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Why trading online is safer than you think

Why trading online is safer than you think

A recent poll has shown that South Africans are still somewhat divided when it comes to meeting with online traders through classified sites, with about 51% of the close to 10,000 respondents saying that they do not transact online and 31% saying they prefer to browse online but transact face-to-face. While all of us should […]

Would you take a chance on her?

Would you take a chance on her?

Being in the skills training industry, I’ve decided to share the following experience with you. Not to insult the person involved, but to learn from what had happened. This is my story: She stood in front of my desk, she saw my signboard so I was told, and would like to propose following:  She has […]

Telkom’s cellular play - good news for local industry

Telkom’s cellular play – good news for local industry

22 April 2014 By Rob Lith, Director, Connection Telecom The announcement by Telkom recently that it plans to replace almost 300 of its unprofitable copper-based exchanges with wireless 3G and LTE services is good news for the telecommunications industry. If anything, it’s an attractive offering that will not only improve connectivity speeds for businesses and […]

Levelling the eCommerce Playing Field

Levelling the eCommerce Playing Field

Advances in technology have seen a significant increase in e-commerce transactions where goods and services are supplied to South African consumers through the medium of the internet. The Value Added Tax Act, 1991 (the VAT Act) requires VAT to be charged on these transactions at the standard rate of 14%.  A South African supplier of […]

This Tourism Week 16 April 2014

This Tourism Week 16 April 2014

This week Tourism Act signed into law Business tourism is doing well Tourism business? No: social enterprise. And a case study of note Tourism Act signed into law Congratulations to the National Department of Tourism on the signing of the Tourism Act No. 3 of 2014 into law. According to the official media release, the […]

Recycle, freecycle, upcycle, reuse

Recycle, freecycle, upcycle, reuse

By Claire Cobbledick, Head of Marketing, Gumtree South Africa On 22 April, South Africa will join the world in conserving energy for Earth Hour – but we should always have energy conservation in mind. South Africans throw away over 566 million tonnes of waste each year – most of which ends up in landfill sites. […]

Can Life Insurance for Seniors Help Cover Burial Expenses?

Can Life Insurance for Seniors Help Cover Burial Expenses?

In recent years, seniors have become an important market demographic for insurance agencies. Thus, they have lowered their eligibility standards and released new policies that offer life insurance for seniors. Furthermore, many state laws regulate insurance sells for seniors, making it mandatory for agencies to insure any healthy person who is not over 65 years […]

Dealing with multiple bosses

Dealing with multiple bosses

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH EACH OF YOUR MULTIPLE BOSSES: Praise your bosses when they merit praise.  Many employees forget that the boss is a person, too, and one who needs psychological strokes just like everyone else.  Assemble your evidence.  If you have a point to make, come in armed with supporting artifacts.  Don’t dump […]

#Ayisafani: The ANC has changed. But the SABC remains His Master’s Voice

#Ayisafani: The ANC has changed. But the SABC remains His Master’s Voice

Democrats, In the past, the SABC was always a propaganda machine of the apartheid government. The ruling National Party always deployed loyalists to the SABC. Their job was to make sure South Africans only saw and heard what the apartheid leaders wanted them to. That was one of the reasons so many people got involved […]

Communications outsourcing has arrived – choose your provider well

Communications outsourcing has arrived – choose your provider well

Communications outsourcing is an idea whose time has come. Techniques like virtualisation and the availability of affordable fibre-based broadband make it possible to provision a first-class managed communications service, on- or off-site. It further makes business sense to pass on the risk and cost of purchasing, owning and running your own communications infrastructure. If you’re […]

Commission for Employment Equity Report

Commission for Employment Equity Report

The 14th Commission for Employment Equity Report was released earlier today. The information and downloads on this page is kindly provided by The Department of Labour and The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). You may also find this downloads on www.labour.gov.za and www.ccma.org.za for more information, please visit the official page of the CCMA on www.ccma.org.za or The Department ofLabour on www.labour.gov.za Follow the […]

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe Online

5 Ways to Keep Your Family Safe Online

by Carey Van Vlaaderen, CEO,  ESET Southern Africa  The digital world can be scary. And whilst we, as adults, can be intimidated by fast-moving and ever developing technology, what is even more alarming is how tech savvy children of today are. A two year old will comfortably navigate around an iPad, whilst their parent fumbles. […]

Case Law Updates

Case Law Updates

Labour Guide Case Law: 2014-06 By Advocate Nicolene Erasmus Moloi / Macsteel Service Centres (VRN Reef) [2014] 2 BALR 117 (MEIBC) After being charged with sexual harassment, the applicant on 8 March 2013 in an email with “resignation” in the subject line, informed the employer that: “Seeing that Macsteel VRN’s future is not that bright […]

Draft Regulations Provide Clarity on 'Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value'

Draft Regulations Provide Clarity on ‘Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value’

By Fiona Leppan and Ben Cripps, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Section 6(4) of the Employment Equity Amendment Act, No 47 of 2013 (EEA) brands an employer’s failure to adhere to the ‘equal pay for work of equal value’ principle an act of unfair discrimination. In the pursuit of legal certainty, there is a need for parameters […]

Employment Equity Regulations Aimed At Enhancing Improving Transformation

Employment Equity Regulations Aimed At Enhancing Improving Transformation

The draft Employment Equity regulations issued by the Department of Labour are in no way intended to disadvantage any of the designated groups, according to the Minister of Labour, Mrs Mildred Oliphant. “Contrary to what some parties have claimed, the regulations were in fact introduced to enhance the implementation of the law. We opened the […]

Employee rights begin before you think they do

Employee rights begin before you think they do

By Ivan Israelstam According to section 213 of the LRA an employee is: “(a) any person, excluding an independent contractor, who works for another person or for the state and who receives, or is entitled to receive, any remuneration; and (b) any other person who in any manner assists in carrying out or conducting the […]

What is No Exam Life Insurance and How Can It Help Your Family?

What is No Exam Life Insurance and How Can It Help Your Family?

Having life insurance is essential for the well-being of your family and loved ones. No exam life insurance pays out a death benefit if and after you die. This death benefit can be used by your beneficiaries to cover important financial expenses. If you want to protect your family from unforeseen tragedies, make sure you […]

A preview of the novel you have been waiting for...

A preview of the novel you have been waiting for…

Thunder On The Veldt by Daphne Olivier Foreword by Anthony Scott, member of  International Guild of Battlefield Guides Daphne Olivier’s new novel, THUNDER ON THE VELDT, brings history to life in an epic tale that sweeps from the goldfields of Witwatersrand to Ladysmith, the battlefields in Natal, Howick and on to the Concentration camps where so […]

Mobile network operators can preserve their way of life by lowering prices

Mobile network operators can preserve their way of life by lowering prices

By Rob Lith, Director, Connection Telecom Recent events are evidence of unprecedented pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) to lower their prices. Yet a sober analysis reveals that the networks are really their own worst enemies, and can turn their fortunes around by simply lowering prices. Up against it The latest proposed cuts in the […]

Latest update on the National Credit Amendment Bill

Latest update on the National Credit Amendment Bill

The Plenary of National Council of Provinces approved the national Credit Amendment Bill on 26 March 2014 – all nine provinces voted in favour of the Bill. The Bill has been sent to the President to be signed into law and as the Bill is marked as “Consumer Protection”, it will fast track the enactment […]

Your body language: say it without words

Your body language: say it without words

First impressions are crucial to communicators, and we are all communicators.  Every day you see people, you greet people, and you meet people – at work, at school, and at social or business functions.  Before you even say a word, you transmit impressions, favorable or not, through nonverbal communication, the conscious and subconscious transmission and […]

The salutary story of Hangberg

The salutary story of Hangberg

As I read the Public Protector’s report this week, I tried to calculate how many legal procedures had been flouted in the construction of Zuma’s Nkandla Estate. And I was overwhelmed once more (as I often have been during my years in executive office) by a sense of powerlessness and frustration at the innumerable obstacles […]

The Revenge of a “Worst Order” Racist

The Revenge of a “Worst Order” Racist

It is intriguing — and difficult — to predict which issues will seize the media’s imagination. It is often even more surprising to see which issues are neglected or ignored. Two weeks ago — before the Oscar Trial began — Western Cape papers were full of the controversy about Cape Town’s new logo. As the […]

The benefits of high quality customer service

The benefits of high quality customer service

Regardless of the kind of work you perform within an organization, you have customers who need to be satisfied: Those who depend on you. Employees who make it a practice to meet the needs of customers are generally happier and more productive, and enjoy a greater sense of fulfillment in their jobs.  The reason is […]

No Medical Exam Life Insurance: Should You Buy a Plan?

No Medical Exam Life Insurance: Should You Buy a Plan?

No medical exam life insurance products are recent policies on the insurance market. Not so many people fully understand them and their advantages. As a result, the general tendency is to avoid them and keep searching for companies that sell standard life insurance policies.  But if you run out of options, do not forget to […]

Things to remember about you, yourself and yours

Things to remember about you, yourself and yours

YOURSELF Know yourself and analyse your personality.  Don’t imitate others. Believe in yourself and your ability. Be positive and goal orientated. Dress for success and observe etiquette. Be self-disciplined and controlled. Think independently and show initiative. YOUR ATTITUDE TO AUTHORITY Respect authority and learn to understand your manager. Be loyal. Respect confidentiality. Handle criticism maturely. […]

If You Can’t Take the Heat

If You Can’t Take the Heat

I love twitter for the same reason that many journalists don’t: it destroys their special status in society and liberates the rest of us. Social media, and Twitter in particular, have robbed journalists of their power to interpret the world for the rest of humanity. People who want to keep informed know that if anything […]

What makes for a sound property investment?

What makes for a sound property investment?

In good times and bad, investment in real estate has proven difficult to beat on almost any measure.   While world stock markets have had a good run, the fickle nature of excessively high price : earnings ratios has brought a nervousness which for many is difficult to live with.  Equally, gold has been erratic in […]

Etiquette for professional people

Etiquette for professional people

All career or professional people should know professional etiquette.  Certain rules apply to everyone. Have a ‘May I be of help?’ attitude. Be friendly, polite, charming, courteous, sincere and pleasant without being familiar. Treat all people the same.  Don’t have favourites.  Treat them all with courtesy and respect, from the Cleaner to the MD. Be […]

No Medical Exam Life Insurance: A Simpler Way of Getting Life Insurance!

No Medical Exam Life Insurance: A Simpler Way of Getting Life Insurance!

No medical exam life insurance has recently gained a better public image and many people are relying on it to provide the much needed protection. Its main aim is to offer fast and simple coverage for senior citizens or individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. Many of these people would otherwise remain unprotected. Other companies that […]

Personal tax relief positive news for cash-strapped consumers, says Dr Andrew Golding

Personal tax relief positive news for cash-strapped consumers, says Dr Andrew Golding

In today’s National Budget, the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan’s emphasis on controlling state expenditure while still placing a priority on encouraging growth, job creation and infrastructural expenditure is welcomed, as is the fact that he has managed to provide personal tax relief of R9.3 billion to cash-strapped consumers in the 2014/15 financial year, says […]

SA Today: The DA unites, the ANC divides:  A case study of land restitution

SA Today: The DA unites, the ANC divides: A case study of land restitution

As several commentators have noted, any government with the track record of Jacob Zuma’s ANC should not stand a chance of re-election. Yet, in the real world, it will be a political breakthrough if the ANC merely falls below 60% nationally, and below 50% in Gauteng. Various analysts proffer a range of reasons for this. But […]