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Episode 105: The 2014 DMASA Assegai - Integrated Marketing Awards

Date: 12 Sep 2014
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Date: 1 Sep 2014
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Telecel to cover 85% Zimbabwe connectivity
Telecel to cover 85% Zimbabwe connectivity

Telecel Zimbabwe, a mobile network operator, has outlined plans to cover upto 85% of the population by the end of 2012.

By Marcus Mushonga 19 Sep 2012 09:53

Econet offers free to recharge service
Econet offers free to recharge service

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has reportedly become the first cell phone operator to offer its customers a free service to recharge their cell phones.

By Tapiwa Gurajena 12 Sep 2012 12:17

South African Tourism to open office in Nairobi
South African Tourism to open office in Nairobi

South African Tourism (SAT) plans to open a regional office in Nairobi during the 2013-2014 financial year, South African Tourism director for Domestic, Africa and Middle East, Phumi Ndlomo has disclosed.

11 Sep 2012 11:24

FNB launches cross border service in Southern Africa

One of the "Big Four" South African bank, FNB, launches a border payments to Swaziland and Lesotho via cellphone using its Pay2Cell service.

By Gaongalelwe Moatshe 27 Aug 2012 12:44

Barclays, Absa to combine African operations

Barclays Bank and its subsidiary, Absa, say they are engaged in negotiations to combine the majority of the Barclays Africa operations.

21 Aug 2012 11:41

Environmentally friendly purchases heat up in emerging markets
Environmentally friendly purchases heat up in emerging markets

NEW YORK, US: Purchases of environmentally protective products have grown significantly in two of the world's leading markets - China and Brazil; but the widespread perception that these products are too expensive may be blocking deeper adoption.

21 Aug 2012 11:16

Sign Africa and Africa Print Expo set for 2012

Practical Publishing is said to be all geared up for the International Sign Africa and Africa Print Expo taking place from 22-24 August 2012 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa. This expo is aimed at providing business opportunities, equipment and consumables relating to the printing and signage industries.

14 Aug 2012 13:41

Zimbabwe's Good Living Expo invites exhibitors
Zimbabwe's Good Living Expo invites exhibitors

The third edition of the Good Living Expo, set to take place from 21-23 September 2012 at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), Zimbabwe, is now calling on potential exhibitors to book stands.

14 Aug 2012 12:26

First female MD for Engen Namibia
First female MD for Engen Namibia

Engen Namibia has announced the appointment of Nangula Hamunyela as its first female MD, whose role will include maintaining market position and leading the company's next phase of growth. Nangula Hamunyela is the former MD of Nedloans - Nedbank's personal loans division in the country.

2 Aug 2012 06:50

TNM makes subscribers shoulder their growth
TNM makes subscribers shoulder their growth

Telecoms Networks Malawi (TNM) Limited has announced that it will be increasing base tariff by an average of 19.5% from 1 August 2012 in order to be able to fulfill its plans to expand its coverage and upgrading the older infrastructure by investing more that US$20 million per annum over the next five years.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 26 Jul 2012 10:21

SBV Services expand their operations into Africa

SBV Services, who has been providing its cash operations services to the Nigerian market for over five years, is also active in Lesotho with plans being afoot to extend its footprint further into Africa, including Uganda and Namibia.

10 Jul 2012 09:27

Jason Stewart
How to stimulate brand recommendations

Research organisations are constantly updating figures tallying how many branded messages are being pushed at consumers. In South Africa, we are currently being bombarded with around 900 branded messages per week. What is even more staggering is that only four of those messages break through the increasing advertising clutter to generate top-of-mind awareness.

By Jason Stewart 28 Jun 2012 14:51

Magic Box reaches Zimbabwe
Magic Box reaches Zimbabwe

Digital satellite television company MultiChoice could be losing revenue running into hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as Magic Box - a free-to-air satellite receiver that can pirate DStv signals - is becoming popular in Zimbabwe.

18 Jun 2012 09:47

Continental Outdoor Media release consumer behaviour findings
Continental Outdoor Media release consumer behaviour findings

As global businesses begin to turns towards African developing markets, outdoor advertising companies need to understand the different segments in the economies and how best to reach disparate groups of consumers.

14 Jun 2012 13:03

Jason Stewart
The challenge of negative word of mouth: Part 2

I'm going to be sharing my agency's step-by-step process on how to effectively deal with negative word of mouth (WOM). In my previous article I looked at sustained negative WOM. This article focuses on situational WOM and outlines a five-point plan to counter negative perceptions that are being spread.

By Jason Stewart 13 Jun 2012 10:05

Banele Rewo
Brands behaving badly on social media

If you believe that social media enables brands to build relationships with consumers you are dead wrong. The technology merely provides a platform to connect the two parties then everything else goes back to basic psychology, group dynamics and social science.

By Banele Rewo 7 Jun 2012 11:20

African top bankers honoured at AfDB annual meetings
African top bankers honoured at AfDB annual meetings

Africa's top bankers gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, to celebrate the 6th edition of the African Banker Awards, under the patronage of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Olusegun Agbaje, managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria scooped the prize for African Banker of the Year.

31 May 2012 13:20

MTN Group's subscriber base strengthens
MTN Group's subscriber base strengthens

MTN Group recorded 170 573 000 subscribers at 31 March 2012. This is a 3,7% increase for the quarter from 164 501 000 subscribers recorded at 31 December 2011. The group delivered a satisfactory performance notwithstanding continued high levels of competition in key markets.

7 May 2012 12:00

2012 African Banker Awards shortlist announced
2012 African Banker Awards shortlist announced

The African Banker Awards has released the shortlist of nominees for the 2012 competition. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 30 May 2012, which makes its debut in Africa. This year's event coincides with the annual African Development Bank (AfDB) meetings in Arusha, Tanzania

24 Apr 2012 16:14

BNL launches The Business Times
BNL launches The Business Times

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) has launched a fifth title after the first issue of an exclusively business newspaper called The Business Times hit the streets last week.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 10 Apr 2012 14:26

Free to air satellite TV vital

Reports that millions of viewers of free to air satellite television will not be able to watch their favourite programmes are very disturbing.

By Albert Nhamoyebonde 12 Mar 2012 12:26

Mutual & Federal announces key African appointment
Mutual & Federal announces key African appointment

Short-term insurer Mutual & Federal, a member of the Old Mutual Group (OML), has appointed Marcelina Gaoses to the position of managing director of Mutual & Federal Namibia, effective 1 March 2012.

22 Feb 2012 10:03

MALSWITCH rebrands
MALSWITCH rebrands

Malawi Switch Center Limited (MALSWITCH) which provides and maintains an infrastructure of electronic payment solutions in Malawi, including the system used by the country mobile phone service providers, has rebranded.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Feb 2012 12:14

FNB's mobile money grows in Africa
FNB's mobile money grows in Africa

Mobile banking is set to take off in Africa, with FNB recording a 150% jump in transaction growth for its cellphone banking service and 1384% growth for eWallet for the month of December 2011 when compared to December 2010.

15 Feb 2012 13:21

Global consumer confidence increases 1 point in Q4 2011
Global consumer confidence increases 1 point in Q4 2011

NEW YORK, US: Global consumer confidence increased one index point last quarter to 89, while Europe led confidence declines in 24 of the region's 27 measured markets, according to fourth quarter 2011 global consumer confidence findings from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.

8 Feb 2012 12:14

Cross-border telephone remittances increase in Africa

More people in Africa's poorest countries have mobile phones than have bank accounts. That reality is spurring mobile service companies to explore how they can capture a share of the potential banking market by enabling migrants from these countries to transfer funds back home to their families.

By Anna McGovern 24 Jan 2012 11:28

Retail rewind - a year in review 2011
Retail rewind - a year in review 2011

The approval of the Wal-Mart/Massmart deal will go down as the highlight of the retail sector in 2011.

By Zeenat Moorad 6 Jan 2012 08:19

Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era
Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era

SAN FRANCISCO, US: Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news, or lose themselves in novels.

29 Dec 2011 09:03

Pick n Pay increases shareholding in TM Supermarkets

On 8 December 2011, the shareholders of TM Supermarkets voted unanimously to allow Pick n Pay to purchase an additional 24% of shares, bringing its holdings up to 49%. The Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe agreed, subject to certain conditions pertaining to labour and local procurement of goods.

12 Dec 2011 10:53

TNM, EMS partnership provides BlackBerry service
TNM, EMS partnership provides BlackBerry service

Malawi's mobile phone service provider, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) has partnered with Emitac Mobile Solutions (EMS) to provide BlackBerry services to subscribers in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 12 Dec 2011 09:21

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