Ad Feature: When great ad concepts should stay one-offs

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.

MetropolitanRepublic Cape Town to close

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.

Ad of the Week: Call me chicken but it’s a tie

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.

Hermaneutics: Two narratives on MetropolitanRepublic sanctions

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).

ACA suspends MetropolitanRepublic membership

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.

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