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 . . .
Tour specialist JC Nel is fired up to add the three-day Bestmed Jock Tour title to his palmares after winning the single-day Jock Classique in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, two seasons ago. The Johannesburg rider, who placed fourth overall in the inaugural edition of the 304km race last year, knows there will be no easy route to victory from July 15 to 17. While RoadCover's defending champion Willie Smit, who also won the Mpumalanga Tour this year, looms as a strong title contender to win his home race, Nel said he was looking forward to testing himself in one of the country's most gruelling tours. "The Jock Tour is the sort of race we don't often have because it's a really hilly route with a time-trial included and lends itself to a specific type of rider," said the 24-year-old ProTouch rider from Honeydew. "We don't get a lot of opportunities to race a tour where it can be won or lost on time-trials or climbing. With myself being a climber and a time-trialist, we have put in a lot of work and I'm really looking forward to it." Nel said the Jock Tour provided a completely different examination than the one-day Classique, which is now a supporting event to the feature race. "The Classique, which I won in 2014, is very different as it is fast-paced and everything happens so quickly and there is no room for error. "The three-day tour on the other hand lends itself to more of a harder rider. You have to be absolutely prepared and completely focused to do well. "You can't go there with only a little bit of form and think you are going to win. It's such a tough event that if you are not at 100 per cent you are going to have a hard time. "I think, personally, I'll be happy if I can walk away with a podium position." Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events confirmed Nel's view. "We wanted to create an honest test for the country's elite riders when we formulated the three-day race. There is simply nowhere to hide and the strongest rider will win – full . . .
South Africa’s leading mining bodies; the Mineworkers Investment Trust (MIT), National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC) and the Mineworkers Development Agency (MDA) are calling for bold steps to be taken to ensure that effective transformation continues to be a key narrative that serves as a blue print for economic emancipation in South Africa. Luthando Brukwe, the Head of Transformation at the National Union of Mineworkers says stakeholders in the mining sector need to ensure that there is an accelerated implementation of the NEDLAC endorsed social accords. Paving The Way for Solutions He stresses that there needs to be an alignment of mining and construction charters in the B-BBEE Amended Codes that were released recently by the Department of Trade and Industry. “Another way forward which speaks to the objectives of saving, creating and maintaining employment in the National Development Plan is that there needs to be a campaign against transfer pricing, offshore listing, mergers and acquisitions resulting in massive job losses. We believe that there should be sufficient support for social wages and we will continue to demand a living wage and enforce the equal pay for equal work principle across the industries we organise. As a way forward it is also imperative that we continue to demand unwavering enforcement of legislative and regulatory frameworks that benefit workers and communities at large as well as champion sanctioning for escalating non-compliance,” adds Brukwe. Currently, there is a serious lack of co-ordination between government’s owned entities, government departments and industry are not being held accountable for non-compliance. This serves as a major obstacle towards reaching transformation objectives. Brukwe acknowledged that the department of mineral resources is legislatively empowered to monitor and report on the compliance and transformation in the mining industry, however there have been various . . .
After two successful sets of courses in KZN, the Investec International Rugby Academy will be returning to St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg these school holidays, adding position-specific courses, for both players and coaches, to the course line-up. The 5-day course aims to provide high school players with the skills and expertise they need by matching them with former national and international players in their position and teach coaches to learn alongside these players. The exciting line-up that attendees can look forward to working with are former Springbok flank Ian MacDonald and utility-back Brent Russell, former Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir, ex-Wallabies kicking coach Braam van Straaten, former Sharks coach Grant Bashford, Sharks forwards coach Ryan Strudwick, Sharks under-19 coach Paul Anthony, Super Rugby referee Archie Sehlako, as well as local coaches Greg Miller, Greig Wegerle and Ryno Combrink. Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the academy and specialists such as Mark Steele (former Springbok conditioning coach) and Ruan Fourie (former Sharks and Lions physiotherapist) will be educating players on conditioning for the season and injury prevention. “The academy affords players the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from the greats of the game. It can only have a positive effect on one’s development,” says former Springbok, Brent Russell. World renown kicking coach, Braam van Straaten, who has been a coach at the academy for the past seven years, is passionate about his role at the academy. “In a week you see boys become men. We get players to function outside their comfort zone,” says van Straaten. Players’ courses on offer in July are the Prestige Players’ Course (aged seven to 10 years), the Intermediate Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 11 to 14 years), the 5-Day Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 14 to 17 years). Former Eastern Province player and GM of the Investec International Rugby Academy, . . .
With seven incredibly successful performances in three provinces, the award winning production is now heading to the ‘province of the rising sun’ for an uplifting performance of their latest album release titled, Joyous 20 at the Banquet Hall in Middelburg. MTN Joyous Celebration is proud to announce that on Friday, 1 July and Saturday, 2 July, Mpumalanga fans will get an opportunity to be a part of a spiritually enriched two-night musical experience that has become synonymous with the internationally acclaimed gospel ensemble. Recently winning this year’s SAMA award for ‘Most Selling DVD, for the fourth consecutive year, fans can attest to the production’s ability to appeal to a much broader musical palate with its arrangement of cross-genre sounds. From their majestic vocals and harmonies, to their signature dance moves and world-class costumes, fans are invited to come and enjoy an enthralling two days of fellowship, praise and worship, in true MTN Joyous Celebration fashion. “Our loyal fans in Mpumalanga have relentlessly given us tremendous support over the years and to be able to increase our reach is quite an honour. There is no better way to show our gratitude than to kick-off the month of July with a double, soul-watering musical treat from Mzansi’s favourite Gospel group. This is definitely one winter weekend, local fans won’t want to stay in”, commented co-founder, Lindelani Mkhize. Tickets to the two-day concert taking place on Friday, 1 July and Saturday, 2 July at the Banquet Hall are now available at Computicket from R200. Join the conversation on the MTN Joyous Celebration social platforms; Facebook: My Joyous Celebration and Twitter: @JoyousSA Tour Date Banquet Hall, Middelburg, Friday, 1 July 2016 at 19:30 PM and Saturday, 2 July 2016 at 19:30 PM CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A festival of talent will be on display when finalists selected from 63 schools in Mpumalanga take part in a school version of “South Africa’s got Talent” in Acornhoek on June 15. Titled the Old Mutual Ubuntu Earth Festival, the competition is designed to encourage learners to explore, understand and protect the environment. The judges will rate the learners on how effectively they weave in a key Ubuntu Earth challenge or opportunity (social or economic) into their performance. The acts can either be a song (solo, group and choral) or poetry (classic and free-style). Following the regional talent search (auditions), during which about 63 local schools are invited to submit Ubuntu Earth performances for adjudication. The 63 performances will be whittled down to between 10 and 15, and those acts are the ones that will take part in the regional festival. Old Mutual sponsorship manager Bandile Mngoma says: “We’re excited about this opportunity to help raise awareness of environmental issues among our youth through the performing arts.” He adds that he looks forward to seeing how the students creatively interpret and engage with the environment theme. Venues for the regional competitions: 15 June 2016 – Acornhoek, Mpumalanga 9 August 2016 – Magaliesberg, Gauteng CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Get a flu vaccination to guard against the most virulent strains As South Africa heads for winter, the change in seasons often corresponds with an increase in cases of influenza, commonly referred to as flu. Flu can lay low even the healthiest individuals for up to two weeks and may result in dangerous complications, including pneumonia. This is borne out in the most recent Mortality and causes of death in South Africa study released by Statistics South Africa, which indicated that influenza and pneumonia, as a single category, was Mpumalanga’s third leading cause of death, after tuberculosis and HIV-related disease. “Resolution Health Medical Scheme is committed to helping members to protect themselves from illness wherever possible, and paying attention to seasonal and emerging health trends forms an integral part of this,” says Principal Officer of Resolution Health, Mark Arnold. For this reason, Resolution Health rolled out a SMS campaign to encourage members to protect themselves against these potentially dangerous illnesses by having flu vaccines. “For this reason, members whose benefit options provide for the vaccine were encouraged via SMS to have the flu vaccination. Members who were identified as being at particularly high risk of falling ill also received SMSes, alerting them that flu vaccine cover at approved providers has been unlocked to help protect them from the flu and its related complications during the winter months,” says Arnold. Dr Jacques Snyman, Director of Product Development at Agility Africa, Resolution Health’s administrator, says that flu is a common ailment at this time of the year, which can lead to secondary infections and some dangerous complications. This is demonstrated by the fact that, at national level, flu and pneumonia were recorded as the second major cause of death in the Statistics South Africa statistical publication. Dr Snyman notes that there is scientific evidence to support the value of flu . . .
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. . . .