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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT: A REAL-WORLD UPDATE

Education Training

The purpose of skills development is to facilitate access to and progression within career paths through high quality education and training. As the skills development arena continues to evolve, the reality of the skills crisis is becoming evident. Skills development is becoming a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard conversation, yet 7,2 million South African people are still illiterate, with new forms of illiteracy developing with every new workplace innovation.

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BIOENZYMES CONTINUE TO REVOLUTIONISE INDUSTRIAL CLEANING

Community LifestyleProperty

In the field of industrial cleaning, the antiquated mantra dictates that the stronger the product smells, the better it works. Using this approach, many companies utilised acrid, chemically driven products that were ineffectual against many strains of bacteria and dangerous to the health of those using the products. However, as Africa (and the world) became ever more conscious of the need for environmentally friendly approaches, the rise of biological cleaners began. 

Standard Bank has partnered with Thriving.Network to Launch Kasi Biz Sessions Event in Rustenburg

Community LifestyleBusiness

Standard Bank has partnered with Thriving.Network, an entrepreneurial network company, to bring enterprise development to Rustenburg at Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Rustenburg will be the first to host and experience what the organisers call “Kasi Biz Sessions”.

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

FACELIFT UNDERWAY AT ITHALA’S NORTHERN REGION CENTRES

Community LifestyleConstruction

In response to the urgent need for job creation and to improve the wellbeing of ordinary people, Ithala has commenced a refurbishment programme to revitalise township and rural economies at its retail centres in Nongoma, Ulundi and Eshowe in northern KwaZulu-Natal

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THEFT IN THE WORKPLACE: ARE YOU BEING SOLD THE ILLUSION OF SECURITY?

Community LifestyleCommunity Affairs

Earlier this year, a report from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners revealed shocking facts about employee theft. The report confirmed that approximately 27 percent of large companies have seen an increase in theft cases and up to seven percent of annual revenues are being lost due to fraud, 37.1 percent of which was committed by managerial staff. 

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EVOLVING THE CONVERSATION FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE BOARDROOM; MODERN FACILITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

Information Technology (IT)Property

In the facilities management (FM) industry, listening to the client plays a critical role in ensuring the delivery of a flexible solution. Understanding the client’s requirements is the first step to tailoring an FM solution that meets their needs, while delivering measurable results and reliable monitoring and reporting. To achieve this, the right technology and software must be utilised, ensuring modern and agile service delivery. 

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CAN EFFECTIVE DATA MANAGEMENT DRIVE EFFICIENCY IN GOVERNMENT?

Information Technology (IT)Current Affairs

SA’s public sector faces constant turbulence, with widespread corruption, local inefficiencies and infighting across government. This culminated in the Democratic Alliance petitioning for an emergency election, with the belief that the majority of South Africans have lost confidence in president Jacob Zuma. The public sector has a long way to go, effective data management has proven it packs a powerful punch in thwarting corruption & driving municipal efficiencies. 

Innovative New Products Demonstrate Ingenuity

Community LifestyleBusiness

Making bed bases from old car bumpers turned out to be anything but a rubbish idea for Graham Coleman and Gianni Nosenzo of Cycliq in Wadeville.

World Tourism Day provides opportunities to youth

Education Business

TKZN, Amajuba District with Department of Education, Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) together with Project Enza certainly pulled out all the stops, this World Tourism Day.

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

NEXT GENERATION LEADERSHIP TO STEER ITHALA ON A POSITIVE GROWTH TRAJECTORY

Business Banking

Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s new leadership team and fortified strategy was unveiled at a networking lunch today.  In explaining the rationale behind the theme “Next Generation Leadership”, it was highlighted that the new Board’s leadership style was driven by fresh thinking; diversity; a strategy that supported socio-economic transformation; change as dictated by an evolving market and the need to promote financial inclusivity.  

The shift in feminine energy in the entrepreneurial space

Business Gender Issues

We celebrate the strides made by female entrepreneurs in both the local and international context as they pave the way for generations of aspiring young women who hope to one-day build empires of their own. 

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DELEGATION: THE CLOUT NEEDED FOR PRODUCTIVITY

Education Training

A large managerial role entails making people work, driving productivity and reducing inefficiencies. Part of making people work is making work for people. Too often management holds onto the reigns, gathering all the more balls until they simply cannot be juggled any longer. 

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AGILITY ACCELERATING ENTERPRISE ASSET MANAGEMENT

Business Information Technology (IT)

In the world of enterprise applications, the most effective solution is usually bestowed upon the largest organisation with the biggest budget. Yet, these applications are the engine room of all organisations, regardless of their size. Without effective solutions, businesses suffer from a lack of agility, responsiveness and flexibility, hindering management’s ability to make fast, sound decisions. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

RURAL KZN SCHOOL GETS A LESSON ON MONEY MANAGEMENT

Education Community Affairs

Prospect Farm School in Kwadukuza, north of Durban, has become the latest recipient of a programme on money management skills to foster a culture of savings among youth.

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ACQUISITIONS, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AT INFOR NEXT

Contrary to the predictions of the futuristic movies of the 80s, the “rise of the machines” will not be the downfall of mankind – but rather deliver the business application support system that drives greater efficiencies with more intelligence, less error and greater data control. As enterprise software continues to evolve, the introduction of mainstream artificial intelligence has become the logical focus point for innovative solutions. 

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BELGIUM CAMPUS ITVERSITY, PRETORIA, JOINS GLOBAL INFOR EDUCATION ALLIANCE PROGRAMME

Education Training

Earlier this month, Eyewitness News reported that the latest South African jobs statistics continue to reflect an appallingly high unemployment rate. According to the World Bank, the 2016 average unemployment rate for all upper middle-income countries was 6.2 percent. In 2016, South Africa’s rate was at 25.9 percent, rising to 27.7 percent in 2017. Of these unemployed droves, a staggering 39 percent have never worked before, highlighting the plight of unemployed youth.

The Teenpreneur Festival seeks to celebrate teen-led businesses in Joburg

Education Business

Beyond The Lemonade Stand (BTLS) is hosting its annual Teenpreneur Fest to showcase, celebrate and help accelerate small businesses owned by teenagers. 

Myschool’s new Dream2teach Fund for Matrics

Education Community Development

The Dream2Teach Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to selected matriculants who have a clear purpose to become teachers but lack the financial means to gain a tertiary qualification.   

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DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN, WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

Information Technology (IT)Electronics/Computers

Digital transformation is more than a mere buzzword. Modern businesses must evolve as the digital age continues to overtake lives, both personally and professionally. To maintain the capability to leverage intricate market changes, businesses must undergo an in-depth metamorphosis. This digital transformation must bring the business and its organisational activities in line with the fourth industrial revolution and all of the opportunities it holds. 

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BODY WORN CAMERAS; THE SAVIOUR OF SECURITY

Business Audiovisual

Across the globe, security technology is constantly developed, improved upon and provided in order to create an environment that is truly safe and secure. According to a report issued by the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), violent crime remains an ever-present threat in South Africa. 

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CLINICAL DATA ENGAGEMENT FOR MORE EFFICIENT HEALTHCARE

Information Technology (IT)Electronics/Computers

The latest Lancet Healthcare Access and Quality Index recently confirmed that South Africa’s healthcare ranks poorly, at 119 out of 195 countries in the world. With the misappropriation of funds, unaffordable medical aid rates and the generally abhorrent state of government hospitals (with some exceptions), it seems real transformation is required to save costs, increase efficiencies and improve patient care. 

Strap: We can wear white

Community LifestyleCommunity Affairs

So what’s newsworthy about wearing a white dress?  Millions of women the world over, own one, so it’s hardly worth a news release and a couple of events, or is it?

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CLEAN YOUR HOME, CLEAN YOUR CONSCIENCE

Education Community Lifestyle

For the last decade, South Africa has been on an educational journey, as the market began to embrace greener living, cleaner results and smarter practices. The planet is finite, and its resources are limited. In legal terms, there’s a saying that “ignorance of the law is no excuse” – the time has come where ignorance of our effect on the planet could be our own downfall. This is why the best time to be an #ecowarrior is now.

 

SAB LAUNCHES ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAMPAIGN TO CREATE 10 000 JOBS IN SA

Business Agriculture

The South African Breweries (SAB) announced today it will help create thousands of jobs in South Africa and increase opportunities for entrepreneurs to become part of its supply chain through its key entrepreneurship programmes.

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HOW TO MAINTAIN EFFECTIVE SYSTEMS IN PERIODS OF RAPID GROWTH

Business Information Technology (IT)

As an organisation moves through the five stages of the business lifecycle, rapid growth must be coupled with sound processes and access to information to reach maturity. With the correct systems in place, the business can function at the same efficiency regardless of its size. However, if there are deficiencies in these systems, the deficits will grow as the business grows, ultimately resulting in decline and the death of the enterprise.

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FUTURE PROOFING ICT STRATEGIES

Business Information Technology (IT)

As both local and global markets face constant and intricate business changes, relevant, reliable and secure Information Communication Technology (ICT) has become not only a dire need, but also a prerequisite for success. To deliver an effective ICT strategy, one must take a view to the future and consider what the business requirements will be next month, next year or in the next decade. 

Canal Walk Reinvents the Shopping Experience

Business Sales

Boasting 1950 of the 2082 global shopping malls Africa has no choice but to adapt to changing consumer expectations as they face fierce competition.

This insight has driven the latest round of tenants at Canal Walk shopping centre, as it has had to reinvent the mall to satisfy the various types of shoppers: from one that’s pressed for time wanting a seamless visit to another looking for a leisurely experience.

Health Professionals Lead the Way and Tackle South Africa’s Environmental Challenges

Community AffairsCommunity Development

Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA) will be gathered in Fourways, Indaba Hotel, just north of Sandton. The 4 day conference will take place between 4 – 7 September. 

South Africa Prepares For The Big Data Protection Shake Up

Business Information Technology (IT)

With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force next year, it is important for South African organisations to identify ways to best manage their data. Yet many companies are still worryingly under-prepared for what will be the most significant shake-up of data protection law for 20 years.

Colgate Scholarship – do you want R70 000 towards your child’s education?

Education Community Affairs

Colgate has announced the launch of its scholarship campaign in South Africa, whereby 10 school children stand a chance to have R10 000 paid towards their school tuition for seven years. Essentially, each child will receive R70 000 over a seven year period.

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COMBATING THE DATA GAP WITH THE NEW RETAIL FRONTIER

Information Technology (IT)Retail

As industries the world over strive to keep pace with technological advancements, the retail industry has engaged with “omni-channels” (multiple operational channels). This creates more data, delivers more engagement from customers, and draws from more data sources. Through social engagement and the Internet of Things, a greater understanding of customers and their needs can be fostered - if this mass of data from all channels is harnessed correctly.

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MINISTER CELEBRATES RHINO CONSERVATION HEROES

Community AffairsAnimal care

The African ethos of Ubuntu promotes the power of a village, supporting one another to achieve common goals. For conservation efforts to be successful, many areas of vulnerability must be addressed. To be successful, this requires a collaborative approach with efforts being made by a variety of passionate contributors. 

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PLACEMENT PERIL; THE THREAT OF HIRING THE DEVIL YOU DON’T KNOW

Business Labour

The South African labour market is heavily legislated, regulating the relationship between the employer and the employee – often in favour of the employee. In any business, selecting the right candidate for a position is essential to business success. In this highly protected labour environment, hiring the wrong candidate can be devastating and could prove to be a decision that is very difficult to reverse without legal repercussions. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

ITHALA SUPPORTS EVER-GROWING FEMALE TALENT POOL

Community DevelopmentBanking

“In supporting government’s call for transformation, we believe women contribute significantly to the mainstream economy and must, therefore, be exposed to all the resources and opportunities required to advance in their respective careers.”

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GREENING FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Education Wellness

According to a scientific paper entitled “Building and Environment”, the practice of sustainable facilities management (FM) is rapidly evolving with the increasing interest in the discourse of sustainable development. “Survey results show that time constraints, lack of knowledge and lack of senior management commitment are the main barriers for the implementation of consistent and comprehensive sustainable FM policy and practice.” 

Drone building project sees South African and South Korean youth collaborate

Education Information Technology (IT)

Curro, the JSE-listed independent education provider, recently collaborated on a drone-building project alongside a group of South Korean learners. 

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TURBULENT TIMES REQUIRE A STEADY FOCUS ON THE HORIZON

Information Technology (IT)Current Affairs

Last month, Trading Economics reported that South African manufacturing production had declined 0.8 percent year-on-year, following an upwardly revised 4.2 percent drop in April, which was the highest since July of 2014.

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WHAT DOES THE FUTURE OF HR HOLD?

Education Training

 

The current unemployment rate in South Africa is 27,7 percent. That’s almost a third of the population. A large portion of the unemployed are in fact graduates, with an overwhelming 60 percent of graduates remaining unemployed, or being employed in a career that is not in their field of study. Where does this leave the future of human resources (HR)? 

Women march ahead in franchising

Business Community Affairs

The face of franchising has become much more welcoming to women in the two decades since the Cash Converters brand was launched in Southern Africa, says Managing Director Richard Mukheibir. 

African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) to honour self-starter with 2017 Woman of Substance Award

Business Community Affairs

The African Women Chartered Accountants (AWCA) is set to host its annual Woman of Substance awards, themed ‘Africa in the Rise of Localisation’ during Women’s Month this year.

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME GEARS RURAL WOMEN FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

TrainingCommunity Lifestyle

A mentorship programme to capacitate KwaZulu-Natal rural and township women with business skills to realise their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs and enjoying a better quality of life has been made possible.

Spearheaded by Ithala Development Finance Corporation, the mentorship programme is designed to help micro-level SMMEs grow and sustain their businesses.

How Samsung Mobile’s New Visual Language Creates a Unified Experience

AdvertisingElectronics

Visual language can be interpreted as a social act. It must have traditional elements of communication, as well as an expression of identity.

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THE VALUE OF TECH IN ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION AND MINING

ConstructionCurrent Affairs

In 2015 Mail & Guardian reported that technology may very well save the mining industry. In engineering, construction and mining, this statement still rings true today. Gone are the days when spread sheets were the optimum performance platform. Innovation drives growth, and falling behind means losing ground instead of breaking it.

 

Getting to Know the CFO of Tomorrow

Community LifestyleBusiness

Around the world businesses are facing an uncertain future.

Carpooling proves ‘excellent’ match for Cape Town’s traffic congestion

Information Technology (IT)Community Development

South African carpooling app, uGoMyWay today released the results of its pilot ‘corporate carpooling project’.  

Setting your child up for Term 3 success!

Education Parenting

As the SA school holidays are drawing to a close  - see helpful tips on Setting your child up for Term 3 success.

Giving waste a second life, as energy

ConservationAgriculture

Waste-to-energy (WtE) involves the physical, chemical and biological processes that give municipal waste a second life - as a resource that will produce renewable energy. The WtE concept, that is gaining momentum in South Africa, is being considered as another alternative for diversion of waste from landfill, depending on whether it passes the rigorous environmental assessments.

Education week approaches in Africa

Education Telephones

Each year 180 of Africa’s leading education professionals gather for African Eduweek, a prestigious 2-day conference in Johannesburg. The annual event is characterised by its various sessions and forums showcasing the best our education sector has to offer. Once again, Snapplify is proud to be acknowledged alongside fellow industry leaders as we exhibit our suite of digital reading and learning tools for schools.

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A RANGER’S VIEW ON THE RHINO POACHING EPIDEMIC 

Community LifestyleCommunity Affairs

Leading counter-poaching operations has always been part and parcel of a ranger's responsibilities. There has been a massive surge in rhino poaching across Africa in recent years as a result of well organised poaching syndicates targeting this iconic species for their own economic gains.

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

ACCESS TO MARKETS CRITICAL FOR SMME SURVIVAL

Business Community Affairs

 

“As the key drivers of job creation and inclusive economic growth, there is no question that SMMEs must be supported as part of our development mandate,” said Themba Mathe, Acting Chief Executive of Ithala Development Finance Corporation.

“Against the backdrop of an unfavourable economic climate, it becomes even more pressing for young people to be integrated into the job market to put an end to the cycle of poverty.”

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THE POWER OF DATA & TECH IN FACILITIES MANAGEMENT

Community LifestyleConstruction

In any business, data holds the power to drive the bottom line, ensure uptime and feed an informed strategy for the future. With financial constraints impacting facility operations, managers face decisions about how to maximise their workforce and make the most of all resources. 

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SOFTWARE CULTIVATING GROWTH IN THE FRUIT & VEGETABLE INDUSTRY 

Community LifestyleInformation Technology (IT)

The Produce Marketing Association recently conducted in-depth industry research, indicating that the current extreme drought has decreased food production and significantly increased costs. The report confirms that agricultural production and security of domestic food supplies are at risk. 

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THE DUTY OF CARE; PROTECTING STAFF & ASSETS DURING STRIKE ACTION 

TrainingCommunity Lifestyle

In South Africa, “strike action” has become a metaphor for “violent outbursts against all authority”. The reality is that striking employees simply do not abide by the rules. With a single-minded focus to disrupt business and productivity, these employees can do irreparable damage if they are not contained. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

SWEET DEAL KEEPS CANE GROWERS AND SUGAR INDUSTRY AFLOAT

Business Community Affairs

To alleviate the effects of the drought and ensure sustainable throughput of the mill, Ithala provided a R15 million debt facility to Gledhow for on-lending to growers supplying sugar cane to the company.

Robert Livhoyi opens his first Cash Convertors stores in Musina

Business Sales

There’s an exciting new business on the block at Musina Mall in Musina, Limpopo. Robert Livhoyi, well-known in the town for his religious and sporting activities, has opened Musina’s first Cash Converters store.

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS; MOULDING EMPLOYABLE GRADUATES 

Education Training

Further Education and Training (FET) should strive to achieve three goals: making graduates employable; creating a diverse workforce; and meeting the needs of the country’s economy. The 2017 Youth Day theme is; “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”. The goals of FET and the theme for the celebration of youth could not be more perfectly aligned. 

Corporate & educational institutions benefit with new Apple deployments 

Education Electronics/Computers

Apple has introduced two new deployment programmes likely to be music to your IT Manager’s ears: The Device Enrollment Programme (DEP) offers companies a fast, streamlined way of deploying corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices, while the Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) allows companies or educational institutions to volume-purchase and distribute apps required for work purposes. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

YOUTH MAKING INROADS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Education Training

“With Youth Month upon us, this should serve as a constant reminder of the plight of youth and the moral obligation we have as ordinary citizens and corporates to help elevate marginalised communities.”

Why are SA’s banks facilitating climate change? 

Community LifestyleCommunity Affairs

Four of South Africa’s biggest banks appear to have no problem with funding new projects that will fuel climate change. They also do not seem to be concerned about the fact that climate change will place these very projects at risk. These banks are also funding new coal despite the fact that they have all made public commitments on climate change.

2017 PETCO Awards celebrate the champions behind PET recycling in South Africa

ConservationCommunity Affairs

The extraordinary contributions to PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) recycling in South Africa during the course of 2016 by 10 individuals and companies were celebrated at an awards ceremony as part of the PETCO Annual General Meeting, which was held on 07 June at the Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg. 

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THE VALUE OF FARM AND ANTI-POACHING SECURITY 

Community LifestyleCommunity Affairs

From poached rhinos to killing for subsistence, and criminal farm attacks, the agricultural, wildlife ranching and tourism industries face an onslaught of incursions. 

Fibre`s the best thing for the suburb since the lightbulb, says Otel

Community DevelopmentElectronics/Computers

High-speed fibre optic broadband access is the most promising suburban development since electricity. "Fibre's the best thing since lightbulbs began lighting up homes," says Rad Jankovic, CEO of independent telecommunications provider, Otel.

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WHY WiFi AS A SERVICE IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS, RETAIL AND MARKETING

Information Technology (IT)Community Development

WaaS is a high speed WiFi solution that is fully managed using cloud based management systems for connectivity, as well as the configuration of the WiFi network. WaaS is supplied on a subscription basis, and is considered the future of connectivity tech. 

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MEA MARKETS: SUSTAINABILITY IN MANUFACTURING 

Community AffairsCommunity Development

Local green cleaning product manufacturer, Green Worx Cleaning Solutions, proved its eco-friendly approach. As such it was awarded as the Most Sustainable Cleaning Product Manufacturer 2017. “Green Worx Cleaning Solutions is South Africa’s leading developer and manufacturer of green cleaning products that are kind to people and the environment.”

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EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REWARDED 

Education Training

The Institute of People Development (IPD), which offers Learning & Development and Management training, was recognised as the Best Education Management Company in Gauteng, while also scooping an Award for Excellence in Training and Development Services.

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HONOUR THOSE THAT STRIVE TO STOP POACHERS IN THEIR TRACKS - AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN 

Education Training

Since 2012, the Rhino Conservation Awards have been held annually, honouring those that put themselves between Africa’s rhinos and those who seek their destruction. 

Time is Money - Stop wasting it on futile meetings

Business

According to a survey of time use conducted by Stats SA, South Africans spend roughly 121 minutes per day participating in meetings, which amounts to over 10 hours a week – a quarter of the average 40 hour work week. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

RURAL KZN SCHOOLS BEAM AT GENEROSITY OF ITHALA

Education Community Lifestyle

The spirit of ubuntu came alive when members of Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Corporate Social Investment team visited eight rural schools in Nongoma, Ulundi, Kwadukuza, Ixopo, Ndumo, Isithebe, Madadeni and Mandeni to deliver school uniforms.

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THE INTERNET OF THINGS; THE PERFECT STORM?

Community LifestyleBusiness

On the 10th and 11th of May, the SAFMA Annual Conference 2017 was held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Conference featured experts, presenting the latest innovations in facilities management. 

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MANAGING FOR A PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE 

Education Training

In the modern workplace, filled with distractions and illusions of grandeur, it can be an overwhelming task to maintain motivation, and drive a workforce to deliver productivity. To achieve this, 21st century managers should focus on two elements; getting people to work, and making work for people. 

LANCEWOOD® the Big Cheese at SA Cheese Festival

TourismEntertainment Variety

Sandringham farm in Stellenbosch set the scene for this year’s South African Cheese Festival, where LANCEWOOD®, the number one cream cheese brand in SA*, took top honours for the best stand in the commercial cheese category. 

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SOUTH AFRICAN BUSINESS FACES THE URINAL (RESTROOM) CHALLENGE 

Community LifestyleConstruction

We’ve all read the note on the bathroom stall – “please leave these restrooms in the condition you found them”. While the appearance of cleanliness and the pungent aroma of bleach gives us a sense that the toilets we use at work are sanitised, studies show this is not the case. 

#PowerOfSport: Radebe Wants Leeds UTD Back In Premier League

SoccerSport Personalities

Leeds United club legend Lucas Radebe will travel to the UK to support his former team if they reach the playoffs in the Championship with an opportunity to regain a place in the Premier League, where he says they belong.

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DEPTH, DISPERSAL, DEVELOPMENT AND DRIVE: THE 4D’S OF AGRI-TECH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Community LifestyleBusiness

According to Jane Thomson, Managing Director of Softworx (an Infor partner), the key to ensuring sustainable production is an efficient and reliable value chain. “To achieve efficiency in the agricultural value chain, the four Ds of agri-tech must be implemented; depth, dispersed operations, development, and drive.” 

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PREPARATION; THE KEY TO STRIKE PROTECTION 

TrainingCommunity Lifestyle

With the metal worker's srtrike looming, D&K Management Consulting's Kyle Condon sheds some light on the need for preparation, for effective strike protection. 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

MY BUSINESS INDABA ROADSHOW TO EMPOWER YOUTH, WOMEN, SMMES

TrainingBusiness

Ithala Development Finance Corporation is embarking on a province-wide roadshow incorporating its three flagship programmes – Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business Competition, Siyasebenza SMME workshops and Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women in Business.

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PARTNERING FOR END-TO-END, HIGH TECH WiFi AS A SERVICE

Information Technology (IT)Retail

WiFi is no longer just a conduit to connect to the internet. If used properly, it is a connection to the world, and all of the opportunities it holds. As the South African business IT landscape moves away from outdated 20th century tech, the increased focus is placed on the Internet of Things (IoT).

All woman cancer policy puts more women first

Insurance Health

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths among women are set to rise to 60% by 2030. This is a frightening statistic and thought, one which reiterates the importance of women having adequate dread disease cover in place.

Fair Trade Tourism welcome’s Hotel Verde, Africa’s Greenest Hotel at WTM Africa

Tourism

Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has just been certified by Fair Trade Tourism at the annual World Travel Market Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Thebe makes a bid for the Auction industry

Business Investment

Thebe Investment Corporation has announced that it has closed on the acquisition of a majority stake in Clear Asset (Pty) Ltd – a move that creates a leading black owned online auction house.

Suunto partners with SkyRun

Sport SponsorshipsSports Events

2017 will be the 21st running of the legendary SkyRun presented by Salomon, and in true SkyRun fashion, leading premium sports watch Suunto has partnered with the team to help take the race to new heights.

Finalists announced for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards

Tourism

A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa).

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

SMME SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP EMPOWERS RURAL WOMEN

Community AffairsCommunity Development

As part of a collaboration between Ithala Development Finance Corporation and the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWSA), the Top 20 nominees in the “Imbokodo Iyazenzela” Women in SMMEs Awards 2016 were hosted at a business skills development workshop in Durban this week.

 

Hisense becomes Official Sponsor of 2018 FIFA World Cup

SoccerSport Sponsorships

On 6 April 2017, in a joint press conference held with FIFA, Hisense announced its status as an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first-ever Chinese consumer electronics brand to sponsor the tournament.

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HOLISTIC FACILITIES MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SUCCESS 

Education Training

At its most granular level, facilities management is the maintenance of an organisation’s buildings and equipment. The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) defines facilities management as; “An enabler of sustainable enterprise performance through the whole life management of productive workplaces and effective business support services.” 

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BREAKING GROUND IN MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

Education Training

The managerial ladder is often built with rungs that depend on technical expertise. If an employee proves that they have the skills to perform the business tasks required of their position, they are promoted to the next rung. While technical proficiency is essential to performance, management skills are critical to get others to perform. 

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THREE KEYS TO CULTIVATING A HAPPY WORK ENVIRONMENT 

Education Training

Creating a happy working environment is critical to productivity, employee satisfaction and profitability. There are three key elements impacting on the cultivation of such environments; management techniques, management-employee relationships and peer-to-peer relationships.

 

Cape Town’s Urbian kickstarts innovation and ideas sharing with DisruptHR

Exhibitions & Events

Faced with a world of work that is fast paced, ever changing and increasingly dominated by nimble startups and scale-ups, business leaders are under pressure to change their internal playbooks.

Trademark owners to snap up .africa domains

Information Technology (IT)

FromTuesday, 4 April 2017, trademark owners can secure dotAfrica (.africa) domain names matching their registered trademarks before the new dotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is launched to the public in July.

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

ITHALA CELEBRATES TOP BUSINESS ACHIEVERS

Community AffairsAgriculture

The annual Business Achiever Awards hosted by Ithala Development Finance Corporation recognises and celebrates business achievements and excellence at a time when economic inclusivity is high on government’s development agenda.

Plastic bottle recycled tonnage grown by 822% since 2005

Waste Management

PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility, is proud to announce their 2016 recycling figures which indicate an increase in their annual PET recycling rate from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.

Singularity University Launches Second Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in Southern Africa

Exhibitions & Events

Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's greatest challenges, is collaborating with Man Made Media to launch a Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in Southern Africa.

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DON’T BE THAT BOSS – A CONTEMPORARY GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP 

TrainingBusiness

In this 21st century, the first of the third millennium, a unique and composite leadership approach must be employed to ensure staff remain engaged, encouraged and energised. 

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The Cream of the Tech Crop 

Business Agriculture

Jane Thomson of Softworx – an Infor partner - examines how the right technology can mean the difference between profit and loss in the dairy industry.

Cape Town-based start-up selected for Silicon Valley Plug and Play Accelerator Programme

Insurance

Cape Town-based start-up, Hepstar, has been selected to participate in the world’s largest start-up accelerator programme. Plug and Play is the most active investment organisation in Silicon Valley, with portfolio companies including PayPal, Dropbox and Skytree.

Adopting new approaches within recruitment

AdvertisingMarketing

As a business owner of a boutique growing global headhunting agency, the one thing I am constantly scared of is the one thing I make a conscious effort never to ignore. I call it the three C’s. Change, Courage, Culture.

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THREE REASONS WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS A GREEN CONSULTANT

Community LifestyleBusiness

While South Africa continues to move towards a green trend when developing new buildings, the real test of sustainability begins on occupation.

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PARTNERSHIPS AND THEIR ROLE IN BUSINESS SUCCESS

Business Construction

In an African context, business intelligence and data analytics add immense value to businesses’ operations.

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PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP, CALCULATED MANAGEMENT

Education Training

In determining how to achieve purposeful leadership, one must first determine what the word “purpose” means – to the company, and its employees.

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THE LEADING-EDGE APPROACH TO EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Education Training

The 2017 Employee Health and Wellness Conference featured a common thread; the need to approach health and wellness in a new way.