by Alistair Mackay (@almackay) Western Cape Premier Helen Zille created quite a social media stir recently when she took to the street outside of her official residence and started directing traffic. It makes you realise the power of gestures, grand and small, to tell a story and shift perceptions.
Louise Marsland (@Louise_Marsland)’s weekly pick of recent product, packaging and design launches: Imagine… Zille & Malema embracing; Provantage relaunches media group; Brandcraft refreshes Fuseware; and Pernod brews new comms strat.
by Gill Moodie (@GrubstreetSA) Is The New Age the Great Evil or just another newspaper trying to get off the ground?
Ever since it launched two years ago, controversy has swirled around the paper because its main shareholders – the Gupta family – are close associates with the family of our controversial president, Jacob Zuma.
The paper has always said its intention is to tell the good-news stories of South Africa and give the government credit where it’s due but not to be the mouthpiece of the ruling party.
But its detractors – especially since the latest controversy around parastatal funding for its SABC business breakfasts – say the paper is nothing more than another Citizen of the infamous Info scandal of the 1970s.
Grubstreet interviewed The New Age’s editor, Moegsien Williams, last week to find out more about how The New Age operates, its emerging business model and what kind of paper he wants it to be.
Kgalalelo Masibi, Spokesperson for the Public Protector, has said that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, is “disappointed and appalled by the leakage of the [ provisional] report” into the Western Cape government’s multimillion-rand communications contract with TBWA Hunt Lascaris.
Following reports in the Sunday press that a provisional report from the Public Protector has found the R70 million Western Cape government communications tender currently held by TBWA Hunt Lascaris “invalid” the provincial premier and DA leader Helen Zille has issued a response through her newsletter SA Today.
The Sunday Times has published allegations that the office of Western Cape premier Helen Zille has awarded the province’s communication budget to agency TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris without following proper tender procedures. It values the contract at R1 billion over two years. The newspaper is basing the story on information supplied by an anonymous “whistle-blower.”
The long-time face of Mr Delivery, the Chef logo, has officially been dismissed after new management took over the business. Here ‘chef’ calls up DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille.
Talk about cheap politicking. The DA must be taking notes from those megawatt bullshitters over at the ANCYL. The media, with some help from the DA, decided that to produce a kid Jacob Zuma had to have had unprotected sex. Hate to break this to you but sometimes condoms break. It happens. Unless Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance, happens to be a webcam buddy with either of the two people involved I suspect it is unlikely she should know what really went down. So to speak.
Mayoral-party #Loeries 2009 (Kate Wolters as @marklives)