July 2014 For many years, Coaching has been growing and the debate has been whether or not it is a profession. At the ABCCCP we believe coaching is not only a profession that has come on its own, but is also growing fast. This is why we thought it necessary to establish a platform that will ensure the body of knowledge for coaching is recorded and shared. The Journal of Coaching, Consulting and Coaching Psychology in Africa marks a shift in the position of Africa in the global development of coaching. Since 2004 Master and PhD programmes have been running in academic institutions- and many of these programmes involved a submission of either a mini-theses or dissertation of sorts. “And as such there is enough research out there to keep the journal running with cutting edge research every year” Said Mongezi Makhalima, Chairperson of the ABCCCP. What is important now is to position the journal within Academia and Practice realms to create an interface of useful research across the continent relating to Coaching & Consulting. We know based on our initial research there’s a lot happening within the Areas of coaching and consulting, but a lot of it is scattered all over. We feel as the continent we also have something to contribute to the global world of coaching and what this journal does is serve to play an integrating role in the evolution of Coaching and Consulting on the African Continent- and we are looking forward to working jointly with both academia and practitioners to grow Africa’s voice in these domains. “It is important for businesses operating across the African continent to understand that a good grasp of the socio-cultural context of their businesses, and of their people, is a critical element for long-term success. We cannot be importing and swallowing whole models and frameworks developed elsewhere. Africa has a wealth of wisdom that directly informs how Africa does business”, said Dr Dumisani Magadlela, Board Member at the ABCCCP . . .
Johannesburg | 23-06-2014 | MGLI It is now time for women not to stand on the sidelines and plead to join the party, but to create their own party that rocks. According to The World Economic Forum (WEF) arm running the Women Leaders and Gender Parity Programme there is strong evidence to show that, at the macro level, countries that invest in girls and integrate women into the workforce tend to be more competitive. Many governments are, therefore, considering or are already implementing affirmative policies, including quotas. There is also mounting research and anecdotal evidence that closing the gender gap is good for companies. Companies that successfully engage women may reap a rich diversity dividend. With talent shortages projected to become more severe in much of the developed and developing world, it is imperative for business to have access to female talent. The loop holes in the leadership bucket have to closed by empowering girls through targeted leadership training from a very young age. The proverbial “glass ceiling” that has perennially impeded women from optimizing their leadership potential ought to be shattered from the grassroots level. It is now time to rethink the prevailing leadership training model that was crafted by males for males (BMFM) to thrive in a testosterone-fuelled environment. It is now time for women not to stand on the sidelines and plead to join the party, but to create their own party that rocks. The only way this fanfare for women can be implanted in our heavily skewed world is for women who have achieved to take it upon themselves to nurture young and upcoming girl leaders. The problem is that there are not enough upcoming girl leaders who can display and vouch for their abilities as they have continuously been portrayed as weak and subordinates of their male counterparts. This suppression of girls emanates from the very basic building block of the family unit and proliferated into every facet of girls’ lives . . .
More and more South African companies are offering retirees some form of financial relief, says Marilyn Hallett, founder and MD of You’ve Earned it (YE!). YE! is an online directory where companies can list – free of charge – discounts or benefits for retirees. The latest Sanlam Benchmark Retirement Survey found that 60% of SA pensioners do not have enough to live on and the trend is getting worse. The survey also confirmed that 97% of all South Africans cannot maintain a decent standard of living during retirement. Hallett says that most retirees have always struggled due to a low savings culture in South Africa, but over the last five to seven years, the situation has been aggravated by the recent recession and the high cost of healthcare, food and petrol. “We are also seeing more of the ‘sandwich effect’ these days. Instead of economically active pre-retirees in their forties and fifties using disposable income to invest for their retirement, they are having to contribute towards sustaining unemployed children on the one hand and parents who cannot survive on their savings or pensions on the other,” says Hallett. The impact of discounts or benefits offered by companies can range from a retiree being able to buy bare necessities or being able to fix a plumbing problem to enjoying a meal at a restaurant or even a weekend breakaway. Hallett says that it’s not about looking for freebies for struggling retirees. “Companies have goods and services to offer which retirees need or would like to buy, but cannot afford to purchase. The market opportunity is significant and it becomes a pricing decision as to whether one would like to reach this market or not. YE! offers a platform,” says Hallett. How big is the market? “There are over 3.5 million South Africans over the age of 60. Granted, they are not all retired so one can discount that number but consider that 97% of whatever number you land at would welcome and support some form of relief . . .
Musician and performer Mathys Roets showed his support for Casual Day by buying the first sticker from Casual Day staffer Tristan Steytler in Centurion on Saturday. Mathys’s donation went to the Casual Day campaign Curamus Association for the Security Force Disabled. Curamus kicked off its 2014 Casual Day campaign at the Disability Drive and Thrive Expo held at the Swartkops Airbase this weekend. “Curamus was established in 1990 to serve and support former as well as current members of the SADF, non-statutary forces, as well as the current SANDF. We also have members who serve in the SA police as well as the Department of Correctional Services,” says Kobus Swart, CEO of Curamus. “After 1994 Curamus was restructured to include all disabled veterans of the South African National Defence Force. Civilian employees and dependants were then also included. Our mission is to promote capacity building in terms of disability issues in departments; to give a different and objective perspective in strategic planning; to give specialized input in terms of the needs of people with disabilities; to be an ear on the ground for policymakers, and to identify the frustrations and problems that people with disabilities experience. “People with disabilities are still experiencing discrimination and are being pushed to the margins of society,” he says. Curamus raises funds through Casual Day and kicked off its 2014 campaign at the Disability Drive & Thrive Interactive Exhibition at Swartkops Airbase on Saturday. This annual event is where ideas are shared, products are showcased, vehicles are test driven and wheelchairs are left standing empty while the users are having fun. The event aims to change perceptions of disability by showcasing groundbreaking mobility devices and vehicles for the disability sector. Musician Mathys Roets was one of the exhibitors and was demonstrating the offroad wheelchair he is manufacturing in South Africa. He was just one of many exhibitors . . .
The Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD) is a uniquely South African, community-driven response to the needs of the poor during the winter months of the year. Initiated in 2010 by Founder, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive started with a single tweet: What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket? Since then, the Twitter Blanket Drive movement has grown exponentially, and thousands of blankets have been collected, and thereafter distributed to a range of social assistance organisations across the country. For 2014, events will be held across the country on 29 May. Through a well-coordinated and objectively managed process, collection points and events are created across the country. Various events are held and take the form of a “Tweetup”, whereby Twitter users tweet about donating their blankets and all enjoy a meal or drink at the collection point. Collection points have generally been restaurants or cafes. The Twitter Blanket Drive has injected a true sense of community into the South African Twittersphere, as Twitter users across the country join in to help disadvantaged communities keep warm during the winter months. Official #TBD2014 events will take place at: • Johannesburg – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - 22 Whitley Street, Melrose Precinct • Cape Town – Protea Hotel, Fire and Ice - New Church Street, Tamboerskloof • Durban – Protea Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge – 14 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga For people who are unable to attend the main event on 29 May, there are also a number of collection points across the cities – tweet @tbdafrica for a full list! For Durban, blanket collection boxes have been placed at: • Spiga D’Oro (Morningside) • Spiga D’Oro (Durban North) • St Clement’s (Musgrave) The Durban Twitter Blanket Drive will collect blankets for Grace Family Church. All blankets donated will be handed over to Grace Family Church, who will distribute them to a variety of social assistance organisations throughout KwaZulu-Natal. ENDS For more . . .
Just as winter starts, things are hotting up for the Better Living Challenge, with entries being submitted ahead of the 31 May 2014 closing date for the competition. With over 220 registered – and still to be completed - entry profiles on www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za there are indeed plenty of good ideas on how to improve low cost living. The competition is seeking out the very best home improvement solutions; ideas that are innovative, affordable and green are the ones that will be rewarded. Interest in the competition is in no small part due to the fact that the three main winners will each receive R500 000 worth of support to bring their concept to life, or to enhance an already existing product or service. What’s more, three student entries each stand a chance of claiming a R40 000 cash prize. Corporate projects can also shine, as part of the Better Living Challenge Showcase set for October this year, where all the winners and finalists will be exhibited. Interest in the competition can also be credited to the Better Living Challenge’s network of Ambassadors. A high level panel of 12 influential industry personalities has been charged with spreading the word about this worthy initiative. The Better Living Challenge Ambassadors include Professor Prof. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, President-Elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID); Fehmida Jordaan, the Executive Manager of the South African Institute for Interior Design (IID); Kelly Berman of Design Indaba; Sune Stassen of Rock City Foundation; communications consultant Lianne Burton; award-winning product designer Heath Nash; Deborah Weber of the WWF; Ilze Wolff of Open Architecture; Dillion Phiri of Creative Nestlings; Nadine Botha and Sumien Brink of New Media; Laurence Brick of 100% Design South Africa; and Jodi Alenheim and Andrew Fleming of the Cape Town Partnership. All notable design advocates and practitioners, these Ambassadors share a willingness to promote the . . .
The South African National Cannabis Working Group (SANCWG), in collaboration with NORML ZA, wishes to inform you about the upcoming Global Cannabis March 2014, taking place on the 3rd of May. Cape Town will be one of 117 cities across Earth taking to the streets to promote awareness of many issues relating to cannabis. The event is sanctioned by the City of Cape Town and arrangements have been made for the police to be present. Since the beginning of January this year a number of jurisdictions, including Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and Turin, passed ordinances to make cannabis legal for those of adult age. As a result, new economies have been created with economic growth rates outperforming the cellular mobile sales market. This will further motivate public involvement in the cannabis reform process. In light of the current public discourse, both locally and internationally, and the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill, the Global Cannabis March creates an opportunity to introduce the faces of the cannabis law reform community to the greater public. Cape Town marchers are calling for the review and reform of current cannabis policies and advocate for public participation backed by rational evidence based policy making. The event will allow for interaction with the media. March organisers will avail themselves for interviews before the march gets underway between 9:30 and 10 am, media covering the story should use this opportunity to get their soundbites. Provision has also been made for photo opportunities while the march is under way. Volunteers will be assembling from 8AM. Public gathering at 10.00AM on the corner of Keizersgracht and Chapel Street. Contact for the Cape Town, Global Cannabis March Imiël Visser Mobile: 079 655 4711 Alwyn Smit Mobile: 084 928 9968 Author: Imiel Visser from SANCWG. More Info link: https://www.facebook.com/events/566973746742849/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/sancwg Facebook: . . .
On Friday 9th of May people all over South Africa can be part of our Super Hero day. The aim is for you to buy a sticker to the value of R10 in support of our super hero children with disability and critically ill children. For those of you who want to go the extra mile you can dress up like your favorite Super Hero for the day. I really hope that the public supports this day well :) if your keen to help us sell stickers please let Maria Morris Vd Berg or Jackie Serfontein know. WE ALWAYS NEED SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC Introduction A Super Hero day will be held annually with the emphasis of one of many more days creating awareness around children with disabilities and critically ill children throughout South Africa. This year it will be on the 9th of May. Concept Members of the public will be asked to buy a Super Hero sticker for R10. The public can also participate by dressing up for the day and submitting their photos to the charity organisation they support or e mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will go on our face book page and our web page: www.superd.co.za Message to individuals and companies to participate 1. Get help from you and your colleagues by asking them to participate in the Super Hero campaign on 9th of May 2014 2. Promote the campaign. Share it on your social websites, and share it via e mail or sms. 3. Wear your sticker – 9th of May 2014. Send a SMS - You can also donate by sending an SMS: the word SuperHero to 38222 and you will be donating R10 to the SuperD Foundation. www.superd.co.za Author: Jackie Serfontein from SuperD Foundation. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.superd.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamSuperD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Divan-Serfontein-Miracle-Child-Foundation-aka-SuperD-Foundation/323711727664577 Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: SuperD Foundation. Super Hero Day CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Good business was the order of the day as abused and abandoned children and animals benefited from the SPAR Eastern Cape trade show in Port Elizabeth last week. Some 104 suppliers and 95 retailers converged at The Boardwalk Hotel & Convention Centre for the twice-yearly event at which four new house brand product ranges – including premium pet food – were introduced. To celebrate the launch, the retail giant committed to donating R5 000 worth of SPAR WOOF dog food to the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) in PE and the equivalent amount of money to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Mthatha. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager, Abri Swart, the trade show was not just about doing deals, launching new products and building relationships but also about doing something positive for the marginalised members of society. "As one of the largest companies in the province, we pride ourselves on being part of our community and implementing 'good' business practices in everything we do." At the close of the event, participating suppliers were also encouraged to donate their stock to the Eastern Province Child and Youth Care Centre. "We introduced this aspect three or four years ago," said Swart. "Stock which is not utilised at the trade show is given to the centre. It can be anything from food and toys to cleaning products and household items." Swart said the day was all about building relationships between service providers and retailers and also with the wider community. AWS fundraiser Kathy Zenios said the initiative would be a welcome boost for the non-profit organisation. "As an NGO, we really struggle to feed our animals. It's the one thing that there's a never-ending need for, so any programme that helps to support us and make their lives better is fantastic." The organisation also received a delivery of 1.5 tonnes of dog and puppy food from Newton Park SUPERSPAR earlier this month. For more information . . .
The Gauteng awards breakfast for Casual Day, billed as “Breakfast with the Stars”, was a glittering affair. Casual Day celebrated raising the R23.5 million that was raised nationally in 2013 in style. The organisations and NGOs that raised the most in sticker donations for this fundraising project for persons with disabilities, were honoured for their selfless efforts. “This is an incredible achievement, considering the funds are raised R10 sticker at a time. This event brings tribute and thanks the thousands of volunteers that help us raise the funds,” says project leader Celeste Vinassa. This year Casual Day celebrates its 20th anniversary and will be pulling out all the stops with its Bring out the Bling theme, which gives participants the opportunity to dress up, not down, on Casual Day. Casual Day is a highlight on the calendar of the employees of many South African companies and invites all companies, government departments, public benefit organisations, schools, churches and individuals to join in the fun. On this day employers permit their employees to let their hair down, to dress in the theme and organise fun events in the workplace or do good works in their communities. It is an example of community spirit in action and unites all South Africans to create awareness of persons living with disabilities. The top organisations that raised the most donations in Gauteng are: Alma School in Pretoria, The Gateway Society on the West Rand, Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities in City West (with branches in Sebokeng, Tembisa, Orange Farm, Tshwane and Ormonde), Con Amore School in Kempton Park, National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA in Edenvale, Sunshine Centre Association in Craighall and Germiston, Eureka School in Vereeniging, Deaf Federation of SA in Richmond, Johannesburg, Casa Do Sol School in Linden, Johannesburg and the Association for Persons with Disabilities, Greater Johannesburg in Westcliff. The funds . . .