Brendan Seery has been in the news business for most of his life, covering coups, wars, famines - and some funny stories - across Africa. Brendan Seery's Orchids and Onions column ran each week in the Saturday Star in Johannesburg and the Weekend Argus in Cape Town. Contact him now on
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#OrchidsandOnions - Toyota leads the marketing way

And England's Marmite campaign hits Australia's Vegemite for a six...

By Brendan Seery 3 days ago

#OrchidsandOnions: Secrets we don't talk about, but should

Orchids to Nedbank for deciding to do a positive thing and get people thinking, while Rosebank Day Spa gets an Onion for a lost opportunity...

By Brendan Seery 13 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Banking on the Boks

FNB shares an Orchid with Grid for a thought-provoking advert, while Checkers gets half an Onion for trying to put lipstick on chemical pigs called 'beers'...

By Brendan Seery 6 Aug 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Spot the local charm

The new Kia ad is pure homegrown excellence. But Japan Tobacco International gets an Onion for slick, but misleading, advertising...

By Brendan Seery 30 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: A true Case of genius

A personal Orchid for Pete Case and another for Ogilvy Group in SA. But a double Onion to Mount Amanzi Resort and whoever trained your call centre person...

By Brendan Seery 23 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Duo of health ads, take a bow

The Onion goes to Windhoek Lager, for relying on automatic 'programmatic' digital advertising, which damages the brand...

By Brendan Seery 16 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Evoque has pose value

An Orchid for Range Rover's head-turning ad hits target market, and teary eyes to the PR officer who doesn't know how to deal with journalists...

By Brendan Seery 9 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - #Done with bollocks

Castle Lager, you're safe for now. But Independent Institute of what again ... rethink. Why knock tradition? One expects more from an education ad.

By Brendan Seery 2 Jul 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - Hyundai warms hearts

Orchids also to Thurah Ncube, who has prevented me totally losing faith in humankind, and Mugg & Bean for a gesture worth a dozen ad campaigns...

By Brendan Seery 18 Jun 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - Chicken Licken's clever, amusing SoulSister ads get the nod

And I would rather have seen Shell, as a mark of respect to Nkosikho Mbele, giving its lowly-paid attendants a nice Christmas bonus...

By Brendan Seery 11 Jun 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Sanral ad pothole-free

Peugeot's clich├ęd and silly La Belle France-type ads are only Onion-worthy...

By Brendan Seery 4 Jun 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: BMW's Benz stunt stuns

But Carsmetic Surgeon's unfunny sexism needs to be knifed...

By Brendan Seery 31 May 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Cadbury's Mother's Day ad just did it for me

Mr Price, for allowing your staff no flexibility when it comes to dealing with customers - and making zero provision for goodwill - you get an Onion...

By Brendan Seery 21 May 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Reddy tells it like it is

And the DA's intrusive marketing campaign before the elections, using 'stolen' information, gets an Onion...

By Brendan Seery 14 May 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Reborn 'glug-glug' ads deserve accolades

Defy and Finish, pick up your respective Onions. And remember: I've told you a billion times not to exaggerate...

By Brendan Seery 7 May 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - At last... a brave ad

The Hyundai guys get an Orchid for a feel-good ad - just a love story about two people, and about a car...

By Brendan Seery 30 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Thanks for the laugh, Ogilvy

How difficult is it, Google and Sportsman's Warehouse, to divine that I could get actively annoyed by ads for something I've already bought?

By Brendan Seery 16 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: RocoMamas has great-looking fare and memorable punchline

Meanwhile, theft is not a great business model, Vodacom. And treating customers as prey will get you an Onion every time...

By Brendan Seery 9 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: An orchid for Kia, an onion for BMW and misguided millennialism

It's a mystery why big brands continue to throw huge amounts of marketing money at a group that can't buy what they're selling...

By Brendan Seery 2 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Clever marketing in some election campaigns

An 'awesome Onion' for DNA Brand Architects and one to Volvo for good measure, for allowing shotgun PR to happen...

By Brendan Seery 26 Mar 2019

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