Olivia Jones Communications
Olivia Jones Communications (OJC) is a leading Durban-based public relations agency, operated by Olivia Symcox and her dynamic team of Agnes Matladi and Cara Giraudeau. Dedicated to exceeding clients’ expectations, OJC also draws on an extensive network of specialised expertise to meet deadlines and budgetary requirements for every project.
With over 30 years’ combined PR experience and an established reputation within the national media industry, OJC ensures powerful and effective communication for every campaign. The ability to pinpoint elements critical to influential communication, by fostering productive and mutually beneficial relationships with clients and the media, is what sets OJC apart.
As a full-time PR agency, OJC is able to customise public relations strategies and implement them on all levels, for organisations of every size. Services offered by OJC include, but are not limited to:
- Reputation management
- Generating media exposure for a variety of corporate, lifestyle and sport events, exhibitions and CSI projects
- Achieving event or brand exposure across broadcast, print and online media platforms
- Researching, writing and disseminating press releases
- Setting up and supervising photo shoots, TV shoots and radio interviews
- Inviting and hosting key media at media briefings, launches and special functions
- Organising media launches
- Crisis communication
- Copywriting for newsletters and internal communication
- Adding value to existing social media campaigns
Meet the team:
Olivia Symcox (I.M.M. Diploma: Marketing), owner of OJC, has extensive experience on both sides of the media fence. This has allowed for the development of a strong network of national media contacts while also earning her a solid reputation in the marketing arena. Since establishing OJC in 2002, Olivia has worked on a number of high-profile campaigns, among them Decorex, Volvo Golf Champions, The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, National Science Week, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This expansive portfolio allows Olivia to bring unique insights to every project she oversees, streamlining communication and customising the approach for each client’s marketing requirements.
Cara Giraudeau joined the OJC team in 2011 as a PR intern and immediately knew she had found the perfect fit. Constantly rising to the challenge of a new project or campaign, Cara thrives on mastering the ever-changing media space, finding innovative ways to put this to the client’s advantage. Her life’s motto ‘the only way to do great work is to love what you do’ is evidenced by her rapport with clients and hands-on approach to every aspect of the job.
Compassion, tolerance and endless patience could have seen Agnes Puseletso Matladi succeed in the nursing field but the South African PR industry was fortunate that her career took another path. A ‘too blessed to be stressed’ attitude and unwavering character have seen her bring together last-minute requests while pulling off the impossible, all without breaking a stride. Agnes truly believes in living and working according to the words of Nelson Mandela: ‘It always seems impossible until it is done’.