In celebration of Women’s Month, Smile 90.4FM have invited four accomplished and dynamic businesswoman to share their insights and experiences at the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with Smile 90.4FM. This year’s focus is on Unstoppable Woman! Women who see the goal and not the challenge, woman who are determined to succeed. It unpacks the qualities that make women unique, how they think and how to utilize their strengths to your advantage. It’s about the lessons learnt along the way and the earnest advice from women who dare to dream, break moulds and set trends. Qualified medical doctor, Dr Judy Dlamini, is an accomplished businesswoman with an MBA and PhD in business leadership, and an author who recently published a book title: Equal but Different. She is the founder and executive Chairperson of the Mbekani Group, a company that has investments in different sectors of the economy such as health, pharmaceuticals, surgical instruments management, property, facilities and property management, tourism, and luxury fashion retail. Ntsiki Biyela is a South African winemaker and businesswoman who runs Aslina wines. Previously, she was head winemaker at Stellekaya Wines, where Biyela became the first black female winemaker in South Africa. She sits on the board of directors for the Pinotage Youth Development Academy, which provides technical training and personal development for young South Africans in the Cape Winelands, preparing them for work in the wine industry. The programme offers them the unique opportunity to emulate her own considerable success. Leanne Manas is the popular face of SABC’s flagship breakfast program, “Morning Live” on SABC 2. Prior to this she was the host of two Business programs on SABC 3: Business update and Business Focus. Leanne was also chosen as the National Anchor for the 2004 elections and Presidential Inauguration. She is also an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s “46664” campaign and is the only Television anchor . . .
Lesego Ngobeni: Pacinamix Managing Director Being a woman in business means I naturally come with certain spoken and unspoken tags. Although globally many of these have been dispelled and even openly called out in boardrooms, the biggest question and struggle remains how does a successful leading lady control her center and aspire to attain this magical realm of balance? Being labelled a forward-thinking woman in business can be seen as the ultimate professional balancing act. This comes with ‘all eyes on you’ watching every move of how you literally manage what I call two ‘households’ – my personal life versus my professional life. As the Managing Director of Pacinamix, rooted in the spirit of entrepreneurship, I have come through the rollercoaster of ‘building a new work family and work home’ while maintaining focus on my own personal goals. Has it been easy? Not in the least bit. Does it get better? Absolutely, with a few bruises and bumps that have helped me fine tune my perspective and journey. In the last two years I have come to appreciate what it actually means to align and find a working center, before one can balance. Be an innovative solution-implementor: I am constantly looking at what can make my environment and spaces better. To be forward-thinking, I have chosen to be innovative and think outside of the usual box. Growth does not come from comfort zones and innovation can be found in the simplest of tasks. From time management to smartly analysing and using the best skills from your team, being an innovative solution-implementor does not have to break the work flow. I start with aligning myself first. Self-discipline is important, so I always start my day with being mentally and physical healthy. It is an early morning visit to the gym followed by a healthy breakfast and a pack of nibbles to set me for the day. Music or motivational talks remind me on my drive to work of who I am, my responsibilities and achievements I need for . . .
The people behind the facilities management business - Thuli Masuku speaks her mind on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues, be it managers or entry level colleagues. Having herself learned the ropes from the likes of Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO, who she worked with at another organisation early in her career, of whom she says, had no dividing line in respect of hierarchy. She says the same of her current CEO, Steve Wallbanks, who saw her potential and entrusted this role to her. “It is your early mentors who set the tone for the rest of your career”, says Thuli. “It makes all the difference when you learn to follow in the footsteps of a great leader”, she says. Thuli’s portfolio includes the entire HR value chain, which is recruitment and selection, HR administration, training and development, industrial relations, performance and talent management, transformation, and industry standards (ISO). Despite the mammoth task, Thuli graciously dismisses the sole responsibility of the job, saying that every manager of people has an HR role to play. This she does, by going back to basics and following the 70-20-10 model of development - it is clear that Thuli places much emphasis on mentorship and on-the-job training. Training and Development is also a big deal within Servest, “the industry is highly competitive and we are more than just a-man- on- the- bakkie”, she says. She describes the Services SETA programmes as highly effective, in developing their colleagues into qualified Horticulturalists and Artisans. “Continuously re-inventing oneself through development programmes does not only empower you, but allows you to grow to your full potential in working towards better prospects”. To this effect, Servest therefore . . .
[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .
July 17 2018: Ajman Media City Free Zone, a world-class free zone hub for the creative, media and entertainment industry announces a range of customer-friendly cost effective packages for the potential business owners. • Customer friendly and cost-effective package to set up a new business in the free zone • An easy and convenient process to own a business in the United Arab Emirates • World class infrastructure hub focuses on SME and entrepreneurs H E Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of Ajman Media City Free Zone said ahead of the official launch of the free zone: “Globally, entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are widely considered to be vital to national economies. We are committed to support the small and mid size business investors and offer easy easy and cost effective services which will help this sector and also boost UAE’s rankings in global business destination list. AMCFZ is developed as a customer friendly, helping and making the emirate of Ajman an international economic centre for investors and businesses, in line with the “Ajman 2021” vision. No deposit mandate offers big incentive to new business owners The Chairman announced a landmark decision to abolish all the security deposits related to visa process for new companies which set-up their base in Ajman Media City Free Zone . He said: “We want the new business owners to receive significant cost advantage and make it easier for them to set up a new business in UAE. This decision is one of the several advantages we offer to support the creative, media and entertainment industry.” Promoting “ease of Business” for potential investors Another USP of AMCFZ is the culture to promote and ensure “ease of business” for every potential investor. We have identified key issues a potential investor faces when setting up a new business such as the cost of doing business, set-up costs, the regulatory requirements, and their expectations such as the . . .
The 18th of July commonly known as Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; and ultimately Make Every Day a Mandela Day. Coca- Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA)is committed to making a positive difference in communities we operate through our corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives, where we also encourage employees to take part in the process of uplifting these chosen beneficiaries. In honor of Mandela’s spirit, over two hundred Bloemfontein employees on the 9th and 10th of July participated in a corporate social investment (CSI) day to give Tswellang a face lift and improve the school’s infrastructure. The team took part in various activities such as the painting of the interior of eight classrooms in their Grade R block, painting the interior of the boys hostels, constructing vegetable tunnels and painting the kids play area. Employees assembled wooden benches and shelves for the library, donated bedding for 100 children who stay at the school’s boarding facilities, installing five washing lines, painting murals and revamping the library. In addition t school board games, toys, curtains were also given to the school. To also assist in improving the schools infrastructure CCBSA engaged the services of a professional contractor to do the more specialised jobs of fixing the plumbing , re-flooring the school hall and replacement of doors. CCBSA Supply Chain Manager, Andre Breytenbach encouraged the employees to continue to live in the spirit of giving back to our communities. Various stakeholders from the Department of Education, local Municipality and SAPS also rolled up their sleeves to assist in the day’s activities. Each of us can make a small difference where we can roll up our sleeves and play an active role in building our communities. This is an opportunity for each of us to share Nelson Mandela’s vision of a better future for all. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African economy’s stubborn lack of growth shows that we have still not recovered fully from the 2008 economic crisis. While the World Bank forecasts an average of 4.5 percent GDP growth for emerging markets, our growth forecasts are a paltry 1.1 percent. There are many reasons for this dismal performance, but most would agree that policy uncertainty in key areas of the economy, especially relating to transformation, is a leading factor. In that context, and given mining’s role as the foundation of the modern South African economy, it is imperative that the mining charter is accepted and implemented as rapidly as possible. As is widely known, the most contentious issue in the charter proposed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) is the question of black ownership. All parties agree that enabling a substantial black stake in mining is vital; the sticking point is whether, once an empowerment partner exits the deal by selling to a non-empowered party. The DMR unequivocally believes that the requirement of the Act to ensure black ownership is a continuing obligation, while the Chamber of Mines argues that once the empowerment threshold is reached, the obligation does not continue. “Once empowered, always empowered.” As we all know, the courts have decided in favour of the Chamber but the DMR is taking the case to the Appeal Court. We support the DMR’s appeal because without the continuing participation of blacks as owners and managers of mines, and not just workers, we simply lack the social licence to operate. From that lack springs all sorts of challenges for the industry, not the least of which is a permanent state of mistrust between management and workers, perennially dysfunctional labour relations and conflict with local communities. Finding solutions Having said that, of course one must recognise that the obligation to ensure continuous black ownership at the 30 percent level suggested by the charter is a challenge. If nothing . . .
The ultimate dining experience is a seamless integration of many elements…. an inspiring setting, the finest seasonal ingredients, service excellence, a talented team and an executive chef with a clear sense of purpose. The internationally acclaimed La Colombe recently underwent an extensive renovation, with all these elements being carefully assessed, with the aim of providing customers a pinnacle dining experience. The La Colombe interior has been comprehensively revamped, offering a sense of space and tranquillity that mirrors its environment. “Taking into account the restaurant’s majestic setting amongst the trees at Silvermist, we decided to turn the interior into a refined treehouse with a calm, neutral palette, where the forest and the food do the talking,” says interior designer Hayley Turner from Bone Studio (www.bonestudio.co.za). La Colombe means ‘the dove’ and you’ll see this bird’s subtle presence throughout. Firstly, in the majestic, hand-drawn artwork by Lucie de Moyencourt on the main feature wall, and then also the carved wooden doves by local artisan Lameck Tayengwa. The white oiled chevron oak floors, travertine mosaic and hand-cut bespoke terracotta tiles, and the touches of brass and oak complement the crisp white linen of fine dining. Having been closed for six weeks for this major revamp, La Colombe reopens this week, with former Head Chef James Gaag, now full time at the helm as Executive Chef, while Jess van Dyk has returned to La Colombe as the new Head Chef, and Keegan Braithewaite takes over as Sous Chef. There’ll be a new menu, keeping true to form to deliver the kind of dishes diners have come to expect of this award-winning establishment. “I’m delighted to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe. My team and I are excited for this new and exciting chapter. We’ll be keeping some signature dishes on the menu, and can’t wait to introduce everyone to the new dishes. First and foremost, is a balance of flavours. I believe . . .
Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace: The Example of Dyslexia By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Does this text look unusual to you? Don’t let that put you off. This article uses OpenDyslexic, a free, downloadable font created to increase readability for those with dyslexia. Let’s learn more about dyslexia and how we can help those with reading problems in the workplace. There are many types of disabilities and not all affect a person’s performance at work. There are often ways to get around the obstacles associated with disabilities. There are ingenious ways to make life and work easier for people with certain challenges. Disabilities can prevent a person from doing certain tasks or functioning in the usual way that others do, but they can learn to work around that. A disability need not prevent a person taking up employment in most cases, provided they have job opportunities and discrimination does not occur. There are less obvious or unseen types of disabilities which others can find difficult to understand because they may notice little, if any, evidence which convinces them of the existence of the problem. This includes dyslexia (difficulty with reading), or one you may not have heard of called dyscalculia (difficulty with arithmetic), as well as mental health disorders. Dyslexia affects 5% to 10% of people. Because of embarrassment and ignorance about the problem, many people with dyslexia do not get help, especially if they are labelled ‘poor students’ or ‘lazy’, and dropout. Such judgements about people with dyslexia are far from the truth. Many people who are highly successful struggle with dyslexia, including scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (who received a knighthood from the British Queen for her work), and South African engineer Dr Hardy Johnson who has two PhDs, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Humanities. It’s very important to note that it is not that a person with dyslexia can’t read, but . . .