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Haydn Townsend on scaling Accenture Interactive
by Herman Manson. The former group CEO of Wunderman Thompson South Africa, who was slated for relocation to a global client role based in London, has decided to stay in SA and has joined Accenture Interactive.

Young, Gifted & Killing It: O’Brien Manana
by Veli Ngubane. The founder of Soulfilter Productions hasn't stood a chance of any other career option — creativity runs in his blood.

Q5: Breakthrough creativity FTW, with Nathan Reddy [interview]
by Carey Finn. Nathan Reddy, local creative legend and founder of Grid Worldwide, opens up about judging this year’s D&AD Awards, plus how the industry may respond to the pandemic.

Reminder: South African adland followup survey
by MarkLives. Please participate in the second instalment of our industry survey to track the impact of covid-19 upon you, your agency/company and the brands you manage.You will get a copy of the results.

On the Radar:

Launch of full-service integrated media agency
New strategy business director for Grey Africa
New Elevator management as founder departs
Nozicelo Ngcobo joins Coca-Cola Beverages SA
ECR appoints commercial manager
Red & Yellow donates R2m in digital marketing education


Watched: Top 10 TV shows deciphered — Apr 2020 #coronavirusSA
by Richard Lord. The massive spikes in TV viewership across the country continued in April 2020, what with people being forced to stay home during lockdown.

An Accountant in Adland: The 5-to-9er [S2 E6] #coronavirusSA
by Siwe Lawrence. If you aren’t holding something down after 5pm, are you even a Joburger?

By Invitation Only: Looking for a solution to stress? Don’t hold your breath
by Stu Stobbs. Here's how to vastly reduce the stress of a screaming client, creative director or deadline, give you the focus you need during lockdown or give you that much-needed night of sleep.

Clicks ’n Tricks: Killing the virus of fake news
by Charlie Stewart. One glimmer of silver that’s giving me hope is that we may be close to finding a vaccine for the scourge that is fake news.

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