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Pay as you go solar power
Pay-as-you-go solar power growth in Africa

Solar Freedom Africa is another PAYG energy startup making waves in this critical sector in Africa...

By Tom Jackson 24 Oct 2016

Jeri Curry, president and CEO, Enset (Image source: YouTube)
Why NGOs need to embrace digital now

From garnering greater support through transparency to building online credibility with funders...

By Sindy Peters 21 Oct 2016

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Angaza Boma bringing solar TVs to rural Kenya

Angaza Boma is rolling out solar television systems in rural Kenya...

By Tom Jackson 8 Sep 2016

Virtual reality meets cause marketing
Virtual reality meets cause marketing

It's expected that virtual reality will be an $80bn market by 2025. The list of businesses coming on board with VR is long and impressive...

By Sheila McGillivray 26 Aug 2016

Flare app
Kenyan startup to launch 'Uber for ambulances' app

'Uber for ambulances' app, Flare, launches in Kenya to address healthcare issues...

By Tom Jackson 26 Aug 2016

African startups named among 100 most inspiring uses of tech
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

[TrendTalk] Branding for good
[TrendTalk] Branding for good

There is no doubt the tide has turned in marketing, with products and campaigns from big brands working hard at providing solutions to societal problems...

By Louise Marsland 13 Apr 2015

Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry
Bookmarks Awards reflect a maturing industry

Winning a Bookmarks Awards is important. It is meaningful for a number of reasons, of which the winning is the least important...

By Danette Breitenbach 23 Feb 2015

Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge
Loeries 2014: Unilever leads the shift from the African opportunity to the African challenge

Unilever believes that creativity is the key to making sustainable living commonplace - its vision not only for itself as a company, but SA and the African continent as a whole...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Sep 2014

CSI in Africa: challenges and learnings
CSI in Africa: challenges and learnings

One of the panel discussions at the recent Trialogue Making CSI Matter conference was on some of the challenges faced and lessons learnt by corporates, NPOs and NGOs practicing CSI in Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Jun 2014

The initiative provides an audio-based mobile training course targeting front line health workers (FLW) to help them deliver life-saving information, and is also aimed at helping pregnant women and their families prepare for the unexpected and potentially deadly situations that can arise in child birth.
The evolving business model for m-governance

A look at the evolving business model for (mobile governance) m-governance projects and the use of mobile technology as a catalyst for inclusive development.

By Vijay Sai Pratap 27 Mar 2014

[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual
[2013 trends] It is no longer business as usual

No matter how slow off the mark, we have all come to the realisation that, no matter what line of business we are in, drastic measures are needed in order for us to not only increase market share but also to survive. It is not, however, all doom and gloom and for those who are embracing innovation and prepared to experiment with new ideas, a lot of opportunity awaits to reconnect with consumers and rise above the negative economic factors.

By Dave Nemeth 30 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing
[2013 trends] The year ahead for experiential marketing

It's that time of the year where agencies are asked to haul out the old crystal ball and provide pearls of thumb-sucking wisdom. Before we do so, it would be wise to see how history might repeat itself. Reflecting briefly, for experiential marketing, 2012 was quite a year locally and abroad. Oh, and mazeltov on surviving the Mayan apocalypse - it was touch-and-go for a second there.

By Mike Silver 29 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends
[2013 trends] A virtuous cycle - appscriptions, augmented, apocalypses and other apt trends

The world is more interdependent and interconnected than ever before. Technology is ensuring the free flow of ideas, information and energy; creative co-operation and influence; and is bringing change across the globe that is happening at an unprecedented and accelerated rate.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 25 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector
[2013 trends] Predictions for the retail sector

A transformation is in motion amongst shoppers and retailers country-wide. Consumers are becoming more discerning and demanding, and retailers and manufacturers are under pressure to innovate, offer quality and savings - all in one eco-friendly package! Here are some interesting trends for the retail sector that I've identified for 2013.

By Gareth Pearson 23 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership
[2013 trends] 'Goodvertising' - the key to brand leadership

There's a transformational shift happening and it's picking up pace in the New Year. Business and its far-reaching (some might say overreaching) arm, advertising, are becoming more responsible, more caring and more sustainable.

By Thomas Kolster 22 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre
[2013 trends] Eyes front and centre

How does your brand break through the clutter? If you're in the business of understanding and catering to the evolution of consumer needs, desires and expectations, look front and centre. Here are my predictions for 2013...

By Abey Mokgwatsane 18 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!
[2013 trends] Everything's so serious - time we loosened up a little!

In reviewing the past few years from an events perspective, I'm tempted to ask: "Where did all the fun go?" As both the South African and the international events industries have grown, developed, matured and become increasingly competitive - all within the context of the global economic crisis - I might be forgiven for thinking that the game plan has changed.

By Karen Ashwin 16 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Social media marketing and the youth
[2013 trends] Social media marketing and the youth

The following is a breakdown of social media marketing trends for 2013.This year I take a look at both external (the youth market) and internal (business marketing efforts) trends that I predict will play a crucial role in further cementing the role of social media marketing in the overall marketing strategies for most brands and businesses seeking to effectively engage the youth market through social media platforms.

By Bradley Maseko 15 Jan 2013

Media houses fail to popularise national anthem
Media houses fail to popularise national anthem

Media owners and managers in Uganda have been asked to popularise the national anthem on a daily basis, as part of preparations to mark Uganda's golden jubilee independence anniversary on Tuesday, 9 October 2012.

By Walter Wafula 8 Oct 2012

Maja Rode
Five lessons brands can learn from Kony 2012

Kony 2012 has undoubtedly become one of the most successful social media-driven marketing campaigns to date, primarily because the public doesn't seem to look at it as a marketing campaign at all. If brands and their causes really do want to compete with Kony 2012, they will have to bear a few important things in mind.

By Maja Rode 14 Mar 2012

Building brands, driving sales - and doing good
Building brands, driving sales - and doing good

Do you have a favourite example of how marketing can have a positive impact on the world? I never hesitate when I'm asked that question: the Outsurance pointspeople. Social good meets brand awareness and affinity: it's a win-win situation.

By Sarah Britten 7 Mar 2012

[Design Indaba 2012] Where it's at
[Design Indaba 2012] Where it's at

Cape Town is gearing up to host one of the world's premier design conferences - the 2012 Design Indaba. Design Indaba regular and Pentagram partner Michael Bierut will MC this years' event alongside Michelle Constant and Khaya Dlanga. The conference takes place 29 February-March 2012 at the CTICC and the expo (which is open to the general public) takes place 2-4 March 2012.

By Herman Manson 24 Feb 2012

[2012 trends] Been there, done that, now let's get really smart!
[2012 trends] Been there, done that, now let's get really smart!

Thanks to our preference for face-to-face interpersonal communications, meetings, events and marketing activations enjoy pride of place as fabulous marketing tools. However, we also know that great events cost. The heat is on to ensure that events deliver serious marketing and financial results - and that clients are assured of their incomparable experiential value, especially when paired with the latest trends and technology!

By Karen Ashwin 12 Jan 2012

Human dev should top corporate agenda, says corp VP at Microsoft
Human dev should top corporate agenda, says corp VP at Microsoft

The revolutions that have been sparked in the Middle East since the start of the year may have faded in the minds of many Western media consumers but it was still very much on the minds of local speakers at the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region Microsoft Advertising Imagine Istanbul 2011 conference that took place last week in Istanbul, Turkey.

By Herman Manson 7 Nov 2011

Thabani Khumalo
Communication advocates consensus, democracy, development, delivery

Communication can facilitate and accelerate development by encouraging and consolidating dialogue, debate and consensus, which ultimately strengthen democracy, development and delivery. Furthermore, it can give a voice to the poorest masses, thus enabling them to articulate their own development challenges, opportunities and aspirations.

By Thabani Khumalo 4 Nov 2011

Christopher Bauti
Journos train to report on non-communicable diseases

Thirty journalists from across Malawi grouped together in Salima where they are undergoing training in reporting on diabetes and non-communicable diseases (NCD).

By Gregory Gondwe 26 Sep 2011

Gregory Gondwe
MultiChoice Malawi celebrates African Day

The MultiChoice Malawi on Wednesday 25 May 2011 celebrated the African Day in Lilongwe where guests were treated to different African dishes at Cross-Roads Hotel.

By Gregory Gondwe 26 May 2011

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Green leadership: what consumers expect from media

In an industry prone to sensationalism, hearsay journalism, reporting keener on settling scores than informing, pathetic wages, mass exodus of skills and lack of ongoing training, environmental reporting in Africa is almost non-existent. Some believe African media's indifference towards green issues constitutes an affront to impoverished populations that pin their hopes on newsrooms to hold profit-obsessed businesses to account for hurting the planet.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 8 Jul 2010

[Design Indaba conf] Of most extra-ordinary design
[Design Indaba conf] Of most extra-ordinary design

The 2010 Design Indaba might turn out to be the most memorable to date. Bizcommunity.com brings you the highlights of the third and final day, as well as Li and Martha. [view twitterfall]

By Herman Manson 1 Mar 2010

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