Human Resource

Governments and civil society organisations of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland will assemble in Johannesburg in July to focus their efforts on combating child labour in the region.

Human resource practitioners in the Department of Public Service met recently in Port Elizabeth to discuss the many new initiatives that the Department is running to strengthen the human resource function.

The old mantra of keeping your personal problems personal is no longer valid in the modern workplace, According to GIMT Manager Ashleigh Cooper. She explains that management increasingly realise that our personal lives impact on our work, and ignoring this impact is not the most effective solution.

The lack of proper retention strategies is damaging SA companies dearly as replacing key staff is disruptive, expensive, time consuming and may even threaten the sustainability of an organization.

The Home Affairs Minister will use her discretion in extending the duration of the Intra-Company Transfer Permit for skilled immigrants seeking to work in South Africa.

A 'smart leader' is so much more than just an intelligent one, says GIMT Academic quality director Wikus van Vuuren. They also possess more than emotional, spiritual and physical intelligence than their counterparts.

In today?s highly competitive job market, many recruiters are damaging their clients? brands and turning off candidates by their poor management of the hiring process says Adcorp CEO Hilton Brown.

As efforts to turn around the fortunes of Denel unravel, the parastatal has announced a series of measures it is putting in place to cushion the impact of possible job losses on its employees.

The corporate world may be letting younger blood through the revolving doors but SA?s large corporates continue to choose relatively older, more experienced employees to fill their top jobs, especially those at Executive Committee level.

Many employees are now wanting and expecting to be fast tracked into top positions without paying the necessary "school fees’ - and if they don't get them they start looking for greener pastures. Sound familiar?

With the right attitude and right energy levels, you can achieve almost anything, with or without the full range of skills. A person with the requisite skills, a negative attitude, bad demeanour and low energy can scupper any organisation, says Tony Dovale. But how do you ensure you have the first group in your company?

"Employment equity is not about to be scrapped and it is time we live with that fact,' says Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana, speaking ahead of a judgement in the Durban Labour Court on two KZN companies believed to have flouted the Employment Equity Act.

The shortage of social workers in South Africa threatens the well-being of society according to presenters at a recent conference, with 16 000 social workers needed and only 300 graduating from universities each year.

A new recruitment model that is widely used in the UK and Europe is being rolled out in South Africa and will dramatically cut the costs of recruitment.

With Jipsa, the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition, the major focus of attempts to stimulate the economy, people skills are now in the spotlight. What challenges does this new programme pose for the human resource department? Our commentator shares some views.

From this year the Department of Labour will be much tougher on the submission of employment equity reports. The Minister has warned that they will no longer accept employment equity reports that have not been fully and correctly completed and employers will in future be deemed not to have reported until all outstanding information has been supplied.

Becoming a chartered accountant generally assures one of landing an attractive package at a prestigious corporation but without the "right’ experience and attitude, the path to the top can be bumpy.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka took the opportunity of the launch of the Global Media Monitoring Project to call on the media to address gender imbalances in the industry by giving women voice in stories.

SA employers are more progressive when hiring women of a child bearing age despite the fact that companies abroad continue to discriminate.

Written or verbal references are virtually useless as a tool for would-be employers, unless heavily contextualized.

A new national project is recruiting unemployed female graduates to benefit from work experience postings in the United Arab Emirates. The Public Works Department will pay for all expenses during the 6-month to one-year programme.

There is concern that women are seriously under-represented in management positions within the liquid fuels industry - and the sector's transformation charter does not address this issue.

The American FBI's most wanted may be a top 10, but Home Affairs recently-released list of South Africa's most wanted includes 56 occupations and skills where foreigners will now get easier access to South Africa.

The national Cabinet has heard that the public service has failed to meet the government's employment equity targets and has identified a number of areas for attention.

Professor Kader Asmal encouraged South Africans to embrace and enhance diversity for the development of a stronger nation - rather than seeing diversity as something to manage. Asmal was speaking at the launch of the Diversity Providers Association.

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