Eastgate Shopping Centre is proud to announce this festive season’s trading hours that will provide shoppers with an extended shopping experience. From Friday, 06 December to Thursday, 26 December, the trading hours will be as follows: Mondays- Saturdays: 9am-9pm Sundays: 9am - 6pm Tuesday 24, December 9am - 6pm Wednesday 25, December – Optional Trading Thursday 26 December (Day of Goodwill) 9am -5pm From Friday, 27 December to Tuesday, 31 December normal trading hours will apply. On Wednesday 25 December 2013 (Christmas Day) and Wednesday 1 January 2014, (New Year’s Day), optional trading will apply. About Eastgate Shopping Centre Eastgate Shopping Centre is the shopping and lifestyle hub of the Johannesburg eastern suburbs. The shopping centre is owned by Liberty Group Limited and is managed by Liberty Properties, one of South Africa’s top commercial real estate businesses. Eastgate Shopping Centre is known for having something for everyone and recently received a contemporary facelift and extension that saw the addition of an outdoor dining piazza. Eastgate is one of Liberty’s prime assets and boasts a tenant complement of over 250 shops. Additional information can be found at www.libertyproperties.co.za or www.eastgateshops.co.za More Info link:: http://www.eastgateshops.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from . Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The North Gauteng High Court in a judgment on Wednesday (27 November) upheld the system of sectoral collective bargaining under the auspices of Bargaining Councils. Faan Coetzee, Executive Consultant in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, explains, “ In the matter of Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector and others v Motor Industry Bargaining Council and others (Case 46476/2011), the Court dismissed an application to have certain provisions of the Mibco Main Agreement, limiting the use of labour broker employees in the motor industry, declared unlawful.” Coetzee explains that the Court held that these provisions do not constitute a trade boycott, the agreement itself is not too vague to be implemented, the provisions legitimately form part of collective bargaining and the provisions are not in breach of the Constitutional rights to freely exercise a trade or profession and fair labour practices. In dismissing the application the Court emphasized the statutory role that Bargaining Councils play in the various sectors. “The applicants also challenged the Constitutionality of Section 32 of the Labour Relations Act that empowers the Minister of Labour to extend a Bargaining Council agreement to employers who are not parties to the Bargaining Council but operate within the jurisdiction of the Council. The argument that Councils in terms of S32 are given unrestricted delegated powers to legislate to private enterprise was rejected by the Court. The mechanisms in place before an agreement is extended and the requirement of an independent exemption body that non-parties may approach are sufficient protection. Section 23(5) of the Constitution protects collective bargaining which is regulated by the Labour Relations Act ("LRA"). The Bargaining Councils are created by the LRA and give effect to Section 23(5) of the Constitution.” Coetzee adds, “The judgment upholding the right of the Minister to extend agreements to . . .
On 25 November 2013, the Minister of Labour announced an above consumer price index increase in the statutory minimum wage for the domestic workers. The new wages, effective from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014, will be increased by one percent above the consumer price index for domestic workers working in urban areas and two percent above the consumer price index in rural areas. Lauren Salt, Associate in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says that as such, the minimum wage for domestic workers working 27 hours or more per week will be R9.63 per hour, in urban areas. In rural areas the minimum wage for domestic workers will be R8.30 per hour. The minimum wage for domestic workers who work 27 hours or less per week will be R11.27 per hour in urban areas and R9.80 per hour, in rural areas. Salt explains that Section 51 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, (BCEA), grants the Minister the authority to establish Sectoral Determinations applicable to sector and area. The Minister has, to date, issued 14 Sectoral Determinations, including ones for the Contract Cleaning, Civil Engineering, Clothing and Knitting, Private Security, Wholesale and Retail Sector, Taxi, Farm Worker and Hospitality Sectors. These Sectoral Determinations supersede the BCEA in respect of the areas covered by the Sectoral Determination. The Sectoral Determination thus becomes the law on basic conditions of employment in respect for the issues covered in the Determination. “It is also important to note that, in terms of the Sectoral Determination 7 dealing with the Domestic Worker Sector, an employer may not require or permit a domestic worker to work more than 45 hours in any week; and nine hours on any day if the domestic worker works for five days or less in a week; or eight hours in any day if the domestic worker works on more than five days in any week. It also that an employer must pay a domestic worker at least one and a half times the domestic worker’s wage . . .
Cycling legend Martin Nefdt has reassembled his 1967 Springbok track team as well as a host of local celebrities to partake in The Herald VW Cycle Tour in aid of abused and abandoned animals on Sunday, February 2. Nefdt and his cohort will be "cycling for the love of animals" in the 55km Pursuit road race through the streets of Port Elizabeth. The group of 30 sponsored riders will use the event as a fundraiser for the Uitenhage-based SPCA, which serves the entire Nelson Mandela Bay area, including Kirkwood and Addo. "Everyone I've spoken to has been so responsive and really wants to do this," said Nefdt, who was inspired to cycle for a cause by his brother Louis, who is chairman of the East London SPCA. "They're battling with their vehicle and the state funding is pretty poor." Nefdt said it broke his heart to see all the kittens and puppies, as well as the donkeys and cows in the kraal. The group hope to raise awareness and at least R15 000 for the non-profit organisation and will be highly visible on race day in their matching team shirts. "Unfortunately we've had to make a lot of double extra larges because there are a lot of big guys riding," quipped Nefdt, who runs the local Puma agency. Leading the bunch on a tandem will be Nefdt, 65, and seven-time South African sprint champion Willie Marx, 70. In their glory days, the former SA champions and rivals played to capacity crowds at the Westbourne Oval, breaking numerous individual records between them. Nefdt and Marx were also the last Springbok pair to race the tandem event at the world track championships before South Africa was isolated from international competition. They will be joined by team-mates Johan Nicol, who was the first SA rider to break the five-minute barrier in the 4 000m pursuit, and former national sprint and road champion Jack Lester. Both are 66. "Willie runs a bike shop in George and is pretty fit. Johan rides every day down in Wilderness and Jackie, who . . .
Yes, the Summer is Magic and so is Rosendal's NEW Lady! We are very proud to introduce you to the latest addition of our great family ... BARONY CECILE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013!! She's the perfect white to enjoy during your Hot & Happy Holidays! This wine’s NOSE is alive with passion fruit, perfectly ripe pineapple and a sprinkling of green pepper. The PALATE is enlightened by the alluring tanginess of green figs and a twist of zesty citrus. Sun kissed peaches and notes of freshly cut grass also add to the wine’s complexity. This 100% Sauvignon Blanc is crisp but has a softer acidity that ensures delightful drinkability! What's best to serve with it? Wine experts have used the phrase "crisp, elegant, and fresh" as a favourable description of Sauvignon Blanc and when chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese, particularly Chèvre. It is also known as one of the few wines that can pair well with sushi. PS It’s summertime so please remember to chill your wine properly (7-8?C) DID YOU KNOW ... Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is possibly a descendant of Savagnin. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in many of the world's wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. It is a highly versatile and variable white wine grape that is one of the most planted and most popular grapes across the world. Though Sauvignon originated in Bordeaux, plantings in France have been overshadowed in quantity by those of the New World. Sauvignon Blanc quickly spread across the world when producers found that the grape was easy to grow and would display different flavours wherever it was planted. Sauvignon is almost as abundant as . . .
Mountain bikers can look forward to riding eco-friendly, hand-cut trails in one of the world's most biologically diverse areas when they sign up for The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Addo on February 1. The mountain biking segment of the cycle tour not only exposes riders to some of the area's natural wonders but also provides pathways to development by creating trail-building jobs for local labourers. According to race director Brad Jackson of Mountain Events, participants should expect "something new and exciting" from the newly skilled route builders. "We believe that a good mountain bike race is all about good quality trails," said Jackson. "Every year we endeavour to add something different instead of just serving up the same old race routes year after year." This approach, he said, had led to various job creation and skills development opportunities. "In collaboration with local landowners, we have worked on building some of the best dedicated mountain bike single track in the country. "However as much as we love spending time outdoors building trails, we just don't have the luxury of doing this on a full-time basis." Instead they decided to train and equip a team of local labourers to build and maintain mountain bike trails throughout the year. At Hayterdale Trails, four labourers are employed on a permanent basis, while the development team expands to as many as eight workers from time to time, as needed. "Aside from the fact that sustainable jobs have been created, these guys have truly become masters at trail building and have developed the skills to build proper single track while adhering to sound environmental principles." Due to the mostly inaccessible nature of the terrain, the majority of the work is done manually without the use of heavy machinery. Jackson said the head of the trail-building crew, Zolile Pikoli, would showcase his signature trail section – the aptly named Zorr's Rollercoaster – for the first time in . . .
On Sunday, 1 December 2013 at 11h00, Dionysus Sculpture Works will open at The Gallery at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate situated in Franschhoek. The sculptors participating in this exhibition are Angus Taylor, founder of Dionysus Sculpture Works, as well as Alex von Klitzing, Simon Zitha, Martyn Schickerling, Johannes Tanki, Lisa Greyvenstein, Rina Stutzer, Reckson Tshehla, Steven Delport, Elbie Erasmus, Francois Visser, George Magampa, Andries Paledi, Robert Ramavhale, Ans Taylor, Berti le Roux, Kgwane Rapolai, Sylvester Masemola and Richard Shabangu. Enjoy a two-course (two options) lunch menu at The Restaurant with a glass of the award-winning lifestyle collection, Angels Tears wine for just R300.00 per person boasting its brand new label. Visit The Tasting Room and treat yourself with the special offers such as, a free bottle of Grande Provence wine for every 11 bottles purchased and furthermore you will receive free delivery with every purchase of 12 bottles or more anywhere in South Africa. We are also proud to host Ilse Malan, one of South Africa’s finest contemporary jewellery designers, for her first exhibition in the Cape, which will be held in The Shop on the Estate on 1 December at 11:00. The Shop now boasts the new Worlds Apart book, showcasing all 3 of The Huka Retreats properties, Grande Provence in South Africa, Huka Lodge in New Zealand and Dolphin Island in Fiji. For further information or a preview please contact The Gallery at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Email: email@example.com or call 021 876 8630 The Gallery is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10h00 until 17h00. Ends/. This press release was distributed on behalf of my client, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate More Info link:: http://www.grandeprovence.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: The P.R Team The P.R Team from The P.R Team. No of Images Uploaded: Two Images: For high res version/s of these Two image/s please . . .
This week the Property Poser panel deals with two similar questions regarding sudden rental hikes. In the first instance, the reader and his family reside in his brother's granny flat and have done so for years. His brother, the landlord, has just recently presented him with a lease agreement to sign. The lease contains a not insubstantial 40 per cent increase together with a 10 per cent annual increase thereafter. Should he fail to sign the agreement, the landlord has advised that the reader will have one month to vacate the property. In the second matter, the landlord's daughter has taken over the running of his affairs. She contacted the reader to advise that she would be increasing the monthly rental on the reader's flat by 25 per cent. The notification was issued a mere three days before the rental was due to be paid, therefore the reader inferred that the increase would apply from that date and he questions whether this is permitted. With regard to the first issue, there are a number of considerations, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "The current and verbal lease may have a specified term to it, despite not having been recorded in writing." If this is the case, any deviation from the agreed term could be a breach of contract, says Van der Merwe. "However, it's quite common for a lease of this type to merely operate on a month-to-month basis and a month's notice would generally be appropriate." Van der Merwe says the pressure placed on the reader is not a physical duress but could be justified as a commercial tactic for negotiating an increase in rental. "Perhaps the rental was historically low as a way for the landlord brother to assist his tenant brother financially. The reader's circumstances may have improved since then, or the financial circumstances of his brother may have deteriorated, necessitating the increase, says Van der Merwe. "Family relationships often complicate . . .
The topic of this year’s convention held by the Institute of People Management, was HR inspiring the new revolution. If we think about the ‘new revolution’ as a global organisation, the key challenge for us is about productivity and how we can get more out of the resources we have. In this highly competitive world, the only way we can continue to compete is by increasing productivity. How can you do this? The only thing, says Mike Fraser: president of human resources at BHP Billiton, that can positively impact a company’s productivity is its leadership; how well they “walk what they talk” and how they manage the talent that flows into the business. “Really effective succession management and leadership development processes have to be grounded in, for example, high performance and sustainable transformation. Organisations must be aware that the only way you can deliver on high performance and productivity is through people and the only way you get people engaged in this journey is through effective leaders who listen as much as tell,” he said. How to manage talent in your organisation and groom future leaders 1. Identify talent early In a large organisation, there are a lot of positions that need to be filled. As part of the management structure in such an organisation, you need to recognise this when you think about developing leadership talent in the company. This means you must focus on the bottom end of your talent pipeline to make sure you’re getting the right people into your organisation. Two very successful ways of doing this is through: Graduate recruitment, and Having a formal graduate development programme. 2. Keep a look-out for talent in your organisation Identifying existing talent in an organisation is a leader-led process. HR can support the company management and give them the tools to push them to have these talent conversations, but ultimately this is the leader’s responsibility. 3. Manage your talent pipeline . . .
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) provides short-term relief for workers when they become unemployed or can’t work because they are ill, need to go on maternity leave or have just adopted a child. It even goes beyond this by paying relief to the dependents of contributors who’ve died. Read on to discover more interesting facts about UIF. Must all employees contribute to the UIF? No, only those who work 24 hours or more per month and domestic workers must contribute to the UIF. These employees don’t have to contribute to the fund: People who work less than 24 hours per month, Public servants, Someone who is employed on a learnership, People who only earn commission only, and Those who enter SA to take up a learnership, apprenticeship or job offer (i.e. if it wasn’t for one of these three, they wouldn’t have come to SA) and have to leave the country when the work period expires Must all employers contribute to the UIF? Yes, if you employ any person and in return pay them in cash or in kind. As an employer, it is your responsibility to register your business and deduct UIF contributions from your employees’ remuneration. If you don’t do this, you will heavily penalised either with a: A fine, A prison term for up to 12 months, or Both. What is remuneration? Remuneration is the money an employee receives from an employer, e.g. in cash or in kind (housing, food, etc.). This includes overtime and bonuses. You must base your employees’ UIF contributions on all the remuneration you give him. All allowances - such as travel, food and accommodation allowances – are also remuneration. How much must you contribute to the UIF? You must contribute the amount equal to 1% of your employees’ monthly remuneration and you must deduct 1% off his monthly remuneration. You must pay both of these amounts to the UIF. For example: Joe employs John. John earns R1 000 per month. Joe must deduct 1% of the R1 000, which is R10, which he will pay to the . . .