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18 November 2010

Zulu Surf Riders on E.TV

DFA member, Carlos Francisco's Zulu Surf Riders will be broadcast on E.TV on Sunday 21st November at 18h30.

Evidence of South Africa’s shifting cultural identities can be seen on KwaZulu Natal’s shores with young Zulu surfers emerging as keen competitors. ‘Zulu surf riders’, tells the story of a pair of second generation surfing twins, Cyril and Mishak Mqade, who have made a life for themselves through this sport. Having grown up in a small community where employment is scarce and education lacking, the film documents the twins’ journeys from their early endeavours to their present day successes. Cyril and Mishak are inspirational figures in their neighbourhood, teaching local youngsters to continue on the path of the ‘Zulu wave’. This film captures the lives of these brothers who, against all odds, have defied traditional taboos to bravely discover a new world.

‘Zulu surf riders’ is entirely self-funded through Scratch the Surfers. Carlos, Andre and Brenen felt drawn to tell the story of these two young men who have sought to change this historically white-dominated sport.

‘Zulu surf riders’ is a surf film about the radical power surfing has to change people’s lives and showcases how surfing has the ability to bring out the humanity in all of us!

For the first time an African perspective on the soulful sport of surfing is captured in Zulu, with English subtext, delivering an amazingly rich and descriptive narrative from our unlikely surfing heroes.

Read the interview with Carlos on Perspective.

Press statement for immediate release

The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition

18 November 2010

The SOS Coalition welcomes Parliament's decision to extend the deadline for nominations to 6 December 2010. This will allow Parliament to hold its hearing with the SABC Board on 23 November. The Coalition is hopeful that at this hearing Parliament will finally be able to deal with the various corporate governance breaches that have taken place at the SABC. If the various oversight and governance structures including Parliament and the SABC Board are prepared to commit to good corporate governance and implementing mechanisms of accountability going forward, this will significantly assist in encouraging experienced people with integrity and commitment to stand for the SABC Board.

There is one further important issue that needs to be considered - we need to carefully look at the gaps in terms of representivity that have been created by the present resignations. As the Broadcasting Act presently states the members of the Board when viewed collectively need to "represent a broad cross-section of the population of the Republic" and need to collectively have a range of skills in broadcasting policy and technology, broadcasting regulation, media law and so forth. As civil society we need to analyse what the gaps are and nominate accordingly. It is also most important that the Portfolio Committee does an analysis of this situation so that the appointment process takes this into consideration.

For more information:

Kate Skinner – SOS Coordinator – (082) 926-6404
Patrick Craven – Spokesperson Cosatu – (082) 821-7456
Matankana Mothapo – Spokesperson Communications Workers Union – (082) 759-0900
Oupa Lebogo – General Secretary Creative Workers’ Union – (084) 511-8763
Siphiwe Segodi – Coordinator Freedom of Expression Network – (072) 655-4177
William Bird – Director Media Monitoring Africa – (082) 887-1370
Faiza Abrahams Smith – Director Misa-SA – (076) 995-9513
Kgomotso Matsunyane and Feizel Mamdoo – Co-Chairs South African Screen Federation – (082) 901 - 2000


The typical cost of a movie relative to the average American monthly family budget is approximately 1%. Fairly insignificant. In Mexico, however, that cost is approximately 20% of a family’s monthly budget. Extremely significant and understandably prohibitive. It is no surprise then that simply going to the movies is a luxury to the average Mexican family. This is especially true for families in poor urban areas and rural towns in Mexico.
Enter social entrepreneur Ariel Zylbersztejn.

Zylbersztejn is the founder of Cinepop, a company which organizes free, large scale movie screenings in rural Mexico. Each screening is open to the public and all are encouraged to come and enjoy the magic of movies. In doing so, Cinepop has turned the traditional movie making business model on its head. Instead of prohibitively priced, limited seating movie theatres afforded only to the middle class or wealthy, Cinepop screenings are large enough to easily accommodate thousands and are free so thousands can come.

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Finance and Distribution Workshop

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17 November 2010

ICASA Leaves others to Determine its Powers

THE Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which regulates broadcasting, has been conspicuous by its absence from a two-day hearing on the proposed Public Service Broadcast Bill, despite a consensus that the bill undermines the regulator’s role and cedes its power to the minister.
Yesterday, Icasa insisted it was still waiting for an "invitation".
Its silence will make it easier for the government to curtail its role, providing an opportunity for more political meddling in the media.
In Icasa’s absence, other groups have flown the flag. Media Monitoring Africa, MultiChoice and the National Association of Broadcasters told the hearings that Icasa, not the minister, should have the oversight role, in line with its mandate.

Read the rest here.

16 November 2010

One City Many Cultures: Embracing Cape Town

The One City, Many Cultures (1CMC) Project incorporating the Cape Town Festival (CTF) presents the Embracing Africa, Embracing Cape Town concert on Saturday, the 18th of December 2010 at the Cape Town Station Forecourt from 5pm till 11pm. Some of the best in African, South African and Cape Town talent will converge on one stage to wow audiences at this not-to-be-missed paid-for event. The 1CMC Project and the CTF are supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

Led by the Embracing Africa campaign of the OCMC Project, the concert echoes the theme of reconciliation as celebrated on the Day of Reconciliation observed on 16 December annually. This showcase, comprising some of Africa and Cape Town’s most celebrated performers, promises an entertaining and uplifting experience, reconciling Africa’s rhythms, sounds and beats with the heart of the Mother City.

With an offering that spans a wide range of musical genres, including afro-pop, world music, jazz, RnB, urban-pop, hip hop and soul, the concert offers a scintillating line-up of world class performances.

Kicking off the concert in true African style, performers from the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA), who have their roots in Africa, will set the tone with a montage of traditional instrumental, dance and vocal performances. PANSA is a national network of individuals, NGO's, service providers and mainstream institutions that are engaged in the practice or support of the performing arts involving all forms of dance, music, opera, musical theatre and theatre.

Multi-award winning Moreira Chonguicais, a prolific and celebrated Cape Town based saxophonist, originally from Mozambique, is sure to mesmerise the audience to the tune of contemporary jazz and world music.

He has been called “South Africa’s most intimate and talented vocal discovery in years”; the poignant singer/songwriter and SAMA nominee Chad Saaiman will render a tastefully selected fusion of RnB, soul and pop items.

The critically acclaimed Johannesburg-based urban-pop group Gang of Instrumentals is set to add a funky twist with their innovative musical style - a mix of hip hop, street rap, pop, soul, R&B, ragga, reggae and rock - interspersed with elements of kwaito and house.

The programme would not truly embrace the Cape Town music scene without the unrivalled sounds of the institution that is The Rockets. Their colourful, uncompromising and energetic act will ignite the stage with an eclectic mix of soulful ballads, mid-tempo melodies and exhilarating dance tunes.

The headline act will feature an African Diva of note, the sensational jazz and afro-pop SAMA Award winner Judith Sephuma who will, as always, captivate the audience with an inspiring and entertaining show of superlative quality.

“The 1CMC Embracing Africa, Embracing Cape Town concert will become an annual phenomenon in our city – a meeting place where we can display and celebrate our diverse cultural heritage as Capetonians and Africans alike through the healing and reconciling power of music,” asserted Ryland Fisher, Executive Chairperson of the 1CMC Project, “It is indeed going to be a memorable bash and I advise that you get your tickets early to avoid disappointment,” he urged.

The concert will see the newly revamped Cape Town Station Forecourt transform into a vibrant entertainment hub boasting a food court with a variety of traditional African and Cape Town dishes on offer; a beer garden as well as refreshment and merchandise stalls dotted around the venue. Gates open at 2.30pm and concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early to savour the full experience.

But the party does not end there. Concert tickets allow access to the after-party at 121 Castle; a stunning two-storey venue situated walking distance from the concert. DJ’s Leo Large; Thibo Tazz; Ian Incredible (JHB-based) and Trix will be working their magic on the decks. The space offers vibrant lounges, complete with 9 meter cocktail bar, plush couches and big screen TVs for relaxation. Please note that access to the after-party is limited to persons 18 years and older.

Concert tickets cost R110 per adult; children aged 12 to 18 years pay R50, while children under 12 enter free.

For your convenience, bookings can be made at two outlets:

Computicket: 083 915 8000 or log on to (As of Friday, 19 November 2010)
Computerry: 021 447 3473 or email

Make use of the Early Bird Special by booking through Computerry before 30 November 2010 and pay R90 only on the adult price.

Tickets will also be on sale at the venue. The ticket box will be open from 9am till 9pm.

The 1CMC Embracing Africa, Embracing Cape Town concert forms part of the One City, Many Cultures Project and the Cape Town Festival’s pre-festival activities designed to carry the message of tolerance, integration and unity to the people of Cape Town throughout the year, ahead of the ever-growing flagship event in March.

The 12th annual Cape Town Festival takes place from the 14th to the 21st of March 2011 and promises to captivate audiences with a not-to-be-missed line-up of the best in local talent.

For more information, visit or email

Unease Grows Over 1% Tax for SABC

BROADCAST industry players yesterday rejected a proposed 1% tax to fund the SABC, expressing reservations that the proposed fund will be run by the government’s own Media Diversity and Development Agency (MDDA).

The MDDA was originally set up to promote small and community media, and usually handles a budget of about R39m.

The controversial proposal to levy an additional 1% tax was originally floated by former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda, and is being kept alive by his successor, Roy Padayachie.

Read the rest on the Business Day web site.

The Other Fellini

To read more about this documentary on Riccardo Fellini, click the image or here.

Broadcasting Bill should Focus on SABC, says MNet

Nov 15, 2010 11:47 AM | By Sapa

MNet and Multichoice joined other stakeholders on Monday morning in calling for the draft Broadcasting Bill to only focus on the SABC which currently lies in crisis.
During oral submissions at Gallagher Estate in Midrand the companies expressed how the SABC was in need of relief and that issues in the Bill needed to be narrowed.
Director of regularities affairs at MNet, Karen Willenberg, reminded the gathering that the Electronic Communications Act was the key statute which deals with the licensing and regulations of the electronic communications sector.
"In its focus and purpose the Bill must find its place alongside existing legislation. It should only be dealing with issues of public broadcasting which require regulations over and above what is provided for in the Electronic Communications Act."
MNet and Multichoice also highlighted the need for a strong financial model at the SABC.

Read the original article here.