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Episode 162: Ravi Naidoo takes us through 21 years of Design Indaba - Part 1

Date: 11 Feb 2016
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Landmark #RacismStopsWithMe campaign launched in South Africa

Independent Media has announced the roll-out of a landmark anti-racism campaign that is one of the company's biggest and most ambitious projects it has ever undertaken...

Issued by Independent Media 1 day ago

#Trending: Can you do the SONA?

From a new song and dance from the EFF, to marketing memes and new social media records, #SONA2016 was a riot - thankfully only figuratively speaking, this year...

By Louise Marsland 10 hours ago

WPP Africa Academy: When the sum is greater than the whole

The creative economy is important as service industries lead the economy, and also support the wider economy in terms of progress and growth...

By Danette Breitenbach 12 hours ago

[NewsMaker] Linda Sangaret - CMO of Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa's new chief marketing officer, Linda Sangaret, has a host of international experience with South African Tourism, in business and as a diplomat, that she hopes to put to good use in building the brand reputation...

By Louise Marsland

PRISM Awards 2016: Creating magic

It's the last working day before the PRISM Awards deadline and you are in the midst of our entry and thinking, why are we doing this? It's just an award right... it doesn't mean anything... Right..?

By Danette Breitenbach

[Biz Online Insights] Importance of design

This week, our 'Biz Online Insights' section explores the South African online population's views on the importance of design...

[Design Indaba 2016] Conference highs to come

'Accidental entrepreneur' Ravi Naidoo lets us in on why Design Indaba has turned the usual design philosophy of 'less is more' on its head: 'More is more' means this year's conference attendees will get more inspiration, more immersive experiences and more examples to reboot your creativity...

By Leigh Andrews

What are South African singles up to this Valentine's Day?

Columinate decided to quickly survey just over 600 single South Africans to find out what they are up to this Valentine's Day and there were some interesting differences between the sexes...

Issued by Columinate

Five big ideas that build brand love from two innovators

Two innovators - Brand inc Creative Group MD, Chris Heaton, and Tag 8 Media Consultancy MD, Andrew Franks - expand on trends that 2015 brought to life, and that 2016 will improve on...

Issued by Brand inc

[BizTrends 2016] The new agency talent directive

An integration of skills and business-focussed execution is what Alistair Mokoena, Managing Director of Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg, expects in 2016.

By Alistair Mokoena

Viral email helps Charlotte Rhys net a 44.34% open rate and 17.10% response

Digital Fire continues to provide incredible results for brands through its email marketing campaigns. Charlotte Rhys is no exception, achieving an incredible 44.34% open rate. This is how...

By Tendai Matsika, Issued by Digital Fire

Grey Africa launches Volvo LifePaint in South Africa

LifePaint is a unique reflective safety spray. Invisible by daylight, it shines brightly in the glare of car headlights. Making the invisible, visible...

Issued by Grey

CMO releases report that 'clicks' take back seat to acquisition, retention

The Chief Marketing Council (CMO) in the US has released a report that examines how marketers are looking to measure customer experience based on business outcomes, not campaign metrics...

Playmakers win Sport Agency of the Year for the fourth year in a row

Playmakers, celebrating 15 years in the industry, have been named the Sport Agency of the Year at the prestigious Discovery Sport Industry Awards, which took place in Sandton on Thursday, 11 February...

Issued by Playmakers

Cannes Lions awards Lion of St. Mark to Marcello Serpa

Marcello Serpa will be presented with the Lion of St. Mark during the Cannes Lions awards ceremony on Saturday 25 June 2016...

Leveraging social media to increase conversion

Businesses engaging in social media are already helping themselves in possibly the best manner they could. A virile online appearance is critical to being a success in online selling...

By Jerry Nelson

Do you know your audience?

A crystal-clear picture of your target audience is the holy grail of all marketers but as media fragments and trading conditions get tighter it is the publishers and content marketers who need this clarity the most.

Issued by WhyFive Insights

Nurture not nature: develop your talent from within

At Meltwater, over 70% of our senior management started in the line organisation on our International Management Trainee Programme. So what's stopping other businesses from promoting within? This is what I'm urging other leaders to do...

By Zubair Timol, Issued by Meltwater

Saatchi & Saatchi Synergize wins the social media business for Bushmills South Africa

Saatchi & Saatchi Synergize recently won work for Ireland's oldest whiskey, Bushmills, extending their portfolio of alcohol brands within the Edward Snell group...

Issued by Saatchi & Saatchi Synergize

espYoungLegends announce Cape Town songbird Lana Crowster to perform at CTIJF 2016

The espYoungLegends competition attracted a significant number of high-quality entries in its debut year. After much deliberation, the panel of judges selected Lana Crowster as the inaugural winner...

Issued by espAfrika

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Start managing your mind for success

South Africa, ranked the second most stressed nation after Nigeria according to a study conducted by international research company Bloomberg, is facing increasing incidence of mental problems as a beleaguered economy, political upheaval and crime statistics exact a heavy toll on the national psyche...

Issued by Mindworksa 8 Feb 2016

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Africa news

Africa on the cusp of M2M explosion

Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology could affect energy, agriculture, asset tracking and retail payments sectors across Africa, where it will not only improve efficiencies but also reduce costs...

6 hours ago

User group programmes for business financial professionals open up in Nigeria, Kenya

Having run the annual user group programme in South Africa in November 2015, CaseWare Africa will bring the programme to Nigeria and Kenya in 2016...

6 hours ago

Namibia joins Africa's mobile phone banking boom

Namibia is among the few African countries with money account penetration greater than 10%, a study done by rating agency Moody's Investors Service said. Namibia's penetration is 48% while that of South Africa is 58%...

8 hours ago

MTN Nigeria selects Gemalto for rollout of GSMA Mobile Connect authentication service

Gemalto has been selected to provide its LinqUs Mobile ID platform to MTN Nigeria. This new project, operated for MTN in SaaS mode by Gemalto Allynis Services...

9 hours ago

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Online experience holds the key to how consumers buy cars

Online connectivity is changing forever the way consumers are buying vehicles, says Glen Mollink, CEO at Innovation Group SA...

By David Furlonger 12 hours ago

Factors determining car insurance premiums

Insurance premiums aren't the same for everyone and there are good reasons for that. Broadly speaking, your insurer will calculate your risk of getting into an incident or the risk...

By Rory Judd 11 hours ago

SA motor industry relying on exports

Vehicle manufacturers are relying on exports to keep production lines busy and counter a dismal local market that analysts say could continue to shrink for another two years...

By David Furlonger 4 hours ago


Ice cream sandwiches for my Valentine

Ice cream sandwiches are my Cupid's arrow this Valentine! And ice cream sandwiches don't only have to be for your kids you know. The flavour possibilities are endless and you can try anything from chocolate and banoffee to lemon creams with Mojito ice cream for the grown-ups.

By Nina Timm 6 hours ago

The best of BRICS at RapidLion 2016

The inaugural RapidLion South African International Film Festival will be held from 12 to 19 March at the Market Theatre, Joburg. Film lovers can experience the best films from Africa, the African Diaspora and the BRICS nations at the festival.

10 hours ago

Interview with Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts

Daniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with superstars of the local film and TV industry, Ivan Botha and Donnalee Roberts, who charmed film-goers with Pad Na Jou Hart, sizzle in their latest charmer Vir Altyd (Forever)...

By Daniel Dercksen 8 hours ago

Logistics & Transport

BPL plays host to one of a kind Rolls-Royce

The one of kind, inspired by fashion Rolls-Royce Wraith arrived at Bidvest Panalpina Logistics' warehouse earlier this month...

8 hours ago

Atterbury ready with Gosforth Park development

Atterbury will develop a R850 million industrial and business park on the prime site it has acquired in Gosforth Park, Germiston, in Ekurhuleni.

9 hours ago

Nersa urged to check validity of Transnet hike bid

Nersa must ensure that Transnet's application for a tariff increase on its petroleum pipelines is indeed required for pipeline infrastructure and is not meant to...

4 hours ago


IT in 2016: digital transformation and IoT

With 2016 in full swing, it's never been more important for the IT industry to evolve in order to remain relevant. From an increasing shift to the cloud and third platform technologies, to the development...

By Sebastian Isaac 5 hours ago

Advanced analytics: the key to the customer

E-commerce continues to grow exponentially and companies in the business to consumer (B2C) environment need to develop seamless customer experience...

By Cari Van Wyk 11 hours ago

IoT implementation requires proper design, deployment and direction

The 3rd Platform and digital transformation (DX) are having profound effects on technology, the enterprise, and business. Every aspect of these areas is affected, and the pace of that change...

By Adib Ghubril 11 hours ago


#DesignMonth: Finding the perfect venue

Two sisters, Moira and Nicky, came together to solve a problem most people and companies struggle with at some point or another - finding the right space for your event...

By Cari Van Wyk 9 hours ago

SANDF to showcase PE as the people centric port

Nelson Mandela Bay residents will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the South African National Defence Force's most prestigious naval ships

6 hours ago

Autumn, the season for Kruger

People associate safaris with South Africa's fierce summer sun. What is not commonly known is that the best time to head out into the bush is during the autumn months...

8 hours ago

British Airways pops up with this year's lover's list

British Airways has revealed its top six getaways this Valentine's Day in an unusual way, unveiling an interactive work of pop-up street art.

6 hours ago


Applications for web design bursaries now open

The Concept Interactive Institute, offering web design and development in Cape Town has five bursaries, worth R230,000, open for first-year studies students interested in the Interactive Graphics diploma...

7 hours ago

School governance guide out today

The Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) and the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) have drafted a school governance guide for school governing bodies (SGBs), available at Juta from today, 12 February 2016...

8 hours ago


Renishaw to proceed with Mpambanyoni Conservation Development

Renishaw Property Developments, a subsidiary of Crookes Brothers Limited, has received consent to develop the Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast...

11 hours ago


Carbon tax: priority air pollutants declared

The Department of Environmental Affairs published two draft notices, most recently in January 2016, in which priority air pollutants have been declared, in terms of the Draft Carbon Tax Bill, 2015...

By Helen Dagut 6 hours ago


SingularityU Global Impact Competition launches in South Africa

The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has partnered with Singularity University (SU) to launch the Global Impact Competition (GIC) in South Africa, which will join such competitions in many countries around the world. Applications close on 15 March 2016...

9 hours ago


GIBB completes community centre in Kou-Kamma

GIBB engineering consulting firm recently completed a multi-purpose community centre (MPCC) in the Kou-Kamma area of the Eastern Cape...

10 hours ago


Energy efficient farming a crucial necessity

Farming in South Africa, as in many parts of the world, is faced with severe drought conditions and steadily increasing costs on all fronts

9 hours ago

Agriculture and eagles can coexist in SA

To biologists' surprise, an eagle population living in a South African landscape dominated by agriculture appears to be thriving

7 hours ago

New land claims process to be challenged in court

Civil society organisations will head to the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein on Tuesday 16th February 2016, to challenge the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act of 2014...

8 hours ago


Private equity continues to outperform listed equity

The latest RisCura-SAVCA South African Private Equity Performance Report, which tracks industry data up to September 2015, reveals that, despite long-term returns retreating from the positive...

9 hours ago

More regulation in cross-border transactions expected

Governments across the globe have taken steps to ensure that consumption taxes on cross-border transactions, including electronic services to private consumers...

10 hours ago

Kick-start your savings plan

With the pinch of the economic downturn, many South Africans have no choice but to abandon hopes of long-term savings and turn to debt in a bid to survive from month to month...

11 hours ago

CSI & Sustainability

Businesses can gain from volunteer programmes

Research indicates that companies with high levels of employee engagement enjoy a significant increase in productivity and general well-being, which leads to increased profitability and stability for their company...

13 hours ago

Deepening inequality is the high price students will pay for free education

University students have scored some massive victories since "fees must fall" entered South Africa's lexicon...

By Lyn Snodgrass 12 hours ago

Preventing shack fires with paint

The Khusela Ikhaya Project, launched by social entrepreneurs Justin Zietsman and Ashley Stemmett of Transception, aims to prevent rapid spreading shack fires through the use of a specifically formulated intumescent (fire retardant) paint applied to informal dwellings...

10 hours ago

Energy & Mining

New platinum-based SEZ in North West in the pipeline

With 70% of platinum being produced in South Africa, government is working towards opening a new industry-based Special Economic Zone in the North West, to look into beneficiation...

11 hours ago

R15m fuel cell feasibility study launched

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has launched a R15m feasibility study that will identify particular components that can be manufactured for fuel cell units...

11 hours ago

#MiningIndaba: The future of mining in Africa

One of the key threads that emerged from Mining Indaba 2016 is the need for mining companies to engage all stakeholders - especially local communities - as partners in their endeavours...

By Nicci Botha 8 hours ago


Manufacturing and mining remain depressed

Manufacturing and mining output remain constrained, providing little prospect for employment and GDP growth...

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 9 hours ago

NEWS ANALYSIS: Chesa Nyama owner listing short of gravy

It feels as if the listing of Gold Brands Investments, the owner of the Chesa Nyama fast-food franchise, on the JSE's AltX market has been on the boil for some time...

By Marc Hasenfuss 8 hours ago

Malls report positive festive trade, despite tough conditions

The South African Council of Shopping Centres has said that there was some welcome news coming out of the country's malls and retailers at the end of 2015, notwithstanding tough trading conditions in local markets...

6 hours ago

Astral chooses to take the acquisitive route

Astral Foods, the "big bird" of the local poultry sector, is on the prowl for acquisitions that will boost growth but warned hostile takeover attempts would not fly...

By Marc Hasenfuss 10 hours ago

Italtile profit improves on fewer imports

Reducing imports and stocking up on locally produced goods saved Italtile from the weak rand made worse by subdued building activity during the six months to December...

By Fifi Peters 9 hours ago

Bleaker outlook hits Woolworths stock

Shares in upmarket retailer Woolworths (Woolies), the darling of the JSE's consumer sector, were shredded yesterday, with nervous investors fretting over less compelling prospects for the financial year ahead...

By Marc Hasenfuss 10 hours ago


Five ways to improve teambuilding among virtual employees

The workplace no longer exclusively means a space where everyone comes together five days a week, and sits at assigned desks or reports to their offices...

By Hicks Crawford 5 hours ago

Time gets MySpace with ad platform acquisition

NEW YORK - US magazine publisher Time Inc. said on Thursday it was acquiring the online advertising group Viant Technology, which includes the remnants of social network pioneer MySpace...

9 hours ago

The best tactics for leveraging the local customers business

Companies around the world are looking for ways to capitalize on the holiday season...

By Hicks Crawford 2 days ago

NY Times launches Spanish-language digital version

NEW YORK - The New York Times on Monday launched a Spanish-language digital edition, aiming to expand the global reach of the prestigious US daily...

2 days ago

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