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PROFILE OF AN ENTREPRENEUR Jack and master of all trades
Establishing a small business is the most rewarding – and challenging – career move you could make. But the freedom of being your own boss comes with a number of
21 Sep 2017 - V. H.
LEARNERSHIPS SEEK TO MAKE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO SA’S DISABLED WORKFORCE An integrated, robust effort from the public and private sector is required to boost employment levels among the country’s disabled workforce.
According to data by Statistics SA, around 2.9 million South Africans are living with disabilities, yet only one percent have jobs. And as the country observes Deaf Awareness
20 Sep 2017
INTERNET OF THINGS Not just a tech project
The Internet of Things is here to stay as a range of connected devices become mainstream in our work and business lives. According to forecasts from Gartner, this year will end
20 Sep 2017
MANAGING THE TSUNAMI EFFECTIVELY I have to make my position very clear. I am a firm believer that the use of technology has a crucial role to play in the preparation of today’s learners for their life beyond the confines of academia. I am also of the opinion that technology in and of itself, does nothing. Technology is a tool. And like any tool, it can be used successfully or abused.
In 1996, the late Steve Jobs was being interviewed for Wired magazine and was questioned on his views on the potential for technology to transform education. His reply was a
19 Sep 2017
CHAD LE CLOS, THE GOLD STANDARD South African swimming sensation Chad le Clos stole the show at the recent World Championships in Hungary, breaking hearts on his way to a hard-fought and emotional gold medal in the 200m final
This came after both of his parents fought cancer last year and missing out on Olympic gold. The born winner showed the heart of a champion, breaking the field in the last 30m to
19 Sep 2017
GRADSTAR – TOP 100 GRADUATES ANNOUNCED South Africa’s Top 100 Undergraduates Announced!
After receiving thousands of entries from across the country and putting the entrants through a rigorous four-phase judging process, South Africa’s Top 100 university
15 Sep 2017
Premier Hotels & Resorts Hospitality Marketing Maven Joins Premier Hotels & Resorts
With over 25 years of marketing, public relations and events management experience - predominantly within the hospitality industry - Christa Badenhorst has been appointed
15 Sep 2017
FINANCE INDABA AFRICA Africa’s​ ​biggest​ ​finance​ ​conference,12 and 13 October - Sandton Convention Centre
The Finance Indaba Africa 2017 is Africa’s biggest conference for finance professionals. On 12 and 13 October 2017 the Sandton Convention Centre will host thousands of
14 Sep 2017
DIVERSITY DEFICIT WILL AFFECT STRATEGY This August, we celebrate “Women’s month” remembering the women who marched to Pretoria in 1956 in protest against the apartheid pass laws. Their actions remain brave and remarkable and, even today, should make all South Africans proud.
The guts, gumption and leadership are there, so why are so many of today’s women still nudging the top positions? Why are so many still dancing to the tune of second-rate
13 Sep 2017 - K. I.
THE SOFTER SIDE OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT “Technology is an exciting and rewarding career,” states Lorraine Steyn firmly. And she should know. A pioneer in the South African software development industry, Steyn has been at the helm of the company she founded for some 30 years since it launched. She ascribes her company’s enduring success to the fact that she started Khanyisa Real Systems (KRS) with an entrepreneurial mindset, which she continues to apply every day.
When it comes to some of the challenges and opportunities that women may have in the technology sector, Steyn is vocal. “Women are very suited to software development, as
13 Sep 2017 - K. H.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MPUMALANGA (UMP) UMP was established in 2013 and stands as a symbol of the ambitions of the new South African society. Professor Thoko Mayekiso, Vice-Chancellor discusses the university’s leadership role within the academic sphere, its commitment to providing education of the highest standards and a vibrant student experience for all and cultivating responsible student leaders
In a region thirsty for learning, UMP assumes a leadership role in providing the Province and the country with academic avenues for advancement. “The university endows its
13 Sep 2017
FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT It is not unusual to come across the mention of ‘poverty’ and ‘Africa’ in the same sentence. Our Africa’s website states that over 40% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in absolute poverty, despite the sharp decrease of worldwide absolute poverty falling from 40% to 20%.
This association of Africa as the poverty-stricken continent is one which is being fiercely contested. Africa will become a prosperous continent, according to the African
13 Sep 2017
THE PROMISE OF WEARABLE TECH IN THE WORKPLACE Why it makes sense for any business
Business owners and managers are sceptical about the hype around wearable computing, and rightly so. After all, the first incarnation of the Google Glass eyewear was an experiment
13 Sep 2017
OUT OF RECESSION Dave Mohr (Chief Investment Strategist) & Izak Odendaal (Investment Strategist), Old Mutual Multi-Managers
South Africa exited a short-lived technical recession after posting positive growth in the second quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP), a broad measure of economic activity,
13 Sep 2017
DOORS OPEN IN MINING FOR LEADERS TO MANAGE SOCIAL RISK The growing focus on managing social and environmental impacts in the male-dominated mining sector is creating entirely new fields of opportunity for female professionals and leaders like Vassie Maharaj, who is now a Director, partner and Principal Consultant in stakeholder engagement and social risk management at the highly respected SRK Consulting, based in Johannesburg
In EY’s 2016/2017 top ten business risks for the mining and metals sector, the social license to operate ranks fourth on the ranking. Maharaj’s contribution as a
13 Sep 2017 - S. B.
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