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* BBC Worldwide Channels has renewed a partnership deal with Volvo Car South Africa to launch the new Volvo C70. The agreement includes a variety of on-air elements, such as a brand commercial, a competition promo and a series of 15” tactical spots appearing across BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle channels. The spots will run from 1 February  until 1 March 2010 and will air during peak viewing times across the channels to create maximum awareness for the Volvo C70.

*Ten finalists for the grand finale, Face of Africa finals planned for Lagos, Nigeria on February 6. The winner of the model Search final will take home 50, 000 US dollar cash prize and a modelling contract with Oluchi's O Model Africa.

*Two films acquired by South African company Videovision Entertainment have received nine nominations for the upcoming Orange BAFTA Film Awards in February. Lone Scherfig’s acclaimed An Education received eight nominations and The Road, one. An Education was released in South Africa on 29 January. Its nominations are:  Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director – Lone Scherfig, Best Actress – Carey Mulligan, Best Supporting Actor – Alfred Molina, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Make Up & Hair, as well as the Rising Star Award for Carey Mulligan.

* Heart 104.9FM has announced that Diggy Bongz will be taking over the reins of the 3pm - 6pm Afternoon Drive Show, starting 1 February 2010, supported by traffic anchor Marguerita Freeks and Paul Snodgrass on sports news.

*Skin, the true story of Sandra Laing, the black woman born to white Afrikaner parents during South Africa’s apartheid regime, was the number one film at the local Cinema Nouveau art house circuit on its first weekend of release (22 -24 January), earning R194,151. As at 28 January, Skin had made R288,000.

* On 27 January, M-Net’s long running, award-winning investigative magazine show Carte Blanche handed over equipment to the value of nearly R1.7m to the King Edward VII Hospital in Durban. This forms part of the The Carte Blanche Make A Difference Campaign, established to celebrate the show’s 20th Birthday. The campaign focuses on raising the standard of medical facilities in South Africa through partnerships with corporates. It has so far raised approximately R67m towards improving healthcare at state hospitals in South Africa.

*Nigerian Breweries Plc, organisers of the annual Star Quest show has promised that the winner of this year's edition will have a higher package than previous winners of the show.