by MarkLives. The marketing and communications account for SA Tourism has been awarded to seven different agencies across multiple disciplines, with each further subcontracting to a black-owned agency.
One Hero, two Zeroes — Salvation Army, KFC and Wimpy — and a look at how Ford South Africa is supporting black rhino conservation in KwaZulu-Natal.
by Herman Manson. Nando’s has appointed a new ATL lead agency in M&C Saatchi Abel. The account was previously held by MetropolitanRepublic.
by Herman Manson (@marklives) MetropolitanRepublic has issued a statement announcing the closure of its Cape Town office. “In a refocusing of its business interests following client demand and resultant opportunities, integrated creative advertising agency MetropolitanRepublic has decided to close its Cape Town branch and open additional branches in new markets on the African continent,” reads the announcement.
by Oresti Patricios (@orestaki) Two of South Africa’s favourite fast-food chicken outlets, Chicken Licken and Nando’s, have seen new television commercials flying forth from their creative coops. And — happy day — both use humour to market the respective (but competing) brands.
by Herman Manson. MetropolitanRepublic has lost the FNB account, MarkLives.com has learned, which FNB has moved to FoxP2 Group.
by Herman Manson (@marklives) Sanlam has “re-scoped” its existing contract with ad agency MetropolitanRepublic. Ainsley Moos, head: group communications at Sanlam, has confirmed the news to MarkLives after queries as to whether the agency/client relationship between Sanlam and MetropolitanRepublic remained in place.
by Herman Manson (@marklives) Two very interesting but diverging stories ran on Thursday, 7 November 2013, in, ironically, two media products that also shares a newsroom. Both cover the MetropolitanRepublic/Loeries awards scandal, which saw the agency stripped of its awards for entering work that did not meet entry criteria, and then blaming its juniors, the broader ad industry and the Loerie organisers when caught out (it did eventually take full responsibility for its actions).
On October the 28, 2013 the Creative Circle received a letter of complaint from the Loerie Awards regarding the recent behaviour of one of our members, Metropolitan Republic, hereafter referred to as MR.
The Association of Communications and Advertising (ACA), the self-regulatory body of the South African advertising and communications sector, has imposed severe penalties on MetropolitanRepublic following its disqualification from the Loeries 2013. This includes the suspension, with immediate effect, of its membership of the ACA for a period of twelve months.