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is a niche reputation management consultancy owned and managed by Chris Vick.

Vick is an experienced spin-doctor and media strategist with extensive experience in political and public communication, particularly in issues management and crisis communication. His CV combines experience as a journalist, media activist, public and private sector communicator, media executive and government advisor.

Vick is also a highly skilled researcher, editor and writer, and has shown a consistent ability to deconstruct, package and communicate complex concepts, projects and processes through the media.

He has been involved in several ANC media policy initiatives and initiatives championing change in the South African media industry. Vick understands both the media economy and the political economy, and has extensive experience in public sector lobbying and communication. He also has solid relationships with key individuals in the media, political and business space.

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His previous public and private sector assignments - either as Black or as its predecessor, Spin Media -- have included:

  • SABC, the public broadcaster: issues management, communication strategy development and implementation, crisis communication.
  • SAA, the national airline: media skills training for executives, crisis communication, media relationship management.
  • Transnet, the state-owned transport company: issues management, communication strategy development, crisis communication.
  • EDI Holdings, the state-owned electricity distribution agent: issues management, business intelligence, strategic communications interventions.
  • Gautrain, South Africa's biggest public-private partnership: political communication and stakeholder management, crisis communication.
  • Mvelaphanda Holdings and Group, one of South Africa's largest black-owned industrial services and energy companies: communication strategy development and implementation and crisis communication.

He has developed and implemented issues management strategies for the Chamber of Mines, for Eskom and for Nestle Southern Africa, and developed a three-year communications strategy and communications structure for the Parliament of South Africa.

Other clients he has advised include Deutsche Bank, Rand Merchant Bank, Absa, the Land Bank, Makana Investments, the United Cricket Board and the National Olympic Council of South Africa.

Comfortable working in both the public and private sector, Vick has also coordinated several national PR projects -- including the listing of Telkom on the Johannesburg and New York Stock Exchanges in 2004, and the production of the SABC's first Social Report in 2008.

He has also served three terms in the South African Government:

  • As Communications Director for Gauteng Premier Tokyo Sexwale (1994-1997).
  • As Chief Director in the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) (1998-2000).
  • As Special Advisor to Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale (2009-2011).
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Get in touch

If you'd like, send me an email: Chris Vick

Phone: +27 (0) 83 556 7644

PO Box 414087


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