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The four year partnership between Deen TV and OpenView HD is set to come to an end on 30 September 2017, after which the channel will no longer form part of the free-to-view satellite service’s bouquet.

“The decision to discontinue our relationship with Deen TV was made on the back of scheduled commercial discussions between the two parties,” says head of Platco, Patrick Conroy. “It’s the nature of businesses such as ours that channels are constantly reviewed, meaning that, from time to time, channels will be shuffled depending on market and commercial criteria”.

The OpenView HD bouquet continues to grow, thanks to the recent addition of BBC World News and the introduction of eMovies Extra, as well as a second general entertainment channel, e Extra. The platform is currently home to 17 channels, with plans in the works to introduce additional channels, in the near future. OpenView HD has grown its market share by 157% since March 2016, making it the country’s fastest-growing new TV platform, and is set to reach the 1 million customer mark in the next few days.

Platco thanks Deen TV for being part of the OpenView HD journey since the platform’s inception in 2013 and wishes the channel well.

DStv Compact, Compact Plus and Premium customers will be able to enjoy BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) in stunning High Definition from 5thOctober

DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy even more of the great shows on BBC First (DStv channel 119) as its broadcasting hours increase to 12 hours a day from 8th October 

BBC Worldwide announced today that its flagship entertainment channel BBC BRIT will become available in HD on DStv channel 120 from the 5th October.

Since the launch of the new BBC Worldwide portfolio of channels on DStv in September 2015, BBC BRIT (DStv channel 120) has quickly established itself as a firm favourite with viewers and is home to the biggest and boldest entertainment shows. From 5th October the channel will unveil a dynamic and vibrant on-air look, along with broadcasting in high definition quality. Continue reading

AT 21:00 CAT ON COMEDY CENTRAL (DStv Channel 122)

The seventh episode of #FamousLastWords is all about learning to deal with the little details in life. Itsy-bitsy Nina Hastie discovers that creatures smaller than her can pack a big punch, while loud-and-luscious lady, Kuli Roberts, learns that comedy requires more than just words.

Kuli Roberts needs no introduction and doesn’t shy away from throwing shade on social media. Beginning her journey as a journalist, Kuli’s career skyrocketed after she landed her first TV show gig ‘What not to wear’, back in 2004.  Since then she has hosted and acted in several TV shows and as co-host on Kaya FM’s breakfast show with Bob Mabena.

Dynamite dame of the comedy stage, Nina Hastie, might be small but she knows how to command a presence. Nina, at 13 years young, launched herself on KTV and YFM as a voice over artist and radio presenter.  She has gone on to achieve amazing accolades to become one of the most sought-after comedians in the country.

Be sure to watch all the captivating moments as these ladies attempt to take over the world on Famous Last Words, Monday 25 September at 21:00 CAT onComedy Central (DStv channel 122). Continue reading

The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Department gives insight into the life of one of the country’s anti-apartheid political activists with an exhibition that opened in Tafelsig earlier today. Hundreds of learners will have the opportunity to learn more about the life of Dulcie September as the exhibition will move to other suburbs in due course. Read more below:

The Dulcie September Travelling Exhibition, in conjunction with the Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, opened at the Wolfgat Environmental Education Multipurpose Centre in Tafelsig where learners from the Chris Hani High School in Khayelitsha and Cedar High School in Mitchells Plain had the first opportunity to peruse it.

The learners’ visit to the exhibition coincides with a programme aimed at raising awareness around issues of local history through workshops and exhibitions.

The exhibition commemorates September’s life through her family’s personal archives, police records, records from her Paris office and newspaper clippings. It will be open to the public today and tomorrow, before moving to the Athlone Civic Centre. Continue reading

STATUS joins festival in support of the hustle

Johannesburg, September 18th, 2017 – Internationally acclaimed Hip Hop duo and Men of STATUS, Banele and Bandile Mbere, known as Major League DJz, thrilled fans this weekend with an electrifying performance at the inaugural Major League Gardens Social Arts Festival, which took place at the FNB Stadium outer fields.

Hosted by Mzansi’s adored twosome, Somizi and Khanyi Mbau alongside Big Dreams and Carpo, the festival saw an all-star line-up including the Nigerian trailblazer Davido, who shut the house down with an electrifying performance of IF, currently the biggest song in Africa.

Six-time SAMA winner Kwesta also represented alongside Riky Rick, Cassper Nyovest, OkmalumKoolkat, Black Motion and Maphorisa, each delivering a unique and memorable message. Other standout performances included an emotional gospel set by Jub Jub, and an impromptu dance off between Nadia Nakai and host Khanyi Mbau.

SA’s “new school” were also represented by Stilo Magolide, Sho Madjozi DJ Speedsta, Gemini Major, and Tshego, to name a few. Continue reading

… to mark World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22

Presenter Bonné de Bod, along with fellow filmmaker Susan Scott, were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census, which took place in the Kruger Park recently. De Bod and Scott, who have been working on the highly anticipated anti-poaching rhino feature documentary STROOP , due for release in early 2018, were delighted with this opportunity as it was the first time they had been given permission to observe the census.

To mark World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22, De Bod reveals what they saw and learnt.

Q: You’ve just came back from the Kruger National Park where you observed the annual rhino census. But it’s not as simple as just going up in a helicopter and counting the rhinos one sees, is it?

A: It was incredible to witness and to better understand the process. You might think that you go up in a helicopter, count the rhinos and the job is done; but it’s a lot more complicated than that. I have tried to observe and film this census count for four years and have begged SANParks every year to allow me to interview the scientists involved and see how it’s done. Continue reading

Johnny Clegg will perform one more Johannesburg concert as part of his Final Journey World Tour thanks to an overwhelming demand from his fans.

The once-off performance takes place at the Ticketpro Dome on Saturday, November 11, where Clegg will be joined on stage by a group of friends who include top local musicians Prime Circle, DJ Kent, Karen Zoid and Parlotones, to name but a few.
Earlier this year Johnny announced a final set of concerts in South Africa and overseas to thank his fans for their support over the 40-year long journey that spans his career.
The Johannesburg concerts sold out within hours of opening, leaving many people disappointed.
Says Clegg: “I am delighted to be joined on stage by some of this country’s best talent who also happen to be my friends. It is the perfect ending to my tour and the final opportunity to thank audiences for their incredible support.”
Adds Johnny Clegg manager and promoter Roddy Quin from Real Concerts: “We have had so many requests from artists to pay a tribute to Johnny that we have tried to include as many as we can as part of this show and made the decision to add one last Johannesburg concert to the tour in a much bigger venue to accommodate those who missed the first series of concerts, and who wanted to be part of what will be an historical moment in South African music history. We have also dropped ticket prices to make it accessible for everyone.”

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Registration figures show that Management and Business-related qualifications are rapidly growing in popularity among Matrics entering higher education next year.

“With higher education registrations coming in thick and fast, clear trends are starting to emerge on which fields are finding favour with the Class of 2017, and how these future students intend to empower themselves to face the challenges of the South African economy,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.

“There are also interesting comparisons to be made when looking at which qualifications have significantly increased in popularity from the year before,” he says.

Kriel says the most notable trend was the almost doubling in registrations for Higher Certificates in Business Management.

“A first Business Management qualification provides a good grounding for students, enabling them to enter many fields, whether in the corporate world or entrepreneurial ventures,” he says. Continue reading

The rainy season has come to a close and summer is around the corner. Yep, spring is here. “I like to think of spring as a nifty halfway station that combines the best of summer and winter,” says Anso-Mari Schoeman, co-founder of Cape Town-based CY Market. “It’s still possible to dress up cosily, but you can start going out and enjoying outdoors activities because it’s not cold and miserable either.”

So, how do you best enjoy a season that sits snugly between the doom and gloom of winter and the searing heat of summer? Anso-Mari has a few suggestions for shaking off the cobwebs and leaving winter hibernation behind.

A stroll on the promenade, chaps

Get that easy summer feeling back by paying a visit to the Sea Point and Green Point promenades respectively; the buzzing atmosphere is electric.

“Watching the waves roll in while you take a relaxing walk with family and friends is a great way to renew and revive the soul,” says Anso-Mari. Just be prepared for icy temperatures if you’re brave enough for a swim. Continue reading

Dressing in the dress and style of your own cultural group is a right that every African should have without fear of disapproval from any quarter. South Africa has nine official African languages representing specific population groups, which all have their own dress – and wearing it gives people a sense of belonging, a sense of great pride in their heritage, and, importantly, it makes them feel beautiful.

Dr Nomcebo Mthembu, Founder of Indoni SA, says it is unfortunate that African cultures continue to be benchmarked according to western standards. “Our ethos at Indoni is to try to reclaim what was lost by Africans when Africa was ravaged by colonialism and apartheid, when Africans were made to believe that what is theirs, and how they do things, is unacceptable.”

Westernisation of traditional cultural attire has happened over many decades and is a created and entirely unnatural development that has instilled a stigma of nakedness and nudity to traditional practices. “In our eyes as Africans, when we dress in traditional attire, we are fully clothed. We believe that women must be allowed to wear their traditional dress with pride – and people must acknowledge it for what it is, and adjust narrow mindsets about it being offensive,” adds Dr Mthembu.

She reports with distress that the situation has deteriorated to the point of the Indoni Instagram account being shut down because of images of girls in traditional attire. “This doesn’t make sense and these actions and others like them are far more offensive and disrespectful to people in general than are the pictures of the proud and beautiful women and men representing their cultural groups. It is not perceived as nakedness or as provocative or sexual within the cultural groups, and therefore should not be by anyone else.” Continue reading

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