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With 5 days before entries close for the 2019 Sanlam (https://www.Sanlam.com/) Financial Journalist of the Year Awards at midnight on 28 February, reporters practising financial journalism in Africa are encouraged to submit their best work for the competition.

 

The Awards, running for the 45th consecutive year, recognise the best financial reporting by reporters based in Africa, publishing or broadcasting commendable journalism about the continent. Representing the longest running awards dedicated to financial journalism in Africa, their objective is to support the development of journalism.

The Awards attract keen interest from journalists across the continent. In 2018, 78 journalists representing 58 media organisations submitted 97 entries.

Entrants must submit their submissions through Sanlam’s website: http://bit.ly/2VfcTdI

The African Growth Story category, which recognises the best journalism covering the significance of business and investment on the continent, is open to financial journalists based in Africa who publish and/or broadcast their work on the region. Entries for this category must focus on the growth of the continent in terms of investment, infrastructure development, economic progress and related topics. Stories also should incorporate a continental outlook.

Previous winners of the African Growth Story category include Isaac Anyaogu of Business Day in Nigeria (2018), Dominic Omondi of The Standard newspaper in Kenya (2017), and Ancillar Mangena of Forbes Africa in South Africa (2016).

The other categories are open to journalists working in print, radio, TV and online media in South Africa. They are:

  • Business/Companies

  • Economy

  • Financial Markets

  • Consumer Financial Education

All five categories recognise financial journalists who produced compelling business stories between 1 January and 30 December 2019.

Additionally, the judging panel bestows special awards, which are:

  • Best Newcomer;

  • Lifetime Achievement; and

  • Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year.

The Special Awards recognise journalists based on the discretion of the judging panel, which exercises a nomination and rigorous evaluation process.

 

 

Isaac Anyaogu from the Business Day newspaper in Nigeria, and former Forbes Africa writers, Melitta Ngalonkulu (now with Moneyweb) and Aviwe Mtila (now with eNCA TV) are some of the recent Best Newcomer category winners for 2018, 2017, 2016 respectively.

 

 

Neville Otuki, former business reporter at Energy Siren News in Kenya and a runner up in the best newcomer category in 2018, says, “Society has critical business stories the public needs to know. It is important we amplify these stories. Being acknowledged by the awards for doing so is humbling and equally rewarding, not only for journalists but for our profession as well.”

 

 

Previous winners of the journalist of the year award include Rob Rose editor of Financial Mail (2018), Sikonathi Mantshantsha, former editor at Scorpio, the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick (2017), and Susan Comrie of AmaBhungane (2016).

 

 

Information about the eligibility, criteria, and entry submission process for the awards are available at http://bit.ly/32kKCnL.

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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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Stream 2/3s of the SAFTAs TV nominees on Showmax now

Posted by radio On February - 19 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Including the four most-nominated shows: The River, Lockdown, Isibaya & The Republic

Nearly 66% of this year’s SAFTA nominations in the TV categories are available to binge now on Showmax, with more to come soon.

This includes more than 85% of the drama and over two-thirds of the soap and telenovela nominations, as well as both the most-nominated series overall and the most-nominated telenovela (The River, with 15 nominations), and the most-nominated drama (Lockdown, with 11 nominations).

 

Outside of the TV category, Showmax also has two of the three short film nominees (Die Begrafnis and The Letter Reader); half of the best documentary nominees (Buddha in Africa and The Fun’s Not Over: The James Phillips Story); and two of the nominated feature films: Christiaan Olwagen’s Checkov adaptation, Die Seemeeu, which is up for three acting awards, and the Bram Fischer biopic An Act of Defiance, which is up for two craft awards.

 

Showmax Originals also built on the success of Tali’s Wedding Diary at last year’s SAFTAs, where it was the most awarded comedy, with Showmax’s second Original, The Girl From St Agnes, earning Drama nominations for Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

Here are seven SAFTA favourites you can stream in the build-up to the awards:

THE RIVER | TELENOVELA

 

Set against a backdrop of the dirty business of diamond mining, 1Magic’s thrill-a-minute telenovela The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is home to exquisite mansions populated by society’s upper crust, like the Dlaminis, who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth; the other by those, like the Dikana family, who have little to show for their hard work.

 

The River was nominated for an International Emmy and was the most-awarded production at last year’s SAFTAs, taking home 11 awards, including Best Telenovela.

 

This year it’s up for 15 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Sindi Dlathu) and Actor (Presley Chweneyagae).

 

LOCKDOWN | DRAMA

 

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility. Season 4 revolved around the rise to power of Masebata’s cult.

 

Originally screened on Mzansi Magic, Lockdown was the most-awarded drama at the 2019 SAFTAs, taking home five awards, including Best Drama, Best Actress (Dawn Thandeka King) and Best Supporting Actress (Lorcia Cooper).


This year it’s up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (King and Zola Nombona), and Supporting Actress (Cooper and Pamela Nomvete).

Season 5 is currently screening first on Showmax, with new episodes every Thursday ahead of the series finale on 27 February 2020.

 

ISIBAYA | TELENOVELA

What started as a village feud between the Zungu and Ndlovu families in Bhubesini has expanded into something far more complex as Mpiyakhe (Siyabonga Thwala) and Samson (Bheki Mkhwane) continue their fight over the valuable taxi routes in and out of town.

At last year’s SAFTAs, Isibaya won Best Directing; Best Supporting Actress (Gcina Mkhize); and Best Supporting Actor (Abdul Khoza).

This year the Mzansi Magic show is up for 11 more SAFTAs, including Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela and Best Telenovela, Directing, Scriptwriting, Supporting Actress (Linda Sebezo and Lerato Mvelase), and Supporting Actor (Aubrey Poo).


THE REPUBLIC | DRAMA

Set in an alternative universe in present-day South Africa, The Republic follows the country’s first female president, Lufuno Zandile Mulaudzi (Florence Masebe), who’s determined to fight corruption and turn the country around.

This hit Mzansi Magic series is from the creators of The River, Phathutshedzo Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures.

This year it’s up for 10 SAFTAs, including Best Drama, Directing, Scriptwriting, Actress (Masebe), Actor (Warren Masemola) and Supporting Actor (Hlomla Dandala and Seputla Sebogodi).

 

THE GIRL FROM ST AGNES – DRAMA

At St Agnes, a prestigious all-girls boarding school in the Midlands, a popular student is found dead at the base of the old mill. Fearful of the scandal it might cause, the school is quick to declare the death of Lexi Summerveld (Jane de Wet) a tragic accident. But drama teacher Kate Ballard (Nina Milner) doesn’t believe it. The more she investigates, the more Kate realises that she didn’t really know Lexi or the school at all. Behind the imposing walls of St Agnes, Lexi’s killer won’t be the only person exposed…

The Girl From St Agnes set a new record for the most first-day views of any series on Showmax. At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for three Drama awards: Best Actor (Robert Hobbs), Best Scriptwriting (Gillian Breslin, Sean Steinberg and Zoe Laband) and Best Original Music (Brendan Jury).

 

BUDDHA IN AFRICA  | DOCUMENTARY

In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once the star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his relatives in his home village or study abroad in Taiwan?

Directed by South African Nicole Schafer, Buddha in Africa was praised by Variety as “a complicated portrait of what’s been described as the latest chapter in Africa’s long struggle against colonization.”

Buddha in Africa screened at IDFA 2019, arguably the world’s top documentary festival, as part of their prestigious Best Of Fests line-up, after winning Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, it’s up for Best Documentary, Best Directing, and Best Cinematography.

 

 

STROOP | WILDLIFE DOCUMENTARY

Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War is a gripping wildlife crime thriller of a documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. Two first-time filmmakers, award-winning editor Susan Scott (The Last Lions) and 50/50 presenter Bonné de Bod, embed themselves on the frontlines of the rhino poaching crisis, where they are given exclusive access to the war as it unfolds on the ground. Carving out six months for the project, the two women quickly find themselves immersed in a world far larger and more dangerous than they had imagined, only emerging from their odyssey four years later. The resulting film has won over 25 international awards, including Best of Festival at The International Wildlife Film Festival, and was shortlisted for two awards at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife filmmaking world.

 

At this year’s SAFTAs, Stroop is up for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS

Other SAFTA nominees you can stream now on Showmax include:
• The telenovelas Arendsvlei (9), Isithembiso (6), The Queen (3), and The Throne (2)

  • The soaps Binnelanders (4), Getroud Met Rugby (3) and Suidooster (4)
    • 
    The dramas Die Byl (1), Die Spreeus (5), Dwaalster (2), eHostela (2), Ifalakhe (2), and The Herd (2)
    • 
    The documentary series Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas
    • 
    The children’s series Jabu’s Jungle
    • 
    The reality shows Kokkedoor, Living With The Dream With Somizi, and Survivor SA: Island of Secrets
    The factual and educational show Yobe
    • The variety shows Die Ware Naarheid and Mooi
    • 
    The youth series MTV Shuga: Down South
    • 
    The lifestyle shows Elders: Japan and Klankbord
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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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Overall IT spending in South Africa is set to reach $26.4 billion this year, up 2.5% on 2019. That’s according to the latest predictions revealed today by International Data Corporation (IDC) as it hosted more than 100 of the country’s most influential ICT industry figures at The Maslow Hotel Sandton in Johannesburg for IDC Directions 2020.

 

Opening the day’s proceedings, the firm’s associate vice president for South Africa, Mark Walker, announced that spending on software and IT services will reach $8.2 billion in 2020, an increase of 4.2% year on year. He said that infrastructure spending in the country (including servers, storage, and enterprise-level networks) will grow 3.3% to $880 million, while infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investments will reach $204 million, having grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% over the last five years.

 

The event showcased insights from Jyoti Lalchandani, IDC’s group vice president and managing director for the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa, who presented the keynote address on ‘Helping Your Customers Transform to the Future Enterprise’. During this session he urged South Africa’s technology suppliers to engage with new buyers, connect technology to the business goals of their customers, and deliver technology solutions that enable their clients to scale and operate at the pace of the digital economy.

 

“The digital economy is at a critical tipping point,” said Lalchandani. “In just a few short years, IDC forecasts that nearly half of all GDP worldwide will come from products and services offered by digitally transformed organizations. In order to thrive, organizations must define their new role in this digital economy and proactively address new customer requirements around personalization and trust. They must also develop new capabilities around digital innovation, work, and intelligence, and build a digital IT infrastructure that supports resilient operations and pervasive experiences.”

 

IDC Directions is South Africa’s seminal ICT industry event and this year explored the theme of ‘Multiplied Innovation Goes Mainstream: Thriving in the Digital Economy’. Bringing the country’s foremost technology vendors, telecommunications operators, and IT service providers together under one roof, the event also served up fascinating fiscal insights from Gina Schoeman, director, economist, and head of research at Citibank South Africa.

 

The agenda included a panel discussion on the new digital priorities of South African CIOs, with first-hand perspectives provided by Louise van der Bank, CIO of AfriSam, and Luyanda Ntuane, CIO of the car rental division at MOTUS. Senior IDC analysts were also on hand throughout the event to offer strategic guidance on the key technology trends set to shape South Africa’s IT and telecommunications markets in 2020 and beyond.

 

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MTN Bushfire online tickets now at Phase 2

Posted by radio On January - 29 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival. As one of Africa’s largest and most inclusive music and arts events, MTN Bushfire has earned its global reputation as a distinctly African, yet globally-infused world-class festival experience.

Tickets for the sell-out event are going fast, and as of January 28th 2020, the first phase of MTN Bushfire online tickets are SOLD OUT and ticketing has officially moved to Phase 2 pricing.

 

For the past five years, tickets to this distinctly African, yet globally-infused festival have sold out well in advance of the festival weekend so guests are encouraged to book your tickets and accommodation as soon as possible.

 

Phase 1 online tickets were launched on September 16, 2019 and have been met with an enthusiastic response from Fire Starters across the world. The early ticket launch coupled with the high demand for tickets has seen Phase 1 tickets selling out two months earlier than they did in 2019.

 

MTN Bushfire Online Tickets Phase 1 Phase 2
Full Festival Golden Lounge SOLD OUT 2,350
Full Festival Main Arena SOLD OUT 1,150
Full Festival Children SOLD OUT 300

 

Taking place from 29 to 31 May 2020, the 14th edition of the festival will offer an upgraded Golden Lounge, improved and expanded camping options, as well as the diverse and eclectic mix of music, arts, and culture that make it such a unique and memorable experience

 

 

Accommodation in Eswatini is fully booked for the festival weekend, but Fire Starters can still choose from the wide range of camping options available on the MTN Bushfire website. Camping has proven to be one of the best and most memorable ways to immerse oneself in the festival’s unique atmosphere of tolerance and celebration of diversity. The campsite’s close proximity to the festival’s main arena makes for an electric festival experience.

 

Due to the high demand for the Groups Camping option, the Group Applications process which caters for campers in groups of 20 people or more, is now sold out and no longer available. Festival fans who are interested in glamping are notified that the Rush Glamping package has officially sold out. However, limited spaces for the Harambee glamping option are currently available. More information on Harambee glamping is available on www.bush-fire.com.

 

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eNCA goes HD

Posted by radio On January - 23 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

Popular 24-hour news channel eNCA (DStv 403) has launched an innovative high-tech HD studio that boasts a massive 12 x 3 curved LED video wall.

 

The multi-purpose studio video wall – the biggest on the African continent – ensures that the eNCA viewer receives voice, pictures, text and videos at an enhanced sensory level.

Live in-studio action will be captured by six HD cameras, five of which are on robotics and the sixth on a jib

 

Group Technical GM Rose Rogers said, “Our use of this technologically advanced equipment in the new HD studio is exceptional and will provide a sharp and refreshing feel to all our programs. The semi-circular set shape will allow for an increase in camera angles compared to the previous U-shaped set design. It took us months of work to ensure that the new studios are a perfect fit for the upgraded broadcast quality.”


Joe Heshu, Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at the MultiChoice Group said: “In line with our purpose of giving and delighting our viewers with great quality content and entertainment, eNCA’s launch of the high-tech HD studio on our platform is just one more way of ensuring we can play a role in supporting the growth of the local TV industry and creating lasting partnerships with local stakeholders which will guide the success of the industry.”

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Dreamgirls: Presented by The Rainbow Academy

Posted by radio On January - 23 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

As it celebrates its 10th year, The Rainbow Academy, Cape Town’s home to youth arts education, is excited to present Dreamgirls at the Artscape Theatre Complex from February 5th – 8th 2020.

The show is the Rainbow Academy’s annual graduation production, that provides the students of the graduating class of 2019 the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in order to give them exposure and offer them a platform for possible employment in the arts industry.

 

Last year’s performance of SARAFINA! was a sell-out success so we encourage our audiences to book early via Computicket for this limited run.

 

Dreamgirls follows the lives of three aspiring black soul singers The Dreamettes as they compete at a local talent contest at the Apollo Theatre, to become the next best thing in Showbiz. The experience changes their lives forever as they navigate through the competitive world of show business in search of a dream.

 

The Rainbow Academy is a nonprofit School of Performing Arts and Business with the aim of nurturing talent, educating young people, and addressing youth unemployment in the performing arts and creative industries.

 

Imke Du Toit, Deputy Principal of The Rainbow Academy, and Director of Dreamgirls explains further, “The Rainbow Academy in its 10th year continues to develop the immense creative talent of young South Africans, mostly from disadvantaged communities from across the Cape. Our intensive and personalised programs culminate in our annual performances with this year’s production being Dreamgirls. This visually exciting show includes an amazing cast with varied leads, enabling us to highlight the immense talent of this year’s graduating class.”

 

Much of the lead cast for Dreamgirls will be alternated on the performance nights with the following performers:

 

 

EFFIE MELODY WHITE: Shilo Thumba (all shows)

DEENA JONES: Lusanda Soboyise (6th & 8th) & Lindokuhle Melaphi (5th & 7th)

LORRELL ROBINSON: Zandile Dumile (6th & 8th) & Dehne Basson (5th & 7th)

CURTIS TAYLOR JUNIOR: Sibusiso Sakayi (all shows)

JIMMY “THUNDER” EARLY”: Elvis Mahomba (All shows)

MARTY: Aviwe Nose (6th & 8th) & Ndimphiwe Koloti (5th & 7th)

C.C: Buntu Ceza (6th & 8th) & Bandile Skweyiya (5Th & 7th)

MICHELLE MORRIS: Miche Geyer (5th &7th) & Khanyisa James (6th & 8th)

 

Produced by The Rainbow Academy

Directed by: Imke du Toit

Assistant director: Patric Bhakaqana

Musical Director: Wesley Wolhuter

Choreography by: WeDfy Entertainment

Vocal coach: Regina Malan

 

The Rainbow Academy strives to educate empower and employ disadvantaged youth, and through their own personal struggles for education, the students show the importance of remembering our history, celebrating today’s youth, and empowering them to strive for a better future. To that end, the proceeds from the ticket sales of all the shows will contribute towards the fees for the incoming Rainbow Academy students of 2020.

 

DREAMGIRLS: Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, Music by Henry Krieger, Orchestration by Harold Wheeler and produced by Michael Bennett, Robert Avian, Geffen Records and The Shubert Organisation.  DREAMGIRLS is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK.

 

Directed by: Imke du Toit

Conductor/Musical direction by: Wesley Wolhuter

Choreography by: WeDfy Entertainment

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Venue: The Artscape Arena Theatre

Dates: February 5th  – 8th 2020

Time 20h00

Ticket prices: R100 standard ticket and R80 for pensioners and scholars

Discounted prices: R80 for all tickets on 5th Feb preview night

Block bookings of 10: R80

Book tickets via Computicket or through Artscape box office.  https://tickets.computicket.com/event/dreamgirls/7132154

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Lockdown, the most-awarded drama series at last year’s SAFTAs, has just released its Season 5 trailer. The hit prison drama has moved from Mzansi Magic and is coming only to Showmax from 30 January 2020, with two episodes per week every Thursday.

Notorious for its cliffhangers, plot twists and emotional rollercoasters, Lockdown takes viewers into the daily battle for survival in the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.

 

As Season 5 picks up, Masebata’s cult is no longer in power. Arch-rivals Mazet (Dawn Thandeka King in a SAFTA-winning role) and Tyson (Lorcia Cooper in a SAFTA-winning role) are running the prison yard together, for now. Governor Deborah Banda (Pamela Nomvete in a SAFTA-nominated role) is under pressure from the Department of Correctional Services, after one death too many at the prison. And Monde (Zola Nombona in a SAFTA-nominated role) is trying to make things right with Vicky (Lauren Jenae).

 

The action-packed two-minute trailer gives fans their first look at this season’s new star, Sophie Lichaba, aka Sophie Ndaba, who became a household name in South Africa during her two-decade-long starring role as the feisty receptionist Queen Moroka in the SABC1 soapie Generations. In Lockdown, she plays Palesa, the head nurse at Kgotsong Asylum, a key location this season, where Monde’s sister, Katlego (Natasha Thahane), has been transferred.

 

“Palesa’s a broken woman who’s been through it all,” says Sophie. “She’s so broken she will do anything to feel better, even if it’s not right.”

 

Sophie joins one of the most impressive casts on South African television, which also includes SAFTA winners Nomsa Buthelezi and Linda Sebezo as fan favourites Slenda and Maki, and the multi-award-winning Patricia Boyer as Sue.

“It’s an all-female power cast,” says Lauren. “You see these magnificent women who are so beautiful in real life, and then they come into prison in Lockdown, and they are grungy and nasty. It’s so nice to be part of a cast like this, where beauty is nothing – it’s all about how dirty you can get and how true to your character.”

 

“The other show I do, I’m glam and beautiful, with the hair, the heels and all of that,” says Nomsa. “Then on Lockdown, I come with short hair and nothing and I look like a boy. But when you’re a storyteller, you forget about yourself.”

 

Both Zola and Lorcia say Lockdown helped them escape being typecast. “At the beginning of my career, I was starting to be typecast as the bimbo with the hair and boobs and short skirts,” Zola remembers. “I was tired of that, so when this came along, I was like, ‘Thank you, Lord; you’ve answered my prayers; I’ve always wanted to play a character as bare as I can be, without my beauty being enhanced.”

 

Similarly, Lorcia says, “Before getting Tyson, I was always typecast. I think people always saw the pretty coloured girl with the good body and straight hair… to a point where I used to go to auditions and people would say, ‘You don’t look coloured enough.’”

 

Lockdown creator Mandla N, who still directs every episode, started his career as an actor on shows like City Ses’la and Ses’Top La before moving into directing. That experience helped turn him into “a cast whisperer,” to quote Zola.

 

Authenticity is everything,” he says. “Prison is a gritty, dirty, grungy world and we can‘t glamourise that. So when you see the ladies in prison in Lockdown, you think: ‘This person could give me a run for my money.’”

 

That authenticity is helped by his decision to film the series at Constitution Hill, the historic prison complex where the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Albertina Sisulu served time.

 

As Lauren says, “As soon as you get here, you feel the history and the stories that have come out of this prison. It really changes your mindset as soon as you walk in here.”

 

Mandla’s also surrounded his cast with background artists who are largely former inmates. As Zola says, “We ask them, ‘Does this really happen?’ It’s a big bonus as an actor being able to have that direct reference next to you.“

 

This season, Dawn says fans can look forward to more action than ever. “I’m excited about the audience seeing the stunts that we are going to be doing this season,” she says. “There’s a heist, we blow up stuff, I was in a van that was burning, and there’s a lot of shooting. I shoot a real gun this season. It’s been exciting; I’ve never done these kinds of stunts before.”

Showmax will release two episodes every Thursday, from 30 January 2020. If you’re not already addicted to South Africa’s favourite prison drama, you can catch up on the first four episodes of Lockdown S1 on YouTube from Thursday, 16 January 2020, and the previous four seasons on Showmax here. 

 

Watch the trailer below:
https://youtu.be/oJF2bCYOADc.

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MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL: Visual Arts Activations

Posted by radio On January - 14 - 2020 ADD COMMENTS

MTN Bushfire is looking for dynamic visual artists to bring the various themes under the festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE mandate to life!

Artists get to display their creativity and artistically amplify the pertinent social issues highlighted in  the Bring Your Fire Zone through murals that will be painted throughout the entire festival. We are looking for experienced artists who can think on their feet and create quality work under pressure.

 

The Bring Your Fire Zone is an interactive and creative space, located at the very heart of the main festival arena. The space actively encourages participation around responsible initiatives and promotes advocacy in an interactive environment.

 

A physical manifestation of the festival’s call to action for positive social change, the Bring Your Fire Zone encourages and normalizes conversations around real and relatable issues such as Minority Rights & Gender Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sustainable Development, Equality & Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Child Social Protection.

 

Within the Zone, various partners and festival goers actively engage with this theme to make their personal contribution towards collectively creating a powerful  wave of social inclusion and the spirit tolerance that continue to reverberate beyond the festival weekend. This year we shine light on our #GREENYOURFIRE campaign our pledge to eliminate single-use plastics throughout the festival. Therefore, artists are also encouraged to use their art to augment the urgent need for environmental consciousness.

 

Interested and qualified artists can apply by sending their portfolio to Notsile Nkambule atprojectmanager@bush-fire.com by the 21 February 2020. Should you not receive any response from MTN Bushfire after this period, please consider your application unsuccessful.

 

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