According to the Pew Research Centre, millennials have surpassed all other generations as the largest portion of the global workforce. This fact may be met with trepidation and discomfort from some Generation Xers (or baby boomers, as they are commonly known), who often assume millennials to be entitled, tough to manage, narcissistic, self-interested and an affront to the work ethic that is characteristic of the X generation (Gen-X). What do notoriously lazy job-hoppers have to offer the structured world of corporate? Accommodating a generational workforce whose values differ greatly from their predecessors is risky business, but not for the reasons you might think. According to Alex Roberts, CURA’s Regional Director of Sales and Operations, organisations run the risk of alienating their future leaders if they do not adapt their thinking to prioritise Generation Y (Gen-Y). He explains that the rise of millennial leadership is not something that can be merely tolerated: it is an inevitability that this generation is the future of our companies. “The reality is that baby boomers are starting to retire, creating a power vacuum that can only be filled by millennials. We also need to consider that millennials are getting older - with the oldest members of the generation entering their mid-30s - and with age, they’re growing to be more experienced,” says Roberts. “Even now, millennials currently hold about 20 percent of all leadership roles, and this is set to grow exponentially. This growth should be embraced, rather than resisted, as millennial leaders promise to prioritise values, ethics, flexibility, and feedback through their strong convictions.” As such, it is essential for organisations to not only accommodate the preferences of millennials but to promote and maintain a company culture that allows them to flourish. “The negative preconceived notions that some hold about this generation is often unsubstantiated, misguided and incorrect, and an attempt to . . .
The Westfalia three-bike rack is proving a hit among South African cyclists, with enquiries about the product flowing in to Positive Sports Solutions. The SA cycling distribution company has been stocking the option since last month and product and technical manager David Pieterse said they were receiving enquiries on a daily basis from local consumers. "The three-bike rack seems to be the product most are interested in as many riders club together nowadays to make getting to races more cost effective," he said. The good news, he added, was that the company had plenty of stock to satisfy the demand and customers would be serviced with little delay. "We can guarantee shipment to any destination in South Africa within 24 hours," he said. While they still stocked the two-bike option, Pieterse said the growing popularity for the three-bike rack was a worldwide trend. "The smaller rack is definitely still a market seller, but, as is happening overseas, we do have many more enquiries for the three-bike option." After initially offering the two-bike rack to the southern African market, Positive Sports Solutions went a step further last year to satisfy local demand by introducing the slightly bigger three-bike option. "Besides the cost factor, which sees people clubbing together to get to races, if you go somewhere with your family or friends, the three-bike option makes it ideal to travel together," said Pieterse. Importantly for those who want to transport equipment is that the three-bike rack is almost identical to its smaller cousin and operates in the same way as the two-bike rack. "People will have no difficulty adapting to the three-bike product because there is little difference, besides, naturally, being slightly bigger," said Pieterse. "It complies with all the necessary legislation and has been tested in exactly the same way as the two-bike rack. "All the racks have been TUV-tested and the three-bike rack is as stable as any . . .
What do you need to help you get ahead in your career? Leading local job portal Careers24 is inviting South Africans to tell them, and stand a chance of winning a big boost in their #FashionYourCareer project. “We are very excited about getting behind four ambitious people to boost their self-assurance and propel them towards their dream positions”, said Shaun Clarke, brand manager of Careers24. “Their prizes will include a style consultation by a professional stylist and the clothing to professionally fit their individual personality as well as a global, modern CV that defines and articulates each individual's brand and skills.” In addition to this, there will also be a certain amount of budget allocated towards whatever the winner has defined as their requirement to get ahead. Entering the competition, which runs until 30 January, is super easy. All you have to do is to make sure that you are registered as a candidate on Careers24 and send an email of no more than 280 words to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling them what you need to fashion your career and why you should win. To register on Careers24, go to https://www.careers24.com/candidate/register/ Visit Careers24 at www.careers24.com or follow @Careers24Jobs on Twitter and like the Careers24 Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Careers24. Visit https://careers24.readme.io/page/competitions-terms-and-conditions for Terms and Conditions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Ubuko Mpotulo (10), from East London, was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia, at the age of 3 years old, Ubuko underwent a Bi-Lateral Amputation and finger amputation, when the lining of his blood vessels became damaged and obstructed his narrow arteries and eventually cut off his blood supply. Despite coming from a disadvantaged background, Ubuko has been awarded a Bursary to attend Selborne Primary, after the Educators and Governing body saw his resilience and perseverance shine through his Disability. Ubuko’s disposition has also captured the hearts of his medical team. “I finally met Ubuko and those of you who have had the privilege to meet him will understand that he only has to look at you once and you are done, the mischievous smile and determination in his eyes caught my heartstrings.” – says prosthetics specialist, Marissa Nel, who has personally committed, jointly with Ossur, to cover Ubuko’s medical costs that are amount to about R148 000 a year. Until Ubuko turns 18, his prosthetic sockets will need to be refitted and changed at least 14 to 16 times until he stops growing. Unfortunately this will still be long-term struggle for him. According to Nel, because Ubuko is growing, his socket will likely need to be changed in the next 6 to 8 months, when he will require alignment adjustments, and replacement of some of his prosthetic parts. Ubuko has also inspired a group of 7 Round Tablers from East London, who have decided to take on the 70.3 Ironman challenge on the 27 January 2019 to contribute towards Ubuko’s ongoing medical costs, through a campaign launched on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. “Ubuko’s character and perseverance to improve himself are unmatched. He isn’t simply adapting to his prosthetics, he has relished the opportunity to seize his moment and make it count. Not only has he taken each step in his progress with enthusiasm, he has flourished.” Says Round Tabler, Ryan Baisley (37). For the . . .
The blockchain is such technology for firms that need trustless transactions and secure record keeping. It is gripping into our world slowly. Startups and some big companies have shown interest in them. In 2009, digital currency was introduced, it is slowly growing and taking the world in its grip. There have been many amendments in various sectors like supply chain, healthcare, financial sector and so on. Blockchain has a huge potential but still, it has faced the rage of criticism. Whenever we talk about blockchain, there are always two aspects of it which are considered. One is the growth of blockchain and its application, while other is that “blockchain is just a myth” and it is not going to last for long. These two things have led to predictions around blockchain technology. In 2018, there was a tremendous response to the blockchain, now the question here is “will this growth continue in 2019 as well ?”. In this blog, we will be focussing on various predictions for Blockchain in 2019. Blockchain working in collaboration with IoT The convergence of blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT) is steaming up. By including IoT there is a significant increase in a number of devices and sensors for fetching data, & many parties are involved in a business transaction based on that data. Blockchain provides safe record-keeping through an immutable ledger. It allows decentralized transactions & builds trust. Crypto trading exchanges The popularity of ICO has increased among investors. Investors are showing a huge interest for a big and small budget to take dive in the pool of cryptocurrencies. In the year 2018, we observed that there has been a significant number of people getting involved with ICO and this trend will definitely continue in the year 2019 as well. Law integration into Smart contracts Smart contracts is a code which is placed on blockchain and when predetermined terms and conditions are met, they will automatically get executed. For . . .
Port Elizabeth matriculant and Engen Maths and Science School alumni, Kamvalethu Hlatshwayo did not allow the passing of his father in 2012 or subsequent financial constraints get in the way of studying towards his dream job. Kamvalethu, who is starting the four-year journey to achieve a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at Stellenbosch University this year, says he will tackle the challenges ahead the same way he achieved his incredible success at school. Kamvalethu beat out 46 fellow matriculants at the end of last year to take top spot in the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) class based at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. Achieving 80% for science and 79% for maths, he credits the extra lessons provided by EMSS for his outstanding results, which were enough to ensure he finished second amongst all the leaners who wrote the 2018-matric examinations at the three EMSS schools based in the Eastern Cape. “It’s all about hard work, managing your time and your priorities,” says the 18-year-old, whose greatest challenge was not believing in himself at first. Kamvalethu grew up in KwaNobuhle, a township on the outskirts of Uitenhage, and attended Solomon Mahlangu High School. He is however adamant that he could never have achieved such academic excellence without the commitment of the Engen programme teachers, who gave him the support he so desperately needed over three years from Grade 10 to Grade 12. “The EMSS programme helped me not only academically but also with life lessons and made me want to learn more and to attend classes all the time.” He was also inspired by his science teacher, Mr Stuurman who, he says, was his mentor even though he might not have been aware of the impact of his advice. “I took it and live by it.” Kamvalethu has the following advice for the 2019 matriculants. “This is your last year in high school so make it count, the decision you make this year will impact your life in the future, life begins . . .
Former Springbok rugby captain John Smit missed out on his chance to ride the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter last year, but that has only heightened his anticipation for this year's event. The seven-stage mountain-bike race, powered by Volvo, takes place from February 2 to 9 and will end at Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. The 591km journey, which starts in George next Sunday after registration on Saturday, will take competitors through some of the most popular and scenic trails in South Africa. Smit, who led the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2007, was all set for last year's event before unforeseen circumstances forced his withdrawal, but he is on track for next month. "I am very happy to say I will be riding this year and can't wait to see what the race and the journey hold for the week," the ex-Bok hooker said. "Everyone I have spoken to loves it, so I really can't wait." Smit will be riding with his good friend Shane Chorley, representing ASG. "Shane is a proper cyclist, or should I say he was a proper cyclist until he partnered with me!" joked Smit. "But this should be one of the more memorable events we have done." Having retired from rugby in 2011, Smit took up cycling in 2013 and said it had played a big role in his life. "It has been one of the best transitional tools for me after my rugby career and joining the ‘real world', he said. "It has kept me fit and I enjoy being on the trails in this beautiful country. "It's given me a balance between work and play that I think is critical in life." As a top sportsman, Smit said it was hard to let go of his competitive instincts, but he offered a realistic assessment of his ability on the bike. Asked if he could compete with some of his cycling rugby colleagues, such as flyhalf Joel Stransky, he was modest with his answer. "I might be a forward but I am not an idiot," he laughed. "Joel is not my target market. Firstly, he is very serious about his . . .
Renowned for its incredible representation of local designers, Decorex Durban 2019 will continue this tradition with the inclusion of Jennifer Jones Interiors as this year’s Decorex Designer Spotlight. Her eclectic style and unique vision will be revealed in this exquisite installation that forms part of the extensive Decorex Durban feature programme, taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019. “We are so delighted to welcome Jennifer Jones to the 2019 Decorex programme and are intrigued to see her take on the ‘Designing for Africa – feels like home’ theme,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “It was at Decorex Durban in 2001 that Jennifer first launched her interior design business and she astounds us, every time she returns, with her beautiful creations.” Commenting on her upcoming Decorex Durban showcase, Jennifer said she was excited to be involved in this exciting exhibition: “Decorex always provides an endless array of creative inspiration for the design year ahead and I’m so looking forward to sharing my favourite 2019 décor trends.” In the home of Jennifer Jones As a way to give visitors a sneak preview of the unique Jennifer Jones style, the Hillcrest-based interior designer has decided to reveal her personal tastes as reflected in her new home. Having recently moved to the Spanish-style town house from her period home on the Berea, Jennifer had to downscale and re-work her furniture and décor into a whole new space. Taking it room by room - Kitchen Jennifer explained that many modern kitchens are incorporating seated areas to offer a space for intimate meals, an alternative work space or just a place to relax. For her kitchen, Jennifer – converted an old desk into a kitchen table by changing the top – using natural timber to add a different element to the room, and then re-fashioned a couch, simply by adjusting the height, so that it could be used at the kitchen table. “I wanted . . .
Exquisite ocean views, delicious food and a friendly atmosphere welcome guests to the new Fish Eagle Café, located at Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh. This delightful eatery opened its doors in time for the festive season, providing hungry locals and holidaymakers with fresh, tasty and affordable food. “We are so thrilled to welcome visitors to Fish Eagle Café, a really well-located restaurant that offers great food with prompt service, under the management of our experienced Executive Chef and Manager, Morne van Zyl,” said Martin Rodrigues, Centre Manager of Crocworld. “Whether visitors to the centre are looking for a quick bite on the go, or outsiders are in the mood for a great meal with stunning seaviews (actually overlooking the crocodile enclosure!) then Fish Eagle Café is the ideal spot.” The Fish Eagle Café is under the management of Crookes Brothers South Africa Pty Ltd, a JSE-registered company which has owned and operated Crocworld Conservation Centre since 1985.The day-to-day running of Fish Eagle Café will fall under the watchful eye of Morne. This renowned local chef has 28 years of experience within the food industry following a firm grounding at the Aubrey Wood Hotel & Cookery School. Morne has catered for everything from intimate parties to high-end delegations. Some of the more notable customers he’s catered for during his career include former presidents, FW de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela. Morne was also responsible for the catering of the 2010 enthronement of Kgosi Molethlegi of the Royal Bafokeng Nation – attended by some 11 000 delegates and dignitaries. His passion for food and people will make every customer feel like a friend. “Our aim is always to please our customers with great food, quality service and affordable prices,” said Morne. “We can assure every guest that the Fish Eagle Café experience will exceed even the highest expectations.” The restaurant and expansive deck area can also be booked . . .
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been re-awarded the operational and chemical water treatment contract for ArcelorMittal South Africa at its Vanderbijlpark steel Works operation. Veolia has operated the facility’s water-related infrastructure and supplied and managed its chemical dosing requirements since 2014. The awarding of the new contract will see the water treatment specialist operate the plant until 31 October 2021. ArcelorMittal South Africa Vanderbijlpark Works is one of the largest inland steel mills in the world, consisting of 60 water systems in nine separate site locations. Veolia will manage all the water treatment facilities, including the dosing of approximately 100 tons of Hydrex™ water treatment chemicals per month. These include chemicals for boiler treatment, cooling water treatment, coagulants and flocculants, antiscalants and disinfectants, which are manufactured at Veolia’s new 6 600 m2 Hydrex™ chemical blending facility in Kempton Park. Unique treatment plant ArcelorMittal South Africa, Vanderbijlpark Works, is required to comply with zero effluent discharge (ZED) standards. This is to ensure its economic sustainability and reduce its environmental impact. In order to ensure ZED, it requires the treatment of process effluents to a quality suitable for reuse on various plants. Part of the effluent is treated to ultra-pure boiler feed water quality utilising reverse osmosis and CEDI technology while the remainder is recycled to different non-critical cooling circuits and process systems. The build-up of salinity is controlled by two thermal desalination plants. Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With nearly 169 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions which contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, . . .