#BrandFocus: Keep walking, the South African way

by Sabrina Forbes. “The Walkers [were] just pioneers, way ahead of their times,” says Karabelo Nkoe, Johnnie Walker South Africa senior brand manager.

Die Burger’s excellent front-page design pushes visual journalism

by Gill Moodie. There is one consistently excellent stand-out newspaper when it comes to front-page design among South Africa’s dailies – and that is Die Burger in Cape Town. So my ears pricked up when I read that the title’s chief sub, Johnn-Grant Munro, picked up the Standard Bank Sikuvile journalism award recently for lay-out and design.

Chad and Bert le Clos opens Virgin Active’s 100th club

The headline should have read CHAD SHIRTLESS.
Virgin Active has opened its 100th club in Balfour Park Mall Gauteng. We thought the T-shirts for Olympic medallist Chad le Clos and his dad (and social media phenom) Bert was spot on.
As a marketing and media site we have no business publishing photos of a shirtless Chad. But we figured it will probably draw a boatload of traffic to the site so we’ve gone ahead and done it anyway. The guy with Chad is Virgin Active MD Ross Faragher-Thomas.

BBC interview with father of Chad le Clos and why it is a loss for the free Internet

by Herman Manson (@marklives) In a stunning victory South African swimmer Chad le Clos took gold in the 200m butterfly at London 2012. Le Clos’s father, Bert, was being interviewed by the BBC shortly after Le Clos received his medal. His father, emotional and excited at once, gave an interview pundits in the States have referred to as the “media moment of the games so far.”

South Africans accessing the BBC website wanting to watch the interview with the farther of their newly minted national hero will receive nothing but the le clos father bbc interviewfollowing message “Cannot play media. Sorry, this media is not available in your territory.”

For the International Olympics Committee the free Internet is not a place to cross borders or a showcase of international co-operation. It is a stumbling block in coining it (more than usual).

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