Over 40 craft producers and designer makers based in the Eden District earned R64 000 in sales over the 10 days of the recent Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival – an increase of R20 000 on the previous year. Sales were mainly affordable, low-priced items, with winter warmers such as gloves, snoods and scarves the best-sellers. This is the third year that the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and Knysna Tourism have partnered in settling up a collective shop at the festival, said Craig Carbutt, CCDI Rural Outreach Manager. This endeavour was sponsored for the second time by Pick n Pay and Wesgro, who assisted in providing a well-positioned venue at the bustling main pavilion. Fechters and Timber Village installed some of their furniture in the shop, which gave it a warm, local feel. The collective shop was run by local ladies Portia Falata, Charmaine May and Peggy Dlephu. "We did not only give visitors what they wanted, we also created an income for three people who needed it," said Carbutt. “They did a great job selling a wide variety of products in busy, often crowded surroundings.” The shop stayed open throughout the Festival, depending on activities at the pavilion. The participants were selected from the CCDI database. “This event is becoming very popular for producers as it gives them a small injection of cash in an otherwise difficult winter season,” said Carbutt. “The most challenging thing about setting up the shop is keeping all the craft producers happy. Many become very emotionally attached to their products, and combining a wide variety of items and showing them at their best can be difficult. We aim to give each producer their place, within the limitations we face.” Carbutt advised local producers to focus on high quality, affordability and authenticity. "Inspired people come up with inspiring concepts and authenticity is always the magic ingredient. This is what people relate to and this area provides the ideal mix and a great . . .
For a large number of home buyers in South Africa, security has become one of the most crucial influencing factors when deciding which home to purchase, says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose offices service Cape Town’s Western Seaboard. She notes that because of this, demand for homes located within security complexes has been outstripping the current supply of properties available on the market. In the face of the ongoing high demand for security complexes on Cape Town’s Western Seaboard, RE/MAX Property Associates is expecting a strong response to the new development they are marketing, named Blue Bay. This development offers buyers a secure environment with electric perimeter fencing and access control. Situated in Clam Road, one block away from and parallel to Marine Drive in Bloubergstrand, the development is within walking distance to the beach, as well as a range of amenities. RE/MAX Property Associates, development agent on the Western Seaboard, Ivan Swart, says that this development offers the perfect opportunity for first-time buyers to secure a foothold in the property market. “This development is ideally suited to single professionals or young couples wanting to own their own home in a secure environment, with minimal maintenance worries,” he says. “It is centrally located within easy reach of numerous shops, restaurants and recreational facilities. It is also less than 500m from the IRT connection linking Blouberg with the central city – making this a great location for those wishing to commute into town for work without worrying about traffic congestion or fuel costs. There is ample open-air parking assigned to all of the apartments, with an option to purchase enclosed garages at additional cost.” According to Swart the three-storey building will offer 63 apartments to buyers with the anticipated occupation date set for November 2015. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom options with prices of the units . . .
National Forum of Unemployed Youth and Graduates South Africa (NAFUGSA) is reaching out to Small Businesses in the country between 20th July to 20th August 2014, to ensure that deserving SMEs who requires support with their business initiatives are not left behind. NAFUGSA helps startup businesses cut the cost of labour out by offering funded support. The organisation has identified that small businesses need investment in human resource and support; furthermore talented graduates need meaningful employment and business experience. Thanks to funding Partners, an initiative by NAFUGSA to supports both small businesses and graduates to achieve their goals. Here is what you get: - Up to 5 qualified graduates for 12 months. - 12 months stipend fully paid to graduates by funding partners. - Human Resource Management and support etc. - An opportunity to be featured in Nafugsa’s Marketing Material. - Invitation to attend business seminars. Requirements: - Capacity to host Graduates and office space. - Business must be operational full time. - An administration fee of R1000 per month for a period of 12 Months. - 1st payment is due upon the month of receiving graduates. - Whatever sector you're in get in touch today. Get in touch now to access our funded support! Author: Gugu Mahlangu from National Forum of Unemployed Youth and Graduates South Africa. More Info link: http://nafugsa.wix.com/nafugsa Twitter: https://twitter.com/Nafugsa Facebook: www.facebook.com/nafugsa. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: National Forum of Unemployed Youth and Graduates South Africa. NAFUGSA'S LOGO CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For the large majority of consumers, purchasing a property will be the biggest investment decision they make and one that will affect their financial wellbeing for a long time to come, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that it is highly likely that the property they purchase will account for the largest percentage of their net wealth, which is why it is comforting to know that owning a property is a viable investment option that has proven itself, over time, to be a cornerstone of building personal wealth. “Many savvy property buyers have been able to live out the lifestyle of their dreams through well-researched property investments,” says Goslett, who points out that in all investment endeavors the key element to success is knowledge. “Regardless of whether it’s purchasing property, shares or any other financial investment – it’s all about putting in the time and doing the research. It is vital for any investor to study the market and know how and where to invest in order to make the most of the current conditions surrounding the market they choose,” he advises. “Irrespective of the market phase, one still needs to make the most informed decision and take into consideration all relating factors before a decision is made. For property investors, these factors would include the location and future potential appreciation of the property over the medium to long term, which are important elements regardless of the conditions surrounding the transaction.” According to Goslett, consulting with a financial adviser or experienced real estate professional is highly advisable for property investors who are unsure if they are making the correct decision. “The saying that ignorance is bliss might pertain to certain elements of life, but property investment is certainly not one of them. Making a bad investment decision due to lack of knowledge can be the difference between financial independence and losing thousands. However, having said . . .
The popularity of secure estate living has seen much growth around the country over the past few years, with the area of Kuils River no exception. In fact, says Charles Louw, Broker/Manager of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office operates in Kuils River and the surrounding areas, current demand for properties in secure lifestyle estates in the region is vastly outstripping what is available on the market. “With this type of home in extremely high demand, developers are struggling to keep up with the number of buyers in the market wanting homes in security developments and many of the properties are selling off plan before ground has been broken. Security is a major influence when it comes to purchasing decisions for many homebuyers, which is a driving factor behind the popularity of lifestyle estates,” says Louw. “Many buyers are opting to live in closed communities such as gated complexes and secure estates due to the lifestyle benefits, sense of community and security that they provide.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says over the past decade the number of residential estates and lifestyle developments has increased significantly because close community living has become a sought-after way of life. “The increase in demand for these kinds of properties as a good investment option is reflected in the fact that homes within estates or developments continue to offer buyers a good return on investment. Aside from the obvious physical aspects of living in a secure community such as a perimeter fence and access-controlled entrances, there are also many other benefits and advantages.” According to Louw, often homeowners choose to live in gated estates due to the sense of community that they experience and a feeling of belonging from sharing a common interest. This is due to the fact that a large number of these developments are based on that common interest, such as the case of a residential wildlife estate or golfing estate. “Regardless . . .
They are in South African companies and industries right now, although they may not be part of traditional networks and are unlikely to be present at the higher levels of management in the same numbers as men. It is for this reason that BPW SA and the Department of Trade & Industry (the dti) have partnered in an unrivalled “Women on Boards” director development programme to create a pool of female leaders in SA who are excellently trained and are therefore highly sought after by Boards. Most people today have no knowledge about the makeup of corporate boards, even in the companies they work for. These people would be surprised to learn how little diversity of thought and experience exists in the corporate boardrooms and executive suites of South African businesses. Why should you care about board composition? Boards of directors make decisions that can impact you, your community, and the country. That’s why it’s important that membership on corporate boards be representative of a company's constituents. Boards of directors choose CEOs. They make decisions about executive compensation, whether to buy, sell, or merge with other companies, where corporate offices close and relocate, and how much priority a company gives to issues other than profits, such as social responsibility. Our Women on Boards programme will give you the expertise and exposure needed to be part of the right networks. It is an eight-part program — strategically placed over the course of 8 months, due to the complexity of the material — equips women with the knowledge and tools needed to elevate themselves to the C-suite and beyond. In a supportive and highly interactive atmosphere, an impressive roster of top government and corporate experts will guide skilled female executives through a rigorous program of intensive classroom instruction, case studies and simulations. Every element of the program is focused on strengthening and broadening the leadership talents of the participants . . .
Cape Town craft and design entrepreneurs are stringing up awards like beads on a necklace - Jaqueline Burge of Rarity Handbags has won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Western Cape Regional Achiever Awards. In addition, jewellery designer and manufacturer Katherine-Mary Pichulik has been selected as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. These accolades follow Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) Executive Director Erica Elk’s 2013 award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The criteria for the prestigious awards are that the nominated business must be profitably run, woman-owned and have been trading for over five years. Nominations are judged by a panel of six experts, and the process is moderated and audited. Rarity handbags are made in Cape Town from responsibly-sourced leather and exported across the globe. The company has its own designer and pattern maker and has undertaken manufacturing in-house since 2001. “Our philosophy is establishing niche markets for well-designed, quality products, made in African game, ostrich and Nguni leather,” said Burge. “A strong belief in independent thought and innovation are the foundations of our success and growth. Our clients can expect excellent service with products delivered on time and to specification. Distinctive combinations of leathers and the contemporary interpretation of materials set us apart from our competitors.” Rarity has close links with the CCDI (set up in 2001 to support the economic sustainability of the Western Cape craft and design sector) as it’s one of 20 enterprises selected for a five-year export promotion programme. This is being run by the CCDI and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, with the support of the CCDI (which coordinates and manages export marketing opportunities sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry), . . .
by Lia Marus The marketplace is constantly changing which begs the following question: in this fluctuating environment, how can companies succeed? The answer – said Professor Dave Ulrich at the recent Progress Conference presented by the Business Results Group in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) – is by changing the HR system in your company. You can ensure that your company's HR system is turned around by marrying strategic HR and HR strategy. What is strategic HR? Strategic HR, said Ulrich, starts with looking at your business. "You then need to look at the environment and ask yourself a number of questions, such as: 'How does the environment affect my business'," he said. READ MORE Sector codes delay threatens BEE ratings of companies Solving the disability piece of the skills development puzzle Office of the BEE commissioner to be created soon Transformational HR Given the business flow, strategic HR asks: what are the HR priorities that will help us, as a company, succeed? Your job, as an HR professional or business leader, is to ask: "Given what my business is trying to achieve, how can HR help to make this vision a reality?" When you've answered this question, you need to make sure that the HR function in your business fulfils your business needs. What is HR strategy? Once you've answered these strategic HR queries, in terms of your business' HR strategy you need to ask what the HR function needs to do for the company to be successful. 4 Phases of HR transformation Once you've defined the strategic HR and HR strategy arms of your business, you can proceed to HR transformation. There are four phases to any HR transformation initiative: 1. Business context During this phase, you need to ask: • Is this issue I'm wrestling with building a business case for change? • Am I helping my leaders recognise that HR is part of our success? 2. What is the outcome of the HR transformation . . .
by Lia Marus, editor of HR Pulse In a written reply to a parliamentary question tabled yesterday, basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, stated that nearly 12 million children are enrolled at public schools. Providing our youth with a decent education is the first step towards solving South Africa’s unemployment crisis, which means we have a duty to improve the standard of education in our country. Is this happening? A couple of years ago a Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) education policy research project placed South Africa’s reading ability 10th out of 15 African countries, e.g. Mozambique and Zambia with Tanzania coming out with the best reading ability. We scored a bit better in terms of our mathematical ability, climbing up to the eighth spot out of the same 15 countries surveyed. However, as South Africa has been dubbed the economic powerhouse of Africa, surely we should be scoring top marks in these educational surveys, considering that we will need skilled people to drive our economy? There is one organisation - Partners for Possibility (P4P) – which has decided to take up the cause of trying to improve education in this country. This organisation partners business leaders with school principals so that these school heads can become change leaders in their schools and communities. Many illustrious business heads – such as Bobby Godsell – have joined P4P and give 10 days a year to help the principal. Says Godsell: “It’s not just about doing good, it’s also about engaging with fellow South Africans. We won’t build a country by making each other feel guilty, we need to respect and learn to embrace each other.” Author: Lia Marus from HR Pulse. More Info link: http://www.hrpulse.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/HRPulseNews Facebook: www.facebook.com/hrpulseonline CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
According to historian James Truslow Adams, living the American dream is more than just securing a better material life, it is not a dream of motorcars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable. Often described as the land of opportunity, the US is regarded as a place that presents many possibilities for people to prosper and the life that they have always wanted to live. Throughout history many immigrants have arrived on US shores seeking a better life and a way to succeed economically. According to James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co, a market leader in facilitating citizenship programmes through investment, the fact that the US is one of world’s strongest economic super powers has made it an extremely popular option for investors who want to be at the epicentre of the world’s financial trading markets. “Home to highly sophisticated and innovative companies operating in very efficient factor markets, the United States is ranked second by the World Economic Forum and boosts a number of structural features that give it a strong footing in the economic sector. Living and working in the US allows investors and entrepreneurially-minded people to be at the forefront of the world’s stage when it comes to business. The country provides opportunities within the business world that few other countries throughout the globe can rival. With a population of over 313 million and around 67% between the ages of 15 and 64 years old, the target market and growth potential for any business or investment is exponential,” says Bowling. Aside from having the largest national economy in the world - in both nominal value and by purchasing power - the United States also offers investors a high standard of living, ranking among the top 20 in the world as measured by economists. “The per capita income level within the US is high and the country fares . . .