Whether you are searching for a new job, a first job or a better job, the reality is that South Africa’s job market is a highly competitive environment with thousands of job seekers competing for opportunities. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to make oneself more marketable for a better chance of landing that dream job. Lizette Bester, Executive: Agility Corporate, says that in today’s job market it is essential to distinguish oneself from the pack when submitting a job application, as interviews are only granted to a handful of applicants. Seeking employment opportunities “When searching for a job, it is best to consider each advert individually. Scrolling down an online list of job advertisements and sending generic applications to a hundred jobs each day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make,” she cautions. “When surveying job advertisements, the very first thing to consider is whether your skills reasonably meet the requirements of the job in terms of skills, qualifications and experience. While there may be some degree of ‘wriggle room’, do not waste your time, nor that of a prospective employer, by applying for jobs that you are significantly under-qualified for,” she advises. “You should also consider where the job is based and whether the location would be practical for you, as well as the company’s corporate culture and whether you would be a good fit there.” Do your research Bester advises job seekers not to rush their applications once they identify a position that they are interested in. “Take time to research the company, its values, core outputs, as well as the key competencies of the position itself. Do not only refer to the company’s website but check other sources too, such as its social media presence and whether the company has been in the media in the recent past by searching in Google’s ‘news’ tab,” Bester advises. “Not only will this information assist you in deciding whether you would like to pursue an . . .
The National Senior Certificate matric results were released nationally from 5 January and millions of anxious matriculants used News24’s Matric Results Hub to find out how they did. On 5 January, page views numbered 6 785 078 with just over 11 million page views recorded since early December. “We saw an increase of 115% in use of the hub this year. Our search facility is what set us apart from the competitors,” says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24. “Users were able to drill down and navigate across the hub, giving them access to detailed results info like individual, school, national and provincial results.” Mobile again took the lead with 85% of the traffic, compared to 80% last year. Desktop pulled in 8% of the traffic this year which was down from 12% in 2015. “The mobile results reflect the high use of mobile technology that the hub was designed to accommodate. News24 is known for breaking news quickly and accurately and for those matrics keen to get their results, both accuracy and screen responsiveness were key,” adds Basson. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Seven new signatories were added to The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, also informally known as the “Joint Declaration” in 2016. New participants include the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), the Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BPGMEA), the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA), the Ghanaian Plastics Manufacturers Association (GPMA), the Myanmar Plastics Industries Association (MPIA), the Indonesian Olefins, Aromatics and Plastics Association (INAPLA), and the Vietnam Plastics Association (VPA). “We’re excited to welcome each of these new partners, who bring perspectives from countries in Asia and Africa, on types of plastic not previously represented in our Joint Declaration,” said Steve Russell, Vice President, Plastics, American Chemistry Council, at the 27th Global Meeting on Plastics and Sustainability in Hanoi, Vietnam. At the meeting, delegates also agreed that going forward the group will become the “Global Plastics Alliance.” Delegates from 17 countries and four continents participated in the Global Meeting – making this the largest and best attended meeting to date. “Addressing marine litter issues effectively requires that we bring local, regional and global stakeholders together,” said Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope. “Broadening our fold helps us find new partners and opportunities to tackle this very serious problem.” “Plastic producers from around the world are coming together to keep used plastic out of the environment, and to further improve the sustainability of these energy and resource efficient materials. The strong participation at this meeting demonstrates that this industry is committed to providing solutions to ensure a more sustainable future,” said Callum Chen, Secretary General of the Asia Plastics Forum. “Together, as a united, global industry, we’re involved in hundreds of marine litter prevention . . .
As South Africa’s schoolchildren return to the classroom for the academic year ahead, one productivity expert is advocating a healthy balance in diet, exercise, work and play for improved overall performance. “Kicking off a new school year is an exciting, and sometimes daunting, prospect. Many parents give their children a ‘pep talk’ at this time, encouraging them to do their best in their school work and on the sports fields,” says Lizette Bester, Executive at Agility Corporate, who specialises in productivity. “While this type of encouragement and support is invaluable, there is more that parents can do to help their children achieve such goals. Ensuring your child has a wholesome nutritious diet, gets sufficient exercise and strikes a healthy work-play balance can significantly improve concentration – and the best way to promote this is through leading by example.” Bester, whose job involves helping businesses and their employees to achieve optimum productivity through creative integrated solutions, notes that the types of food people eat and their activity levels can influence concentration. “Children and adults alike need to fuel their bodies and their minds with the nutrients contained in food, but choosing the wrong types of food can result in restlessness, lethargy and headaches, and are not conducive to learning or working. “Sadly, in our busy working lives, too many South African families are choosing convenience foods without considering what these may do for their mental and physical energy levels, not to mention their long-term health. “It is important to keep in mind that complex carbohydrates, found in unrefined wholegrain products, provide sustained energy to the body and the brain far better than simple carbohydrates, such as those found in sugar or white bread. This can have a major impact on children’s performance at school, or adults’ productivity at work.” 10 top back-to-school tips for better concentration: Do not skip . . .
Fashionable fabrics, inspired interiors and wall-to-wall trendsetting décor will adorn the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 27th to 30th April 2017 as Decorex Cape Town – co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone – takes over the city. In line with the 2017 theme, ‘Make your space your living dream’, visitors to South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition will be immersed in natural fabrics, revitalising tones and quality products all centred around a vision of reclaiming a space of sanctuary, disconnected from the relentless noise and distraction of the modern world. Visitors can interact with the country’s top designers where the latest trends will be accessibly featured in a variety of room settings. The Decorex Designer Spotlight will showcase the work of iconic Cape Town designer Dylan Thomaz while stylish living ideas can be picked up at the Decorex Trend House. Anyone looking for a change in hue can visit the Plascon stand where the highly anticipated 2017 colour forecast will be revealed. And for the latest in international-level kitchen products and appliances, visitors are invited to the Franke Kitchen Trend Project where four local kitchen designers will compete to create the ultimate ‘Simplicity in Design’ kitchen. Cape Town, which leads the way in décor excellence nationwide, can expect to see only the highest quality products and décor set to international standard, as well as the country’s most creative designers who will be showcasing the latest trends. For all your 2017 design and décor trends, get to Decorex Cape Town from the 27th – 30th April. Tickets are sold through www.computicket.co.za and at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.decorex.co.za Facebook: Decorex SA Twitter: @decorexSA Instagram: decorex_sa LinkedIn: Decorex SA Pinterest: Decorex SA Blog: www.thebereed.co.za/decorexblog/ Decorex SA details: Decorex Durban: 18 – 21 March 2017 Time: . . .
Accountants control the floodgates of prosperity in Africa, but it is by our integrity and effort that we earn the right to open them. With the Chinese economy slowing, commodity prices falling and the global economy stagnating, worldwide investment opportunities are scarce. But the last decade has seen a rising wave of optimism over Africa’s growth potential, and global investors are keen to uncover its riches. To realise its prosperity, Africa must first confront the obstacles that prevent investors from committing themselves. Accountants have a central role to play in confronting these obstacles and ensuring the development of African. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that although medium term growth prospects in Africa remains favourable, substantial improvement is required in the recalibration of fiscal policy (including the efficient use of national budgets), better domestic revenue mobilisation, and improving and prioritising the quality and efficiency of public investment. South Africa is in the green because our fiscal policy is sound. We just need to keep our budget in check to ensure government debt remains a low percentage of GDP. Our revenue is also being judiciously invested in infrastructure, with the top five government priorities being healthcare for all, better education, enhanced crime prevention, rural development, and job creation. In South Africa, public investment is lively, with the government spending a fair amount of its budget on social services and public infrastructure. However, we also face growth challenges. Corruption – real or perceived – is a threat to the continent’s development. Additionally, in South Africa, unemployment continues to be unacceptably high, not for lack of jobs but rather a skills shortage in specific sectors from which the field of accounting is not exempt. As for poverty and inequality, financial and human resources must be effectively deployed to address the following . . .
ECR House & Garden Show Set To Shine In 2017 Renewed partnerships and bold new moves announced for KZN’s longest standing home show. In 2017 the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show will wow audiences from across the country for a record 37th consecutive time, bringing with it a host of innovations. The company has renewed their title sponsorship with KZN’s radio station, East Coast Radio, taking the relationship into its 14th consecutive year. “East Coast Radio is excited to renew its partnership for a further 3 years with this premiere lifestyle event in KwaZulu-Natal,” says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “Over the years, the show has provided inspiration to, and a platform for, people from all over KZN to come together to experience the best lifestyle-offerings under one roof. We're proud to be associated with an event that aligns perfectly with our 2017 focus which is to celebrate the the people, places, and things that make the province of KZN great" New talent brings fresh ideas In addition, Durban’s own Cairey Baxter-Bruce joins the team as Show Director. She brings considerable know-how from her time at Decorex as their General Manager and later, Business Development Manager, as well as her own event consultancy b² Event Solutions. She has travelled extensively to Verona, London, Birmingham, Paris and New York in search of the cutting edge in today’s décor and design market. “The ECR House & Garden show is an institution,” said Baxter-Bruce. “I can’t wait to bring a fresh edge and exciting features to a show that’s been a South African benchmark for so many years.” Baxter-Bruce joins the show on the back of a 3.5% increase in visitor numbers, despite the declining economy in 2016. “We started the event on the beach front in 1979,” said show owner Clive Shedlock. “Back then we had 25,000 people visit over 10 days, next year we expect 90,000.” The show is estimated to contribute R100 million in . . .
JOHANNESBURG—January 7, 2017—Farai Madzima today announced that eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch. At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and processes to create the most innovative apps and websites for customers in South Africa and the rest of the world. Pixel Up! 2017 will feature 14 inspiring and practical talks by speakers who’ve worked at Apple, Google, IDEO, Airbnb and more. Four master-grade hands-on workshops to help designers skill up in new techniques will be delivered by world renowned authors and facilitators. This year’s conference includes a notable lineup of featured speakers from the UX and design industry, including: Andy Clarke - one of the best known UK web designers (Wales) Austin Knight - Senior UX designer at Hubspot, speaker, and author (Brazil) Brad Frost - Web designer, speaker, author, and consultant (Pittsburgh) Emma Craig - UX researcher at Shopify (Canada) Kevin Hoffman - Information architect and design strategist and author (Philadelphia) Josh Clark - Designer and author (New York) Michael Sui - Senior designer at Airbnb (San Francisco) Mindy Gold - UX content strategist at Capital One (New York) Nancy Douyon - User experience lead at Google (San Francisco) Ron Bronson - User experience etrategist at Practical Starship Sebastiaan de With - ex-Apple designer (San Francisco) Dr. Tendayi Viki - Innovation consultant (UK) Val Head - Web animation expert and author (Pittsburgh) Designers and other professionals looking to learn and improve their user experience and design skills can apply for tickets via the Pixel Up! website (pixelup.co.za) now until Sunday, May 7 at 22:00 SAST. Tickets are limited to 150, last year was sold out. “South . . .
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Give back by watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo in celebrating the holiday season At this time of year, when tables groan under the weight of delectable food, spare a thought for those less fortunate. Now you can make a difference in the life of a hungry person by simply clicking on https://goo.gl/kIYFLN and watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform online. The longer you watch, more people will be fed, as Pick n Pay in partnership with SASKO and FoodForwardSA will make sure that the gift of bread will reach hungry tummies. Ask your friends to watch the video and share it on Facebook or Twitter. The campaign will keep running until 170 000 slices of bread have been donated so keep watching and sharing and spreading a little festive cheer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .