Advertising Agencies in South Africa

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Abnormal

Our small team packs a big punch as we make it our daily mission to fight the norm. Abnormal specialises in advertising, brand design and digital design.

Johannesburg

Executive Creative Director: Michael Neser / Creative Director: Wynand Botha
Operations Director: Estilee du Plessis / Business Unit Director: Susan du Plessis

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Black River F.C.

A proudly South African creative agency in the business of generating world-class ideas.

Johannesburg

Executive Creative Director: Roanna Williams
Managing Director: Trevor Ndhlovu

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Blueprint Advertising

We are a 100% black owned, full-service Advertising agency that delivers bespoke solutions to social, economic, business and brand challenges. We are respected for our grasp of the local market – as well as our agility, capability and personalized service.

Johannesburg

Founder and Chairman: Groovin Nchabeleng
Managing Director: Tracey Copley
Executive Creative Director: Sandile Mkhasibe

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Clockwork

An independent award-winning agency with a unique approach, we focus on helping brands tell the right stories, to the right people, at the right time. Driven by metrics and data, we’ll help you develop a unique and resonating brand narrative, no matter the platform.

Johannesburg

Co-CEO: Tom Manners / Nic Simmonds
Creative Business Unit Director: Marc de la Querra / Interactive Director: Ciaran Burnand
Executive Head of Client Service: Lynne Krawchuk

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Cognitive Agency

We’re an integrated agency, founded from the belief that homegrown observations and insights are richer than distant research data. We aim to create relevance in the digital age.

Johannesburg

Creative Director: Thando Somacele
Managing Director: Sanele Pesane

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CULLINAN

A branding and marketing agency designed for the integrated world.

Johannesburg

Founder and Creative Partner: Tom Cullinan / Dana Cullinan

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DDB South Africa

Our advertising is part of client’s products and they expect us to be as progressive as they are. We are changing because they are changing. The way to get people to give a damn is to make advertising what they give a damn about.

Johannesburg

CEO: Emmet O’ Hanlon
Executive Creative Director: Conan Green

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DUKE

DUKE is an integrated marketing company that puts the best people in the corner of contender brands so they can win the fight for customers’ attention.

Cape Town

Chief Executive Officer: Wayne Naidoo / Executive Creative Director: Mike Beukes
Chief Strategy Officer: Steve Miller / Client Services Director: Kate Wilson

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FCB Joburg

A diverse, passionate group collaborating across the continent. Devoted to creating ideas that change behaviour.

Johannesburg

Group CEO & Group Chief Creative Officer: Brett Morris
Chief Creative Officers: Ahmed Tilly

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Fell + Co

We are premium digital content agency, driven to find the balance between purpose, story and aesthetics.

Cape Town

Managing Director: Greg Fell
Key Accounts Manager: Kirsten Gerber
Head of Content: Andrew King

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FoxP2 Cape Town

The freedom to mutate. In Cape Town.

Cape Town

Executive Creative Director: Justin Gomes / Andrew Whitehouse (Design)
CEO: Charl Thom

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Grey Advertising Africa

Grey is the leading global advertising group, positioned as “Famously Effective” since 1917. We work as a “Networked agency” rather than an agency network tapping into the collective creativity of 10 000 of the brightest thinkers worldwide.

Johannesburg

CEO: Paul Jackson / ECD: Fran Luckin

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Grid Worldwide

We create, refresh and invigorate brands.

Doha, Johannesburg & New York

Joint CEO & Partner: David Cohen / Joint CEO & Partner: Adam Byars
Chief Creative Officer & Founder: Nathan Reddy

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Havas

At Havas Worldwide Johannesburg, we’re about brands. Creating them, defining them, evolving them, championing them and inspiring people to take them into not just their heads, but their hearts.

Johannesburg

CEO: Lynn Madeley
Chief Creative Officer: John Davenport

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HelloFCB

The Human Connections Agency.

Cape Town

MD: Robyn Campbell
CCO: Mike Barnwell
ECD: Camilla Clerke

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Hero

A Cape Town based full-service advertising agency, whose primary focus is to create meaningful and measurable relationships between brands and consumers. We do it by understanding the business of creativity.

Cape Town

Managing Director: Amanda Lambe / Executive Creative Director: Jabulani Sigege
Client Services Director: Kyle Harker / Head of Strategy: Doug Lockhart

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House of Brave

House of Brave exists to challenge the status quo with strategic and creative intelligence. In doing so we create brave spaces for brands to live in and grow.

Johannesburg

CEO: Karabo Songo / MD: Andrew Shuttleworth
ECD: Vanessa Pearson / Strategy Director: Rob Van Rooyen / Digital Director: Musa Kalenga

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Iconic Agency

Iconic is an integrated digital communications agency with a focus on content production and performance.
We make remarkable content for brands and connect them with their audience.

Cape Town

Managing Director & Creative Director: Andrew Kirkby
Executive Producer: Keane Balt
Strategic Lead: Daniel Kolossa

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Joe Public United

Joe Public United are an integrated communications group, growing our clients’ brands through five specialist agencies.

Johannesburg

Group CEO: Gareth Leck / Deputy MD: Khuthala Gala Holten
Group Chief Creative Officer: Pepe Marais / Chief Creative Officer: Xolisa Dyeshana

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J. Walter Thompson

J. Walter Thompson is an international advertising agency headquartered in New York. It has more than 200 offices in over 90 countries. With a network of nearly 10,000 marketers, it has an influential presence in the global advertising sector

Cape Town

CEO: Jim Faulds / Managing Partner: Paul Grater
Creative Director: Paul Lawrence

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King James Group

King James Group is a 20-year old, independent South African agency, made up of seven specialist companies and divisions that work in tandem.

Cape Town

CEO: James Barty
Chief Creative Officer: Alistair King

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King James Group Johannesburg

Hear ye, hear ye…

Johannesburg

MD: Charles Matterson
Creative Founding Partners: Rob Mc Lennan / Graeme Jenner

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McCann1886

It’s only ever about people. And we’re good people.

Johannesburg

Chief Creative Officer: Stu Stobbs
Executive Vice President: Derek Coles

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M&C Saatchi Abel

Brutal Simplicity of thought.

Cape Town & Johannesburg

CEO: Mike Abel / CCO: Neo Mashigo
ECD: Jake Bester (CPT) & Adam Weber (JHB)
Creative Partner: Gordon Ray

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Murmur

Murmur is a multi-faceted creative agency. Identity drives us, irregularity excites us. We look at the identity of people or entities, and uncover what makes them unique and different.

Johannesburg

ECD / Director: Shelley Atkinson & SJ Naude

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Net#work BBDO

We believed that great ideas have the power to change the world, mobilise behaviour and change and build social cohesion. We still do, and in fact, now we know they can. Great ideas break through the wallpaper of mediocrity and the wall of indifference.

Johannesburg

Group CEO Boniswa Pezisa / Managing Director: Leo Manne
Chief Creative Officer: Mike Schalit / Executive Creative Director: Spike Kunene

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NORTH VCA

NORTH is a visual communications agency

Cape Town

Design Director / Partner: Mike Bond
Creative Director / Partner: Gavin Williams

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The Odd Number

We are a truly integrated agency that believes in the power of ideas.

Johannesburg

Creative Director / Co-Founder: Sibusiso Sitole
Managing Director / Co-Founder: Xola Nouse

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Ogilvy Cape Town

We are a Cape Town-based integrated creative advertising agency that is characterised by a reverence towards brands and a dedication to ideas.

Cape Town

CEO: Alistair Mokoena / MD: Vicki Buys
Chief Creative Officer: Pete Case / Executive Creative Director: Tseliso Rangaka

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Ogilvy Johannesburg

We are a Johannesburg-based integrated advertising agency defined by a devotion to brands and a dedication to ideas.

Johannesburg

CEO: Alistair Mokoena / MD: Elouise Kelly
Chief Creative Officer: Matthew Barnes / Executive Creative Director: Molefi Thulo & Peter Little

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Publicis Machine

We are a fully-integrated agency with a lead in digital, 240 strong with offices in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Cape Town and Johannesburg

MD and Chief Creative Officer: Gareth McPherson
Head of Strategy: Marc Horne

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Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa

Saatchi & Saatchi is the “Nothing is Impossible” agency, driven by big thinking, big ideas and a can-do spirit.

Cape Town & Johannesburg

Managing Director: Quinton Luck / Managing Partner: Colin Herholdt
Chief Creative Officer: Jonathan Beggs / Head of Strategy: Mia Cronje

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So Interactive

We are a strategic creative agency that delivers digital-first brand experiences and products that drive business results.

Johannesburg

Founder and Digital Director: Darren Mansour

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Sunshinegun

Sunshinegun is an inspirational company focused on strategic brand design and communication. Based in sunny South Africa and not so sunny London, we deliver illuminating work for our clients, throughout Africa, the Middle East, UK, Canada, USA and Australia.

Johannesburg & London

Founder & Creative Partners: George Rautenbach / Bronwen Rautenbach
Managing director: Katinka Pretorius / Digital and New Business Partner: Roshni Morar

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TBWA\Hunt Lascaris

Life’s too short to be mediocre.

Johannesburg

CEO: Karabo Denalane
Chief Creative Officer: Peter Khoury / Executive Creative Directors: Keith Manning / Carl Willoughby / Kabelo Moshapalo

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Think Creative Africa

At Think Creative Africa we create content that moves people, communication that solves business problems and innovation that impacts society. As young African creatives, we have a unique understanding of a market we are a part of and not externals of, therefore we provide ideas from a perspective that is not foreign to the market.

Johannesburg

Co-Founder / Creative Director: Mukondi Ralushayi Kgomo & Nkgabiseng Motau
Group Account Director: Musa Phanga

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Thirty Four Degrees South Marketing

A fiercely independent agency creating advertising that works with insights that are real.

Cape Town, Johannesburg & Nairobi

CEO: Andy Sutcliffe / MD: Grant Hillary
Creative Directors: Wilton Ackeer / Geraint Gronow

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Utopia

Hello, we’re Utopia, a creative brand agency focused on changing the fortunes of brands, people, and planet.

Cape Town

Managing and Creative Partner: Carl Cardinelli

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VMLY&R

Creating Connected Brands.

Cape Town & Johannesburg

CEO: Jarred Cinman / Deputy CEO: Di Wilson / MD: Danelle Stiles
Chief Creative Officer: Ryan McManus / Head of VMLY&R Cape Town: Ben Wagner / Chief Growth Officer: Kevin Lourens

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