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Sharks looking for innovative businesses on the small screen

Romeo Khumalo 2016Five savvy business sharks, including former Vodacom executive and radio name Romeo Khumalo (pictured), CEO and major shareholder of Washirika (Pty) Limited, are gearing to give Mzansi a remarkable business show with a difference on M-Net from the first Sunday of October.

Instead of the much dreaded and unwelcome “you are fired” words pronounced in the coldest tone possible by Donald Trump or Tokyo Sexwale on “The Apprentince” and The Aprentice SA”, contestants on the enterprising “Shark Tank” are at the worst just not going to get a buy in into their businesses from the panel of business people. Based on the Emmy and Critics Choice Award-winning reality series, and being the first ever M-Net show to be launched in Durban, at the Ushaka Marine’s World Cargo Hold on the Promenade Restaurant, these successful business folk include Romeo, Dawn Nathan-Jones, Gil Oved, and Marnus Brodryk (30) the affluent CEO of The Beancounter, who became a self-made millionaire at 24

The difference with this perky and fuelled show that has wowed Australia, Portugal, Italy, and Britain, were it is called Dragon’s Den that has become world-wide hit, is that budding entrepreneurs are not given a huge business task and a contestants coming up with a more convincing treatment from the rest, here contestants try to sell their own business ideas, or a stake in an existing business to the four. The main goal is to get a buy in from the business people, who using their very own money, will hopefully take the business to the next level.

The big questions as you will see as the show progresses are: do businesses understand who they are, what they are about, is there a thing as overvalue, underselling, overstating ones value, knowing your product, and so on? Viewers will see contestants coming up with an exciting business idea and failing, at least to the four, to follow up convincingly when probed further about how it would work practically in the cutthroat business world, and what sets their idea apart from the rest.

Speaking at the launch of the show, the four all agree that “the difference with this show is that we are putting in our very own money into these ideas” and would buy in into a business they really believed in. Some figures will most definitely leave viewers with their mouths wide open, as much as it did the judges. Could this be confidence in some of these great (or not) business people in the making?

“The interesting thing about the show is that even if we don’t buy into the business, the sparked interest would have got us to ask questions that will get the entrepreneur to go through their idea, improve on it, and hopefully turn it into a workable proposition,” commented Gil, group co-CEO of the highly touted The Creative Counsel. “Even those we didn’t buy into their businesses, they walked out with lots of publicity for their businesses,” he added with nods in agreement from the whole panel.

A well-known telecommunications expert, media personality and commercial strategist, Romeo says the show will encourage people to start their own businesses, referencing that there are too many people with degrees but they can’t find jobs in the country. “There is no culture of entrepreneurialism in the country, and this show will create just that. It also expands people’s thoughts beyond the same businesses that everyone keeps coming up with. This is a platform that shows people that they can dream and come up with exciting ideas that could change the course of the country.”

Dawn who revolutionised the local car rental industry says the interesting thing for them as business people is that they walked out with so much from what they would traditionally consider an investment opportunity. “We learnt so much, and ended up supporting different businesses. Businesses we would have not considered if it wasn’t for this platform. We learnt so much as well.”

This further supports what Marnus had said during the call for entries. “I am willing to support anyone who stands out - even if I don’t necessarily relate to the product or service,” he said. “But you will have to show me a proven business or adequate traction. I have a strong financial background and have worked with hundreds of small businesses in South Africa and abroad. I do understand what makes and breaks a business – and that’s often not what you’re taught in university text books. You don’t have to know everything yet, but you need to show your desire to succeed with a strong pitch that will capture my imagination.”

Catch Shark Tank on M-Net from 02 October at 6pm. By Mandla Motau

"Sa's got talent" back to reveal more of our talent

Tall A MoJust in time for spring, the seventh season of “SA's Got Talent” that promises some of the most entertaining and diverse set of acts to hit local screens this year brings on the heat to Sunday evenings from the 4th of September, at 6:05pm on e.tv and eHD.

In the upcoming first episode on Sunday, 4th September, at 6:05PM on e.tv and eHD, viewers will be introduced to “SA's Got Talent's” new host, (Tall A$$) Mo (pictured left), as well as a new third judge, Jamie Bartlett (“Rhythm City”, “Isidingo”), alongside the iconic Shado Twala and 5FM’s DJ Fresh (pictured right) for the first time. Former presenter Tatz Nkonzo, and third judge Lalla Hirayama are not returning for this season.

Hilarious, inspiring, gobsmacking, and sometimes controversial, the show is the most-watched all-encompassing reality talent search in the country, taking ordinary people and changing their lives forever. Contestants from previous years’ competitions have performed alongside international artists and travelled the world to show off their talent.

With last year’s winner being 3-year-old DJ Arch Jnr., the big question is: who will be Mzansi's next big star, in this year's competition? The winner stands to win an SA Olympics Gold winner’s equalling half-a-million rand, and more.

The first episode features acts from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Cabaret singers, hip-hop artists, orchestras and soul jazz fusion artists - plus a pop star impersonator - are on offer for viewers. Did they get that all-important 'yes' or did they receive the dreaded red 'X' from the judges?Find out on the first episode of the new season of SA's Got Talent on Sunday 4 September at 6:05PM.  

SA's Got Talent premieres on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 6:05pm on e.tv and eHD on Openview HD (that recently hit the half million mark - channel 104) and DStv (Channel 194).

Follow SA's Got Talent on the following platforms: Official website: https://www.etv.co.za/sagt, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/etvSAGT, and Twitter: https://twitter.com/SAsGotTalent

OpenView eyes milestone / teases new offering

Opennvie 2016This month OpenView HD will surpass half a million activated households watching its free digital satellite TV service.

The company has seen activation numbers increase significantly in recent months, some days seeing more than a thousand households activating OpenView HD. As a result of this growth, and part of its annual content review, OpenView HD has announced some changes to the offering available on the popular free digital satellite TV platform.

The changes will see four channels - ASTV, Spirit Word, Wild TV Africa and Ekurhuleni TV – no longer being available on the platform. These channels will start to go off air at the end September through to mid-October.

Furthermore, OpenView HD, the only free digital satellite platform in South Africa, powered by e.tv, says it will shortly be announcing a new channel launch in October to coincide with its 3rd birthday.

Ziyanda Mngomezulu, the Platform’s Channel and Acquisitions Executive, says that the departing channels played a significant and integral role in getting the platform to where it is today, but that the company’s overall audience and business imperatives require constant reassessment of the channel offering. “The decision to terminate the 4 channels’ contracts came after careful consideration of their performance and the overall OpenView HD strategy going forward.” she says.

Addressing concerns about the availability of OpenView HD decoders, Managing Director, Patrick Conroy, says this was a problem in the past but is being addressed. “Our retail partner, Game, has pumped tens of thousands of boxes into the market with a further 70 000 decoders destined to be in stores next month,” he says. Conroy adds “Two additional retailers will also be stocking OpenView HD decoders over the festive period, to cope with the high demand we are experiencing”.

Follow e.tv on the following platforms: YouTube: www.youtube.com/ETV, Website: www.etv.co.za, Twitter: https:/twitter.com/etvSA, and Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/etvSA

African music galore on Trace Africa

Trace Africa here 2016Music continues benefitting from a number of platforms after the 90% SABC windfall early this year.

This Spring Day, which happens to be the start of Heritage Month as well, MultiChoice is set to boost its music and audio offering this September with the launch of a brand new music channel called TRACE Africa. Add to that, the platform will also add two new radio stations on the DStv platform.

TRACE Africa is set to hit DStv screens, as a localised music channel that will offer DStv customers exclusive music videos and documentaries from established and emerging Southern African artists. The channel will serve as the premier destination for Southern African music lovers, featuring the best contemporary hits from Kwaito, House music, Coupé-Décalé, Afro-pop, Rumba to Dombolo.

Although hip-hop continues to be one of the fastest growing genres on the continent and somewhat forms part of the channel’s roster, the main focus on this channel will be on a number of other genres, while TRACE Urban will continue with its mandate of ‘giving viewers the best in local and international Hip Hop and R&B’.

TRACE Africa (DStv channel 326) will sit along TRACE Urban (DStv channel 325) and replace TRACE Sport Stars (currently on DStv channel 188), which will no longer air on DStv from 30 August 2016. TRACE Africa will be available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Family customers in South Africa.

Responding to its growth, TRACE Africa Southern Africa's Senior Vice President - Leo Manne states that this is a response to the overwhelming call from the Southern African market for a platform to showcase what this region is producing. “The TRACE audience is one that continues to grow on the continent and the launch of these channels is part of the company’s response to shifting demand.”

Adding that the channel has, at its core, the development of the southern African entertainment industry, the aim of the channel is to elevate artists in this region, ultimately making them more marketable across the continent and creating an environment for a viable and sustainable touring circuit and such other income-generating opportunities. “We believe now is the best time to launch a channel dedicated to purely African content as there is a global interest in the African narrative in its various forms. What better way to respond to this call than have a channel dedicated to African content, by Africans? The audience will be exposed to more of what this region has to offer and will continue to enjoy premium African music,” Manne reveals. 

The new radio stations being added to the DStv audio package are Channel 7 FM (DStv channel 825), a Namibian-based non-denominational Christian community radio station which will launch on 1 September 2016 and Radio Islam (DStv channel 826), an Islamic cultural, award-winning community radio station which will launch on 15 September 2016. The two radio stations will be available to DStv Premium, Extra, Compact, Family, Access and EasyView customers in South Africa.

Commenting on the two radio stations’, the channel adds that “there is always the ambition to launch TRACE branded and formatted radio stations in markets where the opportunity presents itself. We have already succeeded in launching TRACE FM radio station in the Ivory Coast.”

“Rockville” is rocking with exciting new names on its fourth season to add more to its already explosive formula, and have blessers in tow.

Sello Maake KaNcubeThe drama sees acts such as Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (pictured) appear as the new villain, Rolex, on the show. Also making an entry into the season are names such as Themba Ndaba, as the crooked police officer, Ngema, and Ayanda Thabethe as the sultry temptress, Aliyah. The famous series, which contrasts the worlds of northern Joburg, with the adrenaline-filled, bustling streets of Soweto, sees popular stars such as Shona Ferguson play JB, Connie Ferguson as Mavis, Gail Mabalane as Vicky, and Boitumelo Thulo as Mpho return for another season alongside other senior cast members.

Promising higher drama, more action, and twisted plots from Sunday, 10 July, the show’s head writer says that viewers are in for a rollercoaster of a season. “It rarely happens in the industry that you can write a script with a busy and respectable character in mind because of trheir hectic schedules, and they are available. Nothing can explain the excitement when we learned Sello was available to be part of this season.”

Furthermore, M-Net’s Head of Drama, Reneilwe Sema commented on what’s in store for viewers, “The theme this season is ‘journeys to redemption’. Mavis tries to redeem broken family bonds, while JB, who has lost everything, is desperate to reconnect with loved ones in the midst of startling historic revelations.”

A first for Rockville, this season also tackles a pertinent socio-economic issue which is currently very topical in South Africa – that of teenagers dating older, married men.

“This season is set apart from previous editions, in that we now have two main villains, whose paths eventually cross – making for some intense clashes,” Sema added.

Rockville season 4 premieres on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) on Sunday, 10 July at 8PM.

See more from the new Rockville season at mzansimagic.tv/rockville, or join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.

Mam Ruby is now a Skwiza

Slindile Nodagala fIn case you have missed "Generations'"Mam Ruby (Slindile Nodangala) on a mega show, she makes a comical return on the small screen this Sunday.

Slindile joins iconic names such as Lillian Dube (Mmane), Mary Twala (Khambu), Jerry Phele (Morena), Queen Motlatle (Twiggy) and a number of new characters on the side splitting "Skwizas". The new season of "SKWIZAS" premieres on SABC 2 on Sunday, 15th May 2016, at 7.30pm.

This new season comes back spiced up with new faces to complement the already popular household names. The new faces include Tshepo Maseko, who plays the role of Samson, Mmane's long lost son, and Lele Ledwaba, who plays the role of Bella, who is engaged to Samson. She was adopted by white parents when she was an infant.

Silindile, who has since appeared "Sokhulu and Partners", and is on "Ring of lies", plays Melo, a Jane comes to Jozi character. Originally from KZN, Melo comes to Johannesburg to house sit Twiggy's house when she leaves for an overseas trip. Melo and Twiggy are sisters.

Russel Savadier plays the role of Bernard, Bella's Father, and lastly Kathlyn Anderson who plays Haninne, Bella's Mother.

Of course, as per usual, when people grow older, they become lonely and they need support. They find this not necessarily from their own families, but from a newly found family, often consisting of old friends. "They are now at a point in their lives, where the frills are forgotten and you want to get to the core of being - with a twist of gin and tonic."

The show captures the tone, the unconscious and nearly universal aspect of living here now and engages audiences on a deep level. Age is purely chronological... you are as old as you want to be!!

Terrence knows "The right to win" ...or not

Terence 16Will Terence Bridget take "The Right to Win" teams to victory or defeat?

This is the main question after the game show revealed the star as its other in-house co-celebrity, after announcing Power FM's Pabi Moloi as the host of the show that comes in time for the municipal elections in August. He joins the exciting line-up that includes the other 'celebrities' Nomsa Mazwai and 5fm's Sureshnie Rider, on South Africa's only democracy game show on SABC2, Saturdays at 6.30pm.

On the show, two teams of two will compete for a cash prize of R10 000, as their knowledge and understanding of Mzansi's democracy is tested. Played in three rounds by the two teams, each of them will be assisted by an in-house celebrity.

"The Right to Win" is an intense and high stakes delivery with money involved for the participants," says Terence with huge laughter and apologies to Pieter-Dirk Uys. "This is an election year. The most important thing we can do is make our voting public the most informed voting public that they can be. This show will enable them to understand the importance of the mark that they make on that ballot sheet. I think it is essential that people don't vote for a party. Nor should they vote for a person. We all need to vote for a FUTURE!"

Visit www.terencebridgett.co.za for Terence's numerous awards, biography and pictures. He has also recently ventured into directing and producing, visit www.roughorsmooth.com and watch The Right to Win on SABC2, Saturdays at 18h30.

The Voice SA glitch changes odds

The Voice coachesM-Net has decided to save one coach's entire team in "The Voice SA" elimination round this Sunday, 08 May, starting from 5pm.

This follows a voting glitch on one of the voting platforms earlier this week that could have skewed the voting results of one coach's team (...could it be Kahn Morbee, Lira, Bobby Van Jeersveld or Karen Zoid team? pictured).

Instead of having twelve talent vying for their coach's save or the support of the voting public, as originally planned, thirteen singers - three from three of the coaches' teams and four from the remaining coach - will now have the opportunity to give it their all to stay in the competition.

Regular monitoring of the voting process revealed that between 8:15pm and 9:52pm on Thursday 5 May, approximately 8,000 SMS messages sent by Vodacom customers failed to deliver properly, prompting M-Net, in consultation with the independent auditing firm Deloitte & Touche, to conduct a thorough investigation.

As the delivery failure resulted in the loss of the messages, the intended votes could not be allocated to individual singers. But during the investigation M-Net and the auditors ascertained that the 8000 affected votes could only have changed the outcome of the voting results for one of the teams – the only one in which the votes were very close with fewer than 8000 votes between two of the talent.

"M-Net is committed to being a responsible and transparent broadcaster," explains Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels. "We have an excellent and dedicated team who monitors the voting on our reality shows closely. Whenever there is a voting anomaly of any kind that might impact the results we will act immediately to resolve the matter to be fair to the talent involved."

All of the messages affected by the network connectivity will be entered into an additional draw for The Voice SA Viewers Competition with the prize being a Samsung Galaxy A5 Smartphone worth R5499.

The Voice SA talent set for big things

Zoe Modiga The Voice"Man did you see that? That was amazing. I am gonna sign all of them, mark my words."

That was the response of gobsmacked Universal Music A&R head, Nick Grenwell, after catching the first live edition of "The Voice SA" on Sunday. The head was later seen having one-on-one's with the talent at the VIP room, and sharing business cards with them, after the show.

He wasn't the only one who was moved by these voices, social media was abuzz after some amazing performances, and four from each group were exempted from eviction in this round where the public will decide who else goes to the next round. With words like "you are a superstar", "you are made for the stage", "all-round performer", and more accolades from the coaches Kahn Morbee, Karen Zoid, Lira and Bobby Van Jaarsveld, who have been cosying up to some of the talent as well.

Parlotones frontman Kahn Morbee chose Richard Stirton (22) from Cape Town, coach Bobby gave the 37-year-old Gavin Edwards from Johannesburg the green light, while Karen saved the diva from Durban, Thembeka Mnguni (32), and Lira opted for the talent Zoë Modiga (22 - pictured) from Pietermaritzburg.

Now, the remaining three performers from each team are hoping to garner gazillions of votes from the public. The one with the most votes in each team will later return to the "The Voice SA" stage with all of the coaches' saves to possibly become "The Voice" of South Africa. The talent who are vying for South Africa's votes are El Clay (11), Eden Myrr (10) and Clemour (09)from #TeamKahn; Nolene Olivier (05), Lana Crowster (04) and Xanilee Hammond (07) from #TeamBobby; Meyrand Roux (29), Robin Peters (30) and Busisiwe Mutlaka (26) from #TeamLira; Pretoria rocker Marcel De Almeida (19), Cape Town's Jonathan Grayson (18), Nadine Sisam (21) from Team Karen.

To vote for your favourite voice, SMS the performer's unique Voting Number to 33692, or vote on the The Voice SA App at a cost of R1.50 per vote. You can also vote on the official website and on Wechat at ID Mnettv. Online and Wechat votes are free but data rates may apply. You may vote up to 100 times on each of these platforms, but do keep in mind that voting on The Voice SA App closes at the end of the Sunday night show –unlike the other platforms on which voting closes on Thursdays at 22:00.

The results of this week's voting will be announced at the beginning of next week's live show, during which another 16 performers will do their best to stay in the competition. For all the voting rules and terms and conditions of voting, go to mnet.tv/thevoice .

The Voice SA premieres on M-Net 101 on Sundays at 5pm. From this week, however, M-Net City viewers can also watch the show within the voting period. The Voice SA will be repeated on channel 115 on DStv on Mondays at 7:30pm. By Mandla Motau