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Black Africa Pay TV Subscribers to Hit 40 Million

StarTimes/StarSat will register most impressive growth: from 6.23 million subscribers at end of 2017 to 13.42 million by 2023.

By Iminza Keboge Published January 11, 2018 The number of pay-TV subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow to 40.89 million by 2023. Sub-Saharan Africa Pay TV Forecasts , a report by Digital TV Research, says this 74 per cent growth between 2017 and 2023 will generate US$6.64 Billion revenue which represents 41 per cent growth over the US$2 Billion collected in 2017. RELATED:My Life-Changing Internship Experience “Pay TV competition in Sub-Saharan Africa is becoming more and more intense, especially given the launch of Kwese TV in 14 countries during 2017,” says Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research.“Pay TV operators in most countries have lowered subscription fees and/or subsidised/given away equipment as competition intensifies. By no means are all of the existing pay TV platforms are expected to survive in the long run. Having said that, several pay TV operators are booming.” RELATED:African Festival Calls for Movie Entries Though Kenya boasts two pay-DTT platforms, a cable network and five main satellite TV operators will continue to show considerable digital TV growth, it appears to be overcrowded as it has only 4.01 million TV households. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen Nigeria will have the most pay TV subscribers by 2023, having overtaken South Africa in 2021. South Africa’s Multichoice had 12.48 million subscribers across satellite TV platform DStv and DTT platform GOtv by end of 2017, which will grow to 16.66 million by 2023. France’s Vivendi had 2.96 million subs to its Canal Plus satellite TV platform and Easy TV by end of 2017; forecast to climb by nearly 2 million to 4.87 million by 2023. China’s StarTimes/StarSat will enjoy the most impressive growth: from 6.23 million subscribers at end of 2017 to 13.42 million by 2023. A ScreenAfrica article

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African Festival Calls for Movie Entries

Durban International Film Festival in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa

By Halima Abdi Published January 3, 2018 South Africa’s Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the festival July 19-29, 2018. RELATED:Christmas Holiday Offers from Ethiopian and Kenya Airways The organisers of DIFF say only films completed in 2017 and 2018 will be considered and that all submissions must be entered via their online Visitor Page at The deadline for all entries (short films, documentaries and feature fiction films), including delivery of screeners, is February 28, 2018. RELATED:African Arts-Related Calls & Announcements Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal who, in partnerships with the Durban Film Office, eThekwini Municipality, National Film and Video Foundation, KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, organise the 39th edition of the festival, say DIFF is a premier platform for the launch of African films and a key gateway to the African film industry. CCA says it screens cutting-edge cinema from around the world, with special focus on African films, in a range of diverse venues in and around the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. RELATED:All-Africa Movie Awards Call for Entries

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How to Pack Safely for Air Travel

A list of items restricted in hand luggage by Kenya Airports Authority.

By Halima Abdi and eTurboNews Published December 24, 2017 There are many items that people use on a daily basis that are considered hazardous materials when packed to fly on a plane. Flyers should know that e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and spare lithium batteries should NOT be packed in their checked luggage. Spare lithium batteries – the kind that are found in personal electronic devices and back-up charging devices – can only travel in carry-on baggage. RELATED:Africa Air Freight Demand Outperforms All Regions Electronic devices powered by lithium batteries can catch fire if they are damaged or have exposed electrical terminals. Devices that smoke or catch fire are much easier to extinguish in the cabin than they are in the cargo hold. So, the FAA recommends that passengers keep cell phones and other devices nearby in the cabin, so they can quickly access them, if necessary. However, even in carry-on baggage, spare lithium batteries should be protected from damage or short circuiting. Ensuring that the batteries are packed properly and are not touching or bumping something that could potentially cause them to spark. If batteries are not sealed in manufacturer packaging, the battery terminals should be protected by covering them with tape and placing them in separate bags to prevent short circuits. RELATED:Using Stone to Reveal Mysteries of Life Some of the other common toiletries that passengers may plan to pack, but that could be hazardous include: aerosol cans that may contain hair spray, deodorant, tanning spray or animal repellant; nail polish; artist paints; and glues. These are some of the guidelines provided by the United States of America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to airline passengers to pack safely. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), the government agency that manages airports in the East African country, agrees with FAA. KAA advises passengers to …

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Link urbanisation to National Development Plans

Edlam Yemeru, head of Urbanisation Section at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says urbanisation needs to be seen as a core driver of productivity and economic growth.

By Abdi Ali Published December 18, 2017 African countries should link urbanisation to their national development priorities for socio-economic growth. Edlam Yemeru, head of Urbanisation Section at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says urbanisation needs to be seen as a core driver of productivity and economic growth. “The strategic integration of urbanization into national development planning … is crucial for realizing the visions of the New Urban Agenda in Africa,” she told a two-day Regional Meeting on the Harmonized Regional Framework for the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. “Only when it is well planned and managed can urbanization contribute to greater economic dynamism, job-creation, and poverty-reduction.” RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Internship Lands Youth Media Job Naison D Mutizwa-Mangiza, Director of UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa, said African countries cannot achieve a structural transformation of their economies without improvements in how cities and towns are planned and managed and without fully recognising the contribution of urbanisation to sustainable national development. “If translated into effective policies implemented in an integrated way, building a robust urban governance structure, as well as deploying supportive rules and regulations, sound urban planning and design assisted by viable financial strategies, the New Urban Agenda can ensure that cities function as transformational drivers of sustainable development,” Mutizwa-Mangiza said. He said the New Urban Agenda provides a framework for the achievement of sustainable urbanisation and for maximising its contribution to sustainable development. Habofanoe Lehana, Lesotho’s Minister of Local Government, said Africa, more than any other region, needs to look at the New Urban Agenda more closely as it is urbanising faster than any other region and therefore bearing the biggest challenge associated with unplanned and unmanaged urbanisation. RELATED:Travel and Tourism Market to Focus on Africa and New Technologies Saying …

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Travel and Tourism Market to Focus on Africa and New Technologies

New technologies shall have a special place at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain in 2018.

By Iminza Keboge Published December 11, 2017 New technologies shall have a special place at the International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain in 2018. Organisers of the fair known as FITUR and that shall be held at Feria de Madrid January 17 – 21, 2018 say advancement “made by the first digital innovation lab on 5G for application in the tourism industry and in the sphere of trade fair activities” shall be showcased alongside “actions being undertaken by countries, businesses and institutions to contribute to improving the environment and sustainable tourism and which will underscore the importance of technological developments as the keys to transforming the tourism industry.” RELATED:Kenya Changes Its Basic Education System Also held in the framework of FITUR on January 18, 2018 shall be the 9th annual Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (INVESTOUR), shall be held in Madrid, Spain. The main objective of INVESTOUR is to ‘promote sustainable tourism as an economic and social development tool for Africa, while encouraging exchanges on investment and business opportunities in the region.’ RELATED:China to Empower Youth and Bring Satellite TV Programmes to African Villages INVESTOUR is organised by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), International Travel Trade Fair (FITUR) and Casa Africa The 2017 edition of FITUR, IFEMA, its organisers, say registered the participation of 9900 exhibitor companies from 165 countries and regions; 136000 trade participants, and 109000 visitors from the general public. This, they say, was an 18.8% growth in international trade visitors over the previous staging. In addition, the volume of business appointments, pre-scheduled and managed directly by FITUR at its various B2Bs, IFEMA say, increased to 6800 appointments. RELATED:TV Content Market to Focus on Black Africa

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US Sports Envoys Hold Soccer Clinics in Tanzania

Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Alex Morgan

By Irene Gaitirira Published December 5, 2017 Two US Sports Envoys are on a seven-day working tour of Tanzania. Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion Alex Morgan and Orlando City SC midfielder Servando Carrasco of Major League Soccer are expected to help in bolstering the United States’ cultural and social ties with the youth of the East African country. Morgan and Carrasco, according to a statement from the US Department of State, will hold soccer clinics and speak with students from schools in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital, and Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago that, together with Tanganyika, form the United Republic of Tanzania. RELATED:Skills-Development Programme in Creative Entrepreneurship Marks 10th Year! The Sports Envoys are also expected to visit two all-girls soccer programmes to highlight the importance of providing equal opportunities for all during their December 2-9, 2017 visit. Nike has donated soccer balls to schools and participants in support of this programme. The focus of the Sports Envoy programme on girls and women in sports is said to be aimed at building on the “Equal Playing Field” initiative which, in June 2017, is reported to have seen 30 women from six continents, including previous US Sports Envoy Lori Lindsey, play the world’s highest soccer match at 18747 feet (5714 metres) on Mount Kilimanjaro. RELATED:Women’s Rugby League Introduced The Department of State says its Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has since 2003 sent more than 250 US athletes to more than 85 countries on Sports Envoy programmes, which help reach overseas audiences that other forms of diplomatic engagement do not to promote collaboration on priority US policy goals.

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Experimental Movie Wins Best African Short Film Award

That DEM DEM! is made in in Wolof and French with English subtitles did not prevent this Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin film from winning both the Best Short Film Competition and the Audience's Award at Scotland African Film Festival held in Edinburgh and Glasgow October 27-November 5, 2017.

By Khalifa Hemed Published November 18, 2017 A dream-like experimental movie about a fisherman whose search for identity is questioned by a wise older man has won the Best Short Film award at the 12th annual Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland. DEM DEM!, a 25-minute work from Senegal edged out six other films from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco and Algeria to win the £500 cash prize awarded by the jury as AiM’s annual Short Film Competition marked 10th anniversary. That it is made in made in Wolof and French with English subtitles did not prevent this Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin film from also winning the Audience’s Award during AiM that ran in the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow October 27-November 5, 2017. RELATED:Finalists for Best Short Film Competition Announced “This year’s selection is a delicious smorgasbord of different and compelling cinematic delights. At turns sensitive, tragic, naturalistic and penetrating, it also ranges through the uproarious, charismatic, stylised and boldly imaginative,” said South Africa’s Jarryd Coetsee, a member of the 2017 Jury and director of THE SUIT that won the same prize in 2016. AiM says it usually invites ‘filmmakers of African nationality’ to submit ‘films of no longer than 30 minutes’ to its annual Short Film Competition. Its aim, says the festival that is also known as Scotland African Film Festival, is to ‘support young and emerging filmmakers from Africa’. The cash prize money of £500 is sponsored by the Scottish Documentary Institute. RELATED:Ethiopian Wins Airline of the Year Award, Orders 777 Freighters Other shorts that took part in the 10th Short Film Competition included CHEBET from Kenya; BLACK ROSE from Ghana; THE DARK BOX from Nigeria; THE ANT QUEEN and I PROMISE YOU from Algeria and OCCUPATION: KILLER from Morocco.

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Second Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Opens in Nairobi

The new hotel is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park, perfectly complementing the Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham, located in the city’s central business district which opened earlier in 2017.

By Irene Gaitirira Published November 10, 2017 A leading international hospitality company has consolidated its presence in Kenya with the opening of a second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the country’s capital, Nairobi. Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, the second hotel to be built in Kenya by Marriott International, is said to be designed for “the modern traveller with an emphasis on approachable design.” The new hotel that features spacious and modern rooms including suites, offers various dining options, including an all-day dining, a lobby café and a rooftop bar and grill. RELATED:US Hotel Company Spreads its Tentacles Across Africa With spectacular views of the Nairobi National Park on one side and the runway of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on the other, the rooftop bar and grill that has been named Tazama (look or see in Kiswahili) is aimed at offering guests a sense of authentic locale through food, music and art. Marriott International says the hotel offers guests the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, complimentary bottled water in all rooms, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and what it calls ‘an energising breakfast with fresh coffee that helps guests start the day right.’ Other facilities include a rooftop pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a modest spa, indoor and outdoor space for meetings and events and a complimentary shuttle into JKIA terminal throughout the day. The hotel, that is strategically situated within the main complex of JKIA, is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park, perfectly complementing the Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham, located in the city’s central business district which opened earlier in 2017. RELATED:Tree Hotel Invites Business and Leisure Travellers “The hotel’s unique location together with its warm and genuine service and the …

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Feel Like a Champion at One of Kenya’s Most Scenic Racing Destinations

Register for the Sprint Team Challenge that allows a minimum of two and maximum of three individuals of any gender

By Team Tri Fit Kenya Published November 8, 2017 Ever imagined waking up to a beautiful Sunday sunrise and proceeding to race at one of Kenya’s most scenic and pristine destinations? Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore; because you can register for Diani Triathlon set for December 3, 2017 and experience this first hand. Open to amateur and professional athletes from around the world, he race has four main categories: Sprint – 750m Swim, 20KM Bike, 5KM Run Olympic – 1.5KM Swim, 40KM Bike, 10KM Run Children (11 – 17yrs) – 500m Swim, 10KM Bike, 3KM Run. RELATED:Here’s the Best Way to Spend Your School Vacation Registration for the event is open and the charges for the event are: Adults – Sh3000 per participant Children – Sh2500 per participant Don’t feel confident going at it alone? Register for the Sprint Team Challenge that allows a minimum of two and maximum of three individuals of any gender to complete each discipline. With a registration fee of Sh5000, grab the gang and head down for this event. RELATED:African Elephant Poaching Declines But Ivory Seizures Up To add to the above, you will not only be racing at one of Kenya’s amazing destinations but you will also be a part of the Official qualifying race for Team Kenya to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 3rd Africa Youth Games. The Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia April 4-15 while the African Youth Games will be held in Algiers, Algeria July 19-28. The Youth Games target athletes aged 14-18 years while the Commonwealth Games target adults aged 18 years and above. Each team will comprise six individuals with three men and three women, respectively. RELATED:Looking Beyond Nairobi’s 100th Premier Critical Movie Meeting

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Tree Hotel Invites Business and Leisure Travellers

The owners say Tamarind Tree Hotel is an "excellent value for money" as it is "perfectly situated between Nairobi's two airports and only four kilometres from the city centre."

By Ogova Ondego Published November 4, 2017 A hotel that targets both the business and leisure traveller has sprung up in the lively and popular Lang’ata and Karen (Karengata) neighbourhood of Kenya’s capital,Nairobi. Located near Nairobi National Park, Wilson Airport and the 28.6 kilometre Southern Bypass that connects Nairobi’s Mombasa Highway to Kisumu-Mombasa Road at Kikuyu in central Kenya, Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi is adjacent to  Carnivore Restaurant on Lang’ata Road, some five kilometres from the Nairobi Central Business District. RELATED:Affordable Tree Hotel to Spring Up on Nairobi’s Carnivore Grounds The new hotel is an additional recreational infrastructure in Karengata that is home to some of the most popular shopping malls and restaurants in Kenya. Tamarind Group, the owners of the new hotel, say Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi not only “offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass” but that its “world-class amenities will ensure … meetings are effortless and successful, whilst our outstanding leisure facilities and genuine service ensures that all our guests experience the very best of Tamarind hospitality.” RELATED:Important Africa-Related Artistic Activities Around the World Consequently, the 162-room Tamarind Tree Hotel says it has a limited offer of US$150 for bed and breakfast in November and December 2017. The owners say Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi is an “excellent value for money” as it is “perfectly situated between Nairobi’s two airports and only four kilometres from the city centre.” RELATED:Competition Marks Distribution and Co-Production Market

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