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* Pay-TV broadcaster M-Net has commissioned a new season of Idols, to find South Africa’s next singing sensation. This is the sixth season of Idols, which will broadcast on M-Net from July 2010.
* Bonisanani, SABC 1's children's programme, has been on air for the past three years and the current series is the highest rating show in its timeslot of 06:30am on Sundays. SABC 1 has re-commissioned Bonisanani, meaning the fourth series will be hitting the screens in April this year.
* A new Zimbabwean short film on multiple concurrent sexual partnerships (MCPs) runs for just 24 minutes, but the producers are hoping that its message will last much longer. The film, "Big House, Small House" is the latest offering from the OneLove Campaign, which works to reduce HIV prevalence and MCPs in 10 southern African countries. The title refers to the colloquial expression "small house", used to denote long-term, illicit sexual relationships in Zimbabwe. Television stations around southern Africa will air the movie as part of a series of 10 films - one from each of the campaign's focus countries - highlighting the dangers of MCPs.
* To mark Be Positive Do Something Positive Day on the 1st of March, Kaelo - Stories of Hope will feature the incredible stories of ordinary South Africans who are making a difference by tackling some of South Africa's pressing social issues with positivity and determination. Kaelo - Stories of Hope is broadcast on SABC1 on Sunday at 12:30.
*On Tuesday, 2 March at 6pm, the final episode of pay-TV channel M-Net’s 18-year old soapie, Egoli, will be broadcast, thus heralding the end of an era. While there is much speculation around how the soap will end, what is certain is that the final episode will be followed by 18 commemorative episodes, running from Wednesday, 3 March until Friday, 26 March. Egoli was South Africa's first ever daily soap. An Egoli feature film is due for distribution in cinemas from 16 June.
*Capricorn FM launched its brand new line up on 1 March 2010, its first major change since the station went live in November 2007.The award-winning station has four new DJs: Kay Bapela on First Flight, Monday to Friday midnight to 3am; Prudence Mabasa on Capricorn FM Top 30 on Saturdays 9am to noon; Lindiwe Makhubele presenting the Jam District on Fridays from 8-10pm and Saturdays from 6-9pm; DJ Cappuccino who joins DJ Lacosta on the Mix Down Avenue on Fridays from 10pm to midnight and Saturdays from 9pm to midnight.
* On September 11, 2006, Record Television came on to Uganda's broadcasting scene with a Portuguese broadcast due to its co-founders being Brazilian. Last year they expanded by opening up a radio station Record FM 97.7.The show will serve as the Record TV fourth anniversary.