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Management team at South Africa’s pay-TV challenger, TopTV celebrated its first birthday this month, May 2011. Owned by On Digital Media, the TV station was the second payTV player to compete with pay-TV incumbent MultiChoice. According to Elouise Kelly, Vice President of Marketing, Top TV has had its share of teething problems. “As a young company TopTV is aware of its current challenges but also very proud of its achievements to date,” she stated. When it was launched back in May 2010, Top TV offered a total of 55 channels in bouquets that range from R99 to R249 per month. One year later the price range has remained unchanged. As part of TopTV’s birthday celebrations the pay TV company is using this opportunity to reward subscribers who took a chance with the new kid on the block 12 months ago, giving away prizes to the value of R300 000, including a trip for two to the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in Los Angeles, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Toronto, Canada and a visit to the France 24 Studios in Paris. Enter here:

- In Kenya, an ex-NTV journalist was buried in Langata cemetery. Sarah Wambui Kabiru was discovered dead by police in her house in Umoja estate on May 1, 2011. Police have since arrested her partner Moses Dola, also a journalist, who is suspected of strangling her.

- In Pretoria, South Africa, people across the country extended their condolences to the family of SABC journalist Kgomotso Sebetso, who died following a car crash. Sebetso, 44, was taken to hospital in a serious condition after his car crashed into a truck. Media statements and his Facebook friends all described Sebetso - who was part of the SABC team that covers the Presidency and President Jacob Zuma - as an ever smiling, warm and humble spirit who was dedicated to his work. In a statement, Zuma said he was in great shock over the tragic death of Sebetso who always conducted himself professionally.

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