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Samsung announced its headline sponsorship of the latest in Cassper Nyovest’s famous FillUp series of concerts. This December, Samsung will be firmly behind the popular hip hop star, in the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, as he once again raises the bar for South African artists. Cassper Nyovest’s Fill Up concert series is the most successful hip hop focused event in Africa. This is seamlessly aligned to Samsung’s position as the most loved brand in South Africa in the Sunday Times Top Brand survey, for the 7th year in a row. Additionally, the show’s innovative stage design and production has set the standard and influenced major artists worldwide.

“Cassper is a pioneer intent on blazing new trails. He is the perfect epitome of Samsung’s brand ethos ‘Do What You Can’t”, says Cambridge Mokanyane, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung South Africa.

 

Consumers will also be introduced to the Samsung Galaxy A30s, a special edition with enhancement such as Celebrity Alarm and Galaxy Theme, allowing our customers to enjoy flagship features such as Samsung Pay and Bixby Alarm so they Don’t Live Life Nje. The new Samsung Galaxy A30s has triple camera, uninterrupted infinity display and long-lasting battery life at an affordable price that will strike a chord with all South Africans.

 

Event Details
Date: 15 December 2019
Time: 14:00 – 00:00
Venue: Royal Bafokeng – Rustenburg

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There is nothing quite like a live performance from the legendary Thandiswa Mazwai. This powerful and dynamic artist will share an evening to be remembered as the finale of the 2019 Bassline Live season.

Saturday November 30th 2019 guests will be in for an evening of magic, as Thandiswa herself explains, “What I love most about performing live is how unpredictable it is and just how much a great audience can heighten the experience of the music. Improvisation is an important part of live performance because it speaks to sounds being created here and now. With the right musicians on stage, live performance can be transcendental. In the words of rapper Homeboy Sandman, and I paraphrase, ‘I never do the same show twice, I am way too nice.’ The people can expect more of that. I am always trying to find new ways to look at the music and it’s performance.”

 

She goes on to say, “I’m really excited to be back at the Lyric theatre with my Bassline family, we look forward to creating sacred spaces, and allowing music to do its divine work.”

 

This show promises to be a sold out show and a fitting end to this star-studded 2019 season for the Bassline Live series. Meshalin Naidoo, Promotions and Events  Manager of The Lyric Theatre puts it this way, “The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City is super proud to have been part of the amazing and successful Star-Studded  Bassline Live Series for 2019.  We look forward to partnering with Bassline for 2020!”

 

Thandiswa’s performance comes after months of international touring, as she explains “The last few months have been packed with travel as I try to build bridges to other lands. We played AFROPUNK in Brooklyn after headlining it twice in Jozi. Then we went back to NYC for the Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival. We played the Schomburg centre for research in black culture and it was really amazing to see the iconic pictures of African-American creatives strewn everywhere. We also just got back from playing the Redbull Music Festival in Melbourne and are right now getting ready for Summer festivals all over the Mamaland.”

 

The show starts 8pm at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday November 30th. Tickets are available from Computicket starting at R250.

 

Once again, supporting this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing who continue to stand behind the rich arts and culture scene in South Africa. Bassline Live is also presented in association with Castle Lite to unlock Extra Cold Refreshment and Experience.

 

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In the past week, the Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams hosted a roundtable discussion at AfricaCom titled, ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Human Capital Development for Africa.’ She has also recently spoken of an ecosystem of 4IR in “building a capable 4AR Army” to respond to challenges regarding economic growth faced in the youth sector.

Additionally, also just in the past week, a report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) was launched at the Africa Investment Forum that shows a continent that is ready to embrace (4IR) but needs to improve access to finance, skills and inclusive growth. The report, titled Potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa, highlighted specific areas of growth and investment on the continent, most notably in new technology-led areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics,  additive manufacturing and drones, and the internet of things.

 

While the report, and the related discussion at The Investment Forum highlighted many of the challenges facing Africa such as lack of coherent, policy, investment in connectivity infrastructure and access to data and the internet, it also noted that for the first time Africa is embarking on an industrial revolution at the same time as the rest of the world.

 

In September this year, an investment of R140 million ($9.2 million) by US multinational technology conglomerate Cisco was signed as part of a partnership with government in three key areas: job creation through Cisco incubation centres, skills and talent development and National Cyber Security.

 

The Kagiso Trust also just published the findings of a recently commissioned qualitative and quantitative research study,  the first South African study to evaluate, on a large scale, citizen awareness of 4IR and its potential impact on South African society in general.

 

Some of the results of the research study were:

  • Almost half (49.1%) of the respondents believe there will be a societal impact from 4IR.

  • 2 in 5 of the respondents believe that there will be no job creation with the advent of 4IR.

  • Just over half of the respondents believe that 4IR will result in large-scale job losses.

  • Only a quarter of the respondents believe that the 4IR will improve societal equality.

 

With so many developments rapidly taking place, and the still general lack of understanding about just what 4IR entails,  it is critical to take a few steps back and clarify some of the essential points around 4IR and how we embrace and pro-actively address the needs of the 4IR future.

 

4IR refers to a new era that is rooted in a new technological phenomenon—digitalization, artificial intelligence, algorithms and data. In order for an economy to benefit from these changes, as opposed to suffer the consequences of the much predicted mass-unemployment that this revolution will hail, there needs to be a 4IR ready workforce.

 

While many of these technological innovations will mean job losses, there is also the massive opportunity to create jobs via some of the key skills areas required for this new world of work. Some of the essential skill sets include:  the “Cloud”, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, data science and analytics, and cyber security.

 

Earlier this year, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) published a report on the future of work in SA.  The report also imagines what the world of work will look like in SA by 2030. They listed the  12 main driving forces that will shape the South African workplace of the future and placed 4IR and technology at the top of the list.  With the establishment of the Presidential Commission on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, of which the MICT SETA consults, policy is being developed to address 4IR across various sectors including agriculture, finance, mining, manufacturing, ICT and electronics and business.

 

For the MICT SETA (Media, Information, and Community Technology), this understanding is  especially important as we work with both government and the private sector to train the next generation of workers.

 

In order to pro-actively address the imminent changes to the work force of South Africa, the MICT SETA has established a  4IR division and Advisory Committees with four work stream areas of focus:  education, research, policy and labour.  The division will input into Presidential 4IR Commission programmes and ensure alignment with other institutions such as  SETAs, academia, public funded research institutions, labour and community on 4IR policy and implementation. The MICT SETA is also in the process of reviewing and developing new qualification that will address the 4IR skills needed for future of works.

 

As the Head of 4IR at the MICT SETA I am able to see first-hand both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead and am confident that the multi-faceted and collaborative approach that we are taking will yield results.

 

The opportunity to create a 4IR ready country and workforce will take an immense amount of resources – but fortunately the process has already begun and as we head into 2020 will accelerate into high gear.

 

For more information on the work being done on 4IR visit the following websites:

https://www.mict.org.za/

https://www.doc.gov.za/ms-stella-ndabeni-abrahams-induction-session-presidential-commission-4ir

 

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The Joburg Film Festival, brought to you by MultiChoice, will kick off its six-day celebration of global film on 19 November 2019 with the South African premiere of locally-produced horror film, 8, at the festival hub on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton

Between 19 and 24 November, audiences will be able to watch a total of 60 films and documentaries from around the world at six venues (within Auto & General Theatre on the Square and at a free outdoor screening area at Nelson Mandela Square); Ster-Kinekor Sandton City; Cinema Nouveau Rosebank; Maboneng’s Bioscope and Kings Theatre in Alexandra) across Johannesburg.

The Festival will play host to a number of stars, producers and directors, who will participate in Q&A sessions after select screenings across the programme, with daily red carpet premieres giving fans the opportunity to meet the stars themselves.

“The Joburg Film Festival offers a multicultural cinema experience in the heart of Johannesburg,” says Joburg Film Festival Executive Director Timothy Mangwedi. “It’s a cinematic feast that showcases thought-provoking, debate-stoking films from around the world, which we can’t wait to share with the people of Johannesburg”.

 

MultiChoice Group Executive Corporate Affairs, Joe Heshu, says that the company’s support of the Joburg Film Festival is aligned to its role as Africa’s most-loved storyteller. “Our platforms have always supported the best in local and international films, with themed pop-up channels dedicated to film festivals. The Joburg Film Festival the physical manifestation of that support of cinema – offering film fans the chance to enjoy interesting, challenging films in the company of key cast and crew and explore their love for movies”.

 

The Joburg Film Festival line-up includes films from South Africa; Nigeria; Mozambique; Brazil; USA; UK; Morocco and more, with a mix of feature films and documentaries showcasing stories that cross cultural boundaries. Local horror film 8 stars Tshamano Sebe, Inge Beckmann, Garth Breytenbach & Chris April – it tells the tale of an old man, fated to collect souls for eternity, who then seeks atonement after trading his daughter’s soul.

 

Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie, tells the story of a Jamaican immigrant in London who becomes consumed with avenging the murder of his older brother. Frances-Ann Solomon’s Hero is inspired by the life and times of Ulric Cross whose life spanned key moments of the 20th Century like WW2, African independence, Black Power, the rise of a new brand of Black leadership around the world – all events that have shaped the world today.

 

Luce, starring Octavia Spencer; Kelvin Harrison Jr; Naomi Watts & Tim Roth sees liberal-minded couple, Amy and Peter Edgar, who are forced to reconsider their image of their adopted son after they discover he has written an extremely disturbing essay for his class at school.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami delves into the story of larger than life performer and model Grace Jones to discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realised and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out.

Where are you, João Gilbertosets out in the footsteps of German writer Marc Fischer who obsessively searched for the legendary founding father of Bossa Nova, Brazilian musician João Gilberto, who has not been seen in public for decades.

 

Fanney Tsimong’s soulful documentary, My Culture, My Music, illustrates how music has always been a powerful tool within South African culture. A host of South African artists narrate what music and culture mean to them: connecting to the body and soul, healing and providing a sense of being.

 

For a full listing of the 60 films which make up the Joburg Film Festival – and for information on how to book tickets when bookings open on 10 November – visit Joburg Film Festival.

Keep in touch with the Joburg Film Festival on social media, @joburg_film_festival on Instagram, @joburgfilmfest on Twitter and facebook.com/joburgfilmfestival.

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When it comes to award shows, everyone has an opinion. Did Green Book deserve to win the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture? Was Kacey Musgraves deserving of the 2019 Grammy for Album of the Year? Who could forget the controversy storm caused by Esperenza Spalding’s Best New Artist Grammy win in 2011, beating the likes of Justin Bieber, Drake and Mumford and Sons?

 

What makes the E! People’s Choice Awards (PCA) unique is that they are voted for directly by the general public. It gives winners the ultimate bragging rights to having the most loyal fans.

But the 2019 PCA was particularly unique, as it introduced a new, hotly contested category – 2019 African Influencer of the Year.

We were informed in October that our very own Bonang Matheba had been awarded the accolade, surpassing the likes of Wizkid, Davido, Cassper Nyovest, Tiwa Savage, Minnie Dlamini-Jones and Diamond Platnumz who were nominated alongside her. Knowing our Queen B would attend the awards to accept the historic award, Africans watched eagerly as she offered behind-the-scenes snapshots into the fun via her social media channels, and strutted her stuff across the iconic red carpet.

Expanding her reach

Bonang owned the PCA red carpet in outstanding pink and unmatchable confidence.

Accepting the first ever African Influencer of the Year Award, Queen B thanked E! Entertainment Television for recognising African talent. “I also have the most amazing fans, so thank you to my B-Force and shout out to everyone back in South Africa,” she gushed.

Earlier this year, Bonang won the Inspiration & Influence Award at the Global Social Awards in Prague, and we’re sure she’ll continue to bag international awards after her permanent move to that side of the world. We’ll be sad to see her go when she leaves after the Sun Met next year, but you can be sure we’ll be following her journey on her socials.

Speaking of Bonang’s socials… did you check her Insta?

In true influencer style, Bonang took her 6.8 million Instagram fans along with her as she dazzled the PCA red carpet.

She shared shots of the décor and drinks at the event, before sharing a pose with her award in her figure-hugging pink dress. You can also spot her with various celebs and watch her interviews with the E! journalists.

 

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The South African Breweries (SAB) along with its judging panel announced the winners of the annual SAB Environmental Media of the Year awards at its headquarters in Johannesburg last night. Stroop – journey into the rhino horn war took the Video Media (Long Form) award for 2019.

The awards, now in their third decade, aim to recognize South African journalists who have excelled at reporting on, and creating awareness of, environmental issues across print, electronic and digital media. Bongani Bingwa, MC of the event, says it was a unanimous decision by the judges for the hard-hitting South African film that has ignited world-wide interest in rhino poaching and has screened at numerous film festivals as well as on TV channels around the globe.

 

This is the 25th award for the filmmakers of Stroop, Susan Scott and Bonné de Bod. “The film has won so many international awards which is wonderful of course!  But it’s very important to be recognized back home,” says an emotional de Bod. “This is a very prestigious award, and has been given out by SAB for over thirty years, so to have the focus put squarely on rhino poaching, considering all the environmental issues out there, is just vital and I’m very pleased about that.”

 

One of the film’s characters, Karen Trendler, was honoured with the Nick Steele Memorial Award for Environmentalist of the Year – the top nod at the award ceremony.  “How wonderful that Karen has been recognized for her thirty years of service to caring for and rewilding wild animals!” Scott adds that Trendler, a world famous wildlife rehabilitator, shared this with notable environmentalists who have made meaningful impact in their fields like the UN Patron for the Oceans, Lewis Pugh, and lion advocate Gareth Patterson.

 

This is the first cash award that the filmmakers have won for the film and Scott says they are choosing to share it with their mothers, who they moved in with during the four years of filming on Stroop.

 

Stroop is a gripping wildlife crime thriller documentary that takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride between Africa and Asia. These first time filmmakers embed themselves on the front-lines of the rhino poaching crisis where they are given exclusive access to the war unfolding.  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.

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Over 120 free-to-air television stations, including public broadcasters from 15 African countries, are expected to take part in the next Johannesburg edition of the DISCOP film, television, and digital content market and co-production forum that kicks off from 20th November for three days of intense networking and deal building.

These public broadcasters will be acknowledged and celebrated for their role as the dominant force in the African market where 85% of audiences still actively watch free television.  While the launch of a range of new SVOD services across the continent may dominate discussions, behind streaming’s tech dazzle, the more mundane business of selling content to Africa’s ordinary linear networks is high on DISCOP Johannesburg 2019’s agenda.

 

Contrary to a certain belief, advertising-driven TV remains strong. According to recent reports, the market share of linear ad-supported television, currently 36.7 percent of the overall global market, would actually rise to 40.1 percent by 2025 and more than half of the industry’s global revenues will still be in free-TV six years from now.

 

“All the major streaming and pay-tv services will be attending,” noted Patrick Zuchowicki, General Manager and Founder of DISCOP, who adds, “But pre-market reports point to strong demand for programming from commercial and public broadcasters. The bulk of the business for the vast majority of content suppliers is still in traditional television.”

 

135+ global and regional content sellers and 150+ African independent content producers will take part in a reconfigured market that will go beyond content selling and buying and also cover the co-production of original content. A total of 250+ programmers, acquisition, commissioning, production and marketing executives from 35+ African countries are also expected to attend seeking both finished content, adaptation rights and projects in development.

 

DISCOP JOHANNESBURG 2019’s sidebar conference program will feature focused thematic sessions that will provide an opportunity for a more dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Topics to be covered will include content monetization strategies, the booming animation industry, bringing eSports to television screens, the importance of dubbing, the export of original African content, branded content, and how to tackle disinformation.

 

“There is no question that Pay-TV penetration, access to mobile television and VOD adoption is on the rise.” says Andrew BoozerDISCOP’s Conference Director, who adds, “This is why we have designed a conference program that will help ad-supported TV channels stay at the top of their game and build stronger ties with local talent, up-and-coming producers and advertisers who still  think that linear television is the most powerful ad-medium on the continent.”

 

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It’s a night for the stars in Andalusia, Spain as the MTV Awards come to its shores for the fourth time.

The MTV European Music Awards brings together musicians from all four corners of the globe in a lavish night of musical performances. Expect to see big names such as Akon, Nail Horan from One Direction fame, Finders Keepers singer Mabel, former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher and One Kiss singer Dua Lipa. Singer and songwriter Ariane Grande is definitely feeling euphoric with seven nominations in hand, the most for a single artist, followed by Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X and Shawn Mendez who have each bagged six nominations.

 

 

Latin powerhouse Becky G will perform and host and with her repertoire of talent, the evening is bound to be a festival of jubilation, dance and pure giddiness. At only 22 years old, Becky G has come a long way since she was discovered in 2011 after making cover versions of popular songs and posting them online. Last year she walked away with two awards from the Latin American Music Awards and one of her career highlights has to be touring with American Idol judge Katy Perry, a former EMA host herself. And if you can’t shake off that bugging feeling that says: “I’ve seen Becky G on a TV series”, that’s because you have – on Empire with Lucious and Cookie Lyon.

 

 

Nigerian singer Burna Boy is among six African artists nominated in the Best African Act category. Lifting the South African flag high is rapper Nasty C and “Charlotte” hit maker Prince Kaybee.

Watch the MTV EMA’s on Sunday 3 November on MTV (130) at 20:00

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DISCOP Joburg Enters Esports Arena

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The organizers of DISCOP have announced a new initiative that will bring the world of professional competitive gaming closer to TV screens across Africa.  This program will showcase the esports experience to broadcasters and brands who understand that television is still the most powerful advertising medium in Africa.

Global video gaming competitions have grown from a nascent idea to a powerhouse industry, with millions of fans watching individuals and teams compete for tens of millions of dollars in prize money. In conjunction with DISCOMICS, and its partners across the continent, ICON Comics & Games Convention, Nairobi Comic-Convention, Pro Series Gaming, and the African Animation Network will present a brand new, broadcast-partnered initiative to explore the potential of e-Sports in Africa — and provide two video gamers a chance to take on the world’s best.

 

The world of professional competitive gaming therefore, is now firmly on the agenda at DISCOP JOHANNEBUG 2019, taking place from November 20-22nd at the Sandton Convention Centre, in a session entitled ‘Bringing Video Gaming to Screens,’ to be jointly hosted by Nick WILSON, President of the AFRICAN Animation Network, Les ALLEN, President of the ICON Comics and Games Convention, and Thomas IMBOYA, President of the NAIROBI Comic Convention and Pro Series Gaming, he biggest esports competition organisers in East Africa.

 

China, South Korea, North America, and Europe have emerged as the main hubs for the burgeoning competitive esports scene. The industry is far smaller in Africa, but it is starting to gather pace with start-ups springing up across the continent to produce games with African themes. The continent had 23 million video game players in 2014, and that reached 500 million in 2018, largely due to the rapid penetration of smartphones. In South Africa, esports stars earned close to $300,000 in 2018, up 6.8% on the previous year.

 

The games market itself has grown from $105 million to $570 million in the same four-year period. In Kenya, the video games market was worth over $50m in 2016 and is expected to double by 2021. Combine that with hardware sales and gaming is already a billion-dollar business in Africa.

 

“The world of sports entertainment is changing, and esports is the star player,” says Patrick Zuchowicki, President of DISCOP who adds, “DISCOP is waking up to video gaming competition’s potential. We will help broadcasters and content producers learn more about this new ecosystem to woo audiences. Not just gamer addicts. But everyone from nine years old to 45”.

 

The two-hour session will explore how the rise of competitive gaming will disrupt the traditional notions of sports broadcasting. eSports broadcast will evolve into something entirely different and much more interactive than what television viewers have seen in the past. Questions to be tackled will include the difficulty of broadcasting video gaming competitions, the growth of physical venues for eSports, how technology can make eSports more interactive, and comparisons to traditional sports.

 

“Depending on the way they watch eSports, audiences and their friends sitting in the same room are getting something different out of it. It’s a different interaction model around video game than it is around traditional sports, which have a much higher barrier,” says Nick Wilson, President of the African Animation Network, who adds, “We are still at the beginning of eSports broadcast and a lot of competitions are not properly set up to be captured on video. But the rise of competitive gaming in Africa reveals pent-up demand from a new generation of African gamers and we can expect more games to come to screens.”

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In the season finale to a massively exciting and almost completely sold-out star-studded 2019 series, Bassline Live presents, in partnership with Radio2000,Thandiswa Mazwai LIVE  at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, Saturday 30th November 2019.

The Bassline and Thandiswa have a long and memorable relationship so it is perfectly apt that Thandiswa should close out the 2019 series in this the Bassline’s 25th anniversary year.

 

Fans are urged to book tickets soon as 3 of the last 4 Bassline Live events this year have SOLD OUT well in advance.

 

Hot off a host of international tour dates, Thandiswa Mazwai needs no introduction to most SA music fans with a legion of devoted fans and a host of accolades to her name.

 

Thandiswa Mazwai is an award winning South African musician whose career spans over 25yrs. She was part of the vanguard movement that created a post-apartheid dance music genre called Kwaito and over the years has cemented herself as an indelible part of the cultural landscape of South Africa with several award winning solo albums which includes her magnum opus “Zabalaza” released in 2004 and awarded the “album of the decade of freedom” by the Pan South African language board.

 

In 2016 she released “Belede” a South African songbook in honour of, what can be considered the golden era of South African music with legends like, Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela at the helm, as well as her personal relationships with these great friends and mentors.

 

Thandiswa has returned to NYC three times this year with Salon Africana at the Africa Centre in March 2019, AFROPUNK with her  long standing Afro-funk  band in August 2019.  As part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide Festival she appeared at The Schomburg in Oct 2019. Still in October, Thandiswa performed down under in Australia, for the first time ever, in the Redbull Music Festival supporting Sampa The Great’s new album launch.

 

The show starts 8pm at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City on Saturday November 30th. Tickets are available from Computicket starting at R250.

 

Once again, supporting this event is stylish urban outfitters Brentwood Clothing who continue to stand behind the rich arts and culture scene in South Africa. Bassline Live is also presented in association with Castle Lite to unlock Extra Cold Refreshment and Experience.

 

 

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