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The Hardy Boys scoops a CLIO for NSPCA

3 October, 2014

Clio Awards

Durban team’s creativity and innovation honoured with bronze medal at prestigious international awards show

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA — Durban based, The Hardy Boys, one of the leading independent brand building and activation agencies in South Africa, has been recognized by the international community for its innovation and creative excellence with a Bronze Medal at the 55th annual Clio Awards, held in New York, for the “Vote NSPCA” campaign. The prestigious Clio Awards were established in 1959 and honour groundbreaking work and talent that pushes the boundaries of creativity.

The “Vote NSPCA” campaign, utilized a guerilla style tactic, which consisted of 4 executions leveraging the street pole as a medium. Driven by consumer insight that there’s a real desire for change, the "Vote NSPCA" campaign was strategically conceived to take place while the South African elections were in full swing. Campaign posters were designed to be tacked underneath existing election posters featuring politicians. The effect was to appear as if the politician was now holding a pet and calling on the public to support an organization of real change.

Commenting on the win, Dale Tomlinson, CEO/Founder of The Hardy Boys said, “We would like to thank the NSPCA for the opportunity they gave us, and the leap of faith they took creatively to produce this award-winning work. We savour finding the right communication solution for every business challenge presented us. It is extremely rewarding to see our core values of courage, collaboration and curiosity, produce such significant results. This in turn pushes us to set the bar higher in the service of our clients’ needs.”

JWT recently bought a majority stake in The Hardy Boys, adding fully integrated activation capabilities to the JWT Group in South Africa and beyond. Established in 1994 by CEO/Founder Dale Tomlinson, The Hardy Boys is passionate about building brands and producing outstanding creative work for its clients. The Hardy Boys, also recently won a clutch of bronze medals at South Africa’s advertising awards, The Loeries.

About JWT

JWT is the world’s best-known marketing communications brand that has been inventing pioneering ideas for the past 150 years. Headquartered in New York, JWT is a true global network with more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, employing nearly 10,000 marketing professionals. JWT consistently ranks among the top agency networks in the world and continues a dominant presence in the industry by staying on the leading edge—from producing the first-ever TV commercial in 1939 to developing award-winning branded content today. For more information, please visit and follow us @JWT_Worldwide.

JWT Middle East and Africa is one of the leading communication agencies in the MEA region with 27 offices in 24 markets. JWT MEA is structured to deliver communication based business solutions across all channels needed to deliver the marketing plan driven by a matrix that combines the strength of its competencies and the know how of its practices. For more information, please visit us and follow us @jwtmea

The Hardy Boys is a multi-disciplinary marketing communications agency based in Durban, with a complete suite of offerings for highly effective, through-the-line campaigns. As part of the JWT network The Hardy Boys will have the opportunity to develop their business across Africa. For more information, please visit

Philippa Clayre, Head of Corporate Communication, JWT MEA

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