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Editor & Publisher  Herman Manson (Cape Town)
Editor-at-Large Simone Puterman (Johannesburg)
Consulting Editors  Mandy de Waal, Arthur Goldstuck

Columnists: Al Mackay, Alistair Mokoena, Andy Rice, Arthur Goldstuck, Artwell Nwaila, Colwyn Elder, Emma King, Gill Moodie, Mongezi Mtati, Oresti Patricios, Paul Jacobson, Sean McCoy, Tom Fels

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“Manson’s MarkLives website is the most authoritative voice on marketing and advertising in South Africa.” – Grubstreet, the advertising, design and media site getting known for exacting content. Run by Herman Manson, the site provides a journalism-driven platform for industry news, opinion, analysis, case studies, profiles and marketing innovations. The result is a fresh, independent and investigative view of southern Africa’s changing communication landscape.

Manson is a respected business journalist, with a long track record in both writing and publishing. He was recently awarded as the inaugural Vodacom Social Media Journalist of the Year (2011), and was the co-founder of the much lauded Brand magazine.

MarkLives is a must-read for senior level marketing people, media editors and publishers as well as senior advertising executives. The site has gained influence through breaking industry news and in-depth features.

About the Ed (Herman Manson)

Manson is an established business journalist and media commentator and the founding editor of He is the inaugural Vodacom Social Media Journalist of the Year (2011).

He has contributed to numerous magazines, websites and newspapers in South Africa, the US, the UK and Australia on topics ranging from new media to marketing and technology. These include, AdVantage magazine, the Mail & Guardian, Men’s Health, Computer World and African Communications.

The founding editor of media.toolbox (the first news website dedicated to new media in South Africa) and Mobile.Works (a print magazine dedicated to covering the cellular industry), Manson served as assistant editor at Intelligence magazine and was launch online editor of Business 2.0 South Africa.

He was co-founder and former publisher of award winning business magazine Brand and has been a finalist for the Highway Africa Award for Innovative Use of New Media several times.

He has also been a partner in Media Africa, one of the first online research houses in South Africa, and consulted on web architecture for various financial institutions.

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