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All posts tagged "South Africa"

  • Instagram fast becoming a powerful marketing tool in SA

    Facebook-owned Instagram has grown exponentially over the last few years and brands are adopting ways to utilise this social media platform to tell a visual brand story and sell products or services through appealing imagery. In fact, Instagram has seen the fastest growth of any social network in South Africa over the past year, according to the South African Social Media Landscape 2016 study. It grew an impressive 133%, from 1.1-million to 2.68-million users. Taking our own experiences with the platform into consideration, and we have some experience as our communities range from motorheads to job-seekers and enthusiasts of just about...

  • #FeesMustFall: University students react to Nzimande’s statement

    Update #4, 18 September, 3.27pm: In the wake of the student protests on South Africa's various university campuses, UCT's Faculty of Health Science has announced that it plans to march to Parliament on Thursday, 22 September, to hand over its memorandum to Blade Nzimande. The Faculty has also called on "colleagues, students and concerned citizens" to join. It has also asked academics to dress in "full academic dress". CALL FOR NATIONAL PROTEST ACTION FROM FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT UCT pic.twitter.com/I5940etSCg — UCT Law Student(s) (@UCTLawStudents) September 19, 2016 Update #3, 18 September, 2.47pm: The University of Pretoria has now also joined the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: blast rocks New York, South Africa remembers Mandoza

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (16 September – 18 September). South African middle-distance runner Charl du Toit won his second gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this weekend, taking gold in the T37 400m event. This makes him South Africa's first double-medal winner of the games thus far. All the Glory 2 God!!! #TeamSArise! #Rio2016 #Paralympics Photo credit: Zimbio...

  • Is your brand getting on the SA eSports bandwagon?

    A new summit at rAge 2016 aims to educate brands about the burgeoning SA eSports scene. The eSports Branding Summit, a partnership between rAge and Global Assembly Marketing eSports (GAMeS), will "explore opportunities esports presents to South African business and how it can capitalise on the eSports phenomenon". GAMeS cited worldwide figures for eSports, saying that the worldwide esports market will reach US$910-million in 2016. The organisation also pointed to The International 6 Dota 2 tournament, which had a record-breaking US$20.7-million prize pool. "Despite these impressive figures, for many, eSports remains the biggest thing most people have never heard of," says Mlondi Mashinini, GAMeS summit programme...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: Twitter remembers September 11, SA racks up the medals

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (9 September – 11 September). Twitter was a flood Saturday with messages, memories and images remembering the World Trade Centre attacks on 11 September 2011. Celebrities, New Yorkers and Americans elsewhere who were affected, came together to share thoughts on the social network. My skyline out of my window at 12:01am Sept 11th, 2016 #MyNYC #September11 pic.twitter.com/LlxXOCqpAi — Iman...

  • Instagram, LinkedIn strong performers in SA – survey

    Instagram and LinkedIn are showing strong growth in South Africa, despite claims of "social media fatigue" by some, a new survey has revealed. The Social Media Landscape 2017 Survey has revealed some interesting preliminary insights ahead of its full reveal later this month, starting with Instagram. The Facebook-owned platform "Instagram has experienced a massive increase in SA users, although not quite in the triple digits like the year before," said Ornico research consultant Michal Wronski. The survey suggested that the network was growing up as well. "The top 25 most followed people are similar to the year before, indicating a maturing of the network as audiences have consolidated." LinkedIn taking the...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: South Africa murders rise & Mother Teresa canonized

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News in Tweets (2 September – 4 September). Pope Francis Sunday declared Mother Teresa a saint, at St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Mother Teresa, also known as Saint of the Gutters, served as a nun in Kolkata, India. She was declared a saint just 19 years after her death. After the service, a number of Mother Teresa's followers declared...

  • Weekend News in Tweets: burkini ban overturned & PRASA’s R42m toilet seats

    News moves at the speed of social media in today’s world, and that’s especially the case on the weekend. Take a look at the world news you might’ve missed this weekend through the 140-character lens of Twitter. Welcome to the Weekend News on Twitter (26 August – 28 August). South African pilot Michel Leusch was killed Saturday when he lost control of a stunt plane at a Chinese airshow. Durban born, Leusch was performing at the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention in the city of Zhangye, in China's Gansu province. He was 33. South Africa pilot dead in plane crash...

  • Olympic Games 2016: 10 fascinating facts, figures and graphs from Rio

    The Olympic Games have come and gone, and Rio will once again fall quiet. But that doesn't mean it's over for us data lovers. In fact, the real fun is only just beginning. Thanks to modern technology, we have access to a slew of data sets from practically all sports, and all parameters. Although the Games didn't go without incident, it was a largely successful tournament for host Brazil, and medal dominator United States. It was also a triumph for South African athletics, with two gold medals won in two feature races. But what about the other numbers behind the games? Take...

  • Johannesburg speaker Vasco da Gama already has a Twitter parody account

    In the battle for the Johannesburg Metro that took place on Monday, the DA's Vasco da Gama was elected as the City Council speaker. It's a huge change of power for the once-ANC stronghold, and the result itself sent the Johannesburg City Hall into a bit of a frenzy. Elsewhere, the move also sent Twitter into chaos, as people tweeted their views and funny jokes thanks in part to the speaker's rather historical name. But perhaps one Twitter user making particularly good use of the news is the owner of the da Gama parody Twitter account. Yes, I know what you're...

  • Google’s Alternative Olympics medal table sheds light on small countries’ achievements

    After winning 26 gold medals, it's not delusional to believe the US is running away the Rio Olympic Games. At the time of writing, the 554-strong team have collectively won 69 medals, which dwarfs Great Britain and China's achievements. Still, the medals table doesn't really take into account other factors, like population, a country's general affluence or even, uh, overall Google Search rankings. That's where Google's alternative medals table comes into play. Ranking teams by more than just the "look at all my medals" philosophy, the visualisation allows visitors to understand just how big an achievement winning a single medal (gold...

  • SA Twitter suggests the perfect ANC, DA & EFF #CoalitionLoveSongs

    Another day, another snarky hashtag on South Africa's Twittersphere. This edition of the Local General Elections has been quite a rollercoaster ride on the social network, with #VotingPickupLines trending earlier this week, highlighting the cute and often creepy things fellow voters say to one another, and the more serious #RememberKhwezi, reminding the nation that rape culture should be discussed and never ignored. But while our thumbs are stained, and our votes now fully counted, it's the political parties' turn to look one another in the eye. Thanks to the few parties who managed to secure majorities in major metros (the DA...

  • #VotingPickupLines bring awkward chuckles to Twitter, SA voting stations

    Among the slew of different hashtags appearing on South Africa's Twitter today -- including the likes of #GetInked, #LocalElections, #ivoted, and #LGE2016 -- there's one that stands out. #VotingPickUpLines is currently trending in South Africa presumably by people passing time standing in queues, or simply throwing some hilarious shade post-ballot. It's a pretty interesting hashtag too. It made an appearance when Britain voted in the EU referendum back in June 2016, and prior to that, US citizens voting in the country's 2012 national election. But back to South Africa. For those who have tried, are trying, or are yet to try, here...

  • Township-based digital agency Lemok flying South African flag abroad

    An agency originating from Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, has earned itself international recognition. Known as Lemok, the township-based digital agency has won clients from Angola and Florida in its first five months. Lemok is the brainchild of Lebogang Mokubela (pictured in red), who had quite a baptism of fire prior to launching the agency. He quit his job in 2014 and had his car repossessed shortly after. To add insult to injury, Mokubela also started his own events business Simgy South Africa, which ultimately lost the entrepreneur over R200 000. But that didn't seem to deter him. Instead, Lemok was born initially...

  • Snow grips South Africa as users build snowmen on Instagram

    Thanks to the latest cold front system that's taking its sweet time passing over South Africa, much of the country's interior is blanketed in a thick layer of snow. It's not unprecedented, it's just unexpected, especially since the country is in the throws of one of its worst droughts in recent memory. So, being the upvote lovers that humans are, many adventure seekers have taken to the Eastern Cape highlands, the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Free State to craft snowmen, throw snowballs at one another and make snow angels. For all those shenanigans and more, have a look at the light...