Press Release: Correction to Big Brother Hotshots voting process #BBHotShots

M-Net and Endemol South Africa have taken immediate steps to address an error that occurred during the Nomination Announcement on Big Brother Hotshots on Monday evening, 13 October 2014. The name of Permithias was erroneously omitted from the list of this week’s nominated housemates and was not made available as a voting option for viewers on the relevant platforms.

Housemates made their nominations on Sunday evening. Frankie received 8 nominations, Tayo and JJ received 7 each Permithias received 6, Esther received 5, Sabina received 4, and Lilian and Laveda received 3 nominations each.

M-Net and Endemol South Africa have taken the following steps to correct this error and to ensure that the voting process is fair to all nominated housemates:

1. All voting platforms, except SMS, will be closed as of 11:00 CAT on Tuesday 14 October.

2. Big Brother’s nominee read will happen on Tuesday 14 October after the broadcast of the Daily Highlights show at 20:30 CAT on all relevant channels, so that the housemates and viewers are aware of the full list of nominees.

3. All votes, including SMS votes, for the period Monday 13 October 20:30 CAT to Tuesday 14 October 20:30 CAT will be verified by auditors SizweNtsalubaGobodo on Tuesday 14 October 20:30 and will be excluded from the accumulated vote count for Sunday 19 October.

4. Charges for all SMS votes received between Monday 13 October 20:30 CAT and Tuesday 14 October 20:30 CAT will be reversed (users will be refunded).

5. Voting will reopen on all platforms directly after the housemates have been informed of the relevant nominees on Tuesday 14 October after the Daily Highlights Show, 20:30 CAT.M’am Bea

The nine housemates nominated for eviction on Sunday 19 October are therefore: Esther; Ellah (both Uganda); Frankie (Rwanda); JJ (Zimbabwe); Laveda (Tanzania); Lilian; Tayo (both Nigeria); Sabina (Kenya) and Permithias (Namibia). Eight of the housemates are up for eviction based on nominations received from their fellow housemates, while Ellah is up for eviction after Head of House Samantha used her powers to add her to the list. Ellah will not be informed of her nomination until Sunday evening when Samantha reveals her decision during the Live Eviction Show.

M-Net and Endemol South Africa apologise to viewers for the error and can confirm that the correction will have no bearing on the results of the eviction vote on Sunday 19 October, due to the independent auditing process verified by SizweNtsalubaGobodo.

There are four ways to vote for your favourite housemate each week:

  1. Via SMS
  2. Via WeChat
  3. Via www.bigbrotherafrica.com
  4. Via the mobisite on your mobile phone

SMS Voting

To vote via SMS: Text the keyword ‘Vote’, followed by the name of the housemate to the short code number for your country. For example SMS “Vote Uti” to 22626. SMS’s are charged as applicable per specific network tariff. VAS rates apply. Free minutes do not apply. Please note that you can vote 100 times by SMS per mobile number during each voting period.

The SMS numbers for each country are:

Botswana

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Mascom             P 2.50                    16626

Orange               P 2.50                    16626

BE MOBILE        P 2.50                    16626

Ghana

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

MTN                    GHS 0.60              1474

Vodafone            GHS 0.60              1474

GLO                    GHS 0.60              1474

Tigo                     GHS 0.60              1474

Airtel                    GHS 0.60              1474

Kenya

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Safaricom            KES 20                   22626

Orange                KES 20                   22626

Airtel                    KES 20                   22626

Malawi

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

TNM                      MK 60.00             15626

Airtel                     MK 60.00             15626

Mozambique

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

mcel                    20MT                     99026

Vodacom            20MT                     99026

Namibia

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

MTC                    N$ 2.50                 15626

TN Mobile           N$ 2.50                 15626

Nigeria

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

MTN                   N75                        34350

Airtel                  N 75                       34350

Globacom          N 75                       34350

Etisalat               N 75                       34350

Rest Of Africa

Tariff                     Short Code

Int’nl Rates         +2783142100414

Rwanda

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Tigo                     RWF 50                 1616

MTN                    RWF 50                 1616

Airtel                    RWF 50                 1616

South Africa

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Vodacom            R 1.50                    34624

MTN                   R 1.50                    34624

CellC                  R 1.50                    34624

8TA                    R 1.50                    34624

Virgin                 R 1.50                    34624

Tanzania, United Republic of

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Vodacom             TSH 600                15426

Tigo                     TSH 600                15426

Zantel                  TSH 600                15426

Airtel                    TSH 600                15426

Uganda

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

UTL                     500 UGX               8884

Warid                  500 UGX               8884

MTN                    500 UGX               8884

Airtel                   500 UGX               8884

Orange                500 UGX               8884

Zambia

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

MTN                     Kwacha 2.50       3003

Zamtel                  Kwacha 2.50       3003

Airtel                     Kwacha 2.50       3003

Zimbabwe

Operator             Tariff                     Short Code

Econet                 US $0.50               15626

Netone                 US $0.50               15626

Telecel                 US $0.50               15626

WeChat Voting

Voting on WeChat is free. To vote via WeChat on your mobile phone, go to your app store and download the WeChat app. Create your profile, then search for BigBrotherAfrica and add the account. You can then start voting on WeChat, up to 100 times per mobile phone number during a valid voting period.

Website and mobile site voting

Voting on the website and on the mobile site is free and you are allowed to vote 100 times per cellphone number on the website and again 100 times per cellphone number on the mobile site during a valid voting period.

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