Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster

Chairman Emeritus at MediaRevolution, South Africa

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marcusbrewster is a brand synonymous with PR excellence in SA. An industry innovator, leader, and inspiration, Brewster affiliated his multi-award winning boutique firm with larger Level 1 BBBEE marketing/comms agency MediaRevolution for scale in 2016 and went on to launch Marcus Brewster International in Europe the following year. Marcus currently lives on - and actively promotes - the Mediterranean island of Malta. For African, S. African and European PR enquiries, contact marcus@marcusbrewster.com or WhatsApp on (+356) 9931 3322
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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cottage for sale

This month, a new report shows that Malta has edged out Hong Kong as the territory or country with the highest residential price gains. With such rampant development on the island, Malta's national bird should perhaps be... the crane?

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 21 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Everything's coming up roses

One of the charming oddities of living on a Mediterranean island is that a facet of national identity and indeed islander mentality manifests in how news is reported...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 14 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

At the end of August, I wrote that Malta has no hate crime on the statute books. A week later, an initiative has been launched aimed at tackling the proliferation of hate speech and bringing together a basic understanding of the dangerous discourse that has swamped social media...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 7 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Birds do it, bees do it

The Catzavelos hate speech case prompted Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster to investigate whether hate crimes exist on the Maltese islands and his findings may surprise you...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 31 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: How to steal a million

Tender fraud and corruption are probably endemic throughout the world but a case has recently been unearthed in Malta that is so diabolically clever, so deviously contrived that it makes the various SAA, SABC, SANRAL and other cadre-deployment shenanigans seem blunt and clunky in comparison...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 24 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: West of the moon (Part 2)

Maltese drivers have a terrible reputation, even amongst themselves. I had presumed that if everyone drove badly, that would come to be regarded as the new normal, but no...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 17 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: East of the sun (Part 1)

One cannot write about Maltese lifestyle without weighing in about the Maltese obsession with cars. So, this column is long overdue...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 10 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A shot of mass tourism on the rocks

Question: What do Malta and Iceland have in common besides being Game of Thrones locations? Answer: More than you think...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 3 Aug 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Who wants to live forever?

When people ask me what the biggest difference about living in Malta is, my answer inevitably surprises them. I have become aware of a mysterious phenomenon, one that has such a surreal quality, that I can only invoke Salvador Dali to try to explain it...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 27 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The summer of your smile

Malta International Airport (MIA) has published its traffic results for June 2018. Passenger movements were up by 14.6% over the previous June. It proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that summer here is a thing.

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 20 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: An acceleration of arrivals

Something significant happened on the islands last month and it wasn't just the arrival of summer...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 13 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A table of economies

July's 30 degree-plus temperatures and long sunny days mark the advent of the Mediterranean summer season and herald the arrival of Malta's 2.3 million tourists...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 6 Jul 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The spin doctor of Malta

Abroad, when politicians sponsor the football teams in their districts or dish out hampers and bottles of wine during electoral campaigns, they call it vote-buying. In Malta, these politicians are described as 'benefactors'...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 29 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cauldron of frogs

It's been exactly 12 months since I relocated to Malta so it was sobering to see, during my recent return to South Africa, what had changed in the year that I was away...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 22 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: The propaganda of optimism

If South Africa is reality, then Malta is wonderland. Or vice versa, as I've discovered on a visit back to the old country...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 15 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Ahoy! Blockchain Island

In November this year, some 4,000 delegates are expected to descend on "the rock" for the first Malta Blockchain Summit...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 8 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Lady Harriet's consternation

After she had dropped us off in the village of Tarxien, Lady Harriet called later that evening to offer her advice. "Marcus, I want to tell you something that I don't think any other Maltese person would tell you..."

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 1 Jun 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: What Malta learned from Marilyn; the wages of sun

If there was a theme song for public relations in general and reputation management in particular, it should be the Marilyn Monroe and Frankie Vaughn duet Specialisation from her under-appreciated 1960 movie Let's make love...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 25 May 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: A cornucopia of competition

Malta's media landscape is surreal - a cornucopia of competition completely disproportionate to the archipelago's 460,000 population size...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 18 May 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Moving markets; changing consumers

Although South Africans are not separately listed, 30% of all recipients receiving European citizenship in 2016, hail from Africa according to the latest Eurostat figures released last month...

By Marcus ‘The Maltese Falcon’ Brewster 11 May 2018

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