- Professor Alfred Opubor passed away on 2 December, 2011, after a brief admission at the university teaching hospital in Cotonou, Benin. He was one of the first generation of specialists in the field of journalism and communication in Africa. He graduated from Michigan State University, in the United States, with a PhD degree in 1969. He has played an important role in helping shape the African Media Initiative and its programs.
- Encounters South African International Documentary Festival is seeking to appoint a Head of Programming, based in Cape Town.
- The SABC’s chief technology officer, Richard Waghorn, who was responsible for leading the broadcaster’s migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television and who has played a pivotal role in the country’s move to the new system, has resigned.
- Durban International Film Festival Manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival.
South Africa / Hollywood Exchange, in association with Metal Moon will take place on 7 – 11 November 2011, Los Angeles, USA.
Fall 2011 brings together the Biennale South Africa/MediaXchange program tailor-made to promote South Africa to the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Join us in Los Angeles from 7th – 11th November 2011, alongside the A.F.M.
Christina Scott, best known for the role she playing in transforming science journalism in South Africa, has been killed in an accident involving a car, apparently while teaching a friend to drive, reports IOL.
Unlocking the Potential of African TV through Digital Transformation AfricaCast - 9-10th November 2011, Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa
Do not miss AfricaCast, one of Africa’s largest events attended by Balancing Act’s analysts and where broadcasters will meet telecoms services providers to set up multi-play and multi-screens’ solutions : IPTV, mobile TV, web TV, VoD, digital TV will be among the many opportunities.
Former Supersport presenter Imran Garda is now working for Al Jazeera English in Washington, DC. His next major documentary, “Indi’s Silent War”, premiered on Thursday, 20 October 2011, as part of the Al Jazeera Correspondent series, which is being executive produced by fellow South African Jon Blair, an Oscar, Emmy and BAFTA winning filmmaker. In India's Silent War, Imran tells the story of the Naxals, Maoist rebels who are fighting government forces in India for what, they claim, are their tribal lands.