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Unveiling the plaque for the Telkom Higway Africa Building, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

L-R Dr. Mabizela, Rhodes University, Mr Yeye, SABC Eastern Cape & Mrs Kali Telkom

The official opening of the Telkom Highway Africa Building was officiated by Dr. Sizwe Mabizela,  Dr Sizwe Mabizela, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Rhodes University and Mrs Brenda Kali, Telkom Group Executive: Group Communicaqtion and Brand.  Mabizela thanked Telkom for the long standing relationship it has formed with Rhodes University stating that the relationship between Corporate and Academia was vital for sustainable growth and development in Africa.  Kali, graciously accepted the gratitude however spoke emphatically about the role journalism plays in telling the stories of Africa.  Kali emphasised Telkom’s support for journalism and their committment thus far has made them proud to be associated with the high standard of Journalism produced in the industry of media.

Mr. Zola Yeye, Regional Manager, SABC Eastern Cape who was master of ceremonies for the days proceedings further  acknowledged SABC’s pride in the association with Highway Africa.  SABC will be covering the New Media Awards ceremony at the annual SABC Telkom Highway Africa Conference which will be held this year from the 17-19 September 2011, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (ICC).

Telkom’s association with Rhodes University extends also to the Rhodes Univesity Computer Science Division.  Dr. Peter Clayton Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Development was also present at the official opening acknowledged to witness the ceremony alongside the academics of the Rhodes Univeristy School of Journalism and staff and students of the university. Director of Highway AFrica Chris Kabwato, Director of Highway Africa proudly looked on and acknowledged and applauded the opening with Professor Jane Duncan  Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society.

While it was a clear yet wind swept day, it can be said the ceremony was a total success enjoyed by all present.

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Press Release

Countdown to close of entries: SABC – Telkom – Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011

With only two more weeks left before the close of applications for the SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011, the countdown has begun to the event that celebrates Africa’s new media leaders.

The 11th SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa Conference will for the first time be experienced outside of Grahamstown, at the Cape Town International Conference Centre.

“Highway Africa recognizes and celebrates the role that African journalists continue to play in telling the story of the continent in all its complexity. It is a story of hope and despair, of war and peace, of building and destroying. The women and men who dedicate their lives to bring that story, deserve to be celebrated. At the Highway Africa Conference we do exactly that,” said Chris Kabwato, Highway Africa Director.

Criteria for the SABC-Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards 2011

Judges are looking for innovative applications of new media in African journalism and the media. Awards are given in three categories: 1) Individual; 2) Non-profit; and 3) Corporate.

Individual and Non-profit category: Recognition will be given to persons or organisations who find INNOVATIVE ways to overcome the limitations of the existing African infrastructure. Corporate category: Judges will be looking for creative adaptation of global technologies in an African media context. Other broad criterion is the use of new media to benefit press freedom in Africa and encourage social empowerment in African communities.

Prizes

Winners of these awards will receive a coveted trophy, and prizes at the prestigious gala event sponsored by Telkom, on Sunday 18 September, in Cape Town, during the 15th Highway Africa Conference.

Enter or submit a nomination by downloading an application form, from http://www.highwayafrica.com. Email completed form to awards@highwayafrica.com.

Applications close Friday 5 August 2011, 16.30 South Africa time

Enquiries: For more information please contact Bronwyn Jacobs (b.jacobs@ru.ac.za ); +2746 603 7186.

 Q. Presently employed as?
A. As a journalist David Kezio-Musoke is currently a Reuters’ correspondent based in Kigali, Rwanda. He also writes for Africa Review an e-magazine project owned by Nation Media Group, covering stories from all over Africa.  Kezio-Musoke is also a Public Relations Consultant with Tigo Rwanda a brand of Millicom International Cellular. Millicom is a global telecommunications group with mobile telephony operations in 13 countries in Latin America and Africa. Kezio-Musoke is also an active blogger and a visual artist specializing with oils on canvas.

Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media?
A. I am a practicing journalist. Reuters is a news wire where journalists use on-line tools in order to develop and file stories and interact with editors and colleagues all over the world.

Q. Location of your business or company?
A. As a journalist I cover mostly the East African region which some of my editors love to refer to it as Great Lakes region. I am Ugandan but based in Kigali Rwanda while reporting to Reuters Nairobi Kenya.

 Q. Links to your website/s?
http://af.reuters.com
http://www.africareview.com
Blogs:
kezio-musoke.blogspot.com/
keziomusoke-at-artsfestival.blogspot.com/
To read about my art work:
http://cgiampietri.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/david-kezio-musoke-the-soul-of-an-artist/

Q. How do you see new media playing itself out in the future, what will be your contribution to the industry?
A. It’s funny but personally I am a bit sceptical about the relevance of New Media more especially in Africa where bandwidth is an issue. Downloading a website with voice, flim and images is quite a challenge, if one’s download speeds are low. But I think the way we define ‘New Media’ … in the near future might change. Technology is changing and we are opting for smart phones and gadgets to bridge the bandwidth challenges. Every other day something new comes up. Tablets, smart phones, smart TV etc. These optimize their software to suit the markets they are serving. All of a sudden we have an App world which I would not necessarily refer to a New Media. So apart from producing content how will upload it will depend on the way developers will unveil themselves in the future. There is no doubt the future is certainly going to be an interesting one.

Q. New Media is being used by children as young as five, that said,  it is clear if  you do not keep abreast with trends in new media you inclined to feel isolated from main stream living, what advice do you have for people who have lagged behind and would like to know where to begin?
A. Actually at resent one can only worry about being conversant with on-line tools and a few basics skills. The rest falls in place with time. Language is no longer a problem because companies like Google and Facebook are trying to reach everyone in a language they are comfortable with. Smartphone software builders have developed tools (Apps) which can allow users to reach the Internet (Facebook, Google search, Google Talk, Twitter, Picassa etc), without the hassle of opening pages on-line on desktops. Probably one should begin with buying a smart phone.

 

Q. Presently employed as?

A. Co-founder and technical ninja at Motribe.

Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media and print in your case?  

A. Motribe is a platform for hosting mobile communities. The company is less than a year old and already has over 1.5 million users. It powers mobile communities for well-known brands like Guinness in Nigeria and Rexona in Kenya. As the co-founder, Vincent is responsible for building and scaling the Motribe platform and keeping the company ahead of innovation in the mobile space.

Q. Location of your business or company?

A. Motribe is based in Cape Town, South Africa R. Links to your websites: http://motribe.com/ and http://motribe.mobi/

Q. How do you see new media playing itself out in the future, what will be your contribution to the industry looking towards the future now? 

A. ‘New’ media is becoming strongly focused on mobile as the sales of mobile devices overtake PCs and the shift in internet usage from desktop to mobile takes hold. Increasingly social connection between people and people, people and companies and people and their devices has become key in the way we make meaning from our lives. Organising the clutter and creating spaces where we can feel safe and willing to engage is going to be one the most important social tasks over the next decade and this is the area that I spend most of my time working on solutions.

Q. To new comers how should they structure their time with new media namely blogging, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. For people whose industry does not involve any form of media, how do they manage their time and not become overwhelmed?  

A. For most people there will be a few services that remain core to their lifestyles and many that come and go. My advice is to create accounts on all of them so that you get a good personalized URL or username and then assess the service over time. You never know which one is going to take off and you should get in early. If you think you don’t have enough time it’s because you’re not filtering the noise well enough and this comes with practice.

Q. New Media is being used by children as young as five, that said,it is clear if you do not keep abreast with trends in new media you inclined to feel isolated from main stream living, what advice do you have for people who have lagged behind and would like to know where to begin? 

A. Start by getting yourself involved again, there is no excuse for acting like the last 20 years didn’t happen.

  • Build a mobile social network with
  • Motribe
  • motribe.com •
  • Conversation is the key to a successful mobile community.
  • Use Motribe to create the content, host the conversation and do it all on the mobile web.
  • http://motribe.com/

Q. Presently employed as?
• Self-employed, CEO of More Than Media.

Q. Explain the nature of your business or your role within New Media?
A. More Than Media is a boutique digital design, development, and strategy consultancy.

Q. Location of your business or company?
A• We are based in Johannesburg but operate internationally.

Q. Links to your website/s?
A. Company website: http://www.morethanmedia.co.za
• Personal website: http://www.colindaniels.co.za

Q. How do you see new media playing itself out in the future, what will be your contribution to the industry?
A.  New media will continue to evolve and extend its reach through different channels. What was once classified as “new media” only 5 years ago, such as blogging and podcasting for example, is now very much part of mainstream media. Social media is the new media of today and already Facebook and Twitter are considered mainstream. I believe that instead of focusing on the future of new media we should be focusing on accessibility and coming up with innovative ways of getting technology into the hands of the disenfranchised, especially in Africa where this is a major constraint. We saw how effectively social media was used by the public during the recent turmoil in Egypt and Tunisia but this was made possible by the high penetration of mobile devices and advanced infrastructure. The focus should be on finding solutions to enable people in poorer nations like Somalia and Sudan to do the same.

Q. To new comers how should they structure their time with new media namely blogging, twitter, Facebook, You Tube etc. For people whose industry does not involve any form of media, how do they manage their time and not become overwhelmed?
A.  There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution and it’s a matter of personal preference. In my experience there are many different uses for new media (e.g. business, personal etc.) and you should never feel pressurised into spending a certain amount of time online. If you’re a new comer, experiment with one social media account and see how it goes.

Q. New Media is being used by children as young as five, that said, it is clear if you do not keep abreast with trends in new media you inclined to feel isolated from main stream living, what advice do you have for people who have lagged behind and would like to know where to begin?
A. It’s never too late to learn! My 70 year old grandmother is very active on Facebook and she had previously never used a computer before. A great introduction to new media is through a mobile phone since it’s something that most people already feel comfortable with and the majority of handsets have built-in cameras and support social media applications.