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Moja Centres, a South African social enterprise has announced the introduction of design thinking qualifications as part of its social enterprise development programme. The two qualifications, Design Thinking Lead and Design Thinking Practitioner are part of the seven qualifications that have been registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on 01 April 2022 as occupational qualifications. The programme has already been tested to 16 students from the Kwa-Thema township as part of the five phases of the Moja Centres enterprise development programme.

It has been shown that design thinking skills are important for addressing problems affecting the youth and for creating opportunities for startups, especially in townships and rural villages where youth unemployment is high. Design thinking can introduce new ways of finding simple questions for innovation. Design thinking can also be used to help come up with innovation to address real issues. The method can be applied to specific problems, commercialize innovation and design products and services targeted at people who are affected by the same issues.


The development of the qualifications was spearheaded by the MICT SETA 4IR department with Moja Centres actively taking part in the process. The MICT SETA is the Development Quality Partner (QDP) for the Design Thinking Lead and Design Thinking Practitioner qualifications. Design thinking has been embedded as a module in other 4IR qualifications such Robotic, Process Automation, Internet of Things and 3D Printing.


“As the MICT SETA, we are excited about partnership with stakeholders in the provision of 4IR qualifications in South Africa,” explains Matome Madibana, MICT SETA acting CEO. “I wish to thank all stakeholders and the Community of Experts (CEPs) who participated in the development of the 4IR qualifications” said Ms Gugu Sema. Moja Centres is one of the stakeholders in the Community of Experts that developed these two qualifications.

The first group of participants who completed the individual-to-entrepreneur transformation phase of the programme are 16 students from the Kwa-Thema township in December 2021 are now ready to enroll in the second phase of the programme, Entrepreneur Capacity Development as Startups. The programme is arranged in five phases, delivered weekly, in a workshop format with daily work activities to carry out at home. The participants are expected to collaborate amongst themselves, conduct interviews in the community, and present results in class. Participants are also encouraged to look at understanding problems in a different way from the norm and come up with innovation to address problems affecting their communities.

“Personally, it has helped me a lot to view things in a different perspective. I now know how to control my emotions in any situation and not react instantly.’ explains Ms Mathabo Morudu, one of the participants who completed the first phase of the programme.


Co-founder of Moja Centres, Andile Tlhoaele has this to say of the courses, “The Moja Centres programme uses design thinking to simplify questions for innovation in areas such as farming, digital technologies, and human capital development. It can also facilitate innovation to address social challenges facing communities living in underserviced areas, especially rural villages where we believe this kind of intervention would make the most impact.”


Moja Centres (Pty) Ltd was founded by Dr Frasia Karua, the former General Manager of Amref Enterprise and Mr Andile Tlhoaele, the former lead consultant for Amref Health Africa when they visited innovation centres in Bangalore and Hyderabad India in 2018. Moja is a Swahili word meaning one, in township communities of South Africa, moja refers to being well or “sharp”. Moja Centre was founded on the need to simplify questions for innovation.


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SA Radio Awards 2022 entries open

Posted by radio On March - 19 - 2022 ADD COMMENTS

Entries have officially opened for the 2022 Radio Awards.   It will be the 12th year that the Radio Awards has honoured outstanding achievements in the radio industry, setting benchmarks for all stations and professionals to strive towards. Stations have until 31 May 2022 to submit their entries.


Taryn Westoby, Head of Arena Events which owns the Radio Awards, says: “We are delighted to once again host the premier awards programme celebrating the country’s finest talent in radio broadcasting. Radio has played such an important part in keeping people informed and feeling connected during what has been an extremely hard time during the pandemic. Radio remains one of the most accessible platforms for engaging millions of South Africans.”

How to enter

  • STEP 1 – REGISTER:  CLICK HERE to register your profile for the 2022 entry system.  All previous profile registrations have been cleared, so stations will need to re-register and create a new profile in order to gain access to the entry system. When registering your profile, stations will need to select the respective licence category (Campus, Community, PBS, Commercial or Internet).
  •  STEP 2 – LOGIN: CLICK HERE to log in to the Radio Awards entry system once you have registered and verified your profile, and access has been approved by the Radio Awards administration. Use your registered username and password to log in to the entry system. You will then be redirected to the Radio Awards dashboard. Use the toolbar on the left side to navigate your way around the entry system.
  • STEP 3 – SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY: Select and complete the appropriate entry form for the category you wish to enter by clicking the ‘New Entry’ button on the side toolbar. Ensure that you complete all of the fields required for each entry you wish to make.

Stations have until 31 May 2022 to submit their entries.

Twenty-nine categories will be awarded in 2022, and full category descriptions are available here.

There is no fee for entering, and all category and entry guidelines are available via the link on the Radio Awards website:

Mark these dates

  • Entries open: 16 March 2022

  • Entries close: 31 May 2022

  • Awards hybrid event: 1 October 2022

For enquiries about the Radio Awards 2022 entries, please contact Zandi Nhlapo at

Stay tuned for the latest updates and news on social media by following @SARadioAwards on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using #SARadioAwards.

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APO Group (, 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) (, 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 ( “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

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

Journalists must enter work produced between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021. Click to enter here:


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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
Ticket Bookings for the Production: 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 (


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.

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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 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 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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