Bright and early on Thursday morning, a team of enthusiastic Ogilvy dog lovers spent their 67 minutes for Mandela Day helping out some four legged companions at Dogtown SA, also known as Barking Mad. Kate Turner and Codey Sueltz writes about their experience:

This great organisation was established in 2009 and specialises in rehabilitating, training, re-joining and giving the abused, neglected and abandoned dogs and puppies a second chance at finding there forever home. There are roughly 100 dogs at Dogtown and each is put through socialization and behavioural programmes to ensure they are able to be adopted. All the staff and volunteers at Dogtown are mad about dogs and give them much needed love and attention that they deserve. Dogtown is a pro-life organisation, meaning that they do not believe in euthanizing any of the animals.


The Ogilvy Staff were all eager to help, painting kennels and cleaning the kitchen, the Ogilvy love was spread across Dogtown. Thanks to all the staff who joined in and got those tails wagging!

All these innocent victims need is a home, lots of love and a chance at leading a full and happy life. If you would like to add to your family, please visit this organisation before going to a pet shop to buy designer dogs. Otherwise, if owning a dog it too much of a commitment, sponsor a kennel at only R350 per month.


Last week some Ogilvians spent their 67 minutes re-painting the girls and boys toilets at Reshomile Primary School in Diepsloot. Thandeka Ndidi writes about their experience: With paint in our hair and on our faces and clothes the spirit of giving back was contagiously spreading through to everyone.


Smiles all around as paint brushes were dipped into paint and a fresh new coat was painted on to the walls. Surely the boys and girls will be smiling at the bright walls of their toilets. To thank us the learners broke into song and dance enabling us all to practice one of our 8 habits – Playfulness as we all joined in too. To end of the 67 minutes we had dedicated to the school, we handed over learning charts, encyclopedias and other educational materials to the learners.

howAfter five years as editor of FHM magazine, Hagen Engler left the mag to start work as an independent writer. For this, he won the “Worst Career Move Ever” award at his school reunion. He is still busily trying to prove his classmates wrong as he ekes out a living from his lounge, writing for print titles, websites, corporate clients and agencies.

In between, he dodges nappy duty, watches SuperSport and tries to postpone the first beer of the day as late as possible. He is completing a book commissioned by Jacana and blogging at in between music and spoken word performances and his radio show.

He will discuss edited highlights of his FHM career, abandoning corporate life and setting up on his own, and the epic wins and fails of a year spent on the couch in his underpants.

Don’t miss this one if you’ve ever thought about quitting your day job and going freelance, make sure you don’t miss this one! If you’d like to join us on 26 July at 11:00 then send us a mail and we’ll reserve a spot for you. You can also follow along on #HowToFriday.


In the tradition of dancing monks, flying ostriches and other fantastical events, we’ve created this piece for our delicious client Cadbury Dairy Milk. It’s a well-known fact that Cadbury puts that extra half a glass of milk in their chocolate, making it super decadent – take a look at what the team did with the idea of getting it juuust right:

As part of this magical journey into Joyville, chocolate lovers (i.e. everyone) can play a game online to try to fix the Gigantically Generous Glass and a Half Gizmo that makes the delicious chocolate. Give it a go here.

Or join Cadbury Dairy Milk tomorrow (13 July) at Sandton City to see the Gizmo in real life. The Joyville Squad will be in the activation area (Checkers forecourt) from 9:00 to 17:00, & from 10:00 the online game winners will get a chance to control the real–life Gizmo & win some awesome prizes. One lucky person will also be randomly selected to have a go at the Gizmo, just by being at Sandton City on the day. Head on over to the Facebook page for more info on the activations.

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