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1Magic quietly withdraws as media partner for controversial women's conference

2018-08-16 13:50
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Cape Town - The dominoes continue to fall for 21st Century Group's now-dubious International Women in Media Conference 2018 with sources saying that M-Net's 1Magic is out as "official media partner."

The conference derailed after Hollywood actresses Taraji P Henson and Halle Berry, who were announced as keynote speakers, denied they're involved and slammed the organisers over "fake advertising."

21st Century Group has now backtracked and deleted all its tweets and statements, going back to 8 August when the scandal first started.

Bonang Matheba also hastily withdrew as host of the event while Webtickets halted sales. 

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Impeccable sources told Channel24 that M-Net's 1Magic (DStv 103) channel, who was announced as the "official media partner," has now also quietly withdrawn.

M-Net's general entertainment division of which 1Magic forms part, will now focus its efforts on the unit's DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards 2018 set for 24 November at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Meanwhile 21st Century Group's website for the conference at iwim.co.za has deleted all information without any explanation, now simply stating: "website being updated. Please be patient."

Despite reassurance from Unathi Mhlope, 21st Century Group head of marketing and communications, that the event is still scheduled to take place, the convention centre's public events calendar for these dates continue to list nothing related to the event.

It's not yet clear whether other local personalities likes Amanda du Pont, Connie Ferguson, Carte Blanche's Claire Mawisa, Salamina Mosese and Thabile Ngwato are still involved with the announced conference.

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