Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. This week’s BIG moves: Moves at Continental Outdoor Media. Nomuzi Mabena wins national final of 2012 MTV Base VJ search. Knott-Craig Jnr leaves Mxit. Press Council of South Africa looking for staff. Stone Soup searching for account manager/senior account manager. Unilever re-appoints Mindshare for media panning and buying. Popular Mechanics writer wins new award. Woolworths’ magazine food editor TASTES success. African Fashion International appoints C.S.A to drive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa. All the moves in media.
Who’s moved where
This week’s BIG moves: Moves at Continental Outdoor Media
Continental Outdoor Media has announced the appointment of Adelaide McKelvey as managing director – Rest of Africa, primarily to drive the growth of international and local advertising investment on the continent.
McKelvey was previously Continental’s sales and marketing director – a position she held for seven years. But McKelvey has been with Continental and its predecessor, CorpCom, for 15 years, working as divisional sales director and general sales manager. Since 2007, McKelvey was a dDirector of CorpCom and has served as an alternate director on the Continental Outdoor Media Africa Board since 2010.
“It’s a great time for business in Africa. There is an increased focus and interest by international investors and marketers on the African continent. I am really excited to be able to dedicate 100% of my time ensuring that Continental Outdoor Media is at the forefront of providing platforms for marketers to leverage these opportunities,” she says.
Lelanie Butler has been appointed in the role of sales director, South Africa, with immediate effect. Butler has been promoted from sales manager and her promotion is richly deserved, says Bazil Lauryssen, managing director of Continental Outdoor Media, South Africa.
Meanwhile, Manuel Tati will be joining the company’s executive committee in recognition of his exceptional efforts in Angola. Angola is Continental Outdoor Media’s second largest operation outside South Africa. Currently, Tati serves as the director general of Continental Outdoor Media Angola, overseeing the company’s operations in that country’s 18 provinces.
In addition, he serves as treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Angola Association of Advertising and Marketing.
Nomuzi Mabena wins national final of 2012 MTV Base VJ search
Communications science student Nomuzi Mabena (@NoMoozlie) has her head in the clouds after winning the 2012 MTV Base VJ Search.
The 20 year old, Benoni-born, Randberg-based student beat Cape Town’s Naledi Radebe (@Leddi_G ) and Durbanite Nomzamo Mbatha (@NomzamoMbatha) during the grand final of the nationwide talent search, which culminated at Taboo in Fourways, Johannesburg on Saturday night. Nomuzi’s victory will see her join Sizwe Dhlomo on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) and featuring regularly on e.tv’s top music show Club 808 alongside Dineo Ranaka and Mo Flava.
Nomuzi takes up her presenting role on MTV Base from Friday and she will make her first appearances on Club 808 on the same day.
Celebrity judges Bonang Matheba (@Bonang_M), HHP (@HipHopPantsula), Azania Mosaka (@Azania_) and Tim Horwood (@timohorwood) were on hand to watch as the three finalists learned their fate, revealed to them by Sizwe Dhlomo, who won MTV Base’s first ever VJ Search in Africa in 2005.
Knott-Craig Jnr leaves Mxit
Mxit has announced the immediate departure of CEO Alan Knott-Craig Jr, as well as a “R100 million investment”. Knott-Craig has stepped down as chief executive of Mxit barely a year after he bought it through his investment company, World of Avatar (WoA). He is also departing World of Avatar.
“While the shareholders and I share the same vision, we differ on how to get there. Therefore, I agreed to go my own way. I wish them all the best for the future. Mxit is Africa’s biggest tech success story, and can be a global success story,” said Knott-Craig in a statement issued on Thursday.
The statement added that he would not be drawn further on the issue, suggesting that the terms of his departure include a confidentiality clause.
What’s out there
Press Council of South Africa looking for staff
The Press Council of South Africa is looking for a director, a press ombudsman and a public advocate.
The director will lead the PCSA and concentrate on engagement around issues of ethical journalism and media freedom.
The press ombudsman is to adjudicate in complaints about journalistic ethics from member publications of Print and Digital Media South Africa.
The public advocate will help the public formulate complaints, attempt to resolve complaints by liaising with the publication on behalf of the complainant.
The Press Council is looking for applicants with media skills and an understanding of South Africa’s legal system as well as a sense of public service. They need a keen sense of fairness, and will be advocates of press freedom but may not be working in the press.
The Press Council won’t employ anyone with a financial interest in the media or who occupies a seat in local, provincial or national government or be an office bearer for any political party.
The positions are each for a term of five years.
Applicants should send written applications to: Press Council, PO Box 46221, Parklands, 2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 011 4843619.
Applications close on 9 November.
Stone Soup searching for account manager/senior account manager
Mature and experienced account manager needed for PR consultancy in Northern Suburbs. Excellent English writing skills a must, experience of media accounts a bonus, but not essential. Salary negotiable. Required 1 December (ideally) or 1 January 2013. Send CV and examples of writing to email@example.com
Who’s won what
Unilever re-appoints Mindshare for media panning and buying
Mindshare, the global media network, has been reappointed by Unilever to handle its Western European, Asian (excluding China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and New Zealand), North American and African local planning and buying accounts.
The appointment follows a nine-month review process that also included media agencies PHD and Initiative. Mindshare was reappointed to all the markets in which it currently works with Unilever.
“We’re extremely honoured and privileged to be able to work with Unilever globally. This has been a huge effort from everyone and its testimony to our spirit of partnership and innovation that such a rightfully demanding and progressive marketeer has again selected us as their global partner in such a competitive arena,” Nick Emery, CEO Mindshare Worldwide, said.
In South Africa, this renews a longstanding relationship where Nota Bene does channel strategy and Mindshare handles the implementation and buying. Maria Phillips, CEO of Mindshare South Africa says, “ We are delighted to continue our relationship with South Africa’s leading FMCG company.”
Popular Mechanics writer wins new award
Popular Mechanics writer Sean Woods has done it again, scooping a Siemens Profile Award – his second win in this all-Africa competition that recognises and rewards excellence in science and technology journalism.
Woods’ winning feature, entitled ‘Burn it Up’, examined the practice of trapping methane gas at municipal dumps and converting it to electricity or carbon credits. It earned the accolade in the competition’s new ‘Sustainable Cities’ category.
“For me, science and technology journalism is such a stimulating beat, I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else,” commented Woods. “It is gratifying to have one’s efforts recognised beyond the magazine and I’m very proud to be included in this year’s group of worthy winners.”
He received the award from the Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom, and Siemens’ executive director Alex Mathole, at an awards dinner at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town.
Woolworths’ magazine Food Editor TASTES success
South African retailer Woolworths and content marketer New Media received top accolades at this year’s Galliova Awards when Woolworths TASTE food editor Abigail Donnelly walked away with two awards for the retailer’s customer magazine. Hailed for her innovative work on a magazine that is always pushing the boundaries, Donnelly was named Best Food Writer of the Year, the top award of the Galliovas, as well as Best Stylist for her work on the New Media publication.
The Galliova Food Writers’ Awards, which are sponsored by the South African Egg Industry for the past 22 years, recognise excellence in food writing, food styling and overall promotion of the South African food culture. They are the largest and most prestigious food journalism awards in South Africa.
“Abigail has a fresh, innovative approach when it comes to food – she sets the creative pace on shoots and boldly experiments with fresh new twist which actively engage and delight the TASTE reader, “ says Bridget McCarney, MD of New Media.
Donnelly, who was recently a guest judge on Master Chef, is also editor of Eat Out.
African Fashion International appoints C.S.A to drive Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa
Communication Services Africa, the communication strategist division of Celebrity Services Africa (C.S.A.), has been appointed by African Fashion International (AFI) as the company’s communication agency of record for the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa from 24 – 28 October at Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.
“After successful results executed for Africa Fashion Week 2011, the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Jo’burg and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, CSA is once again looking forward to another outstanding campaign in working with AFI on Africa’s biggest fashion gathering. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa is a platform that focuses the global spotlight fully on the African style aesthetic,” says CSA’s division director of communications, Davin Phillips.
With more than 20 shows over four days, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa will present designers from South Africa, Cote D’Ivoire, Morocco, Mozambique, Cameroon, Rwanda, Angola, DRC, Trinidad, New York, Nigeria and Ghana – all of whom have been chosen for their standards of global relevance and commercial viability along with a distinctive design that exemplifies African creativity.
Who’s making moves
SABC announces broadcast partnership with Breaking the Mould 2012.
The SABC has announced its broadcast partnership of Breaking the Mould (BTM) 2012. International tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams will be visiting South Africa on the 3-4 November 2012 to conclude BTM. The SABC will bring its viewers and listeners all the excitement surrounding this event.
BTM is a project to catalyse, acknowledge and reward South African women who are making a difference. It was conceived by Octagon’s CEO, Qondisa Ngwenya (Q). Over the years, Q has seen, repeatedly, how the power of leading female athletes and personalities can inspire and encourage women from all walks of life to achieve great things.
Comprising a number of critical initiatives, BTM launched the 2012 season with a series of Pop-up Colleges at six universities led by four of South Africa’s current leading Mould Breakers (Khanyi Dhlomo, Jenna Clifford, Advocate Brenda Madumise and Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Santie Botha.
The BTM 2012 campaign will culminate in the arrival of the Williams sisters who will attend a coaching clinic in Soweto, a gala dinner and a live televised exhibition match on SABC 3 – the first time the sisters will meet each other in competition on South African soil.
Venus and Serena Williams have inspired more people to take up the sport of tennis than any others in the history of the game. In partnership with the South African Tennis Association, the Williams sisters will conduct a tennis clinic at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Academy in Jabavu, Soweto whilst on visit to South Africa.
In addition to lending their support to BTM, they will also be auctioning original signed memorabilia at a gala dinner at Monte Casino on Saturday 3 November. The proceeds will be given to the Wheelchair Tennis SA through the Sports Trust.
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