Alan Hammond


Alan Hammond

Alan Hammond is the CEO of Portal Publishing. Alan co-founded Portal Publishing with his mother Sylvia Hammond in 2003, with the launch of the Skills Portal website.  Before that Alan was an independent HR and skills development consultant.  Alan learned about online publishing while working for the online publishing company from 1996 to 2002.  He started as an entertainment industry writer and rose to the rank of Managing Editor.

Alan studied at the University of Cape Town and holds an Honours Degree in Workplace Change & Labour Law from the Humanities Faculty, as well as the Associate in Management Certificate from the Graduate School of Business

Alan was a member of the Publishing Council of South Africa's association for the internet publishing, the IAB SA for a number of years.

In his spare time Alan is a mountain biking enthusiast and a regular participant in his local parkrun.

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Articles by Alan:

The industry organisation that promotes skills development in the country's workplaces is concerned about changes to the control over First Aid training providers. They have released a detailed position paper to explain their concerns, and their proposals for a solution to the problem.

After 750 days President Ramaphosa has announced that the State of Disaster, implemented to assist the government in dealing with Covid-19, will end. However a number of restrictions will remain in place as Covid-19 has not disappeared completely. The question many are asking is whether masks will still be required?

Two years after the announcement of a national State of Disaster was declared to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak, the President has said that it will finally be lifted. However this won't happen straight away. However some changes to the current rules on issues like wearing masks are to be made immediately.

The Cabinet has announced that because the latest wave of Covid-19 is believed to have peaked a number of restrictions have been removed from the Level ! 1 lockdown rules.

Minister Blade Nzimande has announced what he called a 'huge decline' in skills development levies which are used to fund the Sector Education and Training Authorities.

Finally Matrics can get some certainty about a year that has been nothing but disruption.  The timetable for the final matric exams has been released. The exams will now be written up until the 15th of December and more than 1 million candidates will be writing.

The Labour Minister and the CCMA were called in for urgent assistance when workers at the Pick n Pay distribution centre in Gauteng embarked on unprotected industrial action, demanding additional pay while working during the national lockdown.




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