Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. Kieno Kammies joins The Big Issue board. HWB CEO goes global. Announcing a new editor for Woolworths TASTE. Kagiso Media appoints a promotions manager to oversee East Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM. Lauren Hayley Coetzee joins Black Snow Creative as senior designer. Logikal Consulting appoints CFO. New senior appointment at Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa. Mediamark appointed as sales house for Gagasi FM and Heart FM. Clicks announces digital signage partnership with Moving Tactics. Jam Media to launch new fashion boutique, Carla Zara. Kagiso Media secures 100% ownership of Urban Brew Studios. Facebook opens first African office in Johannesburg. NBA’s first game in Africa attracts world-class partners. Integrat positions for growth as Intarget
This week’s BIG move: Kieno Kammies joins The Big Issue board of directors
CapeTalk’s popular morning talk show host, Kieno Kammies, has joined The Big Issue’s volunteer board of directors. The Big Issue is a social enterprise that publishes a magazine sold by vendors as part of a job creation programme.
“The Big Issue is an organisation which makes an impact, not only in its reporting, but equally in its ability to create sustainable employment and entrepreneurs, which is something this country needs, given our macro and micro economic challenges,” says Kammies.
“I believe that I will be able to contribute to a strategy that will take the current impact to the next level at The Big Issue, especially taking into account the increased need to not only deliver jobs but also the entrepreneurs who can create those job opportunities,” he said.
Kammies brings more than 23 years of commercial media experience. He also brings strategic business insight “not only through my own skills, but that of my broader business network as well”. He believes this gives him the valuable ability to “mutually beneficial and impactful networks, which business, government and knowledge institutions”.
Kammies has a lot of ‘big issues’, with youth unemployment a big deal. He wants to help empower the youth “to turn our economic woes around medium to long term”. Other issues are creating a climate conducive to entrepreneurship, corruption and accountability, cultivating leaders South Africa can look up to and who can “lead with integrity”. And of course, “Education Education Education”.
Who’s moved where
HWB CEO goes global
HWB Communications CEO Evelyn John Holtzhausen has been appointed president of one of the largest global public relations networks. He will take up his presidency at the bi-annual meeting of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) in Washington DC, USA, in April 2016.
According to Holtzhausen, the PRGN is one of the world’s top four independent PR networks. ts members pride themselves on setting and maintaining the highest standards in public relations practices and offering their clients the benefit of local knowledge with global reach.
“Its a great honour to be elected to this post. It acknowledges HWB as an agency of global standards. Its going to be a lot of work, but I am excited about the appointment and looking forward to sharing knowledge and benefiting from the knowledge of colleagues around the world,” he said.
“The world is in the midst of a communications revolution. As President of the PRGN it is going to be very exciting to surf this wave with many of the top international players in public relations.”
Membership of PRGN is by invitation only, and the stringent selection process ensures the network comprises influential leaders in the world of public relations and professional communications.
Announcing a new editor for Woolworths TASTE
New Media has announced that one of the country’s most highly esteemed consumer magazine editors, Kate Wilson, is taking over the editorship for Woolworths TASTE effective 1 July 2015. Wilson takes over from Sumien Brink, who has steered the TASTE editorship since 2003.
“With the exciting move of Sumien to head up the recently launched Books Division of New Media, we are delighted to have someone of Kate’s calibre and food knowledge taking over the reigns as editor-in-chief on TASTE. We look forward to what Kate’s fresh eye and extensive lifestyle experience will bring to the brand,” says Aileen Lamb, general manager: consumer division.
Wilson’s media career includes milestones such as the launch of student magazine, SL, aged 20 with accolades including awards for fashion, design and writing. In 2000, she moved to London where she worked as deputy editor on movie magazine, Hotdog and then on Maxim. She returned to South Africa in 2003, joining Associated Magazines, heading several titles before she was approached by Media24 to launch Women’s Health in 2009. Under her editorship, Women’s Health became the third largest English women’s title in SA and Wilson was named Editor of the Year at the PICA magazine awards for 2012.
After five years, Wilson left Women’s Health to pursue her food-nerd leanings. “I have been buying and reading TASTE for more than a decade, so I am thrilled to have the chance to build on the great work that Sumien and her team have always delivered,” says Wilson.
Kagiso Media appoints a promotions manager to oversee East Coast Radio and Jacaranda FM
Kagiso Media has appointed Jonathan Lumley to head up promotions at East Coast Radio (ECR) in KwaZulu-Natal and at Jacaranda FM in Gauteng.
Lumley, 38, is excited about his new challenge as promotions manager for both brands. “I love radio and I’ve really found a home in competitions and promotions. It’s going to be fantastic to push both radio brands and integrate the promotions on both stations.”
Deeply passionate about radio, Lumley has led promotions at ECR for the past four years, notching up a string of successes along the way.
He will tackle his new role as Promotions Manager for both brands with the same zest and quest for exciting, unrivalled radio campaigns.
Lauren Hayley Coetzee joins Black Snow Creative as senior designer
Lauren Hayley Coetzee has been appointed as senior designer by Johannesburg-based marketing and branding agency, Black Snow Creative.
With a degree in communication and graphic design from the Virginia Western Community College in the United States, Coetzee brings with her over 10 years of experience and a multi-faceted approach which embraces a variety of creative platforms incorporating everything from stationery and creative design, editorial page-layout and brand identity to natural light photography. Coetzee is proficient in all industry-standard design software packages and has additional knowledge in event and studio styling, creative client consultations and laser-cutting.
Says Clinton Muir, managing director of Black Snow Creative: “In a competitive market, it is more important than ever to be able to create meaningful brand identities that cut through the clutter. Coetzee has a strong passion for her work and the ability to recognize and articulate a distinct voice for every project she works on which will help our clients define their brand and set them apart.”
Logikal Consulting appoints CFO
Logikal Consulting has announced the appointment of Marc Fedder as its new chief financial officer, from 1 May 2015. Fedder’s experience spans many years. He is knowledgeable in financial management, accounting as well as compliance, risk and insurance, in addition to the day-to-day finance management roles and responsibilities.
Gerald Naidoo, CEO of Logikal Consulting, says Fedder was appointed to set up and implement the full finance function as part of the company’s continued growth. “With our increasing footprint across Africa, we required someone with the experience to take our financial management to the next level.
New senior appointment at Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi has been appointed as chairman of Odgers Berndtson Sub-Saharan Africa. Until the recent demerger by BHP Billiton, Mkhwanazi was also chairman of BHP Billiton (SA) Ltd and BHP Billiton Energy Coal (SA) (Pty) Ltd (BECSA). He joins the board of the demerged South32 on 2 July 2015. Dr. Mkhwanazi will contribute to the development and sustainability of the Odgers business.
Who’s won what
Mediamark appointed as sales house for Gagasi FM and Heart FM
MRC Media, shareholder in Gagasi FM and Heart FM, has appointed media sales house Mediamark as the strategic sales partner for the two regional radio brands.
“We are delighted to represent these two dynamic, growing radio brands. It means a great deal to us that MRC Media is entrusting us to grow its business in a long term partnership that will deliver enormous value for all parties,” says Says Mediamark’s managing director, Talib Sadik.
Aqueel Patel, managing director of MRC Media elaborates: “The partnership between Mediamark and the stations represents an evolution of our business model and promises to deliver sustainable benefits.”
Cindy Diamond, group sales director at Mediamark, says, “Gagasi FM and Heart FM represent growing upmarket urban and black market audiences in the South African landscape. We believe that the future lies in taking these brands beyond the airwaves and we are looking forward to working with the radio stations to extend their brands into new areas of opportunity.”
Clicks announces digital signage partnership with Moving Tactics
Clicks has announced a partnership with Moving Tactics. The partnership entails installing digital signage within their top 25 stores nationally, as well as marketing the media platform to Clicks’ private label suppliers and other leading brand suppliers.
Moving Tactics has installed more than 500 in-store digital signage screens, which reaches an audience of two million customers people per month, via a bespoke high impact multi-channel digital signage network, with its strategic focus being on building an innovative media platform that will inform and benefit the shopping experience for its customers whilst enhancing the look and feel of its stores.
Moving Tactics’ content management will support Clicks’ promotions strategy to provide customers with the latest on-point seasonal service and product promotions and provide a wide variety of suppliers, large and small, with an equal media voice in-store at point-of-purchase.
Jam Media to launch new fashion boutique, Carla Zara
The 360 degree communication agency, Jam Media, has landed the PR, event management and digital marketing contract to launch new fashion boutique Carla Zara.
Following the success of her online store, Carla Zara has fast made a name for herself in Cape Town’s fashion scene and hopes to further grow her brand through the establishment of the store set to open its doors 10 July.
With prices ranging from R150-R850 she caters not only for every body, but for every pocket, making every Carla Zara item a good buy.
“As an agency of women, working with a female fashion brand is always exciting. Last year we successfully launched millennial fashion label Hashtag Selfie which grew to 11 000 followers in six months, so we feel very confident that we will make this launch a great success,” said Jam Media director Jess Mouneimne
Who’s making moves
Kagiso Media secures 100% ownership of Urban Brew Studios
Kagiso Media has secured 100% ownership of Urban Brew Studios, an independent production house. Urban Brew Studios is one of the largest production studios in South Africa, which supplies content and channels for the broadcast and entertainment industry.
Group CEO of Kagiso Media, Mark Harris, says acquisition is in line with its holding company’s, Kagiso Tiso Holdings, strategies of majority ownership in strategic assets and expansion into Africa.
“Urban Brew Studios is recognised for its creative capability and talent in developing content and channels for both local and international markets by using its knowledge of local African languages and culture to develop content suitable to these markets. Opportunities exist in Africa for a multi-distribution strategy for content. In recent years, Urban Brew Studios has secured production capacity in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and Cameroon,” Harris added.
Urban Brew Studios currently runs four channels on DSTV: 1 Gospel, Dumisa, ED, and 1 KZN. The business also produces a range of successful productions for SABC viz. Friends Like These, YOTV, Live Amp, RGB, and Khumbul ‘ekhaya; for etv Gold Diggers and Mahadi – Lobola; and for Mzanzi Magic, Zabalaza.
Facebook opens first African office in Johannesburg
Facebook has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally. Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook’s newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila, the company’s new Head of Africa.
Facebook is already an important part of how people and business connect in Africa. This office will support the significant growth in businesses and people using Facebook — Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones.
“We are inspired by the incredible ways people and businesses in Africa use Facebook to connect. This momentum in Africa comes on top of strong advertiser partnerships and excellent adoption of our products across all regions. In Q1 2015, 52% of our total ad revenue came from outside the US and Canada. But we’re just getting started,” says Nicola Mendelsohn, VP, EMEA, Facebook.
“Mobile is not a trend; it’s the fastest development in communications we’ve ever seen. This couldn’t be more true in Africa – where so many people are mobile-only. This new office is a significant milestone for Facebook and our teams want to partner with businesses across the continent,” Mendelsohn adds.
NBA’s first game in Africa attracts world-class partners
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has named Econet Global Limited, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, NIKE Inc., South African Airways (SAA), SuperSport, and 947 as partners for NBA Africa Game 2015. The first NBA game in Africa will take place 1 Aug.ust at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The game will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format and will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The game will air live in Africa on SuperSport.=
Integrat positions for growth as Intarget
Leading mobile services aggregator Integrat is now InTarget after completing a rebranding exercise that will see it better positioned to explore opportunities as a diversified mobile advertising and related solutions provider.
As one of South Africa’s most established WASPs (Wireless Application Service Providers) with a 15-year pedigree, Integrat provided mobile aggregation, premium SMS, mobile billing and bulk SMS services across the African continent. It last year launched InTarget after securing mobile advertising tenders from MTN and Airtel which called for the commercialisation of mobile advertising platforms in 32 African countries and Iran.
After successfully completing the first 10 mobile advertising integrations as InTarget, it became clear to Integrat’s leadership that the future growth of WASPs would be tied to their ability to exploit mobile advertising opportunities in South Africa and beyond.
“Collapsing the decade-and-a-half Integrat brand into the new InTarget entity and staying true to a diversification strategy will ensure our continued exponential growth,” said InTarget CEO, Mike Laws. He added that Integrat survived the turbulent times that continue to present challenges for WASPs by pursuing the diversification strategy that this week has seen the Integrat brand retired.
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