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2021 Financial Mail AdFocus award winners announced

Johannesburg, 24 November 2021: The winners of the 2021 Financial Mail AdFocus Awards were announced on 24 November 2021, during an event in Johannesburg that streamed online – celebrating advertising’s game changers. Joe Public United Johannesburg was awarded as the Overall Agency of the Year. Fifteen other awards were presented.

Since their inception in 1990, the Financial Mail AdFocus Awards have established themselves as the leading platform for individuals and agencies to be recognised – not only for their creative marketing skills – but for their overall business acumen. The Awards have grown to become a landmark on the South African marketing and communications landscape, where business effectiveness is the primary measurement tool.

Financial Mail AdFocus Jury Chairperson Tumi Rabanye says: “This year’s winners are testament to the hard work and dedication that the marketing and communications industry continues to display towards clients and brands, at a time when businesses need people with dynamic, can-do attitudes amidst what has been a challenging period for everyone. The innovation that has been displayed by agencies and marketers, and the collaborations they have forged, show us how resilient and determined the industry is – an industry of game-changers.”


This year’s Financial Mail AdFocus Awards winners are:


  • Large Advertising Agency of the Year - Joe Public United Johannesburg
  • Medium Advertising Agency of the Year - Grey
  • Small Advertising Agency of the Year - Avatar Durban
  • Media Agency of the Year - Mediology
  • Public Relations Agency of the Year - Razor Communications
  • Specialist Agency of the Year - Triple Eight
  • Digital Agency of the Year - Rogerwilco

  • Partnership of the Year (sponsored by IAS and Scopen) - Joe Public United Johannesburg / Chicken Licken
  • African Impact Award - Dentsu International
  • Transformation Award - Joe Public United
  • Adaptability Award - Levergy

  • Lifetime Achievement - Thebe Ikalafeng
  • Industry Leader of the Year - Khensani Nobanda
  • Shapeshifter - Tshepo Tumahole
  • Student of the Year
      Winner - Niamh Aremband
      Finalist - Janine Louw
      Finalist - Zahra Khan

  • Overall Agency of the Year - Joe Public United Johannesburg

The winner of the Best Tactical Print Ad title – as part of the annual Financial Mail Creative Challenge – was won by the Abnormal Group for their client, PinkDrive’s Breast Cancer awareness ad.

The organisers would like to acknowledge the support of Ornico and The MediaShop as the partners of the 2021 Financial Mail AdFocus Awards.