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Marketing, Advertising and Communication (MAC) Sector Charter

1. Proposed Marketing, Advertising and Communication Transformation Charter




We, members of the broader marketing, advertising, public relations, communication and research industry as well as related sectors, recognise the critical role our industry fulfils in South Africa. We are mindful of the impact our industry has on millions of our people across all walks of South African life, therefore we accept the responsibility consequent thereto. We further acknowledge that marketing and advertising communication is the livewire of a free market-based economy. It is an intrusive form of communication to which over 47 million South Africans are subjected every day of their lives. For such a small industry, its power to influence South Africans is disproportionate to its size; hence the need to make it a truly South African industry is imperative.


This need was recognised by the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) in 2000:


"We, members of the ACA, believe that our industry should be the creator and custodian of truly outstanding South African advertising and communication ideas, ideas that while proudly proclaiming their African heritage, still communicate effectively within the global context. We, accordingly, jointly and severally commit ourselves to the harnessing of all resources at our disposal towards the transformation of our industry and related disciplines to reflect and represent the totality of skills and contribution from our unique South African experience."


This was an echo of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa's (PRISA) commitment:


"Transformation is the implementation of fundamental changes to the way we do things to become and remain a successful organisation. The availability of various talents, competencies and cultural backgrounds among members of the institute will enhance performance and stature. Therefore, PRISA is committed to a process of transformation that will accelerate opportunities for diversity and growth and will make its membership representative of the South African population at all levels."


In October 2001, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications, an organ of the National Assembly, convened public hearings into the pace of transformation in the advertising and marketing value chain.


After finding that the pace of transformation in the value chain was unacceptably slow, the Portfolio Committee on Communications directed government, through Government Communications (GCIS) and the Department of Communications, to facilitate a consultative process with all stakeholders to find a common blueprint for transforming the industry. This mandate resulted in the first joint undertaking by all stakeholders to commit to a unified view and common approach. This was codified as "The Values Statement of the Marketing and Communication Industry". It was endorsed by all stakeholders, adopted and signed on 23 April 2003.


The Values Statement, reproduced in full hereinafter, is the foundation on which the MAC Transformation Charter is based.