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...
'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...
Boston City Campus & Business College has launched a new commerce degree. Called BCom Management Marketing, the degree is expected to become a sought-after qualification by employers and entrepreneurs alike.
The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) recently signed on Havas Worldwide Johannesburg for a project to encourage South Africans to contemplate a brighter future based on knowledge creation and innovation, as well whilst stimulating investment.
The ever-effervescent Vivienne Bezuidenhout, who's been working at Blue Moon as a Creative for nearly three years, shares her thoughts about the creative process, work synergy and more in this interview - including what she won't be giving up in 2013...
The Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) has launched an SMS donation service as part of its Give Responsibly campaign in an effort to help break the cycle of homelessness on the city's streets.
The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) in partnership with Bush Radio hosted the 12th Media Kidocracy Konference (MKK) 2012 attended by 96 young South Africans between 10-14 December at Nekkies Resort and Conference Center in Worcester in the Western Cape.
A new infographic youth competition and launch of first global SMS campaign by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report calls on governments to help the 200 million 15 - 24-year-olds who never completed primary school and lack the skills to find decent work.
An 11-member delegation from the State Council of Information Office (SCIO) in China met on Wednesday with the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) to discuss communication practices.
The editorial team of Getaway has allowed its consumers to determine the contents of the January 2013 issue, which has a comprehensive guide to almost 200 holiday ideas for 2013 provided by the readers.
Nandi Mgwadlamba, owner of Sleeves-Up Communications, has launched a new online business and environment magazine, Rooted Wealth, which has been emailed to 6,000 readers. It plans to increase this figure to a million readers by 2017.
Primedia Unlimited subsidiary, TLC Unlimited, has announced the launch of a new mobile geo-targeting advertising platform that enables advertisers to convey strategic and geographically focused SMS via an advanced database system that targets specific audiences based on cross-demographics such as location, age, gender and income.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MACHINE, an award-winning integrated below-the-line agency, recently acquired the digital accounts for Appletiser, Citroen and Tiger Brand Beverages, as well as the full through-the-line accounts for ADDIS and Habitat for Humanity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.