Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio with LootLove features Big Zulu this Sunday

This week’s episode features a conversation With Big Zulu, the ‘’5 Hottest Tracks of the Week’’, Africa Rising and LootLove’s ‘’Favourite Track of the Week’’! Tune in to Africa Now Radio with LootLove this Sunday, September 5th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1.

COVER STAR INTERVIEW

South African Hip-Hop star, Big Zulu joins LootLove via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, ‘iStradi’ (feat. PRO). He also discusses his new album ‘’Ichwane Lenyoka’’, his close relationship with the late PRO (Linda Mkhize); why starting his own label was the right move and how South African Hip-Hop has evolved.

Apple Music's Africa Now Radio with LootLove features Big Zulu

THE BIG 5

LootLove shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Adekunle God & Davido, Jaido P featuring Joeboy, Nviiri The Storyteller featuring KiDi, Musa Keys & Lebza TheVillain featuring Sino Msolo and Yanga Chief featuring Blxckie & 25K.

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AFRICA RISING 

Kenyan R&B singer-songwriter, Nikita Kering is the latest Africa Rising cover star, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars and this week’s show features two singles from her latest release, ‘’A Side of Me’’ – ‘Ex’ and ‘Crossing Lines’ – alongside an excerpt of her interview with Nadeska. Listen HERE.

LOOT LOVES

Each week,LootLove chooses her favourite track, taken from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she shines a light on of South African house duo Suka and their single ‘Mano Mano’ from Apple Music’s Afro-House Nation playlist, which celebrates the soulful house hits from across the continent. Listen HERE(and find a roundup of all LootLove’s selections on Apple 
Apple Music's Africa Now Radio with LootLove features Big Zulu this Sunday
Tune in and listen to the full episode this Sunday, September 5th at 2p Lagos/London / 3p Johannesburg/Paris / 6a LA / 9a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow.
LootLove: So, let’s talk about your album. It’s 22 tracks long; very personal – you rap about your upbringing, growing up fatherless, being raised by your grandmother… And there are many of us who relate to the things you’re rapping about.

What made you want to rap about something so deep and so personal, that a lot of people would rather not put in their music?

Big Zulu: I’m of the notion that we must educate people, we must be exemplary and that the more I rap about my origin, the more I heal from the things that hurt me and grudges. So, all the things that might have hurt me, when I rap about them, I’m letting go.

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RENTORR: FACEBOOK FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

The communication between a landlord and the tenants of a property is not always smooth. Just imagine how many times you had to keep reminding your tenants to pay the rents at the beginning of every month. Or, as a tenant, do you remember how long you chased your landlord to fix the leak in the faucet pipe?

 

How about the exhausting process of finding a new place or finding a new tenant/flatmate without knowing where you will end up? What if there was a platform that can resolve these conflicts in one place? In fact, there is! It is time we introduce the South African start-up Rentorr.

WHAT IS RENTORR?

Rentorr is a platform founded in 2016 to bring together landlords and tenants for a more efficient property management. It has many features such as finding potential landlords/tenants, collecting and tracking the rental payments, submitting/browsing management requests, and providing instant communication.

Let us take a look at the benefits of Rentorr.

FOR LANDLORDS

Property management is much easier with Rentorr, so you don’t have to keep piles of documents in your office. Rentorr’s storage capacity is large enough for you to contain payment receipts, contracts, deposit receipts and more.

When it comes to screening potential tenants, Rentorr simply implements the idea of websites such as Airbnb. It enables you to see the tenant profiles in a great detail. A tenant profile contains information such as the tenant’s occupation, marital status, and financial capability. In addition, a tenant can be reviewed by former flatmates and landlords. So, you can make a more informed decision as to whether the tenant is reliable or not.

If you are tired of running after your tenants for monthly payments, you have come to the right place. Rentorr has an automated rent collection that deducts the rent amount from the tenants’ bank accounts and transfers them to the landlord’s account automatically. This eliminates the necessity of the constant tracking of the payments.

Rentorr is also helpful in promoting and advertising your property. Its smart interface helps you to track the number of views and the popularity of the place. Seeing the current demand and comparing your property to the other profiles, you can adjust your profile accordingly and reach out to the most suitable tenants.

FOR TENANTS

Finding a new place doesn’t have to be stressful. With Rentorr, you can view and compare places in great detail. Just as landlords can view tenants, tenants can also look at landlord profiles and read the reviews written by the former tenants. You can apply for an apartment that you like and schedule a viewing with one click.

With the automated rent payment option, you don’t have to worry about withdrawing money or making transactions every month. A major advantage of this system is that automatic and continuous rent payment earns you more points and increases your credibility as a tenant.

The maintenance request form on Rentorr is a quick way to reach out to your landlord in case of an emergency or when maintenance is needed. You can also track the status of the request or whether it has been viewed by the landlord or not. The platform also facilitates the communication with professionals such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters for maintenance.

The company is preparing to launch new features to improve the communication needed for a successful property management. Rentorr will be available across all the provinces in South Africa, starting from the major cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Early sign-ups are accepted before the platform switches to an invite-only system. Requesting access at the website will take only a few minutes; and you will be able benefit what Rentorr has to offer. For more information, visit https://www.rentorr.com/

We may not be aware, but quite a lot of celebrities were born in Africa. Some of them moved to Europe or the US with their families while some of them still reside in their home country.

Nevertheless, all of them had significant impacts on the society both with their brilliant works and their volunteering activities that raised awareness among millions.

Trevor Noah was born in 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa to a Swiss-German father and a Xhosan mother. Interracial marriages were forbidden under the apartheid regime, so his mother had to face charges. He was raised in the township of Soweto until 2002.

His early work began in 2002 when he started hosting a radio show called Noah’s Ark on Gauteng’s YFM. He then started focusing on comedy and performed on stage with many local and international comedians while also hosting various other TV programs on SABC 1 and SABC 2.

He moved to the United States in 2011 and appeared on the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman as the first South African stand-up comedian.

He also continued his on-stage performance with one-man comedies such as Trevor Noah: The Racist. Since 2015, he has been hosting the Daily Show as the successor of Jon Stewart. His debut was so successful that the Comedy Central extended his contract until 2022.

Besides his TV career, he also wrote an autobiography about his childhood years and the apartheid regime. The book “Born a Crime” was published in 2016.

Happy Birthday Trevor Noah

Facebook opens first Africa office in Johannesburg, South Africa as part of its efforts “to help people and businesses connect” Ogilvy veteran Nunu Ntshingila, has been appointed as the Head of  Facebook Africa.  Over 1 billion people in Africa use social network…. 

In a statement, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for EMEA said ‘It is with great excitement to share that today we opened our first sales office in Africa. We have also brought on a force of nature to lead our team in Africa, Nunu Ntshingila, our new Head of Africa. Nunu is incredibly passionate about the role of technology to foster greater social inclusion for the development of the African continent. I know I speak on behalf of our entire Facebook family when I say how incredibly grateful we are that she will lead us through this next chapter of our investment and growth in Africa. Nunu will join us in September to ensure a smooth transition from Ogilvy…..Continue here

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HUGE Congrats to Nunu Ntshingila! History maker!

 

Meet Johanna Mukoki, MD and founder of Travel with Flair.   Johanna is a continent leading tourism female entrepreneur who hails from Orlando, Soweto South Africa. She is the first African to sit on the Global Tourism Board.

At a tender age of 11, Mukoki worked hard enough in school to support her family’s business by selling ice cream, boiled eggs and raw meat in the dusty streets of Orlando, Soweto.  Mukoki says, “It trained me that life is not a picnic and I need to work hard,”

Johanna Mukoki

In everything she did, she pushed herself hard. With a B.COMM Degree from Rhodes University, and doing her articles at KPMG and Aiken and Peat, she considered doing business on her own after realizing how highly she was sought-after by companies in her field. ‘I thought that if people wanted me to be in their companies this much,why not start my own company? says Mukoki. With steely determination, she pieced together her plan to make the most of her qualification and experience. Getting a seed capital to start the business proved to been an obstacle, banks were not interested in funding a woman, based on sexist assumptions around their ability to run businesses, but that did not deter her dream.

In 1996, she met her business partners Robert Wilke and Tibor Zsadanyi, the company’s CEO and COO respectively. With a start up loan of R 1.5 million and a water-tight business plan, they established the award – winning agency of the year. Within two years, the start up loan was paid. Travel With Flair mushroomed from one branch in Pretoria to branches in Johannesburg, Capetown, KwaZulu-Natal and 19 in-house branches, with a total staff  complement of over 550 employers most of whom are female.

The company also established the Gauteng Travel Academy to train travel booking consultants in the travel and tourism industry. Johanna’s excellence has led her to being a much celebrated female entrepreneur with multiple prestigious acolades and for the past decades women have also been getting recognition. Mukoki is a finalist for 2012 Businesswoman of the year award.

“The travel business is dynamic. You need to ensure you keep your first foot forward and keep ahead of technologies,” ….

“Partnering with hotels and other players in the hospitality industry is not easy; every relationship hinges on the kind of business and payment terms,”….“We make sure that we pay our partners timeously. News travels fast in this industry, people will not recommend us if we don’t deliver on this.”  says Mukoki

Mukoki strongly advocates that while the South African education system needs to be improved, young people need to grab the opportunities that are available to them…”Nothing in life comes easy… our background does not definitely determine our outcome. you certainly can be better than the background where you come from…”

Mukoki is such an inspirational person, inspiring so many young people in Africa and all over the world,

Read more about  Travel and Fair here

Read more about this amazing lady in the December/January issue of Forbes Woman Africa

Credit: Johanna Mukoki/Forbes Woman Africa

 

Emirates has reduced its Business and Economy Class fares to make it easier for its customers to explore new destinations and experiences.

The new fares will cover a wide range of cities across six continents.

These cities include London, New York, Shanghai, Dubai, as well Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Perth and Abidjan.

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All Inclusive Business Class fares from Accra start at GHȻ4,316 to GHȻ24,297 with Economy Class fares starting at GHȻ1,154 to GHȻ6,978 depending on the destination.

Country Manager for Emirates Ghana, Hendrick Du Preez said as a global connector of people and places, the airliner would love to help its customers fulfill their travel aspirations.

“Whether it is to explore a new city, try out a new experience, or just making that long promised visit to friends and family, there is no better time to make those travel plans a reality with Emirates. We look forward to welcoming more customers, whether avid fans and first-time flyers, on board our flagship A380 as we continue to add A380 services across our network.”

It is not only the destinations that are increasing or fares that are reducing, Emirates also continues to add the latest aircraft to its fleet which now stands at 232.

Its young, all wide-body aircraft fleet offers the latest onboard comforts including food prepared by gourmet chefs, and over 1800 channels of entertainment on its award-winning ice system.

Emirates also operates 55 Airbus A380s, which currently serves 33 destinations spanning from Auckland in the East to Los Angeles in the West.

This offer is only for a limited time.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, contact your travel agents or visit www.emirates.com

 Moneygram increases assets with standard bankMoneygram, a leading global money transfer company, has extended its relationship with Standard Bank, Africa’s leading financial services organization through human and capital assets.

Moneygram’s services are available at over 500 Standard Bank locations in South Africa and across 11 Southern and Eastern African countries.

The agreement was signed during an event at Standard Bank’s offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg by Pamela H. Patsley, Moneygram’s Chairman and CEO, and Sim Tshabalala, Group Chief Executive of Standard Bank Group.

“Moneygram is focused on growing our presence in Africa through strategic relationships with companies like Standard Bank,” said Patsley.

She said the renewed agreement is a key milestone in both business and will enable them increase their presence across the continent and provide consumers with fast and secure money transfers.

According to her, remittances are a very important part of economic growth and financial inclusion across Africa, and that she looks forward to supporting the region’s development.

Group Executive of Standard Bank on the other hand said “as Africa continues to position itself as an exciting market for growth, the provision of sound, safe and relevant financial services is imperative to ensure that the continent continues its rapid development”.

He said Standard Bank was very pleased to renew our strategic relationship with Moneygram and they will work together to sustain and strengthen Africa’s financial linkages.

South Africa is a key driver of economic development across Africa. According to the World Bank, $1.2 billion in remittances flowed from the country in 2013.

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Digital Training Bootcamp for AfricansBacked by Google and IAB SA, Digify is a 3-month digital bootcamp offering 18 to 25 year olds intensive training in digital campaigns, social media and content creation, as well as key Google modules including Search, AdWords, YouTube and Analytics. 

Participants would trained in those professional skills that will help them get their dream digital job. Livity Africa is working with Google and IAB SA to offer every graduate of the programme a paid entry level job or internship.

Age: 18 to 25 year olds only
Location: Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Cost: No cost, however you must cover your own travel costs to and from Livity Africa’s office.
Time requirement: 3 months, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The intention after this 3-month programme is to place all successful candidates in internship programmes or paid roles within the digital industry.

Requirements:

All selected candidates will need to be available full-time, 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) for the entire duration of the training. The intention after this 3-month programme is to place all successful candidates in internship programmes or paid roles  within the digital industry.

Click here to apply.

Deadline: August 25 2014

Marsha MaresciaMeet Johannesburg-born Marsha Marescia, she comes from a family with a culture of sport, Marsha remembers picking up her first hockey stick at the age of six. She made her debut for South African hockey team in October 2001 when she was just 18.

“My mother, Marian Marescia, used to play and I basically grew up around hockey fields. I had a deep love for the game from an early age,” she said.

Marescia says her life role model are her mother and former South African player Gillian Montague.   Prior to being a  captain of the national squad she played for her school’s team, Northlands Girls High in Durban North, before going on to provincial and national teams.

Marescia’s hockey career is very impressive! she has 179 international caps and represented South Africa at two Olympic Games, two World Cups and the Commonwealth Games.   She has a BA in social sciences and is the brand services manager for Coca-Cola speciality beverages. Marescia is married to Alexander Cox, a Dutch premier league coach.  Marescia believes that South African sportswomen have “so much to offer, and are marketable”. But she worries that not enough is done to promote “female heroes” as role models for the younger generation. Marescia has made her mark in the corporate world.

What an inspiration!

Credit: Marsha Marescia

philani-dladlaPhilani Dladla, a 24 year old ‘pavement Bookworm’,  he sits on the median of Empire Road in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, reading.  He gives book reviews to drivers, enticing them to purchase a book from him.  He has read all the books in his collection and is always seeking for more to read. He then sells some of his books as a way to raise money for himself and some of his homeless friends. He’s a great role model on the power of reading and can be an amazing ambassador for young people. Philani says “Some of those who drive past look down on me, like I do not exist, but others see me for what I am – a dispenser of knowledge and happiness.” Check out Philani’s video here.

Wonderful story of inspiration!