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MTF Academy Masterclasses kick-off 2020

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THE 2020 Masterclasses workshops are part of the MTF Academy’s philosophy of upskilling and training industry professionals in the telling of authentic African stories.

20 January – The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Masterclasses are here again! As part of the MTF Academy’s tailor-made curriculum, the Masterclasses will be presented from 15 January 2020 to 19 May by leading African and international film and TV industry experts across East, West and Southern Africa.

The Masterclasses are open to industry professionals across 13 countries including Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This year’s Masterclass focus includes Documentary Filmmaking, Lighting, Sound, Directing of Actors, Multicamera, Production Management, and the Business of Film, among others.

Based on the success of 2019’s inaugural MTF Masterclasses, it was important to continue the second touchpoint of the MTF shared-value initiative, to reinforce MultiChoice Africa’s long-term commitment to igniting Africa’s creative industries, says MultiChoice Africa Group Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Reatile Tekateka.

“For the MTF Academy students and industry professionals, the Masterclasses provide an exclusive opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and networking with highly specialised industry experts,” Tekateka explains.

This year’s Masterclasses will feature in-depth instruction from experts including award winning veteran South African director and producer Bobby Heaney for Multicamera techniques. Heaney is also the Academy Director for MTF ZA in South Africa.  Kenyan film and TV producer Appie Matere will share her expertise in Production Management at Masterclasses in Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa. South African director Denny Miller will present a Masterclass in Directing Actors. Miller’s career spans over 25 years with shows such as classic television series Egoli – Place of Gold and Moments with Mo under his belt.

In addition, Lights, Camera, Diaspora! founder Christian Epps will share his expertise on Lighting. Epps’s work is featured in notable American films and TV shows such as the 2014 historic Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma, 2012 drama Middle of Nowhere, and upcoming HBO TV series Lovecraft Country.

Among other highly anticipated MTF Masterclasses is Cinematography presented by celebrated Nigerian filmmaker, Tunde Kelani. The DOLBY Masterclass will also feature prominently in the 2020 line-up, in response to the oversubscribed and highly popular Dolby Masterclasses last year.

“It has always been important for us as MultiChoice to use our influence to play a positive role in Africa by supporting the growth of Africa’s creative industries into sustainable, vibrant, economic hubs. With our partners including the New York Film Academy, DOLBY, Nihilent, Fox Portugal, Miramar, TV Record and Jasco Solutions, we continue to grow the MTF initiative and programmes across the continent,” adds Tekateka.

For more information about upcoming masterclasses please contact your nearest MultiChoice office in these countries:

 

WEST AFRICA: Ghana & Nigeria

EAST AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe

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MultiChoice Launches the Mwatipanga Campaign;

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IN celebrating their 25th anniversary, MultiChoice Zambia has launched the #Mwatipanga Campaign.

The campaign is aimed at celebrating 25 years of Enriching Zambian Lives by recognizing the MultiChoice family; including customers, agents, installers, employees and everyone that is part of the MultiChoice Zambia family. During the campaign, which is scheduled to run from August to December 2020, customers can look forward to being part of exciting activities including free subscription, surprise giveaways and so much more. To learn more, visit the DStv and GOtv Facebook pages. 

#Mwatipanga 

 

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Beirut explosion kills New Horizons Printing Director 

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THE massive explosion that ripped through a port in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday has killed a Director of Zambia’s New Horizons Printing Press(NHPP)based in Lusaka.

A source close to the family has confirmed that his brother, Nehme was killed in the explosion as he lived near the area where it occurred.

A large blast in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 2,700 others.

Shawky and Nehme are Directors of NHPP and
Shawky represents Zambia as Honorary Consul General in Beirut.

NHPP was founded in February 2000. It employs over 300 people.

The business started commercial printing such as catalogues, magazines, brochures and books and since then we have been re-investing into this industry in various diversified sectors.

NHPP also introduced state-of-the-art machineries to print paper bags packaging for application like sugar, flour and mealie meal as well as other industries.

Videos showing smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city’s port have emerged.

Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years as the cause of the massive explosion.

 

 

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72 per cent of Zambian businesses are unable to raise funds due to COVID-19, FSD Zambia

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HIGHLIGHT results of a survey on the financial impact of COVID-19 on Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) conducted by FSD Zambia in collaboration with BFA Global show that Zambian businesses critically need working capital, with 72 per cent of businesses unable to raise funds.

This is according to a statement released by FSD Zambia Head of Communications, Eneyah Phiri.

Phiri states that the research, which was aimed at understanding the economic situation from the perspective of MSEs, shows that about 40 per cent of MSEs are seeing a significant decrease in revenues.

“The survey was also designed to assess MSE digital readiness as a method to limit the impact of COVID-19. Despite these odds, most MSEs foresee continuing operations. They are confident that their business revenue is enough for the same level of production and are optimistic about recovery” Phiri said.

As recent studies have shown, the lowest income segments are particularly vulnerable to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic slowdown. The survey by FSD Zambia and BFA Global was conducted to better understand the effects of the crisis on MSEs in the country.

Meanwhile, FSD Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Betty Wilkinson, said, “The key issue of gaps in working capital is important. So is the optimism and commitment of small firms to stay alive through the challenging COVID-19 period. FSD Zambia will be looking for options to help financial institutions grow working capital loans and expand our own Working Capital Access project to help these enterprises survive and thrive.”

The results of the survey will help FSD Zambia, Government and other financial market players to fill the gap in digital technology, to facilitate commerce not only in the time of COVID-19 but in the near future. As MSEs are encouraged to adopt the use of digital platforms, partnerships among key stakeholders of the sector should aim to improve internet connectivity issues, technological infrastructure and lower prices of digital financial services.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

06 Aug 2020, 7:17 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

7,022 Total Cases
176 Deaths
5,667 Recovered

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