When a new business is experiencing growth, there comes a time where every business owner has to consider investing in the further education and training of their staff. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you see your revenues beginning to stagnate, the first thing you need to do is analyze where you can optimize your current systems and more often than not, your employees are where the biggest improvements can be made. There is a variety of reasons for this, most commonly, as you begin to grow, new responsibilities are placed on your staff, as well as the need for more advanced operations and systems to be put in place. There may also be an increase in workload which can add additional stress to the work environment. If not addressed correctly, this can lead to an array of unnecessary challenges for your business. Such as projects not getting completed on time and costly mistakes that could have been avoided had your employees known the correct actions to take or had the right risk management procedures in place. The best way to prevent this from happening is by investing into the further education of your employees. Not only is it extremely beneficial from an ROI perspective, but corporate training also has significant tax benefits for businesses in South Africa. It has been proven time and again that sending your staff for specialized training can be the single biggest return on investment that you can make in your business. By utilizing a corporate training company, you can help them to become more effective, more productive and also teach your staff to look at specific challenges from a new perspective. Instead of losing valuable employees, you can rather help them to develop their skills and learn as your business grows. Here are some of the following courses which can help your employees become better: Conflict management and negotiation skills: Learning how to deal with conflict is not only important in the . . .
The annual SPAR Eastern Cape Jason Kieck Fashion Extravaganza has enabled non-profit organisation the Igazi Foundation to grow substantially since the beginning of their five-year relationship. This year's charity couture and gala dinner, hosted by the top Port Elizabeth designer and themed "Whispers of the Orient", took place at the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre on Saturday. Cole Cameron, one of the four founder members of the foundation which is concerned with blood issues in South Africa, said the event helped keep their unit at the city's Provincial Hospital in good shape. "It also helps to extend our education programmes for the public and health professionals throughout the country," he said. He added that it allowed Igazi, the country's only dedicated haematological services NGO, the opportunity to remain in the public eye. "It helps to grow our organisation from a provincial to a national one," said Cameron. SPAR Eastern Cape have been involved as the title sponsor of the show for six years. The partnership has opened doors for the foundation. "It has brought us to the attention of SPAR as a dedicated sponsor, and to various celebrities who have spread the word about the work we do. "SPAR's involvement has helped champion our role as the ‘voice of haematology' in the country," said Cameron. He added that their biggest success story thus far had been growing to become a national organisation while still having their home firmly based in the Eastern Cape. "We have, to date, trained 1 052 health professionals countrywide. This is saving lives through quicker diagnosis and referral to haematologists." Their future aspirations included continuing to assist South Africans and the country's doctors through their educational programmes and other haematology support. "I'd like to give an overwhelming thank-you to Jason Kieck, SPAR and the public for assisting Igazi to take the fear out of blood cancer and beat it." SPAR . . .
The sea is a vast area and, unlike in traditional land based game parks, is not fenced off in any way - marine life has free and unfettered access to the vastness of the ocean and humans are not able to see through the water to witness the sea life teeming below. When one searches for animals in a game park the surest way to find them is at a water hole or, when searching for predators, at the source of food. In the sea, things are slightly different: The entire sea is a 'water hole' The food source is a long chain normally near reefs but subject to 'invisible' currents. With reference to the image above, consider the following: The Agulhas Current flows down the East Coast of Africa to the geographic Southernmost tip of Africa - Cape Agulhas - a rocky headland and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As the Agulhas current passes Algoa Bay off of Port Elizabeth it veers South and the first of the significant counter currents occurs. The Agulhas Bank South of the tip of Africa shows a large area of shallower and warmer water. The large area is the 'entry point' for Whales traveling North from the Arctic and 'funnels' these predators North East towards Algoa Bay and beyond. Migrating marine animals such as Whales come past our coastline to mate and feed so it makes sense that they will be best spotted in a warm/ish place where their potential mates are, combine that with a food source and the chances of spotting these creatures are very high. The Agulhas current after veering South will get small fish and nutrients in its grip and, when the Agulhas counter current veers back into the Southern Coastline, including Algoa Bay, it will bring this food source close to land. The Sardine Run Season - January to August - is proof that the prevailing winds of South West and West are at work bringing the Agulhas Current and valuable nutrients, close to the shore. So, what ideal conditions does . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaAzLYljzU Johannesburg, 23 October 2018– In the months leading up to their launch towards the end of September, NJIN Agency strategically targeted and partnered with South African brands complementary to its own thinking and philosophy. Iconic South African rock band, The Parlotones, is one of the agency’s new signings. >> view website “This year the Parlotones are celebrating two decades of doing things differently and making their own way in the South African music industry,” says NJIN Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “We identify with that spirit and, of course – it’s damn cool to work with people that appreciate the value of production and the power of brand, while remaining in tune with the greatest asset of them all, the paying fan.” Dragonflies and Astronauts “We’ve been looking for a partner that shares our passions and desire for a little theatre in everything we do,” says Kahn Morbee, The Parlotones co-founder and lead-singer. “In NJIN Agency we found a group of people with just the right mix of skills, experience and crazy to help move our brand forward.” The Parlotones Digital Takeover (as NJIN refers to it) includes a mix of traditional, new media and creative services – stretching through to exciting future campaigns featuring Augmented and Virtual Reality. “It’s our hope and our goal to work with NJIN to create amazing experiences for our fans,” says Morbee. “It’s a great asset to have these guys help introduce new technologies and opportunities to our world.” Local is (Beautiful and Magical) NJIN Agency and The Parlotones are working on several new projects that, also, include collaboration with other iconic South African brands. “We love working with great local companies that are looking to be ‘Proudly South African’ through actions, not simply just labels or associations,” says Faber. “This partnership with The Parlotones provides us with an opportunity to do what we love and create . . .
Johannesburg , 23 October 2018 - “A successful man, is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” [David Brinkley]. There can be no truer a saying, than this, for a young entrepreneur or start-up company and in the case of describing the work of Servest’s Enterprise Development Program that operates through the Lesipho Trust, this could not be more apt, in creating economic opportunities for its recipients. The Lesipho Trust is a fund and non-profit organisation (NGO), that seeks to provide opportunities and economic assistance to qualifying black South African’s and their businesses. The Lesipho Trust partners with communities and black businesses to create meaningful social change in areas of society, where the Trust operates. It assists companies in advancing their business and also provides them with the opportunity to become Servest preferred suppliers, thus ensuring that they remain sustainable entities. Naledi Kgoadi who owns Bophele & Ditiro Trading, a facilities management company, says, “the Trust has assisted us a great deal, we have acquired machinery that is going to help us grow and enable us to increase our revenues, by reducing our operating costs.” Each year the Lesipho Trusts sets a target for new intakes who fit the qualifying criteria, these include; the business must be in operation for a period of 1 - 2 years the business must earn less than R50 million It must be 100% black owned or black women owned it must be a registered business This past year, Thape Media, who consists of a husband and wife team, who combined their skills in the film industry, saw the fruits of their labour come to life, through the assistance of The Lesipho Trust. They currently produce two productions for TV, ‘Gospel Unplugged’ and ‘Fix my love’, as well as producing all Servest’s multi-media requirements. Through this relationship, they also have opportunities to collaborate and partner with Servest’s . . .
Madibaz Sport will take the opportunity to honour a wide range of achievers when they hold a gala function at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre on Friday. For the first time in several years this will be a sports-only function to recognise those who have made a contribution in their specific fields at Nelson Mandela University. The sports stars were previously honoured at the Achievers Awards function, where the university recognised excellence across all student activities. Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka said standalone sports awards evenings had been held previously, before they were amalgamated with the Achievers Awards function. She added that by holding a separate sports evening it provided greater scope for them to honour those who had excelled during the year. "Madibaz Sport has representation on all campuses of the university and represents 21 recognised codes," she said. "We annually sit with a long list of sports achievers but could not honour them in the appropriate manner due to the consolidated Achievers Awards function. "By having our own function there is the opportunity to recognise our sports people as well as a chance for the university to see the depth of the work done annually on the sports fields." She said they felt it was critically important for Madibaz Sport to host a function such as this to ensure those who contributed so much were adequately recognised. "The awards will cover a wide range of categories which will include individual achievements, success on a technical or coaching front, and contributions to outreach programmes," said Lumka. Madibaz Sport will also use the occasion to honour former president Nelson Mandela by inviting his grandson, Chief Mandla Mandela, to be the guest speaker. "The reason for this is particularly for him to speak about our theme of ‘His Story, Our Story', which highlights the importance of the late president and his 100 years, as well as to continue [telling] the . . .
Mustard Deli has developed a reputation for twisting the classics and will offer its interesting flavours and products to TOPS at SPAR Goodnight Market visitors at the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. The handcrafted and home-grown local business, run by husband-and-wife team Anthony and Stephanie Liebetrau Vieira da Cruz, focuses on artisanal wholegrain mustards, jams and deli products with interesting flavours. Four years ago they began specialising in mustards and currently they produce more than 30 flavours, including their sugar-free range. "Signature mustards are roasted garlic and balsamic, spicy jalapeno, honey and whiskey, tequila and lime and our bacon, onion and whisky jam is legendary," said Anthony. He added that the latter top-seller took five hours to make and was originally developed to turn a plain burger into a gourmet burger. "All our products are made in small batches with quality ingredients and contain no preservatives, colourants, bulking agents or flavourants." He added that most of their mustards were vegan-friendly and all were hand-crafted from scratch. In May they introduced Mr Mustard Beard Oil as a new product range. "Two years ago I seriously started growing my beard," said Anthony, who has become known as Mr Mustard, The Mustard Man and lately The guy with the Beard and Mustards. "Complete strangers would walk up to me and ask what I used to make my beard. There's only so many times you can say that it's in the genes and I'm lucky that we realised it held an entrepreneurial opportunity." He said his wife decided it was time to create beard oil for "The Creature", as she called it. She had more than 15 years' experience working with organic and essential oils, as well as making her own products. "Our mustards are often bought as gifts, especially during November and December. The one thing we constantly hear is that there is a shortage of men's gifts. The beard oil just fits in with our . . .
The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .
At the SPAR Eastern Cape Wheelchair Wednesday handover at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth yesterday were Spar EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton, Spar EC sponsorships assistant Debadene Baatjies, Nelson Mandela Bay MMC constituency services Itumeleng Ranyele, Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Thsonono Buyeye, Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities chief executive Brian Bezuidenhout and wheelchair recipients Elizabeth Shadrach and Sitshaba Maqasha. The Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape, continues to make a massive impact within the physically disabled community, with 180 wheelchairs being handed over this year. Run each year in Nelson Mandela Bay by the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (APD), the project takes place each Wednesday in August when community and business leaders are invited to spend four hours in a wheelchair. For the first time this year a school became involved when Collegiate schoolgirls joined the project, creating the hope that more young members of the community will be part of the exercise in 2019. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the challenges those with mobility difficulties face in society, as well as generating funds to purchase wheelchairs and to support the APD's Work Centres for those with disabilities. APD chief executive Brian Bezuidenhout said they were thrilled to receive support for a second year from Network of Caring, who donated funds to purchase the wheelchairs. It all came to fruition at a function at the Nelson Mandela Stadium yesterday when a total of 150 wheelchairs were donated to those in need, while a further 30 will be handed over at Jeffreys Bay on October 25. "We were also able to raise funds totalling just over R460 000 for the APD Work Centres," said Bezuidenhout. He added that after seven years they had handed over more than 800 wheelchairs. "We have donated 818 wheelchairs during this period, . . .
This year's SPAR Eastern Cape Jason Kieck Fashion Extravaganza will see the top Port Elizabeth designer transport visitors to the mystical world of the Orient. The Whispers of the Orient-themed show promises to turn the Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre into an eastern wonderland on October 20. "I alluded to natural elements within the Orient, namely the peacock, koi and cherry blossoms. All these feature prominently in their art and culture," said Kieck. He added that the designs would represent a celebration of beauty within life and styling elements based on particular features of individual inspirations. "I've brought the theme into the designs through the feathers and colours of the peacock; the colours, surroundings and fluid movements of the koi; as well as the colours, petals and feminine tones of the cherry blossoms." With the Igazi Foundation - a non-profit organisation concerned with blood issues in the country - the beneficiary for the fifth year running, Kieck felt the theme fitted in perfectly with their vision. "Igazi is about life and helping people to fight for it. The same goes for the theme as all the inspirations show life in abundance, creation and the will to survive." The charity couture display and gala dinner will also treat the audience to soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi performing pieces from the Japanese opera Madama Butterfly, while all-female Cape Town band 3 Tons of Fun will bring everyone onto the dance floor. Kieck felt last year's "Hope of Africa" show was a great success and helped open doors to future pathways of success. This year was the first time they had the opportunity to present the show in another city. "We always endeavour to ‘up the ante' and with the response from the Pretoria show we seem to have done that again this year. "Sun International offered me the Sun Arena to stage my event and this was a huge honour." Kieck described the upcoming evening as one of beauty, fun, heart-warming . . .