October marks Productivity Month in South Africa. Productivity SA, an Entity of the Department of Labour established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014, with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, has declared the theme for the 2018 Productivity Month as “Productivity: a catalyst for sustainable growth and development”. The objective of Productivity Month is primarily the promotion of the importance of productivity to every South African and to highlight productivity as a catalyst for sustainable and inclusive growth and development and the creation of decent jobs. Productivity month aims to inculcate a productivity culture and mind-set in all that we do as a country and society. During Productivity Month, the importance of productivity in enhancing economic growth is brought to the fore through a series of workshops and seminars. Productivity Month initially started as a week of activities whereby efforts around creating awareness on productivity and competitiveness were intensified. Over a decade later the activities have developed into a fully-fledged Productivity Month that has proved to be a landmark annual campaign. The broader objectives of productivity month are to: • Inculcate the culture and mind-set of productivity and mobilise all South Africans to embrace productivity as a way of life • Plant the seed of Productivity as an ongoing quest for making SA a competitive nation • Emphasize the role productivity plays in economic growth and increasing the standard of living of all South Africans • Promote Productivity SA programmes and its outcome based solutions in place to assist ailing companies • Reinforce Productivity SA as a catalyst to inclusive growth and sustainable development • To raise awareness about the potential role of productivity in growing and developing the economy and . . .
Buying a new home represents a new and exciting chapter in your life. If you’re a first-time home buyer and you’re buying off-plan, you may find all the administration, paperwork and new responsibilities overwhelming if you don’t understand the reason for them or how they all fit together. Cosmopolitan Projects, one of South Africa’s largest developers of affordable housing, offers a handy checklist of essential tips associated with buying a home off-plan: Work with an NHBRC registered builder/developer – The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is a regulatory body of the home building industry. The NHBRC certifies builders who meet the prescribed industry standards criteria in terms of technical competence, construction experience and financial capability. The law also requires all new homes to be enrolled with the NHBRC at least 15 days prior to construction. Enrolling your home building project with the NHBRC protects you against poor building practices. Buying off-plan means you are buying a new home in a development or housing scheme that has not been built yet. You will choose your stand, home layout and finishes according to what is on offer from the developer, and your home will then be built for you subject to you qualifying for a bond. The developer may have one constructed unit as an example, or they may have models and layouts of what the final property will look like. Cosmopolitan Projects has shown villages that depict the products. Either way it’s really important to understand exactly what you are getting. Ask questions, and don’t sign up until you know exactly what you are agreeing to. Applying for a bond – once you have agreed on your home and plans, the developer will provide you with a formal quote to review and accept. This quote is then submitted to the bank in order for you to apply for a home loan. If the bank approves your application, you will receive a bond approval offer from the bank. You will be asked to . . .
The winners of the 5th edition of the Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival, presented by Savanna Loco, were announced on the 22 September at the Carrol Boyes showroom in Paarden Eiland. The extravagant red carpet gala awards ceremony was a fitting culmination to the festival, after a few day lead up of inspiring screenings, talks and competitions. With the theme of Tim Burton, new venue, the Carrol Boyes showroom played the perfect backdrop to a scene of fabulous gothic extravagance, Carrol Boyes also debuted their new confectionary range on the night. While the bridal inspired fashion show by local designer Abigail Betz received high praise. “The Gala Events were the cherry on the cake and bring to a close the 2018 Bokeh Festival events. I am once again humbled by the attention and accolades that Bokeh continues to garner both locally and abroad. The support and commitment shown by each member of the Bokeh team as well as our partners makes Bokeh the world class platform it is.” Says Adrian Lazarus – Founder and Manging Director of the Bokeh Festival. “Savanna Premium Cider is known for its funny, quirky and unapologetic nature, but there is also a lesser-known maverick side to Savanna, which is always pushing the boundaries, unafraid to break new ground and to try new things. We believe strongly in the strength of joint branding, provided the brands are strongly aligned on their vision and future direction. Bokeh is well aligned to the principles of breaking new ground, always premium and unmistakably original, all of which firmly articulate the future of Savanna. As such, Savanna, led by the premium variant, Savanna Loco, are delighted to have formed this partnership with Bokeh. We are proud to be able to extend our headline sponsorship for a further year with the team at Bokeh!” Says Vicki Herbertson – Head of RTD Distell. “Mercedes-Benz values the unique interactive sensory experience that the Bokeh Festival offers . . .
Mastering diversity strategies that work By Devan Moonsamy – CEO The ICHAF Training Institute Despite the challenges that come with managing and getting the best out of and for diverse teams, ways to handle diversity successfully have been identified, tested and shown to work. Specific skills and knowledge are required, but they are usually not what one would expect. Too often, if employees are trained on diversity, the focus is on their peers’ culture, and even mundane things like what type of foods certain groups might prefer. This may have some value, but in a very limited sense. Even teaching staff to greet one another in their home language may help, but again, it will not remove or even begin to address those deep-seated prejudices preventing us from really making progress. Much more in-depth and focused interventions are required to get people to understand, acknowledge, and embrace the true value of diversity. After this initial process of improving interpersonal relationships begins, employees can then be guided in the creation of a conducive workplace environment for the advantages of diversity to be realised. One major advantage of maintaining a sound diversity structure in the workplace is that it ensures we draw all types of customers to our business. There are many other advantages, all of which can be taught along with the means to implement them. To begin teaching the necessary skills, we need to start on the individual level, introducing powerful tools for the employee to use in interrogating their own views and getting to the heart of their own prejudices, fears and worries. Once these have been acknowledged in the safe and carefully facilitated training space, work begins on implementing interpersonal diversity strategies that are effective in the South African environment. A diversity expert should tailor diversity strategies for the target group and seek to address the specific problems that are cropping up and preventing the . . .
New wine record at 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Strict selection criteria and a finely tuned line-up paid off at the 34th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction held in the Stellenbosch winelands over the weekend with a higher than expected turnover exceeding R10,5 million and a new record price for red wine. Total sales amounted to R10 593 760 this year with the average price per case at R5 265 and per bottle at R878 exceeding last year’s results. Bidding started at a rapid pace from the first lot, with Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2015 setting a new record of R22 500, the highest price ever achieved for a case of six wines at the auction. “We are very happy with the results of the 2018 auction. The strict selection process by our members and our focus on smaller volumes of premium quality wines certainly paid off when considering the increased average price per bottle. Overall the auction offered exceptional value across the board which was good news for the large contingent of private buyers,” says Boela Gerber, Chairman of the Cape Winemakers Guild. The highest average prices per case for red wine went to Kanonkop CWG Paul Sauer 2015 (R20 580), Boekenhoutskloof Syrah Auction Reserve 2016 (10 664), Rijk’s CWG Pinotage 2015 (R9 670), Etienne le Riche Cabernet Sauvignon Auction Reserve 2015 (R9 295), Kanonkop CWG Pinotage 2016 (R8 688), Rust en Vrede CWG Auction Estate 2015 (R7 640), Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Windansea Pinot Noir 2017 (R7 310) and Hartenberg CWG Auction Shiraz 2015 (R7 142). Top achieving white wines based on an average price per case included Mullineux ‘The Gris’ Semillon – Old Vines 2017 (R5 657), Ataraxia Under the Gavel Chardonnay 2017 (R5 070), Paul Cluver The Wagon Trail Chardonnay 2017 (R4 910) and Jordan CWG Chardonnay 2017 (R4 771). The average price per case for Méthode Cap Classique was R4 419 for Silverthorn Wines Big Dog IV 2013 and R4 253 for Graham Beck Cuvée 105 “MGA” Zero Dosage 2009 Pinot Noir . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .
WIN R80 000 IN CASH FOR YOUR BIZ! Running your own business? Want to run your own business? Either way, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is the platform you need to launch you on the path to success! Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition that – so far – has helped around 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. A perfectly polished pitch is key to growing and succeeding in business! Magic always happens when investors hear a well-rounded pitch, as seen at the 2017 final where the winner was offered R2.5 million in potential funding. This year’s programme is hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank and Raizcorp, with the Johannesburg workshop taking place on Saturday 13 October. You can register to attend as a delegate or – if you feel you have what it takes – you can complete an online entry form to be considered as a contestant. During one exhilarating, exciting and fun free day, participants undergo comprehensive and interactive entrepreneurial training on how to pitch like a pro! The session is facilitated by Justin Cohen, best-selling author, international speaker and TV talk-show host. After the training session, the pre-selected contestants can pitch their ideas or businesses to the whole audience. This is where things get really interesting, with both the facilitator and the audience providing feedback on how pitches can be improved. Book now to ensure your place in Johannesburg on Saturday 13 October. SMS “Pitch” to 43719 (SMSs charged at 50c) or visit www.pitchandpolish.com to complete an entry form. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mateasane Mezeria Masike (better known as Tasi) has been appointed as the new Commi Chef at Tsogo Sun’s Goldfields Casino. Tasi grew up with a passion for cooking, but never considered it as a career until she enrolled at the Goldfields TVET College where she studied towards a National Certificate in Hospitality. She says: “At that time, I was still undecided about my career path, but completely fell in love with the industry during the module on an introduction to hospitality.” She studied for three years to attain her qualification and was a top achiever throughout. Over this time, she was exposed to theory and gained practical experience with various companies in the hospitality sector, including Goldfields Casino. It was here that she also completed her Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) internship. “During my internship, I worked at both Billy G and the Explorers Restaurant, as well as on the gaming floor where I got to interact with guests. Once my internship ended, I was hired as a commis chef at Explorers and the rest, as they say, is history.” The 30-year-old who describes herself as a very shy character with an extremely loud voice shares that being a Tsogo Sun employee is fun. “We have a family culture and are always happy to host our guests as we create great experiences for them.” Visit the Free State’s most exciting, family-friendly entertainment attractions to meet Tasi and taste her favourite dish on the Explorer’s menu - chicken fettuccine. For more information, go to https://www.tsogosun.com/goldfields-casino. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hytec Services Africa (HSA), a Hytec Group Company, has launched its mine site-based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining customers across Africa. Set up in refurbished and branded shipping containers varying in size from 20 to 40 feet, the workshops not only provide hose and fittings services, but also enable Hytec to supply its entire range of hydraulic services on a mine site – effectively functioning as an onsite mobile branch. This new mine site services concept is unique to Hytec through the Bosch Rexroth expansion drive into Africa. This gives Hytec a distinct advantage over other companies, which generally only offer hose and fitting services. In order to provide an onsite end-to-end hydraulic offering, the workshop services include Hytec’s hydraulic cylinder service exchange programme, as well as supplying new or providing services for pumps, filtration systems, drives, valves, piston motors and hydraulic maintenance tools. Additionally, as a value-added benefit, Hytec is able to control and stock other hydraulic components on request. Workshop design Depending on the requirements of the mine and the urgency in providing services, Hytec can provide a start-up workshop with stock in very short turnaround times to ensure that hose replacement services begin the moment the workshop and stock arrives on the mine site. All workshops come standard with double side doors, 220 and 380 volt plugs with the plug design matching the destination country requirements; all electrics; strip lighting; air conditioner; extractor fans; and shelving to accommodate approximately 800 small stock bins and start-up hose stock. Start-up workshops are manufactured and readily available fully fitted in Johannesburg to ensure speedy mobilisation and delivery times. “The workshop configuration depends on the mine’s requirements, explains Charlie Harrison, Africa Mining Services and Operations Manager, HSA. . . .
[Johannesburg, 27 September 2018] – NJIN Agency opens its doors in Johannesburg and Cape Town, offering through the line capabilities with digital, data, strategy and technology at its core. >> view website “The marketing industry as a whole has a problem, it’s a ‘BS’ problem,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “Companies are tired of agencies making (often unrealistic) promises and the inevitable mismatched counter-performance. With NJIN we are looking to create an agency that simply does what it says – at a fair rate, in an open, honest and transparent fashion.” “Driven specialists. Proven Expertise. No BS.” The NJIN Agency management team spent a year analysing shortcomings in traditional agency models, drawing from individual experience, seasoned consultants and open discussions with partners (and key clients) to craft a simple, yet challenging, brand promise. “We are well aware that, in time, our thinking may prove naïve or overly optimistic but we believe this is the right path for our clients, our shareholders and our teams,” says Faber. “We’ve recruited smartly to answer market requirements for creative, data, technology and strategy to reside in one ecosystem . . . the trick, of course, is to ensure these enhanced capabilities deliver value to all our stakeholders.” Listen. Think. Deliver NJIN Agency has a deep understanding of how tough it is for marketers to get the budgets (and buy-in) they need to get their companies moving in the right direction. More than most, the agency’s management team consists of people that have spent much of their time “client side” and are they well aware of the pressures on marketing to show real, tangible, returns. “We are dealing with people’s careers here – way beyond just ‘running campaigns’,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Our focus is on the creation of amazing user experiences that yield solid campaign or project results. We are working hard to deliver an efficient and agile . . .