The Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) has called on the South African retail motor industry to accelerate gender equality in the retail motor sector in observance of International Women's Day on Friday, 8 March 2019. While some progress has been made in empowering women in this important economic sector, the South African retail motor industry is still very much a man’s world, according to Martlé Keyter, MISA’s CEO for Operations and National Co-ordinator of the MISA Women’s Forum. While International Women’s Day is an opportunity to highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, Keyter believes the push for gender parity is far from over, especially in the workplace. "Women are still paid less for the same work as their male counterparts, female managers and directors remain in the minority, and motherhood still poses a career risk for many women," notes Keyter. Real and effective plans needed MISA has urged employers to put real and effective plans and measures in place to end gender-based stereotyping and to ensure women are protected against harassment and violence in the workplace. "There will be no greater accomplishment and reward other than to see the motor industry as a vibrant sector where it is the norm that the work of women is valued as much as men’s, where women are not isolated into low-paying jobs or discriminated against, where they do not risk their health or safety or that of their unborn children, and where they have equal access to good quality jobs and decent working conditions," says Keyter. MISA is an active campaigner for gender parity MISA is an active campaigner for gender parity and through its Women’s Forum has become a leader in this area in the South African motor industry. “It’s a simple concept: when we act with other women, we are more powerful than acting alone,” she says. "As a credible, strong and fast-growing trade union, MISA can address women’s priority concerns . . .
We can confidently say that this has never been recorded before in the annals of mankind....... https://youtu.be/ChcEb6mlEUo The above images are available from Barcroft Media who have secured the Worldwide Licensing rights. Any requests for images can be sent to the Barcroft licensing team at: firstname.lastname@example.org Other video by Rainer Schimpf available under license from Barcroft Studios can be seen in the Barcroft Studio Library - search for 'Rainer Schimpf'. Exclusive interviews with Rainer can be booked through the contact form on the AB Marine Web Site. Inside Man For over 20 years Port Elizabeth, South Africa based Rainer Schimpf has lived his passion as a marine conservationist, award winning photographer and tour operator in the marine and adventure sector. His dedication to protecting the environment has made him known around the globe with his particular passion for documenting Orcas killing dolphins, whilst documenting Orcas hunting behavior and pod structure. Schimpf was the first to film and document a handicapped Orca (named SIRA) in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Most of these sightings occurred during the biggest marine migration in the Southern Hemisphere and Indian Ocean - the Sardine Run. Rainer is an acknowledged authority, specialising in tracking and finding Sardines and the predators (Dolphins, Whales, Sharks and sea Birds) that follow and feast on the Sardine Run, having documented this marine spectacle all along the Southern Cape Coast to Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay (which hosts the longest and greatest portion of the Sardine Run up South Africa's East Coast) to the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape. Sardine Run divers, Whale and Dolphin Watchers and International Film Crews all rely on Rainer's marine knowledge to 'get the shot'. Over 20 years expertise is distilled into the 'hunt' for cetaceans along the coast. Schimpf is particularly proud of hosting his biggest production for Galatee/Pathe with Oceans and . . .
The annual SPAR Madibaz netball tournament held at the south campus in Port Elizabeth over the weekend showed the event has continued to grow in popularity with a record 80 teams attending this year. The two-day tournament at Nelson Mandela University accommodates women's and men's teams, providing a perfect chance for players in the Eastern Cape to gauge their strength at this early stage of the season. Madibaz Sport netball manager Melinda Goosen said the opportunity for some teams to play indoors and the activities created around the event had contributed to its increasing popularity. "Word of mouth of each year's success makes new teams want to join and experience our Madibaz magic," she said. "This year we drew 800 players to the tournament, playing in various sections, and this created a wonderful vibe around the whole occasion." She added that the growth of the event was an indication of the hunger in the Eastern Cape community for the sport. "Firstly, it gives coaches the opportunity to test their teams' abilities as they prepare for upcoming leagues. "Secondly, those attending, especially schools players, get an idea of what it is to be part of the Madibaz netball set-up, providing them with an incentive to join us when they leave school." Goosen said it was a chance to demonstrate the talent available in the Eastern Cape. "It is great to see them come out to play the game that we love. "With the support of our loyal sponsors in SPAR Eastern Cape, we are able to put an event together where there is great exposure for a wide range of players and two fun-filled days for the whole family. "Our product sponsors for the event, Twizza and Noorsveld Chickens, ensured that the thirsts got quenched and the tummies were full." The tournament underlined the strength of netball at Madibaz, with their teams winning most of the sections. The only sections university teams did not win were the B and men's divisions, in which they did . . .
Johannesburg, March 6th, 2019 - In a world where change is happening in an exponential way, businesses need to think differently if they are to deliver value for their clients – and this is particularly relevant in the financial intermediary space. This exponential change brings new levels of complexity and uncertainty but also creates an opportunity for Intermediaries to help their clients navigate this changing world. Equally, banks, asset managers and product providers need to adapt, in order to assist intermediaries to deliver a first-class service to their clients. With this imperative in mind, Investec for Intermediaries was launched, bringing dedicated relationships, an integrated digital platform and client-focused solutions together under a single Specialist Bank offering and enabling intermediaries to do what they do best: advise their clients and help them to deliver on their goals. Speaking at the launch of Investec for Intermediaries, a new dedicated business unit within Specialist Bank, guest speaker and technology expert, Willem van der Post, explained how exponential change is affecting our lives on every level. “Because new technologies can find better ways of doing things, change happens in an exponential way,” he says. “Unfortunately, humans understand change in an incremental, linear way. The challenge is for us to think exponentially about change.”??It’s a challenge Investec for Intermediaries is rising to. “At Investec, we have always prided ourselves on the level of service and expertise we provide to clients and these stay,” says René Grobler, head of Investec for Intermediaries. “As the business and our partnership with intermediaries has evolved so has the need to offer these in a holistic way that is integrated and seamless for our intermediary clients. This means we don’t compromise on the product solutions and trusted relationships that we have offered in the past but rather enhance our offering to deliver these in an efficient and . . .
At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent. However, this will not remain the status quo for long, as smartphone proliferation increases, data costs decrease and usability improves. Wallets, now commonplace, are an excellent example of this', bypassing the continent's challenges around depositing, withdrawing and transferring cash, as well as buying airtime and electricity. Africa represents one of the world's finest untapped markets, pointed out by MTN's Herman Singh during a recent presentation on 'Scaling in Africa'. Unpacking the success story that is Jumia, Africa's largest online marketplace, he illustrated that the growth of the platform across the continent is comparable to, if not more impressive than, In addition, 41000 active merchants in the ecosystem offered over 6.1 million products ranging from hotels, to real estate, jobs, TV, airtime, restaurants, flights and more. He explains, "Africa's e- and m-commerce opportunity has a potential client base of 400 million internet users, and a rapidly emerging middle class expected to grow by 54% between 2020 and 2030 and decreasing data costs in some countries (43-45% decrease in the lowest data plan in both Egypt and Nigeria between 2016 and 2017." Additionally, in building out financial ecosystems - stores that offer a diversity of products or even online "malls" - Africans will no longer be limited by their location, as long as logistics and payment issues can be solved. Singh stated that Jumia has created a network of over 4000 logistics partners in order to work across the 15 countries they had been working in. And payment by cash at this stage was still commonplace, causing significant challenges. With respect to payment, enterprises on the continent are seeing the opportunity as well as global merchants now eager to be active in . . .
The FNB Madibaz rugby team are gearing up for what will be their toughest fixture to date when they tackle University of KwaZulu-Natal in the FNB Varsity Shield in Maritzburg on Monday (6.30pm). The sides are the only unbeaten teams in the competition. The Nelson Mandela University outfit top the log with 15 points from three games. UKZN also have maximum points (10), but have played only two matches and have been impressive in putting 50 points past both Rhodes and Tshwane University of Technology. Interestingly, Madibaz also scored more than 50 points against Rhodes (53-8) and coach Jarryd Buys says they face a big challenge in Maritzburg. "Unlike some of the other teams we have played I believe UKZN will be a lot more structured in their approach," he said. "It's probably fairly similar to the way we play, so we will have to be on the mark in all facets of the game. "I am sure they have a couple of players from the Sharks Academy in their ranks and they will definitely be a big test for us." The Madibaz mentor added that he was pleased with their maximum haul of points, but said they were fully aware they still had much to do. "Nobody in this team is under any illusions about what lies ahead. We have been relegated from the Varsity Cup so we haven't accomplished anything yet. "Everyone knows that and I am a big believer in the fact that you play with confidence but you never underestimate any of the opposition. Because that's when you start slipping up." Nonetheless, Buys was satisfied that the hard labour they had put in during the pre-season training was starting to bear fruit. "We have spent a lot of time on certain aspects and the guys are starting to get their communication right," he said. "This came through in the game against Rhodes where we used a lot of younger players. Admittedly there were mistakes but you can expect that from people making their debuts. "In general, however, it was a big positive that we could . . .
In an event slightly more compact than usual, SPAR Eastern Cape were still able to make a significant contribution to supporting the environment when they hosted their annual Charity Golf Day in Port Elizabeth last week. The event took place at the Humewood Golf Course on Thursday and the focus was on the natural environment, with SANCCOB (SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) and Bayworld this year's beneficiaries. Both organisations are involved in the protection of the world's natural resources through the rehabilitation of marine life, tying in with SPAR EC's vision to reduce the use of plastic in society. When the final putt had been sunk on Thursday, SPAR EC were able to make a donation of R35 000 to each organisation, a contribution which will go a long way towards helping them achieve their goals. SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton welcomed all the golfers, suppliers and retailers to the day, but reminded them that it was all about supporting a good cause. "We certainly hope you enjoyed yourself in great weather on a magnificent course, but this day is really about the beneficiaries," he said. "It's a chance to generate funds for people who go out selflessly working for the benefit of the environment, our animals and our natural resources. "Both SANCCOB and Bayworld do an amazing job looking after our marine life and this goes hand in hand with our Stop Plastic campaign [launched in April last year]." In the initial phase of the campaign, Stapleton said SPAR EC had sold 3-million fewer plastic bags, which was an excellent start. "But we need to continue raising awareness about the dangers of single-use plastic in society and we would like all our suppliers and competitors to get on board. "It is not just about what SPAR EC can do, but what we all can do together - the retailers, suppliers and our competitors. "We would like to create a wave of measures limiting the use of plastic and I . . .
As we rush head-first into 2019, how are those New Years resolutions holding up? Now that the infamous ‘Janu-worry’ has come to an end, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your financial goals and set yourself up for financial success in 2019. Having a detailed, clear set of goals against which to measure your progress can help you focus on saving and avoid falling back into old habits of unnecessary spending. To help you along the way, here are 10 top tips for managing your money better in 2019: 1. Create a new monthly budget It’s important to re-assess your budget regularly to account for changes in your income and expenses. Use your transaction history to identify where you may be overspending, and try to ‘trim the fat’ where possible. If you have surplus money after minusing your expenses from your income, try to allocate a portion to saving rather than increasing your lifestyle spending. 2. Use your budget! Make a commitment to sticking to your budget allocations. Keep track of your income and expenses to make sure that you’re not over-spending. 3. There’s an app for that… These days, there are a number of apps that help you keep track of your expenditure. Some require manual inputs, but many link with your bank account and track and categorise your transactions for you. 4. Pay back the money As you create your monthly budget, allocate funds to paying back your debts (especially short-term debt) as soon as possible. This will reduce the amount of interest you end up paying, resulting in significant savings over time. There are different ways of tackling your debt, so prioritise your payments according to your unique circumstances. If you feel overwhelmed by your debt, consider using the services of a debt counsellor. 5. Price-check your short-term insurance products Comparing insurance quotes or negotiating with your existing provider can help you save on your short-term insurance. There are a number of factors that could . . .
67CEOs Local Community SMME Development Programme 2019 Media Release With the National Development Plan (NDP) estimating that SMMEs will generate a whopping 90% of the 11 million new jobs expected to be created in South Africa by 2030, the rate of established businesses currently sits at a low 2.2%, with a high unemployment rate marked at 26, 7%, remaining unchanged throughout the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the last quarter of 2017. The ‘triple challenges’ often referred to, when addressing the high levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment (non-inclusive economic growth), which have been classified as major features of many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa; the time to actively and intentionally advance inclusive ecosystems could not have come any sooner, especially when looking at enterprise development level, which we need, in order to fast-track the development and establishment of SMMEs and entrepreneurs that can create much need jobs. According to the 2019 Budget Speech, it is expected that South Africa’s real GDP growth in 2019 will rise to 1.5 per cent, and then strengthen moderately to 2.1 per cent in 2021. The Minister of Finance, Hon. Tito Titus Mboweni before the The Parliament of South Africa emphasises on ‘Accelerate inclusive economic growth and create jobs.’ He highlighted that the private sector is the key engine for job creation. Government’s policy actions aim to end the uncertainty that has undermined confidence and constrained private sector investment. 67CEOs and it corporate sponsor(s) believe that the growth of SMMEs, especially in the local communities such as Mpumalanga will contribute substantially to the GPD growth and job creation. With the support of corporate entities like Exxaro Resources through it ESD programme, 67CEOs will deliver its mandate to advance inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and increased economic inclusion while expanding financial and human capital for SMMEs. 67CEOs . . .
Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 - World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals. Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute. “World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive. This year's theme is Design for Difference: As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole. Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally. Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus. According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re . . .