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South Africans prefer to own, but most of them rent

South Africans prefer to own, but most of them rent

Is it better to rent a property than buy one? A recent poll conducted by a large classifieds portal showed that 66,6% of people believe that it’s always better to own your own home, while 26,6% said they couldn’t afford to buy or rent and have to share with others. However, there is no right […]

Who is liable for workman's compensation?

Who is liable for workman’s compensation?

Katlego Letlonkane, Associate, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr In terms of s22 of the Compensation for Occupational Diseases Act, No 130 of 1993 (COIDA) all employees have the right to compensation where, as a result of a workplace accident or work-related disease, they are injured, disabled or become ill. An occupational disease is a disease arising […]

SACCI Business Confidence Index for February 2015

SACCI Business Confidence Index for February 2015

The SACCI Business Confidence Index (BCI) for February 2015 was released this morning at the SACCI Office in Rosebank, Johannesburg. BCI_Feb_2015 BCI_Press_Release_Feb2015 pdf In February 2015, SACCI’s Business Confidence Index (BCI) accelerated surprisingly by 3.5 index points to 92.8 from 89.3 in January 2015 and follows on the 1.0 index point increase in January 2015.  […]

DVD: How to Deal with Retrenchments

DVD: How to Deal with Retrenchments

The Labour Guide DVD entitled How to Deal with Retrenchments is now available. Follow this link for a preview. This educational DVD in high definition (HD) will guide viewers through the difficult and unpleasant retrenchment procedure; it is suitable for both employers and employees. The DVD should assist both parties to understand the process as […]

Fighting for free and fair elections - the battle has begun

Fighting for free and fair elections – the battle has begun

The biggest test for any emerging democracy comes when the “party of liberation” faces electoral defeat. Some countries – like Zimbabwe – have repeatedly failed that test. Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF has done whatever it takes to rig every election to stay in power. Others, like Zambia, have changed governments several times, relatively peacefully, through the […]

Ford Kuga is a winning Crossover

Ford Kuga is a winning Crossover

Just a light tap on the accelerator and the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) surges ahead without a stutter and no sign of turbo lag. It’s the new Ford Kuga 2 litre TDCi Titanium AWD with Powershift, the flagship of the range, which was delivered to my door the other day. Ford calls its compact Crossover […]

The Use of Fixed Term Contracts

The Use of Fixed Term Contracts

By Nigel Carman, Partner,  in Fasken Martineau’s Employment Department Any employer making use of fixed term contracts should review their policies and practices particularly where the employees are earning less than R205 433, 30 per annum and the periods of the contract together with any renewal exceeds three months. In “The Labour Relations Amendment Act, […]

Are machines the contact centre agents of the future?

Are machines the contact centre agents of the future?

By Jed Hewson, Director, 1Stream Artificial Intelligence is not yet a reality. But very smart computers are. They’re poised to take over all sorts of routine, repetitive tasks. After all, a robot doesn’t make mistakes, it can’t get tired and slack off, it won’t lack motivation, and it doesn’t hurt that it can’t lie or […]

The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music

It’s a fresh & sunny day in Wilderness, & I am on my way to my car after a delightful lunch with an old friend. A skip in my step & a smile on my face, I’m about to climb into my car when I hear a faint ‘Madam, madam!” from the other side of […]

Community involvement is key to crime prevention – Get to know your neighbours

Community involvement is key to crime prevention – Get to know your neighbours

A local private security company has urged residents to take a unified approach to crime prevention in their neighbourhoods. “In our experience, we have seen success in this regard in communities where residents are actively involved, and know their neighbours and neighbourhoods,” said Rob Dale, Managing Director of ADT Security’s East Coast Region. Neighbours are […]

Retention bonuses – for employees only

Retention bonuses – for employees only

By Hugo Pienaar, Director, Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Awarding bonuses to employees reminds deserving individuals of their value to the employer and strengthens the trust and loyalty in an employment relationship. As the name suggests, the intention of retention bonuses is also to retain employees in the services of the employer. It follows then that […]

Reduction in transfer duty positive news for home buyers, says Dr Andrew Golding

Reduction in transfer duty positive news for home buyers, says Dr Andrew Golding

Today’s National Budget announcement by the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, of R105 billion to be spent on housing and associated bulk infrastructure requirements, coupled with the fact that no transfer duties will be payable on property transactions below R750 000 (versus the current R600 000 threshold) is positive news for home buyers, particularly first […]

‘Baby’ Qashqai walks the torque

‘Baby’ Qashqai walks the torque

Brian Joss – Nissan has taken a great leap forward with its new generation Qashqai. I tested the Qashqai 1.6dCi Acenta XTRONIC CVT  and I was impressed. The next Nissan to arrive was the Qashqai 1.2T Acenta powered by a direct-injection turbocharged unit which puts out  85kW at 4 500rpm and 190Nm from  2 000rpm. […]

Equal Pay Work of Equal Value Claims – SA Employment Equity Act

Equal Pay Work of Equal Value Claims – SA Employment Equity Act

By Johann Sceepers This article constitutes PART THREE of an article entitled, “CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE ‘EQUAL PAY FOR WORK EQUAL VALUE’ – A GLOSSARY“ dated 09 February 2015. Section 6 of the EEA that deals with the prohibition of unfair discrimination stipulates, ‘‘(1) No person may unfairly discriminate, directly or indirectly, against an employee, […]

Temporary Employees - The 2015 Landscape

Temporary Employees – The 2015 Landscape

By Judith Griessel, Griessel Consulting The Labour Relations Amendment Act came into operation on 1 January 2015 and places significant restrictions on the use of ‘non-standard’ employees, including fixed term and part time contracts. Employers would be amiss if they do not take note and adapt their employment policies and practices accordingly. A limited duration […]

A cause for dispute: The amended Section 198

A cause for dispute: The amended Section 198

By Faan Coetzee, Executive Consultant Employment and Aadil Patel, Director, National Practice Head Employment, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 66 of 1995 are expected to give rise to an influx of litigation due to the new provisions such as those providing for equal pay claims, Temporary Employment Services’ employee claims […]

The Use of Labour Brokers

The Use of Labour Brokers

The Labour Relations Amendment Act, 2014 and Non-Standard Employment The Use of Labour Brokers By Nigel Carman, Partner,  in Fasken Martineau’s Employment Department Any employer making use of labour brokers, particularly where the labour broker employees are working for periods exceeding three months and are earning less than R205 433, 30 per annum should review […]

Why is the quality of my printing so bad?

Why is the quality of my printing so bad?

This is a question we get asked all the time and it can be caused by so many factors. For the sake of this article I am going to only talk about the main stream inkjet and laser printers otherwise we will be here all day!! Before I go on, the following problems and causes […]

Toyota Yaris Hybrid is great in city traffic

Toyota Yaris Hybrid is great in city traffic

Call me a  dufus. When I pushed the button on the Toyota Yaris Hybrid I wondered why it wouldn’t start. So in a panic I called Deon Joubert Racing who delivered the test car to me. “How do you switch it on?”. I asked.  “Just push the starter button and when the icon lights up […]

Three key factors for retirement-readiness

Three key factors for retirement-readiness

How do you know if you can retire financially secure? People tend to be overly pessimistic about retirement. Perhaps this is because we feel the need to hold on to our savings with a vice-like grip, afraid to invest it in anything “riskier” than a money market portfolio, for fear of it disappearing into the […]