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
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
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 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
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
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
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
TechCentral wraps up the major technology news from around the African continent.
By Craig Wilson 27 Aug 2012 11:09
TechCentral wraps up the week's major technology news from around the African continent.
By Duncan McLeod 21 Aug 2012 10:24
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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
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
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'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
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
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 - 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
South Africa has emerged as the most valuable nation brand on the African continent in 2011, scoring a value of US$149.7 billion, distantly followed by Egypt (US$79.2 billion) and Nigeria (US$56 billion) in third place, while MTN is voted Africa's most valuable corporate brand, according to a UK-based Brand Finance study's findings released today, Wednesday 25 May 2011, in Johannesburg by the Brand Leadership Academy.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva 25 May 2011 13:45
A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.
By Herman Manson 12 May 2011 18:55
As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 11:10
A global study conducted by TNS Research Surveys shows that South Africans' unconditional love for handsets - more than content as it is in developed markets - is beginning to change and will even shift faster as bandwidth improves, and as cheaper smartphones appear on the market - probably from China.
By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011 09:37
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