The Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) is acting on behalf of a large South African company who wishes to engage and work with 100% Black owned and managed agencies across various disciplines and who have a revenue of less than R 10 million per annum. Please provide ONE hard copy set of your Agency's credentials to include the following: 1. Background information, agency positioning, methodologies, BEE Certificate 2. Detailed overview of Agency capabilities in either the advertising, social media or PR sector. 3. Client List 4. Profiles and photos of key team members 5. One or two examples of work that best demonstrates your Agency's capabilities 6. Client references—at least two written references from current or recent Clients Please deliver this material to the offices of the IAS by 14.00 pm on Friday 15 December. Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) Le Val, North Building 45 Jan Smuts Avenue, Corner The Valley Road Westcliff, Johannesburg. For any enquiries, please email the following: Hlamazi Mabunda firstname.lastname@example.org or Nikki Munsie email@example.com. IAS Landline number is 010 594 0281. NOTE: Credentials over email will NOT BE ACCEPTED CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s December and the weekend starts early across South Africa. In the Cape Town CBD’s Bree Street, well-heeled global travelers intrigued by The Station on Bree’s convincing commuter experience are already enjoying the venue’s Thursday night summer programme. The Thursday weekly line-up is hosted by internationally-renowned local DJ, saxophonist and percussion specialist, George Sax, and includes Raella goodman, Lucia Mthiyane and Gershon. It’s one year since the Station on Bree opened with themed stations brimming with detail and suiting the eclectic tastes of Capetonians and international visitors who recognise hallmarks of the UK's famous tube system. The concept is hip and colourful with the ‘Mind the Gap’ theme carried throughout the venue from train seating to courtyard bus shelter to underground dance floor. “Cape Town’s been called the Tavern of the Seas and described as the Fairest Cape in the whole circumference of the earth. She’s clearly an African city with a global outlook. We love the fact that our venue stays true to Cape Town’s three centuries-old reputation as the world’s eclectic meeting place by the sea,” says The Station on Bree founder Neil Basel. The venue easily fuses the iconic design of the London Underground with the bustling and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cape Town’s Bree Street. The one-year anniversary of Cape Town’s first underground meeting place also sees the launch of a summer menu to accompany Thursdays @ The Station on Bree. First trialled last month and continuing in the tradition of ‘unpretentious street food’, The Station on Bree’s holiday season menu offers a casual Mediterranean-infused dining style focused on fresh flavours and simple ingredients. From leisurely lunches to late dinners, visitors have the option of traditional main meals or a choice of small plates that enable a shared approach to group dining. The Station on Bree guarantees a great night’s entertainment and it’s the food that always takes . . .
CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook to be held at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg on 31 January-01 February 2018, brings to light Africa’s growing demand for polymers while embracing a circular economy, insights from converters and brand owners, the emerging trends & demand in packaging, wire & cable, automotive and more, plus hear from traders/distributors on plastics trade challenges and how are you going to be paid! Africa Plastics Outlook summit hones in on the plastics markets in Africa, as Ms. Constance Nyambayo, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan outlines the ‘Demand/Supply Forecast’ for Africa’s Polymer market. Africa’s plastics demand and growth trends across North, South, East & West Africa as well as local production capabilities, imports economics will be shared in this session. Mr. Anton Hanekom, Executive Director, Plastics SA then zooms in on South Africa, with an overview of its plastics industry, processing technology, trends and capabilities as well as investments in new lines plus challenges faced by converters. South Africa’s plastics packaging player Boxmore Plastics will share a key session on ‘Partnerships, Responsibly Meeting Africa's Needs For World Class Packaging’ while retailer Woolworths Holdings details the Food Packaging Trends in Africa with focus on consumers insights and packaging trends, improving recyclability and sustainability as well as key plastics materials in package designs. Sharing the market prospects for Polycarbonates in Africa is Covestro with details of key growth drivers, technology innovations and emerging applications while a session on ‘Embracing a Circular Economy’ highlighting strategies, challenges and market outlook for recycled PET in Africa will be presented by Extrupet. Organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), the summit will also focus on: - Wire and Cable Markets Outlook in Africa – Aberdare Cables - Development/Innovation in the Compounding Industry & Value . . .
Pretoria – 8 December 2017 – Hennie de Klerk, South Africa’s only privateer that will be participating in the 40th edition of the gruelling DAKAR Rally, has begun his final preparation for this enduring rally. The 2018 DAKAR Rally will take place from 6 – 20 January 2018 in South America, with Hennie and his team departing to Lima on 1 Janaury 2018. After several days in the capital of Peru, all racing teams, drivers and riders will continue to Bolivia, and finally end in Córdoba, which will host the finish of the DAKAR Rally for the first time. Racing under number 353, Hennie and his team will start in position number 54 – a noticeable accomplishment considering this is their first Dakar and they don't have an international seeding. Hennie commented, “We are very proud of our starting position. Competing for the first time we expected to have a lower seeding number, but winning the DAKAR Challenge in Botswana’s Toyota Desert 1000 Race in June advanced our position. A total of 105 cars entered, and our goal is to end in the Top 30.” Hennie is sponsored by TreasuryOne – South Africa’s premier treasury company with offices in Pretoria and Cape Town and Cooper Tyres. Follow Hennie’s progress on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 6 December 2017, Between 24 November and 10 December, the City of Cape Town plays host to the 2017-2017 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) for the 11th time since the inception of the yacht race in 1973. Chevron South Africa, which markets its fuel under the Caltex brand, is one of the sponsors of the Cape Town stop-over of the VOR and was able to make it possible for over 240 primary, secondary and tertiary level learners from under-resourced schools around the Western Cape to attend the VOR schools education programme, which focuses on the global sustainability of our oceans. “Through our partnership with the Amy Foundation, we were able to give these children the opportunity to explore the VOR race village and experience what the ocean race is all about and to learn more about the problems our planet faces due to pollution of the oceans,” said Jill Koopman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Manager, Chevron South Africa. The VOR schools programme, hosted at the race village at Cape Town’s Waterfront, combines fun, interactive educational activities to teach about the damaging effect of ocean plastic pollution on the sustainability of our oceans’ marine ecosystems and how each of us can play a role in reducing plastic waste from entering the sea. A tour of the race village allowed the learners to experience first-hand what life must be like aboard a race yacht, as they got to climb aboard the yacht exhibit. The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race kicks off from Cape Town on 10 December, when the crews and their yachts set sail for Melbourne, Australia, across the Southern Indian Ocean, taking their message of ocean health along with them. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
December is here and if you have not prepared for this festive holiday, your financials are in for a bumpy ride. But, no need to worry - there is still a few weeks left to specify your budget amount and to try and save on the ‘last minute’ shopping outings. Zeeva’s team shares a few practical tips to ensure that you and other procrastinators have an enjoyable, yet frugal proof holiday: 1. December holiday budget It is a good idea to indicate your December holiday costs or the total sum on your December budget sheet. You can also make a separate December holiday list and print it out. Your home’s notice board or fridge door is always a good spot. This will make your spending amount visible to the family, as they will see how much money they are allowed to spend during the holiday. The list must include the total holiday amount (say R 6 000) as well as each family member’s estimated costs. Expenses such as entertainment, presents, travelling/fuel costs and food expenses should be specified on the list. 2. A savings jar sure comes in handy Hopefully you have saved some loose coins already - you will be surprised what a few Rands can do. Continue to put a savings jar in a ‘high traffic spot’ in the house and get your family’s competitive streak going by challenging them to joining in on the activity. Starting a savings culture in your own home is not only exciting and fun, but also educational for years to come. 3. ‘Money behaviour’ is essential Not everybody can afford to have lavish holidays or Christmases. But, this does not mean that you cannot enjoy your December break whether it will be mostly spent in your hometown or a few hours’ drive away. You just have to portray positive savings and ‘money behavioural patterns’ even if you feel merry this time of year. 4. Make use of sales A December sale sure comes in handy. But, the item(s) that you want to add to your ‘last minute’ shopping cart should indeed be on ‘discount’ and should be . . .
A SHARED DESIRE TO DO TRULY GREAT WORK Discovery appoints MetropolitanRepublic as agency of record Discovery has appointed integrated communications agency MetropolitanRepublic as its agency of record across its South African operation. This decision comes after years of the financial services company had been using a multiple-agency model to drive its marketing operations. MetropolitanRepublic CEO, Alison Deeb, says the appointment is a great honour for the agency. “We did not win the account in the traditional way. Discovery hadn’t worked with a dedicated agency for many years, but rather chose to partner with a few agencies on their respective brands.” In October 2016, MetropolitanRepublic was invited to pitch on a Discovery project, along with three other agencies. “After a number of iterations, we were awarded the Discovery broadcast sponsorship campaigns for the English Premier League and Sky Sports sponsorship” adds Deeb. MetropolitanRepublic shot the commercials in Italy and Johannesburg, which featured Discovery Vitality brand ambassador, Olympic athlete and football fan, Wayde van Niekerk. It charted his journey from toddler to global superstar, showing how he has always harboured a deep love for the beautiful game, and in particular, the English Premier League. Deeb says the experience was positive for both Discovery and MetropolitanRepublic. “It was after this work that Discovery decided to appoint us as its agency of choice. They loved our work and work ethic, and saw us as the right creative partner.” Discovery Chief Marketing Officer, Dinesh Govender, concurs, “We are thrilled to be working with MetropolitanRepublic to continue to build the Discovery brand.” The partnership presents an incredible opportunity for MetropolitanRepublic. Discovery challenges the status quo and disrupts every category it operates in. Their shared-value business model focusses on creating a healthier South African society, which it facilitates by . . .
Hard to believe that a year has already raced by since FOXCROFT announced their presence on the local restaurant scene. Under the astute guidance of La Colombe’s ex-pastry chef, Glen Williams, the picturesque venue was immediately acclaimed as the 2016 Eat Out/Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Not one for resting on their laurels, the bustling team at FOXCROFT has pushed their experience each day developing new dishes, new tastes and are putting less emphasis on sharing style plates. “The shared, tapas style menu and dishes was well received, however we noticed that most of our customers preferred not to share the tapas. Accordingly, FOXCROFT has evolved to be more of a Neo-Bistro than a tapas restaurant, where we have the freedom in the kitchen to serve accessible and creative dishes, using the best produce available,” says Williams. Each dish is an individual piece of mastery on a plate with careful attention placed to balance of flavour and ratio of ingredients with the minimal amount of manipulation. Presentation is uncluttered, incorporating seasonal ingredients with 3-4 accompanying flavours that harmoniously uplift the hero element on the plate. Texture is also a critical element which is subtly incorporated to complement the overall experience and to keep the dining experience interesting and exciting. “Our chicken Liver Parfait for example, includes rhubarb, treated as a pickle and a gastrique and mushrooms prepared 4 different ways. The simple pleasure of a liver parfait is not ignored, with a slice of toasted brioche served alongside to indulge properly,” comments Glen. Teamwork is everything in the kitchen and there is a focus to rotate the staff between the various sections on a 3-monthly basis in order for them to broaden their skills and continually gain new expertise. Importantly, this also develops a critical appreciation of the value of the produce that is delivered daily and how to fully utilise each element, . . .
Over the festive season, a time of year when many families’ finances are stretched, some may be tempted to suspend payment of their medical scheme contributions, exposing their families to significant personal and financial risk. “We know that over December and January there tends to be an increase in claims for accidental injury and illness. In the tough financial climate South Africans are facing, resigning from medical scheme cover to pay for the additional expenses that arise at this time of the year may seem like an option,” says Mark Arnold, Principal Officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme. “We appeal to the public to think twice before adopting this short-sighted approach to funding their summer holidays and festive gifts, because the risk certainly outweighs any perceived saving. The peace of mind that goes with belonging to a trusted medical scheme should not be compromised over the holiday season.” Arnold points out that accidents, illnesses and other health events can strike when least expected and without valid medical scheme membership the cost of a few days in intensive care in a private hospital can be financially crippling for a family. “The holiday season should be a time for rest and relaxation, and being a member of a medical scheme means that you do not need to worry about unexpected healthcare expenses. We encourage our members to review their choice of benefit option to ensure that they have adequate cover for the year ahead, and enjoy the peace of mind that this offers.” To help make the summer holidays as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, Resolution Health recommends that members pack the following items in preparation for their travels. Your medical scheme membership card “It is vital to keep your medical scheme membership card, which can be your passport to accessing your healthcare cover benefits, with you at all times – whether you are travelling or not. “Programme your medical scheme’s contact details . . .
The #AdventureFundraising campaign is off to a daring start as adventurous heroes start signing up and donating to SA’s youth community. Afrika Tikkun's recently launched Adventure Fundraising digital campaign is for people who want to make a real difference in South Africa but don’t know what to do or where to start. Almost everyone has an adventure or goal they’d like to kick-start, be it losing weight or climbing Kilimanjaro, and so many conscious South Africans want to raise funds for charity to incentivise them on their own personal missions. Anyone can get involved with Adventure Fundraisers by setting their goal and getting their friends and community to support them – and the best part is they will have a lot of fun doing so whilst making a real and lasting difference to the youth of South Africa. All money raised will go towards the critically important work that Afrika Tikkun does in supporting our young people becoming economically empowered. Their holistic approach provides essential support from cradle right through to career. It is a model that begins from Early Childhood Development and takes beneficiaries on a journey to becoming fully fledged productive, responsible citizens after completing their development programmes. #AdventureFundraiser 1: At this year’s Staten Island Marathon, Lee Ann Finlay Vermaak successfully completed the grueling race while raising funds for Afrika Tikkun. As if that wasn’t a fantastic achievement for the Acceleration Cape Town employee, she exceeded her fundraising target and raised R15,347.00 for the cause. “I strongly believe in education to ensure the country has a solid foundation for future economic success and growth, this is an organization near and dear to me” Lee Ann’s #adventurefundraising target = R15,000.00 #AdventureFundraiser 2: On 5 November 2017, fitness instructor, personal trainer and sports ambassador from Rosebank, Johannesburg; Temotio Jacopa ran the Soweto Marathon for Afrika . . .