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National Womens Day South Africa
September 07, 2018


National Women’s Day South Africa may for some represent nothing more than a welcomed holiday (we don’t blame you). But South African National Women’s Day is also a powerful reminder of the great strides we have made together as a country - and inspires progress where work still needs to be done! Here at Brand Innovation we believe Women’s Day offers a perfect opportunity to celebrate our rich history and acknowledge the trailblazing South African women all around us.

Amongst all the manicure specials and fun runs that take place on August 9th, the origins and powerful meaning behind National Women’s Day run the risk of fading in to obscurity. Where does this holiday originate?


What is National Women’s Day? 

The history of Women’s Day is pretty well documented, and explains what National Women's Day is. But in case you skimmed through the history books a little too lightly it is important touch on just why this day is so significant (because it is!).

In South Africa, National Women’s Day is celebrated annually on the 9th of August in order to commemorate the historical women’s march that took place on the same date in 1956. This march saw a force of 20 000 women of all races march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest amendments to the law requiring black South Africans to carry a “pass”.

The protest was headed up by struggle icons and general badass ladies Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams in an unprecedented display of the power of united women.

The marchers left petitions with 100 000 signatures in their wake and the iconic song Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock). The song was especially composed for the event and still remains a classic amongst struggle songs.

The day was officially made a national holiday in 1994 by the new ANC government to reflect on and celebrate the events of August 9th 1956.

 

Why do we celebrate Women's Day in South Africa?

So a cool thing happened on August 9th more than 60 years ago… why should we still care today? Why do we celebrate Women's Day in South Africa?

For one thing, there is a strong argument that we should draw attention to and acknowledge significant events in our country’s history. Events such as the1956 Women’s March instigated the change that led to the freer and more equal South Africa we live in today. It is important that we fully understand our origins as a country, and celebrate just how far we have come. Women’s day brings these significant historical events into our dinner table conversation in the 21st century. So we get to simultaneously celebrate South African history and a day off!

It is of course not only about commemorating the women of 1956. The history aside, National Women’s Day serves many other important purposes. Since 1994 the day has been used as an opportunity to focus on women’s issues. It gives a voice to the women of today and the struggles they experience.

Unfortunately the fight for gender equality is far from over! South Africa ranks pretty badly in many areas with regards to the wellbeing of women. We have some of the worst statistics when it comes to female illiteracy, domestic violence, the wage gap and sexual violence.

It is essential that we have a day to turn the national attention towards these important issues, so that we can collectively recommit to positive change. Needless to say Women’s Day is often day surrounded by projects and events focused on the upliftment of women entrepreneurs and women in the workforce.

In the modern age we are often inundated with discouraging statistics and depressing news. Sometimes this paints an inaccurate understanding of the world. Women’s Day reminds us to celebrate the substantial progress that has been made! After all, the world is a much better place for women to live in now than it was in 1956, particularly for women of colour. Taking note of the work we still have to do should not keep us from celebrating the many successes we have made in South Africa.

For example, nationwide women now make up 48% of the seats in government. This is a hugely significant increase from the 2.7% representation women had in in 1994! Specifically in Limpopo, 7 out of 10 mayors are women. A quick google search will give you evidence of the phenomenal South African women entrepreneurs doing incredible things in their respective industries.

But Women’s Day is not only about women. It acknowledges the contribution women made to the struggle for a better life for all South Africans, not just women. It reminds us of the power of a unified country and it celebrates the progress the country as a whole has made, culturally and politically, since 1956.

 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day could be considered the older sister of our own Women’s Day. South African Women’s Day is similar in function and philosophy to International Women’s Day, a holiday that has been celebrated on the 8th of March for over a century.. While the origins of International Women’s Day are disputed, the holiday likely owes its genesis to a national Women’s Day organised in 1909 in New York by the Socialist Party of America. The United Nations adopted the holiday in 1975, so the day is observed in many countries all over the world.

Internationally, there is a great deal to celebrate in terms of women’s rights. Women now have the right to vote in pretty much every country in the world. Just recently Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women driving. There are more women in the workforce than ever before. Internationally, the number of girls attending school and completing primary school education is increasing. There is still a significant amount of work to do, but International Women’s Day allows us to celebrate the increments made in making the world a more equal place!

 

Corporate Gifts for Women's Day.

So why do businesses buy corporate gifts for Women's Day and branded items to celebrate the day? It is an indisputable fact of the modern world that branding is an essential and powerful tool. It is the way that an organization communicates it value system and identity to its clients, and to the world at large.

A brand no longer simply refers to a unique logo or a name as it once may have. It is also the culmination of a business’s credibility, mission, culture and values. It goes without saying that a business’s brand is essential for setting a business apart from its competitors, generating trusting loyal customers and loyal employees.

With that in mind, it’s not at all surprising corporate gifts for Women’s Day and Women's Day promotional items are so popular. Corporate gift giving offers organizations the perfect opportunity to align their brands with an important set of ideals and participate in celebrating what the day represents: a united South Africa committed to a better country for all women and men.

Women’s Day gift giving and branding communicates not only a brand's dedication to its female clients and staff, but its South African pride. It delivers a message that is close to the hearts of many South African men and women, and really has the potential to emotionally connect with clients and staff alike.

 

Gift Ideas for Women

Gift ideas for women are endless, especially when it comes to corporate gifts for Women’s Day. Some options include:

  • “I am South African” Andy Cartwright A5 notebooks

  • Madison Giftset, which includes a powerbank, speaker, pen, and notebook

  • Portland Ladies Laptop Bag

  • Santa Monica Deluxe Multi-Purpose Tote

  • Milan double-wallpowder-coated water bottle

  • Balmain umbrellas

  • Moleskine notebooks

  • Montblanc Princesse Grace de Monaco Fountain Pen

  • Bella Donna Cosmetic Bag

  • Freestyle exercise mat

  • A Café Noir coffee set

  • A Deity bag holder and mirror


Gift Ideas for Women's Day

We recommend the Gift Ideas for Women's Day page that can be found our website. Our Pamper Gifts and Personal Care pages are also a great resource for ideas. Some highlights include:


  • Ryis peppermint bath gift set

  • Cloud Nine bath salts

  • Ryis mini travel pack

  • Catwalk manicure set

  • Balmain cosmetics mirror

  • Beauty Sleep eye mask

  • Dolly manicure set


These represent just a few of our gift ideas for Women's Day!


Why is there no National Men’s Day?

Holidays such as Women’s day and other days that celebrate particular groups can often stir up a little controversy. Why does Women’s Day in particular exist? Why did the government not chisel out a day on the calendar for the expressed purpose of celebrating men? These are all valid questions in a country that prides itself on a pursuit of equality.

For one thing, Women’s Day ensures that as a country we acknowledge the role women played in the history of our country. All too often the experience and contribution of women at major points in history is left out of the history books.

With a couple of exceptions, history is littered with tales penned by men, with male figures starring as the main characters. We know a great deal about the perspective of male soldiers in the trenches of WWII, and very little about the women who filled the factories to ensure the war could be sustained.

Women were an essential part of the end of Apartheid. It is important that we acknowledge those inspiring women leaders who contributed to the struggle, give credit where it is due, and prevent the erasure of these icons from history.

 

What is the significance of Women's Day?

What is the significance of Women's Day? Is Women's Day enough? Some of the controversy around Women’s Day lies in this simple but powerful question. The risk here is that National Women’s Day allows us to claim to celebrate women, acknowledge their importance and then return to status quo on August 10th.

Just as Christmas is announced with tinsel and carols in every mall, it is hard to miss Women’s Day in South Africa. Rather than a discussion of the values represented by Women’s Day, it’s more likely you will recognise the holiday by the prevalence of beauty products and cosmetics advertised under the banner of Women’s Day.

This fact comes with its own controversy. Does this do credit to an important day for our nation? Maybe we should be cautious of reducing an important holiday to a superficial day of specials at the grocery store. Although no-one is ever going to argue that discounted manicures are a negative thing! Rather, it’s important to also remember the deeper values that underpin the day and consciously embrace the ethos of women’s day.

There are 364 other days of the year where the values celebrated on Women’s Day are just as important! It is tempting to overestimate the significance of one day as a solution to the issues that Women’s Day highlight. So then what is the significance of Women's Day? National Women’s Day shines a spotlight on our progress as a country. It lets us take stock of how far we have come and reaffirm our commitment to our ideals of a free, fair and equal South Africa to carry forward for the rest of the year.

So rather than feeling like we have merely ticked the “Women’s Day” box and been responsible citizens, it is important carry the significant values of August 9th into our everyday lives, every day of the year!

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Mandela Day 2018
July 18, 2018
Mandela Day 2018

Mandela day is celebrated on 18 July each year. Thousands of people throughout the country and worldwide will remember the icon that is known for making a difference.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 and died on 5 December 2013. The Nobel Peace Prize winner and first elected President of a democratic South Africa will be remembered by many people across the world for as long as we live. His legacy of making a difference will be passed on from generation to generation for years to come.

Brand Innovation South Africa

Brand Innovation South Africa would like to be a part of making a difference not only on Mandela Day but each and every day we get to. We started off by becoming an eco-friendly online business and supplying eco-friendly products. We aim to save the environment as much as we can by recycling everything that’s recyclable.

67 Minutes at Brand Innovation will be spent remembering and honouring the anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader and philanthropist. His love for not only the country but equality amongst humanity is what keeps the Brand Innovation team going. The spreading of peace, love and happiness is what we live for at Brand Innovation.

Nelson Mandela Quotes

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but conquers that fear.”

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Today marks the day we would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

May your legendary soul Rest In Peace Tata Madiba!


From the Brand Innovation Team.
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The importance of gratitude
July 16, 2018
The Importance of Gratitude

It is said that gratitude changes everything.

The giving of gifts and thank you cards is a sincere thank you to those who add value.
How often does a simple, "thank you" change everything? So often, someone can do so much for a friend, a family member, a company, a client, a supplier and all the effort is worthwhile when someone says thank you.

As they say, "manners maketh the man".


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Golf shirts for golf days
July 16, 2018
Golf Shirts for Golf Days

Golf Shirts for golf days are vitally important. Why? Well first of all, you won't be allowed on to most golf courses of this world without a collared shirt on the golf course. Did you know that? You can't play in a t shirt.

This is part of the etiquette of golf, that you look neat and tidy and smart when you play the glorious game of golf.

So there, you go, we all know you need a golf shirt and where better to come than to Brand Innovation.

For a specialist golf shirt website, you can also view here.

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End of Year Gift Ideas for clients in South Africa
July 15, 2018
End of year gift ideas for clients in South Africa

End of year gift ideas for clients in South Africa are important as they are in any country in the world. They are given as a gesture to say thank you. Thank you for doing business with us, thank you for the opportunity to be of service. Often and usually the gifts are branded with the supplier's logo and company name.

Brand Innovation is your one stop as we supply and brand for you. We take you through the order and branding process so that the process is simple, quick and easy for you.

Our aim when supplying end of year gifts for companies is to supply the right item at the right price. We really want to delight you.

Please give us your minimum and maximum budget and we can put together a host of items that will suit you within your price range.

We have a great team who we believe in, a team of people who are here to help.

Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to being of service to you.
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October 02, 2017
The Cross ATX Pen is a one of the most popular pens in our range of Cross Pens. 
Cross also offers a lifetime guarantee on the mechanism only of their pens, so you know you are buying quality and that your clients or staff will love their Cross ATX Pen gifts.

Cross Pens South Africa



The pen we are highlighting here today is the ATX Lustrous Chrome ball point pen which is a much loved and popular pen in our office.

Brand Innovation is able to engrave the pens for you.
We can engrave the pens with a personalised name or a company logo or name.

When you buy Cross, you are assured of quality and a brand that has stood and still stands the test of time.

Brand Innovation is proud to supply the range of these wonderful pens, quality and class.

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End of Year Gifts
September 26, 2017
If you are looking for new end of year gifts  - we have put together a collection of our new products for you to choose from.

This selection of gifts range from stunning gold flasks and executive gift sets to a classic 2018 Diary. Whatever your budget or style, we have got something suitable for you. Please go and have a look at the new gifts section on our homepage.

NEW AND UNIQUE GIFT IDEAS!



The Poykie

This is a uniquely South African gift idea - brand new from the Andy Cartwright range. These ceramic pots are designed to look like the classic three foot pot - or Potjie, as it is known in Afrikaans. This is small, multi-functional dish that can function as:
  • Soup bowl
  • Coffee Mug
  • Snack bowl for biltong/chips/nuts
  • Porrige Bowl
  • anything else you can think of!

Stock is flying, so if you want an awesome Poykie CONTACT US NOW!


Fashionable Grey Picnic Bags

Grey melange is highly fashionable this year, and we have a selection of awesome bags in this stylish colour. One of those is the Avenue Picnic Bag. This is ideal for end of year, because it contains all the trappings for a lovely sunny, Summer's day out.

This picnic bag features:

  • A Cooler Bag compartment 
  • 2 x Plastic plates 2 Plastic glasses 
  • 2 x knives 
  • 2 x forks 
  • 2 x spoons
We have a host of awesome new ideas, don't miss our and order your year end gifts soon so that you can delight your clients and staff.

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Carving Knife Sets
August 21, 2017
Carving Knife Sets are very popular as executive gifts for the year end. This is because these sets are functional and everyone can use them - it makes a gift that really adds value.

Because of their popularity of these sets we have a few options that we can offer you. Whether you are looking for something classic in wood or a modern, all-metal knife and fork set - we have something suitable to offer you.

Some of our Carving Knife Sets:


  • Dallas Carving Set
  • Oakdale Carving Knife Set
  • Glendale 3 Piece Carving Set

Our carving knives can be branded with your company logo to make an elegant corporate gift. Depending on which set it is, we can brand your logo by engraving the blade or the handle of the knife and fork.

For more information or more knife sets, contact us.

We are able to deliver countrywide for you. We have dispatch in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

For other promotional products, please see promojozi.

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