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Dear Aspiring Industry Expert: Have you written that book yet? If not, why not? Each time we reach December, you may well think to yourself: I wish I had written my book this year. If I had, next year might be different. I would be more prosperous; I'd have more clients approaching me; my life would be lived on a grander scale.
By Douglas Kruger 7 Dec 2012 06:30
Jasco will be supplying a complete, end-to end solution to Cell C that includes physical hardware probes that will be placed at its core sites, software, hardware and software implementation and a two-year support and maintenance contract. The monitoring, diagnostics and optimisation will enable the network to become more proactive in response to network issues and deliver improved service to its customers.
7 Dec 2012 06:17
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has issued the following statement after the controversial canning of interviews with three political journalists on the subject of the ANC's upcoming elective conference at Mangaung.
7 Dec 2012 06:07
Higher productivity, increased labour costs and a strong trends towards true mobility in the work place are all factors that have put the spotlight firmly on 'total costs of ownership' for computers and devices. Organisations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time.
By Jerker Hellström 7 Dec 2012 05:24
Quirk Education will be hosting their first digitally focused week-long programme of contact workshops for 2013. These half-day workshops aim to equip the local market with global best practice principles and techniques based on the working knowledge and experience of the greater Quirk agency.
Issued by Quirk 6 Dec 2012 12:33
World AIDS Day that took place on 1 December brought together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.
Issued by Boston College 6 Dec 2012 12:12
In February this year, Steers - winners of Leisure Options' 'Best Burger in Joburg' for the 17th year running - partnered with leading full-spectrum digital agency, Amorphous. The product of this partnership is a progressive presence that sets Steers apart in South Africa's fast food digital playground.
Issued by Amorphous 6 Dec 2012 12:03
Global Market Research company, Ipsos, has appointed Nick Coates as Head of the Marketing Business Unit of its South African operation. Coates will be commencing his duties in Cape Town South Africa on 7 January 2013.
Issued by Ipsos 6 Dec 2012 11:47
The Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) celebrated its annual Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, 30 November. Invited guests included sponsors, donors, mentors, lecturers, interns, volunteers and other non-profit organisations that TSiBA works with.
Issued by TSiBA Education 6 Dec 2012 11:01
At the beginning of 2012, the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) announced its plans to accelerate the growth of the digital industry within a South African context. The DMMA has made significant headway this year towards achieving this objective by implementing a number of key initiatives.
Issued by IAB South Africa 6 Dec 2012 10:50
The ninth Thought Leadership Digibate, recently hosted by Aegis Media in conjunction with Bizcommunity.com in Cape Town, focused on the relevance of digital and mobile research in Africa. If you missed the Digibate, download or listen to the podcast which is now available.
By Ingrid von Stein 6 Dec 2012 10:10
As an agency offering intensive visual effects and compositing projects, the Cape Town postproduction company Searle Street Post collected a Visual Effects Craft Loerie for Allan Gray Time Flies and produced a string of quality CGI-driven commercials.
6 Dec 2012 08:15
Chevrolet Ute Force has helped renovate Ons Plek, the residential child and youth care centre in Cape Town that provides developmental and therapeutic services for girls who have lived, worked or begged on the streets.
6 Dec 2012 07:57
To assist in alleviating stress over career choices, in educating the public about the various careers available in advertising and in shifting the focus to private college course options, the AAA School of Advertising has extended its 2013 application date to 21 January 2013, unlike the majority of tertiary educational institutions that close for applications by the end of September.
6 Dec 2012 07:30
This week sees the 20th anniversary of the SMS, invented in 1992 by British engineer, Neil Papworth. Initially slow, the boom in SMS saw more than 150 billion SMS sent in the UK in 2011, almost triple the amount that was sent five years previously (in 2006, there were 51 billion text messages sent).
6 Dec 2012 07:24
To find out more about character-based entertainment products, youth-orientated content and communications solutions, tune in to our last Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show for 2012, streamed live from 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio. The studio guest this Thursday evening, 6 December 2012, will be Richard Morgan-Grenville, CEO of Strika Entertainment. [twitterfall]
6 Dec 2012 07:05
NEWSWATCH: The SABC canned three print media commentators discussing coverage of the road to Mangaung (see SABC ... at it again) on a Metro FM show, because, according to Times Live, the ANC was not invited to join the debate. Meanwhile, it's the "jug-jug" for musician Jub Jub who has got 25 years for his role in the death of four teenagers, reports Mail & Guardian.
6 Dec 2012 06:51
Many in the industry really felt for Alec Hogg in October when he walked away from Moneyweb, the company he built from nothing into a highly respected player in the media industry. Hogg tells Bizcommunity why he's philosophical about the move, what he's doing with his year's restraint of trade and what was so different about the values of majority shareholder Caxton and his own that made it impossible for him to stay on as Moneyweb CEO and board member.
By Gill Moodie 6 Dec 2012 06:47
Game Stores festive season ad campaign kicked off with a bang in the form of a quirky new offering from Ogilvy Durban. Produced by Fresh Eye Productions and Directed by Dani Hynes, the ad, takes an offbeat look at the crucial elements of the festive season.
Issued by Fresh Eye Films 5 Dec 2012 10:47
Women in Action (WiA), a group of pastors' and bishops' wives from the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG), were invited to participate in the Gauteng Legislature's awareness expo and the commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism and World Aids Day.
Issued by Universal Church of the Kingdom of God 5 Dec 2012 10:01
The ECHO for Children Foundation, in conjunction with Vanilla Concrete Design and Manufacturing Studio and Eikestad Plumbing, joined forces in what has been the Foundation's most challenging project to date.
Issued by ECHO Events and Conferences 5 Dec 2012 09:56
Uyanda Manana has joined the Boomtown national agency network as its business unit director.
Issued by Boomtown 5 Dec 2012 09:28
Mann Made Media, local multimedia events specialists, recently worked with Unisa to hold the institution's Annual Chancellor's Calabash Awards Dinner. Held in the Kgorong Building at the Unisa Main Campus in Tshwane, the prestigious event attracted a high-profile audience of leaders in academia, industry and government.
Issued by Mann Made Media 5 Dec 2012 09:01
In 2002, FORTUNE magazine ran a cover story on why companies fail. It mentioned that even the most dramatic failures tend to be years in the making. What undoes companies is the familiar stuff of human folly: denial, hubris, ego, wishful thinking, poor communication, lax oversight, greed and deceit.
By Peter Redelinghys 5 Dec 2012 08:58
Ntombifuthi Mahlangu and Pearl Jozany, students at Lavela Secondary School in Soweto, and Lindiwe Adams from Zitikeni Secondary School in Thembisa, recently won an exclusive dinner with Lehlogonolo "Nolo" Phiri of Rhythm City fame. It took place at Emperors Palace, following hair care brand Easy Waves' 'Best Friend Friday' competition.
Issued by Zinto Activation Group 5 Dec 2012 08:54
With Christmas closing in on us, we've all been bombarded by cheap tinsel, Boney M and a gaudy plethora of competing product displays in most of the supermarkets we've frequented over the past month or so. Most marketers view the festive season as a prime opportunity to boost product sales, and it can be, if it's done smartly.
By Natasha McClymont 5 Dec 2012 07:52