This past year has been far from ideal with the looming recessions, power outages and natural disasters, but in true South African style, we managed to come out on the other side stronger. Instead of focusing on all the uncertainty and disruption, there has been a lot to celebrate. 

“We want to inspire hope and provide a positive outlook for the future. Anything is possible and you achieve anything if you put your mind to it.” 

Below we highlight five bright things that have inspired hope for 2023. 

2023 has two bonus public holidays 

The 2023 South African Public Holiday line-up includes six long weekends thanks to the Public Holidays Act.  This act states that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following it will be a public holiday. 

The technology sector rapidly evolving in Africa 

2023 will see a huge influx of African entrepreneurs and international tech companies entering the market. As a whole Africa continues to develop at a rapid pace with the demand for technology only increasing. We are expected to see continued growth in the e-commerce sector and more people adopting artificial intelligence. 

Local brands partnering with international brands

2022 has seen many local creatives and brands land deals with international players. This has allowed them to be recognised internationally. We will continue to see this trend throughout the new year.     


NOTES TO EDITOR: Red & Yellow School of Creative Business

Red & Yellow Creative School of Business is a CHE-accredited private higher education institution headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa. It is an established cornerstone of the South African marketing, advertising, design and business industries, teaching its students to think creatively and equipping them with the critical commercial and 4IR skills that they need to thrive in a digital world.

Established in 1994, the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business offers degrees, advanced diplomas and certificates in marketing and commerce, digital marketing, user-centred design, graphic design and art direction, copywriting, digital content creation, as well as business and corporate offerings. The school also offers a range of popular online short courses and national certificates, and its highly regarded corporate training team works with some of Africa’s most well-known companies to deliver innovative, customised programmes focused around 21st century skills. 

Red & Yellow has deep, longstanding ties with industry and works with leading brands and agencies throughout Africa to ensure its students and alumni are always world-class and work-ready. Its students are regular nominees and winners at local and international awards ceremonies, including the Loeries, Pendorings and D&ADs. 

The school’s alumni include business leaders who have achieved remarkable career success, across the continent and internationally, such as Jason Harrison and Faheem Chaudry of M&C Saatchi Abel; Veli Ngubane at Avatar; Dorcas Onyango at Coca Cola; and Steph van Niekerk at Grey JHB, ranked as South Africa’s No. 1 Creative Director and No. 1 Copywriter in 2019.

In addition, Red & Yellow is a member of Honoris United Universities, the pan-African private higher education network focused on educating the next generation of African leaders and entrepreneurs with industry-ready skills. 

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