More than a quarter of individuals who joined the public service in 2016 also joined the family of South Africa’s largest restricted medical scheme, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS), which is now extending more care to more people than ever before. “With close on 695 000 principal members and 1.83 million dependants by the end of last year, GEMS is looking to build a brighter future by making a positive difference in the health and productivity of the nation,” says Zandile Nqweni-Chamane, Acting GEMS’s Executive: Member Affairs. The Scheme’s focus on the health and wellbeing of its members is reflected in its impressive ratio of non-healthcare expenditure. For every R100 GEMS receives in contributions, R94.90 is spent on members’ healthcare needs. “Our membership profile shows that we are young and healthy, with an average age of 31 years. As our GEMS family is growing, we have had to develop new and innovative ways to keep in touch with our members, their needs and their wants, including through Facebook, our Client Liaison Officers (CLOs), call centre and self-help kiosks,” she adds. During 2016, GEMS’s CLOs, who visit government departments, offices and units throughout the country, provided face-to-face assistance to over 221 449 members in 16 077 site visits. Over 80% of the issues raised during CLO interactions were successfully resolved on site. “We have been using a number of different methods to reach out to members and one of our focus areas is educating the membership about the Scheme and how they can work with us to get the best out of GEMS. To this end, GEMS hosted 6 700 educational sessions. In order for us to better understand the needs of our members, we held 165 focus group sessions,” Nqweni-Chamane notes. “This two-way communication flow has been extremely helpful, and allowed the Scheme to reach out proactively to help empower our members with the information they need to make healthy life choices and maximise their . . .
This year, the need for radical transformation has been highlighted by government, in order to address the country’s vision for an inclusive economy and non-racial, non-sexist society. Transformation and empowerment are part of South Africa’s reality and are necessary if we are truly to address the legacy left by apartheid. The new B-BBEE Codes are part of government’s latest attempts to make sure that transformation of our economy happens in a meaningful yet expedited manner - but, to transform effectively, businesses need clarity of action. Here are three pointers for practical and beneficial transformation: 1. Integrated strategy development and implementation The first step is identifying the approach you want to take to accelerate transformation in your organisation. ‘Transformation’ means different things to different companies - as the leader of a company, you need to decide what it means for yours: organisational restructuring, new products or services, a breadth of diversity (race, age, gender and backgrounds), etc. - and how these aims can best be realised. Vivian Reddy, Founder & Chairman of the Edison Power Group, a catalyst in addressing some of South Africa’s biggest socio-economic problems, created a transformation strategy that has proven a success for more than 2 000 employees. Reddy will deliver a presentation at the 2017 Top Empowerment Conference on the strategic roadmap to transformation success. 2. Innovation and technology A company’s ability to adapt to new technologies is a powerful modus operandi for organisational success and employee growth. In this digital age, emerging technology not only provides value to these organisations but to their customers and stakeholders by extension. Information Technology continues to transform all aspects of both our private and business lives. Investing and training your employees in advanced technology will equip them with the skills and ability to compete on a national or global . . .
Suit Up Soweto! The Superhero Tour is here The Color Run kicks off its much anticipated Superhero Tour in Soweto this April JOHANNESBURG – The Color Run’s inaugural Superhero Tour is bringing a power-packed 5km fun run to the streets of Soweto. The NB stuff: Who: You Where: UJ – Soweto Campus – Chris Hani Road Orlando, Soweto When: 23 April 2017 Time: 10h00 Once again, Capitec Bank joins The Color Run as the headline sponsor on the South African leg of the largest event series in the world. This year the quirky theme encourages runners young and old to step into spandex and don capes and masks while participating in the happiest 5K on the planet. “We are unleashing everyone’s inner hero,” says national event co-ordinator, Trevor Latimer. “Participants are encouraged to use The Color Run as a platform for good. Whether it’s raising awareness for a good cause or raising funds for charity or even simply acknowledging that you live with Supermom, this year we celebrate the Superhero in us all.” Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed event in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. With only two rules, the idea is easy to follow: 1. Wear white at the starting line! 2. Finish plastered in colour! “The world debut of The Superhero Tour will be happening in Soweto, South Africa,” says Charl Nel, head of communications at Capitec Bank. “We are encouraged by being a part of this movement that has inspired thousands to put on their takkies, get active and support their communities across South Africa and the world, The Color Run is known as The Happiest 5K on the Planet – and it’s easy to see why.” After Color Runners complete the race, the fun continues with an unforgettable Finish Festival. This larger than life party is equipped with music, dancing and massive colour throws, which . . .
• Three winners, chosen by expert panel at Wired Health 2017 in London, identified innovative approaches to address access challenges in Ghana, the Maldives and the Philippines. • Winning ideas proposed novel ways to use mobile technologies to connect patients with caregivers and essential medicines • Sandoz invited young people worldwide to “reimagine access to healthcare” – arguably the largest unmet medical need South Africa, March 13, 2017 – Sandoz, a Novartis Division, announced today the three winners of the inaugural Healthcare Access Challenge (Sandoz HACk). The winners, chosen by a panel of judges at the Wired Health 2017 event in London, identified innovative approaches to address challenges in Ghana, the Maldives and the Philippines. The winning ideas all proposed novel ways to use mobile technologies to connect patients with caregivers and essential medicines, addressing access issues specific to their country but with the potential for solutions to be applied elsewhere. The three winners were chosen from six finalists, out of a total of approximately 150 ideas submitted from 30 countries. All six presented their ideas to a panel of judges at Wired Health 2017, as part of the HACk “Live in London 2017” event. Announcing the winners, Sandoz CEO and Division Head Richard Francis said: “Despite all the advances in modern medicine, universal access to healthcare is still arguably the single largest unmet medical need for people around the world.” He added: “We believe that the biggest changes often come from amazing, small ideas – and that the only thing standing between a good idea and a great idea is often just a bit of support at the right time. I see the future of medicine being driven by strong collaboration between healthcare companies and external partners. The Sandoz HACk is one way that we are trying to make this vision a reality.” Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healthware International and a member of the Sandoz HACk 2017 judging . . .
Life Masters’ CEO, Tony Dovale, recently announced the launch of his Revolutionary Workplace High Performance (HPO) System to help managers and leaders develop staff and optimise teamwork, trust, leadership effectiveness, and organisational culture. Dovale said, “The CLEARx HPO Framework is based upon 40 years of development and refining to create #FutureFit people and deliberately developmental High-Performance workplaces that support People, Planet & Profits.” The new Revolutionary Workplace High Performance Organisation (HPO) framework, and REAL team building action learning process, Team-Flow-Grow, enhances Psychological Capital, reduces racism and conflicts, and empowers LIMITLESS leadership on every level, to deliver exponential results. The proven CLEARx 6 pillar HPO Framework promises to help people, teams and leaders to increase their culture, performance and productivity, whilst supporting People, Planet and Profits. The Revolutionary Workplace is the outcome of extensive research and hundreds of hours of hands on refinement in the workplace, helping companies to become Deliberately Developmental Organisations #DDO’s. Tony Dovale has spent more than 4 decades in research, development and REAL team building transformation facilitation, in order to create an efficient and advanced solution, that address the needs and concerns of companies, when it comes to optimizing their human element, productivity and performance. Life Masters is releasing the Revolutionary Workplace High Performance System globally, and making their Conscious Deliberately Developmental philosophy and approach available to coaches, consultants and leaders globally. “The Revolutionary Workplace system is a people, team and leadership building process designed to support and optimise the entire organisation, with a focus on ensuring support for the new Circular Economy; that empowers and supports the big three; people, planet the profit. “Dovale says. Considering . . .
Samsung’s Women Technical Programme was an ‘Invigorating Challenge’ Graduate says it’s a fantastic opportunity for females to make a significant contribution to the technical industry JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 13 March, 2017 – The electronics repair industry is a field that has traditionally been dominated by men, which is why Samsung Electronics South Africa has been running its Women Technical Programme with the aim of helping to level the playing field. To date the programme has trained 20 female students at their academy in Boksburg. The syllabus consisted of ten modules and eight weeks practical training, with new subjects being initiated on an on-going basis. Nosipho Majola (23), from Thembisa, was one of the original group trainees and explains that after completing matric in 2011, she went on to study at the Ekurhuleni West College, focusing on electrical infrastructure, systems and principles, as well as digital and electronics. “After college I spent a few months doing various jobs, seeking work and life experience, so I did a bit of everything and it exposed me to so much. At one stage, I waitressed at a convention centre where I had the chance to speak to a lot of influential people. That awoke a fire in me as I realised I also wanted to become an influential person. This made me determined to go back and study further,” Majola says. To this end, she enrolled part time at the Samsung Electronics Engineering Academy and completed a two-year course in Electronics and Information Technology, after which she was selected to participate in the Samsung Woman Technical Programme. “The most challenging part of the course was the fact that the work was so in-depth and we focused on a wide range of mobile devices and tablets. We had many modules to complete so it felt like I was running a marathon, at times I was worried that I wasn’t going to finish,” explains Majola, who persevered to meet the demands of the programme through her dedication . . .
The Association for South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) says that Quantity Surveyors are best placed to stem corruption in government infrastructure projects. The first step, says Larry Feinberg, Executive Director of ASAQS, is for both government officials as well as the ordinary taxpayer to understand what the role of a professional Quantity Surveyor (QS) is. “Globally, construction projects are highly susceptible to cost-overruns, owing to a number of factors. Here in South Africa, as in many other countries, we have the additional problem of corruption, where due process is flouted in order to benefit connected individuals or companies, often during the construction process itself,” says Feinberg. “The person best placed to identify deviations from the original tender in terms of both scope and pricing is the QS and, as such, they act as the client’s watchdog. In the case of public projects, we should remember, the client is ultimately the taxpayer, whose money is being spent—or wasted, in some cases.” Feinberg goes on to say, “In order to have the greatest impact, QSs should be involved right from the initiation stage of the project and also be involved in the planning and feasibility reports in addition to the approval of the actual procurement strategies”. One of the key issues in any project is to ensure that the tender is awarded to the right contractor at the right price. QSs play a critical role here because they are trained to manage the financial and legal processes of a project. During the design stage the QS’s estimate is the tool to ensure the design remains within the budget. During the procurement stage the QS produces the Bills of Quantities (BoQ) on which fair and equitable tenders are based. The BoQ is the ultimate document that provides the client with the knowledge of how much the project is going to cost before construction begins, which is invaluable in judging the tenders before they are awarded. The QS’s professional . . .
CheesySteaks, a gourmet food brand, went live on ThundaFund on the 9 th of March to raise R45 000 in 60 days. CheesySteaks, a rapidly growing food brand in Johannesburg wants to expand its wings and purchase a food truck and they need your help to raise the necessary funds to put down a deposit, in order to put their dream in motion. “Currently CheesySteaks only operates in the north of Johannesburg and Pretoria, as we are currently not mobile because it is difficult to travel long distances with our apparatus. We are only limited to markets in the above mentioned areas which is problematic because we have a whole audience that we don’t have access to” – Zanokuhle Nkosi. The food truck will enable CheesySteaks to reach a new audience outside of the confinements of Johannesburg and Pretoria. They will also be able to do more private and corporate events and no longer restricted just to markets. “My vision for CheesySteaks is for it to be a self-sustaining business, and the food truck will take us closer to that vision. I want the rest of South Africa to experience the true Philadelphia cheesesteak experience with an African twist” – Noxolo Peter. In 2014 Noxolo Peter, the founder of CheesySteaks, had the privilege to represent South Africa at the Business and Entrepreneurship Envision Global Forum that was held in the United States of America. During the programme, she happened to try out the best Philly Cheesesteak in the whole of America, and all this took place at the famous Jim’s Steaks in central Philadelphia. She then decided to start making the Cheesesteaks for family and friends who pushed and encouraged her to turn that passion into a business. CheesySteaks is an up and coming gourmet food brand that specializes in delicious Philly cheesesteaks that boast African flavours and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. We fulfill distinct event needs with excitement and creativity, the finest quality ingredients, and picture - perfect . . .
The Sibikwa Arts Centre will come alive between 27 and 29 March, when 38 schools from around Gauteng will come together for the annual Artists in Schools Festival, which is held in partnership with the National Department of Arts & Culture. Inaugurated in 2013, the programme sees artists take up residence-type positions in public schools, where over the course of their stay, they focus on bolstering the performing and visual arts within that school. This programme culminates in a three-day festival where all involved are afforded the chance to show off what they have learnt. The Artists in Schools Programme has the power to positively impact on the physical and organisational environment of the school. As one of the very few CATHSETTA accredited performing arts organisations in South Africa, the Sibikwa Arts Centre has vast experience in providing training in various art forms. Through this project, arts practitioners are trained by Sibikwa to be invaluable resources in the teaching and delivering of arts, culture and heritage training in public schools. Artistic Director of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, Phyllis Klotz says this Programme strongly implements the country’s arts and culture curriculum and offers participating schools a multitude of opportunities. “The Artists in Schools Programme, has grown from 25 participating schools in 2013 to 38 in 2017, it offers skills development for teachers and provides the teacher with a vocabulary of teaching strategies in the classroom. It also encourages teachers to bring experiential learning into the classroom. Not only is this beneficial to the curriculum, it’s an experience which the learners will carry with them forever.” During the Programme, capacity building workshops are convened between the artists in residence and the educators. These workshops facilitate dynamic partnerships and allow the needs of each particular school’s creative departments to be identified. Both parties then work together to . . .
Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, has won a PATWA International Award in the “Best Airline – Best Inflight Catering” category at ITB Berlin 2017. Turkish Airlines flies from Cape Town and Johannesburg directly to Istanbul daily, and from Durban via Johannesburg to Istanbul four times a week. The International Council of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) awarded Turkish Airlines Inc., the PATWA International Award under the category “Best Airline – Best Inflight Catering”. The prestigious award was received by Mr. Ahmet OLMUSTUR, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines at ITB Berlin – one of the world’s leading travel & trade shows. The award was handed over to Turkish Airlines for its exceptional in-flight catering services. By winning the award, Turkish Airlines has reaffirmed its position as a global leader in onboard catering, a result of the airlines’ successful joint venture partnership with TURKISH DO&CO which has repeatedly won awards for providing Turkish Airlines’ passengers with the best meals, in the sky as well as in its lounges. Speaking on this occasion Mr. Ahmet OLMUSTUR said, “We are honored to have won the PATWA Award for the best airline food and beverages. We have always endeavored to provide the best-in-class F&B in-flight options to all our passengers. The PATWA award validates and gives credence to our intent and efforts. This award is a milestone in our journey and we are committed to continually offering the best of In-flight products and services to all our current and future guests.” The PATWA International Awards are awarded to recognize individuals and organizations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of tourism from different sectors of the travel trade such as aviation, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, destinations, government bodies, tourism ministries and other service provider(s) related directly or . . .