Johannesburg, 22 April 2020:  Earlier in April, Arena Events announced that it would take its bespoke event series online, and is excited to announce the line-up for the rest of April.

 Arena Events a division of Arena Holdings –  the largest national English publishing group, and the second largest digital publisher in South Africa – manages bespoke client events aligned to the Group’s stable of leading news titles including Business Day, Financial Mail, Sowetan and Sunday Times, catering to clients in the Business, Leadership, Finance and Investment, Media and Marketing, and Lifestyle sectors.

 Most recently, Arena Events hosted the online announcement of The Radio Awards, which over the past ten years has cemented itself as the leading platform to acknowledge excellence in South African radio.  The first Financial Mail Redzone ‘In Discussion With’ saw Vodacom’s Managing Executive for Brand Marketing and Communications, Abey Mogwatsane, participate in a live-streaming webinar with Arye Kellman, Chief Creative Officer of TILT. The Business Day Supplier Development Dialogue series also kicked off with a webinar on the necessity to limit the effects of COVID-19 on the supply chain, by embracing digital technology. And on a lighter note, live online streaming of the first interactive Sunday Times Lifestyle Quiz – with the respective Sunday Times editors acting as quizmasters – proved to be so engaging that another one is lined up for 24 April.

 “Our success in these early online events shows us that being associated with the country’s most respected news titles brings unmatched benefits in terms of presenting topical content, with the participation of leading experts,” says Taryn Westoby, Head of Arena Events.  “We have the right technology, with an experienced team, and access to the most exclusive content to provide audiences with a worthwhile online experience. For partners and sponsors who want to keep their profiles visible during this disruptive time, we certainly believe we’ve provided an early taste of what is possible.“

 Here’s the April 2020 line-up…

Date & Time


For more information…

Thurs, 23 April at 10h00

Sowetan Women’s Club Personal Finance

A one-on-one interview with Sowetan Editor, Nwabisa Makunga, and champion of financial literacy, Palesa Lengolo. Click here to register.

Phila Nkanunu –

Fri, 24 April at 09h30

Financial Mail Redzone in discussion with

Join the Sunday Times GenNext discussion on how brands should interact with young people during the COVID-19 lockdown. Click here to register.

Tanja du Plessis –

Fri, 24 April at 20h00

Sunday Times Lifestyle Quiz 2.0

Join our quizmasters as they challenge your knowledge about sport, fashion, travel, literature, food, motoring, music and the world, online and from the comfort of your couch! Click here to register.

Melissa de Agrela –

Tues, 28 April at 09h30

The Radio Awards in conversation with – Join leading radio figures as they discuss the future of radio and the opportunities the medium presents both for radio stations, and for brand marketers. Click here to register.

Michelle Rodrigues –

Wed, 29 April at 15h00

PRIMAL.LIVE x AFRICA with Patrick Hanlon

In this one-time-only, online event, Patrick Hanlon strips away “the fog” of how to create meaningful brands that attract fans, community and customers, by revealing a simple, easy to use methodology from his book Primal Branding. Click here to register.

Jade Fleishman –

Thurs, 30 April at 20h00

Sowetan Women’s Club Quiz Night

Join our host, Sowetan Editor, Nwabisa Makunga and her quizmasters as they challenge your knowledge about fashion, travel, literature, food and music!

Click here to register.

Phila Nkanunu –

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 About Arena Events

Arena Events draws on the editorial expertise and media-powerhouse advantage of Arena Holdings to deliver stimulating and engaging encounters that encourage excellence across South Africa’s various industries. Aligned to the thought-leadership of Arena’s prominent platforms like the Sunday Times, Financial Mail, Business Day, Sowetan, Business Day TV, The Home Channel and Ignition TV, we are committed to facilitating events that nurture the socio-economic success of our country. Our leading industry events include the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, Sunday Times The Directors Event, Standard Bank SME Summit, Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, The Radio Awards, Sunday Times Gen Next, Sunday Times Top Brands, the Future of Media Conference, MOST Awards, and a host of bespoke events for our clients. Arena Holdings prides itself as a level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

Issued by:                 Samantha Pugh, Pugh Public Relations & Corporate Communications

                                 e:   c:  071 874 5460

 On behalf of:             Taryn Westoby, Head of Arena Events 

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