Epoq Legal (South Africa), a pioneer of online legal services, is proud to announce the launch of JusDraft. JusDraft is a real-time, online legal document drafting tool designed for South African non-profit organisations who need to create court forms, contracts, wills and more without the need for an attorney. According to Statistics South Africa there are 120,227 registered NPOs in South Africa. 94.7% of these serve the communities in which they are based, and 40,8% of these are classified as social services. These organisations operate in a demanding world where delays and costs involved in traditional document drafting can have a serious impact on the well-being of end users. JusDraft was created to help deliver vital services, completely free of charge. The JusDraft platform is designed to be quick and easy for non-legal professionals to use and is packaged with an accompanying law guide written in plain English, a selection of legal infographics, a range of self-help video tutorials, and a 24/7/365 telephone legal advice helpline. All NPO’s have to do to start drafting almost immediately is sign up at www.jusdraft.co.za. Emile Gerber, Chief Operating Officer of Epoq Legal (South Africa) says, “South Africa is home to around 57.7 million people, many of whom can’t afford or don’t have access to legal services, and vulnerable people in particular are reliant on non-profit organisations who in turn partner with law firms and other institutions in order to make advice or legal services available. In the world we live in today, with the population expanding and the poverty gap widening, innovation in the legal tech space is key to reaching a broader percentage of the population.” In collaboration with various organisations, JusDraft offers document drafting and ancillary services in the areas of family law, criminal law, debt and employment/ labour matters. The service will expand to include aspects of property, motoring and more; and will become . . .
Women spoke up and the Government listened. It has been confirmed that effective 1 April 2019 sanitary pads and panty liners are VAT zero rated. The announcement was made last year by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni during parliament when he presented his medium term budget policy statement. “This has been the plea for many women and young girls out there who are struggling to purchase such a basic need. Kotex® is behind this decision 100% and we hope this will alleviate some of the financial hardships women and girls experience due to them not being able to afford sanitary Pads,” says Nthabiseng Leso, Marketing Manager of Feminine Care category at Kimberly Clark. The fight in ensuring that Pads are zero rated is not the only fight that many women have been part of over the years. Back in the 1920’s Adverts created the perception that menstruation is embarrassing which also promised plain packaging so to not embarrass women purchasing the item. Over the coming years western doctors treated menstrual cycles as a disability - which we know not to be true. Doctors also suggested that women should refrain from participating in vigorous physical activity. This led to different stigmas surrounding menstruation, which in return many menstrual advocates are still lobbying to this day. Although sanitary products have developed throughout the years from just having Pads, to Tampons and now Menstrual Cups, the stigma continues. However, we have seen in recent years many advertisers have stopped using the notorious blue liquid as a symbol of period blood to continue to regularise menstruation. The fight is never in void, proven by the zero VAT rated decision made by SA government. This alone makes a huge difference in the lives of young girls not being able to go to school because of being on their period. Kotex® has in the past partnered with various organisations such as the Dis-Chem Million Comforts campaign in helping young girls from poor backgrounds not . . .
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 09 April 2019- Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, Nelson Mandela Bay’s original coffee roastery has donated over R17 000 to Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth (AWS PE) to bolster their vital transportation fund. The donation is credited to the support received from coffee lovers across Nelson Mandela Bay and beyond who purchase hessian bags from the coffee roastery, who recently moved to their new home at 92 Main Road, Walmer. Green coffee beans are transported in these hessian bags from coffee growing countries around the world and can be reused for various purposes due to their sturdy nature. This donation will cover AWS PE’s entire transport costs for one month, keeping them mobile and able to best serve our animals in need. Reliable transportation is required to carry out premises checks at adoptive homes and to facilitate the mobile clinic operating in Walmer Township. AWS PE is also required to transport stray animals collected from veterinary practices and members of the public and provide animal crematorium services to veterinary practices and the general public. “The donation is much needed and will help us in our goals immensely”, stated AWS PE Manager Hannes Stander. Preparation is currently underway for their annual Shelter Sleepover fundraising event happening on the 13th April 2019. Funds raised are to be used for the purchase of a new or gently used vehicle. “We’re always happy to assist AWS PE”, said Ryler Masterton, “and are positive that the donation will help them continue their selfless and much needed work in our community.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The Cape Winelands is facing a severe eviction crisis. A few days ago the Supreme Court of Appeal threw out an application from a property developer to allow the removal of two families. This is only a temporary victory as the property developer still has other options. Not all tenants in these circumstances have been even so fortunate. The May family of 13 people were evicted last week from a wine farm where they had been living for almost 40 years. Their possessions were dumped on the side of the road and they were forced out by armed security guards. About 20 000 people in what many people think are the tranquil surrounds of the Cape Winelands are also facing such prospects. It truly is a crisis. There are a number of issues and misunderstandings about the tenant-landlord/lady relationship which have contributed to this problem and which require attention: 1. Tenants often have to pay for background checks to reassure the landholder of their good standing. They also must provide references. But a landlord/lady is not required to do the same. This means that tenants have no such safeguard against a landholder who will not treat them fairly. 2. There is no reporting and background checking system for landlords/ladies. There is not even an informal system, website, or online forum where tenants can report a problem landlord/lady. Potential tenants should have a way to check reviews by past tenants. If we do this for restaurants and other business, how much more important is it for people who must blindly enter into an agreement with a landlord/lady? It is advisable for communities, locally and nationally, to set up a forum with a rating system. This is not just to identify problem landholders, but to help prospective tenants find one they can trust. 3. Few people understand what the (poorly termed) ‘squatter’s rights’ are. There is much confusion about how these rights actually work and when . . .
The World Happiness Report, which ranks countries by their happiness levels, placed South Africa at 104 out of 156 countries in 2018, and at 106 in 2019. While there are many factors contributing to a country’s happiness score, it is worth considering how corporate employers in South Africa can contribute to the happiness of our employees, and the communities in which we operate. For WSP in Africa, the focus has been on creating and sustaining a purposeful workplace for our people. As engineers and scientists, our work affects the communities in which we deliver projects by its very nature. Whether designing a bridge that enables communities to travel safely across a river, or a water management plan for an industrial operation to ensure its sustainability; our work affects African communities every day. This may seem like enough to ensure that people at WSP have a sense of purpose and meaning and are therefore happy. But we are not immune to the negative effects of stress, financial pressure, long hours, fatigue and many other factors that can lead to unhappiness in the workplace. The theme for the UN’s International Day of Happiness this year is ‘Happier together’ – a theme we find rather fitting at WSP. Creating a purposeful organisation, for us, means striving to help our people stay resilient under these pressures by creating a supportive community both in our daily work, and outside of it. Living up to our guiding principles is key to achieving this sense of belonging - and adding to our people’s overall happiness. Fostering collaboration A core value at WSP, enabling collaboration amongst our people is an important driver in creating happiness together. Our Professional Growth Network – PiGeoN – is one such initiative. PiGeoN provides our young professionals with a platform from which to share knowledge, network outside of their discipline streams, and learn from more senior engineers and scientists. Its success lies in its organic nature – . . .
As a woman, who has had a life-long struggle to have a voice or freedom of choice to live what is called a normal life and also as a spiritualist, I find the topic of Human Rights Day very interesting. Since the 18th century we have gone through four industrial revolutions, the first revolution was steam powered factories, the second revolution was the use of science in mass production, third revolution was digitisation and computer and now we are passing through fourth revolution, the artificial intelligence and genome editing. Science and technology are advancing at an astronomical speed breaking through many solid laws of Newtonian physics and others, yet many are still struggling to accept the fact that we, as human’s, are all equal and all have the same rights. According to Professor Michio Kaku, a physicist and the co-founder of String Theory, soon enough our decedents will not only have biological perfection but also digital immortality, fusion power will be utilised, brain net will replace internet, brain chips can send and receive not only information but also memory and emotions which will have a great impact on the future of our health care industry. Alzheimer’s patients can receive and download lost memories and depressed patients can download positive empowering emotions that can help them live a better life and perhaps saving many from committing suicide. Perhaps we will be able to make planet Mars our second home and traveling to the moon for your honeymoon will be a norm. With all these great scientific and technological advancements one would imagine that we would have also moved beyond our social, cultural and religious prejudices and evolved into more unified loving and abundant societies. So whilst technology is moving forward; are we as human beings also moving forward? Are we evolving beyond our restrictive believes, cultural, social, religious, structures and limitations? Will there be any revolution for human consciousness? Or we . . .
Daily, many battles are fought out of sight. These battles are fought by unknown heroes who offer their time and effort to help preserve the life and dignity of others. So often they are reliant on donations which never seem to be sufficient. These battles are an ongoing effort to alleviate poverty, saving the planet and all live that depends on it. Like some other organisations, WebScripto recognise the role these NGO’s play in our society. As a mean of recognizing these organisations and its people’s sacrifices, WebScripto is offering a pro bono website of up to 5 pages every quarter of the year to qualifying organisations who may benefit from having a website that may assist them in reaching out to the public and to accept online donations. We have provided pro bono websites to a number of institutions as part of our Social Responsibility Program. Interested registered NGO’s or registered charities are requested to contact WebScripto at email@example.com. Applicants need to indicate their registration number, their registered business address and the charity goals of their organisations. WebScripto will, based on the submissions and the above criteria decide on an organisation to furnish with a website. WebScripto will advise on the most cost effective domain registration and website hosting plan as this will not form part of the pro bono website CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, just a few days ago, murdering 49 people. He filmed it, he is proud of it, and we know he is a white supremacist from the disturbing manifesto he posted online just before the attack. Wajahat Ali of the New York Times places the blame for the Christchurch Massacre on non-Muslims’ shoulders. He writes just two days after the attack, ‘All those who have helped to spread the worldwide myth that Muslims are a threat have blood on their hands.’ But does playing the victim in this way help? Both sides – all sides, in fact, because the issues are far from cut and dry – are to blame and not to blame. People are terrified of terrorism – that is the goal it continues to achieve. People voice concern about it from their point of view, and that is understandable, especially considering that we are all at the mercy of news media reporting and sensationalism. We all fall prey to fake news and shock tactics from time to time. Our humanity demands that we feel angered and condemn the work of such criminals. Stopping ourselves from spreading the kind of ‘myths’ Wajahat Ali warns about it not an easy thing to do when we are confronted by the horrors of terrorism. Awareness of what is happening to us is critical. We have to talk about what we are doing to add to the problem without realising it. We are easy prey to fear. In South Africa, white people fear-monger among themselves about the threat of genocide. People roll their eyes. Don’t be silly, it will never happen. Yet BLF’s president Andile Mngxitama recently urged supporters to kill white people (and their pets too). This is madness; it is hate speech. So who is justified? How do we simply ignore the BLF’s sinister agenda, and acknowledge the frustration of black people who have long been excluded from the wealth of the nation? We have to respond to both. Wajahat Ali calls white nationalism . . .
The value of building your own authentic brand was highlighted in a recent competition run by a leading job portal. Four winners of the Careers24 #FashionYourCareer competition were taken for makeover days in Sandton City and Tyger Valley Centre and worked with a CV writer to help them find their unique professional styles and language. “South Africa is incredibly diverse and this concept came about because we’ve noticed that many professionals find the urge to transition between who they are as an individual and who they are at work,” said Shaun Clarke, Brand Manager of Careers24. “We wanted to highlight the fact that people do not have to sacrifice their individuality in their respective workplaces and can rather embrace and build on their unique brands in a professional manner.” “We asked people to send us an email giving us reasons why they should get a professional makeover and we chose four people nationally to assist them to build a character-reflecting wardrobe, as well as verbalise and document who they are, what value they bring, and what experience they have – to a CV, interview or career advancement opportunity,” adds Clarke. Each winner received a session with professional CV writer and job search coach, Gerard le Roux as well as a makeover with professional stylist Leigh Sussman of My Dream Wardrobe. “People often require assistance in portraying their own personal style when it comes to their work wear. While there are many stores with extensive corporate wear sections, it can often be daunting for someone to put on an outfit and not know how to put their own stamp on it to showcase their personalities,” said Sussman. “We managed to achieve our goal of taking four individuals, all different in many ways, and ensure that each of them walked away with a wardrobe they felt unique and empowered in.” The two Gauteng winners were Hamilton Zabane and Boniswa Zuma. “I feel like I’m dressed for success…I feel like I can be anything I want to . . .
Tough times are ahead for South Africans as the Budget Speech presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is reflected upon. The Minister presented some of the real realities facing the country – as the economic image which emerged from #Budget2019 was not as positive as many had hoped and the risks raised last year during the mid-term Budget in October are fast materialising. It is obvious each year that aspects like sin tax will go up, but with the tough economic times – the entire country is affected, whether you are a so called ‘sinner or saint’. The country is seen to be spending a larger margin than tax that has been collected in the previous year, which has resulted in the need to borrow around R1.2 billion a day. We are however all aware that borrowing money does not come cheap. Additionally, with fuel levies announced to go up by 29 cent per litre for petrol and 30 cents per litre for diesel, consumers need to be cognisant of the fact that this not only affects your pocket every time you fill up your fuel tanks, but it will also affect you indirectly through the rising cost of goods. Goods which include food and consumables are transported by road -this means that the transport costs for these are going to increase noticeably and the impact of this will be transferred to consumers. So, what can we all do to try and alleviate the tough road ahead, given various increases in the cost of living for 2019? • It is imperative for you to be aware of your financial situation. You may need to start by setting up a budget to give you a full and true view of your financial position. What do you really spend each month, not only on necessities, but other luxuries like take-out food, going out and entertaining at home etc.? • You need to start to consider your income vs. deductions vs. living expenses. This will assist you in establishing what you have remaining, once all your payments have been made. • Once you have this view, the key to getting through . . .