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This week’s BIG move: OceansCam helps spread the ocean conservation message by putting branded content into the hands of citizens
The JET8 Foundation has announced the launch of a partnership with The Lewis Pugh Foundation that will enable the first social commerce mobile application focused on saving the oceans.
The app incorporates JET8’s FinTech technology to reward users for in-app engagement through JETPoints, a social currency with which users can make contributions to the The Lewis Pugh Foundation.
“We only protect what we love,” said Pugh. “Which is why I urge everyone to get into the ocean and be reminded of the beauty and fragility of this vital life source. And why I’m thrilled to announce a new way for you to share your passion for ocean protection: OceansCam lets you share your latest photos to encourage your friends to support ocean protection. So next time you pick up a piece of plastic on a beach, find an alternative for single use plastic or have a memorable ocean encounter, share it on OceansCam and spread the love!”
The Lewis Pugh Foundation was founded by endurance swimmer, ocean advocate and UN Patron of the Oceans, Lewis Pugh. The mission of the Foundation is to protect the world’s oceans, which are threatened by pollution, industrial overfishing and climate change. The foundation has successfully helped create Marine Protected Areas in over two million km2 of ocean, and has ongoing campaigns to fully protect even more threatened waters.
Ika van Wyk joins Granadilla as head of marketing
With experience predominantly in the telecommunications, banking and financial services industries, Ika van Wyk brings a focused knowledge of digital marketing and communications to her new role as head of marketing for insurtech company Granadilla.
For van Wyk, it’s an opportunity to combine her proficiency in digital business with some of her other professional interests, most notably behavioural studies and customer experience design.
“As an insurtech start-up, Granadilla offers the opportunity to explore unchartered territory in terms of marketing, communications, brand perception and customer experience. I’m looking forward to further exploring the intersection of these areas at a practical level,” said Van Wyk.
Jonathan Deeb resigns as joint CCO of FCB Joburg
After six years at the helm of the creative department of FCB Joburg, joint CCO Jonathan Deeb has resigned. Deeb is looking to pursue new, possibly global, opportunities.
“My time at FCB has been an excellent ride. It was a privilege to work with so many extremely talented people and to champion iconic brands, but it’s time to explore new adventures and ideas,” he said
Making the announcement to staff on Friday, Group CEO, Brett Morris, said: “Jonathan has a unique ability to pursue creative excellence balanced with sound business acumen that has earned him respect among clients and agency alike. He is one of those rare people that holds the big idea in highest regard, but is also able to have meaningful business and strategic conversations with a client, and no matter where he goes in the world, that impressive skill will translate. We thank him for the enormous impact he made at FCB and wish him well in the future.”
OrangeBlock manages the new look Whisky & Gin Live
Earlier this year, the new look Whisky & Gin Live awarded the full event management contract to OrangeBlock, an events business operating within The Nfinity Group of companies. This included three Celebration events in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban as well as the annual Festival, to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre in November this year.
“Whisky lovers that have been attending this popular event over the last few years will have started to notice a change,” said Michelle Kirby, managing director of OrangeBlock.
“We realised that the Celebrations taking place in Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban required an offering that would appeal not only to the whisky connoisseur and emerging whisky drinker but to the gin lover too.”
Eclipse PR to drive awareness around Africa’s first electric vehicle road trip adventure
Eclipse Public Relations has been appointed by Generation.e to amplify awareness around the first-ever Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa (EVRT Africa) event, aimed at accelerating the transition to smarter and electric mobility.
From 2 October to 10 October 2019, petrol heads and electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts will be taking 12 of the latest EVs on an epic adventure across the country to showcase the cars’ power and capabilities and, at the same time, prove that South Africa is ready to embrace electric travel.
The agency’s founding partner, Jacki McEwen, said: “We are thrilled that Generation.e has entrusted us with their first African events and are so looking forward to working with them to inspire the transformation to smarter mobility for the creation of better connected and sustainable societies.”
TAC Studios co-produces four new series across Africa
TAC Studios, the production arm of US-based The Africa Channel, announced four new series being produced in Africa for the global marketplace, boosting its already extensive and diverse slate of Africa-influenced content.
A combination of scripted and unscripted projects, these programmes reflect the breadth and depth of talent and storytelling available across Africa. They include May’s Kitchen, a cooking show featuring the talented celebrity chef, May Yocoubi (a partnership with Filmedia in Egypt), Second Husband, a scripted series based on the popular Nigerian film of the same name (a co-production with Biola Alabi Media in Nigeria), The Yard, a drama series set in the world of the hip-hop scene in Nairobi (a co-production with Currency MEDIA in Kenya) and My Design Rules, a competition reality series in the world of real estate design (a partnership with Cardova Productions, in South Africa).
Apple Music commissions top designers to customise new African Playlist Art
Apple Music have commissioned a number of leading African and International designers to create a series of new original art for its top local playlist brands.
Discussing the new playlist artwork with The Verge, Rachel Newman, Apple’s global director of editorial says the artwork is meant to “connect more directly with the communities and the culture for which they were intended,” and added “In many ways, it’s a visual representation of the music that you will find inside that playlist”.
The designers are a combination of local and international talent. The artists hailing from Africa are: Prince Jyesi (Accra, Ghana) Merwe Marchand (Cape Town), Studio Muti (Cape Town) and Beloved Beadwork (Cape Town).
The new playlist art features across Apple Music’s top African playlists including Mzansi House designed by Richard Hart; Mzansi Gospel designed by Beloved Beadwork; Ghana Bounce designed by Prince Jyesi; Woza Weekend designed by Lynnie Z; Mzansi Hip Hop designed by Billelis + In House 3D modelling; Mzansi Jazz designed by Victoria Topping; Alternatiewe Afrikaans, designed by Merwe Marchand; Afro Soul Mix and Afrikaanse Treffers, designed by Studio Muti and Mzansi Soul designed by Dapper Lou.
Red Bull announces its Amaphiko Academy social entrepreneurs
Red Bull South Africa has announced the 2019 class of local social entrepreneurs to go through the week-long Red Bull Amaphiko Academy starting on Saturday 15 June 2019.
The aim of the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy is to offer crucial support to grass-roots social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentorship, coaching and assistance to unlock various business opportunities. Since the first edition in Soweto, in 2014, the Red Bull Amaphiko Academy has spread to São Paulo (2015), Cape Town (2015), Pretoria (2017) and Baltimore (2017), where it continues to empower changemakers committed to social good.
The 14 social entrepreneurs announced, were selected to be part of the Academy based on their work across a range of categories that include; education, environmental, health & wellness, employment and sustainability. The names of the social entrepreneurs are: Nondumiso Sibaya founder of Boombadotmobi , Portia Mavhungu founder of PRG Logical Solutions, Mzo Khonamaxase founder of Cubic 38, Luvo Gugwana founder of Aquaponics, Nkanyiso Madlala founder of Spinetector Suit, Lindokuhle Duma founder of Iziko Stoves, Zinhle Ngidi founder of Igugu Labantu Investments, Mvelo Mpilo founder of Zaio, Xabiso Lombo founder of Guardian Angel, Thulani Bono founder of Finishes Of Nature Global, Diuedonne Allo founder of Global Leading Light Project, Tebogo Bathebeng founder of Montsho Sustainable Project, Mabangiso Mabaso founder of Getreadyskills and Hope Mapheto founder of My Tomorrow Academy.
Group M and Kantar unveil their new home ‘Base’
Group M and Kantar recently unveiled their new home ‘Base’ – a Johannesburg-based office that’ll host all of its local employees. It’s being hailed as a collaboration of epic scale that has come to fruition in the form of a brand-new office nestled in the suburb of Bryanston.
Last week, the CEOs of four of GroupM’s South African-based agencies officially opened the office to hundreds of employees and clients who enjoyed a day of food, drink and exploration of the new workspace.
The office, which will be the base of operations for over 600 Kantar and GroupM employees, was designed to ignite inspiration. An urban jungle with a dash of futuristic charm. From the FunkoPOP wall to the graffiti mural, there is something for everyone at The Base.
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Radio Days Africa shares some programme highlights from the 10th edition of the conference.
The first day kicks off with discussion, as Prof. Franz Krüger, Wits Radio Academy; Zandile Tembe, Ukhozi FM Programme Manager; Nadia Bulbulia, Executive Director of the NAB; and Thando Makhunga, 947 Station Manager debate radio’s continuing power of ten, despite – or perhaps through – a wave of new opportunities for audio distribution.
Then the three-day programme continues to explore the future of the medium, issues facing radio and the changing environment.
- Ten Years of Change in Radio News – The BBC Newsroom
- Podcasting Masterclass – Selly Thiam, Eric Eddings and Veralyn Williams
- Power of Sound – Paul Holmes
- Ten Tech Tips Today – Frank Schulze
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