[Rod Baker] In terms of its own mandate and charter, and its core values - all readily readable on its own website - the SABC makes it clear that it will provide services in all 11 official languages.
And what service in one's own language is more important than the news? Let's face it, it's an irritation when you cannot understand what an actor is saying in his or her latest film as it's being broadcast in your non-mother tongue, but when it comes to news, you need to know what is going on. Alas, it seems only those who speak English will be catered for as of later this week, because according to a media report, SABC News plans to scrap bulletins in Afrikaans, vernacular languages.
Next, Chris Brewer asks: How much is an idea worth? and uses as an example a subject close to our wallets... read more
[Rod Baker] The fires that devastated large areas of the Cape Peninsula last week were covered extensively. Now, Stuart Thomas reports on the drones, maps and social networks SA's tech-savvy media used to report on the #CapeFire.
Moving to fires that rage internally, Tiffany Markman is amazed by the fact that when it comes to business writing unless you are ready for a whole world of drama, you can't really say what you mean or say what you want to say. read more
[Rod Baker] One of the highlights of the annual calendar is, what else... Design Indaba and as always, we were there, bringing you the latest from the world of design.
On the media front, it pays to get mad - which is what happened when members of the media found their cellphone signals blocked during Jacob Zuma's SONA. read more
[Rod Baker] With the dust barely settled on last week's Bookmarks Awards, Danette Breitenbach speaks to a number of winners to find out why exactly a Bookmarks win is meaningful (hint: the actual winning is the least important aspect.)
It's set to be a busy week for the design-minded among us, with the Design Indaba conference kicking off at the CTICC later this week and the expo running all weekend. Leigh Andrews will be attending, and got an exclusive teaser from Joe Public agency's Executive Creative Director Xolisa Dyeshana and Chief Creative Officer, Pepe Marais on what we can expect from their conference-opening talk. read more
[Rod Baker] It's back in the news again for all the wrong reasons, this time because Communications Minister Faith Muthambi and COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng have been accused of a hostile takeover of the national broadcaster. The DA claims that recent developments pose a great threat to the corporation's independence.
Gravity beckoned - and Mugabe answered the call... read more
[Rod Baker] The New Age (153,000 readers, according to AMPS) enjoyed R10,199,988 of government spending in 2013-2014, says PoliticsWeb. Sowetan (with 1,674,000 readers - more than 10 times more than The New Age) got R10,434,476 - about R240,000 more to play with. read more
[Rod Baker] First up, Gustav Goosen looks at the big online advertising trends for 2015. He reckons that while it's always been a highly competitive space, this seemed the case more than ever this past year, and gives us a hint of what to expect in 2015. read more
Trends - 19 Jan 2015
[Rod Baker] Writing on SA youth lifestyle and culture for our special [Trends 2015] section, Bradley Maseko reckons 2015 will be an impactful year for the youth of South Africa if you consider personal brand differentiation, spending and media behaviour, to the trend of visual domination.
Building on this, Adene van der Walt says there are five key strategies that marketers and advertisers need to embrace this year and that we need a return to marketing fundamentals. The key takeout of these is to deliver products that are up to date and innovative, while remaining true to your brand's core values.
Next up, Mike Sharman speaks forth on online influencers as the billboards of 2015 and says brands need to enhance their cult status to win over Generation Z.
And finally... read more
[Rod Baker] It's almost becoming monotonous... In December, the SABC board chair Ellen Tshabalala resigned - finally - after a long and pointless legal battle to keep her job after she had been found to have lied about her qualifications (she doesn't have what she claimed to have). read more
2015... Bring it on!
Well, we've reached the end of the year, albeit too often in the dark, but this is the time of the year when we get together with our families and friends and enjoy our time together.
So from all of us here at Bizcommunity.com, to all of you - our clients, advertisers, readers and followers - a hearty Best Wishes to you all, and to those dear to you. read more
[Rod Baker] She's going down fighting... Ellen Tshabalala, found to have lied to parliament, maintains she has qualifications from Unisa. read more
[Rod Baker] The South African Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB SA) announced this morning that it is closing, a move precipitated by the withdrawal of the SABC as a member, citing cost cutting.
Also up there as an attention-getter for online media companies, is the report that the Film and Publications Board has selectively released a contentious draft policy for original content distributed online in South Africa, hence the question: Is online censorship looming?
Some media companies are still studying the document, but in the view of at least one observer, in addition to the proposed regulation being a massive moneymaking scheme, there are other concerns around the way it could be applied.
Leigh Andrews takes a look at the DMX Conference and the secret to getting your website to stand out from the rest and in the latest of our [21 Icons Season 2] we look at Zanele Situ.
And last but by no means least... read more