrity interviews, and the hottest sporting highlights from the week.

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Ster Kinekor brings GHOST on Valentine’s Day

Posted by radio On February - 6 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

This Valentine’s Day, for one night only, experience Ghost with a 30th anniversary screening. A love that will last forever, in the luxury of selected Cine Prestige theatres!

 

Arrive at 7pm on 14 February to enjoy a welcome drink with your beloved, before losing yourselves in the romance of Ghost from 8pm. Relax in your leather recliner, order snacks and gourmet desserts to share, and experience the magic of the movies in the luxury of Cine Prestige.  You’ll laugh, cry and end up signing up for pottery lessons like Demi Moore.

Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore set hearts on fire with the classic romcom Ghost, a love story, thriller and tearjerker – with plenty of laughs, thanks to Academy Award winner, Whoopi Goldberg’s hilarious performance as a charlatan clairvoyant who unwittingly reconnects the lovers after they are separated by murder.

Ghost will show at Cine Prestige theatres in Eastgate, The Zone, Sandton, Carnival City, Cavendish, Baywest, Ilanga, Vaal, Cresta, Cradlestone, Gateway and The Grove. To book your date with romance, go to www.sterkinekor.com, download the SK App on your smartphone or book at the box office.  For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @Ster-Kinekor. For all queries, call Ticket-line on 0861 Movies (668 437).

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Why every South African should watch Black Tax

Posted by radio On February - 5 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

BET’s new comedy series, Black Tax, is hilarious – but underneath the humour, there’s a serious subject that affects millions of South Africans. Whether you’re the one expected to pay black tax, or you just see its effects around you, it’s a cultural phenomenon that has a big impact.

 

In Black Tax, successful real estate agent Thuli Dlamini is given the shock of her life when her mother and stepfather turn up on the doorstep of her townhouse.

What she thought would only be a weekend thing looks like it might turn into forever. Her stepfather dropped a huge bombshell: he lost all his pension money when a certain bank went bankrupt after money was stolen by politicians.

 

 

The reality of black tax

Graduating from university has to be one of the most fulfilling achievements in the world. The feeling of starting a new life for yourself and working towards the future you’ve always imagined is unmatched. However, just as you’re dreaming about all the things you can do with your money, reality kicks in and you remember that you have other people depending on you financially. This is black tax and it’s a reality for a lot of young black South Africans.

I have a friend who’s had to take out loans to assist with her siblings’ school fees, while also taking care of her parents. Both her parents are employed, but she’s still expected to hand over a big part of her salary – even if it means she gets into debt.

 

 

For another friend, going on holiday or buying a house are just impossible dreams, because her entire family relies on her financially. As much as she’d like to focus on building a life for herself right now, she’s unable to.

 

 

I’m very lucky not to be in that situation – I do send money home from time to time, but it’s not expected of me. I do, however, have a few family members who pop out of nowhere to ask for money. A text from an unknown number on the 17th of the month to ask for R6 000, for example. It’s always an emergency, like a sick child, so the guilt is real. I’ll help where I can, but I draw the line when people only remember me when they need cash.

How did we get here?

If you’re wondering how black professionals find themselves in this situation, Thuli Dlamini has the answer, and explained it well to her white male colleague, James, on Black Tax.

When James was a bit confused about why she had to look after some of her family members, she told him: “Our country has a messed up past and the result of that is a lot of young black people taking care of their brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, neighbours…”

 

 

He couldn’t fully understand black tax because his family wasn’t affected by apartheid and its legacy in the same way, she says. And anyone who still finds themselves struggling to comprehend this part of our culture would do well to watch the series for some insights.

 

 

Now it’s all up to Thuli (and her daughter) to accommodate her parents, brother and nephew. Family comes first, right? Is this a burden or is Thuli simply doing the right thing? You can be the judge of that!

One thing South Africans are definitely good at is laughing in the face of adversity, which is what makes this series so relatable and funny. Follow Thuli’s story on Black Tax, coming express to Showmax from BET.

Stream Black Tax from the beginning now.

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