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#StartupStory: Double Apex Media
#StartupStory: Double Apex Media

Sudhir "Banzai" Matai, founder and managing editor of Double Apex Media, previous associate editor at Car Magazine, tells us how his online store for motoring-themed T-shirts turned into an automotive media portal...

By Jessica Tennant 29 Nov 2018

Pierre Cassuto speaking about House of Cronies at the launch last week.
Politics is just a game

ZANews has just launched its new board game, House of Cronies, and we spoke to creator, Pierre Cassuto about what goes into publishing a board game and what sets this one apart from the rest...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Nov 2018

Why Book Dash produces beautiful, proudly African storybooks
Why Book Dash produces beautiful, proudly African storybooks

Book Dash is a non-profit organisation on a mission to make sure every child in South Africa owns 100 books by the age of five...

By Eugene Yiga 5 Nov 2018

#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands
#TopBrands2018: Celebrating iconic brands

The 20th Sunday Times Top Brands Awards saw iconic South African brand, Koo, awarded the Consumer Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix. In the business category, another local brand, Discovery Health, was awarded the Business Overall Favourite Brand Grand Prix...

By Danette Breitenbach 25 Oct 2018

#Newsmaker: Destiny Man has a new editor, welcome back Kojo Baffoe
#Newsmaker: Destiny Man has a new editor, welcome back Kojo Baffoe

Kojo Baffoe rejoined Destiny Man last month, succeeding editor Thabiso Tema...

By Jessica Tennant 11 Oct 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

At the end of August, I wrote that Malta has no hate crime on the statute books. A week later, an initiative has been launched aimed at tackling the proliferation of hate speech and bringing together a basic understanding of the dangerous discourse that has swamped social media...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 7 Sep 2018

#Newsmaker: "Send me, I'm a committed woman, it shall be done" - Desiree Oliphant-Hilmer
#Newsmaker: "Send me, I'm a committed woman, it shall be done" - Desiree Oliphant-Hilmer

Desiree Oliphant-Hilmer, newly appointed sales and advertising manager for The Herald and Weekend Post brings a wealth of experience through prior positions at SABC Radio and Kagiso Media...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Aug 2018

#Newsmaker: "Your power lies precisely in your deeply authentic self" - Nwabisa Makunga
#Newsmaker: "Your power lies precisely in your deeply authentic self" - Nwabisa Makunga

Nwabisa Makunga has been promoted to the editor of Tiso Blackstar's Eastern Cape titles, The Herald and its sister publication the Weekend Post as of this month, having been the deputy editor of both publications for the last two years...

By Jessica Tennant 27 Aug 2018

#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards
#NewCampaign: Shield is going for gold at the Sport Industry Awards

Shield announced yesterday that it has been nominated for 'Best New Sponsorship' and 'Campaign of the Year' at this year's Sport Industry Awards taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre this Friday, 17 August...

By Jessica Tennant 14 Aug 2018

Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'
Jane Raphaely encourages women to ask 'Why not?'

In her opening keynote at the Marie Claire Power Summit, Jane Raphaely noted that every day should be Women's Day. "Yesterday we lived in a man's world. Today we live in a woman's world... I've seen many things happen and I am yet to see women achieving true equality..." Here's what she believes we ought to do about it...

By Jessica Tennant 9 Aug 2018

Nic Haralambous on the Heavy Chef stage. © .
Do. Learn. Fail. Repeat. Again and again.

Heavy Chef and Nic Haralambous tackle the topic of failure, and states that in South Africa there is no better conversation to be had...

By Juanita Pienaar 6 Aug 2018

How to deal with the troll armies
How to deal with the troll armies

Reporters Without Borders has recommended that media organisations and journalists around the world strengthen training in digital security in the face of increasing cyberviolence...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jul 2018

#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra
#Newsmaker: Tiso Blackstar's Lisa MacLeod, first-ever female VP of Wan-Ifra

Lisa MacLeod, head of digital at Tiso Blackstar Group was recently elected VP of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra)...

By Jessica Tennant 28 Jun 2018

Bongani Chinkanda
Marketing to the next generation at the speed of culture

Bongani Chinkanda, CEO of HDI Youth Marketeers, the agency that conducts the research for the Sunday Times Generation Next study, released last week, provided an overview at the conference, which took place on Thursday, 14 June at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

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#CannesLions2018: The Art of Branded Entertainment according to VML's Xenopoulos

As part of the 2017 Cannes Lions Branded Entertainment jury, Jason Xenopoulos, VML global chief vision officer and EMEA CCO, collaborated with the jury to write a book called The Art of Branded Entertainment, which was launched just one year later at Cannes Lions 2018 on Tuesday, 19 June...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

#NewCampaign: Cosmopolitan SA petitions to end tampon tax
#NewCampaign: Cosmopolitan SA petitions to end tampon tax

Cosmopolitan South Africa has launched a petition to end tampon tax, calling all women to campaign against period poverty in South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jun 2018

#Newsmaker: Sarah Browning-de Villiers joins Publicis Machine
#Newsmaker: Sarah Browning-de Villiers joins Publicis Machine

Sarah Browning-de Villiers, former deputy editor at Cosmopolitan SA and the gal behind its #TamponTaxMustFall campaign, recently joined Publicis Machine as chief content officer in the narrative content marketing team...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Jun 2018

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Heavy Chef launches new book for entrepreneurs

Heavy Chef and Xero have recently launched a book entitled The Heavy Chef Guide to Starting a Business in South Africa. Founder and CEO Fred Roed lets us in on what we can expect from the new book...

By Juanita Pienaar 11 Jun 2018

RIP Anthony Bourdain
RIP Anthony Bourdain

CNN has confirmed the death of American chef, author, and television personality, Anthony Bourdain, who was 61 years of age...

By Juanita Pienaar 8 Jun 2018

Burn Media's founder, Matthew Buckland.
Burn Media to embark on aggressive growth after deal to go solo - Buckland

The Burn Media Group, a media stable with publications that include Ventureburn and Memeburn, has broken away from M&C Saatchi Abel's digital agency Creative Spark and has embarked upon a new "aggressive" growth curve, says Burn Media's founder Matthew Buckland...

By Stephen Timm 7 Jun 2018

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Ads24 to host second Food for Thought

Ads24 launched its annual Food for Thought event last year and will be hosting the next one later this month...

By Jessica Tennant 15 May 2018

#Newsmaker: Rob Abraham returns from retirement to take on Kagiso Media
#Newsmaker: Rob Abraham returns from retirement to take on Kagiso Media

Returning from retirement after having worked at Bytes Technology Group for many years, the last five of which he served as CEO, Rob Abraham recently commenced his position at Kagiso Media as interim CEO...

By Jessica Tennant 11 May 2018

#Newsmaker: Lukanyo Mnyanda returns to Business Day
#Newsmaker: Lukanyo Mnyanda returns to Business Day

Lukanyo Mnyanda recently returned to South Africa from Bloomberg in Edinburgh to join Business Day (where he worked as economics editor after graduating) this time as editor, succeeding Tim Cohen...

By Jessica Tennant 10 May 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The Daphne impact

You may not have heard of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was murdered six months ago, but Meryl Streep certainly has and it would not surprise me if the Oscar winner optioned DCG's story...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 20 Apr 2018

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Did Barack Obama really say 'Stay woke, bitches' in this viral video?

"Thank you. And stay woke, bitches," is not a quote you'd normally attribute to former US President Barack Obama. But filmmaker Jordan Peele just made this a reality, by using intelligent visual trickery...

By Andy Walker 19 Apr 2018

#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers
#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers

Marc du Plessis, joint CEO of Spark Media and head of the Publisher Council of the IAB, gave a keynote address at Future Ad Africa in Johannesburg yesterday on the subject of brand safety, trust and supporting the independent press...

By Jessica Tennant 15 Mar 2018

#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief
#Newsmaker: Trend Forward's Nemeth is Designing Ways' new editor in chief

Regarded by many as one of the leading trend analysts in the retail, business and built environment, Dave Nemeth of Trend Forward has taken over the reins from Bev Hermanson as editor-in-chief of Designing Ways...

By Jessica Tennant 12 Mar 2018

Legally protecting your brand name in the social media age
Legally protecting your brand name in the social media age

The advent of social media has provided brands with an undisputed marketing opportunity - a direct customer engagement and promotional platform, where brands can build their identity and loyalty to their heart's content. But all good things come with a price...

By Shan Radcliffe 28 Feb 2018

Pams: Fusing the future
Pams: Fusing the future

While the first Publisher Audience Measure Survey (Pams) has been released by the Publisher Research Council, the data is still being validated and will not be available until it is checked...

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Feb 2018

Magazines ABC Q4 2017: Customs the biggest loser
Magazines ABC Q4 2017: Customs the biggest loser

Significant declines in Custom magazines and to a lesser extent in Consumer publications saw the overall decline in magazines edge to just over eight percent (8.1%) over Q3 and a 16.6% decline over the prior year...

By Danette Breitenbach 14 Feb 2018

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