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 . . .
Eversheds (KZN) were appointed to advise Oceans Umhlanga in the contract negotiations between Oceans Umhlanga and Rezidor (part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group). The conclusion of the contract was celebrated at a media launch held at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga last Thursday, 2nd June 2016 where the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga was officially announced. The hotel will form part of the much anticipated Oceans Umhlanga development, which will include a shopping mall and luxury residential apartments. In attendance at the media launch were the newly appointed KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Willies Mchunu, Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, and Mrs South Africa First Princess, Aldytha da Sylva, as well as other notable sports and business leaders. “Congratulations to Lara Wills on receiving praise for her work done from our client at the media launch of the Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga. Well done Lara!”-Andrew Turner, Senior Partner, Eversheds KZN See below articles relating to the deal: http://www.5stardurban.co.za/oceans-introduces-r700-million-gem-to-triangle-of-opulence/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxrAWEH6K8g CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In support of World Hunger Day on 28 May, KFC urged customers to Double Up their Add Hope donations and double the difference it makes to the plight of the millions of South African children who go to bed hungry every night. Our customers generously responded by doubling up their R2 donations, donating over R1 million towards the fight against hunger over the two week Add Hope Double Up campaign. “The Add Hope Double Up campaign was an opportunity to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in South Africa and to illustrate the impact it will have on our country’s future if we don’t do something about it,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC South Africa Marketing Director. “The success of Add Hope shows that South Africans want to get involved and that if we all pull together, even the smallest contribution can have a major impact.“ Add Hope has raised over R300 million in funds to secure the future of South Africa by helping children learn, grow and thrive through providing them with a nutritious meal, every day. Add Hope makes sure that over 100 000 children receive nutritious meals every month, with the help of 110 beneficiary partners around the country. The collaboration between KFC, its beneficiaries and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to these beneficiary organisations increases every year. As part of this Double Up campaign, and in support of World Hunger Day, a number of prominent South Africans visited Add Hope beneficiary organisations to get a first-hand experience of the incredible impact the donations have on young lives. Actress Hlubi Mboya visited Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, Gauteng. “These children have my heart. Food, education and shelter are basic human rights. It’s powerful to see the impact that Add Hope has on places like Afrika Tikkun and on these young lives and it is a blessing that places like these are open to the vulnerable. I was completely blown away by all the facilities, and the energy, positive and . . .
The Birchwood Hotel’s Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 15th year of stellar performances on 3 June by giving Joburg-locals a taste of Africa as renowned Zimbabwean and South African artists collaborate to provide an evening of memory-making entertainment. The Birchwood Hotel has pulled out all the stops in bringing the best local flavours to lead the line-up of talented musicians including the “grandmaster of traditional Zimbabwean Pop”, Oliver Mtukudzi, who will be headlining the evening. In association with the City of Ekurhuleni and the Sowetan and Mail & Guardian newspapers, the festival is a highlight on the Jozi music calendar and offers a new group of prominent and upcoming local performers every month. Supporting Mtukudzi is Afro-jazz and soul musician, Nokukhanya Dlamini, who is also known for her award-winning theatrical performances in The Lion and the Lamb, and in Ketekeng. Hosted by motivational speaker and presenter, Hector Motivator, the June event will open with upcoming female vocalists, Watching Over Africa, as well as multiple-award winning comedian, Mashabela Galane. Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to watch the greats of African music combine in an evening of Jazz, Acoustic and Soul music in celebration of the continent’s rhythm. Enjoy a delicious meal shared with fellow music-lovers by booking your table of 10 before 27 May to take advantage of the Early Bird Special. The festival starts at 8pm and tickets are R400 per person or R4 000 for a table of 10. For more information or to book contact Dudu Kgomo on (011) 897 0141 or on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
Summary of Switch and Save Photo: Whitehart Delivering a world-class customer experience and managing large-scale digital signage networks has just become a lot simpler with the launch of Public Display Technologies’ (PDT) ‘Switch and Save’. Switch and Save allows you to manage your digital signage network at a much lower operational cost while enjoying the benefits of this technology. PDT is offering an exclusive digital signage contract where no swop-out labour and media player hardware fees are charged. With this offer ending on 31 December 2016, PDT uses the latest media player technology that eliminates the cost of software and licensing fees in this 3 year contract. This exclusive contract applies to companies with large-scale digital signage networks. PDT will complete the installation within 35 working days and limited costs will apply if additional hardware is added onto a current 3 year contract. To book a site visit, calculate the potential savings or for more information, please contact PDT on 0861 123 738 or email@example.com Demos available on request. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression Arguably one of the key moments in any hiring process is the interview. This defining and equally nerve-racking juncture imparts quite a fair amount of pressure on both the hiring manager and the candidate. The former’s objective is to thoroughly assess aptitude, attitude and chemistry, for the latter it’s putting their best foot forward while simultaneously attempting to make a favourable and lasting impression. Add the competitive environment, contrived atmosphere and rigid time constraints and this be- comes quite the tricky ask. Which is why despite the somewhat unrealistic expectations on the efficacy of interviews, The Talent Boom - a global executive search recruitment agency - believes that injecting creativity into this demanding process will lead to better results. There are a few ways in which this can be done. A serious time to play Introducing creativity and a relaxed sense of play into the process can break up the monotony of repetitive and overly rehearsed interview scenarios for both the interviewer and candidate. In addition to providing an open and interactive environment, this playful interaction further serves to dis- arm the candidate and allow the interviewer to unlock deeper and more insightful answers and assessments. Location, location, location A real estate dictum for a reason, location can add real value to the interview process, particularly when said location is unexpected or taken out of the typical workplace context. Unusual environments stimulate fresh perspectives to the benefit of both the hiring manager and candidate. Interactive ice-breaker An interactive game - specifically designed with the interview process in mind - serves to not only break the ice in a fun, interactive way, but also assist the hiring manager with quickly assessing the candidate on various levels while at the same time allowing the candidate to make a more accurate, unique and - more . . .
Those who bolt out the door in the morning giving little thought to breakfast to say nothing of lunch need meals they can eat on the run; meals that don’t compromise on taste and nutrition. With the launch of The Nook – skipping the most important meal of the day – or any other for that matter – can now be a thing of the past. Nestled in Legacy Corner (near Sandton Square) in in the heart of Sandton, The Nook with its fresh green and white décor can be likened to a fun and funky deli. Apart from the food, the mural of the cigar smoking African women is a real talking point, giving it a hip and happening vibe that’s as appealing as the aromas from the kitchen. Comfortably seating up to 24 people, the eat in or take away meals can best be described as quick fix comfort food that’s wholesome, hearty, nutritious and delicious. Considered a small menu, nevertheless with plenty of choice, it will be updated and changed every six weeks, with inspiration being drawn from the seasons and on the go consumption trends. Developed by the executive chef at sister restaurant L’Opulence, Mark Hoberman, he set out to create food that is home away from home cooking that feeds the soul as much as the stomach! All reviews indicate this has been expertly achieved. Breakfast choices are generally healthy with fruit cups, smoothies and yoghurt parfaits at the top of the list – supplemented with fresh pastries for those with a bigger appetite and complemented with a caffeine fix of any description. All hot drinks are served in a floating mug – another “first and only at The Nook” offering. Comfort food classics and already popular lunchtime favourites include the homemade pie, soup and dombolo, lasagne, pizza slices, pap and crispy potatoes. Forget ordinary – the salad of the day options like the roasted veggie salad and Moroccan chicken & cous cous salad make for interesting eating. For those who like variety and mixing things up – the Build Your Box meal at R50 is a value for . . .
Varsity College is proud to be the host of the sixth annual Inspired Teachers Conference to be held on the Sandton campus on the 18th of August from 08:00 until 16:30. The Inspired Teachers Conference provides a unique forum for educators and thought leaders from a variety of disciplines who are open to dynamic conversation. The conference also serves as a platform to recognise and learn from the teachers renowned for their ability to light up a classroom. Themes that will be discussed during the conference include: why teaching and leadership is interlinked, the best new ideas for engaging students, critical thinking – how to harness and teach the ability to think clearly and rationally, as well as the value of mindfulness. Says Kevin Johnson, National Stakeholder Manager at Varsity College, “Varsity College is proud of its involvement with the Inspired Teachers Conference as it aligned to what we look to achieve in education. We aim to inspire students to achieve their true potential and make a significant contribution in the world of education the best way we can. This conference provides Varsity College the unique opportunity to share knowledge with likeminded educators and to unveil the new IIE B.Ed in Foundation Phase Teaching degree, which physically illustrates our vision and commitment to education.” This year attendees can look forward to speakers such as: Dr Christopher Emdin who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at the Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also a public intellectual and science advocate who holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science and Technology. Chair of Alpha Media Holdings based in Zimbabwe, Trevor Ncube who holds a BA Honours (First Class) from the University of Zimbabwe and has completed various leadership programmes over the years. Ruda Landman who gained prominence as the co-anchor of M-Net’s Carte Blanche, a position she held for . . .