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Established radio shows that are already veteran prize-winners joined relatively unknown shows on the podium for the MTN Radio Awards.

It was almost a case of “same again”” when Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie Show took the prize for best breakfast show on commercial radio at the 2012 MTN Radio Awards on Saturday night, and Chris Gibbons’s Midday Report and Bruce Whitfield’s Money Show, both shared by 702 and Cape Talk, each earned two awards.

But there were also newcomers aplenty, including veteran broadcaster Tony Blewitt in a new suit, taking best breakfast show and best breakfast presenter on a community show for his slot on up-and-coming station Mix FM.

This is the MTN Radio Awards’ third year of existence and the competition attracted 866 entries.

The MTN Radio Awards, conceptualised and founded by Future Group’s Jeremy Maggs and Richard Lendrum, aims to promote excellence in radio ‚ the medium that reaches more people in South Africa than any other medium. Lance Rothschild, CEO of the MTN Radio Awards says: ‚The awards banquet is the radio industry’s chance to get together as an extended family and to celebrate success, to highlight achievement and to ultimately honour those within the greater radio family whose great work ensures the longevity of this industry about which we are all so extremely passionate.‚

‚At MTN, radio has always played a key role in our media communications mix,‚ says Serame Taukobong, CEO of MTN. ‚We launched the brand on radio, we have grown the brand on radio, and today we still use radio as one of the key influencers in communicating our messages to our customers. We see the MTN Radio Awards as a driver for excellence in radio and as a motivator for stations to make increasingly compelling programmes that ensure listener enjoyment.‚

Entries in the MTN Radio Awards are reviewed by a panel of industry experts who score each entry individually. These scores are then centrally collated in order to determine the various winners. Rich Mkhondo, Chairman of the MTN Radio Awards says: ‚We received a bumper crop of entries this year and the quality of submissions was of a very high standard. I know that the adjudicators had their work cut out for them in listening to so many entries, but I am delighted with the outcome of the awards and believe that we have exemplary winners this year. I congratulate the broader radio industry on the depth and breadth of talent within the industry and I am enthused by the passion and dedication which shone through in the body of entries.‚

MTN Radio Awards congratulate the respective category winners:

COMMERCIAL:

John Robbie Show Talk Radio 702

PBS:

Vuka Mzansi ‚ Ukhozi FM

COMMUNITY:

Blewitt for Breakfast ‚ Mix93.8FM

CAMPUS:

The FirstBeat ‚ Tshwane FM

BREAKFAST PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Ryan O’Connor ‚ 94.5 Kfm

PBS:

Linda Sibiya ‚ Ukhozi FM

COMMUNITY:

Tony Blewitt ‚ Mix 93.8FM

CAMPUS:

Rob Forbes ‚ TUKS FM

BUSINESS AND FINANCE PRESENTER

Bruce Whitfield ‚ 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

BUSINESS AND FINANCE SHOW

The Money Show – 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

COMMUNITY PRESENTER

Thabo Mdluli ‚ Impact Radio 103FM

COMMUNITY PROJECT

COMMERCIAL:

Toy Story ‚ East Coast Radio

COMMUNITY:

Children of Heaven ‚ Radio Islam

CONTENT PRODUCER

COMMERCIAL:

Joint Winners: Gary Oberholzer and JD Mostert

DAYTIME PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Saskia Falken ‚ Heart 104.9FM

PBS:

Dudu Khoza ‚ Ukhozi FM

COMMUNITY:

Helen Desbois ‚ East Rand Stereo

CAMPUS:

Alex Caige ‚ TUKS FM

DAYTIME SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

Grant and Anele ‚ 5FM

PBS:

Afternoon Talk – SAfm

COMMUNITY:

Butterfly Corner ‚ Radio Islam

DRAMA PROGRAMME

PBS:

Radio Vuka – SAfm

COMMUNITY:

Discrimination ‚ Radio Khwezi

MUSIC PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Marian Nyako Lartey ‚ OFM

COMMUNITY:

Cavall Burgess ‚ Radio Today

MUSIC SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

Take 40 SA ‚ 94.5 Kfm and 94.7 Highveld Stereo

PBS:

The Bollywood Billboard ‚ Lotus FM

COMMUNITY:

Jubel en Juig ‚ Radio Pulpit

CAMPUS:

Totally SA Show ‚ TUKS FM

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

David O’ Sullivan ‚ Talk Radio 702

COMMUNITY:

Nothile Zwane ‚ Radio Khwezi

NEWS AND ACTUALITY PRODUCER

COMMERCIAL:

Glynis Crook ‚ The Midday Report ‚ 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

PBS:

Veronica Fourie – AM Live SAfm

COMMUNITY:

Ejaz Khan ‚ Radio Islam

NEWS AND ACTUALITY SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

The Midday Report ‚ 567 Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702

PBS:

50 Jarige Herdenking van Umkonto we Sizwe – RSG

COMMUNITY:

The Big Picture Programme ‚ Radio Islam

AFTERNOON DRIVE PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Martin Bester ‚ Jacaranda 94.2

PBS:

Ba2cada Leine ‚ Lesedi FM

COMMUNITY:

Yusuf Moosagie ‚ Radio Islam

AFTERNOON DRIVE SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

The Fresh Drive ‚ 5FM

PBS:

Sekunjalo the Exclusive Drive ‚ Ukhozi FM

COMMUNITY:

The Drive Show ‚ Bay FM

NEWS BULLETIN READER

COMMERCIAL:

Tessa van Staden ‚ 567 Cape Talk

COMMUNITY:

Karlien Kruger ‚ Bok Radio

CAMPUS:

Anton Meijer ‚ TUKS FM

NIGHT TIME PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Thabiso Sikwane ‚ Kaya FM

PBS:

Ashraf Garda SAfm

COMMUNITY:

Sakha Isizwe ‚ Radio Khwezi

NIGHT TIME SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

That Show with Rian ‚ Jacaranda 94.2

PBS:

The Weekend Fix ‚ Lotus FM

COMMUNITY:

Sakhisizwe ‚ Radio Khwezi

ON-AIR PACKAGING

COMMERCIAL:

Sung Intros ‚ 94.5Kfm

PBS:

African Renaissance – SAfm

COMMUNITY:

Jingles etc ‚ Radio Islam

PROMOTION/STUNT/EVENT

COMMERCIAL:

Double up ‚ Jacaranda 94.2

PBS:

Wafa Wafa ‚ Ukhozi FM

COMMUNITY:

Go Green ‚ East Rand Stereo

CAMPUS:

93.36 hour Marathon ‚ PUKfm 93.6

SPORTS COMMENTATOR

PBS:

Jo Hudla ‚ Ukhozi FM

SPORTS PRESENTER

COMMERCIAL:

Sias du Plessis ‚ 5FM

PBS:

Feroz Shaik ‚ Lotus FM

COMMUNITY:

Josie Raath ‚ Radio Pulpit

CAMPUS:

Andrew Hope ‚ UJFM 95.4

SPORTS SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

The Discovery Sports Centre ‚ Metro FM

PBS:

The Sports Show ‚ Phalaphala FM

COMMUNITY:

Sportsfire ‚ Radio Today 1485AM

CAMPUS:

The Sports Network ‚ UJFM 95.4

TRAFFIC PRESENTER

Kgomotso Meso ‚ Kaya FM

WEEKEND RADIO SHOW

COMMERCIAL:

The Epic Rhythm ‚ Kaya FM

PBS:

The Bollywood Billboard ‚ Lotus FM

COMMUNITY:

Screaming Reels ‚ Radio Islam

PROGRAMME INNOVATION AWARD

Sedibeng ‚ Thobela FM

PROGRAMME CONCEPT AWARD

Phat Joe Morning Show ‚ Heart 104.9FM

DOCUMENTARY ‚ LONG

Gangsterism ‚ The Voice of the Cape

DOCUMENTARY ‚ SHORT

Metered Taxis ‚ 567 Cape Talk

BURSARY WINNER

Mfanafuthi Khumalo

BRIGHT STARS CLUB

Amoré Truter

PUKfm 93.6

Motseki Mabuya

Thetha FM

Zaid Bhoola

Lotus FM

Zeenat Abdool

SABC Radio Channel Africa

Tim Zunkel

OFM

HALL OF FAME

Stan Katz

Peter de Nobrega

Robin Alexander

Cocky ‚Two Bull‚ Tlotlalemaje

Martin Rattle

Cyril Mchunu

Lindi Nthuli

Bob Mabena

Dan Setshedi

Dumile Mateza

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Pietie Lotriet

MY STATION AWARD (as voted for by the public)

Most number of votes:

Ukhozi FM

Most loyal listeners:

Radio Islam

STATION OF THE YEAR

CAMPUS:

TUKS FM

COMMUNITY:

Radio Tygerberg

PBS:

Ukhozi FM

COMMERCIAL:

5 FM

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Prepare for deepfake impact

Is the world as we know it ready for the real impact of deepfake? CAREY VAN VLAANDEREN, CEO at ESET SA, digs deeper

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Deepfake technology is rapidly becoming easier and quicker to create and it’s opening a door into a new form of cybercrime. Although it’s still mostly seen as relatively harmful or even humorous, this craze could take a more sinister turn in the future and be at the heart of political scandals, cybercrime, or even unimaginable concepts involving fake videos. And it won’t be just public figures that bear the brunt. 

deepfake is the technique of human-image synthesis based on artificial intelligence to create fake content either from scratch or using existing video designed to replicate the look and sound of a real human. Such videos can look incredibly real and currently many of these videos involve celebrities or public figures saying something outrageous or untrue.

New research shows a huge increase in the creation of deepfake videos, with the number online almost doubling in the last nine months alone. Deepfakes are increasing in quality at a swift rate, too. This video showing Bill Hader morphing effortlessly between Tom Cruise and Seth Rogan is just one example of how authentic these videos are looking, as well as sounding. If you search YouTube for the term ‘deepfake’ it will make you realise we are viewing the tip of the iceberg as to what is to come.

In fact, we have already seen deepfake technology used for fraud, where a deepfaked voice was reportedly used to scam a CEO out of a large sum of cash. It is believed the CEO of an unnamed UK firm thought he was on the phone to his boss and followed the orders to immediately transfer €220,000 (roughly US$244,000) to a Hungarian supplier’s bank account. If it was this easy to influence someone by just asking them to do it over the phone, then surely we will need better security in place to mitigate this threat.

Fooling the naked eye

We have also seen apps making DeepNudes where apps were able to turn any clothed person into a topless photo in seconds. Although, luckily, this particular app has now been taken offline, what if this comes back in another form with a vengeance and is able to create convincingly authentic-looking video?

There is also evidence that the production of these videos is becoming a lucrative business especially in the pornography industry. The BBC says “96% of these videos are of female celebrities having their likenesses swapped into sexually explicit videos – without their knowledge or consent”.

recent Californian bill has taken a leap of faith and made it illegal to create a pornographic deepfake of someone without their consent with a penalty of up to $150,000. But chances are that no legislation will be enough to deter some people from fabricating the videos.

To be sure, an article from The Economist discusses that in order to make a convincing enough deepfake you would need a serious amount of video footage and/or voice recordings in order to make even a short deepfake clip.

Having said that, In the not-too-distant future, it may be entirely possible to take just a few short Instagram stories to create a deepfake that is believed by the majority of their followers online or by anyone else who knows them. We may see some unimaginable videos appearing of people closer to home – the boss, our colleagues, our peers, our family. Additionally, deepfakes may also be used for bullying in schools, the office or even further afield.

Furthermore, cybercriminals will definitely use such technology to spearphish victims. Deepfakes keep getting cheaper to create and become near-impossible to detect with the human eye alone. As a result, alt that fakery could very easily muddy the water between fact and fiction, which in turn could force us to not trust anything – even when presented with what our senses are telling us to believe.

Heading off the very real threat

So, what can be done to prepare us for this threat? First, we need to better educate people that deepfakes exist, how they work and the potential damage they can cause. We will all need to learn to treat even the most realistic videos we see that they could be a total fabrication.

Secondly, technology desperately needs to develop better detection of deepfakes. There is already research going into it, but it’s nowhere near where it should be yet. Although machine learning is at the heart of creating them in the first place, there needs to be something in place that acts as the antidote being able to detect them without relying on human eyes alone.

Finally, social media platforms need to realize there is a huge potential threat with the impact of deepfakes because when you mix a shocking video with social media, the outcome tends to spread very rapidly and potentially could have a detrimental impact on society.

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A career in data science – or your money back

The Explore Data Science Academy is offering high demand skills courses – and guarantees employment for trainees

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The Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) has announced several new courses in 2020 that it says will radically change the shape of data science education in South Africa. 

Comprising Data Science, Data Engineering, Data Analytics and Machine Learning, each six-month course provides vital digital skills that are in high demand in the market place.  The full time, fully immersive courses each cost R60 000 including VAT. 

The courses are differentiated from any other available by the fact that EDSA has introduced a money back promise if it cannot place the candidate in a job within six months of graduation and at a minimum annual starting salary of R240 000.

“For South Africans with drive and aptitude, this is the perfect opportunity to launch a career in what has been called the sexiest career of the 21stcentury,” says Explore founder Shaun Dippnall.

Dippnall and his team are betting on the explosive demand for data science skills locally and globally.

 “There is a massive supply-demand gap in the area of data science and our universities and colleges are struggling to keep up with the rapid growth and changing nature of specific digital skills being demanded by companies.  

“We are offering specifically a work ready opportunity in a highly skills deficient sector, and one which guarantees employment thereafter.”

The latter is particularly pertinent to young South Africans – a segment which currently faces a 30 percent unemployment rate. 

“If you have skills in either Data Science, Data Engineering, Data Analytics or Machine Learning, you will find work locally, even globally. We’re confident of that,” says Dippnall.

EDSA is part of the larger Explore organisation and has for the past two years offered young people an opportunity to be trained as data scientists and embark on careers in a fast-growing sector of the economy.  

In its first year of operation, EDSA trained 100 learners as data scientists in a fully sponsored, full-time 12-month course.  In year two, this number increased to 400.  

“Because we are connected with hundreds of employers and have an excellent understanding of the skills they need, our current placement rate is over 90 percent of the students we’ve taught,” Dippnall says. “These learners can earn an average of R360 000 annually, hence our offer of your money back if there is no employment at a minimum annual salary of R240k within six months.

“With one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world – recently announced as a national emergency by the President – it is important that institutions teach skills that are in demand and where learners can earn a healthy living afterwards.”

There are qualifying criteria, however. Candidates need to live in close proximity (within one hour commuting distance), or be prepared to live, in either Johannesburg or Cape Town, and need to be between the ages of 18 and 55. 

“Our application process is very tough. We’ll test for aptitude and attitude using the qualifying framework we’ve built over the years. If you’re smart enough, you’ll be accepted,” says Dippnall.

To find out more, visit  http://www.explore-datascience.net.

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