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Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014 09:35

Winning advertising creative - you get what you brief

A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.

By Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014 15:51

Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014 05:23

'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48

Mobile internet key in Africa

The fourth annual PwC South Africa Entertainment and Media Outlook was launched recently and I caught up with Vicki Myburgh, Entertainment & Media Industries Leader for PwC Southern Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 29 Nov 2013 15:01

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013 06:33

The key to African e-commerce success

Africa is characterised by huge diversity in payment methods and preferences, which means every region or country needs to be approached as a distinct market. Anybody who tries to do e-commerce in Africa offering only global payment methods is setting up for failure.

By Peter Harvey 31 Oct 2013 12:11

Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013 05:42

A mobile Africa: innovation is key

2012 saw the BuzzCity network grow by 67% with over 210.8 billion ads served across the globe and this extensive growth in mobile usage is certain to continue as we move through 2013.

By Dr KF Lai 21 Feb 2013 11:07

Mobile and digital trends in 5 African countries: a cultural interpretation

This piece addresses the intersections between technology and culture that I identified while doing fieldwork. Therefore, this is not the result of strict data analysis, but rather the outcome of an immersion in each of these cultures.

By Marcela Ospina 7 Feb 2013 12:15

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39

Zim's Econet forced to reconnect NetOne

TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.

By Craig Wilson 27 Aug 2012 11:09

Nigeria frets over Kenya ICT

TechCentral wraps up the week's major technology news from around the African continent.

By Duncan McLeod 21 Aug 2012 10:24

Banda engages media over border dispute with Tanzania

President Joyce Banda last week engaged media managers to try to reason with them to project positive reporting over the border dispute that has ensued between Malawi and Tanzania.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Aug 2012 12:54

EAC media firms rallied to invest in new markets

Proprietors of media companies in East Africa have been urged to invest in all the five East African partner states to benefit from the region's economic and political integration.

By Walter Wafula 14 Aug 2012 11:55

Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair

Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has been elected chairperson of the MISA Regional Governing Council (RGC) at the 2012 Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 29 July 2012, at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre in Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2012 11:38

Rwandese wins US$50 000 prize in TV show

Clarisse Iribagiza, a Rwandese entrepreneur won the US$50 000 cash prize of the inaugural season of Inspire Africa, a new reality television show aimed at transforming Africa by discovering and empowering the continent's budding entrepreneurs.

By Walter Wafula 4 Apr 2012 11:33

UK firm to boost climate change coverage in EA

WRENmedia, a United Kingdom-based a specialist communications company is set to sharpen reporting skills of journalists covering climate change issues in Eastern Africa, according to Susanna Thorp, director of the firm.

By Walter Wafula 3 Jan 2012 09:07

EAC ministers push for fast digital broadcasting migration

Ministers responsible for communication in the five East African Community (EAC) partner states have called for the swift creation of policies that will enable the region to migrate to digital broadcasting from analogue on schedule.

By Walter Wafula 21 Nov 2011 12:40

Africa's five major trends for potential growth

Population growth, rapid urbanisation, adoption of new technologies, unlocking of abundant resources and the deepening of the financial sector are the five major trends that are set to drive Africa's economic growth, Simon Freemantle, Standard Bank Africa senior analyst, told a media roundtable in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday, Thursday 6 October 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Oct 2011 09:56

Kenya's Nova Nee eyes more East African markets

Nova Nee, a public relations agency in Kenya has set its eyes on the East African market amidst cut throat competition for accounts by established domestic and multinational firms in the region. Beth Maina-Mwaura, the firm's managing director spoke to Bizcommunity about the firm's plans.

By Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011 13:27

Africa's housing crisis: conference outlines remedies

Despite having 3% of the population earning an income viable for mortgage and 10.8% earning between US$10-20 per day, the UN Habitat says about 40.3% of Africans still live in slums. Inadequate and overcrowded dwellings, mostly without clean water, electricity and proper sanitation, line the streets of major cities as the population grows, banks close their doors on the poor and corruption infests the housing sector.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 12 Sep 2011 12:18

Housing crisis in Africa as economy grows, cities overcrowded

Africa's economy is rising, creating jobs in cities, driving people from rural to urban areas, helping to grow its middle class but creating a serious housing crisis on the continent, which is now the world's highest urbanised region. According to a study conducted by FinScope and presented at the African Union for Housing Finance conference it was found that the continent is in serious need of housing finance.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 7 Sep 2011 13:30

Germany to promote budget reporting in East Africa

Germany's International Institute for Journalism (IIJ) is set to train East African journalists on covering public spending to improve reporting on national budgets and the use of tax payer's money.

By Walter Wafula 7 Sep 2011 10:01

Al Jazeera to start Kiswahili channel in East Africa

The Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar is set to establish a regional news and current affairs media network in East Africa, the company said on 8 August 2011.

By Walter Wafula 10 Aug 2011 13:50

Are you the world's most networked person?

Western Union, the multinational company specialised in money transfer, is celebrating its 160th anniversary by launching a global online network - a Facebook-linked platform meant to hunt for the most networked person in the world. The South African launch took place yesterday, Thursday 4 August 2011, in Rosebank simultaneously with Ghana, Kenya and Morocco.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Aug 2011 12:05

Neo@Ogilvy global CEO talks up role of emerging markets, mobile

Neo@Ogilvy's global CEO, New-York based Nasreen Madhany, has been visiting South Africa for a corporate summit, where she talked up the role emerging markets will play in the future profitability of her company.

By Herman Manson 5 Jul 2011 13:30

Social media, popular revolt: cure against African dictators?

The events and developments of the past six months in Africa have demonstrated that the rise of social media has not only revolutionised the business environment, but also redefined the political scene by shaking the foundation of dictatorship, lack of service delivery and corruption for the first time since the dawn of independences.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 5 Jul 2011 10:14

Health, development communications training underway in Kenya

Media practitioners from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania will be in Kenya for six days where, among other things, they will undergo health and development communication training. The training commenced on Saturday, 25 June 2011, on health and development reporting followed by a session on computer-assisted investigative reporting at Internews in Nairobi.

By Gregory Gondwe 27 Jun 2011 11:00

African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki

"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Friday, 24 June 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Jun 2011 11:56