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Johannesburg, 15 May 2017: BET Africa, part of Viacom’s African multimedia portfolio, today announced the nominations for the 2017 “BET Awards’ which will broadcast across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) on Tuesday 27 June at 20:00 CAT.

The 2017 “BET Awards” today honoured eight leading African artists who are blazing up the African music scene.  Holding up the torch for South African hip-hop is chart topping don, AKA, rising star, Nasty C and the inimitable dance and house music sensation, Babes Wodumo.Nigeria enjoys a strong representation with Wizkid who is no stranger to the awards, the infinitely talented Tekno, enterprising singer Mr Eazi , singer and producer Davido and one of the leading reggae and dancehall artists, Stonebwoy from Ghana rounding up the nominees for the Best International Act: Africa.
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Following the recent departure of Iman Rappetti, and the request from Jeremy Maggs to shift to an earlier time slot, the hunt was on for a new premier pair to host the popular nightly news show. Veteran broadcaster Vuyo Mvoko and eNCA mid- morning anchor Cathy Mohlahlana will host News Night from Monday 22 May 2017.

eNCA Channel News Director Mapi Mhlangu says it’s a strong partnership. “Vuyo brings political knowledge and years of experience and Cathy has excelled as an anchor since she moved from field reporting. There is a great synergy between the two.” says Mapi.

Vuyo has worked across print and television for many years, earning him a reputation as a solid news man and an accomplished writer and broadcaster. His NewsNight appointment is familiar territory. “I’m excited to be back home because this is where my television journalism career began in 1999. With everything going on in the country today, Cathy and I hope to rise to the challenge of telling the story as it unfolds.” says Vuyo. Continue reading

With the academic year well underway, and the first tertiary exams looming for 2017’s rookie students, many of them are having to face up to the fact that things are not going as they imagined when they entered varsity at the beginning of the year, and the possibility that they may become a drop-out statistic. But an education expert says it is never too late to turn away from impending disaster, and that there are ways in which young students can overcome challenges to get them back on track.

“Many of the challenges faced by first years can be ascribed to one or a combination of the seven hazards that most commonly confront students,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.

Statistics vary, but it is estimated that as many as 60% of students drop out during their first year. Of those that do make it through their first year, it is estimated that only half of them eventually graduate.

“Apart from failing, which has substantial implications for students and their families, many students don’t just fail academically, but drop out completely,” says Kriel. Continue reading

unnamed“It” girls Jessica Nkosi and Nandi Madida are the next screen queens to face off in Lip Sync Battle Africa this coming Thursday (MTV Base, DStv channel 322, 18 May 2017 @ 21:30 CAT).

While BET A-List host Nandi may have years of experience on stage, thanks to her thriving musical career, it’s clear that she will have tough competition from Isibaya soap queen Jessica, who’s showcased her dancing skills in numerous Instagram dance challenges.

Cheered on by the electrifying energy of host Pearl Thusi and “colour commentator” Denrele Edun, the two red carpet darlings will pull out all the stops in this no holds barred seventh episode of Lip Sync Battle Africa. The two beauties will stop at nothing when it comes to winning the winner’s belt: Jessica gets all dressed up in a giant ballgown to belt out a big ballad by British superstar Adele, while Nandi channels Pharrell in an upbeat rendition of “Happy”, and even enlists her own husband’s huge hit “Clap Your Hands” to get the audience on her side. Continue reading

Challenging, interrogative, edgy and getting into the heads and hearts of South African millennials, eNCA’s new talk show, Backchat will explore real issues that drive, motivate and challenge the youth. Backchat is a platform fortomorrow’s leaders and decision makers to have their say and put their stamp on the national discourse.

Each week, in what we hope will be a noisy roundtable, a special panel will convene and discussions – and often, arguments – will commence. It’s a first for SA television and a must-see show for South Africans of all ages who want a glimpse into the future of the country. No topic is taboo and the louder it gets, the better it looks.

Early subjects include youth unemployment; inter-racial relationships; ‘black tax’; preserving indigenous languages and xenophobia. The turbo-charged TV talk show will rely heavily on social media to drive the discourse, allowing important debate to continue long after the credits have rolled.

Backchat features two young hosts who have their fingers on the pulse of their age group, 24/7.

Busisiwe Gumede is a journalist and broadcaster who works at eNCA and also has extensive radio experience. She loves to talk and is passionate about bringing South Africa’s youth into the national dialogue. Siya Mbuzwana Vithi, aka Sia Leita, is also a radio convert who has a long-term relationship with Hip Hop and loves bringing diverse groups of people together and kick-starting an argument.

Backchat on eNCA (DStv Channel 403) premieres on Thursday 25 May at 9:30pm. Repeats Fridays at9:30am, Saturdays at 6:30pm and Sundays at 5:30pm.

Since the first pilot project in 2013, the City’s Strengthening Families Programme designed to improve parent/child relationships and bolster the social fabric, has reached more than 500 families in 35 suburbs.

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department today hosted a graduation ceremony in Khayelitsha for the latest group of families to participate in its Strengthening Families Programme.

The programme is part of the department’s broader Substance Abuse Programme. It is internationally recognised and has been found to significantly reduce problem behaviours, delinquency and substance abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. It also improves parenting skills.

The pilot phase took off in 2013, when 63 families from Scottsdene, Elsies River, Manenberg, Lavender Hill and Bonteheuwel attended the eight week course featuring topics like open communication, family values, peer pressure, parenting skills and respect.

By the end of June, this total would have increased to 555 families in 35 areas, namely: Elsies River, Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Valhalla Park, Ravensmead, Delft, Scottsdene, Scottsville, Fisantekraal, Morningstar, Lavender Hill, Ocean View, Retreat, Strandfontein, Wesbank, Kleinvlei, Macassar, Happy Valley, Lwandle, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Athlone, Heideveld, Manenberg, Nyanga, Langa, Atlantis, Joe Slovo (Milnerton), Dunoon, Hout Bay, Tafelsig, Philippi, Lentegeur, Woodlands, Brown’s Farm and Khayelitsha. Continue reading

Programme:         Seinfeld Season 3
Channel:               Comedy Central (DStv channel 122)
Premiere:              Thursday 11 May
Time:                     18:10 CAT

As Seinfeld heads into season 3, the insanely popular, award-winning, star-making “show about nothing” continues with the trial and tribulations of Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer as they spin the most ordinary and sometimes mundane situations into comedy gold.

With award-winning and nominated episodes to look out for including; “The Pen”, “The Fix-Up”, “The Subway” and “The Boyfriend”, you certainly don’t want to miss out on season 3 of Seinfeld on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) from Thursday 11 May at 18:10 CAT.

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South Africa’s most-watched talent search show, SA’s Got Talent, is proud to announce Samsung as the headline sponsor for its 8th season, on e.tvSA’s Got Talent showcases new and innovative talent every year to millions of viewers and has now found a partner in Samsung who also pride themselves on innovation and unlocking potential.

Apart from being seen by millions of viewers across Mzansi and being given the chance to launch careers in the entertainment industry, SA’s Got Talent contestants now have even more to compete for, with the partnership with Samsung ensuring that the prize pot is now the biggest in the show’s history, for the winner and the two finale runners-up.

Marlon Davids, MD of, is ecstatic that Samsung has come on board as the headline sponsor for SA’s Got Talent. ‘We are thrilled to have signed this exciting sponsorship deal between the country’s biggest talent search and one of the world’s biggest electronic brands,” he says. “We know that viewers will be enthralled by the talent that will be on show this year – and Samsung will be with them every step of the way”. Continue reading

Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie returns to the Cell C Sharks team to face the Southern Kings on Saturday as well as resuming the captaincy from Philip van der Walt for this local Vodacom Super Rugby derby which kicks off at 17h15 in Port Elizabeth.

Two South African sides are in action on Friday morning and both are involved in away matches. The Toyota Cheetahs start their New Zealand leg in Auckland where they take on the Blues (09h25), while the next match features the Emirates Lions against the Brumbies in Canberra (11h45).

The Vodacom Bulls host the Highlanders in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off (15h05) at Loftus Versfeld. The DHL Stormers, Chiefs, Sunwolves and Waratahs all have byes.

Last weekend the Jaguares snapped a four-match losing streak with their comeback win over the Sunwolves and this coming Saturday they host the Force in the final fixture of Round 12.

Lambie came on as a second-half substitute against the Force last Saturday and the away match in PE will be his first start since returning from a lengthy injury absence. He takes over the pivot role from promising youngster Curwin Bosch, who is preparing with the Junior Springboks for next month’s World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Georgia.

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What is a stokvel meeting without members coming together to share a delicious meal? Whether it is served with a creamy chicken curry, tasty pickled fish or any sishebo of their choosing, a well-cooked maize meal is the perfect dish for any social occasion. White Star Super Maize Meal, South Africa’s favourite maize meal brand, in partnership with Royco® and Move! Magazine, are once again offering stokvels across South Africa an opportunity to show off their cooking skills in the Stokvel Cooking Challenge 2017. Now in its fourth year, the competition gives stokvel groups a chance of winning their share of R40 000 in prize money.

“Coming together and sharing a delicious meal is exactly what a stokvel all is about. For this reason, White Star and Royco®-, are excited to see the creative and traditional South African dishes that will be prepared for the Stokvel Cooking Challenge 2017. We call upon all stokvel groups to show off their culinary skills by entering before May 21st, 2017,” says White Star Marketing Manager, Mokhele Makhothi. Continue reading

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