Welcome to Nota Bene South Africa

An agency focused on integrated communication in channel strategy, planning and buying.

An operating brand of the GroupM stable, a WPP company.

About Us

Born from merger of CIA Media network & The Media Edge, servicing clients around the country, with offices in both Joburg and Cape Town.

We have over a decade of heritage of:

  • Owner-managed businesses
  • Entrepreneurial culture
  • Independent spirit

Forming an agile & flexible network, with strong local roots

We invest in tools, expertise and thought leadership on a global level that our local clients have access to should it be relevant.

Nota Bene’s focus is on integrated channel strategy, putting content and digital at the centre of the strategic process, without independent digital departments. Making sure digital and data form a central part of the integration, both before and after, but most notably during campaign to optimize against client’s core business goal.

Our agency rating in the SA Market

  • 89 media specialist working as an integrated communication team
  • SA Billing: R3.2 Billion
  • Ranked no. 4 Media Agency in South Africa in RECMA 2013
  • First communication channel agency in South Africa – focus on strategy
  • First media agency to integrate activation team within agency, MEC Access
  • Actively involved in the media industry in SA: AMF Director, Board of SAARF, Judge of Loeries, Bookmarks, FM Adfocus, Lecture AAA

Powered by GroupM, the no.1 media buyer globally and in SA

  • Globally we purchase 32% of time and space
  • In South Africa we represent 36% of the market
  • 5 operating brands in SA – see more info

Our Trading approach

Our Work

Our clients span across every category

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We are recognized for our work

Finalist at Cannes Media Lions 4 times (2002, 2004, 2009, 2011, 2013)

Finalist at Valencia Festival of Media, two years in a row

Finalist at Roger Garlick awards 6 years in a row Three golds, one win

Win silver at the Bookmark awards (2010)

To win best ad at the Creative Directors Forum

The Festival of Media branded content 2013

Case Studies



Young, dynamic people who want to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge and become entrenched in the agency and industry as a whole. Become a valued team member by showing a keen interest in self-development and motivation.

Channel Buyer

Out of the ordinary thinkers applying their minds to channel strategy across paid, owned and earned. Developing these strategies in line with client brief, working with planners to execute and developing robust ideas against each channel.

Channel Planner

Development  of  implementation plans generation based on strategy brief. Working with strategist on recommendations to client across all media (including digital). Managing client budgets, post campaigning and reporting.


If numbers and data is your thing, and you have a passion for garnering insights, this is the job for you. Combining data sets to put together key insights across media channels and platforms for clients. Must have a good understanding of media tools.

To get more information on any of the above positions, please use the form below.

Contact Us

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Find us in Joburg

South Africa Headquarters, Johannesburg
GROUP M House,
7 Naivasha Road, Sunninghill,
Johannesburg 2128 South Africa
Tel: +27 11 582 6000
Fax: +27 0 86 504 8786
S: twitter.com/mecnotabene
Erica Gunning – MD MEC Group SA

Find us in Cape Town

Nota Bene and MEC , Cape Town
2nd Floor The Terraces,
Black River Park South,
2 Fir Street Observatory,
7925, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Tel: +27 21 830 0300
S: twitter.com/mecnotabene
John Beale – Managing Director