Johannesburg, 08 December 2016 - The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held its inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2016, to acknowledge excellence in the areas of skills development partnerships, innovation in training, work integrated learning, support for people living with disabilities as well as extraordinary work by new member companies. 33 Companies walked away with awards that were given across 6 categories namely; Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for WIL, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special Award to new member companies from CHIETA ACEO. The companies received a trophy, a certificate of acknowledgment as well as a cheque for R 150 000.00 towards skills development in the 2017(terms and conditions apply). Member companies such as SASOL, CHEVRON South Africa and Unilever were amongst the veteran industry companies to snatch up awards during this prestigious event. The focus however was not on the age or history of organisations but rather the merits of each project. Rural based companies such as Elinem Construction CC were recognized for their unique offering to the unemployed youth of rural Kwa-Zulu-Natal. "As a SETA accredited training provider and employer, we target unemployed youth from the rural community of KZN and take them through the institutional training and then into Elinem Construction for in-service training," shared Warren Birchall, Training Manager of Elinem Construction CC. He added that the Elinem learners therefore leave the program trained for industry and not for the minimum outcome as is specified by many training program. Mr Birchall reiterated that this program is largely made possible by CHIETA funding as 99% of their learners hail from impoverished backgrounds. This program was visited by the Auditor General of South Africa during the 2016 Audit period, and was . . .
Is your organisation still stuck in the old way of operating in the insurance industry? Would you like to be part of the digitally transformed world of insurance? Let that marinade in your mind. The insurance industry is shifting towards a digital world due to the high level of dependency by customers on the internet to purchase products and services. Trade Conferences International – South Africa’s leading financial conference organisers – will be hosting the Digitisation in Insurance 2017. The Digitisation in insurance conference will address key topics which will help organisations to implement new strategies which will assist them to adapt to the disruption of digital in insurance. Digital transformation is posing a challenge for insurance companies to the point where change must happen without interrupting the daily flow of business operations. Digitisation in Insurance conference 2017 is set to offer attendees with valuable information, latest trends, innovations and strategies on how to place themselves in the forefront of adapting to the digital disruption. Following the success of previous insurance related conferences such as Insurance Claims and Digital Mobility in Insurance 2016, TCI is proudly hosting another informative conference that will promote professional conduct in the call centre industry. The Digitisation in Insurance 2017 will take place on 15 & 16 March 2017 at Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. For more information, contact the project manager: Xavier Dipedi: firstname.lastname@example.org For exhibition and sponsorship opportunities tailored for you, contact Marketing, Communications & Operations Coordinator: Jason Joseph: Jason@tci-sa.co.za Alternatively call (011) 803 1553 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec 12 2016: African Financial Group (AFG), through its subsidiary AFG Wealth, is pleased to announce that it has launched innovative investment products that target investors seeking maximum exposure to superior returns, while simultaneously promoting the transformation of the South African economy. “The increase in black middle class creates opportunities for building a foundation for intergenerational wealth using modern financial instruments. This will also help speed up wealth accumulation and ownership of the economy by black people,” said AFG chairman Dr Gil Mahlati. “We have created investment vehicles that are designed to pool savings in black communities, while investing the capital in fast-growing companies that also embrace transformation. AFG’s strategy of building wealth for previously excluded groups through mobilising savings, with astute asset management, goes a long way to augment the current approach of raising debt to buy minority stakes in white-owned companies.” For investors looking to partake in accelerated wealth accumulation, AFG has designed products that are expected to generate superior investment returns from a range of asset classes, including shares, bonds, property and cash. The products have been designed to suit the pockets and needs of diverse individual investors. High-net-worth individuals can invest in direct share portfolios, whereby investors with investable assets of up to R5 million can invest a lump sum of at least R500 000. Other clients can invest in unit trusts that require monthly contributions of no less than R2 000 or a lump sum of no less than R100 000. AFG has developed indices that track companies with the highest levels of transformation, but at the same time generate decent returns. These indices will give investors exposure to both. “AFG Wealth will invest the bulk of the funds in listed shares to give black investors exposure to the compounding growth power of . . .
Women are becoming a driving force of entrepreneurial growth and will be an important influence in generating economic growth, jobs and new prosperity in the future. Currently, female- owned businesses still only account for 30 percent of businesses worldwide and women still face gender specific obstacles as entrepreneurs. To find solutions for specific issues or to set up or grow their business, women often will need expert advice, training or mentoring at some point. Introducing a New Platform for Women Entrepreneurs GoGilvah, founded by business woman Gisa Ellis is an online platform and community connecting women entrepreneurs owning, running or planning start-ups and businesses with expert consultants, mentors and experienced business leaders. GoGilvah helps women connect with experts who can help propel their businesses forward. GoGilvah offers a unique resource of committed, creative and compassionate experts focused on a common purpose - to help women to accelerate in business and personally. The aim is to provide business women with easy access to tailored, solution oriented, valuable expert advice without having to travel to the professional. They can receive advice on all aspects from creating a marketing plan to building an international strategy to training and managing a leading team. Some of the benefits of GoGilvah for the experts and entrepreneurs are; • No geographical boundaries • Scheduling, Booking, confirmations, invoicing and payments all done through integrated software • Consult via Skype from the comfort of your home or office We aim to support and inspire women to become strong, impactful and successful entrepreneurs. Your success is our success. Connect with at GoGilvah: www.gogilvah.com Contact us for enquiries here: email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It has been observed over the last 12-18 months or so that investors have been moving their attention to coastal regions such as the Atlantic Seaboard and the KwaZulu-Natal coastal regions, says Peet Strauss of Pam Golding Properties’ Johannesburg Developments. “We, however, foresee something of a slowing down in this trend and a return of residential property investors to Gauteng, as it is recognised that the province is still the economic capital of South Africa and it remains the place to do business,” adds Strauss. “In addition, properties in the region have tended to remain more realistically priced thereby offering better returns on investment.” “There is, furthermore, rapid growth across a number of centres within the province, and considerable investments are being made by the private sector in numerous retail, commercial and residential initiatives across the province and local governments are supporting these developments with infrastructure projects.” According to Strauss, the result of this is clearly evident in booming centres such as Sandton, Rosebank, Midrand, Fourways, Menlyn in Pretoria as well as a number of others, including a renewed energy in the Johannesburg city centre. “It speaks to the great confidence of a wide spectrum of investors in many areas of the economy but also follows a natural migration occurring across Africa towards urbanisation.” “Over the last three or fours years, there has been considerable take up of more affordable homes in the R450 000 to R1.3 million range. These buyers are reaching a more mature stage in which they are starting to look to buy up, which bodes well for the more upmarket range of development properties.” Good opportunities Strauss says that a number of attractive new residential developments across greater Johannesburg are set to come on stream over the next 18 months to 20 months. “A large number of opportunities are opening up within the development field and any aspiring residential . . .
DISCOVER THE ART OF SUMMER WINE at the 12th Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival. 3rd to 5th March 2017 at the Soweto Theatre Three days and evenings of wine, food and music with a touch of class and culture in the heart of Soweto. This festival will feature the country’s finest innovators, bringing together winemakers, artisan chefs, designers, crafters and entrepreneurs in a 3-day cultural experience, unique to Soweto. The new festival open times are: Friday, 3rd March – 6pm to 10pm Saturday, 4th March – Midday to 10pm Sunday, 5th March – Midday to 6pm Tickets: Loyalty tickets available now: R120 from NuTickets http://sowetofestival.nutickets.co.za At the door standard access – Friday R150 / Saturday R180 / Sunday – R150 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Anyone who has ever logged on or attempted to operate an online trading account will agree that as tempting as the possibility of earning extra income via a few clever trades may sound, the reality of online trading is far from straightforward. However, thanks to a South African-based online financial markets trading service provider, the pain is over. Uprise Markets, in line with their crusade to democratise CFD trading, have this week launched the first African Tradable® online trading platform. With the purpose of ‘trade–enabling’ the internet the new platform provides an easier way for traders to participate in financial markets. Uprise Markets have been awarded the first licence in Africa from the Copenhagen based company, which means that the embedded, easy-to-use product is now available to South Africans. The most notable advantage is that traders and investors can also trade real-time from within the Uprise Markets’ Lounge on their web browser without needing to load or download any additional trading platforms. The online intuitive web-based platform is accessible from any device without downloading programs or special applications, which allows a trading experience simplified into a trading dashboard. The company also offers free training with no strings attached, and allows wanna-be traders an unlimited time period for running a demo account before taking the leap. According to Dano Fotiadis, CEO and founder of Uprise Markets, historically online trading in forex, CFDs and other instruments has been the domain of the astute investor or market watcher but now he believes that the investor market should be less exclusive and that simplifying the trading process will allow investors to feel less intimidated. “Trading in local and international markets has been restricted to a small number of investors - we believe in reality that the only aspect holding people back is the perceived complication of execution platforms,”. There is clearly more to . . .
When Johannesburg primary school pupil Alyssa Conley was making a name for herself by outrunning the boys barefooted, she never dreamt it would transform her life to an athletics career at the highest level. But this year the 25-year-old University of Johannesburg Club member stood in the green and gold colours of South Africa, competing on the world's greatest stage at the Rio Olympics. It was a far cry from the hard Highveld grounds of the Wilhelmina Hoskins and Meredale primary schools, where Conley first discovered her running talent. Such was her impact that she had to run against the boys and had no problems breaking the tape first. "My earliest memories are running the boys' leg in the mixed relays and beating them," said Conley. "I had so much fun beating the guys and they just couldn't understand how I was that quick." In those early days, she ran without spikes, which led to her teachers nicknaming her Zola Budd after South Africa's famous runner who made barefoot running fashionable in the early eighties. Since then Conley has become the country's top women's sprinter, winning the national 100 and 200m titles this year and being named the Gauteng Sportswoman of the Year for her achievements. Conley said she was "overwhelmed with joy" at the honour, especially given the strength of the competition in Gauteng. "It is only by the grace of God that I'm back on the track injury-free and that I've had such a great year. "This recognition is definitely a step up that ladder. Gauteng is such a huge sporting province and to be named Sportswomen of the Year is a big honour." Conley, who lives in Meredale, attended Mondeor High before doing a sports psychology degree at UJ, followed by an honours in sports management. She now works for Nike Africa as a product specialist. Her target is now to run the 100m dash in under 11 seconds and to make the finals at next year's world champs in London. She set personal bests this year in . . .
As we see 2016 draw to an end, we are entering a new era of quiet, self-reflective luxury where inspiration is drawn from the natural world. Leaders in the décor, design and lifestyle industry, Decorex SA has encapsulated the 2017 trends in its theme ‘Make your space your living dream’, with the expos – being held in Durban, Cape Town and Joburg - creating a platform for this revitalised concept. Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director, explained: “The 2017 trends push us to take time out from the plugged-in world where the constant interaction with electronics surrounds us with a non-stop buzz of mental and physical interference. By disentangling ourselves from the live-wire environment, we will find solace in our dream living space, a space of nurturing fulfilment where textured furnishings, soothing hues and cosy nooks revitalise the soul and mind, rebooting us for the outside world.” Interior inspiration Drawing from the Danish ethos of ‘hygge’, the 2017 trend embraces a more centred, calm lifestyle where warmth and wellbeing are elevated within our own spaces, allowing us to achieve a continuous sense of comfort and happiness through a form of escapism. In an attempt to create this serene space, natural energy is harnessed through the notion of ‘biomimicry’. This movement emulates nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies within the human world as a way to seek sustainable solutions. Within the arena of interiors, this translates into natural colours, textures and patterns within the home COLOUR COMFORTS White on white Starting with a clean slate, this crisp look is powered by the desire to switch off, protecting ourselves from the barrage of noise that accompanies the outside world. An indicator of emotional wellbeing, white promotes this notion of replenishing seclusion that connects the 2017 trends. “This ethereal, almost intangible décor echoes an urge to discover the inaccessible while liberating ourselves from manmade conventions . . .
A diverse and inclusive workplace, while offering the vibrancy of difference, also produces numerous advantages for an organisation and its employees. Such a workplace not only reflects the people of the country, but shows how an organisation is transforming and keeping up with workplace demands. “A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that not only has employees of different cultures, religions, races, genders and disabilities, but goes out of its way to recognise, include and in fact embrace employees for their differences. It is something we work hard on at Barloworld, and something I believe we are getting right,” said Barloworld Human Resources, Strategy and Sustainability Group Executive Sibani Mngomezulu. Mngomezulu believes that in today’s business environment organisations need to plan on how diversity and inclusion are primary objectives when building a workforce. Barloworld, a distributor of leading global brands, is on a journey to completely reflect South African society. Mngomezulu refers to two Barloworld employees who really embody the company’s ethos and are good examples of the diversity Barloworld strives for. Both Teressa Qhu and Tebogo Lengwati began their journey in the group on the Barloworld learnership programme. Although they were drawn in to an inclusive and diverse workplace, their individual experiences have been very different. Teressa Qhu, now an HR Systems Administrator at Barloworld, lost her sight at the age of five, she did not allow blindness to define her. After high school her family advised her to become a switch board operator, because she was not required to see and it would therefore be a safe career path. But Qhu was determined to do something else, and not something defined purely by her blindness. After matric she went on to study and graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Westville. “Teressa applied to our learnership programme and was selected for an interview. During the . . .