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The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a new initiative that will see managers on one of its premier executive programmes obtain some of the most advanced learning support offered by a South African business school yet. Those studying on the flexible format programme will for the first time have a hotline to the School that they can call at any time and support will range from confidential counselling and ad hoc coaching to practical advice.

Avocado Vision and Can Do are thrilled to announce that their new joint venture, Ngikwazi Field Marketing, has been awarded a Lottery contract by Gidani, the new lottery operator as of 1 April 2007. Their mandate is to find, train, accredit and provide ongoing support to the 8 000 new and existing Lottery retailers.

The Department of Labour will conduct a second round of workplace inspections in the Free State, this time the department will be targeting farmers who do not comply with labour laws. Senior inspectors from the department will visit 17 farms in the Bothaville and Viljoenskroon areas of Kroonstad, to investigate whether employers are complying with laws governing farm workers’ wages.

The virtual classroom environment is proving very popular both from an individual perspective as well as in terms of corporate investment in skills development. This is the viewpoint of Teryl Schroenn, MD at Accsys, a national provider of HR and payroll management software, a company that has largely spearheaded the establishment of e-learning within payroll administration.

The IT security market continues to be influenced by issues like social engineering, identity theft and compliance with legislation. Corporate South Africa should associate IT security with more than just efforts to protect the business against external threats. Clint Carrick from Carrick Holdings explains what the work of a security service provider entails.

A contract for a Metro Council in Gautent lead Paula Barnard and Marc Ashton to present a series of Introductory Financial Wellness Presentations in a number of disadvantaged areas. They tell us about their experience and it seems there were many positives from the experience. "Its been incredibly encouraging to see the quality of the facilities in the rural community centres and libraries as well as the huge demand there is for knowledge".

One of Foster-Melliar’s latest graduates, Eugene Pfister, director in KPMG’s Information Risk Management Division in Johannesburg, achieved a double distinction for the Manager’s Certificate in IT Service Management, a Foster-Melliar course accredited by the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB).

It's that time of the year again, when matriculants and their parents, results in their hands, are asking, "What next?" Our world is increasingly electronic - and a new media development industry has emerged to supply a hungry world's electronic needs. So for creative, artistic young people, interested in media, a career in new media might be the answer.

Are students ready to successfully make the transition from high school to an institution of further education? Are graduates equipped with the necessary skills to find jobs after receiving their diplomas and degrees? The answer, in many more cases than not, to both these questions is an emphatic NO. Brian Kleinsmith introduces a new programme aimed at addressing this problem.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) has been rated as a global leader in executive education in an influential annual survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The School was rated in the top four providers globally and given an EIU Award for Excellence for its programmes customised for organisations with a rating of 4.3 out of 5.

Have you ever wondered why some people are able to communicate "loud and clear' by saying almost nothing? What is it they do to make them get others to listen to them? Maurice Kerrigan (Pty) Ltd has produced two very successful and popular corporate training programmes to meet this need: Influential Business Communication and Effective Speaking and Presentation Skills.

The Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme at the University of Cape Town has received a R16-million boost from international funding body The Atlantic Philanthropies. The grant will allow the Graduate School of Business to continue its successful programme to boost leadership and management capacity in the health sector.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is hosting an Information Session for its Wine Business Management Programmes on Monday, 11 December. The programmes have been run for the past two years by the Corporate Learning Department of the UCT GSB, in conjunction with the University of Adelaide, Australia. They have now been enhanced to make them even more relevant to the wine industry in general and the South African wine industry in particular.

Blazing Moon Corporate Training recently conducted its first Comptia A+ Prometric tests, after receiving accreditation as a Prometric testing centre. Stringent requirements for accreditation are put in place by Thompson Prometric to ensure that institutions offering the testing service deliver only the best service and students receive the most accurate results.

Canadian company TransAlta took a $24 million charge last year after a bidding mistake caused by a cut and paste error in an Excel spreadsheet, according to a report on Computerworld. Adrian Miric, MD of Miricle Solutions, explains some of the most common errors that you should look our for when using Excel for managing information.

The signing of a public-private partnership agreement between SAQA and eDegree signals the third phase of the NQF Support Link project, the aim of which is to achieve systemic change in the education sector and bring about the effective implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

A new board-based game designed to break down cultural barriers in the workplace has been unleashed on corporate South Africa. Developed by Learn to Lead, the uniquely South African game CultureWise is designed to get South Africans talking about diversity in the workplace - without coming to blows - and thereby help break down barriers that could be hampering productivity and contributing to a high staff turnover.

The Southern Africa-United States Centre for Leadership and Public Values (CLPV) at the UCT Graduate School of Business has been awarded a $200 000 (approximately R1.4 million) grant by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to strengthen and enhance one of South Africa's premier leadership programmes.

The UCT Graduate School of Business is launching a landmark programme to address a key skills shortage in middle to senior management in the South African Business Process Outsourcing and Contact Centre industry. The skills shortage has been identified in recent research studies on the local industry.

As part of a pilot project, construction company, Basil Read, has appointed training provider, eDegree, to undertake the ABET training of 15 employees, with a view to rolling the training out nationally in the near future.

From next year the majority of programmes presented by Damelin will be aligned with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This will ensure that the specific skills required by industries and commerce are consistently provided and should reduce the need for graduated students to gain experience before they become fully contributing members of the economy.

Government is hoping to get Telkom's 'buy-in' on the massive opportunities afforded by Business Process Outsourcing, or BPO. Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa announced this week that the high costs of telecommunications mitigated against the plans to establish South Africa as a key international location for the burgeoning international call centre industry.

Jules Newton, MD of Avocado Vision, has won this year?s prestigious Emerging Leader of the Year Award, presented by Unisa?s Centre for Business Management. Newton received the award at the same time as Primedia?s Terry Volkwyn was awarded Boss of the Year, prompting the competition?s organisers to note that it is particularly interesting that both Award winners are women this year.

DYNA Training scooped the navigation award for the best provider of skills programmes from a field of more than 1000 providers at the recent Services Seta National Conference. "It is fantastic to be recognised now by the Services Seta for our contribution to skills development!' says MD Roland Innes.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has cited the high cost of telephone calls in South Africa as the biggest challenge facing the country in its quest to become a leading global destination for business process outsourcing (BPO). Speaking in Parliament, she described the high cost of telephone calls as a "deal-breaker'.


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