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APO Group (www.APO-opa.com), the leading Pan-African communications consultancy and press release distribution service, is delighted to announce a multi-year strategic partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) (www.SABC.co.za), providing the public broadcaster with sports content from the whole of Africa.

SABC is South Africa’s national broadcaster and has been the home of quality sport in the country for many years. It broadcasts across 19 radio stations (AM/FM) and six television channels, and is one of South Africa’s largest state-owned enterprises. Now, APO Group is bringing sporting stories from the rest of the continent to South African audiences – much of it for the first time.

All video footage and soundbites produced or distributed by APO Group and related to sport in Africa, will be made available to SABC free of charge and for unrestricted news use. APO Group will also provide SABC with access to key stakeholders from sporting organizations in Africa and their associated world governing bodies for interviews and other media opportunities.

APO Group produces and distributes broadcast-quality content for some of the most prominent sporting organizations active in Africa, including FIFA, The NBA, The Basketball Africa League (BAL), World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa, Olympique de Marseille, and Africa’s first ever Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) World Tour team, Team Qhubeka.

“Every day, APO Group carries stories that demonstrate the passion and vibrancy of African sport,” said Gary Rathbone, Head of Sports for SABC. “This partnership  will provide us with new broadcast-quality content that brings more diversity to our coverage than ever before. It is a chance to show our audiences what is happening beyond our borders, and that is really exciting.”

“South African audiences are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about sport,” said APO Group Founder and Chairman, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard (www.Pompigne-Mognard.com). “They have seen their team reach the pinnacle of world rugby, and achieve many other successes at a national level. Now, SABC and APO Group in tandem can bring them the best sporting action the other 53 African countries have to offer.”

This is a joint press release by APO Group and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

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DBN Gogo is the latest artist to join the Spotify EQUAL Music Program as the EQUAL Africa artist of the month.

 

The program, aimed at providing a platform to highlight women in music, sees Spotify welcoming the popular AmaPiano DJ as the first South African artist to join its growing roster of influential female creators including Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage and US rapper Saweetie.

This announcement comes off the back of DBN Gogo’s appearance at AMA Fest 2021. The UK-based festival successfully showcased the ‘best of AmaPiano’ to fans, with DBN Gogo bringing her energy and signature dance moves to the global stage.

 

“DBN Gogo has managed to dominate two spheres within the music industry traditionally driven by the opposite sex – DJing and AmaPiano. For us, putting our support behind DBN Gogo not only speaks to what we do under the EQUAL umbrella but further drives the support we have continued to show the AmaPiano genre since it came to the fore,” says Phiona Okumu, Head of Music, Sub Saharan Africa.

 

DBN Gogo, who recently claimed a spot on the top 10 list of the most streamed artists by South African youth on Spotify, only recently began her professional DJing career and was catapulted to superstardom when the hits ‘Dakiwe’, ‘French Kiss’ and ‘Khuza Gogo’ blew up the local music scene alongside her #dakiwechallenge video, which amassed over three million TikTok views alone.

 

“Being a part of Spotify’s EQUAL Music Program is a reminder that I do not need to apologize for being a powerful woman. I had a dream and realised that old ways don’t open new doors. So, I decided to make every moment count to ensure that I become everything I wanted,” adds DBN Gogo.

 

As the latest artist to join the EQUAL Music Program, DBN Gogo will also grace Spotify’s Time Square billboard in New York and her latest track ‘Possible’ featuring Musa Keys, Dinho, Optimist Music ZA, Makhanj, Lebza TheVillain, Koek Sista, will lead the EQUAL Africa playlist and feature on the EQUAL Global playlist.

 

DBN Gogo also features on Spotify’s flagship AmaPiano playlist AmaPiano Grooves.

 

Facebook: @Spotify |Twitter: @SpotifySA  | Instagram: @SpotifySA | #SpotifyAfrica 

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Newzroom Afrika will report live from Expo 2020 Dubai. The channel will focus on the South African activities at the Expo, broadcasting directly from the state-of-the-art TV studio located at the South African pavilion.

South Africa will participate in the Expo from October 2021 to March 2022, to promote the country as an investment destination.

 

They will give investors and visitors a true experience of what the country has to offer – from showcasing South Africa’s talent, diverse cultures and beautiful landscapes to displaying creative arts and tourism services and highlighting innovative technologies and unique investment opportunities.

 

Newzroom Afrika will also follow the journey of 20 South African SMEs and start-ups that were selected to participate in the MultiChoice Accelerator programme. This programme will develop these businesses and the skills of the entrepreneurs who built them, to empower them to present at the Expo to unlock business opportunities.

 

This coverage will be turned into a docuseries that will be broadcast on DStv Channel 405 from November 2021 until January 2022.

 

“We’re proud to shine a spotlight on all that South Africa has to offer and support our local entrepreneurs in their quest for global success. The Dubai Expo is a landmark event in the international trade calendar and a golden opportunity for South African businesses to establish new ties and grow beyond our borders,” says Newzroom Afrika’s Chief Executive Officer Thabile Ngwato.

 

This World Expo has been held in some form since 1851, making it one of the longest-running and biggest global events. Representatives from countries around the world gather to share progress and innovation on the technology, social and economic fronts, and to find solutions to universal challenges.

 

Expo 2020 Dubai will see representatives from almost 200 nations gather to showcase what their countries have to offer.

 

Team South Africa will focus the conversation on job creation and economic growth to revive South Africa’s economy. MultiChoice is the Official Broadcast Partner for South Africa at the Expo and will tell the country’s story through its various platforms.

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VJOY entries are open don’t forget to register https://journalist.vodacom.co.za.

Closing date: 20 September 2021.

 

The 2021 categories are: Live reporting/breaking news; Investigative; Opinion; Lifestyle; Features; Photography; Sport; Financial & Economics; Politics; Sustainability, Innovation in Journalism, the Young Journalist of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achiever Award.

For more information on what is expected in each award entry, and a description of each category, please visit https://journalist.vodacom.co.za/categories.

Journalists must enter work produced between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021. Click to enter here: https://journalist.vodacom.co.za/booking.

 

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Shaka iNkosi Yamakhosi, a decorated short film, produced by homegrown creative film production company, PacinaPictures has recently been announced as an official selection at this year’s prestigious Capri Movie International Film Festival from 15 – 18 September 2021

Following its successful debut at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2021, Shaka Inkosi Yamakhosi tells the story of Shaka Zulu, in way that leaves a legacy, highlighting not only Leadership, but Resilience, Courage, Faith, Innovativeness, Mentorship and Purpose. The animated short film is a narrative told from a Black South African perspective with the aim of reintroducing Shaka Zulu to a new generation.

 

Voiced by some of South Africa’s renowned thespians including, Lilian Dube as Gogo MaLamula Zulu, Ayanda Borotho as Queen Nandi, Mondli Makhoba as Shaka, Dawn Thandeka King as Mkabayi as well as Themba Ntuli as young Manzini, the film is set to wow audiences again at the much anticipated second edition of the Capri Movie I.F.F.

“The journey of Shaka Inkosi Yamakhosi has been nothing but fulfilling for us. From the moment we set out to produce this incredible body of work to its official premiere at DIFF 2021 which also saw us walking away with the Best South African Short award, we have been inspired and equally humbled by the reception of this story. To now have the opportunity to showcase our story at Capri Movie I.F.F. is another feat we do not take for granted, said Executive Producer and Co-Director of the film, Manzini Zungu.

 

Inspired by the story’s protagonist ‘Young Manzini’ — the story follows a tale told by Manzini’s Gogo about the coming-of-age story of a great warrior and King, Shaka Zulu to inspire her grandson through the strength of his lineage. Through Manzini’s journey, audiences are provoked to also find their inner Shaka to help them overcome their challenges.

 

“At the heart of developing this story, was a desire to own our African stories that are profuse with culture and diversity, which still capture and intrigues the world, and we are now well on way to doing just that,” concludes Zungu.

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Jozi Youth Dance Company (JYDC), brings you their 7th annual production called Phoenix, 07-10 October 2021 at the Roodepoort Theatre.

Jozi Youth Dance Company is a one of its kind, platform for young dancers, exposing them to professional choreographers and dancers. They gain invaluable experience, performing to sold out audiences, preparing them for the cut-throat dance industry.

This is JYDC’s 7th season and promises to lift the spirits of all of our audiences and be one of their biggest and best yet. This year we present to you “Phoenix”. We invite you to come and watch the rise and upliftment of artists and youth dancers after Covid-19, in JOZI Youth Dance Company’s enthralling season “Phoenix” 07-10 October 2021.

Over the past 7 years, JYDC have welcomed young dancers from all over Gauteng in order to give them a platform to showcase their talent and inspire the next generation of professional dancers. Under the directorship of Jayd Swart, the company has grown, not only in number but also quality of dance. “Young dancers need to be given the opportunity to show what they are capable of. We train them in both technique and expression and motivate them to achieve new heights while preparing them for a future in dance” said Swart.

 

Phoenix, the largest and most spectacular of shows produced by JYDC is guaranteed to set the stage on fire. “This year, we have the most magnificent lineup of choreographers, inspiring pieces showing how artists, performers and dancers have risen from the ashes after Covid-19.

Audiences will experience a taste of Broadway, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet pieces that will make up the full show stopping production. Each piece bringing the own distinct personality of each choreographer to the stage with their story of rising through Covid-19 and bringing the arts back onto the stage and audiences back into theatres, said Swart. Choreographers include; Weslee Swain Lauder, Jayd Swart, Kent Jeycocke, Miane Shepard, Navin Jacobs, Sabelo Maphumulo, Aviwe November, Claudia Monja, Almar Kanda, Faiz Dalman, Joanne Liebenberg
and Kingsley Beukes

JYDC has opened up many doors for company members including a training tour to South-Korea, Romania, China, Bulgaria, Portugal, USA, Canada & Croatia. This production will form part of an International Tour is also been scheduled to show case this wonderful production.

All our graduates have received jobs within the industry, both Nationally and Internationally. We are so proud to be developing this kind of talent within the South African Dance Industry.

 

For more information on the production, Phoenix or auditions for the next season,
Jayd Swart on 076 213 8867 or e-mail jycontemp@gmail.com
Ticket Bookings for the Production: jozi.tickets@gmail.com Cost: Tickets: R180p/p and

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MTN Bushfire Presents: The Collab

Posted by radio On August - 24 - 2021 ADD COMMENTS

The Collab is a digital event connecting & uniting the region through a unique music collaboration.

 

This MTN Bushfire collaborative project is a one-of-a-kind musical partnership that has inspired new creative work from two top artists in the region. The Collab event presents the song and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the recording, at 6pm on 27th August 2021 on the MTN Bushfire YouTube and Facebook channels, and website (www.bush-fire.com).

 

The MTN Bushfire Collab is a one-of-a-kind musical collaboration that features well-known artists from Eswatini and South Africa, with the aim of inspiring new creative work and supporting dynamic new work during a time of limited arts mobility and connectivity. Two of the top performers in the region have come together to create a unique song and share their creative journey with fans and Fire Starters around the globe.

 

MTN Bushfire is thrilled to reveal the stars of the Collab:

Zolani Mahola & Sands

The One Who Sings (Zolani Mahola) is most famously known as the former lead singer of the internationally acclaimed pan-African South African music group Freshlyground and has gone on to create a global reputation as an extraordinary singer, songwriter, actress and storyteller.

 

Sands is one of Eswatini’s best loved talents. He is a multi-talented guitarist, songwriter, performing artist and Afro soul singer who rose to fame in 2015 when he won Best Radio Song of 2015 (for his song Vuma) and Male Artist of the Year at the National Arts and Culture Awards (NACA).

 

The Collab has been a stunning success, with both artists exuberantly upbeat about the experience to connect musically and creatively face-to-face, something artists have not been able to do for almost two years. Sands has this to say: “Something special has come to life. Zolani is an amazing talent and I have been privileged with this opportunity to create fire with her. I can’t wait for the world to hear this jam!” While The One Who Sings states, “My collaboration with Sands has been full of ease and joy. It’s such a pleasure to connect with a fellow musician who is skilled and capable but beyond that who is eager and open to what the collaborative process can bring. In this case it brought a bright, bright continental fire and we can’t wait to share it with the world!”

 

This infectious spirit will be shared with the world with the digital event on 27th August with a free broadcast on the MTN Bushfire website.

 

The Collab was born out of the desire to inspire game-changing creative narratives that will facilitate the creation of a dynamic body of new creative work, weaving together Africa’s rich & diverse musical genres,reflecting current issues, and involving a diverse range of profile and up-and-coming artists.

 

The Collab digital event will form part of MTN Bushfire’s 2021 Digital Series, that also features electrifying performances, an artist empowerment workshop on the 18th of September, exclusive content, and up-close access to artists. The Series will conclude with one of the most exciting multicultural Digital Festivals to be seen on the African continent, The MTN Bushfire 2021 Digital Festival on 24th September, featuring customized and upgraded immersive online experiences, enabling fans to safely enjoy and share the magic that is MTN Bushfire.

https://www.bush-fire.com/

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Entries for the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards (VJOY) 2021 will open on 20 August as the prestigious journalistic competition marks its 20th year in existence. Last year, for the first time, the Awards were hosted virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic and a virtual format will also be followed for the 2021 Awards. The 2021 theme for the Awards is Resilience, which is a continuation of the 2020 VJOY theme of Reimagine, Reinvent and Rebuild, as South Africa’s media industry faces the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer for External Affairs at Vodacom South Africa said: “Over the past two decades, hundreds of South Africa’s emerging and established journalists have been rewarded for excellence in recognition of their reporting efforts for the benefit of the South African public. Media plays a major role in contributing to the economic and political development of citizens in any country in the world, and Vodacom is proud to mark this milestone of 20 years of supporting democratic South African press freedom.”

 

Jermaine Craig, Ryland Fisher, Arthur Goldstuck, Patricia McCracken, Mapi Mhlangu, Collin Nxumalo, Jovial Rantao and Obed Zilwa are part of this year’s judging panel, along with three new judges in Professor Gilbert Motsaathebe, Advocate Robin Sewlal and Phindile Xaba. Franz Kruger and Elna Rossouw will not be able to serve on the 2021 panel due to prior commitments, while Mary Papayya has retired from the VJOYs after many years of dedicated service.

 

Ryland Fisher, convener of the VJOY judging panel, said: “We have an exceptionally talented and experienced panel of judges who are all South African media veterans and will no doubt add immeasurable value and bring diverse insights to the adjudication process. I would like to pay a special tribute to Mary Papayya, who for many years was one of the most hardworking and wisest judges on the VJOY panel. As a former convener of the judging panel, Mary had knowledge and wisdom that only come with experience. I will miss her friendship and camaraderie, as well as being able to call on her whenever I was uncertain about anything related to the rules of the competition.”

 

Professor Gilbert Motsaathebe teaches in the Department of Journalism, Film & Television at the University of Johannesburg. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Communicare – Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa. Advocate Robin Sewlal, a former Convener of Judges for the competition, has returned to the judging panel. He is the Associate Director: Journalism at Durban University of Technology and a Commissioner at the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa. Formerly the executive editor at Sowetan and editor at REAL magazine, communications consultant Phindile Xaba is a media practitioner and business rescue entrepreneur with multi-platform experience. Her experience spans a couple of decades wherein she has held various positions – including copywriter, writer, copy-editor, content producer, journalist, language advisor/trainer, researcher and scriptwriter.

 

Awards are given to the best journalists across various categories in five regions nationally. The 2021 categories are: Live reporting/breaking news; Investigative; Opinion; Lifestyle; Features; Photography; Sport; Financial & Economics; Politics; Sustainability, Innovation in Journalism, the Young Journalist of the Year Award and the Lifetime Achiever Award. For more information on what is expected in each award entry, and a description of each category, please visit www.journalist.vodacom.co.za. Journalists will be able to enter their best achievements for work produced between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021. All entries must be submitted online at www.journalist.vodacom.co.za.Entries open on 20 August and close at midnight on 20 September 2021 and no late entries will be considered.

 

Each of the regional category winners receives R5 000, while national category winners take home R10 000. The overall Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award winner will receive R100 000. In the event of joint winners, the prize money will be shared. The winner of the Young Journalist award wins an all-expenses paid overseas trip to work in an international newsroom. Should the pandemic continue to interrupt international travel, alternative arrangements will be made.

 

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Well loved for bringing great hair days to millions of women worldwide, Sofnfree has announced its sponsorship of the Female Artist of the Year Award at the 2021 South African Music Awards (SAMAs). This year’s event takes place virtually on 26 June 2021, themed Reinvent. Redefine. Reimagine.

Freestyling – the freedom of expression is one of Sofnfree’s key pillars whether through looks, lyrics or legacy. By sponsoring SAMAs Female Artist of the Year, the haircare brand is proud to represent a category that recognises girl power, excellence and creativity. The category for SAMA 27 will be known as the “SofnFree Female of the Year”.

 

The Sofnfree brand team celebrates the value of both hair and music as a powerful tool for self-expression, which is why the SAMAs partnership is an important part of Sofnfree’s purpose. Over the last year, many of us have found connections and comfort from music in a lonely and isolated world which is why there’s never been a better time to support the music industry, the strong women who help lead it, and the inspiration and joy that these talented artists spark in our lives.

 

The SAMAs, now in its 27th year, received more than 1 100 entries for 2021, a record in its history, and five nominees in the Female Artist Award category have been announced. These are Sho Madjozi, Reign Afrika, Bucy Radebe, Nomcebo Zikode and Hle. Previous winners in the category include Zahara, Shekhinah, Zonke, Ami Faku, Sho Madjozi and Amanda Black.

 

The 2-hour SAMAs show will be broadcast on SABC 1 on Saturday 26 June at 8pm.  Viewers stand a chance to attend the production of the SAMAs along with a meet-and-greet with musicians who will be performing at the show. For more information and to follow the conversation, head to the SAMA Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

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Thursday, 1 April

 

Daisy Quokka: World’s Scariest Animal (Animation)

Daisy, an eternally optimistic Quokka, will do just about anything to win the annual World’s Scariest Animal championship. She teams up with a former champion, a grouchy crocodile, to prove that winners can come in different shapes and sizes.

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 16:15

 

Friday, 2 April

 

The Uncle: The Hugh Bladen Story (Documentary)

Since 1994, one voice has enthralled many SuperSport viewers and this documentary celebrates the man behind the voice of rugby: Hugh Bladen. Chronicling the remarkable life of the former junior Springbok, relive every moment of his journey, from his television commentary debut at the SABC in 1976 to his legacy at SuperSport.

On SuperSport Rugby (DStv channel 211) at 17:00

 

Saturday, 3 April

 

Fantastic Return To Oz (Animated Adventure)

This Russian-made, computer-animated film is based on the 2017 novel Urfin Jus and His Wooden Soldiers by Alexander Volkov, but features the familiar characters and settings from the L. Frank Baum Oz books. After a little girl named Dorothy interferes with the envious and power-hungry Urfin Jus’s plans for world domination with his army of wooden soldiers, he returns one year later seeking revenge.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 16:00

 

Sunday, 4 April

 

Mindful Earth S1

Do you ever just zone out to a show like Blue Planet and relax while looking at turtles? Now the multi-award-winning BBC Studio’s Natural History Unit and mindfulness experts Headspace have joined forces to create a four-episode programme that combines nature footage and sounds with narration that immerses us in the natural world. Each episode explores what animals and nature can teach us about breathing, accepting change, finding joy and rest. It’s the perfect show for helping you break free of the dreaded Sunday afternoon blues.

On BBC Earth (DStv channel 184) at 15:12

 

Monday, 5 April

 

DiepCity

This telenovela comes from the production team behind Lockdown, and centres on four young women forced into crime while still in high school to make ends meet. Now, they’re trying to make their way in the world. The first of the four we meet is small-time housebreaker Nox (Nozuko Ncayiyane) who was arrested after her brilliant little brother was shot dead during a robbery. Now she’s back home with her alcoholic dad and angry mom, Thandiwe (Dawn Thandeka King), who blames her for her brother’s death.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:30

 

Tuesday, 6 April

 

Garden Tales

Little ones will be hooked on this imaginative soap-opera-style kids programme. The creative episodes use live-action footage to help young viewers discover and explore the natural environment. Each episode includes a tale of a specific animal and stories of their adventures – from a little duckling who gets lost while learning to swim and a badger whose taste for adventure gets him in trouble to a family of owlets playing hide-and-seek.

On CBeebies (DStv channel 306) at 16:45

 

Wednesday, 7 April

 

Becoming S1

Ramazan, Gugu, Yaya and Gina grapple with issues of what it means to be trans in South Africa. There’s a lot to learn as they chat to each other and compare notes on what it has been like growing up in the wrong body, the challenges they’ve faced in transitioning and the struggles of gaining acceptance. We’ll also see them take the huge step of sitting down with their families to tell them their truth, and their intention to fit into their true identity.

On Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) at 20:00

 

Thursday, 8 April

 

Bull S5

In the fifth exciting season, psychologist and trial science expert Dr Jason Bull faces his toughest case yet. When a major secret of his religious leader client is revealed, will Bull be able to save face in court and – more importantly – what will the impact be on his consulting firm, whose entire business relies on giving aid to jurors during trials?

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 20:35

 

Friday, 9 April

 

Deliciousness S2

Tiffani Thiessen hosts this comedic food spin-off of Ridiculousness. Comfort food cravings, BBQ disasters and home cooking failures make for the funniest foodie clips you’ll ever see.

On MTV (DStv channel 130) at 21:30

 

Saturday, 10 April

 

Wendy Williams: The Movie

Talk show host Wendy Williams produced this biopic on her own life, starring Ciera Payton as primetime Wendy. Find out how she started in the entertainment business, the toll it’s taken to stay at the top, and how she has kept going in the face of criticism, opposition and people’s lack of faith. This is a no-holds barred look at Wendy’s life that doesn’t shy away from her early struggles in radio, her drug abuse and the rape trauma she experienced.

On Lifetime (DStv channel 131) at 19:20

 

Sunday, 11 April

Bad Boys For Life (Action Comedy)

Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Martin Lawrence (Big Momma’s House) reprise their starring roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. This time around, they join forces with the Miami Police Department’s special team AMMO to take down a ruthless mother-and-son pair of drug lords wreaking havoc on Miami. Look out for appearances by Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) and Charles Melton (Riverdale).

On M-Net Movies 2 (DStv channel 106) at 20:00

 

Monday, 12 April

The Flight Attendant S1

After making a passenger’s Mile High Club dreams come true, flight attendant Cassie (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) wakes up in a strange hotel room with the guy she hooked up with dead next to her and blood on her hands. This series is based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and you can catch an early preview episode on Monday, 5 April at 21:30. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Tuesday, 13 April

Die Boekklub S3

When Tom Niemandt takes an unexpected trip to the Karoo, he meets an eccentric group of people who changes his life forever. Season 3 is set in 2024 and will see the return of fan favourite characters Anna, Sofia and Lillie.

On DStv App

 

Wednesday, 14 April

 

Melting Me Softly (Dubbed)

A long experiment of being frozen sees two people wake up to find they are in a changed different world. This South Korean television series stars Ji Chang-wook, Won Jin-ah and Yoon Se-ah.

On tvN (DStv channel 134) at 21:45

 

Thursday, 15 April

 

Clarice S1

In this procedural series based on the characters created by Thomas Harris, set in 1993 shortly after the events of The Silence of The Lambs, FBI special agent Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) is back on the job hunting down serial killers and sexual predators. At the same time, she has to navigate the politics and rampant sexism in the FBI offices in Washington DC, particularly from her boss, Paul Krendler (Michael Kudlitz). The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 21:30

 

Friday, 16 April

 

The Bachelor S24 (USA)

Get ready for liftoff with 28-year-old pilot Peter Weber who came in third place during season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown turned him down. Now he’s getting his chance to hand out roses and look for his Ms Right. Of this season’s 30 contestants, five have competed in beauty pageants, including 2016’s Miss USA Alayah Benavidez. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 20:30

 

Saturday, 17 April

 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

This biography series explores the lives of some of the 20th century’s towering figures, their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact. See how boxer Muhammad Ali rose from the Columbia Gym in Louisville, Alabama, to international fame. While his athletic achievements inspired many, it was his political convictions and his courage to pursue them that arguably had the greater impact, at the cost of a far higher sacrifice. The actions that once made him a polarising figure today have made him a beloved and honoured hero.

On History (DStv channel 186) at 20:15

 

Sunday, 18 April

 

Asinamali

Mbongeni Ngema of Sarafina! directs and stars in this apartheid-era movie. Asinamali sees a struggle activist working with convicts to create a musical play about their pasts. The play touches on forgiveness and questions reconciliation.

On Moja Love (DStv channel 157) at 22:00

 

Monday, 19 April

 

Mare of Eastown S1

Kate Winslet stars as Mare Sheehan, a detective investigating a small-town murder while her life crumbles around her in this seven-episode HBO psychological thriller, coming to M-Net express from the US. As Mare uncovers the dark side of her small town, she starts to crack under the weight of the community’s expectations of her, their need for her to be a flawless hero who can solve their problems, and even her own past trauma. The cast includes Guy Pierce (L.A. Confidential), Angourie Rice (Ladies in Black) and Evan Peters (American Horror Story).

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Tuesday, 20 April

 

Bachelor in Paradise Australia S2

Fans of the show will be delighted to hear that Alex Nation and Richie Strahan are among the other known contestants returning this season. Contestants must juggle drama, exes and everything in between to try and find love in paradise.

On Vuzu (DStv channel 116) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 21 April

 

First Wives Club S1

This comedy series is based on the 1996 film of the same name, along with the original 1992 First Wives Club novel by Olivia Goldsmith. Three good friends – Bree (Michelle Buteau), Hazel (Jill Scott) and Ari (Ryan Michelle Bathe) – gang up for sisterly comfort and maybe even revenge after their marriages fall apart. The series is hot on the heels of the US broadcasts and will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the season’s run.

On 1Magic (DStv channel 103) at 21:30

 

Thursday, 22 April

 

Op My Eish

South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld stars in this 13-episode reality dating show, set in the picturesque coastal town of Hermanus. Neels will be getting to know 14 lovely ladies as he searches for the perfect partner – one with a great sense of humour, who is sure of herself, kind-hearted, and an all-around good person who’s not after a flashy lifestyle. He’s also looking for that spark of physical attraction. Will he find it or have to go back to the apps?

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Friday, 23 April

 

Laat die potte prut S13

This competition-format show follows three teams creating delectable meals on an open fire to impress the judges. Laat die potte prut will teach you handy tips and unique recipes to create at home or challenge your family to compete against each other.

On VIA (DStv channel 147) at 17:30

 

Saturday, 24 April

 

Mel Gibson Marathon

TNT honours Mel Gibson by showcasing an entire Saturday filled with his acting and directing feats.

 

11:40 – Conspiracy Theory (1997)

13:55 – We Were Soldiers (2002)

16:05 – Apocalypto (2006)

18:20 – Payback (1999)

20:00 – The Passion of the Christ (2004)

22:10 – Mad Max (1979)

On TNT (DStv channel 137) at 11:40

 

Sunday, 25 April

 

E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars

April is Oscars month, and you can watch E! Live from The Red Carpet: 2021 Oscars on Sunday, 25 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 23:00, and Red Carpet Rundown: 2021 Oscars on Monday, 26 April on E! Entertainment (DStv channel 124) at 01:30. Also, keep an eye on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and M-Net Movies 1 (DStv channel 104) for coverage. And watch the DStv Awards show campaign page for all the latest news.

On E! (DStv channel 124) at 23:00

 

Monday, 26 April

 

The Buzz S4

Anele Mdoda hosts this 30-minute talk show, which features five women from across the African continent sharing opinions and anecdotes to help viewers with their dilemmas. Anele’s pals include Pearl Umeh from Nigeria, Rachel Wakesho from Kenya, Zanna Katoka from the DRC, and Davina Mavuwa from Zimbabwe. With such widely different personalities and cultural backgrounds on offer, viewers are sure to get a well-rounded perspective on any problem – from romance and relationships with family and friends to health and side hustles.

On HONEY (DStv channel 173) at 19:00

 

Tuesday, 27 April

 

Die Byl S3

Colonel Piet van der Bijl, better known as Die Byl, and his team are back investigating serial killers in this Leon Kruger series. As the season begins, Byl is still reeling under the guilt he feels for what happened to his team during season 2, while Sergeant Stuurman’s physical and psychological process of recovery will place strain on his relationship with Dr Shani van Rooi. Meanwhile, Captain Lena Maree battles to juggle career and family in a profession that forces the demands of parenthood to take a backseat.

On kykNET (DStv channel 144) at 20:00

 

Wednesday, 28 April

 

Rea Tsotella S12

A show which focuses on conflict resolution hosted by Bishop I Makamu. This reality talk show ranges from discussions around family and romantic relationships to various other issues that plague guests.

On DStv App

 

Thursday, 29 April

 

Baghdad Central S1

This British-made crime thriller is set in Baghdad, Iran around 2003, shortly after Saddam Hussein was ousted. Ex-policeman Muhsin al-Khafaji (Waleed Zuaiter) is wrongfully arrested and tortured by US troops while searching for his missing daughter, Sawsan (Leem Lubany). Later, he is recruited by ex-British policeman Frank Temple (Bertie Carvel) to become a police officer in the Green Zone, the centre of international activity in Baghdad. The series will build to a box set, so episodes will stay on Catch Up throughout the show’s run.

On M-Net (DStv channel 101) at 22:30

 

Friday, 30 April

 

Night Of The Wild (Horror)

When a meteorite hits a quiet town, all the residents’ dogs turn into mysterious beasts. The pets viciously attack the residents who need to fight back to save their family members.

On KIX (DStv channel 114) at 21:00

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