Introducing The Press Office Newsletter
It is with great pleasure that we are able to bring you the first Press Office Newsletter to you. Our aim is to keep you informed about the work we do, and hopefully we will also leave you with some food for thought.
From inception, the objective of The Press Office has been to create content that is relevant and well written. Our aim is to at all time be newsworthy and ensure that our clients gain the best possible traction in the media as well as on social media channels.
We have over the course of this year managed to do this and exceed many of our expectations, especially in regards to the relationships we have built with media in Africa, in countries like Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
I hope that you will enjoy reading our first newsletter. And we look forward to working with you to generate content that is creative, newsworthy and thought-provoking.
Free education in South Africa is possible, let's start looking for solutions
As we watch the unfolding student protests, it is important to start exploring options for free education. Surely the more educated a country's citizens are the better equipped we will be to tackle our challenges?
Our client Laurent Lamothe, former Prime Minister of Haiti, has had the daunting task of re-building a country after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Now Haiti has been hit by a double whammy – Hurricane Matthew which has caused renewed devastation. His solution, is innovative financing for development —this is something we should be exploring in South Africa.
The Press Office wrote this opinion outlining Laurent’s solution.
Technology is key to Africa’s development
We have become passionate about technology at The Press office because it can play such a vital role in solving many of Africa’s developmental challenges.
Out client Patrice Backer, CEO of Global Voice Group (GVG) agrees —his company has been working with governments in Africa for a decade to install sophisticated technology systems that provide financial protection and sustainable revenue generation.
However, a critical challenge in Africa is to develop skills in this sector in order for it to thrive. In this article Patrice looks at some of the solutions.
Non-recognition of Muslim marriages is unconstitutional
September was a big month for the Women's Legal Centre. After 20 years of legal reform, the matter of the recognition of Muslim marriages is being heard in the Cape High Court.
Many women are not aware that by concluding a Muslim marriage they do not have the same rights as spouses in a civil marriage or a marriage in terms of African customary law, both of which are regulated in terms of South African law. Due to the patriarchal nature of the Muslim community in South Africa, women who seek to enter into a civil marriage in addition to their religious marriage can be prevented from doing so by their husbands who refuse to have civil marriages registered.
The matter has ended in a further postponement, and it now seems very likely that this matter will find its way to the Constitutional Court. The Press Office has been asked to support this process by launching a full scale communications campaign to highlight that non-recognition of Muslim marriages is not only unconstitutional but a women’s rights issue. We should all be concerned about this.
Why Africa needs evidence-based policies
It is always a great honour when a client entrusts us with a third-party campaign to discuss critical issues that it is unable to talk about directly. This article we had published in the New Times in Rwanda, discussing a fascinating topic of how African governments need to embrace evidence-based policy making to address the many challenges the continent faces.