Technology & Convergence In Brief


- The independent electronic publication Tunisnews ( ) has announced that its site was the target of a hacking attack on 5 November 2008, and that the administrators of the site have succeeded in overcoming the attack. The Tunisnews site was the target of a similar act of hacking last April, which rendered it inaccessible for several days.

- Entertainment programming company Endemol announced the appointment of Levern Engel and Sivan Pillay as joint MDs of Endemol South Africa last week, Wednesday, 12 November 2008. Engel and Pillay take up their new roles with immediate effect.

- M-Net has appointed Biola Adekanbi as its new Channel Director: Africa with immediate effect.

- A documentary about Youssou N’dour called "I bring what is love" premiered Sunday evening during the IDFA festival in Amsterdam. The documentary starts with the song: 'New Africa' which exemplifies the singer’s belief in the strength of the continent.

Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s Multimesh Broadcasting which is planning a cable TV operation in Nigeria received the International Star Award in the Gold Category from Business Initiative Directions.

Angola: Luanda Film Festival

November 22-29, 2008

The event is intended to stimulate cultural cooperation, particularly in the field of cinema, between local and foreign producers and directors and re-launch the system of production and distribution of cinema in the country. Addressing the launch ceremony, Miguel Hurst said that Angolan Government intends to award prizes to films screened in Angola, both local and foreign, seeking to increment the production of movies in the country. With the expected participation of local and foreign movies, the festival will comprise competitive, non-competitive categories and parallel activities.

A conference by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation

The Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2009 (3rd - 5th February 2009), Johannesburg, South Africa

Digital broadcasting in Africa is ready to enter a new era, are you ready to take full advantage? To respond successfully your organisations needs to make use the new opportunities for commerce, interactivity, content creation and service delivery.

Join Africa's leading experts, policy makers and innovative business leaders at this exclusive forum. Get unmissible guidance on the future of the digital migration and make the contacts that could transform your business for years to come.

Already confirmed are speakers including;

- Lynn Mansfield, Chairperson, SADIBA

- Lara Kantor, Chairperson, Digital Dzonga

- Anton Lan, Business Development Director, Altech UEC

- Dimitri Martins, Head, Regulatory Affairs, On Digital Media

Slamdance Africa Film Festival Short Documentary Competition

Slamdance International Film Festival is coming to Cape Town for the first time on February 28th 2009 with 40 unseen docs, features, animations and shorts and with it a call to entries for our short documentary film competition.

It is looking for 10 short (10 min Max) documentaries shot in Cape Town about Cape Town. Doc entries can be experimental, avante garde, verite, animated or reportage as long as the budget are below R500 and made within the last 12 months.

The winner gets a spot at the Slamdance International Film fest in Park City in 2010.

Please drop off the DVD’s at the Labia Theatre on Orange front office by Jan 10th, there is no entrance fee and the 10 films will be announced on Jan 30 ‘09.

Call for Entries to the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival

The call for Roscar entries is now open. The competition is open to all wildlife, travel and cultural productions. Building on the success from last year’s Awards, six new categories have been added. The Festival will run from 19 – 23 April 2009.

The categories are now:

Best Editing - Awarded to the production which displays the most creative editing style.

Best Cinematography - Awarded to the production which displays the most exceptional camerawork.

Best Production with a Limited Budget - Awarded to the best production with a budget of less than R5 000 per minute (approximately $650 or £330 per minute).

Best Children’s Production - Awarded to the best natural history production produced for a children’s audience, aged 12 and under, which stimulates an interest in the natural world.

Best Environmental and Conservation/Campaign Production- Awarded to the best production which contributes to the awareness of environmental and conservation issues facing the natural world. The production must convey a conservation message and/or a ‘Call to Action’.

Best Eco-Tourism, Travel and/or Culture Production - Awarded to the best production which promotes tourism of a place, town or country through the use of cultural aspects and wildlife.

Best Use of Music - Awarded to the production which has the best original music score.

Best Script - Awarded to the production which, through the use of original storytelling, creates a captivating script.

Best Series - Awarded to the best series with a natural history theme.

Best Sound Design - Awarded to the production which, through the creative combination of production mixing, sound editing and post-production mixing, displays an inventive use of sound.

Best Newcomer - Awarded to a first-time producer (or filmmaker) in the natural history filmmaking arena. To qualify as a newcomer, a filmmaker should have only been producing films or documentaries from January 2007 onwards.

Outstanding Achievement for African Wildlife Filmmaker - The production shows the unique relationship between Africa’s people and animals. This category can only be entered by a national of an African country.

ROSCAR Gala Event

The ROSCAR Awards will be awarded to filmmakers at a gala event held during the Festival. The prestigious evening event promises to be a highlight as tribute is paid to filmmakers for the outstanding contributions that they are making in the natural history arena.

To submit your production for a ROSCAR Award, click onto for the entry form and rules. The entry fee is R350 per entry and the deadline for entries is 28 November 2008. All film entries will be listed in the Festival Directory.

The Durban International Film Festival has announced that its landmark 30th edition will take place from 22 July to 2 August 2009.

The festival will present over 200 screenings of films from around the world, with a special focus on films from South African and Africa . Screenings will take place throughout Durban including township areas where cinemas are non-existent. The festival will also offer an extensive seminar and workshop programme featuring local and international filmmakers, and 2009 will see the return of the very successful Talent Campus Durban.

The festival calls for entries - feature films, short films and documentaries are all welcome. The festival does have a competition component. The deadline for entries is 31 March 2009 for short films and documentaries; 15 April 2009 for feature films. Early submissions are encouraged.

The entry form is available on the web:

Invitation to tender for consultancy services: Broadcasting audience survey

The Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA or Authority) invites tenders from interested parties to provide consultancy services to undertake audicence survey of the broadcasting industry in Botswana.

The BTA is also the Secretariat to the National Broadcasting Board (NBB) in terms of Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act (Cap 72:04). Amongst others, the functions of the Secretariat are to advise the Board on technical matters emanating from its regulatory functions. Section 10 (b) mandates the NBB to exercise control over and to supervise broadcasting activities, including the relaying of radio and television programmes from places in and out of Botswana to places in and outside Botswana.

The BTA therefore intends to carry out a broadcasting survey to establish the extend and nature of television and radio audieces in Botswana since the introduction of competition in the broadcasting sector in Botswana. The bidding consultancy firms should have experience in carrying out broadcasting audience surveys especially in developing markets.

Tender documents with an outline of the scope of work can be collected from the BTA office from 17th November 2008. Bidders are required to pay a non-refundable fee of Two Thousand Pula (BWP 2 000.00) VAT inclusive or its convertible foreign currency equivalent.

The tender documents could also be obtained through e-mail upon proof of payment of the said fee to the BTA account which would be given upon request.

Bid documents should be submitted in a soft copy together with one(01) original plus five(05) copies (hard copies) enclosed in separate plain inner envelopes and marked “original” and “copies” as appropriate, sealed in one plain outer cover labeled “TENDER FOR THE BROADCASTING AUDIENCE SURVEY IN BOTSWANA” and properly addressed to the Authority at the following address:

The Chief Executive
Botswana Telecommunications Authority
Plot 206/207 Independence Avenue
Private Bag 00495

Bids should reach the BTA not later than 12:00 hours, (GMT+2) on 9thJanuary 2009 and the bids will be opened on the same day at 12:05 hours at the BTA offices in the presence of bidders or their representatives.

Interested bidders may obtain further information from:

Mr Caiphus Moletsane
Tel: +267 395 7755
Fax: +267 395 7976

The Authority’s working hours are between 07:30 – 12:45 hrs and 13:45 - 17:00 hours (GMT+2) from Monday to Friday excluding public holidays.