Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. Algoa FM’s Viv Bozack remembered as a friend, colleague and presenter. McCann appoints bright young minds MMA SA partner with AfricaCom 2013 and offer members 20% on delegate passes. ABC needs committee to certify digital publications. A new home for Net#Work BBDO. Kenilworth Racing chooses Greater Than to launch first Lanzerac ready to run stakes.
Algoa FM’s Viv Bozack remembered as a friend, colleague and presenter
Algoa FM’s lunchtime presenter, Viv Bozack, has died. The station’s managing director, Dave Tiltmann, announced his death “with great sadness and shock”. “Viv will be missed by the whole Algoa FM family and all our listeners. He was much more to all of us than a D.J. In the six and half years since joining Algoa FM in April 2007 he made his mark as a presenter, as a colleague and as a friend. He was a true son of Algoa FM,” Tiltmann said. “Viv’s infectious laughter and genuine concern for our listeners and everyone at Algoa FM will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to Viv’s family and friends. Viv, we will miss you.”
His family said they were “beyond grief”. Born Vuyisa Ngomane (36), Bozack died three days after suffering a massive, sudden haemorrhagic stroke on Sunday. “Viv was stable throughout Tuesday, but suddenly took a turn for the worse in the afternoon. Doctors continued to keep him on life support and a respirator, but he deteriorated rapidly and later died,” the Ngomane family said in a statement.
“Doctors advised that the stroke manifested at the stem of the brain and that the haemorrhaging was such that an operation was impossible. Viv suffered no pain and passed peacefully.”
The family said they were shocked and devastated at this unexpected turn. Family members are coming from around the Eastern Cape and South Africa from today. Funeral details will be announced in due course, but a memorial service is planned for Sunday, 27 October at the Athenaeum in Central at 2pm.
“Viv will be fondly remembered for his outstanding achievements, as a leader who recognised the potential and encouraged the development, of all he met. He will also be recalled as a gregarious character who wooed the airwaves with his articulate and informed opinions, hearty laugh, and someone who radically shaped the local music and entertainment industry,” the family said.
The family are grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers – it has gone a long way to support them and close friends. They request that those who loved Viv continue to send their support, positive energy and thoughts as the family deal with the loss of a real, humble, larger than life character who was so seamlessly entrenched in everyone’s existence.
Those who wish to send messages of condolences, flowers, or any gifts can do so to the Athenaeum, 7 Belmont Terrace, Central.
Who’s moved where
McCann appoints bright young minds
McCann Johannesburg has launched its internship programme aimed at developing bright young minds. A group of seven enthusiastic self-starters can officially consider themselves a part of an E.P.I.C. work environment. The acronym – enthusiastic, passionate, intelligent and curious – encompasses the spirit of the new recruits.
McCann will be granting Precious Mabasa, Asanda Mazwi, Musa Munatsi, Simphiwe Rens, Mbalenhle Sekautu, Thando Sikhosana and Windy Tshidi a year’s worth of experience in the advertising and communications industry.
CEO and executive chairman, Fraser Lamb, was only too happy to share his thoughts on this new development. “I subscribe to the belief that it’s only ever about people, and in the idea-generation industry people are paramount to our success.
“Our internship initiative is simply the seeking of fresh idea-generators to become members of our dynamic agency for a year.” Lamb said McCann’s aim was “to create a space wherein young individuals can experience a nurturing environment, where they are encouraged to contribute to the creative process.”
Who’s won what
Kenilworth Racing chooses Greater Than to launch first Lanzerac ready to run stakes
Kenilworth Racing has selected Greater Than as the official PR partner for the inaugural launch of the annual Lanzerac ready to run stakes powered by Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS). This exclusive horseracing event, in celebration of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing, will open the racing season at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town on the 23 November 2013.
“In order to create hype around the event by generating quality media coverage, Kenilworth Racing needed an experienced PR partner with the right media, influencer and celebrity relationships.” said Michael Varney, marketing manager of Kenilworth Racing. “Greater Than came out tops with their proven track record of event publicity.” concludes Varney.
What’s out there
ABC needs committee to certify digital publications
The ABC is in the process of establishing a committee to oversee certification of digital publications. This will include digital only publications, as well as digital publications using the same brand as print, but providing a different offering, and is distinct from PDF Replica editions, which are counted together with print. The committee will, inter alia:
- Review and embellish the rules that have been already developed;
- Consider the metrics to be certified;
- Determine how the information will be presented as required by advertisers;
- Review industry developments.
The ABC requires nominations from members for persons with the necessary technical expertise to serve on this committee. If you wish to do so, kindly submit your nomination to: email@example.com by Friday 25 October 2013.
Who’s making moves
A new home for Net#Work BBDO
Net#work BBDO has relocated to newly built premises on Jan Smuts Avenue in Johannesburg. The ultra-modern design and floor to ceiling glass front makes a bold and sophisticated statement which Boniswa Pezisa, group managing director says is indicative of tenacious new leadership at the agency.
“Moves bring with them a new energy and refreshed drive,” says Pezisa, “the team is excited about this change and we’re slowly settling in after our move on Loeries weekend.” The agency has been in its current premises for over 13 years. Pezisa says that there have been a number of changes in the business over the past year and the move signifies the cementing of the new approach and renewed team.
The building was designed by Empowered Spaces Architects who says that the architectural inspiration came from meshing functional design with the culture of the agency. The interior brief was to design the office to feel ‘like home’ making the space as conducive as possible to generating great work.
MMA SA partner with AfricaCom 2013 and offer members 20% on delegate passes
The Mobile Marketing Association of South Africa (MMA) have partnered with AfricaCom 2013 to offer their members a 20% discount on delegate passes to the event, giving its members the opportunity to keep up with market trends and network with other partners and organisations. “We are proud to be able to showcase the exciting innovations in mobile marketing coming from Africa, at this auspicious event, helping our fellow marketers realise and leverage the fact that ‘Every Moment is Mobile’ “ says Candice Goodman, chairman of the MMA of SA.
Recent studies have shown that increasing ICT access and faster broadband speeds have a direct impact on GDP growth. For African markets, this means faster, higher and even more sustainable economic growth and power for consumers and enterprises alike.
This digital development (including mobile communications, broadband, mobile financial services, content services, cloud computing etc) is the reason why AfricaCom 2013 – the largest telecoms, media & ICT event in Africa – will be bringing together the whole ecosystem, from telcos to content providers, vendors, investors, regulators and more, to debate, innovate and challenge business thinking at this year’s event.
For more information on AfricaCom 2013 visit or to register: www.comworldseries.com/africa.
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