Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Concerning Intern Opportunities

We're offering internships in my department (GROUP COMMUNICATION AND BRAND MANAGEMENT). You'll get to work closely with me (not sure if that's a PRO or a CON). Please share

Sasol is offering an internship opportunity to 2 young adults who have completed tertiary studies and would like to gain work experience in a structured environment.
This internship is offered for a period of 12 months, from January 2017 to December 2017. During this period interns will be exposed to their area of study where they can gain valuable practical experience and skills application, with specific measurable objectives aligned with core business priorities of the Group Communication & Brand Management function. Types of exposure include brand management, sponsorship marketing, events and marketing budget management.

Purpose of Job / Role Intent:
The Brand Marketing Interns will work as project based interns for 12 months on a rotational basis. The main responsibilities of the Brand Marketing intern are as follows:
·        Assist in execution of group communication and brand management projects by providing the required support to the team on corporate events, brand management, sponsorships activations, graphic design studio and digital marketing including social media
·        Provide the required support and be actively involved on assigned projects
·        Assist in ensuring efficient and effective management of marketing communications budget

Minimum Qualifications:
·        B Degree or Diploma (Marketing, Communications or PR Advertising)
Advantageous: Post-graduate degree/diploma in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Business Management

Required skills:
·        Excellent project management skills and the ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
·        Strong analytical problem solver – approaches management with solutions versus problems
·        Self-driven to achieve goals; high energy level is essential, strong, dedicated work ethic
·        Comfortable working in collaborative team environment
·        Ability to think analytically and execute problem-solving with excellence
·        Excellent knowledge of MS Office
·        Good understanding of digital and social media
·        Excellent communication skills. Proficiency in English language – both spoken and written
·        Eager to learn, hard worker

      Mail my colleague Nozipho if you're keen. Nozipho.Mbatha@sasol.com 
Intern having fun at a sports event

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Social Media Day 2016

I spoke to the inimitable Sabera Sheik-Essop and everyone in Channel Islam International world about the future of social media. Check it out 



Concerning Proverbs

This resonated with me. 

Whether a nod and a sigh to power and narrative, or a knowing glance at entrenched patriarchy. The one issue though was it is framed as an African proverb. I hear about Swedish proverbs, Norwegian proverbs etc but I hardly read 'European proverbs.' This just plays into the 'Africa is a homogenous place where cultures, values and identities can be swapped easily. It's like when you travel overseas and after introducing yourself, someone says 'I know so-and-so in Nigeria. Do you know them?' Last month someone asked me earnestly if I was related to the new London mayor. Then again - maybe we should challenge the notion of balkanisation - the idea that nation-states are nothing more than social constructs, imposed upon us, fueled by nationalism and entitlement.

A third layer to this trifle is that perhaps we romanticise the construct of an African proverb - throw a lion in the mix and suddenly it's somewhat exotic, somewhat mysterious, somewhat simple...yet in the great urban/rural divide that is Africa and her people, Lions don't feature all that much in our daily lives (excluding the occasional rugby personality). I don't want this conjecture to soften the impact of the words, but I can 'have my cake and eat it' - European proverb.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Concerning Equality

We live in a time where we can determine if Mars has water, but my wife will probably earn less for doing the same job as a man.