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Flash is a specialist sponsorship marketing consultancy that focuses on commercial rights.

We represent a handful of established well-respected rightsholders, and our purpose is to seek out and match them with like-minded partners that are looking to connect and engage with their fans and athletes. Our strategic direction and creative solutions provide a fresh way of delivering on partner expectations for rightsholders via simplified commercial structures that are measurable.

Rightsholder contract development and management play a crucial role in ensuring both our rightsholders and brand partners receive exactly what they need to deliver on their strategic goals and brand targets.

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Richard vd Schyff

Richard is a natural, charismatic leader & has over 20 years of experience in the sponsorship industry.

Richard is extremely well connected, holding relationships with most major brands, rights holders & media owners in SA. His contacts extend across Africa and into Europe.

He has managed some of South Africa's largest accounts in MTN, Vodacom, Standard Bank, Absa, Toyota, SASOL, Yellow Pages, Nestle, Eskom, Emirates, BP & Castrol & Huawei.

Born & bred in KZN, Richard was educated at Kearsney College, has a BSocSci from UCT & a PDM from Wits Business School and In his day captained the South African National Water Polo team.

Gill Fraser

Gill is our import from Cape Town, where she studied sports management and worked at the 2013 ICC Cricket World Cup.

After 2 years abroad, she returned and joined 34Sport on the Powerade account, before joining Flash Media & Rights Sales. Gill was 2IC at the 2015 Comrades “Nedbank Green Mile” & Soweto Marathon, followed by Partnerships Rights Manager for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka (2016 & 2017) . She moved across to Dimension Data as Sponsorship Programme Manager for Dimension Data’s sponsorship of the Tour de France.

She’s a masters hockey player, part time mountain biker and scuba diver, but better known for her laugh.

Tex Riba

Tex has over 21-years’ experience and expertise in Sponsorship, Commercialization and Rightsholder Management, brings a powerful network of clients, and specializes in matching brands with sponsorship properties that deliver a return on investment.

Tex has worked at some of South Africa’s leading Sponsorship and Commercial agencies and has been at the forefront of commercial sponsorship sales across the African continent. Rightsholders and major brands include Ford, SAA, The Springboks, SAA CATS, Bonitas Medical Fund Free State Stars Team, Nashua Cricket properties, Orange networks Botswana Team Sponsorships, Globacom (Glo) Africa CAF awards and most recently McDonalds sponsorship of the Blitz Boks.

He has also been involved in various broadcast sponsorship deals most recently with Samsung and McDonald’s in the PSL, and has brokered some of the largest stadium advertising campaigns across South Africa’s major stadiums notably with GEMS, GTA, Department of Community Safety, GPG and PPC.

Tex was raised in the UK and lived there for over a decade before he returned to South Africa in 1998. Fondly given the nickname “the Scouser” for his love of Liverpool Football Club, he loves travelling, playing golf, watching virtually every sporting code and wildlife – the Kruger National Park being one of his favourite holiday destinations.


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