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Leo Manne, managing director at Net#work BBDO has been elected to serve on the Association of Communication and Advertising board of directors. The announcement was made on Wednesday, 14 July 2021....

The IAB Bookmark Awards will be celebrating 13 years of this digital excellence, giving recognition to pioneering agencies, brands and publishers, and Selae Thobakgale will lead the announcement of South African digital marketing’s industry benchmarks alongside the 2021 Bookmarks Round Table of industry executives come 29 July. We find out from the media and advertising titan what we can expect at the 2021 IAB Bookmark Awards. Congratulations on being announced as host of the upcoming IAB Bookmark Awards. How do you feel about this? It is such an honour to be selected as the host. The unique proposition is my......

Ster-Kinekor, the official Cannes Lions representative in South Africa, along with Bizcommunity, online media partner to Ster-Kinekor and Creative Circle, invite you to Cannes Trend Talks 2021 presented by Ann Nurock. Save the date and book now:22 July 2021 | 2pm | R150 per ticketSecure your ticket at moc.rokenikrets@sklatdnertsennac Presented by Ann Nurock in association with: Film Lions juror: Brett Morris Media Lions juror: Tanya Schreuder Entertainment Lions for Sport juror: Bryan Habana Print and Publishing Lions juror: Nkgabiseng Motau Radio and Audio Lions juror: Lufuno Mavhungu Industry Craft Lions: Steph van Niekerk...

Avatar Agency Group has announced that it worked alongside Corruption Watch in the launch of South Africa’s first interactive open data tool, Veza. The tool aims to safeguard transparency in policing in the country. The tool also aims to place the power to hold the South African Police Service (SAPS) accountable in the hands of the public.  Veza is a colloquial term for ‘reveal’ or ‘expose’. The tool aims to equip a wide range of people — from researchers, journalists, activists and communities to the public at large — with the knowledge and insight to demand better and more accountable......

Nkgabiseng Motau, CCO and founding partner at Think Creative Africa, was once again selected to be part of the jury for Cannes Lions 2021 A giant in the industry, she holds creativity from the South African perspective close to her heart. Motau has been a recurring judge for Loeries, Pendorings, Creative Circle and Cannes Young Lions. She was a Jury Member for the 2020 D&AD Awards and is a member of the ABInbev Braintrust. Here, we find out more about her day-to-day work and what her life looks like behind the scenes… What does your role as CCO entail and......

Hackneyed as it may sound, ‘to be young, gifted and black’ fits snugly by way of defining Tebogo Ditshego, a phenomenal young achiever whose rise can only be described with another cliché – meteoric. He is chief executive officer of Ditshego Media, which he founded in 2011. Three years later, he was listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s top 30 African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30. The accolades have never stopped coming. Last year he was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to be the Chairperson of the Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Awards. The latest feather in his cap......

SAVE THE DATE 14-24 October 2021 – Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces theme, dates and new curator for 2021’s hybrid event: #BuildCozYouHaveTo The annual celebration of tech-powered African creativity is hitting reset with a phygital format and social sculptor dillion s. phiri is in the curator’s seat. Tshimologong Innovation Precinct and Wits School of Arts are proud to announce the 8th annual Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival 2021 by the newly appointed curator dillion s. phiri. Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 will continue to bring industry, researchers and creators together to celebrate how technology enables creativity while zooming in on the ways this relationship shapes our......

Mediology has appointed industry heavyweight, Boniswa Pezisa as executive director. This appointment coincides with the agency’s celebration of 15 years in business and continued commitment to creative media thinking. One of Mediology’s key differentiators is its diverse team, which hold a combination of experience and broad perspectives across various markets, industries, and disciplines. Pezisa strengthens the team, with her enviable career, which includes, holding positions as the Group CEO for Net#work BBDO, chairperson for both the Loeries and ACA (Association for Communication & Advertising), and more recently, being inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. Congrats on being appointed as......

Digital communication has become the first choice for brands and those who fail to recognise this will miss out. It is also cost-effective and, if done right, can do more for a brand’s reach than other channels Much like every other industry, public relations has had to change. Since the onset of Covid, the industry has been forced to shift and rethink its approach from “hard sell” communication to a softer and more considered approach. And that change has not always been easy, says Sylvester Chauke, founder of DNA Brand Architects, which became the first black-owned agency to win the......

“As a young, Black female, I believe it’s not only important to service clients but also to open up the digital floor to much needed conversations so that the campaigns we work on bring about real change,” Says Nombulelo Malinga, founder and director of Zizi Digital, which specialises in social media marketing and offers 360 digital consulting service. As such, Zizi Digital have launched the #Zizi4Youth campaign and competition where one youth owned startup in South Africa could win R5000 in cash to help them in their entrepreneurship endeavors.  Nombulelo Malinga shares more about Zizi Digital. Can you tell us......

PRISM Young Voices (PYV), PR land’s under 30 talent set to take the industry by storm. DNA Brand Architects All-Star, Sicelo Vilakazi was announced as the PYV of the Year for the 2019 cohort as voted for by his peers. What Does this recognition and opportunity means to you? Being selected as a PRISM Young Voice of the Year is a great achievement for myself as it rewards for all the hard work i have put in over the last years or so   “I see it is a platform that I can use to set my mark in the......

The negative perception of Africa has always been linked to media and advertising. This has led to the stereotypical view of Africa as a dark continent. Advertisers, creatives, photographers, media practitioners and even African citizens themselves now have the opportunity to change that. How? Through authenticity. It is vital that content put out of Africans is as authentic as possible. These were the sentiments shared at a digital event hosted on Africa Day. The idea was a collaboration between photography marketplace and stock footage platform Afristock and digital media company Afrikaren Media. They hit the world by storm as over......

Tastic and Laduma campaign wins big at South Africa’s most sought after PR awards DNA Brand Architects made history at the 2021 Prism Awards by becoming the first Black-owned agency to win the prestigious Best Large PR Consultancy of the Year award. This comes on the back of consistent wins at Prisms by the agency over the last five years, including three Campaign of the Year Silver awards and being the very first Black-owned agency to win Campaign of the Year Gold in 2019. The annual Prism Awards, celebrating excellence in the public relations and communication industry took place on Friday, 4......

I have just finished listening to the scintillating Secrete Sauce podcast series on the founding and explosive growth of Airbnb. The lessons shared in the series got me thinking. Airbnb defied the odds Since the co-founders – Brian Chesky (current CEO), Joe Gabbia and Nathan Blecharcsky – founded this home rental business in August 2008, incidentally three months before I founded eNitiate, they have dealt with many challenges; from investors who did not believe in their idea, misbehaving guests that trashed hosts’ apartments, legislation that has tried to crush their business based on the allegation that it is promoting illegal......

Nkanyezi Masango Executive Creative DirectorThe King James Group andFounder at Blackboard Nkanyezi is an Executive Creative Director at King James in Cape Town, working on brands such as TymeBank, SA’s fastest-growing bank and iconic Sanlam and Santam. His career began at Hunt Lascaris Johannesburg in 2002 as a junior writer. A few years later, Nkanyezi’s curiosity led him to TBWA Hong Kong, where he got the once-in-a-life-time chance of working on adidas for the Beijing Olympics, Shangri-la and an animated series for Standard Chartered Bank. Masango’s work has been recognised multiple times at LIA, Cannes Lions, D&AD, One Show, Epicas, New York......

Dearly beloved Kotex,  Allow us to demystify some of the misperceptions you are carrying around in your head (it’s #freedommonth2021 so it’s for free – no worries moghel) 1. The biggest problem with most if not all #sanitarypads brands is their disrespect and disregard for consumer insights.   2. In your case it is either you know what women go through when they have periods Aaaaaaaand period pains YET you chose to disregard that or you do not know.  3. We are going to give you benefit of doubt and opt for the former belief – you do KNOW what......

For context, here are three communications industry examples I read somewhere sometime ago, that either one of the Hunt Lascaris founding duo (now called TBWA Hunt Lascaris), or the founder of Ogilvy (or was it Rory Sutherland?), mentioned that the communications industry is not a place to create wealth. I gather this meant making gazillions of money. I attended the 2019 Coca-Cola Supplier Development Conference in Johannesburg, at which event SME supplier database stats were shared by this multinational conglomerate, and it became clear that there was an over-supply of services from Black marketing and communications agencies, and yet there......

Hope goes a long way The Avatar Agency Group is taking a bite of KFC after the group has been awarded the Add Hope account. The account will be serviced by Avatar Public Relations. Avatar will provide internal communications and through-the-line services for Add Hope, a movement that brings together staff, big business, ordinary citizens and civil society to address childhood hunger. Suhayl Limbada, Marketing Director at KFC South Africa, described the agency’s proposal as “innovative with a bold strategic direction.” “Add Hope continues to feed more than 150 000 children per day. In 2021, as KFC celebrates its 50th year in South......

Although the incident that put the Black Lives Matter movement back in the headlines is one based in the U.S., the concept of racial inequality is something that is widely understood across the world, and especially in Africa. The colonial history of our nations can unfortunately still be felt and seen in everyday life, and even in some advertising. What movements like these remind all of us to do is to commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as part of the fabric of how our businesses and teams operate. We know that marketing has the power to both break......

Two major events took place in the past 2 weeks. Here they are, in reverse order: 1. On Wednesday, the 3rd of February, Greyhound – the bus company that has been transporting people within South Africa, and cross border to and from neighbouring countries safely and reliably for the past 37 years – announced that it will be closing down on Valentine’s Day – February the 14th. Announcement: Greyhound and Citiliner are closing operations. Services will run until 14 February 2021. Passengers with tickets booked for services after this date will be refunded. For assistance with refunds, contact Call Centre:......

The IAB South Africa is thrilled to announce the names of the newly-elected members of the Transformation Council. Under the leadership of the inimitable Veli Ngubane, founding partner and chief creative officer of the Avatar Agency Group, the IAB SA Transformation Council consists of 14 dynamic individuals who will work together with fellow industry bodies and partners to champion diversity and inclusivity in the industry with the aim of facilitating lasting change that empowers Black digital media and marketing professionals. Leading by example, this iteration of the council comprises over 50% female and almost 100% diversified members. Members will serve......

by Lufuno Makungo (@LMwonder) While I cringe at the title of this article, it’s a fair question. It’s like asking if there’s a viable market for Chinese advertising agencies in China. But the question is relevant here, given our political history and the current economic structure. The most-transformed sector in the county is the public sector, simply because we have the political power. Broad and interlinked, not narrow In talking transformation, we often narrow it down to only one thing — when the issues are broad and interlinked. In advertising, lack of transformation refers to the white-dominated industry but we fail......

I was recently asked for an opinion on why black-owned agencies are so often excluded from lucrative requests for Proposals(RFPs). My response was fairly cryptic but the conversation made me realise that there will be some value in capturing some of these issues in an article to help buyers understand the specific issues that black-owned and operated agencies are typically challenged with. I would like to convey some of my own thoughts, as well as that of Lufuno Makungo. However, I do believe that this is a topic that should be explored in more depth, so I will keep on sharing updates......

  It’s season 2 of IG Talk with Veli Ngubane. This week, join Veli as he chats to Khensani Nobanda, Group Executive for Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Nedbank. Watch it here: https://bit.ly/32j64tI #UnitedInCreativity  ...

Even just thinking about this, it is tiring. I’m sure what you are about to read is just the tip of the iceberg, but here’s a few list of things that explain why it is exhausting to be black in advertising: as a black creative, you essentially have two jobs. The first is doing the day-to-day job that you get paid for (as little and discouraging as it is), and the second job is managing your blackness. If you’ve ever worked two jobs at the same time, you know how taxing this is. Managing your blackness can mean that you......

by MarkLives (@marklives) The marketing and advertising industries are transforming. So why are so many black professionals disgruntled with the rate of progress? And is the quality of most of the work specifically directed at a black audiences still sub-par? We emailed a panel of key industry executives for their take. First up is Ivan Moroke of Co-Currency. Ivan Moroke The career of Ivan Moroke (@ivanmoroke) has shaped and has been shaped by brands, from running his family shebeen in Atteridgeville (many, many years ago) to starting a marketing consultancy, Co-Currency, 18 months ago. Consciously and unconsciously, his passion for what he does......

The journey of diversity and inclusion in SA Adland has been mixed, with great gains in some pockets and huge frustration in others. As much as ownership is a key component for a transformed industry, there is need to look beyond. Transformation at the entry import in also key, are youth of colour being equipped to attain success and how are women being prioritised at all levels. How do we move forward together and create an industry that generations to come will feel proud of? Join Bongani Chinkanda, Founder of Diaries of a Salesman in conversation with Pepe Marais (Group Chief Creative Officer,......

Earlier this week on IG Sessions, Veli Ngubane hosted Kutlwano Ditsele of SERITI Films. Watch as they chat about the new normal, and how Covid-19 has had an impact on the South African film industry....

The tourism sector is a large contributor to the growth of the economy. Despite the headwinds currently impacting the South African tourism industry and the greater economy, the sector continues to be resilient and will gradually recover. Just in case you missed it, watch Veli Ngubane, Chief Creative Officer of Avatar as he chats to Chief Executive Officer of SA Tourism, Sisa Ntshona unpacking the effects of COVID-19 and how it has impacted the tourism sector....

Join us tonight at 6pm for our #UnitedInCreativity sessions where Veli Ngubane, CCO of  Avatar Agency Group will be hosting Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SA Tourism. Watch it here: https://bit.ly/3fNG13s...

Watch Episode 7 of Business Beat with Odette van der Haar, as she unpacks transformation in the advertising industry with the CEO of Duke Advertising, Wayne Naidoo....

Suhayl Limbada, a people oriented Marketing leader with a strong track record of positive brand results and commercial success in a broad range of roles. He is passionate about people, creativity and brands. Tonight on IG Talk, catch Avatar Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Veli Ngubane in conversation with KFC Marketing Director, Suhayl Limbada. Tune in here:  https://bit.ly/3dZHZvH...

In case you’ve missed it, see Avatar’s Chief Creative Officer, Veli Ngubane as he chats to Chief Marketing Officer of Google Africa, Mzamo Masito, as they talk all things creativity: from ways to maximise Google as a useful tool in South African businesses to how Google has assisted people during this pandemic as well as a discussion regarding the recent social injustice, #BlackLivesMatter and how brands have reacted to the BLM movement. Tune in here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCWTeIFnOS9  ...

A strategist turned creative, Veli has not only co-founded Avatar, but also inspired a new agency offering, YGK, and is part of M&N Brands, a holding company with diversified investments in leading advertising, media and communication businesses. Join him tonight on IG Talk at 6pm for #UnitedInCreativity, as he will be in conversation with the Chief Marketing Officer of Google Africa, Mzamo Masito. Tune in here:  https://bit.ly/3dZHZvH...

Avatar Co-Founder and Group Managing Director Veli Ngubane chats to Publicis Africa Managing Director, Odette Van Der Haar. Tune in here: https://www.instagram.com/sacreatives/?hl=en  ...

Leading advertising, brand and communications group, Joe Public United, has announced that 60% of the company has been acquired by black shareholders. This deal is a significant milestone in local advertising and marketing industry, as it results in Joe Public United now becoming the largest majority black-owned, independent agency group in South Africa. The deal not only benefits staff, but perfectly positions the group to achieve a long-held ambition of becoming the country’s number one communications group. The transaction sees three senior agency executives Khuthala Gala Holten, Xolisa Dyeshana and Mpume Ngobese acquiring 26% through a newly created company, Ikamva......

Avatar Co-Founder and COO Veli Ngubane chats to Duma Collective founder, Sibu Mabena, about her journey in entrepreneurship and how she strives for greatness as a female in the advertising industry....

Ahmed Tilly (SA Advertising Maverick and Creative Advisor), Ahmed Tilly talks about women in advertising and the slow pace transformation in advertising. Tilly challenges white men in advertising to move the conversation forward. He posits that it makes no sense for only black people to talk about transformation. Ahmed Tilly, his career officially kicked off in 1996 as a junior copywriter when he joined Lindsay Smithers FCB. He spent a couple of years at the agency before doing a stint at Publicist. In 1999 he joined The Jupiter Drawing Room, Cape Town. 5 years later he returned to Johannesburg to......