Following the success of the first Future of HR Summit and Awards hosted in 2015, leading online career portal Careers24, has pledged its support for the 2016 gathering of HR professionals as gold sponsor. The 2016 Future of HR Summit and Awards will be held in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 July. The summit will address the transformation of the HR function in South African business, forecasting trends, sharing innovative and strategic approaches to overcoming challenges and discussing practical methods of employee engagement, talent acquisition and empowering leadership. Said Karla Fletcher, Topco’s Director: “As a company that has spent the last 20 years researching and recognising South Africa’s top organisations, the salient outcome is that every top performing organisation in the private or public sector was underpinned by a strong employee culture.” She adds that the old methods of management and leadership are clearly expiring and only those that embrace this space of rapid transformation and start to understand digital disruption will thrive in turbulent times. “When we developed this product our aim was to find a partner who embraced this new way of thinking, Careers24 was just that, they set out to be relevant in the market place. Their contribution will help us to bring about a metamorphosis in this industry.” Careers24 welcomed the opportunity to participate in the event that will provide leaders and organizations with a distinct competitive advantage to achieve business goals that will facilitate economic growth while keeping people at the forefront of business. “We are invested in the growth of both the HR industry and in empowering job seekers. Last year we received very good feedback from recruiters who attended the summit and we look forward to being a valuable partner again for this event which provides a platform for the discussion and understanding of industry challenges as well as solutions. ,” said Marc Privett, General Manager of . . .
STEEL INDUSTRY… in crisis. SOUTH AFRICA HAS TO FIND A MORE BALANCED SOLUTION Dear Minister Davies This is our fourth letter addressed to you regarding this very important matter. Our previous letters (respectively dated 15 March 2016, 18 May 2016 and 8 June 2016) are enclosed for ease of reference. In our view the current crisis in the Steel Industry is caused by three interventions: the introduction of protectionist duties; the consequent creation of an environment in which opportunistic and unchecked price increases by AMSA is implemented; and the paralysing effect of the looming safeguard duties. Minister, the first meeting of the ITAC Pricing Committee to investigate the impact of duties on the downstream Industry took place on Monday, 20 June 2016. However, concurrently with the commencement of the Pricing Committee’s activities, further duties were announced on nine more tariff codes. It has become clear that nothing prevents AMSA from applying their import parity pricing, but now with the new duties priced in.Government have long been suspected of steam-rolling these duties and that consultation with the downstream Industry is pure window-dressing; or perhaps too little too late. This is probably fuelled by government's belief that South Africa, in comparison with other countries, is behind in protecting our Steel Industry. With a single monopolistic primary steel producer that produces steel at high prices, South Africa’s position is vastly different. There is an ever increasing sentiment among downstream manufacturers, namely that South Africa does not need a primary liquid steel producer (AMSA). Modern mills, using direct rolling technology, use up to 50 percent less energy than required by AMSA’s steel production processes – this is just one very important reason why steel from China, among others, is cheaper. Technologically outdated mills cannot be upgraded to use direct rolling and AMSA would therefore have to invest or . . .
Responding to reports that the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will encourage its member unions to balance wage demands with job security, the South African Reward Association (SARA) has applauded this move. “This is a great step in the right direction,” says Dr Mark Bussin, Executive Committee member at SARA. “Executives and management could match this statement by showing pay increase restraint for themselves and articulating concisely what was achieved to earn bonuses. We need to strengthen the link for the average person to believe in the concept of bonuses.” The South African Reward Association shapes the industry and professionals that determine how people are paid or rewarded for the work they do. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Women24, South Africa’s biggest website for women, has been reinvented. The new platform is known as W24 and has a boldly female, younger, fresher focus with both a local and international take on content. “W24 is the newest lifestyle destination for millennial South African women, who are looking for a platform that is inspirational, yet grounded and meaningful,” says Lili Radloff, W24 editor and one of the masterminds behind the reinvention. Radloff adds: “When we researched the environment it was clear that there was a huge need for a destination that really understood and celebrated what it meant to be young and female in South Africa – a platform that offered real content, 100% geared towards her lifestyle. So we decided to create a digital brand that is boldly female and that celebrates being a young woman in South Africa today.” W24 will cover everything from local and international trends to fashion, beauty, wedding planning, mind and body wellness, home décor, DIY, relationship advice, soapies and horoscopes. Creating the content is a young, diverse, dedicated team and a host of knowledgeable and influential contributors. “Essentially the platform will be packed with all the lifestyle inspiration that a young South African woman wants in a stylish and 100% mobile-friendly format,” adds Radloff. www.w24.co.za went live on 1 July 2016 and will be launched at a star-studded event in Johannesburg on 5 July. W24 can be followed at: Facebook: W24 South Africa, Twitter: @W24_SA and Instagram: @W24_SA or follow the launch hashtag #W24ishere. . . .
Bailey Snyman (Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance in 2012) and Nicola Haskins (Ovation Award winning choreographer) of The Matchbox Theatre Collective celebrate 10 years at the National Lottery Fringe in Grahamstown this year. Matchbox Theatre Collective is presenting three works at this year’s National Lottery Fringe in celebration of their 10 year anniversary. If These Bodies Could Speak (choreographed and performed by Haskins and Snyman) and Giftig (performed by Snyman and Micia de Wet) have just returned from rave reviews at the Prague Fringe Festival in the Czech Republic. If These Bodies Could Speak is a digital-dance love story that brings together dance, projection, lights and shadow play to explore the complex relationship of a couple that are struggling to reconnect with each other in a world overwhelmed by social media. Sean Bosman writes of the piece; "If These Bodies Could Speak featuring Bailey Snyman is far more than 'just a dance'. From its projections to shadow-puppetry; the performance serves as a poignant reminder that the impenetrability of the Other is nothing if not augmented by the very desire to make contact and bridge the gap. Not only does it portray bodies interacting with bodies; but bodies with light; bodies with shadows. I saw the Schopenhauerian porcupine problem come to life: how much pain are we prepared to suffer so that we can feel just that little bit of love?" This show will be performed at PJs on 1 July at 21h30, 2 July at 14h00, 3 July at 10h00, and 4 July at 18h00 Giftig (originally conceived by Micia de Wet and Timo Schutte) is an English language physical theatre production that is charged with comedy and emotion. You will laugh and cry, reflect and surrender. A sister waits on the beach for her lover to return from the ocean. A brother waits knowing he will never return. Their parents are lonely together. This two-hander risks the ideals of love, loss and apathy that surrenders to comedy, and touches . . .
Advanced modern air conditioners eliminate allergens, viruses, bacteria and fungi in the air JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 28 June 2016: Winter and spring are the top runny nose seasons in South Africa thanks to viruses, increased pollen counts and pollution in the air. That’s nearly half a year of discomfort for hundreds of thousands of South Africans. Combating colds, flu, hayfever and environmental pollutants starts with an investment in an advanced air conditioner. “Contrary to outmoded popular belief, air conditioners do not increase the chances of catching colds – in fact, advanced technology allows them to effectively filter and purify the air, at the same time as they heat or cool,” says Michael McKechnie, Director: Digital Appliance Group at Samsung South Africa. “For example, selected Samsung air conditioner models may have the ‘Virus Doctor’ and easy filter technology included, or the accessory may be purchased as an optional feature. This innovative and health-promoting device eliminates up to 99% of airborne bacteria and viruses*, as well as smoke, pollen, dust and other contaminants, keeping the air inside clean and pure.” Furthermore, air conditioners are not simply cooling devices – advanced new air conditioners can heat a room more effectively, uniformly and affordably than old-fashioned space heaters can, all the while neutralising contaminants in the air. Unlike the air conditioners of old, advanced new air conditioners are elegant, virtually silent and don’t produce annoying drafts. Modern air conditioners come in a range of stylish floor, wall or ceiling-mounted designs and feature innovations such as a choice of models suited to anything from quick and powerful cooling through to gentle, silent cooling for bed time. Maintenance, filter cleaning and temperature control have all become infinitely easier in new digital air conditioning units, with some models even supporting remote control via a mobile app. “Featuring . . .
Local HR software vendor, SmartHR, has developed a self-service kiosk that will enable an organisations’ disconnected workforce to update personal information on their company HR systems, apply for leave and log HR service requests. “The SmartKiosk takes the concept of employee self-service to a new level. For the first time, employees who do not have access to computers can easily access basic HR services,” says Brendon Gass, Director at SmartHR. “The Kiosks eliminate paper, save time for employees while providing up to date information in SmartHR.” The free-standing kiosk is wirelessly connected to the SmartHR database, ensuring seamless updating of information, and thus minimal disruption of HR staff for basic queries. The application’s easy to use graphical user interface has been designed to minimise the need for users to type. After authentication, users can review their personal particulars, checking those that are incorrect for follow-up by the HR department. They can also see their current leave balances and apply for leave. The SmartHR leave rule engine calculates employee leave balances at any future date by taking into account existing leave applications and the rate at which leave days are accrued—few, if any, systems offer this functionality. The SmartKiosks are integrated with the SmartHR SMS notification services which let employees know the status of their leave applications. Once employees are familiar with the kiosk’s basic functionality, a range of further services can be added to solve specific business problems where information is required. The system also allows the user to request help from the HR department by logging tickets from the kiosk. These requests are managed as service requests via a help desk functionality that, uniquely, is integrated into the SmartHR platform. “Integrating the service desk functionality into the SmartHR platform means that the SmartKiosk doesn’t just deliver benefits to workers and HR; it . . .
Recent reports of Eskom executives awarding themselves R6 million bonus per person from a pool of R1.7bn has left a sour taste in the mouths of The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). However, according to Dr Mark Bussin, exco member of the South African Reward Association (SARA), there are always two sides to a story. The trade unions are facing members on a daily basis regarding how tough it is to come out on one’s salary. “I think it is the next big wave to hit us – in work poverty (IWP). It affects more than half our workforce. People are struggling to come out on their salaries and they don’t understand what executives do to earn their millions. It causes resentment and anger amongst workers and creates a platform for radical elements, radical political parties and radical politicians,” says Dr Bussin. On the other hand, executives are under continual scrutiny, pressure, risk and forever increasing fiduciary responsibility. It is governance and onerous fiduciary duties that drives executive pay up and up. In Eskom’s case, they do run their business as a business should be run. However, with political interference setting unrealistic political goals and targets, it can put Eskom into the red. This is not entirely the Executive’s fault. Their original budget showed a profit, but the politicians, for example, instructed the electrification of several voter areas and they made a loss – not exactly their fault. “However, as right as the bonuses seem to the Eskom executives, there is a new word that I have coined called – the “optics” of remuneration. With rotating executives, blackouts, Medupi and general negative press – the optics don’t seem right to earn millions in bonus. This calls for wisdom and sensitivity on the part of Eskom executives. Accepting the millions is contentious and should be declined. Regardless of how lawful or technically correct the bonus calculation is. The optics aren’t right.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
College Africa Group is extremely proud to officially announce the launch of our Online Microsoft Office 2013 training courses that everyone can afford. Course prices start from as low as R 265 including Vat for twelve months’ access. The complete offering can be viewed at https://www.collegeafricagroup.com/lms/ms-office-2013-library-of-15-interactive-courses Register for our newsletter and receive up to date news about our courses. One complete online library and 10 single online Microsoft Office courses will be awarded to respondents who will be selected at random. Closing date 31 July 2016, Terms and Conditions apply. Newsletter link: http://www.collegeafricagroup.com/newsletter College Africa Group is an accredited SETA South African training company that specialises in training Microsoft Office 2013 in Southern Africa. The Company was registered in 2003 as EasyExcel cc and underwent a name change to College Africa Group (Pty) Ltd in 2015. College Africa Group is driven by the importance of preparing the South African youth for the workplace and Microsoft Office is an integral part of the prospective employee’s skillset that Employers demand. Our mission is to create the opportunity for South Africans to uplift their families and follow our motto, “Discover your Potential”. Take advantage of Cloud based solutions and Discover your Potential no matter where you live in South Africa. Contact Arnold Muscat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 083 778 4903 for more information. Release date 27 June 2016 Microsoft Office 2013 logo YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAaZJ1fkAt7yU4M3Jc-CrZw CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With the tax-filing season opening on 1 July, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) is advising taxpayers to get their filing done as soon as possible, and to approach the process methodically. “Taxes have to be paid—it’s effort well spent to get the submission right and on time,” says Ettiene Retief, chairperson of the National Tax and SARS Stakeholders Committees at SAIPA. “By following these tips, taxpayers can streamline their efforts and avoid unnecessary stress.” Confirm accuracy of documentation Most income is now recorded on tax certificates issued by employers, banks or investment houses. Salary payments, deductions and benefits are found on the IRP5 issued by the employer, while other income earned (such as interest and dividends) is reflected on various ITC3 certificates. The only difference is that no employees’ tax deductions are made for income reflected in an ITC3. Retief says that it is important to go through each certificate carefully to ensure it is correct—and that all income is disclosed. A common mistake, for example, is not to recognise the small interest income that might be earned on a medical aid savings account. “The amount of such interest might be too small to be material, but the point is that SARS gets the information reflected on these certificates and its system will compare the income you have disclosed and what it expects. Even a small discrepancy could cause the system to flag a mismatch,” he says. Further, it is important to ensure that your sensitive information, such as contact and banking details, are correct. Make sure they are current—especially if you are expecting a refund! Compare Use the previous year’s return as a guide, as this comparison will alert you to changes and even omissions. Also important is to be sure that there is continuity across years of assessment. “For example, if your final odometer reading for 2015 was 33 000, then the opening odometer reading for . . .