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Founders Factory Africa (FFA) is excited to announce the selection and investment into their first five fintech startup businesses in Africa.

Founders Factory Africa is a South African company operating across Africa delivering a corporate-backed accelerator and incubator. It is building and scaling 140 tech-based startups across four sectors over the next five years. In October 2018, Standard Bank was the first investor into Founders Factory Africa, with fintech as its strategic sector.

Within the first few months of its launch, Founders Factory Africa received over 500 applications from leading fintech entrepreneurs across the continent. After a rigorous screening and selection process, five businesses from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda were selected.

The five businesses are:

Schoolable (Nigeria) – A school financing solution that collects money from parents and provides it to schools, with the ambition of providing credit to both parties in the future. Currently, the company has launched its software as a service (SaaS) platform and is building the technology that leverages the data created by schools and their interactions with stakeholders.

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Johannesburg – Wednesday, 29 May 2019: After weeks of deliberating over thousands of entries, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have chosen 11 aspiring artists that will go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town to record their songs with the Tall Racks Records artists as part of the Lift As You Rise project.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project saw these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks. These tracks incorporated verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that allowed Africa’s up and coming artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks.

The 11 artists that will be living their musical dream are: Deekay_Did_It (Pietermaritzburg), Hanna (Cape Town), KDaVine (Pietermaritzburg), Msimisis (Swaziland), J_Reagz (Cape Town), Tembisile (Cape Town), Priscilla (Botswana), The Real Barry Lane (Nigeria), ThatoJessica (Johannesburg), Jay Hoodsa (Pretoria), and Flow Jones Jnr (Johannesburg).

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Following on from his debut single “We Are One (feat. Mpumi Sizani)” which captivated audiences and garnered hundreds of thousands of streams worldwide, South Africa’s ZYO is set to release his brand new single “Brighter Day”. In keeping with his ‘fusion of cultures’ ethos, the song features vocals by traditional African music artist, Thandeka Mfinyongo. The combination of her soulful African vocals and Xhosa lyrics mixed with ZYO’s electronic beats truly gives the song a unique sound. It’s fresh, captivating and inspiring. The track is set to drop on 14 June 2019, in honour and celebration of Youth Month in South Africa. It’s available for pre-order now on all major music platforms.

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KABOMO LIVE AT HARD ROCK CAFE’S LASA SESSIONS!

SAMA award-winning and multi-talented artist Kabomo is set to perform at Hard Rock Cafe’s LASA Sessions on Thursday 30th May.

Recently nominated for a SAMA for his latest album All Things Red, Kabomo is a force, consistent, talented and true to himself with five albums to his name.

All Things Red is a 12 track neo soul album which he deems his best work to date, sees him make his return as the ‘King of Soul’’. The album features some of the best artists in South Africa, the likes of Siphokazi, Khuli Chana, Mpumi, Nothende and new sensational talent Mapula Mahlo. Kabomo is known for songs such as Uzobuya, Busisiwe and Colour of You featuring the talented vocalist Nothende.

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Hot 91.9 FM presents Prime Fest featuring Prime Circle, The Parlotones, Just Jinjer, Jack Parow, Freshlyground, Mango Groove, Wonderboom and Shut Up It’s Sunday

PRIMEFEST Logo b&wJoburg’s summer social calendar just got hotter with the announcement of the return of the annual Prime Fest music and lifestyle festival. The annual family-friendly festival, hosted by Prime Circle and Hot 91.9 FM, returns for its second year on the 5th of October, 2019 at Casalinga in Muldersdrift and will feature a powerhouse line-up of some of South Africa’s brightest and top music acts.

The royal flush of SA music giants confirmed to share the stage alongside Prime Circle includes The Parlotones, Just Jinjer, Jack Parow, Freshlyground, Mango Groove, Wonderboom and Shut Up It’s Sunday, with several more acts to be announced.

The festival was launched in 2018 following Prime Circle’s album release of If You Don’t You Never Will. The band decided that it was time to make their dream of starting their own music festival a reality and with the help from some friends, they managed to pull off a festival of epic proportions.

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As Matrics from the Class of 2019 get stuck into their mid-year exams, an education expert has warned that they need to remain disciplined and focused right to the end, and not under-estimate the importance of this round of assessments.

“Grade 12s will have noticed that the ante has been upped in these exams, and it will be their first real encounter with the high expectations they will need to meet this year,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education institution.

“Once the going gets tough, as is bound to happen, the temptation might be there to take a step back and dismiss these exams as no big deal in the greater scheme of things, in the mistaken belief that the real challenge lies ahead when the finals arrive. But that would be the wrong approach, as the mid-year exams play a crucial role not only in the Matriculant’s preparation for the final exams, but also on their prospects after school. These marks really do count, and learners must do everything they can to perform as well as possible,” he says.

With the increased competition for tertiary study space, particularly for popular and respected institutions and qualifications, it is important that learners apply for higher education opportunities as soon as possible.

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In honour of this milestone, the festival and partners will host a series of legacy screenings and retrospectives in Cape Town and Johannesburg before another world class line up of films hits screens in October. The festival, South Africa’s foremost event of its kind and now in its 10th year,will once again see South African and international shorts screening in and out of competition.

shnit is an exceptional non-profit film event hosted simultaneously on five continents. A veteran host city, Cape Town joined the shnit network in 2010. The festival has since grown to include host cities such as Bern, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Hong Kong, Moscow and San Jose, with a global awards Finale hosted in New York. The International Competition presents total cash prizes of US$ 20,000 over five categories and attracts award-winning filmmakers from around the globe. In addition, each host city presents National Jury and Audience Awards. A South African theatre and film will serve in the position of Jury President in 2019, to be announced in June.

Driven by passion for local cinema, shnit Cape Town has screened over 240 South African shorts, screened to 40,000 audience members in the Mother City and surrounds, and, among other things, hosted hundreds of local filmmakers, facilitated masterclasses and seen multitudes of local filmmakers go on to South African and international film industry success. Globally, shnit has awarded hundreds of thousands of US Dollars in prize money, predicted Oscar-winning and nominated shorts yearly and felt the impact of short film in as many as 30 cities.

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