The Creative Counsel’s joint CEOs Gil Oved and Ran Neu-Ner have won the Absa Unlisted Company Award for 2013. The award is given to a person/s in a senior leadership position in an unlisted company who has achieved significant success worthy of recognition. The Jewish Achievers Awards honor members of the Jewish community who have excelled in business, entrepreneurship as well as in a number of additional categories.They won the award jointly with Ray Levin of Kia Motors SA. About The Creative Counsel The Creative Counsel is a group of companies interrelated in providing holistic sales and marketing solutions. TCC provides services that cover the full value chain of sales and marketing from field marketing and merchandising through to creative, strategy and design, activation execution, digital social media, main market insights and access; and all the way through to large-scale eventing and conferencing. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Tambu Jonhera from Headlines . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Headlines Images: Caption: From left to right: Craig Bond (Barclays Africa Chief Executive), Gil Oved (joint CEO The Creative Counsel), Ran Neu-Ner (joint CEO The Creative Counsel) and David Frankel a past winner who spoke to the award. Photographer: Jewish Achievers Awards . . .
The Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRAB) has been adopted by the National Assembly and it is now just a matter of time before the Bill is promulgated. In this regard, South African businesses should be thinking about the new labour broking provisions in the LRAB. “Essentially,” says Hugo Pienaar, Director in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “the LRAB provides that employees employed by a labour broker, who earn less than the threshold, and who are employed for a period exceeding three months will be deemed to be employees of the client and the labour broker. Furthermore that such employees, must be treated on the whole not less favourably than other employees of the client performing similar work, after the three month period.” Pienaar says that these clauses, as well as others, may create various limitations for labour brokers, unless they adopt an alternative business model of service providers, which model is commonly used in European countries. “One of the reasons a client appoints labour brokers is to obtain manual and/or temporary labour without the administrative burden associated with employing permanent employees. In particular, a client could obtain labour on an ad hoc basis for individual projects or undertakings, without having to commit to employing workers on a full time basis. A further reason is that, as the employer, the labour broker was burdened with unfair dismissal disputes and the like and not the client. “In the past, it was common practice for labour brokers to indemnify their clients against any litigation flowing from any termination of employment of a labour broker employee. However, in the event of an unfair dismissal leading to reinstatement of an employee, it will now be virtually impossible for a labour broker to indemnify a client after the three month period, because it will be the client who will have to reinstate the employee together with the labour broker,” Pienaar explains. “Furthermore,” he . . .
The finalists for the Eco-Logic Awards 2013 have been selected. These awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3 identify and give recognition to individuals, organisations, products and services that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world to live in. After a nation-wide call for entries the following finalists have made the grade. Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water): City of Cape Town Eco Pools Ekurhuleni Municipality Hotel Verde Water Conservation Systems Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA Solar Technology South Africa): Hotel Verde National Business Initiative (NBI) Pick n Pay Riso Smart Solar – Coolerado Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect-a-Can): EcoPack Earth Probiotic Green Office Paarl Media REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative South Africa Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro): Delheim Wines Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) The JNF Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre SANCCOB Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media): 50/50 Coca Cola SA Ekurhuleni Municipality Pick n Pay Unilever Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam): Ekurhuleni Municipality eThekwini Municipality George Municipality Jeffares & Green / City of Cape Town Pinnacle Conservation / Mossel Bay Municipality Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay): Birches Pre-Primary Eco School Bodado Production & Projects City of Cape Town Generation Earth and St. John’s College Uvuyo Trading Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA): Johnathan Grieve – Avondale Wine Estate Catherine Constantinides – Generation Earth Mary Honeybun – Breadtags for Wheelchairs Margaret Roestorf – SANCCOB Louise Joubert – SanWild Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO): Jeunesse Park – Food & Trees for Africa Ella Bella – Generation Earth Lorraine Jenks – Hotelstuff/Greenstuff Ray Chaplin – . . .
Boland Cellar impressed recently by receiving eight gold, nine silver and 16 bronze medals at the 2013 SA Young Wine Awards. Boland also walked off with two class winner trophies for their unwooded Chenin Blanc and wooded Petit Verdot, which respectively won the Boeresake and Arnold Graue Trophies. Gold medals were awarded to the wooded and un-wooded Chenin Blanc, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/ Cabernet Franc blend, the Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Pinotage blend and the Shiraz. The Chenin Blanc (wooded and un-wooded) as well as the Shiraz also won gold in 2012. The SA Young Wine Show is by far South Africa’s largest and oldest competition for young wines and offers winemakers the ultimate opportunity to compare their choices of wine styles and production methods with those of their peers at an early stage. A total of 2 060 wines from the eight wine regions were entered by 135 producers this year. The wines were judged in seventeen different categories. “Our performance over the past couple of years has been very consistent, which is a good indication of the high quality wines produced by Boland Cellar across our range of wines,” says Boland winemaker Bernard Smuts. He further explains that both the Paarl and SA Young Wine shows provide the ideal platform for testing new cultivars, which will ultimately be used in one of Boland Cellar’s popular blends. “We are delighted to see that decades of sourcing ideal micro-climate regions for the production of quality vineyards with unique character, is paying off. It is exciting to apply our knowledge of masterful blending to produce interesting blends and we will definitely use the award-winning Petit Verdot as one of the pillar cultivars in the new Bordeaux blend,” says Smuts. He also applauded the other Paarl vineyards that achieved amazing results winning more than half the gold medals at this year’s SA Young Wine Show. “Paarl is especially well-suited to producing top quality Chenin Blanc grapes and we are . . .
The Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRAB) was adopted by the National Assembly in Parliament on 20 August 2013. According to labour lawyers at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm, this Bill will have a significant impact on labour relations in South Africa - Gavin Stansfield, Director in the Employment practice, explains, “The Labour Relations Amendment Bill provides more protection to fixed-term employees. The proposed amendment to s186(b) of the LRAB provides that a failure by an employer to permanently retain an employee, who was engaged under a fixed term contract of employment and who reasonably expected to be permanently retained on the same or similar terms, constitutes a dismissal. In this regard, Temporary Employment Services (labour broker) employees will be subject to a maximum period of three months after which those employees will be deemed to be permanent employees of the labour broker's client. “The amendments seek to achieve a balance that considers the commercial sustainability of businesses while protecting the interests of workers who earn less than R193 805.00 per annum. The underlying principle in the proposed s198B is justifiability. Employers must be able to justify fixing the duration of an employment contract,” Stansfield notes. Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice notes that the LRAB proposes streamlining the procedure to be followed when reviewing CCMA arbitration awards. It further discourages litigants from instituting review applications as a tactical ploy to frustrate or delay compliance with the award. “The amended s145(5) will provide that a person who institutes a review application must arrange for the matter to be heard by the Labour Court within six months of commencing proceedings. However, the Court has been given the power to condone a failure to comply with this provision on good cause shown. “In terms of a new s145(6), judges will be required to hand down judgment in review applications, "as soon as . . .
by Pieter Conradie, Director, Dispute Resolution, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr As social networking usage grows lawyers are beginning to leverage communications on social networking sites - including Facebook and Twitter - as a source of evidence in court. Tweeters and those posting to Facebook must therefore be fully aware that what they publish is discoverable. Just as emails are discoverable - and if deleted can easily be traced - caution should be exercised when a person communicates on Facebook/Twitter. Not only is such communications discoverable but may also qualify as a defamatory statement and therefore actionable. In two court cases in America the communications on MySpace surprised litigants. In the first case a young woman claimed damages for an injury sustained in a car accident. She exaggerated her injuries and was confronted by her MySpace pictures of her skiing in the Swiss Alps. In the second case, an accused in a criminal matter pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a gun. At the sentencing stage his attorney in mitigation endeavoured to portray the accused as a peaceful man who had found religion. However, the prosecution found a picture of the accused holding a gun on the accused's MySpace page as well as his comments. The photo was used as evidence against the accused. The message is therefore that the red light should flicker when players on the various networks publish on their page communications which may find its way to court and may be damaging. ends More Info link:: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com/en/people/pieter-conradie.html Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Protection of Personal Information Bill (Bill) has finally been passed by the National Assembly on 20 August 2013 and will now be submitted to the President for signature once it has been translated into Afrikaans. “The Bill has solicited significant and lengthy debate amongst citizens and corporate South Africa since it was first introduced in Parliament in 2009. The Bill regulates data protection and privacy in South Africa and will, upon promulgation, impose a number of stringent obligations on all persons which in any manner process (defined under the Bill to include the collection, receipt, recordal, organisation, collation, storage, updating, alteration or modification, retrieval, consultation, use, dissemination, distribution, merging, linking, erasure or destruction) personal information,” explains Simone Gill, Director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Gill explains, “As promulgation is now imminent, it is essential for all persons, including private and public entities, to initiate awareness workshops and to conduct detailed due diligence exercises in order to assess their current levels of compliance with the Bill and determine which steps are to be taken to ensure compliance, failing which they may find themselves being subject to criminal sanction and civil liability. Although the Bill does allow for a one year transition period, the obligations imposed are extensive and will take time and effort to implement.” ends More Info link:: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Windmills Resort in the heart of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands has been nominated for four categories in the annual Bride’s Choice Awards hosted by the African Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA). Last year, the hotel scooped the title of best boutique hotel in these prestigious awards. In this year’s competition, The Windmills has been nominated by satisfied brides as best boutique hotel with less than 30 rooms, for the best in-house wedding planner, best reception venue and best first-night honeymoon destination. The awards are divided into three regions, namely coastal, inland and Cape. According to general manager Andre Schoeman, it is an honour to be nominated in four categories. “The ABIA Bride’s Choice Awards is one of the definitive competitions for companies in the bridal industry. Being accredited with them is an incredible endorsement of the quality of your offering,” Schoeman explains. “Our incredible team at The Windmills has always been committed to providing exceptional service to our brides and to deliver their dream weddings. These nominations are proof that our hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. The ABIA awards carry huge credibility and are definitely something that brides consider before picking the venue for their weddings, so it is undoubtedly a fantastic opportunity for us,” he adds. ABIA was established in 2008 to control service standards within the wedding industry and currently has over 15 000 accredited suppliers. The competition is based on anonymous ratings by brides, who have been registered by the various service suppliers. Brides then have the opportunity to nominate and vote for their preferred suppliers. The Windmills Resort has been extensively renovated over the past few years. The hotel was completely refurbished and various luxury self-catering lodges have been added to their offering. The venue also offers supremely elegant wedding venues, a wedding chapel on the lake with breath-taking scenic views, . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is proud to announce his double debut books entitled “The Mathematical Genius in You” and “GirlChild Rise Up”. Edzai is a mathematician who has found a way to motivate girls to take up and excel in Mathematics and Science subjects and careers. They are must reads and the news should be taken to every girl and woman around the world. ‘Girl Child Rise Up’ is directed exclusively to girls and ‘The Mathematical Genius in You’ is a generic cross-gender book focusing on mathematical thinking. The books seek to demystify maths and science in the process redressing imbalances of the past caused by gender inequality and cultural practices. They reinforce the fact that maths and science education is a key vehicle for empowerment, economic freedom and technological advancement. His aim is to print and distribute the books world-wide for free and motivate all the girls and boys that maths and science can be done no matter their gender, ethnicity or culture. He is appealing to corporates and individuals to assist him in the printing and distribution of the books to all the girls in our marginalised communities. Help can be in cash, printing services and/or distribution. Contact details are listed below. The Mathematical Genius in You is a ground-breaking, innovative and pragmatic dialogue between the author and the reader focused on how to achieve in mathematics. It is both motivational and instructional as it takes the reader through the steps on how to bring out the mathematical genius inside the reader. It is an easy read that anyone can read and understand the principles required for maths success. GirlChild Rise Up This book has been written with you girls and women in mind. It contains a message of hope, faith and belief that you can pursue a career of your choice just like men. Gone are the days when society stereotyped women as weak and incapable of doing certain jobs in the science, engineering, financial . . .
Brett Shuttleworth has done it all: he’s kept company with some of the most glamorous people in the world as a model for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Versace and Calvin Klein, as an actor in Hollywood blockbusters, a provincial sportsman and a successful businessman. However, he’s found his niche in motivational speaking and making people’s souls smile. I recently spoke with him to find out how companies can keep their employees’ souls smiling. As I usually do before any interview, I did a bit of research into Brett’s background to find out what really makes this man tick. And while I was researching, I came across a You Tube video on his website called: “What makes your soul smile?” In it, Brett and his colleague Bert Corsius travel around India, with no money, to see how far they can travel based on people’s goodwill. The sceptic in me thought this video was too good to be true but when I spoke to Brett, and asked him about the video, he said that they actually managed to travel around the country with no money based on the goodwill of the people they met along the way. In other words, how they made other people’s souls smile. What does “make your soul smile” mean? When I posed this question to Brett, he told me that before he came up with this concept, he had gone on a journey of self-discovery, searching for what really made him happy. What he came to realise is that it’s not your external trappings – what you surround yourself with - that will make you happy; it’s what is on the inside that makes the difference. If your “soul is smiling”, you will be happy. This is a great concept from a personal growth point of view, I thought, but I wanted to delve into how making one’s soul smile can benefit your organisation. How do you make your employees’ souls smile? At an ACMP networking event, which took place in Johannesburg in February 2013, Richard Hawkey, the author of Life Less Lived, presented a set of shocking statistics that served as a huge . . .