events organiser




Michele Thackwray General Manager


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Michele grew up in a rural town in the Free State.


She obtained a Senior Diploma in Public Relations, Marketing and Advertising and began her career on the Media side with the Natal Parks Board, before moving on to Event Management at Sun International.


Her passion for people, drive, determination coupled with the will to succeed saw her joining Group Africa in 1989. She quickly rose up the ranks and ultimately opened up a division of Group Africa in Asia in 1997, which is still a highly successful entity.


On her return from China, she opened up her own Events Company before joining forces with Minanawe in 1999. She is a key member of the team who strives on perfection and getting the job done!
She has over 29 years of BTL experience in the industry.

Her clients lovingly call her Hitler with a Stopwatch!
The staff call her the Eish Wena Queen!


Love her or hate her Mich will get your project running like clockwork.


I mean really who starts replying to emails at 2am on the train back from the U2 concert!

Adrian Barichievy Activations Director


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Adrian grew up in rural Eastern Cape and spent the early part of his career working in the former Transkei.


He has held various Senior Management roles in the Activations Industry for 20 years and has worked extensively across South Africa and many African markets.


During this time, he has worked with every conceivable multinational client from FMCG, Telecoms, Banking including Samsung.

Linda Park - Finance and Traffic Director


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Not only will Linda expect you to save on the bottom line she demands that you help save Lions & Rhinos too. She is also an animal activist and author of the Book of Samson.

Taryn Francke - Executive Personal Assistant to
Michele Thackwray, Adrian Barichievy and Linda Park



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Taryn was introduced to the marketing industry through an online call centre incentive scheme. She then moved on onto working across multiple brands and clients such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, Adcock Ingram and Cape Union Mart just to name a few. She then decided to spread her wings and become a Personal Assistant.


5 years later she has grown into a young woman with many ambitions and goals in life. No challenge is too difficult for Taryn. She tackles all obstacles head on with the mind-set that failure is not a possibility as she strives for continuous success.


A side many won't know about her. She obtained her Protea colours for Drum majorettes in 2013, where she represented South Africa in an International Competition for Drum Majorettes.


"Age is no barrier. It is a limitation you put on your mind." Jackie Joyner-Kersee



Karin Parsons - Regional & Client Service Manager - Western Cape


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Karin has a wealth of experience as a marketer and has worked across the sector in Advertising, Public Relations, Event Management and Brand Building for over twenty years.

She also loves Vodka, Pringles and the Blues.



Noreen Swartz - Client Service Manager - KwaZulu-Natal


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Marketing has been in Noreen's [Norrox as she is known to all in Minanawe] blood for many years and she thrives on the challenges and rewards that it brings. Weeks are for working hard, weekends are for spending with family and friends making memories.



Duduetsang Mahuma - Senior Client Service Manager - Inland



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Dudu has over 13 years of classical marketing & advertising experience, managing some of the biggest South Africa's and multination brands. Amongst these: South African Post Office, UNISA School Of Business Leadership, Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank (Africa franchise), ABSA, Tiger Brands, SABC News, SABC 1, SABC Sport, SABC Radio Stations (Ikwekwezi, Ukhozi, Umhlobo Wenene etc.), Power FM, Open View HD.


An avid reader and analytical thinker, his interests are in business strategy, entrepreneurship, global geo-politics and history, motorsport and ancient archaeology.




Gugulethu Ngubane - Senior Client Service Manager Inland



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Gugu tries to find the good in any situation and in every person I meet. No challenge frightens her and she faces every situation head on and strongly believes that team work is dream work.

Thabiso Dubazana - Regional Activations Manager - Inland



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Thabiso has worked with a lot of brands in his career such as Vodacom, ZaPop, SmartCall, and Exact Mobile and Unilever SA. He loves Marketing and finds working with brands exciting. He was however born to ride and forced to work.


Themba Kunene - Regional Activations Manager - Inland


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Themba believes that good judgement comes from Experience. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and procedure. The process is its own reward. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.



Nancy Austin - Business Developer & Consumer Insights Director


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Nancy was discovered by formidable Kingsley Holgate known as the 'The Grey Beard of African Adventure' at the Shaka Zulu auditions. Nancy was number 997 on the list and at that time she was a student at Inanda Seminary School and he convinced the Principal and most importantly her grandparents this was a great opportunity and he would personally take the responsibility of her education.


Post this incredible experience, Nancy was one of Shaka's maidens. Kingsley encouraged Nancy to complete her matric under his iron rod.


Post her completing her matric, RTV Network a Rural Television Network was conceptualised and born. The concept was simple, TV's and in those days VHS Machines were placed at selected trading stores across the country together with benches so that customers could comfortably be exposed to local popular TV shows with interspersed brand education placements.
RTV Roadshows followed and played a pivotal role in educating the under-exposed rural communities. Later RTV and the then Group Africa merged and continued with the roadshow concept expanding into Clinics, Retail In-Store and Wholesaler promotions in addition to Schools Programmes.


She is passionate about building brands, business development and consumer insights. She joined Minanawe Marketing in 1999, where GG Alcock took her under his wing and assisted her in continuing her studies whilst working at Minanawe. Nancy is affectionately known as Madikizela, our "White Winnie" and is always on the go!



Fats Maluleka - National Training & Quality Control Director



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Larger than life Fats is the backbone to our superior training and ultimate delivery of top class activations for your brand on the ground Viva Fats, Viva.


Fats is the irrepressible MC at the Soweto Beach Party, famous for keeping the crowds rocking till the sun comes up.

Fats has incredible contacts across the land and a reputation for successful activations as large as his giant frame!



GG Alcock - Strategy / Creative / Insights / Speaker


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[m] +27 82 900 7738
[facebook] @bornwhitezulubred


Alternatively contact Taryn


Author KasiNomics, Third World Child


Born white in apartheid South Africa but raised & bred as a Zulu man learning the skills of survival in Africa, GG Alcock was raised in a mud hut in one of the most poverty stricken and violent part of KwaZulu-Natal, Msinga. GG's activist parents Neil and Creina Alcock raised their two sons in a hut with no running water, electricity or modern conveniences, instead growing up like young Zulu' boys herding and hunting. Zulu reared and bred, the boys learnt the essence of how to survive in a harsh world valuable skills that have undoubtedly contributed to GG's success as an entrepreneur.


GG has been at times a shebeen owner, political activist, community worker and African adventurer. Fluent in Zulu and conversant in most South African ethnic languages GG is the CEO, creative & strategy guru as well as founder of Minanawe Marketing.


Minanawe Marketing develops and runs marketing campaigns built on strong consumer insights and understanding. Minanawe Marketing's portfolio of work includes the unique Soweto Beach Party, the award winning Perfect Sishebo Reality TV show, and a wide range of experiential marketing campaigns for a range of clients such as Unilever, Parmalat & Tiger Brands.


GG's book Third World Child, White Born, Zulu Bred tells his story and that of many of his people a literary journey of a third world tribal society learning to embrace the 20th century first world.


GG's second book, KasiNomics attempts to cast a light on the invisible matrix at the heart of South Africa's informal economies and the people who live in them. Living and doing business in African marketplaces requires an ethos uniquely suited to the informal, to the invisible, to the intangible. KasiNomics will take you down those rural pathways, weave between claustrophobic mazes of shacks, browse a muti market, visit a spirit returning ceremony and save money with gogo in a stokvel among many more people and places.

GG is a regular contributor and speaker on a range of topics ranging from motivational to trend talks on entrepreneurship, the informal market, diversity & culture in our society, marketing communications to the mass market and route to market strategies for the informal sector.

Some of GG's talks and coverage include:
National or international events such as 2016 Cannes Lions Festival "The African Consumer", 2016 Dubai Lynx Awards "The African Consumer", 2017 Proudly South African Conference, 2017 Government Jobs Fund National Conference, Annual Marketing Mix Conferences, 2017 Business IQ Inclusive Growth Conference, Sustainability Summit @ JSE, Good Governance Africa Informal Economies.


Business Schools UNISA Business School, Rhodes Business School, Wits Business School, Regent Business School

Motivational talks at conferences for among others, Colgate Palmolive, RCL Foods, A2Pay, Commonwealth Bank, Deutshe Bank, Standard Bank International Investor Roadshow, Beiersdorf, PepsiCo Africa Middle East Innovation Conference, Lucozade AME Conference, Young Presidents Organisation, Metropolitan Executive Leadership Programme, PEP SA, Shanduka Entrepreneur Seminar, Ask Africa Youth Conference, Coca Cola Supplier Conference.

GG has been featured prominently in a range of media including show, Media Online, Daily Sun KasiBrands, Noseweek cover, Finance Week, The Star, Pretoria News, BizNews, Radio Today, Classic, SAFM, Bruce Whitfield 702 Business, Sunday Times, Sunday Tribune, Natal Mercury, The Witness, Landbou Weekblad, SABC & eTV.



Interview with GG Alcock on CNBC Africa


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