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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.

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.

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.

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 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 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'.

Reusable Objects, a subsidiary of the Riverbend Learning Group, has been awarded the Armscor CEO Award for its outstanding contribution to developing a sustainable, blended learning programme, utilising an online, solutions-driven approach that facilitates an effective and speedy skills transfer to Armscor employees.

Delegates attending a workshop in Midrand have agreed on a new structure for the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) to make it a more efficient, effective and representative body. Sanac is a multi-stakeholder body tasked with advising government on issues relating to HIV and Aids, such as the comprehensive plan, accessing and coordinating funding proposals as well as monitoring funding allocations.

"Occupational Health and Safety in the work place is an important aspect of business and cannot be dealt with in isolation. We must improve all our efforts to save human life in the workplace,' said Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, addressing a two-day conference on workplace safety.

As part of an ongoing drive by the Department of Labour to make workplaces safer, Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will deliver the keynote address at the national conference on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). The event will take place on 31 October, following a number of workplace accidents which received media attention this year.

Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica has expressed concern at life-threatening conditions in the country?s mines. This follows a tragic accident at the Tau Tona mine of the AngloGold Ashanti in Carltonville in the North West.

The Department of Labour has handed over the long awaited Sasol Report to the National Prosecuting Authority, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said. This follows the probe by inspectors in the department's occupational health and safety unit.

The Economist MBA rankings has place Henley at number two in the UK. Principal Chris Bones said "This is a real recognition of the strength of the learning and personal development experience at Henley. Beating schools such as Wharton, MIT, INSEAD, LBS and Oxford is a significant accolade and real credit must go to Professor Susan Foreman and her team.

Understanding how and where spreadsheets are used in a company and enforcing the required control processes related to their handling is a key part of management's assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting. Miricle Solution's Adrian Miric explains.


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