The Ethics Risk Handbook closes gap between risk and ethics Unethical business practices pose a significant risk to businesses and until now we have lacked a solid framework for managing that risk. “Ethics risk is real, and it can and must be managed like any other risk. Here, for the first time, is a detailed guide on how to do it,” says Dr Leon van Vuuren, Executive: Business and Professional Ethics at The Ethics Institute. “Our newly published Ethics Risk Handbook is all about moving the management of ethics risk into the organisation’s operational processes, and thus making it concrete.” “We have seen a steady increase in the demand for ethics risk assessments over the last five years,” says Dr van Vuuren. One can speculate on the reasons underlying this increase in demand. Amongst the prominent reasons for this increase are the introduction of Social and Ethics Committees through the new Companies Act and the introduction of the Integrity Management Framework in the public sector. Both of these governance reforms have placed the strategic oversight of the ethics performance of organisations on the radar of governance bodies and executive management. “It is simply not possible to exercise the governance duty of strategic oversight of ethics management without organisations conducting proper ethics risk assessments.” The Ethics Risk Handbook closes this gap by providing guidelines for integrating an organisation’s ethics risk into its existing risk management programme. “Traditional risk management tends to focus on operational, legal, HR, IT and governance risk but, given its potential downside, ethics risk has to be approached as rigorously.” Collaboration between ethics and risk The Ethics Risk Handbook is the result of a group effort between staff and members of The Ethics Institute and the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). It recommends that once ethics risk is identified by the ethics officer, or other person nominated . . .
Hlelokuhle Technologies (Pty) Ltd - a newly established software and technology company that strives to be a service provider for small-medium sized business, non-profit organizations, municipalities and commercial businesses - will launch its core product, Muniserv (Municipality at your Service). Muniserv is a mobile application that makes use of various tools such as sms, email, biling sytems and more to provide a single user interface. There are many existing mobile application around the world that are designed for cities, countries and local government, but they all focus on features such as maps, GPS functionality, driving directions or quite often a simple mobile version of a website. However, none provide a way to capitalize on government revenues and improve communication between government and its local residents. MuniServ will ensure that municipalities have the most up-to-date, accurate and relevant data relating to account owners and property information. This will improve revenue management, service delivery and quality of life. Users will have real time communication with their local municipalities and have full access to their municipal accounts, make instant payments, and more. The app will be available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone operating systems. This ‘MuniServ’ app will be launched and ready from early 2017 , it will be available to any South African municipalities nationally, and can be adapted for any municipality around the African continent. Beyond that, Hlelokuhle envisions partnering with the KZN local municipalities and thereafter expand to other municipality while simultaneously providing other IT services and satisfying its current and future clients. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town's Gary Wheadon and Port Elizabeth's Lizelle Goosen won the men's and women's titles at the Brian Bands Madibaz Open squash tournament over the weekend. The Milnerton-based Wheadon, who is ranked in the top 20 in the country, defeated Port Elizabeth's Rudi van Niekerk to bag his fifth consecutive title. Goosen, who is Van Niekerk's sister, outlasted close rival and defending champion Jacqui Ryder 3-2 in a tough women's contest to regain the title. The left-handed Wheadon has dominated the Madibaz Open, but was made to work for his victory against the local star. After jumping to a 2-0 lead, he was put on the back foot by an aggressive Van Niekerk in the third game, with the PE man holding three game points at 10-7. Wheadon closed the gap to 10-9 before Van Niekerk played a drop shot into the nick to seal the game 11-9. However, the defending champion, who showed great patience and consistency when the pressure mounted, regained the initiative in the fourth to run out a deserving winner. Goosen and Ryder had a ding-dong battle in the women's final. After conceding a tight third game 11-8 to trail 2-1, Ryder fought back to level matters. The number one seed however maintained her composure to stay on top in the deciding game. Tournament organiser and Madibaz number one Jason le Roux, who ended in third place, said they were satisfied with another successful event. "Our thanks must go to Brian Bands Sports and Nutritech for supporting the event. We are very happy with the way things turned out. "We had a very nice entry, with some good strength up front and lots of close matches in the middle section," he said. "We also had some newcomers in the bottom half and they remarked to me how much they enjoyed watching the top players in action." Le Roux said their objective was to grow the field next year. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a speech today Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting Director General Donald Liphoko said; "Africa needs to establish a hub where content providers from media houses across the continent can tell their own African stories." We at MyPR.co.za have a small suggestion; "Follow our lead dear DG and promote South Africa FIRST!" Liphoko delivered a speech on behalf of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation, in Beijing, on Tuesday. "Our continent urgently needs to establish a content hub where our content providers can interact for continued enhanced content provision in order for us to tell our own stories. "The Information and Communications Ministers in attendance [will] closely inspect the broadcasting model employed by China Central Television International 24-hour news channel. "This should be done with a concerted view on how such a model can find confluence on the Africa TV Bouquet system in order to achieve not only a shared information hub, but investment in skills development and human capital in broadcasting," said Liphoko. He said as the continent moves from analogue to digital broadcasting, the China-Africa forum is also providing opportunities for countries to share their individual experiences on the migration and learn from experts from Africa and China and beyond on various important topics on broadcasting migration. This year's China-Africa Media Cooperation Forum comes against the backdrop of the notable progress made on the economic front during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in South Africa last year. The inception of FOCAC in 2000 was a historical milestone in the history of China-Africa relations. The forum gave both sides an opportunity to engage as a collective in pursuit of a common agenda that is cognizant of the desire and intention of both sides to abide by principles of mutual respect, equality . . .
June 21, 2016 – THE South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to advise motorists of roadworks taking place in Port Elizabeth this week. The roadworks will include: NIGHT WORK The Kempston Interchange will be closed at the East bound on-ramp on the following nights (19:00-05:00): Tuesday, 21st of June The Burman Interchange will be closed at the East bound off-ramp on the following nights (19h00 – 05h00): Tuesday, 21st of June Wednesday, 22nd of June Thursday, 23rd of June The M4 on ramp to the N2 from Summerstrand will be closed on the following nights (19h00 – 05h00): Tuesday, 21st of June Wednesday, 22nd of June Motorists are notified that although the closures will be taking place, access and exit routes to the identified intersections and bridges via ramps will remain in place while the work is ongoing. DAY WORK The following works will be ongoing during the course of this week and the week after: Pre-marking of the road to continue between Kempston Interchange and Neptune Interchange. Lane restrictions WILL NOT be implemented. Concrete drain construction is to continue past Bluewater Bay Interchange in an Easterly direction. Lane restrictions WILL be implemented. Please note that the speed limit in all the construction areas will be set at 60km/h and must be upheld to keep our workers safe. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Regional Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Strength of character, an ethical attitude and a professional mind-set. These are the qualities which define a successful payroll practitioner in the modern workplace. The days when payroll was a ‘fallen into’ career, one which was discovered as someone worked their way up the ranks, are rapidly disappearing. Today, payroll is one of the pillars holding up the business, handling one of its biggest costs and providing strategic insight which transforms corporate communication and impacts on the bottom line. “Payroll professionals pay the wages and the salaries, one of the biggest business expenses,” says James McKerrell, CEO, South African Payroll Association. “They should not be appointed because they have administrative skills, but because they have financial acumen and the ability to handle both management and employee when something goes wrong. Payroll is not just a subset of Human Resources (HR) or finance, it is the oil which keeps the gears of the corporate engine running smoothly.” Building bridges Today successful businesses are increasingly recognising the importance of payroll as a department in its own right, staffed by professionals. This shift is allowing for old issues to be addressed and new bridges to be built, especially between payroll and HR. “There has often been a disconnect between HR and payroll, the former telling the latter to make something happen and payroll being unable to deliver what HR has promised thanks to technicalities and legalities which have to be kept top of mind,” explains McKerrell. “Today, bridges are being built slowly but surely. Payroll and HR professionals have skills which complement one another and as these are recognised and understood, the two functions are working together rather than against one another.” This shift in interdepartmental understanding is impacting on how the payroll role is perceived and in its growth as a prospective career. The younger generation is already seeing payroll as a . . .
It is safer to stick to statins while experts debate reliability of new research: Bold claims that statin medications may have little positive impact on the heart health of people over 60 have stimulated lively debate among cardiovascular researchers and doctors. A recent study published in BMJ Open medical journal and led by Dr Uffe Ravnskov of the University of Lund, Sweden, argues that high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol are not linked to higher rates of death from cardiovascular diseases in people older than 60 years of age. “Essentially, the study argues that people over 60 with high LDL cholesterol levels do not benefit from taking statins, a commonly prescribed medication category that reduce the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol your body produces,” explains Dr Jacques Snyman, director of product development at Agility Health. “As Agility Health, we are concerned that some members of the public may read about the claims advanced by this study and decide to stop taking their cholesterol medicines without consulting a medical professional. We would like to caution against this; conflicting studies are published all the time, and this is just a single study that has had its methodology called into question.” The body itself produces LDL cholesterol, and statins work by inhibiting the enzyme that is involved in the formation of this dangerous type of cholesterol. “A number of studies have, indeed, implied that high cholesterol alone is not a firm predictor of heart disease. However, in combination with other risk factors – such as smoking, being overweight or a genetic predisposition to heart disease – high cholesterol levels are a cause for concern,” Dr Snyman explains. “Excessive cholesterol in the blood tends to cause a build up of cholesterol plaque in the arteries. As a consequence, the arteries get narrower and narrower, and this residue causes the hardening of arteries. If the plaque build up ruptures, your blood’s natural . . .
The life of a Public Relations expert is sometimes frustrating - especially when it comes to the titles of press releases - oftentimes clients do not understand that in order to convert readers into buyers that articles (especially titles) need to offer some form of a benefit. Traditionally clients want to see their names in the titles of articles - this seems to give them some form of satisfaction at the expense of conversions. With reference to this recent Article Title submitted to MyPR: Social media influencer and radio presenter, Edward Chamberlain-Bell, is turning up the heat for Johannesburg foodies and restauranteers alike with his foodie meetups hash-tagged #DineJoziStyle *. If one looks at the Google Result displayed you will see that only a small set of the title is displayed: Social media influencer and radio presenter, Edward Chamberlain ... - to be precise a total of 67 characters (with spaces) is displayed. Why is this a big deal you may ask? People are more likely to click on a 'complete' title without the ... A long title is less likely to result in it and the article being read Keeping your title snappy and inviting people's curiosity to read more will result in better conversions Getting your keywords (or meat of the article) within the first 65 characters will result in better exposure and ranking in the Search Engines We at www.MyPR.co.za recommend that you keep your title to 65 characters in length and concentrate on titles that invite people to read more by posing questions, offering solutions, piquing curiosity and creating a sense of urgency. Take the title of this article: Easy rules to creating great titles that will be read every time - it is in the optimum length of 64 characters (with spaces); it offers a benefit/recipe (easy rules to), invokes curiosity (creating great titles) and an outcome (that will be read every time). To Your Success! * Only chosen because it was the longest title submitted . . .
Sharing a world of dreams with the global TED (Technology, Entrainment and Design) and TEDx community, TEDxPortElizabeth will launch their first conference this year with the theme Through the Looking Glass. TEDxPortElizabeth continues on from TEDxSummerstrand (2013) and TEDxNMMU (2012), both events organized by students from NMMU who have since graduated and left Port Elizabeth. On 19 February the first event, TEDxPortElizabethLive, was hosted at the NMB Science & Technology Centre in Uitenhage. This was a live web-stream of the annual TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Over 35 people enjoyed TED Talks by the founders of AirBnB and Uber amongst other interesting topics. The people of Nelson Mandela Bay have the opportunity to be captivated by the one and only Farah Fortune known in the entertainment industry as the pitbull in heels, she is the CEO of African Star Communications a publicist company with offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa she publicises the best celebrities in the entertainment industry so her talk is no to be missed. Deshun Desyl - a former school teacher from Uitenhage, now based in Johannesburg- powered into the history books during 1996 by being part of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on top of Mount Everest. Deshun, Laureus Sports Ambassador, then moved on to become an international business coach. Starting her own business called Deshun Deysel & Associates using keynotes, coaching, seminars and adventurous experiences, to encourage leaders in their struggle to harness diversity for better work performance. Wikimedia Editor and Board member on the South African chapter, Bobby Shabangu, yarned for articles native to people and traditions of Africa, In late 2012, he began to edit both isiSwati and English Wikipedia articles. “I discovered that if I don't edit, no one will edit,” he says. “[I wanted] to activate people into talking about Wikipedia and the work they do and . . .
Since the inception of its fibre technician training programme in 2012, FibreCo has been steadily growing its commitment towards building capacity in the fibre sector. Now FibreCo is embarking on the next phase of its training programme ‘TechTrain’ which aims to build deeper industry partnerships and further strengthen successful candidates’ ability to gain meaningful employment after graduating. FibreCo owns and operates a 4000 km fibre-optic network route and carrier-grade equipment hosting facilities that interconnect over 50 points of presence countrywide. These include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London, amongst many others. “These young people are the future leaders within our industry. We want to motivate you to be go-getters with a will to succeed and hope that TechTrain will put you on the right path to success,” Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, FibreCo. Arif Hussain, CEO FibreCo, says that it is vital to sustain South Africa’s growing fibre-optic industry: “In order to ensure that we can support the rapid roll-out of fibre currently taking place, we need to grow the pool of skilled and qualified fibre-optic technicians citizens’ throughout the country. These high-speed, high capacity networks are critical to the ability of all South Africans to participate in the benefits offered by the Internet, the digital economy and e-Government services.” According to a recent talent shortage survey conducted by Manpower, the unemployment rate in South Africa remains one of the highest in the world with 47% of employers citing a lack of technical competency as the biggest obstacle to recruiting new employees. The TechTrain programme is designed to ensure students are mentored, exposed to new skills and gain hands-on experience, providing them with a sound foundation to develop their skill-set and experience for future career development. The added incentive is that these skills are being deployed into an industry . . .