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Drone Racing Africa brings global sport to SA

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Drone racing, the thrilling new sport that sees pilots fly high-speed drones also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is now set to become a more accessible sport for South Africans. Thanks to the launch of Drone Racing Africa (DRA) – the first fully funded drone racing league and series in Africa – junior school children through to adults will be catered for in this dynamic technology meets sport space.

Globally, drone racing is exploding and has already become a mainstream sport in many markets, spurring professional leagues and significant prize-money events such as the World Drone Prix held in Dubai in March and the Drone World Championships hosted last month in Hawaii. Emerging technology lobbyists the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) projected global drone sales to reach 9.4 million units this year and revenue is expected to reach $3 billion.

Drone racing to trigger new careers on the continent

“The massive growth potential for this sport in Africa impacts numerous industries including education, technology, FMCG and communications. For individuals, there are undeniable career prospects so it’s an incredibly appealing sport”, says Drone Racing Africa CEO Simon Robinson.

The high-speed, competitive sport sees pilots manoeuvre drones and other UAV through three-dimensional courses. Pilots steer from the point of view of the actual drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard camera.

The DRA drones will range from entry level through to custom designed drones built by DRA engineers to exacting standards of speed, performance, and endurance, and optimized for drone racing.

But it’s not just about learning the practical skills required for this sport.

Starting from grass-roots – training children to become professional drone pilots

DRA is committed to helping develop this innovative sport on the continent – while initially focused on launching in South Africa, DRA plans to launch within the next twelve months in East and West sub-Sahara Africa. Where better to start than by training junior school children on the basics.

Robinson explains, “At DRA, we understand the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development for children and the theoretical component will be designed with these needs in mind, so that children are educated on both flight theory relevance along with an important application to multiple uses within the wider drone industry as well as the safety and the law that applies to flying drones.”

The sport is already taking flight at a significant pace. Recently skilled drone pilots competed in the final Western Cape regionals for 2016 at the Cape Academy in Constantia – an exciting family event featuring drone racing and freestyle flying.

Kids Drone Racing Courses for the holidays

Starting from this month, DRA will be hosting two-day programmes across the country that offer an introduction to the cutting-edge new techno-sport. Visit www.droneracingafrica.comfor more details. By offering short courses and also engaging schools, universities and corporates DRA plans to graduate students to more advanced training. The top elite pilots in SA will stand the chance to compete at the Drone Racing World Championships, where the sky is literally the limit.

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Trace Africa partners with MTN Bushfire 2017

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MTN BUSHFIRE is a uniquely African, yet globally infused festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of acceptance and passionate commitment to the arts and the environment.

Every year, approximately 26,000 guests hailing from 60 different countries converge in the peaceful Malkerns Valley for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond. This year, MTN Bushfire takes place on the 26th – 28th of May.

It is within this spirit that MTN BUSHFIRE is excited to announce its partnership with the leaders of urban African music, TRACE AFRICA, as the official media partner for the 2017 festival.

Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa, Leo Manne, says the partnership was a natural pairing for the channel: “TRACE Africa takes pride in being an authority on what’s hot on our continent and giving artists from our continent a world-class platform. We feel MTN Bushfire is a physical extension of this and we’re excited to see how this partnership will further contribute to the development of our industry.”

TRACE AFRICA’s team will be on-hand at the festival to speak to some of Africa’s hottest artists and will be be sharing all the latest BUSHFIRE news in realtime via its various social media platforms.

Follow TRACE AFRICA on twitter to catch live twitterviews with artists and all the latest news using the Twitter handle @TRACEAfrica_.

MTN Bushfire fans can meet some of their favourite TRACE Africa personalities and stand a chance to get cool TRACE Africa gear.

Lucky TRACE Africa viewers will also stand a chance to win a VIP MTN Bushfire experience. The competition will run via TRACE Africa’s social media platforms:

Facebook –  TRACE Africa

Twitter – @TRACEAfrica_

Instagram – @traceafrica_

TRACE Africa will also screen an exclusive highlights package of the festival – check listings for details.

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Liberty Radio Awards 2017 Winners

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The Liberty Radio Awards 2017 winners are…

Afternoon Drive Presenter Commercial
Martin Bester – Jacaranda FM

Afternoon Drive Presenter PBS
Dumisa “DJ Shabbisto” Mavuso – Ligwalagwala FM

Afternoon Drive Presenter Community
Simon Parkinson – Hot 91.9

Afternoon Drive Presenter Campus
DJ Keyez – Vow FM

News and Actuality Show Commercial
Power Update – Power FM

News and Actuality Show PBS
Walk the Talk with Alan Khan – Lotus FM

News and Actuality Show Campus and Community
Izwe Nezalo – Inanda 88.4 FM

Sports Show Commercial
POWER SportExtra – Power FM

Sports Show PBS
Disappointment for Blitzboks in Rio – Sabc / SAfm

Sports Show Campus and Community
Joburg PM with David O’Sullivan – Hot 91.9 FM

Business and Finance Show
Money Show – 702 and Cape Talk

Content Producer Commercial
POWER Update – Neo Leeuw – Power FM

Content Producer PBS
Mpumelelo Mali – Umhlobo Wenene FM

Content Producer Campus and Community
John Walland – Hot 91.9 FM

Weekend Radio Show Commercial
The Coca-Cola Top40SA – KFM and 947 (simulcast across both stations)

Weekend Radio Show PBS
Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili – Umhlobo Wenene FM

Weekend Radio Show Community
Raise Your Voice – Emalahleni FM

Weekend Radio Show Campus
RooiwynSondag – PUKfm 93.6

Radio Documentary
Through The Cracks – The Untold Story of Mbuyisa Makhubu – EWN

Afternoon Drive Show Commercial
POWER Drive – Power FM

Afternoon Drive Show PBS
Tru Afternoon – Tru FM

Afternoon Drive Show Community
Your World Today – Radio Islam

Afternoon Drive Show Campus
The Lift Club – Vow FM

Big winners of the night include Power FM, Hot 91.9, Vow FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM
and many more! Congrats to all of the winners of the evening.

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MTV’s Ridiculousness Africa returns

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An immediate hit, Ridiculousness Africa debuted in July 2016 and had audiences cracking up (and cringing). The show features some of the funniest videos that the Internet has to offer along with commentary from award-winning actor, comedian and TV host, Thomas Gumede and a revolving-door panel of top notch African talent.

Gumede will be joined by co-hosts and co-conspirators, actress, singer and former Generations star Denise Zimba and happy go lucky MTV Base video jockey and Nigerian on-screen personality Ehizojia “Ehiz” Okoeguale. Shooting starts today in Spain.

Returning as the host of the second season is very exciting for Gumede, “It’s going to be better and even funnier than before. There’s a great team on air and behind the scenes, and going back to film in Spain and speaking Spanish to all the lovely ladies, definitely the cherry on the top.”

Vice President BET, Youth & Music for VIMN Africa, Monde Twala says: “Hold tight for another series of Internet comedy and catastrophes! We are delighted that Denise and Ehiz will be joining Thomas and bringing their larger-than-life personalities to the show – it’s going to be more fun than ever before!”

Says an excited Zimba: “I’ve always been fan of the show; it’s hilarious so I’m excited to be joining Thomas and Ehiz and to be doing my thing! I’m a perfect fit – the show is fun and colourful, a bunch of laughs with high energy. I’m going to be bringing all of me onto set. Everyone knows I’m crazy and loud and I’m gonna bring vibrant commentary. I just hope I can contain myself…”

Ehiz is also delighted to be on board: “I’m super excited about joining the team, I’ve been waiting a long time for this. Shout out to the MTV team for the hook up. I intend on bringing that DADABOY spice into it. So when I say im excited that’s just an understatement. It’s time to get ridiculous!”

Adds Twala, “There’s no holding back this season; each episode will feature new segments wth ridiculous African videos from all over the continent, including a big bang All Africa episode for Die-Hard fans.”

Bearing the warning “don’t try this at home” Ridiculousness Africa is the home-grown version of Ridiculousness, MTV’s long-running video clip show hosted by Rob Dyrdek. The series is taped on location in Spain, with Gumede, Zimba and Ehiz all currently in Madrid on location

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