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‘Legal action being taken against CPS employees sabotaging migration process’: Minister Nomvula Mokonyane says legal action has been taken against people who interfered with swapping of old cards for new ones & those interrupting Sassa staff in carrying out their duties.
Jacob Zuma supports son Duduzane outside court: The former president’s son Duduzane Zuma is accused of causing the deaths of taxi commuters Phumzile Dube and Nanki Mashaba in a 2014 crash.
SAHRC: SA is most unequal country in world: SAHRC says SA is the most unequal country in the world – with 64% of black South Africans, 41% of coloured people, 6% of Indian people and 1% of white people living in poverty.
DA to open case against VBS Bank executives: The bank was placed under curatorship earlier this year amid allegations of mismanagement and fraud.
NC police swoop on R77m counterfeit factory in Hartswater: The business was closed down this week during a sting operation in which police found various counterfeit items, including spices, sanitary towels and shoe polish, among other goods.
[WATCH] Duduzane Zuma court appearance: Insults, scuffles, threats & drama: BLF members surround AfriForum’s Kallie Kriel hurling insults at him and preventing him from entering the court. Later, a scuffle breaks out between BLF and journalists.
Questions over presence of VIP unit at Duduzane Zuma’s court appearance: Former president Jacob Zuma’s son made a brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrates Court on a charge of culpable homicide.
ANC in PTA: Msimanga set on hiring incompetent, unqualified white DA members: The ANC in Tshwane says Mayor Solly Msimanga’s executive director of the city Stefan de Villiers has no qualifications except a questionable body builder’s certificate.
Govt accuses CPS of sabotaging social grants migration process: The court has given South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) until the end of September to end its contract with CPS.
News from Africa:
Young Architect Thrives on GIBB Incubation Process: Research conducted by the University of the Western Cape found that about 70% to 80% of small businesses fail within the first five years of being formed. The vast majority of these businesses are started by black people. This points to an urgent need to develop small enterprises if they are to mature into sustainable […]
News from Africa:
Research conducted by the University of the Western Cape found that about 70% to 80% of small businesses fail within the first five years of being formed. The vast majority of these businesses are started by black people.
This points to an urgent need to develop small enterprises if they are to mature into sustainable businesses that can make a significant dent in South Africa’s high unemployment rate.
Keenly aware of the challenges of entrepreneurship for women, GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading engineering consulting companies, has long been determined to close the engineering gender gap by upskilling and empowering female engineers.
The company recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Water Research Commission (WRC) to develop a group of women water entrepreneurs – upskilling them in management to produce independent, sustainable water and sanitation enterprises and to transform the industry.
GIBB’s Environmental Services General Manager, Dr Urishanie Govender said the company prides itself in unlocking the potential of Africa’s young people and women engineers. “We ensure that deserving students and entreprenuers receive the strategic and technical support they need to achieve their career goals,” she said.
The enterprise development incubation process
In 2010, Nompumelelo Nzuza was a recently qualified architect with a masters degree, but was not getting the training she needed from her employer. She decided to take the leap into the unknown, resigning her position and entering the brave, new world of entrepreneurship.
Those were challenging times for the industry, with retrenchments afoot, but she decided to take the leap and set about doing small “private jobs”.
Now, Nzuza is one of the women currently part of the Women in Water Entrepreneurship Incubator.
“Running my own business has been tough,” says Nzuza. “But you get to a point where your work ethic and the quality of your previous projects leads to further opportunities. We have recently been landing further work from existing clients.”
“Being part of this skills development programme with GIBB has been a great opportunity,” she says. “It has allowed me to broaden my portfolio of work by partnering with a larger, more experienced business, to advance my skills, and to reach a larger client base.”
Nzuza said initiatives like the Women in Water Incubator were welcome, as were similar enterprise-development programmes for businesses in the built environment.
“Engineering has made great strides in supporting black females with bursaries and development,” said Nzuza. “The number of women entering building and engineering has grown. There’s room for more support in architecture, though – previously disadvantaged women make up only 3% of registered professional architects.”
Nzuza said she had found the incubation process with GIBB a great opportunity to form partnerships with powerful industry players. “I’ve been able to learn from them, so that one day I’ll have the skills to enter more specialised fields of architecture.”
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Johannesburg African National Congress regions and provinces will be cut out of the nomination process in an attempt to tighten the party's electoral process ahead of a fierce leadership battle at its December conference. The party announced on Monday that branch nominations for leadership positions will be submitted directly to a national electoral commission that will be made up of veterans and members of the national executive committee .
A MyJHB.co.za selected Alexandra Township video for you:
In 1996, when the post-apartheid South African government wrote its constitution, it enshrined the right to access to adequate housing in the document, and called for the state to take “reasonable legislative and other measures…toward the progressive realization of this right.”
But since then, the backlog of people waiting for adequate housing in the country has actually increased, from 1.5 million in 1994 to 2.1 million today. One big problem is the proliferation of informal settlements—areas where groups of people build houses, often one-room shacks, on land they don’t own.
In Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township, the largest informal settlement is Setswetla, built on the banks of the Jukskei River that splits the township in half. In this audio slideshow, Christian Belanger takes a look at the challenges Setswetla’s residents face.
Read more: http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/examining-alexandra-renewal-project
Desirous of forming a Special Rates Area for Central, at a meeting held at the Mandela Bay Development Agency on 11 November 2015, Central residents, property and business owners appointed an interim committee to take the necessary steps towards the establishment of the Central SRA. Based on a fundamental need to improve the area that the residents of Central reside in, the property owners within the Central area will now formally apply for the registration of the Central SRA.
A Special Rating Area is a geographic area within the jurisdiction of a Municipality, determined or to be determined by the Municipality Council in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004 as an area within which an additional rates amount shall be levied by the Municipality and paid over to a community owned Company for its sole use in improving aspects of service delivery within that geographic area.
A number of Public Participation meetings are planned for residents on 29 November at the Union Cricket Club and 1 December at the MBDA, Tramways Building. Both meetings will be from 17h30 to 19h00.
The Central SRA website (www.centralsra.co.za) is active and allows residents to quickly determine the exact amount that each will contribute towards the Special Rated Area as well as allowing each owner to complete and sign an online consent form.
Feedback from the Public Participation meetings and via the web site will allow residents and owners to gain clarity on the formation of the Central SRA.
Speaking from personal experience the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay gave the Central SRA the thumbs up saying; “The Richmond Hill SRA has been a huge success, mostly ridding the area of serious crime & grime. The rejuvenation of this suburb has resulted in improved cleanliness, massive property value appreciation and the establishment of a popular restaurant hub. For just a small rates increase, the residents of Richmond Hill have benefited immensely.”
Interim Central SRA committee member Kenrick Brown says; “Applying best practice from lessons learned in the formation of the Richmond Hill SRA the creation of the Central SRA will ensure that the residents of Central achieve a unified and cohesive voice. This coupled with an independent budget will allow for a pro-active and aggressive approach to improving security, cleanliness, and maintenance within the central area. Furthermore it will allow for better cohesion in working towards complementing the various urban renewal services and infrastructure projects being implemented by government and their various agencies.”
The demarcated area for the Central SRA comprises a total of 4 131 properties all falling under Ward 5 on the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.
Ward 5 Councillor Sandile Rwexwana welcomed the proposed establishment of a Special Rated Area in Central saying, “As a resident in Richmond Hill I have seen the benefits that an SRA brings to an area. For example, during the recent Municipal Workers strike the SRA mobilised to clear the streets of rubbish – a direct benefit to residents and business in the area. As the DA Ward 5 Councillor for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality I support the establishment of the Central SRA and welcome the benefits that it will bring to property owners and tenants in this vibrant and historical area of Port Elizabeth.”
“SRA’s are not politically driven and empower neighbours to decide for themselves what improvements or additional services they would like to see implemented in their suburbs – as a consequence SRA’s could also be seen as an importance agent for dialogue and understanding within the broader context of Nation Building,” concluded Sandile Rwexwana.
Welcoming the formation of the Central SRA Mandela Bay Development Agency CEO Pierre Voges said; “As the driving force behind Urban Regeneration within Nelson Mandela Bay tasked with providing support in promoting economic and tourism development the MBDA welcomes the formation of the Central SRA and looks forward to the accelerated service delivery that this will bring to the historic inner city of Port Elizabeth.”
“During the World Bank/Urban Land Institute (ULI) weeklong visit to the City in November 2015 the visitors indicated that SRA’s, City Improvements Districts (CID’s)/Business Improvement Districts (BID’s) are the most powerful tools to eradicate urban decay,” concluded Voges.
All municipal buildings, schools, and places of worship in the Central SRA demarcated area will be exempt from the special SRA levy. This effectively exempts approximately 350 properties from this special levy, as per the NMBM Budget and Treasury system.
Fresh from launching the Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism App on the cities iconic Donkin Reserve, NMT CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile expressed her support for the formation of the Central SRA saying; “The NMBT Tourism offices are are in the heart of the Central area across the road from one of our cities main international tourist destinations – the Donkin Reserve. The formation of the Central SRA will contribute to the preservation of our historical buildings in the inner city as well as improved safety for the many tourists who will be exploring the area with the NMBT App.”
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It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression
Arguably one of the key moments in any hiring process is the interview. This defining and equally nerve-racking juncture imparts quite a fair amount of pressure on both the hiring manager and the candidate. The former’s objective is to thoroughly assess aptitude, attitude and chemistry, for the latter it’s putting their best foot forward while simultaneously attempting to make a favourable and lasting impression.
Add the competitive environment, contrived atmosphere and rigid time constraints and this be- comes quite the tricky ask. Which is why despite the somewhat unrealistic expectations on the efficacy of interviews, The Talent Boom – a global executive search recruitment agency – believes that injecting creativity into this demanding process will lead to better results. There are a few ways in which this can be done.
A serious time to play
Introducing creativity and a relaxed sense of play into the process can break up the monotony of repetitive and overly rehearsed interview scenarios for both the interviewer and candidate. In addition to providing an open and interactive environment, this playful interaction further serves to dis- arm the candidate and allow the interviewer to unlock deeper and more insightful answers and assessments.
Location, location, location
A real estate dictum for a reason, location can add real value to the interview process, particularly when said location is unexpected or taken out of the typical workplace context. Unusual environments stimulate fresh perspectives to the benefit of both the hiring manager and candidate.
An interactive game – specifically designed with the interview process in mind – serves to not only break the ice in a fun, interactive way, but also assist the hiring manager with quickly assessing the candidate on various levels while at the same time allowing the candidate to make a more accurate, unique and – more importantly – lasting first impression.
“We developed 28 SECONDS, based on a popular board game, to inject creativity into the hiring process by serving as an ice-breaker and allowing hiring managers in creative industries to gauge candidates’ proficiency, communication skills, problem solving abilities and their level of confidence. Research has shown that you’ve only got seven seconds to make a first impression. With four phrases on each game card, you’ve got a shot at four seven-second first impressions on your future employer. Better make it count! Play a round to break the ice in your interviews or just have a fun team building session to test your knowledge!’ says Emily Keyes, MD and founder of The Talent Boom.
The Talent Boom is a global creative, digital, advertising and tech Executive Search firm headhunting senior to board member elite expat and local talent for global ad agencies, sports agencies and large corporations across UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
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