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The African Union Commission, AUC, has formally unveiled the 2017 All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA calendar at the World Media Unveiling event held on Tuesday, May 2 at The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, South Africa.

The ceremony was attended by AU officials, members of the International Committee of AFRIMA, past AFRIMA winners and nominees from Southern African, media executives in Southern Africa and other stakeholders in the creative/entertainment industry in Africa.

During the unveiling, President/Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mr. Mike Dada, made known that the first activity on the continental awards event calendar is submission of entries which opens globally on Monday, May 8 and submission closes on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Mr. Dada advised artistes, managers, producers, record label owners, video directors, publicists and entertainment/music journalist to submit their works or those of their artistes within the stipulated timeline in order to stand a chance at the awards. Continue reading

Young, unsigned footballers from around South Africa will now have the opportunity to join the Nike Academy, an elite training programme headed up by a team of highly qualified local football coaches.

Starting on May 20, 2017, the Nike Academy will provide a weekly pro-level training session where 40 young footballers will develop their skills under the expert guidance of coaches and mentors for ten weeks a season.

Nike Academy head coach Arthur Zwane will be supported by assistant coaches, Stanton Fredricks and Cyril Nzama who will focus on game play and technical drills, match day tactics and analysis, and Percy Moloi who will further develop players through strength and conditioning coaching.

Registration for the Nike Academy opens tomorrow, May 9, at

The first round of trials will be hosted at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto on May 20 and 21.Twice during the ten week training programme, the squad will compete in an exhibition match against professional teams, with the opportunity of being scouted and invited to trial with the club.  Continue reading

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Robert “Bob” Wilson, father of actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, has died at age 75.

The former TV executive passed away Friday after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Luke toldThe Dallas Morning News.

Robert, whose nickname was Bob, served as president of public Dallas TV and radio stations KERA-TV and KERA-FM in the ’60s and ’70s and then co-created the news program Newsroomwith TV colleague Jim Lehrer. The latter went on to anchor the hit show PBS NewsHour. Robert also helped bring Monty Python’s Flying Circus to the U.S.—KERA-TV was the first channel to air the popular British comedy series.

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With mid-year exams only a few weeks away, an education expert has warned Grade 11 learners to take this year, and their preparation for it, just as seriously as Grade 12 – if not more so.

“Parents, learners and even teachers mistakenly think that Matric is the most important year of schooling, yet Grade 11 is just as important and these years should not be considered as separate milestones, but rather as a 2-year event,” says Nola Payne, Head of Faculty: Information and Communications Technology at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.

The reason for this is because many institutions – whether public universities or private institutions – make provisional offers for admission based on Grade 11 results, she says. Therefore, learners should give Grade 11 their best effort, and not wait until next year to throw their hats into the application ring.

“Applications for university open in the March of your matric year, but because this is too early for you to have any meaningful matric marks, institutions often use the exam marks from your Grade 11 year as an indicator of your ability to succeed in the course,” says Payne. Continue reading

Junior Springbok coach Chean Roux has named Ernst van Rhyn as captain of the SA Under-20 squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship in Tbilisi, Georgia, with eight players amongst the chosen 28 who played in the same tournament last year.

Van Rhyn, Curwin Bosch, Kwenzo Blose, Carlű Sadie, Zain Davids, Stedman Gans, Manie Libbok and Embrose Papier were all members of the Junior Springbok team that finished fourth in the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester in 2016.

Roux’s squad also includes six players who represented the SA Schools team last season in the U19 International Series, namely Salmaan Moerat, who captained the team, Gianni Lombard, Rewan Kruger, Wandisile Simelane, Damian Willemse and Daniel Jooste.

While Bosch has been a stand-out performer for the Cell C Sharks in Vodacom Super Rugby, Willemse made his debut for the DHL Stormers, while Davids and Gans have been with the Springbok Sevens squad for the last three months.

The team will be led by experienced captain Van Rhyn, who was the SA U20 vice-captain last season and the SA Schools captain in 2015, while Johan Grobbelaar has been named the vice-captain. Continue reading

Johannesburg, 3 May 2017:  MTV today announced platinum-selling, Detroit rapper Big Sean will perform his new track, “Jump Out the Window”, for the first time on television at the 2017 “MTV Movie & TV Awards” LIVE on MTV Africa (DStv channel 130) at 02:00CAT and simulcast at 21:00 CAT with MTV Base (DStv channel 322). In addition, rising recording artist Noah Cyrus will take the stage and perform “Stay Together”, the second single from her anticipated forthcoming album NC-17. The show will be hosted by comedian Adam Devine. 
“I’m so excited to be performing at the ‘MTV Movie & TV Awards,’” said Noah Cyrus. “It will be my first time performing “Stay Together” on TV and I’m looking forward to having a great time!”

Joining Big Sean and Cyrus as performers will be the recently announced J Balvin and Pitbull taking the “MTV Movie & TV Awards” stage with Camila Cabello to perform their steamy hit single, “Hey Ma”, which is featured in “The Fate of the Furious”, the film that just had the biggest global opening in history. This marks the first televised performance of the track since its release in March.
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New Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast show to launch in May on eNCA.

On May 6, eNCA introduces Weekend Wake Up, a weekend news and lifestyle show which airs from 7am to 10amevery Saturday and Sunday morning. The show will explore the week’s important news talking points along with sport, entertainment, lifestyle and family issues.

“It’s news, with a little more breathing room,” says eNCA Channel News Director Mapi Mhlangu. “There is a different energy on weekends. Weekend Wake Up is designed for those who want to stay informed – but in a more reflective and relaxed way.”

Well-known radio and television personality Ayanda-Allie Paine will host the show on both days, marking a happy return for Ayanda to the channel. “My return to eNCA is more of a homecoming,” says Ayanda. “Having started my television career on the channel and then venturing out onto other platforms, it seemed like a natural progression for me to go back to an environment filled with the kind of quality, integrity and professionalism to which I had grown accustomed.”

Ayanda says there has never been a better time to be involved in news journalism. “With Brexit, the recent US elections – and of course the tumultuous goings-on in South Africa – I hope to be counted among those who not only witness the news as it unfolds but also fearlessly and truthfully inform others who, like me, deserve to know more.” Continue reading

After 13 weeks of tough challenges and elimination rounds, Salty Flames have won the 5th season of’s Ultimate Braai Master.

The couple – Nick Perfect and Chanel Marais – beat nine other teams in South Africa’s toughest cooking show and picked up R2 million worth of prizes. The couple had no experience whatsoever when it comes to braaiing and competed with a pool of people which consisted almost entirely of professional chefs and butchers.

The couple were on fire, with the judges thoroughly impressed with the growth Salty Flames showed between the first round and the finale. Fellow finalists Team Muttonheads and Pretty Griddy each won R35 000 worth of Game vouchers.

Nick and Chanel are excited to have won the title of the Ultimate Braai Master and are looking at starting a Custom Mobile Kitchen in Cape Town as a way of launching themselves in the food and hospitality industry. “It hasn’t sunk in fully that we have won the title. I think it makes it all real when someone on the street shouts out ‘Hey, Ultimate Braai Master’. It’s very humbling” says Chanel. The couple also promised South Africa that they won’t waste the hard-won title or the opportunity. Continue reading

Pic: Roger Sedres / ImageSA / Gallo Images.

Pic: Roger Sedres / ImageSA / Gallo Images.

SA Rugby on Wednesday hosted two very successful community events in in Mdantsane outside East London, namely the first Get Into Rugby Blitz Tournament of 2017 and a visit to the Boks for Books library at Gcobani Higher Primary School.

More than 1200 children from 25 schools in the area were joined by Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Juan de Jongh, Scarra Ntubeni and Kyle Brown, as well as SA Rugby Exco member Monde Tabata, at the Orlando Stadium in Mdantsane for the Blitz tournament.

The Boks for Books library at Gcobani Higher Primary School is still in very good order and the principal linked the rise in enrolment from 274 learners in 2013 to 445 this year to the impact of the library, while their learners have, for two consecutive years, won the Spelling Bee Competition in the Eastern Cape.

About Get Into Rugby: Get Into Rugby is a World Rugby initiative which is implemented in 130 countries, is currently run as a 10 week training programme aimed at boys and girls aged between 6 and 13 (which translates to the opportunity for one child to partake in this project over 70 weeks in their primary school career). South Africa has the highest number of participants with 175,000 children taking part in the initiative across the country.

5FM is excited to announce a few line-up changes that come into effect on 1 May 2017.  Listeners will be pleased to know they have brand-new drive time shows with Roger Goode and team taking over the reins for breakfast from 06:00 – 09:00 and Thando Thabethe and Msizi James commanding the afternoon drive spot, 15:00 – 18:00.

Roger will retain his team – and their high-octane energy – with Sureshnie Rider on news, Ms Cosmo on traffic and Robbie Kruse on sport. The afternoon drive show welcomes a brand-new member to 5FM, Durban-born Msizi James (who makes Johannesburg his new home), as Thando’s co-host alongside Sibs Matiyela on news and Duran Collett on sport on The Thabooty Drive.

Grant Nash, Programme Manager for 5FM says, “5FM has always promised to bring new music, new presenters and new innovative content to the youth of this country and this line-up change is no different. This is huge for Roger and Thando who are phenomenal presenters who listeners, clients and artists alike have fallen in love with over the years. Msizi is one of the freshest new talents around and I’m very excited for our new drive shows.”

Justin Toerien, Thando’s former co-host will move to co-host with Stephanie B from 22:00 – 01:00 Mondays to Thursdays as well as take over weekend breakfast from 07:00-10:00 alongside Nadia Romanos on news and Jude van Wyk on sport. Continue reading

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