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Who’s moved where
Jacaranda 94.2 announces new breakfast team
Media personality Rian van Heerden will host the breakfast show on Jacaranda 94.2 from January 2012. The station also confirmed that Van Heerden will be joined by television personality Ashley Hayden who makes her debut on breakfast radio. Also on the show will be popular Jacaranda presenters Dianne Broodryk, who is the heart of Good Morning Angels and presents the news, and Robbie Kruse who will man the sports desk.
As the current host of Jacaranda 94.2’s “That Show” on weekday evenings, Van Heerden has built a solid reputation as a well-informed entertainer on radio and television during his 20-year broadcasting career. Ashley Hayden started her media career at M-Net at the tender age of 20. She followed this up with a successful spell on radio at the same time as presenting “Bon Voyage”.
Station Manager, Kevin Fine, said: “I must thank Frankie Du Toit and the team of the Frankie and Co. Morning Show who, in the face of adversity, have steadied the ship and created great radio on Jacaranda breakfast for the past three months. They really pulled together to produce magical moments and to their credit, our listeners and loyal fans have been consistently entertained and informed. Frankie will return to “The Workzone” between 10am to 1pm on weekdays where he will continue to bring his particular brand of fun to the day”.
Marketing Association of SA appoints Sarel du Plessis
Sarel du Plessis is the newly appointed CEO of the Marketing Association of South Africa MA(SA), the representative voice for organisations and individuals within the South African marketing industry.
Du Plessis has had a fruitful and colourful 32-year career in the media industry, having spent most of his time in advertising, marketing disciplines and newspaper publishing.
During his early career at the Republican Press he held numerous titles in the agricultural publication Farmers Weekly: advertising representative, marketing and promotions manager and co-founder of Smallholder. He also held a number of positions at Times Media Limited (Avusa), those of regional manager for Kwazulu-Natal, business manager of the Business Day and sales and marketing director for Times Newspapers, publisher of Sunday Times, Business Day and others.
At the Media24 stable Sarel was the senior general manager and founder of Ads24, publisher of Media24’s Sunday newspaper division RCP Media, chairman of Mooivaal Media and also represented Media24 on a number of industry boards such as SAARF, ASA, etc. His last stint at Media24 was that of CEO of News Media North, a division of Media24, where he was the publisher of Rapport, Beeld, Volksblad, Sondag and Mooivaal media.
New CEO for Ogilvy South Africa
Abey Mokgwatsane has been appointed the new CEO of Ogilvy South Africa and will take office in January 2012. Nunu Ntshingila, the incumbent CEO of seven years, will remain with the Group and has been appointed chairman. In addition, Ntshingila will continue to serve on the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board as the only representative from Africa.
Mokgwatsane, who is currently serving as CEO of South Africa’s leading brand experience agency, the VWV Group, has previously worked for South African Breweries, where he was the brand manager for Castle Loud, and brand group manager for Miller Genuine Draft.
Nominated as one of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young Leaders of the year in 2011, Mokgwatsane now looks forward to the journey he is about to embark on with Ogilvy. “I stand on the shoulders of giants. What Nunu and her team have accomplished is extraordinary. I am honoured to steward the agency to even greater heights, turning it into one that predicts, adapts to and is a catalyst for change.”
As chairman, Ntshingila will continue to steward the company with a particular focus on mentoring talent, African development and the global Ogilvy organisation. In her many years at Ogilvy, Ntshingila has overseen the agency’s evolution into a diversified communications group that continues to deliver integrated, effective and award-winning work. Under her leadership, Ogilvy South Africa has grown from strength to strength, not only in terms of income but also new business.
Chillibush Communications grows with formidable team in place
Through-the-line communications agency Chillibush has marked 13 successful years in the industry with fresh new branding and strategic appointments at a senior level as it continues to evolve. Founding director Dale Hefer, a former businesswoman of the year and author of best-selling From Witblits to Vuvuzuals: Marketing in the New South Africa, and hands-on chairman Victor Dlamini remain at the helm, while Tamaryn Smith and Felix Calitz have joined the team as MDof PR and creative director: Advertising respectively. Their experience contributes to a truly integrated service for clients who engage the agency across all elements of the marketing mix.
Calitz has more than 30 years of experience in the South African advertising and design industry as a change agent, generating an award-winning body of work across a number of industries. Smith brings a strong skill-set in marketing communications to the Chillibush team, gained both locally with agencies including Ogilvy and internationally with General Electric.
“We have created an open collaborative environment of passionate individuals who are dedicated to really integrated delivery across advertising, PR, media buying, internal communications and investor relations. We strive to produce excellent creative work that remains completely appropriate for the business and marketing objectives of the client, providing tangible returns on investment,” Hefer says.
Major management moves at Paarl Media
In response to growth and organisational changes experienced, the Paarl Media Group has reorganised the structure of its executive team to support the continued success of the business. “Over the last three years, we have acquired Paarl Coldset, set up a new heatset plan in KwaZulu-Natal, re-capitalised both Paarl Media Cape and Paarl Media Gauteng, invested in a new distribution system and the establishment of distributions centres, as well as rebuilt Paarl Print into Paarl Media Paarl,” says Stephen van der Walt, CEO of Paarl Media.
Keith Vroon, who joined Paarl Media in 2004 as chief financial officer, will be promoted to the position of chief operating officer from January 1. The position of CFO will be filled by Edward van Niekerk, who will be promoted from his current role as group financial manager.
Jandré de Milander, currently MD of Paarl Media Gauteng, is being promoted into the new position of executive director: operations from April 1. The management of Paarl Media Gauteng will then fall to Piet le Roux, who will assume the position of executive director: Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal, with Paarl Media KZN reporting into him as well.
As from 1 January, Christoff Botha’s position of MD of Paarl Media Cape will be expanded to executive director: Western Cape, with his responsibilities including that of overseeing the Paarl Media Paarl operation as well.
With the advent of Shopper’s Friend and the successful receipt of large tenders for ballots and Department of Basic Education workbooks, it has become clear that the Paarl Media Group needs an individual within the Executive Team to lead these complex, group wide projects. The existing Chief Information Officer, Pierre van der Walt, has proven exceptionally adept in project and logistical management, therefore, is being promoted as from January 1 to the new post of director: group projects.
ACA selects 2012 board of directors
The Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) held its 64th Annual General Meeting in November. At the meeting, the 2012 Board of Directors was elected.
Wayne Naidoo – CEO of Lowe Bull was re-elected chairperson of the Board and the vice chairs include Mike Gendel – CEO of Gendel Strategic Marketing Group, Nina Morris – CEO of morrisjones&co and Boniswa Pezisa – CEO of Network BBDO. James Barty – CEO of King James was elected Cape Town Representative and Justin McCarthy – Group MD of TBWA Durban was elected the Durban Representative.
In his report detailing the activities of the Association during 2011, Naidoo said “I was elected chairperson of the Board of Directors on December 1 2011 and am honoured to have served in organisation with such a long history. The past year has been trying and challenging on all fronts but also exciting as the profession entered an era of such tremendous change as the profession strives to re-invent itself and affirm its contribution to business.”
“Undoubtedly, 2012 will bring with it new challenges and objectives for the ACA however, under the leadership of the new Board, I am sure that the momentum from 2011 will be maintained and the successes of the year will be built on,” said Odette van der Haar, CEO of the ACA.
What’s out there
VWV to Usher in a new chapter
The VWV Group has begun its search for a new CEO. The award-winning agency, best known for its production of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, bids farewell to outgoing CEO Abey Mokgwatsane who leaves at the end of November to assume the same position at Ogilvy South Africa in January 2012.
Founder and chairman of the VWV Group, Mark Steinhobel says, “Over the past five years, Abey’s leadership has played a major role in re-establishing VWV’s position as the preeminent brand experience agency in the country. We wish him well in his new position, and have no doubt that his impact on Ogilvy will be significant.
“Looking ahead we are excited about finding someone who will lead us into a new era in the marketing industry – everything is changing rapidly and VWV is well positioned to take advantage of the shift to experiential and digital media marketing.”
Steinhobel adds, “VWV is entrenching its position in Africa and the United States – over 50% of our revenue comes from outside of South Africa and we are also making strong strides into social and mobile media as well as consumer brand experience marketing. Leading us into this new and exciting chapter of our agency’s life will be a challenging assignment indeed.”
The formal process of finding a new CEO for VWV is already underway with an appointment targeted before March 2012.
Who’s won what
Paarl Media announces winners of bursaries
For the fifth consecutive year, a group of students from the Boland area have been awarded bursaries from the Paarl Media Bursary Trust for tertiary study in 2012.
Nico Grobbelaar, HR director of Paarl Media, welcomed and congratulated the six successful applicants and their families. Since the inception of the Trust in 2006, 33 students have qualified for this financial assistance.
The R10 million Paarl Media bursary scheme, launched in 2008, is administered as a perpetual fund. It is aimed at students who are interested in studying at the University of Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape, Cape Peninsula University of Technology or Elsenburg Agricultural College. Although there are no prescriptions about the field of study, preference is given to candidates residing in the Drakenstein Valley.
2011 Paarl Media Bursary Trust Awards
|Hettie vd Walt||Hoërskool Gimnasium||B.Sc||University of Stellenbosch|
|Nicol Vermeulen||University Stellenbosch||B.Comm Business Science||University of Stellenbosch|
|Nicholas de Villiers||Paarl Boys High||B.Accounting||University of Stellenbosch|
|Zani le Roux||Hugenote Hoërskool||B.Ch.D. I||University of Western Cape|
|Xenel Williams||Klein Nederburg l||B.Accounting||University of Stellenbosch|
|Hélene Steyn||UWC||B.Sc Sport & Science||University of Western Cape|
Hisense South Africa contracts marcusbrewster
Corporate and commercial PR firm marcusbrewster has been appointed by Hisense South Africa to manage strategic stakeholder communication around its sponsorship of the UN Environmental Programme for the COP17/CMP7 conference.
“Hisense is one of the fastest-growing consumer brands in South Africa in the fields of electronics and household appliances, and has in the past 15 years established a solid reputation in this country for reasonably-priced products of the highest quality,” says San Reddy, MD of marcusbrewster.
“Hisense’s sponsorship of UNEP for COP17 is a manifestation of its commitment to a more environmentally sustainable future. And it is already making good on this commitment, through its development ofworld-beating, energy-efficient products. We are proud to represent a company that invests so much in innovation for a better future for us all.”
Who’s making moves
Brewster launches new product: ASSEMBLY first issue out now
Corporate and commercial PR firm marcusbrewster has launched a new newsletter product. Called ASSEMBLY, the electronic mailer is designed to explore the “intersection of public relations and business” and will contain “industry insights and marketplace intelligence about the field of strategic communications”, according to company chairman Marcus Brewster.
The first issue of ASSEMBLY features a trend piece on the next wave of social media innovation, links to viral clips on motivation and teaching creativity, and an article by marcusbrewster MD and former etv news anchor San Reddy on crisis media training.
Edited by Reddy, ASSEMBLY will be issued monthly. Subscription is free and can be activated at www.marcusbrewster.com
Talk2Us and SnapComms announce reseller agreement
Johannesburg-based brand engagement consultancy, Talk2Us, has signed an exclusive reseller agreement with SnapComms for the delivery of internal messaging and corporate screensaver software. The agreement includes the marketing, distribution and management of the SnapComms service offering throughout South Africa and the islands.
The software solution includes several tools that show messages directly on employees’ computer screens. The interactive screensaver tool displays targeted visual messages to employees in place of a standard screensaver. The tool is designed to accommodate video, flash, image, html and text. Each message can contain embedded hyperlinks directing staff to further information on a local Internet site.
A desktop news feed tool is provided to deliver important internal communication messages and updates to staff, via an on-screen scrolling bar – or ticker tape. This ticker tool can broadcast already existing RSS feeds, hyperlinking headlines to an intranet page or other source.
The tool has been developed in a way that enables the company to manage administrators’ authoring and access rights. This makes it possible for more than internal groups to use the messaging tools for their own employee groups and communication purposes, enhancing the relevance of the message.
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