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It’s a touchy subject for some, but completely necessary to explore: Here’s how Fort Review is amplifying the need to truly hear the black voices in advertising and stop being creative Jekyll and Hydes.   It’s no secret that the SA ad industry is in drastic need of transformation. It’s not necessarily that there aren’t enough black voices in the industry, more that those voices are not being heard, and those truths are not being well told. That’s what I call an advertising fail. Take Neo Makongoza, senior copywriter at Native VML, for example. He has worked in the industry......

Dear FMCG brand managers, if your product is appealing to the township (black) market, why are you using Sandton-based agencies? Will it not serve you better to be working with agencies that are actually township-based and live the culture, with a full understanding of the market you’re trying to appeal to? I remember sitting down with one FMCG CEO a few years ago, asking for advice in expanding my business into Africa, and one of the lessons he shared was that, in order to expand into a country like Nigeria, one needs to partner with a local. This is because......

As the advertising industry faces an April implementation of new transformation targets, the independent House of Brave agency has sold a 25.1% stake to FastGro Investment Holdings, a 100% black-owned investment firm active in various sectors, including hospitality, franchising and construction. A 45% black industry ownership target has been stipulated in the marketing, advertising and communications BBBEE charter from the end of March. Many agencies are unlikely to hit this mark, and many are accelerating a ramp-up strategy. House of Brave will within weeks announce a share realignment that will further increase its black shareholding. Among House of Brave’s clients......