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Mzansi’s stellar cast for’s Heist

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X: TUESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY, 9:30PM’s new thrilling action drama has scored some of South Africa’s most talented actors. Heist which is inspired by a true story premieres on on Tuesday, 9 February at 9:30PM.

The series is produced by Branded Soul who also created the captivating rural drama Matatiele. Heist is inspired by the mysterious cash heist that took place at the Justin Bieber concert in 2013. The drama series is both entertaining and engaging with deep character lines. It is a very timely exploration of the lengths and impact money has on our daily lives. Side by side the drama series also showcases the survival and extremes people are willing to go through to improve their livelihood. It’s a story of resilience.

The story is filmed in various parts of Alexandra adjacent to the affluent northern suburbs of Sandton, focusing on social challenges people face in townships. To portray these realities, the action drama series is filled with Mzansi’s best TV and film talent. Viewers can look forward to the likes of Jerry Mofokeng who is known for his hilarious humour. He plays a lead character called “Talent”, who is the old stadium grass cutter that gets unfairly dismissed. He then puts a gang together to help him pull a heist at a concert.
Viewers can look forward to seeing Jody Abrahams as “Mark” the big boss that fires “Talent”, Warren Masemola as Flash, Wright Ngubeni as 5bob, Phumeza Mdabe as Thembi, Warren Masemola as Cosatu, the talented Mbali Ka Ngwenya as Merci, Meshack Mavuso as Chairperson and Kenneth Nkosi as Gorgeous Stash.

Heist is a story about survival and the lengths some people are willing to go in desperate times. This series will indeed capture the hearts of our viewers after the success of Z’bondiwe. In 2016, our viewers will enjoy more innovative and diverse local content. We want to bring more action, edge and thrill to the channel. ” says Monde Twala, Managing Director for Channels.
The drama series will keep viewers captivated and attuned to the social challenges that many South Africans face.

Heist is an action drama not to be missed every Tuesday night on at 9:30PM from 9 February 2016.
Viewers will now get the opportunity to watch the drama in HD quality on eHD on both OpenView HD and DStv Explorer.

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300 000 and counting OpenView HD

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OpenView HD – SA’s fast growing Free to Air multi-channel platform

South Africa’s first free to air digital satellite platform is now in 300 000 South African households. OpenView HD is growing in leaps and bounds, there has been 100 000 new decoder installations in the last four months alone.

The digital satellite television service, which was launched in October 2013,has seen some exciting new channels added, bringing the total to 20 TV channels and 8 radio stations.

Platco MD, Maxwell Nonge says: “The stronger retail partnerships have contributed to a 300% increase in uptake of OpenView HD decoders in the market. Although the platform is active in 300 000 Households, we are already looking forward to the next milestone and more OpenView HD households. 2016 will be an exciting year for OpenView HD with more channels on the horizon. This is after all a very concrete television service that comes with no monthly fees.”

Thanks to IS20 the acquisition of OpenView HD is most simple for the households that already have a satellite dish installed. All that needed to be done is for the decoder to be purchased and plugged in.

The platform offers viewers over 20 entertainment channels across multiple genres and languages including English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Hindi. In addition to the channel offering, viewers can also tune in to eight Radio stations, with new additions: YFM, Gagasi FM, Heart FM, OFM, LM Radio and Kaya FM.

“We constantly strive to secure content that is guided by focused customer research to ensure that the channels are in line with the target audience’s viewing patterns.” Added Nonge

OpenView HD is currently running a viewer competition: Customers that Activate new decoders before 31 December 2015 stand a chance to win a dream holiday for two to Mauritius in 2016‎, all expenses paid.

About OpenView HD
OpenView HD is the only free digital satellite platform in South Africa, powered by, which brings you a wonderful new world of entertainment – 20 new TV channels in digital quality. The decoder is available from all leading retailers from as little as R399 (excludes dish/installation). Households that already have a satellite dish installed only need to purchase a decoder. Decoders are available at R379 untill 24 December (at all Game Stores)


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Fulu Mugovhani set to attend AYANDA film screening in Boston U.S.A Today

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South African actress and singer, Fulu Mugovhani, is set to attend the AYANDA film screening in Boston U.S.A today.

Fulu Mugovhani is the lead actress in AYANDA and has received global rave reviews for her performance in this coming of age film which debuted locally in October.

World Fiction Competition

AYANDA held its world premiere screening at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival winning the Special Jury Prize in the World Fiction Competition and was recently bought by Ava Duvernay for U.S distribution.

Fulu Mugovhani got her big break after being cast as Nala in an international production of the “Lion King”. During that period, Fulu resided in Hong Kong for a year and a half. Fulu is best known for her roles in soapie Scandal as Anzani, and as Nikki in the Mzansi Magic musical comedy-drama television miniseries, Remix.

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Terry Pheto to represent South Africa at the International Emmys in New York as a juror

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Award winning South African actress and producer, Terry Pheto, will represent South Africa at the International Emmy’s in New York as a juror at the prestigious ceremony taking place from the 21st until 23rd of November 2015.

The NFVF is recognised as the official representation of South African film industry, therefore it was afforded the status to host judging sessions. Terry Pheto was selected as a juror after a handful of industry members’ profiles were submitted and then confirmed by the International Emmys based on the criteria of having made big strides in her career, as well as having made an impact and contribution to the South African Film and Television Industry.

“I am honoured to be a part of the juror panel for the International Emmys and am grateful to the NFVF for this opportunity to represent my country in the arts” shares Terry Pheto.

Terry Pheto’s AYANDA film is currently been screened in the U.S. in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Alanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Houston, Detroit, Montgomery, Seattle, Calabash, Greensboro and Boston.


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Terry Pheto’s AYANDA film opens in the U.S. today

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Award winning South African actress and producer, Terry Pheto, will see her acclaimed AYANDA film open up in cinemas and theatres across the U.S from today.

AYANDA film will screen in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Alanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Houston, Detroit, Montgomery, Seattle, Calabash, Greensboro and Boston.

Various institutes and platforms such as ImageNation and AfriPop will also host screenings.

Terry Pheto speaks

“I’m very thrilled and grateful for the opportunity Ava Duvernay has given us through her distribution company, Array. Ayanda is a universal story that everyone can relate to and it’s exciting to know that the U.S. will have a chance to see this film and see a different side of Africa and a strong unapologetic African female lead, something the world has not seen in cinema before” shares Terry Pheto.

Terry Pheto co-produced the AYANDA film under her company, Leading Lady Productions. Since the film’s release, AYANDA has been showcased at film festivals across the globe and was recently purchased by Ava Duvernay for U.S. distribution. Keep posted to Terry Pheto’s social media platforms for more updates on the successes of AYANDA.

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Terry Pheto’s film bought by major US distributor


South African film Ayanda, which premiered in Los Angeles in June, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, has been picked up for distribution in the US by American director, screenwriter, film marketer, and film distributor Ava DuVernay. As the writer and director of Selma (2014), the acclaimed biopic of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, DuVernay is the first female African American director to have a film nominated for the Academy award for Best Picture.

“Ava DuVernay has long been a promoter and distributor of black independent films,” says actress and producer Terry Pheto, who co-produced Ayanda. “DuVernay herself recognises this and is proving to be a force to help bring about needed change. She is not only a savvy film marketer and acclaimed director, but also a black woman entrepreneur who is deeply committed to increasing the representation of black people on the big screen.”

Ayanda, the latest film by award-winning director Sara Blecher, is a tale of love, friendship and growth in contemporary South Africa. It opens nationwide in local cinemas on 2 October 2015, and is set for release in the US shortly after, in mid-November.

The film tells the story of a single-minded 21-year-old Afro-hipster Ayanda (Fulu Mugovhani), who has a talent for taking neglected pieces of furniture and “bringing them back to love”. Eight years after her father’s death, his prized auto repair garage is in deep debt and in danger of being sold, but Ayanda does everything in her power to hold onto his legacy.

The film also stars Nigerian actor OC Ukeje – winner of the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Actor, Jafta Mamabolo, Nthati Moshesh, Kenneth Nkosi, Sihle Xaba and Vanessa Cooke.

Director Blecher says the film could not have found a more well-matched distributor in the US. “Not only is Ayanda a story about women, made by women, but it also highlights female entrepreneurship and ingenuity, both talents which can mean the difference between success and hardship in a city like Johannesburg. To have the film bought for distribution by an African American woman who has made her mark in Hollywood was an incredibly proud moment for all of us involved in the making of Ayanda.”

Set in a vibrant and diverse Johannesburg, Ayanda gives audiences a colourful and vivid view of urban South African youth culture. The film has a youthful cast, and pulses with energy and street style. At its heart, however, Ayandalooks at what it’s like for a young girl to grow up without a father, and how she and others around her have to learn how to let go of the things and people they love to move forward.

Ayanda was produced by Real Eyes Films and Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Productions, with the support of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), Africa Magic and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It will be distributed in South Africa by Helen Kuun of Indigenous Film Distribution.

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Maps speaks to Fame Africa TV about “Tell Me Sweet Something”


The South African film industry is becoming bigger. “I play Nat Masilo on my new movie that just come out ‘Tell Me Sweet Something’, it was an amazing experience and it’s directed by Akin Omotoso. It’s been a year and a half since we started shooting.”

“We have a great cast, I act alongside the incredible Nomzamo Mbatha and we have an amazing support from guys like Thomas Gumede, Kagiso Lediga and more. Also Thembi Seete who kills the performance.” – Maps said.

Akin Omotoso might make a book out of his latest movie. So goes the joke on set of his South African romcom Tell Me Sweet Something.

Tell Me Sweet Something is a delightful romantic comedy, starring Maps Maponyane and Nomzamo Mbatha as unlikely lovers. It shares a uniquely South African story about an aspiring novelist, Moratiwa (Mbatha), with writer’s block.

“I’m a hopeless romantic,” says Maponyane speaking to Citizen

Growing up “the nerd” – as he calls himself – Maponyane comes clean:“I was captain of the friend zone. I was the guy girls would talk to so they could get close to the popular guys.

“And the reason I think girls came to me is because immediately I come off as a person who is willing to listen and wants to know what you’re all about,” a character trait he blames (gratefully so) on his mom.

“When I was growing up, my mom and I were very close. She wanted one boy, one girl. She had my brother and then she had me. I was the last-born and she didn’t have a girl, so I assumed that role. We went shopping together, tolunches together and I’d help her dress up for work. I really loathedit when I was young, but subconsciously I was consuming all this information. I witnessed women crying about their husbands and how the time of the month is affecting them, and how they hated being treated a certain way, and how they wish men would do this or that.”

Wanting to break the stereotype, Maponyane dreamt of being a different kind of man, seeking to fulfill women’s deepest, darkest needs.

“I think it’s important for men to put in an effort to find out what women are about and what they are interested in,” he says.“

Now I can pretty much wax lyrical about any female subject because of that exposure and be happily interested in it.” – Maps explains.


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Watch the last installment of Schuks


Leon Schuster is retiring…but his last journey is still an hilarious one…watch the trailer of ‘Pay Back the Money! while it may be the last it certainly will keep you rolling with laughter. Posted to YouTube by Two Oceans.

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Terry Pheto’s Leading Lady Lounge 2015 was a great success

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Terry’s Pheto hosted her second inaugural Leading Lady Lounge to a great reception at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) this past weekend. Her film, Ayanda, opened the festival on the Thursday night, and the stars of the movie joined her for the next two days at the Maharani Elangeni in Durban.

The Leading Lady Lounge 2015 partnered with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture at eThekwini Municipality as well as media partner, Cliff Central, and was held on 17 and 18 July 2015. The Leading Lady Lounge 2015 created networking opportunities for South Africa’s film stars and stakeholders, aspiring drama students, invited guests and media who enjoyed food and drinks while getting their hair and makeup touched up before taking part in a glamorous pop-up Portrait Studio. The Leading Lady Lounge 2015 was visited by more than 80 people each day. See below some of the highlights.

Day 1: Highlights

  • Thembinkosi Ngcobo, Head Parks, Recreation and Culture and Terry Pheto greeted guests and formally opened the lounge for 2015.
  • Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director KZN Philharmonic addressed the audience, and has received international recognition as one of Africa’s leading arts administrators.
  • The Filmmakers panel session was attended by high profile guests:

– Duma Ndlovu

– Mpumelelo Bhulose

– Lineo Sekeleoane

– Thembinkosi Ngcobo

– Robbie Thorpe

  • The Actors Roundtable was a lively and relevant discussion hosted by Relebogile Mabotja with stars from the DIFF Opening Film – Ayanda. The roundtable was fully engaged with stars:

– Kenneth Nkosi

– Jafta Mamabolo

– Fulu Mugovhani

– Terry Pheto

– OC Ukeje

– Desmond Dube

– Charlene Brouwe

Day 2: Highlights

  • Mandela Day started with 67 minutes of storytelling with Relebogile Mabotja who read to and thoroughly engaged a group of young children from Save The Children South Africa, the children’s version of Long Walk to Freedom, abridged and illustrated edition.
  • The Actors Roundtable was hosted by journalist Zookey Zarling with different stars and focused on living a legacy, while also leaving a legacy:

– Mampho Brescia

– Relebogile Mabotja

– David Kau

– Nay Maps

– Deli Malinga

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