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  • You’ve been invited to join the group…

    April 9, 2020

    We’re entering into week three of lockdown. For some it’s almost been a month depending on when your company said to work from home, and boy oh boy, have the group chats exploded! While we’re all adapting to new ways of keeping in touch, mimicking conversations we would have had in the office, it is vital to draw the lines where needed and recalibrate our ways of working and communicating. Here are some guidelines to...

  • Connecting in 3… 2… 1

    March 24, 2020

    Thoughts on conferencing and keeping the flame alive The S&I team at FleishmanHillard, Joburg thrives on close contact banter. We share everything from news and celebrity gossip to song dedications and impromptu brainstorms. We get shushed occasionally because we love to bark the latest updates at each other over our desks.   But last week, with all 9 team members sitting in different suburbs across Joburg we attempted to shift our ways of working completely...

  • The Power of You

    August 30, 2019

    Anyone who has been job hunting knows it is an incredibly challenging task – one made infinitely more difficult when there is a shortage of jobs available. South Africa has a high national unemployment rate at 27.6%, and youth unemployment stands at an all-time high of 55.2%.  Unsurprisingly, being unemployed comes with heightened levels of stress. Some of the more apparent stressors are financially based - the loss of income, for example - but others...

  • The Sunday World has closed, where to from here?

    June 7, 2019

    South Africa’s media is facing tough times, and with the announcement of Sunday World closing, the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has called for media houses to think “creatively and responsibly about implementing new, sustainable business models.” Yet corporates still rely on journalists to cover events, print their opinion pieces and publish content that serves in the public interest. So likewise, we call for South African corporates to consider new ways of working with...

  • FleishmanHillard’s Sharon Piehl Named to the African Excellence Awards PR Awards Jury.

    January 5, 2017

    Sharon Piehl, managing director of FleishmanHillard’s South African office, has been selected to be part of the PR jury at the 2016 African Excellence Awards, taking place in March this year. The Awards, launched in 2015, reward the best in African PR across a wide range of categories. Piehl, along with 23 other leading figures in the PR industry, will judge the most cutting-edge African PR campaigns of the past year. The Awards are part of a...

  • FleishmanHillard’s Sharon Piehl Named to 2016 Loeries Live Events and PR Awards Jury

    August 15, 2016

    Sharon Piehl, managing director of FleishmanHillard’s South African office, has been selected to be part of the live events and PR jury at this year's Loeries Creative Week Durban.  After spending four years as the lead of FleishmanHillard’s Brand Marketing portfolio, Piehl was appointed as Managing Director of FleishmanHillard Johannesburg in May 2016, and now oversees an award-winning team of over 70 communications specialists. Piehl, along with 12 other brand communications specialists in the Live Events and PR Categories...

  • #FH4Inclusion

    July 25, 2016

    As communications professionals, we speak about using the power of storytelling to bring about meaningful change. As part of our commitment to FleishmanHillard’s global social inclusion initiative, we decided to extend our professional use of storytelling, to contribute to the fight against inequality in education. Aligned with Mandela Day, an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, FleishmanHillard Johannesburg decided to enrich the lives of 220 grade one (6-years-old’s) students, at Nooitgedacht Primary School. The school, based...

  • FleishmanHillard Names Sharon Piehl General Manager in Johannesburg

    April 14, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG, April 12, 2016 – FleishmanHillard announced today that Sharon Piehl has been appointed general manager of FleishmanHillard’s Johannesburg operation, effective May 1, 2016. “Sharon Piehl brings highly creative and strategic thinking to the Johannesburg team, as well as proven leadership abilities,” said John Saunders, president and CEO of FleishmanHillard. “I am confident that she will maintain the office’s commitment to outstanding client service and the agency’s growth trajectory in the African market.” Piehl has...

  • FleishmanHillard in South Africa Awards 20 Bursaries

    November 16, 2015

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”- Nelson Mandela JOHANNESBURG, November 16, 2015 – FleishmanHillard, South Africa’s leading communications firm, has paid its first dividend from its pioneering black empowerment deal with the Imvula Trust. The dividend will provide bursaries for 20 children from previously disadvantaged communities to study through business degrees facilitated by the prestigious Maharishi Institute, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg.  A bursary is a...

  • IPRA conference launches with debate on the Decline of Trust

    September 30, 2015

    Kevin Welman, Managing Director of FleishmanHillard South Africa, opened the morning session of day one of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) Annual Congress with a debate on the Decline of Trust. This year the congress theme was summed up in one simple and powerful phrase, ‘Leadership in Communication – the Way to Trust.’ Welman said, “Without trust, the brand’s foundation’s crack, the infrastructure breaks down, without trust relationships fall apart, communication breaks down and...