Are we in danger of "greenwashing", or doing just enough to seem fashionably eco-conscious, but not actually pro-active? Stephen Jacobs from Living Wealth asks the question: how do you provide a compelling business case for the transformation of outdated, planet-wasting habits?

Des Squire explains how developing intuition by listening to one's heart can lead to heightened empathy with others, improved creativity and a healing of past hurts that may be interfering with every day choices. We are trained to dum down the voices of our hearts, but in some cases, it may be best to follow their advice.

"It seems that giving advice to entrepreneurs or offering mentoring and coaching services to startups has become big business the world over." notes Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp. Allon highlights three key areas which are good predictors of success.

Firstly, anyone who understand the Seta Process must realise it is fundamentally flawed.
No business should be totally responsible for educating their workers, unless it is an apprenticeship - but this is usually done with intervention from State. The duty of education, should be state intervention, educators and the workers themselves.

"Occupational training should begin in Grade 10 and continue through to Matric," says Services Seta CEO Ivor Blumenthal. His Seta has developed a programme which will help young people get workplace experience while still at school, and fast track their careers once they get into the job market.

Passion, determination and self-belief are key to starting and running your own business - this is the consensus of a group of South African women entrepreneurs who are featured in a new book, released this February.

The Mpumalanga Provincial Government will launch the Maputo Development Corridor, one of the province?s "Big Five' flagship projects, which aims to unleash economic development while growing the regional economy.

Increasing the number of skilled South Africans requires skilled education
and training practitioners to deliver the training and conduct assessments.
But do we have enough trained trainers? IPD's Mark Orpen tells us that his
company is working with the ETDP Seta to conduct an industry-wide gap

It is sometimes referred to as a soft skill, but it certainly proves very hard for most companies to get it right! Good customer service starts with recognising customer needs, before meeting or surpassing them. As an expert in the area, Des Squire has some useful guidelines to help us get this right.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) launched a technically advanced water cannon truck which aims to effectively manage unruly crowds and promote stability during the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.



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