|4 Jun 2012|
|Africa | Marketing & Media
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, 2012 Design Indaba
Cheers to Africa!
WOW! Can you believe that we are officially half way through 2012? Time really does fly when you're having fun!
Some of the news and events that took place in the past six months include:
- the launch of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) - the fibre optic cable set to meet demand for fast, efficient broadband in Africa, linking Southern and Western Africa to Europe;
- the Loeries expands into Africa with a new category called 'Rest of Africa and the Middle East', which aims to promote work being produced in these regions;
- the fifth anniversary of CNBC Africa;
- plans for the DotAfrica domain name are underway; and
- telecommunications services provider, Airtel continues to make progress across the continent.
I'm sure you can agree with me that we are spreading our wings and making big things happen on our continent.
Give yourself a high five!
Evan-Lee Courie @evan1985
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Special focus on media freedom & right to know
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes last weeks vote in the Malawi parliament that repealed an amendment to the country's Penal Code
which allowed the government to ban any news "not in the public interest." Read more >>
The work environment is an often fast-paced, dynamic and challenging one - especially true for those working within the marketing communications industry that requires constant creativity, analytical thinking, perfectionism and adherence to tight deadlines. Read more >>
Web development and design have come a long way since the early days of hideous blinding pages that confronted us when we navigated through websites in the hope of a: finding the information we want, and b: seeing awesome designs and functionality in place. Read more >>
Our increased usage of social networks has ensured that the word "friend" is used loosely to mean someone you are friends with online, and have met offline. Chats I had with bloggers and perceived influencers in the trusted authentic amplification of brands and products revealed some interesting nuggets. Read more >>
Education & Training
The International Institute of Journalism (IIJ) Abuja held its maiden matriculation ceremony at the National Centre for Women Development on Saturday [2 June 2012]. Interestingly, as important as the event is to the students, the management of institute and all stakeholders alike, it avails the nation the opportunity of not only reflecting on the need for training and retraining of journalists in Nigeria, but also appreciating their immense contributions to the task of nation-building over the years. Read more >>
Events & Conferencing
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
The Parliament of Malawi has repealed an oppressive media law - Section 46 of the Penal Code - which gives the information minister power to ban any publication and circulation of materials he/she deems would be bad for the public. Read more >>
[Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi]
President Joyce Banda has perhaps become the first Malawi head of state to directly comment on the arrest of a media practitioner
and express regret over it. Read more >>
M-Net, the multi-channel Pan-African content provider, has today announced the further roll-out of the African Film Library (AFL) with a season of films dedicated to African humour. Read more >>
A journalist with one of Malawi's major publishing houses, Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL), is languishing in police custody for writing a story on an alleged engagement ceremony involving two women. Read more >>
[Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd]
Kaspersky Lab argues there is an urgent need for an international convention to control the use of cyber weapons. Read more >>
Bulawayo-based Amakhosi Television Studios at Amakhosi Cultural Centre will next month start filming six episodes of the city's first television talk show. The talk show, called "City Life", will be produced and directed by Cont Mhlanga. Read more >>
With the number of youths in Africa expected to double by 2045, countries across the continent should boost job creation and help young people acquire new skills, according to the African Economic Outlook 2012
. Read more >>
, an African communications distributor, has announced the official opening of an office in Mauritius as of June 2012. Read more >>
LONDON, UK: - comScore, Inc has released an overview of mobile and computer usage of Maps across the five leading European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) using the comScore MobiLens and comScore MMX services. Read more >>
PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY, KIEV, UKRAINE: The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have called for greater support of press freedom in Ukraine amid concerns about the state of democracy in the country. Read more >>
LONDON, UK: The Economist
's 2011 European brand campaign, 'Thinking Spaces', showcases the inspiring places all over the world where people go to think, reaching a community of more than 40 000 fans. Read more >>
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND: IMD, a top-ranked global business school based in Switzerland, has announced the findings of its annual World Competitiveness Yearbook (WCY). The WCY rankings measure how well countries manage their economic and human resources to increase their prosperity. Read more >>
The government hung up on South Korea's KT Corporation on Friday after the company had spent months in talks over investing in Telkom. Telkom's share price plunged 8.34% to close at an eight-year low of R22.91c. Read more >>
Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi is "not hopeful" the government will reverse its decision and back the proposed transaction with South Korea's KT Corporation. The Cabinet's decision to take the deal off the table is being seen as another example of the government's reluctance to loosen its grip on the ailing company, thus stifling access to telecommunications. Read more >>
The Treasury has belatedly clarified its estimates of the costs of e-tolling in Gauteng's Freeway Improvement Project, putting them far below those of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa). Read more >>
Police top brass are in hot water for spending R1m of taxpayers' money on catering and entertainment. Read more >>
Parliament is looking at creating a model that will allow the public to have more say in parliamentary processes and will also create rules around MPs missing National Assembly sessions, National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu said yesterday. Read more >>
South Africa is on track to become a manufacturer of locomotives for the rest of Africa, Transnet chief executive Brian Molefe has said. Read more >>
More Government news...
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
New vehicles sales in South Africa in May accelerated to more than 20% higher than the same month last year and about 11% higher than the average for the first five months of the year according to figures released today by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). Read more >>
[Henrie Geyser: motoring editor]
BMW has taken its first major step into twin-engine technology in South Africa with the introduction of the ActiveHybrid 5 whose green credentials immediately elevate it to the top of its class, not only for its kindness to Mother Nature but also in terms of looks, impressive features, comfort, ride and safety. Read more >>
More Motoring news...
Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly - from 1 June 2013 - to Brazil, the airline's first South American destination. "Brazil is a logical next step for us and will mark the sixth continent we serve and our coming of age as a truly global airline," James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer, said. Read more >>
A cruise on board the MSC Sinfonia or the MSC Opera is a great opportunity to host a conference, teambuilding or incentive event. It's an ideal venue where accommodation, all meals, entertainment and the company conference can be arranged with one call and it's all included in the fare. South Africa's newest and most exciting conference venues are due to sail into our waters in November and will be here until April 2013 Read more >>
[Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel]
PR supremo Etienne De Villiers has spent more time in five-star hotel resorts than elsewhere. He returned to Cape Town for the launch of One & Only and then headed straight back to the Islands again. Now, Contributing Editor: Travel Brian Berkman asked De Villiers, as area public relations manager for Anantara Resorts, The Maldives, what he loved most about The Maldives. Read more >>
More Travel news...
Madonna's voyeuristic exploration of decadence, passion and obsession are flawlessly and skilfully explored in the exquisite W.E, a film in which women are "visual creatures" and territorial dominance is an important pawn in a chess game between royalty and ordinary people. Read more >>
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