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Fetola wants SME’S to be exempt from labour laws

1 October 2014 GET THAT GIFT

(This article first appeared on Bdlive) THE proposed small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ministry should consider an exemption of labour legislation for businesses below a certain size, apart from labour laws related to health and safety, said Cape Town-based enterprise development agency, Fetola, on Thursday. The agency said that South Africa’s "restrictive" labour laws were largely devised through negotiated settlements…

15 Best Gifts For Your Boss

30 September 2014 GET THAT GIFT

Is your boss a straight-laced man who loves to golf or a tender-hearted grandmother with a penchant for hand-knit cardigans? Either way, you may be wondering what to get them as a gift to celebrate a recent accomplishment, for Christmas, or for Boss’ Day. Before you grab a gift card, you may want to give something a little more personal,…

PR:The Savior of your SEO Woes

17 September 2014 ABC OF BEE

Industry analysts have been keen to sound the death sentence on traditional SEO in the wake of recent algorithm updates from Google. It’s arguable that they have good grounds to make such dramatic claims. In its never-ending battle to have its search spiders behave more like humans, the big daddy ‘G’ has increasingly moved away from gratifying those who tick…

How to ace your next interview and secure your dream job

17 September 2014 HR ESSENTIALS

By Karen Ekron, Head of Department, Recruitment at Sage VIP Payroll & H Every job opportunity is an opportunity to show off your skills and abilities as well as the personal qualities that you have to offer an employer. Here are a few ways to impress an interviewer with your professionalism and integrity. Be punctual When you arrive on time…

The Future of Social Media Marketing

12 September 2014 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

If you're in the saturated business of social media, you want to ideally know what strategy the masses will be following in 2015 and start implementing that now. But making fleeting predictions about what the future holds for us as social media marketers is the tricky part. One thing that is certain is that many of us are currently struggling…

Good service is a process

12 September 2014 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

By Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp This article first appeared on Fetola  I recently had the privilege of being invited as a guest to Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The various Singita game lodges have consistently received an extraordinary number of prestigious international awards among them, and the lodge I stayed at had at one point…

The Glass Recycling Company’s got a heart for glass

11 September 2014 GREEN BUSINESS

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) is excited to share its vibrant new look and feel and unveil a new logo - demonstrating a ‘heart' for glass! The new emblem showcases TGRC's passion and love for glass. The new look is now more closely aligned with the company's approach in fulfilling its role in South African society, and the company's move…

IMPERIAL’S UNJANI CLINICS ARE TRANSFORMING HEALTHCARE, EMPOWERING WOMEN AND CREATING JOBS

5 December 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Johannesburg, 5 December 2013 Imperial Health Sciences’ Unjani Clinic initiative won the “Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Business Award” at the recent Investing in the Future Awards, hosted by the Mail & Guardian and Southern Africa Trust. This annual event is aimed at recognising and honouring good corporate citizenship. Following an investment of more than R7 million…

Companies’ social involvement must go beyond ad hoc charity

4 December 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

4 December 2013 With several charitable giving campaigns being the norm at this time of year, it becomes very easy for business to commit to long-term social investment and responsibility programmes that might not be ideally aligned to its core operations, potentially causing frustration during the next year. While once-off, non-strategic charitable donations may benefit a number of disadvantaged groups,…

SAIPA supports the World Bank ROSC Report

4 December 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

4 December 2013 The World Bank has recently released its second Report on the Observance of Standards and Codes: Accounting and Auditing (ROSC) for South Africa.  In its report, the World Bank recommends that professional accountancy organisations be placed under the oversight of an independent body. Generally, the report is highly complimentary about the state of the accountancy profession in…

The diminishing size of the corporate report

3 December 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

3 December 2013 South African listed companies are global leaders when it comes to integrated reporting, with this new and improved form of corporate reporting rapidly taking hold in many parts of the world from the United Kingdom to Austria to Australia and Brazil. As the most experienced reporters – our local listed companies and large state-owned companies have been…

IMPERIAL RESOLVES TO MAKE BUSINESS BETTER WITH ITS ACQUISITION

28 November 2013 BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

Johannesburg, 28 November 2013 Imperial Logistics is to acquire a 55% interest in business software applications specialist IMMIX Solutions. The business will be incorporated into Imperial Logistics group company Resolve, and managing director Heinrich Strauss explains that the acquisition forms part of the group’s strategy to enhance its client service offering. “At Resolve, our purpose is to make business better,”…