Eskom Price Increase Presents Challenge for South African Businesses Enterprises and business owners urged to consider energy efficient air conditioning and lighting solutions to reduce operational expenses Johannesburg – 3 July 2014 – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has confirmed that the electricity price increase for 2014/15 will be 7% from 1 July 2014. In light of the continuing rise in energy tariffs, it is becoming increasingly important for enterprises and business owners to ensure that every measure is taken in order to reduce power consumption. Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics SA, says the price hike was expected following the announcement last year by NERSA to allow for an increase in electricity prices by 7% a year for five years (2013-2018). “While the increase in rates doesn’t come as a surprise, it does present yet another financial challenge for South African business owners, as they once again need to look for new ways to offset the impact of this additional cost on their profit margins,” says McKechnie. He notes that most companies tend to be within buildings and office blocks and as a result are dependent on air conditioners for ventilation as well as artificial lighting. “Air conditioners are notorious for being heavy consumers of electricity, but this is now a thing of the past, as a Digital Variable Multi (DVM) system offers an innovative, energy efficient, high performance heating and air conditioning system, which is both flexible and cost-effective. Added to this, DVM has the ability to generate hot water and also offers extensive piping length and lightweight design; making it the ideal solution for larger buildings that require a wide range of temperature-control solutions. This product's high-tech capability is combined with eco-friendly features to deliver a sustainable solution that conforms to the highest environmental standards,” says . . .
“I’ve been called a ‘networking guru’ by one of South Africa’s leading financial magazines , which made me proud, and a ‘personal brand expert’ by one of South Africa’s largest radio talk shows, which I think is cool because I may be the only former regulatory bureaucrat to also be a business author”, says Karl Smith. Ask him about business networking and you’ll get a mile-wide grin, crackling energy and a lively discussion of how networking can make every facet of career and business more engaging, fun and successful. For the very first time, he will be appearing in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1st to 2nd September 2014 to present at a national sales conference. Ask him about why business networking is so important and you’ll get a detailed response: “I think that most professionals and entrepreneurs understand at some level the wisdom of the adage, ‘It's not what you know; it's who you know and whether they know what you know’. Indeed, building the right professional relationships is critical for business and career success. Why? It’s the best professional tool for people who want to get up to speed in a new job fast, get the job done, get behind organizational initiatives, get the most from conferences and meetings, get the business, get a job, get a promotion and get ahead. And on a macro level a wider and deeper network of alliances can help companies across industries to be profitable. They can deploy their network to raise the company’s industry profile, lower its costs, boost its efficiency and differentiate itself. However they need to ask the big question: How do we make our entire portfolio of networks work for us, to give us advantage, given our strategy and the industry?” Smith is on a mission to kill the cocktail function image of networking which is often characterized by the meeting, greeting and business cards ritual. Smith says he’s been polling audiences for years on the issue of networking functions and business cards. He asks audiences: . . .
Automobiles or cars have always held special place and sentiments in every human’s heart. In this regard MotorMag plays a key role in making this dream of owning a car into reality. The concept of pre-owned cars is fast gaining momentum all over the world and with this concept, owning a car has become easier for those who cannot afford or don’t wish to buy new cars due to various reasons. MotorMag acts as a bridge for those customers who wants to sell their used cars and for consumers who wants to purchase a pre-owned car. MotorMag acts as a safe platform which provides quality service, offers a wide range of best quality used cars and customer friendly assistance to help choose customers their dream cars. Customers at MotorMag are not given any fake promises or fake assurances; every deal is done in a clear and transparent manner. MotorMag gives its customers the very convenient method of car-hunting at the comfort of their homes through their digital showroom on their web search portal. Thus car buying has become as easy as just a mouse click away. Customers can choose from a varied range of pre-owned cars of various makes and models and most importantly price range. MotorMag has its dealerships all over South Africa, thus making it convenient for customers at any location to realizetheir desire of purchasing a car. MotorMag has revolutionized the way people buy cars by making car buying a joyous process instead of time consuming process. Customers can browse through thousands of car models, depending on the manufacturer, transmission, body styles and budget. MotorMag also hosts competitions for its customers and dealers through which rewards are being awarded. For more information, visit http://www.motormag.co.za About MotorMag: MotorMag is an online web portal which gives customers easy access to thousands of pre-owned cars of various companies under one roof. Interested customers can browse through the listed cars from their comfort zone . . .
NATURAL SELECTION An unprecedented panel of 47 experts is on a hunt for South Africa’s most affordable green solutions for low cost living! JUNE 2014: An impressive number of experts have stepped up to the challenge of uncovering the country’s leading green ideas in the field of low-income housing. Drawn from across South Africa, and totaling 47 top-level thinkers in their respective fields, the panel boasts members with expertise in renewable energy, sustainability, green architecture, energy efficiency, education, business analysis, product and industrial design, interior design and the media. Tasked with evaluating 130 entries, they’re on the hunt for the finalists of the Better Living Challenge (BLC), a competition that aims to promote and take to market the very best affordable green ideas which are designed to improve low–cost living. The BLC Selection Panel includes prominent thought leaders in their respective fields, such as Dr Jonathan Marks, Director of the Full Time MBA Programme?at the Gordon Institute of Business Science; Liza Cirolia, co-ordinator of the Sustainable Human Settlements CityLab at the African Centre for Cities and architect Olwethu Jack, previously of the Community Organisation Research Centre (CORC) and the South African Slum Dwellers International Alliance (SDI) and now Managing Director of Ubuntu Growing Minds Consultants; and a host of others. The full list is available on the competition website www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za Invited to participate in the BLC Selection process by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which has been charged with managing the rollout of the BLC, this Selection Panel is a formidable “think tank” around sustainability, green technology, affordability and marketability of innovative solutions. The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy. The BLC competition is intended to take powerful ideas to . . .
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in full swing, soccer fever is also running high amongst aspiring soccer stars as the 2014 Spur Masidlale Soccer League wrapped up around the country recently. Teachers, local coaches and players participated in a nine-week series during which ten schools entered their top teams with kids aged between nine and 13 years. Each team comprised seven players with three substitutes. Three points were awarded for a win and two points for a draw, while a loss received zero points. The boys’ and girls’ teams finishing top of the log wins a special Spur lunch and PSL mascot experience. According to Khakhi Diala of the Spur Group, the programme is currently recognised as one of the leading youth soccer development initiatives in the country. “We started with 12 one-day coaching clinics in 2005, but the league has grown steadily and has highlighted the huge need for initiatives that provide a platform for youth development. Although numbers are limited to 200 participants per region, we have managed to drastically improve the level of skills training for both coaches and learners,” says Diala. Diala further emphasised that the most rewarding aspect of this corporate investment initiative was that it gave the group the opportunity to change lives. “Soccer is just the tool we’re using. Our goal is to empower both the coaches and the kids with important life skills, which will equip them to be role models in their communities long after the Spur Masidlale league comes to a close,” states Diala. The life skills training for the coaches was facilitated by Macsteel Maestros Life Skills and specifically targeted areas that will increase players’ self-confidence and self-esteem, while promoting positive behavioural shifts. This will enable players to cope better with matters at home, in their football life, and equip them with better decision-making skills. COACHES TRAINING To ensure quality control and effective mentorship, Spur invested in . . .
News24Live is South Africa’s first original video news channel. Launched by 24.com to meet the increasing demand for video content (and the popularity of this medium), this groundbreaking channel features short, sharp, video-based commentary on breaking news, expert and exclusive opinion on hot topics, entertainment updates on celebrities and more. “It is the first time in our publishing history that original video content is being generated for a web-based news platform on such a large scale,”says Dan Calderwood, News24Live Multimedia Editor. Produced in-house by the News24Live studio, the content programming mix is lively and varied, spotlighting the biggest, hottest, most engaging stories. Some firm favourites to date include Zapiro’s interview on Malema shaking up Parliament, expert legal commentary on Oscar Pistorius, the hugely popular 32-day summary of the Pistorius trial, State of the Nation highlights and the social media furor on the Foo Fighters tour announcement. The News24Live team integrates analysis, opinions, interviews and professional news presenters into an in-studio broadcast format, operating out of Cape Town, to give viewers a real-time sense of what is happening on verticals all across News24 and the entire 24.com network. In the near future, the platform plans to roll out mechanisms for users to upload their own video content. “To help users get more involved with the content they upload, we’ll be adding a ‘submit’ option to the platform to allow for comments.. Also, using Google+ and Skype, we plan to integrate live discussions between online communities and experts on current news and hot topics,” says Calderwood. News24.com SA’s most popular breaking news source wanted to take the news experience to the next level with News24Live and its quality video offering. There is no limit to what they can do with content in the future. Follow News24Live on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or subscribe to the Youtube channel Watch . . .
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 . . .
South African businesses and government biting the hand that WILL feed it!! With the current recession and reportedly South Africa in billion’s rand of debt including major corporations and banks feeling the pinch it has left our economy in bad state of financial affairs, which business owners and government aren’t willing to admit. The solution XTI Recoveries a debt collection firm with a unique approach to debt collection believes that businesses and government need to use debt collection as a means of recovering debt. After a recent survey XTI Recoveries has found speaking to accountants and ex directors how businesses are dealing with losses and the shocking response? They either write off debts or hand over matters to attorneys which take months to recover adding on thousands of rand’s to have the debt recovered which is leading to liquidations and insolvency indicators of unpaid debt. The number of voluntary business liquidations increased by 71 % in 2014‚ while compulsory liquidations increased by 20 % over this period. This left XTI Recoveries puzzled why, would a business that currently has debt, create more debt, and the answer? Business owners aren’t educated about the benefits of debt collectors nor do they trust them with their “bad books”. In the USA the leading economy President Obama has included in legislation the grave need and financial benefits of debt collectors towards the economy. In the USA debt collection firms were estimated to collect $495 million federal tax, $289 million state tax and $221 million of local tax, for a combined tax impact of more than $1 billion. XTI Recoveries believes that their unique business model and approach to debt collection is the future to minimize debts for the economy. South Africans especially SME’s and start ups need to be educated about the benefits of debt collection. As SME’s and start ups are crucial future economic contributors to the economy. SME’s currently contribute 70% towards job . . .
Further recognition of the City Lodge Hotel Group’s commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility Johannesburg, June 27, 2014 The City Lodge Hotel brand within the City Lodge Hotel Group has been certified by the Green Leaf™ Eco Standard, acknowledging the significant improvements that have been made in the important areas of energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste management, responsible procurement and staff and guest awareness of environmental responsibility issues. While the certification initially applies only to the City Lodge Hotel brand, the group has largely implemented the same technology and procedures in its Courtyard Hotel, Town Lodge and Road Lodge brands. Green Leaf™ Eco Standard is an initiative of the Wilderness Foundation, aimed at enabling and certifying the balance between business and nature. Over the past three years, the City Lodge Hotel Group has rolled out a group-wide energy efficiency initiative across all four of its brands with the emphasis focused on the installation of LED lighting (around 40,000 bulbs) and heat pumps and the monitoring and reduction of energy consumption. The group is also a member of Eskom’s 49M energy efficiency campaign which commits partners to a 15% reduction in electricity usage. Concerted efforts also focused on water efficiency and responsible waste management More recently, the group has embarked on a water efficiency programme across the City Lodge Hotel brand, focusing on efficient flow technology on shower heads and taps, dual-flush toilets and the re-using of towels. The intention is to roll this out across the other three brands. Attention has also gone into improving waste management as part of the certification for the City Lodge Hotel brand. This has included the separation of different types of waste on site, the transport of waste to recycling centres and the transport of non-recyclable waste to landfill sites. According to Clifford Ross, the group’s CEO, . . .
While taking the step from renting to buying is very exciting, it is a major financial commitment that should not be entered into without the proper consideration, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that there are a number of essential aspects that should be carefully measured beforehand to ensure that the buyer is making the right decision and is purchasing a property that meets their needs both now and in the future. “Buying a home is not a decision that will only affect the buyer’s financial well-being now - it will have ramifications in the future as well. That is why it is so important for a buyer to make an informed decision based on their life plans and what their criteria is at the moment and how their plans and needs could change over the next five to ten years,” says Goslett. “Making a rushed decision and purchasing a home that will not fit into your future plans could end up costing a lot more money in the long run. Property should be viewed as a long-term investment and, as such, decisions regarding property should be made with future goals and plans in sight.” He notes that before a buyer goes out looking for a property, they need to sit down and decide what features they currently need in a home and what features they may need in the future. Some things to consider would be the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the need for a garden or the number or type of parking facilities. There may also be special criteria such as energy-efficient features, a swimming pool and fireplace or wheel-chair accessibility. Goslett says that no matter what type of housing a buyer chooses, they must have a clear idea of their needs today as well as their possible future needs. These are some examples of questions home buyers might ask: • Do I need a home office? • Do I plan to have children? • Do I have children who will be moving out soon? • Am I close to retirement? • Will I need a home that can accommodate different life . . .