Friday, April 26, 2013

SA Celebs for Radio Station VUMA 103FM, Indaba News and Blackberry Apps

VUMA 103FM is attracting Top SA Celebs

L’loyd Cele - VUMA 103FM - Photo by Val Adamson_DSC5400a.jpeg

L’loyd Cele - VUMA 103FM - Photo by Val Adamson

VUMA 103FM attracts Top SA Celebrities and Veteran Radio Stars
Fast making its mark on the country’s radio landscape, VUMA 103FM, the commercial isiZulu inspirational lifestyle radio station, which went live to air in November last, year, has attracted a stellar line-up of exciting additional presenters to its studios.
The station based in Umhlanga Newtown in Durban, announced today (April 25) that four new presenters would be added to the schedule from May 6 complementing the current vibrant line-up. New to the airwaves are businesswoman, model, and the first South African Survivor winner Vanessa Marawa, who is joined by Idols personality and singing sensation, L’loyd Cele. Two veterans of radio, the seasoned Lucky Sefatsa and the legendary Grant Shakoane, promise to add a wealth of experience to the dynamic established team.
“As Kwazulu-Natal’s only inspirational radio station we are strengthening our current talented roster with the introduction of some exciting new voices to the radio landscape and also re-introducing some beloved and familiar names for our listeners.” explains new Programmes Manager Thando Makhunga, “With Vanessa and L’loyd we will be bringing a fresh new approach to the airwaves and we are confident that Lucky and Grant will add their veteran savvy and warm charm to the station.”
“With the introduction of these new presenters, we have had to make some alterations in our scheduling,” explains Phindi Gule, Station Manager. “We are delighted to announce that Leleti Khumalo, co-host of the Kwasa Breakfast Show, is pregnant, and she will be taking maternity leave from July. We have therefore persuaded Vanessa, to take up the challenge and join the fun and madness of the breakfast show with Felix Hlophe. We are confident that Vanessa, who has a great voice for radio and a charming warm personality will slot in very comfortably with the morning drive team and add her appealing sense of humour to the show.”
“An amazing electric on-air chemistry has developed in the afternoon drive time show with current hosts Linda Ndimande and Ndoni Radebe.” says Gule. “We want to now channel this energy into the lunchtime slot, and Lucky Sefatsa will now host the afternoon drive show. Lucky, brings almost twenty years of radio experience to the station, and has a natural and connected rapport with his listeners.”
“I am very excited and have always wanted to venture into a new format of radio.” Says Sefatsa. “It’s the same feeling that I had when I started off in radio, and it’s a breath of fresh air.”
“The gracious and genteel Dumi B, who is currently in the afternoon slot will now host the 7pm to 10pm programme. Dumi will be joined by Leleti on Mondays to Wednesdays. Leleti, who will be reshuffling her priorities in preparation for motherhood, will also be hosting her own show on Thursday evenings.”
Veteran radio legend, Grant Shakoane who captured the hearts of listeners around the country and who will be remembered for coining the catchphrases “If it’s good, it’s Grant” and “For the time of your life, and life of your time”, promises to add a compassionate ear and warmth of heart to the Sunday 12 to 3pm slot. This will  be followed by the enchanting and personable star of stage and screen, L’loyd Cele  from 3 to 7pm.
“I have been away from radio educating and helping to raise my grandchildren.” says Shakoane aka Mr Shibababoo Shibaboo . “I am really very excited to be coming back to the airwaves. I come to Vuma as a blank canvas that wants to be painted by inspiration.”
“We are truly excited with this new line-up and we look forward to the extra dynamics that these presenters will add to the mix and, of course to the response from our loyal and ever-increasing listenership.” says Gule.
“We have been encouraged, through the prolific interaction and engagement on our social media platforms, that we are providing the much-needed inspirational authentic isiZulu content that out listeners are wanting.” concludes Nolan Vernon, Chief Operating Officer. “We have used these initial start up months to develop our internal processes and fine-tune our programming. We believe that by introducing these extraordinary additional talent to the station, that we will be able to offer even more uplifting and inspirational radio content to the people of KZN.”
The new programme will be available on on May 6.  Follow on Facebook  VUMAFM  or Twitter @VumaFM.

(Source - Vuma 103FM)


What's new at Indaba 2013?

South African Tourism’s plans for INDABA 2013 are well advanced as we set out to ensure Africa’s top travel show offers unrivalled opportunities to the global travel trade and new innovations in a market where tourism is growing exponentially above the rate of global growth.
We embarked on a process of gaining extensive industry feedback and comments post INDABA 2012, with a view to enhancing and strengthening INDABA’s standing and relevance for the Southern African tourism industry.
Through extensive industry engagements and roadshows, as well as an online feedback process, we have taken these comments on board and implemented a variety of the suggestions received. We’ve responded to industry and INDABA Bid Parties feedback to ensure we retained a four-day show and we have made considerable enhancements to ensure INDABA continues to be a major business platform with the primary aim of stimulating and facilitating tourism trade.
We will continue to leverage our “Shaping our Future Together” theme – which paid tribute to the joint efforts of South Africa’s tourism industry and its global partners in achieving the phenomenal growth experienced in recent years – but it will be underpinned with a strong ‘Heritage and Culture’ message.
For all global and local companies, individuals or tourism industry stakeholders keen to share in this growth story, we are confident INDABA 2013 at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 11-14 May 2013 will be an unmatched event on the regional African tourism calendar not to be missed.
Some of the new and improved additions to INDABA 2013, of benefit to buyers this year are:
icon imageHeritage and Culture Pavilion
PavilionA “Heritage and Culture Pavilion”, located at the Durban Exhibition Centre, will innovatively showcase South Africa’s world heritage sites, its leisure offerings, culture, art, design and music. With our research showing more and more tourists are looking for intimate, personal connections with South Africa’s people, its history, culture and attractions, the Pavilion will tell South Africa?s story, strongly promote its heritage sites and give better insight into its people. The pavilion is a major project undertaken by the National Department of Tourism, South African Tourism, and the MOJA Heritage Collection, and will be an exhibition of some of the country?s best heritage and culture tourist offerings and distinctively South African tourism products.
icon imageSpeed Marketing Sessions
PavilionThe INDABA Speed Marketing sessions, which were very popular at INDABA 2012, will again be an even more integral part of the show this year, with the focus on National Parks of South Africa on Saturday, Heritage and Culture on Sunday and Wine Routes of South Africa on the Monday.

The speed marketing sessions will give hundreds of international buyers the invaluable opportunity of being exposed to - and to do business with - a wide cross-section of South African tourism products. It will also give exhibitors an opportunity to interact with quality international buyers.
icon imageTourism Grading Council of South Africa Masterclass
with TripAdvisor
PavilionThe Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) will again at INDABA 2013 host a master class with TripAdvisor, the world’s biggest and most influential travel website with 60 million unique monthly users.

The workshop will be open to all star-graded accommodation establishments and will be an invaluable session, providing tips first-hand from TripAdvisor experts on how best to use the platform to market your establishment to a worldwide and increasingly socially-engaged audience.
icon imageTravel Bloggers Conference
PavilionOn the eve of INDABA this year, we will be hosting the biggest travel blogging event of the year to share insights with the trade on how critical the travel blogging fraternity has become in promoting destinations and tourism businesses online.

Working closely with the influential iAmbassador network, South African Tourism will be hosting 20 bloggers from all over the world in the build up to and during INDABA. Covering fashion, lifestyle, travel and food, these bloggers will be embarking on different itineraries that will cover the broad spectrum of activities, experiences, attractions and accommodation that South Africa has to offer. These bloggers will be sharing their stories with the trade at a special event in Durban on 10 May.

Practical sessions from the bloggers will unlock how travel bloggers can cover and promote a destination, using their own tools and techniques, with the bloggers showcasing their stories of how they have ‘met’ and interacted with South Africa’s people and its tourist offerings through their eyes. The trade will be given access to some of the world’s top travel bloggers, and the sessions promise to be informative and innovative.
icon imageIndaba Connect
PavilionAt INDABA this year, particular attention has been paid to making sure that exhibitors, buyers, media and stakeholders are able to connect with all the key people, places and things they need for a successful INDABA.

One of the innovations we are adding this year, besides the information we have available via our website, mobile app and social media coverage of the event, is technology specifically designed to allow easy connections - which we are calling ‘INDABA Connect’.

INDABA Connect is a simple, but powerful platform that allows information, contact details, images and presentations to be easily shared among show delegates, in a very simple integrated way. By simply touching a delegate or exhibitor’s tag at an exhibitor’s stand, presentation, event or activation, users will have all the information attached to their online INDABA Connect profile. All of the information will be stored in one place and will make getting in touch easier and more productive than sharing business cards, brochures and CD-Roms or USB sticks.

Going green and going digital means that buyers and exhibitors are able to connect and share information more effectively than before, enabling better engagement before, during and after the show. It’s not just about sharing contact information, but making all of the relevant INDABA content available online for easy reference and better connectivity. This will allow for more meaningful connections this year, which is also going to be measurable for everyone using the platform.

We will be sharing more information about how the INDABA Connect platform will function closer to the show, while the Matchmaking diary system designed to facilitate important business connections at INDABA will again be in place.
icon imageIncreasing Hosted Buyers is a deliberate Strategy
PavilionINDABA is of course first and foremost a major trade show and as SA Tourism we have set ourselves the target of gradually increasing the number of international Hosted Buyers attending INDABA under our auspices.

Over 1 165 main and sharing exhibitors and 2 000 international and local buyers - 250 of them top international buyers hosted by South African Tourism - have already confirmed their attendance at INDABA 2013, with that number growing daily. And while the emphasis is on ensuring the INDABA Hosted Buyers number remains substantial, we are also conscious of ensuring the quality of buyers selected is stringently vetted to ensure only those with serious intentions of doing business with South Africa’s tourism trade are invited to INDABA .

We are again expecting well over 500 journalists to cover INDABA this year, over 100 of them top trade and leisure journalists hosted by our Country offices at INDABA and on a number of pre- and post-tours all across South Africa. Another exciting innovation at INDABA 2013 is the introduction of Live Host Radio and Television broadcasts. We are busy finalizing arrangements with a top information and business radio station and the country’s top national broadcasters to interview, broadcast and disseminate daily news from INDABA 2013.

Key industry players, exhibitors, buyers and leading tourism figures will be given interview opportunities at this year’s show for anyone wanting to do business with South Africa and its Southern African neighbours and to get a better feel for the regional African tourism industry, INDABA 2013 will be a treasure trove of key introductions, business opportunities and exposure to hundreds of exhibitors across the tourism spectrum.

For the tourism industry, there is the opportunity to interact and forge strong business links with some of the world’s top travel buyers. INDABA remains the premier regional African tourism platform for global buyers to gain easy access to the widest possible cross-section of the South African tourism industry - all under one roof – and we are very excited about the show this year.
INDABA will also make news, trends and the latest data impacting on the South, Southern and regional African tourism industry completely accessible and available to hundreds of local and international news journalists covering the show. A number of news-gathering events have been planned, including topical briefings to give insight into South African Tourism’s market outlook, in-market campaigns and activities.
We are confident that INDABA 2013 is taking shape as one of the best shows we have ever produced and we encourage you to use the platform to stimulate the critical tourism business needed to sustain our industry.
(Source - South African Tourism)

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Latest App News: Keep an eye out for ATP Tour, Cut the Rope and Viber apps which will be available on the BlackBerry Z10 and the Q10 in the upcoming weeks.

You can also submit your nominations for the Best Built for BlackBerry App from now until April 28th. The top 4 nominations will be voted on between May 1st and May 10th, and the winners will be announced at the BlackBerry Live Developer Tweetup on May 15, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

For a look at all BlackBerry 10 apps, head to BlackBerry World.

For the latest BlackBerry news follow @BlackBerryNews and @BlackBerry_ZA on Twitter.

(Source - Blackberry)

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