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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
On Saturday evening, (October 13th), it was an evening of tiara’s, elegant ball gowns and trendy suits, with huge smiles and tears of joy when they crowned the 14th Mr, Miss & Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and Mr & Miss uShaka Kids World brand ambassadors, proudly supported by Star Hire, Even & Lovely, Tabloid Media & Ola hosted within the Village Walk beach arena at uShaka Marine World. The crowds of supporters, that of family and friends, had a fun and entertaining evening while the judges deliberated on their decision on who of the contestants, would walk away with prizes valued at over R70 000. The winners not only won prizes and cash but will also be included in the uShaka Marine World’s advertising campaigns throughout the year as well as be uShaka Marine World’s brand ambassadors where they will attend many of their high profile events in the upcoming year. The judges marking criteria included a number of categories from strong leadership abilities, ambassadorial skills, personality and overall appearance. An all-round 10 was required for the ultimate winner, and while the judges decided on the respective winners, the Afro Divas who are one of uShaka’s resident entertainers at Wahooz on the Promenade, entertained the crowds. Finally, once the judges’ results were tabulated there was a round of applause as the following winners per category were announced: In the Miss Junior uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 15 year old Andiswa Majozi from Woodlands, 1st runner up was 15 year old Yandiswa Hlatshwayo from Amanzimtoti, and 13 year old Westville Beauty Sisanda Duma was crowned the winner. In the Mr uShaka category: 2nd runner up was 24 year old Mfundo Mthimkhulu from New Germany with Sean Shibe who is 25 from Westville named as the runner up and the title of Mr uShaka 2018/19 went to 19 year old Durban resident, Dyllan Desfontaines. Finally, the coveted crown for Miss uShaka 2018/19 went to 21 year old Umlazi beauty Thabile . . .
The TRP Distributors SA MX National Championships Finals This Weekend. Krugersdorp - This Saturday 20 October sees the final event in the TRP Distributors SA MX National Championships take place at Dirt Bronco, Linley Rd (Viscount Rd) Randfontein in Kurgersdorp. While there are many divisions competing during what is bound to be an exciting day of riding, amongst them High School, Ladies, Pro Mini and Senior Support divisions, as well as well as the highly contested MX2 and MX3 divisions, all eyes will be on the hotly contested premier MX1 division. Currently leading is Caleb Tennant who has had a good run this year, but this final event is going to go down to the wire with all sorts of pressure on the leader. David Goosen from Durban is champing at the bit right behind him, and wants the win badly. "I'm 16 points out from the lead in MX1 going into the last round, so there's definitely hope I can make it happen for 2018," said Goosen. "I'm just going to go in fighting till the final lap and give it my best shot." Not to be discounted, third placed Tristan Purdon from the Eastern Cape has an opportunity to jump from third place to a second in the division, and is determined either way for a huge performance at Dirt Bronco. Both Goosen and Purdon have been putting in the extra hours, in preparation for this event, and do not want to let a final big push slip go to waste. "For me, the goal is to win all 4 heats at this event," said Purdon. "So, exciting times for the last round. For more information go to : http://www.mxsa.co.za/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“To educate girls is to reduce poverty” – Kofi Anan (former UN Secretary-General). Ladies to Legends is a The IIE’s Varsity College annual event that resonates the belief that when one educates young women and girl children on pertinent matters, everyone benefits. Educated women are instrumental to economic growth and social change. The IIE’s Varsity College Durban North Ladies to Legends held recently, left each and every woman who attended feeling supported, understood and empowered. The event, which was a panel discussion led and MC’ed by East Coast Radio’s Mags Westerhof, exposed the attendees to three truly inspiring women: Carol Mkhize (model, actress and fitness enthusiast), Langa Mngoma (model and full-time medical Doctor) and Rowena Singh (Educator and Programme Manager) of The IIE’s Varsity College School of Education. The discussion open on the topic of health and how to lead a healthy lifestyle as a mother, and a modern woman. Carol shared her journey on feeling pressured to look a certain way in her industry. She gave the audience advice on shifting their focus from physical appearance to mental health and how staying active could help them to achieve that. Langa Mngoma explained that one needs to create a culture of eating a balanced, healthy diet and that the starting point for this was educating the youth. Education was at the centre of all topics of discussion with Rowena Singh. She stressed the importance of teaching young women that they can be anything they want to be with a bit of hard work and a lot of support. Rowena shared the inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. During the panel discussion, Mags encouraged the women in the audience to join in the conversation which resulted in many personal stories being shared. The engagement between the audience was electric and empowering. The most memorable take-away from the evening was that, when women stand . . .
Over the past 10 years, the Engen KlevaKidz’s often life-saving safety messages have reached over a quarter of a million vulnerable children. Engen KlevaKidz is an annual educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate young learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. Engen is South Africa’s leading marketer of illuminating paraffin. Branded Laurel Paraffin, the energy source is extensively used by many South Africans in wick feed and pressure lamps, stoves, refrigerators and heaters, amongst its various industrial applications. “The use of paraffin in low-income homes in South Africa is associated with a number of problems such as children who drink it accidentally, the spread of fire when as many as 2 000 homes can be destroyed in a single blaze, and extensive burn injuries,” says Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay. Since its inception in 2008, Engen KlevaKidz has reached over 280 000 learners in 700 schools across South Africa – from rural villages deep in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape to townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Free State. Engen KlevaKidz takes the form of an interactive educational stage drama using engaging characters to relay key safety messages in the learners’ mother tongues, including: Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa and English, combined with jingles to reinforce the theme. Superhero safety educator, Mr Wise is the main character who educates young learners about how to identify and use paraffin safely while interacting with “learners” Bongi and Junior and urges them to be careful when using paraffin. Stories are used to explain to the learners what to do if paraffin is ingested or inhaled. Mr Wise also focuses on the importance of being clean and washing hands after contact with paraffin, and how to store paraffin safely. Prizes such as super hero masks and funnels are handed out to learners. This is because Engen believes that the learners are all heroes . . .