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APCA and WHPCA set to host the 7th International African Palliative Care Conference this August
It is now just two months until the 7th International African Palliative Care Conference! Communications in South Africa are supported and sponsored by the Hospice Palliative Care Association. 4 Jul 2022 Read more

It takes a village
World Clubfoot Day highlights the importance of public and private sector support. 7 Jun 2022 Read more

Changing perceptions about palliative care
Prior to 2020, within many cultures, death was a sanitised topic and one that did not get much mainstream airtime. The global Covid-19 pandemic changed that, with conversations about mortality increasingly taking place within homes and around the globe. These conversations mirrored the ones had by the medical profession as medical and healthcare staff experienced levels of death that were, for many, unprecedented. 4 May 2022 Read more

Steps Clubfoot Care is a non-profit organisation that focuses on facilitating access to clubfoot treatment for South African children. They are also a My School beneficiary, the loyalty programme that South Africans know about through the Woolworths brand. Whilst many of us "swipe" for purchases with a link to our favoured charities, it is little known how valuable that swipe can be. 4 Apr 2022 Read more

7th International African Palliative Care Conference registration and call for abstracts
The African Palliative Care Association (APCA) announces that the 7th International African Palliative Care Conference, co-hosted with the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, will take place on the 24-26 August 2022 in Kampala, Uganda. 11 Mar 2022 Read more

7 trends to ensure a thriving workplace in 2022
In 2021, we expected life to return to normal. We survived 2020, Covid-19 protocols were second nature, vaccines were being rolled out, and we were making plans to get our teams back into office. But the year brought far more unpredictability than expected, and with new Covid-19 variants came renewed challenges and regulations. Clearly, life was not returning to (our version of) normal any time soon. 2 Mar 2022 Read more

Breast cancer and Covid-19 - A look back and reflection
For two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has been raging. It has, without a doubt, had a far-reaching impact on our lives. It has also, unfortunately, had an effect on those individuals affected by breast cancer. 3 Feb 2022 Read more

Leadership now: Lessons from 2021 and preparing for the future
As I reflect on 2021, the main word that comes to mind is "survival". Even as the world ramped up to continue its fight against Covid-19, corporate leaders in South Africa found other challenges waiting in the wings - an economic downturn, political unrest, violence and looting. Still, as I weigh up 2021, I see a year of great contemplation, awakening and resilience. Although change was forced, extreme and reactive, this disruption allowed something incredible to emerge - we learned to work in an entirely different way. 7 Dec 2021 Read more

Changemakers Hub invites you to 'be the change' - one EcoBrick and one community at a time
On 19 November, the ChangeMakers Hub 'Impact Accelerator Programme' was launched. In partnership with Cederberg Municipality, it is a pilot changemaking project that addresses multiple sustainable development goals. Held at Driehoek Garden in Clanwilliam - the Clanwilliam Legacy Garden, this project's first initiative, was unveiled. 30 Nov 2021 Read more

Gender-based violence - South Africa's second pandemic
The onslaught of Covid-19 has served to highlight shortcomings across many areas within South African society - with the topic of gender-based violence (GBV) playing a prominent role. Despite research indicating that South Africa has, over the years, taken action to promote gender equality and women's rights - with several legislations in place to address GBV well before 2019, GBV remains unacceptably high. 23 Nov 2021 Read more

Shining the light on Early Childhood Development (ECD) this Universal Children's Day
Universal Children's Day is a global initiative held annually on 20 November. With its key focus on 'investing in our future means investing in our children', it serves to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face and to improve the welfare of all children. 22 Nov 2021 Read more

Clanwilliam's EcoBricks Challenge calls on its citizens to become changemakers and EcoBrick champions!
Friday, 19 November, saw the launch of the Clanwilliam EcoBricks Challenge. By turning harmful plastic into EcoBricks, it aimed to address the waste issue facing so many communities and provide residents of Clanwilliam with the invaluable opportunity to come together and effect far-reaching beneficial change for themselves and generations to come. 18 Nov 2021 Read more

SIOC Community Development Trust invests R40m+ in Covid-19 relief efforts across beneficiary communities in Northern Cape and Limpopo
In March 2020, when President Ramaphosa first addressed our nation regarding the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic, no one foresaw what the future would hold. Much has been documented, and will continue to be, on the ongoing mental health and financial impact of the last 18+ months. And, whilst these discussions are essential, so too is highlighting the extraordinary measures undertaken by so many as they stepped up and stepped forward - and continue to do so - with fierce determination. 2 Nov 2021 Read more

Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust (SIOC-CDT) completes their school's eyesight campaign in JTG district
Friday, 22 October marked the last day of the week-long SIOC-CDT school's eyesight campaign in the JTG District for 2021. 2 Nov 2021 Read more

South Africa's shifting employment landscape is not all doom and gloom
The dire toll of the last 18+ months on South Africa's job market is well known. As per the South African Reserve Bank's recent six-monthly Monetary Policy Review 1, "Of the over two million jobs lost during the depth of the Covid-19 crisis in the second quarter of 2020, only around 793,000 had been recovered by the second quarter of 2021." 2 Nov 2021 Read more

Beyond measure
Peter Drucker's quotation, "What gets measured gets managed", has become axiomatic of good business and rightly so, but it is worth noting that the oft quoted phase is a truncated version. The full quotation is: "What gets measured gets managed - even when its pointless to measure and manage it, and even if it harms the purpose of the organisation to do so." 11 Oct 2021 Read more

Covid-19 and the South African recruitment landscape
A recent analysis by the University of the Witwatersrand on the impact of Covid-19 on South Africa's labour market notes that "South Africa's lockdown was always expected to lead to substantial short- and long-term economic costs."1 In fact, the thirteenth edition of the South Africa Economic Update, Building back better from Covid-192, released in July 2021 by The World Bank, confirmed that "jobs have been severely impacted" and that "by the end of 2020, the number of employed people had fallen by nearly 1.5 million... with only 40% of employment losses having been recovered at the time of releasing this report". 5 Oct 2021 Read more

Are South Africa's socially deprived at greater risk for breast cancer mortality?
By Dr Justus Apffelstaedt and Dr Fatima Hoosain, specialist surgeons with an interest in breast, thyroid and parathyroid health as well as soft tissue surgical oncology. 18 Aug 2021 Read more

Too muchery in a post-Covid workspace
Change of any kind is difficult. Our brains are hardwired to favour the familiar. But change in response to a pandemic that has ravaged the world for over a year is a challenge without parallel. 7 Jul 2021 Read more

The first clubfoot training webinar
World Clubfoot Day takes place on 3 June 2021. This globally recognised day both celebrates the birthdate of the pioneering Dr Ignaçio Ponseti and highlights the highly treatable clubfoot condition. 1 Jun 2021 Read more

World Day for Culture Diversity to act as a stepping stone for greater cultural understanding and acceptance
21 May 2021 sees South Africa join the world in celebrating World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. This day has been held annually since 2001 when Unesco adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. 21 May 2021 Read more

Solar PV guidance for facility managers
The unpredictability and increases in the cost of electricity renders Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) an extremely viable alternative source of energy. Solar PV prices have dropped dramatically in recent years whereas the output power and efficiency per PV module ("panel") has conversely increased. 11 May 2021 Read more

The art of living and dying: A partnership story
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, palliative care is now more in the mainstream eye than ever before. Dedicated to the holistic treatment of life-threatening diagnoses, as well as to the care of end-of-life patients, those in the palliative care sector are experts in promoting quality of living and dignity in death - a topic that has become increasingly relevant since March 2021. 6 May 2021 Read more

A tribute to a giant in the palliative care community
The palliative care community mourns the recent passing of Dr Sarah Fakoodreen, a medical doctor, esteemed colleague and champion of palliative care in South Africa. Dr Fakoodreen, as she was fondly known, passed away suddenly on 14 March 2021 at the age of 72. 19 Mar 2021 Read more

Apffelstaedt, Hoosain and Associates renamed to welcome new associate
The established Apffelstaedt and Associates practice was renamed Apffelstaedt, Hoosain and Associates from 1 March 2021. 2 Mar 2021 Read more

The Hospice Palliative Care Association (HPCA) recently launched three updated palliative care courses for a diversity of healthcare providers within the healthcare and medical sector. The courses aim to provide an overview of palliative care as well as orientate and introduce healthcare providers to palliative care principles and processes. The courses are available in both online and face-to-face formats (in alignment with pandemic restrictions). 23 Feb 2021 Read more

Accelerating access to palliative care is a fundamental human right
A webinar, focused on highlighting the imperative for a concerted and collaborative effort to accelerate access to palliative care during Covid-19 and beyond, took place on Sunday, 24 January 2021. 3 Feb 2021 Read more

Sustainability lessons from a pandemic
In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic changed the global landscape into alien territory. On 26 March 2020, South Africa initiated lockdown and the last six months have created both opportunities and challenges for NGOs in South Africa. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

Unchartered waters: Our new normal and adjusting to it
All organisations (businesses, companies, non-profit organisations and more) have been dealt a tough blow this year. None of us expected what 2020 had in store for us, but we all adapted (or didn't) differently. At the same time, the new normal has meant different things for different people and for different organisations, therefore reinforcing different responses to it. The truth is that it has impacted many more aspects of our lives than we had anticipated - family lives, work lives and social lives. Let's look at just a few ways in which working and leading were impacted. 2 Nov 2020 Read more

Why authentic African fashion matters and how it is taking its rightful place on the global stage
"Africa has shaken off its history of replicating international fashion trends, Africans are clearly defining what is African. Fashion is bringing about a new season of freedom and exploration into African narratives. Whether it is the music, art or the broader world of African design." 29 Oct 2020 Read more

PR agencies advocate for truth and professionalism in a hyperconnected world at Warsaw Conference
A gathering of public relations professionals from across the world took place in Warsaw from 18-22 May, as senior practitioners joined together to discuss industry trends, best practices and share case studies during the International Public Relations Network (IPRN) Annual General Meeting and Conference. Aleksander Kwasniewski, former president of the Republic of Poland was the keynote speaker. He gave an impassioned speech about the importance of truthful, transparent communication in Poland's transformation over the past three decades. 6 Jun 2019 Read more

A journey continued: How Reach for Recovery and Dr Justus Apffelstaedt are supporting breast cancer patients
The former head of the Tygerberg Breast Clinic, Doctor Justus Apffelstaedt is continuing his collaboration with one of South Africa's oldest, national, non-profit breast cancer support groups, Reach for Recovery, to raise awareness and funds for their Ditto Project. The collaboration in 2018 achieved media coverage valued at R1.7m and helped raise R4,351. 4 Jun 2019 Read more

Local digital talent agency app is revolutionising the casting process, for both talent and clients
With an uptake of over 13,000 talent profiles and a 20-30% month-on-month growth curve over just nine months, the South African-created digital talent agency platform WeCast is challenging the traditional talent agency industry model. 24 May 2019 Read more

The globalisation decade
An International Public Relations Network article authored by Nicole Capper, Managing Director of the South African member agency - MANGO-OMC (Pty) Ltd. 2 May 2019 Read more

Digitalisation, fake news and integrity: The changing landscape of PR globally
The International Public Relations Network provides global insight on how PR agencies are adapting to the new PR trends 11 Mar 2019 Read more

Growth in International Public Relations Network reflective of growing trend of global collaborations
The International Public Relations Network (IPRN), a leading organisation of independent public relations agencies representing more than 40 countries, announced this week that it has expanded its global reach with the addition of eight new member agencies from numerous countries in the world. 16 Jan 2019 Read more

Sishen Iron Ore Company - Community Development Trust (SIOC-cdt) invests in social impact research with a difference
In November 2018, the Sishen Iron Ore Company - Community Development Trust (SIOC-cdt) contracted Citizen Surveys to conduct a needs analysis within the five local municipalities in which it operates. This will assist the Trust to update its Community Development Strategy and ensure that it can have a meaningful impact on these Northern Cape and Limpopo communities. 11 Dec 2018 Read more

Mikateko Media wins SAA, Sawubona account
Strategic communications agency, Mikateko Media, has announced that it has won the pitch to publish Sawubona, the magazine brand of South African Airways (SAA), for the next three years. Their first issue will be on flights from 1 October. 2 Oct 2018 Read more

Don't underestimate the link between PR and internal communications
After more than a decade of working in the public relations industry, I am baffled by how many people still don't see the vital link between public relations and internal communications. While the value of both is widely recognised, there is often a missing link which companies should not underestimate. 20 Jun 2018 Read more

Retailers can now plan and improve customer service using a single business management platform
Consumers hold all the power in today's market and retailers need to make the most of every interaction if they want to maintain a competitive advantage. Modern retailers can now run their entire operation, from point of sale (POS), e-commerce and loyalty programmes through to inventory management, financial reporting and business intelligence, with a single, integrated business management solution. 30 May 2018 Read more

nlighten and MANGO-OMC join forces
MANGO-OMC has been appointed by nlighten, leading South African customer experience specialists, to handle the public relations for their brand. 17 Apr 2018 Read more

Phumulele Mdima
According to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA): "Public relations is defined as a strategic communications process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organisations and their publics." 26 Mar 2018 Read more

Citizen Surveys appoints Mango-OMC as their PR agency
Citizen Surveys, a leading South African market research consultancy for over 20 years, has appointed Mango-OMC to handle the public relations for their brand and for the South African Citizen Survey. 19 Mar 2018 Read more

Kerryn Lloyd
Ah, public relations, a term that is as vastly used as it is misunderstood. As a professional working in the PR space, I often find that there are still many misconceptions about the PR industry; and while I do find it infuriating, I've recently realised that it's up to us to not only fix this misconception, but also take charge of redefining public relations in totality. 14 Feb 2018 Read more

PR in the digital mix
I recently read this piece by fellow PR practitioner, Michelle Garret. It speaks about the merging of earned and paid-for media and how that impacts the nature of PR, and it got me thinking. 7 Nov 2017 Read more

The state of digital media
When writing about the state of digital media in South Africa, one needs to understand the climate of trust and how that which has traditionally been seen as news, has changed so dramatically. 15 Aug 2017 Read more

Flickswitch appoints Mango-OMC as their PR agency
The leading provider of prepaid SIM management solutions in Africa, Flickswitch, has appointed MANGO-OMC to handle the public relations for their brand and services. 4 Jul 2017 Read more

Eat Out appoints Mango-OMC for seventh consecutive year
South Africa's guide to SA's best food doesn¹t mess with a winning recipe. 21 Jun 2017 Read more

Genevieve Cutts
Life is flying by at the speed of coffees per minute. Every now and then we have to stop and take stock. One of the things I like to take stock of is how rapidly things are changing in the world of PR. 17 May 2017 Read more

The explainer video explained
Trends come and go. But with my more than ten years in PR I am sure of one trend that is here to stay - and that is video. We have all been watching video climb the popularity charts, as South Africans access cheaper data via wi-fi at home, mobile data bundles become accessible, broadband promises are slowly fulfilled and the millennial generation turn their backs on their TV sets. 24 Aug 2016 Read more

The state of the media nation - from a PR perspective
The State of the Nation address, statues, xenophobia, , signal jamming, load shedding and more have been a catalyst to many to step back and take a long, hard look at our beautiful country. Working as a PR and communication specialist, and talking to media daily for over a decade, my personal introspection included the growing challenges in the media landscape - political leanings, commercial versus editorial and a rapidly evolving digital landscape amongst others. 19 May 2015 Read more

Before you can start publicising an event, you need the basic details confirmed. 17 Jan 2015 Read more