The Rise of Black-Owned Agencies in South Africa

The Black Agencies Movement is a beacon of change in the South African advertising industry. Through economic inclusion, excellence, and the promotion of black talent, they are rewriting the narrative and ensuring that the industry truly reflects the diversity of the nation. Nkwenkwe Nkomo and Peter Vundla’s legacy lives on through this movement, which inspires us all.


A Visionary Beginning

This visionary project aims to promote economic inclusion and excellence within the advertising industry by showcasing and supporting black-owned and black-run advertising agencies. By 2019, they set out to shift a significant 25% of South Africa’s advertising spend, approximately R10 billion, to these agencies.

Fast forward to the present day, and we witness the remarkable success of black-owned and black-run advertising agencies. These agencies have flourished, evolving from small startups to formidable players in the industry. Many of them boast more than five full-time employees, well-equipped offices, and the infrastructure necessary to handle multi-million Rand advertising retainers. This shift is driven by the desire to make it easier for marketers to access the services of real black-owned and black-run agencies while simultaneously promoting excellence in black creative advertising. It’s a win-win situation, fostering economic inclusion while tapping into the wealth of creative talent within the black community.

The Road Ahead

As we celebrate Cafe’s legacy and the rise of black-owned advertising agencies in South Africa, it’s important to recognize that there is still work to be done. The advertising industry must continue its commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality. This includes not only providing opportunities for black talent but also ensuring that these agencies have equal access to resources, awards, and recognition. Nkwenkwe Nkomo and Peter Vundla’s vision paved the way for the growth of black-owned and black-run advertising agencies, which are now thriving and making significant contributions to the industry. As we move forward, let us continue to honor Cafe’s legacy and work together to ensure a more inclusive and creative advertising landscape for all.

The Black Agencies Movement has outlined several strategies to achieve its mission:

One of the driving forces behind the transformation of the advertising industry in South Africa is the Black Agencies Movement. This initiative seeks to centralize access to the best black agencies in Africa, making it easier for marketers to partner with them. By showcasing black creative advertising excellence, it aims to shift a significant portion of the country’s advertising spend to black-owned agencies.

In conclusion With each milestone achieved, the South African advertising landscape becomes more vibrant and reflective of the nation it serves, promising a brighter future for all involved.