Port Elizabeth, 22 June -- SANRAL today announced that as many as 55 000 persons, equivalent to five per cent of the estimated 980 000 currently unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape, could gain some employment through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). “The Eastern Cape’s official unemployment rate stands at 28.6%, expanded unemployment extends to 44.5% and over two million grants are being paid out every month. “As bad as this figure is, it is an average and hides even more horrifying local statistics, with certain rural municipalities such as Ingquza Hill (based around Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Holy Cross) having unemployment figures in excess of 85%,” Craig McLachlan, SANRAL’s N2WCTR Project Manager said. The N2WCTR is set to alleviate some of the pressure experienced by many as a result of this unemployment. “While some of the estimated 55 000 jobs to be created will ensure people that are currently employed stay employed, a significant portion will be new jobs. “Potentially, as much as five per cent of the estimated 980 000 unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape could gain some employment through the project and its spin offs,” McLachlan said. Approximately five percent of the budget for the 112 kilometre greenfields section of the N2WCTR will be spent on labour. More than R400 million will be allocated to wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers employed directly on the N2WCTR project. A further R1.5 billion is destined for local SMMEs comprising of local contractors and local suppliers of goods and services to the road and bridge construction projects. “SANRAL’s direct job creation forecast is 1.8 million man-days or 8 000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the construction period of four to five years. These jobs will not just be for unskilled labour but will include semi-skilled and skilled jobs as well, including local builders, engineers, grader operators, excavator operators, welders, mechanics, foremen, . . .
Our rising on-and-off-road triathlon star, Mikaela Jonsson (19, Jeep Team), leaves for Europe on Tuesday 27th June to race the 2017 XTERRA France for the first time in the Professional Division. XTERRA France takes place on the 1st and 2nd July 2017 As a pro athlete, Jonsson will be swimming one loop of 1500m in the lake of Longemer, mountain biking 34km in the heart of Vogesen Mountains, and trail running 10km to finish. The Triathlon XTERRA France is the official qualifier for XTERRA World Championships 2017, which Jonsson will be aiming for. There will be more than 1000 athletes from around the globe on the start line at the 2017 edition of EXTERRA France making this a formidable racing calendar event to conquer. The XTERRA Editions have expanded globally as qualifying circuits for the World Championships taking place every October in Hawaii on Maui Island. Says Jonsson, “My major Triathlon racing focus this year is to get to Europe to race part of the European XTERRA Tour starting with EXTERRA France. It will be my first season racing as a pro and I can’t wait to give it my all. Finally, I aim to compete in the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Canada on the 20th of August this year.” If you are fan of the Tour de France, XTERRA France is the place to be as the Tour de France to going to Vogesen on Tuesday 4th July at Vittel, and on Wednesday 5th July, the first stage finish is at the high altitude, La Planche des Belles Filles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The concept of leadership is becoming increasingly ambiguous. In fact, results of the World Economic Forum’s recent Survey on the Global Agenda showed that 86% of respondents believe the world faces a leadership crisis. In South Africa, one only needs to scan news media to notice the impact of this crisis on the lives of ordinary citizens. With many South African leaders accused of corruption, bribery, and a range of unscrupulous practices, questions surrounding what it means to be a leader in the 21st century continue to be raised. This is especially the case when managers and leader demonstrate a decided lack of commitment towards moral and ethical awareness to lead teams and organisations into the future. In particular, questions around conscious and conversational forms of leadership have emerged as important. Consciousness opens doors to ethical leadership There is an increasing body of evidence which suggests that higher levels of consciousness are needed to ensure the sustainability of all life forms. Conscious leadership employs inspiration, evocations of greatness, mutual trust and truth-telling, and empowers leaders to have strong levels of trust in themselves and in their followers. The incorporation of the idea of consciousness into leadership practices not only helps to add an ethical base to leadership endeavours, but also promotes forward-thinking, sustainability-focused business practices. Conscious leadership promotes long-term thinking focused on the greater good, rather than on short-term benefits. This type of leadership thinking opens greater opportunities for the creation of social justice, promotes a respect for the natural environmental and ensures that leaders make decisions aligned with their commitments to a strong sense of moral and ethical awareness. Conversations encourage ethical and collective leadership Honest, ethical and authentic conversations between leaders and their executives, managers and . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced a new series of AC/DC coil compatible contactors from Schneider Electric. Schneider has upgraded its TeSys D range with the TeSys D Green range that features lower energy consumption and AC/DC coils, meaning every coil can be energised with either AC or DC current. Making it easy for customers to upgrade and gain the improved energy efficiencies, the new range is backward compatible with all current TeSys D accessories and support products and offers consistent low-energy contactors that handle 9 to 80A, and cover control voltages from 24 to 500V AC or DC. Designed to take up less space in machines and electrical cabinets, the range offers a number of advantages. For example, low control current leads to lower energy consumption with a reduced coil power of just 0.5W at 24V DC, making a major contribution to the energy efficiency of a machine. In addition, a special contactor product that handles 40 to 65A and can connect directly to PLC control, as the device can be driven by a common 24V DC / 500mA static output, means that a relay interface is no longer required. Meeting the SEMI F47 standard, the range offers higher resistance to voltage surges and grid disruptions to provider higher uptime. The contactors also offer reduced contact bounce as the devices retain the same high resistance to shock and vibration as the TeSys D range. Other advantages include a constant closing and opening time, regardless of voltage fluctuation, delivering reliable repetitive actuation. Also, when maintenance is required one TeSys D Green can replace many standard contactors. The Schneider Electric TeSys D Green is now available from RS. Further information on plant maintenance solutions available from RS can be found here: http://smarturl.it/plant-maintenance. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
Innovation house RubiBlue has launched Data Sight. A new company to address the need for emerging market data and its analysis as brands, corporations and start-ups look to enter Africa and connect with the 1.1 billion people on the continent who will account for one-fifth of the world’s population by 2025. “Africa has its own nuances, and its complex cultures within its different countries hold a myriad of challenges for established businesses and start-ups looking to enter its new markets,” says RubiBlue MD and founder of Data Sight. “If you don’t understand consumers in the territory you’re entering, you’re setting yourself up to fail.” With over ten years working in Africa and enabling financial institutions to access rural markets and give access to financial security for millions of Africans, RubiBlue is well positioned to aggregate and process vast amounts of consumer data in this sector. “There are currently 293.8 million smartphone users across the continent,” adds Ogden. “And according to research firm Ovum, the smartphone penetration rate will grow at 52.9% year-on-year. It’s these smartphone users we will use to collect data from and create a picture of Africa’s consumers.” Data Sight subscribers will be surveyed and rewarded with data or airtime vouchers upon completion of question sets, as well as many other partnered value-added service (VAS) providers across Africa. “Creating and owning its data, and the ability to carry out surveys on demand from a uniquely dynamic platform, Data Sight will partner with organisations and entrepreneurs to furnish them with the insight they need,” adds Ogden. “Most businesses don’t have access or the expertise to collect and analyse vast amounts of data. Which is where our experience and expertise adds value.” To find out more, speak to the RubiBlue team on 011 326 37 94 or email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Brilliant designer showcase at the Durban Exhibition Centre this July The 2017 ECR House & Garden Show introduces a fresh partnership with KAPOW, the design and décor industry’s independent networking organization. Headed by Interior designers Jennifer Jones and Caron Mitchell, KAPOW aims to tackle the misconception that interior design and decorating is not accessible to the everyday home owner. Your line up of interior design inspiration heading to this year’s ECR House & Garden Show. (l-r) Owen Reeves, Lee Booy, Nicky Fraser, Wisty Raleigh, Jennifer Jones, Hayley Larson, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Phillipa Courtenay Central to the project at this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is the KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux, where invited decorators and interior designers each partner with fabric houses to create seven different cameo stands. Visitors will be inspired by KAPOW designers’ interpretation of the latest trends, alongside daily talks and launches of the season’s current fabric ranges. “The idea that designers cost the home owner more than retail shopping is a myth,” said Jennifer Jones, interior designer and KAPOW committee chairperson. “By offering direct access to top designers, we’ll be connecting show visitors with extensive international and local products, not to mention the invaluable advice and input that a designer offers.” Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. “Collaborating with the KAPOW Designer Café affords Dulux the opportunity to showcase our versatile colour trends and offer expert advice on how to select the right colours and make a décor statement, living up to our mission of Adding Colour to People’s LivesTM” said . . .
St Mary’s Foundation fosters the holistic development of students Female participation in sport advances gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. St Mary’s School Waverley recognises the physical, emotional, social and educational benefits of sport that continue into adulthood. However, many young children are excluded from the opportunity to play sport due to lack of resources or access to quality sport programs. Overcoming hurdles Panashe Sithole and Sasha Dikotla are champions in the making through St Mary’s Foundation scholarships. These scholarships have afforded the girls the opportunity to not only receive a world-class education but also top-class sport training allowing them to develop in all aspects of life – beyond the impact on physical well-being. Empowered to succeed Studies show women’s participation in sport is an important social and economic empowerment tool. Through sport, women acquire social skills, develop a sense of identity and access new opportunities to become more engaged in school and community life. Sport also serves to improve and drive academic excellence and critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. Research shows 94% of female senior executives played sport – suggesting a strong correlation between success in sport and in careers later in life. Building champions Sport also promotes psychological wellbeing through self-esteem and confidence building. It reduces stress, anxiety and loneliness. This is particularly important as rates of depression among women are almost double those of men in both developed and developing countries. Children who participate in sport receive praise and encouragement from coaches, parents and team members, which helps to build self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their abilities, accept criticism and grow. From barriers to benefits The two passionate scholarship recipients at St Mary’s Waverley believe women aren’t given enough credit . . .
Author: Professor Rashied Small, Education, Training and Membership Executive, South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) The local accountancy industry has gained 271 new professional accountants, following the South African Institute of Professional Accountants’ (SAIPA’s) professional evaluation (PE) exam that was written in May by 363 qualifying candidates, of which 235 or almost 65% were black. Out of the black candidates, 163 passed, which equates to just over 69%. This translates to a 75% overall pass rate, this year the focus shifted to assessing the competence and business knowledge rather than the technical knowledge. Three of the national top ten candidates were participants in SAIPA’s competency-based training programme called Project Achiever, while seven were SAIPA trainees: Smith Cheryl Midrand Pieterse Crushaan Cape Town Joubert Janus Pretoria Bear Gerda Leone Midrand Govender Minolen Midrand Afonso Hilda Midrand Peens Sannelie North West Treiber Bianca Cape Town Khan Khatija Durban De Bod Verna Cape Town The quality and competence of the candidates should be revered, as they demonstrated the ability of providing simple, but technically sound solutions for integrated and complex business scenarios. Congratulations to the successful candidates, and for those who did not, I want to emphasise that the lessons you have learnt form part of the road to success. Transformation Project Achiever is considered to be at the root of the increase in the pass rate of the professional evaluation exam. Geared towards advancing transformation in the professional accounting industry, the programme is a joint initiative by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Fasset). The programme yield four candidates in the top 10 for the May 2017 exam, including the 2nd best candidates To date, four groups have attended the Project Achiever program, totaling 577 . . .
On Tuesday 27 June, CFOs, academic leaders and executives, including auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, and CEO of SA Institute for Business Accountants (and IAFEI Area President for Africa), Nicolaas van Wyk, will gather under one roof to discuss issues surrounding the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) 2015-16. In addition to a detailed assessment of the municipal audit outcomes, ethical issues pertaining to accountability in SAs democracy, and the responsibility of academic institutions to curate local government outcomes, will be placed under the microscope. Backed by a panel of select CFOs and academic leaders (including UNISA vice chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya), circumstances that currently impact the growth of a just and economically strong SA (aptly a month away from commemorating one of the country’s most iconic politicians and freedom leaders on Mandela Day - 18 July), will be brought into focus. Coordinated by UNISA, in partnership with the AGSA and SAIBA, next week’s discussion will carry considerable merit for public deliberation. MFMA Public Lecture Details: Date: Tuesday 27 June Time: 17h30 for 18h00 Venue: Sasol Auditorium 1, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership, c/o Janadel and Alexandra Avenues, Midrand Cost: free Bookings are limited. Please RSVP by Monday 26 June to firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 652 0343. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 2017: Rami Sassen has been appointed as the new CEO of Teljoy, a household name that many South African’s have come to know and trust. Sassen takes over from Rob Katzen, who remains a director and shareholder of the company. Teljoy, founded by Theo Rutstein in 1969, is notably known as the first company to supply TV sets commercially in South Africa. And today, offers rent-to-own, a unique offering for South African’s to get the things they want, from home appliances to electronics and more, without being locked into lengthy credit agreements. Sassen brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He is a qualified CA who was employed by SA Taxi a 100% owned subsidiary of Transaction Capital. He was previously the CEO of Taximart, Head of Sales of SA Taxi and was most recently responsible for the Procurement, Fraud and Compliance departments for SA Taxi Protect. “I am very excited to be with the Teljoy Group. I believe the experience I have gained in finance, sales, marketing and advertising, insurance and procurement will add value to Teljoy. I am grateful to be at the helm of a company that has grown in strength for over 47 years now,” said Sassen. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .