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M-Net’s Magic In Motion Opens For The Class Of 2018!

Entries for M-Net Magic In Motion are now open



Magic In Motion 2018

Opportunities don’t come knocking at your doorstep for the fun of it. When they come, you had better answer. As Elizabeth Gilbert says on Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, you don’t want word going around the Universe that you are difficult to work with.

With that in mind: Those of you who seriously want to pursue a successful career in the worlds of film and television production now have another chance of training with the best in the biz! It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t come around often, so you might wanna pay attention and jump on this one.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

If you have goals to produce movie for broadcast on one of M-Net’s channels, learn with the most distinguished players in the industry, and also happen to be completing a year Degree or Diploma in film and Television studies in 2017 (or achieved this Qualification in 2016), you may just get the opportunity to make magic.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

M-Net’s Corporate Social Investment initiative Magic in Motion is searching for its Academy Class of 2018 and entries are now open. Visit, before 31 January 2018 and if you meet the entry criteria, simply fill out an online application form.

You could be selected to participate in a paid, year-long work readiness programme that aims to equip 16 young graduates with the skills they need to enter the industry. Many of the previous graduates of the Academy are now working in the industry.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

Speaking on the initiative, M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle says, “When M-Net began the Magic in Motion Academy in 2015, our aim was to build a sustainable and consistent talent pipeline that empowered hard-working professionals with the skills they need to transform the video entertainment sector. Four years on, we’re delighted to be calling for entries once again.”

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

Together with generous production companies who provide the interns with training placements and aided by tertiary institutions who motivate their brightest to enter the Academy, M-Net is committed to building on the accomplishments of previous interns.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

Phahle is confident that this powerful partnership remains at the heart of the Magic in Motion Academy. “These institutions and companies are invaluable in enabling the Academy to reach its full potential.” With previous interns having created 8 films for broadcast on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161), the Academy alumni has had some industry recognition.

Mbali Zulu ( Class of 2015) received a notable SAFTA nomination for being part of the writing team on the popular soap Isibaya. Kabelo Ramputa (Class of 2015) has won the Best Intern DoP at the 2017 Visible Spectrum Awards for their 2016 MiM movie – The Forgotten.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

Led by M-Net Magic in Motion Academy Director, respected TV veteran Bobby Heaney, the Class of 2018 will learn more about scripting, producing, directing, editing, production commissioning, concept innovation, sound, post-production, etc. Further, Academy Master Classes led by the country’s top TV executives will also expose the interns to the trends and technologies shaping the global entertainment landscape.

M-Net Magic in Motion 2018

Ultimately the Academy strives to deliver highly employable individuals who understand a variety of genres, ranging from drama and comedy to live shows and reality formats. “The beauty of the Magic in Motion journey is that our interns learn that this is an industry that will reward hard work and they can effectively work their way up with an M-Net Original productions calling card,” says Heaney.


  • Must have completed (in 2016) or are completing (in 2017), a 3-year diploma/degree in a film, TV or a related field.
  • Must have obtained or obtain a minimum C-aggregate pass.
  • All applicant information will be subject to credit, criminal and verification checks.
  • M-Net’s selection decision for the Magic in Motion Academy Class of 2018 is final.
  • M-Net shall not be responsible for any electronic failure that results in an entry not being received for consideration.
  • M-Net is not liable for the costs any applicant incurs during the process of their entry (example: airtime usage or payment at Wi-Fi café).
  • Applicants must ensure that all information included in their entry is valid and true.
  • M-Net has the right to expand, limit, downscale and/or terminate the Magic in Motion Academy at its sole discretion.
  • Entry is limited to those who meet the stated entry criteria.
  • 2017 Magic in Motion Academy interns are prohibited from being selected again.
  • There is no guarantee of employment at the end of the internship.
  • Internships are only available in Gauteng, South Africa and to South African citizens.
  • M-Net reserves the right to terminate any internship at any time.

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Meet The 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Snatchers



Meet the 2018 Standard Bank Young Artist Award recipients. These are six of the brightest young creative talents working and living in South Africa today.

Now in its 36th year, the Standard Bank Young Artist (SBYA) awards are the country’s leading arts award conferred by the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank on deserving young South African artists.

This year the honours go to Chuma Sopotela (Performance Art), Guy Buttery (Music), Igshaan Adams (Visual Art), Jemma Kahn (Theatre), Musa Hlatshwayo (Dance) and Thandi Ntuli (Jazz).  These budding stars join a prestigious pantheon of award-winning artists who’ve gone on to shape South Africa’s creative economy and art history.


Chuma Sopotela is a performance artist whose practice reflects the versatility of skills she commands. She is fast gaining broad respect as an actress, dancer, puppeteer and all round performing artist. She balances her love for traditional theatre with the complexity and conceptual challenges offered by performance art in a refreshing way.

Guy Buttery is an immensely talented composer and guitarist. He plays like a man on a search to stretch the boundaries of fingerstyle guitar to their outermost limits and he is winning. Buttery has found a way to play his unique style of guitar that is deeply South African while also speaking a global musical language. There’s credibility to his being described by pundits as a South African musical treasure.

Igshaan Adams is an exciting visual artist who is finding a creative and refreshing language to discuss faith, gender and identity. His lavish tapestries and sculptures made from strings, beads, found fabric and steel delve into code complex concerns regarding Islam and cultural hybridity.


Jemma Kahn as a groundbreaking Theatre practitioner has found a fascinating way of using a Japanese form of street theatre, the Kamishibai to explore uniquely South African theme with universal reach. Her multi-instalment, autobiographical story, In Bocca al Lupo has shored her up a leading light for her generation of theatrical storytellers.


Musa Hlatshwayo is a prodigious talent with great promise as both dancer and choreographer. He has performed with various local and international dance and theatre companies. Hlatshwayo maintains a professional practice that is as focused on creative rigour as it is invested in grassroots community development work.


Thandi Ntuli is a leading young pianist and composer among a rich cadre of South Africa’s young crop of jazz musicians. Her broad musical vision has seen her shine in various musical contexts. Ntuli plays with equal excitement alongside experimental outfits where she collaborates with a vinyl spinning DJ or in the company of a classic jazz band or the philharmonic orchestra.

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South Africa’s Minister of Arts and Culture Mr. Nathi Mthethwa extended a congratulatory note to the artists: “Congratulations to all the Standard Bank Young Artists on their awards. You are a shining example of the talent and commitment of South African artists and we look forward to seeing more of your work realised in the years to come.”

The strong partnership between Standard Bank, which has sponsored the award since 1984, and the National Arts Festival has helped develop South Africa’s cultural treasury that reflects the country’s artistic past as well as serves to inspire new generations of artists, performers, and musicians.

Hazel Chimhandamba, Head of Group Sponsorships at Standard Bank notes that: “Over the years the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards have grown in stature and continue to provide a wonderful platform and opportunity for the winning artists to bring their work to a national and international arena. It has created a rich legacy while providing role models for future generations to value, respect and aspire to whilst enriching and expanding the country’s cultural landscape.”

National Arts Festival Executive Producer Ashraf Johaardien adds, “The Standard Bank Young Artist platform is about securing and investing in the future of the arts. The list of illustrious Awards alumni dating back to 1984 includes iconic creatives like William Kentridge, Mbongeni Ngema, Johnny Clegg, Sibongile Khumalo, Helen Sebidi, Mathinus Basson, Robyn Orlin, Darrell Roodt and others like them whose practice and artistic vision have helped shape the South African cultural landscape. Every year when we deliberate on the next crop of winners our purpose is to find the next generation of artists whose work holds the promise of that kind of impact. Having had the opportunity to engage with each of the 2018 winners and their current body of work, I am confident that the Artistic Advisory Committee have succeeded in doing just that.”

The award winners in the various artistic genres are selected by the National Arts Festival Committee, chaired by Brett Bailey. All decisions regarding winners are made jointly by the committee. The winners receive a cash incentive, and are given support to develop and premiere new works that will be featured on the Main Programme of the 2018 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown next ye

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Dope Digital Creative? Come And Write For Quench!



Are you a creative, young, inspired and fierce digital content writer with an interest in lifestyle and entertainment content?

Are you also passionate about South African pop culture? Are you on top of digital and entertainment trends, from writing really cool stuff to Photography, Editing or being the annoying Journalist behind the scenes at events?

Fam, YOU might be what we are looking for here at QuenchSA!

We do all kinds of really cool things, but also get down to some work as we intend to become South Africa’s leading – black owned – source of original entertainment multimedia content.

Here’s some a brief look, in quite serious wording, of some of the things you’ll be doing:

  • Creating, publishing and sharing original content on the website and across all relevant social media platforms.
  • Daily updating of the website’s social media accounts in alignment with our brand standards and key objectives, i.e. driving traffic to the website.
  • Creating and maintaining positive brand awareness and ensuring that consistent core messaging is effectively maintained.
  • Managing relationships with relevant media, PR, journalists and other partners.
  • Adapting content for various digital and social channels.
  • Managing a regular content publishing calendar and schedule.
  • Assisting with content research and overseeing the implementation of innovative content ideas.
  • Attending press conferences, industry events, launches etc. on behalf of the blog.
  • Assisting with the development of effective social media strategies and campaigns.

Sounds like you? Let’s talk.  Send through your CV + sample of written work/portfolio to

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