|11 Jun 2012|
|Africa | Marketing & Media
|Marketing & Media, Advertising, Branding, Cinema, CRM, CSI, Design, Digital, Direct Marketing, Education & Training, Events & Conferencing, Exhibitions, Magazines, Marketing, Media, Mobile, Newspapers, Online Media, Out Of Home, PR & Communications, Printing, Production, Promotions, Radio, Recruitment, Research, Retail, Sales, Sponsorship, Trends, TV, Youth Marketing
, 2012 Design Indaba
That not so stable internet connection
There is nothing worse than arriving at work on a Monday morning ready to take on the week and all of a sudden you're faced with a speed-bump in your daily routine - like not being able to upload content for your readers. Working in an online environment has its advantages, and it also has its disadvantages.
Here at Bizcommunity, and I'm sure like many other online businesses, we suffer the same blunders - like we did this morning. Some of us react by muttering expletives, while others hang around calmly waiting for the green light.
This is the misery of online businesses - especially when you have deadlines to meet, and let me not get started on the topic of a slow internet connection.
With that said, regarding all things internet related, we still have many things to be grateful for. Consider that we have been allowed the right to access of information, it has also enabled freedom of expression for the most part of it, it has allowed us to connect with old friends, even connecting us to new ones, it has allowed us to connect with families across the globe and it has even brought strangers together for good causes.
However, one of the greatest uses of the internet is that it has made communication easier and faster. Not forgeting that news is almost immediately available!
So next time you are unable to go online or you have a slow internet connection, be thankful for the advantages of this digital era.
In news this week: the Malawian government scrapes off VAT on newspapers
; MetropolitanRepublic Uganda wins Google account
; the African Virtual University and the iHub Research partner to strengthen research on mobile learning
in Africa; and contributor, Banele Rewo tackles the issue of brands behaving badly on social media
Have a great week!
Evan-Lee Courie @evan1985
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Today's top stories
The deadline for work to be entered into the Loeries Ubuntu Award
is 15 June 2012. This category recognises the positive influence of brands on the social and physical environment and rewards collective creative effort that has gone into promoting the long-term sustainability of environment and the upliftment of communities throughout Africa and the Middle East. Read more >>
Education & Training
Some presenting is high-consequence. You're the head of a prestigious law firm; CEO of a bank; the grand, high lama of World Domination & Sons; and you have ten minutes to speak at a catalyst event that will remain in the industry consciousness for years. Your job is to be the thought leader. You need to know how to handle it. Read more >>
The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO
) has awarded a total of R1.13-million in music study bursaries for 2012, giving 113 young South Africans a helping hand in fulfilling their dreams. Read more >>
Events & Conferencing
Malawi's principled refusal to invite Sudan's president to the African Union summit in Malawi put the continental body in an impossible quandary. Their solution was imperfect, but the right move in complicated circumstances. Read more >>
Africa's top business figures gathered together last week at the fifth annual African Business Awards in London. The event for celebrating excellence and achievement in African business took place at the Grosvenor House with approximately 300 guests. Read more >>
Like do-gooder celebrities out to save the continent, this whole maneno of Africa's bad image in the media just won't go away. A recent debate made me sit up for a moment. Read more >>
The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards
, formerly known as the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards, has announced the judges and entry categories for this year's competition, which closes for entries on 29 June 2012. A new category is available for online journalism. Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
The merger of Malawi's two state owned broadcasters, the Malawi Television (TVM) and the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), which failed to take-off due to various technicalities, has been given a much-needed boost after Malawi parliament passed a bill that effectively dissolved TVM. Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
The Malawian government has scrapped off 16.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on newspapers a year after it was introduced by the regime of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, where he was implementing a zero deficit budget that necessitated taxing everything. Read more >>
The African Press Organisation (APO), a press release wire in Africa, and global media relations related to Africa, on Friday, 8 June 2012, unveiled its new website, www.apo-opa.org
. Read more >>
PR & Communications
last week announced that they have won the PR and media relations for search engine Google, starting in Uganda with the potential to handle Rwanda and South Sudan operations once these are up and running. Read more >>
WASHINGTON, US: Unfazed by predictions of the death of newspapers, billionaire Warren Buffett is pumping more money into print. Read more >>
NUREMBERG, GERMANY: According to the Results of the GfK TEMAX Western Europe for the first quarter of 2012, the overall Technical Consumer Goods (TCG) market in Western Europe achieved a sales volume of €46.2bn in Q1 2012. This corresponds to a slight decrease of 5.1% compared to Q1 2011. With the exception of Austria and Germany, all the countries surveyed in GfK TEMAX Western Europe were affected by this development. Read more >>
President Jacob Zuma met with suspended national Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele in Durban on Friday to discuss the Board of Inquiry report. Read more >>
The roll out of a new biometric card to social grant beneficiaries from June will help government reduce the risk of fraud in the social grants system and improve the delivery of grants while cutting the costs involved in payouts. Read more >>
More Government news...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
Lexus has always been a leading stalker of the dominant German three-brand gang but now that it has unwrapped its new GS range its status has moved from amber threat to red attack alert because for the very first time Lexus has the weapons to take on the enemy on all fronts - and to outclass and beat them. Read more >>
More Motoring news...
[Johann M. Smith]
Oh Fender, Fender, Fender - the sound that echoes like a tin can in a dead-end street, banging and twanging for more than 50 years now. The one you want is a Stratocaster, of which Dan Patlansky has plenty. And, like the front image of a dirty, dog-eared porn magazine, the cover of his latest album, "20 Stones", makes no secret about its contents. You know exactly what you're going to get. Read more >>
There is something exceptional about father-son stories and in the extraordinary Being Flynn, it clearly shows that blood is thicker than water. Fathers and their sons bonding, or drifting apart, are significant ingredients of a story that anyone can relate to. Read more >>
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