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MARKETING & MEDIA

Exhibitions - a public relations tool

Many companies find themselves participating in exhibitions without realising what it is they want to achieve. Exhibitions can produce excellent results for an organisation if the public relations practitioner makes use of all the opportunities they present.

By Laricia Smit 29 Jul 2002

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cliff caught in BCCSA crossfire

5FM's drive time DJ, Gareth Cliff, was found in contravention of the code protecting religious freedom by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA), in respect of an interview he purported to conduct with "Jesus" on his show on the afternoon of 10 March 2004.

Issued by Total Exposure 4 May 2004

MARKETING & MEDIA

Decorex expands to Botswana

Exhibition organizers South Africa Rai have announced that the company is to launch leading décor and design expo Decorex SA in Botswana as part of a drive to bring the best of the best in African décor to the rest of the continent. Decorex Botswana will be hosted at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, The Grand Palm Hotel Casino and Convention Resort, from 21 to 24 October 2005.

22 Feb 2005

MARKETING & MEDIA

Wine label award goes to Paarl Print Labels

Paarl Print Labels, the wine label printing facility within Paarl Media Group, has scooped Best Range Award for the printing of Paarl Print Labels, the wine label printing facility within Paarl Media Group, has scooped Best Range Award for the printing of KWV's Golden Kaan range in the third annual Raflatac Wine Labels of Excellence awards. The awards ceremony formed part of the opening function of The 9th Wine Farmers & Fruit Growers 2005 Exhibition, held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 26 - 28 July 2005.

28 Jul 2005

MARKETING & MEDIA

Online Publishers' Association slams Telkom

The Online Publishers' Association (OPA) has lashed out against Telkom for holding the country to ransom over a decision made by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) this week that the operator may not charge added monthly fees to ADSL subscribers. ICASA's decision was based on hearings held in response to at least 46 complaints made by consumers regarding Telkom's ADSL offering.

Issued by OPA 3 Aug 2005

MARKETING & MEDIA

Be cool with a slimline can

Beverage packaging manufacturer Nampak Bevcan has introduced a new slimline can which hopes to put the 'cool' back into the can by appealing to today's image-conscious consumer.

15 Sep 2005

MARKETING & MEDIA

The ''skinny'' on email marketing statistics

One of the key benefits of electronic marketing is that it delivers metrics. As the theory goes, we should be evaluating these metrics and trying to employ this information to refine our communications with the goals of increasing open rates, click-through rates, brand equity, and most importantly sales and profit.

Issued by Low Fat Digital Communications 7 Dec 2005

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
The emancipation of Standard Bank

From 'Simpler. Better. Faster.' to 'Inspired. Motivated. Involved.' and a brand new logo, Standard Bank - South Africa's biggest bank in terms of assets - comes of age, aiming to forge ahead in its bid to make a real difference and stay relevant to the societies in which it operates.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 4 Apr 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

Louise Burgers
Branding Africa

The 2010 Soccer World Cup is the greatest marketing opportunity that Africa has ever had and all communicators must get involved in aligning positive brand messages about South Africa and Africa, Yvonne Johnston, CEO of South Africa's International Marketing Council (IMC) told the annual Federation of African PR Associations (FAPRA) in Johannesburg yesterday, Tuesday 23 May 2006.

By Louise Marsland 23 May 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

Brand owners won't get their hands dirty
Brand owners won't get their hands dirty

The bottom line is this - brand owners don't want to get their hands dirty. Managing the brand experience beyond the costly advertising remains largely undefined, ill managed and poorly controlled. And in my experience, there are very few companies that get it right.

By Terry Behan 27 Jun 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

First HDTV African sports broadcast
First HDTV African sports broadcast

El Grande Nu Metro Theatre at Monte Casino, Johannesburg, was the venue for Africa's first live high definition (HD) television transmission, which took place during the 2006 World Cup finals last weekend. The event was broadcast via Sony's new Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) 4K 'super' projector.

13 Jul 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

Readers get bidding online in KZN
Readers get bidding online in KZN

Independent Newspapers KZN's weekly Sunday Tribune and daily morning title, The Mercury, have launched a first-in-Africa online auction.

Issued by Independent Newspapers KZN 29 Sep 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTV Networks Africa relocates to Joburg

MTV Networks Africa, the pan-African entertainment platform and creator of African music TV channel MTV base, has relocated its head office to Africa as a key component of the network's growth strategy and to increase its resonance with African TV audiences, it was announced earlier this week.

26 Oct 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

The power of customer evangelism
The power of customer evangelism

I felt like a Reach for a Dream candidate. I kept looking over my shoulder to check whether or not I was being followed by a Candid Camera crew. What am I going on about? A few weeks back I wrote an article for The Citizen about things I wanted to do before I die. One of my goals was, and is, to drive an Aston Martin.

By Mike Stopforth 22 Nov 2006

MARKETING & MEDIA

Egypt to revitalize film industry

It produced 40 films last year – yet Egypt, dubbed ‘Hollywood of the East’, has only 250 cinemas for a population of over 76 million.

12 Apr 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Broadband + IPTV = media overload

MIPTV, CANNES: “Thank goodness we don’t have broadband.” If I was a media buyer, I would perhaps be making this statement. Broadband opens up the opportunity of Internet TV (IPTV) and, unfortunately for us, we cannot truly experience what IPTV is all about and how awesome it is.

By Stanley Edwards 18 Apr 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Delegates from 81 countries to attend eLearning Africa

eLearning Africa, the Pan-African conference on ICT for development, education and training, expects more than 1200 participants to attend the second annual event which takes place from 28-30 May 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya.

18 May 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Social media requires clear strategy

Less than a third of professional communicators surveyed feel confident about using social media as part of an integrated communication strategy, according to Melcrum's new report “How to use social media to engage employees”. Yet despite the lack of strategy understanding revealed by the global study, many are going ahead with setting up tools inside their organisations – some 60% of organisations will have some form of social media in place by the end of 2007.

25 Jun 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Call to action: entries for The Biggest Loser

Following the enormous popularity of The Biggest Loser, free-to-air channel e.tv is inviting viewers to participate in a local version of this internationally successful reality weight-loss series.

Issued by eMedia 10 Jul 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Exhibition of Algeria's telecoms potential

An exhibition to showcase the progress made by Algeria in the area of information and communication technologies called 'Sabie 2007' is to be held in the capital, Algiers in from 3 - 7 September 2007.

By Laeed Zaghlami 28 Aug 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Five Uganda FM radio stations go live on the Internet

JumpTV Inc., a broadcaster of international television and sports programming over the Internet, has began streaming Uganda's top five radio stations live via www.jumptv.com.

By Edris Kisambira 28 Sep 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Botswana hospitality industry poised for growth

The Botswana hospitality industry is one of the country's growth areas – and Compass Botswana has identified function catering and remote site catering as two further opportunities for growth.

5 Nov 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Zimbabwean executives in trouble over newspaper prices

Media executives in trouble as government maintains blitz ahead of elections.

12 Nov 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

South African Digital Signage firm, Urbannex, signs National Distribution Agreement with C-nario.
South African Digital Signage firm, Urbannex, signs National Distribution Agreement with C-nario.

Leading digital signage provider, C-nario, gets a foothold in South Africa as it signs National Distribution Agreement (NDA) with local firm digital signage firm, Urbannex.

Issued by Urbannex 9 Sep 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

New dates for Mega Media Expo
New dates for Mega Media Expo

CADEK Media, organisers of the Mega Media Expo, has announced that their planned January Media Expo will be postponed to 7 & 8 May 2008. “We realised that exhibitors will need more lead time to plan their exhibitions,” says organiser Chris de Klerk of CADEK Media.

Issued by CADEK Media 10 Dec 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

New UN logo designed by SA
New UN logo designed by SA

South African design proved, once again, that it can hold its own with the world's best when a design by TBWA\South Africa was chosen recently as the official logo for the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights 60th anniversary.

10 Dec 2007

MARKETING & MEDIA

Community newspapers “touching” South Africans

Community newspapers are a “touchable” media resource in that local press reaches a specific target audience, connecting a consumer to a brand within a geographical designated area and hence the ability to touch the right market.

By Claudelle Naidoo 25 Jan 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Social networks – where content and brands collide
Social networks – where content and brands collide

MIPTV, CANNES, FRANCE: Day four at MIPTV was dedicated to the world of social networks and included presentations from MySpace, Bebo and YouTube. As MIPTV is primarily a content market, many delegates were looking at these platforms as a place where their content could be viewed legally and monetised, which has unfortunately not been the case.

By Stanley Edwards 11 Apr 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Louise Burgers
Sunday Times fires David Bullard

Controversial columnist David Bullard has been fired by the Sunday Times. The axe finally fell on the ‘Out to Lunch' column after his latest offering published this past Sunday, 6 April 2008, was criticised for being racist.

By Louise Marsland 11 Apr 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Scan Display Botswana moves and expands into printing
Scan Display Botswana moves and expands into printing

Scan Display's Botswana branch has moved to new offices in Broadhurst, Gaborone. The exhibition and display specialist has been operating in Botswana since 1999 and the company's recent growth was the motivation for the move to bigger premises.

Issued by Scan Display 15 Apr 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Conexus paves the road for automotive sales and service standards in Africa

Conexus, a leading outsourced call centre company, has successfully extended their capabilities across Africa, having completed a challenging multi-country project. The venture into the continent continued when Conexus was tasked with implementing a large-scale customer satisfaction study for a leading, international automotive client in African countries.

Issued by Conexus 3 Jun 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

DStv launches HD TV with free advertising

Oracle Airtime Sales (OATS) is joining the High Definition (HD) craze sweeping the country by offering free advertising on DStv's first HD channel, which is set to launch on 8 August 2008 with the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. HD PVR recorders will also become available from end-July to ensure the HD experience is complete.

30 Jun 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nokia, Bizcommunity partner for journalism on-the-go
Nokia, Bizcommunity partner for journalism on-the-go

Nokia and Bizcommunity.com today, Monday, 4 August 2008, announced the signing of a partnership to enable mobile journalism on the popular website. Bizcommunity.com, South Africa's leading online community for the advertising, marketing and media industry, will have its editorial team equipped with Nokia N82 devices to assist in day-to-day news gathering and multimedia reporting on-the-go.

4 Aug 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Upper east holds exhibition of made-in-Africa products

A five-day exhibition of made-in-Africa products and cultural awareness creation is underway in Bolgatanga in the upper east region. It seeks to showcase potentials of the northern, upper east and upper west regions and provide avenue for Africans in the Diaspora to easily trace their roots and invest in Ghana.

19 Aug 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Zambia media welcome online Watchdog
Zambia media welcome online Watchdog

The newly launched Zambian online newspaper, The Watchdog is expected to change the media terrain in the country, according to the paper's editor Lloyd Himaambo.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Sep 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

The 12 ‘R's of community engagement
The 12 ‘R's of community engagement

The latest Web 2.0 technologies have made connecting people together significantly easier, but getting community members to engage with your organisation is not an easy task. Here are 12 key factors that any organisation about to deploy a community engagement programme needs to consider.

By Jonathan Hall 23 Sep 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

The mobile web: an untapped opportunity for publishers
The mobile web: an untapped opportunity for publishers

I had the opportunity to speak at the Bookmarks breakfast workshop at the invitation of the South African Online Publishers Association (OPA) last week both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. My target audience at this event was really the online publishers and my principal challenge to them was: ‘Why has the South African online publishing industry not made any significant in-roads in the mobile web?'

By Rick Joubert 19 Nov 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
HD TV definitely puts me on a high

Local soccer fans who can't afford to get to the World Cup games in 2010 will be in for a treat, even if they have to make do with watching the action on big screens at one of the many fan parks that will be dotted about the country. Because, if DSTv's fledgling high definition (HD) channel is anything to go by, fans won't have to actually be present in the stadium to feel that they're actually there.

By Chris Moerdyk 10 Dec 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

QVC - learning the power of online
QVC - learning the power of online

Anyone curious about the potential impact of online activity on brand reputation need look no further than the Quality Vacation Club (QVC) saga currently playing itself out in the South African blogosphere.

By Eve Dmochowska 11 Dec 2008

MARKETING & MEDIA

Advertising industry gathers at Mega Media Expo
Advertising industry gathers at Mega Media Expo

Africa's advertising and media showcase, Mega Media Expo, is coming to the Sandton Convention Centre on 4 and 5 March. This will be the second Mega Media Expo, after its successful launch in Cape Town last year.

Issued by CADEK Media 24 Feb 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Get to grips with mobile media at the Mega Media Expo
Get to grips with mobile media at the Mega Media Expo

Africa's advertising and media showcase, Mega Media Expo, is coming to the Sandton Convention Centre on 4 and 5 March. Apart from the expo, the event also aims to educate. Visitors can attend short 30-minute workshops on interesting topics such as Harry Trisos' talk on Mobile, The 7th Mass Media.

Issued by CADEK Media 24 Feb 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Motsweding FM's new lineup
Motsweding FM's new lineup

After several unexpected changes to Motsweding FM's lineup in March 2009, the station announced yesterday, Wednesday 1 April that a new weekend lineup will take effect from Saturday 4 April and a new weekday one from Monday 6 April.

2 Apr 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

DNAlysis brings 'Pink or Blue' test to The Baby Expo

South African molecular technology firm, DNAlysis Biotechnology, will be making international foetal sexing technology available to pregnant mothers at The Baby Expo held from 14 to 17 May at the Coca-Cola dome in Johannesburg.

Issued by MamaMagic, The Baby Expo 21 Apr 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Origin8 Saatchi & Saatchi wins four Gold Gong-Gongs

Saatchi & Saatchi¹s Ghana office, Origin8 Saatchi & Saatchi won four Gold Gong-Gongs at the 7th Gong-Gong Awards held in Accra earlier this month. It the highest number of gold trophies won by any agency this year, taking home five silver awards as well.

19 May 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Newsroom of the future launched in Prague
Newsroom of the future launched in Prague

The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and PPF Group have launched the International Multimedia News Lab in Prague. Futuroom, claiming to be the “newsroom of the future” hopes to provide a low-cost journalism option at hyperlocal level, it was announced yesterday, Monday, 25 May 2009.

26 May 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Strong growth in mobile advertising - BuzzCity

The global recession is having some effect on mobile advertisers, but mobile advertising continues its strong overall growth, said the results of BuzzCity's quarterly Global Mobile Advertising Index, yesterday, Tuesday, 14 July 2009. The company is a global provider of wireless communities and consumer services.

15 Jul 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ghana, Africa's premier BPO destination?

Ghana wants to position itself as one of the premier BPO destinations in Africa. The first GASSCOM International BPO Conference And Exhibition was held at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana on 22 - 23 July 2009 under the theme "Outsourcing to Ghana, Africa's Golden Gateway".

By Sylvain Béletre 3 Aug 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Urban agriculture key to alleviating world hunger

The urban poor have been hit the hardest by the global hunger epidemic, which has been fueled by the ongoing food, economic, financial, and environmental crises.

By Molly Slothower 11 Aug 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

2009 Sunday Times Top Brands winners

There were various surprises at the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards for 2009, last night, Thursday, 20 August 2009, at Lexus Fourways, Johannesburg, which this year included categories for social and digital networks and new brand categories such as sunglasses, watches and fashion.

21 Aug 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ugandan editors held over cartoon

Three editors from a Ugandan magazine were questioned yesterday over a cartoon criticising President Yoweri Museveni. The Criminal Investigations Directorate is investigating reports of sedition after a caricature of the president appeared in The Independent magazine last week.

2 Sep 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Unified, consistent messaging and the digital media fit
Unified, consistent messaging and the digital media fit

Back in the day, markets were conversations. They were thriving community meeting places and there was direct communication between buyers and the sellers. Here, people shared experiences and opinions with each other, gave direct feedback, and received immediate responses. Then there was a shift, and with that shift, came mass production and supermarkets. Consequently, the direct link of communication was severed.

6 Oct 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Alvarion, Safaricom to deploy nationwide WiMAX network in Kenya

Alvarion has announced its selection by Kenyan mobile services provider Safaricom for a three-year turnkey WiMAX project to deploy high-speed broadband services throughout Kenya. Using Alvarion's BreezeMAX solution at 3.5 GHz frequency band, the WiMAX network will enable wireless broadband for residential and corporate users, rural areas, municipalities, banks, schools and universities.

8 Oct 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

IFRA Expo 2009 a success, despite economy
IFRA Expo 2009 a success, despite economy

IFRA Expo 2009, the world¹s largest trade fair for the newspaper industry, closed in Vienna, Austria on Thursday, 15 October 2009. The four-day event hosted approximately 6,700 visitors from 78 countries.

16 Oct 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Wafula
Uganda Media Expo fully booked

Uganda's inaugural Media Expo has attracted up to 48 firms from various sectors, demonstrating the hunger for exposure among players in Uganda's media industry. The event will be held on 23 - 24 October 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

By Walter Wafula 21 Oct 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Your conference sucks: Part 1
Your conference sucks: Part 1

I'm often asked what the difference is between a small business owner and an entrepreneur. To me it's simple - small business owners are driven by love and/or expertise in their chosen field; entrepreneurs look at that field from the outside and say, "This sucks; I think I can do it better." I'm an entrepreneur in the presentation and conference space, and I can safely say that it sucks.

By Richard Mulholland 21 Oct 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

KZN co-op wins SAB prize
KZN co-op wins SAB prize

The R100 000 prize in the 2009 South African Breweries (SAB) KickStart Entrepreneurial Development Programme competition has been won by a KwaZulu-Natal co-op.

20 Nov 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

Safaricom partners with CISCO
Safaricom partners with CISCO

Safaricom, a mobile service provider in Kenya has yet unveiled its ‘Managed Office in a Box' offer that saw it partner with Cisco, the global networking solutions provider. Cisco announced that it has joined forces with Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom to launch managed services based on Cisco equipment in the East African market.

By Titus Kaloki 7 Dec 2009

MARKETING & MEDIA

The Citizen cuts cover price
The Citizen cuts cover price

As of 1 January 2010, the cover price of The Citizen has been dropped by 33%, Monday to Friday.

8 Jan 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA Internet growth accelerates
SA Internet growth accelerates

The number of South African Internet users has passed the 5-million mark for the first time, finally breaking through the 10% mark in Internet penetration for the country. This is the key finding of the Internet Access in South Africa 2010 study, conducted by World Wide Worx and jointly sponsored by Cisco, released this morning, Thursday, 14 Jan 2010.

14 Jan 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Prezence South Africa launches first-of-its-kind online pre-paid airtime store, mitime.co.za

Leading digital agency, Prezence South Africa, has recently developed a revolutionary online and mobi digital service allowing consumers to purchase airtime over the web, or via their mobile phone, without a credit card or bank account.

Issued by Prezence 21 Jan 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

DLT Media leads the waiting area revolution
DLT Media leads the waiting area revolution

Waiting in the reception area of a hotel, doctor's office, fitness centre, hair salon or school can sometimes be a frustrating exercise - especially if the person you are there to meet is taking too long to see you. That is why some of these outlets, with the help of UK-based DLT Media, provide magazines for their potential visitors to read and relax while waiting.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 26 Jan 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Johannesburg road show
Johannesburg road show

Web-lingo had a very successful business development week in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and are pleased to announce that they have a new CSI partner - CANSA (a community-driven and volunteer-based organisation that has been fighting cancer to save lives - http://www.cansa.org.za).

Issued by Rubric 10 Feb 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA will get terrestrial HD TV, but not just yet
SA will get terrestrial HD TV, but not just yet

Good news for SA consumers who don't have access to satellite pay-TV is that the country is set to get terrestrial high-definition channels. The bad news is that they'll have to wait at least another three years to enjoy the crisper images served up by HD broadcasts.

By Duncan McLeod 19 Feb 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

AdExpo - a must for advertisers and marketers
AdExpo - a must for advertisers and marketers

The Mega Media AdExpo will be staged from 23 - 25 March 2010 at Sandton Convention Centre and is a must for all serious marketers and advertisers. The show will be a hub of activity and many last minute 2010 advertising and promotional deals will be clinched here.

Issued by CADEK Media 23 Feb 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo translates Mbendi.mobi
Web-lingo translates Mbendi.mobi

Web-lingo, an international network of in-country language specialists, translates Mbendi.mobi! The domain name mobi is derived from mobile, indicating its use by mobile devices for accessing internet resources via the mobile web.

Issued by Rubric 3 Mar 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

AdExpo workshops aim to transfer marketing skills
AdExpo workshops aim to transfer marketing skills

The Mega Media AdExpo will be staged from 23-25 March 2010 at Sandton Convention Centre and is a must for all serious marketers and advertisers. The show will be a hub of activity and many last-minute 2010 advertising and promotional deals will be clinched here.

Issued by CADEK Media 12 Mar 2010

RETAIL

Consumer Protection Act made easy

Most South African businesses seem to be unaware that the most draconian of the provisions of the new Consumer Protection Act will soon be coming into effect, said consumer law specialist Neville Melville at the launch of his latest book, The Consumer Protection Act made easy.

15 Mar 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo encourages website translation
Web-lingo encourages website translation

The soccer world cup is influencing many changes amongst businesses, including hotels and guesthouses, and although it was relatively quiet at the beginning of the year, the demand for website translation has been enormous. Multilingual companies have wider exposure and a better competitive edge than monolingual ones. As foreign trade and tourism grows, the need for translation and interpreting from English to other languages will also grow.

Issued by Rubric 20 Apr 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

2010 AdReview winners announced

At the 2010 AdReview Awards, held yesterday, Wednesday, 21 April, The Jupiter Drawing Room and TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris were jointly named AdReview Agencies of the Decade. The judges were unable to reach agreement on a single winner.

22 Apr 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Kasi Times to empower township communities

A tabloid newspaper called Kasi Times, set to bring a new wave of inspiration, motivation and empowerment to Gauteng townships, will be launched on 28 May 2010, Nonhlanhla Nxumalo of Star Hero Communications and Events and MD of the new title, told Bizcommunity.com this week.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 30 Apr 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

South Africa's good news virtually shines
South Africa's good news virtually shines

"Shine 2010 has been successful in helping to shape perceptions online, ahead of what is South Africa's most prominent opportunity to shine on the world stage." Vicki Trehaeven, FNB's head of 2010 marketing was commenting on the more than 1.5 million impressions* across its good news website and various social networks.

12 May 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Hot brands voted by heat readers
Hot brands voted by heat readers

heat magazine has just released the results of its online poll of the favourite brands of its predominantly affluent female fans (aged 16-30), with its first ever heat 5 Star Awards 2010.

24 May 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Microsoft.com continues website translation with Web-lingo
Microsoft.com continues website translation with Web-lingo

Go to www.Microsoft.com and search for Web-lingo to see some of the localisation projects which have been successfully completed, and some which are still in progress. Completing the Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 (more than three million words) in Afrikaans, Zulu, Setswana, Sepedi and Xhosa, as well as in progress with the Windows 7 and Office 14 translation project.

Issued by Rubric 25 May 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Apex Grand Prix for Ogilvy Joburg
Apex Grand Prix for Ogilvy Joburg

Ogilvy was king of the Apex Awards last night, Thursday, 27 May 2010, with Ogilvy Johannesburg scoring the Apex Grand Prix, one Gold and two Silvers, and Ogilvy Cape Town two Silvers and two Bronzes. Special awards went to Saatchi & Saatchi for its WWF SA Earth Hour campaign (most successful submission for non-profit or charity organisation or cause 21 Awards) and to TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris Johannesburg for its Trillion Dollar campaign for The Zimbabwean (most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds).

28 May 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

The winners of the 2010 African Access National Business Awards are...

The SA's Top Performing Companies publication, in association with Topco Media, is proud to announce the winners of the 8th annual African Access National Business Awards (AANBA) that took place at the Sandton Convention Centre Ballroom on Thursday, 27 May 2010.

Issued by Topco Media 3 Jun 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mutual & Federal is the only Superbrand short-term insurer

Mutual & Federal, one of the leading short-term insurers in southern Africa, has made history by becoming the only short-term insurer to receive Superbrand status in 2010. The announcement was made on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 when Superbrands, an independent authority on branding, hosted an event to honour some of South Africa's leading brands.

Issued by MGN Publishing 4 Jun 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

TGI survey launches largest brand awareness survey in South Africa - a case study
TGI survey launches largest brand awareness survey in South Africa - a case study

TGI SA has announced in Johannesburg that they have released a brand awareness measure in their continuous single-source brand, product and media survey. Top-of-mind and spontaneous brand awareness levels in 23 product categories is available in the 2009B release.

Issued by Ask Afrika 8 Jun 2010

RETAIL

Massmart strikes while the iron is hot

Fresh from an impressive 52-week sales update, retailer Massmart Holdings, has announced the buy-out of Namibia-based hardware chain, Pupkewitz Megabuild, in line with its African expansion strategy.

By Zeenat Moorad 14 Jul 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo secures translation project for 150 German novels
Web-lingo secures translation project for 150 German novels

Web-lingo will be translating 150 German novels into English for a large German publisher based in Germany. Starting with 12 novels and 600 000 words with a deadline of one month, Web-lingo proves once again that no project is too big or too small for their professional teams. Offering translation of 85 languages from or into English, this service would typically include translation, proofreading, editing and validation to guarantee quality.

Issued by Rubric 19 Jul 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

SANEF open house discussion on media freedom threats
SANEF open house discussion on media freedom threats

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) is inviting all editors and journalists to an open house discussion on the proposed media tribunal, problematic legislation currently before Parliament and other threats to media freedom at Avusa Johannesburg, tomorrow morning at 9.30am, Wednesday, 4 August 2010.

3 Aug 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cell C - cosmetic makeover or real deal?
Cell C - cosmetic makeover or real deal?

Cell C's rebranding, repositioning and pretty much re-everything under the sun, is certainly different and quite refreshing in what is a pretty predictable industry. But, the proof of whether this is the real deal or just an elaborate cosmetic makeover, will be in the pudding. And the cellphone industry pudding is actually quite a simple one.

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 5 Aug 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

KRAZYBOYZ catches the Fox!

Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels have appointed KRAZYBOYZ as their Africa region Digital Agency for National Geographic, National Geographic Wild, FX, Fox Africa and Fox Retro.

Issued by KRAZYBOYZ 5 Aug 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

McDonald's to open restaurants in Zimbabwe
McDonald's to open restaurants in Zimbabwe

US-based fast food giant McDonald's has cast its sights on Zimbabwe, 11 years after its initial plan to start restaurants in the country failed due to an unprecedented economic and political crisis.

By Dumisani Ndlela 16 Aug 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

African finalists in Loeries 2010
African finalists in Loeries 2010

DDB Mozambique and Kenya's Scanad are finalists in the 2010 Loerie Awards. All the finalists were revealed late last week and are available on the Loeries website.

30 Aug 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

kykNET once again Pendoring standard bearer
kykNET once again Pendoring standard bearer

As the only fully-fledged Afrikaans TV channel in the world, it's important that kykNET encourages advertisers to advertise in Afrikaans, hence its loyal support of Pendoring's sustained initiative to promote and award Afrikaans advertising.

Issued by Pendoring 2 Sep 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Quark and Snap launch the first private-label version of QuarkPromote.com
Quark and Snap launch the first private-label version of QuarkPromote.com

DENVER, US: Quark has announced that it has launched the first private-label version of QuarkPromote.com with Snap, a leading printing franchise in Australia.

7 Sep 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Tuine & Tossels at this year's HOMEMAKERS Expo!
Tuine & Tossels at this year's HOMEMAKERS Expo!

The interior decorating and gardening television show, Tuine en Tossels, is proud to be part of this year's VAAL HOMEMAKERS EXPO, on from 17-19 September!

Issued by HOMEMAKERS 7 Sep 2010

RETAIL

HICA: Investing in hospitality
HICA: Investing in hospitality

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) will present the fourth Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) taking place in Johannesburg from 31 October to 2 November 2010. The conference programme will explore investment opportunities in the African context, challenges faced by the hospitality sector and review international trends and best practice.

8 Sep 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative
CNN enlists top journalism students for iReport initiative

ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.

16 Sep 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

IFRA Expo 2010 opens in Hamburg
IFRA Expo 2010 opens in Hamburg

The 2010 IFRA Expo, a trade exhibition for the news publishing industry opened today, 4 October 2010 in Hamburg, Germany. The expo has drawn more than 340 exhibitors from 33 countries - ­ up more than 20% from last year ­ including printing press manufacturers, editorial and advertising system providers and other suppliers to the newspaper industry.

4 Oct 2010

RETAIL

Snow found at Canal Walk
Snow found at Canal Walk

It's snowing at Cape Town's Canal Walk Shopping Centre and it's the best festive fun around!

14 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Social multi-player gamers named as UK technology's hottest prospect
Social multi-player gamers named as UK technology's hottest prospect

LONDON, UK: In a bid to find innovative technology stars of the future, the Tech Media Invest 2010 (TMI) programme came to its conclusion last night at The Cumberland Hotel, with PwC awarding the Hottest Prospect award to Mind Candy.

20 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Accra to host 2011 SME event

Accra, Ghana will be hosting an international business conference and exhibition aimed at growing businesses, promoting an enabling environment for the private sector as well as creating jobs and alleviating poverty. The event, Business Sense 2011 takes place at the Accra International Conference Centre from 25-26 February 2011.

21 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Google Baraza launches in Africa
Google Baraza launches in Africa

Google has launched a new question and answer service across Africa that will also be integrated into search results on Google Search. Google Bazara, which means 'taskforce' or 'council' in Swahili, offers user-generated advice on almost any topic. Users can create profiles, send messages, follow others, rate answers and receive points for asking and answering.

26 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Uganda: CBS resumes broadcasting
Uganda: CBS resumes broadcasting

KAMPALA: CBS radio station in Uganda resumed normal broadcasting late last week after being closed for a year.The Ugandan government closed four radio stations amid rioting in Kampala in September 2009.

27 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo free dictionary now available

Currently 132000 terms available and more than 1.2 million will be added before the end of 2010.

Issued by Rubric 27 Oct 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Discovery Health, Rhodes University to 'cure' health journalism

Health journalism in South Africa is ailing and is in need of healing, Prof Guy Berger, Rhodes University head of school of journalism and media studies, said on Friday, 29 October 2010, in Sandton. He was speaking at the launch of the Discovery Centre for Health Journalism, which will from next year offer an honours degree with specialisation in health journalism at the Eastern Cape-based learning institution.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 1 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Customised web-based CRM system

After testing various client relationship management systems, including Maximizer and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, we ultimately chose to customise our own internet web-based solution using C#, jQuery Ajax and CSS 3 in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010.

Issued by Rubric 1 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

New Bharti Airtel partnerships across Africa
New Bharti Airtel partnerships across Africa

LAGOS: Bharti Airtel has partnered with IBM, Tech Mahindra and Spanco to drive customer service across 16 African countries. An agreement is expected to be finalised soon.

2 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Outrage over The New Age's 'confidentiality agreements'
Outrage over The New Age's 'confidentiality agreements'

The move by the management of pro-government newspaper The New Age, forcing journalists to sign contracts containing 'confidentiality clauses' to stop them from leaking information to the media, might have serious legal implications, experts have told Bizcommunity.com. Moneyweb reported earlier this week that its 27 October 2010 article, containing an insider's chronology of events leading up to mass news staff resignation shortly before launch, has resulted in bosses cracking the whip.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 3 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

EPC gets copyright management idea accepted
EPC gets copyright management idea accepted

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: The European Publishers Council (EPC*) has succeeded in getting its idea for 21st century copyright management accepted as one of just seven "Big Ideas" sought by the European Commission to forward its Digital Agenda strategy.

5 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

FIFA wins gold at global communications awards
FIFA wins gold at global communications awards

SAN DIEGO, US: The FIFA e-Activity Report has won gold at the 2010 Spotlight Awards Global Communications Competition from the League of American Communications Professionals. Judged in the category Online: Annual/Sustainability Report, the jury awarded the digital report 96 out of a possible 100 points, and full marks for 'overall narrative' and 'overall visual design'.

10 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Some lessons learnt: Translation and back-translations vs. translation, proofreading and editing

Many of our clients, mostly in the medical, health and pharmaceutical industry, request documents to be translated as well as back-translated, then as a third step, to reconcile the two target documents. The T+BT process is often problematic and extremely time-consuming, as for many African languages there are few to no qualified, specialist mother-tongue English translators, therefore the back-translation is often incorrect.

Issued by Rubric 10 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Uganda: Musoke tips media on electoral coverage
Uganda: Musoke tips media on electoral coverage

Journalists and media houses in Uganda have been urged to provide crucial information that can empower voters to make appropriate decisions as the country nears its 2011 elections. Kintu Musoke, the chairman of the Independent Media Council of Uganda, made the call following his observation of coverage of none-issues by some media after the presidential nominations that took place earlier this month.

By Walter Wafula 15 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

69% Africans comfortable with mobile ads - InMobi
69% Africans comfortable with mobile ads - InMobi

JOHANNESBURG: Mobile ad network InMobi has announced the African results from its 'A global consumer view of mobile advertising' study. According to the network, its display mobile advertising platform reaches 50 million Africans through nearly three billion ad impressions monthly.

16 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

The market research behind the 'SunPower'
The market research behind the 'SunPower'

Heard the story that Deon du Plessis first tried to sell the idea that there was a gap in the market for a tabloid newspaper first to Independent Newspapers - and that it didn't get it so he took it to Media24? Well, it's all true except for one thing: that right up there with Du Plessis, now the publisher of the Daily Sun, was market researcher Jos Kuper, who crunched the numbers and took them to Du Plessis, then head of Independent Newspapers in Gauteng.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 17 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Early bird bookings open for Design Indaba
Early bird bookings open for Design Indaba

The 2011 Design Indaba Conference, being held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) 23-25 February 2011, is offering a 10% discount on tickets booked before Tuesday, 7 December 2010. Sold out for the past six years, early birds should get in now.

17 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Soccer City the winner at World Architecture Festival Awards 2010
Soccer City the winner at World Architecture Festival Awards 2010

BARCELONA, SPAIN/JOHANNESBURG, SA: Soccer City, designed by Boogertman+Partners, has won the 'World's Best Sport Building' award at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010, which were held earlier this month in Barcelona, Spain. This not SA's first win in these awards, however...

18 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Organisers call off Uganda Media Expo

A media expo that was expected to gather hundreds of media practitioners and companies in Uganda has been called off with no new dates for the event. The second Media Expo and Marketing Summit was scheduled to take place in Kampala from 18-19 November 2010 at the Imperial Royal Hotel.

18 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Do you know African cinema?

Ask the average American, European or Asian person to give you African film titles (Out of Africa does not apply), and you're lucky if they can name just one. African films are not well-known outside of Africa, but there is a legitimate and growing interest around the world for good quality African audiovisual content.

By Sylvain Béletre 23 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Public votes on Vuka! Awards
Public votes on Vuka! Awards

The 200 entrants to the 2010 M-Net Vuka! Awards have been reduced to 28 finalists and the company is now encouraging the public to vote for its favourite charity advert through an SMS competition, closing on 25 November 2010. The proceeds raised from the SMS line will be donated to the winning charity or cause.

23 Nov 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Selinah scores again at Vuka! Awards
Selinah scores again at Vuka! Awards

The public service TV message awards, M-Net Vuka!, again saluted the powerful impact the Selinah advert for the Topsy Foundation has had on the industry and viewing public by winning the Professional category and five other awards on 30 November 2010.

2 Dec 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Successful SMS company gets new partner

Following the success of FSMS, (a free SMS service that launched in June 2010) technology investment company World of Avatar (WoA) headed up by Alan Knott-Craig Jr, has purchased 50% of the company. Buying into the company is a perfect match for WoA, which develops applications to help Africans make money via their mobile phones and the Internet.

17 Dec 2010

MARKETING & MEDIA

Uganda's Museveni rap copyright bid challenged

KAMPALA: Two Ugandan academics have challenged President Yoweri Museveni's copyright application for a popular rap song he recently released saying its lyrics were from a traditional poem.

22 Dec 2010

RETAIL

A change of a dress for the UK's young women
A change of a dress for the UK's young women

LONDON, UK: It has been an iconic clothing item for fashionable women throughout history, made or broken reputations on the red carpet and most recently been the focal point of an impending Royal marriage - but now it seems dresses are the clothing item of choice for young women.

By Mintel Oxygen 25 Jan 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Local online video wins intl award

Kickstart, an online South African video focusing on the economic impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was a Business Knowledge category winner in the international Strategic Video Awards. Simon Willson, a senior external relations officer for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), commissioned Slymedia to shoot locations in and around Johannesburg, prior to the event.

28 Jan 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Tendulkar bats for Castrol
Tendulkar bats for Castrol

MUMBAI, INDIA: Castrol, the world's leading lubrication company, recently announced the signing of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar as their global brand ambassador for the next two years.

1 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

New generation of TV services begin to close gap on cable
New generation of TV services begin to close gap on cable

LONDON, UK: Cable will retain dominance in the global multi-channel TV market over the next five years but the threat from the new generation of digital and internet protocol (IP) services will take its toll, predicts Ovum, one of the Datamonitor group of companies.

By Published by Ovum 9 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 Design Challenge - the glamour shot
2011 Design Challenge - the glamour shot

CLEVELAND, US: TABPI, the international business-to-business media organisation, has announced its fourth TABPI Design Challenge contest, open to all b2b art directors and designers. The challenge is meant to reward graphic creativity in the b2b industry, as well as serve as an educational exercise for other artists.

11 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Francoise Henderson (Rubric)
SA translation company extends its global footprint through merger

Translation company Web-lingo, has merged with a Scottish provider of software localisation services, in a deal that will see the Cape based service provider multiply its annual turnover by a factor of 100 and extend its reach well beyond its traditional markets. Its partner is Rubric, an Edinburgh based provider of localisation services to the high technology industry.

Issued by Rubric 11 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

MSN SA tries to regain traction with upgrade as Nielsen restates stats
MSN SA tries to regain traction with upgrade as Nielsen restates stats

MSN has always been the biggest invisible brand in South Africa's digital content space. The default home page for millions of Internet Explorer users, local Hotmail and Window Live Messenger users have also received significant exposure to the content portal. It had become, according to MSN senior editor Justin Zehmke, little more than a compulsory stop on the way to another online property.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 11 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo merges with Scotland's Rubric
Web-lingo merges with Scotland's Rubric

Cape-based translation company Web-lingo has merged with a Scottish provider of software localisation services, in a deal that will see it extend its reach beyond its traditional markets. Its partner is Rubric, an Edinburgh-based provider of localisation services to the high technology industry.

14 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Web-lingo/Rubric merger - more good news

Some Q&A's from IT Web Today:

Issued by Rubric 14 Feb 2011

LIFESTYLE

Danger danger P.H.Fat releases Dinosaur Blood
Danger danger P.H.Fat releases Dinosaur Blood

P.H.Fat's debut album "Dinosaur Blood" is swampy mix of gut-stirring bass and sticky psycho-delic dubby beats overlaid with luscious lyrics, which, when experienced, feels like the musical equivalent of a sweaty bone-crushing hug from a sexy alien from outer space. "Dinosaur Blood" is an aural mind f**k for sure.

By Ruth Cooper 17 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Abuse is Abuse campaign evolves from CSI entry
Abuse is Abuse campaign evolves from CSI entry

Originally conceived as an entry piece into the 2009 Vuka! Awards (an M-Net corporate social investment project aimed at providing exposure to worthy causes and charities), the 'Abuse is Abuse' campaign has since grown into something far bigger.

18 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Women journalists receive entrepreneurship grants

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) has announced the winners of the inaugural Women Entrepreneurs in the Global Digital News Frontier grants. Each grantee will receive US$20,000 to launch innovative new media enterprises.

By Carole Kimutai 21 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Facebook marketing is twice as effective - Mark Cowan
Facebook marketing is twice as effective - Mark Cowan

Facebook marketing is the new word of mouth because it is twice as effective. So said Mark Cowan, Facebook head of emerging markets, last week at the Habari Media Facebook Connects forum held last week in Johannesburg and Cape Town, pointing out that Facebook ads are so much more powerful because, when someone sees an ad with their friend in it, it draws their attention and gives the message credibility.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Guldfinger, you're the one...
Guldfinger, you're the one...

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Working on the premise that beer marketing has been lacking in the innovation department for some time, a Swedish beer brand has taken pub games into the digital age.

22 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 Maputo International Ad Festival set for May

The sixth Maputo International Advertising Festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011, AMEP - the Mozambican Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Association announced yesterday. The festival recognises advertising agencies, producers and communications companies worldwide especially from Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.

23 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Business tourism delight as Meetings Africa 2011 closes
Business tourism delight as Meetings Africa 2011 closes

As the sun was about to set on day three of the 2011 edition of Meetings Africa, rays of light of optimism were already appearing in the shadow of the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, signalling an era of success and huge improvement of what is believed to be the continent's biggest business tourism platform.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

With WorldServer Web-lingo translators can now translate straight into InDesign

Web-lingo translators can now translate straight into InDesign (any language). For a current project Web-lingo trained more than 300 South African language translators (10 languages) to translate using WorldServer, which allows translators to translate in any format without seeing the code, tags or having to be concerned with complex formatting. Translators view PDF files for context; however translate on screen in a simple table format with translation memories and glossaries available on screen for consistency. All language translators can now translate straight into your CMS, ASP, XML and other web technology formats.

Issued by Rubric 24 Feb 2011

LIFESTYLE

Innovation and creativity at the Design Indaba Expo
Innovation and creativity at the Design Indaba Expo

Imagine every creative thing you've ever seen or thought of and put it all into one very big room. Bam - you have this year's Design Indaba Expo. Not only is it all so very innovative, but also the majority of the artists have begun to "go green" and are trying to create art whilst still helping the environment.

By Jordan Scott 28 Feb 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Topco Media is moving and growing

It is with great excitement to announce that Topco Media, South Africa's most innovative B2B media company, is moving offices to Cape Town CBD from our much-loved Hout Bay wine boutique address.

Issued by Topco Media 2 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Main market insight to drive mobile marketing success
Main market insight to drive mobile marketing success

South Africa presents a unique marketing challenge; diversity alone requires marketers to have a thorough understanding of multiple consumer markets.

Issued by KRAZYBOYZ 4 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Putting passion into publishing
Putting passion into publishing

About 29 years ago, in a tiny little town in backwoods South Africa, a five-year old kid got hold of an exercise book and started pasting in cut-out pictures of cars he had gleaned from throwaway magazines. Today, all these years later, he's still doing it. Except now he's not filling up old exercise books but rather something a lot more glossy. It's called Car magazine and that five-year-old car nut is its new editor.

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 9 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

AfTLD applies to manage .africa
AfTLD applies to manage .africa

JOHANNESBURG: The Africa Top Level Domains (AfTLD) organisation on Wednesday, 9 March 2011, announced its decision to seek a mandate from the African Union Commission (AUC) and to apply to ICANN to manage the .africa registry.

10 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe
African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe

Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?
What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?

As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Roundup of SxSWSA posts from the weekend
Roundup of SxSWSA posts from the weekend

Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire the #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]

By Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 14 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Judging panel announced for 2011 Diageo Awards
Judging panel announced for 2011 Diageo Awards

LONDON: The panel of judges has been announced for the eighth Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards set to take place on 30 June 2011. The annual awards aims to encourage more prolific reporting of economic opportunities in Africa and to celebrate excellence in business journalism.

15 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Loeries 2011 opens for entries, categories revised
Loeries 2011 opens for entries, categories revised

The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.

15 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?
Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?

There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina
African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina

The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011

LIFESTYLE

SA Wheelchair Tennis team announced
SA Wheelchair Tennis team announced

Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) has announced the South African team for the forthcoming ITF World Team Cup today, 16 March, 2011. The event will be held at the University of Pretoria Sports Grounds from 25 April to 1 May, 2011, its first time in Africa.

17 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Angola at boiling point as govt cracks down on media, social unrest looms

All the symptoms of a dictatorship are found in this country of 18 million people: lack of freedom of expression, election rigging, state corruption, torture, crackdown on critical media, massive poverty, excessive abuse of power and violation of human rights, ruling party elite's self-enrichment, nepotism and arbitrary arrests, among others.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 18 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

An open letter to British American Tobacco
An open letter to British American Tobacco

In the advent of a series of open letters going around lately, especially regarding racism, I also have decided to use this opportunity to write to British American Tobacco while the social media hashtags on racism are still hot.

By Banele Rewo 22 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABMiller plc invests in the future of African journalism
SABMiller plc invests in the future of African journalism

SABMiller has announced that in 2011 it will become a co-sponsor of the David Astor Journalism Awards Trust, the UK-based charity which aims to promote, strengthen and support independent journalism in Africa.

22 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Africa Movie Academy Award 2011 nomination
Africa Movie Academy Award 2011 nomination

AFDA reaches Nigeria, with a short film nomination. Bomlambo was nominated in the Best Short Film category of the Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 edition, which takes place in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, on the 27th March 2011.

Issued by AFDA 29 Mar 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

GfK wins contract for TV research in Portugal for first time
GfK wins contract for TV research in Portugal for first time

LISBON, PORTUGAL: In the media sector, GfK has been awarded another major TV research contract in Europe. GfK Portugal will be establishing a TV panel in Portugal for the first time. This panel will be equipped with the latest innovative measuring technologies, which has been developed by GfK Telecontrol, GfK's centre of expertise for electronic media research based in Switzerland.

1 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

WAN-IFRA appoints new president, has conference upholding print
WAN-IFRA appoints new president, has conference upholding print

Jacob Mathew was elected on Friday, 8 April 2011, as the president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) by its general assembly of members, held during the its board meeting in Dublin, Ireland and on 6-7 April the association's Printing Summit in Mainz, Germany, reaffirmed print's vital role today and in the future.

11 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

China's marketing challenges
China's marketing challenges

BEIJING, CHINA / NEW YORK, US: The meteoric rise in the spending power of the Chinese consumer presents unique challenges for marketers, according to a new study released by Forbes Insights and the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA).

13 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ten digital insights for marketers
Ten digital insights for marketers

BEIJING, CHINA: The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) and Firefly Millward Brown have identified 10 insights that advertisers need to take into account when using digital media to communicate.

13 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Jodi Bieber to represent Abuse is Abuse campaign
Jodi Bieber to represent Abuse is Abuse campaign

Internationally acclaimed photographer Jodi Bieber will act as an ambassador for the Abuse is Abuse campaign, aimed at raising awareness of abuse and highlighting the importance of taking action against all forms of abuse. The campaign was started by Sappi, Childline and the NSPCA to raise awareness that all forms of abuse are wrong - whether human, animal or environmental.

13 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Intelsat wins new contracts
Intelsat wins new contracts

LUXEMBOURG: Intelsat SA, one of the world's leading providers of fixed satellite services, recently announced a series of new contracts with media customers using the company's leading video neighbourhoods.

14 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

GfK wins contracts for media research
GfK wins contracts for media research

NUREMBERG, GERMANY: Having been awarded the contract for measuring TV audiences in Portugal, GfK has successfully concluded two further contracts in the area of media research. GfK Ukraine has extended its contract for measuring audience ratings and in Belgium, GfK Audimetrie has won another contract for measuring radio audiences. The GfK Group also acquired all outstanding shares of GfK Skopje at the beginning of March.

18 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Loerie Awards adds PR category for 2011
Loerie Awards adds PR category for 2011

The Loerie Awards has introduced a PR category to this year's awards. Public Relations Industry of Southern Africa (PRISA) spokesperson Bridget von Holdt believes the move is indicative of the importance of strategic communication in the overall communication mix and that the inclusion of PR exposes other industries to the real value of strategic communication and its vital role in brand management.

20 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist
Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist

As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Herman Manson
Developing markets grabbing bigger share of global ad expenditure

New research by ZenithOptimedia shows that developing markets, including South Africa, are quickly expanding their share of global ad revenue and remain key drivers of global ad revenue growth. In its Advertising Expenditure Forecast report, updated on a quarterly basis, ZenithOptimedia says developing markets will increase their share of global ad expenditure from 30.9% in 2010 to 35.1% in 2013.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 21 Apr 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Commemorate World Press Freedom Day
Commemorate World Press Freedom Day

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Thousands of newspapers world-wide will commemorate World Press Freedom Day today, 3 May, by publishing thoughtful editorial and provocative advertising materials from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). There is still time to join them.

3 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA business Oscars call for rising stars!
SA business Oscars call for rising stars!

The deadline is fast approaching for the African Access National Business Awards 2011, the 'Oscars' of South African business and the nation's top showcase of exceptional performance by commerce and industry.

Issued by Topco Media 3 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Decline in press freedom experienced in key countries - report
Decline in press freedom experienced in key countries - report

WASHINGTON: The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released yesterday, 2 May 2011. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A global survey of media independence, found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.

3 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Press freedom celebrations tempered with concerns
Press freedom celebrations tempered with concerns

Yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011, was the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, begun in Namibia as the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. Celebrations around the world were tempered with concerns about the erosion of press freedom and in South Africa, the SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) called on Government to review its proposed legislations that has seen SA downgrade from 'free press' to 'partly free'.

4 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Malawi: Government concedes failure to regulate online publications
Malawi: Government concedes failure to regulate online publications

As the world commemorated World Press Freedom Day yesterday, 3 May 2011, the government of Malawi conceded that it is worried that regulating new media outlets such as online publications and social networks like Facebook and Twitter has become very difficult.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Neotel loses chief sales and marketing officer to Cisco

Telecommunications operator Neotel has lost its chief sales and marketing officer. Stefano Mattiello, who had been at Neotel for the past four years, joined networking company Cisco this week as its channel director in South Africa.

5 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Malawi: Posthumous media award for Nkolokosa
Malawi: Posthumous media award for Nkolokosa

Jika Nkolokosa who died on 27 December 2010, aged 53, while working as executive director for the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) was posthumously awarded the decorated Life Time Achiever Award for his contributions to Malawi's journalism growth.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Uganda president publicly criticises the press
Uganda president publicly criticises the press

NEW YORK: The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns President Yoweri Museveni for publically criticising local and foreign media outlets. Museveni expressed anger over the outlets' coverage of protests by the opposition over rising fuel prices. In a letter published Tuesday, 17 May 2011, in the state-owned daily New Vision, Museveni accused Al-Jazeera, the BBC, the Kenyan broadcaster NTV, and the local independent Daily Monitor of being supporters of recent opposition protests and "enemies of Uganda's recovery."

19 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Print media declines further, outlook good for digital
Print media declines further, outlook good for digital

PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) first edition of the South African Entertainment and Media Outlook: 2010 - 2014 (The Outlook) revealed that digital advertising on newspaper websites will total an estimated R231 million in 2014, a 23.6% compound annual increase from R80 million in 2009. However, the South African newspaper market fell 15.9% from R11.5 billion in 2008 to R9.7 billion in 2009 and a further 1.2% decrease is expected in 2010.

19 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

African Access National Business Awards make final call for 'Oscar nominees'
African Access National Business Awards make final call for 'Oscar nominees'

Organisers of the 9th annual African Access National Business Awards - the South African 'Oscars' for top business performers - today sent out a final call for entries to the 2011 event.

Issued by Topco Media 23 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Bizcommunity.com relaunches: what's new for you
Bizcommunity.com relaunches: what's new for you

After months of behind-the-scenes activity, we're thrilled to unveil a revamped, Bizcommunity 2011, featuring a host of new features - an expanded set of self-promotional tools - such as personal profiles appearing on the various portal front pages and in the newsletters and the ability to find, follow, subscribe and share with your favourite industry personalities and opinion leaders.

23 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Secrecy Bill's final meetings resume: 'secretive' SA in the making?
Secrecy Bill's final meetings resume: 'secretive' SA in the making?

South Africa may be only one month away from turning into a 'secretive' and 'restrictive' society as the ad-hoc parliamentary committee meets today, Tuesday, 24 May 2011, in Cape Town to debate the final destiny of the Protection of Information Bill - aka Secrecy Bill - which the ruling ANC wishes to see finalised by 24 June.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Dr KF Lai
Mobile: it starts with the consumer

The world is in the midst of another major technology cycle, the fifth of the last 50 years. The '50s and '60s were the mainframe era, the '70s were the mini-computer era and the '80s and '90s were the era of the desktop and Internet.

By Dr KF Lai 26 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Conference speakers predict massive ad growth in mobile

Mobile ad revenues in South Africa reached almost R500 million in the last year and year on year growth trends indicate that this figure will double by 2012. This is the opinion of Vodacom, MXit and Google, which predict a mobile ad spend of R1 billion by 2012, including display, search and message-based ads.

27 May 2011

LIFESTYLE

SA Rugby looking strong
SA Rugby looking strong

A couple of weeks ago I was very worried about the Springboks chances in this year's World Cup. The reason for my concern was that the senior players in most of the franchises were struggling with their form. This was escalated by the fact that Bulls were struggling for form and that many of the Springboks going to the World Cup would come from their ranks.

By Corné Krige 30 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Luke McKend
SA wine businesses going global with online tools

The arrival of Google Street View in the winelands is only one aspect of how South African wineries and exporters are increasingly looking to technology and innovation to capture and retain new customers, both locally and globally, in a competitive and ever-changing market.

By Luke McKend 30 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Court rules Qwelane guilty of hate speech

NEWSWATCH: Jon Qwelane, former Sunday Sun columnist, has been found guilty of hate speech in the Johannesburg Equality Court, reports iafrica.com, and the DMASA database has allegedly been compromised, reports ITWeb.

31 May 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Peter Piegl quits as Playboy South Africa editor
Peter Piegl quits as Playboy South Africa editor

Peter Piegel announced his resignation as editor of the recently revived Playboy South Africa last night, Wednesday, 1 June 2011, on Twitter. It has now been confirmed in a press statement released today, Thursday 2 June.

2 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Media muzzle: Kasrils issues warning

NEWSWATCH: Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils has warned of "huge problems" should the proposed Protection of Information Bill be passed in its present form, reports IOL; the SABC has been accused of wasting money, according to Times Live; and M-Net has a new look, writes Channel24.

2 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cross-platform internet usage: GfK announces ground-breaking study
Cross-platform internet usage: GfK announces ground-breaking study

LONDON, UK: For the first time, businesses will soon be able to get a complete web browsing picture of how consumers behave on the internet across both fixed and mobile. This is thanks to a major new global research project, 'Connected Life.dx'.

3 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[SAMRA 2011] How to uplift your brand in a complex social media space
[SAMRA 2011] How to uplift your brand in a complex social media space

Any kind of business providing a service that applies to the target market of the people using social networks should be available to interact with its people. This emerged last week at the two-day SAMRA conference hosted on the banks of the Vaal River, where about 200 researchers met to discuss the latest developments, strategies and thinking of marketing research.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 6 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

CNBC Africa, KPMG, GIBS partner for Africa Business Leaders Awards
CNBC Africa, KPMG, GIBS partner for Africa Business Leaders Awards

Africa Business News (ABN) Events and CNBC Africa have announced the launch of the inaugural Africa Business Leaders Awards (ABLA), to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 21 October 2011. CNBC Africa will be the official broadcast partner of ABLA, which aims to recognise the most prominent business leaders in Africa.

6 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to lose your customers in three easy steps
How to lose your customers in three easy steps

It's much easier to lose a customer than it is to make them a loyal fan, so why are companies such as Shoe City shooting themselves in the proverbial foot? Here's how it - and You magazine - lost my business in three easy steps. [update: Shoe City apology]

By Lindsay Grubb 7 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Business 'Oscar' nominees down to the final 75
Business 'Oscar' nominees down to the final 75

Seventy-five business 'Oscar' nominees have made it into the finals of the 9th annual African Access National Business Awards, the organisers announced today.

Issued by Topco Media 7 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Innovation Summit - Anglo American Platinum Corporation
Innovation Summit - Anglo American Platinum Corporation

Anglo American Platinum Corporation - encouraging research and academic innovation. Anglo American Platinum Group Metals has over the last few years explored various avenues in order to tap into innovators pushing the boundaries in terms of developing new products using platinum. These avenues include sponsorship of the Design Indaba and sponsorship of the Innovation Summit to highlight the PGM Industrial Commercialisation Competition.

Issued by Campbell + Campbell 8 Jun 2011

LIFESTYLE

The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz announces international line-up
The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz announces international line-up

Top international artists will join Wynton Marsalis at The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival, to be held between 25 and 27 August, 2011. Artists from America, Brazil, Croatia and Belgium will share the bill with those from South Africa and the African diaspora.

9 Jun 2011

LIFESTYLE

Proteas duck off to Mauritius
Proteas duck off to Mauritius

Dale Steyn, the world's fastest bowler and Faf du Plessis, newcomer to the Proteas cricket team and whose team won the IPL Tournament, came straight from the IPL to relax for a few days at the newly opened Long Beach in Mauritius.

10 Jun 2011

RETAIL

Pfizer will stop selling poultry-pumping drug

WASHINGTON, USA: The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will voluntarily suspend US sales of a poultry-pumping additive after studies showed it can leave traces of arsenic in chicken livers, the US government announced on Wednesday, 8 June 2011.

10 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

What a charming campaign
What a charming campaign

LONDON, UK: Pandora's series of 'Moments' charm bracelets allow women to express their individuality. With more than 600 different charms available, it is possible to collect and create a completely unique bracelet. The charms range from diamond and gold classic jewellery pieces to figurative silver charms picturing everything from animals to aeroplanes.

14 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Blocking unwanted spam, verifying users
Blocking unwanted spam, verifying users

TrustFabric, based in Cape Town, recently launched TrustFabric Connect, a do-not-contact list that lets individuals opt-out of direct marketing, makes it easy for businesses to comply with legislation protecting customer rights and update existing customers .

17 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Highway Africa 2011 open for registration
Highway Africa 2011 open for registration

Registration is now open for the 15th annual Highway Africa Conference. Hosting journalists from across Africa, this year's event will take place in Cape Town, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), 17-19 September 2011. The theme for this year's event is "African media and the global sustainability challenge".

20 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Consultative indaba, new direction for Lotteries

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) indaba - to review the current funding model, identify its shortcomings and make proposals for a new model that will best suit South Africa's development needs - will be held 20-21 June 2011 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng.

20 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Potential poverty reduction through ICT jobs - report

NEW YORK: A new report funded by the Rockefeller Foundation estimates that the field of impact sourcing, employing socio-economically disadvantaged people in business process outsourcing (BPO) centres, is currently US$4.5 billion and has the potential to reach US$20 billion and employ 780,000 by 2015.

20 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

South Africa's sports tourism future shaping up

South Africa's national sporting and tourism bodies have taken a major first step towards the formalisation of the sports tourism industry, as tangible steps are put in place to ensure the legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup are sustained for years to come.

Issued by Reed Exhibitions 20 Jun 2011

LIFESTYLE

Far from the madding crowd - at Mont Rochelle
Far from the madding crowd - at Mont Rochelle

From the gatehouse to Mont Rochelle Hotel, a winding road takes you through the vineyards and fields for horses. As you climb the mountain you can feel the troubles of the "real world" slowly slip away, as if tugged on by the relaxation forces of gravity.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 21 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC 'threat to withdraw' from BCCSA disputed

According to a Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) press release on Monday, 20 June 2011, "the reported threat made by the SABC to withdraw from the BCCSA is, in MMA's view, not only churlish but also has other consequences that threaten the credibility of the SABC as well as the BCCSA." Responding on the same day, the SABC rejected this assertion, calling it "false, mischievous and misleading".

21 Jun 2011

RETAIL

Universities join ISPA
Universities join ISPA

Both the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University have become affiliate members of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), reflecting a growing recognition on the part of universities that they are now acting as Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

21 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Exceptional media turnout at the 9th Annual African Access National Business Awards
Exceptional media turnout at the 9th Annual African Access National Business Awards

The Annual African Access National Business Awards, now in its 9th year, will be receiving unprecedented coverage from the media because of the high calibre of finalists, including the likes of Kumba Iron Ore, Pick n Pay, Microsoft SA and McDonalds SA competing for the 2011 Awards.

Issued by Topco Media 21 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Don't let your brand be caught in the social media rent a crowd syndrome
Don't let your brand be caught in the social media rent a crowd syndrome

It's interesting to see that so many brands are jumping on the social media band wagon and it's very sad to see the wheels fall off because of things that could have been avoided had the brand received expert advice. I've heard this line so many times "Our marketing executive is great with Facebook". The ability to use social media or social media advertising tools as an individual does not necessarily mean that one has the ability and strategic thinking to use social media mediums for brands.

Issued by KRAZYBOYZ 23 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

L to R: Ndaba Madiba and Lezanne Human, CEO FNB Premier Banking
Icons salute Madiba, 21 year's of freedom

Earlier this week, FNB Premier Banking hosted the tribute to Nelson Mandela and 21 years of freedom at the Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg. In honour of this national treasure, other South African icons and entertainers paid tribute to him.

23 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Govt, SANEF to meet Friday to ease tensions, mend relations
Govt, SANEF to meet Friday to ease tensions, mend relations

Collins Chabane, minister in the presidency responsible for performance monitoring and evaluation, will meet with the leadership of the South African body of editors (SANEF) tomorrow, Friday 24 June 2011, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, the Presidency confirmed yesterday. The meeting, which is set to negotiate a truce between the two 'sworn enemies', was requested by SANEF after controversial Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi further 'provoked' the media.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 23 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki
African people disillusioned with leadership - Moeletsi Mbeki

"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, today, Friday, 24 June 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 24 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

R5 millon for Bafana Bafana brand name
R5 millon for Bafana Bafana brand name

The South African Football Association (SAFA) and Stanton Woodrush announced on Friday, 24 June 2011, that they have reached an agreement to transfer the class 25 trade mark rights in Bafana Bafana to SAFA for the sum of R5 million, payable over a year.

27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ethiopian journalist likely held under anti-terrorism law
Ethiopian journalist likely held under anti-terrorism law

NEW YORK: Ethiopian authorities have been holding a newspaper columnist incommunicado since Tuesday, 21 June 2011, local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists. Reeyot Alemu, a regular contributor to the independent weekly Feteh, was expected to spend the next four weeks in preventive detention under what appears to be Ethiopia's sweeping anti-terrorism law.

27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Kader Asmal: Johannesburg Press Club extends condolences

The Johannesburg Press Club extends its condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of veteran ANC politician Kader Asmal, following his death in Cape Town last Wednesday, 22 June 2011.

27 Jun 2011

RETAIL

Three sustainability awards to Pick n Pay
Three sustainability awards to Pick n Pay

Late last week, Pick n Pay was awarded the ESG (Environmental Social Governance) Award as well as the Innovation Through Technology Award at the annual African Access National Business Awards. The retailer also won second place in the Mail & Guardian's annual 'Greening the Future' awards for the most innovative environmental strategy.

27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Fatuma Noor named CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year
Fatuma Noor named CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year

Kenya's Fatuma Noor was named the 2011 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year at this year's awards ceremony on Saturday evening, 25 June 2011. Noor, who works for The Star Kenya, was awarded for her investigative three-part series on the "Al-Shabaab", which was chosen from among 1407 entries from 42 nations across the African continent.

27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Health, development communications training underway in Kenya
Health, development communications training underway in Kenya

Media practitioners from Malawi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania will be in Kenya for six days where, among other things, they will undergo health and development communication training. The training commenced on Saturday, 25 June 2011, on health and development reporting followed by a session on computer-assisted investigative reporting at Internews in Nairobi.

By Gregory Gondwe 27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Carat Media hosts internal conference, launches blog

CAPE TOWN: Aegis Media's agency, Carat Media will be hosting an internal conference for its African representatives from 27-30 June 2011 in Durban. The Carat Media Training Conference, which will also be attended by digital agency Trigger/ Isobar, aims to provide a platform for representatives to share learnings, insights, trends and experiences that have taken place within their media and digital agencies.

27 Jun 2011

LIFESTYLE

Newlands turf war!
Newlands turf war!

The past weekend produced another classic weekend of Super Rugby. Firstly, the Blues managed to beat the Waratahs and then a dream of two South African sides featuring in the semi-finals was shattered when the Crusaders hammered the Sharks. I didn't manage to see the game between the Blues and the Waratahs live as it was in work time. I am a bit disappointed in the Waratahs as I thought they might beat the Blues. I did, however, see the Sharks vs Crusaders game and I think the scoreline is not a true reflection of the game.

By Corné Krige 27 Jun 2011

RETAIL

African Access National Business Awards names Kumba as winner
African Access National Business Awards names Kumba as winner

Late last week, the African Access National Business Awards announced that Kumba Iron Ore won the 2011 Top Performing Company of the Year Award at its annual presentation. The awards night was bigger, following expansion to include awards for the country's top stokvel and special recognition for the most impressive growth by SMMEs and larger companies.

27 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Proposed amendments to POIB welcomed
Proposed amendments to POIB welcomed

Last week's ANC's decision to extend the deadline for the Protection of Information Bill (PIB) from 24 June to 23 September 2011 and the proposed amendments announced by ANC MP, Luwellyn Landers, at a meeting of the ad hoc parliamentary committee dealing with the legislation, have been welcomed by the Johannesburg Press Club.

28 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Koos Bekker on Media24's future and how it fixed last year's 'bloody mess'
Koos Bekker on Media24's future and how it fixed last year's 'bloody mess'

Media24 has been much in the news lately, with a new CEO Esmaré Weideman appointed in April 2011 and now a far-ranging reorganisation that sees the Rapport editorship become vacant and Peet Kruger being made editor of Beeld again. On top of it, there's another round of restructuring on the go at the company - this time at Finweek.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 29 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Rafi Leigh
Real business experience drives experiential marketing trend

Real-life business experience appears to be sending the marketing industry an unmistakable message - the trend to experiential marketing and in-store theatre is not simply a short-term response to recessionary trading conditions. It's the new reality.

By Rafi Leigh 30 Jun 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards winners announced
2011 Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards winners announced

LONDON: Diageo announced the winners of the 2011 Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards at a ceremony in London last night, Thursday, 30 June 2011. Now in its eighth year, the awards recognise journalists and news organisations that have excelled in quality business journalism and have presented fair and balanced stories about the continent's risks and opportunities.

1 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Durban ready to impress IOC this week
Durban ready to impress IOC this week

The first International Olympic Committee (IOC) session to be staged in Africa, opens at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Durban next week, 4-9 July 2011.

1 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Will in-stream advertising kill the Twitter experience?
Will in-stream advertising kill the Twitter experience?

Twitter's recent announcement that it is going ahead with in-stream ads is yet another attempt by the microblogging platform to effectively monetise without losing its opt-in/opt-out appeal. This follows the removal of Quickbar, a form of intrusive promoted tweets that appeared in Hootsuite users' timelines, in March.

By Graeme Lipschitz 1 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Google+ for journalists at risk
Google+ for journalists at risk

When they're creating new features, software designers talk in terms of "use cases." A use case describes steps that future customers might perform with a website. "Starting a group with friends," would be a use case for Facebook. "Buying a book" would be case for Amazon's designers.

By Danny O'Brien 4 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ugandan journo named 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow
Ugandan journo named 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow

The International Women's Media Foundation has selected Jackee Budesta Batanda, a Ugandan journalist who has reported on the vicious acid attacks of women as "revenge crimes" and the targeted murders of albinos, as the 2011-2012 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow.

4 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Conditions impeding growth of African journalists
Conditions impeding growth of African journalists

An assistant professor and director at the Institute for International Journalism at Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, Dr. Yusuf Kalyango last week told a health and development communication workshop in Kenya that bad conditions that prevail in Africa are impeding the growth of African journalists.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 Jul 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

New vehicle sales heading for 500 000
New vehicle sales heading for 500 000

June new vehicle sales were up 12.6% up on the same month last year and 8% ahead of last month according to figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

By Henrie Geyser 4 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Major local film support from Ster-Kinekor
Major local film support from Ster-Kinekor

In July 2011, Ster-Kinekor will support the 32nd Durban International Film Festival and launch the local film The Bang Bang Club, the life story of a group of four young combat photographers, who risked their lives to tell the world of the brutality and violence associated with the first free elections in post-apartheid South Africa in the early '90s.

5 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
Impact assessment of a ban on alcohol advertising

A preliminary impact assessment on the proposed ban on alcohol advertising in South Africa shows that:

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 5 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Women like eReaders; men like their Tablets
Women like eReaders; men like their Tablets

NEW YORK, US: Owners of eReaders and tablets are heavy readers of printed versions of magazines and newspapers. Women prefer eReaders; 'wow' factor of Tablets appears to attract men.

5 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC to get rid of over 55-year-old employees?
SABC to get rid of over 55-year-old employees?

Crisis-hit and cash-strapped SABC wants to get rid of all employees who are over 55 years of age by offering them early retirement packages as part of its much-publicised turnaround strategy, a reliable source told Bizcommunity.com last night, Monday, 4 July 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Retailers: Beating Multinationals at their Own Game

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is going ahead with its R16-billion acquisition of Massmart's operations in South Africa, over the next five years. "Its entry poses major challenges for new and existing retailers locally, but it also presents opportunities for growth in terms of new technologies, improving supply chain efficiencies, global outsourcing and lower food and consumer goods prices," says John Thomson, Managing Director of Exhibition Management Services, organisers of the Southern African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX).

Issued by Exhibition Management Services (EMS) 5 Jul 2011

LIFESTYLE

Singita takes top honours in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2011
Singita takes top honours in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2011

South Africa's Singita Game Reserves has taken top honours in this year's [[http://www.travelandleisure.com/worldsbest US Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2011 readers' survey, scooping both 1st and 2nd places among the World's Top 100 Hotels, as well as securing the winning slot for Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East.

8 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Move over Black Diamonds, Swaggers are in the house

New research investigates a growing 'must-have' target market.

Issued by TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris 8 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

B2B Marketing: Segmenting your target and improving your strategy

As a brand that aims for longevity and to keep acquiring clientele through change, it is important that you keep reevaluating the segmentation of your target market within your business to business strategy.

Issued by Digital Fire 11 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Global adspend up 8.8% in Q1 2011: Advertisers push TV spend
Global adspend up 8.8% in Q1 2011: Advertisers push TV spend

NEW YORK, US: Global advertising rose 8.8% year-on-year in Q1 to total US$118 billion* based on published rate cards, as advertisers spent more on television and continued to invest in booming consumer Asian and Latin American markets.

11 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

HeyDays turn to dark days for Checkers
HeyDays turn to dark days for Checkers

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa has a whole arsenal of possible sanctions it can impose on advertisers for breaching its advertising code or prior rulings. These sanctions usually take the form of the withdrawal of the advertisement in its offending format or, in some exceptional circumstances, an order to publish an adverse publicity statement and summarised version of an adverse ruling.

By Eben van Wyk & Regardt Botes 12 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 Loeries shortlists released
2011 Loeries shortlists released

The Loerie Awards released various shortlists for 2011 this morning , Wednesday, 13 July 2011. All winners will be announced at the Festival Weekend, 16 - 18 September, at Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town.

13 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Malawi: JUMA to introduce Best Practices Award
Malawi: JUMA to introduce Best Practices Award

The Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) has announced that, effective next year 2012, it will present the Best Practices Award to two media institutions, both electronic and print. Apart from the award, JUMA has also come up with a number of instruments expected to assist Malawian journalists.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

New programme for digital media management at GIBS

Funded through an endowment by MultiChoice, the new Gordon Institute of Business Science's (GIBS) 'Programme for Digital Media Management' aims to contribute to the pan-African regulatory environment by focusing on fostering knowledge about leading-edge technological and commercial advancements in digital media convergence and its impact on society and the public and private sectors.

13 Jul 2011

LIFESTYLE

Mandela mosaic unveiled

A unique mosaic, built by Jan du Plessis, and consisting of 1460, red, orange, yellow, green and blue blocks that form a tapestry of a smiling Nelson Mandela, was unveiled yesterday at Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel & Spa, Cape Town.

13 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

South African to head IPRA in 2012
South African to head IPRA in 2012

The International Public Relations Association (IPRA) has announced that its new president for 2012 is Johanna McDowell of South Africa. The international public relations association has further emphasised its global footprint with the election, by all its individual members, of its new governing body.

14 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Wine mag bets service content will pay when journalism didn't
Wine mag bets service content will pay when journalism didn't

Wine magazine, the wine-focused consumer monthly published by RamsayMedia, will be publishing its last edition in September 2011, after nearly 20 years in print. The magazine has only turned an annual profit three times in its existence.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 15 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Is the Press Freedom Commission DOA?
Is the Press Freedom Commission DOA?

The formation of the Press Freedom Commission is the latest effort by South Africa's media industry to investigate best practices in self-regulation. But, given the PFC's genesis and its limited mandate, will the ANC take its recommendations seriously when evaluating whether a media appeals tribunal is a good idea? All indications suggest not.

By Theresa Mallinson 18 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Media leaders join CPJ board of directors
Media leaders join CPJ board of directors

NEW YORK: Five distinguished leaders of new and traditional media worldwide have joined the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists. The new members - John Carroll, Arianna Huffington, Jonathan Klein, Mhamed Krichen, and Jacob Weisberg - join a roster of remarkable journalists and news executives playing a vital role in CPJ's fight for press freedom.

19 Jul 2011

RETAIL

Japan: Flat TV market - significant boost ahead of digital switchover
Japan: Flat TV market - significant boost ahead of digital switchover

TOKYO, JAPAN: The week on week sales in the Japanese flat-panel TV market are experiencing a dramatic increase ahead of the digital switchover on 24 July.

19 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Malawi: Thugs burn two Zodiak vehicles
Malawi: Thugs burn two Zodiak vehicles

Masked thugs smashed and burnt two Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) vehicles within 24 hours as Malawi has been engulfed with tension with a planned mass demonstration slated for Wednesday, 20 July 2011 on protest of bad governance and a poor economic situation.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

A tribute to Vic: Ogilvy Cape Town loses its no. 1 man
A tribute to Vic: Ogilvy Cape Town loses its no. 1 man

Anyone who has ever walked into the foyer of Ogilvy Cape Town will remember Victor Jansen. How could they ever forget?

19 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Paul Williams
The new humane and kind ad critic

So... this is it!! I've made it! If my dad could see me now, he'd do as he always did in every situation: shake his head in despair. He'd say, with the disdain and disbelief of someone facing incredulous odds, "You've landed with your bum in the butter again... and I don't know how you do it."

By Paul Williams 19 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Eugene Yiga

MARKETING & MEDIA

John Beale
What marketers need to know about Google+

With another social network being launched by Google, the leader in search and most things Internet, the world is abuzz (sorry) with what Google+ means. Well, if you're a marketer, you'd better get off your recliner and pay attention to what it means to you and your clients.

By John Beale 19 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Duncan McLeod
Will DStv kill the video shop star?

On Thursday, 21 July 2011, MultiChoice launched BoxOffice, a movie rental service on its DStv pay-TV platform. The service takes aim at traditional video stores.

By Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd 20 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Senegal: Walfadjri media group hounded prior to elections
Senegal: Walfadjri media group hounded prior to elections

DAKAR: Reporters Without Borders has expressed alarm at the sharp decline in relations between the government and the media in Senegal amid a wave of protests against President Abdoulaye Wade, who announced on 14 July 2011, in Dakar that he planned to "keep hold of the helm, come hell or high water."

20 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Business Day paywall move is the real deal
Business Day paywall move is the real deal

The news from Business Day last week that BDFM, its publishers, and Avusa are joining forces to create a single digital business-news operation, Business Day Live, that will marry Business Day and specialist investment-news service I-Net Bridge passed pretty much under the radar screen but it is hugely significant for the local media industry.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 20 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cape Town ready for World Design Capital judges
Cape Town ready for World Design Capital judges

From Sunday 24 July until Tuesday 26 July 2011, the World Design Capital judges will be in Cape Town, assessing its potential to be the World Design Capital in 2014. It is contending with Bilbao in Spain and Dublin in Ireland, for the title.

21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

New editors for Farmer's Weekly, seventeen
New editors for Farmer's Weekly, seventeen

In its 100th year of publishing, Farmer's Weekly has appointed its first woman editor: previously deputy editor, Alita van der Walt replaces Chris Burgess. Meanwhile, Janine Jellars will assume editorship of Media24's teen magazine seventeen on 1 August 2011, and Cathi Trevor joins Good Housekeeping/Goeie Huishouding as beauty editor.

21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Tiger in the ecommerce henhouse
Tiger in the ecommerce henhouse

Kim Reid, diplomatically perhaps, doesn't care what the competition of his online retail venture, Takealot.com, is up to. The ecommerce market in South Africa is so nascent that it makes more sense to focus on successfully implementing your own strategy and building your own business, rather than fretting about what other players are doing, he says.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Top Woman in Business & Government
Top Woman in Business & Government

Nominations open for 8th annual Top Women Awards.

Issued by Topco Media 21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Zambian ruling party members charged in TV crew attack
Zambian ruling party members charged in TV crew attack

NEW YORK: Zambian law enforcement and judiciary officials must ensure that justice is fully served in Monday's attack against three television journalists and their driver, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Wednesday, 20 July 2011. Two officials of the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) have been arrested in connection with the attack.

21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Apologise or be sued, Mandla and SABC tell Sunday World
Apologise or be sued, Mandla and SABC tell Sunday World

Sunday World newspaper has been told by the Nelson Mandela family and the SABC to issue a public apology or face prosecution in a court of law. A fuming Chief Mandla Mandela, the former president's grandson, categorically denied that he sold his grandfather's funeral broadcasting rights to the SABC for a whopping R3 million. Both complainants hosted a joint press conference today, Thursday, 21 July 2011, at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Malawi: MACRA stops radio coverage of demonstrations
Malawi: MACRA stops radio coverage of demonstrations

Malawi, on 20 July 2011, turned on its head as demonstrations against bad governance turned violent, prompting Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) to stop all privately-owned radio stations, which had been covering the proceedings live, from doing so. Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Capital Radio and Joy Radio all confirmed receiving communication from MACRA to stop covering the demonstrations.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Back to basics media planning workshop
Back to basics media planning workshop

AMASA Johannesburg's annual Media Planning Workshop, taking place from 11-14 August 2011 at Little Switzerland, Drakensberg, has 'Back to Basics' as its programme theme. It will equip delegates with tools of the trade, Telmar know-how, a review on the creative process, dissecting relevant and impactful campaigns and covers the fundamentals of media planning.

22 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

More than half of Argentines online visit sports sites
More than half of Argentines online visit sports sites

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: comScore, Inc has released a study on the online sports category in Argentina based on data from its comScore Media Metrix service.

25 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Uganda: MultiChoice pleads for signal distribution deal
Uganda: MultiChoice pleads for signal distribution deal

MultiChoice Uganda, the DSTV service provider in the country has asked the government to allow it to play a major role in Uganda's analogue to digital broadcasting exodus. According to Steven Musoke, the chairman of MultiChoice Uganda, the company has the technical capacity that can facilitate the transition in a period of eight months.

By Walter Wafula 25 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
80% of Africa population is unbanked - banking conference

Close to 80% of Africa's adult population is unbanked and this portion represents a total of 326 million adults, State Bank of Mauritius CEO Gautam Vir revealed at the Retail Banking Africa conference currently taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 26 Jul 2011

RETAIL

The Federation of International Trade Associations
The Federation of International Trade Associations

The Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA Global Trade Portal), is the source of international import export trade leads, events, and links to over 8 000 international trade (export and import) related websites.

26 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Google + friends = 20 million users in 3 weeks

Google launched its next attempt in social networking, Google+, three weeks ago under a shroud of exclusivity and has gathered 20 million unique users (according to ComScore) in the first three weeks.

By Francois Vorster, Issued by KRAZYBOYZ 27 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Small business becomes big business through email marketing

A small start-up business looking to build brand awareness and develop relationships with potential clients is the perfect candidate for email marketing. A smaller business looking for the most effective, value-for-money and strategic marketing model will find this system to be highly suited to your needs.

Issued by Digital Fire 29 Jul 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Vick
Miyeni affair: are the wrong heads rolling?

Gonzo journalist Hunter S Thompson was fond of saying: "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro". So in an era where newspaper columnists are given free range to espouse hate speech, how come it's only the offending columnists who get fired - and not the people who give them the platform in the first place?

By Chris Vick 2 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Finweek must change with its market - acting editor Ashton
Finweek must change with its market - acting editor Ashton

There's much afoot in the world of business and financial media with a restructuring of Media24's business division and disentangling of an integrated newsroom, while over at rival BDFM, I-Net Bridge and Business Day are going the opposite route and creating an integrated newsroom as a first step towards a paywall site.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 3 Aug 2011

LIFESTYLE

Get the low-down on the Rugby World Cup
Get the low-down on the Rugby World Cup

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND: World Cup visitors can now get their very own digital guide to the local 'hood' thanks to a new city guide, compiled by a Who's Who of fashion, food, art, shopping and fun in downtown Auckland.

4 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Karen Parkin
Is poor usability killing your business?

Earlier this year I made a presentation entitled "Is Poor Usability Killing Your Business?" at the Marketing Indaba. This is not a facetious question. It is a question that goes to the core of the thinking behind any interactive product, whether it is your website or a mobile app.

By Karen Parkin 4 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC, MWASA showdown over collective agreement
SABC, MWASA showdown over collective agreement

The SABC's decision to terminate its collective agreement with the Media Workers' Association of South Africa (MWASA) is nothing but a publicity stunt and a bunch of lies meant to mislead the nation, MWASA general secretary Tuwani Gumani said last night, Thursday, 4 August 2011. "We have a signed agreement that says that each union should have 500 members as a threshold to get recognition at the SABC, and they know it," a fuming Gumani told Bizcommunity.com.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Are you the world's most networked person?
Are you the world's most networked person?

Western Union, the multinational company specialised in money transfer, is celebrating its 160th anniversary by launching a global online network - a Facebook-linked platform meant to hunt for the most networked person in the world. The South African launch took place yesterday, Thursday 4 August 2011, in Rosebank simultaneously with Ghana, Kenya and Morocco.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mohale Ralebitso to move to Old Mutual
Mohale Ralebitso to move to Old Mutual

Mohale Ralebitso, current managing executive, ABSA Private Bank, will join Old Mutual Emerging Markets (OMEM) from September 2011 as its marketing, communications and corporate affairs director. He takes over from Crispin Sonn, who was appointed as the MD of Old Mutual's Mass Foundation Cluster earlier this year.

8 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SAFA boosts communication channels
SAFA boosts communication channels

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has identified innovative ways to communicate its activities to its wide-ranging constituencies. It has created two television packages to support this new broadcast vision.

8 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Zuma flirts with media, but...

President Jacob Zuma appears to be flirting with the media once again, seeking to rebuild burnt bridges by referring the sector as an important communication tool for government and reiterating his administration's commitment to media freedom.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 8 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Brands need to embrace new world order, says Dion Chang

In a world where consumers are being affected by factors such as socio-cultural trends, politics, technology, economy and the environment, brands need to embrace the new world order, which means shifting their values; doing cross-industry collaboration; being more empathetic; stopping talking too much and engage; being at the circle of hierarchies rather than on top; and selling a service, not just a product.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 8 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Swedish firm exits Africa pay TV market
Swedish firm exits Africa pay TV market

Next Generation Broadcasting (NGB), a Swedish digital terrestrial pay TV operator has sold its ownership in its lcoal subsidiary to Digital Broadcasting Uganda, to pursue other markets.

By Walter Wafula 10 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Al Jazeera to start Kiswahili channel in East Africa
Al Jazeera to start Kiswahili channel in East Africa

The Al Jazeera Media Network in Qatar is set to establish a regional news and current affairs media network in East Africa, the company said on 8 August 2011.

By Walter Wafula 10 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Moshito 2011 turns up heat
Moshito 2011 turns up heat

The Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition which takes place from 31 August - 2 September 2011 at the Sci-Bono Centre in Newtown precinct, Johannesburg, turns up the heat on the business of music in South Africa with a programme featuring over 30 sessions of panel discussions, information sessions and workshops.

11 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Paul Carsley
New appointments at Primedia

Primedia Unlimited has promoted Paul Carsley to divisional chief operating officer and Linda Windell has been made marketing manager at Primedia Lifestyle.

12 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 10: Creating trends and leadership in advertising
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 10: Creating trends and leadership in advertising

Yay, we're through the coldest part of winter, but Biz Takeouts remains hot! This week Wednesday, 10 August 2011, we took a look at creating trends and leadership in advertising, from Apple to world-acclaimed Zimbabwean campaign. The podcast of the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Marketing & Media radio show, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio, is now available. [twitterfall]

12 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cape Town residents participate in 'Name Your Hood'
Cape Town residents participate in 'Name Your Hood'

The 'Name your Hood' project, which asked residents to submit their own names for clearly-defined neighbourhoods, as yet unnamed, has produced two new neighbourhood names for Cape Town.

15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Scrap Secrecy Bill, defiant marchers tell SA govt
Scrap Secrecy Bill, defiant marchers tell SA govt

As the Protection of Information Bill (aka Secrecy Bill) is on the brink of putting South Africa at the same level with secretive societies such as China, North Korea and various African banana republics, the entire civil society - united under Right2Know - remains defiant in the face of repression. An estimated 800 protesters marched to the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg over the weekend to tell the ANC-led government: "stop and scrap it."

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

MyBroadband maintains dominant position in online IT market
MyBroadband maintains dominant position in online IT market

MyBroadband.co.za serves 5.7-million page impressions and attracts 874,138 unique browsers in July 2011.

Issued by MyBroadband 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Wafula
MultiChoice increases channels as competition hots up

Pay television company MultiChoice Uganda plans to add three more channels to its lower tier bouquets in its effort to respond to customer needs.

By Walter Wafula 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The Bidvest Group walk away with Guinness World Record for the second time
The Bidvest Group walk away with Guinness World Record for the second time

The Bidvest Group were out in full force on Sunday August 14th when they attempted to reclaim their world crown for the largest charity walk which they narrowly conceded to Any Baby Can earlier this year.

Issued by MSCSPORTS 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Business Matchmaking at Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE)
Business Matchmaking at Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE)

The Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) Exhibition and Conference took place at the CTICC from the 27 to 29 July. The show aims to promote the new "sports" trend within the industry. This has been the first SETE event and will become an annual Sports and Events Tourism gathering to attend in Africa.

Issued by Outsmart Marketing 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

An inventive design company
An inventive design company

In-Detail design have always designed world class products for their clients, but when they had their own product idea, it was a walk in the park to get it out on the road.

Issued by In-Detail Advertising and Design 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

NFC system at Oppikoppi - a qualified success say developers and organisors alike

The implementation of South Africa's first cashless NFC system at the Oppikoppi Unknown Brother rock festival has been declared a success by its organisors, merchants and system developers alike.

Issued by mimoney 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

'Illegal cigarette' awareness campaign may get more people smoking
'Illegal cigarette' awareness campaign may get more people smoking

When South Africa took the step to ban cigarette advertising, it was with the hope that the adoption of smoking would end. So, our televisions and movie screens were stripped of beautiful, young, successful and sporty people lighting up a cigarette and enjoying a 'healthy' life.

By Felix Kessel 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Luma shows the possible near future of the MeerKAT project
Luma shows the possible near future of the MeerKAT project

Any creative company loves having free rein to show off their abilities, and this was exactly the brief received by Luma Animation from SKA Africa (Square Kilometre Array Africa) for producing a visualisation that showcases the MeerKAT project at an international scientific convention in Banff, Canada.

Issued by Luma 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Herman Manson
TBWA, Zille deny Sunday Times tender scandal report

The Sunday Times has published allegations that the office of Western Cape premier Helen Zille has awarded the province's communication budget to agency TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris without following proper tender procedures. It values the contract at R1 billion over two years. The newspaper is basing the story on information supplied by an anonymous "whistle-blower."

By Herman Manson: @marklives 15 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Top mental health journalists rewarded
Top mental health journalists rewarded

The cash stipend of R25 000 each, as well as attendance at the 2011 World Mental Health Congress in Cape Town in October 2011, has been awarded to this year's Pfizer Mental Health Journalism winners, Biddy Rorke and Janine Shamos.

16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Men's lifestyle channel offers international perspective
Men's lifestyle channel offers international perspective

Howzit MSN has announced the launch of a men's lifestyle channel, run in partnership with international men's magazine Shave, to provide the modern, urban male with fashion, relationship and economic advice as well as entertainment and fitness news.

16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Thabani Khumalo
Climate change, a challenge to Brand Africa

Climate change has turned into the biggest challenge of the century and is one of the main causes of famine, misery, disease, death, desperation and frustration. Our globe is undergoing major climatic changes and as a result we are faced with huge development challenges and opportunities.

By Thabani Khumalo 16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nuwe borg vir Huisgenoot-Skouspel

Huisgenoot-Skouspel werk vanjaar weer saam met 'n span uitmuntende vennote om dit die spoggerigste Afrikaanse musiekvertoning in die land te maak. Virseker, Suid-Afrika se eerste korttermyn-versekeringsproduk wat uitsluitend op die Afrikaanssprekende gemeenskap gemik is, word vanjaar deel van die span getroue borge wat Huisgenoot-Skouspel ondersteun.

Issued by Media24 Weeklies 16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Team building with Geodesic domes
Team building with Geodesic domes

Last week 3D Deco supplied 20x 6m domes and décor for 'Scatterlings Conference & Events' whose function was a team building event for 'Sandoz', Cape Town. The 3D Deco crew beat their own set-up record of three hours per dome - in less than one hour one dome, including decor, was complete. Twenty domes and decor were complete in fifteen hours.

Issued by Bio Veda 16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

4A'S announces 2011 Jay Chiat Awards For Strategic Excellence shortlist
4A'S announces 2011 Jay Chiat Awards For Strategic Excellence shortlist

NEW YORK, US: The 4A's has announced the shortlist for the Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence, claimed to be the first global advertising awards to recognise brilliant strategic thinking. Submissions in 10 categories were received from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

16 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Weekly newspapers shine, media inflation worsens - ABC
Weekly newspapers shine, media inflation worsens - ABC

Despite the total newspaper circulation in South Africa falling by 14 000 copies in the second quarter of 2011, weeklies have outcompeted and outgunned their counterparts (daily and weekend) by far, increasing their circulation by 15% - all in copy sales, according to figures released today, Wednesday, 17 August 2011, by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), amid a worsening media inflation that is set to worry industry watchers.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 17 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC wants public money for DTT, retrenchment packages
SABC wants public money for DTT, retrenchment packages

The cash-strapped and troubled SABC this week launched a desperate plea to Government for money to fund its voluntary retrenchment packages programme, roll out its digital migration project and establish a 24-hour news channel. Broken, insolvent and on the brink of collapse two years ago, the SABC was bailed out with R1 billion by Government to help it stand on its feet and plan ahead, with a further R4.73 million to be given at later stage, provided that it met certain conditions.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 17 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Wafula
Reuters Foundation to train business journalists in East Africa

Business journalists in East Africa now have the opportunity to strengthen their understanding and reporting skills under a new training programme by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

By Walter Wafula 18 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

It's party time at Bizcommunity! #happybiz10
It's party time at Bizcommunity! #happybiz10

On 20 August 2001, Andre Rademan and Ken van Ginkel sent out the very first Bizcommunity.com newsletter. Now, almost 10 years to the day, we're mixing up potions and even baking in preparation for our 'high calorie', 'light-fuse-and-stand-back' 10th birthday celebrations! [twitterfall]

22 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Herman Manson
Social media use in journalism still evolving, as new award shows

The Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards is among the most prestigious and richest in the country. The awards, now celebrating its 10th year, rewards outstanding reporting and excellence in journalism, with the overall winner walking away with R125 000 in prize money.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 19 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA's top 10 most engaging brands revealed
SA's top 10 most engaging brands revealed

Pick n Pay has emerged as South Africa's most engaging brand, closely followed by Coca-Cola, Clover, KFC and Shoprite, according to the Yellowwood Engager SA survey released late last week in Johannesburg. Woolworths, Cadbury, Handy Andy, Nokia and Standard Bank complete the top 10 list.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 22 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 12: #happybiz10 and engaging brands (and customers)
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 12: #happybiz10 and engaging brands (and customers)

To find out more about Bizcommunity.com's 10th birthday celebrations and South Africa's most engaging brands, tune in to the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show tonight, Wednesday, 24 August 2011, 6pm-7pm, on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio.

24 Aug 2011

LIFESTYLE

Cry "Havoc," and let slip the Apes of War
Cry "Havoc," and let slip the Apes of War

Tim Burton's 2001 reboot of the seminal 1968 science fiction classic, "Planet of the Apes," was for the most part a middling affair, which is now mainly remembered for Rick Baker's make-up designs turning Helena Bonham-Carter into the spitting image of Michael Jackson, except not quite as creepy.

By Kervyn Cloete 30 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Secrecy Bill: some concessions but struggle continues
Secrecy Bill: some concessions but struggle continues

South African civil society's struggle to bring the controversial Protection of Information Bill - aka Secrecy Bill - in line with constitutional requirements continues, amid some concessions made by the ANC-led parliamentary committee, which wants the bill's debate closed by 21 September 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 30 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 Assegais open for entries
2011 Assegais open for entries

Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA) is now accepting entries for the best in direct and integrated marketing campaigns that were executed between May 2010 and September 2011 for its 2011 Assegai Integrated Marketing Awards, sponsored by the South African Post Office. The deadline for entries is 7 October 2011, with the gala awards taking place on 17 November.

31 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2821 (and counting) government websites worldwide using Joomla!

With a claimed 2.7% of the Web running on Joomla! Software, the open source content management system has become a major force in Web development. It's particularly well represented within government, with 2 821 government websites worldwide using Joomla!

Issued by Everlytic 31 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Radioworks 2011] Does radio have creative problems?
[Radioworks 2011] Does radio have creative problems?

UK radio specialist Tony Hertz says wherever he goes across the globe, there seems to be issues around radio. "Yes, overall radio has creative problems, as many advertisers seem to consider creative issues as a major barrier to investment in radio," Hertz said, speaking at the 2011 Radioworks conference currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 31 Aug 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

AfricaCom Awards expands categories
AfricaCom Awards expands categories

The AfricaCom Awards 2011, which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa in November, have introduced new categories to acknowledge the growth and importance of the telecoms and digital sectors across the African continent.

1 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Stuff guys want
Stuff guys want

Billed as the world's best-selling gadget magazine, Stuff is known for its laddish tone and accessible take on all things technological. The South African edition, launched in November 2007 by Avusa Media under the editorship of Toby Shapshak, has seen excellent circulation growth, thanks to its editorial mix of gadgets, gear, technology and scantily clad cover models.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 7 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

TV Loves Africa to launch in 2012
TV Loves Africa to launch in 2012

Organisers of DISCOP Africa, Basic Lead, have announced the launch of an umbrella event, TV Loves Africa, which will feature markets and conference programmes dedicated to the making, the distribution and the monetizing of content across all platforms in Africa, including radio and will take place at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 30 October to 2 November 2012.

7 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 14: Brand Soweto and the black diamond market
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 14: Brand Soweto and the black diamond market

Learn more about Brand Soweto and branding, marketing and owning the black diamond market tonight, Wednesday, 7 September 2011, 6pm-7pm, on the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show, on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio. Tonight will also be the first show with our new permanent host, gadget-man Toby Shapshak.

7 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

First Aegis Media, Bizcommunity Digibate attracts over 5000 listeners
First Aegis Media, Bizcommunity Digibate attracts over 5000 listeners

Aegis Media, in conjunction with Bizcommunity, this morning, Thursday, 8 September 2011, hosted what is probably Africa's first online debate around the media/marketing industry, drawing in approximately 5000 listeners from across the globe via live audio-streaming by 10am. [twitterfall]

8 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
African Marketing Confederation launch takes marketing beyond borders

South Africa's Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) has joined forces with Zambia's Institute of Marketing (ZIM), Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) and Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) to launch the African Marketing Confederation (AMC) in the aim of promoting and maintaining standards of professional skills, ability, ethics and integrity among marketers through the various African marketing bodies.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 9 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Thought Leadership Digibates] 01: The Africa Question
[Thought Leadership Digibates] 01: The Africa Question

Now available for listening/downloading are the podcasts from the first Aegis Media Thought Leadership Digibate, held yesterday, Thursday, 8 September 2011, in conjunction with Bizcommunity. The online debate, themed "The Africa Question", was streamed live to about 5000 listeners worldwide via Cape-Town-based online radio community station TheTaxi.co.za. [twitterfall]

9 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Africa's housing crisis: conference outlines remedies

Despite having 3% of the population earning an income viable for mortgage and 10.8% earning between US$10-20 per day, the UN Habitat says about 40.3% of Africans still live in slums. Inadequate and overcrowded dwellings, mostly without clean water, electricity and proper sanitation, line the streets of major cities as the population grows, banks close their doors on the poor and corruption infests the housing sector.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 12 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Crime fighting initiative seeks sponsor
Crime fighting initiative seeks sponsor

Turn It Around South Africa is seeking sponsorship of their highly successful crime fighting website. Companies looking to solidify their community involvement goals, through support of a unique crime fighting initiative which is based on community policing, are urged to consider this opportunity.

Issued by In-Detail Advertising and Design 12 Sep 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Santa Shoebox Project 2011 open for registration
Santa Shoebox Project 2011 open for registration

September marks the launch of this year's Santa Shoebox Project, which has been collecting Christmas gifts for thousands of underprivileged children throughout the country since 2006. The target for 2011 is 70 000 Santa Shoeboxes, (more than double that of 2010), which will be dispatched to more than 600 children's homes, orphanages and other child care institutions across the country.

12 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cape Town designer selected for international annual
Cape Town designer selected for international annual

Vanessa Fogel of Vanessa Fogel Design, Cape Town will be featured in LogoLounge Volume 7 for her work on the rebranding of Darling Cellars and the rebranding of 13 Torbay, an upmarket guest house in Green Point. LogoLounge is an international annual of the world's best logo designs.

13 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gregory Gondwe
MISA-Malawi elects new NGC

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi), on Saturday 10 September 2011, elected a new National Governing Council (NGC) amidst protest from members who were against some proposed changes suggested by the body's headquarters in Windhoek, Namibia.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Sep 2011

GOVERNMENT

SANDF clarifies Motlanthe's landing

PRETORIA: The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has dismissed reports that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's private jet had made an emergency landing in New Zealand last week.

13 Sep 2011

LIFESTYLE

Free State pupils return with Sportsmanship trophy

Seven pupils from the Vulindlela Primary School, Harrismith, Free State, have returned from Paris after participating in the 2011 Fraternity Cup organised by La Voix de l'Enfant an organisation focused on children's rights, with a trophy representing their sportsmanship.

14 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 15: SA's brand history, plus paying tribute to Deon du Plessis
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 15: SA's brand history, plus paying tribute to Deon du Plessis

On Biz Takeouts 6pm-7pm tonight, Wednesday, 14 September 2011, we will pay tribute to the father of tabloids in South Africa, the late Deon du Plessis, and we will also explore South Africa's history of brands and branding, plus take a look at what brands have been doing for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Tune in to the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio.

14 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mobile: 'world-first' virtual payment card launches in Kenya
Mobile: 'world-first' virtual payment card launches in Kenya

NAIROBI, KENYA: Airtel Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and MasterCard have rolled out what is claimed to be the world's first virtual payment card on a mobile phone.

15 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Avis wins at World Travel Awards
Avis wins at World Travel Awards

At the World Travel Awards 2011 held at the Great Hall of Egypt at Soho Square, Sharm El Sheikh on Friday 16th September 2011, Avis was awarded as "Africa's Leading Business Car Rental Company", proving that the company continues to deliver on its brand promise, "We try harder".

19 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 15: SA's brand history, branding during RWC, Deon du Plessis tributes
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 15: SA's brand history, branding during RWC, Deon du Plessis tributes

Did you know the oldest brand in South Africa is Groot Constantia? Find out about SA's history of brands and branding and the challenges of sports branding, plus tributes to Deon du Plessis, by listening to the podcast of last week's Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show, which airs every Wednesday 6pm-7pm on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio. [twitterfall]

19 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Journalism students encourage others to support Right2Know Campaign
Journalism students encourage others to support Right2Know Campaign

Following last week's call by journalists to support the 'Journalist Declaration on the Protection of State Information Bill' petition, the second year journalism students at the Department of Media Studies at Walter Sisulu University, East London have drafted a similar declaration and are calling on other students for support.

20 Sep 2011

LIFESTYLE

More than 50 entries to feature at the Baxter Dance Festival
More than 50 entries to feature at the Baxter Dance Festival

The Baxter Dance Festival will take place from 6 to 15 October, 2011, at The Baxter Theatre, Cape Town. The festival showcases emerging and established dance companies and choreographers and will feature over 50 entries, including: contemporary, neo-classical, flamenco, fusion, physical theatre, modern, African, jazz, hip hop, belly and Indian dancing.

20 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Bizcommunity launches new dedicated sectors, newsletters
Bizcommunity launches new dedicated sectors, newsletters

Bizcommunity.com - South Africa's largest online B2B publisher - is set to grow even more with the introduction of 16 new content channels, with weekly newsletters, as from yesterday Tuesday, 20 September 2011.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 20 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

John Boe
How to read your prospect like a book!

Top salespeople and the most successful managers recognise the importance of non-verbal communication in the selling process and have learned to "listen with their eyes". They understand that one of the easiest and most effective ways to close sales is to be aware of their prospect's "buy signals".

By John Boe 21 Sep 2011

RETAIL

South African invited to London's Fashion Finest Renaissance
South African invited to London's Fashion Finest Renaissance

At the London Fashion Week's Fashion Finest Renaissance, Lesego Malatsi, co-founder of Mzanzi Designers Emporium and alumni of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, was the only South African invited to participate.

21 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 16: Destination marketing and cultural awareness
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 16: Destination marketing and cultural awareness

Biz Takeouts is going all Indian at 6pm-7pm tonight, Wednesday, 21 September 2011, by looking at various Indian stage shows and festivals and the growth of Indian airline Jet Airways. We will also discuss destination marketing and how to create cultural awareness. Tune in to the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio. [twitterfall]

21 Sep 2011

LIFESTYLE

Street Cred in Joburg
Street Cred in Joburg

Street Cred 2011 - the street culture showcase event that celebrates urban culture and youth interests, with a special heritage slant - has migrated north this year and will be held on 24 September, 2011, in the Maboneng Precinct (Fox Street) in downtown Joburg.

22 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 16: Destination marketing and cultural awareness
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 16: Destination marketing and cultural awareness

Find out how to market a vibrant and diverse country such as India by listening to the Biz Takeouts podcast of this week's Bizcommunity/Chai FM Media & Marketing radio show, which airs every Wednesday 6pm-7pm on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio. [twitterfall]

23 Sep 2011

RETAIL

Seed company chose best merger partner

Pannar Seed Company explored various potential partners' seed industry and corporate cultures before deciding on the proposed merger with US-based multinational seed producer and DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Pannar MD Deon van Rooyen told the Competition Tribunal on Wednesday, 21 September.

22 Sep 2011

RETAIL

Balancing inflation, economic performance

Maintaining the repo rate at current levels should be seen in the context of the opposing forces of rising inflation in South Africa (normally a precursor to increasing rates) and calls among some market commentators for the interest rate to be further reduced due to the lacklustre performance of the local economy.

By Dr Andrew Golding 23 Sep 2011

AGRICULTURE

Paddy Hartdegen
Seed manufacturer sought suitable partner

The Pannar Seed Company has told the Competition Tribunal that it undertook an extensive investigation into finding a suitable partner before deciding to do a deal with DuPont subsidiary Pioneer Hi-Bred International that led to the merger being outlawed by the Competition Commission.

By Paddy Hartdegen 23 Sep 2011

FINANCE

Interest rate unchanged but outlook bleak
Interest rate unchanged but outlook bleak

The South African Reserve Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has left the repo rate at 5,5% because, according to Governor Gill Marcus, South Africa and the global economy face a bleak outlook at the moment.

23 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Tractor Outdoor erects first sponsored vertical garden in South Africa
Tractor Outdoor erects first sponsored vertical garden in South Africa

Tractor Outdoor prides itself in delivering unique innovative solutions for our clients. "We have admired the work of French Vertical Garden Supremo Patrick Blanc for many years," says Simon Wall of Tractor Outdoor, "and we had been looking at ways to erect similar gardens in Cape Town. Emirates Airlines through their media agency Starcom Mediavest/Nu-Venture and their creative agency, Draffcb, embraced the innovative opportunity and immediately committed to working with us to make our vision a reality."

Issued by Tractor Outdoor 26 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The true story of Bizcommunity lies in the numbers
The true story of Bizcommunity lies in the numbers

Since its inception a decade ago, Bizcommunity.com's subscriber base to its popular newsletters has grown to 241 000 subscriptions across Marketing & Media South Africa and Africa, Retail and Medical. Subscriptions to the new portals before the launch last week were already in the tens of thousands without any active marketing - the power of content.

By Robin Parker, Issued by Bizcommunity.com 26 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Yellow Pages goes digital
Yellow Pages goes digital

The year 2011 has been revolutionary for the Yellow Pages Brand. Trudon (Publishers of the Yellow Pages) has worked tirelessly to produce advertiser-centric products, all aimed at ensuring that their advertisers enjoy a seamless transition into the digital space as well as ensuring that advertisers enjoy multi-media coverage across the various Yellow Pages platforms at an affordable rate.

Issued by Yellow Pages 27 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

World Trade Centre EMEA meeting set for 2012
World Trade Centre EMEA meeting set for 2012

More than 1000 business and government representatives from across the world will gather together in Cape Town, South Africa, for the World Trade Center EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regional meeting to take place from 30 May - 1 June 2012.

28 Sep 2011

MANUFACTURING

SA loses out on tool-making

Less than a fifth of the tools used in South Africa are manufactured locally, Gauteng's Department of Economic Development reportedly said on Tuesday, 27 September 2011.

28 Sep 2011

TOURISM

Cape Town tourism will only recover in 2014

Cape Town Tourism CEO, Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, has said that the R14 billion Cape Town tourism industry, which employs just short of 300 000 staff, will only recover in 2014 with an estimated total loss of R1.5 billion between 2008 and 2014, with zero job creation, hotels and restaurants running empty and some being forced to close down.

29 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Scangroup and Ogilvy announce a joint venture in Ghana

Scangroup and Ogilvy, associates of WPP, a global advertising and marketing services company, have announced the launch of two advertising firms, Scanad Ghana Limited and Ogilvy Ghana Limited. The move is aimed at expanding Scangroup and Ogilvy operations in Africa and to serve an existing demand for marketing and communication services.

By Carole Kimutai 30 Sep 2011

LIFESTYLE

"Cult of self" explored in One Small Seed's anniversary edition
"Cult of self" explored in One Small Seed's anniversary edition

With the "Cult of self" as the theme for the sixth anniversary edition of One Small Seed magazine, individuals worldwide who have challenged the notion of "self" have been found and interviewed - from musicians to artists to an author and a Hollywood filmmaker.

30 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Vodacom Journalist of the Year: western region winners

The winners of the western region for the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards were revealed earlier this week, at a breakfast event held in Cape Town. These awards aim to celebrate distinction by giving recognition to the individuals who continually dedicate their lives to report the news.

30 Sep 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

EXCLUSIVE: Media24's new Sunday tabloid Scoop! aims for 1.6m readers
EXCLUSIVE: Media24's new Sunday tabloid Scoop! aims for 1.6m readers

Media24 is launching a new English-language Sunday tabloid newspaper, called Scoop!, at the end of October 2011, Bizcommunity.com can reveal exclusively.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 3 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Clients say "screw the line" - Godfrey Morley
Clients say "screw the line" - Godfrey Morley

Godfrey Morley has been running Draftfcb Cape Town for a little over a year. As someone who has spent most of his career on the client side of the table - he was head of sponsorship for SAB, communications director for McDonalds, marketing director of Samsung and executive director at Thebe Tourism Group - Morley brings a strong focus on business transformation to the agency.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 3 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Remember all those wonderful TV commercials?
Remember all those wonderful TV commercials?

As I sat in the Loeries audience on the Sunday night a couple of weeks ago, I couldn't help but wonder why I had seen very little to nothing that took my breath away. There was not a single television ad where I could apply that old test of saying, "I wish we had done that!"

By Mike Abel 3 Oct 2011

SCIENCE

Marcom developing South African rocket engine

South Africa moves towards greater self-sufficiency in space through local company Marcom Aeronautics & Space, who is developing the MAS-10K rocket engine in support of its Cheetah-1 satellite launch vehicle. The Cheetah-1 is designed to carry up to 1000kg to low-Earth orbit.

3 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Imminent shnit!
Imminent shnit!

The shnit International Short Film Festival takes place from 5-9 October 2011, in Berne, Cologne, Cape Town and for the first time this year, Vienna, Singapore, San Francisco, Panama and San Jose. The festival screens short films from six continents, including South African emergent and innovative films.

3 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news
How to contribute to Bizcommunity, from op-ed pieces to news

Bizcommunity.com has now expanded its operations into 16 new sectors and will soon venture into another 17, providing a whole new range of target audiences for advertisers. The most critical aspect of this is the quality of content and this is a formal invitation to you to become a recognised contributor on Bizcommunity.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 3 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Competitors arrive for the Genée International Ballet Competition

Competitors from 14 countries have arrived for the start of the Genée International Ballet Competition, which will be held at Artscape, Cape Town from 6-9 October 2011.

3 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

RWC 2011 - it's showtime!
RWC 2011 - it's showtime!

What an incredible week in World Cup rugby. The competition really was set alight by shocking news and phenomenal games. The shocking news is that New Zealand's match winner Dan Carter will take no further part in the World Cup. This news has shocked the rugby world as it is a well-known fact that the Kiwis are not half as dangerous as they would be without him. It is incredible to think that a fanatical rugby nation like New Zealand can only have one world-class player in a key position like fly-half. They will now have to rely on Colin Slade to stand in for Carter - and he is not a very reliable kicker. It will force Graham Henry to pick Piri Weepu at nine, so that he at least has a reliable kicker. The All Blacks will now have to play out of their skins and make sure that they make up for Carter's absence by dominating in other areas of the game. One thing is for sure and that is that New Zealand's hopes of winning the World Cup for the first time since 1987 have taken a major blow.

By Corné Krige 4 Oct 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Volition - Making Business Better: A Selection of Supply Chain Improvement Projects

Volition Consulting Services, a member company of IMPERIAL Logistics, is an independent supply chain specialist that offers professional services in supply chain consulting, technology enablement, managed services and education. The organisation has over the years been dedicated to making its clients' businesses better by applying the capabilities of its people and creating value for all stakeholders.

Issued by Imperial Logistics 4 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
Stop using varsity degrees as barricades to advertising, media

A couple of days ago here on Bizcommunity.com, one of South Africa's leading admen, Mike Abel, reflected on all the TV commercials that were entered into this year's Loerie Awards and said that nothing stood out for him. He yearned for the days of yore, when this country produced outstanding television advertising.

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 5 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Stephen Rosin exhibition at Absa Gallery, Joburg
Stephen Rosin exhibition at Absa Gallery, Joburg

Artist Stephen Rosin, winner of the 2009 Absa L'Atelier competition, will be having his first solo show, "If I told you the truth I'd be lying", at the Absa Gallery, Joburg from 13 October to 4 November, 2011.

6 Oct 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

IMPERIAL Logistics awarded two PMR Diamond Arrows

IMPERIAL Logistics has received two Diamond Arrow Awards at the 2011 Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards. PMR.africa has conducted its annual, national survey on FMCG Supply Chain Management Companies in South Africa. A global leader in logistics and supply chain management, the IMPERIAL Logistics Group was the highest rated in the category, Area of Specialisation.

Issued by Imperial Logistics 6 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

A showcase of short films at iMPAC Festival
A showcase of short films at iMPAC Festival

The iMPAC Festival, an annual short film festival event that provides a platform for the exhibition of African made student media that explores the synergy between sight and sound in the moving image, takes place from 6 October 2011 until Sunday, 9 October 2011, at The Bioscope, the independent cinema, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

6 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Source: www.pieterhugo.com.
The potential of African identity in advertising

While working as a creative director in Oslo, Norway, I gave a presentation to the local ad industry about the potential of Nordic identity in advertising. This came about because I was blown away by the quirks of their culture. One of the things that drew me to Norway - besides a Nordic wife and the endless variety of ski slopes - was their advertising. [multimedia]

By Anton Crone 6 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Twelve fights confirmed for EFC Africa 11
Twelve fights confirmed for EFC Africa 11

EFC Africa 11, which takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome, Joburg, on 10 November, 2011, has 12 bouts scheduled as well as one or two surprises in store to showcase Africa's top talent. Details of the final mystery fights will be available on efcafrica.com in the next few days.

7 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Loeries CEO Andrew Human steps down
Loeries CEO Andrew Human steps down

BREAKING NEWS: Andrew Human will end his tenure as CEO of The Loerie Awards at the end of February 2012, stepping down after seven years at the helm, it has just been announced today, Friday, 7 October 2011.

7 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Bok tragedy!
Bok tragedy!

I am only 36 years old, but one of the many valuable lessons I have learned is that life isn't fair. Sometimes you get things when you don't deserve them and other times when you absolutely deserve it then you don't get it. This was the case on Sunday morning when the Springboks played Australia in Wellington, New Zealand.

By Corné Krige 10 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Macallan Masters of Photography
Macallan Masters of Photography

I have always had an interest in photography, but have never been very good at it. I get the odd "lucky" picture, but I don't understand the ins and outs of it all. I was lucky enough to see masterpieces by photographers, who clearly know exactly what they are doing, at the Erdmann Gallery in Cape Town.

By Jordan Scott 11 Oct 2011

RETAIL

5 top tips to maximise your retail marketing

There have been several noticeable shifts in retail marketing in the past; the recession has impacted both the way consumers shop and the way retailers communicate with them.

By Gareth Pearson, Issued by BMi Research 11 Oct 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

IMPERIAL Logistics and GIBS launch 'Programme of Excellence'

Top-ranked business school, The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and IMPERIAL Logistics, a global leader in logistics and supply chain management, have launched their Supply Chain Management and Logistics Programme of Excellence. The initiative will provide advanced teaching and research in the fields of logistics, supply chain management and transportation management, within the context of emerging markets

Issued by Imperial Logistics 11 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

In The Wings
In The Wings

In The Wings moved me in a way that not many performances are able to do in the space of an hour. The story is about a girl named Kath who suffers from cerebral palsy, her sister Joe and their mother. Although Kath is disabled it doesn't stop the girls from having a relationship just as any other two sisters might have. The jokes they make, annoying their mum and how, even though Kath has cerebral palsy, she is perfect in the eyes of her sister and mother.

By Jordan Scott 12 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Petroleum Industry gets exemption from Competition Commission

Participants in the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) may enter into the collaborative exchange of information necessary to ensure the stability of supply, as well as efficient use of the supply chain facilities, following the granting of such an exemption by the Competition Commission of South Africa, following its application in April 2010.

12 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Equal is sweet on Soweto

The sweetener brand Equal recently caused a stir in Soweto and surrounding areas with an education drive on the health risks of diabetes by encouraging consumers to test their blood glucose levels and at the same time create market awareness for Equal.

Issued by Fore Good 12 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

WTC Africa Initiative and Italy join hands in trade
WTC Africa Initiative and Italy join hands in trade

Following a trade agreement reached between the World Trade Center Africa Initiative and Italy, business between Africa and Europe is set to receive a significant boost. The agreement will see business leaders from 12 African countries meet their Italian counterparts in on-site deal rooms next year, at the inaugural Afritalia Commerce Exchange.

12 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Promotion encourages young South African fashion designers

Bidorbuy is promoting entrepreneurship in the fashion industry by introducing its online marketplace as a viable marketing and selling platform for up and coming South African fashion designers who would like to promote their line of work to the site's over one million shoppers

13 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Good hand hygiene vital to keep staff and customers healthy and happy

On 15 October we will be celebrating Global Hand Washing Day, which was started to promote hand washing with soap as a way to help prevent the spread of diseases. It is well worthwhile to take some time to consider hand hygiene practices at the workplace and how they can help to keep staff and customers healthy.

Issued by Rentokil Initial 13 Oct 2011

AGRICULTURE

Exhibitors excited about AgriWorks
Exhibitors excited about AgriWorks

The AgriWorks Farmers Expo recently held their exhibitor meeting at the Van der Stel Sport Grounds and saw exhibitors and other industry role players waiting in expectation for the event to kick off. The event which is now in its second year; will see the local and regional farming community gather in Stellenbosch from 10 to 12 November to view a variety of agricultural produce and machinery that are on show.

Issued by CADEK Media 13 Oct 2011

FINANCE

Crackdown on illicit credit providers

In a joint two-day operation the South African Police Service, the National Credit Regulator (NCR), South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have embarked on an operation aimed at clamping down on credit providers who are still employing illegal bullying tactics against vulnerable and unsuspecting consumers.

14 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Bookmarks 2011 promises to do better
Bookmarks 2011 promises to do better

The Bookmarks Awards, which recognises excellence in digital media and marketing, has pulled up its socks and is promising a well-organised event this year. Bookmarks chairperson Nikki Cockcroft says the fourth annual event, that takes place in Cape Town on 10 November 2011, will up the stakes on previous years.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 14 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

New Zealand to be crowned World Champions!
New Zealand to be crowned World Champions!

Yes, you did read correctly! I am a week early, but I am 100 percent sure that the All Blacks will win the World Cup for the first time since 1987 when they also played the French on home soil. The French were extremely lucky to get past a 14-man Welsh team who really played their hearts out. The Dragons were dealt a very cruel blow when their captain, Sam Warburton, was shown a red card in the 10th minute of the game.

By Corné Krige 17 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Sex, relationships, humour and misery
Sex, relationships, humour and misery

Admit it, you love misery. We all do. The feeling you hate, but wallow in - that appears with the sudden realisation that you have lost that which once made you happy, is now gone, and the tears become all that remains of your former joy.

By Johann Smith 17 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Future Ed, The Education Show - 2012 sales now open!
Future Ed, The Education Show - 2012 sales now open!

Having successfully staged South Africa's first-ever educational resource exhibition, in 2011, Exposure Marketing, organisers of Future Ed, are all set for their 2012 show which takes place from 19th - 21st July at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. This means that 2012 rate cards and floor plans are now available and the Future Ed sales team are eagerly waiting to assist you.

Issued by Future Ed - The Education Show 18 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Media handbook for SMMEs, NGOs
Media handbook for SMMEs, NGOs

A new e-book entitled How to get quoted in the media has been released by co-authors Damaria Senne and Christelle du Toit to help SMMEs and NGOs negotiate the media landscape.

18 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Fashion event in support of those living with HIV/AIDS
Fashion event in support of those living with HIV/AIDS

Positive Heroes and the City of Cape Town will host Bloom, a fashion show and auction with a difference, at the Civic Centre on 3 November, 2011. For the event, 22 of South Africa's top designers will come together to showcase Bloom-inspired collections and donate their creations to raise funds for HIV/AIDS initiatives.

18 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

CMP graduates grow in South Africa
CMP graduates grow in South Africa

The advent of Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP), licensed under authority of the US Convention Industry Council, within a nation's meetings and events industry establishes a standard of proven ability and applied best practice. Since 2006, there have been eight CMP exams in Johannesburg - resulting in 37 event practitioners gaining their CMP status in South Africa.

18 Oct 2011

TOURISM

Kotze-Nhlapo to head SA Tourism's Convention Bureau

SA Tourism has appointed Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo as executive manager of its newly-established National Conventions Bureau. Kotze-Nhlapo was previously head of the Conventions Bureau and Events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited.

19 Oct 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Cape Town Bike Festival fast approaching
Cape Town Bike Festival fast approaching

The Cape Town Bike Festival (CTBF), which celebrates bikes and biking culture, will be held at the Cape Town Stadium from 16 to18 December, 2011, starting every day with a breakfast run and ending long after sunset.

20 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Top online activities and ad networks in Australia
Top online activities and ad networks in Australia

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released a report on the top Internet activities and ad networks in Australia from its comScore Media Metrix service.

20 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Crafty idea on TRAC for invasive alien trees
Crafty idea on TRAC for invasive alien trees

Invasive alien trees are being put to creative use by local crafters for décor accessories. Wetherlys has announced the launch of its newest collection which incorporates items from The Khumbulani Collection.

20 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Atomic Junkies hit Jozi next April

Atomic Junkies, an extreme sports and adrenalin festival, will be held next year from 6-9 April 2011 at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg. At least 15 top international athletes and over 3 000 local sportsmen will be participating in the festival.

21 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Newly revamped SA Press Code goes 'on honeymoon'
Newly revamped SA Press Code goes 'on honeymoon'

The South African Press Council, including press ombudsman Joe Thloloe and his deputy Johan Retief, hit the road this week armed with the newly revamped press code to celebrate and present it to industry in an effort to create awareness and get journalists to abide by it.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 21 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

NZ set to reap millions from RWC final weekend
NZ set to reap millions from RWC final weekend

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand stands to reap a US$62.8 million* windfall from the Rugby World Cup 2011 final weekend, according to MasterCard Research.

21 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Visa confirms economic growth, integration in EAC countries
Visa confirms economic growth, integration in EAC countries

The five East African Community (EAC) countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda are benefiting from higher levels of economic growth and greater economic integration, as borne out by statistics released by global payments technology company Visa Inc.

21 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Loerie Awards Travelling Exhibition ends in Windhoek
Loerie Awards Travelling Exhibition ends in Windhoek

The Loerie Awards Travelling Exhibition, sponsored by Adobe, will be making its final stop a stop at the 99FM Playhouse Theatre in Windhoek, Namibia from 9 - 11 November 2011. The exhibition, hosted by DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi will exhibit the winning works from The 32nd Annual Loerie Awards (2010).

21 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

All the 2011 Pendoring winners; Draftfcb tops again
All the 2011 Pendoring winners; Draftfcb tops again

Draftfcb Cape Town and Johannesburg has once again come out tops at the 17th annual Pendoring Advertising Awards for excellent Afrikaans and South African advertising, held at Vodacom World in Midrand, tonight, Friday, 21 October 2011. Out of 16 Golds and 21 Silvers awarded in total, not only did Draftfcb claim five Golds and five Silvers, its Cape Town office scooped the Prestige Award for its advertising for Cape Town daily newspaper Die Burger.

22 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

What a final!
What a final!

I have said this a couple of times, but I am going to say it again. A week in rugby is a long time! I did predict a week ago that the All Blacks would be crowned world champions, but that is just about the only thing I predicted correctly. I really felt that it would be a one-sided final and that the All Blacks would win comfortably by no less than 14 points.

By Corné Krige 24 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Coming to SA: Disney on Ice's Worlds of Fantasy, BBC's Lonely Planet

Captivating adventure Worlds of Fantasy - presented by Feld Entertainment's Disney on Ice - will begin its South African tour on 26 June 2012 in Johannesburg and wrap it up in Cape Town on July 10, The Walt Disney Company Africa (TWDCA) country manager Christine Service told the media last week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 24 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Online fashion magazine launched
Online fashion magazine launched

A new online fashion magazine and portal, a fashion friend, launches this month with the aim of bringing forth fresh talent for the fresh fashion generation.

24 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Elegance and excellence at L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
Elegance and excellence at L'Ormarins Queen's Plate

The 151st running of the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate will be held at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, 7 January, 2012. First run in 1861 in honour of Queen Victoria, the event will be a day of fine dining and world-class entertainment.

25 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mixed reaction to Zuma's Padayachie move

President Jacob Zuma's decision to redeploy communications minister Roy Padayachie and his deputy, Obed Bapela, has drawn mixed reaction from the information and communications technology industry, with one analyst saying he was "stunned" by the move and that it would delay several important projects, including the migration to digital terrestrial television.

By Duncan McLeod & Craig Wilson 25 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Breaking news from 3D Deco
Breaking news from 3D Deco

Latest report from the Events Industry is that 3D Deco, the leader in hi-tech event décor, is slashing its season prices.

Issued by Bio Veda 25 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Coke takes a chant
Coke takes a chant

BRASILIA, BRAZIL: Football is a heavily regulated area when it comes to advertising. Big ticket sponsorship deals mean that advertising opportunities are fiercely protected so as not to damage a brand's investment.

25 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Sandton welcomes trendy baby exhibition
Sandton welcomes trendy baby exhibition

The SABC Education Baba Indaba is coming to Sandton from 28 to 30 October 2011 and marks the end of yet another super successful year for SA's most loved baby event!

Issued by Baba Indaba 26 Oct 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Global TRUCKERMANIA ranks IMPERIAL Logistics

IMPERIAL Logistics drivers, Pieter Adriaanse and Basil Bailey, consecutively winner and runner up of the South African leg of the 9th FleetBoard Drivers League or 'TRUCKERMANIA' represented the country against 23 drivers from 12 countries. The IMPERIAL Logistics Refrigerated Services drivers ranked 11th and 25th in over 9,000 drivers from the Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and UK.

Issued by Imperial Logistics 26 Oct 2011

TOURISM

Visa cardholders increase travel spend in SA by 23% in 2010
Visa cardholders increase travel spend in SA by 23% in 2010

Taking advantage of a significant tourism opportunity surrounding the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa saw a 23% increase in spending by international travellers using their Visa cards in 2010 according to the Tourism Outlook: South Africa report released by Visa Inc this week. According to the report, international Visa cardholders increased tourism spending from US$1.8 billion* in 2009 to US$2.2 billion in 2010.

27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

A new kind of viral marketing
A new kind of viral marketing

TORONTO, CANADA: Films have used billboards to advertise since the early days of cinema, and it's fair to say that little has changed in the century or so that film studios have used posters to entice the public to the box office. Until now...

27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The asinine axing of Axe
The asinine axing of Axe

The debate marketers, and particularly advertisers, need to be having right now is not whether the Axe "Angels" commercial should be banned but rather whether a horrendously expensive and one-sided system of adjudication should be allowed to continue. [video]

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

ZONE-iN coming to your suburb

City > suburb > services > company information. Spotting the trend for local, three entrepreneurs have launched ZONE-iN on the premise of 'get known, get shown.' Now you too can be part of ZONE-iN and see what's happening in your area, what's open, what's on special and interact directly with companies online.

Issued by Kezi Communications 27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive - City Press's Ferial Haffajee
We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive - City Press's Ferial Haffajee

There's a real buzz about City Press (@City_Press), especially with the launch of its new i magazine supplement this month. Since Ferial Haffajee took over the paper's editorship more than two years ago, it has lifted its game on several fronts, going head to head with rival Sunday Times, breaking big stories and setting the news agenda. Haffajee (@ferialhaffajee) tells Bizcommunity.com about the pains of repositioning and where the paper is going from here.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 27 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Take a ride with Tiger Wheel & Tyre
Take a ride with Tiger Wheel & Tyre

Tiger Wheel & Tyre is giving you the chance to experience a once in a lifetime trip when you buy two or more Goodyear tyres. Not only will your car be better equipped to handle the road, but you and three companions could live it up in Daytona Florida and be a part of the world's biggest race at the 2012 Daytona 500, plus a Disney Experience for the whole family and a glam shopping spree in Daytona Florida, USA.

Issued by Tiger Wheel & Tyre 27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Buyers, media preview day at Design Indaba Expo 2012

On Thursday 1 March 2012, the Design Indaba Expo will offer an international and local buyers and media day before the public event opens on 2 March.

27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

CMP Network South Africa offers branding morning
CMP Network South Africa offers branding morning

The CMP Network South Africa will run a morning workshop entitled 'The Professional branding of You' on Friday, 2 December 2011, 8.30am-11am at Gallagher Convention Center, Johannesburg. It is open to current Certified Meeting Professionals (CMPs), who may attend free of charge and those who may be interested in gaining such a qualification, for which there is a nominal charge.

27 Oct 2011

RETAIL

Foschini in fashion faux pas

Foschini Group CEO Doug Murray said there was a possibility of more T-shirts being pulled from its stores following the removal of three "offensive" shirts.

By Andile Ndlovu 27 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
Media Inflation Watch report out next week, diarise ABF Golf Day

The Jan-June 2011 Media Inflation Watch Report will be presented on 2 November 2011 by industry expert Mike Leahy of Media Manager and Bizcommunity columnist and non-executive chairman of the board, Chris Moerdyk will be MC for the ABF Cape Town Golf Day on 17 February 2012.

28 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Vini Vidi Vino
Vini Vidi Vino

We came, we saw and we had a glass of wine on the weekend of 14 to 16 October 2011, which marked the open-air festival Wine on the River's fifth year on the banks of the Breede River at Goudmyn Farm, between Robertson and Bonnievale.

By Ilse van den Berg 28 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Tech4Africa] Power failures, low bandwidth? Try cloud computing
[Tech4Africa] Power failures, low bandwidth? Try cloud computing

In sub-Saharan Africa, a literally dark area where only 53% of urban dwellers and 8% of rural communities, respectively, have access to electricity, and where Internet connectivity and data are still a luxury, cloud computing might be just the best solution for emerging businesses, according to two speakers at the 2011 Tech4Africa conference.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 28 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Multimillion-rand Motorola Razr marketing campaign
Multimillion-rand Motorola Razr marketing campaign

Motorola Mobility South Africa will initially spend about R20 million to aggressively market its newly launched Razr smartphone, Dorothy Matemba, Motorola sub-Saharan Africa head of marketing, told Bizcommunity.com on the sidelines of the launch of the Android-powered device in Sandton, Johannesburg, last night Thursday, 27 October 2011. [video]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 28 Oct 2011

LIFESTYLE

Four international acts at Parker's in November
Four international acts at Parker's in November

The Parker's Comedy & Jive November line-up will feature an American, a Zimbabwean, a Scotsman and an Aussie, as well as a host of local acts.

28 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Angelo Coppola
702/Outsurance pointspeople matzah pudding

It seems that the Outsurance/702 pointspeople sponsorship is up for pitch and many of the radio station's listeners in Johannesburg are up in arms.

By Angelo Coppola: @angelo2711 31 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Still from controversial Axe "Even Angels will Fall" ad.
Winged angels with halos? Papacy ditched idea 500 years ago

There seem to be two prominent paths in advertising. Where they cross, as with many junctions in life, one can find magic. But one can also find conflict and this might be the reason we often avoid these junctions and carry on our ways.

By Anton Crone 31 Oct 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Mbalula vs the media: privacy, dignity vs public interest

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula's sex scandal, comprehensively exposed by Sunday newspapers City Press, Sunday World and Sunday Sun, has once again fuelled the debate about the burning issue facing South Africa: privacy and dignity versus the public's right to know where public figures - who many people look up to for inspiration and guidance - are concerned.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 31 Oct 2011

FINANCE

Twelve must-haves for a financially free 2012

Our easy-to-execute 12-step plan gives you one task a month. Execute each of these according to your circumstances and priorities, and you are well on your way to financial freedom.

By Michelle Human 8 Nov 2011

GREENBIZ

Could legalising rhino horn trade stop poaching?

South Africa is considering legalising rhino horn trade - in a bid to combat rampant rhino poaching, but the suggestion has been met with mixed reaction in Southern Africa, the BBC reports. Demand for rhino horn is at an all time high and South Africa, which has the largest reserves of the wild animal, is a prime hunting ground for poachers.

31 Oct 2011

AGRICULTURE

Farmers: both perpetrators and victims of climate change

Agriculture is extremely vulnerable to climate change, but it also produces about 14% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, says the Mail & Guardian's Yolandi Groenewald. The consensus is that climate change will have a significant impact on agriculture in developing countries.

31 Oct 2011

RETAIL

New distributors for MD Lash Factor
New distributors for MD Lash Factor

MD Lash Factor is a lash enhancement conditioner created by Dr. Susan Lin of MD Laser & Cosmetics, and is now available through Pharmaplan in South Africa. Physician-formulated MD Lash Factor aims to improve the appearance and length of lashes.

1 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Twique secures America's leading social marketing viral platform

Twique Digital, a member of the ForeBrands Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Group, has announced that it will be launching Twique Viral using the American platform that won 2011 PODi best practise award.

Issued by Fore Good 1 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Managing promotional resources: are TV broadcasters getting it right?

TV broadcasters need to apply the basic tools when managing their promotional resources if they are truly committed to achieving desired results. Objectives, strategy and tactics would have to be carefully designed to achieve specific goals. This emerged late last week at PromaxBDA Africa 2011.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 1 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Issa Sikiti da Silva
Angola tense as journalists, protesting youth targeted by government

Barely three weeks after an Angolan judge thought to be a member of the ruling MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola - Labour Party) handed down a two year-suspended sentence to a journalist and fined him US$105 000 (about R840 000), another Angolan journalist is being threatened with harm and possibly death by armed gunmen believed to be working for the government.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 1 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

Shared battery technology may up demand for electric cars
Shared battery technology may up demand for electric cars

The McGill Daily reports that Hydro-Québec, a Montreal-based, government-owned public utility that is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity across Quebec, and Technifin, a subsidiary of the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), have agreed to share the intellectual property (IP) rights to their respective lithium-based technologies.

2 Nov 2011

SECURITY

Ndebele: Zero tolerance on transport-related bribery and corruption

Following the arrests at the weekend of two motorists who offered traffic officers bribes, Minister of Transport Sibusiso Ndebele has warned that bribery and corruption will not be tolerated and that motorists can expect a clamp down on road offenders.

2 Nov 2011

RETAIL

New beer offers opportunities for subsistence farmers in Mozambique

Impala beer, made from cassava, will be brewed in Mozambique by SABMiller's local subsidiary, Cervejas de Mocambique (CDM), marking the latest step in the group's ambition to create a portfolio of high-quality, affordable beers, made by using locally-sourced raw materials, for lower income consumers in Africa. The group first invested in CDM in 1995.

2 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Insight on Duqu - the step-brother of Stuxnet?
Insight on Duqu - the step-brother of Stuxnet?

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: The spread across the Internet of several versions of the malicious program Duqu has become a main news item in the IT security industry of late.

2 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Birthing a renewed ad industry
Birthing a renewed ad industry

The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) is the professional body for the sector and represents approximately 100 agencies, which collectively contribute almost 95% of the total measured adspend in South Africa.

By Wayne Naidoo 2 Nov 2011

RETAIL

SA retailers boost Botswana's malls
SA retailers boost Botswana's malls

Since I arrived in Gaborone in June 2011, the retail environment has just been getting better. One of the initial reasons that I rented our house in this area, (Broadhurst Ext 44) was the large sign, less than a kilometre away, that read "Sebele Centre opening end June - Pick n Pay, Woolworths and many more shops".

By Gwen Watkins 2 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Chris Moerdyk
Give a little... to get a lot

There is no question that a little bit of serendipity goes a long way in creating a great shopping experience. And, more than anything else, a great shopping experience brings customers back. And serendipity - that pleasant, unexpected surprise - is staring retailers in the face, if they'd only just look for it.

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 2 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

People skills quiz
People skills quiz

Are you aware that your body language reveals your deepest feelings and hidden thoughts to total strangers? As a professional salesperson you must continuously monitor your customer's body language and adjust your presentation style accordingly.

By John Boe 2 Nov 2011

ICT

Motorola Razr available in South Africa soon

The Motorola Razr is likely to be available in South Africa later this month according to a report published on IOL, which says the phone will probably sell for about R7 000 or will be available on contract from Vodacom at R269 a month.

3 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

City Hall's haunted Halloween
City Hall's haunted Halloween

Halloween parties are usually thrown at a house or at a night club, but the problem with these venues is that they are not very spooky. Now, throw one of these parties in a building (which is rumoured to be haunted) that is over 100 years old, along with a line-up of terrifyingly talented DJs, and you have got The Haunting of City Hall 2011 - a party hosted by Griet, which took place this Halloween weekend.

By Justin Williams 3 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Films and Publications Act amendments declared unconstitutional
Films and Publications Act amendments declared unconstitutional

Following a review application by Print Media South Africa (PMSA) and the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF), the North Gauteng High Court earlier this week declared amendments to the Films and Publications Act as being unconstitutional.

3 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Kevin Bassett
Mobile marketing: the facts you need for 2012

Five point three billion people have mobile phones. There are more people picking up a mobile phone every morning than those lifting a newspaper - and it's not only to make calls. Mobile data traffic is trebling every year. Super mobile devices, tablets and smartphones have outsold PCs, laptops and net-books, combined, this year. The world has moved to mobile, and it's different, so be prepared.

By Kevin Bassett, Issued by Floodgate 3 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Mercedes-Benz to share with Buffalo City Metro

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has principally agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) later this month in which the company will share its knowledge and experience, as well as its facilities and some of its infrastructure with the Buffalo City Metro.

3 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Stand-up comedy comes to Montecasino
Stand-up comedy comes to Montecasino

The Black Tie Comedy Tour, which features an all-American cast of stand-up comedians, will be the highlight of the Ayoba Festival, Joburg. The show will be staged every night at the Teatro, Montecasino from 16 to19 November, 2011.

3 Nov 2011

RETAIL

SA happy about Wal-Mart investment - Motlanthe

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says that government is happy that giant US retailer Wal-Mart has chosen SA as an investment destination and that it had made a very comprehensive investment.

3 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

ICC produces higher than expected revenues
ICC produces higher than expected revenues

The ICC Durban produced revenues of R55.4 million for the three-month period July to September 2011, performing 46% better than budget, compared with R39.3 million for the same period in 2010. This comes on top of achieving record revenues of R129.4 million, which was ahead of budget for the 2010/11 financial year.

4 Nov 2011

EDUCATION

Namibian teacher to lecture mining at Wits

Top mining studies achiever Paskalia Neingo has joined the staff of Wits University's School of Mining Engineering department as an associate lecturer. However, it took a first degree as a science teacher and five years at the blackboard before she was able to realise her dream of studying mining engineering.

4 Nov 2011

MANUFACTURING

Minimal changes to October's South African PMI
Minimal changes to October's South African PMI

Business Week quotes Bloomberg's report that, according to a statement from Kagiso Tiso Holdings, South Africa's seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index (PMI) was little changed in October, staying close to 50 for a second month, as expansion in manufacturing remained weak. The index advanced to 50.5 from a revised 50.2 the month before, the highest in four months.

4 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

From informational through to experiential: The evolution of packaging
From informational through to experiential: The evolution of packaging

"Over the last few years we have seen packaging gradually develop from primarily an informational tool, into the experiential instrument it has become in today's retail landscape. Packaging has evolved from a purely functional device intended to convey essential information and protect the product, to a key role-player in the purchasing decision-making process."

Issued by Pyrotec 4 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

End your year forum-style

It's hard to believe that 2011 is fast coming to a close, but that means we're headed into the end-of-year party season! And what better place to host your year-end bash, than at one of the forum's many conference and entertainment venues? This year the forum is proud to have a host of end-of-year function options on offer from stylish cocktail soirees to breathtaking banquets.

Issued by the forum company 4 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Durban Chamber of Commerce does deal with FNB
Durban Chamber of Commerce does deal with FNB

The Durban Chamber of Commerce has done a special deal with First National Bank that allows every new business cheque account holder to get full rights of membership of the Chamber for a year.

4 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Land Bank could benefit from risk-shy commercial banks
Land Bank could benefit from risk-shy commercial banks

According to Willie du Plessis, Standard Bank's director of agricultural banking, the risks and transaction costs in development farming are much too high for the comfort of commercial banks' shareholders and stakeholders. This situation presents enormous opportunities for the Land Bank, Business Day reports.

4 Nov 2011

GOVERNMENT

Multi-billion rand project to replace SA's trains gathers steam

According to the Cape Times, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) said during a presentation to Parliament that a planned major revamp of Cape Town's rail system will include the modernisation of the national rail system and the replacement of all trains and the construction of new depots and stations. Subject to the government approving its budget, the R123 billion project is set to create 65 000 jobs.

4 Nov 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

New Waste Act considers lifecycle assessment

History may well show that the new National Environmental Management: Waste Act was one of the most significant laws ever brought onto the statute books of South Africa, says the Gunstons Attorneys director, Garth Watson, speaking to the SA Commercial Prop News.

4 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Azure Restaurant launches summer menu

The Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa has launched its new summer menu. Henrico Grobbelaar, executive chef at the hotel in Cape Town, has has revealed dishes including smoked oyster and cucumber soup, lightly grilled baby squid in its own ink, confit and pan-seared quail with poached langoustines and pan-seared breast and braised duck leg in pancake and foie gras mousse.

4 Nov 2011

MANUFACTURING

Local manufacturers get a boost

allAfrica.com reports that government, unions and the private sector signed a deal committing the country to increasing its target of procuring locally manufactured goods to 75%.

7 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

BlackBerry maker's stock falls below book value
BlackBerry maker's stock falls below book value

Troubled BlackBerry manufacturer, Research in Motion, has seen its share prices fall by 67% this year and the company is now worth less than it's book value according to a report published by Business Report.

7 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Hilton hotel razes the bar
Hilton hotel razes the bar

When Cape Town's first dry hotel opened, under The Coral International brand, the idea that a hotel would survive without serving alcohol, was much discussed. Whatever the reason for the change, the property owner appointed Hilton Worldwide to manage the site.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 7 Nov 2011

PROPERTY

Absa housing review reveals current trends, indicators in SA housing market
Absa housing review reveals current trends, indicators in SA housing market

The 4th quarter 2011 Absa Housing Review finds that in real terms, house prices are expected to continue to decline in the rest of the year and next year on the back of rising headline consumer price inflation. This is forecast to marginally breach the 6% level by the end of the year and for part of next year.

7 Nov 2011

LEGAL

Derivative misconduct: dismissed for refusing to disclose

In CEPPWAWU obo Hlebela vs Lonmin Precious Metals Refinery, the CCMA found that an employee's failure to disclose information that would assist the employer's investigation regarding its loss of approximately 200kg of platinum per month amounted to derivative misconduct.

By Pranisha Maharaj and Nabeelah Martin 7 Nov 2011

LEGAL

Chris Charter
Media24 "predatory pricing" case referred to tribunal

The recent announcement by the Competition Commission that it will refer Media24 to the Competition Tribunal will be the first occasion that the commission has referred a predatory pricing case to the tribunal. This case will be watched with interest by practitioners, economists and any dominant firms that seek to price aggressively, or introduce "fighting brands" and "loss leaders" as part of their sales strategy.

By Chris Charter 7 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Hanging in the balance in 50/50
Hanging in the balance in 50/50

Heads you live, tails you die. That pretty much sums up the fate of Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 27-year-old radio producer who seems to be living the good life. After being checked out for back pain that he thought just resulted from too much running through Seattle's streets, his aloof oncologist gives him even more painful news. He has a rare form of cancer in his spine. His chances of survival? About 50/50.

By Eugene Yiga 7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nescafé comedy converts consumers to coffee
Nescafé comedy converts consumers to coffee

BEIJING: CHINA: Nescafé is the leading coffee brand in China. It enjoys high brand awareness in top tier cities and a 75% nationwide market share. However, despite success within the coffee segment, this doesn't mean a great deal in a nation of tea drinkers.

7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Consumers can find their favourite Braun products at DionWired

Braun, a premium brand for electrical appliances is now available at DionWired, South Africa's premier electronics and appliances concept store.

Issued by Fore Good 7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Generation Zzz: Energy drinks keep younger consumers awake
Generation Zzz: Energy drinks keep younger consumers awake

LONDON, UK: They are born into a world of fast communication and instant gratification - but it looks like they need a little extra help to get through their frenzied days.

By Mintel Oxygen reports 7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The Baby Expo MamaMagic - big winners once again!
The Baby Expo MamaMagic - big winners once again!

There are awards - and then there are major awards. Last Thursday night saw The Baby Expo MamaMagic winning Best Consumer Exhibition (6 001 - 12 000sqm) for the fifth time!

Issued by MamaMagic, The Baby Expo 7 Nov 2011

ICT

Worried about VoIP quality? Re-think ADSL
Worried about VoIP quality? Re-think ADSL

New wireless and fibre options can greatly improve reliability at good prices and let's face it, the company that cannot communicate effectively will not last long in any competitive business climate, let alone today's.

By George Golding 7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

New kitchen for Lula Isandla
New kitchen for Lula Isandla

Sony Ericsson joined Lula Isandla 'Reach Out' charity in Mpophomeni to officially open their brand new kitchen. Lula Isandla aims to support and feed children who have been left without parents due to HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug addiction or basic abandonment every day.

7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Neil Robinson joins integrated communications agency, Ince

Neil Robinson has been appointed as Divisional Managing Director, Western Cape at Ince.motiv, a division of Integrated Communications Agency, Ince.

Issued by Ince 7 Nov 2011

LEGAL

Angry Radebe seeks answers on 'death handovers' to Zim
Angry Radebe seeks answers on 'death handovers' to Zim

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe is demanding answers on the Hawks conducting illegal "renditions" of people from South Africa to Zimbabwe. This follows a Sunday Times exposé on how top investigators from the elite crime-fighting unit were fingered in sending several Zimbabwean nationals to their deaths in Zimbabwe. Radebe says that the renditions "fly in the face of our [SA's] constitution and its values."

7 Nov 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Prince Charles urges conservation

On the last full day of his South Africa tour with wife Camilla, Britain's Prince Charles took a break from sight-seeing in South Africa on Saturday to deliver a call to save the planet's natural resources, news24.com reports. Charles said that an "unholy combination" of climate change, increasing food demand and intensifying urban development is jeopardising the planet's health.

7 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

GNT subcontracts its fleet maintenance to Scania
GNT subcontracts its fleet maintenance to Scania

Great North Transport (GNT) services transports 58 million passengers every year, using 297 routes, from 11 depots across South Africa, and clocking a total of 66 million kilometres. According to a Marketwire.comreport, Philippe Buyst, GNT's acting chief executive officer, the company makes sure that its fleet of 541 buses is not older then 10 years. "Our fleet's average age at present is five years," he told Marketwire.com.

7 Nov 2011

AGRICULTURE

Good manufacturing process is OBP's core focus

South Africa's leading animal vaccines manufacturer Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) is looking to expand its footprint, says einnews.com.

7 Nov 2011

AGRICULTURE

African farmers "struggling to access the Clean Development Mechanism"
African farmers "struggling to access the Clean Development Mechanism"

The New Age reports that, as South Africa prepares to host UN climate talks, to be held in Durban from 28 November to 9 December 2011, African farmers say they are struggling to access the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The CDM is billed as a key programme meant to help them take part in the fight against climate change by letting industrialised countries and their companies fund green projects in the developing world in exchange for credits toward their emission-cutting targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

7 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Somalis take another ship in Gulf of Aden
Somalis take another ship in Gulf of Aden

Yet another ship has been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden by Somali pirates. This time it is the Greek-owned chemical tanker, Liquid Velvet with a crew of 22 and IOL reports that it was sailing under the Marshall Islands flag.

7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Marcela Ospina
On Twitter, content-upload and shamanism

My line of work entails keeping close track of cultural trends in the digital technology field. The trend I've picked on this occasion points to a common behaviour amongst mobile Internet users - their reluctance to produce and manage their own online content, specifically, commenting on websites, micro-blogging (Twitter), and blogging.

By Marcela Ospina 7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

MetropolitanRepublic Uganda continues to grow

MetropolitanRepublic, a South African-based advertising agency which opened its doors in Kampala, Uganda, seven months ago, recently spread its coverage into Sub-Saharan Africa.

7 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Human dev should top corporate agenda, says corp VP at Microsoft
Human dev should top corporate agenda, says corp VP at Microsoft

The revolutions that have been sparked in the Middle East since the start of the year may have faded in the minds of many Western media consumers but it was still very much on the minds of local speakers at the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region Microsoft Advertising Imagine Istanbul 2011 conference that took place last week in Istanbul, Turkey.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 7 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

US port shut down by anti-Wall Street protests

OAKLAND: One of the United States' busiest sea ports remained closed early on Thursday (3 November 2011) after anti-Wall Street protesters marched on it at the climax of a day of protests and strike action.

7 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

November comedy at the Zula Bar, Cape Town
November comedy at the Zula Bar, Cape Town

From 7 November, 2011, Cape Town's Zula Bar will be staging Comedy on Long, which is weekly comedy nights held every Monday featuring the best of South African comedy talent. Each evening will feature a host, support act, headline act and an open-mike act.

7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Procter & Gamble launch online ad initiative
Procter & Gamble launch online ad initiative

Procter & Gamble (P&G), and Total Beauty, digital publisher of health and beauty content, have expanded their partnership with the re-launch of My Beauty Life - an online ad initiative for P&G.

7 Nov 2011

HEALTH & BEAUTY

New dates for Hair and Beauty 2012 Frankfurt

New dates have been announced for next year's Hair and Beauty show in Frankfurt, Germany. The event will take place from 13-14 May 2012 as a stand-alone fair, in Hall 11 of Frankfurt Fair and Exhibition Centre.

7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

"100% natural" deodorant launched
"100% natural" deodorant launched

e-Pore, a new range of deodorant that is said to be 100% natural, has been developed by Dr Joanne York, a homeopath from Nelspruit. It is an eco-friendly South African product now available at Faithful to Nature.

7 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Faithful to Nature introduces new cosmetics range

Faithful to Nature, an online organic South African store, has recently added Bema Cosmetici to its available product ranges. Bema Cosmetici is an Italian manufacturer and exporter of natural cosmetic and organic products such as skin care products for women, men and children.

7 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

New single cab for under R50 000?
New single cab for under R50 000?

A shining new half-ton bakkie for less than R50 000 on sale in South Africa? Yep, your eyes aren't deceiving you, nor is it April Fools Day.

By Henrie Geyser 8 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Sailors survive after being forced to buy a raft

A group of four Sri Lankan sailors have survived by clinging onto a life raft for three days, without food or water, after their 18m fishing trawler, Deshan Lanka, sank en route to Sierra Leone after catching fire according to a report in The Daily News.

8 Nov 2011

MARITIME

A-Berth opens for oil and gas vessels repairs
A-Berth opens for oil and gas vessels repairs

Cape Town Harbour's A-Berth is providing a range of additional services at cheaper rates for the oil and gas service hub including steel and pipe fabrication, rope access, hydraulics and undersea services, according to a report published by Engineering News.

8 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Interest rates to fall this week?
Interest rates to fall this week?

Economists are predicting that South Africa's Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus may cut interest rates by 50 basis points (0,5%) before January, according to an article published in Business Report.

8 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

Newcastle wants iPads to improve efficiency
Newcastle wants iPads to improve efficiency

Newcastle municipality wants to stop printing documents about council matters and provide these to all councillors and managers using iPads, according to an article published by Times Live.

8 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

Groupon raises US$700 million by going public
Groupon raises US$700 million by going public

Groupon raised US$700 million in its initial public offering (IPO) becoming the largest IPO by an Internet company since Google raised US$17 billion with its listing in 2004, according to an article published by Business Day.

8 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Sailors rescued as The Wizard sinks

Five sailors were rescued by a Singaporean tanker after their yacht, The Wizard, sank off Maputo after striking a container in the early hours of the morning, according to a report published in print and electronic editions of The Mercury.

8 Nov 2011

LEGAL

Legal profession not yet representative: Radebe
Legal profession not yet representative: Radebe

Responding to a question in Parliament, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe said that the Legal Practice Bill must bring transformation to a logical conclusion.

8 Nov 2011

MANUFACTURING

DoE, industry try to alleviate LPG shortages
DoE, industry try to alleviate LPG shortages

Shortages of liquefied natural gas (LPG) are having a serious impact on the manufacturing, automotive and hospitality sectors of the economy, and the Department of Energy (DoE) and industry are working together to come up with solutions to alleviate the problem, reports Engineering News.

8 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Axxon to hit Metal stage at Rock the River SA
Axxon to hit Metal stage at Rock the River SA

In a first for RTR SA, the festival organizers have managed to sign up thirty of Cape Town's hottest Metal acts to christen the brand new Metal stage. Combine this with stalls from Subterania and drink prices from Gandalf's and you can understand why the Mother City's metal-heads are lining up for tickets.

By Anna-Bet Bester 8 Nov 2011

AGRICULTURE

First-ever rural strategy summit for Limpopo
First-ever rural strategy summit for Limpopo

The New Age reports that Limpopo will host a provincial rural summit, to be led by the MEC for agriculture, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

8 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Taxi commuters to pay more
Taxi commuters to pay more

Taxi commuters will have to dig deeper into their pockets soon. The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) announced that it will increase taxi fares by 10%, IOL reports.

8 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

Cybernest data centre is world-class

Telkom Cybernest was awarded the 2011 South African Frost & Sullivan Green Excellence in Technology Innovation Award, following an in-depth analysis of the data centre market.

8 Nov 2011

GREENBIZ

Rewilding the South China Tiger - in South Africa
Rewilding the South China Tiger - in South Africa

The South China tiger is the rarest of five extant tiger subspecies. It is at best extremely rare and might well be extinct in the wild, PRNewswire reports via MarketWatch. Captive facilities in China house 82 individuals and the rewilding centre in South Africa has 9 individuals.

8 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

New performers announced for Red Bull Beat Battle 2011
New performers announced for Red Bull Beat Battle 2011

Eight crews are readying themselves to go head to head in the Red Bull Beat Battle 2011, to be held on 19 November and it has just been announced that Professor, AKA, Khuli Chana and Oskido will be performing at the event.

8 Nov 2011

HR & MANAGEMENT

Striking Robben Island workers lower wage demands
Striking Robben Island workers lower wage demands

IOL says that while there have been disruptions to the ferry service that runs to Robben Island each day, the striking workers have now reduced their wage demand from R3500 across the board to R2000 and the workers no longer insist that the ferry service must stop operating between Christmas and New Year.

8 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Vital Health Foods' annual golf day drives funds for palliative health care
Vital Health Foods' annual golf day drives funds for palliative health care

Vital Health Foods held their 13th Vital Spring Classic Golf Day at the Paarl Boschenmeer golf course, on 28 October 2011, to raise funds specifically for the Drakenstein Palliative Hospice. Local celebrities, Katlego Maboe (SABC3 Expresso Presenter), Patience Stevens (Top Billing's Producer) and Andrea Du Plessis (SABC3 Expresso Dietician), participated in the Golf Day fund-raising event with the aim of beating last year's target of R200 000.

Issued by Vital Health Foods 8 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA communicator to address 2012 IABC World Conference
SA communicator to address 2012 IABC World Conference

At the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) World Conference on 24-27 June 2012 in Chicago, Daniel Munslow, a director at Talk2Us, a South African brand engagement agency driving strategic internal communication, will be speaking on 'Building an Internal Communication Capability from Within'.

8 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Top accolades for HOMEMAKERS at the EXSA Awards - fourth year in a row!
Top accolades for HOMEMAKERS at the EXSA Awards - fourth year in a row!

The 2011 Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo has been voted the Best Consumer Exhibition of the Year in the category for large exhibitions over 12,000m², at the annual EXSA (Exhibition Association of Southern Africa) Gala Award Function held in Sandton last week (Thursday, 3 November 20011). This is the fourth year in a row that Gauteng HOMEMAKERS has achieved top accolades in this regard.

Issued by HOMEMAKERS 8 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Fishwicks wins Gold and Silver
Fishwicks wins Gold and Silver

"Receiving Gold and Silver in Category 4 was a true honour and a testament to the efforts we make to bring our customers 'A Touch of Orange,' so we chose to showcase them in this instalment of our BizCommunity Campaign." Aubrey Nathan, MD, Fishwicks Printers

Issued by Fishwicks Printers 8 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gill Moodie
Batten down the hatches: SA media heads for cost-cutting

Oh Lordy, we live in cheerless times. Once again we're staring economic downturn in the face and there are already signs that South Africa's media houses will be cutting costs and retrenching staff over the next four or five months, before financial year-end. But the news is not all bad.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 8 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Masterchef Australia's Alvin Quah in Joburg
Masterchef Australia's Alvin Quah in Joburg

Alvin Quah, the MasterChef Australia participant who appeared at the Good Food & Wine Show in September, is returning to Joburg to host demonstrations and hands-on workshops in Johannesburg between 21 and 25 November, 2011.

8 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Toll roads - what motorists must do

Business Live warns that Gauteng motorists must either buy e-tags for their cars or have the new number plates fitted to comply with the introduction of toll roads around Gauteng that start operating in February next year.

9 Nov 2011

GOVERNMENT

Pretoria gallows restored as a museum
Pretoria gallows restored as a museum

The gallows in Pretoria's Central Prison - where hundreds of people, many of the political activists were put to death - is now being restored and turned into a museum and tourist attraction, reports IOL.

9 Nov 2011

LEGAL

Former Land Bank CEO's case postponed
Former Land Bank CEO's case postponed

Times Live reports that former Land Bank chief executive Philemon Mohlahlane's embezzlement case has been postponed until January 30 next year because one of his co-accused, former Gauteng Housing MEC, Mpu Daniel Mofokeng has requested additional time to allow his new attorney to study the case.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SAACI joins international convention organisation, CIC
SAACI joins international convention organisation, CIC

The Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) has become a member of the US-based Convention Industry Council (CIC), which manages the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) industry certification programme and the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) initiative to develop accepted practices for the industry.

9 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Air France now flying into Cape Town
Air France now flying into Cape Town

Air France is operating a direct flight between Paris and Cape Town making it the 17th international airline to offer direct flights to the city according to IOL. This means that Cape Town will have an average of 12 international flights landing at the airport each day.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Erica Gunning appointed joint MD of Carat SA
Erica Gunning appointed joint MD of Carat SA

Carat SA has appointed Erica Gunning in Johannesburg as joint MD with Quinton Jones in Cape Town, following a period of sustained growth over the past three years. Gunning recently joined the agency as MD of the Johannesburg office, following its establishment in August 2009.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern
Consumer Confidence Survey: Economy again top global concern

NEW YORK, US: Global online consumer confidence fell for the seventh consecutive quarter as confidence in 31 of 56 global markets measured declined, according to from Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy.

9 Nov 2011

SECURITY

Remote security more effective than guards on foot - Vox Telecom Group

The Vox Telecom Group has expanded its telecoms portfolio to include remote security monitoring under the name Guardian Eye, says Jacques du Toit of Vox Orion, the first company within the group to launch the service.

9 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Systems development, a strategic priority - Sygnia Systems

Despite the fact that multi-manager technology and administration systems are rarely available on an off-the-shelf basis, few financial services companies have taken the decision to develop such systems in-house. Most operate a patchwork of systems developed for other purposes and twisted to administer multi-manager products.

9 Nov 2011

AGRICULTURE

Farm mentoring project reaps new success in the country

John Davids, reports allafrica.com, is a rare land reform success story in an equally uncommon partnership with white farmers among hundreds of failed government attempts to close the racial divide in commercial farming.

9 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Transnet's 100 billion plan for Durban "old" airport
Transnet's 100 billion plan for Durban "old" airport

IOL reports that, according to National Port Authority officials, Transnet's procurement of Durban's former airport site as a multibillion-rand dug-out port is close to being a "done deal".

9 Nov 2011

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Tests prove moisture alarms in cooling pipes are possible - Mittel

Swedish energy technology company Mittel has concluded very promising tests to find a solution to a huge problem in the district energy industry: the difficulties with installing functioning, and frequent absence of, effective moisture alarm systems in cooling pipes.

9 Nov 2011

ICT

2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship finalists announced
2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship finalists announced

Legatum, a private international investment group and Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, have announced the ten finalists of the 2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship. The finalists underscore the diversity of entrepreneurs in the competition, representing eight countries including Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

9 Nov 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Molewa: climate deal unlikely, 'political agreement' is sought

South Africa will host international negotiators in Durban between 28 November and 9 December 2011 to work on a new global climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, but expectations are low as rifts from previous summits continue, says IOL.

9 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Ace Insurance, First Property Assurances sign partnership

On the back of steady organic growth and a sharp focus on providing service-focused niche insurance solutions, ACE Insurance South Africa has announced a new partnership which it says will provide profitable growth and diversification of revenues. With effect from 1 December 2011, First Property Assurances (FPA) will become an underwriting management agency for ACE in South Africa.

9 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Corporate tax module, the solution for accurate tax returns

CQS has introduced a new module for the widely-used CaseWare Working Papers solution. The Corporate Tax Module automates corporate annual tax returns and submits them straight to the South African Revenue Services' eFiling service. The new module integrates with the financial statements in CaseWare to deliver the advantages of improved speed, accuracy and compliance.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Howzit MSN a template for successful localisation, says Microsoft
Howzit MSN a template for successful localisation, says Microsoft

Following its recent upgrade, Howzit MSN, the South African version of Microsoft's MSN portal run by Kagiso Media, is being held up as a template for the successful localisation of the global portal.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 9 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Goodyear provides tyre info for the holidays

According to research, tyre defects are the most common among widespread vehicle defects. This is consistent with research that suggests that defective tyres are one of the main vehicle factors that contribute to accidents. Tyres are undoubtedly the most critical safety component on a vehicle as it affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking.

9 Nov 2011

HEALTH & BEAUTY

Cradle Health Spa & Medical Centre opens in Hartebeespoort Valley

The Cradle Health Spa and Medical Centre, a new holistic health and pampering spa nestled under the Magaliesburg mountains in the Hartebeespoort Valley, has officially opened. The original concept was to provide a service where a full conventional medical check could be combined with a day of luxury spa pampering and treatments.

9 Nov 2011

RETAIL

CGCSA announces new CEO

The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa is pleased to announce Gwarega Mangozhe as the new CEO with effect from 1 January 2012. This follows on from the departure of Mncane Mthunzi who left to join Massmart in September 2011.

Issued by CGCSA 9 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

New FTH:K play for Cape Town

Visual theatre company FTH:K will be bringing out a new work this year, OfficeBLOCK: ...business as usual..., which will be staged at the Intimate Theatre, Cape Town from 15-19 November 2011, prior to an American visit early next year.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Rui Alves joins Y&R South Africa
Rui Alves joins Y&R South Africa

Y&R South Africa announced on Tuesday that Rui Alves will join the agency as the executive creative director (ECD) of Y&R Johannesburg, working in partnership with Graham Lang, the recently appointed chief creative officer. He will begin in the New Year.

Issued by Y&R SA 9 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Speed is the new watchword in supply chains

Agility and flexibility provide the quickest path to competitive advantage. What works today won't necessarily work tomorrow - a simple maxim that couldn't be more appropriate to modern supply chains.

By Abe Uys and Ken Light 9 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Dreamnails launches inTouch nail enamel
Dreamnails launches inTouch nail enamel

Dreamnails has launched inTouch nail enamel, which has been developed and is manufactured in South Africa taking into account SA lifestyle and climate conditions.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Pike
Getting to grips with social media

South African corporates are in the process of getting to grips with social media and what it really means and how to make it work. The biggest of all the disinformation in the market is that it's merely another channel and the principles of marketing stay the same. The truth is that it's nothing like what has been understood as marketing.

By Walter Pike 9 Nov 2011

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Workshop to address sustainable architecture in SA

The European Union of National Institutes for Culture in South Africa (EUNIC) is hosting its fourth annual EUNIC Architecture Studio to devise strategies to improve and renovate an existing inner-city building, Florence House, while addressing the crucial issue of living and housing conditions in modern South Africa, between 21 and 25 November 2011, in Braamfontein, Joburg.

9 Nov 2011

PROPERTY

A dream home or a nightmare? Be sure before you sign.

When Jonathan Robertson bought his new home, the estate agent tried to get him to sign a Disclosure Document that stated that the house, its foundations and fixtures were in good working order. He was told that this document was required for the sale to proceed.

By Eric Bell 9 Nov 2011

FINANCE

Saving as a group

If you want to start a savings plan, but you lack the motivation, consider starting a savings club. As individuals we tend to find reasons not to save. There is always something that "comes up" that justifies our decision not to put money into our savings. Research has shown that we tend to be far more disciplined if we save as a group.

By Nico-Louis Minnie 9 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Violent NEHAWU strikers affecting Robben Island tourism

The ongoing strike by Robben Island staff over wage increases and festive season leave turned violent on Saturday, 5 November 2011, as strikers tried to prevent tourists from boarding the Robben Island ferry, forcing the cancellation of all tours that day.

9 Nov 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Free charity screening of "Everything Must Go"

Cinema Nouveau is holding free charity screenings of the latest Will Farrell film, "Everything Must Go", on 17 November 2011, at 7.30pm, at Gateway Nouveau, Cavendish Nouveau and Brooklyn Nouveau. Viewers are asked to arrive an hour before the screening, go to the box office and hand in a new baby product, nappies or baby toy to receive a free ticket. All donations will be going directly to The Salvation Army.

9 Nov 2011

ICT

Rising threats from cybercriminals

Criminal hackers never sleep it seems. Just when you think you've battened down the hatches and fully protected yourself or your business from electronic security risks, along comes a new exploit to keep you up at night. It might be an SMS text message with a malevolent payload or a stalker who dogs your every step online.

By Simon Campbell-Young 9 Nov 2011

ICT

Like, now so what?

As brand warriors battle it out on the social media platform for consumer favour, "like" has shed its identity as a plain old verb in the English dictionary to become a sought after means of creating a following of potential brand champions, and buyers.

By Mark Bannerman 9 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

Kraft Foods donation to aid famine victims
Kraft Foods donation to aid famine victims

In response to calls for continued humanitarian assistance to ease the plight of millions in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, Kraft Foods is donating US$100 000 (Ksh10 million) to the Kenya Red Cross and Somali Red Crescent, which are coordinating relief efforts in the region.

9 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Motlanthe's POIB comments welcomed
Motlanthe's POIB comments welcomed

Commenting on the remarks made by deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe suggesting that a "public interest defence" could be inserted into the Protection of Information Bill and that the controversial law would not be "rammed through" parliament, the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) said these were welcome.

10 Nov 2011

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Expert on groundwater looks at fracking in SA

Origins Centre's last public lecture for 2011 will be held on 23 November and is hosted with the Geological Society of South Africa on the controversial subject of fracking. Director of the Institute for Groundwater Studies at the University of the Free State, Dr Danie Vermeulen, will deliver a talk based on fracking operations in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the applicability of lessons learned in the USA for fracking in South Africa.

10 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Neighbourhood five, known as Green Mile

Green Mile has joined Little Camissa, The Loop, The Foundry and Downtown as names given to Cape Town's unique neighbourhoods through the Name Your Hood initiative. The public voting process for the naming of neighbourhood five was concluded on 5 November 2011.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

All the 2011 Webber Wentzel legal journo winners
All the 2011 Webber Wentzel legal journo winners

The Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award 2011 competition has announced the winners of the print, broadcast television and radio categories, as Carolyn Raphaely, Megan Small and Stephen Grootes respectively. The guest speaker at the ceremony was Ferial Haffajee, editor of the City Press newspaper.

10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Numerous shows at Dance for All's annual performance

Dance for All (DFA) will present their annual performance this year at the Joseph Stone Theatre on 19 November 2011. The once-off performance will showcase students from DFA's various specialised dance programmes, in a selection of new works by a number of choreographers using diverse styles.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to maintain prestige (and sales) in a down market
How to maintain prestige (and sales) in a down market

DAYTON, US: When the economy is troubled we all face the same issues... of maintaining sales and our company's profile. So here are some ideas on how to do just that - without depreciating brand value.

By Kyle Priest 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Kenya's yuMobile launches Gmail SMS
Kenya's yuMobile launches Gmail SMS

yuMobile, a mobile network operator in Kenya, has joined the Gmail SMS chat service providing its subscribers with a platform to chat with Google mail users via the short message service.

10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Cape Town Edge invites producers to enter for 2012 programme

The Cape Town Edge invites proposals for inclusion in its programme for 2012 at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

10 Nov 2011

GREENBIZ

Recycle a polycarbonate baby bottle, save a life

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is calling on all South Africans to join them in their BPA Baby Bottle Exchange & Recycling Project. The new law just passed by the government stops the importation, distribution and sale of polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA with immediate effect, but this still leaves millions of BPA baby bottles in circulation used by mothers unaware of the health risks.

10 Nov 2011

AUTOMOTIVE

Hybrid and EV manufacturers not courting Black consumers
Hybrid and EV manufacturers not courting Black consumers

CHICAGO, US: The hybrid and electric vehicle market is having a tough year in 2011 in the US. Sales for hybrid vehicles are down 2.7% through August 2011, despite the fact that US vehicle sales are up 10.5%.

By Mintel Oxygen reports 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Right2Know campaign runs provincial summits
Right2Know campaign runs provincial summits

Right2Know will run its annual provincial summits will provide a space to reflect on what has been accomplished in 2011 and provide an opportunity to develop a 2012 strategy around the following themes: Secrecy Bill, Access to Information for Community Struggles and Media Freedom and Diversity.

10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

MIDM is moving into Mpumalanga

Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) is taking its production to the province of Mpumalanga where they will present a multi-disciplinary production "The Triumph" on 23 and 24 November 2011 at the Witbank Civic Theatre. The production is choreographed by Sifiso Kweyama, directed by Jerry Mofokeng, with live music directed by Ray Phiri.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Haffajee elected to International Press Institute board
Haffajee elected to International Press Institute board

The International Press Institute (IPI), described as the world's oldest press freedom organisation, has elected City Press editor in chief, Ferial Haffajee, to the board. Haffajee will serve the IPI for four years alongside the eight other newly elected board members.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

24.com recognised as top publishing house with nine entries as Bookmarks finalists

The Bookmarks, South Africa's premiere digital awards and an initiative of the Digital Media and Marketing Association (DMMA) have acknowledged 24.com's outstanding contribution to the industry in 2011 with a whopping nine entries on the finalist's list, the most received by a publishing house.

Issued by 24.com 10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Piazza Rocks for one night at Montecasino
Piazza Rocks for one night at Montecasino

The Ayoba Festival at Montecasino will be ending with Piazza Rocks, a one-night only concert on 3 December, 2011, from 2pm to 10.30pm, featuring Zebra & Giraffe, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Farryl Purkiss, The Arrows, The Graeme Watkins Project, Southern Gypsey Queen, Kinky Robot and The Newspapers.

10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Call for entries for the Africa Movie Academy Awards
Call for entries for the Africa Movie Academy Awards

The call to enter for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has been made and feature, short and documentary entries are welcomed for the 2012 awards in Nigeria, in April. The deadline for submissions is 30 December, 2011.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
Our news media is humourless and it's not funny

I really have to wonder whether South Africa's editors really are a humourless lot or whether the lighter side of life just isn't on their radar screens?

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

US-based digital distribution service enters the African market
US-based digital distribution service enters the African market

San Francisco-based Spinlet is entering the African market and will focus on promoting music as the catalyst for positive social engineering. The company will assist artists and musicians to capture revenue streams often lost to piracy markets and has recently set up in Lagos, Nigeria.

10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Spark Cash Index - highest ever October withdrawal values

Average cash withdrawal values across South Africa for October 2011 was R418, 1.22% up from September's R414, as measured by the Spark Cash Index (SCI).

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Winners of AfricaCom Awards 2011
Winners of AfricaCom Awards 2011

Winners of the AfricaCom Awards 2011, which acknowledges the growth and importance of the telecoms and digital sectors across the African continent, were announced on Wednesday 9 November 2011 at an awards ceremony which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa.

10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Stimorol Infinity: The Rage Party, making memories that will live on and on and on!
Stimorol Infinity: The Rage Party, making memories that will live on and on and on!

Stimorol brings you, "Stimorol Infinity: The Rage Party" taking place at the 4U Rage Festival 2011. The biggest Rage Party event that SA has ever seen will be taking place on 3rd December in Durban at the DLI Hall and the 7th December at VIP in Plettenberg Bay. The hottest acts and great surprises will make this night unforgettable.

Issued by Mondelez South Africa 10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

DIFF manager appointed director of Sydney Film Festival
DIFF manager appointed director of Sydney Film Festival

Durban International Film Festival manager Nashen Moodley has been appointed as director of the Sydney Film Festival. Previously a journalist at Independent Newspapers, for whom he still writes film reviews, Moodley has been centrally involved in the development and management of Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) programmes since joining the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Creative Arts (CCA) in 2001.

10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Dance musician Haddaway to perform at Cape Town Bike Festival
Dance musician Haddaway to perform at Cape Town Bike Festival

International dance musician Haddaway is the latest artist announced to perform at the Cape Town Bike Festival, Cape Town Stadium between 16 and 18 December, 2011.

10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Four new KickStart winners for SAB programme in KwaZulu-Natal
Four new KickStart winners for SAB programme in KwaZulu-Natal

Masibonga Mthethwa, a 24 year-old owner of Frutee Belliez, which she opened in Hillary in 2009, has won SAB's KickStart competition in KwaZulu-Natal. The business had flourished to the extent that it needed bigger premises and capital equipment and the R140 000 prize money will go towards this a refrigerated truck and a move to the Umlazi Industrial Park.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mixing work and fun with Castle Milk Stout - a social media success story
Mixing work and fun with Castle Milk Stout - a social media success story

So you're thinking about employing our help to get your business out onto the www. You've Googled us, read a bit of our website, but you're not yet convinced. What's that you say? You want PROOF. Every month we'll tell you about one of our success stories to help you make your decision. You'll find that we are quite a competent (and confident) bunch. Have a read, you're sure to be pleasantly surprised...

Issued by Digital By Design 10 Nov 2011

ICT

Kapersky opens African online store
Kapersky opens African online store

Kaspersky Lab has announced the opening of its African online store which was officially launched 7 November 2011 and is featured on Kaspersky Lab's African website. The online store offers consumers a wide range of consumer and corporate Kaspersky Lab products and services to meet every security need.

10 Nov 2011

EDUCATION

Tertiary qualifications, verified by MIE

Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ideco Group and established credentials verification services provider, owns and operates the South African commercial aggregated qualifications register.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

EXSA award winners 2011
EXSA award winners 2011

This is the moment that all the top industry players work towards - the Exhibitions and Event Association of Southern Africa hosted the 2011 EXSA Awards Gala Dinner on 3 November at the Sandton Convention Centre to honour those who have contributed to the industry over the last twelve months.

Issued by EXSA 10 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

New marketing and communications manager for Absa KKNK
New marketing and communications manager for Absa KKNK

Brenden Ruiter joined the management team of the Absa KKNK on 1 November 2011 as marketing and communications manager for the major arts and culture festival.

10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Powerful single women affect advertising models

An intensive South African Consumer Connection System (CCS) survey, conducted for the second year by media agency Carat South Africa, shows that rich, powerful unmarried women have become a formidable commercial force to be reckoned with and are kicking stereotypes in to touch as they embrace life without putting purchasing decisions on hold for love.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

9 tips for better shopper marketing

"360 is a curse word here. It's about right message, right shopper, right time, right place." That was the message last week to Y&R Johannesburg's shopper marketing team from Rodger DiPasca. As global retail communications director on Team Colgate-Palmolive at Y&R, he knows more about aisle violators, end-caps and in-store demonstrators than most people.

Issued by Y&R SA 10 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Travel and tourism firms explore new digital marketing horizons
Travel and tourism firms explore new digital marketing horizons

Websites have always been considered a vital component of any online marketing plan in the tourism industry. However, while the traditional web may still be necessary to convert leads and facilitate bookings with tour operators, guest houses and hotels, etc, a number of other online and digital platforms are making a big impact.

By Wesley Lynch 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Winner - EXSA, Best Stand 2011, Outdoor Pavilion
Winner - EXSA, Best Stand 2011, Outdoor Pavilion

The Exhibitionist, a premier exhibition design-construction company in Gauteng, in conjunction with Penquin International, a premier marketing company in the region, raised the bar in terms of Stand Design and Stand Volume in South Africa!

Issued by The Exhibitionist 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

CoreXalance awards credit professionals again
CoreXalance awards credit professionals again

CoreXalance once again celebrated another successful year by hosting a year-end function and awards ceremony for the financial departments of the media owners they most frequently do business with. The annual event was held on the 4th of November 2011, at Beira Alta Restaurant in Montecasino.

Issued by CoreXalance 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gateway Communications expands services into MENA
Gateway Communications expands services into MENA

Gateway Communications, a supplier of telecommunications services across Africa, continues to expand its international reach with the opening of an office in Beirut, Lebanon. The move is in response to the increasing traffic into and out of locations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and the ongoing demand for connectivity within the region from Gateway's existing customer base.

10 Nov 2011

TOURISM

New7Wonders announcement to take place on 11/11/11

The time has come to reveal Table Mountain's fate in its battle to be named a New7Wonder of Nature and the results will be announced during a free concert at the V&A Waterfront's Amphitheatre on Friday 11 November.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Discussing the digital adspend/audience disconnect
Discussing the digital adspend/audience disconnect

At the Microsoft Advertising Imagine Istanbul 2011 conference that took place last week in Istanbul, Turkey, a panel discussion tried to find reasons behind the % adspend vs online audience (little money/big audience) disconnect in the MEA region. Overall, digital adspend lags more developed markets dramatically, even as digital audiences have grown and use of social media has familiarised people with digital environments.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Vega Durban invites you to an amazing showcase
Vega Durban invites you to an amazing showcase

The Vega Class of 2011 will be revealing the cream of their work to the world on Friday 11 November 2011 from 6:30pm at the Vega Durban campus.

Issued by Vega School 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTN Nigeria improves network security, efficiency by 98%

AdaptiveMobile, a global mobile security company has completed a mobile content filtering, anti-spam and anti-virus protection project with MTN Nigeria which enables the operator to protect its network and subscribers from undesired mobile content through mobile handsets and mobile data-enabled PCs.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

How to run a mobile marketing competition
How to run a mobile marketing competition

The thought of running a mobile marketing competition can be daunting to many as they scramble through the what, how, where, when questions that first come to mind. However, I can proudly say that all you need is to fulfill a simple and easy mobile competition shopping list.

By Candice Goodman & Alex Cheketri, Issued by Mobitainment 10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

A breakthrough for Africa

According to Africa Monitor's latest Development Support Monitor study, the continent is on the brink of a major development breakthrough; a momentum that is well-merited and anchored in solid foundations sufficient enough to carry the continent forward at a necessary pace.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Stock Options adds fizz to Coke's "Reasons to Believe" ad campaign
Stock Options adds fizz to Coke's "Reasons to Believe" ad campaign

Greatstock's motion (footage) division Stock Options played a significant role in Draft FCB's latest campaign for client Coca Cola.

Issued by Greatstock 10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Jewel City to receive major revamp

Jewel City, a high-security district in the eastern part of the Johannesburg CBD, is once again receiving a major R40 million revamp due for completion by year end, according to Redefine Properties.

10 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The problem with communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw

Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Pioneer Hi-Bred, Pannar file for appeal

US-based multinational seed producer Pioneer Hi-Bred International and the locally based seed company, Pannar Seed, have filed appeal documents with the Competition Appeal Court in an attempt to set aside the Competition Tribunal's ruling which prohibited their merger deal.

By Andries Mahlangu 10 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

Improved health pricing model needed, say experts

Decision-making on annual health benefit and price changes in SA would be better served by a proper price index for medical scheme contributions, a new study has revealed.

By Evan Pickworth 10 Nov 2011

RETAIL

Repo rate unchanged at 5.5%

The repo rate will remain unchanged at 5.5%, the Reserve Bank said on Thursday, 10 November.The repo rate will remain unchanged at 5.5%, the Reserve Bank said on Thursday, 10 November.

10 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

SA can learn lessons from NHI in Africa

The government's proposed National Healthcare Insurance (NHI) scheme must be embraced, not just because all citizens have the right to quality healthcare, but because without implementing such a measure, SA will be left behind other major emerging African economies that have already begun introducing similar schemes.

10 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

New research links hayfever to poor academic performance
New research links hayfever to poor academic performance

The impact of hayfever on school and in particular exam performance has long been a concern of allergy specialists the world over, and new research recently confirmed the serious implications for learners.

11 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

Stem cell approach primes immune system to fight cancer

Stem cell techniques have been used in the lab as a new way of priming the body's own immune cells to attack cancer, in a proof-of-principle study by Oxford University scientists.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

2011 YoungGuns Award Party for SA?
2011 YoungGuns Award Party for SA?

NEW YORK, US: The awards party taking place in SA? Well, it could happen... The 2011 YoungGun of the Year organisers have announced that in 2011 the YoungGuns Award Party will be staged on the winner's home turf...

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Neville Brody creates /50 identity for D&AD's 50th
Neville Brody creates /50 identity for D&AD's 50th

LONDON, UK: Neville Brody has created a new /50 logo for D&AD as the organisation celebrates five decades of recognising and supporting UK and international creative talent.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Festival of Media Asia 2011: Leading media experts share their secrets
Festival of Media Asia 2011: Leading media experts share their secrets

SINGAPORE: The event's organisers have announced The Showcase Theatre at The Festival of Media Asia. As part of the overall conference agenda, each day Vision Leadership partners will take to the stage to host thought-provoking sessions in the theatre.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

New MD for Yellowwood region
New MD for Yellowwood region

Sonja Sanders has been appointed as the new MD of the Cape and Coastal region for Yellowwood, a brand strategy, research and design consultancy.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

New magazines target health, glamour
New magazines target health, glamour

A pharmaceutical niche magazine, entitled Live Life, launches in Gauteng in December 2011 for producers to directly inform consumers about health, medical and lifestyle matters and, for the glitterati, the third December issue of Shine showcases top international jewellery and luxury brands as a bagged edition inside Fairlady, Sarie and True Love.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Digital excellence recognised as the winners of the 2011 Bookmarks (powered by FNB) are announced
Digital excellence recognised as the winners of the 2011 Bookmarks (powered by FNB) are announced

The Bookmarks, South Africa's premier digital awards and an initiative of the DMMA (Digital Media and Marketing Association), has announced its 2011 winners. The ceremony, held at Pigalle in Cape Town, was a gathering of the who's who of the digital and online world.

Issued by The Bookmarks 2011 11 Nov 2011

TOURISM

Win 50 000 Guest Miles with Etihad Airways
Win 50 000 Guest Miles with Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating reaching 50 000 fans on its Facebook page by launching a giveaway. The promotion will see one lucky Etihad Airways Facebook fan win 50 000 Guest Miles.

11 Nov 2011

SCIENCE

Soweto ideas shine in Ghana
Soweto ideas shine in Ghana

Gadget.co.za reports that, last month, a group of innovative Soweto students joined their counterparts from across Africa at an event in Ghana to showcase their inventions - and their entrepreneurial skills.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

View, review winning Cannes ads from 2011
View, review winning Cannes ads from 2011

A review panel, led by Jeremy Maggs, will offer a screening and discussion of the award winning adverts at the Cannes Lions Festival 2011 on Tuesday, 15 November 2011 at Ster-Kinekor Sandton, 8am-9.30am.

11 Nov 2011

GOVERNMENT

Govt to launch child abuse council: Xingwana
Govt to launch child abuse council: Xingwana

Speaking at the National Children's Day celebrations last Saturday, Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister, Lulu Xingwana announced that the Government is to launch a National Council that will focus on child abuse.

11 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

Rape Crisis faces closure

The Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust might have to close some of its services due to a lack of funding, The New Age reports. Having been established in 1976, the non-profit organisation runs three centres in Cape Town, assisting more than 2500 rape survivors per year and is the oldest centre for rape counselling in the country.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SMCAA elects new officers

The School of Media & Communication Alumni Association (SMCAA) of the Pan-African University in Lagos, Nigeria has elected Funke Treasure Durodola as the new president, Bayero Agabi as vice president, Dan Oshodin as secretary and Adetoye Oremosu as public relations officer.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nando's to the rescue! Good news for Juju!
Nando's to the rescue! Good news for Juju!

With all the trouble he's been in recently, you have to feel for the guy... Suspended, suspended suspension... Frankly, the suspense was killing us here at Bizcommunity.com. But help is at hand, thanks to Nando's!

11 Nov 2011

SECURITY

Increase in cash in transit heists expected

Businesses and the public are requested to be vigilant as the festive season approaches. This comes after another cash in transit heist on 9 November 2011 in Orange Farm in Gauteng. According to SBV Services there were no cash losses or injuries suffered and one suspect has already been arrested.

11 Nov 2011

ICT

Demand for broadband coverage still increasing

"The explosion of broadband data usage in South Africa and internationally is creating an ever-growing set of coverage and capacity challenges that cannot be addressed effectively by any single technology," says Winston Smith, MD of Alvarion in South Africa.

11 Nov 2011

MANUFACTURING

Incentives may mean more clothing jobs

According to Mail and Guardian Online, there is good reason to try to keep the South African textile and clothing industry going because it could create many more jobs, raise skills levels and eventually pay better than survival wages.

11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Submissions open for 2012 Durban FilmMart
Submissions open for 2012 Durban FilmMart

African filmmakers may begin making their submissions for the 2012 Durban FilmMart (DFM), which will be held 20-23 July 2012, during the 33rd Durban International Film Festival (19-29 July). Entries close on 15 February 2012.

11 Nov 2011

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Rennicks signs multi-million deal with Uniplate

Rennicks Group has announced the signing of a multi-million euro agreement with Uniplate Group in South Africa for the supply by Rennicks of vehicle license plate materials to Uniplate to be marketed throughout the sub-Saharan region.

11 Nov 2011

LIFESTYLE

Some Like It Vrot - just go see it!
Some Like It Vrot - just go see it!

Some Like It Vrot, ag, dis te pragtig - what more is there to say? Only please go see this musical comedy romance.

By Johann Smith 11 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Dustin Chick
ANCYL brand: organisation or person in crisis?

The suspension of Julius Malema raises some interesting questions. Sure, let's leave the politics of it all to those who manage politics and focus our thinking about what this means if, as communicators, we were charged with managing the reputation of the ANCYL. But which brand is in crisis...? The organisation or the person?

By Dustin Chick 11 Nov 2011

HEALTHCARE

National health to change healthcare landscape

South Africa's National Health Insurance Scheme, due to be phased in over a 14-year period, is set to change the healthcare landscape.

21 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA investigative greats: Secrecy Bill will not silence us
SA investigative greats: Secrecy Bill will not silence us

"If you think we're going to curl up and die, think again." That's the strong message this country's top investigative journalists sent ANC MPs who voted in favour of the Protection of Information Bill in Parliament. The local muckrakers said the bill was designed to intimidate whistleblowers and insider sources so as to make investigative journalism even tougher, if not more dangerous.

By Mandy de Waal: @mandyldewaal 23 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Bizcommunity and WeCanChangeOurWorld join forces to making a sustainable difference

The reality: If we don't start looking after nature and the people on our planet, we are at risk of losing any meaningful legacy for future generations!

Issued by We Can Change Our World 30 Nov 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

HP and Box Accelerate Business collaborating in the cloud
HP and Box Accelerate Business collaborating in the cloud

PALO ALTO, US: HP and Box have announced they are working together to provide businesses an integrated collaboration experience to a range of users - from the individual to the enterprise - for storing and managing content in the cloud.

7 Dec 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

More international events for South Africa
More international events for South Africa

South Africa will hold international events in 2012 and 2013 - the International Small Business Congress will be held in Africa for the first time at the Sandton Convention Centre in 2012 and the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) Biennial International Cancer Conference will be held at ICC Durban in 2013.

12 Dec 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

Just another manic Monday
Just another manic Monday

RESTON, US: comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, has reported holiday season retail e-commerce spending for the first 42 days of the November - December 2011 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date through 12 December US$26.8bn has been spent online, marking a 15% increase versus the corresponding days last year.

15 Dec 2011

MARKETING & MEDIA

The past, present and future of advertising agencies in SA
The past, present and future of advertising agencies in SA

Advertising is not a new concept all at. Political campaign displays have been found in the ruins of Pompeii and ancient Arabia. Advertising as we know it is generally agreed to have begun with newspapers in the seventeenth century. Simple descriptions along with prices of products then served their purpose until the late nineteenth century.

By Warren Lodge 21 Dec 2011

AGRICULTURE

SA farming skills are sought-after
SA farming skills are sought-after

The know-how and experience of South African farmers is becoming an important and sought after commodity in itself. Increasingly these farmers are being approached by foreign governments wishing to tap into their agricultural skills and years of experience.

By Emily van Rijswijck 16 Jan 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

[2012 trends] What's up in media for 2012?
[2012 trends] What's up in media for 2012?

Ever since I read Faith Popcorn's Clicking in 1998 (and I can't believe you haven't read it - really?) I've been hooked on trends and how important it is not only to pay attention to what's affecting people right now but what could happen around the corner. Because you need to be around that corner, armed with what you need to reach your market.

By Marion Scher 17 Jan 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Saicom reaches into Zimbabwe
Saicom reaches into Zimbabwe

While furthering its objective of capturing market share in the field of electronic vending services in Africa, Saicom, the telecommunications company and providers of GSM Community Service Telephones has concluded an agreement with Zimbabwe based Electronic Automation Systems and Integration (EASI).

18 Jan 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Provantage brands Durban Station for KDG Auto Exports
Provantage brands Durban Station for KDG Auto Exports

Provantage Out of Home Media have recently branded pillars at Durban Station for motoring client KDG Auto Exports.

Issued by Provantage Media Group 18 Jan 2012

GOVERNMENT

Sports transformation 'not moving fast enough'
Sports transformation 'not moving fast enough'

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says transformation in South African sports is moving at a snail's pace.

26 Jan 2012

LIFESTYLE

Cricket could lose sponsor Sunfoil
Cricket could lose sponsor Sunfoil

Cricket SA (CSA) is bracing for another blow in the form of the imminent departure of commercial manager Richard Glover - and possibly the loss of a sponsor.

26 Jan 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Time for SADC member states to confront maritime piracy

Allafrica.com reports that Southern Africa countries have strengthened security in their coastal areas as the tide of maritime piracy treks south and threatens trade along the Mozambique Channel.

26 Jan 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mobile marketing summits set for Com World Series
Mobile marketing summits set for Com World Series

Informa Telecom & Media and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) have announced their partnership on a series of mobile marketing summits, to be held in association with the flagship series of digital events in Africa & the Middle East, Com World Series.

31 Jan 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Community newspapers have potential to change trends

Research, commissioned in 2011 to understand better the shifts in readership, demographics and spend patterns of community newspapers, was released yesterday, Thursday, 2 February 2012, by Ads24, the national advertising sales division of Media24 newspapers and digital properties. Compass 2012 is the first update since the release of Compass24 2008.

3 Feb 2012

AGRICULTURE

Alternative agricultural practices reduce GHG emissions, bolster yields

Engineering News Online reports that 14 scientists, drawn from 12 countries and writing in the January edition of the peer-reviewed journal Science, argue that the world's agriculture sector can contribute to climate change mitigation, while at the same time helping countries to adapt to climate change.

10 Feb 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

At last, a simpler way to measure social media impact

With the availability of Adobe SocialAnalytics, powered by Omniture, marketers finally have a simple and powerful way to measure the impact of social media on their business performance.

By Richard Mullins, Issued by Acceleration eMarketing 16 Feb 2012

TOURISM

China's Year of the Dragon present
China's Year of the Dragon present

Launch of first direct South Africa - China flight is a game changer for our tourism industry.

By Michael Jones 17 Feb 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Vanessa Clark
Making money on the internet in Africa

Despite a lack of appropriate electronic payment systems and expensive shipping costs continuing to plague the African e-commerce sector, making money on the internet is increasingly a reality for many African entrepreneurs.

By Vanessa Clark 20 Feb 2012

RETAIL

New collaboration secures mobile payments
New collaboration secures mobile payments

Proxama, a next generation mobile commerce company that specialises in NFC mobile contactless payments and NFC proximity marketing, has announced the launch of an ultra-secure mobile payment system, in collaboration with ARM.

27 Feb 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTN boosts African Opera Mini users
MTN boosts African Opera Mini users

A special version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, launched by MTN and Opera Software last year to MTN's subscribers, has been met with great enthusiasm by MTN customers across the 15 markets where it's available. In just twelve months, MTN subscribers have increased their use of Opera Mini by 1665%.

27 Feb 2012

TOURISM

SA's business conferences earn R1,6bn

South Africa will host more than 200 business conferences attracting more than 300 000 delegates over the next five years and Business Live reports that the conferences will generate revenue of about R1,6bn for the economy.

2 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MasterCard sets sights on the next billion consumers
MasterCard sets sights on the next billion consumers

BARCELONA, SPAIN: MasterCard has continued its mobile payment leadership and outlined its vision on how to reach the next billion consumers through mobile innovation and partnerships. At a press conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona led by its global head of mobile Mung Ki Woo, MasterCard and leading mobile partners Comviva, Intel, iZettle, Santander and Turkcell unveiled a vision for the future of mobile payments.

8 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Design Indaba 2012] Q&A with MBOISA, expo winners
[Design Indaba 2012] Q&A with MBOISA, expo winners

This year, the big winners at the Design Indaba Expo were jeweller Kirsten Goss, graphic designer Mike van Heerden; and Andy Cartwright of Andy Cartwright Homeware. Bizcommunity.com finds out what these wins mean and how the expo was for them, as well as their plans for the future.

By Simone Puterman: editor-at-large 8 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Lighting, layout enhance Design Indaba Expo
Lighting, layout enhance Design Indaba Expo

This year's Design Indaba Expo broke new ground when exhibition designers Scan Display, which set up and broke down the exhibition, installed LED lighting within the Unibox booths that not only provided better illumination for products but also reportedly saved 93% energy against standard lighting.

9 Mar 2012

AGRICULTURE

Grain SA seeks to engage with 'voice of reason' in government
Grain SA seeks to engage with 'voice of reason' in government

Louw Steytler, newly elected chair of Grain SA and a farmer from Lückhoff in the Free State said that South Africa's grain farmers can certainly produce sufficient food for the country and that political rhetoric and generalisations about the agricultural sector must end, Fin24.com reports.

12 Mar 2012

RETAIL

Retail trade growth seen at 7.5%

Growth in SA's retail trade sales at constant (2008) prices for January is expected to ring in at 7.5% year on year (y/y), from a y/y growth of 8.7% in December, according to a survey of leading economists by I-Net Bridge.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 12 Mar 2012

TOURISM

SA tourism industry showcase in Berlin

Boosted by growth of nearly 10% from the German tourism market in 2011 and by strong confidence and partnerships with the South African and German tourism trade, South Africa has concluded yet another successful appearance at ITB in Berlin, the world's biggest travel and tourism trade show.

14 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Syria: Threat to foreign media, bloggers, journalists
Syria: Threat to foreign media, bloggers, journalists

DAMASCAS, SYRIA: Authorities threaten foreign media, continue to arrest Syrian journalists and bloggers. The information ministry has threatened Arab and foreign media that are "illegally" in Syria, while Syrian journalists and bloggers continue to be arrested.

14 Mar 2012

LIFESTYLE

Memorable ballads in Coward & Cole
Memorable ballads in Coward & Cole

It was with a measure of trepidation that I went to Coward & Cole, the new show at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Not a Noël Coward fan, I was concerned that the show might consist of Godfrey Johnson and Roland Perold, taking it in turns to play, maybe each one playing the songs of one composer. I have heard Godfrey Johnson perform Coward's music and, on the strength of that show, thought that Coward was overrated. Don't misunderstand me - I think that Johnson is a wonderful performer, talented and versatile - but Noël Coward? My parents might have been Noël Coward fans, and I'm no laitjie.

By Michael Britton 14 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Andrew Stewart heads Expo Solutions Eastern Cape

Leading South African exhibitions infrastructure company Expo Solutions has affirmed its foothold in the Eastern Cape with the appointment of well-known industry personality Andrew Stewart to head its operations in Port Elizabeth from 1 March 2012.

Issued by Expo Solutions 14 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Montgomery West Africa launches PROPAK West Africa
Montgomery West Africa launches PROPAK West Africa

Montgomery West Africa have announced the launch of PROPAK West Africa, an event focusing on the emerging West African packaging industry, which is set to take place from 4-6 September 2012 at the EKO Hotel and Conference Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

15 Mar 2012

RETAIL

SABMiller surges on takeover speculation

Sin stocks have toppled the JSE's traditional resources heavyweights as the South African stock exchange's biggest companies.

By Annaleigh Vallie 15 Mar 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

Dimension Data launches career-planning portal with GIBS

Dimension Data and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) have partnered to provide invaluable support for employees who are taking accountability for managing their careers.

16 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

M-Net's MD makes Young Global Leaders 2012 list
M-Net's MD makes Young Global Leaders 2012 list

Biola Alabi, the managing director of M-Net Africa, has been honoured as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders (YGL) for 2012. The annual honour recognises outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Offset vs. digital, make sure you know the difference says Colourtone Aries

The steep growth in digital printing offers significant technical advancements to business. Colourtone Aries, printing and packaging powerhouse in the Western Cape, advises that it is essential to make the right decision before opting for either. There is still some confusion when it comes to understanding the advantages and disadvantages of digital printing against traditional offset lithography.

Issued by Colourtone Aries 19 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Forbes leads the first wave of publishers to adopt comScore's vCE
Forbes leads the first wave of publishers to adopt comScore's vCE

NEW YORK and RESTON, US: Forbes Media and comScore, Inc have announced an agreement to implement viewable impression measurement across all display ad campaigns appearing on Forbes.com as part of its validated Brand Increase Guarantee (vBIG) program.

20 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Old friends, young talent at new agency
Old friends, young talent at new agency

Young talent from disadvantaged backgrounds, given a hand up and gaining real commercial experience so as to make them attractive in a competitive job market. This is the aim of three old(er) hands in advertising with a new commercial venture, Old Friends Young Talent (OFyt), that hopes to help transform the ad industry from the bottom up.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 22 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Out of Africa film festival opens with triple Oscar nominee Albert Nobbs
Out of Africa film festival opens with triple Oscar nominee Albert Nobbs

Albert Nobbs, starring Glen Close, Janet McTeer and rising star Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre), will have its African première at the first edition of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which runs Friday 23 March-Sunday 1 April 2012 at Nu Metro V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

22 Mar 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

SA minister asks EU to suspend ETS for two years

Airport World reports that South Africa's Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk urged the European Union (EU) to suspend the inclusion of aviation in its emissions trading scheme (ETS) for two years, in order to allow for the formation of a global, "sectoral" policy.

22 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

All the 2012 PRISM Awards winners
All the 2012 PRISM Awards winners

At the 2012 PRISM Awards last night, Sunday, 25 March 2012, boutique media relations agency Splash PR and Media Consultant scooped overall Gold - the Jenna Clifford Floating Trophy - and Ngage the Gold for the Best Small Public Relations Consultancy. Renay Tandy, an account director at Ngage, also took Gold for Best Public Relations Professional in Media Liaison.

26 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTN launches 3G services in Cote d'Ivoire, Benin
MTN launches 3G services in Cote d'Ivoire, Benin

MTN subscribers in Cote d'Ivoire and Benin will soon take off at full throttle as 3G licences were awarded to MTN in both countries recently.

26 Mar 2012

TOURISM

New tourism board announced

PRETORIA: Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has announced the appointment of the new board members of South African Tourism (SAT), which will now be headed by Frank Kilbourn, the deputy chairperson of the previous SAT board.

27 Mar 2012

RETAIL

Kaspersky Lab uncovered unique 'fileless' bot attacks
Kaspersky Lab uncovered unique 'fileless' bot attacks

MOSCOW, RUSSIA / JOHANNESBURG, SA: A simple teaser of Internet news headlines was the launch-pad for a unique malware attack, with cybercriminals creating malicious code which operated without creating files on the infected system.

28 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SANEF debate: newsrooms should never shy from discussing ethics
SANEF debate: newsrooms should never shy from discussing ethics

Editors and spin doctors met on Wednesday, 28 March 2012, to debate the ethical state of South African journalism. The panel and high-profile audience were unanimous on one thing: we need a renewed focus on ethics in SA newsrooms. But just what's the problem and how can we address it?

By Greg Nicolson 29 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

All the 2012 MTN Radio Awards nominees
All the 2012 MTN Radio Awards nominees

The nomineees for the 2012 MTN Radio Awards were announced this morning, Thursday, 29 March 2012, and, according to awards chairman Rich Mkhondo, the overall standard of entries for the third edition of these annual awards has improved significantly. Winners will be announced at a gala event on Saturday, 14 April 2012.

29 Mar 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Police detains boss of pro-Gbagbo media group

Ousmane Sy Savané, director general of Cylcone, a pro-Gbagbo publishing company, was reportedly picked up by police personnel drawn from the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST) in Abidjan, the commercial capital of Cote d'Ivoire, on March 27, 2012.

30 Mar 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Police members honoured for outstanding service

Among the SAPS personnel honoured at the Carnival City and Afrisun Trust's 2011 SAPS Awards dinner was the late constable Bongani Dhlamini who, together with sergeant Maurice Moloi, was instrumental in the capture of the notorious Facebook rapist.

2 Apr 2012

GOVERNMENT

SARS announces increased tax collection
SARS announces increased tax collection

Government has once again exceeded its revenue collection target for the financial year that ended on March 31, indicating an improved performance by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

2 Apr 2012

GOVERNMENT

SARS to tighten tax collection laws
SARS to tighten tax collection laws

The South African Revenue Service has vowed to enhance its tax collection laws in a renewed bid to target wealthy individuals who are said to be costing the country millions of rands every year through tax evasion.

2 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

BA's High Life comes to South Africa
BA's High Life comes to South Africa

High Life, the much applauded inflight magazine of British Airways, is getting a localised edition for BA-operated Comair. The new magazine replaces Horizons - Comair's previous inflight title, published by Media24. The contract was awarded to Omnicom-owned content marketing firm Cedar Communications UK and the first edition appeared 1 April 2012.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 4 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Loeries expand into Africa with new category
Loeries expand into Africa with new category

A new category for the 2012 Loeries, 'Rest of Africa and the Middle East', will be officially launched on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 6pm at the Sierra Lounge, 2nd Floor, Yaya Centre, Argwings Khodek Road in Nairobi, Kenya.

5 Apr 2012

AGRICULTURE

Put food crisis on G8's plate, group urges

WASHINGTON: Days before the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, anti-poverty advocates staged their own egg hunt in Lafayette Park to urge President Obama to "find political will to end global hunger" during the upcoming G8 Summit at Camp David.

By Charundi Panagoda 9 Apr 2012

RETAIL

Kaspersky Lab confirms Flashfake/Flashback botnet infection impact
Kaspersky Lab confirms Flashfake/Flashback botnet infection impact

MOSCOW, RUSSIA / JOHANNESBURG, SA: Kaspersky Lab's experts recently analysed Flashfake, a massive botnet that infected more than 600 000 computers worldwide, and concluded that more than 98% of the infected computers were most likely running a version of Mac OS X.

10 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

No easy lessons from The Citizen's bold publishing move
No easy lessons from The Citizen's bold publishing move

Two years ago Caxton's The Citizen took one of the boldest steps in recent South African publishing history when it dropped its cover price 33%, from R4.50 to R3, and took its advertising rates down by about 20%. It was a high-risk move aimed at growing circulation and gaining market share in Gauteng.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 12 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Informa comment: Sony's latest strategy
Informa comment: Sony's latest strategy

LONDON, UK: In the past week Sony announced that it was likely to post record losses of US$6.4bn. Later, new CEO Kazuo Hirai announced the latest strategy to try and turn the company around. Much of the talk focused on the idea of 'One Sony' but many have tried and failed to make Sony at least as valuable as the sum of its parts.

By Andrew Ladbrook 13 Apr 2012

LIFESTYLE

Grootbos... getting away from it all
Grootbos... getting away from it all

When assessing the value of something most of us look at what's there. What do we get for our money? At Grootbos, you must consider what's not there. There isn't pollution (unless you're allergic to fynbos pollens), there isn't noise (unless the sound of birds and the crashing sea is bothersome) there aren't crowds - even at full capacity the 1768ha reserve is vast so it is easy to feel oneself alone, in nature.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 16 Apr 2012

RETAIL

Kaspersky Lab offers 'Kaspersky Flashfake Removal Tool'
Kaspersky Lab offers 'Kaspersky Flashfake Removal Tool'

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: As recently published, Kaspersky Lab's experts analysed the Flashfake botnet and found a total of 670 000 infected computers worldwide, with more than 98% of the computers most likely running Mac OS X.

16 Apr 2012

RETAIL

Can you hear your brand?
Can you hear your brand?

Audio Branding comes to Africa... Audio branding, also known as sound branding or sonic branding, is the use of sound to reinforce brand identity. Sound branding is increasingly becoming a vehicle for conveying a memorable message to consumers by taking advantage of the powerful memory sense of sound.

By Lars Deutsch 16 Apr 2012

LIFESTYLE

Red Carnation staff shines at international staff appreciation awards
Red Carnation staff shines at international staff appreciation awards

Twenty staff members from The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town and five from the Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg travelled abroad to London this past for the glamorous Red Carnation Hotel Collection Staff Appreciation Awards - with 14 returning as the ultimate winners!

17 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

D&AD: Spoek Mathambo gains In-Book for music video
D&AD: Spoek Mathambo gains In-Book for music video

LONDON, UK: Work from the US and France has taken the top marks in the Music Video category at the 50th annual D&AD judging event taking place this week at London's Olympia Exhibition Centre. However, South Africa's Orange Films was among the entries awarded In-Book status for Control by Spoek Mathambo.

18 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA's One Show, One Show Design, One Show Interactive finalists
SA's One Show, One Show Design, One Show Interactive finalists

In case you've not noticed, international ad awards season is in full swing! Without further ado, here are South Africa's 2012 One Show, One Show Design and One Show Interactive Pencil and Merit certificate shortlists.

18 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

African Banker Awards debuts in Africa
African Banker Awards debuts in Africa

Organisers of the African Banker Awards have announced that the awards ceremony will make its debut appearance in Africa.

18 Apr 2012

GOVERNMENT

Xingwana aims to clarify New York trip expenditure
Xingwana aims to clarify New York trip expenditure

The Department for Women, Children and People with Disabilities has refuted claims that it spent over R6m for a delegation to undertake a trip to New York last year.

By Gabi Khumalo 18 Apr 2012

LIFESTYLE

Workshop to address work/life balance for women

The question as to whether the work/life balance really exists will be addressed by a panel of experts at the forthcoming Beyond the Dress workshop, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Joburg on 20 May 2012.

19 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTN Radio Awards: rewarding excellence or exercise in self-promotion?
MTN Radio Awards: rewarding excellence or exercise in self-promotion?

Before some people get a little further carried away with the MTN Radio Awards, I feel a need to share my views to open debate. Do the awards actually reward excellence or is it all an exercise in self-sponsored self-promotion?

By Graeme Joffe 19 Apr 2012

TOURISM

[10 Things I Love About]... Incentive travel
[10 Things I Love About]... Incentive travel

A bespoke travel company with high-end clients, Giltedge Incentives is part of the Giltedge group of companies with over 50 staff members across the various divisions. These include Giltedge International (corporate travel), Giltedge Africa (inbound leisure travel), Giltedge Golf & Sport travel and Giltedge Destination Management (inbound MICE).

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 19 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Further 2012 D&AD shortlists for South Africa
Further 2012 D&AD shortlists for South Africa

It's the 50th D&AD Awards in London tonight, Thursday, 19 April 2012, at which the Yellow Pencil winners will be announced.

19 Apr 2012

EDUCATION

Using digital tools in the classroom
Using digital tools in the classroom

Chalkboards, paper workbooks and manual marking could become obsolete in the next few decades if predictions are anything to go by. This is an exciting prospect for teachers who have embraced technological advances. Conversely, many educators still remain apprehensive about these drastic changes.

By Amy Johnson 20 Apr 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Dulux plaster primer forms part of step towards greener approach

Ecosure plaster primer not only complies with Green Star rating requirements, but can also be applied directly to Rhinolite. With its water-based and alkali resistant properties, it primes all types of masonry surfaces from gypsum plaster, brick and concrete to cement and certain types of composition boarding.

23 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MTN Radio Awards: Joffe responds to Rothschild
MTN Radio Awards: Joffe responds to Rothschild

I have read with interest Lance Rothschild's four-page response to my opinion piece on the MTN Radio Awards. I appreciate that he took the time but feel my questions have not been answered.

By Graeme Joffe 23 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Five things to watch out for on Twitter
Five things to watch out for on Twitter

Let's say you're new to Twitter. Okay - no-one who reads Bizcommunity is new to Twitter. Let's say you've been on Twitter a while and you mostly love it, but you have minor reservations about a) its time-wasting potential, b) its actual value to your brand, or c) when and whether to distance yourself from your fellow tweeps.

By Tiffany Markman 23 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chicken a la King(sley) James: Nando's vs Santam
Chicken a la King(sley) James: Nando's vs Santam

If you read my previous contributor piece, "On marketing and speed", you may have started thinking about how the pace at which we operate influences our ability to retain important information. The Invisible Gorilla experiment sums up this premise quite succinctly. [video]

By Edward Fisher 24 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

2012 African Banker Awards shortlist announced
2012 African Banker Awards shortlist announced

The African Banker Awards has released the shortlist of nominees for the 2012 competition. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 30 May 2012, which makes its debut in Africa. This year's event coincides with the annual African Development Bank (AfDB) meetings in Arusha, Tanzania

24 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Media's role underscored

Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) consumer manager, Musue Haddad, has told students aspiring to become full-blooded media personnel to pursue their dream, notwithstanding the professional challenges.

25 Apr 2012

HEALTHCARE

Developing world lags food and nutrition targets

The developing world's progress is "seriously lagging" on global targets relating to food and nutrition, with child and maternal mortality rates still unacceptably high, according to the Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2012.

25 Apr 2012

RETAIL

Consumers going traditional for Mother's Day 2012
Consumers going traditional for Mother's Day 2012

NEW YORK, US: "Tradition" is the watchword when it comes to gift giving for Mom this year, as nine of 10 consumers (90%) plan to celebrate Mother's Day. Total spending is estimated to reach nearly US$17.2bn, according to the annual Brand Keys Mother's Day survey.

26 Apr 2012

RETAIL

TouchPoints4 data: Recession, new technology change consumer habits
TouchPoints4 data: Recession, new technology change consumer habits

LONDON, UK: New IPA TouchPoints4 survey data reveals the extent to which the recession and new developments in technology have affected the way in which consumers in Great Britain are spending their daily lives. They are now spending more time at home, tightening their belts and multi-tasking their media consumption.

26 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nando's deliver to Johannesburg Children's Home
Nando's deliver to Johannesburg Children's Home

Following the Santam spoof challenge Nando's, the latter has anticipated the deadline of the substantially sized takeaway order to the Johannesburg Children's Home by today, Thursday, 26 April 2012 at 4pm and, firing up its grills and staff, delivered on yesterday afternoon, Wednesday 25 April.

26 Apr 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

Winchester Mansions adopts employee wellness programme
Winchester Mansions adopts employee wellness programme

Winchester Mansions has adopted an employee wellness programme which aims to promote awareness regarding physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, and financial stability. The hope is that employees will adapt their lifestyles, realising, as the programme emphasises in its slogan, that wellbeing is a way of life.

26 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Panellists announced for Thought Leadership Digibate on trends
Panellists announced for Thought Leadership Digibate on trends

At the fifth Thought Leadership Digibate next Friday, 4 May 2012, hosted by Aegis Media and BizCommunity, some of the country's leading experts in the media and marketing sector will discuss and debate topics in five key areas that featured in Bizcommunity.com's recent 2012 Biz Trends Report.

26 Apr 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Press freedom, the commission and you
Press freedom, the commission and you

How wonderful that, in South Africa's high-volume politics, the chance to step back from the abyss still presents itself.

By Herman Manson: @marklives 26 Apr 2012

TOURISM

Eastern Cape launches coastal route to showcase breathtaking attractions
Eastern Cape launches coastal route to showcase breathtaking attractions

Head for the trip of a lifetime along the Eastern Cape coastline to discover one of South Africa's most breathtaking stretches of seascape.

2 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Future journos to cover Unesco World Press Freedom
Future journos to cover Unesco World Press Freedom

Highway Africa's Future Journalists Programme (FJP) took 28 multi-national future journalists to Tunisia to attend the 2012 edition of the Unesco World Press Freedom Day Conference (WPFD), which takes place from 3-5 May.

2 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

President of Kenya urges media to be objective

The president of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki has challenged the media to demonstrate objectivity, balance and sensitivity in news coverage, particularly in the period of competitive politics in the country, in the countdown to the general elections, taking place in 2013.

3 May 2012

TOURISM

Partnerships key to creating jobs in tourism
Partnerships key to creating jobs in tourism

Partnerships between the state and private sector are key if government is to train more people and create more jobs, the Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Thursday, while delivering his Budget Vote speech in Parliament.

4 May 2012

TOURISM

Partnerships key to creating jobs in tourism

CAPE TOWN: Partnerships between the state and private sector are key if government is to train more people and create more jobs, the Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said on Thursday, 3 May 2012, while delivering his Budget Vote speech in Parliament.

7 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Cabinet approves Afcon, announces host cities
Cabinet approves Afcon, announces host cities

PRETORIA: Cabinet has given the nod to South Africa hosting the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the 2014 African Nations Championships (CHAN) and has announced the cities that will host these tournaments.

By Nthambeleni Gabara 7 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

'Sies' sees DJ fired

Ditaba Malapane, a DJ at the Phalaborwa community radio station in Limpopo, has been dismissed from work for allegedly speaking Afrikaans on the air.

By Alex Matlala 7 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

APO, Richard Attias & Associates partner to promote New York Forum Africa
APO, Richard Attias & Associates partner to promote New York Forum Africa

The African Press Organisation (APO) has announced the partnership with Richard Attias & Associates under which APO will provide media relations services to promote the New York Forum Africa to be held in Libreville, Gabon from 8-10 June 2012.

7 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Bloody Coriolanus
Bloody Coriolanus

In the hands of the perfect executors, Shakespeare can be lethal. With Coriolanus, actor and director Ralph Fiennes and screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator) stir up a mean potion as they bring one of Shakespeare's most fierce and dangerous warlords to the big screen in all his bloody glory!

By Daniel Dercksen 7 May 2012

TOURISM

South Africans urged to travel their own country

South Africa's Tourism Minister, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, called on South Africans to be tourists in their own country and to experience what millions of international tourists are drawn to annually - the sheer beauty of their land, its rich culture and heritage, and the warmth and hospitality of their fellow citizens.

7 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Roman's Pizza hopes to hit charity target in May
Roman's Pizza hopes to hit charity target in May

Roman's Pizza has launched a new campaign where it plans to sell a million pizzas during May 2012, donating R1 from each pizza to Matla a Bana, an organisation involved in the development of child-friendly crime reporting facilities and the training of specialised counsellors to assist in cases of child rape, among others.

8 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Global consumer confidence increases five points to 94 in Q1 2012
Global consumer confidence increases five points to 94 in Q1 2012

NEW YORK, US: Global consumer confidence increased five index points to 94 in Q1 2012, according to global consumer confidence findings from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.

9 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Isilumko Media's delicious Royco Mum's to cause a stir on Mother's Day
Isilumko Media's delicious Royco Mum's to cause a stir on Mother's Day

Below-the-line activations and experiential media company, Isilumko Media (powered by Studentwise) was recently appointed by Royco to initiate an in-store campaign that runs for three months, ending July 2012. As its preferred promotions partner, Isilumko Media has trained a tenacious team of 110 moms from all around South Africa to represent the Royco brand in supermarkets countrywide.

Issued by Isilumko Media 10 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

IBS appointed to distribute Haier products
IBS appointed to distribute Haier products

Haier Group Corporation, the global home appliances brand, has appointed International Business Systems (IBS) as it's authorised distributor in Egypt, it was annonced yesterday, 9 May 2012. The new partnership enables Haier to offer its extensive home appliance and consumer electronics products to the Egyptian market.

10 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Duncan McLeod
Wasace super cable: more details emerge

The company behind the planned 40Tbit/s Wasace cable [David Ross Group] says the African leg of the submarine system will be ready for service in early 2014. And it's coming to SA.

By Duncan McLeod: @mcleodd 11 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Jeremy Loops, the ultimate one-man band
Jeremy Loops, the ultimate one-man band

There were a lot of surprises at this year's Net Prophet. Who knew that an iPad cover (not an iPad, just the cover) would be auctioned for over R20 000? Who knew that a particularly inquisitive member of the audience, quickly dubbed "Question Guy", would become a Twitter trend unto himself? And who knew that Jeremy Loops and his folksy tunes would cause the crowd to erupt into such thunderous applause? I caught up with Jeremy a little later to find out more.

By Eugene Yiga 11 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

West Africa Cable System officially launched

West Africa Cable System (WACS), the fibre optic cable set to meet demand for fast, efficient broadband in Africa, which links Southern and Western Africa to Europe, commercially launched today in Cape Town, South Africa.

11 May 2012

RETAIL

Counting coins, still necessary in retail
Counting coins, still necessary in retail

Counting coins by hand is time consuming, the margin for error is big, health issues arise from the general dirt associated with coins and transport is difficult and expansive due to their weight. For the smaller retailer however, working with coins is necessary, notwithstanding the time wasted counting and sorting coins and their potential theft. The only solution for these businesses is to purchase a coin counter.

14 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

AITEC Africa to host 2012 BFMA conference in Nairobi
AITEC Africa to host 2012 BFMA conference in Nairobi

The 2012 Broadcast, Film & Music Africa (BFMA) conference, hosted by AITEC Africa, is set to take place from 10-11 July 2012 at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi. The conference is aimed at evaluating opportunities for growth in the industry.

14 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Debonairs Pizza takes on the "Fong Kong" buzz

Over time, the lines between fake and real have been blurred. We can buy a fake version of an iconic French bag at the robots for a 100th of the real price. And because of this unashamedly good value, we love our "Fong Kong" brands, but deep down we'll always know they're not the genuine article.

Issued by Angel Jones 14 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

Zille must resign over communications tender: CDP
Zille must resign over communications tender: CDP

DA leader Helen Zille must resign after a communications tender was provisionally found to be invalid by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, the Christian Democratic Party said yesterday.

14 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Prominent photojournalist dies

MAPUTO: One of Mozambique's finest photojournalists, 48 year old Alirio Joel Chiziane, died in Maputo Central Hospital on Friday evening, 11 May 2012, the victim of a sudden illness.

14 May 2012

RETAIL

March retail trade growth seen at 6.8%

Growth in SA's retail trade sales at constant (2008) prices for March 2012 is expected to increase by 6.8% year-on-year (y/y), from a y/y growth of 7.2% in February, according to a survey of leading economists by I-Net Bridge.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 14 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

In an effort to make a festival’s memories last as long as Stimorol’s Infinity gum, Stretch executed SA’s largest ever ‘silent disco’ concept with state-of-the-art radio technology imported into SA, allowing consumers to tune in, via headphones, to their favourite DJs for a truly memorable experience.
Experiential marketing: production, a new work of smart

I couldn't resist recently 'favouriting' a Robin Sharma tweet that said "Excellence lies in the follow through, not in the brilliant idea." While there is no one without the other, seeing those words out there on my timeline in the 'twitterverse' had me excited about this affirmation of the art of execution.

By Romy Paull 15 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Odette van der Haar
Food labelling legislation - not just about compliance

The requirements of the new 'food labelling' legislation presents an enormous opportunity for the advertising profession.

By Odette van der Haar 15 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Thirst in the news
Thirst in the news

Thirst Bar Services seems to be everywhere at the moment; with winter approaching, thirst doesn't seem to be slowing down.

Issued by Thirst Bar Services 15 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Sie Weiss Alles is an unanticipated win
Sie Weiss Alles is an unanticipated win

Strange titles are like new lovers, alluring and often deceptive, but with Sie Weiss Alles, now playing at the Kalk Bay Theatre, it's like opening a lucky packet and finding unexpected goodies or scoring an unanticipated win.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The power of partnership

When SAB first approached Mann Made Media with the idea of creating a nationwide Tavern Rally aimed at promoting certain best-practise executions in these retailer outlets, we were excited by the opportunity to bring their commitment to their customers to life in a dramatic and engaging manner.

Issued by Shayne Mann 15 May 2012

AGRICULTURE

Nampo 2012 showcases its first complete wheat mill

Engineering News reports that this year's Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day will feature its first-ever complete wheat mill display, courtesy of Kroonstad-based mill provider Maize Master, who plans to launch the improved small system wheat mill at the event.

15 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Last call for Loerie entries fuels excitement at ADreach
Last call for Loerie entries fuels excitement at ADreach

Loerie fever is in the air. With less than two weeks left until the 31 May entry deadline, ADreach is fully behind this year's entrants.

Issued by ADreach 16 May 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

McLaren MP4 breaks all the records, but the Aston Martin Virage will win your heart!
McLaren MP4 breaks all the records, but the Aston Martin Virage will win your heart!

Daytona Group is having a road show of their Best of British brands in South Africa, and I was at the One & Only to drive the Aston Martin Virage and the McLaren MP4-12C. These are supercars that will make you stop and look whenever you see one, but getting to drive both of these beauties was a dream come true and I realise that these are truly brands of distinction.

By Riaan Kriel 16 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Charisse Nel
The death of the retainer

Retainer has become an ugly word... say the word "retainer" in a client meeting and you feel the temperature drop, eyes are averted and you know you just said something wrong. Once retainers were the only ways that agencies operated; now it seems that fewer and fewer clients are willing to commit themselves to one agency for an extended period of time.

By Charisse Nel 16 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

CNBC Africa celebrates five years of broadcasting
CNBC Africa celebrates five years of broadcasting

CNBC Africa, the pan-African financial and business channel, will celebrate five years of continental business broadcasting across Africa on 1 June 2012.

16 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

How sweet the sound of Kat and the Kings
How sweet the sound of Kat and the Kings

Kat and the Kings, the hit musical by David Kramer and the late Taliep Petersen, has come home to District Six. Produced by Eric Abraham, the show began previewing at Cape Town's Fugard Theatre earlier this month. Judging by the sold-out performances and nightly standing ovations, you'd better act fast if you want to see it too.

By Eugene Yiga 16 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Sports show gets sponsorship, new name
Sports show gets sponsorship, new name

The Metro FM Sports Centre, hosted by Robert Marawa, sees MTN as its new sponsor and to celebrate is running a listener competition to rename the sports show.

17 May 2012

HEALTHCARE

Yale team discovers unexpected source of diabetic neuropathy pain
Yale team discovers unexpected source of diabetic neuropathy pain

Nearly half of all diabetics suffer from neuropathic pain, an intractable, agonizing and still mysterious companion of the disease. Now Yale researchers have identified an unexpected source of the pain and a potential target to alleviate it.

By Bill Hathaway 16 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Pike
General Motors drops Facebook advertising on eave of IPO: Why?

General Motors (GM), the third biggest advertising spender in the US, has announced that it would no longer be allocating any budget to Facebook advertising because paid ads on the site have little impact on consumers' car purchases, according to a GM official.

By Walter Pike 16 May 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Game celebrates the donation of 100th Amalunchbox kitchen
Game celebrates the donation of 100th Amalunchbox kitchen

On 16 May Game handed over its 100th Amalunchbox mobile kitchen to 935 excited learners at Moriting Primary School in Tembisa, Johannesburg marking an incredible investment in changing the lives of an estimated 100,000 children across South Africa.

17 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Fired for Facebook comments
Fired for Facebook comments

These days we have technology at our fingertips. Smartphones mean that people have access to the internet wherever they are and the likes of Facebook and Twitter make sharing personal news with friends as simple as pressing a button, but users need to take care - what they send can spell trouble...

By Candice McGregor 17 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

SAA capital injection to boost competitiveness in Africa
SAA capital injection to boost competitiveness in Africa

A new planned capital injection by the government into South African Airways (SAA) is part of a plan to make the carrier more competitive in routes on the African continent, and does not constitute a bailout of the national carrier, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

17 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Peachy Keen swing
Peachy Keen swing

The windy sounds of an upbeat brass section drifted down the stairs, past the temporary photo booth and onto the street as we headed towards Mercury Live on Friday night.

By Keenan Oakes 17 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

Incentive aimed at medium-size manufacturers
Incentive aimed at medium-size manufacturers

The Department of Trade and Industry has aimed its new R5,75bn manufacturing incentive scheme at developing medium-sized and downstream enterprises rather than at the giants of the economy.

17 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Taking the Road2Rock, come rain or shine
Taking the Road2Rock, come rain or shine

This weekend marks the beginning for the annual Road2Rock event taking place on Saturday, 19 May 2012 at the DKH Estate & Resort, just outside Cape Town. The lineup features Taxi violence, The Plastics, Mr Cat & the Jackal, and more. With organisers promoting a quality experience, expect quality sound, quality lighting, quality visuals and quality bands.

17 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

BASA Award encourages media sponsorship of the arts
BASA Award encourages media sponsorship of the arts

Media sponsorship of the arts is vital if arts and culture is to thrive and reach larger audiences in this country. Thanks to its annual Business Day BASA Awards supported by Anglo American, Business and Arts South Africa hopes to encourage all sections of the media to take an even more vital role in promoting various arts initiatives above and beyond giving them publicity.

Issued by Business and Arts South Africa 17 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Afrikaans festival of best sellers
Afrikaans festival of best sellers

There's a sensational explosion of five most popular Afrikaans productions, which sold out at the Woordfees at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio and Klein Libertas Teater in Stellenbosch, during the next week, featuring some of the blue-bloods of Afrikaans theatre and some up-and-coming stars.

By Daniel Dercksen 17 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gregory Gondwe
Govt calls for unbiased 'spy machine' debate

Newly appointed information minister of Malawi, Moses Kunkuyu has said that if there has to be an unbiased debate over the controversial Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (CIRMS), the media and all those involved have to stop calling it a 'spy machine'.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 17 May 2012

RETAIL

New mobile price 'war' erupts in SA

A brutal price war has broken out between two of the mobile operators in SA, with the result that they have slashed the cost of calls between networks by at least 34%.

By Samuel Mungadze 17 May 2012

SPORT

Equestrians, show jumpers prepare for Nissan Winter Classic

South Africa's equestrian and show-jumping fraternities are preparing for the Nissan Winter Classic 2012, which will be held at the Durban Shongweni Club between 14 and 17 June 2012. The event is part of the countrywide Nissan Riders Series competition.

17 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Neetlingshof mushrooms complement wines

Neethlingshof wine maker De Wet Viljoen has found "a lovely crop of mushrooms that grow wild on the estate and are absolutely delicious to eat, paired with wine".

17 May 2012

TOURISM

High profile speakers to attend SETE Conference

The second edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE) is to be held at the ICC Durban from 12-14 September 2012, and having secured a number of high profile international and local exhibitors and speakers, the exhibition and conference both look set to build upon the success of the inaugural event held in Cape Town last year.

17 May 2012

SCIENCE

SA scientists look to produce titanium cheaply

South African scientists are developing a new way of making powdered titanium, potentially halving the cost of producing the metal used in a range of high-tech manufacturing from military aircraft to artificial limbs, Reuters Africa reports.

17 May 2012

MANUFACTURING

Denel: No orders for Rooivalk
Denel: No orders for Rooivalk

According to Fin24, state weapons company Denel has not managed to secure any foreign orders for its Rooivalk helicopter. The parastatal's chairperson Zoli Kunene said at a public enterprises department media briefing that Denel had delivered 11 Rooivalk at a cost of R6bn to the SA Air Force.

17 May 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

WWF-SA: View "nerve point" water scarcity issue holistically

South Africa can tackle its ever-increasing ecological footprint by looking at it holistically. According to Independent Online, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF SA) biodiversity head Deon Nel said at the release of the Living Planet Report in Cape Town that the country needs a more integrated view of its landscapes.

17 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gill Moodie
isiZulu papers, City Press are the ABC circ winners

We're getting used to seeing newspaper circulation figures taking a beating these days but the fact that a few can buck the trend also tells us that all is not lost. Among the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures for the first quarter of 2012 that were released today, Thursday, 17 May 2012, the isiZulu newspapers are still on their incredible upwards trajectory.

By Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 17 May 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Polystyrene can solve housing problem - PSPC
Polystyrene can solve housing problem - PSPC

Two of South Africa's most pressing needs, namely the need for sustainable, low-cost housing and the need to divert recyclable materials away from the country's landfill sites which are rapidly approaching their fill capacity, have found an unlikely common solution in recycled expanded polystyrene (EPS).

18 May 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

New mobile cranes for Durban Port Terminals
New mobile cranes for Durban Port Terminals

Port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) took delivery of two brand new mobile harbour cranes, part of a R438m programme to beef up container handling capacity at the Durban 'roll-on-roll-off' (RORO) and Maydon Wharf Terminal.

18 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

APS' panel discussion to focus on printmaking

After their successful Coming of Age exhibition, the Artist Proof Studio (APS) will be hosting a panel discussion at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) on 26 May 2012. At least 2 500 people attended the opening of the exhibition on 6 May, which showcased the talents of artists from APS, alongside other renowned artists who have supported the studio over the last 21 years.

18 May 2012

LEGAL

Law firm offers advice to technology entrepreneurs

Dommisse Attorneys has responded to a need from South Africa's technology entrepreneurs that need help with international financing, as well as from solutions companies wanting to expand commercial activities across our borders into the rest of Africa.

18 May 2012

ICT

Comztek partners Ruckus Wireless

Ruckus Wireless has announced that the company has recently added Comztek to its partner distribution network. Through this agreement, effective March 2012, Comztek will distribute the full range of Ruckus Wireless's products across South Africa, SADC, and East African regions including the Indian Ocean Islands.

18 May 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

Government stays on the move with Renault
Government stays on the move with Renault

Government fleet orders awarded to Renault South Africa saw the delivery during the first quarter of this year of over 200 Renault vehicles to national and local governmental departments including the Department of Defence, South African Police Services and KwaZulu-Natal's Department of Health.

18 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Hartley responds to 'smear against Sunday Times journalists'
Hartley responds to 'smear against Sunday Times journalists'

Ray Hartley, editor of the Sunday Times has issued a statement following an allegation that some of the newspaper's journalists were paid by SAPS' Crime Intelligence division to write biased articles. The allegation was made in a document submitted as part of the FUL court application to have controversial police official Richard Mdluli removed from office. SANEF, meanwhile, has written to acting National Commissioner of Police, Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, requesting further information regarding the allegation.

18 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Barbara Wildenboer: Canaries In The Coal Mine
Barbara Wildenboer: Canaries In The Coal Mine

At first glance, the bustling, buzzing crowd outside the Erdmann Contemporary Gallery made it look like a Long Street club on a Friday night. But the ironic wearing of Doc Martens, the selection of anachronistic hats, the brocade waistcoats, and raised glasses of red wine soon identified the crowd as artists, art students and art fundis gathered for the grand opening night of Barbara Wildenboer's Canaries In The Coal Mine.

By Kelly-Eve Koopman 18 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Banning alcohol advertising misses the point - and the objectives
Banning alcohol advertising misses the point - and the objectives

There is no doubt that South Africa has an alcohol-abuse problem. Alcohol-related problems such as foetal alcohol syndrome, physical and emotional abuse, drunk driving, severe medical conditions and a raft of social side effects are significant health and social concerns.

By Justin McCarthy 18 May 2012

AGRICULTURE

R498m to support small farmers

MBOMBELA: A total of R489 million has been set aside to support small farmers in Mpumalanga this financial year.

By Siphiwe Nyathi 18 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

Sisulu announces improved salaries for soldiers

PRETORIA: The salaries of South Africa's soldiers will be adjusted to recognise years of service in an effort to improve their low salaries and boost morale in the military, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu announced on Thursday, 17 May 2012.

18 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Nomvethe recalled to score goals for Bafana
Nomvethe recalled to score goals for Bafana

PRETORIA: Premier Soccer League (PSL) and Moroka Swallows veteran striker, Siyabonga "Bhele" Nomvethe, 35, has been included in the Bafana Bafana team to face Ethiopia on the 2014 World Cup qualifier.

18 May 2012

FINANCE

Grave concern over South Africa's future
Grave concern over South Africa's future

South African businesses are either putting off their investment decisions or investing in foreign countries according to Grant Thornton's first quarter survey and Business Live says that government incompetence and inefficiency is the main reason for the lack of confidence.

18 May 2012

EDUCATION

Premier, MECs adopt worst performing schools

MBOMBELA: Mpumalanga's top government leaders have adopted 31 of the worst performing schools in the province to help improve results.

18 May 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

ANCYL calls for labour flexibility
ANCYL calls for labour flexibility

The ANC Youth League says that South Africa needs a more flexible labour regime to deal with unemployment, inequality and poverty.

18 May 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

Ease in y/y motor trade growth expected

Year-on-year (y/y) growth in the value of motor trade sales conformed to our expectations, and eased to 8.8% y/y in March 2012, from 12.7% y/y in February.

18 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

NBC in red by N$42,6 Million
NBC in red by N$42,6 Million

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) - known for its financial troubles - made a cash loss amounting to N$42,6 million during the financial year ending 31 March 2012.

By Denver Kisting 18 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 finalists announced
CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 finalists announced

The finalists in the 17th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist competition were announced today, 18 May 2012, by Ferial Haffajee, chair of the independent judging panel. This year the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

18 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Are memes the future of news?

Matt Rose, writing on Memeburn, says that comic-meme creation and consumption has taken internet culture by storm and seems to be only increasing in frequency and engagement.

21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Virginia Hollis leaves The MediaShop, goes freelance
Virginia Hollis leaves The MediaShop, goes freelance

Chris Botha announced on Friday 18 May 2012 that Virginia Hollis, one of the founding partners of The MediaShop, will leave the company at the end of June 2012 to go freelance. She returns to her first love, writing media strategy full time.

21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Access to quality information needed

Media freedom is undermined by a lack of information infrastructure as well as skills and literacy to access and critically evaluate information. The ability to access vital information, especially government information, makes it difficult for media practitioners and the general public to accurately report on issues that concern them.

21 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

Overseas star for TheatreSports, 2012

TheatreSports, the theatre improvisation show, will be getting international flavour this year, when American improviser Joe Bill performs on 26 and 27 March, after which members have been invited to perform in Australia.

21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ascend Institute to host leadership workshops in Cairo

Ascend Institute, a United Kingdom based training institute has announced that it will be holding a leadership development event from 28-31 May 2012 at the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel in Cairo. The workshops in the leadership development event will be conducted by acclaimed leadership experts, Mark Brown and Sam Hindawi.

21 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

Xingwana condemns silencing of women during Traditional Courts Bill hearings
Xingwana condemns silencing of women during Traditional Courts Bill hearings

The Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, says women should not be prevented from voicing their opinions during the Traditional Courts Bill public hearings currently underway.

21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Midday Report goes Grootes!
Midday Report goes Grootes!

Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk have announced that Eyewitness News (EWN) senior political reporter, Stephen Grootes, will be taking over the Midday Report as of September.

Issued by 567 CapeTalk 21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cybergeddon digital movie highlights cyber crime
Cybergeddon digital movie highlights cyber crime

Cybergeddon, the 2.0 version of crime fiction, will premiere globally on Yahoo! in September 2012 as a series of sequential instalments that will engage its worldwide audience of reportedly more than 700 million unique visitors through an immersive storytelling, social media and gaming experience. It highlights the growing threat of cybercrime, identity theft and vulnerabilities in our highly connected lives.

21 May 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

Sisulu: SANDF to take over Mthatha airport

According to DefenceWeb, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is preparing to take over the running of the underutilised Mthatha (formerly Umtata) airport in the Eastern Cape. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said that the SANDF would run the civilian airport for the next three financial years.

21 May 2012

SCIENCE

Ethekwini to host maths, sci-tech indaba

Allafrica.com reports that the eThekwini Municipality, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, will host a Mathematics, Science and Technology Indaba in an effort to attract learners to these fields. The three-day indaba, to be held at JL Dube Stadium in Inanda, will focus on primary and secondary schools in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and Kwa Mashu (INK) area.

21 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SA's Avalon Group signs Yash Raj Films deal in Cannes

CANNES, FRANCE: One of the world's oldest exhibitors now in its 73rd year, The Avalon Group, signed a deal on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival with one of India's leading Bollywood studios, Yash Raj Films.

22 May 2012

LIFESTYLE

The Brothers Size - a must see
The Brothers Size - a must see

The Brothers Size engaged, enthralled and enraptured me. Sleep eluded me on the night of the performance as I kept being visited by scenes of the performance. I think I dreamt about the brothers and my waking thoughts were still with them. I am not sure why The Brothers Size touched me so deeply and I don't really know how they did it.

By Daphne Cooper 22 May 2012

PROPERTY

Economic growth stimulates property market in Delmas

Infrastructure development in and around Delmas is boosting economic activity in this Mpumalanga town and has led to a shortage of residential rental accommodation. Rental units are in high demand among construction workers and professional contractors at the Kusile power station and a new cement factory, says Koos Pretorius, who has recently opened a new RealNet franchise in Delmas.

22 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Research released on mobile app users in the News24 space
Research released on mobile app users in the News24 space

The SpaceStation has recently released research results from over 1000 Blackberry users of the brand's mobile app in the News24 space, which has had over 300 000 downloads since the app went live just over a year ago.

22 May 2012

AGRICULTURE

Chinese fund to increase agriculture investment in Africa
Chinese fund to increase agriculture investment in Africa

China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) is considering partnerships with agriculture development banks in some African countries in order to expand its investments on the continent, CADFund's vice president Hu Zhirong said, according to Allafrica.com.

22 May 2012

AGRICULTURE

Oceana Group earnings rise
Oceana Group earnings rise

FIS, the global seafood industry's fish information & services portal, reports that Oceana Group Limited (OGL) - the largest fishing company in South Africa - has reported a jump of 21% in basic earnings per share and basic headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March. OGL revenue rose by 21% and operating profit before abnormal items climbed by 41% compared to the first half of 2011.

22 May 2012

TOURISM

Kenya Airways launches Nairobi - Kilimanjaro route
Kenya Airways launches Nairobi - Kilimanjaro route

Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the launch of a direct flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro effective 2 July 2012 - a great new offering for local adrenalin-hunters.

22 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Pro-opposition newspaper suspended

The National Press Commission (CNP), the print media regulatory body has suspended Notre Voie, a privately-owned pro-opposition daily newspaper for four publications. The suspension took effect from 19 May 2012.

23 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

CNBC Africa opens office in Mozambique
CNBC Africa opens office in Mozambique

CNBC Africa, a CNBC International franchise owned by Africa Business News, has entered into a joint venture with Mozambique's state broadcaster, Televisão de Moçambique (TVM), and will open a bureau in Maputo. CNBC Africa's country bureau representative will be Sunnyboy Mshengu.

24 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

ABLA 2012 takes place this week
ABLA 2012 takes place this week

The fourth edition of the African Business Leadership Award (ABLA 2012) will take place on Wednesday, 30 May 2012, at the Frangipani Gardens in Arusha, Tanzania. The award dinner ceremony, held in collaboration with a group of African private sector institutions, is part of the agenda of this year's African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings.

28 May 2012

GOVERNMENT

SADC's cost of trade is 'too high to be competitive'
SADC's cost of trade is 'too high to be competitive'

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will remain uncompetitive in business unless it reduces the cost of trade and transport, according to the CEO of the Cross Border Road Transport Agency, Sipho Kumalo.

28 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

MINI sponsors crew to rally through Africa
MINI sponsors crew to rally through Africa

MINI has announced that it will be the official vehicle sponsor of the 2012 Put Foot Rally crew, Shake & Bake, for their 17 day adventure through Africa.

28 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Debate on solving Africa's problems
Debate on solving Africa's problems

A selection of high level speakers that will sit on a panel for the televised AFC Debate "Africa Transforming Africa" organised by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) and the African Development Bank took place on today, Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Arusha International Convention Centre, Arusha, Tanzania.

29 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

BBC presenter arrested
BBC presenter arrested

A British man believed to have travelled to Zimbabwe as a charity volunteer has been charged with allegedly 'working without a permit' after his arrest in the country last week.

29 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

BBC presenter slapped with fresh charges
BBC presenter slapped with fresh charges

A London based music presenter with the UK's BBC broadcaster, who was arrested in Zimbabwe last week, has been slapped with fresh charges by Zimbabwean authorities.

By Alex Bell 31 May 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

African top bankers honoured at AfDB annual meetings
African top bankers honoured at AfDB annual meetings

Africa's top bankers gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, to celebrate the 6th edition of the African Banker Awards, under the patronage of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Olusegun Agbaje, managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria scooped the prize for African Banker of the Year.

31 May 2012

RETAIL

Tiger Wheel & Tyre spotlights new pothole resistant tyre
Tiger Wheel & Tyre spotlights new pothole resistant tyre

Excellent news for vehicle owners: the all-new Michelin Energy™ XM2 Tyre is available from Tiger Wheel & Tyre. With its excellent resistance against pothole damage and superb road-handling, it's no wonder Tiger Wheel & Tyre has found reason to shout about it.

Issued by Tiger Wheel & Tyre 1 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Marion Scher
Cell C - Retrenchments can end up costing big time

Cell C was all over newspapers, radio stations and TVs on Friday, 1 June 2012 - but not in a good way. If it had paid for these pages and time it would have cost quite a bit...at least then, it would have been positive messages.

By Marion Scher 4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Dr Pieter Streicher
A2P SMS messaging continues to grow

Companies should be careful of buying into the doomsday predictions around the demise of SMS. If they do, they will risk missing out on the excellent business opportunities that the SMS channel offers them.

By Dr Pieter Streicher 4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Clever twist to the online daily deals market, this time brought to you by PriceCheck
Clever twist to the online daily deals market, this time brought to you by PriceCheck

We have by now all heard about and most likely used daily deal sites. All the emails clog our inboxes and perhaps if we see something we're interested in, will buy a deal here and there. This newcomer to the South African shores takes this idea and flips it, saving the buyer time and making life easier.

Issued by PriceCheck 4 Jun 2012

MANUFACTURING

Importing rollforming machinery from China: How to get the best deal
Importing rollforming machinery from China: How to get the best deal

Imagine spending hundreds of thousands of US dollars to import rollforming machinery from China, only to discover upon its arrival, that the machine does not work and the manufacturer won't fix the problem.

4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Designing with usability in mind
Designing with usability in mind

Web development and design have come a long way since the early days of hideous, blinding pages, (such as these below), that confronted us when we navigated through websites in the hope of a: finding the information we want, and b: seeing awesome designs and functionality in place.

By Georgia Christian 4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Chris Moerdyk
Advertising paranoia not in consumer interest

In its traditionally muddled wisdom, the SABC had taken the decision to ban the latest Nando's television commercial because it seems to think it promotes xenophobia when, in fact, it is doing just the opposite. [(video]

By Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The refreshed creative. Image source: .
The ANC's Loerie-winning integrated PR campaign

Campaign: The Spear of the Nation
Brand: Goodman Gallery
Agency: ANC

By Sarah Britten 4 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

No, NO! SABC3
No, NO! SABC3

NEWSWATCH: First Nando's, now AfriForum... which claims, according to Times Live, that SABC3 refuses to screen a video that is critical of the ANC.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gavin Mills
Spinning out - under the influence of spin

It's business as usual. Just another day... New ideas, new sensations... New strategies, new innovations - another bright new day. If this is what life's really like in good old South Africa today, when did I change planets?

By Gavin Mills 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The downward spiral of a spin doctor

This week, I was among a group of academics, trainers and facilitators who attended an intensive Train the Trainers programme run through the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism. And every day, it struck me how refreshingly diverse our methods of communications are - in fact, as distinct as we are from each other.

Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Berge Farrell creates sweet success accross Europe
Berge Farrell creates sweet success accross Europe

When Unilever's irresistibly delicious ice cream brand, Carte D'Or, went in search of a design partner that would create inspired and innovative packaging for their premium flagship range, the call went out to design agencies internationally. This hotly contested pitch was ultimately won by Berge Farrell Design.

Issued by Berge Farrell 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The tap is closed and you helped do it!
The tap is closed and you helped do it!

When the #CloseTheTap campaign was launched on World Water Day by NATIVE and For Love Of Water (FLOW), 10 000 tweets to close the running tap seemed like a lot, but on Friday, 1 June, the goal was reached and the tap closed!

Issued by NATIVE VML 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Free media space for Loerie entrants
Free media space for Loerie entrants

Entries in the Loeries Newspaper category are eligible for free media space before the extended entry deadline of 15 June 2012. The offer, from Avusa, is for placement in one of its newspaper titles as a limited, first-come first-served offer.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

2012 Coolest Brands announced at Sunday Times Generation Next Awards
2012 Coolest Brands announced at Sunday Times Generation Next Awards

The who's who of celebrities, brands and some of South Africa's most influential kids made their way to the Monte Casino Il Grande Theatre & Lounge on Thursday 31 May to witness the announcement of the country's Coolest Brands.

Issued by HDI Youth Consultancy 5 Jun 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

SEPLAT celebrates World Environment Day
SEPLAT celebrates World Environment Day

Nigerian indigenous petroleum exploration and development firm, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Limited has unveiled its plans to celebrate this year's World Environment Day, which takes place annually on 5 June.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Rocket Creative delivers uber-chic pop up make up schools for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Rocket Creative delivers uber-chic pop up make up schools for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Bobbi Brown, a premium cosmetics range which forms part of the speciality brands of the Estee Lauder Group, recently tasked the Rocket Creative crew with locally designing, manufacturing and activating their pop up make up school for nationwide activation.

Issued by Rocket Creative Design & Display 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SAARF events for June
SAARF events for June

The dates are out for the TAMS updates in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, as are the dates for the next LSM training in Johannesburg, Using AMPS in Innovative Ways in Cape Town, and RAMS Release 2 in Johannesburg.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Popcorn Cinema takes to the sky
Popcorn Cinema takes to the sky

Popcorn Cinema Advertising enjoyed a unique lunch unmatched to any other on Friday 25 May 2012. With the professional help of the Sky Events team, Popcorn treated 22 guests to a lunch with a view... suspended 60 metres above Cedar Square, Fourways.

Issued by Popcorn Advertising 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Take a Girl Child to Work - successful for 10th year
Take a Girl Child to Work - successful for 10th year

Late last week saw the 10th anniversary of Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day, which has become one of the country's biggest collaborative acts of volunteerism. Themed 'Choose your tomorrow, today', 400 companies around South Africa registered to be part of the day and provide girls in grades 10, 11 and 12 with the opportunity to experience the working world.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Get a Life winner grabs the chance of a lifetime
Get a Life winner grabs the chance of a lifetime

Billy Willemse of Kraaifontein was the ecstatic winner of a brand new, fully furnished two-bedroom apartment in Buh-Rein Estate plus a brand new Hyundai i20 courtesy of 94.5Kfm and MSP Developments.

Issued by 94.5 Kfm 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

AVU and iHub Research partner for mobile learning research
AVU and iHub Research partner for mobile learning research

African Virtual University (AVU) and the iHub Research yesterday, 4 June 2012, signed an agreement to strengthen research on mobile learning in Africa. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr. Bakary Diallo, rector of AVU and Jessica Colaco, research lead and manager at the iHub Research.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Cotlands supports Child Protection Week

The plight of many children in South Africa is a tragic tale of violence and abuse. This week is Child Protection Week, and the government has called on all South Africans to take a stand against child abuse, and provide a safe and secure environment for all children.

Issued by Kaelo Engage 5 Jun 2012

TOURISM

Le Franschhoek tops with Tripadvisor
Le Franschhoek tops with Tripadvisor

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, managed by Three Cities, has been awarded TripAdvisor's 2012 Certificate of Excellence. The award, based on scoring by TripAdvisor's numerous international travellers, is an on-going acknowledgement of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa as a five star property with outstanding facilities including the acclaimed Dish and Le Verger restaurants and destination Camelot Spa, earning the hotel the exceptional achievement of a 4 out of 5 rating.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SAPOA announces Property Journalist Awards
SAPOA announces Property Journalist Awards

The SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association) Property Journalism Awards, announced at the 44th annual SAPOA Convention and Property Exhibition in Durban, has awarded four prizes this year, adding an online award.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Good Hope FM Campus DJ Search 2012 - winner announced
Good Hope FM Campus DJ Search 2012 - winner announced

The winner of the third Good Hope FM Campus DJ search was announced on Friday, 25 May 2012 during the Good Hope FM Breakfast show with Guy McDonald on Good Hope FM, winning a one year on-air DJ contract on Good Hope FM.

Issued by Good Hope FM 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Microsoft links Xbox with smartphones, tablets
Microsoft links Xbox with smartphones, tablets

LOS ANGELES, US: Microsoft on Monday, 4 June 2012, stepped up its quest to be at the heart of home entertainment by synching Xbox 360 videogame consoles to smartphones and tablets while adding more blockbuster content.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Gail Schimmel
The whole world is mad...

In recent weeks, many right-thinking South Africans have begun to wonder if, as a country, we may have our priorities wrong. Thousands march about the president's penis, but child rape and lack of jobs and education seem to cause little more than a ripple on our radars. (video)

By Gail Schimmel 5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Growing green billboards
Growing green billboards

In a campaign for Mercedes Benz Remanufactured Parts, the Old Shanghai Firecracker Factory created a billboard that had plants systematically growing out of the visual over three months. The copy line that supported the visual read, "Remanufactured GenuineParts. Totally committed to a greener environment."

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Australian toy innovator plans first South African toy fair
Australian toy innovator plans first South African toy fair

The Australian toy innovator, Ken Howard is planning the first international toy and game trade fair for the African continent for August 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). The event is aimed at growing the local toy market and kick-starting a vibrant toy design and manufacturing industry in South Africa.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

VIMN Africa announces pay-tv deal for BET

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has announced that the general entertainment network BET is set to expand its African TV footprint following the signing of a new distribution deal that will see BET distributed on the My TV pay-TV platform.

5 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Ghana bans 'invader' traders from streets

Ghana is banning foreigners from operating in its informal retail business sector, giving them until 21 June 2012 to close shop.

7 Jun 2012

MANUFACTURING

Thailand SA Trade Show 2012 aims to grow trade with SA
Thailand SA Trade Show 2012 aims to grow trade with SA

Over the past decade, bilateral trade between Thailand and South Africa has demonstrated steady growth. In 2011, combined trade between the countries reached an all time high of USD 3.5-billion - a significant increase over the USD 2.2-billion of 2010.

7 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Zimpapers Talk Radio begins trial run

Zimpapers' Talk Radio station has started conducting a trial run by playing pre-recorded music and promos on its FM band.

7 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Cannes Lions 2012] Dan Wieden to receive Lion of St. Mark
[Cannes Lions 2012] Dan Wieden to receive Lion of St. Mark

CANNES, FRANCE: The organisers of the 59th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity have announced that the 2012 recipient of the Lion of St. Mark will be Dan Wieden, co-founder and global executive creative director of Wieden+Kennedy.

8 Jun 2012

EDUCATION

MoU signed by the AVU and iHub Research
MoU signed by the AVU and iHub Research

The African Virtual University and iHub Research have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen research in mobile learning in Africa. The joint effort will find and implement innovative mobile solutions adapted to the African context.

11 Jun 2012

RETAIL

April retail sales seen rising 4.1% y/y

Growth in SA's retail trade sales at constant (2008) prices for April is expected to slow to 4.1% year on year (y/y)‚ from y/y growth of 6.8% in March‚ according to a survey of leading economists by I-Net Bridge.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 11 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Do you have rats in your pipeline?

A Cape Town newspaper recently reported on a "rat invasion" in the Mother City. Residents complained about brazen rats entering their homes and biting them. Lungiswa James, the mayoral committee member for health, said more money had already been allocated for rat poison. This should be comforting for Capetonians, especially as these pests are associated with asthma, rabies and Lyme disease, as well as the spread of viruses and parasites.

Issued by Rentokil Initial 12 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Kenyan James Mwangi named Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

Dr. James Mwangi, CEO and managing director of Kenya's Equity Bank Limited was named the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 at an awards ceremony recently held at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

12 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek festival returns in September
Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek festival returns in September

The Huisgenoot Hart van Windhoek festival takes place 7-8 September 2012 at the Doc Jubber sports grounds in Windhoek, Namibia. There is a full programme of entertainment, including performances by more than 25 artists.

13 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Thailand SA Trade Show aims to grow trade with South Africa
Thailand SA Trade Show aims to grow trade with South Africa

Over the past decade, bilateral trade between Thailand and South Africa has demonstrated steady growth. In 2011, combined trade between the countries reached an all time high of USD 3.5 billion - a significant increase over the USD 2.2 billion of 2010.

Issued by ITP Communications 13 Jun 2012

RETAIL

What's in the bottle - protecting your plonk

With South Africa's wine sales having increased by approximately a third in the last calendar year, popping the cork on protection of intellectual property on and inside the wine bottle has become increasingly important. So how do you protect your plonk?

Issued by Adams & Adams 13 Jun 2012

LEGAL

Compulsory pharma licensing, the Indian case of Natco vs Bayer, and the South African context

In March 2012, India's controller of patents granted the country's first compulsory licence in the case of Natco Pharma Limited vs Bayer Corporation.

Issued by Adams & Adams 13 Jun 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

Dept to help those with disabilities start businesses, find work

CAPE TOWN: The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities would this financial year help those with disabilities to find work and set up small businesses, the minister of women, children and people with disabilities Lulu Xingwana said on Wednesday, 13 June 2012.

14 Jun 2012

LEGAL

Business rescue - how to rescue your own business

How to rescue your own business when your debtor becomes a business in need of rescuing

Issued by Adams & Adams 14 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Strike into Space
Strike into Space

The announcement of South Africa's first Accredited Space Agent (ASA), Vanessa Rothery, by Virgin Galactic, took place on the 2nd May at Virgin Atlantic in Johannesburg and was followed by a spectacular launch at Turbine Hall the next day.

Issued by Strike Productions 15 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Long Beach celebrates a year of success
Long Beach celebrates a year of success

World Leisure Holidays has announced that its Long Beach Resort is celebrating its first year of fine service and all-round success.

17 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Advertising in Africa

After more than two decades of operating through independent affiliates, advertising group TBWA is preparing to buy equity stakes in East and West Africa.

18 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Walter Wafula
Uganda scraps import duty on TV decoders

The cost of acquiring television decoders in Uganda is set to reduce following government's decision to scrap import duty from the electronic devices. The decision was announced on Thursday, 14 June 2012, by Uganda's minister of finance, Maria Kiwanuka as she read the 2012/13 national budget in Kampala.

By Walter Wafula 18 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Avusa's music in R3bn share offer
Avusa's music in R3bn share offer

If recent events are anything to go by, news of the death of print media has been greatly exaggerated.

18 Jun 2012

LEGAL

Registered trade marks for wine do not cover grapes

In a recent ruling by the Cape High Court, it was held that grapes and wine are not "similar goods" in a trade mark sense.

Issued by Adams & Adams 18 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Quarterly risk review projects retail food growth
Quarterly risk review projects retail food growth

In its quarterly risk view, international credit insurer Coface says higher food prices are enabling retail growth in the non-durable sector. It projects 2.3% food retail growth in 2012 and 2.9% in 2013. Consumer demand was surprisingly strong in 2011 and this resilience may carry over into 2012.

19 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

PriceCheck.co.za gets a brand new website interface look and feel
PriceCheck.co.za gets a brand new website interface look and feel

To ensure that online shopping becomes an even more enjoyable exercise and to stay at the cutting edge, PriceCheck.co.za has just released its new website design. It offers users a superior experience when shopping online. The new website is easier to use, more efficient, loads faster and importantly gives results in a way that allows all product information to be readily available.

Issued by PriceCheck 20 Jun 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

R30-billion being paid to public sector workers

Fin24 says South African taxpayers are footing a R30-billion wage bill to keep public servants employed and Lindiwe Sisulu, the new public service minister says this is already R1,8-billion more than was budgeted for salaries.

20 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Copyright Tribunal determines needle-time formula, but implementation date still undecided

The Copyright Tribunal has decided on a formula that has to be used to calculate the amount of needle-time royalties due to record companies and performers.

Issued by Adams & Adams 21 Jun 2012

GOVERNMENT

Treasury developing paper on retirement costs

National Treasury said on Tuesday it was developing an important paper on costs in the retirement industry for release in October as the layered system of charges and its cumulative impact remained a major concern.

21 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Netball Proteas beat Jamaica but lose series

The Spar South Africa netball team beat Jamaica in an international netball test match for the first time in 28 years earlier this week, by 56-49 in the third and final test played in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaica, however, won the test series 2-1.

21 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Management in 10 Words
Management in 10 Words

The former CEO of Tesco shows how to succeed in business.

Issued by Random House Struik 21 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans
Swiss chemical process makes eco-friendly jeans

WASHINGTON, USA: It takes lots of water and chemicals to make a pair of jeans, and environmentally conscious clothing makers caught on years ago to the need to make more sustainable versions these popular pants.

21 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Spice up your life with Sharwood's Chutney
Spice up your life with Sharwood's Chutney

Looking for a new and exciting flavour to spice things up in the kitchen this winter? Search no longer. South Africans are in for a treat this winter, with the introduction of Sharwood's range of chutneys to leading Pick n Pay and Spar stores.

Issued by Fore Good 21 Jun 2012

FINANCE

New player enters short-term insurance market
New player enters short-term insurance market

King Price, short-term insurer officially launched into the local market this on 2 June, with what it claims to be a ground-breaking insurance model backed by an aggressively discounted pricing strategy. It will offer consumers a massive saving of up to 60% on their insurance premiums.

22 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

HKLM Nairobi opens its doors
HKLM Nairobi opens its doors

Strategic brand and communication design consultancy, the HKLM Group, has taken a step towards cementing its position as sub-Saharan Africa's leading brand consultancy with the opening of its new Nairobi office recently.

22 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Another classic Jack Daniel's taste launches in South Africa: new Tennessee Honey
Another classic Jack Daniel's taste launches in South Africa: new Tennessee Honey

It's not often Jack Daniel's introduces a new brand to the market, so when they do, you can be assured that it's going to be something special. Introducing Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey, an infusion of a proprietary honey and Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey.

Issued by Bletchley Park 22 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Tough contests expected at ACSA South Africa Limpopo Open

The Airports Company South Africa Limpopo Open, which is part of the ITF World Wheelchair Tennis Tour, takes place from 25 to 29 June, 2012, at the Polokwane Tennis Club, Cnr Rissik and Compensatie Streets, Polokwane, and is expected to produce some new champions.

25 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Estée Lauder Companies celebrates 20th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign
Estée Lauder Companies celebrates 20th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Estée Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign.

Issued by Estée Lauder 25 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

SA Post Office to sponsor Student Theatre Festival

The Student Theatre Festival at Grahamstown's National Arts Festival will this year be sponsored by the South African Post Office. Over the years the Student Theatre Festival has developed into an indispensable part of the National Arts Festival programme and has become renowned for showcasing South Africa's next generation of performing artists.

25 Jun 2012

SCIENCE

Motillion launches PinPoint tracking app for smartphones

Technology and intellectual property company Motillion has launched its location-tracking app for Android devices, Pinpoint. Making use of Google Maps with Street View, Pinpoint was developed to make it easy to track the people you care about directly from your smartphone. For business, Pinpoint can also be used to track important assets or staff no matter where you are.

25 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Lewin and Heyns win Sunday Times Literary Awards

Struggle veteran Hugh Lewin and former Stellenbosch Professor Michiel Heyns have won the 2012 Sunday Times Literary Awards, Lewin for non-fiction and Heyns in the fiction category. The awards are worth R75 000 to each author.

25 Jun 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

Sisulu, unions meet once again

Times Live says that new public service and administration minister, Lindiwe Sisulu will meet with union leaders over deadlocked wage talks after the unions agreed to return to the negotiation table.

25 Jun 2012

MARITIME

Chinese submersible breaks 7 000m national record

According to News24, the Jiaolong craft - a manned Chinese submersible - broke through the 7 000m mark for a new national record on Sunday. The Jiaolong dived 7015m in the western Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench -- the deepest place in the world -- on its fourth dive since arriving in the area earlier this month.

25 Jun 2012

FINANCE

Insurance issues remain after fire at SABC studios
Insurance issues remain after fire at SABC studios

The smoke is no longer swirling around the ashes of the Isidingo set at the SABC's head office complex in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, but the insurance questions and implications remain.

26 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

New pro-Mugabe radio station in Zimbabwe

A new Zimbabwe radio station aligned to long-ruling president Robert Mugabe ZANU-PF party began broadcasting on Monday, 25 June 2012.

26 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Sixty readers' recipes in Woolworths Taste Winter Readers' issue

The July Reader's issue of Woolworths Taste features both South African food and the kitchen flair of readers, containing more than 60 reader recipes and is on newsstands now. The magazine also includes a host of readers' tips on "go-to" guys.

26 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

Follow Put Foot participants through mapIT, Mix Telematics

Two teams taking part in this year's Put Foot Rally, Team International and Goofy Gophers will be sponsored by mapIT, in partnership with MiX Telematics, when touring across seven Southern African countries in support of Project Rhino. The two sponsors will be rooting for the teams as they undertake the 17 day-long, 7 000km journey.

26 Jun 2012

GOVERNMENT

SA businesses invited to Mozambique's trade fair

Mpumalanga businesses have until the end of the week to secure space at Mozambique's biggest trade fair.

By Cobus Coetzee 26 Jun 2012

FINANCE

Ace Insurance appoints managers in accident, health divisions

Mike de Jong has been appointed as senior manager in the accident and health division of ACE Insurance, while Neil Beaumont has been promoted to the position of manager of the classic unit in the same division.

26 Jun 2012

RETAIL

46664 fashion goes global

Nelson Mandela's birthday will be a fashionable affair as clothing brand 46664, named for his Robben Island prison number, launches globally.

26 Jun 2012

LIFESTYLE

The Craft Beer Project to be held at Groot Constantia
The Craft Beer Project to be held at Groot Constantia

A winter craft beer, craft wine and food festival is to be held on the oldest wine estate in South Africa, Groot Constantia, in Cape Town. Featuring hand-crafted, warming ales and wines, the festival will be intimate, with the emphasis on craft beer and craft wine food pairing appreciation.

26 Jun 2012

FINANCE

MUA Insurance reveals findings on driving perceptions

An online driver behaviour survey conducted by MUA Insurance company revealed some interesting findings about the differences between male and female motorists and their perceptions about their driving capability, driving under the influence of alcohol and speed limits. The survey respondents comprised of 93 males and 101 females.

27 Jun 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Blogger bashes internet radio stats

NEWSWATCH: An SA blogger has been served with legal papers after he wrote a blog post on Monday, 25 June 2012, in which he described internet radio stats as "Utter nonsense" - and more.

27 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Win big and drive it home with Lunch Bar
Win big and drive it home with Lunch Bar

This winter, Lunch Bar is giving consumers the opportunity to WIN BIG in their latest on-pack promotion.

Issued by Mondelez South Africa 27 Jun 2012

LEGAL

Competition Commission denied leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court

The Competition Commission has been denied leave to appeal directly to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) in matters concerning both Omnia/Yara and Loungefoam, but the Constitutional Court's decisions have not brought finality and, in effect, are tantamount to a rain delay.

By Chris Charter 28 Jun 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

IMPERIAL Logistics increases investment in Botswana

IMPERIAL Logistics has strengthened its investment in Botswana, increasing its shareholding in mining and general cross-border activities through subsidiary, Transport Holdings. Operating within IMPERIAL Logistics Africa, Transport Holdings gains improved access to the strengths of IMPERIAL Logistics, together with its global reach that includes 14 African countries.

Issued by Imperial Logistics 29 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Get set for much, much more talent with Lunch Bar and SA's Got Talent
Get set for much, much more talent with Lunch Bar and SA's Got Talent

Cadbury Lunch Bar, SA's best-loved chocolate bar, is proud to officially announce its sponsorship of the much anticipated third season of SA's Got Talent. Set to hit the small screen in August on free-to-air channel, e.tv, season 3 promises to entertain viewers with a bigger and better show... and much, much more talent!

Issued by Mondelez South Africa 29 Jun 2012

RETAIL

Brit twist on shoes pops up in Joburg
Brit twist on shoes pops up in Joburg

The celebrity-favoured British footwear company, Butterfly Twists, will open a pop-up store in Morningside Shopping Centre on Sunday 1 July 2012. Launched in London in 2009, by four close friends, the shoes have quickly redefined style, comfort and fashion.

29 Jun 2012

FINANCE

New appointments for PPS Holdings Trust Board, PPS Insurance Company Limited

PPS, the specialist financial services provider to graduate professionals, has announced a number of appointments to the PPS Holdings Trust Board and the PPS Insurance Company Limited Board.

2 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Arsenal F.C partners with Airtel

Arsenal Football Club and mobile network operator Airtel have signed a three-year partnership agreement. The deal provides Airtel with the opportunity to utilise the football club's merchandising, hospitality and content rights in five countries: Nigeria, Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and Rwanda.

2 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Google unveils YouTube for Ghanaian businesses, others
Google unveils YouTube for Ghanaian businesses, others

YouTube, the place where anyone with a video camera and an internet connection can share their life, art and voice with the world, has announced the launch of a Ghanaian domain - www.youtube.com.gh.

By Masahudu Ankiilu Kunateh 2 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

AfDB to hold dialogue on youth employment in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is organising a High Level Policy Dialogue Seminar on Youth Employment in Africa in Lusaka, Zambia, on Monday, 9 July 2012, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by the following countries in the Southern Africa region: Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Zambia.

2 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Nampak achieves Level 3 BBBEE rating

Nampak, Africa's largest packaging company, has announced that it has achieved a Level 3 BBBEE rating as certified by independent ratings agency, Empowerdex. This is up from Level 4 in the last two years.

Issued by Nampak 2 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Are you ready to expand into the global market?
Are you ready to expand into the global market?

Entering the realm of import and export is an exciting and promising step for any business. The possibilities are virtually endless and could allow your business to grow exponentially. In such an exciting situation it is often easy to throw caution to the wind in the rush towards growth.

By Terri-Lee Adendorff 2 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Caine Prize 2012 awarded to Rotimi Babatunde
Caine Prize 2012 awarded to Rotimi Babatunde

Described as Africa's leading literary award, the 2012 Caine Prize for African Writing has been awarded to Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde for his short story entitled Bombay's Republic published in the Mirabilia Review.

3 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

Winners of Chris Campbell Memorial Rally

The fourth round of the Firestone Legendary Drives regularity rally championship, the Chris Campbell Memorial Rally in KwaZulu-Natal, was won by Llewellyn Barnard and Joe Smith in an Alfa Romeo 146 ti with a total of just 16 seconds over the 17 control points. The event was run under the auspices of the South African Regularity Rally Association (SARRA).

3 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Craig Wilson
Dark days for BlackBerry as RIM implodes

These are dark days for BlackBerry and Research in Motion (RIM). Though the Canadian company's smartphones continue to sell well in some emerging markets, including SA, consumers at the higher end - they are the more profitable segment for handset manufacturers - are abandoning it for the Apple iPhone and devices running Google's Android operating system.

By Craig Wilson 3 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Building successful brands through tight business integration

A brand is built through a consistent, relevant and credible message. As the economic outlook continues to be uncertain, now more than ever successful brands must focus on tightly integrating each stage within their brand's business cycle.

By Leron Varsha, Issued by Fore Good 3 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Job-hunters' junction

Uganda has a helpful tool that gives visitors a list of NGOs working in the country and a profile of each organisation. The Uganda National NGO directory includes well-known organisations, big and small, that have offices and staff around the Pearl of Africa, but also big and smaller regional ones that may not be as well-known outside those regions.

3 Jul 2012

TOURISM

Have chef will travel
Have chef will travel

Brian Berkman recently had a Q&A with Jonathan Duiker, executive sous chef at Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Maldives in the Maldives' South Male Atoll, to find out - among other things - what prompted Jonathan to make the move from Melrose Arch to The Maldives.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 6 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Wear your heart on your sleeve
Wear your heart on your sleeve

Cape Town-based Brand ID has worked with 46664 (South Africa) to create a debut range of merchandise for supporters of Nelson Mandela International Day 2012. The range pays tribute to the spirit of Mandela's 2008 rallying call in London for "new hands to be found to lift the burden."

4 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Continued growth for Softline VIP Payroll and HR in Africa
Continued growth for Softline VIP Payroll and HR in Africa

Softline VIP, a leading HR and payroll software and services provider in South Africa and Africa at large, has been making massive strides in establishing itself on the African continent. Strong and continued client growth in the last year is largely attributable to Softline VIP's comprehensive partnership program that currently comprises of 53 alliance partners across 26 African countries.

Issued by Sage VIP 4 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Infini helps retailers hit sustainability targets without compromising on quality

Nampak Plastics UK - the leading supplier of high density polyethylene bottles for the dairy industry - is helping retailers to reach their sustainability targets with its latest brainchild; the Infini bottle. This innovative, ultra-lightweight plastic milk bottle is 15 per cent lighter than the standard bottle design and contains up to 15 per cent recycled materials yet it still exceeds current performance specifications and is robust enough to withstand the entire supply chain.

Issued by Nampak 4 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Repairs for oil, gas rigs could create 5000 jobs
Repairs for oil, gas rigs could create 5000 jobs

South Africa can create at least 5000 jobs by providing ship and oil rig repair and maintenance, the Minister of Transport Ben Martins said on Wednesday.

4 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Rock 'n' roll romance
Rock 'n' roll romance

Films like Rock Of Ages not only catch you by surprise (and never let go), but also totally bowl you over with their robust power, breathtaking spectacle and sensational music.

By Daniel Dercksen 5 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

The right to be heard
The right to be heard

Last month the Judicial Service Commission interviewed four candidates to fill the Constitutional Court vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Sandile Ngcobo.

By Helen Zille 5 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Ports review seeks to remove blocks‚ lower costs
Ports review seeks to remove blocks‚ lower costs

The Department of Transport (DoT) has commissioned a study to investigate the performance of SA's network of ports to understand the challenges ports face and which keep the costs of doing business in the country higher than they should be‚ Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Wednesday.

By Nicky Smith 5 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

Finalists chosen for 2012 Amarok Spirit of Africa Trophy
Finalists chosen for 2012 Amarok Spirit of Africa Trophy

Two months of testing the off-road driving skills of nearly 500 entrants in the elimination rounds of the 2012 Amarok Spirit of Africa Trophy competition have come to an end in the Kondowe private nature reserve in Limpopo. The top 20 teams of two will contest the finals over four days in southern Namibia from 8-11 August 2012.

5 Jul 2012

SCIENCE

South African tech helps get your drivers license faster

Proposed changes to the National Road Traffic Act could see it taking up to 12 months longer to get a drivers license.

5 Jul 2012

SCIENCE

New app to take the snobbery out of wine

Andy Hadfield of Real Time Wine has released an app for aspiring wine enthusiasts that aims to move away from the jargon.

5 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The great internet radio swindle
The great internet radio swindle

All media, online or offline, survive and trade on credibility. Trust is everything and it's possibly more of a factor in a media business than any other type of business. You lose this trust, you close your media business down. Rupert Murdoch closed down one of the largest newspapers in the world when trust was broken. It gets that bad.

By Matthew Buckland 5 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Ostrich cull grows as flu virus spread
Ostrich cull grows as flu virus spread

SA's beleaguered ostrich industry, already collapsing under a European Union (EU) export ban as it waits for at least three months for bird flu tests to prove negative, has suffered a blow after the virus was found in the Breede River to Great Brak River area last week.

5 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Nxesi garners support for infrastructure plan
Nxesi garners support for infrastructure plan

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has appealed to role players in the construction industry to bring their expertise to the fore to help the country achieve the goals set out in government's ambitious, mega infrastructure plan.

5 Jul 2012

FINANCE

Number of taxpayers doubles in two years

The number of people registered to pay tax in South Africa has more than doubled in the past two years according to figures published in Business Report, which quotes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as saying the tax base had grown from 6-million in 2010 to 13,7-million in March this year.

5 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Airtel offers fast mobile internet with 3.75G launch in Rwanda
Airtel offers fast mobile internet with 3.75G launch in Rwanda

Airtel has announced the introduction of the fastest mobile internet in Rwanda, with the launch of its 3.75G platform in the country.

5 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mudges fell to BEE Group

Stimulus Investments, founded by businesswoman Monica Kalondo, has acquired a 50 per cent shareholding in Democratic Media Holdings (DMH).

By Selma Shipanga 5 Jul 2012

LEGAL

Cellphone ban may lead to lower insurance costs

Business Day says that if substantial fines were imposed on drivers who use mobile phones while driving, insurance premiums for all motorists would be lower according to Helen Szemerei, chief executive of Integrisure, a specialised insurance company.

5 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Join Jacobs and play this Mandela Day
Join Jacobs and play this Mandela Day

Witness SA's largest coffee mosaic and share the joy of playing board games

Issued by Mondelez South Africa 6 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Home Affairs calls for tighter immigration laws
Home Affairs calls for tighter immigration laws

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has called for the tightening up of South Africa's immigration laws and suggested a revised Refugee Act to beef up the country's security.

6 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Shandukani Health Centre wins Colosseum Award

The former Van Niekerk Operating Theatre on the grounds of the old Hillbrow Hospital in Johannesburg has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility for maternal and child health care, now known as the Shandukani Maternal & Child Health Centre.

6 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

VW to complete Porsche takeover in August
VW to complete Porsche takeover in August

BERLIN - Europe's biggest automaker Volkswagen said it will likely finalise the takeover of German luxury sports car group Porsche by August 1, paying €4.46bn (US$5.58bn) plus one VW share.

6 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

SA manufacturing growth stalled, rand depreciates on global uncertainties

South Africa's economic outlook has "deteriorated" and inflation will probably remain within the bank's target range through 2014 "mainly due to the global uncertainties"," Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus told reporters, adding that that inflation, which probably peaked in the first quarter, is on a declining trend, Moneyweb reports.

6 Jul 2012

PROPERTY

Protect exterior of home with Wallguard
Protect exterior of home with Wallguard

Developed using an advanced formulation that is micro-porous and allows trapped water to escape, Wallguard from Dulux works to effectively prevent blemishes to your paintwork as a result of moisture. Ideally suited for coastal regions and areas with heavy rainfall, Wallguard features an added hydrophobic mechanism, making wet conditions like water off a duck's back.

9 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Abey Mokgwatsane
Ethical and entrepreneurial leadership needed for SA

South Africa needs a new breed of leadership to address the country's challenges and promote a flourishing democracy.

By Abey Mokgwatsane 9 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Foschini Group Limited to open in Nigeria
Foschini Group Limited to open in Nigeria

The Foschini Group Limited (TFG) is set to open its first two stores in Lagos, Nigeria as part of its expansion into Africa. As a fashion lifestyle retailer on the continent, TFG already has 87 stores outside South Africa and entry into the Nigerian market fits into plans to increase this to at least 143 stores by 2015.

9 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Infrastructure programme to improve economy
Infrastructure programme to improve economy

South Africa's infrastructure programme must unlock the economic potential of the country, says President Jacob Zuma.

9 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

New independent newspaper to make appearance today

A new independent newspaper, The Activist, is scheduled to make its inaugural appearance on the Liberian news stand today.

9 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Derek Engelbrecht - Ernst & Young
Retailers and suppliers invited to the debut Retail Indaba

Retail Indaba is making its debut on the 19th and 20th of July at the CTICC and aims to bring together retailers, suppliers and industry associations for high-level learning, networking and team building. Over the two days a host of industry leading speakers and professionals will inspire and inform delegates on retail and shopping centre management, customer service, shop management and online shopping. The programme is divided into different tracks to ensure that top and middle management, as well as shop floor personnel, will receive information relevant to their respective fields.

Issued by Cadek Media 9 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

New media law on horizon

DODOMA, TANZANIA: The Cabinet is close to endorsing the proposed Bill on Media Law, the National Assembly was told on Thursday, 5 July 2012.

9 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Disney on Ice presents Worlds Of Fantasy
Disney on Ice presents Worlds Of Fantasy

We all had our favourite Disney characters when we were younger and, even now, when a child is watching it on television we can't help but stop and reminisce for a few minutes. Well Disney on Ice and the CTICC have brought these characters to life. I know it's meant for children, but there's definitely something in it for the adults as well. There's something magical about the nostalgia that it summons in us.

By Jordan Scott 9 Jul 2012

MARITIME

New maritime shipping policy could make SA ports more attractive

The renewed focus on improving the competitiveness of SA's ports and maritime industry has the potential to play a significant role in developing the economy and cement our position as a regional power, Business Day says in today's (July 9th) editorial.

9 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

Competition Commission could not fulfil its duties for fear of paying legal costs

Independent Online reports that the Competition Commission, which launched an application last week to appeal against the approval of the takeover of Pannar Seed by DuPont-owned Pioneer Hi-Bred, may have to pay millions in legal costs if it fails to win at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).

9 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

JT Productions offers training and recording facilities

SAMA nominated singer Jacques Terre'Blanche is now offering services to aspiring local musicians. Through his company, JT Productions, he will offer vocal training and will put together demo recordings at an affordable cost for those who are serious about making a career in the music business. His studio is based in Jukskei Park in Johannesburg's northern suburbs.

9 Jul 2012

RETAIL

iSpani focuses on opportunities in the jewellery industry

In this week's episode of iSpani on SABC1 the exciting world of jewellers and jewellery design is explored. 80% of jewellery sold in South Africa is imported, which means that there are huge opportunities for creative designers to get into this scarce skill environment.

9 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Transnet board of directors reduced
Transnet board of directors reduced

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has reduced the number of Transnet's board of directors from 18 to 14.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Trends in transit
Trends in transit

Commuting is one of those unavoidable routines much like taking a shower and getting dressed in the morning. As with everything else, there are trends, phases and technological developments and it is up to advertising agencies to capitalise on these to the benefit of their clients. Stand still time is becoming shorter, mobile connectivity is on the increase, more commuters are resorting to public transport as their preferred means of getting to and from the office. The media marketing sector has no option other than to observe trends and developments and adapt accordingly.

By Craig Page-Lee & Erik Warburg 10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Coke goes flat!
Coke goes flat!

A cease-and-desist letter from Coca Cola's lawyers to SodaStream on 8 June 2012 to take down its eco-exhibit at OR Tambo airport by 11 June 2012 drew some critical comment...

10 Jul 2012

TOURISM

TripAdvisor honours Le Touessrok and La Pirogue Hotels
TripAdvisor honours Le Touessrok and La Pirogue Hotels

World Leisure Holidays' Le Touessrok and La Pirogue have won further awards, this time from TripAdvisor.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Redefining relationships in the property industry
Redefining relationships in the property industry

Being successful in the property industry is all about achieving the right balance. You can only offer tenants what you have available in your portfolio, and you constantly have to balance your tenants' needs with those of your investors. This challenge is by no means easy to overcome, but Redefine Properties, a property loan stock company listed on the JSE and the second largest company in its industry, is shaking things up, thinking differently and, literally, redefining the nature of key business relationships in the sector.

Issued by Yellowwood Future Architects 10 Jul 2012

TOURISM

&Beyond rated among world's top safari operators
&Beyond rated among world's top safari operators

&Beyond has been listed as the world's 5th Top Safari Operator in the US Travel + Leisure 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. As one of Africa and South Asia's leading experiential travel companies, &Beyond's mission is to design luxury safaris and personalised travel adventures whilst remaining committed to its core ethic of "Care of the Land. Care of the Wildlife. Care of the People."

10 Jul 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

1time partners with Greenpop to ensure a greener Africa
1time partners with Greenpop to ensure a greener Africa

1time Airline came on board with its commitment to create a greener Southern Africa that has resulted in a partnership with social enterprise company Greenpop, which will prove vital in aiding environmental awareness and sustainable development in the region.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Edward Tsumele to edit CityLife magazine
Edward Tsumele to edit CityLife magazine

After 14 years in mainstream media, arts journalist Edward Tsumele has been appointed as publishing editor of the arts and entertainment monthly magazine CityLife, as from the beginning of July 2012. The focus of the two year old magazine is in the area of visual art, theatre, dance, literature, film and television, music and lifestyle.

10 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

GUD Filters' enterprise company creates opportunities

GUD Filters is one of the market leaders in automotive filters and, partnering with NGK Spark Plugs to uplift informal workers, has set the example within the automotive industry. The company has made a substantial investment towards the start up fee for a BBEEE enterprise development company, Filpro (Pty) Limited.

10 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Auditing training 'to assist municipalities'
Auditing training 'to assist municipalities'

The Local Government Sector Education and Training Authority has committed R3,9m to help fund auditing training for municipalities, to be provided by the Institute of Internal Auditors SA (IIA SA).

10 Jul 2012

EDUCATION

Fedusa plans to train 6 000 artisans

The Federation of Unions of South Africa has responded to calls by the minister of higher education and training, Blade Nzimande, to produce more qualified artisans and says that it will join forces with the Unemployment Insurance Fund to train about 6 000 artisans in the next five years, according to a Business Day report.

10 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Rail investments come rolling in

Hundreds of billions of rand in investment into passenger and freight rail transportation will see the Passenger Rails Association of South Africa injecting R123-billion into it rolling stock replacement programme and European manufacturer Alstom has briefed local companies on what it sought in a supplier, with which it would partner.

10 Jul 2012

CSI & SUSTAINABILITY

Thousands assisted after Cape Town floods

The city of Cape Town has stepped-up its relief efforts and disaster response teams have assisted 2 566 people in the flood-stricken areas by providing hot meals, food parcels, clothing, blankets, and plastic sheeting, spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said over the weekend.

10 Jul 2012

TOURISM

South Africa's wine tourism raises the bar

According to the minister of tourism, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, wine tourism is one of the fastest-growing and most lucrative sectors of the global tourism market. "I believe wine tourism can contribute in a significant way to the South African economy and we look forward to continued constructive engagement with the industry," he said.

10 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Zulu war paintings on sale in London

More than 100 valuable paintings and sketches from the Zulu War are likely to sell for about R760 000 when they are put on sale in London today.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Deutsche Messe expands sales network into Africa

Deutsche Messe, a global active trade fair company, is expanding its international sales network and now has representation throughout the region of sub-Saharan Africa.

10 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Famous Brands extends footprint in Namibia
Famous Brands extends footprint in Namibia

In line with Famous Brands' (FBS) growth strategy to expand its presence in Africa‚ the group has awarded the Namibian master licence agreement for the newly relaunched Milky Lane brand to Namibian national‚ De Wet Oosthuizen.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

African Women Economic Summit takes place in Nigeria

In partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB), New Faces New Voices (NFNV) is hosting its second African Women Economic Summit (AWES) from 12-14 July 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria. African government, regulators, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organisation, big business and civil society will come together to discuss topics around the development of women in finance.

10 Jul 2012

MARITIME

It's swim-or-sink for the highly fragmented maritime sector

The government's stated aim of infrastructure-led growth that creates jobs rang hollow at a maritime conference in Cape Town last week, Business Day reports, as delegate after delegate bemoaned the lack of commitment and guidance from the state on commercial and economic opportunities.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

48 Hour Film Project back in Johannesburg
48 Hour Film Project back in Johannesburg

For the third year, the 48 Hour Film Project is back in Johannesburg as the filmmaking challenge of the year, as crews strive to create a winning entry for this year's competition in the hope of being chosen for Cannes.

10 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

Agri SA warns on changes to land market

FARMERS' body Agri SA has objected to a controversial proposal calling for the imposition of a right of first refusal on all agricultural land sales by the state.

10 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Young viewers get blurred vision, nausea in 3D movies
Young viewers get blurred vision, nausea in 3D movies

According to Health24, researchers at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, found that young adults and those sitting close to the screen in a 3D [three-dimensional] film are more likely to experience blurred vision, nausea and other symptoms than older viewers.

10 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Beware of illicit alcohol - it can kill

South Africans have been urged to be vigilant when it comes to buying alcohol - particularly if it is extraordinary cheap - because legitimate alcohol products are subject to various levels of criminal exploitation when high excise duties and taxation are deliberately being circumvented.

10 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC: Molefe on leave, and that cartoon again
SABC: Molefe on leave, and that cartoon again

NEWSWATCH: Phil Molefe has been placed on special leave, reports City Press, and the ANCYL reckons it's because he gave too much airtime to Julius Malema, reports news24.com. Meanwhile, media watchers give their views on Zapiro's "penis" cartoon, and satire in general, and its readers have some very contrasting views on the cartoon, reports Mail & Guardian.

11 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Kenya's advertising sector attracts new players, technologies

In the last six months, Kenya's advertising industry has attracted both local and international players. The new kid on the block is American agency TBWA which opened an East Africa office barely four months ago. Other new international agencies who have already come to the scene are French-based, Havas Media International and South African media group, Carat.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 11 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

KZN artist takes top honours at National Arts Festival

This year's Hands On! Masks Off! programme at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival has introduced a set of incentives, sponsored by the South African Post Office. Kline Smith from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Pietermaritzburg was awarded the first ever South African Post Office Cape Triangular Award for the best director and writer at the 2012 Student Theatre Festival.

11 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Pringles bursts with even more flavour
Pringles bursts with even more flavour

Pringles, one of the world's most loved chips brands, has announced their new and exciting product improvements, offering consumers a snack "bursting with flavour".

Issued by Fore Good 11 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Car uses cars to advertise
Car uses cars to advertise

Car magazine tasked Primedia Unlimited subsidiary, brandyourcar.com, to provide advertising impact and brand awareness in the major metropolitan hubs of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

11 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Probe into SA ambassador over MTN
Probe into SA ambassador over MTN

The department of international relations has confirmed it is investigating allegations that the former ambassador to Iran‚ Yusuf Salojee‚ accepted payments from MTN.

11 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Transnet committed to invest R31.2bn this year
Transnet committed to invest R31.2bn this year

State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet has committed to invest R31.2bn in the current financial year as part of its Market Demand Strategy - the company's R300.1bn investment programme over the next seven years.

By Ray Faure 11 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

Rampant overfishing, illegal trawling affect 357m people

According to IRIN, the latest report on fisheries and aquaculture by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns that Illegal and unregulated fishing is rampant worldwide, particularly off the coasts of West Africa and the Horn of Africa, and accounts for between US$10 billion and $23 billion of direct losses globally every year.

11 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Anglo mines to become carbon neutral, CCS-aware by 2030

The Anglo American group says that energy use accounts for about 75% of its greenhouse gas emissions, adding that it is therefore focusing on identifying and implementing technologies aimed at using energy more efficiently, ESI-Africa reports.

11 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Alleged illicit liquor dealer to face court
Alleged illicit liquor dealer to face court

An alleged kingpin in the illicit liquor trade is expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court as the South African Revenue Service (SARS) clamps down on traders who evade paying duty on alcohol.

11 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Treasury seeks to regulate tax advisers
Treasury seeks to regulate tax advisers

The Treasury has proposed that "recognised controlling bodies" for tax practitioners be established, which would pave the way for these professionals to be regulated under the Tax Administration Act.

11 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Sit less, live longer, researchers say

According to iAfrica.com, researchers claim that adults may boost their life expectancy by two years by sitting for fewer than three hours a day, but admit that this was a tough task.

11 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

More A400M work for Denel Aerostructures

defenceWeb reports that Denel Aerostructures (DAe) is currently ramping up component production for the Airbus A400M, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed by Airbus Military, as the aircraft approaches service entry.

11 Jul 2012

MARITIME

Govt hides behind Defence Act's secrecy clauses, DA says

According to defenceWeb, Opposition Democratic Alliance party Shadow deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Pieter van Dalen, is asking whether a veil of secrecy has been drawn over maritime safety through the use of secrecy clauses in the Defence Act.

11 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

BP Volkswagen Rally moves to Eastern Cape

The fourth round of the Volkswagen Rally will take place on 13 and 14 July near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The challenge of contesting the home event falls to the BP Volkswagen Rally Team and the five-car team will contest three classes over the two days of competition.

11 Jul 2012

SECURITY

Social networking sites a premier target for hackers

On the web, hackers, spammers, and phishers can make a healthy living just by exploiting known security holes that many users haven't bothered to patch. Most security attacks are targeted at a few weak points on PCs that are not that hard to protect.

11 Jul 2012

TOURISM

Autumn, winter, and spring holidays - you're spoilt for choice
Autumn, winter, and spring holidays - you're spoilt for choice

So which is the best season to take a Northern Hemisphere holiday? If you say summer, you'd be wrong - even though summer is clearly a great choice. Trafalgar, however, has devised a brand-new, expanded Europe & Britain autumn, winter and spring brochure designed to give you a wide selection of places to visit and enjoy.

12 Jul 2012

TOURISM

[10 Things I Love About...] Being airborne
[10 Things I Love About...] Being airborne

Contributing editor Brian Berkman asked Janie van der Spuy about the 10 things she loves about keeping her head in the clouds, literally, the places she has visited and the experiences she's had.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Show your support for The White Pencil
Show your support for The White Pencil

LONDON, UK: D&AD is launching the White Pencil Kitemark this week and is asking supporters of the project to post the logo on their site to encourage creatives to participate in the initiative.

12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Fairfax CEO on maintaining editorial credibility while increasing efficiency
Fairfax CEO on maintaining editorial credibility while increasing efficiency

PARIS, FRANCE / DARMSTADT, GERMANY / KIEV, UKRAINE: For Gregory Hywood, CEO of Australia's Fairfax Media, producing quality journalism is more valuable than ever in the Internet era. However, the realities of this new era are forever changing the media landscape, with Fairfax's recently announced restructuring as a prime example.

12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

June 2012 US search engine rankings
June 2012 US search engine rankings

RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the US search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in June with 66.8% of search queries conducted.

12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Smartphones and tablets drive growing share of internet content consumption in Argentina
Smartphones and tablets drive growing share of internet content consumption in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: comScore, Inc has released the latest insights on connected device usage in Argentina from its Device Essentials service.

12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

[Executive Check] Social media marketing - a must in business
[Executive Check] Social media marketing - a must in business

Many companies in Africa are embracing social media to reach their online customers like elsewhere in the world. Moses Serugo, an arts journalist, social media marketer and proprietor of Kampalaone.com spoke to Bizcommunity about the benefits of social media marketing in Uganda.

By Walter Wafula 12 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Zuma signals construction of Mandela Legacy Bridge
Zuma signals construction of Mandela Legacy Bridge

Jacob Zuma has honoured the first democratically elected P\president, Nelson Mandela, by unveiling the construction of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge, which will link Ludondolo village with Mandela's birthplace of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape.

By Nthambeleni Gabara 12 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Mandela Legacy Bridge a boon for E Cape tourism
Mandela Legacy Bridge a boon for E Cape tourism

The Nelson Mandela Legacy Bridge currently under construction at former President Nelson Mandela's birthplace, Mvezo village in the Eastern Cape, will attract tourists to the area, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Wednesday.

By Nthambeleni Gabara 12 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Premier accepts Mmemezi's resignation

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has accepted the resignation of MEC for Local Government and Housing, Humphrey Mmemezi.

12 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

Land Bank Chief: 22nd century food-security is not guaranteed

According to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), the chief executive officer of the Land Bank, Phakamani Hadebe, said that food security is expected to be more challenging in the next 100 years.

12 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Owed R60m by the Free State govt, Sanyati is to be liquidated

According to Fin24, one of the government's major private partners, civil engineering and construction firm Sanyati, which is owed R60m by the Free State provincial government is to be liquidated.

12 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

No link between Facebook use and depression, researcher says

Health24 says that a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study of university students refutes the assumption that a link exists between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook and other social-media sites.

12 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Retail passenger vehicle labour rates high in Gauteng

Gauteng has the highest labour rates in SA for retail passenger vehicle service‚ while the Free State is the least expensive province‚ according to a research report conducted by RGT Smart.

12 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

Solar powered pumps deliver 34,000 lt. of water per day

According to ESI-Africa, First National Battery (FNB), SA-based manufacturer of lead acid batteries and a subsidiary of JSE listed Metair Investments Limited, assisted with the installation of a solar water treatment station in the Eastern Cape's OR Tambo district municipality community of Mnxehazi.

12 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Inner city circles transformed into 'works of art'
Inner city circles transformed into 'works of art'

Traffic calming circles in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, have been tranformed into 'works of art' as part of that city's urban regeneration and beautification initiative. Continental Outdoor Media worked in conjunction with local artists to beautify this road infrastructure.

12 Jul 2012

MARITIME

Samsa's development programme tackles maritime skills shortage

According to Sowetan Live, less than 2,400 of the world's 1.5-million seafarers are South Africans. The SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) introduced a skills development programme to address South Africa's maritime industry skills shortage.

12 Jul 2012

RETAIL

New approach needed to combat over-indebtedness

A new approach to combat over-indebtedness is needed with a large portion of credit-active consumers having impaired credit records‚ said the National Debt Mediation Association (NDMA).

12 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Bulk exports up 9.5% y/y in H1 2012: TNPA

SA's bulk export volumes rose by 9.5% year on year (y/y) in the first half of 2012‚ data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

By Helmo Preuss 12 Jul 2012

HR & MANAGEMENT

SA lost over 82‚000 jobs in two months

The South African economy has lost 82‚520 jobs in just two months‚ the latest Adcorp employment index released on Tuesday shows. Almost 31‚000 of the 82‚520 jobs were lost in June.

12 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

PetroSA's Ikhwezi gas-to-liquid fuel approved

Business Report says PetroSA has been given regulatory approval from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to develop its $1-billion Ikhwezi project that will see South Africa's fuel-from-natural gas supplies increasing sharply.

12 Jul 2012

HEALTHCARE

Glucosamine sulphate supplement can delay osteoarthritis
Glucosamine sulphate supplement can delay osteoarthritis

The breakdown and eventual disappearance of cartilage in the joints - better known as osteoarthritis - is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 135 million people worldwide. As it becomes worse, it can stimulate bone outgrowths, known as spurs or osteophytes, which distort the joint, and can lead to muscle weakness, joint deformity and even disability.

12 Jul 2012

FINANCE

ATM transactions continue to rise in SA

The average value of cash withdrawals across more than 1 500 automated teller machines (ATMs) throughout SA grew 6,77% year-on-year for June - the largest year-on-year growth so far in 2012‚ the Spark Cash Index shows.

12 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Smart metering being rolled out in SA

Smart metering in South Africa is increasing as municipalities start rolling out smart-grid technology according to Accenture SA's executive director Lungile Mginqi.

12 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

Changes to format of MESA SA Conference
Changes to format of MESA SA Conference

The 2012 MESA Conference, with the theme "Adapt or Die" will be held on 13 and 14 November at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.

12 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Sanyati to liquidate after non-payment

According to a Fin24 report, construction and engineering company Sanyati will be liquidated despite the fact that it is still owed R60-million by the Free State provincial government for work done over the past few years.

12 Jul 2012

FINANCE

Adrian Dommisse
How to kick off investor negotiations

It can take months of pitching before you find the right investor for your business, but finalising the deal can be tricky.

By Adrian Dommisse 12 Jul 2012

TOURISM

Irene Country Lodge appoints new executive chef
Irene Country Lodge appoints new executive chef

Ryan Houston has recently been appointed as executive chef at African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Centurion, Pretoria. His first assignment has been to review the entire food offering at the five star lodge. Apart from revamping the menus, Houston has set about ensuring that every dish coming out of the kitchen tastes and smells as good as it looks. This award-winning chef hopes guests will appreciate the culinary art addition to the buffets and a la carte menus.

12 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Denel Aerostructures looking at new markets
Denel Aerostructures looking at new markets

Denel Aerostructures is well-placed to manufacture vital parts for the civilian aviation market‚ based on its experience on military aircraft for Saab and Gripen. The CEO of Denel Aerostructures (DAe)‚ Ismail Dockrat‚ said at the Farnborough International Airshow the company has just completed its final delivery on the production of components for the Gripen fighter for Saab.

13 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Dept to negotiate on Indalo Yethu Trust dissolution

The Department of Environmental Affairs says it has decided to enter into negotiations with Indalo Yethu Trust to discuss its dissolution following a review to determine the viability of the organisation.

13 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

AngloGold Ashanti joins energy saving initiative
AngloGold Ashanti joins energy saving initiative

Eskom has welcomed AngloGold Ashanti's decision to partner on 49M, the country's energy saving movement. On Wednesday, AngloGold Ashanti became the 49th business partner to join the energy efficiency drive.

13 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Pope to sue German magazine over 'Vatileaks' cover
Pope to sue German magazine over 'Vatileaks' cover

BERLIN, GERMANY: A German magazine said on Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI was preparing to sue it for publishing a cover satirising the "Vatileaks" leaked-documents scandal that has rocked the Vatican.

13 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Russia approves 'web censorship' bill

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: The Russian parliament on Wednesday voted to approve a contentious bill that activists fear will introduce Internet censorship by blacklisting sites deemed as undesirable.

13 Jul 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

SAA voted best airline in Africa - again!
SAA voted best airline in Africa - again!

South African Airways (SAA) has been voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row. "SKYTRAX (a global aviation research organisation) has again confirmed that SAA, with our excellent service and very convenient connections to 26 African destinations via our Johannesburg hub, ranks with the best in the world," said SAA chief executive officer Siza Mzimela yesterday.

13 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

The BRAVES winners
The BRAVES winners

LONDON, UK: After an outstanding evening of celebrations and rewards of all things video, the much deserved winners of our BRAVES awards, are now safe in the knowledge they will remain the heroes of video advertising for another year to come. Congratulations to the winners!

13 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Ballet on the big screen
Ballet on the big screen

What's the greatest ballet of all time? A tough question, no doubt. Fortunately for Cape Town residents, there's no need to choose just one. That's because The Fugard Bioscope's World Opera and Ballet Season will be screening over a dozen performances over the next 12 months.

By Eugene Yiga 13 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Location-based services gaining traction in South Africa

Recent TNS research (TNS Mobile Life June 2012) found that there is a growing appetite for location-based services (LBS) among mobile subscribers worldwide, including South Africa. Jacques Swanepoel, MD of Cellfind, says that the technology is gaining traction for navigation, personal safety and entertainment applications.

13 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

The webman's origins
The webman's origins

We all want to be Peter Parker. Yes, it would it be super to be the iconic "Spidey"; wear a vibrant and striking superhero outfit, shoot webs, scale skyscrapers, swing from here to eternity and save the world, but there's more to Peter Parker than just being The Amazing Spider-Man.

By Daniel Dercksen 13 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SEACOM helps to fund app for Tanzanian farmers

SEACOM has provided funding towards the development and piloting of a new Swahili and English language application for farmers in Tanzania. This falls in line with SEACOM's commitment towards fostering the use of ICT for economic development across Africa.

13 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Art exhibition kicks off France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013
Art exhibition kicks off France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013

A celebration of art at the Standard Bank Gallery, 20th Century Masters: The Human Figure, is the start of many projects for The France-South Africa Seasons 2012 & 2013. The aim of the project is to improve understanding between the two countries and to celebrate and strengthen ties between France and South Africa.

By Duan Wanty 13 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

SA civil engineering industry fared better in Q1, 2012

According to Independent Online, the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec) hopes that the worst may finally be over for the country's civil engineering industry. Safcec says that 2012 is likely to improve on 2011‚ albeit at a single-digit rate.

13 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

SA citrus growers want 4 more years of statutory export-levies

The citrus growing association of South Africa have lodged an application for statutory levies to be implemented again in the citrus enterprise for the next four years, Fresh Plaza website reports.

13 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

PPC in R1.1bn empowerment deal

Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC) has announced a second-phase empowerment transaction which will result in the issue of 6.5% additional PPC shares with a transaction value R1.1bn.

13 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Australian study links breast milk to nut allergies

SYDNEY - Children who are solely breast-fed in the first six months of life are at increased risk of developing a nut allergy, new research showed on Thursday.

13 Jul 2012

MARITIME

Bulk exports up 9.5% y/y in H1 2012: TNPA

SA's bulk export volumes rose by 9.5% year on year (y/y) in the first half of 2012‚ data from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) showed on Wednesday.

13 Jul 2012

ICT

Now Amazon may launch its own smartphone
Now Amazon may launch its own smartphone

Amazon is testing a new smartphone that may be launched later this year or early next year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

13 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Chana is cheapest car to service, Mini most expensive

Gauteng has the highest labour rates in South Africa for retail passenger vehicle services‚ while the Free State is the least expensive province‚ according to a research report conducted by RGT Smart.

13 Jul 2012

ICT

PC sales remain flat as tablet sales rise

Worldwide sales of personal computers fell 0.1% in the second quarter of the year as consumers bought newer gadgets like tablets, a survey showed Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

13 Jul 2012

ICT

No link between Facebook and depression
No link between Facebook and depression

Worries about a link between depression and the amount of time spent on Facebook or other social media sites are probably unfounded, a US study said this week.

13 Jul 2012

AUTOMOTIVE

N1, N12 closed due to extreme weather
N1, N12 closed due to extreme weather

Several roads in the country were closed to motorists on Saturday following heavy snowfall and rain, including the N1 north of Beaufort West and the N12 near Victoria West in the Western Cape.

16 Jul 2012

EDUCATION

Gordhan highlights role of accountants
Gordhan highlights role of accountants

The role of accountants has become more important to general society in the current economic times‚ says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

By Khulekani Magubane 16 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Youth want govt to consider their views
Youth want govt to consider their views

Young people attending the second annual Nelson Mandela Children's Parliament have appealed to government to take their views into account when developing policy and programmes that affect them.

16 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Sisulu, unions meet to further wage negotiations
Sisulu, unions meet to further wage negotiations

Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and public service trade unions met in Richards Bay on Friday in a bid to resolve matters related to the current wage talks.

16 Jul 2012

EDUCATION

40% of degree-holders from China, India in 2020

PARIS, FRANCE: Emerging powerhouses China and India will lead the way in churning out university graduates by the end of the decade, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says.

16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

FSPs must integrate social media into business objectives
FSPs must integrate social media into business objectives

Social media platforms are often perceived to be simply tools for people to network, yet if properly integrated into the financial services industry, they can also present significant value into a business' objectives by and contributing to the revenue stream.

16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nerushka Deosaran
Think before you tweet

Last year one media personality threatened to sue another media personality claiming that her tweets were defamatory to their brand. The tweets included the adjectives "young hoe" and "drunk." The target's lawyers sent a letter requesting a halt on the tweets, an apology and damages in the amount of R85 000.

By Nerushka Deosaran 16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

EduC8 again strengthens Matric mathematics and science
EduC8 again strengthens Matric mathematics and science

EduC8, a partnership with 8ta, BHP Billiton, Primestars, the Department of Basic Education and Samsung, will again address any gaps that may exist in Grade 12 learners' studying and learning maths and science to increase the number of those who excel in the subjects by the end of the academic year.

16 Jul 2012

LEGAL

Keshni Pillay
ConCourt clarifies victims of violent and/or destructive gatherings' right to claim damages

While the South African Constitution allows everyone the rights to picket, present petitions, demonstrate and assemble peacefully and unarmed, the sad reality is that these gatherings often turn violent and destructive. The recourse for victims of this kind of violence was recently clarified by the Constitutional Court.

By Keshni Pillay 16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Durban International Film Festival opens this week
Durban International Film Festival opens this week

The 33rd Durban International Film Festival begins screenings at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, Musgrave and Cinema Nouveau, Gateway from Thursday 19 July 2012.

16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Time for public vote in Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award

The public has until 2pm on Friday 20 July 2012 to vote for the most deserving women in the various categories of the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award. Their voting will account for 30% of the final score, although the judges' decision will be final. The winners will accept their awards on Saturday 21 July 2012 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Technological innovation crucial to improve South African food security

While South Africa is in a far stronger position than its neighbours are, the country faces problems in the years ahead, as the region is recognised as the most food insecure in the world.

16 Jul 2012

GOVERNMENT

Dlamini Zuma elected new AU Commission chairperson
Dlamini Zuma elected new AU Commission chairperson

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) exploded with jubilation following news on Sunday night that South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had won her bid to become the first woman to lead the powerful African Union Commission.

By Chris Bathembu 16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Z-Card Kenya's production hub in full swing

Z-Card Africa, Middle East, India and Turkey (ZAMI) launched Z-CARD Kenya as its PocketMedia hub for East Africa in October 2011, after entering into a distributor agreement with Kenya-based Ramco Printing Works Ltd.

16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Online job trends: Your next job should be in mobile, not SEO
Online job trends: Your next job should be in mobile, not SEO

Thinking about a career change? Well, you should probably think more about mobile, and less about Facebook and SEO, according to an article on Memeburn.

16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Melrose Arch hosts cash processing open day this week
Melrose Arch hosts cash processing open day this week

On Tuesday 17 July 2012 and Wednesday, Melrose Arch will host the Bidvest company, Global Payment Technologies (GPT), in an open day to integrate 12 of its suppliers in an exhibit on the latest trends in cash processing. Recycling of cash in both bank branches and retail stores will demonstrate how cash utilisation and movement can be optimised.

16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Programme to address bullying, low self-esteem launches for children
Programme to address bullying, low self-esteem launches for children

'Mad about Me' campaign is a personal development, life skills and empowerment campaign for children 4-13 years that targets the development of various life skills, self-confidence, self-esteem, bullying, communication skills, manners, respect, anger management, emotions, cultural differences and social skills.

16 Jul 2012

MARITIME

SA hake accreditation safe for now
SA hake accreditation safe for now

SA's deep-sea trawler-caught hake fishery's Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) accreditation - essential for SA to hold on to its R2‚8bn export market - is secure for now‚ despite "red flags" being raised‚ the council's Southern African office said on Friday, 13 July 2012.

16 Jul 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Transnet to train 120 engineers this year

FIN24 reports that transport and logistics parastatal Transnet is set to spend over R1bn a year on skills development, including those that are not core to its operations. Transnet announced this week an ambitious R300bn capital project over seven years that promises to boost employment in the country.

16 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

Sasol's Canadians opt out

The decision by Sasol's Canadian joint-venture partner, Talisman Energy, to opt out of a 48000bbl/day gas-toliquids (GTL) project will not affect the economic sustainability of the project, says Sasol senior group executive Lean Strauss

16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

May retail trade growth seen at 5.2% y/y

Retail trade sales growth is expected to have improved in May to 5.2% year on year (y/y)‚ from a y/y growth of only 1.0% in April‚ according to a survey of leading economists by I-Net Bridge.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi 16 Jul 2012

AGRICULTURE

SA poultry industry seeks protection from cheap chicken imports

The country faces loss of jobs and food security if government does not lend a hand, writes Kevin Lovell, CEO of the South African Poultry Association, in a Business Live opinion piece.

16 Jul 2012

LIFESTYLE

Alarm at smoke signals

If the draft Tobacco Products Control Act's revised regulations on smoking in public places are approved as proposed, smokers will have to get used to standing even further from the crowd.

16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

South Africans resent foreign-owned spaza shops

There is significant resentment towards foreigners running spaza shops in SA‚ a survey revealed on Friday, 13 July 2012.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Jul 2012

RETAIL

Production side of economy improves in May

Manufacturing and mining production beat expectations and came in higher than forecast in May‚ with analysts warning however‚ that the improvement could be temporary.

16 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

African Press Review - 19 July 2012

More on the Mau Mau veterans suing the British government for alleged torture when Kenya was a British colony, worries about a fall in tourism in Uganda and a drop in investment in South Africa all feature in today's African papers...

By Michael Fitzpatrick 19 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Coffee book journey through Africa, celebrating World Heritage Convention 40th anniversary

From the north, where the might of the pharaohs began civilisation, to the south, where humanity took its first steps, the continent of Africa is rich in cultural and natural resources that are revered and treasured by its people and the world.

Issued by Litha Communications 20 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Beating tax returns blues with e-Filing
Beating tax returns blues with e-Filing

The individual tax filing season opened on 1 July 2012 for the period 1 March 2011 to 29 February 2012, which is a dreaded event for many a person. e-Filing is however a quick, easy and efficient way of managing your tax return, says Karen Schmikl, a Legislation Manager at Softline VIP, part of the Sage Group Plc. "Taxpayers who correctly complete their returns and who don't require further verification of information have received their refunds within two days."

Issued by Sage VIP 26 Jul 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Maturity, wisdom hallmark Odyssey magazine's 35th birthday
Maturity, wisdom hallmark Odyssey magazine's 35th birthday

Launched in July 1977 as an independent forum for like-minded 'alternatives' into yoga, meditation and complementary health products and services, Odyssey magazine celebrates its 35th birthday with a special issue for its 100 000 readers.

27 Jul 2012

HEALTHCARE

Controversial Down's syndrome test gets Swiss go-ahead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND: Switzerland has given the green light for prenatal testing for Down's syndrome, Swiss media reported Sunday, 29 July 2012.

31 Jul 2012

MANUFACTURING

Hulamin hurt by mill failure

Hulamin‚ a maker of rolled and extruded aluminium products‚ reported a normalised headline loss of R8-million for the interim period to the end of June‚ from a R45-million profit in the same period last year.

3 Aug 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Top Women Awards single out business' rising stars

The rising stars of business excellence stepped up to the stage on Wednesday night to collect their awards at the 9th annual Top Women Awards. The Awards shine the spotlight on this year's top businesswomen and companies at the forefront of gender empowerment.

Issued by Topco Media 14 Aug 2012

ICT

Datacentrix delivers Lenovo laptops to Ernst & Young

In a project that is set to continue for the remainder of the year, Ernst & Young - a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services - has rolled out more than 450 Lenovo X220 and T420 devices. The hardware is being supplied by Datacentrix, a provider of high performing and secure ICT solutions.

17 Aug 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Softline VIP continues to invest in the lives of underprivileged learners
Softline VIP continues to invest in the lives of underprivileged learners

Softline VIP continues to invest in the lives of underprivileged learners through its Life and Business Skills Programme. The programme was launched in 2011 aimed at equipping Grade 10 to 12 learners from disadvantaged backgrounds with essential life and business skills which will aid them in their task of finding work once they matriculate.

Issued by Sage VIP 21 Aug 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Seven tickets up for grabs for tomorrow's Thought Leadership Digibate
Seven tickets up for grabs for tomorrow's Thought Leadership Digibate

Seven tickets are up for grabs for the next Thought Leadership Digibate taking place tomorrow, Friday, 24 August 2012 in Johannesburg. The event will stream live on www.bizradio.co.za from 9.30am to 11am. If you are interested in attending the digibate and be part of the live event audience please email Warren Harding on moc.ytinummoczib@nerraw. Tickets are free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

23 Aug 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Alan Peevers appointed as MD at Y&R Nairobi
Alan Peevers appointed as MD at Y&R Nairobi

Alan Peevers has been appointed as the new managing director of Y&R Nairobi, the ad gency at the centre of the Y&R Brands business in Kenya, where he will retain the role of creative director - the position he was hired to fulfil earlier this year.

5 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Passing Trains wins the Currie Cup
Passing Trains wins the Currie Cup

Passing Trains won the Currie Cup recently, or at least the privilege to shoot two commercials for this iconic South African rugby competition.

Issued by Passing Trains Film & Television 6 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Mobile gadget gamers take lead in US

SAN FRANCISCO, US: People who play games on smartphones or tablet computers in the United States now outnumber "hardcore gamers" devoted to videogame consoles, according to NPD Group findings released last week.

10 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Concepts of media regulation

A case for statutory media regulation

By Lumko Mtimde, Issued by MDDA 11 Sep 2012

FINANCE

TaxTim online solution available in four languages

TaxTim, a new online virtual tax assistant now offers more South African tax payers the opportunity to file their tax returns in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu. For the first time ever, 63% of South Africans can now do their own tax returns with complete confidence in their home language. TaxTim is now the only tax assistant in South Africa that has a multi-language offering.

13 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Facebook could capture 50% of global search market in just a few years
Facebook could capture 50% of global search market in just a few years

LONDON, UK: CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that Facebook has every intention of giving Google a run for its money by marrying social networking with one of the most valuable areas of the technology industry: Search. The search market represents a "big opportunity" that Facebook is uniquely positioned to address, said Zuckerberg at a tech industry conference in San Francisco recently.

17 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Payroll in the cloud - making life easier for SMEs
Payroll in the cloud - making life easier for SMEs

Five years since its inception, the cloud is making life easier for start-up businesses and SMEs according to Sandra Swanepoel, director, Softline VIP, a leading HR and payroll software and services provider in South Africa and across the Africa continent.

Issued by Sage VIP 19 Sep 2012

GOVERNMENT

Anti-toll group concerned over court decision
Anti-toll group concerned over court decision

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Association (OUTA) has expressed concern that the voices of Gauteng road users were not heard in the Constitutional Court yesterday.

21 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Our jobs portal - value for your money
Our jobs portal - value for your money

Since the very beginning, back in 2001, we at Bizcommunity.com have put you, our customers, clients and readers, first. And that is nowhere less true than in having industry jobs available on the site.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 21 Sep 2012

RETAIL

Tiger Brands acquires majority share in Nigeria flour mill
Tiger Brands acquires majority share in Nigeria flour mill

SA consumer goods group Tiger Brands (TBS) has acquired a 63.35% shareholding in Dangote Flour Mills Plc in Nigeria for approximately R1.5 billion. The transaction is expected to be effected during the first week of October.

25 Sep 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

RIM expands presence in Nigeria
RIM expands presence in Nigeria

Nicholas Jotischky, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media has made the announcement that RIM will expand its presence in Nigeria by opening up a BlackBerry-branded store in Lagos.

28 Sep 2012

FINANCE

Merger makes SekelaXabiso one of biggest accounting firms

The merger of Sekela Consulting and Xabiso Chartered Accountants to form SekelaXabiso has brought into being one of the country's largest accounting and auditing firms - one that has defined its goal as furthering good governance through providing best-practice internal audit services, external audit, forensic services and business consulting.

1 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

VIP Payroll, BDO and Pastel Accounting partner to provide one-stop-shop for African expansion

The African continent has enjoyed its best growth decade on record and today is one of the world's fastest growing regions, with six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. It therefore makes business sense for South African firms to look at expanding into Africa and opening branches in other parts of the continent.

Issued by Sage VIP 2 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Nelson Mandela Bridge shines pink in October, for Breast Cancer Awareness with Estée Lauder
Nelson Mandela Bridge shines pink in October, for Breast Cancer Awareness with Estée Lauder

In 2000, Mrs Evelyn Lauder launched The BCA Campaign's Global Landmarks Illuminations Initiative. This initiative involves illuminating notable landmarks in glowing pink lights all over the world to call attention to breast health and early detection. In 2010, The Estée Lauder BCA Campaign earned a Guinness World Record for "Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours". The BCA Campaign will continue to illuminate notable landmarks in our markets globally.

Issued by Estée Lauder 2 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

FNB seals deals with mPowa, Mxit
FNB seals deals with mPowa, Mxit

First National Bank (FNB) said yesterday, Tuesday 2 October 2012, it planned to introduce a new mobile payment device for merchants following an agreement with mPowa‚ the first company to introduce the technology in the UK. The bank's eWallet service has also been integrated by Mxit into Mxit Money‚ its mobile commerce platform‚ to create FNB Moola+.

3 Oct 2012

HEALTHCARE

Rise of 'greying generation'

Governments in developing countries, including South Africa, are facing the challenge of having to deal with a growing population of older people.

3 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Comment: Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS
Comment: Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS

LONDON, UK: Mike Roberts, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, comments on Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA acquiring MetroPCS.

6 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

SABC: Faulty Towers at its worst
SABC: Faulty Towers at its worst

NEWSWATCH: According to yesterday's Sunday Times and today's Times Live, much of the licence fees we pay to the SABC are being wasted, misspent and if the newspaper terminology is to be used... "looted". Meanwhile, Times Live also reports taxpayers are going to be coughing up yet more cash to prop up the broadcaster's new 24-hour news channel - which in an editorial the publication says we can "ill-afford". However, some good news: The new press regulations have been well received, reports BDlive.

By Rod Baker 8 Oct 2012

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

SA's construction: stability and small growth over the next four years

In a Moneyweb opinion piece, Saijil Singh, lead analyst with international credit insurer Coface South Africa, assessed the state of SA's construction industry and stipulated how it is expected to perform over the next four years. Coface estimates a 7% construction costs rise in 2013.

8 Oct 2012

HEALTHCARE

HASA appoints new chairperson
HASA appoints new chairperson

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) has appointed Melanie Da Costa, director of strategy and health policy at Netcare, as its chairperson.

3 Oct 2012

HEALTHCARE

New drug shrinks brain tumours in melanoma patients
New drug shrinks brain tumours in melanoma patients

Australian researchers have given hope to patients with advanced melanoma by showing that a new drug targeting a common mutation in melanoma successfully shrank tumours that had spread to the brain.

9 Oct 2012

HEALTHCARE

Simple blood test could be used to detect breast cancer

A simple blood test could one day be a more accurate way to test for the early signs of breast cancer than using mammograms to spot a lump researchers said last week, as Breast Cancer Awareness Month got underway.

9 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Virgin Mobile enters new era under new management

Virgin Mobile SA is entering a new era under its new and majority shareholder Friendi‚ a Middle East based mobile virtual network operator‚ and a new CEO who has laid out turnaround plans for the company.

By Thabiso Mochiko 9 Oct 2012

LOGISTICS & TRANSPORT

IATA lifts airline profits forecast for 2012
IATA lifts airline profits forecast for 2012

Airline profits will be better than expected this year but the air transport sector is still on a "knife edge", the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday.

9 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

NATIVE Mobile Report highlights some NB industry issues
NATIVE Mobile Report highlights some NB industry issues

The latest issue of the NATIVE Mobile Report covers some important industry events - including the launch of iPhone 5 and the release of iOS6, the Loeries and the 4G race that is hotting up in SA.

10 Oct 2012

GOVERNMENT

Motlanthe wraps-up Italy visit
Motlanthe wraps-up Italy visit

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe concluded his official visit to Italy on Wednesday where he held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.

10 Oct 2012

TOURISM

Pumba in paradise
Pumba in paradise

Just a hop, skip and jump away from Grahamstown towards Port Elizabeth is Pumba Private Game Reserve.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 12 Oct 2012

LIFESTYLE

Live theatre at its best on the big screen
Live theatre at its best on the big screen

Just when you thought you'd seen the ultimate in live theatre, along comes the National Theatre in London's ingenious realisation of Mark Haddon's international best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.

By Daniel Dercksen 11 Oct 2012

LIFESTYLE

Michael Jackson lives on in HIStory!
Michael Jackson lives on in HIStory!

"Music has been my outlet, my gift to all the lovers in this world," Michael Jackson once said. "Through it, my music, I know I will live forever." Well, based on Kenny Wizz's spectacular performance in HIStory II, the king of pop won't be going out of our lives any time soon.

By Eugene Yiga 11 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

New TVC for Standard Bank brings in next phase of Moving Forward campaign
New TVC for Standard Bank brings in next phase of Moving Forward campaign

The new TVC for Standard Bank's 'Moving Forward' campaign is a snapshot of historic moments from the first flight to the first democratic elections in South Africa, all to the tune of 'Sh'boom' by The Crew Cuts, which enjoyed nine weeks at Number One in the charts in 1954.

12 Oct 2012

FINANCE

Absa wins 2012 Ask Africa Orange Index award
Absa wins 2012 Ask Africa Orange Index award

Absa is the only bank in the top 20 of the 2012 Ask Africa Orange Index and the winner of the Banking Category for Customer Service. The bank says happy customers voted with their hearts and rewarded Absa with the top spot in Service Excellence in the Banking Industry Category.

12 Oct 2012

LIFESTYLE

Behind the door of Apartment 107
Behind the door of Apartment 107

Apartment 107, the first show by the Enerchi Emporium dance company, premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown earlier this year. Described as "a journey through the life of a home and the people that live there", it is now showing at the Kalk Bay Theatre in Cape Town for a limited run.

By Eugene Yiga 12 Oct 2012

MARKETING & MEDIA

Volcano CEO announced ICOM+IN Network regional director
Volcano CEO announced ICOM+IN Network regional director

Volcano Group CEO, Peter Jackson, has been appointed to the board as regional director: Africa for the ICOM+IN Network. The announcement was made at the network's EMEA regional meeting held in Milan, Italy last week. The Volcano Group was also appointed lead agency for the region.

17 Oct 2012

GREENBIZ

Illegal rhino killings now exceeds 2011 total
Illegal rhino killings now exceeds 2011 total

The latest rhino poaching statistics released by the Department of Environmental Affairs is a cause of serious concern. Since the beginning of the year, South Africa has lost 455 rhinos due to illegal killings. WWF-South Africa says this means more rhinos have been killed in 2012, compared to the total number killed in 2011.

22 Oct 2012

GOVERNMENT

SA's ambassador to Oman returns to post pending probe

South Africa's Ambassador to Oman, Yusuf Saloojee, is at his posting in Muscat, Oman, temporarily, pending the finalisation of an on-going investigation, says the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco).

24 Oct 2012

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