The current economic outlook is set to have an impact on the bottom line, business and morale, but robust payroll auditing and management processes can curtail risk and support growth. Even in a recession. There are specific steps that can be put in place to mitigate risk and enhance payroll effectiveness, ensuring that finances are tightly controlled and that the organisation is prepared for what the recession has in store – spread the payroll load, use the insight from payroll data, and clearly document processes. “The most common risk area in payroll departments is having one person responsible for the calculation of payroll values, reconciliation and payment,” says Cathie Webb, director, South African Payroll Association. “In a recession, when people feel their jobs and income are at risk, there is a temptation to help themselves to a little bit on the side.” Webb points out that on a psychological level, incremental thefts are often not perceived as a crime. People think that the tiny sums won’t hurt the business. However, this is not true. Every cent removed illegitimately from a business has an effect on every person working there. Reducing the risk “The easiest thing to do to reduce risk is to ensure that the different areas of the payroll cycle are the responsibility of another person,” says Webb. There must always be a high-level view over every aspect of payroll. In a large organisation, it is fairly easy to ensure that the payroll audit is managed by different people, but in a smaller business this may not always be possible. In this instance, there needs to be another person who does sign off and checking before payments are made. “Payroll also plays a supportive role in tough economic times,” says Webb. “Strong payroll administrators should be looking for areas where they can add value and strategic input. For instance, in a multi-departmental branch or organisation, they can assess things like leave patterns and even identify . . .
PrideTV, Africa's only LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) channel, is highlighting four winter warmers as temperatures drop during the Southern Hemisphere’s cold season. The highlighted movies are all designed to raise the mercury and include the ‘Flight of the Cardinal’, ‘Vampire Boys’, ‘Leather’ and ‘Make the Yuletide Gay’. Flight of the Cardinal is set in a timber lodge located in the desolate Smoky Mountains, Vampire Boys stays true to that genre where the warmth of daylight fears to tread, Leather is about getting up to no good in a cosy Catskill Mountains cottage, and Make the Yuletide Gay - you’ve guessed it - pays homage to the sights and sounds of a typically frosty Northern Hemisphere Christmas. “Our expanding movie library contains award-winning video content that is eminently watchable at any time of the year. Africa’s LGBT community and their supporters will, however, find our four highlighted winter warmers particularly apt this time of year,” says Joanne Raphael Katz, PrideTV spokesperson. PrideTV became Africa's first LBGT streaming channel following its launch last year. "PrideTV is fully embracing its role as Africa's flagship LGBT entertainment channel by offering the widest LGBT content while also offering support for issues that affect the LGBT community such as last month's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia that it helped publicise." Anyone can join PrideTV's community regardless of their location. PrideTV's premium video entertainment offering costs the equivalent of just R79 a month (or R790 for 12 months with 2 months free) and viewers subscribe by visiting www.prideTV.co.za. International viewers can pay via credit card in their local currency. No specialised hardware beyond the viewer's usual Internet access device is required to access PrideTV. The service can be viewed on smart televisions, desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones using either iOS or Android operating . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition Ballito, Durban. 28 June 2017, Willard Beach - Some more incredible images of day one of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel. All images ©Ryan Janssens CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel- Top Seeds Dominate Opening Round Contenders Fight Back with Upsets in Round 2 The top seeds dominated the opening round of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel at Willard Beach in Ballito on Tuesday, racking up great scores in the punchy, early morning beach break conditions. But the contenders fought back as the onshore wind and an incoming tide brought an element of luck to wave selection resulting in several of favourites for the titles being eliminated from the World Surf League (WSL) JQS1,000 men’s and women’s events. WSL Africa junior men’s rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) maintained his challenge for a fourth title this year by winning both his encounters, combining excellent manoeuvres with savvy wave choices to advance to the last eight and another keeper result in the chase for the coveted Billabong Junior Series U18 men’s title. Defending event champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) is also through to the semifinals after back-to-back heat wins. The current rankings No. 2 will come up against Brazilian whizz-kid Samuel Pupo who was the day’s standout performer. Hailing from Maresias, a beach town between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that is not unlike Ballito, Pupo displayed all his aerial skills in his opening clash, flying high above the lip to record scores of 8.33 and 9.33 for the highest heat total of the day, 17,66 out of 20. Others to safely negotiate their way through two rounds included brothers Joshe and Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie) and East London’s Bryce du Preez and Luke Malherbe Defending junior women’s champ Zoe McDougall (HAW) was on fire in her first heat, seamlessly linking powerful turns together as she charged to the highest scores of the JQS1,000 women’s event. McDougall then had to dig deep to hang on to second place in Round 2, finishing behind local standout Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) who made . . .
A little guide in the form of a infographic to display the power of marketing trends. How a simple figget spinner can bring the toy industry to its knees. How its social influence becomes a self sustaining advertisement in the form of social media and peer pressure. Its immunity to negative feedback and the $500,000,00 crushing effect on anything that was considered a fad before. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Clariant is committed to creating value for all of its stakeholders by manufacturing sustainable products without compromising on innovation and performance. Clariant’s EcoTain® products are economically attractive, offering high cost efficiency through less waste generation and greater recycling opportunities and more efficient processes. Johannesburg, June 27, 2017 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals aims to be a front runner when it comes to raising the bar on environmental and social performance, and moving its business forward while capitalizing on new sustainable opportunities. As the cost of raw materials has increased, the industry is under increasing pressure to find ways of using fewer raw materials and less energy. With this, the chemical giant places the EcoTain® label only on products that have been certified with these four sustainable attributes: Sustainable Design, Responsible Process, Safe & Efficient Use and Eco-Integration. “Clariant views sustainability as an opportunity to create value as well as reduce impacts. This approach to sustainable innovation is driven by the company's commitment to protect human, environmental and ecological health without compromising on performance and efficiency. The EcoTain® label assures customers of sustainability at the product level,” states Ravi Chetty, Clariant Southern Africa Head of Country ESHA & Systems Management. Currently, there are more than 140 of Clariant's products across the companies four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources and Plastics & Coatings that have been awarded the EcoTain® label. As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, Clariant not only contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries. Through its production facilities, Clariant present solutions that address societal challenges, prioritize occupational safety, employs a comprehensive set of . . .
Two young scientists working in South Africa, both of whom were participants in the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist programme, have been awarded the honour of being invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LiNo17). Once a year, about 30 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau, Bavaria, to meet the next generation of leading scientists, including 400-500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. This year’s meeting is dedicated to chemistry. This rare opportunity to gain insights from the world’s leading scientists is hotly contested by young scientists from around the world. South African Madichaba Phuti Chelopo, who recently completed her PhD while working at the Encapsulation and Delivery research group at the CSIR in Pretoria, and Kenyan-born Mathew Njoroge, a post-doctoral fellow at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, were selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for chemistry. The event will be staged at Lake Constance from 25 – 30 June. The two have also been invited to meet their former mentors from the Next Generation Scientist programme at the Novartis Research & Development headquarters in Switzerland for discussions on their research career progress. Colin Pillai, Head: Global Scientific Capabilities at Novartis who is responsible for the Next Generation Scientist programme, says Novartis is delighted that its programme participants have been awarded this opportunity. “Novartis had the opportunity to write recommendations for young scientists to be considered to attend this event, and it is reassuring that our African nominees were selected during the competitive process,” says Pillai. The Next Generation Scientist programme, which was launched in 2011, benefits around 20 international Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students from low and middle income countries every year. The programme is jointly run with the . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Opens the Ballito Pro Surf Festival The Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, the third of four surfing events that will crown champions in seven age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year, heralds the start of the 13-day Ballito Pro Surf Festival on Tuesday. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including current world No. 3 Jordy Smith and former WSL Championship Tour (CT) campaigners Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie and Rosy Hodge along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and Matt McGillivray. Scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday, 27 to 29 June, at Willard Beach in Ballito, the junior event features the cream of country’s surfers aged 18-and-under along with a contingent of international competitors who have posted impressive results both in South African waters and in their home countries. Points earned in the Under 18 JQS1,000 events for men and women count towards the annual WSL Africa titles and the selection of four men and two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January. The 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) events for U16, U14 and U12 boys and girls count towards the 2017 South African Surf Tour (SAST) 2017 titles. All the events offer prize money with the points earned over the four events determining the prestigious Billabong Junior Series champions. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) heads the seeding for the JQS1,000 men’s event after a stellar 2017 season in which he has reached the final in five of six events, winning three. But 2016 series champion and defending Ballito winner Adin Masencamp (Strand) will be determined to improve on his second place in the rankings at this event. And both face tough challengers in the form of the Faulkner brothers – Joshe and Angelo – from Jeffreys Bay and Cody Young who . . .
The Northcliff area of Johannesburg has long been a favourite place for people to live, having been inhabited for thousands of years. Today, however, the suburb of Northcliff is one of the city’s most sought after residential areas. “Many of Johannesburg’s up and coming residents aspire to one day live in this established, lush suburb, which is perhaps best known for its large properties and gardens, many of which offer exquisite views of the city from the Northcliff Ridge, says Jason Shaw, manager of the Pam Golding Properties Northcliff office. “Not only is the suburb one of the most scenic neighbourhoods of Johannesburg, it is also centrally situated being just minutes from major road routes and the entire north. Residents of Northcliff find that they have easy access to the entire city and every amenity they could possibly need. It is not for nothing that this suburb is one of the most prestigious and sought after within the greater Johannesburg region,” adds Shaw. “While Northcliff is considered middle- to upper- market suburb, residential property in the area offers investors superb value,” he observes. “Homes in the Northcliff area have remained in demand even during times when the economy is sluggish, and residential properties have historically held their values well. Shaw says that although 2016 was a slow year for the suburb, and indeed the greater Johannesburg region, residential property research company Lightstone reports that the median price of freehold residential property in Northcliff increased by close on 15 percent between 2013 and 2017. “Pam Golding Properties Northcliff has enjoyed a solid first quarter in 2017, which points to strong confidence in the area during the first half of 2017.” Range of properties The sizes of the homes in Northcliff vary substantially; a three-bedroom sectional title townhouse may be marketed in the area from R1.2 million while a large prestigious freehold home can fetch up to R18 million or . . .
Greenpeace Africa is on a mission to bring a little sunshine to the community of Diepsloot, Johannesburg. They noticed that in parts of this area access to electricity and to public lighting is a daily struggle. They would like to remedy this by installing 8 solar streetlights around the Diepsloot Early Childhood Development Centre. By doing this they aim to create a safe haven for children when the streets get dark. In this mainly unlit area, they will be a glowing example of how solar energy can positively transform South Africa,and help create safer streets. Greenpeace Africa has turned to crowdfunding in order to raise the R100 000.00 they need to make this project a reality. Crowdfunding is an online method of fundraising that works by reaching out to people across the globe. For this campaign Greenpeace Africa have chosen to run their campaign through Thundafund.com, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Rewards-based crowdfunding one of three main crowdfunding methods, and works on the principle that the backers (people who give the money) recieve some incentive (a reward) for their money. This rewards is provided by the project creator (Greenpeace Africa). How will the donations help? The Philile Foundation, Greenpeace Africa, Enerlogy and Schneider Electric partnered to design the project. They will provide technical expertise, trainings and community information around the project. But that is not enough. They have estimated that the total cost of the project will amount to R100,000, including: buying six solar streetlights (two are donated by Schneider Electric), installing them around the Diepsloot ECD centre, and the maintenance cost for 20 years. Your donation will cover those costs. Be a part by supporting today. The journey to a bright future starts with renewable energy. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .