The Rag is run by Michael Marnewick and Siya Mchunu, the pair having provided various services to local, national and international sporting teams and organisations over the past 19 years.
These services include Marketing, PR, Social Media, Web Development, Content Management, Magazine Editorial Services, Photography and Media Syndication.
Clients serviced include the International Rugby Board (Now World Rugby), SA Rugby, The Sharks, The Lions The KZN Rugby Union,
The team offers a broad range of digital services, having contributed, in various capacities, to the set of PlanetSport websites: PlanetF1.com, PlanetRugby.com, PlanetSport.com, Golf365.com, Cricket365 and Football411, and the websites of Absa Premiership teams Black Leopards and Free State StarsA
Michael Marnewick started running The Sharks Website in 2001 and subsequently developed websites for a number of Sharks entities (Academy, SharkSmart, Sharks Medical, Sharkskidz, KZN Club Rugby). He was tasked with developing and managing an event-specific website for the IRB (International Rugby Board) when South Africa hosted the Under 19 Rugby World Championship.
He edited and contributed to the matchday programme for SA Rugby when the Springboks hosted the All Blacks (circa 2006).
He developed and managed the Clive Barker website and wrote the official biography of the African Cup of Nations victorious coach – released in 2018 – “Coach: The life and soccer times of Clive Barker“.
He is an accomplished author who wrote four books previously, the first published in 2010: “Quest for Glory: Successes in South African Sport” and followed that up with a collaboration with internationally recognised Sports Psychologist Dr Henning Gericke – “Inspiring Champions in Business, Life and Sport“.
Siyabonga Mchunu cut his teeth at Caxton Community Newspapers, where he functioned as municipal reporter for the group’s biggest sold publication the South Coast Herald. He was also the publication’s chief sports writer.
For his efforts as a sports writer, Mchunu was nominated as one of three finalists in the Sports Writing Category at the Caxton Awards.
During his tenure at Caxton, Mchunu was also a weekly contributor for Sharksrugby.co.za. Through his efforts at the Sharks, Mchunu then got an opportunity to write for Rugby365.com, especially appointed to cover the 2007 World Cup.
Mchunu then went back to Caxton, where he was assigned to help start up and expand the Eyethu brand on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. That led to the establishment of Ugu Eyethu – a publication that still thrives today.
Despite his successes there, the lure of digital media was just too strong and he pounced on the opportunity to write for the PlanetSport network.
During his tenure there, he has written for:
He has also been a contributor to the websites of Absa Premiership outfits Black Leopards and Free State Stars.