Technology & Convergence In Brief


- Multichoice is set to launch a new payment system called the Blind Voucher. Charles Hamya, the general manager, said the new system allows a customer to update and renew their account without going to any Multichoice office. "A client buys a Blind Voucher from any of the agents and finds a pin number, which they can send by sms to the call centre and their account is updated," he said.

"This empowers the customers to pay by themselves, making it convenient, yet it doesn't come at any extra cost." The system has been tested for the past few months and is ready for roll-out. However, Multichoice is awaiting allocation of a number from the communications commission to which customers will send their sms.

After 14 years with Primedia Broadcasting, Dan Moyane is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Moyane has been chairman of the Primedia division, which includes 94.7 Highveld Stereo, Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk and 94.5 Kfm, since July 2002.

Pocket Films Festival: calls for films and projects

The Pocket Films Festival, festival of mobile video creation, organized since 2005 by the Forum des images, a major cinema center and film archive created by the City of Paris and dedicated to explore the relations between cinema, cities and society, with a strong emphasis on educational perspectives. Since 2005, Pocket Films has gained international recognition for its exploration of the artistic and functional possibilities of the mobile telephone.

5th Amakula Kampala International Film Festival: Call for Entries

Amakula Kampala International Film Festival (May 1 to 11th 2008) is looking for new film of any genre and any lenghth from the eastern African region.

The Golden Impala Eastern Africa short film competition will be given to films with a maximum of 30 minutes by directors from Eastern-Africa. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2008.

1st Africa Broadcast and Film Conference – Call for presentations

Kenyatta International Conference Centre

Nairobi, 23-25 September 2008

Just under half of the countries in Africa have liberalised their broadcast markets and there has been a considerable growth in the number of new television and radio stations. The final opening up by the rest of the countries on the continent promises the kind of growth that the mobile market has experienced over the next five years. Whereas broadcast media used to be simply a small number of TV and radio channels, there is now a proliferation of ways in which broadcast programming can be received by its audiences including satellite, IP-TV, PC and mobile. Taken together, the number of channels and the many different ways of receiving programming has begun to fragment the traditional market. African broadcasters need to find new ways to sustain their audiences and attract new advertising. African government broadcasters are particularly threatened by the new media landscape. Largely without funding they have to deliver public service obligations like coverage and at the same time, compete ever more fiercely in the market for premium rights, audiences and advertisers.

The First African Broadcast and Film Conference in Nairobi in September 2008 will bring together senior broadcast executives, producers, advertising agency executives, regulators and policy-makers to discuss the challenges faced by the industry over the next five years.

If you would like to make a presentation at the conference, either ring or send your idea to the e-mail address below. /

Zuma film festival

4th- 8th may 2008


Inscriptions have started for the forthcoming Zuma film festival to take place from 4 to 8 May, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria with the theme: Films Without Borders. ZUMA Film Festival is the official Federal Government of Nigeria Film Festival, organized by the Nigerian Film Corporation.

Those interested are invited to confirm their participation so that we can keep you informed on the activities and programmes of the festival.