|19 Mar 2012|
|Africa | Marketing & Media
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, 2012 Design Indaba
For the better...
Last week I mentioned that media freedom
in parts of Africa is still an ongoing battle. Following MISA-Malawi's response on recent incidents, the chairman of the Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Anthony Kasunda, has since received threats
over the chapter's stance on the Malawi government's repeated attacks on the media. While Malawi police were called to protect journalists and the public who are receiving threats from unknown persons, police forces in Angola have reportedly raided a private newspaper
and shut it down.
Acts such as these are instilling fear in members of the media and is thus a step back in the promotion of media freedom and freedom of expression. Just when will it end?
Earlier today, a trending topic on Twitter (#timesafrica
) caught my eye. I suddenly followed the conversation to see what it was all about. It appeared to be The Times
's CEO Summit Africa, currently taking place in London. Various topics and issues were brought up. Tony Blair, who addressed the summit
, said the continent is changing for the better, adding that "perceptions of Africa are also changing for the better".
In order to change some of these perceptions that the globe have of Africa, A24 Media and CCTV Africa partnered
to produce a documentary series titled, 'Faces of Africa'.
In other news this week: Media in Uganda have been urged to be more professional in reporting
on current affairs; Communications Commission of Kenya responds
to issues of broadcasting frequencies; MD of M-Net Africa makes it to the WEF's Young Global Leaders for 2012
list; and there has been an increase of entries for the African Movie Academy Awards
Here's to a great week!
Evan-Lee Courie @evan1985
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Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi
), is said to be receiving threats from unknown people over the chapter's stance on the Malawi government's repeated attacks on the media. Read more >>
Globally, there is an increasing use of social media platforms like Facebook, and Twitter, by individuals and companies. In Uganda, like elsewhere, individuals are more aggressive in embracing the social change than businesses. Read more >>
A separate category for entries from outside of South Africa has been introduced to the Loeries
, which has issued its 34th call to enter on Thursday, 15 March 2012. In order to better promote the work being produced throughout the region, "Rest of Africa and the Middle East" will be judged separately to allow improved representation of all regions and offer greater exposure to each region's creative output. Read more >>
Kony 2012 has undoubtedly become one of the most successful social media-driven marketing campaigns to date, primarily because the public doesn't seem to look at it as a marketing campaign at all. If brands and their causes really do want to compete with Kony 2012, they will have to bear a few important things in mind. Read more >>
The African Movie Academy Awards
(AMAA) received a total of 328 entries from across Africa, an increase of 108 entries in 2011. This includes 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. 43 entries came from Africans in the Diaspora, with the other entries coming from 23 countries across the continent. Read more >>
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is continuing its efforts together with the Congolese Red Cross to help people affected by the Brazzaville blasts
which took place on Sunday, 4 March 2012. Read more >>
Events & Conferencing
Exhibitions & Events
The inaugural BRICS Africa Export Import Forum, an event designed to keep importers and exporters abreast of the changing dynamics of international trade, will take place alongside Africa's Big Seven (AB7) Food and Beverage trade exhibition and SAITEX on 15-17 July 2012 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
Biola Alabi, the managing director of M-Net Africa, has been honoured as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders (YGL) for 2012. The annual honour recognises outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. Read more >>
Ugandan journalists and media houses have been urged to be more professional in reporting about current affairs in the country to avoid slander and misrepresentation of facts. Read more >>
Vodacom has been been ordered to pay a politically connected fixer US$21m (R159m) this week by a court in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but the episode could end up costing the mobile operator almost twice that amount. Read more >>
PR & Communications
PR practitioners frequently counsel clients to 'stay on message' despite tactical distractions and fast-changing market conditions. It's good advice - so good, we should take it ourselves. Read more >>
have announced a partnership with CCTV Africa, China Central Television's news productions center which launched in Kenya in January 2012 which focuses on African news and perspectives, to produce 20 documentaries for the CCTV series "Faces of Africa". [video] Read more >>
Often, advertising and marketing managers in developing countries practice shadowboxing when it comes to buying media. Their advertising decisions are informed by hearsay and past marketing success. Read more >>
Starting today, Monday, 19 March 2012, we invite all our Bizcommunity.com readers to complete our reader survey so that we may understand your needs and continue to be your no. 1 source of daily B2B news and information. The first 1000 readers who complete the survey will each receive a one-month subscription to iPad-only daily magazine iMaverick
. Read more >>
The attention of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has been drawn to media reports attributed to one of the mobile operators in the country calling for the surrender of assigned broadcasting frequencies on the 700MHz band to mobile operators and other service providers for use in the deployment of 4G services (i.e. superfast mobile broadband/Internet services). Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
MultiChoice Malawi has announced that the seventh season of Big Brother Africa
will be called Big Brother Africa 'StarGame'. Read more >>
NEW YORK, US: The International AME Awards
, now in its 18th year of honouring The World's Best Work in Advertising and Marketing Effectiveness, has announced the 2012 competition award winners. Read more >>
NEW YORK, US: The World Federation of Advertisers has strengthened its governing body with the appointment of seven new members to its executive committee. Read more >>
PARIS, FRANCE: MIPTV 2012 Preview
is now online and brings you interviews, product news, feature and more. So take a look. Read more >>
ANNECY, FRANCE: The Media Faculty, Gulli and CITIA, backed by the SPFA (Animation Film Producers Association), have worked together to design a master class From Feature Films to Animated Series: Writing for the Whole Family
to run during the International Animation Film Festival. Read more >>
As a rapidly rising global population and growing prosperity put increasingly unsustainable pressures on resources, the Corporate Sustainability in Africa 2012 conference in Johannesburg in May will aim to find answers to questions as to how we will meet the challenges facing us. Read more >>
SOUTH AFRICAMercedes-Benz Fashion Show 2012
President Jacob Zuma says the implementation of the e-tolling system on Gauteng's main freeways is necessary for the economic development of South Africa. Read more >>
SA's bulk export volumes dropped by 21.2% in February from January as mostly iron ore exports out of Saldanha slumped by 48.6% month on month (m/m) to 2,571,174 tons, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) data showed on Tuesday. Read more >>
The Department of Correctional Services is conducting an investigation into the circumstances that led to an attempted prison escape by three awaiting trial inmates at the C-Max Prison in Pretoria on Wednesday morning. Read more >>
More Government news...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
BMW has taken another stride closer to premium sedan heaven with its new 3 Series launched in South Africa this week. The outgoing model was already the best driver car in its class but the latest version is an even more pleasing mix of Levi and Hugo Boss. Read more >>
More Motoring news...
When you're planning an overseas holiday, insurance is usually the last thing on your mind: but travelling without proper insurance can leave you and your family destitute if anything happens. Read more >>
The 2011/12 summer season has proved to be a successful period for Cape Town-based hotels, which saw a noticeable year-on-year increase in occupancy figures over the December 2011 and January 2012 period. Read more >>
There's so much to see and do in Europe - but for sheer history, culture and off-the-beaten-track discovery, there's nothing like the central and Eastern parts of this fascinating continent. Read more >>
More Travel news...
The music video for Escape, the third single off KONGOS sophomore album, Lunatic, premiered last night on DStv's MK. Shot mostly in South Africa, a couple wakes up to destruction on the tellie and hit the road to "escape". Naturally, they're headed for Cape Town... Read more >>
Directed by Hugh Dudley, Cape Town funk-rock band Stereo Zen recently released a music video for the track UnFunky. The title is fairly misleading as the song is anything but "unfunky" - which, I suppose, ties into the concept of the video pretty tightly. Read more >>
[Andra le Roux-Kemp]
Did you know that when you get goosebumps, it is due to a decrease in body temperature? And that a decrease in body temperature is generally associated with a longer life expectancy? I am no doctor, but if this is true then attending the sensational, sold-out performance of the Gugulethu Tenors at The Fugard Theatre added quite a few years to my lifespan. Read more >>
War Horse is a movie about two things: a war and a horse. The war part, as expected from a director like Steven Spielberg, is absolutely epic. That explains why the film received Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography and Best Set Design. Some of the scenes, like the charge through a German camp, are so spectacularly shot that all you can do is sit back in awe. Read more >>
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- Digital strategy in building brands Vega Johannesburg - Johannesburg, 20 March
- Documentary "Cool It" Heartcapital - Cape Town, 22 March
- Strategic marketing for thinkers Vega Johannesburg - Johannesburg, 27 March
- Scriptwriting workshop Allaboutwriting - Johannesburg, 31 March
- Entrepreneurs workshop Ndalo Media - Polokwane, 31 March
- Maximizing corporate social responsibility UNI Strategic Pte - Kuala Lumpur, 19 April
- Africa Health 2012 Britespark Communications - Johannesburg, 9 May
- Marketing Indaba CADEK Media - Cape Town, 9 May
- Corporate sustainability in Africa 2012 Vital Training - Sandton, Johannesburg, 21 May
- Retail technology forum Africa OpenRoom Events - Hermanus, Cape Town, 29 October
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