SA's first 24-hour online music channel

The first 24-hour online music channel, Touch Central, founded by Gareth Cliff and Tbo Touch, will launch at the end of August. The channel will feature predominantly female jocks.

1 day ago

Fairlady finalists ready for next stage

The Fairlady Women of the Future Awards 2016, in partnership with Santam, has announced its finalists for 2016, in the categories of Woman of the Future and Rising Star. Winners will be announced in August. Woman of the Future finalistsJessica Bonin (Lady Bonin`s Tea) - owner of an all female-run...

1 day ago

Freelancers web refresh

Summit Software has redesigned the Freelancers Writing Services website, as part of its hosting services. "The new website is simpler and faster," says Gwen Watkins, owner of Freelancers Writing Services. "I found Sunil Menon and his team to be very informative and helpful in the refresh and look...

3 days ago

Statement from SANEF on the SABC

The South African National Editor's Forum (Sanef) welcomes the Labour Court's decision that reverses the dismissal of the SABC journalists who challenged censorship at the public broadcaster. The court decision affirms media freedom and sends a strong message that censorship has no place in a...

3 days ago

Statement from Omnicom on Gordon Patterson

It is with great sadness and shock that we acknowledge the passing of Gordon Patterson. A true professional, he had a profound impact on the industry, earning various prestigious accolades and titles over his 25-year career. At the time of his passing, Gordon was director of the Omnicom Media Group,...

3 days ago

Four SABC journalists to be reinstated

The Labour Court has ruled that four SABC journalists that were dismissed by the broadcaster must be reinstated. Represented by trade union Solidarity, the journalists to be reinstated are Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp. The journalists were four of eight who...

26 Jul 2016

UJ students win IPRA Golden World Award

A 25-member team of PR students from the University of Johannesburg has won the Golden World Award from the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) in July 2016, following its win in April 2016 of the PRISA Gold and Silver Award in the South African Public Relations Campaign of the Year...

26 Jul 2016

Burson-Marsteller selected as PR communications agency for AfricaCom 2016

Burson-Marsteller has been selected as the PR communications agency for AfricaCom, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14-18 November 2016. The relationship will be managed by its Johannesburg office, with support from its Cape Town team and its extensive African...

22 Jul 2016

New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards close for entries next week

Entries for the 2016 New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards close on Tuesday 26 July 2016. The competition is open to winning campaigns or an individual who goes beyond just doing his or her job and deserves an award. New entrants are welcomed. Entries can be submitted manually via the Excel...

22 Jul 2016

SABC censorship interdicted

On Wednesday 20 July, the High Court in Pretoria interdicted the SABC from enforcing its decision on censorship. The Helen Suzman Foundation approached the High Court calling for the interdict. This news emerges after recent developments in the SABC's refusal to broadcast violent protests earlier...

20 Jul 2016

New UK ad created by Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters has created a new TVC for Sunny, the short-term loans provider, as part of its 'Life Support' campaign. The TV ad, called 'Feather Boiler' features the brand's laidback Californian brand character 'Sonny with an O' coming to the rescue of a man whose boiler breaks down. The...

20 Jul 2016

Growing support for 'Friends of SABC journalists' fund

A crowdsourced campaign has been launched on Generosity.com to raise funds for the SABC journalists who lost their jobs for standing up for media freedom. Called 'Friends of SABC journalists', the campaign has raised more than R240,000 in less than 12 hours. Click here for more and to support the...

20 Jul 2016

Vox Telecom's Braintree partners with Linkfresh

The consulting and integration division within Vox Telecom, Braintree, has confirmed its partnership with Linkfresh, a packaged business management system for the fresh food sector and a Microsoft Dynamics certified add-on package. The application has been specifically designed for companies who...

19 Jul 2016

Ruth Golembo passes away

Ruth Golembo, a PR expert for Meropa, passed away unexpectedly in Cape Town on Thursday, 14 July 2016.

15 Jul 2016

Emojis helping marketers to communicate

Emojis have become a part of everyday human language and on 17 July it's World Emoji Day. In 2015, 92% of the online population was using emojis, and 70% said emojis helped them to express their feelings more effectively. But emojis aren't just for consumers. Marketers are tapping into this new way...

15 Jul 2016

Still time to enter London International Awards

The London International Awards (LIA) has extended the entry deadline to 29 July 2016 and has added features to save entrants time when entering multiple categories. It has also added a feature that allows entrants to copy their credits between media. Work submitted must be broadcast, published or...

14 Jul 2016

Developing editorial angles: A second workshop for PR juniors

The need to assist PR juniors with better developing PR angles for their key-client messages is greater than imagined following a sold-out session in June. PR-Net founder, Brian Berkman, a consultant with more than 20 years experience as pubic relations consultant and working journalist, presents...

13 Jul 2016

Jam Media offers free PR workshop as part of Mandela Month

This year, as part of its Madiba Month celebration, Jam Media will share knowledge and skills in PR, marketing and social media with ten SMEs in a free workshop on Monday 18 July from 8am to 10am in Cape Town. The free workshop will give participants the opportunity to network with other smallish...

13 Jul 2016

Spark Media adds Spark Africa as a new business unit

Spark Africa, which represents 18 newspapers across Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, is to be incorporated as an additional business unit into Spark Media. "The move was a natural progression to integrate this division into our 360° print and digital offerings," says...

13 Jul 2016

Jockey launches initiative to uplift, empower Durban's hawkers

In partnership with the Texcon Hawkers Forum and Business Support KwaZulu Natal, underwear brand, Jockey has implemented a programme that will see hawkers undertake a New Venture Creation learnership programme for one year in Durban. At an event recently hosted at the Garden Court South Beach,...

12 Jul 2016

Cartier Women's Initiative Awards open for entries

The tenth Cartier Women's Initiative Awards is open for entries from entrepreneurs until 10am (CET) 31 August 2016. This is an entrepreneurship competition for start-ups led by women and organised by Cartier, in partnership with McKinsey and INSEAD business school. It aims to support creative,...

12 Jul 2016

Subscription TV stays in tough financial times

MyBroadband reports on the findings from a recent Old Mutual study of 1,000 working South African households on what they'd cut back on when times are tight. While luxury items are usually the first to go, most respondents said they would rather cut back on essentials like food before cancelling...

12 Jul 2016

#SABC8 receive Nat Nakasa award

This weekend, eight SABC journalists, known as the #SABC8 on social media, received the Nat Nakasa award for "fearless and brave journalism", as they challenged key changes made within the SABC, including the refusal to display protests on television....

11 Jul 2016

The dos and don'ts of creating eye-catching emails

Every company dreams of having free SMTP email services that consistently deliver attention-grabbing emails to their customers. But many spend big bucks to get results only to be disappointed when they review analytics later. The key to getting it right is in understanding what people find engaging,...

11 Jul 2016

Eusebius McKaiser joins, Jenny Crwys-Williams leaves 702 and Cape Talk

From the end of July 2016, Eusebius McKaiser will host the 9am to noon slot on Radio 702 and Cape Talk from Mondays to Thursdays, as Redi Tlhabi goes on maternity leave until mid January 2017. The Friday Stand-In will continue with a different, prominent person hosting the show each week. Jenny...

11 Jul 2016

Association of African Exhibition Organisers, Event Greening Forum in partnership

The Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) has announced its partnership with the Event Greening Forum (EVF), which will advance sustainability causes in the industry and afford members a unique opportunity to render services in a healthy and environmentally friendly manner. It creates...

11 Jul 2016

WeChat partners with Stuff to offer Incredible Connection product deals

A partnership between WeChat, Stuff magazine and Incredible Connection offers readers product deals delivered to their doorstep by enabling e-commerce via smartphones, a first for Africa. To make a purchase, readers need to download WeChat and set up a WeChat Wallet. Once they have done so, and...

8 Jul 2016

Heineken launches world's first AI football commentator

Heineken has launched 'Banternator', the world's first artificially intelligent football commentator, during the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Final. Creative agency, M&C Saatchi Abel, was briefed by the brand to find a new way for football fans to celebrate match night in an innovative way. The...

7 Jul 2016

SABC 3 launches Top Chef South Africa

A local version of the American reality TV series, Top Chef, will launch locally on SABC 3 on Tuesday 12 July at 8pm. Produced by Urban Brew Studios, Top Chef South Africa will be hosted by Top Billing presenter, Lorna Maseko. Head judge on Top Chef South Africa will be Neill Anthony, a TV...

7 Jul 2016

MOST Shepherd Award opens for nominations

The Shepherd Award acknowledges an individual who has contributed a great deal to the betterment of the sector. Past winners of the MOST Shepherd Award, Paul Middleton and Gordon Patterson, have shown consistent commitment to the advertising, marketing and media sector. Creative contributions,...

7 Jul 2016

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