Monthly Archives: November 2008

Controversial new Nandos ad

This one should get a few tongues wagging. Here’s the new Nandos ad that is being released today on TV. Given the recent launch of the new breakaway Congress of the People (Cope) party from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) — and imminent elections next year, this one is going to be hotter than […]

USA-SA Blogger meetup in Cape Town

Party alert! Local bloggers and digital citizens are invited to attend and meet up with a touring US blogger “delegation” on Sunday 8pm, at Asoka Bar in Cape Town. The US bloggers will be out here on a tour, organised by the International Marketing Council (IMC). Dave Duarte and myself are helping the IMC, who […]

Mobile surpasses traditional web in South Africa

It’s what we predicted would happen. In fact it’s what we thought had happened sometime ago, but here are some authoritative figures that confirm it. According to a piece in Bizcommunity, Rick Joubert of Vodafone estimates there are now at least 9,5-million mobile wap users (read: mobile web) in the country. These are combined user […]

SA innovation to be seen through eyes of top bloggers

I published the list of top US bloggers a while back for a local tour out here. We’ll be doing an event in Cape Town. Will announce that soon. But for the moment, here is some more info on the tour: Blogger tour Travelling with the group will be two of South Africa best-known bloggers, […]

DA's online presence disappoints

I had high hopes for SA’s political parties and their use of the web. In an interview with Sapa on IOL my colleagues didn’t share my optimism. In an Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) presentation in Pretoria this year, I urged political parties to take online seriously and demonstrated the Barack Obama website’s innovative use of […]

Key blogs about innovation, media & biz online

When it comes to news about internet startups, web trends and innovations, blogs are a way better source than traditional media. If you want to know what’s happening on the web, there are some key blogs that should form part of your daily reading. Most serious online fundis use at least 2 or 3 of […]

eBay South Africa "launches" damp squib

Worldwide dot.com stalwart eBay has stealthily launched a watered-down web presence in South Africa, “Ebay South Africa” on ebay.co.za. Was in a meeting with internet guru Ronnie Apteker (sorry Ronnie!) and he pointed me to it. It apparently launched in the last few days, although they have owned the co.za for years. Will be interesting […]

How to approach content in the digital age

The phrase “User Generated Content” (UGC) has always been a troubled notion. At its heart it emphasises a divide between the user and the professional, with the implication that users have their place, and the professionals have theirs. Perhaps the aversion to this phrase stems from the fact that it is so simplistic. It doesn’t […]

President Barack Obama all the way!

I was biting back the tears during Barack Obama’s victory speech as president-elect of the U.S. There was so much at stake in this election. Without trying to overstate and get carried away, we can still safely say that its probably been the most significant election, ever, in the history of the world. This is […]

2010 Fifa World Cup: Greenpoint stadium construction progress pics

Here are some photos, hot off the press, of the construction of the new Greenpoint stadium in Cape Town which is being built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. We were at a launch party for 24.com’s sport24.co.za launch party which included SA Cricketer Craig Matthews and Olympic Swimmer Roland Schoeman. The pics were taken […]

SA Blogger tour: Names and dates announced

The names for the US/International blogger tour of South Africa, organised by Simon Barber of the International Marketing Council, have been released. It’s a draft list so some bloggers may still be added or will fall away, but its pretty close to being set in stone. The tour dates will be from the 29 November […]