Wednesday 28 October 2015
Media24 launches its first TV channel!

‎‎Save this date: Monday 9 November. Because that’s when Media24 launches its first TV channel, VIA, on DStv channel 147.

Media24 is excited to announce the launch of VIA, our new Afrikaans lifestyle and entertainment channel. VIA launches with 22 new programmes that focus on food, diets, relationships, weddings and style. VIA’s target market is Afrikaans women and their families and every weekday there’ll be five to six lifestyle and reality shows offering three hours of fresh entertainment. Shows premiere between 16:00 and 19:00 every weekday, with repeats during the rest of the day and over weekends.


More about VIA’s shows
From food and diets to relationships and style – if it touches your life, you will see it on VIA. Everyday realities such as cooking, dating, weddings and beauty are approached from fresh angles. On Zavion the well-known events coordinator juggles weddings and decathlons filling up his diary. New episodes air every Tuesday at 18:00. On Kom ons braai three couples get together around a braai fire to see who can can come up with the best braai feast. Lekker things go down at this braai – and we’re not just talking about chops and boerewors. New episodes air every Friday at 18:00.

Several Media24 staffers will also star on VIA. On Inspirasiekos SARIE’s talented food editor Herman Lensing goes in search of South Africa’s best ingredients, meets the colourful characters who produce them and rustles up a feast on the spot. Fresh episodes are served up on Mondays at 17:30. On ’n Halfuur met Hanlie, Rapport’s doyenne of interviewers, Hanlie Retief, meets the people who interest, amaze and inspire her. New episodes will be aired every Thursday at 18:30. And on Jy Het ’n Wenresep! Huisgenoot’s iconic food editor, Carmen Niehaus, must decide which of three hopeful cooks’ dishes must be given the coveted Wenresep status. New episodes air every Wednesday at 16:00. On Die eet oorlog, three brave women each try a diet for 30 days with the aim to slip into their swimsuits again. One of them is KUIER’s Ernusta van Wyngaard. Keep an eye on her – she’s set to become a star. New episodes of this show air every weekday at 16:30.

You can follow VIA on Facebook (VIA TV) and Twitter (@viatv). Also visit the website ( to register for VIA’s newsletter.

Media24 food editors at the top of their game

DRUM food editor Hope Malau and Woolworths Taste food editor Abigail Donnelly were recently named South Africa’s top food writers at the 2015 Galliova Food and Health Writers’ Awards.

Hope and Abigail scooped the Galliova Food Writer of the Year Award in the newspapers/weeklies and magazines categories respectively at the Galliova Awards ceremony held at the Cavalli Estate near Somerset West.

The Galliova Awards are South Africa’s biggest and most prestigious food and health journalism awards. They honour the country’s food writers for their excellence in food writing and styling and the overall promotion of SA’s food culture. Local health writers are also honoured for their writing excellence and balanced reporting on health and nutrition issues.

“The MC did not announce my name – he referred to ‘the young man’,” Hope says recalling his big moment. “I looked around me – I was the only man, so that meant I was the winner! Winning this big prize has given me new energy for the year ahead. I want to bring our readers even better recipes to keep their loved ones fed and healthy. Thank you, DRUM, for giving me the opportunity to grow as a food writer.”

For more info about the awards click here. Like the Food Eggcellence page on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @FoodEGGcellence #Galliovaawards2015.

The 2015 Galliova winners are (from left) Abigail Donnelly, Diane Heierli, Anna-Carolina Alberts, Hope Malau, Christa Swanepoel and Salomé Delport.

Top achievers at Media24 Books recognised

Front (from left) are Ishak (Gakkie) Isaacs, Lana Billington, Alida Potgieter, Farieda Classen, Madelyn Paulsen and Liezel Lotriet. Back (from left) are Maryanne Hancock, Micheal Goodman, Chizimati Mwale, Eben Pienaar, Annie Olivier, Ishana Singh, André Pelston and Chandré Blignaut.

The Media24 Books Excellence Awards were recently held in Cape Town. Media24 Books MD Eloise Wessels thanked the winners in the various business units for their hard work.

The winners are:

Clubs Group GEM “Going the extra mile” Award
André Pelston

Clubs Group Service Excellence Award
Madelyn Paulsen

Clubs Group Outstanding Leadership Award
Liezel Lotriet

Jonathan Ball Publishers Management Award
Maryanne Hancock

Jonathan Ball Publishers Achievement Award
Farieda Classen

Jonathan Ball Publishers Team Award
Chizimati Mwale

NB Publishers Publishing Excellence Award
Annie Olivier

NB Publishers Marketing Excellence Award
Eben Pienaar

NB Publishers Achiever’s Award
Lana Billington

Via Afrika: Linchpin Award
Ishak (Gakkie) Isaacs

Van Schaik Publishers Financial Excellence Award
Chandré Blignaut

Van Schaik Publishers Service Excellence Award
Ishana Singh

Media24 Books Management Excellence Award
Micheal Goodman

Media24 Books Lifetime Achievement Award
Alida Potgieter

Win a ticket to #1000 Women Trust launch

Media24 is a proud sponsor of the #1000 Women 1 Voice initiative that aims to educate, support and empower abused women. The aim of the initiative is to be the voice of those who’re too afraid to come forward and tell their story. The launch of the 1000 Women Trust takes place on 30 October in Alberton and 26 November in Durban (click here for details). Media24 is giving away 20 tickets to attend the launch. Email a picture of yourself holding a poster with the words #1000 Women to before 13:00 on Thursday 29 October. Please state if you would like to attend the Alberton or Durban launch. For more info about the 1000 Women initiative click here. To see how Media24 supports the campaign click here.

These stories will give you sleepless nights!

Skrik op die Lyf (Tafelberg) is a collection of horror stories about ghosts, hauntings, conjuring, poltergeists, wandering spirits, fortune-tellers, stigmata, miracles, seers, séances, sangomas, tokoloshes, djinns, ghostly lights and other spooky phenomena. Storytellers of note such as Kerneels Breytenbach, Henning Pieterse, Jaco Jacobs, Marion Holm and Marié Heese will scare you out of your wits. This collection also sees several talented scaremongers making their début.

The collection was recently launched at Exclusive Books in Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein. Jaco Jacobs, Johann Nell, Karen van Vuuren and Jan Beyers read their stories. Kerneels Breytenbach will be in conversation with Riana Barnard at Protea Bookstore in Stellenbosch on 31 October. Malene Breytenbach and Andy Galloway will also read their stories.

From left are authors Jan Beyers, Karen van Vuuren, Johann Nell, Jaco Jacobs and Alma Struwig, the manager of Exclusive Books at Mimosa Mall, Bloemfontein.

New from Irma Venter

In Skarlaken (Human & Rousseau), Irma Venter’s latest novel, retired policeman Jaap Reyneke asks Sarah Fourie, a computer fundi with a criminal record, to solve the mystery surrounding the death of his godchild. On the face of it Janien Steyn was a popular, successful artist with a head for business. She was also about to marry her old university flame. Was it suicide or murder? Why was the murder scene so carefully and nearly artistically arranged? And why was her computer memory wiped before her death?

The book was recently launched at Exclusive Books Brooklyn in Pretoria. Irma was in conversation with Marida Fitzpatrick.

Irma Venter (left) and Marida Fitzpatrick.

#BokFriday: Week 6’s winners

What a nailbiting weekend of rugby we had last week! We’re SO proud of the Springboks for putting up a brave fight against the All Blacks in the semifinals. On Friday 30 October at 22:00 (SA time) the Springboks take on Argentina in the Bronze Final so let’s show our support by giving them our final #BokFriday best.

Congrats to last week’s winners. The Weslander news team in Vredenburg are back (from left) Christo Momsen, Aletta Ellis, Dawie Boonzaaier, Lorika Malan and Trish Goosen. Front (from left) are Madelie Tolken, Linda Luyt and Heléne Meissenheimer.

Send your #BokFriday pics of you and your colleagues to before Friday at 17:00 to stand a chance of winning the last prize hampers. You can also tweet us using @media24 #BokFriday.

WeCan24 learners’ journalistic skills on show

Left: From left are WeCan24 journalists Orlean de Jager, Sinelethu Lenko, Shamim Gallie, Deeyva Narotam, Jacomi Breytenbach, Likho Thafeni and Miche Wium.

Right: Deevya Narotam (middle) and Shamim Gallie (right) interview singer Fancy Galada. Photos: Aniqah Desai.

Seven recently trained WeCan24 learners from Worcester attended the Artscape Theatre Centre’s annual Rural Outreach Programmes in the Breede Valley region. The production was run by the Artscape’s department of audience development and education to promote social transformation. The WeCan24 journalists had the opportunity to watch a few performances and interview guests and various artists such as hip-hop dance group Dance For All and SA singer Fancy Galada. The event was attended by more than 2 600 people, providing an ideal opportunity to showcase the WeCan24 learners’ journalistic skills.

To read the WeCan24 learners’ articles click here.

New from Jonathan Ball Publishers

Blackout: The Eskom Crisis by James-Brent Styan

In 1998 the South African government was warned the country was running out of electricity. Despite the warnings, the decision was taken not to invest in new power stations. Had the warnings been heeded, South Africa could have had a new power station up and running by 2006 and load shedding may never have happened. Instead, as predicted, South Africa ran out of electricity in 2007.

Eight years later the crisis has deepened and despite assurances to the contrary by government leadership, it has the potential to become the biggest post‐apartheid crisis in South Africa. By 2015 load shedding cost the South African economy an estimated R2 billion per day.

Is the situation getting better or worse? Are the interventions working or is a blackout inevitable? What can be done and what do future scenarios look like?

Blackout provides an insight into what’s happening to one of the greatest power utilities in the world. It deals with everything from load shedding to blackouts and unpacks the issues raging around candlelight dinners in households across South Africa today.

To request a review copy of Blackout or an interview with James-Brent Styan in Cape Town or Johannesburg from 3-5 November email Andrea Marchesi at or call 021 469 8900 or 083 408 2514.