The global economy has come under strain over the last several years, due to lower commodity prices, a shift in demand as well as services which have all affected South Africa greatly over the last two years. Companies that are weathering the current economic climate are those that operate with strategic efficiency and an eye towards the future. These companies maximise human capital by making sure they keep a skilled and competitive advantage as technology, production and trade develops and changes. Across South African Government the general consensus is that the country must produce more skilled participants in the workforce. The Government has also stated that its economic plocies require HR development on a massive scale. The Human Resources Development Strategy for South Africa (HRDS-SA) – which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001 – highlights that the acquisition of knowledge and skills are necessary to work productively and competitively and furthermore, that improved training and education are fundamental to higher employment and productivity. “The cyclical nature of the resources sector and the impact of the global economic crisis have meant that we have had to find ways of cutting costs and working more efficiently.” Italia Boninelli, speaking on challenges of HR in a recent interview. This year, The Future of HR Summit and Awards are proud to host some of the highest esteemed figures in South African society and the HR industry, including the internationally acclaimed HR specialist, Shirley Zinn. It is also with great pride to announce that Axiomatic will sponsor the Skills Development and Training breakaway session. The most innovative HR strategies, labour regulations, case studies and emerging technologies will be disccused by experts in the field over the span of two days. “In the working world, you have to keep up with the pace of change, and there are many factors that drive change. Technology and innovation will reshape the working world . . .
In support of World Hunger Day on 28 May, KFC urged customers to Double Up their Add Hope donations and double the difference it makes to the plight of the millions of South African children who go to bed hungry every night. Our customers generously responded by doubling up their R2 donations, donating over R1 million towards the fight against hunger over the two week Add Hope Double Up campaign. “The Add Hope Double Up campaign was an opportunity to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in South Africa and to illustrate the impact it will have on our country’s future if we don’t do something about it,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC South Africa Marketing Director. “The success of Add Hope shows that South Africans want to get involved and that if we all pull together, even the smallest contribution can have a major impact.“ Add Hope has raised over R300 million in funds to secure the future of South Africa by helping children learn, grow and thrive through providing them with a nutritious meal, every day. Add Hope makes sure that over 100 000 children receive nutritious meals every month, with the help of 110 beneficiary partners around the country. The collaboration between KFC, its beneficiaries and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to these beneficiary organisations increases every year. As part of this Double Up campaign, and in support of World Hunger Day, a number of prominent South Africans visited Add Hope beneficiary organisations to get a first-hand experience of the incredible impact the donations have on young lives. Actress Hlubi Mboya visited Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, Gauteng. “These children have my heart. Food, education and shelter are basic human rights. It’s powerful to see the impact that Add Hope has on places like Afrika Tikkun and on these young lives and it is a blessing that places like these are open to the vulnerable. I was completely blown away by all the facilities, and the energy, positive and . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
Digital has given rise to new forms of communication, new possibilities and of course, a new kind of specialist. One such specialist is online marketing company iLead Online, which on 11 March 2016 officially became part of the et al Group, adopting the et al appellation to become iLEAD et al. To celebrate this momentous move, Dr Gustav Puth, the Managing Director of STRATEGY et al, as well as Google’s Country Director, Luke McKend, both shared their vision of the future. Dr Puth highlighted the importance of a good strategy and taking action, because well begun is half done. The strategy behind the joint venture is to take iLEAD et al to the next level, combining the experience of our Google-certified and award-winning team of search engine experts, YouTube maestros and engaging content generators, with all that the rest of the et al Group has to offer…which is quite a lot. Considering the good relationship that iLEAD et al has with Google, Luke McKend was more than happy to share what the future holds for online marketing. He emphasised the importance of using new possibilities to position your brand within your target audience, including the newly updated Search Voice app, which allows you to search for any product or service by using a simple voice command or question. Managing Director of iLEAD et al, Johann Nortje, says this relationship will quickly become a force to be reckoned with. “Together we have a bigger share of voice, vastly improved economies of scale and the ability to cater for every need an advertiser might have. In fact, the term 'through-the-line’ takes on a whole new meaning in the et al Group,” he adds. The et al Group comprises various et al companies that constitute – what could best be described as – a consolidation of specialist marketing services into a single brand platform. In this group is the DIGITAL et al cluster of four companies which, as the name suggests, is the specialised digital arm of the group. With a . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Summary of Switch and Save Photo: Whitehart Delivering a world-class customer experience and managing large-scale digital signage networks has just become a lot simpler with the launch of Public Display Technologies’ (PDT) ‘Switch and Save’. Switch and Save allows you to manage your digital signage network at a much lower operational cost while enjoying the benefits of this technology. PDT is offering an exclusive digital signage contract where no swop-out labour and media player hardware fees are charged. With this offer ending on 31 December 2016, PDT uses the latest media player technology that eliminates the cost of software and licensing fees in this 3 year contract. This exclusive contract applies to companies with large-scale digital signage networks. PDT will complete the installation within 35 working days and limited costs will apply if additional hardware is added onto a current 3 year contract. To book a site visit, calculate the potential savings or for more information, please contact PDT on 0861 123 738 or firstname.lastname@example.org Demos available on request. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Top: Ecosys M3540idn Left: TASKalfa 1800 Right: TASKalfa 2551ci Photo: Kyocera Document Solutions SA It’s that time again when businesses reflect on the previous year and discuss goals, challenges, necessities you name it, of the new year. It is important for businesses to go through this process whether they are home-based, a new startup or a fully fledged company. Usually, when this time approaches we tend to forget about the thar old printer or copier taking-up much needed space in the office. Technological devices and products seem to be the last thing on everyone’s mind. If your business is one of these and is in dire need of a tech makeover, here’s a list of the top multifunction printers that will meet all your business needs. 1. Kyocera Ecosys M3540idn A4 multifunction black and white printer The M3540idn is highly recommended for law professionals. It will easily deliver no less than 40 A4 pages per minute in black and white right before you leave for court. Take care of all your legal printing needs with double-sided printing, copy, fax and colour scan functionality. Never lose a case or valuable client information thanks to mobile printing support including AirPrint. This compact, flexible easy-to-use device comes with a 7-inch individually customisable full colour touch panel. There’s absolutely no need to worry about environmental impact as the Ecosys technology has that covered for you, keeping it to a minimum including your running costs too. 2. Kyocera TASKalfa 1800 A4 multifunction black and white printer Every school needs this device. It was designed to simplify your daily printing required to effectively and successfully run an educational institution. Get up to 18 A4 pages and 8 A3 pages per minute with standard paper capacity of 400 sheets (expandable to 1,300 sheets though.) It comes with standard print and colour scan functionality, plus 600 dpi laser technology with 256-greyscale copying for crisp text and realistic . . .
Levenhuk 625 Biological Microscope allows for bright field observations, and may be used both at home and in a professional laboratory. Its high-quality optics are fully coated, and deliver sharp and bright images of the observed object. Its binocular head reduces strain on the eyes and allows for lengthy observations. The Levenhuk 625 has a revolving nosepiece with four objective lenses that allow you to change the magnification on the fly, without interrupting your workflow. The interpupillary distance of the binocular head may be adjusted, which provides additional comfort during observations. The head itself also reduces stress on your eyes due to its binocular design, which means you can work longer without tiring. The eyepieces are inclined at 30 degrees, so that you can sit comfortably during observations. The microscope comes with two sets of eyepieces for increased scope of magnifications. In its basic kit, the Levenhuk 625 yields magnifications from 40x to 2000x. When working at high magnifications (1000x, 2000x), a special technique - oil immersion - is used to increase the quality of the resulting image. This is achieved by immersing both the objective lens and the specimen in a transparent oil of high refractive index. A vial of immersion oil is shipped with the microscope. Author: Ellie Marshall from Levenhuk. More Info link: http://www.levenhuk.com/catalogue/microscopes/levenhuk-625/#more CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The iconic Solly’s Folly descent off the Drakensberg escarpment will be under construction for the next two months as Berg and Bush route builders prepare new single-track sections for the 10th running of the mountain bike event in October. The spectacular drop-off – which takes more than 2 000 riders from the Free State across the provincial border into KwaZulu-Natal – is one of the highlights of the three-day Descent and Great Trek races. Organiser Gary Green said the section, which is named after landowner Solly Prinsloo, formed part of the traditional route used by cattle farmers to herd their animals up and down the Berg. “We have in the past had some congestion on this part of the route, as it forms part of a continuous 10km section of fairly steep single-track. So we’re aiming to make it more rideable for everyone.” Green said the changes would include the addition of sections to allow overtaking, thereby creating free riding and an opportunity for riders with more technical ability to reach higher speeds. “The plunge will still be very exciting but not as technical, and terrifying, as before!” He said his team were also hard at work in the vicinity of Spioenkop, which is another standout feature of the race that stretches over more than 200km. “In the past, riders were forced to cycle some distance from the mountain before making their way towards it. “However, in the surrounding foothills there are many cattle and game tracks and we plan to utilise these as they make their way towards the summit.” The 1.5km hill climb up Spioenkop would form its own race within a race, with prize money for the fastest individual rider to the top, added Green. He said improving the route year after year was one of the key contributors to the event’s success in celebrating a “decade of dirt”. “We are always going to be making changes as more landowners come on board and this means that the riding will just keep on improving. “Participants . . .
Beginner level Karate Kids look to be getting younger and younger these days. What’s the appropriate age to commence the martial arts? Is your child prepared to become a karate kid? As karate has turned out to be more admired over the years, young age children are getting started with martial arts. Of course, there has been a powerful influence from the Power Rangers and the Ninja but also with the ever increasing commercial karate schools, dedicated programs for the children are becoming extremely popular. Programs such as Little Ninjas, Tiny Tigers flourish in most martial arts NYC school. So at what age children are being accepted into these programs? It looks that the age of 3 ½ to four years old is the youngest age for children to be allowed into a martial art program. This fundamentally matches with the age that a kid can start preschool, and this’s no coincidence. Therefore, if your kid is around four years old, then she or he’ll possibly be allowed into your local martial arts institution. However, there’re other crucial factors that you must be alert of. • Is this the 1st time your kid has been occupied in a group activity? If so be ready for some primary nervousness and disinclination to get out in the floor in your absence. • Have you ever taken your kid to a local martial arts institute to watch an on-going class? If your answer is no, then do so as this is an excellent chance to pre-frame your kid, so she or he knows that’s anticipated and what a karate NYC institute and class looks like. • Do you’ve practical expectations for your kid? Karate for a four-year-old child must be about focus, coordination and fun. It isn’t about self-defense or extreme discipline at this tender age. These characteristics will be introduced gradually over time as kids get older. • Can your kid follow 1 or two-step instructions? Your kid requires to be able to pursue basic directions to function actively in the karate class. All the above-mentioned . . .