Archive for Social Media from South Africa

ANC turns to social media

by on January 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

It looks like a battle front for this year’s elections will also be fought online. South Africa’s biggest political party is attempting to raise the (rather low) bar by announcing a mobile site, enhanced presences on social media platforms, and an online initiative, to invite debate, comment and networking around their election manifesto.
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Gaza on YouTube: Film at 11!

by on January 7, 2009 at 10:19 am

Too Many Encounters & Stories to Come up for Air

by on January 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

The blog has been a bit quiet lately but not through lack of things to say or visual content to post. And, 90% of that content has little to do with PR, marketing or the world of Web 2.0 due to an extended trip to Africa, a place that touched my soul for the first time more than twenty five years ago. Okay, perhaps the place ran my soul over with a bulldozer.

In addition to capturing one incredible story after another from a wide range of South Africans, Zimbabweans, Kenyans, Brits, Belgium and Dutch folks and more, I am meeting with technology and sustainable energy companies and people, as well as designers, artists, technology and social media visionaries.

Additionally, a cast of journalists, bloggers, scientists, botanists, gardeners, photographers, architects, farmers, pilots, environmentalists, politicians, authors, sculptors, bankers, real estate agents, miners, chefs, musicians, dancers, faerie preservationists, dreamers, psychologists, vets, game hunters, jewelery designers, psychics, solar experts, hot air balloon racers, sailors, wood carvers, captains and builders have all landed in our path between the Zimbabwe border and the most southern point in Africa Cape Argulas.

Connectivity has been slow and limited and given that a lot of the content we've captured has included video, stories will come when they come, no doubt slowly until there's decent broadband or until the encounters stop coming. Look for images in the next few days as placeholders until the stories can be unveiled. And as for images, this has been by far, my favorite place to shoot on the planet. Costa Rica and Paris are close seconds. Morocco is probably third.

Web predictions for the new year

by on January 5, 2009 at 7:05 am

We may be in the throes of a global financial crisis, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see innovation on the web. In fact, leading trend analysis blog Read Write Web reminds us of the old cliché that “tech innovation thrives in times of recession”. Tight economic conditions incubate intense creative and lateral thought, because […]

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Global Blog Buzz for We Blog the World Tour

by on December 7, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Ayelet of Blonde 2.0 in Israel writes about the We Blog the World blogging tour in South Africa, as does a well known Kenyan blogger, Stormhoek and Biz Community.

Zoopy: YouTube meets Flickr meets Blogging, South African Style

by on December 3, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Zoopy: YouTube meets Flickr meets Blogging, South African Style

[South Africa Blogging Tour 08] Nic Haralambous is part of the Blogging Tour and the General Manager of Zoopy. Founded in 2006 by Pat Elk, Jason Elk and Gerry da Silva, Zoopy is the South African Youtube and a new version was just launched on Monday. I took the opportunity to talk with Nic about the new website during the bus trip to !Kwa ttu, the cultural center of the San people.

In South Africa, the bandwidth is expensive and Yoututbe does not have a server there, so it takes forever to upload movies. There was a real need for a local video sharing site and Vodacom, one of the three mobile carriers in South Africa, is an investor in the company since early 2008. The new features include the launch of Zoopy TV, 3 channels where journalists with “extreme blogging training” (Nic), post breakings news nation wide, the multiple uploads capability (up to 20 files simultaneously), and the mobile version, available at

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Today the trip starts – let’s tour the country

by on November 30, 2008 at 1:33 am

It’s Sunday morning and we’re at the Rosebank Hotel. It has recently been redone in it’s entirety. What a pleasure.
So basically the next ten or so days I will be on a whirlwind nationwide tour around SA!
I am blogging on various platforms and have decided to try my best to split up the […]

Shameless Self-Promotion

by on November 21, 2008 at 7:42 am

Brand South Africa’s US country manager Simon Barber is interviewed about the bloggers tour by John Maytham on Cape Talk. Click below to listen. The Business Day column John mentions can be read here.

Get your South African and African initiatives on Muti

by on November 20, 2008 at 12:00 am

Yes, is a submission site where anyone can submit content and have it voted up or down by the community.
But the Muti folk (Neville, Dave and Charl) have kindly placed the SA Rocks banner in the advertisement spot in the Muti sidebar.
I cannot express my gratitude enough to Neville for helping me […]

Introducing We Blog the World

by on November 11, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Weblogtheworld_logo_final Introducing We Blog the World, a new blog I’ve been working on for a few months.

The creation of this blog was pushed forward to prepare for an upcoming blogging tour I’ll be taking with 11 other bloggers to South Africa in late November. More on the International Marketing Council sponsored tour in a follow up post including a list of participating bloggers.

We Blog the World is dedicated to global storytelling from multi-faceted views. These stories range from general travel experiences, background on a country’s infrastructure, economic changes and the effect they have on one part of the world to social changes, the political landscape, cultural nuances, art and music.

Together with other bloggers from around the world, we’ll write about the latest Web 2.0 solutions, green technology and other tech initiatives that are making an impact internally and externally. Some posts may include an interview with a CEO or founder so you’ll get a flavor of the personality behind the innovation. You’ll also catch posts on travel logistics as well as food, wine and fun things to do, all with rich photographs and video to help narrate the experience.

Look for updates here and on We Blog the World in the next week as we gear up for the tour. A screenshot of the home page below although I suspect there will be some tweaks between now and we head off. Thanks to Michael Gray, a WordPress and SEO genius who has been helping me make this launch possible.


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