Subscribe to industry newsletters

Search jobs

KOO helps mom come put silver lining around her family's 'ku-rough' day

A new television commercial from FCB Joburg for Tiger Brands flagship, KOO, highlights why it is not only the country's favourite tinned food brand1, it also leads the Top 10 pack of South Africa's favourite brands.
KOO helps mom come put silver lining around her family's 'ku-rough' day

Tiger Brands Marketing Director, Janet Scott briefed the FCB Joburg team of Creative Director Greg Cameron, Art Director Luzuko Witbooi and Copywriter Sandile Hamilton to develop a new campaign led by a TV spot that would strengthen the bond that exists between South Africans and KOO.

“Simply put, we tasked the agency to dial up the emotion and connection that South Africans feel for KOO,” she said.

The agency responded with ‘ku-Rough’, a campaign acknowledging that, while every KOO mom (or dad) wants to do the best for her family every second of every day, she can’t control the ‘ku-Rough’ that might happen when they’re out from under her wings. However, after a long challenging day, the one thing we can always count on is the love we receive at home from mom, our family and a deliciously tasty meal from KOO.

KOO helps mom come put silver lining around her family's 'ku-rough' day

“ku-Rough is a slang word derived from the Zulu ‘ku’ and English ‘rough’. It’s used to convey an emotion and a situation,” explained Cameron. “It’s the way you feel when unexpected things happen to inconvenience you; it’s how you describe a day in which things happen to cause you loss of joy. The TVC shows family members having moments of ‘ku-Rough’ – there’s an incident with dad and the taxi door and the daughter with her shattered mobile phone screen. The anecdote for ‘ku-Rough’ is a meal cooked with love and KOO,” he said.

“I go all out for my family, I never compromise, cause out there ku-rough," mom says before confidently walking into the dining room with the meal she has lovingly and confidently prepared. It’s obvious how much the family relies and appreciates her, and how much she relies and trusts KOO to help her lift their ‘ku-Rough’ spirits.

KOO helps mom come put silver lining around her family's 'ku-rough' day

The 20-second TVC driving the campaign2 was shot by Star Films over two days in Newtown and Bryanston. It is currently running on various SABC, and DStv channels.

KOO is known as a rainbow brand for a Rainbow Nation – reflecting the flavours and tastes of our diverse country from Die Bloukrans to Boksburg, from Soweto to Sandton, from Thabanchu to Mafikeng, from Cape Town to Chatsworth, from KwaMashu to Makhadu.

For nearly 80 years, KOO has been part of South African society, from birthdays, funerals, parties, holidays and mid-week dinners. KOO is a kitchen icon with an unrivalled reputation for delivering quality, taste and flavour, with a range of household favourites from the best Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce to spicy Chakalaka, Fruit Cocktail and Peaches.

Client: Tiger Brands
Brand: KOO
Marketing Director: Janet Scott
Marketing Manager: Lauren Burmeister
Creative agency: FCB Joburg
Group Account Director: Bronwyn Simons
Chief Creative Officer: Ahmed Tilly
Creative Director: Greg Cameron
Copywriter: Sandile Hamilton
Art Director: Luzuko Witbooi
Strategic planner: Sihle Dlamini
TV production: Mun-ying De Lacy
Media planners: Isla Prentis/Louise Hefer & Ronel Pote’ - The Media Shop
Production companies: Star Films
Directors: Jonathan Parkinson & Matshepo Maja
Editor: Graham Smith
Post-production: OBPP & Fuel Content

1Sunday Times Top Brands Survey 2018
2Youtube link to ad -

Nahana Communications Group
Nahana Communications Group is a collective of leading specialist agencies that provide solutions across the marketing ecosystem, engaging with clients early, intelligently and collaboratively, to tackle the business problem, not just the creative task.

Let's do Biz