[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] One of the highlights of the South African annual calendar is, what else... Design Indaba and as always, we were there, bringing you the latest from the world of design. read more
[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] The Bookmarks Awards are one of South Africa's premier advertising awards programmes, and that's why Danette Breitenbach spoke to a number of winners to find out why exactly a Bookmarks win is meaningful.
Also on the topic of creativity, Leigh Andrews chats to Liné van der Merwe of Life is Awesome agency on the subject of how to extend the 'Life is Awesome' philosophy beyond the creatives that usually live by these words. read more
[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] When Mugabe took a recent trip - albeit a great deal shorter than the trips he usually takes - and succumbed to gravity, Zimbabwe Information Minister Jonathan Moyo was quick to threaten the media afterwards that next time, devices would be taken from the media. Appearing to defend the heavy-handedness of the state security services who forced journalists to delete photographs of Mugabe's fall, Moyo is quoted as saying that "...The Vatican does that, the police at the Vatican. read more
[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] If a 'digitally literate shopper' sounds like a trend of the future, read this quickly as your business may already be behind the times... Leigh Andrews reports on [eCommerce Africa] and the ins and outs of engaging with digitally literate shoppers - so get reading. read more
[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] Peter Greste, one of the three Al Jazeera journalists jailed last year in Egypt for alleged terrorism-related charges, has been freed and deported. But that still leaves Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy and their Egyptian Al Jazeera colleague Baher Mohamed. read more
[Rod Baker, @Biz_Africa] Lobola has gone mobile and not everyone is happy. The issue? A new mobile app that takes the African tradition of paying a bride price into the technological age... read more
[Ilse van den Berg, @Biz_Africa] It is with a sad heart that I write my last ed's column today as I bid this fabulous company, Bizcommunity.com, and all our readers farewell.
I have always had the dratted travel bug (which cannot be cured with any vaccination unfortunately), and so, when the opportunity arrived to leave on a jet-plane to Northern Italy for a few months, I simply couldn't decline. read more
[Rod Baker] 2014 has come and gone, and it's history... even though much of what began last year seems destined to continue... read more
[Ilse van den Berg, @Biz_Africa]
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.
This has not been the easiest of years, but 2014 is almost at an end and if there is one thing history has taught us, it is that South Africans of all colours, creeds and walks-of-life are resilient... read more
[Ilse van den Berg, @Biz_Africa] In her TrendTalk column, Creativity's 'curse', Louise Marsland discusses the importance of being creative at work as well as outside of work.
Covering the DMX Conference, Leigh Andrews gives some tips to getting your website to stand out from the rest. She also elaborates on Gemalto's African mobile marketing win-win plan, and shares vice president of mobile marketing for Gemalto, Nadia Gonzalez's secrets to getting your African mobile marketing plan right.
Alex Salter, CEO of SamKnows, in his piece Connecting with purpose: The internet forces shaping modern Africa, urges African nations to leverage the lessons already learned by other global telecom regulators and governments.
In other news, Ogilvy & Mather appointed Paul Shearer as its new CCO Middle East, North Africa; and the AdFocus Awards 2014 took place last week in Johannesburg - congratulations to all the winners!
Last but not least, in last week's Biz Takeouts show, @BizWazza had Misha Teasdale and Lauren O'Donnell from Greenpop, and Kilowatt AV CEO, Dillon Jearey in studio. read more