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Burson-Marsteller Named African Network of the Year at 2017 PRISM Awards

Burson-Marsteller Africa with the Gold PRISM Award for African Network of the Year for the second year in a row

Burson-Marsteller Africa, cialis 40mg a leading strategic communications and public relations firm, see won the Gold Award for African Network of the Year, for the second year in succession, at the annual PRISM Awards held on 06 May 2017 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

The PRISM Awards are Africa?s most sought-after awards in the public relations industry. Now in their 20th year, the PRISM Awards are presented to public relations and communication professionals who have successfully incorporated strategy, creativity and professionalism into public relations and communication programmes and strategies that showcase a successful public relations campaign.

“We are thrilled to have received the Gold PRISM Award for African Network of the Year for the second year in a row,” said Robyn de Villiers, Chairman and CEO of Burson-Marsteller Africa. “Our commitment to growing partnerships has underpinned Burson-Marsteller?s activities across Africa and this award is a tribute to our partners and to every member of our African team, in all 53 countries we cover on the continent. Each one of our partners is individually respected in its own country, and collectively we are recognised as the pre-eminent African communications network.”

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Jerry Mpufane, Chief Cluster Judge in the African Network of the Year category for the PRISM Awards and Chairman of M&C SAATCHI JHB Group Of Companies commented, “Burson-Marsteller Africa is clearly a leading agency with fantastic credentials. The judges were immensely impressed by the depth of talent and their diverse roster of great brands on their client portfolio. The judges also commended their expansive pan-African network, where there?s good evidence that many of the offices actually do collaborate on the same client projects. This is an excellent and admirable African story to be proud of.”

In 2014, Burson-Marsteller rebranded the network it acquired in 2011 to Burson-Marsteller Africa and simultaneously announced branded partner offices in 27 countries. Later that year, that number increased to 29 with the signing of two additional affiliate partnership contracts, both of which had been long-standing exclusive affiliates. In October 2016, the number increased to 36 countries with the launch of Blast Burson-Marsteller in the Indian Ocean Islands, Marketing On Burson-Marsteller in Angola, and the extension of its existing partnership with Icon Burson-Marsteller in Cameroon into two new territories – Congo-Brazzaville and Gabon.

“In the case of Burson-Marsteller Africa, the African proverb „If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together? is absolutely true. Partnership is everything to us,” concludes De Villiers.

The network?s South African business also won a Bronze PRISM award in the Business-to-Business category for its work with longstanding client, SES, across 15 markets in Africa.

In April, Burson-Marsteller Africa received the highest number of accolades (10) of any agency network at the first ever African SABRE Awards, presented by The Holmes Report. It is also a finalist in The Holmes Report?s EMEA SABRE Awards category for African Agency of the Year which will be announced later this month.

Burson-Marsteller Africa is the only network to have been a finalist in all nine years since the launch of the award in 2009. Burson-Marsteller EMEA is also a finalist for the overall EMEA Consultancy of the Year award.

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