One of the biggest challenges facing the Eastern Cape is its extremely high unemployment rate. It currently stands at just less than 30%. For youths between the age of 15 and 19 the percentage is much higher – a staggering 50%. The local government is working with businesses across the province to try work out ways to bring those percentages down. JobsEasternCape.com a local job portal for the Eastern Cape aims to help business owners and recruiters to get access to the unemployed skilled and unskilled workers through its website and social media platforms. The portal offers a free service to employers who can then go ahead and post their vacancies free of charge and have the applicants send their CV’s directly to their email inbox. All jobs posted to the website are then shared onto the sites social media outlets. Job seekers also have the opportunity to create a profile and submit a CV both electronically and as an attachment. This increases the job seekers chances of being employed as some recruiters prefer to browse through CV’s online rather than bring to the attention of the public the fact that their client is hiring. Registered users have a great opportunity to register for job alerts so that they are notified immediately when a job is posted matching their CV. The new website will focus its content on education, skills and career advice. Although in its infancy any providers who wish to share content can do so by emailing the editor for guidelines or by contacting the editor through its Facebook Fan Page. JobsEasternCape.com will help educate the youth on advice for job seekers and collect information from recruiters on what seekers could be doing to improve their chances of being employed. Often job seekers find that they apply in vain for work and never hear anything back on the progress of their applications. Through the introduction of the portal we wish to address these issues along with any others raised by frustrated users. A problem . . .
Badly managed workplace stress costs the South African economy billions of Rands each year. It debilitates management and employees alike. Dr Anthony Costandius, Counselling Psychologist, points out that nurturing the emotional strength of people within the company, i.e. utilising effective psychological principles, also found in well-functioning families - can help management and staff to endure and thrive. This gives the company the best chance to survive current and future economic challenges. Stress in the workplace, a universally documented phenomenon, is exacerbated by the current extended global financial crisis. Survivors of cut-backs, retrenchments and corporate restructuring now need to do more with less, whilst still being required to meet the same targets as before. Office and home have become inextricably intertwined, providing little opportunity to recharge. People at risk means that the company is at risk. The impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of staff is clear. Increased absenteeism caused by chronic headaches, gastric problems, depression, anxiety, strokes and heart attacks, low morale and reduced job satisfaction have become the order of the day. For companies who now have to survive with a reduced and over-taxed workforce, this is very worrying. The above situation can only change if more effective strategies are found to manage and nurture emotional strength in the workplace. Dr Costandius states: "We need to identify people at risk, offer helpful and appropriate interventions and create an environment where people feel safe to say 'I need help!' without the fear of being victimised or given a poor performance review." There is a solution. Dr Costandius believes that, by utilising stress reduction and coping strategies found in well-functioning families, management efficacy and the employer environment can be improved significantly. He adds that, while many of today’s managers have the functional and technical skills to . . .
The commenting period for the Proposed Listed Atmospheric Emission Activities Amendments (Amendments), published by the Department of Environmental Affairs in November last year, ended on 11 April 2013 and will now be followed by public hearings starting on or around 16 April 2013. “The Amendments contain a list of activities that result in atmospheric emission and which have or may have a significant detrimental effect on the environment; including health, social conditions, economic conditions, ecological conditions or cultural heritage,” explains Sandra Gore, Director in the Environmental practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. “The Proposed Atmospheric Emissions Activities Amendments have already attracted substantial criticism. This includes that, despite South Africa's ambient air quality falling short of World Health Organisation benchmarks, the proposed amendments relax certain air quality standards, which will create health risks. This appears to be in contrast to government's commitment to addressing air pollution,” Gore explains. “Industries, however, argue that emission standards are too stringent and South Africa should not be measured against industrialised countries' standards, where industries can afford to implement expensive air pollution abatement technology (often equating to millions of Rands). “The problem is exacerbated by South African industries remaining highly reliant on relatively old facilities, with short remaining lifespans. It is often unfeasible to upgrade facilities to comply with the air emission regulatory framework, which has rapidly evolved over the last decade,” she says. Gore explains that industry in South Africa is a significant employment source for poor and unskilled labourers. Faced with too stringent air emissions limits and costly abatement technology required in air emission licences, companies could be forced to close down or reduce employee numbers, diminishing socio-economic benefits arising from their . . .
Locker30, a pioneer in online marketing needs, recognizes where the market is going and helps businesses shift their marketing and online presence to the mobile platform. It changes the way businesses are seen by making it easier for customers to find local businesses from their mobile devices and in so doing Locker 30 increases revenue for their clients. Since the methods in advertising have transformed with the birth of mobile internet, every business must have a platform where they can execute an effective channel in place of obsolete and outdated ones. Businesses are at risk of going down the drain if they fail to keep up with the current trend within the mobile market. With more and more handsets being able to access the internet, the mobile web represents the greatest shift in the use of the Internet since the worldwide web began. Today's consumers are increasingly impatient and demand information sooner rather than later and the mobile web allows companies to address this demand. Businesses that do not effectively accommodate the mobile user are losing out on significant opportunities since mobile traffic is less likely to convert to leads due to the difficulties of loading, finding, and accessing key content while on the go. The need for businesses to go mobile increases each day as that market grows in leaps and bounds. Your customers are looking for you, what are you showing them? Don’t let them become frustrated when your website isn't mobile friendly. Locker30 is a mobile marketing company dedicated to making the mobile online world within easy reach of businesses looking to step into the future and increase their sales and visibility. Locker30 helps businesses build a solid customer base and relationship; businesses can interact with clients and in so doing get to know their needs as well as create client databases, reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Locker30 online marketing is entering the market at rock bottom prices as they . . .
MANGO-OMC has been appointed to handle the communications for Topco Media’s prestigious Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards. As of 7 March 2013, the short-term contract kicked off to communicate the Awards taking place on 26 April. Says MANGO-OMC MD, Nicole Capper: “We are honoured to have the opportunity to be working with an organisation such as Topco Media and, through the Awards, to be in contact with top-level business and thought leaders.” URL: http://www.oliverawards.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Oliver_Awards Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oliver-Empowerment-Awards/ YouTube: Author: Naomi Willemse from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
10 legends in empowerment set to accept lifetime achievement awards at the 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards Three of the ten 2013 Oliver Legends have just confirmed that they will be attending the Oliver Empowerment Awards to accept their Legends of Empowerment – Lifetime Achievement Award. They are: Dr Mathews Phosa, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele and Dr Mamphela Ramphele. The Legends of Empowerment Lifetime Achievement Award is a new addition to the Oliver Empowerment Awards. “We wanted to acknowledge and honour South Africa’s inspiring leaders of transformation,” says Karla Fletcher Awards Director of Topco Media who organize the awards and publish the annual empowerment publication, Impumelelo. The Legends were selected through a blind nominations process by a Topco Editorial Nominations Committee, which was chaired by the company’s Publisher and moderated by their Group Editor. There was a set list of criteria used in the selection process and these included: Workplace initiatives, documented personal history in terms of empowerment and transformation interventions and efforts towards development and awareness, skills training and sustainability. The other seven recipients of the Legends of Empowerment Award are: Mr Tokyo Sexwale, Dr Rob Davies, Ms Thuli Madonsela, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, Mr Patrice Motsepe, Dr Reuel Jethro Khoza and Ms Maria Ramos. The Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards celebrates South Africa's black economic empowerment champions. Recognised as the country’s most influential empowerment awards ceremony, The Oliver Awards aim to identify and acknowledge true empowerment leadership and innovation. In particular, these Awards celebrate companies and individuals in the public and private sectors that are excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on . . .
Ideaaccelerator.co.za founder Chesney Bradshaw has just published "How You Can Make Money From Blogging", a guide for university students on making income online through blogs. Written by Chesney Bradshaw, who has 10 years’ experience as a corporate Webmaster and four years blogging on innovation site ideaaccelerator.co.za, the book is designed to give university students practical advice and proven strategies to help them start blogs that can be turned into viable businesses. Bradshaw says more university students are looking for ways to make money online because of the high cost of tuition and the difficulty in finding jobs after graduation. "Young people face high levels of graduate unemployment for both college and university students," said Bradshaw. "Although online blogging will appeal to a relatively small number of students, it can provide opportunities for those who have a passion for entrepreneurship, marketing and selling." The book was launched at the University of the Free State where Bradshaw gave a presentation to students learning New and Social Network Technologies in the department of Communication Science. Material covered in the book includes: • Getting started by finding an audience large enough to support a successful blog and how to create appealing content compelling content. • Achieve Advice on how to avoid creating blogs that appeal to advertisers and search engines but do not follow the critical passion of the blogger who needs to engage readers. • Techniques for building readers through online marketing including social bookmarking, social bookmarking, social media, original article marketing, forum promotion and video marketing and online publicity. • Case studies of successful bloggers and how they went about commercialising their blogs. "How You Can Make Money From Blogging" clearly explains the sheer hard work, marketing savvy and drive that is required as the time period for successful blogs has . . .
Competition and Workshop for Local Entrepreneurs in Secunda and Sasolburg Free Entrepreneurial Training: Register NOW for this opportunity Are you a hopeful entrepreneur? Do you have an innovative idea you would like to see flourish into a business or do you have a new business that needs guidance to grow to the next level? Do you need help pitching your business to potential investors or bank managers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Pitch & Polish is the solution for you. Just as you are part of the solution to job creation in South Africa. Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive and shape innovation and contribute to productivity. Pitch & Polish is a free workshop and competition which will be held in Secunda on Saturday 6 April 2013 and Sasolburg on Saturday 20 April 2013. Winners from each city receive cash prizes and go through to the final, held in Johannesburg. These Pitch & Polish events intend to unearth the entrepreneurial talent and innovation that is believed to be in abundance in these two communities. The Pitch & Polish programme is designed to give you the skills you will need to pitch your business or idea effectively to potential investors, while learning valuable business lessons. Steps to be part of the free Pitch & Polish programme: 1. Decide whether you would like to register as a delegate or contestant (delegates and contestants participate in the workshop throughout the day but only contestants compete by pitching their business to the delegates who are encouraged to role-play as investors and bank managers) 2. Choose the city closest to you: Secunda 6 April or Sasolburg 20 April 3. Register online at www.pitchandpolish.com or sms PITCH and your NAME and CITY to 45982 (charged at R1.50 an sms) or email email@example.com or call on 011-566-2000 4. Arrive on the day at 8 am to sign in and enjoy a full, fun day of learning 5. Refreshments will be provided This unique experience-based form of . . .
As you already know, my business provides verbal and non-verbal communication skills training. Throughout my three year existence, I have been priveledged to work with many diverse and interesting people and companies. Currently, I am very thankful and have been given the gift of working with clients who mainly consists of foreign nationals. These are families who are based in Johannesburg, South Africa over a period of three to five years. They seem to require and are focused on furthering themselves in the English language, in addition to other exciting and necessary aspects, which are important for living comfortably in another country. I decided to expand my business offering from communication training to offering basic cooking and baking classes in order for the foreign nationals to feel more at ease with the life experienced in Johannesburg on a day to day basis and to have a greater undertsanding of the cooking methods and types of foods that are eaten in the country. I have a real passion for cooking and I wanted to convey this passion to my clients. I have been running my classes on a weekly basis and the group really seems to be enjoying each and every moment. I believe that food not only allows one to survive, however it also allows one to live. By this I mean that food provides one with the ability to appreciate and expereince life in many different ways, and most of all, through communication. URL: Twitter: https://twitter.com/PIC_M Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michelle Shippel from Psychedelic Imagination Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Over the past eleven years the Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards has celebrated South Africa's black economic empowerment champions. Recognised as the country’s most influential empowerment awards ceremony, The Oliver Awards aim to identify and acknowledge true empowerment leadership and innovation. In particular, these Awards celebrate companies and individuals in the public and private sectors that are excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. After a nation-wide call for entries targeting eligible individuals, SME’s and large corporations, this year has produced the highest caliber of finalists in the 12 year history of the Oliver Awards. Here is a look at whom some of the finalists for the 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards are (the full list is available on the website): Organisational Awards: Africa’s Transformation Award finalists include: Accenture South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Netcare Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Skills Development Award finalists include: DAV Professional Placement Group, FirstRand Limited and Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd. The SME Award finalists include: Musa Capital Fund Managers, Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors Pty Ltd and Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Socially Responsible Investment Award finalists include: SAB Miller, 5FM and Vodacom SA (Pty) Ltd. Individual Awards: The Entrepreneur Award finalists include: Sibongile Maseko from Bongi-M Construction cc, Pria Hassan from Women of Africa Fuels & Oils and Allon Raiz from Raizcorp Enterprise Development. The Female Business Personality finalists are: Santie Botha from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo from Petro SA and Pria Hassan from Women of Africa Fuels & Oils. The Male Business Personality finalists are: Adam Samie from Lion of Africa Insurance Company Limited, Mteto Nyati of Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd and Victor Sekese from . . .