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Chew on pop and design culture at Toffie

The Toffie Pop Culture Festival and Design Conference is back in Cape Town for its second year and promises to give delegates lots to chew on (ok, that was cheap – like the tickets!). The festival/conference hybrid, which takes place at the truly lovely grand dame of Cape Town, the City Hall, Thursday 24 March – Saturday 26 March 2011, offers a mix of workshops, speakers, curated exhibitions, films, boxing matches and parties.

Derrick wants to save the world

Big thinking lies behind new Cape Town agency Derrick, which hopes to combine business sustainability with environmental friendliness, a collaborative approach to communication and media neutrality. It has been launched by Livio Tronchin (ex-Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town), Mark Stead (former CD at KingJames RSVP) and Myles Hoppé (former brand manager at the company designing SA’s first electric car, the Joule).

No more Amatomu (for now)

Stories we are following today: My Branded Life [mandylives.com] King James‘ Alex van Tonder talks about so called “social media gurus”, women in advertising, those incoherent 5fm ads and the dodgy boys club. Germany to GM, re: Opel: SCREW YOU! [thedailymaverick.co.za] Economy minister Rainer Bruederle told GM CEO Fritz Henderson that “General Motors should basically […]

London is great ‘cept our burgers are better

The latest TV ad for Steers by King James Joburg features two friends Skyping . “The idea came to us when we were discussing how we all have those annoying friends overseas always rubbing it in about how great it is over there,” adds Mike Wilson, creative director. “But they all, to a man, really miss great SA products like Mrs Balls, Marmite, Pro Nutro, biltong and, of course, our amazing Steers burgers.”

Creative Directors: Greg Cameron and Mike Wilson