About Us

Sharing our experiences since 2009


Durban-born Gary Scallan (Founding Member of Barbet) attended Northlands Boys High School and matriculated in 1984. He read a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, studied International Relations through the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Social Media through the University of Cape Town. Gary qualified to become a South African diplomat and served at the South African diplomatic missions in Angola, Gabon, and Brazil. He has an immense understanding of general affairs both in the African and South African environments. As a former political councillor of seven years in Ekurhuleni, he has a very good understanding of the decision-making process at a national, provincial and local government level.

Gary has immense experience in public relations, communications, and marketing. His tasks have included strategic planning, media relations, internal communications, media monitoring, media training, corporate social investment, event management, and crisis communications, to mention a few.

He has received accomplishments and accolades in each field of expertise and has strong experience in leadership positions with reputable exposure in the media.

Gary established Barbet in 2009.

Beyond the hurly-burly of public relations, Gary is passionate about civil society, every facet of the environment and our living planet, and the well-being of our youth in South Africa. He is often seen wandering about in unknown places fighting for causes that he sometimes sees, and other times doesn’t know!

Barbet is a public relations consultancy primarily focused to offer a variety of public relations and digital marketing strategies for small- and medium-sized companies.

We are a registered South African Closed Corporation.
Barbet is not VAT registered.
We do not mark-up any costs relating to third-party suppliers.

We aim to offer and provide a cost-effective solution for your requirements.



“A good PR story is infinitely more effective than a front-page ad.”

Richard Branson


In December 1998



“Publicity is the very soul of justice. It is the keenest spur to exertion, and the surest of all guards against improbity.”

– Jeremy Bentham

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