|4 Jun 2012|
|Africa | Marketing & Media
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, 2012 Design Indaba
Cheers to Africa!
WOW! Can you believe that we are officially half way through 2012? Time really does fly when you're having fun!
Some of the news and events that took place in the past six months include:
- the launch of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) - the fibre optic cable set to meet demand for fast, efficient broadband in Africa, linking Southern and Western Africa to Europe;
- the Loeries expands into Africa with a new category called 'Rest of Africa and the Middle East', which aims to promote work being produced in these regions;
- the fifth anniversary of CNBC Africa;
- plans for the DotAfrica domain name are underway; and
- telecommunications services provider, Airtel continues to make progress across the continent.
I'm sure you can agree with me that we are spreading our wings and making big things happen on our continent.
Give yourself a high five!
Evan-Lee Courie @evan1985
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Today's top stories
Special focus on media freedom & right to know
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes last weeks vote in the Malawi parliament that repealed an amendment to the country's Penal Code
which allowed the government to ban any news "not in the public interest." Read more >>
The work environment is an often fast-paced, dynamic and challenging one - especially true for those working within the marketing communications industry that requires constant creativity, analytical thinking, perfectionism and adherence to tight deadlines. Read more >>
Web development and design have come a long way since the early days of hideous blinding pages that confronted us when we navigated through websites in the hope of a: finding the information we want, and b: seeing awesome designs and functionality in place. Read more >>
Education & Training
The International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Abuja held its maiden matriculation ceremony at the National Centre for Women Development on Saturday [2 June 2012]. Interestingly, as important as the event is to the students, the management of institute and all stakeholders alike, it avails the nation the opportunity of not only reflecting on the need for training and retraining of journalists in Nigeria, but also appreciating their immense contributions to the task of nation-building over the years. Read more >>
Events & Conferencing
Basic Lead, organisers of the annual DISCOP Africa which focuses on the film and television content market, has announced that they will subsidize the attendance of up to 100 international content buyers at the event. Acquisitions executives who are interested in the increasing range of quality content and formats created in Africa will be targeted. Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
President Joyce Banda has perhaps become the first Malawi head of state to directly comment on the arrest of a media practitioner
and express regret over it. Read more >>
The Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) welcome the acquittal of Mega FM journalist, Patrick Otim and 14 others, by the High Court of Uganda of charges of treason and concealment of treason. Read more >>
One of the most consistent questions we get working in internet radio is where we get our numbers? Predominantly the question comes from those working in commercial radio and people interested in how we operate and create revenue flow. Read more >>
LONDON, UK: - comScore, Inc has released an overview of mobile and computer usage of Maps across the five leading European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) using the comScore MobiLens and comScore MMX services. Read more >>
PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY, KIEV, UKRAINE: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have called for greater support of press freedom in Ukraine amid concerns about the state of democracy in the country. Read more >>
MIAMI, US: The organisers have announced this year's Festival of Media LatAm Awards chair of the jury will be Nadine McHugh, VP, global integrated media communications at Colgate-Palmolive. Read more >>
The government hung up on South Korea's KT Corporation on Friday after the company had spent months in talks over investing in Telkom. Telkom's share price plunged 8.34% to close at an eight-year low of R22.91c. Read more >>
Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi is "not hopeful" the government will reverse its decision and back the proposed transaction with South Korea's KT Corporation. The Cabinet's decision to take the deal off the table is being seen as another example of the government's reluctance to loosen its grip on the ailing company, thus stifling access to telecommunications. Read more >>
The Treasury has belatedly clarified its estimates of the costs of e-tolling in Gauteng's Freeway Improvement Project, putting them far below those of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Read more >>
More Government news...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
New vehicles sales in South Africa in May accelerated to more than 20% higher than the same month last year and about 11% higher than the average for the first five months of the year according to figures released today by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). Read more >>
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
BMW has taken its first major step into twin-engine technology in South Africa with the introduction of the ActiveHybrid 5 whose green credentials immediately elevate it to the top of its class, not only for its kindness to Mother Nature but also in terms of looks, impressive features, comfort, ride and safety. Read more >>
More Motoring news...
Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly - from 1 June 2013 - to Brazil, the airline's first South American destination. "Brazil is a logical next step for us and will mark the sixth continent we serve and our coming of age as a truly global airline," James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, said. Read more >>
More Travel news...
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