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* Awareness about contemporary issues affecting South African teenagers and young adults will be raised in the new 26-part talk show, Harambe, which starts broadcasting on SABC1 on Thursday, 14 January at 7pm.The show aims to engage and promote positive social interaction between South Africa’s youth by focusing on issues such as the environment, teenage pregnancies, abusive relationships, sexual health, gender issues and xenophobia, among many others.

*Harare: After surviving the two tough real-world challenges, the top 12 contestants from Face of Africa 2010 still need to prepare for their appearance at the Swahili Fashion Week. They're also bidding their time in the hope of realising their wildest fashion dreams at the series finale in Lagos next month and the question is which 10 models will make it that far? The M-Net Face of Africa 2010 will walk away with a modeling contract from O Model Africa, US$50 000 in cash from M-Net, skincare products for 12 months from Iman Cosmetics and a trip to New York, courtesy of Arise Magazine, to participate in New York Fashion Week

*M-Net Series will launch its first exclusive local series, Let’s Chat … with Mel  on Wednesday 13 January. This talk show featuring the popular radio news anchor Melanie Bala is billed as “witty and informative”. Khosi Khanyile, M-Net Series Channel Head, says the show is aimed at the modern woman who’s used to juggling many roles. “Mel will touch on all kinds of topics the modern, sophisticated woman will be interested in and viewers can look forward to discussions about motherhood, interior design, spirituality and even bedroom matters.”

*The Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) Basse branch, has introduced a new programme called 'Business Forum' to its weekly radio broadcast schedule. The programme will provide a forum for interaction among people in the business sector, and experts are optimistic that it would contribute to the fostering of a congenial business environment within Basse and environs. The business forum is slated to be on air for one hour every Sunday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

*Having won over 12 festival awards, the South African film ‘Skin' has now been nominated for Best Foreign Film award at the NAACP Image Awards, while Sophie Okonedo, who plays the role of Sandra Laing in the film, has been nominated for the Outstanding Actress award.

*Bob Skinstad will host a sports lifestyle show on 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm on Saturday mornings from 8am to 9am, starting Saturday, 16 January 2010.

*Rainbow Skellums, the new South African film produced by Andre Scholtz (Panic Mechanic), was in the number 8 spot in Ster-Kinekor’s Top 8 for the weekend 8 to 10 January, having made R1.8m to date. Targeted at Afrikaans-speaking audience, Rainbow Skellums is based on the candid camera format.

* Insurgent challenger, an online broadcast network that streams free original content has produced an interesting documentary on Liberia. The first part can be found here -

Last year, VBS founder Shane Smith and Vice UK Editor Andy Capper, visited Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, to meet three men who participated in the 14 years of civil war. One of the men giving us a guided tour is Joshua Blahyi, aka General Butt Naked, an ex-war lord famed for forcing his soldiers to fight wearing nothing but shoes. Blahyi admits to killing more than 20,000 people and drinking the blood of children, but now spends his time preaching about his quest for forgiveness.