As the nominated candidate of the PRISA Board, public relations expert Bridget von Holdt has been elected as the African region president of the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO). As a result, this will open doors and will pave the way for domestic PR practitioners to excel in the industry.
“Increasing Africa’s voice and collaboration to expand the continent’s business footprint sits high on what I want to achieve in my new appointment,” says Von Holdt.
The ICCO is the voice of public relations consultancies around the world. The ICCO membership comprises national trade associations representing 48 countries across the globe: from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Australasia. Collectively, these associations represent over 2 500 PR firms.
Charlene Corrin, the general manager of the ICCO says the organisation is excited to have its African region led by a person of von Holdt’s calibre.Read more ...
Taking PRISA to the next level
Firstly let me applaud the successive PRISA managements over many years for their contribution in sustaining the Institute as a representative body for the public relations and communication profession for the past 59 years.
As much as what many past achievements can be recorded in the archives as success stories, our efforts will only be acknowledged on what we do today and in the future. Member perceptions will be influenced positively if we are creative about our support, we advance a culture of innovation and deliver on our promises.Read more ...
By Catherine Larkin APR
Would you leave your home’s front door standing wide open all day and all night, every single day, for anyone to enter and help themselves to your possessions?
So why do you leave the door open on your connected devices such as your laptop, tablet and phone? Everyone needs to apply the same precautions and care to keep strangers out of, and away from, their digital identity in cyberspace, says Rianette Leibowitz, the founder of SaveTNet Cyber Safety NPC.
SaveTNet is a registered non-profit company which aims to protect people and save lives by creating awareness of responsible digital engagement. SaveTNet offers a network of support through its partners and is the first point of reference for people who need cyber safety information or help.Read more ...
Malesela Maubane CPRP
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning”. With these words in mind, the re-launch of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa’s (PRISA) vision and mission was a befitting exercise to take the Institute beyond its 2017 Diamond Jubilee celebration.
It was also an honour for the Limpopo Region to be the first to host the PRISA President, Thabisile Phumo, APR, on her journey to take PRISA to the next level. Public relations and communication management professionals gathered on Friday evening 18 November at Polokwane Royal Hotel for a networking session with the President.
Phumo indicated that continuous development is fundamental to the industry and emphasised that, “Communication is about informing, educating and influencing”. She further said, “Ethics are very important, as you will outlive your employer and your professional integrity will remain intact”, a point supported by Chinua Achebe when he said, “One of the truest tests of integrity is its’ blunt refusal to be compromised”. The vision is clear and we are ready to run with it.Read more ...
Rianette Leibowitz, a cyber safety activist and founder of SaveTNet Cyber Safety NPC, speaks to Nausheena Kindly note that you can find the interview on our channel
29 May 2016
Is PR talent just ‘good enough’? Don’t feign surprise
Is our country unique, or do others face the same challenges? This is the most frequent question I get asked at public relations conferences in every continent. The conferences change (most recently organized by our members CPRP in Argentina, 1 September; the PRomise Foundation in India, 23-24 September, and the Institute for PR in Singapore, 13 October), but the question remains the same. And so does my answer: no, we all worry about which type of talent our industry will need in future and how we’re going to create that talent.Read more ...