The packaging and design industries have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years both locally and abroad. In order to deliver market-ready materials to an end-market that continues to grow both in its demands and its appetite for innovative packaging solutions, material suppliers and packaging companies are investing heavily into new technologies in the hope that it will give them a competitive edge. “In this constant race to the top, business process engineering is one area that is often overlooked and neglected, despite the fact that it offers obvious benefits and savings to the entire company,” says Kishan Singh, MD of GI Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd – a Durban-based consultancy that specialises in implementing business management systems that meet the unique needs of its clients. GI Business Solutions is a DNV.GL/ISO9001:2015 Certified, level one B-BBEE company that specialises in the design, development and implementation of business management systems, auditing systems, process re-engineering and packaging optimisation solutions. They also offer various business-related training courses, as well as accompanying competency evaluations, through formal written assessments. This year, the company celebrates its fifth year since it opened its doors for the first time, after Kishan identified a need in the market for expert guidance in the packaging industry specifically to assist companies with their business processes. “With more than 32 years of experience in automotive and packaging manufacturing/quality management arenas, I realised the need for effective business support by consultants with the correct experience and competence,” Kishan says. Amongst his many accomplishments, Kishan is the Global Ambassador of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and National Education Officer of the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) and has achieved the coveted designation “Certified Packaging Professional” (CPP) by the international Institute of Packaging . . .
LGBTQI people face exclusion and discrimination in the workplace. People who are less advantaged socioeconomically are most at risk of poor treatment and marginalisation, and a different sexual and/or gender orientation to the majority exacerbates this. At the level of individual companies in South Africa, there is insufficient, if any, formal and specialised workplace support for LGBTQI people. Informally, some co-workers and employers do provide support and show acceptance in the workplace and don’t show favouritism according to sexual orientation and gender. However, overall, there is little effective support, and it is too easy for a recruiter or employer to simply ignore certain candidates who apply for work or promotion on the basis of demographic factors. There are at least two organisations making headway, however. The Shambhala Organisation promotes and supports LGBT business leaders specifically. Shambhala invests in LGBT owned and managed high-potential businesses. These investments are combined with mentorship and support towards meeting business objectives. We need dedicated business chambers for and active in the LGBTQI community. We need several focusing on each group because the issues faced by the various members in the community are not the same. Transgender people face a different fight in the workplace compared to people who are homo- or bisexual, for example. Nevertheless, it is great news that Africa’s first business network for LGBTI+ people was launched in 2016. The network has offices in Johannesburg and is called PLUS the LGBTI+ Business Network. It is an ‘African trust that advances equality and freedom in southern Africa, with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.’ PLUS champions, promotes, supports and empowers South African LGBTI+ business owners and entrepreneurs with opportunities for learning, networking and conducting business for prosperity. PLUS aims to redress structural and economic injustices of the . . .
No Budget? No Problem! 3 FREE strategies to get your brand out there! Whether you’re leading the charge in a larger organisation or a lone ranger embarking on your solopreneur journey, the reality is that you not always going to have access to a massive marketing budget. So, what do you do to get your brand out there and get those leads streaming in when you don’t have money to spend? Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel, a marketing consultancy in Kwa-Zulu Natal, share three easy, free strategies to help you get your brand out there. 1. DIGITAL NETWORKING When it comes to social media, the trick that you need to master to get your brand out there and start generating great leads is NETWORKING! There are thousands of business or personality profile pages out there and to really stand out, you need to develop a serious networking strategy on social media – from Facebook to LinkedIn and everything in-between. How? Start by creating a mental picture of what your ideal customer looks like and then start engaging with people who fit this profile on a one-on-one basis. This one-on-one engagement is a HUGE differentiator and drives massive value. Be smart about it. If you looking to attract a bigger audience, connect with a ‘group’ or ‘community’ owner/influencer. Once you’ve established trust and demonstrated value, you have created an ambassador for your brand who has a wider audience to influence. Viola! WINNING! Side note: If you’re a marketing manager in a larger organisation, consider getting someone on this full-time. This is a magic strategy to grow your brand and generate seriously hot leads. 2. VIDEO MARKETING Get ready for your close-up! Video content is a powerful medium to get your business noticed and with most social media platforms preferring video content over static posts, you’re setting yourself up for greater reach and engagement. If you’re a consultant, freelancer or entrepreneur with a service-based offering, you can film quick one-minute . . .
Cyclists riding in the bright South African sunlight are set to benefit from a new distribution agreement between Positive Sports Solutions and RYDERS Eyewear. This is the latest in a series of contracts the SA distribution cycling company has set up as part of its mission to make high-end brands available to the market in the Southern African Development Community. These include HEAD bikes, Gipiemme wheels, Westfalia bike racks, ControlTech cycling components and LUCK shoes. Founded in North Vancouver, Canada, some three decades ago, RYDERS eyewear has been established as one of the top cycling accessories. Simon G Edmonds of RYDERS Eyewear South Africa said they were delighted to join forces with Positive Sports Solutions to expand their operations in southern Africa. "By a happy coincidence, we work in the same office block as Positive Sports Solutions in Irene and I was interested to see if there was any synergy between the two companies in terms of promoting our products," he said. "This led to a meeting with Lynette [Burger], whom I knew from many years in the cycling industry. It led to her trying out some of the RYDERS technology and the rest is history." Burger is part of the highly successful Demacon Ladies Cycling Team who have recently had their sponsorship with Positive Sports Solutions renewed for 2019. Edmonds said RYDERS products were already being distributed in South Africa, albeit on a small scale. "It will be a major boost for us to link up with Positive Sports Solutions because of their great brands, great structures and great energy," he added. "These are all important factors in our relationship and I am very comfortable working with Lynette and David [Pieterse, Positive Sports Solutions product and technical manager]." The weather in South Africa, said Edmonds, meant it was always "a great sunglasses market". "RYDERS is a perfect fit, both product-wise and corporate culture-wise. We are crazy about anything . . .
Johannesburg 05 December 2019 - At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We provide innovative solutions to help dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices. Mastering each step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s innovative solutions are proven to be both effective and efficient in helping dentists navigate even the most common procedures with greater success. Calibra® Ceram and Calibra® Universal are adhesive and self-adhesive resin cements from Dentsply Sirona, which can be used in both self-cure and dual-cure mode. They complement the light-curing resin cement Calibra® Veneer, which has been clinically proven for more than 12 years for the adhesive luting of veneers. Advanced materials enable smooth contoured surfaces with excellent shade-matching and stain-resistance. Innovative technologies make it possible to do indirect restorations in a single visit. Even though our solutions have been used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hundreds of millions of restorative procedures, we are committed to making them even better, ensuring dentists can continue to face each step of every procedure with confidence. Calibra® Ceram offers immediate long-term bonding that is ideal for all-ceramic crowns, CAD/CAM restorations and non-retentive preparations needing maximum strength. For a trouble-free procedure and the long-term success of the restoration, the cement used must meet these basic mechanical, biological, and handling requirements: • It must not harm the tooth or surrounding tissues. • It must allow sufficient working time to place the restoration. • It must offer viscosity and film thickness low enough to allow complete seating of the restoration. • It must quickly form a hard mass strong . . .
Johannesburg , 06 December 2019 - More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered Single Visit Dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system. In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits, but also the clinical success has been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is not whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner. Save your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray and take impressions using the CEREC Omnicam, our small powder-free camera. The CEREC Omnicam allows you to take a coating-free scan of the natural tooth substance and gingiva. This saves you an extra step, reduces the learning curve and makes impression-taking more pleasant and time-saving than ever before. The CEREC Omnicam sits perfectly in the user’s hand. Thanks to the slim design and the compact camera tip, scanning posterior teeth presents no problems. Regardless of whether the patient is sitting upright or reclining, you can scan the upper and lower jaws ergonomically without having to adjust your natural working posture. In addition, the CEREC Omnicam allows you to determine the colour of the scanned teeth in the CEREC software based on your scan, and also allows you to expand your treatment spectrum to aligner treatment. This makes the CEREC Omnicam a unique multifunctional tool and offers you everything you need for your safe step into Chairside CAD/CAM. Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide . . .
Can We End Racism? What it Means to Conscientise - By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Conscientise is a somewhat new (1960s) and tricky-to-pronounce term, but the concept is a wonderful ally in the diversity process. Some pronounce the word as con-chi-en-chise; others say con-chen-tize. The latter seems to be the most common in South Africa and is the simplest. Never mind how you say it, though, so long as you get busy with it. A basic definition is that it is to make yourself and others aware of important social and political issues. Conscientising is ensuring everyone knows their rights and responsibilities, but it also includes those nuances and subtle understandings that are more difficult to put into a list of dos and don’ts. To illustrate what it means to be conscientised in the workplace, think of someone coming in late to work. How a manager approaches the problem should differ based on their (conscientised) understanding of the employee and their circumstances. For those who have no choice but to use public transport to get to work, particularly unreliable forms of transport, and especially on a day when there has been a strike, the response should be one of understanding and sympathy for the stress they are likely feeling. What about employees with very young children? How do they warrant special consideration at times? A conscientisied person is aware of these types of factors and their gravity, and will generally be better equipped to handle diversity and a variety of problems. In the workplace, conscientising is part of education, training and development. It is specifically identified as a precursor to the action of challenging inequalities in treatment and opportunities. People must know the power they have to do good and correct wrongs before they can achieve the ideals of equality and a non-racist society. Combating racism is thus about conscientising ourselves and others. Notions of race-based inferiority are combated . . .
The world’s largest and most trusted travel website, TripAdvisor, has announced its top fine dining restaurants for 2018 in the Traveller’s Choice Awards, with La Colombe in Constantia being named 6th best restaurant in the world. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and opinions collected over a 12-month period from travellers around the world – taking into consideration quality and quantity of the reviews. One spot up from last year’s ranking, the La Colombe team headed by chef proprietor, Scot Kirton, and executive chef, James Gaag, can be very proud of this international recognition. TripAdvisor described the Western Cape spot as a "fantastic fine dining experience". It is the only South African restaurant to be recognised on TripAdvisors Top 25 with chef proprietor, Scot Kirton, commenting: “La Colombe has consistently received world-wide acclaim and our passionate team is extremely proud to be recognised amongst the top restaurants in the world by TripAdvisor!” The number one spot was awarded to the sublime - Au Crocodile in Strasbourg, France. www.lacolombe.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The future of work: Should Africa resist automation in the workplace? By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute There has been a lot of buzz about the ‘future of work’ recently. There is major concern over who will become redundant and how this will happen – and rightly so. Wits recently conducted a review of research on the topic and found that most authors studying the issues are in fact negative or at least quite concerned about the impact of technology on employment prospects and society in general. People do benefit from various technologies. We have all experienced how they make our lives better in certain ways, for example, in healthcare. However, redundancy remains a major fear associated with the increased use of technology in the workplace. In Australia and the UK, for example, checkout staff at grocers and other major retailers have almost disappeared. Instead, checkouts at stores like Target (which is much like our Edgars) and Woolworths in Australia (similar to our shop of the same name, but a different company) are self-service. Petrol pumps are also self-service. If South Africa follows suit, this spells doom for many, many workers in these industries, and the majority of them are black and those most in need of employment opportunities. The Edcon group (which includes Edgars, CNA and Jet, among others) has about 39 000 employees, while the Shoprite group (Checkers, House and Home and others) has 147 000 employees, some of whom are in other African countries. We naturally feel afraid of the prospect of any of these people losing their jobs. We need many, many more jobs in South Africa. Fewer jobs is not a viable solution to our economic challenges, and so certain technologies can do more harm than good. If major retailers and petrol companies decide to go the automated checkout route in South Africa, we will likely have massive protests and even boycotts. We could expect that workers themselves – as well as customers – will . . .
Past Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé is Young Winemaker of the Year The title of 2018 Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year awarded to a former protégé of the Cape Winemakers Guild is a feather in the cap of this forerunner of skills development in the South African wine industry. Rudger van Wyk who participated in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme before joining Stark-Condé as assistant winemaker in 2016, is the Guild’s first past protégé to be crowned Young Winemaker of the Year. Van Wyk earned the title in this well-respected annual competition now in its 18th year, with his Stark-Condé 2016 Stellenbosch Syrah. He was promoted to winemaker at Stark-Condé earlier this year. During his time as a protégé he honed his skills under the mentorship of Abrie Beeslaar at Kanonkop and Bernhard Veller at Nitida. Van Wyk looks back at his days as a protégé with fond memories: ‘Through the programme my wine knowledge increased greatly and it served as a stepping stone to producing fine wine. My internship also instilled a great passion for the wine industry and the work culture of striving to produce a great wine.’ Founded in 2006, the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme has established itself as the most successful skills development programme in the South African wine industry. Driven by the single-minded vision of transformation, the programme has seen a total of 24 talented oenology and viticulture graduates garnering valuable experience while enjoying the rare opportunity of working side by side with members of the Guild. To date there are 20 former protégés pursuing promising careers in the wine industry – from private wine estates to larger corporate companies. ‘The Cape Winemakers Guild is passionate about transforming our industry through cultivating and nurturing young winemakers and viticulturists of excellence. This is an ongoing process that needs to be supported by the wine industry. After twelve years of the Protégé Programme we . . .