Those job seekers with a command of far eastern and local indigenous languages have better salaries awaiting them if their work requires the language. Adzuna in South Africa has completed research on which languages bring home the bacon best. Chinese/Mandarin, Japanese, Xhosa and Zulu topped the rankings, while Russian and various European languages made up the rest of the top 10. According to the job aggregator website, being bilingual or knowing a foreign language is a top skill in not only finding a job, but also obtaining work visas when moving to other countries. Some countries also require a certain level of competence in their official language/s. A spokesperson for Adzuna added: “Although many of these positions are for call-center or sales roles, it is interesting to note that South African languages, which were added into the mix researched, showed promising results.” Strong demand for French, Portuguese and German was noted, with the top South African language required being Afrikaans. English was not included in the research results as it was deemed ubiquitous. The least required language measured was Finnish. With a growing international presence and more BPO (business process outsourcing) companies entering South Africa, the demand and salaries for foreign language abilities is set to only move one way: up. Language Job demand Average salary Chinese/Mandarin 203 R335 863 Japanese 27 R335 625 Zulu 421 R332 714 Xhosa 142 R318 923 French 453 R304 378 Finnish 11 R301 236 Portuguese 294 R298 975 Dutch 72 R298 478 Russian 18 R280 531 Swedish 56 R279 872 German 563 R278 064 Norwegian 31 R271 734 Arabic 117 R264 667 Spanish 134 R255 674 Turkish 37 R231 047 Swahili 21 R198 000 Italian 127 R193 976 Afrikaans 4866 R176 992 Chinese tops list of best languages for job seekers by Jesse Green on 19 . . .
Never before has there been so much information available to businesses and individuals. In January 2015, Google estimated that there were 300 exabytes (that’s 300 followed by 18 zeros) of human-made information in the world. In 2011, there were just 30 exabytes. In just 48 months, the amount of human-made information increased by 1000% and we are now at a point whereby more information has been created in the past few years than in all of human history before. The growing maturity around the Internet of Things, the massively increasing number of connected devices, the explosion of video, social media, user generated content have all resulted in exponential growth in the amount of data at our fingertips. In July 2015, YouTube reported that is was uploading 400 hours of video content every minute. So for every hour of YouTube videos you watch, you’re already 23,999 hours behind – that’s nearly three years! From a business perspective, there are two types of data that need to be analysed, understood and trawled through; structured and unstructured. Analysing the structured data is a well-established business requirement - vast amounts of data stored in well-organised databases can be interpreted and presented with relative ease. The challenge lies with analysing all the unstructured data residing in an organisation - from emails to voicemails, social media, video, contracts, letters. This unstructured information doesn’t clearly display any underlying patterns or trends. We also have to consider context. A contract, for example, is the final output. A negotiated, distilled and agreed-upon entity. But it is really just a snap-shot, a point in time. What about all the information that surrounds the contract, the email discussions the multiple revisions. What was actually meant by the parties negotiating the deal? Historically, the only way to gain insight into a big stack of reports - or see patterns in customer complaint letters or supplier payment issues – . . .
Legal research is a most time consuming process. Traditionally, it can take hours for legal professionals to sift through conventional law reports or their indices to determine the precedential strength and weaknesses of cases referenced in an argument. However, with the use of good research tools, the process can be simplified. Meeting the need for greater research efficiency, LexisNexis developed Legal Citator, an online research tool designed to reduce research time from hours to mere minutes. The solution facilitates quicker assessment of the precedential value of reported judgments. It shows how a particular case has been regarded by South African courts over time, at national, provincial and local division levels. In this way, at the touch of a button Legal Citator assists legal practitioners to avoid building an argument around outdated information. It also provides the researcher with a case analysis report which indicates how a particular judgment was regarded by the divisions in which it was cited. Easy searches can be done by case details (ranging from a delivering judge’s name to the date of the judgment), legislation, regulations, rules or subjects, complete with a predictive type-ahead feature unique to MyLexisNexis that provides prompting of available cases. Legal Citator has the ability to efficiently locate cases that deal with a specific section in an Act, rule or regulation. It also enables users to easily find similar cases for reference through a quick search, or to know how much weight to place on cases referenced in arguments by easily showing how determinative a precedent is without researchers having to spend hours on evaluation. A single search on Legal Citator tells you how your case has been treated nationally and within the same division. Key features of Legal Citator include: Judgment History: showing whether the case was subject to review or appeal (as published in the law reports)., what the result was, subsequent . . .
Tetra Pak collaborated with the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) for the second year running around National Nutrition Week to spread the word of nutrition among learners. Tetra Pak and the DBE brought information about nutrition, pencil cases, activity booklets, and hundreds of litres of long life milk to nearly 4 000 learners of 10 primary schools in the KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Province on October 10, 2016. “Our Tetra Pak TBA 1L mascot made the day more exciting for the children at Malakeng Serotele Primary School to learn about the serious business of nutrition,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “Our partnership with the Department of Basic Education is a natural one since government’s Vision 2030 commits government to improving the long-term health outcomes of South Africans by prioritising nutrition, among other things.” She says that creating healthy habits in children gives them immediate learning benefits since they are alert and receptive to their studies, they also develop healthy and strong physiologies, and the healthy eating habits that stay with them for a lifetime. Tetra Pak and DBE representatives visited learners at schools throughout Sekhukhune District in Limpopo Province and KwaDukuza District in KwaZulu-Natal. They donated 300 litres of milk to each of six schools. Long life milk is a key ingredient to changing the strategic landscape of global nutrition needs. It also democratises nutrition for many Africans since its qualities lend it to unrefrigerated transportation to remote locations even where little infrastructure exists. Milk and dairy products are also nutrient dense. They provide high quality protein and micronutrients in an easily absorbed form that can benefit both nutritionally vulnerable people and healthy people. Milk is an ideal source of protein and calcium, and also contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals. New advanced milks contain large doses of . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
One of South Africa’s most revered musicians, Johnny Clegg, has been honoured with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Lifetime Achievement Award for music. Sponsored by SAMRO, the Award aims to celebrate Clegg’s fruitful career. Clegg, who is sometimes referred to as Le Zoulou Blanc (The White Zulu) has been an iconic figure both locally and internationally, ever since his band, Juluka, released their first album in 1979. He says receiving his trophy at the ACT Awards, which were held at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on Friday, 21 October, felt wonderful. Lifetime Achievement Award winners, who are nominated and selected by the current and previous ACT Trustees, are fundamentally individuals that the sponsors are proud to acknowledge for their contribution to the arts. The musician and anthropologist, who counts sharing a stage with Nelson Mandela as a career highlight, has produced over 19 albums in his career; as a soloist and with his bands Juluka and Savuka. Originally from England, Clegg was first introduced to South African music when he heard a street musician, Mntonganazo Mzila play. Enchanted by what he heard, Clegg apprenticed himself to Mzila for two years, learning the basics of Zulu music and Inhlangwini dancing. Soon after meeting Sipho Mchunu and forming Juluka, Clegg recorded his debut single, Woza Friday. Although racial prejudice in South Africa prevented their first album, Universal Man, from attaining radio airplay, the album became a word-of-mouth hit. Their second album, African Litany, released in 1981, included the South African hit Impi and two years later, Juluka attracted international acclaim for their album Scatterlings. When the political climate of South Africa began to take its toll on the group in the mid-'80s, Clegg and Mchunu separated. Clegg then formed his second band, Savuka, which took its name from the Zulu word meaning "we have risen" or "we have awakened," and took a more pop-minded . . .
Top companies who managed to improve their productivity throughout the year have been honoured at the National Productivity Awards held at Gallagher Estates, Midrand this past weekend. The Productivity SA Awards are a means to recognise creativity, innovation and productivity within South African enterprises. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. The Chairman of the Productivity SA board, Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba in his welcome speech said “Behind productivity growth is the worker, strong work culture, and the worker working smarter. This establishes a need for South Africa to make important adjustments and improvements in the labour market which is characterised by structural mismatches resulting from historical patterns of production in the economy on one hand, and education and skills development on the other.” Productivity and competitiveness are concepts that are important in order to harness the energy that build economies. The need exists to address these challenges via raising national productivity and competitiveness, which is a key challenge in itself. The Keynote Speaker at the function President of the Black Business Council, Dr Danisa Baloyi, urged everyone from business, labour and government to work together with Productivity SA in ensuring that it becomes the apex of productivity and is accessible to all who need the interventions. The winners were awarded in the following categories: Emerging: Eat Smart Organics (Cape Town) Corporate: Eberspächer South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Port Elizabeth) Public sectors: SAFCOL Timbadola Sawmill (Levubu, Limpopo) and Cooperative sector: Inqolobane Yobumbano Secondary Co-operative (Durban) The Deputy Minister of Labour Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa says the . . .
Blades are precision made in German factory – delivered on members’ schedule What do you do if you like the shave you’re getting, but you intensely dislike the exorbitant cost of the blades? If you’re Johannesburg residents John Woollam and Chris Irwin, you start by scouring the planet for a factory that makes exceptional blades. You find one in the industrial heartland of Germany that uses high grade steel ground to exacting specifications by superb craftsmen. Then you start a business. Not a conventional business mind you – an online business that actually delivers razor blades directly to the door of South African men on their schedule. With no charge for delivery. In a nutshell, that’s how The Shave Union South Africa was born. “We both wanted the best shave possible, but felt ripped off by the high price of quality razor blades – it’s hard not to. We were determined not to compromise on quality, and because shopping for blades can be a hassle, we wanted to make it convenient for guys.” said Woollam. So what does The Shave Union actually deliver and how much does it cost? Men who sign up will receive four cartridges at a time, each made with 5 blades, for only R42.25. That’s about 40% less than other blades of comparable quality. Guys can decide if they want the blades delivered every 1, 2 or 3 months, and they can cancel anytime. Irwin adds, “You also get a free top-quality razor handle – one of those weighted, ergonomic ones that feels good in your hand. Guys will get a super close, comfortable shave for a low price and can cancel anytime. There’s a lot to like and no risk. We think the whole deal is pretty amazing.” Although razor blade delivery to men’s homes is now common elsewhere in the world, it’s new to South Africa. Will men visit The Shave Union’s website (www.ShaveUnion.co.za) and sign on? “Time will tell”, says Woollam, “We look forward to helping lots of men get a great shave at a low cost. The Shave Union is definitely an idea . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 18 OCTOBER 2016 – Jeep Team’s eight-time World Canoe Marathon Champion, Hank McGregor, this past weekend won the John Woods Three Sisters Single Surfski Challenge and is now off to France to compete in the 7th edition of the Breizh Ocean Race, a World Surfski Series Race, which will be hosted in Morbihan France. McGregor recently clinched his seventh Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon win, and it isn’t over yet for the unstoppable McGregor as he is ready to end 2016 with a bang by competing in three more race titles, two them being in France and Hong Kong. This has been a formidable year in which McGregor has proven to be unbeatable after winning numerous international and national titles across different paddling disciplines including surfski, flat water and river canoe marathon, and canoe sprints, but it isn’t over yet. Says McGregor “I am amped and ready to take on the last few challenges for the year. It has been a good year and I am stoked for the wins and the chance to compete against the best South African and International paddlers. The next few races are going to be challenging and I hope to finish off this year on a high note.” McGregor is now off to France to compete in the 7th edition of the Breizh Ocean Race, a World Surfski Series Race, which will be hosted in Morbihan France from the 21st to 23rd October. Following a second place finish in 2014, behind fellow South African Jasper Mocké, McGregor will be vying for a win on this downwind surfski course. McGregor will then join South African paddlers for the annual Pete Marlin Surfski Champs happening at Nahoon Beach in East London on the 5th and 6th November 2016. The Wild Coast boasts some of the best downwind conditions in South Africa. This Surfski Champs is part of the World Surfski Series and is a 23km downwind race between the Orient and Yellow Sands beaches finishing at Nahoon Beach. Other South African paddlers in this race will include Barry Lewin and Dawie . . .
Something Eventfull, specialist holiday accommodation where a sense of home is encapsulated, are now on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, October, 12th, 2016 – New Start-up Company Something Eventfull announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards / equity crowdfunding campaign on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to finish the interior design and refurbishment of their newly acquired Holiday letting apartment. The company set out to raise R35,000 on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to finish refurbishment and produce the stylish 1920’s glamour themed apartment which will add to their ethos of providing beautiful, homely, yet affordable holiday accommodation. The idea to establish an accommodation business was born in 2004 when Something Eventfull owner, Germaine started doing a lot of travelling around South Africa mainly using backpackers as this was the cheapest type of accommodation for a student. She thoroughly enjoyed seeing new places and meeting people from different cultures and distant places. Some of the backpackers that she stayed at were great while others not so much. This ignited Germaine’s passion to start her own accommodation business, borrowing ideas of backpacking, making traveling cheaper especially for young people and students but to make it more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. So in 2013, she took the plunge, left her full time employment and headed to Cape Town. There she rented an eight bedroom house to operate as a guest house and in a matter of months the business took off. The accommodation was mainly advertised on Airbnb which shares the vision of “caring host” With the success of the guest house Germaine decided it was time to purchase her own place. She purchased a large bachelor flat in a charming holiday letting block on Durban’s beach front. The building was previously a Hotel which had retained some of those features which worked well with Germaine’s type of accommodation idea. The accommodation offers the . . .