The entity mandated with the promotion of employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, as contemplated in section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 will hold a Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement on 25 January 2018. The Minister of the Department of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, will deliver the keynote address. Members of the media are invited to the Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement as follows: • Date: Thursday 25th January 2018 • Time: 08h30 – 13h00 • Venue: Hilton Hotel 138 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, 2196 As an entity of the Department of Labour, Productivity SA is closely aligned with the department’s role of reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, aimed at: • Improved economic efficiency and productivity; • Skills development and employment creation; • Sound labour relations; • Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace; CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
BlindCraft celebrates the launch of their website and online window blinds store. Cape Town, South Africa: Today BlindCraft announces the launch of their groundbreaking online window blinds store. Their website contains a “Build Your Blinds” visualiser, the first of its kind in South Africa. The innovative visualiser is set to redefine the South African home decor industry as it allows customers to “see” the finished product before it is ever made. Customers can select from hundreds of options to create a product truly tailored to their needs. BlindCraft is also leading the way in quality. Their Made-To-Measure window blinds are SABS approved and come with an industry leading 2 year warranty, ensuring customers get the best products available in South Africa. A recent home renovation by Dr. Nicholas Coetzee had this to say about the quality and ease of ordering his window blinds online; “I recently did a number of renovations to my home and found it quite stressful dealing with the various tradesmen. BlindCraft, on the other hand, made it easy. With just a few clicks I was able to design and order the blinds I wanted.” To achieve the launch of their website and online window blinds store; BlindCraft did extensive competitor research to ensure that their brand and product would provide value to their current clients and home decor enthusiasts. By finding a gap in the market, they were able to build the countries only window blinds visualiser as well as ensuring SABS approval for their products. This has been able to benchmark their brand as a strong window blinds competitor in the South African market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of South Africa’s leading online recruitment sites, Careers24 has released their review of recruitment and job seeker statistics for 2017 this week. It showed that the number of vacancies applied for were the same, if not slightly lower than 2016. This could be an indication of the current economy, highlighting that there was little growth in the business sector or, more importantly, that there is uncertainty in the market and job seekers are being more selective about the companies they want to work for. In total, over 680 000 searches were made on Careers24 during 2017 compared to a little more than 550 000 in 2016. However, the total amount of applications made went down from more than 650 000 in 2016 to just under 560 000, showing that candidates are thinking carefully about which companies they would like to work for. Despite the static application numbers, 2017 was still very active for first time job seekers who surged into the market with well over 100 000 candidates searching for opportunities. “We’ve also noticed that the amount of people currently employed and seeking other opportunities outweighed the number of people currently unemployed and actively looking for work,” said Shaun Clarke, Brand Manager of Careers24. Of the 300 000 candidates reviewed, 160 000 were employed while 140 000 were unemployed. The number of jobs posted in various job sectors in 2017 remained similar or was slightly lower than the number of jobs posted in 2016. This could be an indication of the current economy, showing that the lack of growth in the economy is forcing businesses to only hire new candidates selectively. The top 10 sectors with the most jobs posted during 2017 were: (Sector - Monthly Avg.) IT - 6264 Sales - 1976 Finance - 1613 Engineering - 1420 Education - 1328 Accounting - 1004 Medical - 988 Retail - 913 Admin - 799 Manufacturing - 772 The top five sectors for job posts during 2017 are similar to those of . . .
Gaming and entertainment firm Western Lotto Nigeria Limited has raised the stakes in the gaming business in Nigeria with the introduction of Powerball Max, one of the latest games in the franchise. Powerball Max, a US lottery, offers winnings of up to N14b ($26,000,000.00). Western Lotto Nigeria Limited is the official partner of the lottery. Powerball is the wealthiest lottery in the world, offering an N562billion jackpot. Draws take place every Wednesday and Saturday in the US or Thursday and Sunday Nigerian time. The Managing Director of Western Lotto Nigeria Limited, Mr Yomi Ogunfowora, said the gamers on the platform could tap into the nine ways through which to win prizes. Jackpots never fall below N14billion at any given time. Winners share from a large pot. According to him, Western Lotto added the Powerball Max to its rich bouquet of games in line with its pledge “to bring world-class entertainment to Nigerians”. Participation in the Powerball Max cost only N200 per game. The frontline gaming platform allows Nigerians the opportunity to play and win millions of dollars offered by other renowned games like Mega Millions, Euro Millions, Euro Jackpot and the UK Lotto. Ogunforowa said: “We are committed to bringing undiluted world-class entertainment and this is a major one for us. For someone to participate directly in these international games is a huge opportunity. Nigerians are intelligent and fun-loving. Hopefully, the world will soon celebrate a jackpot winner in this country." He disclosed that over 18,000 gamers had won different cash prizes at www.westernlotto.com, including Dorcas Nwagbara, who won N15million in September 2017. “Our platform is synonymous with winnings. We have had people win N100, 000 N500, 000, N1million and other mouth-watering cash prizes. Last September, a graduate of Imo State University, Dorcas Nwagbara, won N15million. “We have many other games on our portal, including the fast-paced Lotto Race . . .
Engen partnered with logistics group DSV Global Transport and Logistics (previously UTi Distribution) in 2014 and over the past three years the partnership has gained significant traction, having recently broken the 20 000 parcel barrier. There are currently 65 DSV Intelligent Bybox lockers at Engen service stations across South Africa. According to Seelan Naidoo, Engen’s General Manager: Retail, the trend towards buy and collect has gained momentum. “Our partnership with DSV Bybox is another way in which we can offer our customers real convenience and take full advantage of this growing trend. Our footprint around the country, as well as our ambitious plans for 2018 will position our partnership as a leading buy and collect service provider,” says Naidoo. How it works DSV ByBox is an intelligent and automated parcel locker, which offers the public a secure and convenient means to send or receive parcels. Greg Saffy, MD of UTi Distribution explains how it works. “When ordering online, shoppers simply select the ByBox delivery option to their nearest locker at selected Engen service stations.” Parcels are dispatched the next day, and drivers scan them in at the selected ByBox terminal. The correct one opens automatically, and an SMS is sent to the customer with the delivery location and a PIN number to access the locker. Customers can also send parcels from and Engen service station via DSV ByBox, he explains. “Simply buy a DSV PAK from an associated retailer and package it, complete the dispatch note, scan it in at a ByBox terminal and follow the touch screen instructions to put it in the designated locker.” “Engen is excited to be a part of this innovative journey,” adds Naidoo. “Together with DSV we are bringing an alternative, user-friendly delivery solution to the South African market. Engen is all about convenient solutions and this service is another way that we are trying to make life better for our customers.” CLICK HERE to submit . . .
In a digital world, every company has to adapt to the new trends. But it is even better and easier when these trends are also beneficial to the company and to the environment. This refers to e-delivery and how it manages to save time and money to deliver mail. On the other hand, what also helps a company succeed and make its name known on the market is adopting an efficient print management system. To start with, e-delivery is short for electronic delivery and it refers to an alternative to traditional mailing. The information, documents and so, is stored on the computer and sent to customers electronically. Afterwards, they will be able to access their correspondence by accessing a link included in the e-mail. It is a secured website and no one, but them, will be able to view the information. This brings up things to the first great advantage of e-delivery: security. Traditional mail can easily be misplaced or lost in the post, but having data secured on the computer; the mail can instantly be accessed. Another grand benefit that can be integrated by any company is that e-delivery is good for the environment. As less paper is used and less money is spent on postage, companies can use this to create a better image of them on the market. It is a certain thing that nowadays, more and more activists and organizations are worried about the environment and when companies adopt a greener position, they are seen better in all aspects. Reducing the amount of paper the clients receive can also be considered a competitive advantage. There are a lot of customers who complain about the large amount of mail, but as they have the liberty of accessing it whenever they want electronically, it can also improve customer service. There are even chances when clients will not even open the envelopes, and paper and information is wasted. At least through e-delivery they have the opportunity to open the mail whenever they like, even after days and weeks. Old mails can easily be . . .
Regus, the multinational workplace provider, opened their most recent business centre in the Kwa-Zulu Natal capital, Pietermaritzburg on 1 December 2017. This adds to their 3000 locations worldwide and over 55 locally. The new Pietermaritzburg centre which offers fully furnished office spaces, co-working spaces, and meeting rooms, follows a strategic focus to provide world-class workspaces and infrastructure in oft-forgotten areas. Since its expansion into South Africa, Regus has provided co-working and meeting spaces to meet the increasing demand for flexible, technologically advanced, professional work areas. The latest centre will support corporates, small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, freelancers and business tourists with a professional place to work and network. As a hub to the aluminium, agricultural, manufacturing and tourism sectors, and with its proximity to Durban, one of the busiest ports in Africa, Pietermaritzburg is also an ideal platform for expansion into the rest of the province. The location is home to the thriving and active Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business, supporting local businesses in the area. The new business centre is also ideally situated in the busy Bird Sanctuary area, with access to banks, local businesses, restaurants and food outlets. Joanne Bushell, Country Manager of Regus in South Africa said of the expansion, “The most recent Regus locations were strategically chosen to support areas in our country integral to the agricultural, manufacturing and services growth, but which often don’t have commensurate support of much-needed technological infrastructure and services. We have seen our business centres boost economic growth in all the locations where we put down our footprint.” With more centres set to open in South Africa in 2018, Regus’ business support footprint is steadily growing to include centres nationwide. For further information on Regus business centres, to find a global working . . .
Business leaders and financial institutions were invited to the South African launch of ‘BANKEX’, a decentralised Bank-as-a-Service model of enterprise (BaaS) which has garnered significant attention from private and institutional investors globally. This BANKEX model is held by BKX company. The introduction of this cryptocurrency was hosted by the BANKEX international team members at various venues across the country. A Top 50 FinTech company which has been ranked as one of the ‘top 10 most anticipated Token Sales (‘ICO’ or initial coin offering) in the world’ by Entrepreneur Magazine, BANKEX is currently engaging with potential investors regarding their current business projects and future global developments. The BANKEX token sale – which is running from 28 November 2017 for public sale with 280 000 reserved for institutional investors at a token price of around 500 BKX worth 1 ETH. An impressive 20+ million USD was raised within the first day of ICO with more than 25+ million USD brought in since. “There has been overwhelming interest since the token sale went live in November and we’re excited about the prospects this financial innovation offers South Africa,” said Igor Khmel, CEO at BANKEX. “We have ensured that all resources acquired during our token sale will be used to bring about success for all stakeholders involved. This success is further underscored by our mission to remain transparent and fully resourced, constantly expanding our team of world-class employees.” Khmel, who heads up the dynamic team, holds two degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science as well as being an Honours Graduate from Stanford Business School. He has extensive experience in the financial sector, having worked at top institutions including McKinsey & Company, Citadel LLC and Deloitte. Khmel also created and headed up the Innovation Lab at Sberbank – one of the top banks worldwide. He, and his equally qualified team, works with . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – WINNING a landmark land expropriation court case, expanding an already thriving wool market to include communal farmers, and the prospect of rain are just some of the reasons that farmers can head into the new year with confidence in their future. This is according to Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern, after another tough year for the province’s farmers, who have been battling the worst drought in a century for the past three years. “It’s extremely important to remain upbeat,” said Stern, adding that food producers would always have a vital role to play in the South African economy. “While it’s easy to focus on the negatives, there’s a lot that came out of 2017 to be positive about. “One of the major triumphs for Agri SA, which impacts on farmers throughout the country, was the moral victory in a landmark expropriation case where the agreed price for a piece of land in Mpumalanga was adjusted downwards. “We took it to the Supreme Court of Appeal, because we believe that market value is the point of departure for just and equitable compensation for land being expropriated.” Stern said the judge at the Land Claims Court had reduced the agreed price by nearly 17%, citing it being in the interest of land reform as the reason for his action. “If Agri SA had not won this specific case it would have allowed the state to put expropriation without compensation uppermost in their sights. This is what made this case such an important victory for land owners.” Another “win” of specific interest to Eastern Cape farmers is the phenomenal growth the wool industry has enjoyed in recent times, with the National Wool Growers Association laying the groundwork among the ranks of communal farmers. “With their assistance, they have managed to increase the wool production from communal areas from 220 000kg, which yielded R1.5-million in 1997-98, to 5,8 million kilograms, which yielded nearly R300-million in the 2016-17 season,” Stern . . .
Johannesburg –12 December 2017: Servest joined the sixth annual, Steyn City ‘Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot’ campaign, to bring some festive cheer to school learners in Diepsloot. The annual CSI project continues to bring cheer and joy ahead of the Christmas season to 12 000 primary school children in Diepsloot. “People are at the heart of our business at Servest, and we believe in relationships and human partnerships to create mutual success.” says Kumaran Pillay, Marketing and Sales Director for the Office Services division of Servest. Servest invests in local communities through the Lesipho Trust, a non-profit organisation, that provides bursary and business opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we operate in. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation, by investing in the education and happiness of our children” says Kumaran, on Servest’s involvement with the annual project. Servest joined forces with Steyn City Properties and other sponsors to donate food, beverages and stationery to fill the school bags with treats for each learner. These gifted school bags will provide learners with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year. Celebrity appearances added an extra touch of energy to the proceedings. This year, TboTouch, along with soccer legends Shaun Bartlett, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane, cricketer Heino Kuhn, Man Cave presenter Janez Vermeiren, and DJs from Touch HD, including Sammy Sosa, Kyle Worde, and popular TV Chef Benny Masekwameng all attended. “We look forward to taking part again next year and creating more awareness around the initiative.” says Kumaran. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest joined hands with Steyn City Properties, Sponsors, South African Personalities, and the Community to Deliver Happiness to Diepsloot Learners. here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .