Simone Puterman (@SimoneAtLarge) is currently editor-at-large at and deputy chair of the Sanef online editors subcommittee. After majoring in psychology and linguistics at Rhodes University, and then completing her honours in psychology, she has been in the world of B2B publishing since 1997, with 7.5 year stints at both WriteStuff Publishing and (March 2006-August 2013). Email her at moc.sevilkram@enomis.
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[Design Indaba 2012] Q&A with MBOISA, expo winners

This year, the big winners at the Design Indaba Expo were jeweller Kirsten Goss, whose Lily Pad Ring is the Most Beautiful Object in South Africa 2012; graphic designer and Creative Stand winner Mike van Heerden; and Andy Cartwright of Andy Cartwright Homeware, who walked off with the inaugural Innovation Award. finds out what these wins mean and how the expo was for them, as well as their plans for the future.

By Simone Puterman 8 Mar 2012

Biz feels the love

Activity on has soared on the back of last week's redesign and with the range of features, including self-promotional tools, now available to you, our readers. The revamp was announced directly to our +145 000-strong combined subscriber base and then more publicly via our various newsletters and portals (there's more than just Marketing & Media | South Africa, you know).

By Simone Puterman 31 May 2011

New logo for

Surprise surprise! has a new logo, revealed earlier this morning, Thursday, 14 October 2010. The logo redesign is not restricted just to News24 but extends to all the logos, and the phasing in of all the logos should be finished by the end of next week.

By Simone Puterman 14 Oct 2010

Ross returns as Tribal DDB SA ECD

It seems local ad agencies are finally getting with the digital programme, plus luring more expats back. Matt Ross has returned to become executive creative director of Tribal DDB South Africa, which launched two months ago with Michael Udell, another former expat, as MD. Ross - a recent Cannes Cyber Gold Lion and Clio Gold winner - joins from Tribal DDB London, where he used to work together with Udell.

By Simone Puterman 15 Jul 2010

Juanita Williams to leave IOL for Zoopy

After 11 years at Independent Online (IOL), acting deputy portal manager Juanita Williams will be taking up the newly created role of news editor at South Africa's award-winning social media community Zoopy, effective 1 August 2010.

By Simone Puterman 5 Jul 2010

All the 2009 AdVantage AdMag winners

"I am deeply humbled by this honour and will treasure this day for the rest of my life," veteran journalist Tony Koenderman told the audience after being honoured as a Lifetime Achiever at the 2009 AdVantage AdMag Awards at Moyo Zoo Lake in Johannesburg, yesterday, Thursday, 13 May 2010.

By Simone Puterman 14 May 2010

Standard Bank 'moving forward', launches staff social network

Standard Bank is no longer "Inspired. Motivated. Involved" but "Moving Forward" with its first integrated global and in-country advertising campaign to support the group's growth in emerging markets, it announced yesterday afternoon, Thursday, 16 July 2009. The bank has also developed an internal social network site, BlueConnection, to enables employees worldwide to connect with each other using features common to Twitter and Facebook. [multimedia]

By Simone Puterman 16 Jul 2009

Cadbury SA goes gorillas

Cadbury South Africa has relaunched its flagship brand - Cadbury Dairy Milk - with the award-winning international Gorilla television ad by Fallon London. In a “road-block”, Gorilla screened across all major South African TV channels at 7.58pm yesterday, Sunday, 5 April 2009., as well as hitting the big screen at cinemas from the same date. [multimedia]

By Simone Puterman 6 Apr 2009

DBB SA out of Jupiter's orbit

A consequence of the 49% acquisition of The Jupiter Drawing Room (South Africa) & Partners by WPP, announced late last week, is that Jupiter shareholders will be releasing their shareholding equity in DDB SA. "DDB SA has enjoyed its short association with The Jupiter Drawing Room,” DDB SA CEO Glen Lomas told on Friday, 30 January 2009. “We mutually benefited from the working relationship on a number of levels.”

By Simone Puterman 2 Feb 2009

Seeing SA through the eyes of US bloggers

Hosted by the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, the We Blog the World South Africa - Blogging South Africa Tour 2008 - is currently underway. As SA blogger Matthew Buckland writes, “the idea [is] to show some key US bloggers what our country is made of: the good, the bad and the complex.”

By Simone Puterman 3 Dec 2008

First SA blog survey results

The results of Speak Up!, a survey of South Africa's blogger community by, conducted by imagineNATION Alliance, are in, giving a clearer picture of this group of ‘vocal locals' who publish their thoughts and opinions online, regularly read and post comments on other blogs, and meet other bloggers offline.

By Simone Puterman 2 Dec 2008

“All” the inaugural Bookmarks winners

The inaugural Online Publishing Association's Bookmark Awards last night, Thursday, 13 November 2008, were not without controversy, as some of goodie bag CDs - supposedly the 2008 showreel of the winners - instead contained what appears to be confidential Primedia 365 internal communications. Several hours later, has managed to track down the actual official list of the winners...

By Simone Puterman 14 Nov 2008

SA vlogger takes Highway Africa Digital Journalism award

Khaya Dlanga, YouTube vlogger, Thoughtleader blogger and MetropolitanRepublic Johannesburg creative, has scooped the SABC-Highway Africa New Media Award in the Student/Individual category, it was announced last night, Tuesday, 9 September 2007, at the awards ceremony at the 1820 Settlers' Monument in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape. The other two winners were Nirmal Shah from Seychelles for Nature Seychelles ( in the Non-profit category and Togo's Noel Kokou Tadegnon for Sites Média ( in the Corporate category.

By Simone Puterman 9 Sep 2008

Wishing Madiba happy birthday in oh-so-many ways

Tomorrow, Friday, 18 July 2008, is the 90th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela and explores the many initiatives marking our beloved Madiba's special day, including our own tribute page which we invite our readers to add to.

By Simone Puterman 17 Jul 2008

Vodacom simplifies mobile Internet, buys into Zoopy

Vodacom has acquired a 40% stake in South African startup, a South African-based social media community website, it was announced this morning, Thursday, 26 June 2008. This follows hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement of Vodacom's new Mobile Internet service which allows accurate representation of the Internet on a cellphone through technology that adapts the PC-screen format of any website into a smaller, cellphone-friendly format.

By Simone Puterman 26 Jun 2008

Buckland, Maher to leave M&G Online

It was confirmed yesterday, Tuesday, 24 June 2007 that both Matthew Buckland and Vincent Maher, Mail & Guardian Online GM and strategist respectively, will shortly be leaving the online newspaper. Buckland is off to in Cape Town, and Maher to manage social media at Vodacom.

By Simone Puterman 24 Jun 2008

Aggregrating online coverage of xenophobic attacks

African social media and news aggregator Afrigator last night, Wednesday, 21 May 2008, launched a page dedicated to the xenophobic attacks currently happening, tracking blog posts, news, podcasts and videos. The dedicated page is similar to the one created for the violence in Kenya that occurred after elections beginning of the year.

By Simone Puterman 22 May 2008

Three Webby Awards for M&G Online

NEWSWATCH: The Mail & Guardian Online multi-author editorial blogging platform Thought Leader has been named an official Webby Awards honoree, alongside blogs by CNN, CBS News, The New Yorker, CNBC, The New York Times, Time and the Observer Media Group, blogs M&G Online strategist Vincent Maher. M&G Online photo portal News In Photos was named official honoree in both the Newspaper and the Best Use of Photography categories, alongside The Globe and Mail, The New York Observer, LA Times, Las Vegas Sun, Ogilvy Singapore, 360 Cities, Rolex and more.

By Simone Puterman 9 Apr 2008

SABC board back in the spotlight

NEWSWATCH: SABC board member Bheki Khumalo is once again the centre of debate after the recent announcement that he will be acting spokesperson for the Department of Minerals and Energy for the short term, writes IOL, which also reports that the SABC and Johannesburg City Power have entered into an agreement which exempts the public broadcaster from load shedding.

By Simone Puterman 7 Apr 2008

‘Traditional' media sweeps SA Blog Awards

The fourth annual South African Blog Awards were held last night, Wednesday, 2 April 2008, in Cape Town and for the first time, traditional media - albeit those publishers embracing new media - pretty much swept the board. Dominating eight of the 22 categories were East Coast Radio and the Mail & Guardian Online. [Video]

By Simone Puterman 3 Apr 2008

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