Have you ever considered that your child’s struggles at school may be because of emotional challenges? The academic year, as we are already aware, hold many stressors for children. What we are not always conscious of is that a child’s emotional state can directly affect the need to perform academically. In fact, according to Kerry De Jager, Head Franchisor at Step Up Education Centres, South Africa says, “Children who are experiencing emotional challenges (pain, uncertainty, family challenges, low self-esteem and fear) are more likely to struggle with the academic demands of formal schooling.” Think of a time as an adult, for example, where you have had an emotional challenge. “It is incredibly difficult to focus on our jobs and careers when our emotional state is one of pain, blame or demotivation. As an adult we have developed the skills needed to cope with stress and anxiety and yet our emotional state sometimes hinders our ability to function in the workplace,” Kerry explains. She adds that developmentally some children are not yet ready to deal with these stresses and furthermore an emotional immature child will not have the coping skills to deal with the way their emotions make them feel. As the stresses of the year creep up on them, their emotional state will have a greater and greater impact on their ability to concentrate on their academic work. “An emotionally stable learner is able to take in and retain new information more effectively. Concentration skills are better and social relationships are a great deal more positive.” Kerry gives the following tips to parents who you have a child who is struggling at school: It is important to look at your child as a unique individual and realise that academic performance cannot be looked at in isolation. If your child has not performed as well as what you expected, try and find out why. Aim at honest non-judgemental conversations that will enable you to understand the emotional state that your child . . .
A total of 7 643 hectares of predominantly pine plantations belonging to private timber growers in the Southern Cape region have either been totally or partially destroyed in the fires that raged in the Outeniqua Mountains between 25 October and 16 November 2018. Plantations ranging in age from one to 25 years old were affected. These were the findings of a meeting of 35 people involved in the timber and timber processing industries, held at the Nelson Mandela University on 3 December. The severity of the loss is exacerbated by the fact that more than 65% of the timber affected was older than 16 years. This will have a major negative influence on the future ability of the forestry industry in the region to produce the timber needed to supply the processing plants that rely on this resource. The value of the timber lost has not yet been completely established, as many factors need to be taken into consideration. The cost of re-establishing those areas that have been totally destroyed has also not been established accurately. However, initial estimates are that just the re-establishment costs could be in the region of R80-million. Furthermore, many jobs in the timber-growing sector will be permanently lost. Forestry infrastructure was also destroyed. The processing side of the industry in the region has the potential to process approximately 700 000m3 of logs per annum, the majority of this through sawmills and pole treatment plants. An entire sawmill in the Geelhoutvlei area, capable of processing upwards of 60 000m3 per annum, and valued at more than R100-million, was totally destroyed. This has left more than 400 people in the processing sector permanently unemployed. After the devastating fires of July 2017, the latest fires pose a severe risk to the sustainability of both the forestry and processing industries in the Southern Cape. Both Forestry South Africa and Sawmilling South Africa are working hard to ensure that the future of these industries . . .
Limpopo, Musina, Beit Bride Border Post, 13 December 2018: South African Tourism (SA Tourism) will be rolling out its Welcome campaign during the busy festive season period to foster better engagement between our border post officers and visitors passing through these border posts. The roll out currently extends to three of the busiest land border posts – Beit Bridge between South Africa and Zimbabwe, Lebombo between South Africa and Mozambique and Ficksburg between South Africa and Lesotho. Officials at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport have also received training. The initiative will provide border post officers at South Africa’s ports of entry with the tools to improve their services and ensure that guests have the best possible experience in our country. “First impressions always last and everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the first impressions of visitors at our border posts is welcoming. This will ensure that visitors get their trip in South Africa off to a memorable start,” explained Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at SA Tourism. “Our visitor experience team have been working extremely hard with Department of Home Affairs officials over the last few weeks and we are extremely confident that visitors passing through our border posts will get a warm South African welcome every time they enter the country.” During the busy festive period, SA Tourism will also be hosting regular activations at Lebombo, Beit Bridge and Ficksburg posts. Visitors will feel welcome almost immediately as a variety of South African experiences will be advertised on arrival with some fantastic deals and discounts on offer as well. “I must also commend the Department of Home Affairs for embracing the Welcome Campaign. The officers and staff at the various ports of entry have been fantastic and are definitely ready to welcome visitors into our beautiful country,” added Erasmus. Apart from Department of Home . . .
Durban, 12 December 2018. TOURISM into markets where airlines establish direct flights historically experience a 30-40% growth within the first year of the route’s establishment, according to research released by Dube TradePort (DTP). The news comes as Durban welcomed three weekly direct British Airways (BA) flights per week into King Shaka International Airport from October with the city making its inaugural appearance on the airline’s Top 19 Must-See Destinations for 2019. BA announced in May that it would include Durban on its direct service as the airline rolled out a ?4.5 billion five-year customer investment plan. The service will complement Durban’s growing connectivity to global hub airports and the route will be serviced by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Currently, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius, Pro-flight Zambia and Airlink all provide direct international air connectivity to and from King Shaka International Airport. Earlier this year KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said international cargo routed through the Dube Cargo Terminal had experienced continuous year-on-year growth since 2010, translating into a 138% hike in volumes. Introducing new passenger flights previously has shown a 25% hike in cargo volumes, and it is expected that the introduction of the direct BA flight will provide additional bi-directional capacity of approximately 20 tons per flight, into the key markets for cargo into and out of KZN. In breaking the news, BA chairman and CEO Álex Cruz said Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back atmosphere made the coastal city “the perfect holiday destination” and a gateway to nature reserves, parks and historic sites. “Durban has a thriving food, drink and art scene, defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure. It is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape achieved global recognition for their commitment to reducing plastic pollution when they received an award at the SPAR International Conference last month. The conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands went under the banner of the SPAR International Responsible Retailing Forum and brought managers from around the world to share ideas and best-practice examples. SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac accepted the award on behalf of the company and said it was gratifying to have received such recognition. He was quick to add, though, that their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April to eliminate the single-use of plastic bags, was not about earning awards. "Our mission is to create awareness about the dangers to the environment of plastic pollution," he said. "We are doing this because it is the right thing to do. I equate it to playing sport - if you play well, the scoreboard will take care of itself. "So this campaign is not about awards but about playing the game well and we feel are on the right track." Isaac was referring to the fact that from the launch of the Stop Plastic campaign on April 6 until the end of September they had sold three million fewer plastic bags than over the same period last year. "If you had asked me before our campaign started what we would achieve, I would never have expected to reach a number of three million. "So that is really encouraging and obviously our aim now is to keep adding to that. Every single plastic bag less that we sell means a better future for us all." He said the Stop Plastic campaign placed them at the forefront among SPAR retailers worldwide in the forum of responsible retailing. "Many people at the forum have no idea where Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape even is, but from a SPAR Africa point of view we are leading the way and from a SPAR international perspective we are certainly among the leaders in the 41 countries where we retail. "Many of the . . .
Brenda Tsolo has a dream. With more than 15 years of experience in contact centres, she knows the sector is ideally positioned to create job opportunities for unemployed, young South Africans. Wanting to be part of the employment solution, Brenda’s vision has been to set up her own contact centre and that’s why she has grasped the opportunity to own and operate a micro call centre – and has a massive goal to grow her business to 500 agents in the next five years. Brenda opportunity to realise her dream became reality when she was selected as one of the first entrepreneurs to partner with EduPower Skills Academy in its Enterprise Development programme. The brainchild of EduPower’s Director, Rajan Naidoo, the programme seeks to develop black-owned contact centres using corporate B-BBEE Enterprise Development funding to help them scale and grow. “Companies that are B-BBEE compliant are required to spend 1% of NPAT on Enterprise Development. EduPower wants to tap into this funding to set-up at least 20 incubators and help these entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector,” Rajan explains. Traditionally, the contact centre industry in South Africa is limited to a number of large players as the barriers to entry are high. By setting up their incubators the EduPower contact centre facility, the entrepreneurs are not constrained by many of the traditional costs and overheads related to running a business and this greatly increases their chances of survival and sustainability. And it also increases the chances of these businesses becoming successful enough to create additional employment in the near future. Now in her third month, Brenda is one of two entrepreneurs who have already been placed in EduPower’s 24-month programme and she already seeing the benefits of a range of hands-on practical training as well as intensive coaching, mentorship and business development. One of the most important aspects however is . . .
Growing consumer demand for the Westfalia three-bike rack has seen Positive Sports Solutions make the product available from the beginning of this month. The South African cycling distribution company has negotiated a number of contracts over the past year to bring various premium brands to the market in the Southern Africa Development Community. Among these are the highly rated Westfalia bike racks, the components of which are imported from Germany and manufactured locally. After initially offering the two-bike rack to the southern African market, Positive Sports Solutions has gone a step further to satisfy a growing call for the slightly bigger three-bike option. David Pieterse, the company's product and technical manager, said they had received "loads of requests" from cycling enthusiasts for the next option. "There is far more interest in the three-bike rack compared to the two-bike one," he said. "I think you find, as a cost factor, many people club together to attend races nowadays, so it's obviously better to transport as many bikes as you can. "In addition, if you go somewhere with your family or friends, the three-bike option makes it ideal to travel together." The good news for those who want to transport equipment is that the three-bike rack is almost identical to its smaller cousin and operates in the same way as the two-bike rack. "People will have no difficulty adapting to the three-bike product because there is little difference, besides, naturally, being slightly bigger," said Pieterse. "It complies with all the necessary legislation and has been tested in exactly the same as the two-bike rack. "All the racks have been TUV-tested and the three-bike rack is as stable as any other." Being TUV-tested means the product has been examined to international standards and has satisfied all the requirements. Translated into English, TUV stands for Technical Inspection Association. He added that the locking system was the . . .
“Smart manufacturing” is on the mind of every industry executive and decision-maker. Most, however, don’t know where to start. Rockwell Automation knows that the start is always at the machine - with the digital transformation to smart, connected machines. Gaining access to production data enables machine builders to manage and optimise the assets they supply to their customers. That access also allows manufacturers using equipment, and system integrators helping those manufacturers integrate and maintain that equipment, to optimise their facilities. In the food industry, it’s making sure that every bite of cereal tastes the same. In life sciences, it’s ensuring the right dosage, every time. In the world of energy, it is efficient and safe production. Additional Productivity, Now Data that’s a natural by-product of automation processes can be transformed into insights that unlock an additional level of productivity. “Our industry is traditionally conservative”, says Rockwell Automation USA Chairman and CEO, Blake Moret. It is not enough, he says, to know how to meet your production goals, companies need to act. “There’s a need to be more agile than ever before, to act more rapidly and be a first mover to capture share.” The influence of information technology (IT) is causing the automation industry to pick up the pace. The need for speed was simply not as urgent in the past. In today’s environment, speed really is of the essence. Investments Pick Up the Pace The strategic partnership between Rockwell Automation and PTC will help companies realise the full potential of digital transformation. Companies yet to recognise the impact digital transformation will have on production will now have this capability within reach. Automation and information technologies transform how, when and where value gets created in the operation. They establish a digital foundation that allows machine builders and end users to more effectively compete. “Our . . .
In a recent drive to improve communications with prospective clients, Compare Car Insurance has taken the decision to implement a few changes to it's website. Whilst these updates may seem simple and obvious, they are fundamental improvements to the customer journey and will enable a caller to speak with a call operative in their preferred native language. It can be very difficult to fully engage with a client and understand their insurance needs if they are forced to speak a language that they are not 100% comfortable with. Many clients become frustrated when they are automatically forced into an initial sales funnel that attempts to determine both language and gender. It's for this reason that Compare Car Insurance has decided to better serve our customer by giving them the option of selecting in which language the call centre sales representative first speaks to them. A secondary gender selector further enables the system to select which companies are going to be the best fit. If for example you are a female, then the First For Women insurance products are a most likely fit and the quoting process is going to be tailored to suit your female profile. First For Women have invested a great deal of expertise in tailoring insurance products that are more affordable for it's clientele and Compare Car Insurance is able to streamline this initial contact process by matching clients to appropriate insurance products. Compare Car Insurance is committed to bringing you multiple quotes from only the best South African insurance companies. Expect these and other beneficial product and quoting improvement in the future. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Compare Car Insurance For You here: https://www.comparecarinsurance.co.za/contact-us/ . . .
SA Taxi Foundation gives Vosloorus elderly and disabled access to social and health facilities On Tuesday 11 December 2018 – SA Taxi Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of SA Taxi, a vertically integrated business platform designed to improve the sustainability of the minibus taxi industry, donated a vehicle to the Kingdom Power Church International (KPCI). KPCI pastor, Mr Solly Msiza, has worked closely with SA Taxi and the minibus taxi industry for the past decade in fostering conflict resolution and running various projects. The projects are aimed at including the community’s elderly in social and church activities as well as getting disabled children to and from health care and support facilities. “We are supporting Mr Msiza in his social responsibility initiatives because he devotes his life to supporting the minibus taxi industry and the community from which it draws its resources and customers,” says SA Taxi communications executive, Maroba Maduma. “The industry has a vast social impact. For that reason, everything we do as a company is geared to ensure that impact is not only sustainable but continues to ripple out to all spheres of society. “We focus on transforming the industry through shared value. So, on a day-to-day basis, we provide the financial and business means for the small businesses that are taxi operators to flourish and, in their turn, to create employment and an environment in which other businesses, such as rank mechanics and hawkers, can grow. “In addition, through SANTACO’s 25% stake in SA Taxi, we provide the means for individual members of the industry to participate in the commercial success of the industry’s extended value chain. “At a company level, therefore, our socio-economic impact is extremely broad-based. However, when it comes to specific corporate social responsibility projects, we prefer to hone in on quite small individual initiatives. They have the ability to deliver highly personalised . . .