Wanted: Senior Account Manager

Livity Africa is looking for a Senior Account Manager to work across our exciting young company, focusing on building the Live Magazine brand to become the leading youth media channel in SA.

Launched in 2011, Live Magazine SA is a youth lifestyle magazine that is 100% created by 16-25 year olds around South Africa. With a main production office in Cape Town, the magazine itself is distributed all over the country, and amplified by its online channels – via mobi, YouTube and social networks.
This role will be focused on business development, nurturing excellent relationships with existing and new commercial clients, and overseeing excellent delivery of campaigns and content within the youth team.

As well as being an excellent communicator and highly organised, you would need to be extremely proactive, willing to learn and able to multi-task under pressure. It’s also absolutely essential you can relate well to young people of a wide range of backgrounds, and understand youth culture.
You’ll work closely between our sales, management and media mentoring teams, as well as with our rolling team of around 20 full-time trainees, who join us for a 3-6 month cycle and create all the content.

You’ll be managing clients, developing and pitching campaigns for the magazine and wider business, and making sure those campaigns are delivered on time and to a high quality. Live has already worked with an impressive list of clients, including Google, Coca-Cola, eTV, eNca, Metropolitan, Ster Kinekor, Johnson&Johnson and Puma.

This is a rewarding and demanding full-time role based in Cape Town, with regular travel to Johannesburg. You’ll need a minimum of 4 years’ experience in the marketing or advertising industry, with two years at least at Account Manager level.

Please apply with a CV and covering note to [email protected] by January 25th 2013.

More about Live Magazine here:

Our mobi site: www.livemag.co.za
The story behind Live coming to SA: www.livityafrica.com
Read back issues online here: http://issuu.com/livemagazinesa

New on the site: Wall of Fame

One of the biggest challenges of any social enterprise is proving or showcasing your social impact. But over the years we’ve always felt that the clearest way of showing the difference this work makes is to showcase the stories of the people who’ve come through the doors and go on to do amazing things…

New on the site from today, we’re publishing our Wall of Fame: an ongoing record of the success stories of young South Africans who’ve made amazing steps forwards, with a shove from us – sometimes a big shove, sometimes just a little one. But from the stories we are hearing of Live Graduates, whatever their level of education or ability, the experience being at Live Magazine gives is proving a vital addition to their CVs.

And some of these inspiring young people are going into impressive job roles at magazines, newspapers and agencies…

You can keep track of our ongoing Wall of Fame here - and even as we publish this round, there’s already several more to add…

Behind the scenes at Live Mag SA

Meanwhile, while most of the team were beavering away producing issue one, seven intrepid recruits, mainly from Khayelitsha, were busy working on shooting, editing and filming video content for the launch of Live Magazine SA’s YouTube channel.

Every week they’ll be uploading video specials: both related content from the print version and exclusive one-offs… check out their look behind the scenes at our HQ here

Subscribe now at www.youtube.com/LiveMagSA

Issue one: The Finish Line

I don’t know what to make of issue 1 yet. Seeing the spreads go up on the wall of our office over the last seven days has been exhilarating, painful, stressful, long. The finish doesn’t resolve itself quickly – seemingly endless processions of correction and amendments. Despite going through this process countless times before, it never seems to get any easier… and for our young team, it’s the first time.

But on Friday afternoon at around 5pm, we finally signed off the last page and there, in front of our eyes, had appeared a complete magazine. Too tired to celebrate properly, we made peace with the fact that there was nothing much more we could do apart from try and have a relaxing weekend then prepare the magazine for print on Monday morning.

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside…


Livity at 10

Amidst the frenzied final stages of Live Magazine issue one’s final production stages, I snuck away for a week in London to be part of Livity’s 10th birthday away days, which happened only a few days after the incredible news that Livity were named Ernst and Young’s Social Enterprise of the Year for 2011

Apart from the excitement of seeing all my London colleagues again for two days in the Somerset countryside, we set some BHAGs (“big hairy audacious goals”) which, among other things, included Live becoming an international youth title in multiple territories, published in every major language. Sounds outlandish now, but a few years ago setting up one international version of Live felt much the same, but now it’s about to happen.

The highlight for me came in mid-afternoon on the first day, when the whole company were invited into my room (Sam and Michelle, Livity’s co-founders, had amazingly, kindly, spoiled me by giving me the master bedroom at Halswell Hall, where we all stayed) for me to tell them the story of what had happened so far in our South African adventures.

Telling the story of Live SA so far to the assembled Livity ranks in my master bedroom at Halswell Hall in Somerset

It was a truly beautiful moment to share it with all the people who have been on the journey of Livity and Live for the last ten years. Here’s to ten more…

Live SA: view from the inside

Nkuli Mlangeni: at the beating heart of the project

























So, my name is Nkuli and I’m the Project Coordinator here at Live Magazine South Africa. I’ve had a lot of interesting jobs in the past – and some not so cool ones – but this has by far been the most coolest.

It’s been a whole lot of fun hanging with the Live crew in the past two weeks.  The office went from being a plain ol’ boring office space to being a creative little joint with lots of funky images, flat plans and very busy walls.

I must say I was surprised to find out we’ve got another Grace Caddington fanatic in tha house: turns out little miss Ndu knows way more about fashion magazines than I thought. It also sounds like she got all the lowdown on who’s who in stiletto zoo.

And, I was freaked out a bit by Lauren and Roberto’s reaction when I showed them the Playstation games that they’re going to be playing for our reviews pages. They even came up with a genius idea to turn Gavin’s nothing office into a PS3 lounging area, with funky couches and a whole lot of other gaming gadgets that I’ve never heard of before.

Am really loving the energy and team spirit: thought it was so very sweet how our thoughtful editor Nicole went around collecting R5 from everyone to buy cake for  Fezeka’s birthday celebration.

And then there’s the cover story debate, So….who’s going to be the lucky star to bless the first cover of Live SA. I keep hearing Trevor Noah, Locnville, Dj Sbu, Bonang, Gareth Cliff, Julius Malema… the list goes on. And all I’m saying is Trevor Noah is my guy.

Can’t wait to checkout the new logo that the design crew’s been working on, Xolisa’s comic strip, Lauren’s sheep head experience and all the other goodies that this lot are cooking up.