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Marketing Officer

Started Jul 26, 2010 0 Replies

Although Pietermaritzburg is the provincial capital we do struggle sometimes for qualified staff.We are looking for a qualified and experienced Marketing Officer to work in a Newspaper company. Any…Continue

 

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Tell us about what you do
I'm passionate about developing people
I am a consultant offering training and coaching in people management and business communication, help with writing and editing (policies, contracts, conference papers, etc.) and general HR/IR consulting.
(see www.simplycommunicate.co.za)
What companies or organisations are you with?
Simply Communicate Consulting; Shuter and Shooter Publishing (HR Consultant); PROTEC Pietermaritzburg Academy

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Thabisile Zikalala commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Beautiful Ian, thank you for an inspiring and thought provoking article"
Apr 29
Charles Dey commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Thanks Ian, I find that complaining about things that I can't change generally leads to loss of libido, ulcers and dandruff, none good (especially at my age). "
Apr 27
sylvia hammond commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Good morning to all and thank you - yes Charles and Ian - that is the approach that I would support.  What can I do every day in my world to make a difference? Unfortunately, we have a portion of our population, who in my opinion seem to want…"
Apr 27

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Ian Webster commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Thanks Charles, That's the sort of engagement I was hoping for. What can we do and what are we going to do in our own space."
Apr 27
Charles Dey commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"@ Dale and Wessel. I prefer to take a more fox (as Clem Sunter puts it) view: what can I do to develop courses which result in improved performance in MY workplace environment? When I develop courses am I sure that I have produced the very best that…"
Apr 27
Dale Holdstock commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Education and Training for EMPLOYMENT that ADDS VALUE to our RESOURCES to break the shackles of poverty and unemployment. [Education] The MONEY needs to go to upskilling the TEACHERS. [Training] The MONEY needs to go to competent EMPLOYERS.…"
Apr 27

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Ian Webster commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Yes, Steve, I think the problem is we all prefer to talk about things out there for someone else to fix. As I see it, the problem is not whether we understand the value of nurturing people, but whether we DO it. So benefication (as we like to call…"
Apr 27
Steve Short commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"IMHO this would have been a great post WITHOUT the opening paragraphs @ Ian.  Instead it opened the door for Wessel to (rightfully) pose several $M questions.  I believe that members of this forum (given their background as HR/Training…"
Apr 27
Wessel PIETERS commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"The beneficiation debate will never stop.....Of course SA can beneficiate subject to the appropriate opportunities, risk orientation, skills, policies and business acumen: Diamonds have been discovered in SA since the 1800's…"
Apr 26
sylvia hammond commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"Hi Charles, thanks for your response.  Yes, I also agree with you that beneficiation of our raw materials is definitely the required strategy.  But I do also recall that it has been identified since 1994.   So your question is…"
Apr 26
Charles Dey commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"To my mind if beneficiation is to be the solution to our problems to economic growth (and I couldn't agree more with Blade that it is) then the key strategy must be on: 1. Partnering with investment partners to develop manufacturing plants with…"
Apr 26

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Should we separate academic and referenced discussions from casual discussions?
"Yes, thanks Sylvia. I like your distinction. Reading content (with some comments -- they are always welcome) and discussion content intended to generate discussion. Perhaps 'academic' is misleading unless it is defined. But we'll see…"
Apr 24

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Should we separate academic and referenced discussions from casual discussions?
"I guess I haven't been aware of the Forum. I have used my Blog and the Groups, but this discussion helped me get an idea of the forum as well, so perhaps that's right."
Apr 24

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Should we separate academic and referenced discussions from casual discussions?
"It seems to me that some of what Wessel is suggesting is accommodated in the separate groups -- some already existing, some to be created. Which gave me to think. I wonder whether that is perhaps where the distinction could (should?) be made. The…"
Apr 24

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Ian Webster replied to Madivan van der Merwe's discussion DO YOU HAVE A RESULTS-FOCUSED WORKPLACE?
"Thanks Madavin, It's not a solution that suits everyone, of course. Some people need more direct management. One has to ensure that the policy adopted allows for both without being unfair. Not easy in an environment in which we are always…"
Apr 24

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Ian Webster posted a blog post

Adding Value

I enjoyed ‘breakfast with Blade’ recently. The Minister of Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the FP&M SETA teamed up to engage with stakeholders in the sector.Dr Nzimande expressed concern, among other things, about how South Africa’s raw materials leave the country to be manufactured and…See More
Apr 24

Ian Webster's Blog

Adding Value

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 15:19 11 Comments

I enjoyed ‘breakfast with Blade’ recently. The Minister of Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, and the FP&M SETA teamed up to engage with stakeholders in the sector.

Dr Nzimande expressed concern, among other things, about how South Africa’s raw materials leave the country to…

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Hiring – Insights From Google

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 9:14 0 Comments

How much time do you spend on hiring? How important is it for you to get the right person? Google managers believe that hiring is the most important thing a manager or senior executive does.

I highly recommend Google: How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. It is…

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Ellen Tshabalala: an unqualified failure

Posted on December 22, 2014 at 16:00 0 Comments



I heard a snatch from a radio programme last week that tried to assess what people thought of Ellen Tshabalala’s resignation as chairperson  of the SABC. I was annoyed…

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Reflection at the end of the year

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 9:52 2 Comments

Let me share with my friends here my last Simply Communicate newsletter for 2014 (and a scary picture).

 

How has your year been? I hope that you will be able to set aside some time over the next month or so to reflect on the year and prepare for 2015. Let me suggest some things to help you in the…

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At 2:52pm on August 19, 2014, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Wishing you a happy birthday and a year that is successful in the way that you would wish - thanks for your contribution to our skills-universe community - we do appreciate it - sylvia and team
At 13:05 on May 21, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Sorry for the delayed reply, it has been very busy. Yes, my colleague, Abi and I will meet you at Mugg & Bean, Pinecrest Centre tomorrow at 14h30. Please won't you also send me your cell number, just incase there is any problem. Tx

At 8:43 on May 15, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Maritzburg is sometghing of a foreign country to me. I was there last month and managed to get totally lost. I am based in New Germany/ Pinetown, so the Pinecrest Centre in Pinetown would be most convenient.

At 8:18 on May 15, 2014, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…

Hi Ian, yes, I remember those TMS discussions well. I never did hear from Jeanette. It is very exciting that you are now freelancing & consulting and it makes me realise I really need to catch up on this forum more frequently! It would be great to meet up and have a cuppa coffee sometime. All the best!

At 12:38pm on August 19, 2013, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Happy birthday Ian - thank you for your valued contribution to our skills-universe and best wishes for a wonderful year - from the skills-universe team
At 9:42pm on September 14, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Hi Ian, I do so enjoy your sense of humour - please don't go away - at the end of a frustrating day you really made me chuckle :) sylvia
At 11:39am on August 19, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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happy birthday Ian from the skills-universe team
At 2:12pm on August 13, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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Good luck and best wishes for your new venture and new life
At 20:02 on March 22, 2012, Carl Muller said…

We need facilitators in KZN. Preferably Zulu speaking. 

R300 to R1000/hour. We will train you.

Self-Empowerment

Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile
Explain and apply the concept, principles and theories of motivation in a leadership context.

carl@vulamehlo.co.za

At 12:32 on March 11, 2011, Tracey Norton (Berry) said…
It sounds like Jeanette may be able to help us out :-) Definately worth a shot! I see that you are in Pmb - not too far north of Durban :-) Maybe we could also get together to discuss in more depth what we want from a TMS and how we would prefer it to work.
Regards, Tracey
 
 
 

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