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 . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
Practical, welcoming kitchen designs which touch on 2017’s style trends will guide the four local kitchen organisations in this year’s Decorex Joburg Franke Kitchen Design Project featuring at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. Themed ‘Simplicity in Design’, each of the kitchen installations will showcase a range of Franke SA’s leading kitchen appliances with the overall assessment of the final piece performed by representatives from Franke SA. The kitchen designs will be critiqued on a number of elements including overall appeal, utilisation of space, kitchen flow, user-friendliness and quality of materials used. Once the final decision has been made, the winner will be awarded R10 000 worth of Franke SA products as well as invaluable ongoing support following the event. “Judging the Decorex Joburg Franke Kitchen Design Project is always an extremely enlightening, as well as challenging task, because the calibre of participants is always so high,” explained Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “To succeed in the kitchen industry in a city like Joburg, business owners must have a real understanding of what the market wants; keep up-to-date on all the latest designs and trends coming through as well as having the ability to tailor a kitchen to the needs of the individual while making it an appealing space aesthetically and functionally. I’m looking forward to seeing the vision of each contestant come to life.” This year will see Eurofit Kitchens and Cupboards, Unique Kitchens, Micah Kitchens, and Universal Kitchens and Granite bringing their individual style to the installation. Returning to the competition is the Decorex Joburg 2016 Franke Kitchen Design Project co-winner, Eurofit Kitchens and Cupboards. Established almost 20 years ago, the Szabo family-run business has cemented itself as a leading manufacturer of bespoke cabinetry and designer furniture. “We are delighted to be invited by Franke SA to exhibit this . . .
Ambition is the first step towards a brighter future, both for South Africa’s youth and the economy to which they will ultimately contribute. Without a meaningful plan of action towards reaching these ambitions, they are in danger of remaining unfulfilled dreams. This Youth Month, one company is reaching out to the youth with advice and bursaries to help them build their careers to meet and exceed their aspirations. “Young South Africans, in particular those who have post-school education, often cherish the belief that they are destined for success. While self-belief and ambition are important aspects of preparing for the future, career success requires planning and effort to make these dreams a reality,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, Rand Mutual’s (RMA) general manager of sales and marketing. “We want to help South Africa’s youth to develop their understanding of what they have to offer prospective employers and market themselves accordingly. We are hosting a Career Day in Sandton, Johannesburg, where we will assist youth to answer the question ‘How do I build my career?’ with the intention of helping young people to reach their potential – which will ultimately benefit South Africa’s economic development in the years to come,” she explains. RMA’s free Career Day workshop will be held on Saturday, 24 June, at the Hilton Hotel, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton. Only 50 delegates can be accommodated and, as applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, young people are encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible by following the link on the company Facebook page and completing the online form ( http://bit.ly/2tjuu44 ). The cut off date for applications is 20 June 2017. To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 19 and 25. Areas covered in the workshop will include what companies are looking for when employing staff, how to craft a curriculum vitae that stands out from the rest and even how to build a professional brand. Thereafter, delegates will . . .
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 . . .
In celebration of the 23rd instalment of the South African Music Awards, Steers took to the road with some of South Africa’s hottest stars as South African music’s biggest night returned to their home of Sun City on the 27 May 2017. The SAMAs were a true celebration of real music and Steers partnered Vuzu TV personality DJ Speedsta, BoyznBucks Stilo Magolide as well as vlogger and V table host Moshe Ndiki. Moments were snapped, tweets were tweeted and stories were filmed as the group made their way to the annual awards showpiece in a luxury stretch limo. “The best thing we can all do as artists is be genuinely real on and off the camera” said presenter and the brands SAMA correspondent Moshe Ndiki. “Steers has been a champion of all things real and what an incredible year we have had of real music. The standard of local music is right up there and we are here to celebrate the likes of Speedsta, Stilo Magolide and many others as the best of the best” “ It really is a blessing to be recognized by your peers. There is nothing better than knowing that you have people that are supporting you and your music, it keeps me inspired to inspire others.” said DJ Speedsta. Steers gave away R80 000 worth of vouchers as part of the SAMAs Goodie Bag Experience in their second year as sponsor to nominees, artists and media personalities. Moshe Ndiki grilled some of the stars who were in attendance for the Steers #RealChat feature which included Bonang Matheba, Pearl Thusi, Stogie T and Dj Tira amongst others. The SAMAs are a celebration of music excellence and the brand is a 100% behind local music. The biggest night in SA music saw Kwetsa take home the nights biggest trophies including Highest Airplay, Album of the year and other SAMA winners included Amanda Black who walked away with Best Female and Best New Artist and Nasty C with record of the year. “Nothing brings people together like great music. The level of talent represented at this year’s awards is . . .
For a number of years Google has been signaling their intent to rank web sites using the https:// protocol higher than those using the http:// protocol. SEO gurus say that using HTTPS can improve the SEO rankings of your websites. Though a lightweight ranking signal at present, HTTPS will be an important ranking signal in the future. Recently the Chrome and Firefox browsers began warning users of possible 'insecure connections' whenever users filled in a form or logged into their own web site. The message in Firefox is displayed next to a lock icon with a red strike-through and says; "This connection is not secure. Logins entered here could be compromised." MyPR moved to https:// on Sunday 4 June 2017 and it appears that we are getting more traffic. We say 'appears' as the increase in traffic may just be a blip - the real proof of the pudding will be in whether that increase in traffic is sustained for the next year or so. What does it mean for the many PR Professionals who use MyPR: Most importantly - more traffic and better exposure for your articles A safer environment for you and visitors to enjoy. For those contemplating moving from the http:// protocol to the the https:// protocol we recommend that you read this article: https://blog.templatetoaster.com/redirect-http-to-https-seo-optimized/ For a quick check of your sites compliance (or not) to https:// visit: https://www.whynopadlock.com/check.php Why No Padlock will also highlight calls to other sites that may still use the http:// protocol and thus rendering your pages as 'insecure'. The generic steps to follow, if you want to redirect HTTP to HTTPS are listed below: Purchase an SSL certificate: The first requirement for HTTPS is to purchase an SSL certificate for your website. There are many types of SSL certificates available. Select one based on your business needs. Install the SSL certificate: Once purchased, the SSL certificate is to be installed on your website. . . .
Andrie Steyn is looking forward to making her tournament debut at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup which gets underway in England and Wales this month. The 20-year-old opening batter announced her arrival on the international scene at the recently concluded Quadrangular Series which also involved Ireland, Zimbabwe and heavyweights India. Steyn who worked extensively with Gary Kirsten Cricket’s Head Coach, Ryan Cook before the series scored a mammoth 226 runs at an average of 45.2 over the five games in Potchefstroom. It was a groundbreaking series for the Durban born youngster who put together a sparkling 117 against Ireland for her maiden century. In addition she also scored a brilliant 83 against a top Indian bowling attacking. “The hundred was really special as it was my first. It was also a bit of a relief to finally get there,” Steyn said. “I did feel though that my 83 was just as important. It was a challenging knock and one that I am proud of,” Steyn added. According to Steyn her work with Cook prior to the series was invaluable. “Ryan helped with my batting skills and mental side of the game. We worked on efficient training so your body reacts in the correct way,” Steyn explained. She continued, “We also focused on batting for longer periods of time and that paid off.” Cook who is currently working as a fielding coach for the SA A team ahead of their tour to England was full of praise for Steyn. "Working with Andrie has been very rewarding, she is a willing learner and her humble nature has helped grow and improve her game," Cook said. The runs came at the perfect time for Steyn who now shifts her focus to the World Cup. “It is a dream come true for me,” she said. “I think we have a great bunch of players. We just have to keep believing. We must back ourselves, we know we have a good chance of winning it,” Steyn concluded CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Since 2011, the Livewell Group has been at the forefront of dementia and Alzheimer’s care in South Africa. We are motivated by a personal and heartfelt concern for the dignity and care of our elders and our efforts continue to be encouraged by the strong market need for specialised individual care. Livewell is excited to announce the launch of our Bryanston Facility. Our goal was to give the public a taste of what The Livewell Group is about – namely, a specialised Dementia care facility providing Quality of Life to residents with world class care and innovation. Our motivation stems from a personal and heartfelt concern for the dignity and care of our elders. At the recent Livewell Villages launch in Bryanston, over 70 guests enjoyed the Livewell hospitality and had the opportunity of walking through our luxurious refurbished manor house lounges and exclusive suites. Guests were entertained under a beautiful Jacaranda tree in our large tranquil and picturesque gardens. We had the privilege of having Dr. Ryan Fuller as our guest speaker, a Psychiatrist that specialises in Memorycare, Psychogeriatrcian Assessment and Management of Memory & related Mental Health Disorders. Dr. Fuller, who developed the Memory Care Clinic, made it clear that due to the fragmentation of memory care services and lack of family structure in South Africa, our Livewell Village concept raises the standard for dementia related health care services, and encourages dignity and meaningfulness in the lives of our memory-care residents. Our guests left inspired by the harmony of our typical peaceful country village where they could imagine our residents strolling in a safe place where everyone feels included, can remain independent for longer, enjoy a sense of choice of control over their lives and pursue their hobbies and interest in our lovely facility. At our Villages, residents benefit from a tranquil personal space as well as a shared space with a sense of belonging. They . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .