South Africa recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of its new constitution, helped by We The People, a project designed by Media Monitoring Africa to educate South Africans on their constitution. A group of freelance creatives was recruited to develop a series of digital ads illustrating aspects of the constitution, using current events and humour to connect people with the project site wethepeople.org.za. The campaign, launched between February 20 and 24, gathered attention in radio and television coverage along with discussion on social media.
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Madam & Eve is South Africa’s most popular cartoon strip. The strip is currently syndicated in 13 publications and read by over 4 million people everyday. Madam & Eve takes a humorous look at the daily lives of two people from very different backgrounds as they experience life in postapartheid South Africa. The strip’s main characters have become icons of a changing South Africa, providing light relief through the days of transition to democracy. Gwen Anderson, also known as Madam, is a typical white South African madam struggling to come to terms with the new South Africa. Madam’s new year resolution is to learn the difference between the washing machine and the dish washer. Eve Sisulu, Madam’s “domestic maintenance assistant” actually runs the household. Always fighting for a wage increase, Eve often sets up mini-businesses to run from home to supplement her meagre income. Madam & Eve fight a lot, but they secretly like each other, even though neither of them will admit it
The We The People campaign was created in Johannesburg by a collective unpaid freelancers sourced through Twitter. Strategy, concept and copy were by Sarah Britten. The We The People logo was designed by Brian Ferns. Art direction was by Unisa student Malibongwe Masinga and Andrew O’Donoghue of Original Forever and Melanie Hamman. Rico Schacherl, a well-known cartoonist, was responsible for illustrating the Madam & Eve ad.