Monday, July 22, 2013

Mediatech Africa 2013

From Mediatech 2013

The SABC personnel had the pleasure of attending Mediatech Africa 2013.

"A hub of interaction and home to the latest in ground-breaking technology, the expo showcases new innovations, technologies and products that attract kingpins in the media and entertainment industry. 2011’s show saw 6395 tech savvy key decision makers walk through the doors of the Coca Cola Dome to experience the latest trends in advanced technology, broadcasting, pro AV and entertainment. Over 800 brands were represented by 120 exhibitors, giving visitors a dynamic and unique spread of technical products and services."

The SABC, as one of the biggest broadcasters in Africa, had a huge presence at the Show.

The Big Outside Broadcast Van draw huge interest this year.

From Mediatech 2013
Inside the SABC's OB Van.

From Mediatech 2013

The SABC Digital Terrestial Television exhibit at Mediatech also drew a large interest.

From Mediatech 2013

The archivists got exited about an exhibition of old formats of sound and radio recording and playback equipment.

From Mediatech 2013

More photos were uploaded on the SABC Media Libraries Picasa Album: Mediatech 2013

Blog post and photos by Karen du Toit (Archivist, SABC Radio Archives)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mandela Day at the SABC - a few suggestions to make every day a Mandela Day

The SABC is endorsing and running a few initiatives for Mandela Day.

This year the focus has been exceptionally high with Nelson Mandela celebrating 95 years, and being in hospital now for the past five weeks with a lung infection.

SABC's radio stations and television stations have their own initiatives doing their 67 minutes for Madiba this year.

5FM with Gareth Cliff celebrated Mandela Day in "Holding Hands" with Madiba for 67 seconds with a performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

 Children from Nkosi's Haven were there to support the initiative.

SABC personnel were treated to music, speeches by SABC's Kaizer Kganyago and Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Sello Hatang made it clear that it was not only about Mandela Day today, but about making each day a Mandela Day, building on the example of Nelson Mandela.

The SABC website lists some of the initiatives being endorsed:

- The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory - a donation can be made here;

- The Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital - a R20 sms donation can be made to 40301, with the message "SABC"

- The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund - a donation can be made here, or have a look at the wishlist;

- 46664 - list of partners to see where you can become involved;

- Mandela Day - with 67 ideas of how to give 67 minutes of your time;

- Apartheid Museum - "For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental."

- Messages for Madiba - Submit messages via text or via a phone-in service. The SABC radio stations and televisions will be making use of the messages, and we will be hearing it on the air. The messages will be compiled and kept by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
The messages that will be used in radio broadcasting will be archived in the SABC Radio Archives.

Happy birthday, Nelson Mandela!

Related posts:

Nelson Mandela Day in the SABC Media Libraries - Pinterest Board

Nelson Mandela's voice - priceless treasures from the SABC Radio Archives

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.

Nelson Mandela Day in the SABC Media Libraries - Pinterest Board

A Pinterest Board compiled from SABC Media Libraries' blog posts about Nelson Mandela, and also of SABC Media Libraries taking part in Mandela Day previous years.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela's voice - priceless treasures from the SABC Radio Archives

Nelson Mandela's rich legacy in sound is being preserved in the SABC Radio Archives.

We are reminded of him each day, with posters and framed photos, and his voice from our sound archives.

In 1999 the SABC Radio Archives launched a CD with some of his famous speeches.
The CD is titled: "The voice of Nelson Mandela Extract from famous speeches - original recordings"

One of the speeches was recently used in an Afrikaans drama for Radio Sonder Grense, titled Die Offer (in Radioteater). The speech was from his recital of Ingrid Jonker's poem in 1994, "The Child".

The SABC Radio Archives personnel met him at the launch in 1999. It was a huge honour to shake his hand.

Archivist Elizabeth Mate wore her Mandela t-shirt today, during a time that all is thinking and sending wishes to him for a recovery from a sick bed.

We wish him well this month turning 95!