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Winners of the 2018 APEX awards announced

On 16 July the highly valued annual APEX events were held in Sandton, where the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) hosted the NeXt Level of Thinking Masterclass in the morning followed by the APEX Awards Ceremony in the evening. Marketing moguls and brand barons converged on the Sandton Convention Centre to attend the #APEX2018 events.

First up was the APEX NeXt Level of Thinking Masterclass proudly hosted by Provantage Media Group. This year’s captains of industry who took to stage delivered presentations on the latest thought leadership topics affecting the business of marketing and communications. The theme for the morning was ‘Effectively navigating communications campaigns in a dynamic environment’. Five highly respected industry leaders – Musa Kalenga (House of Brave), Sharon Keith, Zibusiso Mkhwanazi (M&N Brands / AVATAR), Omar Abou Ezzeddine (Mirum) and Samu Makhathini (Kantar Millward Brown) – with talks ranging from how to localise international campaigns through to building an African agency network among others. Following each presentation, delegates and invited guests were encouraged to take part in a short Q&A session lead by radio talk show host and founder of Champion South Africa, Ashraf Garda.

‘The APEX NeXt Level of Thinking Masterclass has become one of the highlights on the industry calendar where delegates enjoy a jam-packed morning with highly inspirational talks from some of SA’s premier thought leaders. There is no doubt that everyone left the event taking with them thought provoking ideas and valuable learnings on the efficacy of marketing communications,’ said James Barty, ACA Chair.

APEX Categories

The APEX awards recognise communications campaigns’ performance excellence across three key categories:

1. Launch – sponsored by SAB ABInBev, for brands or services that are less than 12 months old with no significant history of advertising;

2. Change – sponsored by Provantage Media Group, for new campaigns from previously advertised brands that resulted in significant short-term effects on sales and/or behaviour (short term i.e. 18 months);

3. Sustain – sponsored by Provantage Media Group, for campaigns that benefited a business by maintaining or strengthening a brand over a long period, i.e. 36 months;

Additionally, this year the jury awarded a special award, sponsored by Kantar Millward Brown, for an entry that demonstrated the most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds

The full list of 2018 APEX winners is as follows:


APEX Submission NameClientName of AgencyAward
Carling Black Label #NoExcuseABInBevOgilvy & Mather Cape TownBronze
KFC Taking Back LunchYum! Restaurants InternationalOgilvy & Mather JohannesburgBronze
Audi Q2 #untaggableAudi South AfricaOgilvy & Mather Cape TownSilver


APEX Submission NameClientName of AgencyAward
Question Your BankFirst National BankFoxP2Bronze
Neurobion® Marketing the UnmarketableMerck (Pty) Ltd South AfricaOgilvy & Mather JohannesburgBronze
David vs. Goliath – A rebel with a noble cause10X InvestmentsM&C Saatchi AbelBronze
NSPCA Dog FightNSPCAGrey South AfricaBronze
Thinking Outside the CotEdcon : Jet DivisionJoe Public UnitedSilver
Cadbury P.S. 2.0Mondelez InternationalOgilvy & Mather JohannesburgSilver
Amarula: Made from Africa – bringing back an old favourite
Distell Group Limited
FCB Cape TownSilver
Sanlam Uk’Shona KwelangaSanlamKing JamesGold


APEX Submission NameClientName of AgencyAward


APEX Submission NameClientName of AgencyAward

NSPCA Dog Fight
Grey South AfricaThe entry that demonstrates the most ingenious response to limited advertising or research funds

AI and Return on Investment
This year, the APEX Gala Awards Ceremony keynote address was delivered by Daren Poole, Global Head of Creative, Insights Division, Kantar. In a nod to the topics covered at the masterclass, Daren presented the industry leaders and brand barons assembled in the Sandton Convention Centre’s Ballroom with the following question – can artificial intelligence help drive creative ROI? Daren showed that while AI is exciting, brands should take advantage of chatbots and voice, but the bottom line is that connecting brands and consumers effectively remains the domain of human beings – for now.

APEX awards 12 bursaries
While APEX is about effectiveness, it is also a programme which supports education, specifically within the context of the industry. It was announced at the 2018 APEX awards ceremony that 8 bursaries were being awarded to deserving students from the AAA School of Advertising. This brings the total number of APEX bursaries awarded since the programme launched in 2010 to 80. Four bursaries were awarded to students from the AAA School’s Johannesburg campus and four to students from the Cape Town campus.

‘It is with honour and privilege that we applaud the winners, finalists and bursary recipients of the 2018 APEX awards – an opportunity made possible through the investment, generosity and support from APEX key partners Provantage Media Group and SAB ABInBev, and sponsors, Kantar Millward Brown.

‘This programme reinforces and continues to bring credibility to, and confidence in, the business of advertising and communications. Tonight we celebrated not only the efficacy our profession delivers but also the future bright minds that are today’s students, and tomorrow’s award winners,’ concluded Barty.

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