The international launch of landmark management software, developed by a team led by well-known businessman Niels Andersen, kicks off in East London yesterday. Together with fellow engineer Aubrey Bahula and enterprise architect Dave Sokolich, the product is fast-gaining traction in South Africa with plans underway to build global partners. The software, newly-developed for the web, has an impressive incubation track record with the product having already being implemented at 100-year old JSE-listed York Timber in Nelspruit, one of the country’s foremost timber companies in South Africa, as well as engineering firm Fabkomp in King William’s Town. Its latest site is at the Port Elizabeth-based Tier 2 automotive supplier, Formex Industries, whose ambitious expansion plans are already underway. Andersen says Activios is principally transformation solution software that enables management to manage across an organisation while at the same time measuring tiered company scorecards. “However,” he says, “it is so much more than that. It is an enabler of a high-performance leadership culture and style that is founded on values of respect, transparency, performance, integrity and accountability. “These values,” he explains, “also build a culture where employees are informed-engaged-empowered and, ultimately, a critical part of the engine that drives a business’s metamorphosis into a world-class organisation.” The transparent nature of the software allows for results in improved understanding for employees which, in turn, influences their behaviour to understand better and more effectively execute business strategy. The result is a winning culture which is more sustainable in the long-term and acts as a catalyst for innovation. He quotes the latest Gallup research which gives some perturbing insight into how companies are suffering because of their disconnected workforce. Gallup estimates that about 85% of employees are disengaged at work with . . .
For thousands of people, the arrival of spring means something other than lovely warmer weather and pretty Namaqua daisies. It’s the annual affliction of hay fever, of course. But while there’s not much you can do about the air outside, you can control the quality of air inside your home to a large extent. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimate that indoor air can be anywhere from two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. As so many asthma and allergy sufferers already know, the kind of dust mites and particles (including pollen, pet dander and mould spores) that trigger these conditions tend to gather on textured, soft and warm fabrics and materials. Mattresses and carpets are big culprits, for sure, but have you considered that your curtains and blinds could be trapping the very pollen, dust or other allergens making your life a misery, too? Leading company, Plantation Shutters® specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed Plantation Timber Shutters and Plantation Security Shutters, both of which help minimise allergens inside the home. The wooden louvres of the timber shutters are wider than those of vertical blinds, making them one of the easiest types of window treatments to clean. Nothing other than the occasional wipe with a damp cloth is really necessary as the hard texture of the sustainably sourced solid timber is much less welcoming to those pesky particles than any fabric can be. The same goes for the aluminium security shutters that are designed and manufactured to be the most stylish and strongest adjustable louvre security shutters – perfect for both internal and external use. Offering an unparalleled lead time of 21 working days from order, with a five-year guarantee on the timber shutters and 12 years on the aluminium security shutters, Plantation Shutters® will keep pollen outside where it belongs this spring, while elegantly adding value to your . . .
Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a member of the Hytec Group of Companies, now supplies 700 bar hose, mainly used on hydraulic tooling. These hoses are lightweight and have high abrasion resistant covers. A significant step up from the standard hydraulic hose imported by HAW, the company now manufactures hose assemblies with this niche hose, which has a 4:1 safety factor and burst pressure rating of 2 800 bar. The hose core is constructed from thermoplastic elastomer and has a polyurethane covering, consisting of one or more braids of aramid fibre and one braid of steel wire. The hose can be used in environments ranging from -40° C to 100° C, although, 70° C should not be exceeded when transferring air and water based fluids. The hose is ideal for very high pressure lines in compact hydraulic systems operating at 300 to 700 bar. Commonly used with rescue and safety equipment, the low change in length means that the hose can be used to transfer petroleum, synthetic or water based fluids in hydraulic systems. Available in both 6.4mm and 9.5mm diameter sizes, the hose comes in a range of colour options including black, red and light blue hose covers. There is no difference in specifications between the various colours. HAW also boast its own test facilities, meaning that all hose assemblies can be subjected to static hold pressure tests upon request. HAW prides itself in its high stockholding of this hose range, which is accompanied by hose fittings and protective springs for this hose. All fittings stocked are 1/4" and 3/8” NPT male and HAW also stock 700 bar quick release couplings that work hand-in-hand with the hose assemblies. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace, the mobile and site erected building specialists, was awarded the contract to supply temporary modular buildings for seven depots located across three provinces – Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng. The contract, awarded by a South African rail, port and pipeline company, entailed the hiring of 46 relocatable units for five months to assist with temporarily expansion to its existing infrastructure. This is needed to cater for added capacity required for the company’s administrative personnel, such as health and safety officers and site managers. All units are classified as single-wide, meaning that they are stand-alone 3 m-wide units which have been tailored to meet the client’s various onsite requirements. These include office units, kitchen units, locker rooms and ablution facilities, each kitted out to suit specified requirements. For example, some of the ablution facilities contain toilets only, while others include toilets and shower facilities. Kitchens, too, are equipped with a sink, worktop, under-counter cupboards and basic amenities, while the locker rooms incorporate burglar bars for safe storage purposes. “The opportunity to spread our supply across three different provinces for a single project explored our capacity to be far reaching,” says Claude Naidoo, Rental Account Manager, Kwikspace. “We refurbished, delivered, placed and handed over all units to all sites in four weeks, once again proving our capacity to deliver on time, even on a multi-leg project spanning several provinces.” Blinds and air conditioners were fitted to the units as optional extras, and the units were delivered only subsequent to standard refurbishment inside and out, the norm when hiring rental units from Kwikspace. Included with the refurbishment are all required electrics and electrical fittings with the associated Certificate of Compliance, as well as all fixtures necessary to connect designated units to water and sewage amenities. Acquiring the project . . .
#SHOVAFORHOPE – 4 Heroes, 106km, 2 Charities, 1 Goal Expand a Sign’s #SHOVAFORHOPE programme focuses on 4 HEROES, 106 KM for 2 CHARITIES - with 1 GOAL in mind – raising awareness and money for vulnerable children in KwaZulu-Natal. Three of Expand A Sign’s team is embarking on the gruelling 106km Amashova cycle race on a single-speedy bicycle this weekend. As uncomfortable as their bikes are, they are pushing themselves in a fundraiser and awareness drive for Operation Bobbi Bear and iThemba Lethu. Operation Bobbi Bear is a human rights organisation committed to helping sexually abused children in Amanzimtoti in Kwa Zulu Natal and iThemba Lethu helps restore hope and destiny in vulnerable children through various programmes, including Family Integration, Breast Milk Bank and HIV Prevention, We obviously can’t begin to tell you the full story of the incredible work these organisations are doing in our local communities, so check out their respective websites - http://bobbibear.org.za/ and https://www.ithembalethu.org.za/ Get Involved and Make a Difference We are looking for as little as a R20 donation to Operation Bobbi Bear or iThemba Lethu in order to reach our donation goal of R100 000. Share #ShovaForHope and get your team or family and friends involved in sending motivational messages to the Expand A Sign team cycling. Donate with Zapper South Africa or EFT by clicking here: www.expandasign.co.za/shovaforhope CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 17 October 2018. The South African plastics industry has condemned the latest strike action by members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), who has called on its members to join industrial action for a total National #PlasticsShutdown on Monday. The plastics industry, through the Plastics Convertors Association of SA (PCASA) and the National Employers' Association of South Africa (NEASA) and four other employer’s organisations condemn this strike as Industrial Relations Fraud. “This week’s strikes and picketing are therefore completely illegal and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms,” said Johan Pieterse, CEO of PCASA. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) issued a press statement regarding the upcoming strike in the Plastics Industry on 11 October 2018. The document outlines various contentious matters between NUMSA and the employer bodies in the Plastics Industry. NUMSA is demanding that plastics employers should be covered by the same Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) main collective agreement that applies to those employers in the engineering sector. Although NUMSA states that there is no factual dispute between these groupings, NUMSA alleges that the employer bodies in the Plastics Industry including the Plastics Convertors Association of South Africa (PCASA are deliberately misleading NUMSA's members by, inter alia, intimidating NUMSA members by misconstruing the facts. NUMSA further alleges that "The employer group we are dealing with in the plastic sector is constituted by a conservative, notorious group of employers who have been hell-belt on undermining the hard won gains of workers." The facts A further statement made by NUMSA is that "These are the same employers who wanted to collapse the MEIBC council by refusing to pay levies, which they still owe!" Directly contrary to this statement, PCASA employers have been paying these levies from . . .
With all development rights in place, civil construction on the much awaited Ntshongweni Urban Development will commence in early 2019. This 2 000-hectare project located 30 kilometres west of the Port of Durban on the N3, is the next logical urban precinct expected to unlock significant economic activity for the city’s largely underserviced outer west subregion. Ntshongweni Urban Development is ultimately set to provide a framework for environmentally sustainable, community-centric and inclusive urbanisation. As the primary land steward, Tongaat Hulett is responsible for the overall development vision and conceptual framework plan that aligns with public sector policy, plans and objectives. This extends to the creation of compelling and tailored real estate solutions for developers, investors, future residents and end users within Ntshongweni Urban Development. The site is situated with KwaNdengezi and Dassenhoek to the south, Summerveld to the west, Assagay and Hillcrest to the north and on completion will provide critical spatial, social and economic linkages to the existing surrounding communities. The first phase of the multiple phased development, the Retail and Urban Core will anchor the Ntshongweni Urban Development as a mixed-use, urban precinct centred around a new regional retailing offering. This will be followed by a variety of other uses including residential, logistics, recreational, warehousing and leisure components. The pioneering design will make substantial provision for the site’s ecological wellbeing as well as responding to the needs of the people who use it. Tongaat Hulett Developments Managing Director, Michael Deighton says, “All development rights for the Retail and Urban Core are in place and we officially have the go-ahead to break ground in the first quarter of 2019.” Commencing with essential road upgrades to Kassier Road, the first phase of construction in the Retail and Urban Core precinct will ultimately generate 19 000 . . .
Park Square, uMhlanga’s newest business and lifestyle development is due to open its doors in November 2018. Interfacing beautifully with its surrounds, the development offers a future-forward, people-centred destination where the surrounding communities and professionals can shop, work and connect. Hunt PR’s Melanie Rosettenstein connected with Jarryd Murray, MAP Architects Director and co-founder, to get the inside track on the vision to create a connected community through this new building. When in 2015 Jarryd Murray and Charles Taylor, director’s at MAP Architects and his team were approached by Nedbank to design a space that would accommodate their KwaZulu-Natal team, the brief was to create a structure which would allow the easy flow of people through the development but also accommodate a 17,500m² space to house their staff in addition to general commercial and retail space. Having grown up on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, Jarryd loves the great outdoors and has witnessed the area’s urban transformation over the years. Passionate about creating dynamic urban spaces in our landscape, it’s no wonder that on designing Park Square, he has designed a space that responds perfectly to Durban’s climate and at the same time will be a connected urban landmark on the uMhlanga Ridge. After spending some time pinning down the vision, Jarryd and his team set about conceptualising an off-the-ground design that would see the commercial elements ‘hovering’ above a perfectly activated retail arcade and square which people could use for shopping and simply enjoying the city’s unique, outdoor lifestyle. The idea to create a connected community which would simultaneously be an exceptional business destination for professionals to work and socialise and a dynamic urban space to activate the local community, was born. The emphasis at Park Square is undoubtedly on transparency. The simple and modular building design features raw concrete slabs, steel beams, generous . . .
To assist stakeholders in obtaining the best overview of an organisation’s health, internal audit is most suited to carrying out this vital function. More than just the financials, it can educate management on the significance of deficiencies in governance, risk management and internal control processes and the value of preventing or detecting and correcting such deficiencies before they erode organisational value. The internal audit exists to help organisations create, preserve and sustain strategic value. However, this is not always clear to all the organisational stakeholders who should benefit from internal audit’s assurance and consulting services. Internal auditors need to educate stakeholders about what a well-supported and effective internal audit function can do to help optimise operations; positively influence decision-making; prevent penalties from non-compliance with laws and regulations; grow market share; improve customer service delivery; enhance public relations; and even propose innovative solutions to sustain competitive advantage. In this task, stakeholders across all levels within the organisation should be included. No single position or structure is too important or unimportant to either advance or hinder internal audit success. Governing body As part of its governance responsibilities, the governing body is expected to steer and set strategic direction; approve policy and other strategy implementations; monitor performance; and report on the organisation’s performance. All these responsibilities require efficient and effective governance, risk management and internal control processes e.g the governing body needs to be certain that the integrated annual reports, signed-off and published, contain credible and reliable information. The chief audit executive can educate the governing body on the work performed by the internal audit function. This includes how to assess whether key strategic programmes are achieving pre-set . . .
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