To highlight the success of the bilateral relations between Japan and South Africa, the Japanese Embassy to South Africa hosted a media tour to illustrate work done by the various Japanese stakeholders in developing South Africa. “The aim was to take members of the media to the Komatsu Campus in Germiston - one of Japan’s biggest engineering multinational corporations and have them see how the partnership between the two countries has mutual benefits. The second leg of the tour was to visit the Pink Drive Mobile Clinic in Randburg,” Spokesperson for the Embassy of Japan, Taro Sawada says. The Komatsu Campus is the head office of the company in Africa. Occupying 300 000 square metres, it is a parts distribution centre, equipment workshop and technical training hub for the manufacturing firm. “This R985 million investment was one of the first realisations of the commitments announced at the Presidential Investment Conference and is a significant contribution to the efforts of increasing skills development and facing the challenge of unemployment in South Africa,” Sawada says. Another project sponsored by the Japanese Embassy, the Pink Drive mobile mammography clinic is a specialised clinic that provides screening services to aid in the early detection of cancer, with a focus on breast and cervical cancer, as well as basic infant services. “The mobile clinic is equipped with medical devices provided by FUJIFILM and was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan as part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects (GGP) programme in order to allow those who do not have medical aid to be screened,” Sawada says. Pink Drive strives for the empowerment of women by providing the means for women to take control of their healthcare and their own bodies. “We thought it would be fitting to include the Pink Drive on our tour in light of the 5th World Assembly for Women (WAW) being held in Tokyo on the 23rd and 24th of this month. Empowering women . . .
Daily, many battles are fought out of sight. These battles are fought by unknown heroes who offer their time and effort to help preserve the life and dignity of others. So often they are reliant on donations which never seem to be sufficient. These battles are an ongoing effort to alleviate poverty, saving the planet and all live that depends on it. Like some other organisations, WebScripto recognise the role these NGO’s play in our society. As a mean of recognizing these organisations and its people’s sacrifices, WebScripto is offering a pro bono website of up to 5 pages every quarter of the year to qualifying organisations who may benefit from having a website that may assist them in reaching out to the public and to accept online donations. We have provided pro bono websites to a number of institutions as part of our Social Responsibility Program. Interested registered NGO’s or registered charities are requested to contact WebScripto at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants need to indicate their registration number, their registered business address and the charity goals of their organisations. WebScripto will, based on the submissions and the above criteria decide on an organisation to furnish with a website. WebScripto will advise on the most cost effective domain registration and website hosting plan as this will not form part of the pro bono website CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 19 March 2018 – The Really Great Brand Company today, announced the launch of their brand-new bold offering; Southern Comfort Black during a New Orleans inspired event at the Living Room – Maboneng’s plant-filled rooftop café. A diverse group of media were introduced to the new bold, robust whiskey-forward blend while experiencing the Spirit of the South through the sights, sounds and food delicacies of this exciting city. Southern Comfort Black perfectly maintains the iconic flavours of Southern Comfort Original, but includes subtle spice and fruity accents, placing it in a league of its own. In 1874, founder and legendary southerner M.W. Heron, created the first batch of his genuine smooth-drinking whiskey, blended with his very own fruits and spices. The original recipe is fitting for a whiskey that’s still deeply rooted in the local flavour and vibrant soul of one of the most unforgettable places in the world – New Orleans. Where there’s a party on every street, a story behind every door, and a mischievous smile inviting you to be part of it all. “While our latest offering carries on the legacy of M.W. Heron, it also celebrates Sazerac master spirits blender Drew Mayville, who is responsible for this bolder profile,” says Southern Comfort Brand Manager, Grant de Jager. “Fittingly, the black label, truly takes the original Southern Comfort experience up a notch – for those of you who like their extra-smooth whiskey, extra bold!” he adds. Best served with a variety of mixers, soda water or simply on the rocks, Southern Comfort Black is dark, mysterious and mostly – sophisticated. Available at all major retail stores, nationwide. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, just a few days ago, murdering 49 people. He filmed it, he is proud of it, and we know he is a white supremacist from the disturbing manifesto he posted online just before the attack. Wajahat Ali of the New York Times places the blame for the Christchurch Massacre on non-Muslims’ shoulders. He writes just two days after the attack, ‘All those who have helped to spread the worldwide myth that Muslims are a threat have blood on their hands.’ But does playing the victim in this way help? Both sides – all sides, in fact, because the issues are far from cut and dry – are to blame and not to blame. People are terrified of terrorism – that is the goal it continues to achieve. People voice concern about it from their point of view, and that is understandable, especially considering that we are all at the mercy of news media reporting and sensationalism. We all fall prey to fake news and shock tactics from time to time. Our humanity demands that we feel angered and condemn the work of such criminals. Stopping ourselves from spreading the kind of ‘myths’ Wajahat Ali warns about it not an easy thing to do when we are confronted by the horrors of terrorism. Awareness of what is happening to us is critical. We have to talk about what we are doing to add to the problem without realising it. We are easy prey to fear. In South Africa, white people fear-monger among themselves about the threat of genocide. People roll their eyes. Don’t be silly, it will never happen. Yet BLF’s president Andile Mngxitama recently urged supporters to kill white people (and their pets too). This is madness; it is hate speech. So who is justified? How do we simply ignore the BLF’s sinister agenda, and acknowledge the frustration of black people who have long been excluded from the wealth of the nation? We have to respond to both. Wajahat Ali calls white nationalism . . .
Global Oil, a fuel group operating in the South African petrochemical industry, is expanding its business at a phenomenal rate. With filling stations and convenience outlets country wide, Global Oil opened its 100th store on Friday 1 March 2019 in Rustenburg. APPSolve is proud to have walked the road with them and to have been part of their rapid expansion. Global Oil is a fuel retail group that operates across South Africa. In a market previously dominated by major refining oil brands, Global Oil has now progressed into the largest 100% black owned and proudly South African retail brand across South Africa. Since inception in 2008 Global Oil has rapidly grown to a 100 retail sites across 9 provinces and has raised the bar in fuel retailing and convenience stores in South Africa. Global Oil realised in 2017 that with their previous systems, they would plateau at 35 filling stations. They did not have the infrastructure and control to grow profitably without the support of a world-class application system. APPSolve implemented a Commodity Management system, GlobalTradeApp, which went live in October 2017. GlobalTradeApp is developed in Oracle Application Express and runs on an Oracle Standard Edition Database R12. Lazarus Mphosi, CEO of Rheinland Investments, Global Oil’s holding company, explains how their need arose for an integrated system, “All transactions and day-end shift data for each outlet was being captured in Excel spreadsheets. This process made it difficult to control. There was also a lack of transparency of information at Head Office. In addition, consolidating information was time consuming and a reactive approach to correcting errors had to be taken. This also led to the operational transactions not being in sync with our Financial System at Head Office”. Mphosi elaborates further on how the collaboration with APPSolve has assisted their expansion, “We investigated a few partners ranging from large corporates to small organisations. . . .
The value of building your own authentic brand was highlighted in a recent competition run by a leading job portal. Four winners of the Careers24 #FashionYourCareer competition were taken for makeover days in Sandton City and Tyger Valley Centre and worked with a CV writer to help them find their unique professional styles and language. “South Africa is incredibly diverse and this concept came about because we’ve noticed that many professionals find the urge to transition between who they are as an individual and who they are at work,” said Shaun Clarke, Brand Manager of Careers24. “We wanted to highlight the fact that people do not have to sacrifice their individuality in their respective workplaces and can rather embrace and build on their unique brands in a professional manner.” “We asked people to send us an email giving us reasons why they should get a professional makeover and we chose four people nationally to assist them to build a character-reflecting wardrobe, as well as verbalise and document who they are, what value they bring, and what experience they have – to a CV, interview or career advancement opportunity,” adds Clarke. Each winner received a session with professional CV writer and job search coach, Gerard le Roux as well as a makeover with professional stylist Leigh Sussman of My Dream Wardrobe. “People often require assistance in portraying their own personal style when it comes to their work wear. While there are many stores with extensive corporate wear sections, it can often be daunting for someone to put on an outfit and not know how to put their own stamp on it to showcase their personalities,” said Sussman. “We managed to achieve our goal of taking four individuals, all different in many ways, and ensure that each of them walked away with a wardrobe they felt unique and empowered in.” The two Gauteng winners were Hamilton Zabane and Boniswa Zuma. “I feel like I’m dressed for success…I feel like I can be anything I want to . . .
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Cross-cultural competence involves the knowledge, skills, and motivation to adapt to diverse interactions. It is a major way in which we can contribute to intercultural cooperation. Some aspects of our behaviour are critical in terms of the values of a culture. However, certain key abilities and attitudes enable us to adapt to any culture effectively. Cross-cultural competency is among the most important skills for the future workforce, according to the Institute for the Future, a global research body based in California. Tim Rettig, author on interpersonal struggle and success, explains, ‘Research has long shown that diversity of thought increases creativity and, with it, the innovation potential of both teams and corporations.’ In future and now, organisations are compelled to work more with people and partners from faraway places. This does not mean emailing and Skyping with them. No, they are right there in the office with us on a daily basis. Sometimes we are the cultural outsider, and we need to adapt while trying not to be too sensitive to what would be inappropriate back home. We need to be able to explain our views as well, allowing others to understand our needs better. Benign terms? Conflict will happen in cross-cultural encounters. In itself, it may not be such a major problem, provided it leads to mutual understanding. As an example of how cross-cultural competency doesn’t happen, consider the following: An overseas client visits the workplace. They know little about SA. In chatting with a company employee, they hear that their accent is distinct, and ask, ‘Are you a Boer?’ The employee is indeed Afrikaans, but they find the term Boer offensive. Some Afrikaans people do not mind the term, but others feel that it has been used in a derogatory way. The employee becomes angry and says, ‘You can’t speak to me like that!’ The visitor is taken aback and feels insulted and confused. In . . .
IN a boost for South Africa’s ailing education system, business heavyweights are backing a plan to place a fully resourced e-learning tablet in the hands of one million of the poorest pupils within the next five years. Already MTN, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Shuter & Shooter and WIZZR Technologies have signed on with the organisation spearheading the plan, the Closed-loop Learner Network (CLN), resulting in a successful trial roll-out of the tablets – called Omang – to 1,000 pupils at no-fee schools in the Free State late last year. Based on the trial’s success, and together with the provincial Department of Education, a further 20,000 pupils at no-fee schools will be benefitting from the initiative during 2019. MTN provides free connectivity for the tablets, while CAPS-approved textbooks for grades 10 to 12 pupils are pre-loaded onto the devices thanks to international software developers WIZZR Technologies and the three textbook publishers. CLN in turn ensures that high school pupils receive the Omang devices, complete with textbooks, tutorials and white-listed online resources to assist them in their studies. The initiative was celebrated at a gala dinner in Bryanston this week [Thursday, March 14th], where private sector heavyweights including MTN’s David Mphelo* and SAP Africa head of innovation Dr Adriana Marais – who is a candidate for the Mars One human settlement mission – addressed the audience of 150 delegates. Included in the line-up of speakers were MD Ramesh, regional head of the multi-billion dollar agri business Olam International, as well as African Industrialist of the Year**, Jendamark MD Quinton Uren. Also in attendance were Massimo de Luca, head of trade and economics for the European Union delegation to South Africa, Danone Southern Africa MD Hendrik Born, and singer Danny K. CLN had already begun building the infrastructure required to implement President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of a tablet . . .
Siyabulela Mboyiya from Adelaide Eastern Cape is a recording artist and producer at Fruition Menaces Entertainment. Raised by a single mother with the help of his older sister and grandmother , Xenee Lee became a rapper at a very young age. He said that his dream was to start his own businesses and a production company. He explained that FME is the world’s LARGEST record label ‘with brains and purpose’ even though it hasn't bloomed that much yet. He entered into many competitions and auditions because he believes that he can use this platform to change the lives of other people. “I feel that I can spread my wings in my community, province and country to touch many different souls in a small and unique way,” he said. Siyabulela Xenee Lee Mboyiya said that he wants to show his country South Africa that being an artist takes more than just brains and education. “It is an expressive art form that tells a story ,” he said. “I am passionate about youth development, empowering and motivating people to reach their full potential,” he said. He wants to address issues that lead to youngsters from crime and drugs. he also wants to fight against women abuse and gender based violence. “I also do community work, like visiting children’s homes to assist children with their schoolwork,” he said. Even though it's hard for me to receive help and support from other people. But with no job or support it doesn't mean that I have to forget about other people. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .