Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Rich Meats is your online destination for hygienic and farm fresh meat. Peter Jacobs and Richard Urisohn started Rich Meats, with the sole objective of offering high-quality meats. The company now owns a manufacturing as well as a distribution facility in Milnerton. Rich Meats believes in offering a personalised service to the customers, built on the policy of integrity and trust. The company aims to stay ahead in the industry with their highly innovative strategies and unmatched creativity. The company aims to continuously introduce newer products. Rich Meats offers a wide number of products which include farm fresh poultry and pork products. Other products offered by the company include lamb, mince, pork, burgers, beef, bacon and more products. The company offers special selections of meat, which is prepared for the industry. These include a complete range of poultry which includes a number of sausage products, cold meats, venison, free range, bacon and more. The products offered by Rich Meats adhere to strict safety standards and are known to be: Healthy and Hygienic – Special efforts are made to ensure that all products offered are healthy and clean. True Value – Rich Meats takes pride in offering high-quality meat products. The company ensures that all customers are highly satisfied. The products are affordable and healthy, offering complete value for money. Farm Fresh Meats – In their effort to provide high-quality meats, the company sources meats from a number of suppliers. Products Available Include: Bacon – Customers can purchase different types of bacon which include prime cut bacon, back bacon, steaky bacon, diced bacon hand cut and simple diced bacon. Cold Meats – Meat lovers can purchase smoked chicken fillet, smoked ham sliced, sandwich ham, Italian salaami sliced, cocktail cheese griller and more. Beef – This includes beef stew, regular mince, lean mince, sirloin whole, kebabs, beef short ribs and more. Burgers – Shoppers can try . . .
The In Good Company conference, hosted by Nation Builder, is taking place on 21 August 2018 at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria. The theme for this year is: South Africa matters. The fourth annual In Good Company conference will show how South African business is helping fix social problems with innovative social investment solutions. The conference conversations will explore home-grown ideas that solve local challenges in creative and sustainable ways. The speakers will highlight local social innovation solutions to fuel new, creative ways of doing business. The day will bring together businesses of varying sizes that are committed to lead social change in South Africa. A wealth of inspiring, local, talented people who tackle complex social challenges, and succeed, will share practical lessons, useful insights, and new ideas. Together, companies and communities are rewriting South Africa’s narrative, for good. Please visit the conference website for more information on the programme, which includes speakers like Dr Graeme Codrington (founding director of TomorrowToday), Mark Sham (founder and CEO of Suits & Sneakers, and of the Impello Incubation Hub), Carolin Gomulia (Senior Programme Head: Strategy, Fundraising, Communications and Advocacy - Institute for Justice and Reconciliation), Brent Lindeque (Good Things Guy), and many more coming soon. Dr Michael Mol will again be the MC. In Good Company 2018 is sponsored by Mergon, King Price Insurance, BrandSA and Stone Communication & Consulting. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Top local speakers sharing knowledge and practical expertise from their fields • Real world examples of innovative business solutions to local challenges • Networking with a community of like-minded business leaders • Ideas on how to best help improve the well-being of South Africans through social investment WHO SHOULD ATTEND: • Chief Executive Officers • Board Members • Senior Management • Corporate Social . . .
The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has announced the appointment of Soraya Artman to steer its operational side, as it seeks to strengthen partnerships within the South African maritime sector and beyond. Previously the senior manager of finance for the Nelson Mandela University Business School, Artman brings a wealth of experience in finance and corporate governance within a research-driven organisation to her new role as director of operations. “One of SAIMI’s overarching aims is to be a national institute which is recognised nationally and internationally. To achieve this, we need to partner with all universities, colleges and private training providers who have an interest in maritime affairs,” Artman said. “This will help South Africa pursue its national interest in growing maritime economic participation. We also need to grow and enhance SAIMI’s education and training portfolio and services to the maritime industry.” Headquartered in Port Elizabeth, SAIMI was established through funding support from the National Skills Fund, to coordinate the development and implementation of a national skills development plan for the maritime sector. It also provides a link between industry and training and academic institutions to ensure that education and training programmes meet the needs of the maritime sector. Artman said her role would be to implement and improve processes to ensure efficient operations within SAIMI to facilitate its founding purpose. “The goal is to ensure that SAIMI remains both visible and accessible. As such we will be reaching out to all stakeholders with whom SAIMI could have mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships,” she said. “I envision SAIMI as an institute that supports a world-class culture of business growth and responsiveness to the market, which promotes learning, that is at the forefront of knowledge generation in the sector and that provides an environment for employee growth, . . .
You own a business and you put a sign up saying, “Park at your own risk” – which effectively amounts to a ‘contract’ – simply put, you are saying that anyone can enter your premises on that basis - if they don’t want to then they shouldn’t enter - and that you are not liable for any damages howsoever arising, whether due to your negligence or anything else. The sign actually means nothing and offers a business no protection against public liability claims. This can be contested in terms of Section 48 of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) on the basis that ‘a supplier must not offer to supply, supply, or enter into an agreement to supply any goods or services on terms that are unfair, unreasonable or unjust (and here’s the kicker), they cannot require a consumer or any other person to waive any rights or assume any obligation on terms which are unfair, unreasonable or unjust.’ PJ Veldhuizen, Managing Director of Gillan & Veldhuizen, says that when dealing with consumers what businesses need to do is to ensure a contractually sound relationship between them and the consumer which promotes the objectives of the Consumer Protection Act. This includes fair and reasonable treatment of consumers by suppliers when supplying goods and services. There is a clear injunction in the legislation which requires a court or tribunal to interpret the provisions of the CPA purposively – by that, it means that a presiding officer when attributing meaning to any part of the legislation must do so in the light of the purpose which it seeks to achieve. “For example,” says Velhuizen, “any ambiguous provision in the act must be interpreted in favour of the consumer and although it may seem like an oversimplification of matters, the interests of consumers will generally win the day.” When suppliers are wishing to consider the fairness of any provisions on which they seek to rely, they should consider who their consumers are, especially in relation to those consumers who could . . .
South Africans with Albinism Keep Shining Despite Discrimination By Devan Moonsamy – CEO the ICHAF Training Institute: Powerful messages are being sent about the reality of the condition, conscientising people, and making a real difference in fighting prejudices People who have the condition albinism have a complete or partial absence of skin, hair and eye pigment. It is considered a disability because of how it affects the person’s health. In Africa, people with albinism are subject to very poor treatment including discrimination and worse in some cases. There still exists a strong feeling among many today that lighter skin is better. This is very sad, and it’s somewhat surprising then that people with albinism are marginalised in African society. South Africans have been guilty of colour discrimination, we are no stranger to the problem. In the case of albinism among African people, they are often rejected, poorly treated in school and the community, and their family’s even fear for their lives. Just this year, a sangoma was charged with the kidnap and murder of two children with albinism. Shockingly, their bodies were to be used for muthi. The sangoma has been labelled a fraud and not a real practitioner of traditional African medicine and healing. Sangomas have struggled with a bad reputation because of those who use unethical and criminal methods. Most sangomas don’t do such things though. Government and sangomas themselves are trying to address these problems, maintain professionalism, and fight criminal elements. Awareness raising about the facts of albinism is critical, but there has been staunch opposition. It’s quite frightening to experience this first-hand, as I have in trying to address sangomas on the issue recently. Many also still believe that people with albinism and their families are bad luck or bewitched. People with albinism and other disabilities are often kept hidden away because their families are afraid. This is a problem . . .
Magnetic Storm has appointed Lourens Venter as General Manager; a strategic position which will drive growth, performance and innovation across all parts of the business. A specialist in strategic operations with an analytical approach to leadership, Lourens joins Magnetic Storm with over 13 years’ experience working across operations management, client service and finance. He joins Magnetic Storm to support CEO Glenn van Eck and director Jane Stevenson and will lead the management of day to day functions of the popular creative events and technical solutions provider. Known for its professional event management, AV, sound, lighting and infrastructure expertise in both hire and installations, Lourens will drive growth across private and public sectors. He will also utilise partnerships to promote innovation and offer strategic advice across internal business units. “Louren’s experience combined with his core background in operations and customer service is a unique blend and gives us a substantial boost as Magnetic Storm continues to drive innovation and superior delivery for clients across South Africa. His knowledge is incredibly valuable, and his experience will prove a key asset to us," comments Magnetic Storm CEO Glenn van Eck. Lourens Venter, Magnetic Storm general manager, adds: "Untapped areas have the potential to be an anchor to drive performance and growth. Magnetic Storm continues to inspire and embrace innovation, and it’s something I’m excited to be part of. Through its culture, relationships and its creative and technical approach, I am confident that Magnetic Storm will continue as a market leader making a tangible difference to our clients and audiences. The company values its people, embraces diversity and champions innovation, and I am very excited about what we can achieve together.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The honourable MEC for the Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET), Mr. Seaparo Sekoati and Deputy Director General: Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation Division at the Department of Trade and Industry (thedti), Mr Sipho Zikode, will take the campaign to commemorate 20 years of productivity improvement by the Workplace Challenge Programme to the people of Limpopo. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a 24 month programme implemented in South African enterprises to improve the productivity of the companies thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed by Productivity SA. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. Members of the media are invited to the launch as follows: Event Details: Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2018 Time: 09:00 – 13:00 Venue: Polokwane Chemical Suppliers, 45 Emerald Street, Futura, Polokwane, 0699 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
International speaker and executive business coach Robin Pullen is releasing his new book ‘GET ACTIVATED - How to shift from Instinctive Reactions to Intentional Responses’. Introducing a simple framework the book will help the reader develop clear confident conduct and the ability to take back control of any situation at work or at home. Having trained more than 100’000 people across the African continent as an executive coach, master trainer and professional speaker Robin Pullen has had the opportunity to observe and study behavior in personal, professional and business environments. He has developed a keen understanding about their ability to take action and their results. In his latest book ‘GET ACTIVATED’ Robin takes a look at developing the ability to choose an intentional behavior reaction over a natural or instinctive response in any given situation. Providing a simple framework the author aims to show how the reader can learn to consciously select a set of actions that will best serve a desired outcome in any given context. They will discover that they have the power to choose. With the appropriate knowledge and understanding they can develop a powerful internal locus of control and exercise intentional influence over outcomes despite the majority of external components that make up events in any particular situation. Armed with this insight the reader will learn to identify when they are stuck, why they are unable to get activated and which of the three states they can choose to ‘Get Activated” and unlock a preferable result in any situation. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“The metal packaging industry is poised for growth and is on the cusp of an exciting era as efforts to introduce new technology and improve this packaging material’s environmental credentials are starting to bear fruit.” This was the message of Kishan Singh, Chief Executive Officer of MetPac-SA, delivered at the Australian Institute of Packaging’s (AIP) biennial National Conference held recently in Queensland. Singh was one of the 40 leading international and national experts who were invited to represent the global food, beverage, manufacturing and packaging industries, and use the opportunity to introduce the international audience to the mission and vision of MetPac-SA, the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) representing the steel, tinplate and aluminium packaging industries in South Africa. Presenting his paper on global packaging trends, Singh predicted an unprecedented demand for metal and aluminium cans in the years to come. “As the global population continues to grow, so too will the demand increase for packaging that is convenient, prevents food wastage, eases supply chain stresses, but is also recyclable and sustainable. Metal packaging ticks all these boxes,” he said. Metal packaging equates for 9.2 % of the South African packaging market value, which totals approximately R65 billion and 7 % of the approximately 3,3 million tons of market volume (ex-converter) in 2016. Whilst seemingly small compared to some of the other packaging streams, MetPac-SA predicts that metal packaging is poised to grow its market share owing to its excellent recovery rate. “Metal packaging is infinitely recyclable because of its metallurgical chemistry, composed of Iron (Fe) or Aluminium (Al) atoms. When used steel or aluminium cans are recycled, these atoms are reconstituted into their original atomic arrangements, completely renewing the material for use again. It is this criterion, amongst many others, that will continue to hold metal as an extremely . . .