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Mid-Senior Copywriter

Remuneration: R20000 – R25000 per month TCTC
Benefits: Medical Aid, Provident Fund
Location: Cape Town
Education level: Degree
Job level: Senior
Job policy: Employment Equity position
Type: Permanent
Reference: #COP001
Company: Talent Magnet | Digital Recruitment

Job description

Our client is a full-service, integrated advertising agency located in Cape Town, and is one of South Africa’s largest independently-owned agencies. Their extensive client base includes leading brands such as Shoprite/Checkers, Ackermans, PUMA, Spur Group, Capitec and Distell, to name a few. They are looking for talented junior copywriters to join their team.

Summary of main duties include but not limited to

  • Translating the brief and the strategic requirements into a compelling creative solution
  • Presentation of work to the creative group head and/or creative director
  • Together with an art director, generate effective, innovative, and compelling creative concepts for individual ads or campaigns based on sound strategies
  • Proactively identify creative trends and opportunities
  • Direct and produce effective, impactful, and compelling advertising that reflects insight into the task, the brand and the target market
  • Write copy and scripts for electronic/digital media
  • Direct radio towards a high-quality final product
  • Take ownership of your tasks and actively manage the creative process to progress towards deadline
  • Writing and production for radio

Kindly submit a link to portfolio along with a concise CV. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Should you not hear from us within two weeks of your application, please regard your application as unsuccessful.

Requirements & Relevant experience and skills required

  • Four+ years of copywriting experience within an agency
  • Conceptual and exceptional advertising ability
  • A portfolio that reflects creative copywriting proficiencies
  • Flair for writing imaginative, broad, intrusive, creative and original work
  • Understanding of advertising as a selling tool
  • Capability to take on campaigns with multi-element tasks which require a concept and a thought through process
  • Accept guidance and respond well to criticism
  • Resilient – can accept setbacks
  • Finely honed copywriting skills and latest techniques
  • Have a great sense of humour
  • Must demonstrate creative insight and brilliance for client solutions across all media platforms.
  • Detail-obsessed big thinker, passionate and hard-working, self-motivated team player with the ability to grasp a client’s strategy and brand, and deliver beautiful, insightful, polished work 

Qualifications required

  • Ideally a degree/diploma in copywriting or journalism
  • Be proficient in PowerPoint/Keynote, MS Word

Posted on 23 May 2017

Contact Martin Janse van Rensburg on martin@talentmagnet.co.za


Content Writer/Social Media

Remuneration: R15000 per month Cost to company
Location: Pretoria, Silver Lakes
Education level: Honours
Job level: Mid
Type: Permanent
Reference: #CS001
Company: Vivant Studios

Job description

Vivant Studios is looking for a hawk-eyed editor and content writer to make sure that every word that comes out of our projects is perfect. The content writer will need to be an absolute specialist in language, being responsible for writing website content for a wide range of clients. Each site must have copy that is beautiful, elegant, and – most importantly – engaging and flawless. Copy will be required for websites, social media posts, documentation, client briefs and more; everything that is written must go through the content writer.  In addition, the content writer should have experience with social media management – particularly Facebook for business. Clients have Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn profiles that need managing. For this reason, a marketing background is a huge plus.


  • Honours degree in language studies or journalism (with editing) completed or in progress
  • If not, then at least a degree in marketing
  • An unwavering dedication to detail
  • Basic knowledge of the principles of SEO-centric content
  • Social media management knowledge strongly encouraged
  • Creative flair
  • Background/experience in marketing or web development will be advantageous

Posted on 22 May 2017

Contact Eedria van Eeden on eedria@vivant.co.za


Mid-Level Creative Concept Copywriter

Remuneration: Cost to company
Location: Johannesburg, Bramley
Education level: Degree
Job level: Mid/Senior
Own transport required: Yes
Travel requirement: Often
Type: Permanent
Reference: #CopyWMay17
Company: Penquin

Job description

Working closely with a creative director and client service team and creative team. Receiving client briefs to conceive, develop and produce effective creative concepts to creative advertising campaigns. This role requires complete self-assurance, as the senior copywriter is in charge of influencing consumers by delivering a clear message, as well as using their initiative to seek out new trends and incorporate them into campaigns effectively. Working alongside art directors, developers and designers, senior copywriters must be keen team players and self-sufficient multi-taskers, full of original approaches and innovative ideas. This may include high-level strategy and creative concept development, creating slogans, catchphrases, messages and straplines for printed adverts and leaflets. They are also involved in writing text for web advertising, as well as scripts for radio jingles and TV commercials. The Copywriter will work with the client service team, media, social media, and the production department to fully develop the advertising campaign.

Main responsibilities:

  • Liaising with clients and interpreting their briefs
  • Developing creative ideas and concepts, often in partnership with the art director
  • Presenting ideas to colleagues and clients
  • Familiarising themselves with their clients’ products and services, the target audience and their competitors’ activities
  • Writing clear, persuasive, original copy
  • Updating digital media; experience with web markup language and search engine optimisation
  • Proofreading copy to check spelling and grammar
  • Amending, revising or redeveloping adverts or campaigns in response to feedback from the creative director, client service team or clients
  • Overseeing campaigns through the production stage to completion
  • Working on several campaigns at once, sometimes under pressure and often to tight deadlines
  • Casting actors for TV and radio work and listening to voice tapes when necessary
  • Familiarity with commonly used style guides
  • Liaising with production companies, photographers, typographers, designers and printers
  • Keeping up to date with popular culture and trends
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of advertising campaigns
  • Five years’ creative concept copywriter experience in a creative advertising agency, working with a creative director and full creative team

Company Description

Penquin is a results driven full-service advertising agency that assist our clients to sell more products to more people more often.


  • Collaborating and contributing to the creative process as part of a creative team, and as a member of the overall production team
  • Highly creative and willing to push boundaries
  • The ability to write good, clear copy in a variety of styles with accurate spelling and grammar
  • Commercial awareness with the ability to understand the target audience
  • An interest in popular culture, new trends and styles
  • Good research skills
  • Administrative, IT, and proofreading skills

Posted on 22 May 2017

Contact Annemie Burger  on annemieb@penquin.co.za

Content Producer

Remuneration: R15000 – R18000 per month Market related
Benefits: none
Location: Johannesburg, Parktown North
Education level: Degree
Job level: Mid
Job policy: Employment Equity position
Type: 12 months
Reference: #Content Producer
Company: Kaya Fm

Job description

Key performance areas:

  • To research and identify suitable content for the show
  • To ensure content is in line with topics/current affairs and profile of the audience
  • To decide on the most appropriate method of executing content by making use of telephone interviews, listener calls, studio guests, social media, and other electronic platforms
  • To direct and assist the presenter to execute content in a creative and innovative manner
  • To ensure that all features in the show maintain their identity when executed
  • To chair daily, detailed debriefing meeting with presenters and show contributors
  • To update all social media platforms pertaining to the show on a daily basis
  • To oversee the provision of up-to-date podcasts to the webmaster on a daily basis
  • To provide the running order/show preparation to the content coordinator and webmaster a day before the show
  • To attend all programming and producer meetings
  • To annually plan the strategic direction of the show
  • To liaise with various departments regarding suitable sponsorship for special events
  • To attend daily meetings regarding show programming
  • To share and communicate show programming with relevant parties in order to avoid duplication
  • To arrange and manage special broadcasting events including taking of photo’s, content, interviews and liaising with the marketing department regarding suitable venues
  • To provide the presenter with the running order/show preparation before the show
  • To screen all calls during the show to ensure callers are sound clear and relevant to the topic
  • To receive and brief studio guests, before and after the interview
  • To successfully complete all allocated and agreed development activities from the head of news and talk according to Kaya FM
  • Programming policy and procedures according to Kaya FM programming policy and procedures

Key competencies:

  • Influencing
  • Decision-making
  • Planning
  • Team working
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Personal resilience
  • Networking and connecting to people


  • Grade 12
  • Tertiary qualification in degree (journalism, arts, or humanities)
  • Community radio experience
  • Commercial radio experience
  • Work as journalist, print, or electronic
  • Academic researcher
  • Television production 

Skills and knowledge:

  • Knowledge of radio content for shows
  • Strong general knowledge
  • Knowledge of editing audio and video
  • Knowledge of radio content for shows
  • Strong general knowledge
  • Knowledge of editing audio and video

Posted on 18 May 2017

Contact Bongiwe on hr@kayafm.co.za



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