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SABC3 Expresso scoop Best Variety Show win at 2017 SAFTAs




Now, Expresso has been given reason to feel great with a win in the “Best Variety Show” category at the 2017 South African Film and Television Awards.

This was Expresso’s second nomination and first win at the SAFTAs. Over the years, the show has remained on top of fresh trends in television and celebrated the best of South Africa with inspirational stories, fantastic food and amazing performances and conversations. Expresso’s ability to make people smile first thing in the morning and simultaneously bring their attention to current affairs and topical issues is why it has amassed such a loyal following.

The show also makes viewers feel connected and part of the family, which is built on the foundation of beloved personalities in the presenting team of Katlego Maboe, Ewan Strydom, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp, Graeme Richards, Leigh-Anne Williams, Zoe Brown and resident foodie, Zola Nene. The on-screen talent happily shares the honour of the awards with a hard working, tight-knit production staff lead by producer, Paul van Deventer.

“Expresso’sSAFTA win is reflective of how the show engages South Africans of all walks of life, as well as being testament to the production team’s dedication and hard work, not to mention countless early mornings!” said van Deventer.

Expresso has also partnered with leading brands, most notably Woolworths. It also has great success on digital platforms and the show’s social media offering is ranked second on Africa Brand Index by Ornico. It has the highest sentiment score, meaning a strong connection with its audience on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Expresso team also has strong support from the women who have helped guide the show to great success; executive producer, Patience Stevens, and SABC3 commissioning editor, Maritha Greenland.

Greenland has a good relationship with the senior production staff and knows just how much goes into a daily episode of Expresso. She, of course, shares the joy of the win as a great boon for SABC3.

“As the commissioning editor of Expresso I am extremely proud and thrilled to see that all the hard work and dedication that the whole team put into the making of this show are being recognized by the industry. The Expresso team is a unique group of people that never allows the pressure of producing and broadcasting three hours of an early morning live television show put a damper on their spirit of spreading positive messages to our viewers.”

Patience Stevens is one of the doyennes of local television production and Expresso is another shining example of her forward thinking in the broadcasting space. However, she credits her production team with the show’s achievement.

“I am so pleased, proud and excited for Expresso’sSAFTA win!” said Stevens. “When you interact with the team who work on Expresso, the positive energy and enthusiasm is palpable and it is so great to see the highly talented and committed team recognized for their achievement.”

Expresso is built on the tenet that the show and its viewers are family, and thank their loyal audience for their unwavering support. There’s no doubt that this highest honour of the local broadcast industry will only serve to motivate Expresso to keep creating innovate, insightful and, most importantly, feel good entertainment to help South Africa truly rise and shine.

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Trace Africa partners with MTN Bushfire 2017




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




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




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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