When Finance and Creative Meet

“Being an FD in the creative sector is not for the faint hearted” – this is according to Quirk’s own superwoman FD, Rachel Cowan.

Rachel Cowan


In a recent article she wrote for the ACCA Global Accounting and Business online magazine, Rachel touched on some of the challenges, as well as rewards, that come with being the FD of a creative company such as Quirk. Working in such a creative environment, Rachel says her team is the key to her success – always passionate about the business adapting and evolving.

Rachel says “It’s not enough to be technically competent and commercially astute, especially is this industry”.

Read the rest of Rachel’s article on page 23 of the Accounting and Business online magazine here.

The Story behind Digital Edge 2015

2015’s Digital Edge Live was focused on storytelling; especially in the digital space. Our own storytelling champion (and Quirk’s Executive Creative Director), Fran Luckin, was there to share some of her best-loved stories, and offer some words of wisdom to the keenly listening audience.

Touching on how stories in the digital space don’t necessarily need to be expensive, and how it is a great way to get your audience to participate in co-creating your story, Fran reiterated the fact that “If you aren’t trying to create a great narrative, your audience will do it for you”.

What it comes down to for Fran is not just filling the digital space, but actually making it come alive. How your story unfolds depends on how you pull people into it.


Read the rest of Fran’s explanation here.

Where Cultures Meat

Text: Michelle Marais

Although the day itself has been of significant meaning to the Zulu for a number of years, Heritage Day is a fairly new holiday to the South African public. Before 1995, the 24th of September was celebrated in KwaZulu-Natal as Shaka Day; a day honouring the legendary Zulu king Shaka who played an enormous role in uniting the disparate tribes of South Africa.

When the South African parliament was considering the bill of public holidays, Shaka Day was omitted. But following protests by the Inkatha Freedom Party (which had a large Zulu representation), a compromise was reached and the day was renamed Heritage Day and included in the bill with the purpose to encourage South Africans to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions.

In 2005, a media campaign sought to rebrand Heritage Day as National Braai Day but the name was short-lived and was replaced with Braai4Heritage in 2007. On 5 September 2007, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Emeritus Archbishop Doctor Desmond Tutu was appointment as Braai4Heritage’s patron. The initiative also received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council (NHC). On 2 September 2008, whilst cooking steak at a Braai4Heritage launch event, Tutu said, “Countries with strong social cohesion become strong nations. This is why it is important to celebrate our common national heritage through truly South African features. And what is more South African than shisa nyama?”

Both Heritage Day and the subsequent Braai4Heritage initiative have played a big role in motivating South Africans to celebrate their diversity as well as their common roots. We asked a few of Quirk Cape Town’s brave, curios minds what Heritage Day means to them, and why, whether they’re having a braai, shisa nyama or ukosa, it’s important to cherish this tradition.

In celebration of Heritage Day this year, Cape Town’s Quirkstars went back to their roots by dressing up in cultural attire and sharing some traditional cuisine with each other. As judged by our office presidents Matt Willis and Anne Pao, the prize for Best Traditional Outfit went to Account Director Nikki Depene who proudly wore her German dirndl, while the prize for Best Traditional Treat went to Front-End Engineer Kapeesh Manilal who delighted with his Indian snacks: mithai and samosas.
Heritage Day

Here’s to Nelson Mandela, Dr. Christian Barnard and Steve Biko,
to the Drakensberg, Wittenberg and Table Mountain,
to the oceans, Atlantic and Indian,
to the Karoo, the Kalahari and the Kruger,
to rugby, cricket and soccer,
to biltong, bobotie and koeksisters,
to all eleven official languages and the people who speak them.
Here’s to many more years of celebrating Mzansi’s magic.


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