What's making headlines in SA?

Acumen Media has once again collated the week's biggest stories in the South African media. President Cyril Ramaphosa takes the top spot as Economic Freedom Fighters MPs resigned after admitting that they had taken money from the #CR17 campaign. One year into the State Capture Inquiry and it's...

15 hours ago

Spotong to increase print run

Given its recent growth, township trade magazine Spotong will be increasing its circulation from 11,500 to 15,000 copies per quarter. Along with the increased print run, the magazine will also increase in size.   Further to the developments of the publication, Spotong will soon also host its...

1 day ago

Carte Blanche's Sasha Maria Schwendenwein wins SADC Media Award

Carte Blanche producer Sasha Maria Schwendenwein has won second prize in the TV category at the 2019 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards. Schwendenwein's story, titled "Follow the Guns", was a co-production which looked at the scourge of rhino poaching. The SADC Media...

1 day ago

Icasa to review price cap regulations for reserved postal services

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has expressed its intention to review the price cap regulations for reserved postal services, in particular, the South African Post Office (SAPO). The review process is mainly to impose effective price controls in the reserved postal...

1 day ago

Old Mutual continues Idols SA sponsorship

Old Mutual has continued its sponsorship of Idols SA. The music talent show is currently in its 15th season.

3 days ago

Pernod Ricard South Africa to centralise operations in Johannesburg

Pernod Ricard South Africa will officially relocate its Cape Town offices to Woodmead, Johannesburg by 31 December 2019. The move will unite the South African affiliate based in Cape Town with Pernod Ricard sub-Saharan Africa (PRSSA) head office in Gauteng. All support roles to the sub-Saharan...

16 Aug 2019

What's making headlines in SA

Acumen Media has released its analysis of the biggest stories making news in South Africa, this week. The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane holds on to the top spot after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruled that she has to personally pay some of the legal costs in the Estina Dairy Farm...

16 Aug 2019

Automattic Inc. to acquire Tumblr from Verizon

WordPress parent company Automattic Inc. is set to acquire Tumblr from Verizon. The sale comes as Verizon's focuses on growing its original content and subscription businesses on sites like HuffPost and TechCrunch. More than 200 staffers who worked on Tumblr at Verizon will reportedly be moving...

13 Aug 2019

Spotify sponsors The One Club's 2019 Portfolio Night All-Stars

Music streaming service Spotify has come on board as an exclusive sponsor of The One Club's 2019 Portfolio Night All-Stars programme. Spotify will also provide a client brief for the 2020 global Young Ones Student Awards. This year, industry professionals from each city host will select the most...

13 Aug 2019

This week's top news stories

Acumen Media has collated this week's biggest news stories in South African media. 1. #Publicprotector takes top spot not only because of her ongoing battle with #PresidentRampahosa but also because the #Hawks are investigating #Mkhwebane. 2. #MissSA is our second-largest story apart from a...

12 Aug 2019

Get creative! Financial Mail Creative Challenge entries are now open

Entries for the 2019 Financial Mail Creative Challenge are officially open. The competition allows creative agencies to connect their clients' brand messaging with current news events and headlines by creating tactical print ads, which get free placement in the weekly Financial Mail magazine. The...

8 Aug 2019

TruFM is looking for talent

TruFM is on the lookout for a new presenter and will visit five towns in the Eastern Cape to find them. The TruTalent Search is open to people between the ages of 15 and 34 who may audition for several categories, including music; radio presenting; comedy; and DJing.   Comedians are requested to...

8 Aug 2019

SABC's editorial interference report set for release

The commission, which looked into editorial interference at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), is set to release its report into the national broadcaster. The commission had looked into several alleged transgressions at the broadcaster including interference in the newsroom,...

5 Aug 2019

What's making headlines in SA?

Acumen Media has released its analysis of the week's biggest stories in South African media. The Public Protector is still hogging the headlines for several reasons including her legal costs and the crowd-funding story; her new attack on the South African Revenue Service (Sars); her spat with...

2 Aug 2019

Metro FM announces lineup shuffle

Following the departure of DJ Fresh, Metro FM has shuffled its programme lineup. Afternoon drivetime host Moeti 'Moflava' Tsiki will now slot in at breakfast from 5am to 9am. Meanwhile, Kings of the Weekend Siphesihle 'Sphectacula' Ngwenya and Lebogang 'DJ Naves' Naves return to the station...

1 Aug 2019

New York Festivals TV & Film Awards entries are open

Entries for the 2020 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards are officially open. A total of five new categories have been added to the 2020 awards programme. The new additions are sports programs; streaming promotion; social good; sustainable development; and religion & philosophy documentary....

1 Aug 2019

People magazine shows off new design, features

South African celebrity magazine People recently underwent a redesign. The weekly magazine has also introduced a new set of features and is set to remain on sale for longer. People now also showcases a wide range of interesting content in sections on Lifestyle, Real Life, Spotlight, Celeb...

29 Jul 2019

Icasa to amend Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations' Annexure B

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has indicated that it will amend Annexure B of the Radio Frequency Spectrum Regulations of 2015. The Annexure relates to a list of radio apparatus that do not require a radio frequency spectrum licence. The decision to make...

29 Jul 2019

Sanef condemns recent 'attacks' on SA's journos

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned the recent spate of incidents in which journalists in the country were subjected to police visits and death threats. In one of the incidents, journalist Marianne Thamm has been asked, by the Hawks and the South African Police Services...

26 Jul 2019

What's making headlines this week?

Acumen Media has released this week's analysis of the biggest stories covered in South African media. Let's take a look. As the nation tries to keep warm the #BigFreeze hit Cape Town this week and other parts of the country complained of the cold; Sport took centre stage with the #Springboks...

26 Jul 2019

Amasa Awards entries are now open

Entries have officially opened for the 2019 edition of the Amasa (Advertising and Media Association of South Africa) Awards. The awards are aimed at acknowledging 'all-rounder' media campaigns. The Amasa Awards is calling all media practitioners' nationwide to submit their best work implemented...

25 Jul 2019

Gaming, bathwater salesperson Belle Delphine kicked out of Instagram

According to Times Live, gamer/bathwater salesperson Belle Delphine has been barred from her place of business, Instagram. The influencer, who hails from South Africa but resides in the UK, used the photo-sharing platform to advertise the product called 'Gamer Girl Bath Water' - which she sold on...

25 Jul 2019

Infamous Penny Sparrow passes away

The South Coast Herald Newspaper has reported that Penny Sparrow, who was known for her racism conviction, has passed away. She died from lung cancer. The former KwaZulu-Natal estate agent was charged and convicted with racism after she shared a post on Facebook in which she compared black...

25 Jul 2019

Serviceplan Group reports record numbers for 2018/2019 financial year

The Serviceplan Group has reportedly seen a 7% increase in sales in the 2018/2019 financial year. The overall agency fee volume for the Serviceplan Group in its 48th financial year (1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019) was €442m. The Serviceplan Group has also seen the growth of an above-average rate...

25 Jul 2019

ARB's code review process for 2019 is now open

The Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) has opened the 2019 submissions on the review of the Code of Advertising Practice. The ARB was established in November 2018 to administer the Code of Advertising Practice and fill the lacuna left after the Advertising Standards Authority was placed into...

25 Jul 2019

Durban Chamber of Commerce's annual dinner to be held at Suncoast

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry will hold its 163rd Annual Gala Dinner at Tsogo Sun's Suncoast Entertainment Complex on 21 August 2019. Held since 1856, the annual gala dinner commemorates and celebrates its membership and the Durban business community. Guests expected include...

22 Jul 2019

This week's top stories

Acumen Media has once again collated the week's biggest stories in the South African media. Let's have a look! Two former presidents were vying for the top spot, this week, with Jacob Zuma - taking 40% of the national conversation - beating out Madiba as the biggest newsmaker. Zuma testified,...

19 Jul 2019

Google's Digital Marketing Transformation programme is available in SA

Google's Digital Marketing Transformation (DMT) programme is now available in South Africa. DMT is aimed at enabling business growth by providing customised digital marketing advice - including digital marketing fundamentals, best practices and a focused customised roadmap. To work towards full...

17 Jul 2019

US Consulate in Cape Town to upskill entrepreneurs on Mandela Day

In honour of Nelson Mandela International Day, the US Consulate in Cape Town will be working alongside the 67Squared Initiative and Central Library to upskill and assist emerging entrepreneurs with the tools required to succeed in the digital world. Held at the American Corner in Central...

17 Jul 2019

Lisbon Health International Advertising Festival announces tech, nature grand juries

The Lisbon Health International Advertising Festival has unveiled the grand jury that will judge the works submitted in the tech and nature categories. This festival will be held at Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Centro Centro Ciência Viva in Portugal on 19 September 2019. The members of the tech...

17 Jul 2019

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