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Cape Town – “Crisis? There’s no crisis.” Those were the words of Primedia chief executive Omar Essack in the wake of yet another on-air line-up change – the third in seven months.

This includes moving award-winning breakfast show host and fan favourite Ryan O’Connor, who will now get to sleep a little later in the morning. He moves to the 10am to 1pm spot from July 3 after serving up breakfast on KFM for a decade. O’Connor makes way for popular Joburg radio presenter and comedian Darren “Whackhead” Simpson.

Primedia – the parent company of KFM, 947, Cape Talk and 702 – is also said to be facing a staff crisis as a result of mass resignations.

But Essack said the goal was to grow KFM. “There is a commitment to provide what audiences expect from the brand,” Essack told Weekend Argus.

However, there has been no growth in listenership for the popular Western Cape radio station in recent years. In fact, listenership at what is now the No 2 radio station in the Cape has been on a steady decline.

The most recent RAMS (Radio Audience Measurement Survey) figures has KFM’s daily listenership at 672 000 as of December 2016. Heart FM leads the way with 787 000 listeners, while Goodhope FM has a listenership of 551 000.

“We know that KFM has a fantastically responsive audience. We need to grow KFM to the next level, we need to get back to being more than we are at the moment,” Essack said.

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http://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/shake-up-at-kfm-not-music-to-all-ears-9240290

The elegant Nomzamo Mbatha and bubbly Jessica Nkosi are set to join the stylish Nandi Madida in the new and improved BET A-List on BET (Channel 129 on DStv) from Thursday 25 May at 19:00 CAT.
The hot trio will combine their star power with Jesse Suntele who moves into a studio role from an insert presenter. The elite foursome will alternate in the anchor seat when the weekly lifestyle and entertainment magazine show moves to its new 19:00 CAT time slot on BET (DStv channel 129).
Ayanda Nhlapo and Leroy Marc will continue their roles of fashion and style correspondents creating an umissable television experience; while model and TV host K. Naomi continues to bring her fresh approach as insert presenter.

And BET A-List has further grown its pan-african reach by adding on two correspondents, Nigerian TV host & producer Illrymz & Zimbabwean TV personality Miss Vimbai, who will be reporting on all the action and entertainment from on the ground in Nigeria.

Monde Twala, Vice President, BET, Youth & Music for Viacom International Media Networks Africa, says: “We are delighted that such big name talent as Nomzamo and Jessica will be bringing their star power to BET A-List. This home-grown show has been hugely successful since its debut last year. We will continue to keep audiences up-to-date on the latest trends on the African continent and abroad. Nomzamo and Jessica are trend-setters. So who better to join the A-List team?”

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Arts lovers and Festival fans are grabbing their coffee, credit cards and calendars because the National Arts Festival’s 2017 programme is now online and open for booking at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.Newcomers to the Festival may feel a little overwhelmed by the 700 productions on offer, so this is a short guide to navigating the programme.

The key Festival programme comprises a Main and Fringe programme. The Main Programme showcases works that have been selected by a 21-person artistic committee after a lengthy application and consideration period. Dance, theatre, music, performance art and visual art are all represented in this mix and audiences flock to these popular shows which include the work of the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artists. The Main Programme also features international work and a lot of brand new work from South Africa’s top talent.

The Arena is part of the Main Programme and showcases the work of previous winners of the National Arts Festival’s Standard Bank Ovation Awards as well as international award-winning fringe productions.

The Fringe component of the Festival also sees a mix of works across genres but these are not curated or selected. Anyone with a performance looking for an audience can enter to be on the Fringe and the result is an exciting lucky packet of shows. From bold new work to remakes of the classics, from debuts to familiar faces and everything in between – they are all on the Fringe. The National Arts Festival is part of the World Fringe Alliance and draws on a pool of Fringe talent and talent-spotters to stimulate an exciting and innovative global energy for both performers and audiences.

The Student Theatre portion of the programme is a platform for interesting new work from the universities and colleges of South Africa.  Expect to see young creatives flexing their muscle both on stage and behind the scenes as they receive an invaluable introduction to the experience of performing at the Festival. Continue reading

CURATING IN-DEPTH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN GOVERNANCE, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, TECHNOLOGY AND THEIR ROLES IN AFRICA’S FUTURE
Johannesburg, 17 May 2017: MTV Base Meet’s delivers another inspired episode that connects Africa’s visionary young people with leading figures. This exclusive not-to-be-missed special will be broadcast on Sunday 21 May at 18:00 CAT on MTV Base (DStv channel 322).

This platform presents us with a candid chat that’s at once hilarious, insightful and groundbreaking with Sudanese globalist, Mo Ibrahim. He explores everything from clean governance to Africa’s broadband deficit.

The conversation is moderated by MTV Base Africa VJ, Sizwe Dhlomo. He presides over a select group of young people quizzing and comparing notes with Mo Ibrahim on how Africa can overcome its most pressing challenges. They also find a way to share a transgenerational African dream for the world.
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SA’s Got Talent, sponsored by Samsung, has opened up auditions to all South African citizens via WhatsApp. Now anyone with a smartphone and WhatsApp can audition with the click of a button, wherever they are in the country.

This is how you can audition for SA’s Got Talent on WhatsApp:

  • Add the SA’s Got Talent’s number (060 485 6175) to your smartphone’s contacts.
  • Go to the WhatsApp app on your smartphone
  • Start a new chat with SA’s Got Talent
  • Record your audition video on the WhatsApp chat or upload your video from your Camera Roll.
  • Include your Name, Age, City and Contact Details.
  • Press SEND.

WhatsApp entries close at midnight on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

It’s Durban’s chance to shine this weekend at Moses Mabhida Stadium to audition for SA’s Got Talent on Saturday 20 May 2017.

Durban :20 May 2017 at Moses Mabhida Stadium (44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Durban).
Gates open: 7:00AM

Important information:
 Any contestants who arrive after midday, 12:00PM, will not be allowed in the pre-audition queue, so best to arrive early to avoid any disappointment. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone throughout the entire pre-audition process on the day. Only South African citizens can audition.

Cape Town, on 4 May 2017: adidas revealed its latest addition to the PureBOOST franchise that launched earlier this year, the new PureBOOST DPR – an innovation engineered to take runners closer to the city streets. Made for runners whose unafraid attitude makes no urban environment unconquerable, the new agile and adaptive design features the latest application of adidas’ industry leading Boost technology, with a new 8mm heel-to-toe offset. Creating a natural Boost platform that stores and unleashes energy more effectively every time it hits the ground, the shoe enables runners to truly ‘feel’ the streets.

When developing PureBOOST DPR, adidas looked at the needs of the urban runner and designed a shoe that is as dynamic and adaptable as they are. PureBOOST DPR was created to support runners who love the thrill of dodging city traffic, racing street lights and weaving through busy pedestrians, working with the unpredictable surroundings and harnessing its energy.

Pieter Warnich, senior manager for adidas Running SA, said: “We are seeing runners from all over the world exploring their cities and expressing their own creativity in the routes they choose and the challenges they take on. As a brand we wanted to build something purely designed for this type of runner, and loved the idea of creating a more adaptive running experience. With the adidas Runbase boosters taking the lead with this new running shoe, we’re excited to see how they express their creativity on the streets of the CBD”. Continue reading

Rugby will make its much-anticipated debut at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday 16 June when former Cell C Sharks favourite Fred Michalak will lead out a star-studded French Barbarians side against the SA ‘A’ team in Durban on Youth Day. This match will kick-off at 16h45.

Over that weekend, the City of Durban will proudly host not just this festival match, but also the Castle Lager Incoming Series Test between the Springboks and France at Growthpoint Kings Park, on Saturday 17 June (kick-off at 17h00).

Commenting on these matches, The Sharks CEO, Gary Teichmann, said: “We are happy to be associated with this historic match, which the eThekwini Municipality-Moses Mabhida Stadium has been instrumental in bringing to Durban.

“We at The Sharks are gearing up to host an exciting Test Match the following day and the support of our community is instrumental to the success of this double-header weekend of rugby in our province.” Continue reading

Unfathered by Dr Disa Mogashana is a gripping account of her life with an absent father. Inspired by dreams about her father to pen down the book, Disa gives a deeply emotional account of how not having her biological father in her life affected her childhood and self-confidence.

Disa alerts parents to the consequences of physical and emotional absence and its effects on children – particularly the absence of a father on a girl child.

The story starts off with her birth to a 19 year old mom in 1982, who is abandoned by her lover to raise a child and the complex relationship formed between mother and child as a consequence.

In the book, Disa relives the loss of her grandfather and uncle who assumed the role of father and what those losses meant to her. But in all this yearning for a loving relationship with her dad, there is the contrast of the father figures that come into her life, in her stepfather, her father in law and her husband, as father to their children.

Unfathered challenges those who grew up without their fathers like Disa to overcome their hurt. “You can only change that which you acknowledge, allow my story to help you acknowledge your own challenges and give you the courage to move on from it.”

“Through writing this book I found healing in some areas of my life. I have hope that through reading my story you are encouraged to also find healing in your own life. To be aware of potential blind spots in your own relationships. Whatever you hold back in your life holds you back, whatever you have buried buries you.”

Seasoned and senior political reporters, Thulasizwe Simelane and Xoli Mngambi bring their extensive field reporting experience to The PolitBureau studio.

The PolitBureau, hosted by Thulasizwe Simelane and Xoli Mngambi, makes its debut on eNCA this Sunday, 21 May at 10:30am. The show promises to go beyond the spin, analyse the policy, and reveal what’s really at stake in the battles between personalities and ideologies in South Africa’s political space.

eNCA Channel News Director Mapi Mhlangu says eNCA is dedicating its top talent to helping viewers navigate the choppy political waters of 2017. “Simelane and Mngambi have a record of asking the tough questions on issues that matter, of people who do not necessarily want to answer. They will now use this experience to examine South African politics on a weekly basis; what was said, who said it, what it means and sometimes what was not said, and why,” she says. Continue reading

The e.tv multichannel offering is growing, with the introduction of 4 new e-channels, to the DStv platform from 17 May 2017. This major partnership means that e.tv multichannel now offers movies, series and kids’ programming to millions of new viewers.

eExtra (Channel 195) is the home of premium entertainment in HD offering international series, reality shows, telenovelas and quality dramas like House and Burn Notice, with a focus on young, urban, modern and cosmopolitan content.

eMovies+ (Channel 138) is the go-to destination for wall-to-wall entertainment, covering all genres from Romance to Comedy, Drama to Action and family-friendly films. Expect a good fight, a good laugh, and 24-hour superstars.

eMovies Extra (Channel 140) is the home of big-screen legends and Hollywood favourites, broadcasting blockbuster Action and Suspense movies in prime time and family-friendly movies, during the daytime hours.

eToonz+ (Channel 311) offers children’s programming for toddlers to tweens, offering endless adventures and exciting tales – a world of animated and live-action fun.
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