July 2009 Blog Posts (23)

Trade union defends strikers against 'trashing' allegations

Announcement from SAMWU:

Trashing : The Good The Bad and the Exaggerated

SAMWU has noted press coverage on trashing and the comments of well known media commentators such as Tim Modise, and others who have used terms like ‘mayhem’ to describe the situation in municipalities where rubbish has been spilled onto the streets.

This union has called on all of its members not to trash, and will continue to do so. We acknowledge that it is… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on July 29, 2009 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

International Masters Programmes for Trade Unionists

The Global Labour University

International Masters Programmes for Trade Unionists

Masters Programme "Labour Policy and Globalisation"

In January 2007 the GLU Masters programme with a focus on Labour and Development started at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, South Africa. The core courses are: Labour and Development & Economic Policy, Globalisation and Labour.

Coupled with their Research Project which involves interaction with… Continue

Added by sylvia hammond on July 29, 2009 at 14:53 — No Comments

EE Report - October 2009

Hi all,
With the changes to the EE report for this years submission, does anyone know of any seminars or information sessions that are taking place to equip us with the necessary knowledge to complete this report?

Added by Nizima Cassim - Sayed on July 29, 2009 at 12:21 — 2 Comments

Attention small businesses that fall within BEE status

Black Business Supplier Development Programme


[ Black includes African, Indian and Coloured ]

· Apply Now!

For the government incentive/grant programme designed to assist, establish, promote, and develop your business.

(Black businesses includes African, Indian and Coloured enterprises with a minimum share-ownership of 51%)

· Benefits

The Incentive Programme is an… Continue

Added by Bronwyn Newman on July 28, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

The object of liberal training - 1909

I enjoyed finding this speech by chance, delivered by Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States in 1909:

"The object of liberal training is not learning, but discipline and the enlightenment of the mind. The educated man is to be discovered by his point of view, by the temper of his mind, by his attitude towards life and his fair way of thinking.

"He can see, he can discriminate, he can combine ideas and perceive wither they lead; he has insight and… Continue

Added by Caitlin Smythe on July 28, 2009 at 14:18 — 1 Comment


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Added by Bronwyn Newman on July 28, 2009 at 12:35 — No Comments

Leadership for a New Economy

Leadership for a New Economy.doc

Academia has the responsibility to develop a theoretical foundation – an academic base – to develop a system of capital that is socially responsible. If we continue to educate executives, accountants, teachers - without inculcating how they contribute to our economy, to our country, then… Continue

Added by sylvia hammond on July 23, 2009 at 13:15 — 1 Comment

The 3 rules of project management

So – Its day one. I’m up earlier than the birds and the creatures of the night are starting to go to bed. I have been dreading this day for more than two weeks.

Today is “Project Planning” day.

I’ve realized early in my career that planning is the most important part of any project, just as Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I can go into a day without breakfast, but inevitably by 10AM I am worth about as much as that ‘creature of the night’ going to… Continue

Added by Werner Rossouw on July 23, 2009 at 10:44 — No Comments

The Power of Continous Training

I have been working with a dynamic financial services company of 42 staff, since June 2008. My mandate was to lower the staff turnover and change the negative culture. The company had a staff turnover of 60%. After doing a needs analysis I designed and implemented a holistic programme delivering both soft skills and technical skills. The results are phenomenal. We turned the whole company around - we dropped the employee turnover down to 7% and upped the production by 20%. The company culture… Continue

Added by Frances Kazan on July 22, 2009 at 16:03 — 5 Comments

Construction (Roads and Infrastructure)Related Training Materials

Please help.

I am looking to buy training materials for some in house training I need to do and am finding it impossible. This is not accredited training and is just something we want to do to create an interest in further learning, to establish training needs, create some uniformity and awareness of standards within the company.

We would like to do this with our Foremen and Operators and plan to build on this project with accredited training by training providers through out the… Continue

Added by Diane Blyth on July 22, 2009 at 15:47 — 3 Comments

A university wish list

It’s sad that many people go to university before they are aware of the options available to them – in terms of establishing a career and networking a future for themselves. By that same token, it’s good that many go simply to live free of the worries that come with pursuing a high-flying career, making money, and carving a way for themselves.

But there are some things I regret from having gone to university fresh from a small town (having just turned eighteen) with precious few… Continue

Added by Caitlin Smythe on July 21, 2009 at 10:30 — No Comments

A different view from a 16 year old ?

I've read the comments and Blog (HIV/Aids related issues) and commented myself on this very important issue. Needless to say that this will be an everlasting subject as long as the numbers grow and the true statistics will never be true to the actual reality.

Thus the reason why I have asked my 16 year old daugther to write something about her view on this subject and related issues such as sex and STD's. This will give us maybe a better understanding towards our new Generation and I would… Continue

Added by Amanda van der Merwe on July 20, 2009 at 17:27 — 2 Comments

Proclamation gives legal powers to new government Ministers

The Presidency has issued a proclamation that gives legal authority to the new education ministers, Blade Nzimande and Angie Motsheka.

All legislation in the education sector previously referred to the Minister of Education as the responsible Minister. President Jacob Zuma split the functions in his cabinet with Nzimande responsible for Higher Education and Training and Motsheka responsible for schools as Minister for Basic Education.

However the legal authority of the new… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on July 15, 2009 at 16:00 — No Comments

The Social Plan - Turnaround Solutions/Interventions

I would like to hear from anyone who has registered with the NPI or Productivity SA as a service provider. The financial audit requirements appear to be a bit onerous so I am wondering if anyone has any advice to offer?

Turnaroundsolutions & ProductivitySA

The Social Plan Technical Support Facility, a unit of… Continue

Added by Anthony Kreiner on July 13, 2009 at 12:21 — No Comments


I read an interesting article: COMPANIES NOT RECLAIMING SKILLS REBATE, Cape Argus of July 1, 2009


The purpose of the SDA is to create a formal framwork to educate and upgrade people's skills.

Companies can claim back a percentage of the money spent on training. I cannot understand why companies do not send their staff more on training. I am fortunate to be at an institution that believes in staff development and not once that when I've applied to be send on a course,… Continue

Added by Wilma de Villiers on July 12, 2009 at 21:47 — No Comments

Do people fear creativity?

The answer is YES. We repress imagination/fantasy because of our fears associated with the unconscious, which is that mysterious space that we have been conditioned to avoid. We know this because PLAY and fantasy make people uncomfortable. One of the reasons is that ego-consciousness is afraid of what personal and collective unconscious content may project into the party. We fear TRUTH.

Jung views emotional dysfunction as most often a problem of psychological one-sidedness, usually… Continue

Added by Anthony Kreiner on July 10, 2009 at 18:56 — 3 Comments

Workers flex their muscles

Industrial relations is all about power. Employers usually want to pay their staff as little as they can, while workers want to earn as much as possible. The parties battle it out, sorry ‘negotiate’, until they come to an agreement.

We have seen a wave of industrial action lately, with even doctors learning to toi-toi to further their demands for more pay.

It does seem that Cosatu has a new sense of importance in Jacob Zuma’s South Africa and are using the opportunity to… Continue

Added by Alan Hammond on July 10, 2009 at 8:28 — 2 Comments

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People are the core of the organisation; people make… Continue

Added by Keith Barends on July 8, 2009 at 12:07 — No Comments

Ultimate Puzzle - ALT(Mx)

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The challenge you face is to discover a thinking process linked to the ancient mysteries: the Green Language, the Philosopher's Stone, and the Kabbalist's Daath. There is an innate language of thought, a right-brain heuristic, that is part of the puzzle and the key to your higher… Continue

Added by Anthony Kreiner on July 2, 2009 at 21:18 — No Comments

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