STRIKE LOOMS AT PRODUCTIVITY SA A historic strike is looming at Productivity SA, the government agency mandated and dedicated to promote employment creation and growth, as well as the productive capacity and productivity of enterprises of the country. As a Public Entity Productivity SA’s ultimate purpose is to contribute to South Africa’s socio-economic development and global competitiveness. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person and an Entity of the Department of Labour (DoL) reporting to the Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant. Productivity SA is governed by a tripartite Board consisting of business, labour and government. Productivity SA discharges its responsibilities through sterling programmes that focus on research, providing information, training, facilitation, advisory services, auditing and monitoring productivity issues. These programmes engage South African productivity issues at all levels, from sophisticated best practices models designed to boost the efficiency of private and public enterprises, through to the teaching of productivity awareness to school learners. Productivity SA has offices in Midrand, Durban and Cape Town. In an ironic move that is in stark contrast to its primary mandate, Productivity SA and its staff members have reached a deadlock in wage negotiations and strike action is pending. The South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institution Union (SAPTU) have been issued with a certificate enabling for a strike by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). A strike by Productivity SA will be a first for the organisation in its 45-year existence. The South African Parastatal and Tertiary Institutions Union (SAPTU) says Productivity SA initially offered members a 0% salary increase whereas SAPTU demanded an 8% increase. SAPTU unanimously rejected the offer made by management and argued that the 0% offer means in effect a real cut . . .
A special range of cuddly teddy bears available at Toys R Us stores is bringing new meaning to the “gift of giving”. Thousands of terminally ill children are set to benefit from the sale of these bears. South Africa’s leading toy chain Toys R Us has thrown its support behind national children’s organisation, Reach For A Dream Foundation, launching a charitable campaign driven by the sale of these teddy bears. Through the partnership, Toys R Us is committed to donate R5 from each sale to the non-profit organisation, which relies on donor support and public generosity to assist sick children in fulfilling their greatest dreams. South Africans are encouraged to spread joy to children facing life-threatening conditions by purchasing a bear. In addition to the donation made by purchasing a bear, participants can also donate the cuddly toy for a child supported by Reach For A Dream by delivering it to the organisation’s offices at the Gateway Shopping Centre. A tag attached to each bear including a special message for the child receiving it can be completed by the donor. “Toys R Us has developed an ongoing partnership with Reach For A Dream because the organisation’s work speaks to our values of bringing joy to children and encouraging them to dream,” says Nicole Annells, Marketing Manager, Toys R Us and Babies R Us South Africa. “We are extremely excited to launch the Reach For A Dream bear at Toys R Us stores because it is a symbol of hope and joy for kids who are facing challenging circumstances,” adds Annells. The proceeds from the sale of the bears will contribute towards the operations at Reach For A Dream, which since 1988 has worked to give children with life-threatening conditions magical moments to regain their childhood, which is often consumed by their illness. For more information contact 087 234 8697. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (Act No. 4 of 2013) has only been partially implemented, with the focus mainly on establishing a national Information Regulator. But many commentators believe that full implementation will probably not be delayed past 2018. Are organisations ready? Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys believes that the majority of organisations are not adequately prepared for compliance. “At conferences, we see a small show of hands when asking how many have POPI-ready systems and processes in place.” Schroenn asserts that a successful POPI rollout starts with total buy-in from senior executives and management. “Organisations need a strong committee with the authority to drive change,” she says. “In addition, they’ll require thorough guidance from legal, subject matter, technical and change management experts.” It’s also important to have at least a broad understanding of the Act. 8 conditions Firstly, there are 8 conditions that a data collector must meet: making themselves accountable to the law; limiting personal information collection and use to a minimum; collecting data for a specified purpose only; allowing third party processing only in terms of the original purpose; preserving the quality of the data; documenting how the data is processed, and informing the subject of its use and effect; securing the integrity and confidentiality of the data; and ensuring the data subject has access to and control of their information. Special processing Certain information is considered sensitive and subject to greater restrictions. This includes religious and philosophical beliefs; race and ethnic origin; trade union membership; political persuasion; health or sex life; criminal behaviour or biometrics; and personal information of children. Supervision The Act establishes an Information Regulator, tasked with providing public services for and enforcing POPI. Data collectors must appoint an Information Officer as per . . .
Following the hugely impactful ‘It’s Time’ event earlier this year, Angus Buchan is set to address attendees at the Mighty Men Conference at Amanzimtoti’s Kuswag High School from 7 to 9 July, free of charge. ‘It’s Time’ attracted thousands of South Africans to Bloemfontein who joined the inspirational leader in a National Day of Prayer. Buchan’s appearance at the Amanzimtoti venue will serve to extend this encouraging momentum. “We are delighted to be returning to this welcoming community for a fourth year and are excited to continue the positive energy flowing from the ‘It’s Time’ congregation that will accompany Angus Buchan to this year’s Mighty Men Conference,” said event organiser, Freddie van Vuuren. “He will be joined by community leaders Dr Jacobs and Pastor Andrew Anderson who will continue the message of ‘restitution’ with a focus on nurturing the father-son relationship and improving relations within our households, community and country.” Dr Anthony Jacobs – who will be addressing the conference attendees on Friday at 7pm – has a wealth of ministry experience within the local church and para-church environment working with youth, managing a Bible school as well as his role as presiding pastor at Kingsway Ministries in Amanzimtoti. His passion for theological teaching and helping people is evident during his Mighty Men appearances which have been well received since his introduction in 2015. “It is an absolute privilege to be ministering at the Mighty Men Conference again and this year my theme will be ‘In pursuit of happiness’,” said Jacobs. “This will be an inspirational and creative message which challenges young and old to be as God created. At the end of the message, men will be able to grasp the true meaning of being happy in all aspects of life.” Speaking on Saturday at 9am and 7pm is Empangeni-based Pastor, Andrew Anderson, a dynamic livestock farmer who was schooled under Angus Buchan. “My calling and my passion is ‘men’s . . .
Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) Executive Director André Laperrière praises the formation of the first ever ministerial network, specifically focusing on open data for agriculture and nutrition and Africa’s leadership in hosting the discussions, coincidentally the continent with the largest untapped Agriculture potential. GODAN’s André Laperrière issues challenge to all to meet the success of the discourse on innovation and opening data at the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition which took place between 14th - 15th June at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. 15th June 2017, LONDON: The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative together with the Government of Kenya and 15 African Ministers including from South Africa, Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Ghana, have agreed to a declaration for comprehensive open data collaboration in the nutrition and agriculture sectors, to combat the global food security crisis. The declaration is historic in that it presents the first time a ministerial level network, focusing on open data for agriculture and nutrition, has been formed. Coincidentally the Conference takes place in Africa, the continent with the largest untapped agriculture potential, proving a major milestone towards achieving global food security worldwide. The declaration was agreed at the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition on its closing day, part of the 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition which takes place between 14-16th June at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. Hosted by the Government of Kenya, GODAN and Radeecal Communications, the conference is touted as the largest worldwide event to convene business leaders, governments from several G77 nations and at large the Global South, for the singular and unified cause of technologically and scientifically revolutionising agriculture through . . .
In simple terms, the purpose of the POPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and disposing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The POPI legislation demands that your personal information be treated as “precious goods”. Examples of “personal information” for an individual could include: Identity and/or passport number Date of birth and age Phone number/s (including mobile phone number) Email address/es Online/Instant messaging identifiers Physical address Gender, Race and Ethnic origin Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV), biometric data Marital/Relationship status and Family relations Criminal record Private correspondence Religious or philosophical beliefs including personal and political opinions Employment history and salary information Financial information Education information Physical and mental health information including medical history, blood type, details on your sex life Membership to organisations/unions Why should I, or my company, comply with POPI? POPI promotes transparency with regard to what information is collected and how it is to be disposed of. Openness increases customer trust in the organisation. Compliance demands identifying Personal Information and taking reasonable measures to protect the data. This will minimise the risk of data breaches and the associated public relations and legal ramifications for the organisation. Non-compliance with the Act could expose the Responsible Party to a penalty of a fine and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. In certain cases, the penalty for non-compliance could be a fine and / or imprisonment of up 10 years. Does POPI really apply to my company? Here are cases where POPI does not apply. Exclusions include: Purely . . .
13th June 2017, LONDON: The Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, launched in 2013 and led by the UK and US governments to propagate for open data in agriculture and nutrition to scientifically combat world hunger and food security, is the co-host of the Ministerial Conference on Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition and 4th Agritec Africa Exhibition, with the Government of Kenya and Radeecal Communications, taking place on 14th – 16th June at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, Kenya. Touted as the largest worldwide event to convene business leaders, governments from several G77 nations and at large the Global South, for the singular and unified cause of technologically and scientifically revolutionising agriculture through sharing of vital data which are currently hidden or inaccessible, the Conference will be attended by 1,000 high level participants, led by Ministers for Agriculture from 100 countries, private sector, academia, think-tanks, civil society, youth organisations, research networks and development practitioners, the United Nations and multilateral institutions especially the African Development Bank (AfDB), UN Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and Latin America, the African Union Commission, Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and international organisations. Kenya is a fitting host for the conference, representing Africa, which as a continent has huge potential for Agricultural growth due to its abundance of Land and Water Resource. In Africa, the Agriculture sector employs 65% of the labour force with the sector accounting for 32% of Africa’s total GDP. Yet, land and agricultural productivity are found to be one of the lowest in the world. The economy of Kenya is the largest by GDP in East and Central Africa with the agriculture sector contributing 24% in the total GDP of Kenya in year 2011. Periods of high economic growth rates have been synonymous with increased . . .
Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa — A group of between 30-40 unidentified individuals entered and emptied the nonprofit arts house, Mthubi the Hub, in the suburban area of Hatfield early Saturday morning around 8am, damaging property and artwork. Carrying plastic gloves and black bags, but no warrant or court order calling for eviction, the group acted with immunity while four SAPS officers stood watch. With physical assault and intimidation, the group pushed the artist residents from their house. They emptied all the rooms and dumped everything on the dirt outside the front yard, while also looting several items from the Hub’s thrift store, the artist’s personal belongings, and official documents of the organisation. Attempting to identify the organisations responsible for the illegal eviction, Mthubi the Hub executives engaged with those who appeared to be the leaders of the group. These individuals became very hostile, refusing to produce documentation of their authority or identify themselves. They harassed a cameraman, chased him with shovels threatening shouts of “re tla ho bulaya” (sizoku Bulala / we will kill you). They repeatedly manhandled, smacked, assaulted, and pulled the hair of two women leaders advocating for the community arts space. “Three of the men were here a few days before the incident,” says Mthubi the Hub Chairperson Amanda Mjindi, who spoke with them personally. “I showed them around our space, told them about our challenges, so they knew that inside in the front yard there are great things happening. There are young people doing amazing things here, so they were quite aware of this. But they chose to, I mean . . . one artist feels like they stole her dream from her. They completely trashed that. They destroyed so many artists’ work. It was painful.” After the vigilante mob seemed satisfied with their illegal eviction, they left down the street with broken paintings and the NPO turned upside down behind them. “We have taken . . .
Hope against Hunger Challenge raises over R4.8 million for World Hunger Day Add Hope, on behalf of 137 NGOs all over South Africa, is expressing a huge message of thanks to all South Africans who rose to the Hope against Hunger challenge for World Hunger Day and donated over R4.8 million in May. Add Hope will be able to feed more than 120 000 children through sustainable feeding schemes at these organisations, supported by Add Hope. KFC Africa Public Affairs Director, Thabisa Mkhwanazi, says, “We’re so happy that we reached/exceeded our target and we thank you, South Africa, for every donation. They all add up to help children to learn, grow and thrive. World Hunger Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the major hunger related issues we have in South Africa and to let people know that they can really make a difference. The success of the Hope against Hunger Challenge shows that if we all pull together, our contributions add up to have a major impact.“ The Add Hope numbers tell a powerful story and show how Add Hope has been able to go from feeding 40 000 children in 2009, to over 120 000 today through combining donations from customers with KFC’s own corporate social responsibility contributions. “Add Hope has raised over R387 million in customer donations and KFC contributions combined since 2009, with the total donated increasing every year. Customers donated R39 million in 2016, and the KFC contribution, based on a percentage of profits, pushed this to R64 million donated in total. Our target for customer donations in 2017 is R43m and we hope to be able to reach this to feed even more children.” This World Hunger Day, Add Hope shared virtual reality experiences filmed at NGOs for the first time online and in restaurants to inspire South Africans to join the Hope against Hunger Challenge. The Hope Squad, a group of young people whose own lives have been changed by Add Hope, visited KFC restaurants and immersed delighted customers in virtual . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 9 June 2017. The aftermath of devastating fires continues to affect the lives of thousands of people in the Southern Cape. The areas most affected are Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Sedgefield and surrounding towns, villages and informal settlements. The fires have been described as the most destructive spread of fire in a built-up area in the province in at least 30 years. They have caused loss of lives, the destruction of homes, and the evacuation of thousands of people. Given the extent of the tragedy, Vuma Reputation Management is calling on all South Africans to stand together and play their part in helping the communities whose lives have been devastated. “This is a national emergency,” says Janine Hills, CEO of Vuma Reputation Management and a member of the board of Brand South Africa. “Fire is a tragic, unexpected and traumatic experience that can leave you without your home, your valuable or sentimental possessions, and even your pets. “Having grown up in the area, I know some of the families and communities affected, and to witness the extent of the destruction is truly heart-breaking,” she says. “It’s at times like these that we have to roll up our sleeves and get involved. We encourage all South Africans to gather together and help the affected communities in whatever way they can.” The Southern Cape fire services and disaster management teams are doing incredible work, but others need to get involved, as displaced fire victims start to rebuild their lives, Hills added. By donating basic necessities such as clothing and household items, everyone can do their bit to help a family get back on their feet. Here are some of the simple ways Hills suggests that ordinary citizens can assist: Take a family in if their home has been destroyed Feed a family Provide people with sandwiches, tea and coffee Offer basics like toothbrushes, facecloths and bottled water Hand out blankets, sleeping bags and warm clothes . . .