Developing smart flexible leadership networks to cope with the growing complexity of the work environment. ‘When it comes to decisions, they'll be made on predictive analytics and data. When it comes to creating value, the social network will be a production line. And when it comes to delivering value, it will be the individual; it will not be a segment. Actually, the challenge is not technology. As always, the challenge is culture. But remember, this is at the end-all about competitive advantage, be this a company, a country or a government entity. And in the end, I actually think something far more valuable will happen, because the greatest contribution of this shift will force every entity -- private, public, government -- to actually become an authentic organization.’ IBM chairman and CEO Ginni Rometty The traditional process of developing individual leadership has become outdated. More organisations are embracing the process of developing smart flexible leadership networks. Research has established that the number one concern for global businesses is that their work environments are growing in complexity and their organisations are not equipped to deal with these complexities. This is according to a research report entitled ‘Future Trends in Leadership Development’ published recently by the Centre for Creative leadership. Globally there is a shift from the old style leadership development which involved developing individual leaders. We recognise that there are a number of challenges facing organisations today that cannot be dealt with by individual leaders anymore and these include: o The availability of unprecedented amounts of data and information which can lead to individual leaders becoming paralysed with information overload o The availability of new technologies and shifts from traditional work practises o Increased globalisation requiring managers to work across geographies and cultures o The dissolution of traditional . . .
Charl Blignaut, Arts Editor of City Press newspaper, has been named South Africa’s Arts Journalist of the Year for the second consecutive year. The prize, together with that of six Gold and five Silver Merit Award winners, was included in the announcement of the recipients of the 2014 National Arts Festival Arts Journalist of the Year Awards, presented by Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) in Grahamstown this morning. At the announcement, Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival, congratulated the winners but raised a note of concern around the ever-decreasing amount of coverage afforded the arts. “We need our country’s editors and senior management in the media sector to recognise the importance of the arts to a developing society such as ours,” Lankester said. “By whittling away at the amount of coverage the arts gets, and the resources allocated to covering the sector, the media are contributing to the erosion of the public’s understanding of the arts and appreciation of the work of our artists,” he said. Referring to the awards as a moment for introspection, Lankester announced that the convenors would embark on a wide-scale consultation process to re-assess how entries are solicited and categorized. “We want to consider whether an ‘observed’ award is more appropriate than an ‘entered’ award, and we want to look at how we acknowledge those media which promote great arts journalism,” he said. Lankester also challenged media owners to address transformation in the sector, noting that the pool of entries didn’t represent diversity and a range of voices. Michelle Constant, CEO of BASA, which presents the awards, spoke passionately about lobbying publishers and editors saying that public/private sector engagement was critical for the industry. Constant said “Arts is a must have in society and in the current economic climate we must find equitable partnerships.” Professor Chris Thurman who convened the judging panel thanked and praised those . . .
Since the beginning of 2013 we have seen the property market transition from a strong buyer’s market into a slightly more balanced market that is slowly starting to tip in the seller’s favour, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Currently the market conditions that we are experiencing point to the fact that we are in the middle of a transition to a seller’s market,” says Goslett. “Although it has been slow, a housing market recovery is taking place in South Africa. Overall, consumer sentiment has seen marginal improvement, which plays a major role in the spending and investment patterns of the average South African. Were it not for the fear of implied policy or legislative changes, many of which could affect the real estate sector, I believe the South African housing market would be further along in its state of recovery with a steeper upward trend, much like is being experienced in the US right now. We are also still facing some remaining effects of the recession as there is still an oversupply of bank-owned properties that keep prices within certain areas regulated.” According to Goslett, while conditions are still favourable for buyers, most RE/MAX of Southern Africa estate agents working in the more densely populated metropolitan areas are reporting a dwindling number of homes available for sale. This means that properties being listed in today’s market - particularly those in the sought-after areas - are selling faster than they can be listed. “The most sought-after properties in the current market are those that offer security and lifestyles benefits. These homes are typically housed within security estates, are lock-up-and-go, traditional three-bedroom, two bathroom style homes,” he says. He adds that the strongest demand for property within metropolitan areas is in the R900 000 to R1.6 million price band. “At the moment homes within this price range are moving faster than any other property on the market. Homes that are . . .
Fibrasol Lda confirmed as Gold Sponsor for the 4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom conference 2014 Fexton Conference is delighted to announce ‘Fibrasol Lda’, Angola’s largest telecom solution provider as a Gold Sponsor of ‘4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom 2014’ scheduled on 4th-5th of August 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa Fibrasol appears in the Angolan market to cope with the demands of the market of information and communication technologies. It’s main focus is the Development of Solutions in all the Telecom and Energy areas, with special dedication to Radio, Data Centers and Fiber Optical solutions. With a wide range of Solutions and special passion for the “Taylor Made” approach, where the Customer chooses what is really necessary, efficiently and functional, this Company´s Human Capital has a vast knowledge on the technological requirements for the solutions, which it is able to provide. Fibrasol, Lda has been developing a large number of projects and solutions in Angola, and is now ready to expand its boundaries to other African Countries. The ‘4th Enhancing Customer Experience ,Loyalty & Retention in Telecom 2014’ conference program will cover the different approaches to enhance customer retention and Customer Experience including CRM, Customer service, customer experience management, products and services, quality of services, strategic marketing, customer intelligence, profiling and segmentation etc. The conference would be a great opportunity for exchange of ideas, networking and professional development, as major telecom companies and technology giants from four continents would participate at the event Mr. Heryvelto Gambôa, Fiber Optic Project Manager at Fibrasol will be delivering a keynote session at the summit highlighting their services and some creative solutions provided by them. Delegates would also have an exclusive opportunity to interact with . . .
Paying stylish homage to the city’s award as the Design Capital of the World 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival vogueishly delivered Africa’s first-of-a-kind fashion film extravaganza. Cape Town Fashion Council CEO, Bryan Ramkilawan commented, “Our mandate, with the support of the national government, is to facilitate the growth of the local fashion industry through focused intervention programs, promoting designer brands and stimulating job creation, so we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Adrian Lazarus, founder and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival. The collaboration between fashion and film is an internationally proven one offering a unique platform that allows designers to immediately showcase their world-class collections on an international stage.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa, headline sponsor of the event holds an established international alignment with the fashion industry as a central component of their lifestyle marketing activities, and Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars comments in agreement, “This inaugural festival has provided an excellent platform that will continue to grow and bring the world of fashion film and fashion design ever closer." Headquartered in Harrington Street – known as “the spine of The Fringe” – Cape Town’s new innovation district, the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) is the first industry association of its kind in the country. Representing over 400 members including local fashion brands as well as clothing and textile stakeholders, its core objective is to develop, support and grow the bustling national fashion sector. Ramkilawan continues, “Fashion weeks definitely have their place, but the Cape Town Fashion Council believes that the online viral reach of fashion films offer a broader and more inclusive audience, especially in alliance with FashionOne.com delivering content to over 100 million viewers . . .
Eskom Price Increase Presents Challenge for South African Businesses Enterprises and business owners urged to consider energy efficient air conditioning and lighting solutions to reduce operational expenses Johannesburg – 3 July 2014 – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has confirmed that the electricity price increase for 2014/15 will be 7% from 1 July 2014. In light of the continuing rise in energy tariffs, it is becoming increasingly important for enterprises and business owners to ensure that every measure is taken in order to reduce power consumption. Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics SA, says the price hike was expected following the announcement last year by NERSA to allow for an increase in electricity prices by 7% a year for five years (2013-2018). “While the increase in rates doesn’t come as a surprise, it does present yet another financial challenge for South African business owners, as they once again need to look for new ways to offset the impact of this additional cost on their profit margins,” says McKechnie. He notes that most companies tend to be within buildings and office blocks and as a result are dependent on air conditioners for ventilation as well as artificial lighting. “Air conditioners are notorious for being heavy consumers of electricity, but this is now a thing of the past, as a Digital Variable Multi (DVM) system offers an innovative, energy efficient, high performance heating and air conditioning system, which is both flexible and cost-effective. Added to this, DVM has the ability to generate hot water and also offers extensive piping length and lightweight design; making it the ideal solution for larger buildings that require a wide range of temperature-control solutions. This product's high-tech capability is combined with eco-friendly features to deliver a sustainable solution that conforms to the highest environmental standards,” says . . .
“I’ve been called a ‘networking guru’ by one of South Africa’s leading financial magazines , which made me proud, and a ‘personal brand expert’ by one of South Africa’s largest radio talk shows, which I think is cool because I may be the only former regulatory bureaucrat to also be a business author”, says Karl Smith. Ask him about business networking and you’ll get a mile-wide grin, crackling energy and a lively discussion of how networking can make every facet of career and business more engaging, fun and successful. For the very first time, he will be appearing in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1st to 2nd September 2014 to present at a national sales conference. Ask him about why business networking is so important and you’ll get a detailed response: “I think that most professionals and entrepreneurs understand at some level the wisdom of the adage, ‘It's not what you know; it's who you know and whether they know what you know’. Indeed, building the right professional relationships is critical for business and career success. Why? It’s the best professional tool for people who want to get up to speed in a new job fast, get the job done, get behind organizational initiatives, get the most from conferences and meetings, get the business, get a job, get a promotion and get ahead. And on a macro level a wider and deeper network of alliances can help companies across industries to be profitable. They can deploy their network to raise the company’s industry profile, lower its costs, boost its efficiency and differentiate itself. However they need to ask the big question: How do we make our entire portfolio of networks work for us, to give us advantage, given our strategy and the industry?” Smith is on a mission to kill the cocktail function image of networking which is often characterized by the meeting, greeting and business cards ritual. Smith says he’s been polling audiences for years on the issue of networking functions and business cards. He asks audiences: . . .
Automobiles or cars have always held special place and sentiments in every human’s heart. In this regard MotorMag plays a key role in making this dream of owning a car into reality. The concept of pre-owned cars is fast gaining momentum all over the world and with this concept, owning a car has become easier for those who cannot afford or don’t wish to buy new cars due to various reasons. MotorMag acts as a bridge for those customers who wants to sell their used cars and for consumers who wants to purchase a pre-owned car. MotorMag acts as a safe platform which provides quality service, offers a wide range of best quality used cars and customer friendly assistance to help choose customers their dream cars. Customers at MotorMag are not given any fake promises or fake assurances; every deal is done in a clear and transparent manner. MotorMag gives its customers the very convenient method of car-hunting at the comfort of their homes through their digital showroom on their web search portal. Thus car buying has become as easy as just a mouse click away. Customers can choose from a varied range of pre-owned cars of various makes and models and most importantly price range. MotorMag has its dealerships all over South Africa, thus making it convenient for customers at any location to realizetheir desire of purchasing a car. MotorMag has revolutionized the way people buy cars by making car buying a joyous process instead of time consuming process. Customers can browse through thousands of car models, depending on the manufacturer, transmission, body styles and budget. MotorMag also hosts competitions for its customers and dealers through which rewards are being awarded. For more information, visit http://www.motormag.co.za About MotorMag: MotorMag is an online web portal which gives customers easy access to thousands of pre-owned cars of various companies under one roof. Interested customers can browse through the listed cars from their comfort zone . . .
NATURAL SELECTION An unprecedented panel of 47 experts is on a hunt for South Africa’s most affordable green solutions for low cost living! JUNE 2014: An impressive number of experts have stepped up to the challenge of uncovering the country’s leading green ideas in the field of low-income housing. Drawn from across South Africa, and totaling 47 top-level thinkers in their respective fields, the panel boasts members with expertise in renewable energy, sustainability, green architecture, energy efficiency, education, business analysis, product and industrial design, interior design and the media. Tasked with evaluating 130 entries, they’re on the hunt for the finalists of the Better Living Challenge (BLC), a competition that aims to promote and take to market the very best affordable green ideas which are designed to improve low–cost living. The BLC Selection Panel includes prominent thought leaders in their respective fields, such as Dr Jonathan Marks, Director of the Full Time MBA Programme?at the Gordon Institute of Business Science; Liza Cirolia, co-ordinator of the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab at the African Centre for Cities and architect Olwethu Jack, previously of the Community Organisation Research Centre (CORC) and the South African Slum Dwellers International Alliance (SDI) and now Managing Director of Ubuntu Growing Minds Consultants; and a host of others. The full list is available on the competition website www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za Invited to participate in the BLC Selection process by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which has been charged with managing the rollout of the BLC, this Selection Panel is a formidable “think tank” around sustainability, green technology, affordability and marketability of innovative solutions. The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy. The BLC competition is intended to take powerful ideas to . . .
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in full swing, soccer fever is also running high amongst aspiring soccer stars as the 2014 Spur Masidlale Soccer League wrapped up around the country recently. Teachers, local coaches and players participated in a nine-week series during which ten schools entered their top teams with kids aged between nine and 13 years. Each team comprised seven players with three substitutes. Three points were awarded for a win and two points for a draw, while a loss received zero points. The boys’ and girls’ teams finishing top of the log wins a special Spur lunch and PSL mascot experience. According to Khakhi Diala of the Spur Group, the programme is currently recognised as one of the leading youth soccer development initiatives in the country. “We started with 12 one-day coaching clinics in 2005, but the league has grown steadily and has highlighted the huge need for initiatives that provide a platform for youth development. Although numbers are limited to 200 participants per region, we have managed to drastically improve the level of skills training for both coaches and learners,” says Diala. Diala further emphasised that the most rewarding aspect of this corporate investment initiative was that it gave the group the opportunity to change lives. “Soccer is just the tool we’re using. Our goal is to empower both the coaches and the kids with important life skills, which will equip them to be role models in their communities long after the Spur Masidlale league comes to a close,” states Diala. The life skills training for the coaches was facilitated by Macsteel Maestros Life Skills and specifically targeted areas that will increase players’ self-confidence and self-esteem, while promoting positive behavioural shifts. This will enable players to cope better with matters at home, in their football life, and equip them with better decision-making skills. COACHES TRAINING To ensure quality control and effective mentorship, Spur invested in . . .