The 4th Annual African Railway Summit started off today in Johannesburg. Over a course of 2 days, leaders and experts from African rail industry will come together to discuss the developments, trends and challenges for the region. 25 February 2016, Johannesburg: Rotating around the central theme of “Witnessing the Rail Renaissance”, 4th Annual African Railway Summit commenced today at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The summit gathered the leading experts in the African railway sector to discuss the upcoming major rail projects in African countries and strategies to improve the efficiency of the sector. The summit is being supported by Transnet, Universal Freight Organisation (UFO), The RailRoad Association of South Africa, The Rail Working Group (RWG) and RailAdvisor. The summit started off with a keynote address on “Africa‘s Freight Rail Industry: Rail Renaissance” by Brian Monakali, Executive Manager- Strategy and Long Term Planning at Transnet Freight Rail Office of Chief Executive. This was followed by an intriguing session on ROI in African railway by Andrew Marsey, Transport Economist. The morning sessions featured an interactive panel discussion on project delivery timelines. This panel was joined by Jack Van Der Merwe, CEO at Gautrain; Brian Monakali; Gorman Zimba, CEO at Rail Road Association and Siobhan Fox, BDM at Walvis Bay Corridor Group. Jack Van Der Merwe also presented a session on “Gautrain Expansion Plan and Government‘s ITMP25”, which highlighted the new proposed Gautrain routes and challenges faced in implementing the plan. Post lunch, the discussions will be centered around Railway Technology, Signalling and Communication Systems. Tony Crosby, GM – Services at 4Tel Pty Ltd; Howard Rosen, Chairman at Rail Working Group and Alan Swaby, BDM at voestalpine SIGNALING Fareham Limited will be sharing insights on the topic. The day will end with a networking and coffee session, where the . . .
The 2016 My Business Expo is set to showcase the very best in entrepreneurial inspiration and innovation at the unmissable Build a Business Live event. Taking place in Johannesburg on 10 March at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Build a Business Live is the highlight of the one-day, all under one roof business start-up and growth expo hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC). Now in its eighth year, My Business Expo is Africa’s biggest and most successful business exhibition for anyone looking to start or expand a business. Powering Build a Business Live are four global entrepreneurial and influential speakers, guaranteed to motivate and encourage you to take your business in a positive and accelerated direction. “Build a Business Live is a power-packed programme of top of the line seminars tailor-made for anyone starting out or building a business,” says Mike Anderson, NSBC founder and CEO. “It’s also an opportunity to grow, learn, connect, be inspired, and have fun while experiencing entrepreneurial entertainment at its finest.” Leading the line-up of business thought leaders is MC Mpho Modikoane, followed by Mike Anderson who is a life-long entrepreneur and founder of NSBC, one of the fastest growing organisations of its kind in the world. Anderson will explore what it takes to ‘Become Super Successful Now’ by looking at what the world’s most successful people do every day. In addition, Anderson also annually writes and publishes a book under the title Never Surrender, and delegates to Build a Business Live will each receive a copy of the 2016 edition. Perfecting the art of sales will also feature strongly in this year’s programme. Mark Keating, CEO of Sales Guru will share the secrets of South African sales superstars in a high energy, no-nonsense, inspirational and amusing presentation on what he’s learned from interviewing the country’s top sales performers. With more than 19 years’ experience, international speaker . . .
Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape- February 25th 2016: WRICH is raising funds via a rewards/ equity crowdfunding campaign on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to fund a trip to Johannesburg in order to attend an exclusive JT Foxx event, where they’ll have access to the world’s #1 wealth coach! The event will also give them the opportunity to network with potential investors, and learn strategies on how to take their business to the next level. The Company set out to raise R15 500. 00 on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to secure a ticket to the event, which costs R12 500. 00 per person, with the option to bring a partner for free. The amount includes the travelling costs. The event will be attended by the Company’s Marketing, Branding and Communications manager, Anelisa Nokoyo, and the CEO Ntombizakhe Bungane. The inspiration behind wanting to attend the event came from realising the fact that attending an event of this nature could really benefit their whole organisation. This JT Foxx event is one of the most exclusive events in the world when it comes to empowering entrepreneurs with the tools to market and brand businesses effectively. Additionally, because WRICH is a start-up that’s focused on empowering rural women, it’s very important for the company to develop effective marketing and branding strategies that will propel the company towards its goals successfully, and what better way to learn about marketing and branding than from the millionaire underdog himself? WRICH was set up in Sterskspruit in the Eastern Cape on September 4th 2015, and is owned by six rural women, who are passionate about creating economic growth in the rural areas, while empowering rural women to participate in creating this growth and development. Since its inception in Sterkspruit, the Company has enjoyed widespread support from the community, and has broad based shareholding targets to support its objective of ensuring broad based economic empowerment in the rural areas. The company works with young, . . .
Sustainability of low-carbohydrate diet questioned in South Africa: Research has shown that weight loss alone improves markers of heart disease such as high blood pressure. Losing weight also helps in reducing the risk for a range of other diseases such as cancer and diabetes. With low-carbohydrate diets rising in popularity and many South Africans claiming astounding feats of weight loss, this can only bode well for the health and waistlines of South African people. An online survey conducted by Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health) and its wellbeing and rewards partner, Zurreal, showed that a resounding 66% of the more than 700 respondents who participated in the survey said that a low-carbohydrate diet had helped their weight loss goals in the long term. Almost 70% of the respondents also expressed confidence that a diet high in natural fats and low in carbohydrates would help them lose weight. As many as 91% of the respondents who participated in the survey cited carbohydrates as being the number one enemy of those fighting the battle of the bulge, while 82% felt that sugar was a definite no-no for the weight conscious. Mark Arnold, Principal Officer of Resolution Health, said that this survey was an extremely important exercise for the Scheme, firstly to fulfill the need of raising awareness about obesity and related healthcare risks and, secondly, to tap into the mindset of members and gauge their attitudes towards dieting. “The results of the survey have revealed a definite shift in thinking among our relatively young, health-conscious membership base. In the past, the word ‘fat’ was a big taboo when it came to dieting. Even the fats found in nuts, butter and avocados for example, were avoided because of the perceived high-calorie content of these foods. In fact, almost 88% of the respondents stated that years ago they never would have thought that a diet high in natural fats and low in carbohydrates would have helped them lose . . .
Lenovo unveiled the TAB3 10 Business, an Android tablet engineered for business use, and the TAB3 7 and TAB3 8, Lenovo’s first series of family-friendly tablets. The TAB3 10 Business is designed as the smart company-ready, employee-friendly choice, pairing the power and versatility of Android 6.0 with the optimisation and services that matters most to business professionals. Offering full support for Android For Work™, the tablet also boasts an array of security and encryption options to help users keep these devices and the work-related data on them safe and secure. The TAB3 10 Business is optimised for business mobility, supporting personnel who need to be constantly on the move while on the job. It adapts to any number of business use cases, from conference halls to the factory floor or to a point-of-sale kiosk. Lenovo’s user studies show tablets to be the most shared devices in the family. That’s why we designed the TAB3 8 and 7 for sharing—supporting multi-user modes. And because we know kids will use it, we’ve introduced a dedicated kid’s mode and kid-friendly features such as adaptive display, making it suitable for everyone in the family. Because a growing number of businesses are adopting Android tablets to increase employee productivity, we’ve created the TAB3 10 Business, featuring software and hardware optimised for commercial usage. We’ve made sure the TAB3 10 Business comes with the right system and apps for business. The tablet features Android for Work™, which provides dedicated profiles for business content and affords higher security and manageability. It’s also pre-loaded with productive Android for Work apps, Google Play for Work, and a Kiosk Mode that allows users to set up their TAB3 10 Business as an interactive kiosk. The tablet also supports industry solutions for classroom management, point-of-sale management and e-Health management. And the TAB3 10 Business meets users’ expectations for durability - it can withstand the wear and . . .
Forget about brownie points, bottom lines or BEE ratings – corporate social responsibility for any business should be about giving back and doing good – an unwavering contribution to uplifting people and the planet - that’s the bottom line! Hotels which adopt programs and strategies that contribute to communities, conserve environments, reduce social problems and educate, ultimately boost customer loyalty, improve brand image and achieve corporate sustainability, which adds value to stakeholders and the communities that service them. CSR in hospitality, in particular, provides an opportunity to make a difference in so many ways, not only with staff, but with guests, the environment and the community. CEO of BON Hotels, Guy Stehlik says that CSR is very important to the company and represents part of its ethos of Good people. Good thinking. Good feeling. He goes on to say that to make these programs work, senior management has to get the buy-in of the staff at all levels and ensure that they are involved in implementing them if there is to be continued support and success. Each of the properties in the BON Hotels stable is dedicated to uplifting the communities around itself and regularly contributes to charitable organisations by way of providing meals, the basics or hands-on assistance. Vouchers are popular as giveaways or prizes at fundraisers, sporting events and award ceremonies. Craig Swart, GM at BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal, says, “Every department within the hotel has been allocated one charity and is responsible for raising funds or assisting where they can, so the effort is combined and rewarding for all.” There is the usual recognition for outstanding service in the form of certificates and gifts, balloons and cake on birthdays, training and re-freshers to keep up standards and morale, and vouchers for good work and initiative. Hotels (and guests) are also being sustainably-savvy by conserving water, sourcing local produce, using biodegradable . . .
Cancer is a killer disease, the mere name of which is enough to make most of us gasp in an expression of unsuppressed shock. Previously synonymous to a death certificate for the patient, cancer has become a treatable disease in the recent years. However, the amount of pain and suffering it causes, is still constant. The years of chemotherapy may serve to prolong life a bit longer, but it has numerous side effects such as nausea, vomiting, intense pain, constipation, and the most commonly known one---hair fall. Going bald adds tremendously to the already massive mental agony that a cancer patient is forced to undergo, more so if it’s a woman. However, the market now has something that would help all those unfortunate women battling cancer out there, to regain their feminine dignity in the years of battle. The Bella Donna scarves company, started by a breast cancer survivor who donates a part of the proceedings to the Breast Health foundation, has a wonderful collection of beautiful head scarves for cancer patients; of every design, hue and colour. There are scarves meant for ladies and girls, Forever Changed Turbans and beanies. The scarves are made by the owner herself, with the raw materials being sourced locally. The scarves are of varied and colourful designs, such as black-on-white, polka-dotted, coral on coral, navy jewel, pastel green, blue and light blue, purple satin leopard, brown motive print, black and white swirl print, and much more. In recent news, a walkathon (Avon Justine Ithemba) was held in the October of 2014 to spread breast cancer awareness. If you visit the website of the store, you can perform an online transaction and add the items you’d like to buy, in a virtual shopping cart, where you calculate the total amount and submit your final order. You can also click on the ‘My Story’ section and read the immensely inspiring story of cancer survivor Lizel. One read is sure to leave you wondering how steely a person’s endurance and will-power . . .
The South African consumer can now shop online for the best international brands in Major and Small Appliances, Electronic & Electrical Goods, Mobile & Personal Computing and Accessories, Power Tools, DIY/Garden & Home, Personal Care, Lifestyle and Outdoor products. No need to imagine life without traffic jams, long queues at malls, endless parking ticket frustrations and precious time gone to waste. The Brand Store has made it a reality! With its convenient, secure and easy-to-use shopping site, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, it aims to bridge the gap between the consumer/brand, directly via this unique shopping platform. The Brand Store offers the consumer a wide variety of products to choose from. By simply visiting the site, one can shop by brand, product or category. Choose an item and view its full features, benefits and specifications. Compare product options across brands, using the user-friendly site’s “My Compare” function. Click the “Add to Cart” button and the “Checkout” link to process payment (MasterCard, Visa, Instant EFT, Bank Transfer) via Setcom, a 3D secure payment gateway which is locally and internationally certified and accredited. Lastly, follow your delivery progress via Dawn Wing’s 24/7 web-based tracking service. The Brand Store affords consumers the opportunity to interact with their favourite and most trusted International brands from anywhere in the country. Shopping for great offers has never been this convenient. One can expect to find products from superior brands such as AEG Appliances, AKG, Black & Decker, Bosch Home Appliances, Bosch Power Tools, Braun, Citizen, Cuisinart, Defy, Delonghi, Dremel Multi-Tools, Electrolux, Fellowes, George Foreman, GreenPan, Harman Kardon, Hoover, JBL, Kenwood, Lenovo, Obaku, Police, Russell Hobbs, Samsung, Siemens, Skil, Stanley, Timberland, Weber, Whirlpool and loads more on the site. The executive founders of The Brand Store possess over 50 years of . . .
At the start of every year, organisations are faced with resignations when staff who waited for their 13th cheque return from leave, only to hand in their resignation. With all signs pointing to a difficult year ahead, what is it that will cause your staff to jump ship in 2016? Is it in search of greener pastures as the price of living escalates beyond their salary – or will it be other internal factors that cause them to quit? These are the questions leadership must consider as the year starts to unfold. One possibility is that as the economy slows down, staff might be tempted to move for very small salary increments. Leaders must therefore invest time in making sure their staff understand the value of staying and of loyalty. Many juniors may not be aware of FIFO (first in first out) and planning a career path around this thinking will be critical in an economically unstable work environment. So when the fight for top talent is greater than ever, what can be done to avoid “resignation season”? One proven way of gathering insights into why employees leave – is to conduct exit interviews. But while exit interviews may be effective, in some ways they are too late. A different step towards retention is to understand why some employees remain with a company, and this can be achieved by staging interviews with longer tenured employees (with the company for three or more years). Consider asking these questions informally in face-to-face “staff satisfaction” interviews: Why did you come to work here? Why have you stayed? What would make you leave? What are your ‘non-negotiable’ employment considerations? What about your managers? What would you change or improve? Employees require a careful balance of different factors, often beyond financial, to feel truly satisfied and to remain with an organisation. “Staff satisfaction” interview insights should be up played during interviews with potential candidates being considered for hire. This information . . .
Dogs are a human’s best friend. This statement can be widened and modified to say that “Pets in general are mans’ best friends”. They are no less than a family member, especially dogs. Hence, if they were to fall ill, we fret to no ends and mess up our heads worrying about the correct treatment that should be implemented. In this connection, you may be introduced to New South Vet, a veterinary nursing home situated in Johannesburg. Providing veterinary services in Johannesburg on a 24-hours-a-day basis, it guarantees a speedy recovery in the case of most animal ailments. The services offered, include routine check-ups, vaccination against deadly virus/bacteria, sterilisation, surgery (all kinds), emergency services, patient monitoring, dental cleanings, digital radiography and every other kind of medical procedure one could imagine or come up with. Sick dogs are provided intensive care in the under-floor-heated kennels. After any surgical procedure is completed, the patient is kept under a twenty-four hour observation in order to prevent them from developing any complications, and further health treatments are advised based on the conclusions drawn. In the field of digital radiography, the clinic boasts one of the best in-class digital radiography services which include hi-tech radiography instruments, designed and engineered in a way that produces accurate X-ray representations of the pets’ body parts. The clinic’s in-house biochemistry tests are available on a 24-hour basis like its most other facilities; it is equipped with a laboratory where all kinds of veterinary biological tests are carried out by qualified lab practitioners. Emergency vet services are available here. The Clinic has a great stock of Pet Deli which is available to customers at low prices. The foodstuffs are natural, nutritional-factor-optimised and wholesome. They have been created keeping in mind the health necessities of pets of every kind, especially dogs and cats of every . . .