Agency Leaders: 2013’s most-admired ad agency in South Africa

by Herman Manson (@marklives) The annual poll by the MarkLives team amongst South Africa’s leading agency executives has already revealed which agencies, agency leaders and creatives are most admired by regional peers. This set today’s results rather nicely. Which city will play host to the most admired agency an ad execs in the country? Will it be Johannesburg with Joe Public or Cape Town with Ogilvy Cape Town?

Launching an ad agency with 2000 bucks

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Veli Ngubane decided to launch an integrated ad agency. With R2000 as start-up money. True story, says Ngubane (29), who was a Non Executive Director at Ireland-Davenport before he joined forces with Mkhwanazi (30), a serial entrepreneur best known in the agency world for being Executive Chairman at KRAZYBOYZ digital and later as Chairman of The Redquarter Brand Design.

Launched in January 2012, Avatar is positioned as a full-service marketing agency “with digital at the core,” and today counts 20th Century Fox, National Geographic, Fox International Channels and Dinners Club International amongst its clients. The agency also employs 28 people in Johannesburg and 4 in Durban.

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