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John Botha: COO of Global Business Solutions The World Health Organisation estimates that around 300 million people across the globe suffer from depression. This has become the leading cause of disability worldwide. While there are effective treatments for depression, anxiety, emptiness, a lack of energy and hopelessness all of these symptoms can have a significant impact on an employee’s performance at work as well as adverse effects on interpersonal relationships among workplace team members.

Latest update: 21st August 2023 from www.labour.gov.za

Please see updated schedule of venues for roadshows on:

22nd, 23rd, 24th, 30th August, 2023, and 13th September, 2023.

Note: The Cape Town meeting moved to 13th September 2023.

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Much has been said about the impact of Covid-19 and the current state of our economy on the livelihood of so many people. People unfortunately have died, jobs are being lost, companies are restructuring and closing, employees are being retrenched and many workers are unsure as to what the future holds in store. What is of concern to me is the way in which companies are going about firing or retrenchment employees based on operational reasons or whatever other reasons they give. In many instances there is no proper consultation taking place or there is consultation after the fact.

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The first paragraph of the chapter on the thinking brain:

Homo sapiens is destined to think, and thus all information on earth is created by human brains. The fact that the brain is a knowledge creator is acknowledged everywhere in the world, except in schools where learners’ brains are turned into knowledge duplicators.

http://learningdesigns.co.za/books/

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Employees who wish to access the revised parental leave benefits of 10 days per annum paid by the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be able to do so with full rights under the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) as of 1 January 2020. This was contained in Gazette 42925 which was published on 23 December 2019. 
 
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Many people think that being a good leader comes from an innate ability. Conversely, others think that anyone can be a leader as long as they have enough experience in the line of work their team is concerned with. Neither of these ideas are accurate. 

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Today was the launch of the 5th National Skills Conference - a hybrid online & in person conference. Minister Blade Nzimande gave the Keynote speech - full of very interesting content - all worth spending our time on. So, I have copied the entire speech - from the www.gov.za website
https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-blade-nzimande-hybrid-5th-national-skills-conference-28-sep-2021-0000

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After spending some time getting to understand exactly what the National Learner Records Database (NLRD) contains, I have a concern that we are:
- looking for our horse shoes, when we've lost our horses - a Persian proverb found on the internet:
https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/82276/idiom-request-for-describing-a-situation-in-which-people-pay-attention-to-their

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With the arrival of Coronavirus in South Africa immediate action is needed to try to control the outbreak and to slow the speed of infection in the country. In the business world is vital for the continued operation of businesses that policies are put in place immediately. The SA government might think its okay to announce in the middle of the week that they'll have a special meeting on Sunday afternoon but businesses need to move much more quickly than that.

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The Joe Samuels Tribute Evening Lecture The NQF – for what? Joe identifies three areas of rapid change, each constituting overall challenges in themselves: climate change, African continental developments, and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Against these challenges and context, the question is: the NQF – for what? Sitting in Cape Town, the first challenge is very well understood – the effects of climate change.


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