South Africa has a higher than average rate of overtime fraud owing to limited prevention and detection systems, and a workforce which has become dependent on the financial advantage it offers them. Every year another story revealing extensive overtime fraud hits the media, exposing how easy it is for employees to defraud companies. In February 2017, 283 employees were implicated in the Merafong municipality for committing fraud estimated to be valued at millions of Rands. Overtime fraud is a lot more prevalent than we want to believe. The challenge is that most companies tend to not take the case further than a rap over the knuckles - dismissing the person and making them another company’s problem. The right thing to do is charge them and ensure they get a criminal record. Alongside a clearly defined policy around overtime fraud, or theft of any kind, the threat of criminal action will go a long way towards making anyone think twice before they lie about the hours they’ve worked. It isn’t, however, the only step that must be taken towards effective prevention. Measures of prevention Employees need to realise that overtime fraud can be as little as claiming one or two extra hours a month, not just 200. A lot of people don’t see those little hours here and there as fraud. It is. And it should net them a criminal record. Organisations must educate employees on overtime hours, what constitutes fraud, and what will happen should they be caught committing it. Then, they need to invest in systems which can mitigate fraud overall. One such solution would be to implement an automated clocking-in system. It isn’t infallible, but it does allow for improved control over hours spent working versus hours put down on billing. Another option is to implement controls within payroll, making it the last line of defence. The business must put its overtime policy into play from the start and it must ensure that it is strictly adhered to. It also needs to comply with . . .
Weylandts Spaces, the interior design division of Weylandts, South Africa’s leading furniture and décor retailer, and Blok, an urban property developer, have formed a unique partnership for the launch of Blok’s Bantry Bay development, TWELVEONV. More specifically the 3-story penthouse that occupies the building’s top floors. TWELVEONV is the jewel in Cape Town-based Blok’s urban development crown. Located on Victoria Road, the ocean-inspired structure shimmers with energy. From every angle the building is exceptional, elevating the aesthetic appeal of an already beautiful neighbourhood. Unit 5A is the triple-story penthouse with unobstructed views of the mountain behind, ocean in front, and Bantry Bay in between. The apartment boasts three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an expansive 500sqm of total interior and exterior space and private pool, and every specification completed to the high standard that Blok has become known for. This breathtaking penthouse demanded exceptional finishing, and thus was born the partnership between Blok and Weylandts Spaces to furnish this amazing home. Weylandts Spaces was established to conceive and create bespoke interiors that reflect the personal vision of their clients. Chris Weylandt heads up the department himself, and he and the team not only curated iconic pieces of furniture that Weylandts is known for, but also created a range of bespoke pieces specifically for the TWELVEONV penthouse. This approach is inline with other ranges that Anna Weylandt (Chris’s daughter) is developing for the brand to harness the growing trend of downsizing from larger homes to more compact urban units. Although they may be smaller in size, the luxury and comfort that all Weylandts’ product is known for, remains. “Our aim was to carefully select pieces from our existing ranges that would appeal directly to the Blok customer, carefully considering materials, colours and textures” explains Chris. He continues “However, where there were . . .
For the second consecutive year, the Tintswalo Atlantic lodge in Hout Bay will host a special ‘Phoenix Charity Dinner’, in commemoration of the devastating Western Cape fires of 2015, which also claimed the original lodge. The event will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at 18:00 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE). The evening is set to commence with drinks and a spectacular dinner with live musical entertainment, followed by a fundraising auction during which guests will be able to bid on exciting auction items while contributing to a worthy cause – this year in support of Thula Thula Hout Bay. This local disaster relief organisation was founded in 2015 to address a need for centralised, community-oriented collections and distributions. Composed of a group of local residents, the non-governmental organisation proactively prepares for disaster relief in partnership with residents, retailers and businesses. Thula Thula also seeks to educate the public in order to prevent or control fires. Funds raised at the Phoenix Charity Dinner will be used to employ trainers to educate young people about the best course of action during fire threats, in an effort to help reduce fire disasters affecting local homes. Lisa Goosen, CEO of Tintswalo Atlantic says Tintswalo holds this cause very close to its heart, and would like to contribute to a group that is helping those suffering a similar, and often worse, loss to the one experienced by the lodge. Tickets are available at R1,200 per person, and tables of 10 will receive a special rate of R10,000 per table. To make a night of it, dinner guests are also encouraged to book one of the hotel’s luxury Suites at R10,780 per couple, which includes the charity dinner, as well as breakfast the following morning. The Phoenix Charity Dinner will be co-hosted by event sponsors, Little Black Book, Julie Killias Events, and Shakierah Abrahams. For further information and to book tickets and overnight stays, please call: Tel 021 . . .
By Riversideweg, Nuweland, a rare Pieter Wenning painting of a riverine landscape in Newlands, near Kirstenbosch, not only has an extensive exhibition history, but also a captivating history of ownership according to Emma Bedford, Director and Senior Art Specialist at Aspire Art Auctions. Estimated at R350 000 – 450 000, this gem will be offered at Aspire’s upcoming Inaugural Cape Auction to be held at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront, on 27 March 2017. With a sole focus on fine art and extensive experience in the South African art market, the experts at Aspire place great emphasis on carefully researching each work offered on auction, unearthing the sometimes hidden histories surrounding the piece. Dr WMR Malherbe purchased the work directly from the artist, and his descendants have cherished the work ever since. In many respects a pioneer, Malherbe was born in 1875 into the ZAR of President Paul Kruger where his father was State Treasurer. The young Mortie Malherbe was one of the ‘Transvaalsche jongens’ chosen by Kruger to be educated in the Netherlands, first in Deventer and then in Leiden, where he completed his school and university education between 1887 and 1907. It is here that he would have been introduced to the plein air painting of the Hague School as well as Impressionism and the beginnings of abstraction. As a young lawyer, he returned to fight in the South African War (1899-1902) alongside Dietlof van Warmelo, later his brother-in-law. Anton van Wouw later included Van Warmelo’s portrait as a soldier in the Voortrekker Monument. It was one of Van Warmelo’s sisters, Johanna Brandt, who became the infamous Kappie Kommando spy while his other sister married an English officer, Cloete of Alphen, Constantia. Mortie’s sister, Christina van Warmelo-Malherbe helped establish the first hospital in Muckleneuk while his brother, Kenny Malherbe, an attorney, married Mabel Malherbe, who was to become editor of Die Boerevrou, mayor of Pretoria and a . . .
Leading IT distributor Syntech – which celebrates its 15th year in business – has signed a deal for new offices in Johannesburg as part of its expansion programme which was outlined in 2011. Syntech's new office building in Midrand Established in 2002, Syntech has continued to source and introduce the world’s leading products, catering for several industries and operating in multiple vertical markets. With the particular focus placed on providing value added service and support to mass retail, niche retail, online retail, Value-added channel resellers, managed service providers, security and surveillance as well as Apple resellers. Syntech has developed a reputation for introducing and building excellent brands in South Africa and developing the market through an innovative approach to business. In 2011, CEO Craig Nowitz quoted: “We are expecting to grow our revenue, and are in the process of embarking on an expansion programme that will see us expand and diversify our product range and market focus, as well as moving into larger premises during the first quarter of 2012.” Not only did Syntech move into new premises in Cape Town, but opened new offices in Johannesburg, Midrand in September 2014. The expansion into Gauteng was in keeping with sustaining Syntech’s significant growth over the past four years and was a necessary step. Two years down the road and the Johannesburg office is now relocating to a larger building – including larger warehouse facilities. Syntech will invest more as it grows, says Nowitz. “Our new Midrand facility will enable us to provide 8X more local stockholding and will be supported with an expanding fleet of delivery vehicles.” Syntech’s headcount in Gauteng has doubled since inception and is expected to grow by a further 20 people in the next 18 months. “Marketing support and reseller focussed initiatives remain a key part of our growth strategy and we look forward to building even closer relationships with our . . .
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa - Meet AxxonSoft, the leading software developer that combines IP-based physical security management, intelligent video surveillance, and an enterprise-wide platform into fully integrated vertical and horizontal solutions. With so many CCTV resellers out there, it’s not uncommon for businesses to assume that they are making the right decision by choosing the cheapest option as a way to be more cost-effective. However, how sure are they that their CCTV provider will not simply walk away after they’ve been sold the product, expecting them to rely on their own skillsets to manage and monitor their CCTV systems? Choose AxxonSoft if you want to make more intelligent business decisions, achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness, and implement powerful security for people, facilities and assets - all with less cost and less effort. With AxxonSoft award-winning products and services, you’ll be guaranteed proactive monitoring and management. AxxonSoft makes this all happen with intelligent video surveillance systems, plug-and-play modules, and a core technology platform that enables users to get the benefit of a fully networked, interconnected infrastructure - without the cost and complexity of a new enterprise-level solution. Plus, our solutions are completely customizable and are quickly and easily deployed right out-of-the-box. Axxon Next open-platform video management system With Axxon Next next-generation open-platform Video Management System (VMS), you get intelligent video surveillance that saves you time and money, while increasing your security and ability to prevent problems. Every day organisations around the world — just like yours — use Axxon's solutions to build their business, increase their profitability, and satisfy their customers by providing the best integrated security systems available. Video surveillance systems based on Axxon Next can scale infinitely: there are no restrictions on the number of video . . .
We all know the truth: meetings can go on and on. And it’s not uncommon for everyone in the room to be wondering the same thing: why am I even here? With the rise of collaborative workspaces, meetings now fill more hours in the workday than ever before – yet most employees consider them a waste of time. According to Forbes, people spend six to eight hours a week in meetings – while 69% feel meetings aren’t actually productive. Here are new ways to run effective, efficient meetings that will leave your employees feeling energised and excited: Kick the chair Stand-up meetings, also known as daily scrums, have become a core ritual of highly effective teams around the globe. They’re quick daily meetings kept between five and fifteen minutes long. Participants stand as a reminder to keep the meeting short and to-the-point. Team members take turns speaking, sometimes passing around an item that gives them the power to speak. Each member reviews progress since the last meeting, anticipated work and any challenges on projects – taking the opportunity to ask for help or collaborate. Table-less meetings Instead of meeting around a table, simply put the required number of chairs in a circle with nothing in the middle. Seating people in a circle signals everyone is equal. It’s democratic, unlike the traditional meeting table, where the most senior member sits at the head. This allows free flow of ideas and communication. These meetings allow attendees to move around if they want, instead of being stationary. It increases participation – staying sedentary behind a table means employees slump and hide throughout the meeting, reply to emails or check social media. Banish the boardroom Most employees resent having to sit in one place for a long period of time. As a result, they get antsy, tune out and end up not contributing or engaging as much – making meeting times longer. Sometimes when a meeting has multiple action items and decisions to be made, it’s best . . .
Black Rose Africa and Shell, produced by Christo Coetzee at the peak of his career, are amongst a select group of works that celebrate this underrated artist at Aspire Art Auctions’ inaugural Cape sale on 27 March 2017 at the Avenue in the V&A Waterfront. Soon after completing his fine art degree at Wits, Coetzee left South Africa in 1951 on the crest of a solo exhibition organised by John Paris, then director of the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. It was to launch an extraordinary period in his career that included a two-person exhibition with the renowned Italian artist, Lucio Fontana, at the prestigious Parisian gallery of Rodolphe Stadler, and collaborations with the radical Gutai Group in Japan from 1959 to 1960. Shell, painted in 1960, formerly owned by Marie Brecher, the mother of Coetzee’s wife Ferri Binge-Coetzee, was one of the first in a new approach to painting. Its rich painterly surfaces and decorative detail are not only evidence of the influence of Antonio Gaudi’s decoration of the Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, which Coetzee visited on extended visits to Spain, but also the world of European avant-garde artists such as the French Tachistes. During his decade-long sojourn in Europe, Coetzee’s work caught the attention of major European and American collectors, including celebrated photographer and designer Anthony Denney, architect Philip Johnson and actress Sophia Loren, and was included in the seminal Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) exhibition The art of assemblage in 1961. The diamond-shaped Black Rose Africa has a fascinating history. The stimulus for this extraordinary painting was the stained glass rose windows of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stone’s throw from the artist’s basement studio at Rue de l’Hotel Côlbert. Coetzee was fascinated by what he described as “the multitude of mysteries and ideas distinctively associated with the circle as a perfect and closed unity and symbolic . . .
What’s causing your cough? As irritating as it may be, coughing is the body's way of ridding the lungs and airways of foreign substances and mucus.1 Coughs can, however, make breathing difficult and irritating. Being aware of the cause of your cough will help you treat it quickly and effectively, and help restore health. The first step? Knowing whether the culprit's a bacteria or a virus. Bacteria are tiny single-celled organisms. Not all bacteria are bad – there are beneficial bacteria living inside our bodies that help with essential functions.1 Viruses are also microscopic beings, but they behave differently to bacteria. Viruses flourish inside a living organism and can live for a brief period of time outside their host – like hovering in the air right after a person coughs. But in order to multiply they need to settle inside a host.1 Viral vs bacterial Viral coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat or lungs and can last up to three weeks without treatment. However, the body can fight the infection if the immune system is strong enough. Viral coughs develop over a day or two and typically worsen after two to three days. 2 They affect the throat (larynx), main airway (trachea), or the airways leading into the lungs (bronchi) – and can lead to laryngitis, tracheitis, or bronchitis.2 Bacterial coughs mainly attack the upper respiratory tract – the nose, throat and bronchi. 3 A bacterial cough usually results in a chest infection, whooping cough or – in extreme cases – tuberculosis (TB) or pneumonia. 3 Bacterial infections can usually be identified with a doctor's test. For example, a throat test can check for the presence of the streptococcus bacteria. What to look out for Most viral coughs clear with ease – and a little help from an effective cough medication. However, a secondary infection with germs (bacteria) can develop, which lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. It’s also easy to confuse other causes of a cough (like . . .
The prevailing sentiment as we forge ahead into 2017 is the relief at seeing the back of 2016. Nowhere else were the history-making (and, at times, absurd) moments of 2016 more amplified than in the digital space. News platforms were cluttered with stories, Twitter ablaze with debate, Facebook continued to break news. And Instagram was the emotional reflection of it all. As cut-backs continue to dominate, how should digital marketers assign precious marketing budgets this year? Here’s what should be on your radar. Get rich Information delivered in rich media formats increased in popularity in 2016. This trend will boom in 2017 and the digital space will be inundated with video content, infographics and interactive storytelling. The caveat is that users are no longer charmed or shocked by a change in medium – the subject matter has to be more provocative, insightful, humorous and thrilling than ever before. Numbers game It’s no secret budgets are being cut across the globe – from cosmetics to cars – which makes it crucial to be able to prove ROI. Marketing automation is a smart solution. Astute marketers and brands want to know who they’re speaking to and how to strike while the keyboard is hot – marketing automation gives them this power. Still new to the marketing automation revolution? Read more here. Big talk Consumers are demanding one-on-one, conversational experiences online which has led to the birth of chatbots. Conversations are taking over because users want – and expect – to have someone to talk to any time of day to solve their unique problem. It speaks to instant gratification and the never-ending knowledge abyss. The rise of real Content marketing continues to dominate digital marketing techniques, however, it’s not without its evolutions. Users want authentic digital content. That doesn’t mean it has to be heart-wrenching, it just means it has to be real. It has to reflect the target audience, speak their language and share real . . .