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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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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…"
19 hours ago

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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."
21 hours ago

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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…"
22 hours ago

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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…"
22 hours ago
Wessel PIETERS commented on Ian Webster's blog post Adding Value
"The Israeli's made a choice. I wonder how a Palestine uni can add value to UJ?  Maybe UJ needs their help."
yesterday

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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
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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Should we separate academic and referenced discussions from casual discussions?
"Hi Sylvia, Some of the comments seem to read you as suggesting that we separate the academics from the hoi polloi and ne'er the twain shall meet. But I read you as suggesting simply clarifying where to go if you want to read or participate…"
yesterday

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Ian Webster liked Rudy Maritz's discussion Warning to all Freelance Facilitators - Credit Risks
yesterday

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Ian Webster commented on Nthakoana Maema's blog post WSP for NPO - How much of the training applied for in WSP is subsidized?
"THe WSP and ATR include all training accredited or not. Discretionary grants depend on the SETA, but usually apply only to accredited, credit-bearing courses. B-BBEE scorecards are more fussy and must be looked at very carefully if that is your plan…"
yesterday

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Ian Webster commented on Nthakoana Maema's blog post WSP for NPO - How much of the training applied for in WSP is subsidized?
"Another thought, training and developing the unemployed (especially youth) is also an acceptable use of your training spend to go onto your WSP. If I understand you correctly you don't have money to spend on your employees outside of any…"
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Ian Webster commented on Nthakoana Maema's blog post WSP for NPO - How much of the training applied for in WSP is subsidized?
"Hi Nthakoana, I don't think that the mandatory grant will apply. This is an automatic payment of 20% of one's levy as long as you supply your WSP. If you are a non-levy-paying member, there is nothing to base the 20% on. As I understand…"
Wednesday

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Ian Webster commented on Nthakoana Maema's blog post WSP for NPO - How much of the training applied for in WSP is subsidized?
"I have, since the beginning, argued with training providers who advertise that, since they are registered with a SETA we can claim our training spend back from our SETA. That has never been the case. As Sylvia says, the 20% Mandatory Grant comes…"
Wednesday

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Rights and responsibilities for training - employers and employees
"Hi Sylvia, Yes, there is usually a time commitment for the employer's financial input. Sometimes that is based on the length of the course, sometimes (more sensibly, I think) it is based on the amount spent. The Company is offering a…"
Apr 17

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Rights and responsibilities for training - employers and employees
"Hi Sylvia, I haven't come across any agreements requiring the employer to pay the employee to attend training. especially for AET training, which is (usually) purely for the benefit of the employee. I say that because the the employer has taken…"
Apr 17

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Ian Webster replied to Kholofelo Mogane's discussion FET qualification
"I don't think students fully appreciate (or have explained to them) the reality of the FET qualification. I'm putting it rather simplistically, but the FET qualification is essentially either an artisan qualification or a stepping stone to…"
Apr 3

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Ian Webster replied to sylvia hammond's discussion Skills Development Act Regulations – two sets are currently relevant in the group Skills Development Facilitators
"When I first started as an SDF under the MAPPP SETA (I hope you are suitably impressed with my acronymiousness!) they spoke of a Skills Development Plan and SDP was what we used for some time before WSP took over. Perhaps WSP was used to distinguish…"
Apr 1

Ian Webster's Blog

Adding Value

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 15:19 1 Comment

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
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
At 9:42pm on September 14, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 11:39am on August 19, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
At 2:12pm on August 13, 2012, sylvia hammond gave Ian Webster a gift
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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