Lucky Sindane

Voting for posters you cannot see

With just about 1 000 days to go to the 2010 Soccer World Cup, South African media fears about the commercialisation of the tournament and how it could hamper effective coverage of the event seem well-founded. Fifa marketing executive Sandile Ndzekeli refused to grant the Mail & Guardian the right to publish the images of three 2010 World Cup posters.

It is 4.45pm at Meadowlands High School in Soweto. On the football field five different teams from around the area gather to prepare for their next league match. Two teams are using the partly grassed and already dusty field. On the sidelines there are about 20 players from Mighty Solutions FC.

World Cup’s gobbledegook goals

With South Africa preparing to host the biggest football showpiece, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, negative talk about Africa abounds in the media. And it seems those who intend fighting the negativity are thin on ideas about how to go about achieving a positive image for the continent.

Bad for business

Organised media are relieved that they have been exempted from the blanket ban on the usage of words and phrases related to the 2010 World Cup, but organised black business is fuming over what it sees as an imposition of standards not suitable to a ''Third World'' country.

Young Thabang is in the swim

When 19-year-old Thabang Moeketsane from Moletsane in Soweto joined the High Performance Centre, a sporting facility at the University of Pretoria, in 2003 his dream was to be part of the South African swimming squad to take part in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing.

M&G Media takes over Mafube management

M&G Media, which publishes the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> newspaper in Johannesburg, has been contracted by Mafube Publishing to take over its key management functions, it was announced on Monday. M&G Media will market and distribute all magazine titles published by Mafube -- including <i>Enterprise</i> magazine -- and assist with advertising sales.

M&G publisher acquires two more titles

M&G Media, which publishes the Mail & Guardian, on Thursday announced that it has expanded the portfolio of its magazine publications by acquiring ownership of two key titles from Traders Publications: Traders and the Health Care Journal. The effective date of the transaction is August 1 this year.

Mail & Guardian takes over own distribution

The Mail & Guardian will from next week be responsible for its own distribution, a key step in securing the newspaper's independence, M&G chief operating officer Hoosain Karjieker said on Thursday. M&G Media, publisher of the M&G, has bought a stake in Central Media Distributors (Cape).

M&G Media names new publishing MD

M&G Media, owner of the <i>Mail & Guardian</i> newspaper, announced on Wednesday that Jason Zeelie has been appointed as the group's managing director of publishing with effect from November 1. Most recently, Zeelie has worked at Independent Newspapers, where he was Gauteng retail and special projects advertising manager.

SA rugby leaders’ ‘eyes off the ball’

The leadership ills of South African rugby are a product of the weakness of the sport's organisation at provincial level, Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile said on Tuesday. ''I have never seen such weak provinces [and] provincial leaders as we have today. I don't know what's going on,'' he said.

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