Western Cape based construction company, Haw & Inglis, has gone live with its Sage X3 and X3 People implementation with platinum Sage reseller, Parity Software. Specialising in projects of significant size and complex scope, the company, which operates throughout South Africa and neighbouring states, needed a consolidated ERP reporting and HR system, and selected Sage ERP X3 and X3 People. Duane Chemaly, IT Manager, Haw & Inglis, said that the construction giant’s ERP system was incapable of providing consolidated reporting across the Group. In addition, the HR and payroll systems did not synchronise, resulting in a manual updating process: “Aside from the vital consolidation features missing, the system lacked mobility because it only worked within Internet Explorer and was also unable to support multiple devices due to old ActiveX technology. Numerous updates had to be done due to poor software quality assurance on patches.” He says that there were no customisation capabilities, resulting in external custom developed systems that needed to be separately maintained. This was extremely time consuming and took hours to create a simple custom report, according to Chemaly. In selecting Sage ERP X3, Chemaly says that Haw and Inglis is now able to monitor data in real time across all companies and set access rights on a field and document level. BEE reports can be produced from the Sage X3 system linked to the accounts, which was not possible in its previous ERP system. Mario Engelbrecht, Senior Sage X3 Consultant, Parity Software, says that Haw & Inglis made a very strategic decision by opting for one solution that manages all the financial intricacies in the construction industry, but also addressing the challenging people perspective: “By implementing Sage X3 and X3 People, Haw & Inglis has instant real-time costing and data analysis capabilities. Using modules like Parity Cashbook, Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Project and Job . . .
Hannibal, Bouchard Finlayson’s unique red blend, received another international nod recently when Neal Martin of Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate, scored the 2014 vintage at 91 points in the April 2017 report. The same wine did equally well last year when it received 93 points from James Suckling; and 92 points in the Tim Atkin SA 2016 Report. It was also honoured by inclusion in the prestigious SA Sommeliers Selection in 2016. Originally prompted by the classic taste and palate of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, the importation of these grape varieties in 1989 led to the development of this highly successful red blend, with the first commercial launch of the Hannibal label 12 years later. The name Hannibal was adopted as a symbolic expression of the synergy with the African elephant participating in linking the wine lands of France and Italy together two thousand years ago under the invading command of the classic Carthaginian general. The 2014 vintage comprises 33% Sangiovese, 22% Pinot noir, 18% Shiraz, 17% Nebbiolo, 6% Mourvédre and 4% Barbera. Surprisingly accessible and arguably the earliest drinking version of Hannibal to date, the wine is medium bodied with spicy tones overlaying a gentle silky, ‘leather feel’ back palate, which is emphasized by olive and black cherry tainted, cranberry laced flavours. The wine is available at the Bouchard Finlayson cellar door at R286 per bottle. Founder and cellarmaster of Bouchard Finlayson, Peter Finlayson, has produced 17 vintages of Hannibal. Asked what makes the wine special, he says: ‘It is the Sangiovese which shows sleek racy fruit and tannin structure, subtle bouquet of flowers and prunes. Nebbiolo enhances further tannin structure and complexity. The Barbera, Syrah and Mourvédre create further interest and the Pinot noir makes this blend quite unique! It is aromatic and firm with notable ‘fruits-of-the-forest’ character and a long lasting finish.’ Two of Bouchard Finlayson’s chardonnays . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 24 MAY 2017 – On Saturday 20 May, multisport athlete Michael Lord (Jeep Team SA) took part in the 11km trail race at the 2017 Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge in Stellenbosch. Lord, who has been out of action for over a month on doctors’ orders with knee issues, came out the stalls galloping with 411 other athletes across various categories to take part in the fast 11km race. Ideal for short-course trail runners, the race started in Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve and followed established trails and tracks into Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. The route through the nature reserve features 218m of ascent, forestry jeep track, smooth single track, crossing the Eerste Rivier and running through the Kleinplaas Dam wall. Lord took top spot in the 11km race in a time of 00:42:39. Second place went to Malibongene Mcosana in a time of 00:43:48, and Damian Will took third in 00:44:16. Says Lord, “I am chuffed to take the win in the littlest race. I was quite nervous as it was my first time running properly in a long time, but my knees held up splendidly. The route is awesome. Jonkershoek is still one of the most amazing places I’ve been to – every time I’m there, I see another awesome piece of how the whole race fits together. You could spend a lifetime exploring all the little corners and peaks.” Results – 11km Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge Men 1. Michael Lord 00:42:39 2. Malibongene Mcosana 00:43:48 3. Damian Will 00:44:16 Women 1. Uta Lehmann 00:51:51 2. Katie Leslie 00:52:11 3. Lara Rossouw 00:53:11 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With South Africa’s high unemployment rates and limited university spaces, matriculants are often urged to opt for vocational training. But an education expert says that many people don’t understand the various options available for school-leavers, and even fewer understand the opportunities available to those who follow the vocational training path. “Vocational training refers to training that is specific to a career or a trade, meaning that it focuses on the practical application of skills in the workplace. Instead of just giving you theoretical knowledge about a certain field, vocational training helps you develop practical skills to perform a certain role, and enables you to be productive from the first day that you walk into a job,” says Barend van den Berg, MD of Oxbridge Academy, SA’s fastest-growing distance learning provider, responsible for the education of more than 20 000 students annually. Van den Berg says there are countless benefits to pursuing a vocational qualification, but despite this, there is still a misguided perception that such a qualification counts for less than a basic degree from a university. “Obtaining a degree gives you substantial theoretical knowledge in your chosen field of study, but that does not mean that you are prepared for the workplace or that you possess the practical skills you need to perform a particular job role,” notes Van den Berg. “Although theoretical knowledge provides a foundation for further exploration and thought leadership, vocational training develops practical, immediately relevant skills which opens doors in the job market. The perception that vocational training is worth less than a degree is therefore false, as vocational learners acquire both theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills, which better equips them for workplace integration.” Van den Berg says the career options in the vocational sector are virtually endless, and incorporate almost all sectors of the . . .
Women are making an invaluable contribution to the power and water industries as reflected by the many ladies amongst the winners of the 2017 African Utility Week Industry Awards that were announced at the CTICC in Cape Town last week. Three of the awards, namely Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Contribution to Power as well as Young Energy Leader Award, were won by women. More than 750 top level power and water professionals attended the fourth edition of the African Utility Week Industry Awards gala dinner which honour pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry on the continent. Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, delivered an inspiring guest keynote address with charming anecdotes of working with and for the legendary anti-apartheid activist and politician. The complete list of winners of the African Utility Week Industry Awards: Lifetime achievement award winner: Helen Tarnoy, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Aldwych International Ltd, United Kingdom, an engineering company that has been involved in some of the most successful independent power projects on the African continent. “I first went to Africa in 1998 and I have never left; so I have almost 20 years of working in the independent power sector in Africa,” Helen said in a pre-recorded video acceptance speech. “I won’t say that it wasn’t a struggle in the beginning, it was. There was a lot of education to be done about how private companies could contribute to the economies of the countries in which they were working by providing sustainable power at an affordable price. That is still what we aim to do today. The difference today is that we are seeing more and more people coming into the market.” Helen has been a passionate devotee to the African power market since her first contact with it in the mid-1990s. Her first major success was to lead the recovery and eventual success of the Songas Gas to Power . . .
Most organisations that are moving from manual to digital payroll solutions do so to improve efficiencies, extract richer business insights and manage systems more tightly. Digital can transform access and capability, introducing new layers of information that can be used to enhance business processes and decision making. Unfortunately, in many cases these tools are forced into customised boxes that won’t deliver as effectively as they would if left alone. What to do when you want to customise your digital payroll system? “Start at the end,” says Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “The first thing the business must do before customising a basic payroll solution is to ask what they want from it after it is done. Many companies who automate cling to manual processes because they are comfortable with them and know that they deliver results. However, when it comes to digital, these processes do not necessarily translate into efficiency.” A basic payroll solution is defined as one that’s simple, off-the-shelf and designed with only a few customisation elements to allow for specific processes to take place. If a business tries to wedge all the manual processes and rules that they are currently following into this solution, the result will be as confusing and complex as the one they had before they started. The answer is simple – don’t customise, analyse. Establish the rules “Manual systems have usually evolved to make meeting organisational requirements as effective and risk-free as possible, but they are complicated as a result,” says Schroenn. “To avoid moving this complexity from one platform to another, look at each process and ask if it adds value. Establish its practical relevance and make sure it supports the results the business wants.” Once all the processes have been stripped down, the business will have a clearer view as to which need to be integrated into the digital solution. Most basic payroll packages automate common . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .
Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town - Small but perfect conditions greeted the contestants in the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on the opening day at Long Beach. Clean and consistent two to three-foot waves peeled both left and right at the deep south beach break, and the contest organisers wasted little time before getting the event started. Although being small, the waves were highly contestable and before long there were some excellent scoring rides being recorded, and surfers started picking up their respective games in this important surf event. Kirsty McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay had a great start to her campaign in the Pro Junior Women's division, winning her first heat comfortably and advancing through to the next round with ease. "The waves were pretty small out there and I had quite a slow start to my heat," said McGillivray. "I was waiting for so long and I knew that I had to get started. Luckily I caught a nice right-hander to open my account, and then I had to wait again for my next wave." Being patient worked for the Eastern Cape natural-footed (left foot forward) surfer. "My next wave was a good one, so the waiting paid off. I guess it was all about wave selection out there, because with not that many sets coming through you really need to be on the good ones." With conditions improving as the tide pushed, the contest organisers forged on, making for a long but enthralling day on the beach for all involved. Joshe Faulkner from JBay was another surfer who performed well at Long Beach, sticking to the right-handers running across the beach. Joshe is a goofy-footed surfer (right-foot forward) so he was surfing with his back to the wave with great effect. Joshe grew up surfing the perfect right-hand walls of Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, so is very at ease and accustomed to surfing with his back to the wave, and put this experience to work on the opening day of this event. Joshe recently received the news that he is an invitee to the . . .