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Manpower South Africa’s 2016 annual Talent Shortage Survey finds Skilled Trade and Management/Executive positions the most difficult to fill for South African employers.
ManpowerGroup’s eleventh annual Talent Shortage Survey [manpowergroup.com/talentshortage] shows some interesting results for 2016 over the 2015 results, with Skilled Trades remaining in the top three most difficult positions for companies to fill, and Engineers falling down to fourth. The survey is conducted annually, using a sample of 750 businesses in South Africa.
Despite a tough economic environment, 92% of small businesses in South Africa actively plan to increase their customer base and generate more sales over the next 12 months. This is just one of the findings from the 2016 National Small Business Survey released by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).
When we think of vacations, some of us want to explore new places and try exciting activities, some want to kick back by the beach or meet interesting people with exciting cultures. Then there’s me, who wants to do everything – hike, sleep, drink, read books, talk to the locals and so much more. Interestingly, all this is more than possible in South Africa!
South Africa’s Mimecast (http://www.mimecast.com) tech company is dedicated to makes business email and data safer for more than 19,200 customers and millions of employees worldwide. Founded in 2003, the Company’s next-generation cloud-based security, archiving and continuity services protect email and deliver comprehensive email risk management in a single, fully-integrated subscription service. At this year’s GITEX week of technology, the South African company will be exhibiting at the World Trade Centre (Booth: Sheikh Rashid Hall SR-A1). GITEX is one of the leading technology startup fairs that brings together a lot of experts and practitioner in the technology industry.
South Africa is currently experiencing its ‘’special period’’ as there is too much doom and gloom. The announcement that President Jacob Zuma had paid back the money for non-security upgrades at his Nkandla brings to finality this national tragedy and just like Marikana, it must never happen again.
Maybe I am the ultimate optimist, but I acknowledge that times of crisis are times pregnant with opportunity. The Minister of Finance announced during his Budget Speech that there is an intention to merge South African Airways and South African Express under a strengthened board. Before the Cabinet in consultation with Treasury appointed this board, it was common knowledge that SAA experienced governance and management challenges.
I was sitting in my hotel room in Cameroon, when the news filtered in that a former Uber driver had committed acts of crime against passengers. It is just not the Uber way. Uber because it’s a business that is decentralised, it ensures that it conducts thorough background checks on all its partner drivers and ensures that their car are in top notch condition.
South African Airways one of the state owned enterprises has been slapped with a R105 million fine for market abuse. The claim was submitted by Nationwide Airline that ceased operations. Nationwide initially claimed R171,5 m in damages including interest but the South Gauteng High Court ordered that SAA pay R104,6 m plus interest for damages for uncompetitive practices. Nationwide is claiming damages as it ceased operating in April 2008 and is currently in liquidation processes.
Says Glenda Mansfield, co-Founder and Marketing Director of MCSISA
The African city of the future: finding real alternatives to creating mere replicas of Dubai, Shanghai and Singapore
African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit to gather developers, investors and planners
Almost all SA products (about 99%) will have preferential market access in the EU, compared to about 95% under the old agreement
As one of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change participating member states, South Africa has made international commitments to both sustainable development and climate change
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) (DBSA.org) has financed 21 renewable energy projects since the launch of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPP). This was revealed at the annual SA Gas Options conference in Cape Town and follows the announcement of South Africa’s Gas to Power Project Information Memorandum (PIM). Ms Lucy Chege, General Manager for Energy Financing at the DBSA, said “The DBSA’s achievements in the renewable energy space confirms our role as an instrumental partner in developing integrated solutions for and on behalf of the Department of Energy’s IPP office and National Treasury.”
ENSafrica’s third annual anti-bribery and corruption (“ABC“) survey reveals a significant increase in incidents of bribery and corruption in Africa. The survey results show that 39% of respondents experienced incidents of bribery or corruption in the last 24 months, and highlight a marked increase in bribery and corruption in South Africa in particular.
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