(Port Elizabeth) – With the agricultural sector shedding 44 000 jobs nationwide in the first quarter of this year alone, farming communities in the Eastern Cape are under increasing pressure to create sustainable livelihoods for their residents. Amid the pared down farming units focused on food security, Agri Eastern Cape members have become innovative in battling the spiralling unemployment rate in their communities. According to Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern, high rural unemployment rates in the province are often alleviated only by seasonal industry jobs such as fruit picking and sheapshearing. “Our rural communities are often faced with a range of socio-economic problems, such as alcohol and substance abuse, family issues and crime. Many of our members are working hard to assist the unemployed by building small businesses and other creative enterprises in addition to their farming activities.” In Cradock, cattle farmer’s wife Tracey Michau started up her Boerseep soap-making business earlier this year as a way of putting the discarded beef tallow by-product to good use. Now her start-up is giving the local community a hand up. “I discovered the old family recipe about a year ago and once I started making the soap, I realised there was a whole community of women that would benefit immensely from employment,” said Michau. Although the product is still in its infancy, Michau said her research indicated that there was a market for it, with existing distribution points at farm stalls and online organic stores. She is currently training a member of the community in the entire production process, who in turn will be able to transfer those skills as the team grows. Michau’s intention is to secure employment for the women who assist with the sorting and classing of mohair after the farm’s angora goats are shorn twice a year. “The soap takes three weeks to cure and we are currently producing around 700 bars per month. Besides creating . . .
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Despite losing several senior players, the NMMU-Madibaz men's hockey team will be striving to repeat last year's effort at the University Sport South Africa tournament in Johannesburg next week. Hockey manager Cheslyn Gie said they were eager to emulate their 2016 achievement of third when they compete at the University of Johannesburg and Wits from June 28 to July 2. Although not looking too far ahead, he said they would target a position in the semifinals. "We know it will be a tough week and the favourites will be Maties, who are the defending champions," he said. "Then Tuks and UJ will be up there as they have recruited top players, while Wits will also be looking to do well after investing heavily in their playing resources. "We have lost some senior players through injuries and some have graduated, but will definitely be aiming for a spot in the top four." Gie added that the Hockey World League tournament, which followed the USSA week, could have an impact in the team's fortunes. "Players selected for the national squad will not be allowed to play at the USSA tournament and this could make things very interesting." He said they had just undergone a two-week training camp in preparation of the USSA week, which underlined the important role it played in their plans. "It gives us an excellent chance to compare ourselves to our peers and it is also the qualifier for the Varsity Hockey competition in 2018." Besides the training camp, he said they had lined up several friendly games to complete their preparations. Gie said strikers Ignatius Malgraff and Cerezo Comerasamy, links Chad Cairncross and Kirwin Christoffels and goalkeeper Muzimmal Sheik would have major roles to play. Madibaz coach Michael van Rensburg said he wanted the women's team to show some improvement on their seventh place of last year, with the top six their initial goal. After competing in the Varsity Hockey competition this year, he said they had been . . .
The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will be held in Port Elizabeth in July, with performances at the National Arts Festival, Kingswood College, and the Savoy Theatre. Hundreds of young musicians audition for a coveted place in the South African National Youth Orchestra and a select few are chosen to form the green and gold national team each year. Members include players from communities all over the country, and are chosen on merit through two auditions. The National Youth Orchestra’s legacy spans over half a century, and is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and across the globe. The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will take place from 30 June - 9 July in Port Elizabeth. This year they will be performing an array of Fantasia-inspired music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and will be conducted by National Youth Orchestra alumnus, Prof. David Scarr. The course is made possible through funding by the National Arts Festival, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Music Department, National Lotteries Commission and the SAMRO Foundation. Performances are on 7 July at 13:00 at the Fountain Foyer at the National Arts Festival (free entrance); 8 July at 12:30 at Nombulelo Hall, Grahamstown (free entrance); 8 July at 18:30 at Kingswood College (donation at the door); and a Sunday Funday Concert on 9 July at 15:00 at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth (tickets available through Computicket). The National Youth Orchestra would love every driven, talented and deserving musician to be able to attend the orchestra course. As almost 60% of the participants need financial assistance, they are appealing to companies and individuals to contribute towards the bursary fund. Benefits of a sponsorship include knowing that you are contributing to the national development of our country, and a variety of branding opportunities. For more information . . .
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 22 June 2017: Mpho Nemukula realized from a very young age that she wanted to be a farmer. Entering the male-dominated agricultural industry was no easy feat, but her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager. Nemukula, 34, who works as an Area Manager for Sovereign Foods (JSE: Sov Food), in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, said that despite the many challenges facing the youth of today, from being victims of crime, unemployment, substance abuse and peer pressure, they should find something that they love and go after their dreams. Nemukula, like many other South Africans, will take time today to honour the deaths of the Soweto schoolchildren of 1976 that changed the course of South Africa’s history. “Youth day is very important for me. I appreciate the lives that were lost in order for me to get a quality education and to be where I am today. I shall forever be grateful and salute this day,” she said. Her messages of inspiration to the youth are to “be true to yourself, what you think is what you become, and lastly don’t try to fit in, but try to be unique.” Nemukula was born in Nzhelele Village in Limpopo Province. With three brothers, she admits to growing up as a tomboy. “Having grown up with my three brothers I realised very early in life that gender shouldn’t matter and that I can do anything that I love doing. In high school I learned about agriculture and decided to get involved in this male-dominated industry.” She started working as a trainee student at Sovereign Foods 10 years ago. From there she became a farm supervisor. Thereafter she was promoted to a successful farm manager. This was followed with another promotion to a senior farm manager. Today she is an area manager responsible for the management of three farms and over 140 000 broiler breeder chickens. “Sovereign Foods helped to further my education by investing in my enrolment in a Management . . .
NMMU will be sending a potent four-man team to defend their title when the University Sport South Africa golf tournament is played at Centurion Country Club in Northern Gauteng next month. The KPMG Madibaz team dominated last year's event at Humewood in Port Elizabeth, winning the A and B sections, while Luke Jerling was crowned the individual champion. Jerling has since turned professional but club manager Karl du Preez feels they have a good chance of retaining the title, even though there will be some pressure on them as the holders. "Yes, there will obviously be the challenge to perform as well as last year and a contributing factor is that we are playing inland," he said. "It is often perceived that coastal teams are better players at coastal courses." However, he felt that they would still be among the title contenders, with two capable newcomers in Kyle de Beer and Altin van der Merwe. "We are only sending one four-man team this year and two of them, Jacques Smith and Hando Brophy, are very experienced at playing USSA tournaments. "The ‘rookies' (De Beer and Van der Merwe) have extensive experience playing national tournaments and will have major roles to play in assuring success." He pointed out that all four had been chosen for the USSA national team which competed in the SA Challenge Cup in the Western Cape in May, while De Beer had also been selected to represent South Africa at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei in August. "In my opinion, we have a strong side, which, I think, will be very competitive." Du Preez said the USSA tournament was a major goal for the club and that they had put in extensive preparations for the event. "The success of the USSA team acts as a major drawcard for potential students to join the varsity so this makes it an important event for us." He said the students had played in most of the EPGU and NMMU Order of Merit events this year and have attended numerous practice sessions at Humewood . . .
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 . . .
In South Africa, approximately half of the population is under the age of 25. Due to the size and buying potential of the youth market, the segment is of great significance to brands planning to stimulate new demand and reach and engage with a highly diversified collective of young sub-cultures. Miguel Correia of The Zinto Marketing Group comments, “Research conducted by our team of field marketers indicates that South Africa’s youth want authentic, meaningful experiences and interact with real people in their homes and communities. For this reason, youth marketing has become more about engagement and dialogue and less about pushing product information and talking at them. We realised this trend and adapted our approach and marketing efforts to keep pace with youth culture through active and dynamic engagement and carefully constructed, interactive promotional drives.” Brand activation can be used to create new approaches and unexpected, chance encounters between brands and young consumers. An experiential showcase gives youngsters the opportunity to interact with (and be part of) the consumer journey. Correira highlights trends for marketers to consider when targeting the youth market in South Africa: Participatory culture The evolution of consumer to creators and disseminators of information means the youth view themselves as extensions of important and popular brands and that they have played a role in creating connections and forming perceptions of well-known brands. The interaction is personal, and rather than imposing product information on them, they expect brands to facilitate authentic connections and real experiences. Truth seekers Real relationships are important to the youth and brands’ consumer promises must be perceived as open, honest and transparent. With an abundance of brands, communication and touchpoints competing for their attention, the youth is growing increasingly sceptical of advertising and media messages and marketers’ . . .
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 . . .
A number of Madibaz squash players have been included in the Eastern Province teams to take part in the annual Jarvis Kaplan Cup interprovincial tournament in Pretoria next month. Player-coach Jason le Roux and Dwain Dodd have been selected for the men's A side, Gershwin Forbes for the second stringers and Johan Thiel for the C team. Forbes will also do duty as reserve for the first-choice outfit. Sarah O'Grady, Bianca Brown and Hayley Ward were named in the women's A team. "This is great for the club as we now have a significant footprint in the provincial league," said Madibaz Sport squash manager Melissa Awu. She attributed their high level of representation to hard work, dedication and the input of their experienced coach. Awu said the men would be competing in the B section of the tournament, while the women would be in action in the A division. Le Roux, who represented Border in the A section until switching allegiances this season, said the women would be facing a tough challenge after losing three top players to other provinces. "It's a young side and they will be up against international players as well as the cream of the crop from South Africa," but he was confident that they would be able to handle themselves and, importantly, not get relegated. Le Roux explained that there were six teams in the A section and that EP - who were fourth last year - had to place fifth or better to avoid relegation. He said the men would be competing against five other teams in the B division and would need to place first to secure a spot in the men's A section. On a more personal note, he said he was looking forward to new beginnings. "There are exciting times ahead. It is great being able to build relationships with the EP players, especially since my training mates are on the same team." The 34-year-old said the tournament would be a particularly tough assignment for the varsity players, who would be in action in the University Sports . . .