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Brand New Seasons Of Modern Family And The Big Bang Theory

Brand new seasons of Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory!
5 Days to go!

It’s that kind of Magic! Brand new seasons of two of the best sitcoms can be seen on M-Net channel 101 from next week Wednesday, 2 November. The cast of Modern Family Season 8 return for another round of family fun at 19:30, whilst brilliant physicists Leonard and Sheldon (and their exasperated significant others) are back with the much awaited season 10 of The Big Bang Theory at 20:00.

The Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan of Modern Family find themselves scattered all over the place in the season premiere, when the summer vacation takes Phil, Claire and the kids to New York; Jay, Gloria and their kids to Mexico, and Cam and Mitch find themselves all the way out in Missouri with Lily. Luckily Father’s Day proves to be the perfect opportunity to bring this family together-along with all their hilarious drama.

Later in the season, we’ll find that Claire struggles to be the head honcho at Pritchett’s Closets, especially with Jay back in the fold. At home, Phil stars enjoying more hobbies, while Gloria’s hot sauce business starts picking up steam, and Mitch and Cam will continue to see a parade of interesting guests frequent their upstairs rental unit. There’s also plenty of Modern Family style bonding-one misunderstanding at a time-to keep the comedy going.

Modern Family stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett and Jeremy Maguire as Joe Pritchett.

Everyone’s favourite scientists prepare for another Emmy Award-winning season of The Big Bang Theory, and our group of socially awkward nerds and their respective partners have a lot of growing up to do; in the tenth season premiere, Leonard and Penny’s wedding ceremony brings forth some unexpected family drama- and family comedy-for everyone involved.

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As always, some of the best laughs come from Dr Cooper himself, and here’s a few gems from our list of favourite Sheldon Cooper-isms:

1. Bus pants: as Sheldon explains, “pants one wears over one’s regular pants when one sits on bus seats that other people have previously sat on”. Obviously.

2. The Roommate Agreement: Leonard and Sheldon thought of everything from where to order takeaways to what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse, and documented the rules that govern their friendship and living situation. It’s seen them avoid many potentially tense moments.

3. Bazinga! Pranking a mate? Throwing around a little playful banter? Beating someone at their own game? There’s only one thing to say: Bazinga!

And the crowd favourite:

4. “I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested.”

The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki as Leonard Hofstadter, Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper, Kaley Cuoco as Penny, Simon Helberg as Howard Wolowitz, Kunal Nayyar as Rajesh Koothrappali, Mayim Bialik as Amy Farah Fowler and Melissa Rauch as Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz.

Read more about Sheldon Cooper-isms for everyday life on www.mnet.digitalmag.co.za and read the most updated schedules and more information about Modern Family and Big Bang Theory on mnet.tv. Follow M-Net on Twitter @MNet (#ModernFamily #BigBangTheory #MNet101) and Facebook www.facebook.com/MNet/

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M-Net Presents A Special Harry Potter Pop-up Channel On DStv Premium

Harry Potter M-Net popup channel

While celebrating its big 3-0, M-Net continues to treat viewers to magical entertainment and how much more magical can you get than a channel dedicated to the Harry Potter films? Soon after the fun-filled M-Net 30th Birthday BlockParty channel draws to a close on DStv Premium at the end of October, the iconic eight-film Harry Potter series will take over the entertainment on channel 109.

M-Net will treat viewers to a special M-Net Movies Harry Potter pop-up extravaganza from Friday 4 November until Sunday 13 November.

Leading up to the worldwide release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an all-new adventure returning us to the wizarding world created by J.K. Rowling, all M-Net customers will be able to watch all eight Harry Potter films.

In addition to these eight films, the M-Net Movies Harry Potter Pop-Up channel will be packed with specials and features around the making of this hugely successful movie franchise. The channel will run for 17 hours per day from 6:00 until 23:00.

Every night at 20:00 viewers will be captivated by the magic of the Harry Potter stories and transported into the spellbinding world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The films will be screened in this time-slot each day in chronological order. But, if you can’t wait another day to watch the next film in the series, you can watch back-to-back screenings throughout the day.

“By creating this channel, it proves yet again that M-Net allows our viewers in Africa to stay connected to the latest entertainment trends and buzz across the globe.” says Jan du Plessis, Director: M-Net Channels.

Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series of seven books, the extraordinary Harry Potter films feature Daniel Radcliffe in the titular role. His best friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, are portrayed by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

For more than a decade, Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films have captivated the hearts and imaginations of children and adults all over the globe with enchanting tales of magic, adventure and friendship. While the franchise turned these young stars into household names, veterans like Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane round out the storylines in these spectacular films.

For more information on M-Net’s Harry Potter Pop-Up channel and the full schedule, go to www.mnet.tv You can also join the conversation with @mnetmovies on twitter.

Movie Synopses:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

First, J.K. Rowling’s delightful bestseller, then an unforgettable movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Philosopher’s Stone is sheer screen enchantment. At its centre is Harry, orphaned, unloved, rescued, enrolled as a wizard-in-training at Hogwarts Academy and as his telltale forehead scar shows, destined for great things. Enter into the world of Hogwarts and experience the rich characters, lavish surroundings, wizardly tools and customs, the high-flying sport of Quidditch … and much more beyond imagining. For the most magic ever to visit your house, see you on Platform 9-3/4!

Academy Award Nominations for:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Music, Original Score
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry’s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From duelling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it’s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he’s more than a wizard, he’s a hero!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Year Three at Hogwarts means new fun and challenges as Harry learns the delicate art of approaching a Hippogriff, transforming shape-shifting Boggarts into hilarity and even turning back time. But the term also brings danger. Soul-sucking Dementors hover over the school. An ally of the accursed He-Who-Cannot-Be-Named lurks within the castle walls. Fearsome wizard Sirius Black escapes Azkaban. And Harry will be forced to confront them all. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón and based on J.K. Rowling’s third book, this wondrous spellbinder soars with laughs, shivers and the kind of breathless surprise only found in a Harry Potter adventure. Mischief managed!

Academy Award nominations for:

  • Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
  • Achievement in Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

When Harry Potter’s name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a gruelling battle for glory among three wizarding schools – the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.

Academy Award nomination for:

  • Best Achievement in Art Direction.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The rebellion begins! Lord Voldemort has returned, but the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth – including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defence Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts. When Umbridge refuses to teach practical defensive magic, Ron and Hermione convince Harry to secretly train a select group of students for the wizarding war that lies ahead. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Prepare for battle!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the Muggle and Wizarding Worlds™, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven. Harry suspects perils may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defences and to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Even as the decisive showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Academy Award nomination for:

  • Best Achievement in Cinematography
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality and destruction—the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the Wizarding World™ has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort’s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort…alive.

Harry’s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale—the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became ‘the Boy Who Lived.’ No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Academy Award nominations for:

  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,’ is the final adventure in the Harry Potter™ film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.

In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the Wizarding World™ escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.

Academy Award nominations for:

  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects
  • Best Achievement in Art Direction
  • Best Achievement in Makeup
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments

50 GREATEST HARRY POTTER MOMENTS takes a look back at the most memorable and treasured scenes from the world’s most popular and successful movie franchise. A celebration from the first seven Harry Potter films, this special includes input from the cast, crew and fans themselves. From Platform 9 ¾ to the Quidditch World Cup, and Harry’s first kiss – all the most exciting, entertaining and best-loved moments have been included.

Narrated by Hagrid himself – Robbie Coltrane, 50 GREATEST HARRY POTTER MOMENTS reveals the favourite scenes of stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, the special offers up exclusive insider knowledge about how these unforgettable scenes were made and behind-the-scenes scoop on what it was really like to film them. We even hear from Harry Potter’s creator herself, J.K. Rowling.

50 GREATEST HARRY POTTER MOMENTS is not just a countdown show. The program also delves deeper into some of the films’ best loved themes and the wider impact they’ve held. Magical creatures are featured, as well as the incredible skills of the artists and craftsmen who worked on the films for months, and even years, before cameras started rolling. Brimming with only the very best, most memorable moments from the films, 50 GREATEST HARRY POTTER MOMENTS is television magic for wizards and Muggles alike!

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Shark Tank SA Episode 5, Sunday 30 October

Entrepreneurs working from out of their own homes tempt the Sharks this week

Now that all five of the Sharks in M-Net and Telkom SA’s Shark Tank South Africa have invested in a number of diverse lcoal businesses, the gloves come off this week as they start snapping at each other in the face of some brand new budding business owners.

Amongst the entrepreneurs who are brave enough to step into the tank this week are a farmer who wants to bring tech to agriculture, a young biokineticist with a unique invention to relieve pain, and two sets of entrepreneurs who are running their small businesses straight out of their homes and need some capital to grow – and fast.

As usual the Sharks are not scared to let rip when faced with some outlandish claims and questionable financial projections, but between all of the harsh – and even sarcastic – commentary, this week’s episode will provide plenty of excellent tips for business owners who want to find out how to pitch their businesses to any investors, whether it be the Sharks themselves, venture capitalists or banks. As tech guru Vinny Lingham wisely puts it: “The best investments are made in entrepreneurs who are going to be successful without you, not because of you.”

To find out more about the businesses that have been featured on the series so far, especially if you’re interested in supporting them with an order or purchase, go to www.mnet.tv/sharktank or follow the conversation about the show on Twitter @MNetSharkTank with the hashtag #SharkTankSA.

Shark Tank SA, sponsored by Telkom SA, is screened on Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00 on M-Net 101. This corresponds with the timeslot on a Sunday when all DStv customers can get a taste of what’s available on M-Net 101, so if you’re not a DStv Premium customer, you can also go to channel 101 to watch Shark Tank SA. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up and streamed live on DStv Now.

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Shark Tank South Africa, Episode 4, Sunday 23 October

Two more entrepreneurs receive deals amidst some strong criticism in the tank

In tonight’s episode of M-Net and Telkom SA’s Shark Tank South Africa, the five business mogul Sharks who are tasked with investing in local entrepreneurs were left gob-smacked by some, and inspired by others. In total there were two more deals struck this week, with the youngest Shark in the tank, Marnus Broodryk, finally making his first investment in a delicious micro brewed beer company!

Geologist Jacques Nel and his four-legged friend and mascot of his brand, bulldog Lady Trinity, were looking for an investment in his micro-brewery named “Ja Brew”. The Sharks loved Jacques’ branding and the potential for growth in the micro brewing market, but had concerns around the fact that he was still waiting for his liquor license. However, Shark Marnus, who has previously owned a vegan restaurant and understood the challenges that come with acquiring a liquor license, felt that he could have a lot of fun developing the business with Jacques, rather than simply investing. Marnus offered Jacques a R250 000 loan in exchange for a 50% stake in “Ja Brew” and committed to helping Jacques lay the essential ground work to get his business up and running properly. “Take the deal!” fellow Shark Gil Oved advised Jacques, which he was happy to do.

The second entrepreneur to present the Sharks with some bait that they were interested in was 40-year-old media consultant Taryn Gill. Taryn came into the tank tonight with her company “Perfect Hair”, a collection of proudly African products for African women. Taryn’s naturally made hair care products are targeted at all different hair texture types, for women, children and men, and she wanted to use the Sharks’ investment to open up concept stores. Most of the Sharks told her that this was an unrealistic idea, and not the right direction required to successfully grow her business.

But Taryn’s personality and hustling attitude is what really got the Sharks excited. She received her first deal offer from marketing guru Gil Oved, who offered her R250 000 for 50% equity in her business, with the view to take the marketing of her products to the next level. Romeo, however, came on board with a deal that included his secure base of distribution channels, as well as more money for less equity. Romeo’s offer was R400 000 for a 40% share in Taryn’s business, but it wasn’t over yet! Vinny also chipped in on the basis of his experience in e-commerce. Wanting Taryn to keep her business sales online, Vinny offered to partner with Gil for the same offer that Romeo gave her, which Gil also agreed to. As if this wasn’t already an incredibly hard decision for Taryn to make, Romeo then introduced a game-changer by offering his wife, business woman and former Miss South Africa Basetsana Kumalo, as a partner in the business, specifically to focus on the marketing side of things. It was an offer that Taryn simply couldn’t refuse, and with that, Romeo clinched his second deal of the season.

Unfortunately there were two blue-sky-thinking visionaries who came into the Shark Tank tonight with ideas that were possibly a little too big for the Sharks to stomach. Inventor Wayne Goelst came into the tank with his product, “Glo-V” hand signaling gloves, with an unusual deal proposal: R85 000 investment in exchange for 85% equity in his business! Wayne invented his reflective gloves particularly for South African taxi commuters to stay visible after dark, and to aid them in signaling taxis effectively. Unfortunately the Sharks felt that Wayne required them to do all of the work to get his product onto market, and for that reason, they all declined.

Another unlucky entrepreneur who entered the tank was engineer Arthur Blake, with his unique business aimed at revolutionising student housing, “Modular Projects”. Arthur came to the Sharks asking for a whopping sum of R48 Million in exchange for 20% equity in his business. As the developer of modular construction container buildings such as 27 Boxes in Melville, Arthur wanted the Sharks to invest despite having a business that is currently not generating any income due to his main partner having withdrawn a year ago. “I think you’re crazy to come in here and ask for R48 Million for an idea alone. I’m out,” Dawn Nathan-Jones summed up as the rest of the Sharks also categorically declined Arthur’s proposal.

To find out more about the businesses, especially if you’re interested in supporting them with an order or purchase, go to www.mnet.tv/sharktank or follow the conversation about the show on Twitter @MNetSharkTank with the hashtag #SharkTankSA.

Shark Tank SA, sponsored by Telkom SA, is screened on Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00 on M-Net 101. This corresponds with the timeslot on a Sunday when all DStv customers can get a taste of what’s available on M-Net 101, so if you’re not a DStv Premium customer, you can also go to channel 101 to watch Shark Tank SA. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up and streamed live on DStv Now.

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Special M-Net Weekend Treat For DStv Compact And Extra Customers

M-Net 101, M-Net Edge 102 and Vuzu Amp 103 to be opened to DStv Compact and Extra customers for the weekend of 28 to 30 October 2016

This Halloween weekend, we’ll be treating our DStv Compact and Extra customers to some scintillating open-time Premium viewing. From Friday, 28 October (at 6pm) to Sunday, 30 October (at 11:59pm), three of our most popular channels will be available – absolutely free!

If it’s horror you’re after, we’ll thrill you with Great Halloween Fright Night and American Horror Story on M-Net Edge. Our budding crime investigators can use their deductive skills as they watch Public Morals from the very first episode.

If the only bones you’re interested in are your funny bones, then give Mike and Molly a go (M-Net 101) or immerse yourself in our reality TV offerings on the same channel. Talented chefs from down under will battle it out on MasterChef Australia, while budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas on Shark Tank. Then there’s the Real Housewives of New Jersey or Love and HipHop on Vuzu Amp.

If superhero’s are more your thing, there’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash and The Arrow on Vuzu Amp. Or indulge your appetite for action with The Transporter Reloaded on the M-Net Sunday night movie.

If you’re a DStv Compact or Extra customer, these channels will magically appear on your package so you don’t even have to lift a finger. So have a happy Halloween on us!

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The Big Fish Are Tempted With Crazy Bait In The Pressure-Cooker Shark Tank

An adorable bull dog; sweet home-brewed beer; glow-in-the-dark gloves; cheap modular housing for students and some hairy products. That’s the bait that is thrown at the Sharks in this week’s edition of Shark Tank South Africa, the highly-entertaining new M-Net and Telkom SA reality show in which five business tycoons evaluate pitches from budding entrepreneurs. If they find the pitch to be an investable prospect they then dive deep into their own pockets to back the new enterprises financially.

The Sharks are hungry to bite – especially bean counter extraordinaire Marnus Broodryk who has not managed to clinch a deal to date – but the fish in the tank seem to be swimming in all directions with crazy ideas. Is there perhaps a lot of money to be made if one could streamline these plans? Or are they dealing with duds that will go nowhere?

While weighing up his options, Shark Marnus decides to have some fun in the tank this week. Unfortunately, some of his colleagues, which include marketing expert Gil Oved, tech guru Vinny Lingham, media mogul Romeo Kumalo and level-headed business woman Dawn Nathan-Jones, are showing more teeth than ever before.

In between all of the harsh commentary, this episode will provide plenty of excellent tips for business owners who want to find out how to market and upscale their businesses. One of the entrepreneurs this week is a master of branding and another one urgently needs advice on proper distrubition.

To find out more about the businesses, especially if you’re interested in supporting them with an order or purchase, go to www.mnet.tv/sharktank or follow the conversation about the show on Twitter @MNetSharkTank with the hashtag #SharkTankSA.

Shark Tank SA, sponsored by Telkom SA, is screened on Sundays between 18:00 and 19:00 on M-Net 101. This corresponds with the timeslot on a Sunday when all DStv customers can get a taste of what’s available on M-Net 101, so if you’re not a DStv Premium customer, you can also go to channel 101 to watch Shark Tank SA. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up and streamed live on DStv Now.

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Coming Up On Carted Blanche – 23 October 2016

Coming up on Carte Blanche‎
On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 23 October 2016 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Whistleblowers under Fire

Whistleblowers are guardians of our democracy, acting selflessly to expose corruption, self-enrichment and wrongdoing. Thanks to the bravery of these men and women, several cases have been blown wide open in recent years, ranging from bread price fixing and text book fraud, to supply chain corruption and collusion in the construction industry. But, while they may be revealing the truth, many suffer dire persecution, untold harassment and even death. Could new legislation now finally make it safer to disclose the truth? Carte Blanche meets some of the whistleblowers under fire and the law-makers working to better protect them.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Guptas: Road to Exit

South Africa is in a precarious position. No-one would have predicted that a post-apartheid, sitting president’s reputation would be so shattered through links to the powerful Gupta family and their clique, that the top brass in his own political party would begin to rise up against him. Is South Africa facing a tipping point? Carte Blanche brings key insight through exposés and investigations conducted over the years.

Producers: Esté de Klerk & Anna-Maria van Niekerk
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa

The Gupta Billions

Early in 2016, it was revealed that the Hawks were investigating Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. On Tuesday last week the NPA charged him with fraud. This catalysed a monumental support campaign by civil and political society opposed to so-called moves to hijack the National Treasury. In a strategic move Gordhan has this week exposed R6.8-billion worth of allegedly suspicious Gupta-linked transactions. Carte Blanche brings analysis to the fray.

Producer: Joy Summers
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Chwayitisa Futshane

SA Space Agency

Space Communication is a multi-billion dollar industry. And South Africa has joined the race to get satellites into space. Not only that, but we play a crucial role in facilitating satellite communication for the world, also monitoring natural disasters, climate change and more. Carte Blanche finds out why South Africa’s Space Agency has become integral to keeping the planet connected.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Smart Entrepreneurs With Crazy Ideas Step Into The Shark Tank

The five Sharks in M-Net and Telkom SA’s s new Sunday night reality show Shark Tank South Africa are hungry for business deals, but they are extremely finicky about the items on the menu. To date, only two of the Sharks – marketing guru Gil Oved and tech mogul Vinny Lingham – have delved into their own pockets to support entrepreneurs who stepped into the tank. Will their fellow Sharks Marnus Broodryk, Dawn Nathan-Jones and Romeo Kumalo follow suit this week Sunday at 18:00?

During the first two episodes the Sharks made it clear that they were looking for budding entrepreneurs who know their numbers, can upscale their ideas and deliver a return on their investments in the near future. Passion and the drive to succeed also played a significant role when Gil and Vinny decided to partner with Vusi Ravele and Sarah Jeffreys respectively. It also helped that the Sharks loved their products! Vusi’s business is built on a unique line of home and décor items, while Sarah is the brain behind comfy, good-looking rocking chairs for mothers with babies.

This week, the Sharks encounter some smart entrepreneurs with crazy yet functional products. An experienced marketer has a revolutionary plan that will minimise chaos at cemeteries. Then there’s a savvy lady who believes that the millions of birthdays celebrated every month will make the Sharks loads of money and a guy whose app might be the solution to many parents’ biggest headache: kids struggling with maths. And, what will happen when the Sharks are thrown biltong as bait? Some of them just happen to be vegetarians!

To see how the action unfolds in this week’s Shark Tank South Africa, tune into M-Net 101 on Sunday night at 18:00. Also note that this is the Sunday night timeslot during which all DStv customers can get a taste of what’s available on M-Net 101, so if you’re not a DStv Premium customer, you can also go to channel 101 to watch Shark Tank SA. The series will also be available on DStv Catch Up and will be streamed live on DStv Now.

For more info about the Sharks and Shark Tank South Africa, go to www.mnet.tv/sharktank and to follow the conversation about the show, find us on Twitter @MNetSharkTank or using the hashtag #SharkTankSA.

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Break Into Song To Celebrate M-Net’s 30th Birthday

“It’s a kind of m-a-a-a-gic …”

Break into song to celebrate M-Net’s 30th birthday
30 viewers will each win R30 000 cash!

M-Net has created a fun-filled competition to celebrate 30 years of timeless magic.

Over the years several catchy theme songs encapsulated M-Net’s spellbinding entertainment offering; now one of them will earn 30 fervent fans R30 000 in cash each. Remember how Queen belted “It’s a kind of magic” to all the shows and movies you loved? Just record your version – or special interpretation – of the song, and you may pocket the money to treat yourself to a well-deserved break or spend it on anything your heart desires. You can do a rock-star rendition, act crazy, perform in an exotic location, or even rap the words – as long as the performances oozes magic.

The best of these performances will also be screened on all of the M-Net channels, where you’ll be in good company. Some of the many famous faces that have frequented the M-Net channels over the past three decades will be breaking out into song on your screens to wish M-Net a happy birthday.

Once you have filmed your performance, you have until Sunday 23 October at 23:59 to upload the clip to www.mnet.tv/30.

“The competition is a special thank you to all our loyal viewers,” says M-Net CEO, Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net has grown immensely over the past 30 years – from being one pay-television channel to producing more than 40 channels for different audiences across the continent on different platforms. But we wouldn’t have been here without the continued support of every single person who finds our kaleidoscope of story-telling entertaining, informative or inspiring. We would love to celebrate this milestone birthday with our viewers and trust that everyone who enters the competition – and those watching the performances on screen – will have loads of fun.”

The competition is open to all Multichoice customers in all of the African countries that have access to the M-Net family of channels and, where applicable, the cash prizes will be paid out in the local currency equivalent. The more than 40 M-Net channels includes a variety of genre, language and audience-specific channels – from kykNET, Mzansi Magic and Channel O to VUZU AMP, Africa Magic and Maisha Magic.

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Here They Are: The Six Finalists In The M-Net Movies Greatest Movie Ever Made Contest

The six finalists in M-Net Movies’ The Greatest Movie Ever Made casting competition were announced in Rosebank tonight (Thursday, 5 October) following some fun-filled workshops with renowned movie directors Akin Omotoso, AKA and Peter Heaney.

In the next round, these promising thespians will star in a special M-Net Movies short film and viewers will then pick the winner who will nab an all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood courtesy of UIPSA.

Among the six who will be vying for votes are two internet sensations: Devon Wayne Saunders (33) from Cape Town, whose more than 100 000 online followers are often entertained by videos which he raises awareness or funds for charity and final year Academy of Television and Screen Arts student George Mnguni (22) from Vosloorus in Gauteng who does comedy skits on his Youtube channel Okwasabi.

They will have to outshine drama graduate Lamar Bonhomme (27) from Randpark Ridge whose CV boasts has a few small acting gigs, including an appearance in the kykNET drama Fluiters in which he had to speak Arabic.

Viewers will also be able to vote for two charming young actresses who are dreaming of a life in front of the camera. Former Wits drama student KiraMarie Tim (25) from Blairgowrie in Gauteng has acted in some radio dramas while waiting for her big break into the industry and Zimkhitha Mohlabeng(20) from Randfontein realised that acting was her passion when studying Film and Television and the University of Johannesburg. She is now a first-year drama student at Wits.

Then there’s also Julian Fouche (22) from Germiston for whom the competition is an exciting learning experience. He is studying directing at the Open Window Institute in Centurion and has never acted out a script himself before.

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