Brendan Seery has been in the news business for most of his life, covering coups, wars, famines - and some funny stories - across Africa. Brendan Seery's Orchids and Onions column ran each week in the Saturday Star in Johannesburg and the Weekend Argus in Cape Town. Contact him now on
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#OrchidsandOnions - 1st for Women shines a light on abuse

Meanwhile, the Advertising Regulatory Board has done some weapons-grade 'virtue signalling' by banning a radio ad for Volkswagen's Amarok bakkie...

By Brendan Seery 3 days ago

#OrchidsandOnions: Campaign that hits the spot

Powerful: People Opposing Woman Abuse activation deserving of an Orchid...

By Brendan Seery 3 Dec 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Less toil and trouble?

Intriguing: Washing up liquid goes toe-to-toe with one of the big guns but thumbs down to Old Mutual, who has done little for its image in recent times...

By Brendan Seery 26 Nov 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Mahlangu does the impossible

Poignant: Kudos for athlete, Toyota's tough message but whole bunch of estate agents a law unto themselves with their illegal boards...

By Brendan Seery 19 Nov 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Hats off to Heineken

Great message and sight as Boks drank its beer from the trophy, but an Onion to Santam for tacky ambush marketing ploy...

By Brendan Seery 12 Nov 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Lexus puts the 'Greta' in green

Promise: have your cake and eat it. But Mbaks gets an Onion - despite his halo...

By Brendan Seery 5 Nov 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Audi mum on 'illegal' ad

Affronted: Some road users deem distracting billboard a hazard...

By Brendan Seery 22 Oct 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: MSF campaign is just the medicine

And a big Onion for the Gauteng provincial traffic department's pointless press release, with a promotion for a Women's Day event on August 9 attached to an email sent out in September...

By Brendan Seery 24 Sep 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Awareness campaign tackles SA's problem of underage drinking

But an Onion goes to a Jaguar Land Rover spokesperson for an ill-conceived tweet...

By Brendan Seery 17 Sep 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: MultiChoice sets an example

An Onion to Prasa for a tweet about dealing with its problems by convening a 'war room'. Who is your enemy? Commuters are your customers...

By Brendan Seery 10 Sep 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Pet advice in smart packaging

Ford's video/ad featuring a cute dachshund gets an Orchid, while North West University shows big-city campuses are not the be-all and end-all of the creative world...

By Brendan Seery 3 Sep 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: The myth of influencers

OUTsurance gets an Orchid for its 'reality advertising' success, while using 'influencers' without any solid data to go on gets an influential Onion...

By Brendan Seery 29 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - Toyota leads the marketing way

And England's Marmite campaign hits Australia's Vegemite for a six...

By Brendan Seery 20 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Secrets we don't talk about, but should

Orchids to Nedbank for deciding to do a positive thing and get people thinking, while Rosebank Day Spa gets an Onion for a lost opportunity...

By Brendan Seery 13 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Banking on the Boks

FNB shares an Orchid with Grid for a thought-provoking advert, while Checkers gets half an Onion for trying to put lipstick on chemical pigs called 'beers'...

By Brendan Seery 6 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Spot the local charm

The new Kia ad is pure homegrown excellence. But Japan Tobacco International gets an Onion for slick, but misleading, advertising...

By Brendan Seery 30 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: A true Case of genius

A personal Orchid for Pete Case and another for Ogilvy Group in SA. But a double Onion to Mount Amanzi Resort and whoever trained your call centre person...

By Brendan Seery 23 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Duo of health ads, take a bow

The Onion goes to Windhoek Lager, for relying on automatic 'programmatic' digital advertising, which damages the brand...

By Brendan Seery 16 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Evoque has pose value

An Orchid for Range Rover's head-turning ad hits target market, and teary eyes to the PR officer who doesn't know how to deal with journalists...

By Brendan Seery 9 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - #Done with bollocks

Castle Lager, you're safe for now. But Independent Institute of what again ... rethink. Why knock tradition? One expects more from an education ad.

By Brendan Seery 2 Jul 2019

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