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Resilient brands defy macroeconomic challenges in the 2019 BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable SA Brands
Resilient brands defy macroeconomic challenges in the 2019 BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable SA Brands

The combined value of the brands in the BrandZ Top 30 Most Valuable South African Brands ranking, released today by WPP and Kantar and now in its second year, is $37.14bn...

Issued by Kantar 5 Sep 2019

Gender diversity, female entrepreneurship highlighted at WEF in Africa
Gender diversity, female entrepreneurship highlighted at WEF in Africa

Mastercard's 'Together We Lead' event focused on challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in Africa, and the role of technology in helping drive inclusive growth...

5 Sep 2019

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Strategy vs creative: The number one pitch killer

It is not a new issue, but one that continues to create angst for marketers and agencies - writes Johanna McDowell, CEO of the Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) and Scopen partner...

By Johanna McDowell 5 Sep 2019

SA designer Thebe Magugu first African to win LVMH Prize
SA designer Thebe Magugu first African to win LVMH Prize

South African talent Thebe Magugu, 26, is the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Magugu is the first designer from Africa to scoop the coveted award...

5 Sep 2019

Don't share everything on social media
Don't share everything on social media

According to research from We Are Social and Hootsuite, South Africans on average spend more than eight hours a day online...

4 Sep 2019

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YouTube and FIFA to broadcast African World Cup qualifiers live

Lesser-known African's soccer teams will enjoy worldwide exposure after FIFA announced their opening World Cup qualifying matches would be live-streamed on its website and on YouTube...

4 Sep 2019

The statue of founding president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in Tanzania’s political capital Dodoma. Credit: WikiCommons.
Why Tanzania's attacks on free speech break with Nyerere's legacy

Nyerere often argued that Tanzanians should not be afraid to challenge authority. He also spoke out strongly for freedom of speech...

By Nick Westcott 4 Sep 2019

Internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa
Internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa

Ventures Africa discusses internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa in its newly launched 'Speak!' series...

3 Sep 2019

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Do you know what your customers want their customers to experience?

It's a common question that we assume everyone knows or understands. But assuming versus engaging, in order to know, are vastly different...

By Jane Stevenson 3 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

In Africa new data suggests citizens' support for press freedoms is in sharp decline...

By Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

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'Africans can do business with the UN'

What must businesses in Africa do to win tenders from the UN? Are there opportunities for African women entrepreneurs?

By Kingsley Ighobor 2 Sep 2019

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5 mistakes grown-up brand blogs shouldn't make

Here are five mistakes even grown-up brand blogs make...

By Louisa Douwes Dekker 2 Sep 2019

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Promoting African co-productions in film

A newly revamped and focused DISCOP JOHANNESBURG program will see a scope that goes beyond content buying and selling...

30 Aug 2019

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Western media, Chinese media... where is African media?

African communication professionals have started a movement to rebrand the continent....

By Zubeida Jaffer 30 Aug 2019

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3 data trends shaping digital marketing in the next 18 months

Datacore Media MD Grant Lapping outlines three data-related trends that will change the game for brands over the next year to 18 months...

By Grant Lapping 30 Aug 2019

BBC Lifestyle to expand advertising prospects in Africa
BBC Lifestyle to expand advertising prospects in Africa

BBC Studios is planning to offer advertising opportunities on its BBC Lifestyle channel for clients across sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia...

29 Aug 2019

The Next Brand Ambassador judges (L-R), Odette van der Haar, Nandi Madida and Sylvester Chauke. Image supplied.
Publicis Africa appoints pioneer Odette van der Haar as MD

Publicis Africa has announced that industry heavyweight Odette van der Haar will be joining the agency as MD, strengthening the management team and building on the group's recent growth and successes...

29 Aug 2019

Empowering news organisations through technological innovation
Empowering news organisations through technological innovation

Google launched the Google News Initiative, followed by the GNI Innovation Challenge to aid publishers in Africa transition to digital. We speak to Google's Mich Atagana about the initiative...

By Louise Marsland 28 Aug 2019

Africa needs a digitalisation strategy to compete in the global economy
Africa needs a digitalisation strategy to compete in the global economy

Siemens launches report on 'Dawn of Digitalization and its Impact on Africa'...

28 Aug 2019

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Key findings from Warc's 2019 Future of Strategy report

Warc has released its 2019 Future of Strategy report on the changing role of strategy within the marketing landscape...

28 Aug 2019

Steve Harvey. Credit: YouTube.
Steve Harvey to host African version of 'Family Feud'

American celebrity and television host, Steve Harvey will launch and host Fremantle's Family Feud in South Africa and Ghana...

27 Aug 2019

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Epica Awards adds Grand Prix for PR category

The Epica Awards will now also hand out a Grand Prix for PR...

27 Aug 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
Onslaught against press freedoms in Tanzania

CPJ says Kabendera, Gwanda cases highlight Tanzania's decline in press freedom and human rights...

26 Aug 2019

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Mauritian mobile money launched

Mauritius Telecom introduces My.T Money for a secure alternative to cash transactions...

26 Aug 2019

Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police
Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it is concerned for the welfare of investigative journalist Joseph Gandye...

26 Aug 2019

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Cheil Worldwide Hong Kong named Agency of the Year at 2019 Ad Stars

The Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners of the 2019 Ad Stars were recently announced in Busan, South Korea...

26 Aug 2019

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PR and marketing: Worlds that merge to unite

Today, the world of PR, marketing and advertising are connected in more than one way - all of which are complex and granular...

By Linda Hassall 26 Aug 2019

Andrea Opoku, director and Africa ambassador for Women in Marketing.
#FairnessFirst: The power of women in influencer marketing

One of the highlights of last year's Loeries Masterclasses was the Women in Marketing (WIM) Africa launch event. Here Andrea Opoku, director and Africa ambassador for Women in Marketing, shares growth since then as well as the context of this year's WIM Africa event on the power of women in influencer marketing, with some interesting global insights...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Aug 2019

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#Loeries2019: ALL THE WINNERS!

The full list of winners for the 41st Annual Loerie Awards, which concluded on Saturday, 24 August 2018 at the Durban ICC, have been announced. Congratulations to all!...

24 Aug 2019

Alistair King, newest addition to the Loeries Hall of Fame.
#Loeries2019: Hall of Famer Alistair King on the industry's current seismic shift towards a more inclusive creative future

This year's Loeries Hall of Fame inductee is... Alistair King, founding creative partner of King James Group!

By Leigh Andrews 24 Aug 2019

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