"We are proud and honoured to be receiving these creative accolades alongside our clients," says Pepe Marais, group chief creative officer of Joe Public United. "It is [a] fantastic validation of our shared belief in creative excellence."

"It takes bold, brave marketing leaders to produce this type of work, and we're extremely grateful to the marketers in our fold who equally believe in the power of creative communication," Marais adds.

"It makes the journey ahead really exciting for us as more and more of our partners' results prove that exceptional creativity is far more effective in growing brands and businesses," Marais says.

"And as 2019 marks Joe Public's 21st year, the festival also represented something of a coming-of-age celebration of creativity along its growth journey. The agency continues to challenge itself to do better than its best every year in growing its people, clients and, ultimately, its country," he adds.

"Perhaps it's Joe Public's habit of using creativity (and hard work) to find solutions for challenges like this that constantly reignites our growth spirit and inspires us to keep planting small seeds that could, in time, grow into towering trees," concludes Xolisa Dyeshana, Joe Public chief creative officer.

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