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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.

Professor Frank Horwitz, Director of the GSB, has been appointed to a second term as head of the School, it was announced earlier this month. Looking forward, Professor Horwitz said that strong attention would be given to consolidating the GSB?s achievements to date, building the business of the School further, and strengthening its position nationally and internationally.

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.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a brand new programme that gives senior managers the tools to get actively involved in ensuring projects are designed and executed to achieve the maximum benefits and value for their customers and key stakeholders.

Training provider Call the Rain has been involved in skills training since 2001 and helps learners to communicate and facilitate small group discussion around the difficult subject of HIV/AIDS. Nicolene Rose-Innes explains that more than 60% of the learners who complete their accredited training programme are promoted or develop community development projects on completion.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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