Brendan Seery has been in the news business for most of his life, covering coups, wars, famines - and some funny stories - across Africa. Brendan Seery's Orchids and Onions column ran each week in the Saturday Star in Johannesburg and the Weekend Argus in Cape Town. Contact him now on
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#OrchidsandOnions: Thanks for the laugh, Ogilvy

How difficult is it, Google and Sportsman's Warehouse, to divine that I could get actively annoyed by ads for something I've already bought?

By Brendan Seery 16 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: RocoMamas has great-looking fare and memorable punchline

Meanwhile, theft is not a great business model, Vodacom. And treating customers as prey will get you an Onion every time...

By Brendan Seery 9 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: An orchid for Kia, an onion for BMW and misguided millennialism

It's a mystery why big brands continue to throw huge amounts of marketing money at a group that can't buy what they're selling...

By Brendan Seery 2 Apr 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Clever marketing in some election campaigns

An 'awesome Onion' for DNA Brand Architects and one to Volvo for good measure, for allowing shotgun PR to happen...

By Brendan Seery 26 Mar 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Take a bow, McDonald's

And the Onion goes to... Chicken Licken, for its bullying tactics towards a vegan eatery...

By Brendan Seery 19 Mar 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Kudos for the walking billboards campaign

And Elon Musk scores an Orchid for showing he cares about dogs - but as for Chas Everitt...

By Brendan Seery 12 Mar 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: You go, Mecer, just ignore the haters

Local is not only 'lekker', it's very much needed. But that doesn't help Vodacom, who gets an Onion for its 'pay to rollover' up-yours to customers...

By Brendan Seery 5 Mar 2019

#OrchidsandOnions - Toyota pushes the right 'hipster' buttons

And stop lying to your customers, FNB. If you don't, you'll keep getting Onions from me. And maybe I'll join my wife at Nedbank...

By Brendan Seery 26 Feb 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Investec taps into our angst

The Onion this week - for marketing stupidity and, more specifically, ignoring the Telkom brand warning signs - goes to... me...

By Brendan Seery 19 Feb 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: SA boykie's Super Bowl ad shines

But Tops at Spar's 'Sip of the Nation' social media campaign, which played on the State of the Nation address on Thursday night, was stretching it too much...

By Brendan Seery 12 Feb 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: ANC comrades bring sexy back

MSC Cruises' Orchid-worthy print ad spells romance, beauty and freedom - but trashy McDonald's gets a super-sized Onion...

By Brendan Seery 5 Feb 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Let's drown our sorrows

An Orchid to Spar. And an Onion to you, Telkom, because your marketing and your customer service is a mess...

By Brendan Seery 29 Jan 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: A cutting-edge campaign

An Orchid to Gillette for putting an issue out there, and DA, you get the 'How Not to Win Friends and Influence People' Onion for this week...

By Brendan Seery 22 Jan 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: Two Onions for Woolworths

And two Onions for the tacky Vodacom/Showmax ad - at least Toyota's latest TV ad for its Hilux team deserves a plump Orchid...

By Brendan Seery 15 Jan 2019

#OrchidsandOnions: A well-timed pit-stop ad hits the mark

Maybe the social media 'clevers' and whoever in the Ford food chain signed off on the Ecosport SUV 'keyless start' ad can share the Onion...

By Brendan Seery 18 Dec 2018

#OrchidsandOnions: Thank you... for giving life

Misleading advertising will always get an Onion - and so will you, e-toll collecting agency ETC, for your dishonest and threatening campaign...

By Brendan Seery 11 Dec 2018

#OrchidsandOnions - Nando's, Chicken Licken have lots to crow about

In this world of fake news, purveyors of information need to be extra careful. So Onions to Vend and Red Ribbon for a misleading Black Friday ad.

By Brendan Seery 4 Dec 2018

#OrchidsandOnions: Clover's ad is cheesy, but to the point

And Momentum, no matter how good your damage control eventually was, you get the Ford Kuga Memorial Reputation Management Onion...

By Brendan Seery 27 Nov 2018

#OrchidsandOnions: Schweppes has been refreshingly honest

Data that disappears or expires is not just rude, Vodacom, it is also theft. So you get an Onion. And, no, it does not expire...

By Brendan Seery 20 Nov 2018

#OrchidsandOnions: An Orchid for a sparkling ad...

And an Onion to a PR man for his 'shotgun' press release that greatly annoyed the receiver...

By Brendan Seery 13 Nov 2018

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