Modise Makhene on how the Great Recession changed ad land

Modise Makhene, CEO of JWT South Africa, says the singing by protesters in front of the JWT Cape Town office at 30 Keerom Street makes a familiar sound-track, what with its offices situated right across from the Western Cape High Court. The chanting and singing of the well-behaved crowd drifting into the offices on the Velocity building’s third floor is a reminder that ad land can’t afford to cocoon itself from the broader society – here ordinary South Africans are literally reminding them of their daily struggles on an agency’s doorstep.

M&C Saatchi Abel gets thumbs up from Moray MacLennan

M&C Saatchi Abel is buzzing. The agency, which launched in early 2010 with no clients signed up front but a powerful management team, has grown to more than 63 staffers working with 29 client organisations. It just won the account for Geely – the Chinese auto manufacturer that also owns Volvo. The agency recently took another floor in the block in Cape Town where it is headquartered.

The ultimate social media strategy is not having one

by Dave Duarte. On Sunday 1st May 2011, Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin-Laden had been killed. The strike against his compound in Pakistan was not televised, but it was tweeted. The thing is, Al-Qaida was already looking irrelevant after the “Arab Spring” – the social-media enabled revolutions that occurred throughout the Middle-East in early 2011.

Media24 Magazines restructures: end of line for well-known publisher brands

Media24 Magazines is set to restructure into five new business units, John Relihan, CEO of Media24 Magazines, has confirmed to This follows publication of an internal memo outlining details of the process leaked to the blog MediaSlutZA. Media24 Magazines is the largest magazine publisher in the country.

King James gets Unconventional

Taking an ad agency into media ownership might sound odd to many executives but Alistair King from King James explains it was born from a personal and professional need not to come stuck in a single medium and from frustration with the general state of the ad industry.

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