BrandArena: 2018 PRISM Awards: Burson Cohn & Wolfe wins African Network of the Year

Thursday 3 May 2018

2018 PRISM Awards: Burson Cohn & Wolfe wins African Network of the Year

Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) Africa, a full-service global communications agency, was awarded Gold in the African Network of the Year category, for the third consecutive year, at the annual 2018 PRISM Awards held on Sunday, 22 April in Johannesburg, South Africa.

"We are thrilled to have received the PRISM Award for African Network of the Year for the third year in a row," says Robyn de Villiers, chairman and CEO of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa. 

"Our commitment to growing partnerships has underpinned the firm’s activities across Africa, and this award is a tribute to our partners and to every member of our African team in all 53 countries we cover on the continent," de Villiers adds. 

De Villiers says, "Each one of our partners is individually respected in its own country and, collectively, we are recognised as the pre-eminent African communications network." 

To add to the list of wins, Bridget von Holdt, business director at Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa, received the Lifetime Achiever award for her contribution to the communication industry. 

Sanele Mashinini, an intern at Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa, participated as one of the 11 Young Judges at the awards. 

"This was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the PR industry, and to get knowledge and tips from professionals who have been doing this for many years. I really enjoyed the whole experience, and encourage other young communication professionals to get involved next year," he says. 

Having been invited to adjudicate the awards for the past three years, Ruth Kolevsohn, chief operating officer at Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa, participated as a category judge for the Campaign of the Year, Environmental, Healthcare and Launch of a new Product/Service category. 

Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa has also received the highest number of accolades (14) of any agency network at the second annual African SABRE Awards, presented by The Holmes Report. It is also a finalist in The Holmes Report’s EMEA SABRE Awards category for African Agency of the Year which will be announced in May. Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa is the only network to have been a finalist in all 10 years since the launch of the award in 2009.

Burson Cohn & Wolfe was formed in 2018 with the merger of Burson-Marsteller and Cohn & Wolfe. 

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