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Contributors to this piece (top to bottom, L to R): Graham Cruikshanks, TBWA\Africa; Ken Kyaka, TBWA\Redhouse Kenya; Hunsa Chikaha, TBWA\ Khanga Rue, Tanzania; Tumiso Mabusela, TBWA\ Medcom, Botswana; Filipe Braga, TBWA\ Angola; Yosia Lukwago, TBWA\ Limelight, Uganda; Kobby Acquah-Hayford, TBWA\Markcom, Ghana; Kelechi Nwosu, TBWA\ Concept, Nigeria; and Sapi Bachi, TBWA\ Zimbabwe
[BizTrends 2016] Social activism and trench marketing FTW

While TBWA is focused on disruption to grow our client business in Africa, the following trends are bound to be top of mind in the year ahead...

By TBWA Africa 18 Jan 2016

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African startups named among 100 most inspiring uses of tech

Eight African startups and organisations have been named among the 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100), a global celebration of the most inspiring uses...

By Tom Jackson 10 Dec 2015

Graham Cruikshanks
How to build a strong agency network in Africa

What makes a strong and effective African network? Is it the number of partnerships that have been established with local agency businesses in Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana...?

By Graham Cruikshanks 7 Oct 2015

Killing two birds with one stone
Killing two birds with one stone

In securing the Above the Line (ATL) business of a client in Africa, and a major local client, Switch has a launched itself squarely into the advertising space...

By Danette Breitenbach 2 Jul 2015

Louise Marsland
[TrendTalk] The future of work

Do you remember work before the internet? When did we become so wired and connected to everything that work no longer has set working hours?

By Louise Marsland 7 Nov 2014

Application economy creates opportunity for Africa
Application economy creates opportunity for Africa

We all live in an application economy. Retail, news, entertainment, banking, education, government, communications - everything is driven by a connected, mobile, application-based world...

By Gary Lawrence 30 Oct 2014

Africa is the youngest continent in the world in terms of its people and is expected to have the largest workforce in the world by 2035. Consumer-facing industries will grow significantly between now and 2010. (Image: NASA)
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

Dina Saffer-Myers
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

SA vs Botswana: The Woolworths price difference
SA vs Botswana: The Woolworths price difference

As the rand weakens and the pula strengthens, so consumers in Botswana find the gap in the cost of goods between South Africa and Botswana in Woolworths grows and not in their favour.

By Gwen Watkins 5 Mar 2014

Anton Harber
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

Yuppiechef creams customer service with common sense
Yuppiechef creams customer service with common sense

Many a retailer will sing to the tune of "The customer is always right", but not a lot actually live the phrase, much less invest any time or innovation in it. Luckily for you and I, this age of short-term vision is drawing to a close.

By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013

Mobile internet key in Africa
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

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
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

Danette Breitenbach
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

Tatenda Chiweshe
Botswana billboard buying season now open

Last week as I met with several major media buyers in Gaborone presenting Media Trace's Botswana Outsights Report for October 2012, it became clear that October and November is their critical planning and buying season for the next year.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Oct 2012

Kasunda elected as MISA regional chair
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

Worldwide, society says media not always responsible - WEF's Cherilyn Ireton
Worldwide, society says media not always responsible - WEF's Cherilyn Ireton

Cherilyn Ireton, a highly respected journalist and manager from titles such the Sunday Times and Business Day, took over as the executive director of the World Editors Forum that falls under WAN-IFRA, in January 2012. She tells Bizcommunity.com of the challenges of the Parisian-based job, the biggest problems and opportunities facing editors across the globe and how she wants to connect editors to try find solutions.

By Gill Moodie 20 Mar 2012

Alliance Media wins airport advertising tender
Alliance Media wins airport advertising tender

Alliance Media Botswana, has been awarded the contract for the indoor and outdoor advertising concession at Botswana's newly built Sir Seretse Khama International Airport.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Feb 2012

Sentech loses high court battle
Sentech loses high court battle

South African state-owned broadcast signal distribution company Sentech has lost a high court battle with e.tv sister company eBotswana over the piracy of television signals in Botswana.

By Duncan McLeod 13 Feb 2012

TransUnion expands into Africa
TransUnion expands into Africa

TransUnion, a global credit and information management organisation, has acquired majority shareholding in CRB Holdings Limited, signifying its bold expansion steps into Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Oct 2011

Issa Sikiti da Silva
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

Issa Sikiti da Silva
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

Issa Sikiti da Silva
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

Are you the world's most networked person?
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

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

Issa Sikiti da Silva
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

African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki
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

SA, Africa's most valuable nation brand
SA, Africa's most valuable nation brand

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

Herman Manson
[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

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

Issa Sikiti da Silva
[Indaba 2011] SA looks to Africa to boost tourism revenues

South Africa, the continent's largest economy and ranked 32nd globally in business tourism, is aggressively marketing its African portfolio to boost tourism numbers and revenues amid a steady increase in spend and visitors coming from Africa, in particular Angola, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 May 2011

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