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Who wants to be a public servant?

It seems that working as a public servant no longer holds the prestige it once did. Occupations like teaching and other public sector services have taken a back seat.

Very often the brightest graduates set their sights on joining the biggest corporate companies or worse, opt to leave the country taking their shiny new skills with them.

Why is this happening? where is our sense of civic duty? Or our desire to give back?

There is a lot of…


Added by Cindy Payle on January 9, 2015 at 13:21 — No Comments

Nominations for Champion Award - Association for Skills Development in South Africa (ASDSA)

The ASDSA will be launching our Professional Body and our Professional Designations on Wednesday, 18th February in Gauteng.

The Board and Certification committee made the decision to Award Champions in the Skills Development field and for this purpose we require nominations from our members.

Please complete the nomination form…

Added by Gill Connellan on January 9, 2015 at 4:15 — 4 Comments

Let's shoot...

A short tale on how easy it is to mis-communicate across cultures and languages.

The narrow, dusty roads wound endlessly around the steep sides of the Valley of a 1000 hills.

To my right the magnificent Inanda dam held back the waters of the mighty Umgeni. Behind me the river bounced into the best section of rapids, between Pietermaritzburg, and Durban, Africa’s biggest port. This was a fairly new view of the dam for me. Normally I would have been on…


Added by Brian V Moore on January 8, 2015 at 13:20 — 6 Comments

Trust and Betrayal at the Work Place - Are your Actions Eroding your Relationship Capital?

For many employees today, collaborative, complex problem solving is the essence of their work says Karl Smith author, speaker and founder of Business Networking South Africa.  These "tacit" activities normally involve the exchange of information, the making of judgments, and a need to draw on multifaceted forms of knowledge in exchanges with co-workers, customers and suppliers.

Trust is the foundation for collaboration and the importance thereof is widely recognised these days,…


Added by Karl Smith - The Networking Guy on January 5, 2015 at 14:56 — No Comments

Baboons laugh at each others' foreheads!

Lessons from my journey. When our paradigms change, our vision shifts!

It was 1996 and I was head over heels in love. A love that was only possible in the latter stages of the Apartheid era and the New South Africa. My girlfriend and soul mate was stunningly beautiful, amazing and from a different culture and religion. I was on a delightful and somewhat belated path to a new life with my soon-to-be wife.

Initially, when we went out in public…


Added by Brian V Moore on January 5, 2015 at 14:36 — 1 Comment

Cultivating the corner stones of a good office

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an American organisation that connects college career services professionals with university relations and recruiting professionals, as well as businesses affiliates, asked employers what skills and qualities they desire from graduates in 2015.

The sample was small, but the results offered valuable insight to those entering the job market:



Added by Chantel Harris on January 5, 2015 at 14:07 — 2 Comments

Ellen Tshabalala: an unqualified failure

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…


Added by Ian Webster on December 22, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

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Buy today and get 100 learner manuals plus 1 free faciflitatlor…


Added by Yolandie Mostert on December 15, 2014 at 9:25 — No Comments

7 Critical Steps for an Awesome Diversity Training session!

Diversity training for teams is an excellent opportunity for team building! 

Traditional diversity training can be educational yet it can also be incredibly painful! And very few people want to be bored to death!

Here are some tips from our …


Added by Brian V Moore on December 12, 2014 at 12:53 — 3 Comments

Is your small business covered for liability claims for workplace violence?

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their workers and they must do everything reasonably to protect their workers. South Africa has very high statistics of violent crimes compared to the rest of the world and workplaces are not immune to such crimes. If the employer fails to take reasonable steps to prevent workplace violence, they can be held liable for damages suffered by the…


Added by sharon snell on December 10, 2014 at 21:28 — No Comments

25 Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Regardless of your definition of success, there are, oddly enough, a great number of common characteristics that are shared by successful businesspeople. You can place a tick beside each characteristic that you feel that you possess.

This way, you can see how you stack up. Even if you don’t have all of these characteristics, don’t fret. Most can be…


Added by Jeanine Topping on December 10, 2014 at 15:07 — No Comments

Reflection at the end of the year

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…


Added by Ian Webster on December 9, 2014 at 9:52 — 2 Comments

The Numbers to Know to Grow Cash Flow

One of my main business mantras is ‘Know Your Numbers’, and because numbers are the language of business, it’s numbers that will ultimately determine your success.

Business is literally a numbers game, but what numbers should you know?

Here are seven metrics that will give you predictive results you can measure and manage for more sales and bigger…


Added by Jeanine Topping on December 9, 2014 at 9:27 — No Comments


The international community responded to a call from Community Development Initiatives International (CDII), a South African non profit company, by submitting Messages of Goodwill to the Youth of South Africa to recognise International World AIDS Awareness Day.…

Added by Don Leffler on December 8, 2014 at 14:57 — No Comments

Theory on Eskom and the Apocalypse

I thought I should share my emotional state where Eskom is concerned. 

I very often, tend to watch Discovery channels and find the many few american people a bit over the top.  They always preparing for the 'End of Days' and now lately most of these movies tend to have scenarios of these events, and how one man finds a way to survive.

Is this really far fetched?

Let's take Ebola, conspiracy theory is that rich power countries are testing the strain on…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on December 8, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Ho'oponopono - a time to heal.


What I love about the diversity of cultures, traditions and religions is the incredible storehouse of wisdom that can and will impact our lives, should we welcome different ideas into our lives. Here is a beautiful Hawaaian way to heal conflict, with anyone, anywhere. 

Mahalo for your kokua, Hawaai!



Added by Brian V Moore on December 7, 2014 at 18:02 — 3 Comments

Re-Membering Nelson Mandela

The sacred season of Advent is upon us, bringing  for us the promise of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace, which we so dearly need in our time.
This season also reminds us of World Aids Day on 1 December and Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. The season of Caring and Sharing. 
These days are also located within the 16 Days of International Activism against violence Campaign, which of course is meant for us to focus on seeking healing for our woundedness in…

Added by Michael Fraser on December 7, 2014 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

Where have all the interns gone? The importance of tracking the career progression of graduate interns

Where have all the interns gone?


INSETA recently caught up with Indwe Risk Services, one of the Seta’s numerous partners implementing skills development, to find out what has happened to the interns who participated in the company’s internship programme.

Indwe Risk Services - passionate about our youth!

Indwe provides short-term risk services, and has for the past eight years partnered with…


Added by sharon snell on December 3, 2014 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

FAIS and RE Facilitator Required

Hi Everyone,

We are looking for excellent facilitators, who are able to facilitate FAIS compliance and RE workshops for individuals who will be required to complete the examination. It is preferable that facilitators are able to speak and facilitate in several different languages.

Please send your CVs to, as well as your experience in facilitating similar workshops. Please be sure to include your FAIS certification as applicable.

Should you know…


Added by Jared Shippel on December 2, 2014 at 9:59 — No Comments

Threshold theory,how smart do you have to be to succeed?

A few years ago I decided to leave working in the Corporate world. This was for many reasons, the biggest being I no longer wanted to work with or for people I did not resonate with. This did not change for at least a year after I left the workplace and set out on my own. I found that because I was desperate for business I made alliances that were as lying, cheating and downright unpleasant! I however have just about reached and tipping point. Things have improved - only because I stuck to…


Added by Tass Schwab on December 1, 2014 at 13:45 — No Comments

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