Tag Archives: Rosebank

Leaving on a high note

It’s probably been the worst kept secret in the industry, but now that it is out on Bizcommunity there is no point in not going public. I can confirm that after 8 years I am leaving the Mail & Guardian Online to pursue another opportunity. I feel that I’m leaving on a high note, with […]

Rosebank police station: a depressing SA reality

I usually avoid writing these kinds of posts… but felt I had to do so… The Rosebank Police Station, made me even more depressed about crime in South Africa. I went there on Friday to get an affadvit. As I walked in, a bad odour hit me and stayed with me for the rest of my short visit. The walls in the reception area were generally chipped, grimy and dirty. The place was gloomy and badly lit. The welcome carpet was tatty and had some of the letters of the “Welcome” ripped out. Broken office furniture lay in a heap to one side. I could see one police officer behind the desk, but mostly I saw overweight people without uniforms or name tags milling around behind the desk. Even though it was early morning, I think they had bored expressions on their faces — no hint of pride or alertness or professionalism that you’d expect from the police service….

One million SA broadband users by 2009?

At KUGM Online Marketing conference in Rosebank Rudolph Muller from that excellent South African website, My Adsl, reckons there will be one-million broadbrand connections by 2009. It’s a figure way over the predictions we are used to hearing. Arthur Goldstuck reckons there will be 277 000 broadband users by the end of 2006, which is […]

SA's online media space

At KUGM Online Marketing conference in Rosebank Russell Hanly, Chief Executive of the new 24.com, gave us a brief overview of the new 24.com structure … and then talked about the South African online media landscape. He emphasised that marketers should focus on domestic/South African readership rather than the total overseas readership, as this is […]

The changing web

At KUGM Online Marketing conference in Rosebank Never met Vinny Lingham before, although heard about him and know about Incubeta, the company he runs. It’s a successful, savvy South African online company which has most of its business and customers overseas, playing in the affiliate space. They are pay per click and google junkies — […]

Google Earth upgrades South Africa images

I see Google Earth has upgraded its imaging for parts of South Africa. Previously we could only see Cape Town and parts of Pretoria with any clarity. Now we can see big chunks of Joburg and even some parts of Grahamstown with clarity similar to what you would see if viewing Manhattan etc etc….

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Dan Gillmor in London at We Media

Bumped into Dan Gillmor here, at Reuters at the We Media conference. Told him I loved his book. I did love his book. I mentioned Vincent Maher, a fellow South African media worker’s, rantings (yet well argued) about citizen journalism “being dead” — which Gillmor said he was aware of and that he appreciated the diverse opinions that challenge him and his ideas.

The right media brand for the Youth in South Africa

Khalik Sherrif, Director YFM, South Africa was at the African leadership strategies conference in Kenya. One of the best, most passionate presentations I have ever seen. He talks about YFM’s success in getting the youth market by opening its studio, shop and offices in a glitzy mall (Rosebank) rather than a dull office.