Cape Town, March, 7, 2017. Life admin is the buzz word of the year, and it’s a perfect fit for all those little daily details that everybody has to do, but hates doing – buying electricity, taking out insurance, providing adequate health care cover and so on. However, in a move set to bring millions to the shores of Cape Town, Merchants in partnership with iSelect, will be easing the life admin burden of thousands of Australians with the signing of a five-year business deal between the two southern hemisphere companies. Established in 2000, iSelect started as a health insurance comparison website, but has recently diversified its product offering and is now selling additional services such as car and life insurance, home loans, electricity and broadband. This has resulted in significant growth for iSelect, however their challenge was to find enough talent to manage the growing rate of customer queries – a somewhat difficult task in Australia where the unemployment rate is low. “For most companies, offshoring a contact centre is about bringing costs down and efficiencies up. However for iSelect, the offshore move was to enable it to effectively grow the business, while still providing top quality service to its already established client base,” explains Darren Arnold, Strategy Director at Merchants. “They needed a skilled and educated sales force that could deliver high quality telephonic sales driven by a desire to always get it right – no matter what ‘it’ may be. The products that iSelect sell are needed, but not items people would spend hours choosing. Their customers want to get what they need as quickly as possible so that they can go on with their daily lives.” With Merchants partnering with iSelect to manage the contact centre in Cape Town, their customers can experience the best in skills and technology to deliver this aspect of life admin correctly and with minimum interruption to their day or night. In addition, all iSelect consultants are . . .
Should you belong to a professional association? If you want to get ahead in your career, the answer is “yes,” according to Bianca Filmalter, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA). “Association membership has incredible benefits for ambitious, career-oriented businesspeople,” Filmalter said. Solving Career Concerns Filmalter believes that belonging to an association can help members in a variety of ways. “As the saying goes, ‘No man is an island,’” she said. “Business people do not thrive when they are isolated from colleagues. Regular interaction leads to learning, personal growth and career progression.” Filmalter noted that the following career concerns can often be resolved through association membership: Stuck in Limbo: Is your career making little or no progress? Interacting with others in your profession could be the answer. “An association might offer workshops on how to advance in your career,” Filmalter said. “Or, it may be time to seek a new employer. You can make connections through association functions that could lead to a better position with a different company.” No One to Ask: If you are self-employed, or a part of a small department at your workplace, there may be times when you would like to know the opinion of others in your position. “Your employer or clients look to you as an expert in your field,” Filmalter said, “but there are times when even an expert can use some good advice. Many associations have online message boards where members can ask each other questions or discuss various important topics.” Reinventing the Wheel: Are you ever frustrated with ineffective or convoluted processes in your workplace? With time and patience, you might come up with an easier way – but why reinvent the wheel? By talking with peers in an association, you can learn about solutions that others in your industry have already discovered. “An association can provide educational opportunities . . .
Centurion, Gauteng, 28 February 2017 – Representatives from Nexia SAB&T and Indyebo, announced today that the two companies will be merging effective 1 March 2017. The business will continue to trade under the Nexia SAB&T brand, to emphasise its ties to the 10th largest international network in the sector, Nexia International. Nexia SAB&T is a top ten audit, accounting and consulting professional services provider, with a history that dates back to the birth of democracy in South Africa, having been founded in 1994. Nexia SAB&T has always strived to reflect the demographics of the country in its ownership structure, while providing a service to its clients that is inspired by a vision to be “Closer to you!” Indyebo is a progressive Black female owned firm that offers assurance, advisory and consulting services and has an outstanding reputation for quality, excellence and integrity. The merger has come about as a natural development out of several projects undertaken by Nexia SAB&T and Indyebo jointly. Nexia SAB&T has long identified Indyebo as a candidate for its enterprise development initiatives and as such shared a long and mutually beneficial shared relationship with Indyebo over the years. With the other Black owned assurance provider firms in the market having experienced growth in the past years, this merger will see Nexia SAB&T solidifying its position among South Africa’s top ten audit firms as well as, as one of the premier Black empowerment firms. Nexia SAB&T is truly a multi-disciplinary professional service provider, with a wide range of services and accreditations in the audit, accounting and consulting fields. These include JSE accreditation for the conduct of audits of listed entities, a national footprint with offices in each of South Africa’s nine provinces and experience in the private and public sector at all levels. Bashier Adam, CEO and founder of Nexia SAB&T explained the new direction of the . . .
What is KYC and How is Regtech making it less painful? Why KYC? No, KYC is not just another acronym that doesn’t deserve a mention. Yes, KYC is the ofttimes painstaking process that you go through when signing on for a new account or financial service. More importantly though, KYC (Know Your Customer) refers to the due-diligence processes of any regulated business to do exactly that - know us and our businesses - their customers, so that they can transact with us in a safer way. KYC is an especially important cog in the financial services machine, as it assists in the prevention of: Financial Fraud Identity Theft Terrorist Funding Money Laundering Simply put, without KYC, we’d be living in the equivalent of a financial services wild west. Gangsters would be able to get away with money laundering, terrorists would have far easier access to capital and countless more cases of identity theft and financial fraud would be prevalent. The KYC processes also allow our financial services providers (FSPs) to know us as customers better, which translates into them being able to provide more relevant services and solutions, as well as mitigate risks - for both parties. KYC, What? The KYC process can be broken up into two parts and covers both individuals and businesses. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll refer to the process used for individuals throughout this article. Customer Identification - This is where you’re asked for identifying information, generally in the form of your identity document (e.g passport) your proof of address (e.g your telephone bill) and a recent photograph. Customer Due-Diligence - This is where your risk profile gets assessed via various levels of questioning and supporting information and documentation requests - which may include your source of funds, purpose of your account, your occupation, your financial statements, banking references etc. The institution and type of account/transaction involved . . .
In 2016 the 24 Hour Sailing Challenge record on the North End Lake was set by Team Sonnet from the Algoa Bay Yacht Club who completed 60 nautical miles in the 24 hour period. The winning team from the Redhouse Yacht Club, 'The Dark Side' won this year's event and smashed the record by sailing 101.5 nautical miles in 24 hours. Five teams from the Redhouse Yacht Club, two from Algoa Bay Yacht Club, one from the East London Yacht Club and one from NMMU took part in this gruelling challenge which saw these 9 teams - up from 6 last year - pit their wits and stamina against each other in two man boats sailing shifts over 24 hours in winds that were consistently above 15 knots and gusting 30 knots whilst one team paddled for 24 hours. Saturday saw the boats sailing a port around, anti-clockwise course from opposite the EP Powerboat Club to a mark off of Milner Avenue, reaching to a mark off of the corner of Coca Cola and then straight back to the EP Powerboat Club. The easterly wind was consistent and in the teens up until 10:00 pm when the wind shifted to the west and the boats changed direction to sail a starboard around clockwise course. The gybe mark saw many boats capsize as they rounded the mark in the dark with the wind gusts from the Northern side of the North End Lake catching many exhausted crews unawares. Sailing in the dark at 3:00 am caught one of the Sonnet teams - 'Mommy's Darlings' - unaware as they capsized close to the pump house and were washed onto the rocks and out of the race. The youth team - 'Windpower' sponosored by green energy company Metrowind and consisting of sailors from Parsons Hill and Herbert Hurd Primary Schools sailed two rounds of the course and elected to wait out the strong winds on the course. Unfortunately for them the strong winds never abated and they got to spend time swimming and relaxing in the waters of the North End Lake. The first five teams home all sailed further than the winning team of 2016: The . . .
JOHANNESBURG—January 7, 2017—Farai Madzima today announced that eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch. At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and processes to create the most innovative apps and websites for customers in South Africa and the rest of the world. Pixel Up! 2017 will feature 14 inspiring and practical talks by speakers who’ve worked at Apple, Google, IDEO, Airbnb and more. Four master-grade hands-on workshops to help designers skill up in new techniques will be delivered by world renowned authors and facilitators. This year’s conference includes a notable lineup of featured speakers from the UX and design industry, including: Andy Clarke - one of the best known UK web designers (Wales) Austin Knight - Senior UX designer at Hubspot, speaker, and author (Brazil) Brad Frost - Web designer, speaker, author, and consultant (Pittsburgh) Emma Craig - UX researcher at Shopify (Canada) Kevin Hoffman - Information architect and design strategist and author (Philadelphia) Josh Clark - Designer and author (New York) Michael Sui - Senior designer at Airbnb (San Francisco) Mindy Gold - UX content strategist at Capital One (New York) Nancy Douyon - User experience lead at Google (San Francisco) Ron Bronson - User experience etrategist at Practical Starship Sebastiaan de With - ex-Apple designer (San Francisco) Dr. Tendayi Viki - Innovation consultant (UK) Val Head - Web animation expert and author (Pittsburgh) Designers and other professionals looking to learn and improve their user experience and design skills can apply for tickets via the Pixel Up! website (pixelup.co.za) now until Sunday, May 7 at 22:00 SAST. Tickets are limited to 150, last year was sold out. “South . . .
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Johannesburg, 08 December 2016 - The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held its inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2016, to acknowledge excellence in the areas of skills development partnerships, innovation in training, work integrated learning, support for people living with disabilities as well as extraordinary work by new member companies. 33 Companies walked away with awards that were given across 6 categories namely; Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for WIL, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special Award to new member companies from CHIETA ACEO. The companies received a trophy, a certificate of acknowledgment as well as a cheque for R 150 000.00 towards skills development in the 2017(terms and conditions apply). Member companies such as SASOL, CHEVRON South Africa and Unilever were amongst the veteran industry companies to snatch up awards during this prestigious event. The focus however was not on the age or history of organisations but rather the merits of each project. Rural based companies such as Elinem Construction CC were recognized for their unique offering to the unemployed youth of rural Kwa-Zulu-Natal. "As a SETA accredited training provider and employer, we target unemployed youth from the rural community of KZN and take them through the institutional training and then into Elinem Construction for in-service training," shared Warren Birchall, Training Manager of Elinem Construction CC. He added that the Elinem learners therefore leave the program trained for industry and not for the minimum outcome as is specified by many training program. Mr Birchall reiterated that this program is largely made possible by CHIETA funding as 99% of their learners hail from impoverished backgrounds. This program was visited by the Auditor General of South Africa during the 2016 Audit period, and was . . .
Women are becoming a driving force of entrepreneurial growth and will be an important influence in generating economic growth, jobs and new prosperity in the future. Currently, female- owned businesses still only account for 30 percent of businesses worldwide and women still face gender specific obstacles as entrepreneurs. To find solutions for specific issues or to set up or grow their business, women often will need expert advice, training or mentoring at some point. Introducing a New Platform for Women Entrepreneurs GoGilvah, founded by business woman Gisa Ellis is an online platform and community connecting women entrepreneurs owning, running or planning start-ups and businesses with expert consultants, mentors and experienced business leaders. GoGilvah helps women connect with experts who can help propel their businesses forward. GoGilvah offers a unique resource of committed, creative and compassionate experts focused on a common purpose - to help women to accelerate in business and personally. The aim is to provide business women with easy access to tailored, solution oriented, valuable expert advice without having to travel to the professional. They can receive advice on all aspects from creating a marketing plan to building an international strategy to training and managing a leading team. Some of the benefits of GoGilvah for the experts and entrepreneurs are; • No geographical boundaries • Scheduling, Booking, confirmations, invoicing and payments all done through integrated software • Consult via Skype from the comfort of your home or office We aim to support and inspire women to become strong, impactful and successful entrepreneurs. Your success is our success. Connect with at GoGilvah: www.gogilvah.com Contact us for enquiries here: firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Wooden Jungle Gyms – The secret of simulating your child’s development in an enjoyable way could be waiting right outside your home. The benefits of buying a Wooden Jungle Gym are many. Wooden Jungle Gyms are easily integrated into a family lifestyle. They provide quality family fun, without needing to even leave the home. Wooden jungle gyms teach children value skills which they can carry with them into adulthood. Physical, emotional and social skills are just a few of the essential skills that can be learned through a wooden jungle gym, and the best part is that your children are enjoying themselves while their development grows in leaps and bounds. Most children in this day and age do not get as much exercise as they should. The Wooden Jungle Gym provides parents with the perfect solution to incorporate physical activity into their children’s lifestyle. Wooden Jungle Gyms develop a child’s imagination which may bring out creativity in all aspects of their life. It teaches them to share and cooperate with siblings and friends, whether older or younger as the wooden jungle gym is appropriate for children of all ages. In addition, the wooden jungle gym can help children conquer some fears they may have such as, the fear of heights. Many children miss out on fun and exciting activities because they are afraid of attempting them. This unfortunately may often carry on to their adult life. The Wooden jungle gym is an investment unlike any other, it will last for many years. It keeps children entertained throughout holidays and weekends, while developing them in a fun way. Children, as they grow up will share many great experiences with siblings, parents and friends on their wooden jungle gym. Mzanzi Wooden Jungle Gyms was started by Abel Seleka in 2005 with one aim. To put smiles on the faces of the children of Mzanzi. Since then the company has grown in leaps and bounds. Mzanzi Wooden Jungle gyms have done installations at schools, parks, nurseries, . . .