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This year, 100 South African kids born with cleft palate and cleft lips will receive the gift of a smile for Christmas when Operation Smile, a non-profit organisation that helps children and young adults with correctable facial deformities, will perform 100 life-changing operations.
14 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: An editorial in Times Live poses the question as to whether the SABC is a public or state broadcaster, while Khadija Patel, writing in the Daily Maverick reckons the ANC needs to do some serious work on its media relations. Finally, after about five years of waiting, the final regulations on digital terrestrial television migration will be published today, reports Mail & Guardian.
Rod Baker 14 Dec 2012
It seems like just yesterday that the most overused word in the media planner's vocabulary suddenly appeared: convergence. I remember thinking how cool it was, and wondering how come the penny took so long to drop. Convergence was inevitable. Technology was flying and a single gadget that truly ran your life was surely on the cards somewhere in the not too distant future. Well, it has arrived.
Harry Herber 14 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: According to a Mail & Guardian report, quoting the Times, an SABC interview featuring the cartoonist Zapiro was canned at the last minute.
Rod Baker 13 Dec 2012
A group of Grade 11 learners at Sinenjongo High School, Joe Slovo Park in Cape Town is leading the charge for free cellphone access to Wikipedia in South Africa. The learners have sent a letter to the four mobile network operators, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and 8ta, urging them to give their customers free mobile access to Wikipedia.
13 Dec 2012
The great thing about a brave client is that they can scare you with their demands. I mean the clients that are driven by the commercial imperative to inform and inspire. The clients that want something that is both strategically smart and creatively unique. These are the clients that make my job so much harder, and my work that much better.
Fresh Eye Film Productions has had a great year with interesting and challenging projects. Great creative work has come their way with the reel expanding, showing Cindy's capabilities and strengths.
Fresh Eye Films 13 Dec 2012
Content 2013 will take place on 25 and 26 February 2013 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The new early bird closing date is 14 January.
MANGO-OMC 13 Dec 2012
Liqui-Fruit will be the official juice sponsor of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic from 17-24 March 2013 in the Western Cape and has simultaneously announced its title sponsorship of the Liqui-Fruit Cape Times Vineyard races, which take place on the final day of the Absa Cape Epic at Lourensford Wine Estate.
13 Dec 2012
On 6 December 2012, the Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) and the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) co-hosted a panel discussion themed "Photography as a Media Format" as part of celebrating the graduates of the 2012 MPW Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (PDP) program.
MDDA 13 Dec 2012
On Saturday 15 December 2012 at a gala dinner, the top 13 finalists will take to the stage at Villa Toscana at Montecasino to compete for the title of the Face of JetSet Watches 2012 and her share of the R2.2 million prize package.
13 Dec 2012
So, the City of Joburg plans to spend - some might say, squander - as much as R10m on an image enhancement campaign. Some "image consultants" have quoted the city as much R55m for the job - which is probably more a telling indicator of just how bad its brand is than a real cost measurement.
Llewellyn Kriel 13 Dec 2012
The Wireless Access Providers' Association (WAPA) feels that the introduction of Lite-Licensing, which is currently being trialled and employed by progressive institutions internationally, as an alternative wireless spectrum management approach, could benefit South Africa.
13 Dec 2012
NEWSWATCH: The tighter controls over talk shows introduced at the SABC this week have the alarm bells ringing, reports BDlive, and proof of how bad news travels is the fact that news that local SA news channel eNCA had to apologise for using an old clip dealing with comments on Nelson Mandela, has been picked up the Times of India. Mail & Guardian reports countries - the US and China to name but two - are at odds over laws governing the internet, and IOL reports on how a UK study finds that playing violent video games can make people more aggressive.
Rod Baker 13 Dec 2012
Manufacturing production in SA bounced back in October‚ increasing by 2.5% year-on-year (y/y) after a revised 1.7% (1.1%) year-on-year decrease in September‚ data released by Statistics SA on Tuesday (11 December) showed
13 Dec 2012
Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), supported by the PET Recycling Company (PETCO), inaugurated a School Recycling competition in 2012, which has 120 primary schools in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal regions collect 67 tons of waste for recycling in the 4-month campaign.
12 Dec 2012
The Community Individual Development Trust (CIDT), pioneers of the free university education movement in South Africa, has acquired a 26% shareholding in Mortimer Harvey. The agency will also have a key role in the CIDT's Maharishi Institute with the establishment of the Mortimer Harvey Design Incubator as an integral part of the Institute's curriculum.
Mortimer Harvey 12 Dec 2012
A life-long investment in the health of both HIV positive and negative patients is the key to managing the disease and living a full life irrespective of one's status. This is the message confirmed by doctors and health caregivers who met with international hematology and hemotherapy specialist, Dr Albertina Vieira, who was in South Africa for World Aids Day 2012.
Universal Church of the Kingdom of God 12 Dec 2012
Edcon Discount Division's flagship clothing retail chain, Jet Stores, offers Jet Club members more than just fashion advice. Jet's complimentary financial services information booklet, being distributed to Jet Club members at the end of November, aims to provide customers with fiscal know-how too.
The Publishing Partnership 12 Dec 2012
The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has sanctioned Zululand Fever, a title owned by Natal Witness Printing and Publishing Company, a Media 24 operation. The complaint was laid by rival publication, the Zululand Observer.
Glenda Nevill 12 Dec 2012
Alliance Media Burundi has recently completed the installation of various new billboard structures in the East African country. The structures are all fully imported large format advertising devices whose advertising has been taken up by the country's leading brands.
Alliance Media 12 Dec 2012
Seeing as how the PR industry is partially fuelled by caffeine and sugar (at least at my office) I was extremely pleased at being offered a behind the scenes look at the Red Bull Flugtag held in Cape Town this past weekend. It was an object lesson in how to leverage your event to the max.
Estelle Nagel 12 Dec 2012
We have all been stunned by seeing an advertisement in an environment that we do not think is right for the brand. I was shocked when seeing a canned food brand (I'll not mention the name as I'll have the agency, media planner and client on my back in a tick) advertised on the DStv Super Sport 2 channel at 4pm during a cricket match on Sunday, 9 December. As a big brand, I am familiar with it and could not fathom why the client / agency would be advertising during a cricket on a DStv channel.
Rolf Akermann 12 Dec 2012
The thought occurred to me the other day when I was reading about the pathos of the national broadcaster canning a programme because the ANC wasn't invited, that good old aunty SABC is partially alive to the sound of cell phones and landlines.
Chris Moerdyk 12 Dec 2012