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There is increasing pressure on organisations, both public and private, to ensure that their business activities comply with statutes, regulations, and standards, both local and international. In addition, the regulatory environment has become more and more complex. As a result, organisations have chosen to implement consolidated and harmonised approaches to achieve compliance without overlaps, duplication or wasted resources. The responsibility for compliance lies with top management and to achieve this, organisations are increasingly seeking the services of compliance practitioners to advise, support, monitor and control risk-based compliance frameworks.


The combined effects of the pandemic, a weak economy, rising inflation and interest rates are resulting in more financial stress for many South Africans, which is taking an associated toll on their mental well-being.


South Africa is facing record-high unemployment rates and a critical skills shortage. While several countries are experiencing what they call "the Great Resignation," South Africa's skills shortage is making news for ranking as a key global risk. This means the skills shortage can have a significant negative impact on our economy and industries for the next decade.


The days when learning was thought to be a passive process of receiving new ideas and information are long gone. Today, effective learning is energic, active and actionable, and promotes the application of new ideas and information. This type of learning is referred to as “active learning”.


The ubiquity of mobile devices is aiding employees to transform businesses into more efficient, agile, and productive operations. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, discusses how this has led to the rise of tech-powered human resource and payroll solutions to help with employee management.


There’s a lot to think about when you start your first job, from performing well in an environment that’s new and unfamiliar to the complexities of the work you’re assigned.


The empowerment of women has a far-reaching impact on their own lives, their families and communities, and society as a whole. Women who are empowered to make choices in all areas of their lives, have greater control over their health, their careers and their quality of life.


Many young people today want careers that will empower them to make a positive difference in the world.  A wide range of socio-economic and political issues including social justice issues, as well as the climate change related crises are top-of-mind on a daily basis, compelling Millennial and Gen Z generations to want to roll up their sleeves and work to bring about change. 


Switch Off My Cookies! This was the gist of the tense, urgent message left for me by the IT Manager of one of our large corporate clients. Somehow, she had become embroiled in a debate with her company's legal department, who had decided that having a cookie policy was too much of a bother. Or less kindly, cookies carried too much risk for the technophobes who likely had no inclination to find out what a cookie was.


On Wednesday, Microsoft Corp. released a Work Trend Index Special Report, “Technology Can Help Unlock a New Future for Frontline Workers,” and announced new features in Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Viva designed to serve millions of frontline workers.


Digital talent in Africa leads the pack in looking to change jobs in the near future for better career opportunities: 73 percent will switch roles to advance their careers, compared to 63 percent globally. Career advancement is the main driver for technology employees to move jobs, according to the findings of a Decoding the Digital Talent Challenge report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network, a global alliance of recruitment websites.


We have had report after report revealing disheartening information regarding job losses and economic downturns following the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Over 1.4 million jobs were lost in 2020, and only a fraction of this was expected to be recovered in 2021. Similar events have occurred on a global scale. Is there any good news? Read on and see how you should be pivoting your career, and adjusting expectations with regards to work and studies.


Retaining high performing talent is a critical business imperative.

While a degree of organisational turnover is inevitable, there are costs linked to the departure of a high calibre employee. These include the costs associated with finding temporary or replacement staff, reduced morale as employees work overtime, failure to satisfy the customers because of loss of productivity and insufficient production capacity.


Nelson Mandela University Business School is making history on the continent by offering an internationally recognised new doctoral programme for business professionals and specialists. This unique, solutions- driven degree programme is designed to develop crucial skills for executives who have to navigate organisational complexity. We are indeed proud to add this distinctive qualification to our basket of offerings, said Dr Randall Jonas, Director of the Business School.


South Africa's much-loved icon, former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has passed away, peacefully, aged 90. His death has seen tributes pour in from across the country and across the world.


In October 2021, the Compensation Commissioner in South Africa issued a Notice on Compensation for COVID-19 vaccination side effects. The Notice was published in terms of section 6A(b) of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 (COIDA) and provides that the Compensation Fund will "cover employees for injuries, illness or death as a result of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine”.


High engagement online school, Koa Academy has announced the appointment of proudly South African creative, Majozi as their new Head of Culture.  The SAMA-nominated musician is well-known for ‘wearing his heart on his sleeve’ and for crafting hit songs conveying his inspiring perspectives on life. 


Choosing a private school is a complex process and the wide range of available options does not make it any easier.  Over the past decade, private schooling in South Africa has changed significantly and there are now private schools available across the economic spectrum.


Never one to shy away from a challenge, Dr Poppy Masinga, Head of the Social Work and Community Development Faculty at SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology) has been appointed as the incoming President of the Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI). 


From till-packer to owner of a supermarket in one of South Africa’s biggest retail networks, Shadreck Siziba’s business journey has taken him to the top of the class in the Small Business Academy (SBA) development programme for township entrepreneurs run by the University of Stellenbosch School (USB).

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