The week's biggest news stories in SA

Acumen Media has listed the week's biggest news stories in South Africa. The week has been plagued by the devastating news of school children losing their lives. South Africans are still trying to wrap their heads, and have expressed outrage, around the death of Enoch Mpianzi - a grade eight...

22 hours ago

Ferrari claims "world's strongest brand" title again

Brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance Global 500 has awarded "the world's strongest brand" title to Ferrari, making it the second consecutive year the car manufacturer is awarded the title. Ferrari, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 94.1 out of 100, tops the rankings of...

1 day ago

Prism Awards looking for 10 young PR professionals for mentorship programme

The Prism Awards's mentorship programme, Prism Young Voices (PYV), is on the lookout for 10 young PR and communications professionals who seek upskilling. Prism Young Voices was launched in 2017, originally as Prism Young Judges (PYJ). It is a platform offering mentorship and skills...

1 day ago

MultiChoice upskills youth in EC with MTFza

MultiChoice recently held its Talent Factory South Africa (MTFza) workshop East London International Conference Centre in the Eastern Cape. Formerly known as the M-Net Magic in Motion Academy, MTFza aims to upskill youth in the video entertainment industry. Young creatives from the Eastern Cape,...

1 day ago

Bill Abbott leaves Crown Media Family Networks after Zola ad fiasco

Adweek reports that Hallmark Cards Inc. CEO Mike Perry has announced that Crown Media Family Networks president and CEO Bill Abbott has stepped down from his post. It's been speculated that Abbott's resignation is related to Hallmark Channel's decision to pull several ads by wedding planning...

1 day ago

"Pettifogging" trends on social media after use at Trump's impeachment trial

Mail Online reports that the word "pettifogging" is trending on social media after it was used by jurist John Roberts during the opening day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Pettifogging means to focus unnecessarily on petty details, especially when employing underhanded legal methods. The...

2 days ago

World Economic Forum, TikTok launch #AllTheDifference campaign

TikTok and The World Economic Forum have collaborated to launch a campaign called "#AllTheDifference". The campagin aims to promote inclusion and diversity as leaders of state and business meet in Davos, Switzerland in January 2020 to discuss inclusive societies. From 21 January to 17 January,...

2 days ago

Here's The Design Assemblage's 2020 line-up

The Design Assemblage's (TDA) lectures, workshops, and masterclasses will continue in 2020 with Brent Hutcheson, Sophie Licht, Bernhard Veller, Desmond Laubscher, and Sue Kilian. Hutcheson will be doing TDA's first-ever Breakfast Salon on 31 January. He will be hosting a talk titled "Why...

2 days ago

Bloomberg includes WPP in 2020 gender-equality index

Bloomberg has included WPP in its gender-equality index (GEI) for the second consecutive year. WPP was selected to reflect the comprehensive disclosure of gender-related metrics and investment in workplace gender equality and the communities in which it operates. The Index is made up of 325...

2 days ago

The One Show enlists Peruvian shaman Cleofe to bless entries

After he blessed the call for entries for The One Show 2020, Peruvian shaman Cleofe has been called on to bless some of the entries that have already been submitted. Playing off the idea that a little bit of luck can help a piece of creative work stand out from all the great competition,...

3 days ago

Icasa sends out new community sound broadcasting service licences pre-registration reminder

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has released a reminder regarding the pre-registration process for applications of class community sound broadcasting service licences and radio frequency spectrum. The pre-registration is open until 31 March 2020. The...

3 days ago

Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards entries are open

Entries for the Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards are open until 17 February 2020. A total of 11 awards will be decided this year, with two new categories included. The awards showcase supplier development best practice and are essential for celebrating the efforts of large South...

20 Jan 2020

Label Design Awards entries are open

The Label Design Awards has opened entries for the 2020 instalment of the competition. Submissions may be made in three label categories: wine, beer and spirits. The competition aims to reward outstanding design as an influence on wine, beer and spirits purchases and all South African wine, beer...

20 Jan 2020

Entries for the 2020 #REDexperiment are open

The Radisson RED Hotel V&A Waterfront, Cape Town has opened entries for the 2020 #REDexperiment. The design competition is open to South African designers and creative and offers them the opportunity to design the hotel's new staff uniform - which includes a T-shirt, a cap and a long-sleeve...

20 Jan 2020

News making headlines in SA

Let's take a look at Acumen Media's first 2020 news roundup. Well, the holidays are over and school is in. South African children across the country returned to school this week. In sisters-are-doing-it-for-themselves news, Sasha-Lee Olivier has replaced Zozibini Tunzi as Miss South Africa...

17 Jan 2020

Devi Sankaree Govender moves on from Carte Blanche

Tough-talking investigative journalist Devi Sankaree Govender will be saying goodbye to M-Net's weekly current affairs show, Carte Blanche in pursuit of other career opportunities. Her final appearance on the show will be on Sunday, 25 January 2020. In addition to its usual news and human...

17 Jan 2020

WPP combines capabilities of Mindshare, Neo Media World

Adweek reports that WPP has integrated the capabilities of a media agency network, Mindshare, and digital-first global performance agency Neo Media World. Both agencies will retain their identities, branding, client roster and culture, but the move will result in several organisational shifts,...

17 Jan 2020

You can enter the 2020 Cannes Lions Awards

Entries for the 2020 Cannes Lions Awards are officially open. Several updates have been made to this year's awards including: •The Film Craft Lions - which has been split into two new sections Production and Post-Production and the addition of the new category Colour...

17 Jan 2020

GoDaddy launches new logo

American publicly traded Internet domain registrar and web hosting company GoDaddy Inc. recently unveiled its new logo. The new logo is called 'the Go' and is meant to represent 'a joyful reflection of how GoDaddy celebrates everyday entrepreneurs'. Our new logo, the GO, is all about empowering...

17 Jan 2020

Tabpi's Tabbie Awards is open for entries

The Trade, Association and Business Publications International (Tabpi) has officially opened entries for the 2020 Tabbie Awards. Now in its 17th year, the competition averages 500 submissions annually - and features nominations that come from across the world, including Australia, Canada, China,...

17 Jan 2020

Digital Lab Africa opens call for applications

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is calling on creatives and cultural entrepreneurs from Sub-Saharan Africa to submit applications to participate in the DLA#4 acceleration programme. Applications will close on 1 March 2020. Managed by the South African innovation hub Tshimologong Digital Innovation...

16 Jan 2020

Publicis Group is bringing Razorfish back to life

According to a report by Adweek, Publicis Group is bringing Razorfish's marketing services back to the Publicis Sapient business less than a year after it being retired. Razorfish came to an end when Nigel Vaz became Publicis Sapient's CEO amid a rebranding phase. SapientRazorfish becoming...

15 Jan 2020

IAS agency masterclass moves to GIBS campus

The IAS is moving its agency masterclass to the Gordon Institute of Business Science campus in Illovo, Johannesburg after more than a decade of having it at the Institute of Directors. Founder and CEO of the IAS, Johanna McDowell, spoke on the decision to move, saying: Our masterclass...

15 Jan 2020

Spitfire's Inbound Academy to upskill HubSpot users

Spitfire's newly-launched in-bound academy for HubSpot in South Africa is set to upskill HubSpot users. The academy is focused on assisting new and existing HubSpot users in improving their knowledge and ability and enabling them to apply their knowledge to their business with a clear strategy to...

14 Jan 2020

SADC encourages journos to enter 2020 Media Awards competition

Entries are open for the 2020 SADC (Southern African Development Community) Media Awards competition. These awards serve as part of ensuring a link, coordination and synchronisation between formal structures of SADC governments, civil society, academia, labour and the media. To promote regional...

14 Jan 2020

2020 Cannes Young Lions Academies offers learning opportunities for young creatives

The Cannes Lions Young Lions Academies offers young creatives - under the age of 30 - the opportunity to expand their capabilities. The academies offer practical learning and coaching from industry legends. They also provide classroom sessions with world-class speakers, along with hands-on...

13 Jan 2020

Check out the Standard Bank SME Summit speakers

The Standard Bank SME Summit will be held in Parktown, Johannesburg on 5 March 2020. A list of experts committed to the development of entrepreneurship and SME success - including business growth expert and author of Sweat Scale $ell Pavlo Phitidis - will share their insights at the event. ...

13 Jan 2020

Samkele Maseko's allegation against Kanthan Pillay unsettles Sanef

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said it is troubled by Samkele Maseko's allegation of eNCA's Kanthan Pillay censoring stories in the newsroom. Maseko, a former senior eNCA journalist, claims Pillay was responsible for censoring comments made by Bongani Bongo about public...

6 Jan 2020

Germany honours Red Dot CEO Professor Dr Peter Zec with Federal Cross of Merit

German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, presented the founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, Professor Dr Peter Zec, with the Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. This honour stemmed from a proposal by Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia...

20 Dec 2019

British Council, Twyg are looking for 6 storytellers from sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council and Twyg are calling for multimedia storytellers from six countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Malawi, Zambia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The call is open to videographers, photographers, multimedia storytellers and audio artists from those countries. If...

19 Dec 2019

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