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General mistakes in communication

General mistakes in communication

Read the following mistakes we make in communication, and indicate the ones you make regularly.  Try to eliminate these mistakes and improve your communication with others. You do not organize your thoughts before you speak. You include too many (irrelevant) ideas in your messages. Your statements do not contain enough information or repetition to be […]

The Gigaba Question: more than just a threat to tourism

The Gigaba Question: more than just a threat to tourism

Tourism in South Africa is – correctly – angry. But it’s not enough: the country needs to share our anger, because the behaviour of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba over our new immigration regulations points to a far deeper problem. One that concerns most of the world. You’re surely aware that the tourism channel in […]

Online Property News

Online Property News

Many private sellers of property today choose to advertise on websites offering free postings / listings of their property. There are many such websites in South Africa offering private sellers just that – a portal to do their own listings and advertise their farms, houses, apartments, townhouses, office spaces etc. The problem with these websites […]

Department of Labour lauds President’s acceptance of labour law changes

Department of Labour lauds President’s acceptance of labour law changes

The Department of Labour has expressed happiness at the fact that President Jacob Zuma has acceded to legislative amendments to the Labour Relations Act following protracted engagements with social partners. Thembinkosi Mkalipi, acting deputy director-general for labour market policy, said the department was happy that the President has accepted the law. “What the Department is […]

Settling the dust in a disrupted investment market

Settling the dust in a disrupted investment market

By John Field, CEO, FedGroup Johannesburg – 19 August 2014 – Following recent disruptions in the banking sector, investors have been questioning how safe investments really are. The pros and cons of guaranteed versus secured investments have been heavily debated. For investors interested in a low-risk investment, Participation Mortgage Bonds (Part Bonds) have become one […]

Time to unravel the Spy Tapes tangle

Time to unravel the Spy Tapes tangle

Earlier this year I read an article quoting Senzo Mchunu, Premier of KwaZulu Natal and Zuma loyalist, predicting that when the infamous “spy tapes” were eventually released, South Africa would learn that “there is nothing (in them) after all”. Premier Mchunu was clearly confident that this would be good news for President Zuma, who would […]

Response To NCR Media Statement Pertaining To Deborah Solomon

Response To NCR Media Statement Pertaining To Deborah Solomon

We act on behalf of Ms D Solomon, an adult female debt counsellor (NCRDC 689) who practices within the Western Cape and a member of The Debt Counselling Industry CC trading as theDCI.co.za, which is a web based portal offering services and support to debt counsellors and consumers. At the outset, we must point out […]

Book for tourism’s funnest event (on 6 September)

Book for tourism’s funnest event (on 6 September)

Are you going to one of tourism’s funnest – and most heartwarming – events? Share the love, passion, and talent of the most amazing community projects in South Africa with renowned South African comedian Siv Ngesi (what? here, let him introduce himself),  and with guest performances by the Gugulethu Tenors and 3 Tons of Fun. […]

The CCMA is ready and capable to implement new EE Act – Department of Labour

The CCMA is ready and capable to implement new EE Act – Department of Labour

The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) is geared to deal with the disputes relating to implementation of employment equity (EE) in the workplaces. “The CCMA is ready and has capacity to deal with disputes relating to EE. Commissioners in the CCMA have been trained well ahead of the implementation of the EE Act,” […]

The African Bank crisis should make investors ask more pressing questions

The African Bank crisis should make investors ask more pressing questions

By John Field, FedGroup CEO The current crisis enveloping African Bank brings to mind the 2002 banking crisis that crippled Saambou – similarly hobbled by risky micro-lending practices. Despite African Bank performing well through previously trying periods, its performance more recently, notably following the resignation of founder and CEO Leon Kirkinis, has seen the flailing […]

Tips for a productive home office

Tips for a productive home office

The working office is evolving, and home offices are becoming more prevalent.  Working at home has many perks; saving costs on fuel, convenience, and fewer distractions than a bustling corporate office. However, often executives working from home or someone starting up their own business will neglect to invest in a working office that can assist in […]

Labour Guide Case Law: 2014-15

Labour Guide Case Law: 2014-15

By Jan du Toit Vanachem Vanadium Products (Pty) Ltd V National Union of Metalworkers of SA; Case No J 658 /14 On the 27th of March 2014 Vanachem Vanadium Products (Pty) Ltd (the applicant) approached the Labour Court on an urgent basis to interdict the intended strike of NUMSA employees (the respondents). In essence, the […]

Can we have confidence in a free and fair 2016 election?

Can we have confidence in a free and fair 2016 election?

Last Sunday, the campaign for this week’s 19 by-elections countrywide, took me to Port Elizabeth’s marginal Ward 40. I was to address a crowd of DA activists, and for this we reserved the local Kuyga Community Hall. If there’s one thing the DA understands very well, it’s the logistics of election campaigning. So we booked […]

Allergy season is upon us

Allergy season is upon us

Spring is around the corner. Finally some fun in the sun, right? But for those who are burdened by seasonal or permanent allergies it’s no smiles. BEDS B’ US, your local bed specialist store, is to the rescue. We have some great solutions to brighten up your day. If you or your loved ones suffer […]

I promise to marry you... or I do?

I promise to marry you… or I do?

Our common law long held that an engagement to marry is a contract; a binding agreement between two people to marry within a specified or reasonable time.  But what happens when one party wants out of the engagement? In the past the aggrieved party could sue the “guilty” party for a breach of promise, claimng […]

Harsh penalties for companies who do not comply

Harsh penalties for companies who do not comply

Hundreds of employers packed into the Milnerton venue in Cape Town in the hope of obtaining clarity on the newly instituted Amended Employment Equity Act and regulations at a roadshow hosted by the Department of Labour (DoL). The meeting, which included improvements to the Employment Equity reporting methods, formed part of the Department’s National Employment […]

This Tourism Week: how can I help you?

This Tourism Week: how can I help you?

Martin Hatchuel: The 60-second biography Executive summary Freelance writer & communicator for hire: specialist in tourism. Background in science, with a powerful ability to translate scientific concepts and jargon into language the lay public can understand. Also experienced in project management of web sites (with strong abilities in developing site architecture, creating content, etc.) and […]

Breast is Best for Mother and Baby

Breast is Best for Mother and Baby

In line with Breastfeeding Week, the Western Cape Department of Health has a sustained focus on the promotion of maternal health and the health of young infants. Breastfeeding has been proven as an essential element in infant health with numerous advantages for the health of the mother too. As part of our intervention in this […]

Sabotage takes Rail Vandalism to New Depths

Sabotage takes Rail Vandalism to New Depths

Wednesday 30 July 2014 marked one of the biggest acts of sabotage ever committed on South Africa’s public transport infrastructure. Starting in the early hours of the morning, signal cables along Metrorail’s central line in Cape Town were systematically cut in 25 places, disabling services to Khayelitsha, Philippi, Nyanga and Mitchell’s Plain. Before repairs could […]

Case Law Updates

Case Law Updates

WEHNCKE V SURF4CARS (PTY) LTD: RIDING THE WAVE INTO THE AMENDMENTS TO S187(1)(C) OF THE LRA By Lauren Salt, Associate; Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The recent case of Solidarity obo Wehncke v Surf4cars (Pty) Ltd (JA63/11) [2014] ZALAC 6 (20 February 2014) concerned an alleged automatically unfair dismissal where the alleged reason for thedismissal was to […]

What about a Minimum National Wage for South Africa?

What about a Minimum National Wage for South Africa?

By Faan Coetzee Executive Consultant; Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr President Zuma recently announced measures to resolve the labour troubles afflicting especially the mining sector. In his state of the nation address he announced, amongst other things, the appointment of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Revitalisation of Distress Mining Communities. Further, he called on the social partners […]

Über wealthy on the increase ... and on the move, says Dr Andrew Golding

Über wealthy on the increase … and on the move, says Dr Andrew Golding

By Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of the Pam Golding Property group A number of recent press reports have commented on the rising property market in South Africa and in particular the manner in which the very top end of that market is performing. Some recent research seems to corroborate what we are experiencing, which […]

Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Ghandi

Looking at the Middle East through the Lens of Ghandi

Last Sunday, the arrival of another cold front tempted me to stay in bed, nurse my flu, and send apologies to the organisers of an event at Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral. I’m glad I didn’t. It turned out to be one of those occasions that remind us never to take for granted how far […]

Department of Labour urges employers to comply with the new equity laws

Department of Labour urges employers to comply with the new equity laws

The Department of Labour has called on employers to abide by the freshly-amended employment equity Act in the interest of business and transformation in the country. This followed the signing into law by President Jacob Zuma earlier this week. The law will however kick in on August 1. Thembinkosi Mkalipi, acting deputy director general for […]

Understanding the implications of signing surety for business debt

Understanding the implications of signing surety for business debt

John was the owner of a successful picture framing business built up over many years. Like most entrepreneurs, John needed external funding to start up his venture, and signed surety for a bank loan to help his business grow. Unfortunately, John did not put any protective measures in place to secure his debt, and when […]

New Construction Regulations; 2014

New Construction Regulations; 2014

By Fanie de Swardt Most people are under the impression that the construction regulations would only be applicable to the construction industry itself, thus reasoning that the above mentioned changes will not have an effect on them. According to the Regulation 2 (1); these Regulations are applicable to all persons involved in construction work. In […]

Inside the SJC’s “social audit” of Khayelitsha’s flush toilets

Inside the SJC’s “social audit” of Khayelitsha’s flush toilets

I have written more newsletters about toilets than any other single topic. This is because sanitation is such a basic need — and such an enormous challenge — in our context of rapid urbanization. Toilets are also an emotive issue, not to mention politically explosive. So we accept that in the Western Cape (the only […]

The Taxpayers Burden

The Taxpayers Burden

A taxpayer bears the burden of proving that an amount or transaction is exempt or otherwise untaxable.  In a recent judgment, The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) v Pretoria East Motors, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) considered the taxpayer’s burden of proof.  The taxpayer was an authorised dealer for Toyota SA […]

Further increase in repo rate a dampener for property market, says Dr Andrew Golding

Further increase in repo rate a dampener for property market, says Dr Andrew Golding

While the residential property market in South Africa absorbed and adjusted to the January (2014) interest rate hike relatively seamlessly, there were concerns that inflationary pressures and the stance expressed at the previous meeting of the Monetary Police Committee would see the repo rate recommence on an upward cycle – as has transpired, says Dr […]

Enhance the safety of domestic staff

Enhance the safety of domestic staff

Domestic staff are often home alone for hours a day while the rest of the household is away at work and at school. “For this reason, it is important that they are empowered with knowledge to ensure their safety and to know what to do in an emergency,” says Martin Kriel, Managing Director of ADT […]

The manner of speaking in effective presentation skills

The manner of speaking in effective presentation skills

Through the use of your voice you convey your attitude towards your subject and audience and your confidence in presenting the topic gives meaning and emphasis to the content.  A speech should be delivered with spontaneity, enthusiasm and sincerity.  These qualities cannot be conveyed by a speaker who reads his/her script. As a speaker, you […]

Don't drive away the people South Africa needs

Don’t drive away the people South Africa needs

At the end of May, the Department of Home Affairs gazetted new regulations that make it considerably harder for citizens of other countries to enter South Africa. The new regulations distinguish between short-stay visas and long-stay permits. One of the most significant changes is that visa applications or extensions can now only be made at […]