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ASA rules against Sanral e-tag adverts

The Advertising Standards Authority says Sanral is unable to prove it had sold 1.2-million e-tags, despite claiming this in adverts.

MWeb wins ADSL advertising standards battle

Two men who took MWeb to the advertising authority over its uncapped ADSL offer have lost the case, with the firm saying the pair abused the service.

New Age: Dawn of advertising riches with no circulation figures

Thousands of unsold copies of the New Age newspaper were returned to its offices daily, according to a former employee who spoke to the M&G.

Watchdog urged to sniff around secrecy Bill adverts again

The ASA has declined to probe the government's adverts about the secrecy Bill, but the DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko is trying to get it to change its mind.

Woolies guilty of good old-fashioned plagiarism

The ASA has found Woolworths wilfully contravened advertising standards by plagiarising Frankie's "Good Old Fashioned" phrase.

Woolies in sticky mess for alleged soft drink copy

Frankie's Olde Soft Drink Company has caused a stir alleging that major retailer, Woolworths, has plagiarised their packaging and flavours.

Down-to-earth Axe ad gets the chop for obtuse angel riff

A TV advert depicting angels falling from heaven because they are attracted to a man's deodorant has been given the chop after raising Christian ire.

TAC, church face-off over healing claims

The Christ Embassy Church -- recently banned by the Advertising Standards Authority from airing claims of faith healing -- will appeal the ruling.

ASA: Telkom’s broadband not broad enough

It seems one cannot, after all, do movies, gaming, education, business and music on Telkom's broadband offering. The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled against Telkom's "Do Broadband" advertising campaign in which it promises consumers that they can do all of the above internet activities using a one-gigabyte broadband package.

Advertising authority spits out complaint

South Africa's advertising watchdog rejected complaints on Wednesday over a commercial showing a secretary spitting into her boss's coffee, saying she cleared her throat too loudly for it to be taken seriously. The advert by a chain of florists for Secretaries Day earlier this month showed a woman noisily clearing phlegm from her throat before spitting it into a cup of coffee.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

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Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

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Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

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