Technology & Convergence In Brief


- Yasin Jama Ali, a reporter for the independent Radio Horyaal, was arrested by Somaliland police last Wednesday in the Gulf of Aden port city of Berbera.

- Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has threatened to take serious action against radio broadcasters who he claims tell lies and incite the public.

23 - 25 August 2009

Mediatech Africa 2009 EXHIBITION

The Coca-Cola Dome

Northgate - Johannesburg (South Africa)

10h00 - 18h00 (Thursday and Friday)

10h00 - 17h00 (Saturday)

SA’s only all-inclusive broadcast, media, entertainment and AV trade fair – comes at a crucial time, as the industry prepares to capitalise on the multitude of opportunities the World Cup presents. Mediatech Africa 2009 showcases cutting edge

technologies and services from industry leaders in television and broadcast, sound and audio, lighting and staging, animation, communication and related fields.

24 - 28 August 2009

Course in Broadcasting Policy & Regulatory Trends

The Wits Link Centre's Broadcasting Policy & Regulatory Trends Course, delivered at the Wits University Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM) in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa, will give you an in-depth understanding of the policy and regulatory issues and trends affecting broadcasting in the digitised, converged, globalised media / communications / ICT environment of today. Registration for this course is done online. Please click here to complete the online registration form, and then click the 'submit' button. The course name for this course should be entered on this page as BPRT. Your registration on this course will be confirmed by e-mail. Your place on the course is secured as soon as proof of payment has been faxed to (011) 717 1065, marked for the attention of Tennyson Mashiloane (+ 27 11 717-1188), or e-mailed to Tennyson Mashiloane.

24-26 August 2009

PAMRO (Pan-African Media Research Organisation): 11th Annual Meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference and Exhibition.

To be held at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.


The objectives of PAMRO entail the creation of a forum for industry organisations; media research providers, media owners, marketers and advertising agencies in different African countries to exchange knowledge and to learn from one-another’s successes and failures, to ensure the highest quality and to harmonize our research methodologies so that we will eventually have a continental media research database. The latter will make Africa the leader in the world in providing a research database for the growing number of global media owners, marketers and agencies. We are including the Indian Ocean Islands into all our activities and under scribe the rules of market research bodies such as those of the World Organization for Research Professionals [ESOMAR]. This three-day Pan-African Conference provides a platform to share knowledge among media practitioners and researchers from across Africa, as well as international researchers focused on African media. Topics include:

1. Africa Media 360 - The Holistic Proposition

2. The Role of Social Media

3. Changing Hearts and Minds with Media Research

4. The "Power of Internet" - A Pan-African Reach Solution

5 The Big Case of Outdoor Media

6. Content is King but which Content

7. The Football World Cup comes to Africa, is the media ready?

8. 'Word of Mouth' its relevance in Consumer Engagement

9. 'A Taste of the Future' - What Media will look like in 2010 and beyond

10. Audience Measurement - A Guide to Market Penetration

11. New Media - Are we paying attention?

and much more....

5 - 13 Sept. 2009


Lusaka - Zambia

16 - 18 Sept. 2009


Hilton Nairobi Hotel - Kenya

The African event to buy and sell TV content.

contact: Cherise Barsell / Head of TV Stations Relations Africa

Balancing Act will provide market insight at DISCOP AFRICA 2 during “African Broadcast Research Interest Group” session.

Information about audiences, market share, advertising rates, rights and production costs in Africa are often hard to come by. Balancing Act is convening an African Broadcast Research Interest Group to which all those broadcast companies and advertisers who have an interest in improving the available data are invited as well those companies that are producing audience market research. The discussion will be opened by Balancing Act's CEO Russell Southwood who will moderate a discussion looking at how audience research can both be extended geographically and improved in terms of focus. In particular, it will look at how best to capture the impact of changes in the media landscape bought about by impact of new media like SMS, mobile TV and the Internet.

16 - 18 Sept. 2009


University of North-West, Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU.

The South African Communication Association (SACOMM) manages three listservs: the first is for paid-up members; this second list is open to anyone with an interest in African and South African communication, journalism, and cultural and media studies. A third list concentrates on (African) cinema. (Your address will be removed if you do not wish to be on the lists. Reply putting "unsubscribe" in the subject line.) . Messages for posting can be sent to me (Keyan Tomaselli: [Listserve manager]. For any reply ensure that the subject line has been filled in appropriately. Individuals wanting to be added to any of the open lists should write to me with their full name and e-mail address. Address queries to the authors of the messages being posted. Please do not send these to the listserv or me. Cross posted items do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Association or the University of KwaZulu-Natal which hosts two of the listservs.

Communication and Media:

Past, Present and Future

Hosted by the North-West University

School of Communication Studies (Potchefstroom Campus) and Department of Communication (Mafikeng Campus)

Conference Tariffs:

SACOMM members: R920

SACOMM student members: R800

non-SACOMM members: R 1500

non-SACOMM members (Pregraduate & Honours students): R 1000

1 October 2009 - 4 October 2009

Pan African Space Station 2009

1 October 2009 - 3 October 2009

International Festival of Documentary Film - Festival International du Film Documentaire - FIFDOK

1st. Edition from 01 au 03 October 2009 in Khouribga, Morocco.

3 - 19 Oct. 2009


Johannesburg,Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth

11 - 14 Oct. 2009




16 Oct. 2009

Promax|BDA Africa 2009 will take place in Johannesburg, SA, at the Sandton Convention Centre.

21 - 23 Oct. 2009


Sheraton Hotel & Towers



21 October to 31 October 2009

Kenya International Film Festival

in various venues in Nairobi, Kenya

hosted by the Kenya International Film Festival Trust

Films will include features, student films, animations, documentaries, and experimental films.

22 October to 1 November 2009

The Africa in Motion film festival (AiM)

Edinburgh is home to Africa in Motion, the UK's biggest African film festival.

The UK’s biggest African film festival takes place annually in October at Edinburgh Filmhouse, is officially inviting African filmmakers to submit short films for a new AiM competition. The competition is targeted specifically towards young and emerging African talent.

The competition winner will be selected from a shortlist of films and will be announced at an awards ceremony at the third successive Africa in Motion festival in October 2009. The winner will have the opportunity for their film to be screened at AiM 2009 as well as the chance to win a significant cash prize. A selection of other short films specially commended by our competition jury will also be screened as part of a short film showcase at AiM 2010.

The AiM 2009 Short Film Competition will be judged by a jury panel consisting of local film specialists and established African filmmakers; still to be confirmed.

15-16 November 2009

IPTV World Forum Middle East & Africa - Jumeirah Beach Hotel - Dubai - Informa Telecoms & Media Conferences

Established as the world's leading event on IPTV, this is a must-attend conference and exhibition in he diaries of all Telco, TV and content executives. IPTV has evolved and telcos pursuing a television strategy across Middle East & Africa can launch with more sophisticated television services than witnessed during early-adopter deployments in Europe and North America, with more personalisation and cross-platform, multi-screen delivery among the obvious targets. Regional telcos have the chance to demonstrate their ambition to win, and not just play, in the Pay TV marketplace.

IPTV providers can make their mark on the Middle East & Africa Pay TV industry providing they differentiate themselves and deliver on the promise of better TV. On Day Two we consider the importance of content, how it is delivered and then consumed – assessing the potential for multi-screen and connected home as strategies for differentiation. The conference also reviews the lessons from important deployments.

2-6 November 2009

Africa Media & Broadcasting Congress 2009

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

January 2010 (date TBC)

Nigeria, India plan joint film festival

INDIAN and Nigerian governments have concluded plans to host a joint film festival for Bollywood and Nollywood to commemorate the 60th and 50th independence anniversaries of both countries respectively.

The festival, which is scheduled to take place in Nigeria by January 2010, is expected to serve as a vehicle for strengthening the cultural and economic ties that have existed between the two countries over the years.

Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mahesh Sachdev, disclosed yesterday in Abuja during a visit to the Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, that the two countries were the largest film producers in the world, adding that the result of the partnership would benefit 1.1 billion people in India and 140 million Nigerians.

He said that apart from collaborating with the audio-visual media in Nigeria, the Indian government has concluded plans to train about 100 top management employees of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) on current methods of sorting and delivering mails.

The envoy observed that the Indian government through its technical and cooperation programme recently trained some Nigerians on information and communications technology and suggested that the training be extended to the postal sector.

Responding, the minister commended the effort of the Indian government in building the capacity of Nigerians on information technology, adding that the training of NIPOST staff would be a major boost to government's efforts at repositioning the postal sector to make it the highest employer of labour in the country in line with the seven-point agenda of the existing administration.

Akunyili, who observed that the two countries had had long-standing cordial economic and cultural relationship, commended the Indian government for the successful conduct of the recent election in the country.

Nigeria was recently rated the second largest film producer in the world after India.

February 2010 (date TBC)


February 2010 (date TBC)

The 4th South African Film and Television Awards will be held in February 2010. The closing date for entry submission was July 30 2009. Formats include:

* For the Feature Film, Made for TV Movie, Documentary, Television Non Fiction, Short Film, And Student Sections

* In the Television Fiction section: TV Drama, TV Soap, Mini Series and TV Comedy

22nd till 28th February 2010

Aluta Film Festival in Kimberley, South Africa

Call for Entries: The organisers of the Aluta Film Festival, South African premier township cinema event, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2010, the 7th edition of the festival.

Deadline: November

Categories: Features; documentaries; animation; short films

Requirements: Preview: DVD PAL. Screening: 16mm, 35mm and video

Awards: Aluta! Revolution Awards

Fees: None

Administrative address: 18985 Guttenburg Pitse Street, John Mampe. Phase One, Galeshewe, Kimberley 8300, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)76 853 1214

Fax: +27 (0)86 513 7783

Festival Director: Motheo Seleke

Festival Administrator: Nandipha Shwababa

4-4 March 2010

Mobile Commerce World Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg

12-15 April 2010

SatCom Africa 2010

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, South Africa

followed by SatCom Star Awards

13-13 April 2010

Venue: Sandton Sun Hotel - Johannesburg

Africa’s premier satellite event brings you the industry awards for best practice

19-21 May 2010

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010

Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) Nairobi

Broadcast & Film Africa 2010 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.

Kenyan actor Austin Kemie will be seen in Faith Happens, a feature film to be released bySter-Kinekor Theatres nationwide in South Africa from Friday, 21 August 2009. The film weaves together the stories of struggle and surrender that make up the fibre of local Christian churches across the globe.

Former SABC boss Dali Mpofu has ended his R20-million legal dispute with the broadcaster and will pocket R12-million for his troubles.

Call for contribution - Directory of World Cinema ( Africa )

Intellect Books (Bristol) is launching the Directory of World Cinema, which aims to bring a new, accessible dimension to the academic study of film. African cinema is often contested as a reality or a concept: ‘Does it exist?’, ‘What is it about?’ ‘How do productions from Egypt to South Africa fit in under the African label?’ Yet African films are the focus of many festivals within Africa (Ouagadougou, Cairo, Carthage, Marrakech, Kigali, Goma, Bukavu, Bujumbura, Zanzibar, Durban) and abroad (Amiens, Nantes, Milano, Verona, Montreal, Brussels, Leuven (Louvain), Namur, Amsterdam, London). The Directory of World Cinema: Africa will provide an insight into the cinema of many African countries through reviews of significant films and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial motivations of key themes and genres.

Contributions will be first posted on a website and later collated into a hard copy version. The volume will attempt to apprehend African reality in self-representation. Chapter headings will address the changing public sphere, Africans at work (including the rapport to money and the economic and political role of women), multiple aspects of migration (rural exodus, economic migration, refugees, diasporas), culture and religion, magic (belief in supernatural forces), representation of children, the use of music, the choice of languages, symbolic representation. The films from the different regions that are usually defined by their official languages (anglophone, francophone, lusophone) will be entered under the themes or genres subheadings in order to avoid the partition between the linguistic regions. New genres, such a TV films and series, African made documentaries, musicals, videos and independently produced films and other suggested items, are welcome. Entries in English or French are welcome.