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Agency Sends Briefs Back to Clients as Elaborate Paper Sculptures TBWA office shows off design chops

When it comes to paperwork, the designers at TBWA\South Africa in Johannesburg are a cut above. As an exercise in self-promotion, the design group transformed some of the agency's creative…

March 25, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

Ad Urging Doctors to Work in Africa Is Audible Only Through a Stethoscope Clever idea for good cause

Africa Health Placements and South African agency Boomtown collaborated on a neat multimedia idea to encourage foreign doctors to work in Africa, where medical professionals are kind of desperately needed.…

February 15, 2013, 2:51 PM EST

Parody Charity Urges Africans to Help Norway Survive the Winter Radi-Aid mocks Western celebrity campaigns

As we speak, millions of Norwegians are struggling to endure in a place so nipple-torturingly cold, each day's survival is considered a blessing. Luckily, well-meaning do-gooders across Africa are coming…

November 30, 2012, 7:47 AM EST

Black Men Chase White Woman in Ad That Only South Africans Will Get Nando's captures hassle of evading 'car guards'

For those of us outside South Africa, the new Nando's restaurant spot below, celebrating one of the "25 reasons we love South Africa," is super awkward on first viewing. A…

September 18, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

VW's Green Print Ad Includes Pre-Paid Mailing Label to Recycle Magazine Pitches eco-friendly BlueMotion technology

Volkswagen does some of the more interesting print ads around. Following the edible print ad and the test-drive print ad, here's a magazine insert from VW South Africa that embodies…

September 4, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

Sponsored Post Volkswagens Are Great for Not-So-Easy Riders Can't hack the motorcycle? Get yourself a Jetta

It's the rare commercial that tries to appeal to men by telling them how unmanly they are. Yet that's the basic approach of this 2011 Ogilvy spot for Volkswagen in…

March 9, 2012, 3:29 PM EST

Hugely Popular Viral Video About Uganda Has Its Critics, Too Activist's film is accused of oversimplifying conflict

An emotionally touching short film about Ugandan violence has become a viral sensation for the nonprofit Invisible Children, racking up a combined 15 million views on Vimeo and YouTube in…

March 7, 2012, 4:37 PM EST

South Africa's Ban of Anti-Atheist Ad Is Truly Brainless One complaint dooms billboard

I normally wouldn't side with a church that's using ads to mock unbelievers, but it's hard to understand why the billboard above was banned in South Africa. One complaint—one!—was all…

January 18, 2012, 11:12 AM EST

Nando's Ad With Mugabe, Dead Dictators Pulled in Zimbabwe Chain cites threat to workers there

Zimbabwean strongman funnyman Robert Mugabe cavorts with other reviled world leaders—Mao, Saddam, Gaddafi, Idi Amin, P.W. Botha—in this amusing spot from the Nando's fast-food chain in South Africa. The commercial…

December 2, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

Axe's Fallen Angels Banned in South Africa After offending one guy

It's been nine months since we wrote about the Lynx/Axe body spray ad in which horny angels fall from heaven, but it's apparently taken that long for South African regulators…

October 31, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT