Corporate social investment programmes are often treated with a healthy dose of cynicism. It's the kind of thing that looks good in a company's annual report, but how often do these schemes deliver real-world benefits?
- Kevin Kriedemann
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Sibusiso Ngubelanga, 26, first applied to study at The Animation School in 2014 but couldn't afford the tuition. The Khayelitsha resident attended every open day for the five years since then, to the point that some of The Animation School staff assumed he was a student there.
The 2019 nominations for The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) were announced late last week, and for the first time in the 13-year history of the awards, a TV series produced for a video-on-demand service was in contention. The result was a surprise boost to streaming service Showmax.
MultiChoice took an early lead at The South African Film and Television Awards as the most nominated broadcaster overall, with 149 SAFTA nominations. These included the most nominated shows in all major categories: feature film, TV comedy, TV drama, soap, and telenovela.
Filming is underway on Showmax's first travel show Trippin' With Skhumba.
The Girl From St Agnes, the first Showmax Original drama, broke an important record on its debut on the service yesterday. The number of unique viewers in the first 24 hours exceeded that of the previous record-holder, the Showmax Original comedy series Tali's Wedding Diary.