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A challenge for the media: Proactive reporting

The media are challenged to report the whole story when it comes to recent violence in South Africa - including the proactive and positive stories of communities which took steps to protect foreign nationals and say no to Xenophobia, for example...

By Molengwa Rose Luckscheiter 4 hours ago

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MBC to launch a new FTA satellite TV channel in North Africa

The addition of a new channel, MBC5, will bring an enriched cultural and historical heritage to North Africa...

6 hours ago

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I am Woman: More than a mother, a wife and a home cleaning enthusiast

Brands that fly in the face of inclusivity by depicting lazily formulaic brand stories are losing out on some phenomenal stories waiting to be told...

By Yaw Dwomoh 8 Aug 2019

Are we moving into an age of gender-fluid purchasing?
Are we moving into an age of gender-fluid purchasing?

Is it outdated to believe women still shop differently to men? The clichés are men purchase for speed and women are more motivated by price, men are big online shoppers but women still like something tangible...

By Eben Esterhuizen 7 Aug 2019

Freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, who is detained in Tanzania. Credit: CPJ/Jamii Forums.
Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket...

7 Aug 2019

Lira honoured as first African Barbie role model
Lira honoured as first African Barbie role model

Ahead of Women's Day in South Africa on 9 August, toy manufacturer Mattel has revealed that local singer Lira is the next Barbie role model to be recognised with a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness...

7 Aug 2019

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ZimboTube video sharing website launched in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean video-sharing website, ZimboTube launched...

7 Aug 2019

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Much of brand management is a hit-and-miss affair. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't

The process of brand management is not as complicated as a lot of non-brand or marketers sees it...

By Rirhandzu Shingwenyana 7 Aug 2019

East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020
East Africa welcomes Animation du Monde 2020

Entries are currently open for East Africa Animation du Monde 2020...

6 Aug 2019

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StarTimes invested $1.9m for new TV channel in Kenya

StarTimes Media is developing a new content channel in Kenya which will target mainly women with local programs...

6 Aug 2019

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6 trends likely to disrupt the events industry in 2020

Raylene de Wet, director of event sales at Hyatt Regency Johannesburg, unveils six trends that will likely disrupt and elevate South Africa's events industry in the coming year...

6 Aug 2019

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Now! TV launches on DStv in Botswana

MultiChoice Botswana has launched a youth-focused channel...

6 Aug 2019

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Reject the tyranny of "or": How digital makes traditional marketing more important for big brands

If you've read Jim Collins and Jerry Porras' iconic book Built to Last, you'll be familiar with their concept of "reject the tyranny of the 'or' and embrace the genius of the 'and'"...

By JG Bezuidenhout 6 Aug 2019

Giorgio Stock.
New head of Warnermedia EMEA ad sales

Giorgio Stock named president, Warnermedia Entertainment Networks, Distribution and Advertising Sales, EMEA and APAC...

5 Aug 2019

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Kwesé shuts down its pay TV service in Zimbabwe

Econet Wireless Ltd. has shut its African pay-TV unit due to Zimbabwe's economic condition and shortage of foreign currency...

5 Aug 2019

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Kantar's Eric Salama discusses the way forward under new owner Bain Capital

Kantar CEO Eric Salama presented an update on the new ownership structure and the opportunities under, Bain Capital during a press call held on Thursday...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Aug 2019

Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?
Who owns the copyright to AI... and its creative works?

An AI algorithm, or more specifically the written code, encompassing both the source code and object code, would be categorised as a "computer program" under South African laws and is protected by the law of copyright...

By Fatima Ameer-Mia and Lee Shacksnovis 5 Aug 2019

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir.
Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six years

A Mauritian blogger who had been held for more than five and a half years and who was originally sentenced to death for apostasy, has been released...

5 Aug 2019

5 reasons to fall in love with The Lion King
5 reasons to fall in love with The Lion King

Chances are that if you grew up in South Africa in the '90s, Disney's The Lion King would have been embedded into your psyche. The iconic story and soundtrack playing backdrop to many movie- and slumber-party nights...

By Ruth Cooper 5 Aug 2019

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How data science in and for Africa can blaze new trails

Many of the disruptive, game-changing innovations that are grounded in data science are intended to improve people's quality of life as well as the efficiency of processes and services...

By Wim Delva 2 Aug 2019

7 groundbreaking African films now on Showmax
7 groundbreaking African films now on Showmax

The African film industry is booming - with a range of films from animation to documentary, the continent is not short of telling diverse stories...

2 Aug 2019

CSI not just a nice-to-have, but a business imperative
CSI not just a nice-to-have, but a business imperative

According to Regan Adams, CEO of RCS - a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, organisations can no longer afford to view corporate social investment (CSI) as a nice-to-have, but rather a business imperative...

2 Aug 2019

Oje Ojeaga, CEO/CCO at Up in the Sky, Nigeria and Loeries 2019 Digital Communication juror.
#Loeries2019: "The most audacious campaign will not convert if your target audience can't relate" - Oje Ojeaga

I chatted to the regional jurors ahead of the upcoming Loeries Creative Week. Next in the series is this year's Digital Communication juror Oje Ojeaga, also CEO/CCO at Up in the Sky, Nigeria...

By Leigh Andrews 2 Aug 2019

African vision of the future of digital creativity
African vision of the future of digital creativity

Fak'ugesi African Digital Residency celebrates six years of developing young digital creatives

2 Aug 2019

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Here's what SMEs need to know about using their customer communication channels effectively

There are a few basic things every business can do to ensure that its communication strategy is as effective as possible...

By Greg Chen 2 Aug 2019

#Newsmaker: Nqabisa Gabriel on driving sales of plant-based protein products
#Newsmaker: Nqabisa Gabriel on driving sales of plant-based protein products

Infinite Foods, a distributor, licensor and manufacturer of plant-based protein products, has appointed Nqabisa Gabriel as its area sales manager...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 2 Aug 2019

Why we shouldn't simply replace textbooks with electronic books
Why we shouldn't simply replace textbooks with electronic books

Trial and error has shown that before we simply swap textbooks for e-textbooks, we first need to get the basics right, then introduce electronic learning to complement book-based learning...

1 Aug 2019

Taazima Kala-Essack is lead PR consultant, FCB Wired Botswana.
The way in which we communicate is evolving

Our news is changing, our media is changing, and the very way in which we communicate is evolving...

1 Aug 2019

Major shifts on the horizon in Nigeria's consumer landscape
Major shifts on the horizon in Nigeria's consumer landscape

The Nigerian consumer landscape is set for a multitude of shifts. By 2025, 55% of Nigerians will live in cities or towns as a result of 50% growth in population in urban areas, which represents the fastest urban growth rate globally...

1 Aug 2019

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New reality show hosted by Ama K Abebrese launched in Ghana

A new reality show on Ghana's head porters, known as 'kayayei' launches...

1 Aug 2019

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Ghana hopes to benefit from hosting Africa's free trade area secretariat

Ghana has been chosen by the African Union (AU) to host the secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area...

By Adu Owusu Sarkodie 1 Aug 2019

A screenshot of Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa, left, speaking at a July 30 press conference. Mambosasa said that police have detained freelancer Erick Kabendera. Credit: CPJ/YouTube/Kwanza TV.
Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over 'citizenship'

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera...

31 Jul 2019

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