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PARKTOWN – Aspiring business leaders and young entrepreneurs gathered to meet this year’s judges at a media briefing at Emoyeni Estate. Members of the media joined dynamic speakers and Africa’s business elite at the media-briefing to launch the 8th All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) at Emoyeni Estate. The evening event hosted by AABLA in partnership with CNBC Africa aimed at introducing the esteemed panel of southern Africa judges who were selected to oversee the tough judging process of the awards. https://rosebankkillarneygazette.co.za/233413/young-entrepreneurs-to-saddle-up-for-the-upcoming-awards/...

Entrepreneur, Shaka Sisulu has announced that he has acquired a 51% stake in creative digital agency, Retroviral Digital Communications, becoming its BEE partner in his personal capacity, a development that raises Retroviral’s empowerment status to BBBEE Level 2. http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/16/178250.html...

On the back of an impressive win at the PRISM Awards a few weeks back, DNA Brand Architects received another global recognition at the prestigious International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Awards Gala, for their Steers Respek Nation campaign. The world’s best business communicators gathered in Montréal Canada to celebrate excellence in strategic communication and to give kudos to communication campaigns that got the nod at this prestigious event. http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/18/178119.html...

by MarkLives (@marklives) Nedbank has awarded its digital media services account to The Odd Number, following a competitive pitch process; the business was formerly held by The Mediashop. The win follows shortly on last month’s news that The Odd Number has become lead agency for Wimpy. “The media landscape is constantly changing and, as a brand, we need to stay abreast of these trends to ensure that we reach our desired audience in an efficient and cost-effective manner through media-buying strategies,” says Khensani Nobanda, Nedbank Group marketing and corporate affairs group executive. “We believe that the appointment of The Odd Number will help......

Think Creative Hub’s cofounders and creative directors Nkgabiseng ‘Nkgabi’ Motau and Mukondi Ralushayi explain their Cannes Lions links; why they just couldn’t ignore feeling the itch of entrepreneurship two years ago, their stellar successes since, and what to do if you’re trying to scratch that same itch. http://m.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/758/178134.html  ...

CEO and founder of DNA Brand Architects, Sylvester Chauke, was thrilled after the company scooped a prestigious Gold Quill award for its Steers campaign “The feeling is beyond just me. We are honoured that as a business, we are punching way above our weight in delivering impactful work that move our clients forward,” he says. Chauke told DESTINY that this milestone was achieved through a collective effort from the client on the project including the team that executed the project to a level lauded in global platforms. “The Gold Quills are such a great validation and we are thankful and proud as......

Back for its 8th edition, the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa is set to honor both businesses and business leaders around Africa for the year 2018. AABLA recognizes remarkable business leaders, who through strength, innovation and foresight induce positive changes in an evolving corporate Africa. Per usual, AABLA will be honoring leaders in a series of regional award ceremonies in East, West and Southern Africa, before an All Afric grande finale in November. The categories to be considered are: Young Business Leader of the Year Entrepreneur of the Year Business Women of the Year Innovator of the Year (New......

A ROLE in a back-to-school television commercial at the age of 12 sparked a lifelong love affair with brand communications for entrepreneur Sylvester Chauke. At age 35, he now heads his own communications and brand consultancy and has worked on many of SA’s biggest brands. Chauke is the oldest person at his agency, DNA Brand Architects, which he founded four years ago. A staff complement of 20 seeks to “solve business problems” in reaching target audiences, and he says DNA consistently punches above its weight at the boardroom tables of big business. “DNA is a mashup of everything I’ve done......

“Entering for ‘cluster 6’ of the Prisa Prism Awards – best agency and best PR practitioner – is more than submitting an entry, it is about getting feedback from highly regarded experienced professionals. Entrants ought to review it and apply it – it will be to their benefit” – Dr Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, CEO of Business DNA and cluster 6 chief judge. Best PR professional Silver – Jolene van Heerden As communications manager for Mahle, an automotive component manufacturer in Durban, she has challenged the automotive industry to take ownership in assisting and addressing the ongoing shortage of skilled engineers and......

DNA Brand Architects, a marketing and brand communications agency that’s known for making wow stuff happen for brands, walked away with three honours at the 2017 instalment of the SA Small Business Awards by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). The awards ceremony is an annual project by the NSBC that recognises the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding small businesses and the exceptional entrepreneurs behind these emerging companies. DNA Brand Architects was honoured as one of top 20 Small Businesses in South Africa having met......

Earlier this month (April 2018), we were alerted by our patrons, that ZARA ( INDUSTRIA DE DISEÑO TEXTILE, S.A. (INDITEX S.A. Pty Ltd) company has copied one of our signature patterns. These patterns were appropriated & reproduced in as part of their sock range which they shared as new in their best-sellers on their online store (see image below). Their sock range resembles our Khanyisa Cardigan which was launch in March 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg. The cardigan is still available on our online store and has been on runways globally, the piece is still one of our......

JOHANNESBURG – International luxury vehicle manufacturer Mercedes Benz apologised for “offending” South Africans following social media outrage over their Mother’s Day advertisement The advert shows a woman playing different roles, from taking care of her child to owning a business. Mercedes Benz South Africa has since deleted the video on Twitter after some South African Twitter users pointed out that there were no black mothers in the advert. Mercedes Benz said the video was created “internationally” to lend the company’s support for Mother’s Day. “We under-represented the diversity of our followers in South Africa through the use of a single......

This is how our R500 bank note should look like in honour of Mama according to Romeo Romz-Deluxe Malepe   R300 note according to him. And finally R200 note in honour of Mama Winnie Madikezela Mandela according to Romz-Deluxe   Pictures courtesy of Romeo Romz-Deluxe Malepe: ...

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Avatar’s Cape Town agency has won the integrated agency business for global fashion retailer, H&M, in South Africa. Avatar, which is part of the M&N Brands group, will offer a number of services, including above the line, digital, social, below the line and public relations. “Help make a difference” “We’ve had our eye on H&M for a long time,” says Mthunzi Plaatjie, Avatar Cape Town managing director,  “And knew we wanted to help make a difference and help them navigate the local space. A win like this is also testament to the vision of building Avatar to be a world-class agency as......

by Herman Manson (@marklives) The Odd Number has been appointed as lead agency for Wimpy, following a five-way pitch that included incumbent agency FCB Africa, King James II, Grey South Africa and Net#work BBDO. Xola Nouse, The Odd Number co-founder and managing director, says the agency is honoured to be working on such a truly iconic South African brand. “The partnership comes at the right time for our agency, and for the local advertising industry as a whole — it says a lot about Wimpy’s commitment to South African business, and to the future of our industry.” “Our Year 3 strategic objective in......

  Stadio Holdings — the listed, PSG-aligned, private tertiary education specialist behind the “Multiversity” concept — has chosen The Odd Number as its creative partner following a three-way pitch. “The concept of a Multiversity is all about respecting the uniqueness of each student and catering for the diverse and relevant needs of the South African marketplace,” says Julian Ribeiro, Stadio head of marketing. “When we put our business out to pitch, we weren’t just looking for an agency but a partner who believed in this way of thinking. The Odd Number really impressed us with their energy and passion. They went......

by MarkLives (@marklives) Avatar has been awarded the Caltex above-the-line account. The business will be shared between its Johannesburg and Cape Town agencies. This is the second major account win announced by the agency this year, following hot on the heels of the the integrated agency business win for global fashion retailer, H&M, in South Africa. “Our journey with Caltex started two years ago, when we were appointed as their digital agency, to now being appointed as the brand’s full-service agency,” says Mthunzi Plaatjie, Cape Town managing director. “It was a tough three-way pitch but our team’s experience, creative excellence and integrated approach won it for......

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......