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Week in review: Week ending 3 April 2012

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsCenturion Business Forum to hold a golf day for charityThe Centurion Business Forum currently has 130 members and is slowly being regarded as a role model for other business forums. Various of its projects, including the golf day, social walk and a business entrepreneur challenge for grade ten and grade eleven learners are highlights of the year.
Publicity NewsGlobal Tech PR Group expands into AfricaGlobal Tech PR Group has partnered with Red Ribbon Communications, a Johannesburg and Cape Town based technology PR agency. The Tech PR Group now features eleven partners and covers most of the globe.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsCenturion Business Forum to hold a golf day for charityThe Centurion Business Forum currently has 130 members and is slowly being regarded as a role model for other business forums. Various of its projects, including the golf day, social walk and a business entrepreneur challenge for grade ten and grade eleven learners are highlights of the year.
Publicity NewsGlobal Tech PR Group expands into AfricaGlobal Tech PR Group has partnered with Red Ribbon Communications, a Johannesburg and Cape Town based technology PR agency. The Tech PR Group now features eleven partners and covers most of the globe.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsStrike it lucky when it comes to planning eventsThe success of a good event can be measured by the positive feedback of the invited guests; after all, if it was memorable, then it will be talked about or reported extensively. There are many factors that contribute to its triumph, such as the venue, theme and concept, but the most important one is often left to the last few weeks of planning: the technical component.
Publicity NewsThe National Zoo has some fun planned for Easter weekendCome to the National Zoo over the Easter weekend and take part in some exciting activities and many more. On 7 April at 10:00 the Easter bunny will open the biggest Easter egg hunt in Africa! More than 15 000 eggs are to be hidden around the zoo.
Publicity NewsITWeb sets Earth Hour challengeITWeb has come out in support of this year's Earth Hour with a pledge to plant one tree for every 10 readers who commit to taking part in the global initiative. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour sees homes and businesses around the world switch off non-essential lighting between 20:30 and 21:30 on 31 March, to raise awareness around climate change and the environment.
Publicity NewsOld Mutual joBerg2c reaches new frontiersThe financial services provider has invited cyclists from emerging markets such as Kenya, Swaziland and Namibia to be part of the annual Old Mutual joBerg2c, the country’s longest paired mountain bike stage race, which takes place from April 27 to May 5 this year.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsCenturion Business Forum to hold a golf day for charityThe Centurion Business Forum currently has 130 members and is slowly being regarded as a role model for other business forums. Various of its projects, including the golf day, social walk and a business entrepreneur challenge for grade ten and grade eleven learners are highlights of the year.
Publicity NewsGlobal Tech PR Group expands into AfricaGlobal Tech PR Group has partnered with Red Ribbon Communications, a Johannesburg and Cape Town based technology PR agency. The Tech PR Group now features eleven partners and covers most of the globe.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsStrike it lucky when it comes to planning eventsThe success of a good event can be measured by the positive feedback of the invited guests; after all, if it was memorable, then it will be talked about or reported extensively. There are many factors that contribute to its triumph, such as the venue, theme and concept, but the most important one is often left to the last few weeks of planning: the technical component.
Publicity NewsThe National Zoo has some fun planned for Easter weekendCome to the National Zoo over the Easter weekend and take part in some exciting activities and many more. On 7 April at 10:00 the Easter bunny will open the biggest Easter egg hunt in Africa! More than 15 000 eggs are to be hidden around the zoo.
Publicity NewsITWeb sets Earth Hour challengeITWeb has come out in support of this year's Earth Hour with a pledge to plant one tree for every 10 readers who commit to taking part in the global initiative. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour sees homes and businesses around the world switch off non-essential lighting between 20:30 and 21:30 on 31 March, to raise awareness around climate change and the environment.
Publicity NewsOld Mutual joBerg2c reaches new frontiersThe financial services provider has invited cyclists from emerging markets such as Kenya, Swaziland and Namibia to be part of the annual Old Mutual joBerg2c, the country’s longest paired mountain bike stage race, which takes place from April 27 to May 5 this year.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsGGi Communications and Kezi Communications join forces in AprilGGi Communication is acquiring a 50% stake in Kezi Communications announced on Friday, 30 March– an exciting joining of forces that will see GGi refresh and re-strategise for their 30 th year in business.
Publicity NewsRed Carnation Hotels do their bit for Earth HourIn support of the international environmental initiative, Earth Hour (#EarthHour), the luxury boutique hotels within the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection South Africa, will be switching off their lights on Saturday, 31 March - and invite guests to dine by candle light instead.
Publicity NewsGauteng is full of green beauties for Miss EarthOver the past few weeks, hundreds of applicants from across the country have been interviewed and engaged in green community programmes for the 2012 Miss Earth South Africa.
Publicity NewsOneVoice South Africa helps young people take action in their own livesOneVoice South Africa (OVSA), a dynamic NGO partnering with young people on HIV and TB prevention, continues to reach young people (13 to 19 years of age) and helping them to take action in their own lives and communities.
Publicity NewsGrapevine Communications is selected to join Global PR networkGrapevine Communications has been selected as the first South African representative for PR Boutiques International and is the first member on the continent.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsCenturion Business Forum to hold a golf day for charityThe Centurion Business Forum currently has 130 members and is slowly being regarded as a role model for other business forums. Various of its projects, including the golf day, social walk and a business entrepreneur challenge for grade ten and grade eleven learners are highlights of the year.
Publicity NewsGlobal Tech PR Group expands into AfricaGlobal Tech PR Group has partnered with Red Ribbon Communications, a Johannesburg and Cape Town based technology PR agency. The Tech PR Group now features eleven partners and covers most of the globe.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsStrike it lucky when it comes to planning eventsThe success of a good event can be measured by the positive feedback of the invited guests; after all, if it was memorable, then it will be talked about or reported extensively. There are many factors that contribute to its triumph, such as the venue, theme and concept, but the most important one is often left to the last few weeks of planning: the technical component.
Publicity NewsThe National Zoo has some fun planned for Easter weekendCome to the National Zoo over the Easter weekend and take part in some exciting activities and many more. On 7 April at 10:00 the Easter bunny will open the biggest Easter egg hunt in Africa! More than 15 000 eggs are to be hidden around the zoo.
Publicity NewsITWeb sets Earth Hour challengeITWeb has come out in support of this year's Earth Hour with a pledge to plant one tree for every 10 readers who commit to taking part in the global initiative. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour sees homes and businesses around the world switch off non-essential lighting between 20:30 and 21:30 on 31 March, to raise awareness around climate change and the environment.
Publicity NewsOld Mutual joBerg2c reaches new frontiersThe financial services provider has invited cyclists from emerging markets such as Kenya, Swaziland and Namibia to be part of the annual Old Mutual joBerg2c, the country’s longest paired mountain bike stage race, which takes place from April 27 to May 5 this year.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsGGi Communications and Kezi Communications join forces in AprilGGi Communication is acquiring a 50% stake in Kezi Communications announced on Friday, 30 March– an exciting joining of forces that will see GGi refresh and re-strategise for their 30 th year in business.
Publicity NewsRed Carnation Hotels do their bit for Earth HourIn support of the international environmental initiative, Earth Hour (#EarthHour), the luxury boutique hotels within the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection South Africa, will be switching off their lights on Saturday, 31 March - and invite guests to dine by candle light instead.
Publicity NewsGauteng is full of green beauties for Miss EarthOver the past few weeks, hundreds of applicants from across the country have been interviewed and engaged in green community programmes for the 2012 Miss Earth South Africa.
Publicity NewsOneVoice South Africa helps young people take action in their own livesOneVoice South Africa (OVSA), a dynamic NGO partnering with young people on HIV and TB prevention, continues to reach young people (13 to 19 years of age) and helping them to take action in their own lives and communities.
Publicity NewsGrapevine Communications is selected to join Global PR networkGrapevine Communications has been selected as the first South African representative for PR Boutiques International and is the first member on the continent.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsRun for more than yourself during the Two Oceans MarathonOld Mutual emerging markets CEO Ralph Mupita, top South African runner Farwa Mentoor, world marathon canoe champion Hank McGregor, KFM breakfast presenter Ryan O’Connor, adventure enthusiast and Survivor South Africa runner up Letshego Moshoeu have all committed themselves to running the world’s most beautiful marathon – the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, 7 April.
Publicity NewsHow PR deals with the mediaMarie Yossava of Grapevine Communications says; time, like health, is the one commodity that nobody can buy. We are all looking for ways to save time, so don’t waste the media’s time. That’s Grapevine’s approach. Be selective and professional. Cut to the chase and tell it like it is.
In FocusVodacom is changing the worldOn Thursday, 29 March Vodacom held an event to announce the second phase of its ‘change the world’ programme. Vodacom started off the proceedings of the event by giving each person in attendance a drum and having them drum along with the very entertaining Drum Café. It was a great way to start the event as it got the crowd all excited and enthusiastic for what was yet to come.
New AccountsCarlson Rezidor appoints CSACommunication Services Africa, the communication strategist division of Celebrity Services Africa (C.S.A.), has been appointed as the official communication agency for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Southern Africa.
Editorial DeskWhat journalists really want: objectivity and relevance in PRMost of our readers either work in PR or have an interest in the field, so you, dear reader, should therefore already have a clear understanding of how PR works and why is exists – client/media liaison, communicating a certain message or call-to-action, generating publicity for clients ...
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Editorial DeskMisperceptions seem to be a stumbling block for PRThere are quite a few misconceptions about what it actually entails to work in the public relations industry. The most common one is that PR is all about balloons and parties. It’s not. It’s also not easy, glamorous or pretty.
AwardsCapacity Relations wins at PRISM AwardsIn just 4 years, Capacity Relations has made its mark in the PR industry, winning local and international awards. The PR agency won its second Gold PRISM Award at the 15 th annual industry awards on Sunday, 25 March, for the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of SubZero Experience featuring Drake in the Integration of Traditional and New Media Category.
Publicity NewsPublic Relations one of the top jobsThere are only three creative services’ occupations on the US News’ service list of the Best Jobs of 2012 – architects, artists (illustrators, animators and multimedia artists) and PR specialists.
Publicity NewsRacing against domestic violenceAccording to the World Health Organisation, 60 000 women and children in South Africa are victims of domestic violence every month. The country has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the world – and those are just the cases that are reported.
AwardsLong-term PR pays off for marcusbrewster clients at PRISM AwardsLong-term clients were the big winners for full-service public relations agency marcusbrewster at the PRISM Awards , which took place in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsCenturion Business Forum to hold a golf day for charityThe Centurion Business Forum currently has 130 members and is slowly being regarded as a role model for other business forums. Various of its projects, including the golf day, social walk and a business entrepreneur challenge for grade ten and grade eleven learners are highlights of the year.
Publicity NewsGlobal Tech PR Group expands into AfricaGlobal Tech PR Group has partnered with Red Ribbon Communications, a Johannesburg and Cape Town based technology PR agency. The Tech PR Group now features eleven partners and covers most of the globe.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsStrike it lucky when it comes to planning eventsThe success of a good event can be measured by the positive feedback of the invited guests; after all, if it was memorable, then it will be talked about or reported extensively. There are many factors that contribute to its triumph, such as the venue, theme and concept, but the most important one is often left to the last few weeks of planning: the technical component.
Publicity NewsThe National Zoo has some fun planned for Easter weekendCome to the National Zoo over the Easter weekend and take part in some exciting activities and many more. On 7 April at 10:00 the Easter bunny will open the biggest Easter egg hunt in Africa! More than 15 000 eggs are to be hidden around the zoo.
Publicity NewsITWeb sets Earth Hour challengeITWeb has come out in support of this year's Earth Hour with a pledge to plant one tree for every 10 readers who commit to taking part in the global initiative. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour sees homes and businesses around the world switch off non-essential lighting between 20:30 and 21:30 on 31 March, to raise awareness around climate change and the environment.
Publicity NewsOld Mutual joBerg2c reaches new frontiersThe financial services provider has invited cyclists from emerging markets such as Kenya, Swaziland and Namibia to be part of the annual Old Mutual joBerg2c, the country’s longest paired mountain bike stage race, which takes place from April 27 to May 5 this year.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsGGi Communications and Kezi Communications join forces in AprilGGi Communication is acquiring a 50% stake in Kezi Communications announced on Friday, 30 March– an exciting joining of forces that will see GGi refresh and re-strategise for their 30 th year in business.
Publicity NewsRed Carnation Hotels do their bit for Earth HourIn support of the international environmental initiative, Earth Hour (#EarthHour), the luxury boutique hotels within the family-run Red Carnation Hotel Collection South Africa, will be switching off their lights on Saturday, 31 March - and invite guests to dine by candle light instead.
Publicity NewsGauteng is full of green beauties for Miss EarthOver the past few weeks, hundreds of applicants from across the country have been interviewed and engaged in green community programmes for the 2012 Miss Earth South Africa.
Publicity NewsOneVoice South Africa helps young people take action in their own livesOneVoice South Africa (OVSA), a dynamic NGO partnering with young people on HIV and TB prevention, continues to reach young people (13 to 19 years of age) and helping them to take action in their own lives and communities.
Publicity NewsGrapevine Communications is selected to join Global PR networkGrapevine Communications has been selected as the first South African representative for PR Boutiques International and is the first member on the continent.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsRun for more than yourself during the Two Oceans MarathonOld Mutual emerging markets CEO Ralph Mupita, top South African runner Farwa Mentoor, world marathon canoe champion Hank McGregor, KFM breakfast presenter Ryan O’Connor, adventure enthusiast and Survivor South Africa runner up Letshego Moshoeu have all committed themselves to running the world’s most beautiful marathon – the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on Saturday, 7 April.
Publicity NewsHow PR deals with the mediaMarie Yossava of Grapevine Communications says; time, like health, is the one commodity that nobody can buy. We are all looking for ways to save time, so don’t waste the media’s time. That’s Grapevine’s approach. Be selective and professional. Cut to the chase and tell it like it is.
In FocusVodacom is changing the worldOn Thursday, 29 March Vodacom held an event to announce the second phase of its ‘change the world’ programme. Vodacom started off the proceedings of the event by giving each person in attendance a drum and having them drum along with the very entertaining Drum Café. It was a great way to start the event as it got the crowd all excited and enthusiastic for what was yet to come.
New AccountsCarlson Rezidor appoints CSACommunication Services Africa, the communication strategist division of Celebrity Services Africa (C.S.A.), has been appointed as the official communication agency for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Southern Africa.
Editorial DeskWhat journalists really want: objectivity and relevance in PRMost of our readers either work in PR or have an interest in the field, so you, dear reader, should therefore already have a clear understanding of how PR works and why is exists – client/media liaison, communicating a certain message or call-to-action, generating publicity for clients ...
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Publicity NewsStrike Alliance wins Green Stand Award at Meetings South Africa Meetings South Africa broke attendance records this year, with registered international visitors’ numbers almost doubling since 2011. The expo is South African Tourism’s marketing platform, and showcases the range of services and products in South Africa’s meetings, incentives, conference and exhibitions industry to both local and international buyers.
Publicity NewsGrapevine achieves record coverage for Soul City's eleventh seasonThe Soul City Institute was established 17 years ago as a ‘social change communication organisation’ to communicate important health and human development messages to the public, and package these messages in an edutainment format (education via entertainment). The institute is behind the award-winning, real-life drama series on SABC1, Soul City .
Publicity NewsCoca-Cola Dome announces upcoming events The Golf Expo, The Bay Expo, Moody Blues, The Gateway Show, Retirement Expo, The Look and Feel Good Expo and the Photo and Film Expo are just some of the events lined up at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg in 2012.
Publicity NewsPaying it forward with 'It’s Your Turn''It’s Your Turn' is a charity that recycles the ‘decadence’ of our society, in particular Matric dance dresses, to those who cannot afford them - for as little as R100. What makes 'It’s Your Turn' even more exciting is that all the money made from the dresses goes towards buying kids in the township school shoes and uniforms and thus 'paying it forward' even further.
Publicity NewsSouth Africa’s celebrities prepare for The Zone Gourmet GallivantJohannesburg’s top stars are preparing for The Zone’s Gourmet Gallivant Celebrity Dinner Party Challenge, which is set to be the most tweeted/talked about event in South Africa - #GourmetZone.

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