Nando’s ad banned by SA national broadcaster

A Nando's ad which seeks to remind South Africans that they're all foreigners has been pulled by South Africa's national broadcaster. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) claims that it pulled the ad because it contravenes broadcasting regulations, adding that it had "xenophobic undertones". In the advert, a narrator says, "you know what's wrong with South Africa? All you foreigners". Various population groups from Zimbabweans, and Nigerians, to Indians and Chinese are shown disappearing in puffs of ...


Innovative #CloseTheTap campaign ends 10k tweets later

Only 2.5% of all the water on Earth is fresh and only half of that is available for us to drink. It's a scarce resource that needs to protected. That's precisely the message South African-based digital agency Native spread with its #CloseTheTap campaign. The innovative social media campaign opened in March, and only closed after achieving its stated goal of 10 000 tweets. In order to give the campaign a visual element, Native created a live FlowCam connected to Twitter ...


Win a snazzy Hugo watch with Gearburn and

To celebrate the DVD release of Martin Scorsese's epic, Hugo, Gearburn is giving away a Hugo branded watch courtesy of our friends over at Here's how you can win it. How to enter: Having a decent watch means never being late again. Tell us about a time when you were late. The funniest story wins the watch. Leave your answer in the comments below. The competition runs from 4 till 11 June 2012.


3 key reasons Facebook won’t be releasing a phone any time soon

facebook phone Analysts do what analysts do, they analyse and project but mostly speculate, and before you point out that that’s obvious, let me highlight all the rumours and half-baked stories about the recent employment of former iPhone hardware and software engineers by Facebook. The buzz and speculation amongst the analyst community is that finally, as Facebook is now public and needs to bolster its revenue making operations, it will have to come out with a Facebook phone. Tons of clever reasoning and ...

Advertising & Marketing, Social media

6 golden rules for ensuring your social campaign has a great digital footprint

Digital Footprint Believe it or not, if you want your social media campaign to be successful, it is crucial that you understand that everything you do online is public. Every blog post, every tweet, and every update adds to the total sum of your "digital footprint" and your reputation online. If you are new to the open and connected world of social media, always try to put your best foot forward when posting or sharing something online. Your digital footprint is what you ...


All hail King Chrome: Google’s browser celebrates first month on top

google_chrome_by_eliasdesigner We saw it coming. Chrome's been destined to take the lead in the browser wars for some time now. A couple of weeks ago, it finally did -- ousting Microsoft's Internet Explorer along the way. It wasn't a mere blip on the radar either. According to StatCounter the good people at Googleplex can now celebrate being top of pops for a full month. For the full month of May according to data the company pulled from over 15-billion page views, Chrome ...


Alan Knott-Craig Jr: How I nearly missed out on buying Mxit

Africa In the first of a series of extracts from the opening chapter of his new book "Mobinomics", South African-based entrepreneur Alan Knott Craig Jr speaks about what it was about Mxit -- the massively popular youth-based social network he now owns -- that turned him into "an evangelist, an unpaid, unofficial ambassador for the network". He also offers a glimpse of the respect he has for the company's former owner Herman Heunis and how difficult it was to turn down ...

Google, News

Google wants the .lol domain name. Yes, really

icann haz domain name lolcat Haha. Sorry, but it seems that Google thinks that .lol has "interesting and creative potential" -- which is why the search giant has applied to have the domain registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In a blog post, Vincent Cerf ('father of the internet' and Google's chief internet evangelist) said that the company had applied for a number of new domains -- including .google, .youtube and .docs -- as part of ICANN's open call for ...


Foursquare teases new maps, major redesign

Foursquare is changing. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but it is promising a major redesign. The first of those changes is set to come in the form of a new maps feature. The company sent out a tweet, previewing the feature. Maps. There are many others like it, but this one is yours. The #allnew4sq is coming soon!— foursquare (@foursquare) May 31, 2012 The tweet came just a day after another one showing off the ...


Nando’s #Diversity campaign reminds South Africans they’re all foreigners

Popular fast food franchise, Nando's has launched a new campaign that plays on the issue of Xenophobia in South Africa. The campaign has Nando's teaming up with non-profit volunteer group, Cheesekids, to "create pop up soup kitchens" in parts of South Africa that have been affected by Xenophobia. The franchise says it aims to walk the talk in galvanising the message of creating "dialogue between the diverse". You too can volunteer to join our soup kitchens by visiting the Souperstars ...






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