Spammers still a law unto themselves

South Africa has various pieces of legislation in place supposedly protecting consumers from unsolicited commercial communication (be it via email or SMS).

Brianna Graves’ global (ad)venture

Brianna Graves has set out to discover the true state of global advertising by packing her bags, taking her savings, and getting on a plane. Travelling to six top ad agencies in six countries, including so far South Africa (where she spent a month with Hunts at its Jozi, Cape Town and Durban offices) and Canada (where she joined TAXI), Graves is documenting her experiences online at The Saturn Return Project.

Banking from their cellphones

Research released by The World Wide Worx shows that the number of people banking from their cellphones has exceeded that of people banking from their PCs in South Africa, with more than a quarter of bank customers turning to their cellphones for services ranging from informational transaction types such as balance enquiries to financial transaction types which include account payments.

MTN birthday no celebration

MTN has been told off by the Advertising Standards Committee following complaints lodged against a major promotion and competition celebrating its 15th birthday. Hopefully the ruling will serve to deter unscrupulous cellular providers from taking consumers for a ride with ludicrously priced competitions. MTN, instead of celebrating 15 years in existence, just underscored how far it is removed from consumers, and how little they offer us to celebrate.

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