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Why CA (SA) Spells “Success”

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

The debate on a career path has always been on whether to choose a career path for job satisfaction or for monetary reward. The debate also begs the question: Can I get both monetary reward, as well as job satisfaction and the answer, is a very firm yes. Research revealed that the South African businesses needed 22 000 qualified accountants.…

Disability is Not Taxing

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Leigh Burton was always encouraged by her parents, regardless of her hearing disability, to complete a degree that would enable her to support herself and allow her as a woman to be financially independent. Her career of choice was that of a Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)]. Leigh always saw how much her father enjoyed his career and this also motivated her…

Mathematics Thought Leadership

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

It is clear that Mathematics underpins the economy as well as science and technology. This is evident when one is able to see that disciplines in Engineering, Mining, Computers and computing and other such areas have mathematics as a firm prerequisite. According to a Mail & Guardian article (http://mg.co.za/article/2011-04-04-teachers-maths-problems-just-dont-add-up), one of the problems is that the teachers are not adequately…

TBF Donors- Changing the Landscape of South Africa

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Johannesburg, Friday, 31 May 2013 On Friday 31 May the Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) donors were acknowledged for their support for this initiative since its inception in 2005. Guest speaker Yusuf Ambramjee, Head of News and Current Affairs at Primedia Broadcasting and Head of Communications for the Primedia Group, complimented the Thuthuka programme as an empowerment programme that will make…

The Right to Education Should Be a Given: What Do You Do When it’ s Not?

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

The availability and quality of education still falls far short of students’ Constitutional rights – but access to better options is possible for those prepared to find and take advantage of corporate assistance. The biggest challenge facing South Africa’s disadvantaged youth is education. Section 29 of the constitution guarantees “everyone” the right to a basic education and further education, which…

Transformation

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is keenly aware of the skills shortage in the financial services industry, and of the negative effect this shortage has on accountability and service delivery in the public sector. In response, SAICA has put its money where its mouth is, collaborating with government across a wide set of projects all aimed at…

So The Revised Codes are Difficult But What Are They Trying To Achieve?

28 August 2013 ABC OF BEE

You might have looked at the Revised Codes of Good Practice (RCoGP) through a business lens, and realised they were so difficult to score on, that they left you wondering what they were trying to achieve, and if this was a step in the right direction or just too large a chasm to leap. This article revisits the original intention…

Positive Q1 Growth for Just Property

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

07 May 2013 For property specialists, Just Property, the first quarter of 2013 has been a mixed bag with conservative growth in residential sales and strong performance in residential letting. Just Property experienced growth in residential sales and strong performance in residential letting in their first quarter for 2013. A snap survey across the group’s franchises countrywide revealed that residential…

e-Waste: A Potential Goldmine for Savvy Manufacturers

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

22 November 2013 Making green from green Most South African companies fail to take advantage of the potential that exists to make millions of Rands from recycling electronic waste. Also, by ignoring reverse logistics – which deals with the returns and proper disposal of obsolete products – companies are not only indirectly damaging the environment, but their corporate reputations. “Companies…

Fewer Suppliers, More Engagement, Better Results

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

22 November 2013 Research findings: collaborative relationships with suppliers a leading contributor to success New research shows that deeper relationships with service providers are a leading contributor to the overall success of companies, especially those involved in the supply chain. That’s according to a global study of over 400 companies conducted by US-based research firm SCM World. "As with most…

Mindset Change Needed For SA Wine Industry To Become More Competitive

28 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

27 August 2013 A lack of supply chain awareness is hampering the competitiveness of South Africa’s wine industry. However, supply chain experts believe that with some changes made to the industry’s supply chains, SA wine will be able to compete far more effectively on the global market. This belief is backed by a recent study conducted by Stellenbosch University (Wine…

The Great Debate on Training Versus Development

23 August 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Growing your talent pipeline and creating a bench of effective leaders is reliant on finding the right leadership development tactics that work with individual needs and organisational goals. Many companies have employed training programs in the hope of developing strong leadership potential. While training focuses on technique, content and curriculum, development focuses on people. Where training adheres to standards, development…