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  • How social media viewed SA’s State of the Nation Address [Infographic]

    In recent months South Africa has been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons: from the massacre in the small mining town of Marikana, to the lavish spending on President Jacob Zuma's homestead and the brutal rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl. It makes sense therefore that more eyes than usual would be on the country's State of the Nation Address. Despite international headlines being dominated by Oscar Pistorious for the alleged shooting of his girlfriend, the address still generated serious discussion on social media. According to online reputation management (ORM) tool Brandseye there were 49 000...

  • State of the Nation address and its ‘drinking game’ trend heavily on Twitter

    The State of the Nation address delivered by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday evening, and the drinking game that accompanied it, was Twitter's number one trending topic early on Friday morning. Renowned blogger Khaya Dlanga and South African radio shock jock Gareth Cliff had a big hand in spreading the trend to their large Twitter audiences. Never shy of controversy, South African shock jock, Gareth Cliff, has taken to social media like a man possessed. He is a Facebook juggernaut with his Page comprising more than 275 000 fans, and he has managed to amass close to 90 000 followers...

  • President Zuma gathers Twitter ideas for State of the Nation address

    Governments around the world are embracing social media as a way of communicating with their citizens. The role of social media in political campaigning gained much credibility after the US election campaign of 2008, which saw President Obama swept all the way into the White House. By using the most powerful social media platforms of the day, Twitter and Facebook. governments and political figures are seeking to leverage the platforms to their advantage. When South African President Jacob Zuma takes the stage for his annual State of the Nation address on the 10th of February, a selection of the...