Dale Hefer


Dale started through-the-line agency Chillibush from a suburban garage in 1998. The agency was ranked a top three South African agency by Finweek and the Financial Mail. Dale sold Chillibush in 2014 at which time it was billing in excess of R100m per year.

During her time running the agency Dale was a finalist in the Ernst and Young Global Emerging Entrepreneur awards as well as in South Africa’s Most Empowered Females in Government and Business Awards. Dale was also SA Businesswoman of the Year.

She is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling marketing book “From Witblits to Vuvuzelas – Marketing in the New South Africa”.

This book became recommended reading material by the Wits Business School. The Sunday Times reviewed the book saying “There is something special about reading an uncompromisingly South African book that could take its place with the best of its genre on international bookshelves”. Andy Rice said the book has “Done the industry a service” while Jeremy Maggs commented it is “Well worth the read”.

After selling Chillibush Dale acquired the Integrated Marketing Conference (IMC), Africa’s largest. She serves as CEO.