#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges
#AfricaMonth: Beware - Africa's brand growth comes with counterfeiting challenges

Africa Day is celebrated on 25 May 2018 and marks the formation of the African Union. Africa has seen a vast increase in investment and growth over the past 50 plus years and many companies have already mobilised to capture this emerging demand.

By Vanessa Ferguson 3 hours ago

Barbara Kaija, group editor-in-chief of New Vision Press and Publishing Company and Noura al Hourani, lead Arabic editor at Syria Direct.
Wan-Ifra reveals 2018 Laureates of Women in News Editorial Leadership Award

Wan-Ifra has announced the 2018 Laureates of the Women in News Editorial Leadership Award.

20 hours ago

DISCOP Markets.
More than 500 content producers from Africa heading for DISCOP Johannesburg

More than 500 film, television, digital and video gaming content producers from all over Africa will converge at DISCOP Johannesburg for the vibrant three-day market and co-production forum expected to welcome 1,500 plus delegates from 70 countries.

1 day ago

Taazima Kala-Essack, lead consultant, Hotwire PRC, Botswana.
How to implement those big ideas

Is overthinking one of the problems plaguing the communications industry and, especially, the public relations sector of that industry?

By TAAZIMA KALA-ESSACK 1 day ago

The misconceptions about public relations and how to spot a good PR practitioner
The misconceptions about public relations and how to spot a good PR practitioner

"Public relations (PR) is all glitz and glamour," said no PR practitioner (PRP) ever who is worth their salt. I've been working in the PR industry since 2009 and to date I still hear this common misconception.

By Jennilee Peremore 1 day ago

Where will GDPR and PoPIA leave digital marketing?
Where will GDPR and PoPIA leave digital marketing?

2018 is officially the year of privacy: The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will officially come into force on 25 May, followed by its local cousin, PoPIA in the second or third quarter of the year. You may be feeling this already - who hasn't received a flood of Privacy Policy and Data Protection Policy updates from around the world.

By Elizabeth de Stadler 2 days ago

Facebook hub, Lagos, Nigeria.
Facebook launches Africa's first hub space in Nigeria

Facebook has launched its first hub space in Africa to bring together communities to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas in Lagos, Nigeria.

2 days ago

Brand investment rises in East Africa
Brand investment rises in East Africa

East African economies have grown so rapidly in recent years that large brand-owners are not only making substantial investments in their brands, but are willing to go to court to protect them. Kenya in particular has seen a sharp increase in High Court litigation on intellectual property (IP) matters, and regional markets generally have become more complex and litigious as far as IP is concerned.

3 days ago

African bank wins digital strategy award
African bank wins digital strategy award

LOME, Togo - Pan-African Bank, Ecobank, wins Best Digital Strategy Award from Retail Banker International. Ecobank's digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is a key component in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa.

21 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa

Africa is a hot bed of opportunities. If you look for that opportunity you will find it, says Robyn de Villiers, vice chair of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) and chair and CEO of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa.

By Louise Marsland 18 May 2018

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Generation Z - Chasing butterflies (Part 1)

The oldest of Generation Z (or iGen or Centennials) - that generation coming after the millennials and before what some are already referring to as the Alpha Generation - are now 22 years of age. And, it seems this generation does not have it easy, despite technology making life increasingly more seamless, exciting and enjoyable. Being careful to avoid stereotyping, one can cautiously state that they have been born into a Vuca world, to cite the trendy acronym for 'volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity'.

By Marthinus Van Loggerenberg and Tuelo Lechuti 18 May 2018

Durban FilmMart 2018.
16 African films, documentaries selected for Durban FilmMart

The 9th Durban FilmMart announces its Official Project Selection for the 2018 edition, including 16 films and documentaries from Africa.

18 May 2018

We rise together: Collaboration and Africa's economic future
We rise together: Collaboration and Africa's economic future

The key to business sustainability is changing how we think about competition and partnership. The business landscape is beginning to shift away from the traditional competition model, especially in Africa, to a form of capitalism that is more open to collaboration. When it comes to making a positive impact on the world, of course, there is immense power in joining forces to create collective impact at a scale far beyond what any one company could achieve alone.

Issued by Shift Social Development 18 May 2018