eNCA journalists win top awards

The national 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards were held on Friday, 27 November 2015 and two of eNCA’s journalists walked away with nods for their outstanding journalistic efforts.

eNCA’s Philip Owira was named the TV News category winner for his exceptional piece ‘Rhodes Has Fallen’. Phillip recently received a Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of London.

The highly-contested Editor’s Choice award was awarded to eNCA reporter Yusuf Omar. This award is given to a young reporter who has the potential to become a great journalist. As the award recipient, Omar will be heading to the United Kingdom in August 2016 for The Summer Convergence Course, hosted by the Thomson Foundation, and spend one week working with a British media organisation.

The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards are judged by some of the country’s esteemed veteran journalists and exist to celebrate regional and national outstanding journalism in South Africa. This year’s judging panel included Mary Papayya, Elna Rossouw, Collin Nxumalo, Arthur Goldstuck, Albe Grobbelaar, Ryland Fisher, Megan Rusi and Patricia McCracken.

e.tv now available in HD on DStv

South Africa’s first and only free-to-air broadcaster will achieve another first on Friday, 27 November when it becomes the first free-to-air channel broadcast in High Definition (“HD”) across all DStv packages.

The eHD Channel, which was exclusively available on Platco’s OpenView HD platform, will now also be enjoyed by DStv subscribers.

DSTV subscribers who have HD decoders will be able to view the channel’s cutting edge shows, which include local dramas like Scandal!, Rhythm City, Gold Diggers and Umlilo in superior broadcast quality.

“We are always looking for more ingenious ways to enrich our audience’s viewing experience.  All of our distinctive blend of authentic, compelling local shows are filmed in HD. We are certain that this new development will give the channel a new edge and add value to our broad audience base across all platforms”, says e.tv channels’ Managing Director, Monde Twala.

In addition to this development, from Tuesday, 1 December 2015 DSTV subscribers will now be able to find popular e.tv shows like Rhythm City and Scandal! in Catch Up – just one minute after the broadcast ends.

Change in Company Secretary and Registered Address


In compliance with the requirements of paragraph 3.59 of the Listings Requirements of the JSE Limited, the Company hereby advises that HCI Managerial Services Proprietary Limited, the Company Secretary, has resigned from its position and that Miss. Junadi Van Der Merwe has been appointed as Company Secretary with effect from 9 November 2015.

The Board would like to thank HCI Managerial Services Proprietary Limited for their contribution to the Company.


Shareholders are further advised that the Company’s registered address has changed to the following address:

Physical address:   5 Summit Road
Dunkeld West

Postal address:      Private Bax X9944

Telephone number:   011 537 9300

The above change in the Company Secretary and the registered address of the Company is in the process of being lodged with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.

11 November 2015
Sponsor: Investec Bank Limited

Powerful PSA campaign on gender violence, child abuse

The annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is about to kick off. And every year, it comes in for massive criticism in South Africa, a country beset with extraordinarily high levels of domestic violence, rape and child abuse. Critics believe campaigning against violence should be an all year round affair, and that government’s response to the issue is particularly poor. Other campaigns on gender violence, particularly the recent Marie Claire ‘Walk in her shoes’ ads have been roundly condemned for missing the point and even trivialising what so many women and children suffer.

This year, broadcasters e.tv, eNCA and OpenView HD have launched a powerful public service advertising (PSA) campaign via UNITe – a social responsibility umbrella set up by them to contribute towards building a better South Africa through various initiatives.

“Abuse is an issue that all South African communities face on a daily basis. Horrific examples make the news on a regular basis and shock us, but there are many damaging heart-breaking stories that aren’t told, because abuse is something that thrives on us not talking about it. e.tv and eNCA felt the issue needed to be highlighted outside of the news cycle and decided to initiate the campaign. We wanted to highlight not only physical, but emotional and verbal abuse as well – as these forms of abuse often underpin the cycle of abuse,” says group head of corporate affairs, Vasili Vass.

“The UNITe campaign is scheduled to run for throughout November and December, highlighting the problem many South Africans live with for 365 days of the year,” he says.

Vass said the creative concept of the ads were developed internally by creative director Brandon Heyburgh and corporate social responsibility officer, Mathari Makgatho, and produced by Celeste Saville. “They aimed to do something slightly different, from the outset, to illustrate how the cycle of abuse is perpetuated, and highlight the real long-term damage it does to one’s self-esteem by using voice juxtaposition to emotionally connect and drive the message home,” says Vass.

He said television is a powerful platform and that the channels “like to use it responsibly”.

“We produced not one, but two PSAs as part of this campaign and have dedicated valuable commercial airtime throughout our schedules to share and reiterate this important message on e.tv, eNCA and channels on the OpenView HD platform,” he says.

“The response thus far has been positive and we hope that it will get people talking about abuse, and speaking up. Our hope is to spark conversations, encourage people to report abuse, seek help and become aware of the long term results of their actions.”

Source: themediaonline.co.za – Glenda Nevill


The Dreamfields Project uses the power of football in South Africa to leverage significant investment in soccer facilities and equipment for township and rural schools. In addition, Dreamfields distributes Dream Bags to schools in previously disadvantaged areas across the country. A Dream Bag consists of a full kit for 15 players including boots and shin pads, as well as balls, pumps, a kit for the coach and whistles.

Dreamfields also builds fields in underprivileged areas. In 2013 UNITe provided financial assistance to help build a “Dreampitch” for the community residing in Factreton in the Western Cape.

In 2014 UNITe joined forces with Dreamfields again, teaming up with Sabi Sabi to reconstruct the Lilydale soccer and netball fields. Situated near the Kruger National Park and approximately 20 km from Hazyview, the Lilydale community is a poor rural community. This intervention by UNITe and other partners has assisted in establishing goodwill in the community.

The Lunch Box Fund

The Lunchbox Fund


For the last two years UNITe has been the charity partner of e.tv’s Charity Showdown football tournament. All the proceeds of this tournament are donated to The Lunchbox Fund. The remarkable results of this relationship have developed into a more focused long-term strategy. eMedia’s strategic direction on education and the Lunchbox Fund’s vision of feeding hungry schoolchildren provides the ideal partnership for both organisations.

The Lunchbox Fund fosters education via nutrition. The organisation provides a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable schoolchildren in townships and rural areas. This encourages children to stay in school and obtain their education. The vision is for children to attend school and receive an education without the distraction of food scarcity and malnutrition.

UNITe Stands Against Abuse

eMedia Holdings’ UNITe initiative recently launched a new campaign to highlight the effects of abuse against women and children in South Africa. Utilising two powerful Public Service Announcements (“PSAs”), the aim of the campaign is to draw attention to the long-term damage caused by all forms of abuse.

Abuse is an issue that all South African communities grapple with on a daily basis. Horrific examples of abuse frequently make the news, but UNITe felt the issue needed to be highlighted outside of the traditional news cycle. The campaign highlights not only physical, but emotional and verbal abuse as well – as these forms of abuse often underpin the on-going cycle.

The Group’s in-house Creative Services department were commissioned to create the PSAs and decided to approach the brief differently. The PSAs’ creative direction was overseen by Brandon Heyburgh in conjunction with the Group’s CSR Officer Mathari Makgatho, and directed and produced by Celeste Saville.

View the PSAs below:

UNITe Against Abuse – Promo 1

UNITe Against Abuse – Promo 2

Television is a powerful platform and eMedia Holdings strives to use it responsibly. Valuable commercial airtime has been earmarked throughout our schedules to share and reiterate this important message on e.tv, eNCA and on our channels on the OpenView HD platform.

The campaign hopes to spark conversations around abuse and encourage victims and communities to speak out. The PSAs will be broadcast extensively throughout November and December 2015.

e.tv extends HD offering to DStv customers

e-big-logoFrom Friday, 27 November 2015, e.tv will be the first free to air channel available in High Definition (HD) across all DStv packages.

The eHD Channel, which was exclusively available on OpenView HD (Channel 104), will now also be enjoyed by DStv customers (Channel 194).

DStv customers who have HD decoders will be able to view the channel’s shows such as Scandal!,Rhythm CityGold Diggers and Umlilo amongst others.

Shows such as Z’bondiweUmlilo and Ashes to Ashes will return for second seasons early next year on South Africa’s entertainment destination of choice. Local shows such as the travel show, Double Up, action thriller Heist and the home-grown super hero series, Jongo, are some of the offerings eHD viewers can look forward to in the new year.

Source: screenafrica.com

Finalisation announcement in respect of the name change and share consolidation


Seardel ordinary shareholders and N-ordinary shareholders (collectively, the “Seardel Shareholders”) are referred to the announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited (“SENS”) on Friday, 30 October 2015 in which the Company advised shareholders of the results of the Annual General Meeting, and that resolutions were passed approving, inter alia:

  • the name change of the Company to E Media Holdings Limited (“Name Change”); and
  • the restructuring of the Company’s stated capital by consolidating its authorised and issued stated capital on the basis of 10 to 1 (“Share Consolidation”) by:

– the consolidation of every 10 Ordinary Shares of no par value into 1 Ordinary Share of no par value; and

– the consolidation of every 10 N-Shares of no par value into 1 N-Share of no par value.

Seardel is pleased to advise that the special resolutions necessary for the Name Change and Share Consolidation, together with all prescribed documents, have been accepted and placed on file by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission. Accordingly, the Name Change and Share Consolidation will proceed as per the timetable below.

Release of finalisation announcement in respect of the Name Change and Share Consolidation on SENS Friday, 20 November
Last date to trade under the old name and in order to take part in the Name Change and Share Consolidation Friday, 27 November
Trading under the new name of E Media Holdings Limited and with the new capital structure following the Share Consolidation commences, under the JSE share code “EMN” in respect of N-Shares and “EMH” in respect of Ordinary Shares and new ISINs ZAE000209524 and ZAE 000208898 respectively Monday, 30 November
Record date in respect of the Name Change and Share Consolidation Friday, 4 December
Posting of new share certificates in respect of Certificated Seardel Shares following the Name Change and Share Consolidation and update of CSDP and broker safe custody accounts Monday, 7 December


  1. Any changes in dates will be announced on SENS.
  2. All dates and times are local dates and times in South Africa.

20 November 2015

Cape Town


Sponsor and Corporate Adviser

Investec Bank Limited