6 May 2 2003The title of the latest SA movie to hit the screen, Hijack Stories, conjures up images of another predictably negative township story about criminals hijacking cars in the absence of anything else to do in Soweto. But there’s a lot more to the film.Indeed, there are scary moments in this local film about a budding young actor from a wealthy suburb of Rosebank (played by Tony Kgoroge) who desperately needs to land a lead role in a movie about a Soweto gangster. In order to play the role, however, he must of necessity experience the ways of real criminals. This takes him back to his roots, Soweto, in search of his true identity.At the risk of letting slip of the plot, there is a fascinating change of fortune in the movie when the criminal becomes an actor, and the actor becomes the criminal. But I will tell the story only thus far.Hijack Stories is directed by Oliver Schmitz, his second movie after the hit Mapantsula, in which he also explores criminal life. In Hijack Stories, Schmitz attains the almost-impossible – making the criminal look good. There will be few in the audience who do not like Zama by the end of the movie.Rapulana Seiphemo skilfully plays the role of Zama, whose cruel gaze is enough to scare the whole township. Surprisingly, however, Zama does not kill even a fly, at least not directly. And therein lies the strength of the film: it does not glorify criminality, nor does it attempt to moralise to the rest of the country about it.The sterling performance by Kgoroge as Sox, the actor who goes to Soweto in search of his identity, is something to behold. And the miniature Percy Matsemela is hilarious as a “Michael Schumacher of Soweto”, to use his own words, as he races through Johannesburg away from the chasing cops, whereas Moshidi Motshegwa fits like a glove into the role of Grace, a dope-smoking, idle township girl.Watch this movie for its excellent acting, its intensity of emotion, as well as for its wonderfully crafted script by Lesego Rampolokeng.The movie provides a more contemporary evocation of township life, but runs the risk of reinforcing the stereotype of Soweto as a den of criminal activity. Township characters in the movie are mostly career criminals whose lives revolve around drink, sex and crime.Released this week, the film was shot entirely on location in and around Johannesburg. It is showing now at Ster Kinekor cinemas at The Zone in Rosebank, Eastgate Mall and Southgate Mall.Source: City of Johannesburg website
12 May 2011 South Africa has joined the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign, launched worldwide on Wednesday, with Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele saying the country would use the campaign to ensure that road safety became everyone’s business. The campaign, supported by governments, international agencies, civil society organisations and private companies from more than 100 countries, aims to save at least 5-million lives on roads around the world over the next 10 years. Speaking in Pretoria at the South Africa launch of the campaign, Ndebele said the government would work with various stakeholders to ensure that the message was spread everywhere – from mosques, temples, churches, schools and businesses – to ensure that everyone was on board in creating safer roads for South Africans. Ndebele said his department had already embarked on large-scale mobilisation of communities through Community Road Safety Councils. Council members include traditional leaders, religious leaders, the private sector, schools, government departments as well as civil society. These councils should always be inclusive, he said. “Road Safety is not what you do to a community; road safety is what you do with a community. Therefore, community-driven road safety through Community Road Safety Councils must become the primary driving force of this Decade of Action in South Africa.” Ndebele said the government wanted to empower communities to become self-liberating through Road Safety Councils. “Every road safety issue in a community, whether a faulty robot or a pothole in Boksburg, Soweto or Nongoma, must be the business of the Road Safety Council. Members of the community must know their Road Safety Council, which should be their first point of call regarding any road safety matter.” Ndebele said the government’s response to road deaths in the country included safety education taught at schools, plans to ensure the speeding up of the issuing of driving licences, and a planned driving school summit that would ensure that schools were better empowered to produce trained drivers. Ndebele said the government’s road safety plan, introduced last October, to stop and check one-million vehicles every month, had seen about 34 000 unroadworthy vehicles being impounded in the past six months. About 3.5-million fines had been issued for various traffic offences, 13 877 drunk drivers arrested, and almost 9-million vehicles stopped at roadblocks. “As of May 2011, no less than 10 000 drivers will be screened every month for drinking and driving.” Other plans include the national roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act and the points demerit system. A draft amendment of the Aarto regulations was published for comment in the Government Gazette on 15 April. Source: BuaNews
Sandile Ngcobo at work testing the digital laser at the CSIR laboratory in Pretoria. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.Watch an eNCA documentary on Ngcobo’s research: Watch Ngcobo explaining his technology at TEDxSoweto 2013: First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for free
Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor, who will be owning the Mumbai franchise in the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL), said he was looking to translating his passion for the sport into development activity.Ranbir has tied up with investment banker Bimal Parekh to co-own the Mumbai franchise of the eight-city league that will be played during September-November.Ranbir Kapoor has tied up with investment banker Bimal Parekh to co-own the Mumbai franchise of the eight-city league.”It is a moment of great pride for me to be a part of the Indian Super League and to represent the vibrant city of Mumbai. Football has never been far away from my daily life since childhood, and now as a partner in the Indian Super League, I am looking forward to translate my passion into contributing to the growth of the sport,” said Ranbir.Ranbir hoped the grassroots programme developed by ISL promoters IMG-Reliance for the franchise owners will benefit the game.”I firmly believe in the grassroots and community development program designed by the league organisers IMG Reliance, to popularise the game and that’s one thing which excited me to be part of this dream,” he said.
Marketers are outcasts at most social news sites. Digg and Reddit users and/or admins will Social news sites like Also you can submit a particular story to one or several groups. For instance I won’t annoy everybody with every single SEO story. I can submit these to the SEO 2.0 or learning SEO Basics groups where people eagerly await the news. Normal users won’t see them and get annoyed by “SEO spammers” 😉 appeared a few months ago can decide together what is breaking news That said you will receive referrers from Mixx.com, the “front page itself” right after submission if you choose the right categories, tags and groups. Of course categories like tech or fun or tags like Mixx or Linux are always popular, but you should try to really hit the nail on the head with correct and specific tags. Some people skip the tags or add only one category. At Mixx . ” page frontpage Mixx What makes Mixx superior to other news sites are also several other aspects: Localization. You can add where the news happened geographically. Thus users are able to read their local news too. and and skyrocketed to the heights of the attention economy like no other. . the group reputation building LA Times which even funded Mixx What’s the best thing about Mixx? It’s superb audience. You do not have the mob of Digg or Reddit. Nobody will attack you with racists remarks and tell you how bad your submission is even it’s amazing. Mixx Surpasses Direct Competition in order to circumvent the tedious process of waiting a while for enough voters to notice it and vote it up. Alexa traffic stats Mixx Feautures the Other Sites Are Envious Of Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack TechCrunch covers every step of Mixx A Super Mixxer is a user on Mixx, who, through a combination of Karma points, high quality, diverse submissions and comments, and being a model Mixxer for at least 30 days, has access to special feature enhancements. While it is probably too late now to be much more than a blip at one of the established sites like digg, social news site at once. Why? At Mixx you are always on the front page, even without becoming popular. Mixx Plime Make your friends aware of your submission. I do not want to obsess with traffic too much though. Most people by now should know that social media is not solely about traffic numbers. Here’s what’s actually important: Shoutwire Digg. I have been an avid user but I rarely strove to make submissions popular. I read and voted for the stuff in my categories, I tagged, commented, joined groups and submitted posts to groups, I established groups and kept them alive, I submitted everything from art, politics, Internet related stuff and also different kind of media, articles, images and videos. to follow suit after the If you enjoyed the article, you can find more of Tad’s writings at Another feature just shortly introduced which is governed by Super Mixxers is the ” While you get judged based on your sheer activity on most social news sites, similarly to games where there is a toplist of the best players Mixx changed that. You still have the most active power users who seemingly submit, rate and comment news all day as a full time job. On the other hand Mixx does not really encourage that. They do not encourage excessive numbers, they encourage singular and varied achievements. For instance there are several badges you can get when contribute something of exceptional value to the community. You still get these for the popular posts. On the other hand you get rewarded too for low key participation with less glamour and less mass appeal. lets you create a personal “Your blog spam you can and should add multiple categories. This works bets as mentioned above with the “Email This” feature. If you use it wisely you will succeed, even promoting your own stuff. On the hand: Do not trick yourself. If you send out a mediocre story to all your friends it gets promoted to the popular section but almost no traffic will ensue. A few days ago I “Emailed This” to several friends of mine after my submission has already 23 votes and only 4 hours left to get popular, yes you still have a time frame of 24h at Mixx to make a story popular, I emailed a story from my site which was submitted by someone else to a 12 of my SEO peers. It become popular but it gained less traffic than the stories that get thee naturally. Still many people want to get to the front page or become popular on Mixx like on the old school social news sites. It’s possible and it isn’t as difficult as elsewhere as the threshold for stories is around 30 votes up currently while images or videos need even less votes, images only 10! Although I have 178 followers already it’s not like all my stories get popular. The contrary is the case. Most get around 10 votes 50% by people I know, 50% by others. When I submit images sometimes it’s enough to become popular. As I don’t care most of the time it’s OK with me. I use Mixx in a different manner, as I wrote in the beginning. Power users who see social news as a game nonetheless strive to get popular each and every time. A SEO group within a social news site? Yes, this is a novelty, but there are a few of them. There is one called Marketing”, one called “blog pr”, learning SEO basics etc. There is no such thing as ” Let me start at the beginning though. Mixx is a social news site like no other. It is both a personal (formerly Netscape) have been around for a while. joining the conversation Early Bird Bonus Mixx Reddit of all these sites you will notice that Digg and Reddit lose ground while Propeller is remaining reasonably flat. What is more awe-inspiring though is to watch at Compete how Mixx has managed to surpass the other similar dark horse social news sites: German, , The Mixx Structure and Visitor Numbers . You will see the content of your choice on top. This system is based on categories, tags, groups and even particular users. So, for example, you can choose my submissions as your content of choice shown at the top of your personal Mixx. Polish, Indonesian and Iranian ones!) and Mixx offers a unique opportunity bury or vote down your submissions anonymously : You can still become a power user at Mixx, it’s not too late. Moreover Mixx will reward your efforts. I joined Mixx a few months ago and some weeks ago I was made a ” with already 75 members although Mixx Always on the Front Page ” on Mixx , the You are allowed to submit your own blog postings. There are negative votes but they are clearly visible, at least for a while (only the last 10 votes are visible). So if someone votes you down he has to prepare for the backlash. Only newbies vote down without understanding the implications. Power users rarely vote you down unless you are really spamming. So please do not submit your company homepage as “Search Engine Optimization Iowa” but contribute or I’ll report your submission myself. and While most people tend to compare Mixx to Digg, it actually competes more directly with Shoutwire. Both have very similar content mix on the front page focusing on different media types. Shoutwire has lost substantially against Mixx. two If you’re interested in social media, particularly for small businesses and B2B marketing, you’re encouraged to attend this upcoming free The following is an article from a guest author, Tadeusz Szewczyk (you can call him “Tad”). Tad’s an SEO consultant, web developer and author based in Germany. He also happens to be a social media power user. New York Times included recently “Add to Mixx” buttons When submitting a story you can notify all of your Power Users vs Super Mixxers Super Mixxers For instance I quickly realized that Mixx Mixx also has superior social networking features. There are at least three ways to contact and communicate with other users. You can “email them” via the internal messaging system called “Mixx Mail”. If you email several users at once an instant discussion is formed in a way mailing lists work. Each user added gets also a “real email” notification with the message in it to their mail address. You can unsubscribe from such a conversation in order not be annoyed by too many mails. peer review Email This” function. if you mention anywhere on your site that you are a SEO. Marketers get bashed for no reason or rather in a bizarre kind of guilt by association or “kin liability”. Because of those who spammed and gamed Digg, all other people who just write about how to improve your SEO skills get punished. is invitation only and I only allow people to join who are will really benefit the community (both overall Mixx and my own SEO 2.0 group). Even bloggers get harassed just for submitting their own postings. Marketing and SEO on Mixx: No Censorship . Moreover the social media mavens and early adopters are in a frenzy to either hail Mixx as the new, new thing in social news sites or dismiss it altogether. So there is a tremendous buzz around Mixx. Your Personal Social News On You can even “select all” to contact them all at once. Of course you have to be very cautious about using this as notifying all your friends each time will either make them cease the friendship or overlook your notifications. Some power users have sent me several notifications daily so I finally stopped to look at them as the were just too many. On the other hand I will check a notification of user who never or rarely sends me. I only once notified all of my by now 178 friends at once, with this bleak message. Propeller ” by the Mixx team, a position that grants me access to some special features at Mixx (see below how to become a Super Mixxer). Super Mixxers have more power than the average user. is about channels and choices and not solely about being on the While this might be a problem for many people, it will change with time. Mixx What is Social News Good for: It’s Not All About Traffic Either they talk about you, and in many cases this won’t be favorable for you, or you step in and become part of the conversation. Mixx breaking news Groups: Social News Communities Within the Social News Community is the best social news site currently a SEO 2.0 group SEO 2.0 friends about it via the ” like with What’s unique about Mixx is the groups feature. In short it makes Mixx a hub of dozens or hundreds of social news sites. It allows you to create your own Digg-like community within the larger Mixx context. I love this feature. I created a social news site of my own, These people will also submit your stuff elsewhere like on StumbleUpon, Sphinn or Propeller. Mixx is a testing ground for submissions. What works here in many cases will work elsewhere too as on Mixx it does not make sense to cheat. It’s the original social news idea: Great content gets promoted by a smart mob and not tramped down by a lynch mob formed from an anonymous mass. Social Networking at Mixx: Unique Selling Propositiuon How Mixx Power users Make Submissions Popular online presence The secret of getting popular is fairy simple: Make enough people aware of your submission. The Best Asset of Mixx Mixx. Also as it does not make sense to “game” Mixx there is no Apple, “the best stolen pictures at a fun site” or Ron Paul spam. You get only stuff by dedicated social media users. Still, as noted earlier, The frontpage of Mixx should not be your goal most of the time. As Mixx has so many places to go and personal configurations many people, me too often, do not even read the poplar stories. A popular story thus will only get 100 – 300 visitors on average. The Mixx team rewarded me with promoting me to “Super Mixxer”. It may sound funny or useless, but it isn’t. It allows me to perform certain actions other, normal mixxers, are not allowed to: As a Supermixxer I am able to connect two stories. This is very powerful. The feature is meant to deal with the duplicate story from multiple sources problem. On Mixx all sources get a chance to be noticed because Supermixxers can connect them to each other. They will be shown as “related”. more than that I can create a thread about a topic by connecting a particular story to relevant events which were covered on Mixx days, weeks or months ago. It allows me to add different perspectives to onesided or subjective story. A feature which will be gold once the election process gets heated up in the US. : Watching the A new shiny contender called Notice the stylish M at the right upper corner? I’m a Super Mixxer. Mixx you get the early adopters, bloggers, social media mavens. So Mixx is already the leader of the underdogs while it has still substantially less traffic than Reddit, according to Compete 1/7 or Propeller 1/4 based on Compete data. Originally published Apr 7, 2008 3:07:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 social media webinar On social networking more people will flock to As (I tried all of them, even the Spanish, French, ” shortcut. On Digg you sometimes read a breaking news story hours or days too late, after it’s not news anymore. My Mixx starts with the popular images followed by my latest Mixx group. Super Mixxer Digg Negative voting is visible. This is one of the simplest but most important differences to other socialh news sites. For instance I will add election related news to at least three categories. politics, national and election 2008. When the candidates speak about the economy I will add the post to “business”, when they speak about health care I will add it additionally to “health” etc. users who are interested in health and have added it their their Mixx will see on their “front page”.
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