Category Archives: SA Media

Oh Peter! You're just being sentimental

Duncan McLeod, former associate editor of the Financial Mail, recently burst onto the scene with a great new addition to my regular daily reads. On his new Techcentral site there have been two articles that caught my attention — the first being a fiery piece by former Vodacom CEO Allan Knott-Craig, and now an interview […]

Furious MXIT lashes out at media

MXIT is a world-wide mobile instant messaging tool (now evolving into a social network) with around 15-million users (claimed). It’s based in South Africa but has offices around the world and substantial numbers in countries like the Phillipines. Every time there is an incident via their platform, journalists with scant understanding of the technology tend […]

10 questions for new Google SA head: Stephen Newton

New Google SA Head Stephen Newton (Credit: FM Tech). Stephen Newton is the country’s new Google head. He’s an American who has been living in the UK. He’s now based in Johannesburg, heading up the local Google office. He studied as a lawyer, has previously been the GM of Hitwise UK, a Vice President at […]

The internet in South Africa: A tale of woe and hope

The tale of doom and gloom about the uncompetitive South African telecoms market is all too familiar. It’s kept a stranglehold on internet growth in this country, meaning the country has performed way below its potential in this sphere in comparison to the rest of the world. Arguably we are now moving in the right […]

Times election site

The local Times launched their elections play today. It’s pretty basic (although I’m lead to believe this is just phase I), but here’s what I think is really clever and innovative about it: 1. They’ve launched it on a completely new domain called “SA elections“. That says, “we own election coverage”, not to mention the […]

Primedia's 702 to make big web play?

Now if my sources are correct — Primedia’s 702 is about to make a big web play, which will involve extending their authoritative news brand online. It will probably entail the creation of a new top level domain and news brand, linked to 702. My guess — and this is a guess — is that […]

M&G Online launch diary: Registering new features

Late nights at the office. What weekend? What public holiday? Here’s a snippet of some of the new site features. Registered users are getting dashboards, allowing us to profile users and serve more targeted content, advertising and develop a closer, better relationship with readers. —- SNIP —- Register with the Mail & Guardian Online and […]

Wheels24 relaunch site

Just got word from Elan Lohman, distant cousin of Lindsay Lohan, that Wheels24 has relaunched. I think their design still needs a bit more work and there are still a few gaps here and there, but its a great effort. I like the overall navigation and the site is well structured. More significantly, however, it […]

At the ETV 24-hour news satellite channel launch party

On Sunday night I found myself at the launch party of the new E-news 24-hour satellite channel at the exclusive Melrose arch rooftop venue. The black-tie event was awash with blue, with plasmas, media executives and a few parliamentarians. It was a slick launch and full of the glamour you would expect from a TV […]

ZA Tech show: A local podcast worth listening to

Been meaning to write about this for a while now. The ZA Tech show, journalists “indulging in beer and opinion”, is fast turning out to be one of the country’s top podcasts. This week’s podcast, with Simon Dingle, Ben Kelly, Brett Haggard, Jon Tullett and Duncan McLeod, is particularly good. They have the hilarious David […]

24.com launches impressive crowd-sourcing tool in Answerit

Just got a press release today about 24.com’s new answerit service. It’s based on a similar Yahoo! service, which apparently has done pretty well. 24.com are one of the few players in the country who can launch a service like this, because it requires volume. Last time I checked, they have the volume, or more […]

South Africa's sleeping online media giants

Some media companies have embraced the online era and are now reaping the rewards. Others have been slow to wake up to the promise of online publishing. Here are four media companies, where we may see greater things: Avusa (formerly Johncom): It’s probably wrong to call this media company a sleeping giant, as it has […]

Empirical findings at the Empire launch

Lastnight we hit The Saxon for the Empire magazine launch. It’s already three or four magazine’s old, but tonight was the launch. It’s the first time I have ever had to park outside the Saxon. That’s how full the party was. One doesn’t like to have to walk too much when doing the Saxon. It’s […]

Another SA online ranking site launched

A newly formed website umbrella body, Website Association of South Africa (WASA), has launched a brand-new web metrics and rankings system for the country. So far it consists of 97 sites and about 20 publishers. At first glance, WASA’s stats appear to be overwhelmingly taken from the Online Publishers Association (OPA) Nielsen//Netratings rankings and a […]

The blogger who got fired

Here is a SAFM radio interview Jeremy Maggs did with me on the Llewellyn Kriel-Avusa issue together with Rhodes Journalism lecturer Anthea Garman. I think it encapsulates our views on this saga. For those who haven’t been following: Llewellyn Kriel was fired by his newspaper, Sowetan, ostensibly for blogging confidential information about the company (Arthur […]

Publish Online conference: 24.com to launch local Adsense in 2008

At the first inaugural Publish Online conference in Cape Town and there is a good turn out. Hope there will be another one, maybe Jo’burg?. Couple of familiar faces from my iafrica.com days: Alan Hammond (the organiser), Robin Parker (now of biz-comm), Debby Byrne (still iafrica.com). Been some interesting presentations. Noticed only 4 laptops and […]

M&G Online gets some muti

We’ve been thinking about it for a while now… in fact about a year 😛 … and now have finally done it. We’ve added Muti links below articles in M&G Online to encourage readers to bookmark its stories. Muti was mentioned by CNN.com a while back in an article about the world’s hottest startups outside […]

24.com launches Laaik.it

Breaking news on the local social media scene: 24.com, the internet arm of Media24, has launched its new social news and bookmarking site, Laaik.it. The news appears to be first broken by local blogger Charl Norman on his Bandwidth blog. I was alerted to it by Justin Hartman on Facebook. We’ve known for a while, […]

The converging media company

Who would have thought newspapers and magazines would start producing their own radio and TV programmes? Who would have thought radio stations would become active online publishers, running popular blogs? Who would have thought the readers, viewers and listeners would rise up and start producing their own media? The world is like this because we […]

Convergence heralds the age of the reader

This was the presentation that never was at Highway Africa. My session got turned into a panel discussion because it was to be broadcast on SABC. So here it is: The digital age is driving the convergence of devices and media. Convergence isn’t just a techie thing, but a fundamental change in the way we […]