September 2011 Blog Posts (54)

2011 TIME 100 list


The TIME 100 most influential things in the world - 2011

By Joel Stein


1. Earthquakes

Not just the tsunami-causing one in Tohoku, Japan, that killed more than 14,000 people, but the ones in Burma and Christchurch, New Zealand as well. No matter how sophisticated we get with our gadgets and eighth-grade method of categorizing conflict in novels, it's still…


Added by Cindy Payle on September 30, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Call for young ETD Practitioners

To all ETD practitioners i think its high time i put whats bothering me  for discussion. The fisrt question to all is whyere are the young one's in the ETD field, it seems we are destroying the future of our own field as theres a shortage of young ETD practioners currently. If we want to change skills development framework in south africa lets prepare ourselves for the coming battle by ensuring that we protect the master seed which is the youth to join the field and by doing so, we are…


Added by Andile Nconjane on September 29, 2011 at 14:36 — No Comments


Emile Jansen: Heres a press release about the play .... 


When Afrikaaps opened in Cape Town in 2010 it was met with wide critical acclaim, the press described as it ’spectacularly successful’, ‘exciting and engaging, funny and inexpressibly entertaining’, `a slick and professional…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on September 29, 2011 at 12:38 — No Comments

New CCMA Guidelines for Misconduct Dismissals will change the way we arbitrate

Due to the high number of successful review applications, it would appear that the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has finally been forced to formalise certain rules and procedures relating specifically to misconduct-related arbitrations (bearing in mind that more than 80% of cases referred to the CCMA, relate to misconduct).

These rules will formally come into effect on 1 January 2012, as published in Government Gazette number 34573 of 2 September 2011-…


Added by Deborah Hartung on September 29, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

From classroom under a tree to a wooden classroom

Mpumalanga pupils who were taught under a tree leaped for joy when they entered their new timber classrooms on Monday 26 September 2011.

 The timber classrooms were formally handed over at Beketelani Primary School in Blairmore near Amsterdam on the previous Friday afternoon.

 “I am very happy about the new classrooms because we are now going to learn even when it’s raining. We used to learn under a tree and it was hard for us,” said pupil Sphamandla Sangweni, 13.



Added by sylvia hammond on September 26, 2011 at 18:27 — No Comments

Socialism is emerging clearly through government actions

I have just realized it is a faction in government adopting a socialist agenda under the guise of our democracy and we will see a more socialist state emerging, under the eyes of the voters without them even realizing it is happeneing.


So basically the big power struggle is socialism versus capitalism and the voters are excluded and un-required participants?

Added by Gavin Tonks on September 26, 2011 at 13:01 — 1 Comment

Marketing & Advocacy Intern

Minimum Requirements:

• A marketing, public relations or media qualification or be in the final stages of achieving such a qualification.

• Excellent communication skills, particularly writing.

• Great interpersonal skills with the creativity and drive to pursue new opportunities.

• Extensive online experience and a deep understanding of social and new media.


We are offering a small monthly stipend of R2 500-00, a supportive learning environment and the…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on September 26, 2011 at 9:26 — No Comments

Education, Economic & Business Openings from the President's USA trip

Media Statement 25 September 2011 

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Pretoria, South Africa today, 25 September, after concluding a successful and busy working visit to the United States of America, where he led the South African delegation to the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, and also promoted economic and educational ties with the US.  

Political programme 

On the political front, President Zuma attended a High Level…


Added by sylvia hammond on September 25, 2011 at 17:05 — No Comments

Call for Abstracts - Gender, Work & Organisation

Source: BUIRA

 Call for Abstracts

Gender, Work and Organization, 7th international interdisciplinary conference

Women’s Organising: Groups by Women, for Women, about Women

Date:                     27 to 29 June 2012

Venue:                 Keele University, UK

Deadline:             1 October 2011




Added by sylvia hammond on September 25, 2011 at 11:33 — No Comments

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant to attend G20 Employment Ministers Meeting

An upcoming two-day G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting is expected to develop new paths for job creation, among other pertinent issues.…


Added by sylvia hammond on September 25, 2011 at 11:23 — No Comments

Taking Action – It’s the Cornerstone of Success

To be successful, you have to do what successful people do and successful people are highly action-oriented. People at the top of every profession share one quality — they get things done. This ability supercedes intelligence, talent and connections in determining the size of your salary and the speed of your advancement. So many times, we plan to do things. We’re going to develop a networking or referral plan. We are going to start a business. We are going to implement our strategic plan. We… Continue

Added by Karl Smith - The Networking Guy on September 23, 2011 at 16:33 — No Comments

When my boss sings off-key in his office

My boss (who is incidentally the mastermind behind the Skills Universe) sings and makes jokes all the day long. Initially I found his behaviour rather odd and suspect. My scepticism comes from a very bad work experience, and the belief that all bosses were hateful people was supported and confirmed by similarly depressing reports from friends and family about their employers. According to popular world view bosses are to be feared, despised and avoided at all costs.

The recent…


Added by Cindy Payle on September 23, 2011 at 15:44 — 5 Comments

Is Your "NET" Working?

The internet provides as an easy to use platform. The prolific development of online businesses and social media has

resulted in so many business networking opportunities. With so many business networks, local, national and global, is it really hard to choose.

Some are only virtual and some include face to face meetings. Some are free, some requiring a small payment and others a larger payment. It’s mind boggling!


But, really is your “NET” ……


Added by Pearl Jenny Seigel on September 22, 2011 at 19:23 — No Comments

Assessor and Training provider accreditation

Our Vision:

We aim to be the leading Training Centre that delivers Skills Internationally recognized and TETA approved  , with provisions of short term housing provisions and Training and Development center within the region and meeting the needs our Local businesses needs.


Our Mission Statement:

Emthonjeni wo-Lwazi Skills Foundation & I.T Services (Pty)Ltd

is a diversified Black …


Added by Andrew Zungu on September 22, 2011 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

President Zuma's statement at Open Government Partnership, New York

Excellency President Obama

Excellency President Rousseff;

Excellencies Heads of State and Government,

Members of the Open Government Partnership International Steering Committee;

Representatives of civil society partners;

Ladies and gentlemen, 

Thank you for this opportunity to participate in this important discussion on open government.  We would like to thank President Obama and President Rousseff for…


Added by sylvia hammond on September 20, 2011 at 16:39 — No Comments

Why the need for more ABET?

At a time in the South African training landscape where the concept ‘ABET’ elicits quite negative reactions, why would one bother to invest in yet another ABET programme?

Taking cognisance of the fact that Employers have not seen much of a return on ABET investment, and that learners do not seem to take full advantage of the opportunities judging to the high drop-out rates, one indeed needs to reflect on the sensibility of developing new product or embarking on new projects.…


Added by Zerelde Uys on September 16, 2011 at 12:03 — No Comments

Perfect solutions through creative thinking

This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once used as part of an actual job application.

You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. An old friend who once saved your life.

3. The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that…


Added by Tim Malone on September 15, 2011 at 21:51 — No Comments

Internship for accounting graduate

We are looking for an unemployed graduate with some experience of pastel for a 1 year internship


Contact Details: Angelique Sayed

Number: 021 425 9307



Where: Cape Town (CBD)

Closing date: 23 Spetember 2011

Added by Bronwyn Newman on September 15, 2011 at 13:57 — No Comments

Consultation with employees is essential - do you have a Skills Development and EE committee?

Employee unhappiness and apparent lack of loyalty is caused, in many instances, by the failure of companies to communicate adequately with employees. Employees have no forum to express their concerns or bring ideas and suggestions to the attention of senior management other than through line managers and supervisors.

This is such an unfair and unfortunate situation. In many instances, senior management is not aware of the unhappiness and lack of moral that exists as line managers do… Continue

Added by Des Squire on September 15, 2011 at 12:40 — No Comments

An open letter to SA's youth

( Posted: 4 September 2011)

By Jonathan Jansen: Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State.

This must be a very confusing week for you. You saw the children of Cosmos High trying to overturn a police van with school bags still strapped to their backs.

You saw the pupils of Goldfields High ripping into each other with blood streaming from the mouth of one of the fighting girls.

You saw children of your…


Added by Cindy Payle on September 15, 2011 at 10:57 — No Comments

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