EXCLUSIVE: Make Beautiful acquired by M&N Brands

by Herman Manson. Zwelakhe Tshabangu’s The Make Beautiful Agency has been acquired by M&N Brands, the network which owns Avatar Agency Group.

#BigQNarratives: SA adland can’t champion what it doesn’t understand

by MarkLives. Veli Ngubane is our third panellist to tackle: “Are SA ad agencies and brands embracing an authentically African narrative and aesthetic or do they continue to imitate US and European work?”

M&N Brands launches agency with SKYY as 1st client

by Herman Manson. M&N Brands, owned by Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Veli Ngubane of Avatar fame, has launched a new agency with Mbuso Ndlovu and Chiedza Quinchette.

Launching an ad agency with 2000 bucks

by Herman Manson (@marklives) Zibusiso Mkhwanazi and Veli Ngubane decided to launch an integrated ad agency. With R2000 as start-up money. True story, says Ngubane (29), who was a Non Executive Director at Ireland-Davenport before he joined forces with Mkhwanazi (30), a serial entrepreneur best known in the agency world for being Executive Chairman at KRAZYBOYZ digital and later as Chairman of The Redquarter Brand Design.

Launched in January 2012, Avatar is positioned as a full-service marketing agency “with digital at the core,” and today counts 20th Century Fox, National Geographic, Fox International Channels and Dinners Club International amongst its clients. The agency also employs 28 people in Johannesburg and 4 in Durban.

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