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IAA brings global advertising agenda to Africa

April 27th – 28th conference in Ghana the first of its kind bringing together advertising and marketing experts in Africa

NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2015 / PRNewswire — Leading advertising and marketing professionals from Africa and around the world will converge on Ghana this April, for an industry leadership conference hosted by the International Advertising Association (IAA).

The “Africa Rising | The New Consumer Generation” Leadership Conference in Accra, Ghana will provide insights into the latest consumer and brand trends in the advertising industry in Africa. It will be held from 27th – 28th April, 2015 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra.

Faris Abouhamad, IAA Chairman and World President said, “This conference is a must-attend event for anyone who is serious about doing business in what is being dubbed as the next big growth market. It will give attendees the opportunity to network with advertising industry leaders from Africa and around the world.”

“Emerging and established brands in Africa will also benefit from insights on the latest international advertising trends and how they apply to local markets.”

Norkor Duah, IAA Vice President of Development in Africa said, “This is a unique opportunity for advertising and marketing professionals in Africa. Our exciting line up of speakers will cover topics including the emerging consumer generation, impact of mobile and e-commerce, self-regulation in the advertising industry, and an analysis of the media landscape in Africa.”

Conference speakers include: Faris Abouhamad, IAA Chairman and World President; Michael Lee, IAA; Yaw Boateng, McKinsey & Company; Julian Boulding, thenetworkone; Samuel Ashitey Adjei, Ecobank Ghana; Jeffrey Cole, Center for the Digital Future, USC Annenberg School; Norkor Duah, Lowe Accra; Erich Joachimsthaler, Vivaldi Partners; Yaw Nsarkoh, Unilever Nigeria; Joel Edmund Nettey, Innova DDB Ghana; Susan N. Omanga, Exclamation Marketing Ltd.; Mike Saunders, DigiLab; Brett Bivans, International Alliance for Responsible Drinking.

For more information contact:

Michael Lee, IAA Managing Director        Norkor Duah, IAA VP Development, Africa
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Tel: + 1 646 722 2611 or + 1 203 252 7319

International Advertising Association

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Career Expo and Exhibition to encourage learners to take up careers in aviation

Transport Minister, Honourable Dipuo Peters, together with Northern Cape MECs for Transport, Safety and Liaison and Education, Honourable Barbara Bartlet and Honourable Grizelda Chikiella-Lecholo will spend a filled day with learners and youth from the Colesburg, Noupoort and surrounding areas of the province during an Aviation Career Expo and Exhibition to be held on Friday, 22 August 2014.

Through the Career Expo and Exhibition, the Minister and the provincial leadership will share extensive information with the learners regarding careers in aviation, but also in relation to other transport modes, namely roads, rail, maritime and even in relation to public transport.

About 2 000 secondary school learners and youth from the Colesburg, Noupoort and surrounding areas will benefit from the Career Expo and Exhibition, the intension being to encourage them to consider careers in aviation and the transport sector broadly

As part of the Career Expo and Exhibition, the South African Air Force (SAAF) and the South African Police Service (SAPS) will perform mini air shows for the learners and youth using a chopper and fixed wing airplane.


The DA’s Growth Is a Victory for All South Africans [press release]

The DA would like to thank every South African for voted for us on Wednesday. We deeply appreciate the support they have given us, and we will work hard over the next five years to justify their faith in us.

The DA’s increase from 16.6% in 2009 to 22.2% in the 2014 election (a 33.7% increase) shows that we are growing across South Africa. Voters responded positively to our campaign, which was centred on the DA’s offer of clean government and job creation.

This election result is the culmination of years of planning and hard work. I would like to thank every activist, staff member, volunteer and public representative for everything they have contributed towards this campaign. We can look back proudly on what was undoubtedly the biggest and best campaign the DA has ever run.

The 2014 election delivered the DA’s best election result in a general election:

1. We look set (at 12h10) to break through the 4 million voter mark, adding 1.1 million new supporters to the 2.9 million who voted for us in 2009.

2. We registered significant national growth, while the ANC’s support decreased from 65.9% in 2009 to 62.2% in 2014.

3. We grew in every single province.

4. We retained the Western Cape with an increased majority, from 51.5% to 59%. This significant increase is a vote of confidence in the DA’s track record in government.

5. We increased our share of the vote in Gauteng from 22% to 32.3% (as at 12h10 today). This is an increase of over 40%.

6. We doubled our share of the vote in the Northern Cape from 12% to 24%.

7. We will become the official opposition in five provinces where we weren’t previously: KwaZulu-Natal (for the first time), the Eastern Cape, the Free State, the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga.

8. ANC support has dropped in every single province, except for KwaZulu-Natal. ANC support has decreased significantly in some of the major metros. ANC support is below 50% in the Nelson Mandela Metro and is likely to end up below 54% in both Tshwane and the City of Johannesburg, putting all three of these municipalities in play for the 2016 local government elections.

9. We grew our support amongst black South Africans from 0.8% in 2009 to approximately 6% in 2014. 40% of these votes were won in Gauteng.

10. Roughly 760 000 black South Africans voted for the DA. This is more than the IFP, NFP, PAC and UCDP combined and more than any other party besides the ANC and EFF. 20% of our votes in this election were cast by black South Africans.

11. We grew our support significantly among Indian South Africans (from 53.7% to 61%) and coloured South Africans (55.5% to 67.7%). Our support among white South Africans increased from 83.9% to 92.8%.

The DA is the only party that has grown consistently in every election since 1994, when we won just 1.7% of the vote. Other parties have come and gone, but we keep winning and growing. We are ger, and bigger, than ever.

This result shows that people’s political attitudes are changing that, more and more, people are moving away from race as a voting determinant. This is encouraging for the future of our democracy.

Over the next few years, we will focus on serving all the people of South Africa. Where we are in opposition, we will continue to hold the government to account. Where we are in government, we will continue to govern well, stop corruption, deliver services to all, and create jobs.

This is a very exciting time for the DA and South Africa. We are on track to achieve our historic mission of realigning politics and unseating the ANC from national government in the next decade.

Please click here to find tables of the DA and ANC election performance since 2004.

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Source : Democratic Alliance

The Passing On of Mrs Motlanthe [press release]

The African National Congress has learnt with sadness about the passing way of Mrs Masefako Sophia Motlanthe, the mother of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The passing of Mrs Motlanthe, while not unexpected as she was of aanced age, is a loss not only to the Motlanthe family. It is a loss to the ANC family and indeed the entire South African society.

The ANC expresses its sincerest condolences to the Motlanthe family for their loss.

The ANC wishes the Motlanthe family strength in this difficult time of dealing with their bereavement. To the Motlanthe family we say: take solace from the knowledge that all South Africans share your pain and are with you as you prepare to lay to rest your beloved mother.

Mrs Motlanthe is survived by her three sons and grandchildren. May the soul of Mrs Motlanthe rest in eternal peace.

Issued by

Jackson Mthembu

National Spokesperson

African National Congress


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Source : African National Congress

Africa Unites in Cultural Festival

Pretoria – The annual four-day Gcwala-Ngamasiko Cultural Festival is expected to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the continent.

As part of Africa Day activities, the Department of Arts and Culture and the African Cultural Music and Dance Association will host the festival on 25 May 2014 in Kliptown, Soweto.

This year, the participating countries will include Algeria, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, Seychelles and Mozambique.

The Gcwala-Ngamasiko Cultural Festival, which was established in 2004, deepens cultural integration and ensures that Africans learn about and embrace one another regardless of nationality, race, creed and religion.

“Its primary focus is unity and preservation of African indigenous knowledge, cultural history and Ubuntu among Africans. The festival serves as a catalyst to promote cultural partnerships amongst African nations,” the department said in a statement.

In line with the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, the festival creates part-time employment for hundreds of individuals across the continent.

The department said the festival has a potential of making a huge impact in the way African people value their cultures and traditions which contributes towards African Renaissance.

“It enhances people to people relations amongst African people while creating a market for cultural goods and services from the continent.”

The festival will be preceded by workshops (20-22 May) and a welcome dinner (23 May) for all at Kliptown.

The theme for the 2014 Gcwala-Ngamasiko cultural festival is “Africa United in Cultural Diversity to Build a Caring and Better Continent”.


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