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Limitless freedom will be on display with the best local and international extreme athletes showcased at Africa’s premiere action sports festival,Ultimate X 2016 presented by Dark Custom™. The popular action-packed experience, which will take place at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town onSaturday, 27 February, is the only multi-disciplined action sports indoor fest globally, with Harley-Davidson® as title sponsor for the first time.

In another first for South Africa, bikes of the “Battle of the Kings” contest will be displayed at Ultimate X 2016 presented by Dark Custom™.

Harley-Davidson® dealers from South Africa (11 authorised dealerships across the country) compete for this title of top custom bike builder (with “Battle of the Kings”) in a winner-takes-all contest based on customising one of the latest Harley models, the all-new Sportster® Iron 883™. Provided with a blank canvas, these dealerships are finalising their sketches, receiving parts and accessorising the bikes throughout February to express the Harley® brand of self-expression, performance and freedom. Continue reading

Castle launch #BraBrigade to galvanise men around the Pink Drive cause

Johannesburg – Castle Lager, the official team sponsor of the Proteas, is launching the first ever #BraBrigade in support of the Pink Day, taking place at the 4th Momentum ODI between South Africa and England at Bidvest Wanderers on Friday. The Pink Day ODI is held annually in support of Pink Drive and is an opportunity for fans of the Castle Proteas to come together in support of a cause greater than themselves.

The #BraBrigade is a movement initiated by Castle Lager that lives across all social media platforms, which calls on all South African men to take a stand in support of the Pink Drive. Its aim is to provide them with the platform to join the conversation and encourage them to drive breast cancer awareness among the most important women in their lives.

The movement will also be brought to life at the Pink Day ODI, as a literal #BraBrigade takes their seats to cheer on the Proteas. Continue reading

unnamedImage of Kevin Hart taken off Lip Sync Battle US season 2, credit: Spike TV

To view the social media posts from LL Cool J on Twitter please click here.  To view LL Cool J’s shout out to MTV and e.tv on YouTube, please click here.

Johannesburg, 9 February 2016: Viacom-owned youth entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) it to produce a local version of Viacom’s global hit entertainment show, Lip Sync Battle Africa, it was revealed today on MTV’s social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook & online by US host LL Cool J. Continue reading

Tailored BBC news content for the smartphone and social media generation is now available with the new African-designed pilot: BBC Drop, which can be tried from today – here [BBC.com/drop].

This responsive website is the result of a unique collaboration between digital innovators in Kenya and the BBC. BBC Drop is specially created to work well on smartphones and was designed in Nairobi last year. The idea was born out of a development studio (aka ‘hackathon’) held by the BBC World Service and BBC digital innovations team, Connected Studio. Teams of African tech experts were invited to think of new ways to reach young Africans through social and digital media (details here) and this selected idea can now be tried and rated by the potential audience themselves on the BBC Taster site.

Dmitry Shishkin, Digital Development Editor for BBC World Service, adds: “This latest innovation highlights the BBC’s strong commitment to serving young digital audiences in Africa – both editorially and technically. Digital revolution in Africa offers media companies great opportunities to grow the reach of their journalism and I am very happy that an African tech start-up is playing a key role in it”.

How does it look?

How does it work?

BBC Drop asks the user for a few favourite topics, or social media preferences, and then continues to learn what they like and dislike from what they swipe on screen. There is also the option of an even more personal news feed which incorporates the user’s own social feeds. The end result is users getting to see content specifically tailored to them and the stuff they are not interested in being filtered out.

 

What is the best thing about BBC Drop?   Continue reading

Eight celebrated SA DJs including Black Coffee share the bill with their international counterparts

Some of South Africa’s most celebrated DJs – including award-winning Black Coffee, “Godfather of SA house” DJ Christos and three-year-old social media sensation and SA’s Got Talent winner DJ Arch Jnr – join an impressive international line-up at Back to the Old Skool.

This global celebration of House music takes place at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 27 with international superstars Roger Sanchez, David Morales, Jazzie B and Todd Terry already announced on the bill.

Also joining the South African contingent are DJ Ganyani, Bob Mabena, DJ Mbuso Phezulu, Sishisoul and Fistaz Mixwell. Continue reading

Programme:       Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (Season 1)
Channel:              MTV Base (DStv Channel 322)
Date:                   15 February 2016
Time:                   22:00 CAT

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood follows the young, hip-hop elite as they strive to “make” or “maintain” a life in the La La Land of Hollywood. The series follows the lives of rising stars and starlets, all fighting for their chance to make it in the entertainment capital of the world. We dive deep into the lives of our cast and discover a turbulent world that lies just beneath the fabulous exterior. From Hip-Hop artists, to video vixens, actors, personal assistants, girlfriends, co-parents, and more, we take an exclusive look behind the curtain at the lives of the Hip Hop couples as they struggle to balance their careers and their personal lives. Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood will showcase all the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood hip-hop music scene.

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood airs on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) every weekday at 22:00from Monday 15 February.

For more information, please visit www.mtvbase.com and follow @MTVBaseAfrica on Twitter and www.facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified

LOFTY BRITISH COMEDIENNE TAKES NO PRISONERS AT ONE NIGHT ONLY COMEDY SPECIAL

Statuesque British comedian Ava Vidal is joining the line-up for Comedy Central Presents Martin Evans Live at Cape Town Comedy Club (Cape Town Comedy Club, 25 February 2016).

The 5’11” former prison guard and mother of two was born Ava Beverley Vidal in Lambeth, South London, and began her career in comedy with an appearance on BBC’s Urban Sketch Show, before gaining wider fame as part of E4‘s Kings of Comedy.  A TV and radio regular, Vidal has also been involved in numerous other BBC shows including The Last Laugh, The Sack Race and The Crouches, and  starred in the  Channel 4 documentary From the Top, a half-hour show which followed her comedy journey.   Other notable appearances include BBC Radio 4’s satirical panel show The News Quiz and BBC Two’s Mock the Week. Continue reading

The rapid growth of Gamification and the computer game culture are helping to create more efficient and profitable contact centres, says leading Strategic Back Office Workforce Optimisation Consultant Graeme Gabriel from Verint, who conducted seminars in Johannesburg and Cape Town recently on the topic of how to boost profitability and performance in contact centres.

The seminars were offered by New York-based analytics company Verint Systems, and Inovo, a leading provider of technological solutions to customer care centres. They were invited by Contact Centre Management Group, the South African professional association for contact centre managers and supervisors.

Service quality drives customer loyalty
Verint recently published the results of a large-scale study of more than 18 000 consumers in nine countries, which found that customer service was the deciding factor in South Africans’ customer loyalty. It showed almost half of consumers would remain loyal even if it was not the cheapest option, depending on service quality.

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The City’s Executive Mayor, Patricia de Lille, today launched the second leg of the City’s fire campaign in Bellville South. Fire-kit items were distributed to residents as part of the campaign.

The summer season has once again seen an increase in the number of fires, which has resulted in vast areas of vegetation being destroyed. But most tragically, it has resulted in the loss of lives, particularly in informal settlements and backyarder dwellings.

Just yesterday, a fire broke out in a backyarder dwelling in Bellville South which affected a number of structures, while 18 residents were displaced.

I am always saddened to hear of this, particularly as many of these tragic incidents could have been prevented by taking some basic precautions.

As part of our work to build a safe and caring city, the City of Cape Town is therefore conducting ongoing fire awareness campaigns, educating residents on potential dangers and how to take preventative measures in a bid to reduce the number of fires. Continue reading

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