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Cape Town TV Newsletter February 2019

Presenters inject new life into CTV shows

You'll find some new faces on CTV this year with a fresh crop of presenters, some hosting existing shows and some who will bring new programmes to the channel. Here's an introduction to some of this new talent.


CTV's long-running youth show Ekse recently held auditions for presenters - here are the finalists.

Amy Paulette Meyer

Paulette MeyerBorn and raised in Kuils River, Amy grew up in a family where music, dance and drama were a way of life. Her love of film really began after high school and she studied at the Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking.

"Every film teaches one about life and true story tellers are born by the camera," she says. "I have always had this funny idea of wanting to be a presenter but I thought maybe this only happens in dreams or on television." She describes herself as being "fun, spontaneous and full of life".

Amy's ambition is to be an excellent role model to society and her community, and to be "true to the heart with others around me".

Siyasanga Mbikwana

Siyasanga MbikwanaSiyasanga describes himself as, "a quirky, fun and bubbly extrovert who loves people and entertaining. I love making people think, laugh and I love being invited into people's space to if ever have an effect on them in an authentic way."

He is enthusiastic about his new role as a presenter on Ekse and believes that he will bring some comic relief to the show. "I often don't take myself too seriously in order for my quirky personality to show, and with the quirkiness comes a bit of laughing," he smiles.

With Siyasanga on the team, Ekse promises to become, as he puts it, "bigger, better and more fun from here".

Qaqamba Filtane
With the experience of being a host on UCT radio behind her, Qaqamba is keen to broaden her experience in television. "I enjoy entertaining people as much as I love contributing to a controversial debate around topics that are uncomfortable," she says. 
Qaqamba FiltaneAs an Ekse presenter Qaqamba hopes to bring more energy and a different opinion to topics discussed on the show. "Ekse will give me a platform to not only open up difficult conversations on the show but outside of it as well. This would create more of an interest from younger adults as much as the teenage audience."
Qaqamba found her first day on set to be somewhat overwhelming - "I think the best way I could describe the whole experience was an adrenaline rush", she laughs. "There are so many factors we take for granted - and here I'm referring to the team that works behind the scenes. 
"Everything happens at such a rapid pace during a live show and there are so many small things that need to happen in order for the big picture that everyone else gets to see when they're watching. The beautiful thing I took out of it is the fact that everyone sweats and goes through the process of panic for a few hours to make sure that both the show and the presenters look good."

Open Studio

Another CTV production that is going places with new presenters is the public access programme Open Studio. The show is not only a space for members of the community to speak about their initiatives, but it's also a place for emerging producers to try out their ideas for stand-alone shows.

Jabaar Cassiem MohamedOne new idea in the works is for a show on people with disabilities, which is being crafted by Jabaar Cassiem Mohamed from DeafSA. Jabaar has been an advocate for the Deaf community from the time he was 14. A former WFD (World Federation of Deaf) Youth Camp Director, Jabaar is currently working as Provincial Director of DeafSA Western Cape. He has been with the organisation for over 10 years.
His achievements include being the first deaf person to graduate from Cape College, where he obtained a qualification in Financial Management in 2002. He also holds a BCom Public Management degree from the University of the Western Cape. 
Jabaar is involved in many Deaf Awareness programmes and now he is enrolled in CTV's Production Mentorship Programme where he is learning the skills of being a TV producer and presenter. He plans to run his own show called The Disability Show which will debut in the Open Studio slot.
"Growing up as a Deaf person since birth, I’ve seen that there is no programme or talk show that shows society that we also have successful people with disabilities who need to be acknowledged," he says.
"I always say people should be “doing WITH disabilities NOT doing FOR disabilities” because doing things FOR disabled people suggests that they are unable to run things themselves. That’s why I've come up this creative idea for a disability show and I've wanted this to happen in SA since childhood because our community does not have such a programme on TV at present."

Zimkita Ntywankile 

Zimkita NtywankileWhile Zimkita is no stranger to CTV and has appeared many times on the Open Studio show that she produced, she now has a new Xhosa language show on the channel called Sakha Amalina.

As Zimkita explains, Sakha Amalina is about "empowering women and educating them about things happening in our societies, how can we develop our communities and change our lives as women in our country". 

For example the show addresses topics around important public holidays - like in February when Valentine's Day happened guests on the show discussed issues around divorce and marriages, and the factors that cause young couples to break up. 

Says Zimkita, "We've talked about financial abuse – in some relationships women are not allowed to go to work. They want their partners to love them but their partners control them. Another topic is how do you keep the spark alive in the relationship? We talk about human rights and how they impact development in our country – women have a right to have a house and also a right to education." 

There is too much domestic violence taking place but women have a right to be safe. "Women tend to hide abuse and keep quiet," says Zimkita. "Women are afraid of losing their loved ones but they end up dying. If women can come out and speak about such things then levels of domestic violence can be reduced." 

The programme airs every Saturday at 5pm and repeats on Mondays at 9.30am and Fridays at 8.30am.
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