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Johannesburg, 3 August 2017: After travelling the country’s four major cities in search of the next star VJ, the MTV Base VJ Search in partnership with Breezer has narrowed the contestants down to 25 – leaving an interesting mix of contestants vying for the most sought after contract with MTV Base (DStv channel 322).

Hosted by MTV Base VJ Search winner Sandile Ntshingila, the show premiered on MTV Baseon 19 July when it showcased auditions from Johannesburg before heading to Durban, Cape Town with yesterday’s episode concluding the search in Port Elizabeth. Through the auditions phase a pool of five contestants from each city were selected by expert panel of judges Nomalanga ShoziLuthando “Lootlove” Shosha and Thomas Gumede while another five were picked through digital entries to join the quarter final round.

Still in the running are 26-year-old Durban twins Precious and Pretty Zondo, youngest contestant 19-year-old Gontse Makgoba from Joburg, flamboyant Quan Piers from PE and Cape Town’s transgender contestant Azola Jesse Mfolozi. They along with 20 others will have to prove to the judges that they have what it takes to join MTV Base VJ Search alumnus Sizwe Dhlomo, Vanessa Mdee, Sandile Ntshingila, Ehizojie “Ehiz” OkoegualeNomuzi Mabenaand Fikile “Fix” Moeti.

Programme: Being Caster Semenya
Channel: BET (DStv Channel 129)
Premiere: Monday 7 August 2017

Time: 21:00 CAT

BET presents Being Caster Semenya, an exclusive sit down with one of South Africa’s biggest sport personalities. In this special, Proverb chats with the record breaking athlete and gold medalist, revealing a side of Caster you haven’t seen before. Topics include how she prepares for every race to her sometimes challenging relationship with the media. Caster also discusses how she met her wife and how their relationship encourages her to be the best at what she does.

August 2nd, 2017 – Johannesburg, SA – Four of South Africa’s most respected, ambitious and irrepressible personalities have joined forces to embody the spirit of our time and what it means to hustle, earning the respect of STATUS.

The Men of Status include top South African football player George Lebese, award-winning entrepreneur ProVerb, and world-class music duo Bandile and Banele Mbere from Major League DJz.

“Through their infectious and unstoppable energy, each of the four self-made achievers have put in the hours, persevered and got things done. Together they embody the collective attitude of what it means to hustle. At Status, we understand the high-pressure, high-risk environment of the hustle. It’s why Status is an integral part of the mental and physical preparation for the hustle,” says Angel Musoni, Senior Brand Manager: Personal Care at Tiger Brands.

Inspired by the confidence, drive and authenticity of the four Men of Status, four new fragrances of the hustle have been developed and tested “Best in Class” amongst South African men’s fragranced deodorants.

As Major League DJz, Bandile and Banele Mbere are the DJ duo pushing the boundaries of South African dance music, mixing elements of hip-hop, jazz and percussion which, along with their extraordinary live performances, place them on the cutting edge of the hustle. Continue reading

The call for submissions for BBC Arabic Festival 2018 is now open. The festival, which is held in central London across seven days and on BBC Arabic TV, shows films and documentaries about the Arab World. A new category has been added for 2018’s festival, for Digital Journalism. All works entered must have been made after January 1, 2016, and reflect on current situations in the Arab world.

Digital journalism is emerging as an interactive multimedia form of storytelling. Audiences can access and engage with stories through images, video, or sound embedded onto maps, blogs, or digital graphics. From immersive virtual reality films to 360 degree filming, and even ‘news gaming’, the possibilities for new filmmakers and journalists are endless.

As every year, the official selection of films and journalistic work, along with the winner in each category, will be decided by an external panel of judges made up of experts and practitioners seeking originality, creativity and technical skill. Judges will include the UK’s Channel 4 News’ Fatima Manji, Time Out’s Dave Calhoun and Doha Film Institute’s Fatma AlRemaihi.

For the Digital Journalism category, entries will be judged based on the project’s innovative use of digital tools and new media, as well as the depth of research. Continue reading

To mark its half-century, Mercedes-AMG calls on South Africa to imitate its distinctive engine growl

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After 50 years of Driving Performance, Mercedes-AMG has given the world one distinctly recognisable voice: the signature growl of the AMG engine. To mark AMG’s 50th anniversary, the brand is calling on South Africans to imitate this iconic sound on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media channel, tagging Mercedes-Benz South Africa and using the hashtag #AMGgrowl.

To kick off the campaign, Mercedes-AMG has compiled videos featuring their ‘Friends of the Brand’, including fashion designer David Tlale; musician J’Something of Mi Casa; TV personality Jeannie D and environmentalist Kevin Richardson and others, doing their best interpretation of the distinctive growl.

In total, eight videos prepared by the ‘Friends of the Brand’ are being released online by Mercedes-AMG during August – inspiration for AMG fans to add their own growl to the collection. The videos – both those released by the brand and those posted by fans – will pay homage to AMG over the years.

“South African’s have shown us just how much they love our AMG cars, especially the iconic and visceral sound exhaust note, and this is why we plan to also profile our fans doing the growl, while highlighting the inherent beauty of our AMG range. It’s a celebration of Driving Performance as well as a ‘thank you’ to all who hold our brand close to their hearts,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars. Continue reading

To acknowledge and celebrate the magnificent work that women are doing in the ICT industry, MTN has collaborated with Kagiso Media and ITWeb’s Brainstorm to launch the second edition of the Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards.

The awards seek to accelerate women’s participation in the ICT sector

Nominations for the Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards are now open for eligible female professionals working in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector for consideration in various categories.

The awards seek to accelerate women’s participation in the ICT sector by celebrating and rewarding women professionals who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of the ICT sector. In doing so, this initiative hopes to attract girl children and young aspirant female professionals to consider a profession in the industry and enhance the industry’s employer value proposition.

Mapula Bodibe, Executive for the Consumer Business Unit at MTN SA, says that despite the strides being made by women professionals in ICT, a lot still needs to be done to increase the levels of women participation in the sector. Continue reading


Online entertainment that uncovers South Africa’s best innovators

Hangman – a unique fast-paced online reality show which aims to uncover South Africa’s greatest innovator – starts streaming online from October 9 to December 11. The stakes are high in this revolutionary new programme with R1 million in prize money.

Hangman is a show unlike anything on any screen anywhere! A global first in interactive, immersive entertainment, it puts viewers in the driver’s seat. By “investing” in a virtual Stock Exchange, they can help determine the outcome of the show, while standing in line to win great viewer prizes including a car.

This new reality show also gives wings to the aspirations of entrepreneurs who have identified a gap in the market and have come up with an innovation that fills that space and want to bring it to the market.

Hangman consists of two different content streams. The first is the actual reality online series which would traditionally be consumed on prime-time TV but is now being streamed live online. Continue reading

For many South Africans, business travel means flying to Joburg, the country’s business hub. While many of those visits involve heading to and from the City of Gold in one day, residents know that that it has some unusual attractions which reward travellers with a bit of time on their hands.

Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing for British Airways (operated by Comair) says the city has a lot more going for it than massive malls, urban sprawl and teeming highways. He suggests the following:

  • The Maboneng Precinct has in a few years come to be regarded as a beacon of urban regeneration, providing space for accommodation, retail, art and live performances. Weekends see braais on the rooftops and jazz sessions. The food and drink on offer is eclectic and rewards the adventurous, but Pozyn suggests Firebird Coffee and Eksé fast food, billed as “township cuisine with a twist”. Carnivores have hailed the steaks at the Che Argentine Grill, which also has surprisingly good vegetarian options. See
  • If you like to have your pulse quickened by more than caffeine, try a 100-metre bungee-jump or swing from the Orlando Towers, the iconic cooling-towers which offer commanding views of Soweto. The towers have become an epicentre of adventure sports, offering base-jumping, climbing, paintball games, abseiling and the world’s highest SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) free-fall. The latter entails free-falling into a net suspended above the ground.
  • Joburg has no shortage of fine eateries, but for some nostalgia and excellent Portuguese food, try the Radium Beer Hall in Orange Grove. A bit of history: “the Radium” as it’s known to its many long-time patrons, was a tea-room that led a double life as a shebeen, before securing a liquor-licence and an enduring, down-at-heel appeal. The lovingly preserved bar-counter was rescued from the Ferreirastown Hotel, where it had once played a supporting role in a revolt. Pozyn explains: during the 1922 Miners’ Rebellion, a firebrand nicknamed Pick Handle Mary, would stand on the counter and deliver rousing speeches to the miners. She was Irish-born Mary Fitzgerald, considered South Africa’s first female trade unionist, and after whom Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown is named, These days there’s less rabble-rousing and more espetada, trinchado and peri-peri chicken, and plenty of beer. See
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South Africa’s premier outdoor lifestyle and adventure event returns in September

(South Africa, June 2017) One of country’s biggest travel, outdoor and adventure events, The Gauteng Getaway Show, sponsored by Mahindra, will return to Johannesburg and is set to be even bigger and better than ever!

Taking place over the Heritage Day long weekend, the popular travel expo spans three-days and will once again be hosted at the Ticketpro Domefrom Saturday, 23 September to Monday, 25 September 2017. Featuring over 300 exhibits with more than 20 000 visitors expected to stream through the doors over the course of the long weekend.

After a highly successful event last year, the 2017 expo will see a unique mix of exhibits on display, offering a great selection of popular and very niche events for visitors to enjoy. This is certainly an event for all, from the ardent travel enthusiast to the outdoor sports fanatic and is extremely family friendly.

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Daily Show host Trevor Noah chats to Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron. Catch the interview tonight on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) at 21:30 CAT. 

Two of South Africa’s biggest stars in the U.S are set to collide on your television screen tonightat 21:30 CAT on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122). The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will host Academy Award-winning actress, Charlize Theron for her first time ever appearance on the show. The interview takes place ahead of comedian Trevor Noah’s South African tour on 9-13 August 2017.

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