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- The MultiChoice channel dedicated to covering the murder trial of South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been pulled down for the last time, and will resume only to show the judgment on September 11, the DStv provider said.

Vme TV Takes Viewers to Madagascar, a Natural Paradise Planeta Feroz special takes viewers to Madagascar, a biodiversity hotspot

Vme TV, the only national Spanish-language television network affiliated with public television stations, is taking viewers on the trip of a lifetime to the island of Madagascar, a natural paradise in Southeast Africa, widely known for its diverse ecosystems and impressive variety of native plants and animals. Audiences can explore this biodiversity hotspot with "Madagascar" on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 5 p.m. E/P.

Miners Shot Down to screen on Al Jazeera

Miners Shot Down premieres on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 at 22h00CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera's flagship documentary strand. The multi-award-winning documentary will screen daily until 16 August 2014, the two-year anniversary of the Marikana massacre it investigates.

Africa Trending – Going Beyond Business with Bloomberg TV Africa

From culture to art, film to fashion, music, sport, literature and lifestyle, Bloomberg TVAfrica will go beyond business to bring you Africa’s most talked about culture with their new show Africa Trending.

Each week Savahna Nightingale will be taking you on a journey across the African continent, delving into the topics that are trending. They’ll be crossing Africa in search of the most exciting stories and inspirational people.

StarTimes launches exclusive Kiswahili programming channel

Pay-TV firm StarTimes has unveiled its self-produced Star Swahili channel in a bid to revamp its offering for Kenyan subscribers to include local content.

The channel will be available on all the StarTimes bouquet options, including the basic bouquet, with the company eyeing growth in similar channel options in the future, which will include other Kenyan dialects.

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- AfricAvenir, in partnership with the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) presents the Namibian premiere of “Sodiq” by Adeyemi Michael, on Wednesday, 13. August 2014, 18h30, at the FNCC.  The documentary “Sodiq” follows the lives Sodiq Adeojo who dreamed of becoming a doctor and Sylvester Akpalara, who had a promising career as an athlete ahead of him. Five years later (2012), Sodiq was convicted of murdering Sylvester and is now serving a 30-year jail sentence. How does a boy with the aspirations of becoming a doctor find himself on trial for murder...?

EbonyLifeTV now in the UK on TalkTalk!

Few months ago, May 27th to be precise, Africa’s leading entertainment and lifestyle network, EbonyLife TV made a partnership in the United Kingdom with the TV, Broadband & Phone operator TalkTalk.

Durban FilmMart awards African filmmakers


The Durban FilmMart (DFM), which ran from 18 to 21 July in at the Elangeni hotel in Durban alongside the Durban International Film Festival, has awarded a number of promising African filmmakers with funding, access to international networks and festivals as well as mentorship and skills training.

ICASA invites public comment on local broadcast content review

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has invited public comments on its ongoing review of local content regulations for television and radio, with the regulator saying local content makes a “vital contribution to democracy, nation building and development”.

ICASA last week announced the issuance of a Discussion Document, inviting stakeholders and members of the public to submit comments until September 10.

Sci-fi thriller to be shot in SA

Prisoners of War, a sci-fi thriller about humankind’s last stand against an alien invasion, starring former Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe, is the latest Hollywood production set to shoot in South Africa. by Jan Cronje

French actress Marlohe gained international attention after starring opposite Daniel Craig in 2012’s Skyfall. Marlohe will be the second Bond Girl to have filmed in South Africa this year. Olga Kurylenko, who starred in 2008’s Quantum of Solace, finished shooting her new film Momentum in Cape Town last month.

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