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#OrchidsandOnions - 1st for Women shines a light on abuse

Meanwhile, the Advertising Regulatory Board has done some weapons-grade 'virtue signalling' by banning a radio ad for Volkswagen's Amarok bakkie...

By Brendan Seery 10 Dec 2019

Neo Mashigo, chief creative officer of M&C Saatchi Abel, announced as the FM AdFocus industry leader 2019. Image credit: M&C Saatchi Abel.
#FMAdFocus2019: Creativity holds keys to exciting solutions for old problems

Creativity is a word that carries a magical, if not mystical, aura. Creatives are often seen as different people, in a different room, while the suited folk get on with the business of running companies and the country...

By Neo Mashigo 28 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Gender inequality continues to cost Africa billions of dollars each year
#AfricaCom: Gender inequality continues to cost Africa billions of dollars each year

$95bn - this is the average annual loss in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2010 due to pervasive gender inequality in the continent's economic activities...

By Sindy Peters 27 Nov 2019

#16DaysofActivism: Can we afford to be acting so slowly?
#16DaysofActivism: Can we afford to be acting so slowly?

16 Days of Activism is an annual international awareness campaign that starts on 25 November and ends on 10 December, which is also Human Rights Day...

By Marc Lubner 26 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system
#EntrepreneurMonth: Changemakers working towards a sustainable, inclusive food system

A group of social entrepreneurs just emerged from the first Oribi Village Food System Incubation Programme...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 20 Nov 2019

#EntrepreneurMonth: The passion project that is Koffie Met Katryn
#EntrepreneurMonth: The passion project that is Koffie Met Katryn

Koffie Met Katryn is an events initiative that aims to inspire and motivate women of all ages, races and religion, to follow their dreams and aspirations, all in a safe space...

By Evan-Lee Courie 20 Nov 2019

#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa
#AfricaCom: Smartphone costs the biggest barrier to a digitally inclusive Africa

The next technological evolution is advancing at an exponential rate and by leaving out some on this journey, we allow the current societal divides and inequalities to deepen...

By Sindy Peters 15 Nov 2019

Redefining the way we give could drive greater social cohesion in SA
Redefining the way we give could drive greater social cohesion in SA

Social cohesion is imperative to addressing the deep-seated issues that divide South Africans, especially in a country as unequal as ours, says Professor Jonathan Jansen...

By Sindy Peters 7 Nov 2019

USB tackles dearth of women on SA's boards
USB tackles dearth of women on SA's boards

The University of Stellenbosch Business School recently hosted a special business breakfast addressing the current state of boardroom gender diversity in SA...

By Sindy Peters 15 Oct 2019

How Vollar is serving brands certainty with their CSI
How Vollar is serving brands certainty with their CSI

A finalist for the 2019 SAB Foundation Social Innovation Award, Vollar has been making waves on the social enterprise scene since its inception. The new digital currency, as its name suggests, comes with an interesting twist...

By Sindy Peters 25 Sep 2019

It's more than gender-based violence...
It's more than gender-based violence...

Its more than gender-based violence - it's a complete collapse of our moral fibre and care for our fellow man, says Ingrid von Stein...

By Ingrid von Stein 18 Sep 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Awareness campaign tackles SA's problem of underage drinking

But an Onion goes to a Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson for an ill-conceived tweet...

By Brendan Seery 17 Sep 2019

Image credit: Matteo Paganelli on Unsplash.
Brands should step up and fill the gaps of inequality

South Africans are living in an age of discontent, where protest, transient living, turbulent economics and political deficiency occupy the nation's minds...

By Charles Rupare 5 Sep 2019

#CreativeMornings: How 18 Gangster Museum is lifting others as it rises in Khayelitsha
#CreativeMornings: How 18 Gangster Museum is lifting others as it rises in Khayelitsha

Wandisile Nqeketho is the CEO and founder of 18 Gangster Museum, a social enterprise based in Khayelitsha that targets at-risk youth in the community, drawing their attention to the perils of gangsterism...

By Sindy Peters 3 Sep 2019

Image credit: Brianna Santellan on Unsplash.
Lift as you rise and realise your worth this #WomensMonth

On the 25th commemoration of National Women's Month, television and radio personality Tracey Lange discusses the significance of the occasion and offers guidance on facing challenges that many women continue to face in their homes and careers...

By Tracey Lange 19 Aug 2019

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Fortune favours brave(r) brands

With so many conservative groups lobbying against the LGBTQ+ community, only big brands can be brave enough to not injure their market share or upset their loyal conservatives, right?...

By Arisha Saroop 26 Jul 2019

#CSIMonth: Unpacking Redefine's ABCD approach to driving sustainable transformation
#CSIMonth: Unpacking Redefine's ABCD approach to driving sustainable transformation

With the goal of achieving sustainable transformation in the community surrounding Maponya Mall in Soweto, a building it owns and manages, Redefine Properties has employed an asset-based community development approach...

By Sindy Peters 24 Jul 2019

Refilwe Maluleke, MD Yellowwood on stage. © .
#ApexAwards2019: Creating a sustainable future

The golden thread at the recent Apex Awards Masterclass 2019 was to create a sustainable future. This was the overriding message from the presentations on the days that ranged from gender diversity, creating a culture of trust, identifying as an African, balancing media channels or marketing to the township...

By Danette Breitenbach 16 Jul 2019

Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights
Rafiki director Wanuri Kahiu talks intimate scenes and LGBTQ+ rights

Writer-director Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African storytellers whose second feature film Rafiki took six years to reach the big screen...

By Daniel Dercksen 3 Jul 2019

#YouthMonth: How the Collen Mashawana Foundation is planting seeds of hope and courage
#YouthMonth: How the Collen Mashawana Foundation is planting seeds of hope and courage

Arriving in 2000 in Johannesburg from Venda, Limpopo, with very little to his name, Collen Mashawana promptly spun his dreams into reality...

By Sindy Peters 4 Jun 2019

The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change
The world then and now, and how the way we protect our children needs to change

This National Child Protection Week (CPW), Google South Africa and Media Monitoring Africa hosted a roundtable putting a spotlight on the importance of online safety for children...

By Jessica Tennant 31 May 2019

Construction entrepreneur Julia Petla receives international recognition
Construction entrepreneur Julia Petla receives international recognition

Born for leadership, Nkgomeleng Julia Petla is the founder and MD of Amedzo Trading and Projects, a 100% black-women-owned construction company which turns 10 this year...

By Sindy Peters 15 Apr 2019

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How far Black Twitter has come

Black Twitter in South Africa has become an autonomous space that has grown a life of its own...

By Rebone Masemola 11 Apr 2019

Khumo Theko, trend spotter at Flux Trends.
Brands, pay attention to these new urban tribes

Khumo Theko, trend spotter at Flux Trends highlights and identifies new urban tribes that brands should be aware of when communicating to their consumers...

By Juanita Pienaar 3 Apr 2019

#WinTechAfrica: Diversity isn't nice. It's crucial
#WinTechAfrica: Diversity isn't nice. It's crucial

Humans are social creatures. It's hardwired in us to communicate, collaborate and lift each other to achieve...

By Doug Woolley 13 Mar 2019

Architect, Tshepo Mokholo.
#DesignIndaba2019: Creating architecture for the African continent for the next 100 years

Design can and should have a positive impact on communities, says architect and African Design Centre fellow, Tshepo Mokholo...

By Louise Burgers 4 Mar 2019

Equal pay is not a demand - it's a right
Equal pay is not a demand - it's a right

Change for women in the workplace is happening, but more needs to be done...

By Marian Salzman 7 Feb 2019

Sheila McGillivray, tribe leader at One Lady & A Tribe.
#BizTrends2019: The four Ps of cause marketing in 2019

More than ever we're seeing brands align with causes and let's face it, there so many current causes to be concerned about. This means cause marketing will be bigger than ever in 2019...

By Sheila McGillivray 25 Jan 2019

The SheSays Cape Town founders are brand strategist Marina Tokar, content strategy director Anelde Greeff and senior copywriter Johannie Van As.
#BizTrends2019: The untapped opportunity of female empowerment

Globally, the women's empowerment movement has reached a fever pitch. #Metoo has toppled titans in industries ranging from film to advertising to tech, pushing against the 'boys club' ethos prevalent in senior ranks...

By SheSays Cape Town founders 23 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)
#BizTrends2019: Year of the social impact brand (again)

Amidst two extremes -- audience apathy on one end and backlash against perceived social washing on the other -- the ad industry has emerged fresh-faced and focused: Ready to prove that we're thoughtful, attentive partners who listen when our audience speaks, able to hold a conversation that doesn't always place ourselves and our interests at the very centre of it...

By Auryn Hiscock and Mikhaila Hunter 15 Jan 2019

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