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A company?s approach has everything to do with the success of IT security training and skills development says Christo van Staden, director of Carrick Holdings, a local provider of security solutions, training and consulting services.

The UCT Graduate School of Business will run an innovative course this October that tackles a problem common in the world of business: the gap between strategy and implementation. The Strategic Leadership Coaching course was launched earlier this year and has garnered very positive feedback from the senior business leaders who attended.

On-Site Training has been selected as the preferred training provider to provide end-user training to the R.M. Group's clients on their relationship management tool called R-mailT. "It is a fantastic product and we believe it will do exceptionally well in the market."

The Department of Labour has instituted investigations into circumstances surrounding the death of construction worker in the North West. Emmanuel Okakanyeng (40) died last week, after falling from the mudguard of a tractor he was traveling on.

Faculty Training Institute (FTI) has launched a Saturday version of its popular Diploma in Business Analysis course. The Saturday programme, which will fast-track its normal 6-month course into an intensive 4-month experience, is primarily aimed at contractors and consultants who prefer to attend training outside of normal working hours.

The tried and tested study technique of mind mapping is being incorporated by Foster-Melliar into their training courses, making every possible effort to aid and support students on their path to success in the tough ITIL training sector.

The families of two security guards mauled to death by lions at a Free State game farm last month, have received their compensation payments from the Compensation Fund. Jacob Ntinyane Poo and Motlalentoa Ben Tats were on duty at the Farm Game Lodge outside Henneman when the two animals attacked them.

Today, cyber criminals are organized, in many cases part of syndicates, established to carry out threats to extract information for fraud, extortion and other criminal acts. This means that individuals and companies have to be proactive in defending themselves against attacks.

The findings of the CA Attitude to IT Business Alignment survey painted a positive picture of the IT industry, but also shows that local CIOs have an opportunity to transform the measure of IT value from purely cost-based to benefits-based.

Municipalities around the country are continuing to receive training on the Batho Pele (People First) principles to ensure effective service delivery and uphold customer care. This includes management training and the deployment of experts in engineering, financial administration and town planning.

The nearly 50 years old Maccauvlei Training and Conference Centre is to become a
completely independent private company, following the sale of the business by Anglo American SA to management and a BEE consortium. General Manager, Jan Hollenbach reassures clients that company will remain committed their status as a SAQA/NQF registered provider.

Combining theory and practice, a new short course at UCT Gradaute School of Business explores different approaches to negotiation and teaches negotiators how to advance their interests in a co-operative manner. The programme is targeted at key groups such as employers, trade unionists, lawyers, mediators and financial advisers.

On-Site Training is a participant in the Bankseta voucher scheme, which allows selected banking sector SME's to access training to the value of R10,000. MD Richard Rayne says that the company's training, which usually takes place at the client's premises, provides the flexibility that smaller businesses need.

Spreadsheet errors can be the cause of loss of lucrative contracts, fraud-related charges being brought against company executives, and massive losses in financial results, explains Adrian Miric, MD of Miricle Solutions. His company supplies Spreadsheet Professional, an Excel auditing tool which can prevent problems, like the one experienced by a Canadian firm that lost $24m because of a spreadsheet mistake!

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said that the lack of reliable data about workplace accidents is a major concern facing his department. Addressing a meeting of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS) the Minister said workplace accidents and diseases cost the country millions of rands annually.

Assessment College of South Africa (Pty) Ltd has appointed Busi Pepu as executive director on the company?s board with effect from 1 September 2006. Her appointment follows the recent purchase of 26% shareholding in the College by Liberty Lane, a black company with Herman and Connie Mashaba of "Black Like Me' fame as major players.

The Department of Labour?s preliminary investigation into the explosion at Eskom?s Centlec substation at Westdene, Bloemfontein, which left one worker injured, has revealed that the blast may have been caused by a short circuit.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is running two innovative short courses on wine marketing and global competitiveness this September. The courses will be presented by Dr Johan Bruwer from the University of Adelaide in Australia, a senior academic in Wine Business Management and an internationally awarded market researcher and author in the wine industry.

How do we ensure that all current employees, learners on learnerships, and graduates have the opportunity to practice essential business skills in a safe, non-threatening environment? Brian Kleinsmith from Holistic Advancement believes that they have found the answer with a new learning framework they are presenting with their Canadian partners.

The lift maintenance company whose employee sustained injuries after falling from a lift up from the 16th floor, is facing possible criminal charges. This comes after inspectors from the Department of Labour concluded investigations into circumstances surrounding the incident that occurred early last month.

Private training providers association, Appetd, has signed a co-operation agreement with their counterparts down under, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training. The agreement sets a framework for cooperation between the two bodies and between Australian and South African private providers.

In the rapidly changing world of IT, business management teams and IT departments can easily lose focus of their core strategies. Foster-Mellier is hosting an informative talk on the relationship between IT conformity and business governance. More details here.

The Cida ICT Academy is actively addressing ICT skills shoratges in South Africa, thanks to ongoing support from On-Site Training. The Academy offers students a three-year program that trains them in high-end technology, with international certification.

The Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development at the UCT Graduate School of Business has announced a major curriculum expansion that will see it intensively develop promising disadvantaged youth with comprehensive entrepreneurial skills over a new two-year programme.

The UCT Graduate School of Business will run a novel course next month that promises to give adults at all career levels another chance to master a fundamental but elusive competency: mathematics. The course aims to correct the negative experiences that many people had with their maths teachers at school.


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