Ford, Spur and Jacaranda FM are just a few of the brands in South Africa that have recently been engulfed by reputational issues. And with each and every one of these organisations, what was sorely lacking during the eye of the proverbial storm was sound crisis management
Life is a funny thing. But the one thing it has taught me is that the only constant is change. It doesn't come easily to most - not least of all to me. It can be a terrifying prospect, a leap into the unknown, and an utterly overwhelming inevitability
The proverbial elephant in the room seems to be taking up more space at each workshop I facilitate, with delegates doing their level best to sidestep and shadow-box around it, or to make it their sole mission to steer clear of unpalatable subject matter
Fake news and yellow journalism has undoubtedly become the new norm. From false reports and fake missing friends, to photo-shopped images, government scandals and sensationalism, this scourge has organisations and news outlets fighting for their credibility
So if adamantly refusing to answer questions from journalists and blaming the media for an unfolding social crisis counts as a press conference, then the whole notion of press briefings is nothing short of a cruel joke
It's no easy task to put the crazy trajectory of over three decades in journalism down on paper - let alone to make sense of it all. Save to say that apart from a few well-meaning 'tweaks' here and there, I would have had it no other way
It struck me as I was eating my Shakshoukah for breakfast - a tasty Lebanese twist on our rather dull scrambled eggs - that Lebanon, not unlike South Africa, may boast loudly about its free press, but their newspapers aren't much more than 'viewspapers'
On the eve before the world's TV cameras will be allowed for the first time into a courtroom to televise the trial of legendary Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, a dubiously innocuous marketing tactic on the part of a Cape Town bakery was called publicly into question.
Janine Lazarus 4 Mar 2014
Isn't it astonishing how the closer we get to elections, the closer our politicians become to their ancestors? In fact, judging by the way they are mouthing off in the media, I'm almost convinced that they have a hotline to wherever it is that these all-knowing spirits may gather.
While the nation holds its collective breath over Nelson Mandela's tenuous hold onto life, our emotions pitching along with each exhausting medical update, we needed the light relief provided by the political party mudslinging that also took dubious centre stage.
I recently received a petition calling for the review of the Secrecy Bill. I didn't need to read any further before adding my name - and a strong comment - to the spiraling number of citizens of this country who are entirely against a Bill that threatens fundamental rights like the freedom of speech.
Janine Lazarus 24 May 2013