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14th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) open the call for Discretionary Award Nominations

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture and custodian of the SAFTAs extends a call to the South African film and television industry to nominate nominees for the following awards:

Lifetime Achiever Award:

This award is presented to an experienced individual with an extensive and outstanding contribution to South African film and television, both locally and internationally.

Youth Achiever Award:

This award is presented to a young individual who has demonstrated excellence in their craft.

Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award:

This award is awarded to a person with a disability who has achieved excellence in the film and television industry.

Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award:

This award is awarded to an outstanding individual, group or a particular initiative that has contributed significantly towards developing the film and television industry in the respective province.

Emerging Filmmaker Award

This award is awarded to a “new-comer” in the film and television industry that is creating or producing brilliant work.

All nominations must include a profile of the person being nominated, a copy of their CV and must be submitted to staceyl@nfvf.co.za by the 14th of February 2020.


CANDICE MODISELLE HOSTS MZANSI MAGIC’S NEW SHOW – ACKERMANS’ STYLE SQUAD

Actress and presenter Candice Modiselle is the official host of Mzansi Magic’s exciting new fashion design competition show, Ackermans’ Style Squad. The show, which airs Thursdays at 18:30 and repeats Saturdays at 10:30 on DSTV Channel 161, features 10 young budding fashion designers from across South Africa battling it out for the chance of designing their own clothing range for Ackermans.

Sharing her thoughts on the show Candice says, “Shooting Style Squad was truly such a rewarding experience. It’s beautiful to see how fearless young creatives are and further reminds me of how unapologetic I used to be before I let the worlds opinions inform what my art looks and sounds like.”

Each week participants will compete against each other by completing various design-related activities, that will test their creativity and fashion knowledge. The top 2 designers (one boy, one girl) will design their own ranges, under the guidance of leading industry buyers and trends specialists, which will then go to retail at Ackermans stores nationwide later this year.

Apart from the exposure on the Style Squad TV show, all 10 finalist will each receive a R2 500 Ackermans clothing voucher, a Style Squad hamper valued at R1 000 and the title of the Style Squad 2019 finalists.
Additional to their own clothing range, each of the two winners will receive R10 000 cash, R10 000 educational policy, R5 000 for each of their schools and a professional photoshoot in their range.
Marketing Specialist at Ackermans, Tanya Ruiters, says, “We found that most opportunities for young people are academic or sports related, so it’s great to drive an initiative that speaks to the creatively orientated child.”
Although the show intends to groom these young designers by providing a platform for them to showcase their creativity, Candice says they too have much to offer. “There is so much to learn from each of the 10 budding fashion designers. I truly can’t wait for the world to meet these contestants and grow with them week by week.”

2019 was a bittersweet year for the actress, having landed a role on Mzansi Magic’s Impilo: The Scam, partnered with the Surf Laundry SA Mentorship Program and later announcing the end of a very memorable and impactful chapter in her acting career. After 3 years of being on the show and gracing the screens of millions of viewers every day, the actress announced her exit from SABC 1’s Generations: The Legacy in November. Thanking her followers, supporters and fans of the show for their unwavering support throughout her journey as Lerato, the actress promised to leave no stone unturned in her creative journey.
Doing just that, 2020 promises to be an exciting year for Candice, with Style Squad being just one of many projects the young creative will be embarking on this year.
Remaining tight lipped about her upcoming plans, fans can look forward to seeing Candice back on screens, sooner rather than later, on a role that promises to be her biggest one yet as it will bring international exposure.
Catch Candice on Ackermans Style Squad every Thursday at 18:30 on Mzansi Magic, channel 161. The show repeats Saturdays at 10:30 on Mzansi Magic and re-runs from 22 January on Mzansi Wethu, channel 163, Wednesdays at 17:00, repeats Saturdays at 15:00.


GEOBEK RECORDS INTRODUCES A NEW URBAN MUSIC SENSATION, SAKO

African entertainment and music consulting company, Geobek Entertainment is pleased to announce and introduce you to a new urban music sensation, Sako, as a new signee to the entity. 

Born and raised in the East Rand of Johannesburg, South Africa – where he made his first beat and sung his first note, African music sensation, Sako, has never lost sight of his dream. Taking his career to the next level, Geobek Records is pleased to introduce its first South African sensational singer, Sako.

Sako (real name Ntsako T. J. Manentsa) has been building his music career over the past few years as a singer, songwriter and producer. The development of his musical influence stems from the artists he grew up listening to and he drew inspirations from the likes of Usher, Chris Brown and Loyiso Bala. 

TO EXPERIENCE AS MUCH AS I CAN FOR ONE PURPOSE. TO LOVE AND TO INSPIRE

“I’m excited about my new journey with Geobek Records, I’m looking forward to growing my talent and starting this journey that’s going to be fruitful for both myself and the record label. Let’s create some magic,” he says. 

Geobek Records is a Pan-African driven independent recording label that was founded by Mr. George Beke, a passionate creative that has brought African artists together in music collaborations that unites the continent. In 2015, Geobek Records was established to develop musical talents across Africa, this introduced the rap star, Laylizzy and award-winning producer, Ellputo from Mozambique to the rest of Africa.

The A&R specialist and label manager, George Beke says that he believes in Sako’s talent and his vision is to develop this talent to its full potential of a true African superstar with timeless music and great storytelling visuals. He further said “I have watched the sun rise from the east and I believe that Sako will rise from the East Side of South Africa to the rest of Africa and to the world”.

The rising star will be dropping his debut single, “Dark Skin Girl” on the 7th of February 2020. Be on the lookout for it on all digital music platforms.

Get to know more about Sako here: https://youtu.be/4Y_6z3l0suM

Follow updates by Sako and his music on these platforms:

Twitter: @Jst_Sako/ @GeobekRecords 

Instagram: @Jst_Sako/ @GeobekRecords 

Facebook: Jst_Sako / Geobek Records


South Africa Rugby celebrates Babalwa Latsha’s rise to professional rugby

Springbok Women’s prop and 2019 captain, Babalwa Latsha, has added another feather to her rugby cap by joining Spanish club SD Eibar Femenino.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 05: Babalwa Latsha during the South African national womens rugby team headshots at High Performance Centre, University of Pretoria on August 05, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The rugby-playing pathway provided by SA Rugby (www.SARugby.co.za) for South African women has passed a notable a landmark with a first professional contract for a female XV-a-side player.

Springbok Women’s prop and 2019 captain, Babalwa Latsha, has added another feather to her rugby cap by joining Spanish club SD Eibar Femenino on a three-month contract – which runs until the end of their season in April – with an option to renew.

Latsha – who led South Africa to qualification for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup last season and in the domestic Test matches against Scotland and Spain – will not be lost to the Springbok Women’s team however, as her contract enables her to fulfill her national commitments.  

While Springbok Women’s Sevens players have been contracted to SA Rugby for six years, Latsha’s signing is a significant first for the XV-a-side game.

The contract underlines the growing prominence of women’s rugby in the global sporting landscape and the playing opportunities provided by SA Rugby.

“It is a massive achievement for any rugby player to earn their first professional contract, and to achieve this is in women’s rugby is a particularly remarkable feat,” said SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.

“Women’s 15-a-side rugby is still an amateur sport in South Africa mainly due to the lack of sponsorship and funding, but despite this Babalwa has proved that with passion and dedication anything is possible.

“Given her academic achievements and her success on the field she is a true inspiration to many young rugby players – both female and male – as she has shown that nothing is impossible regardless of one’s background.”

Latsha, who hails from Khayelitsha in Cape Town and holds a LLB-degree, started playing rugby in 2014 and her meteoric rise has seen her advance from the University of the Western Cape’s Women’s Sevens team to the Western Province women’s team and then the Springbok Women’s team.

She had her first taste of international rugby in 2017 when she toured the UK with the SA Select Women’s team where they faced the British Army and the England Academy team, and went on to represent the Springbok Women’s Sevens team in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July that year. 

A year later she made her Springbok Women’s debut on the team’s tour to the UK, and making this achievement even more memorable, she had the privilege of leading the team in the Test against Spain.

With regular Springbok Women’s captain Nolusindiso Booi having been ruled out last season with a foot injury, Latsha led the team, and made her presence felt with her physicality and high work rate on the field, as well as off the field.

Latsha was delighted about her new adventure and she encouraged the corporate sector to back women’s rugby in South Africa, saying: “This is an exciting new venture and a dream come true for me, and I will certainly continue to give my best for my new club and my country.

“We have a fantastic pool of talented players in South Africa and my wish is to see many of them become professional rugby players. Obviously this requires sponsorship and partnerships, so I would like to call on corporates to invest in women’s rugby so that the true potential of our players can be realised.

“The only way women’s rugby can reach the level at which the overseas clubs and national teams are playing is with solid backing, and that combined with the wealth of talent in South Africa will contribute to a successful product on the field in future,” she added.


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