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What does diversity and inclusion really mean? This question has taken on added significance as we navigate the pandemic. As our people have had to adapt to a world where remote and hybrid working becomes the norm, company values and culture have never been more important.

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The July unrest has had a devastating impact on South Africa. The eight days of unrest and looting left more than 300 people dead and cost the economy billions.

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Further education options have expanded dramatically over the past year in response to changed demands in the workplace. The good news is that employers now are heavily focused on hiring candidates with specific Information Technology-related skillsets, and that many of these skillsets can be developed in a relatively short period of time, even without a previous IT background, an education expert says.

Why is Human Resources (HR) so important in the workplace? HR helps to shape organisational culture by developing policies and practices, dealing with personnel management, supporting organisations in the recruitment process and providing training and development. HR is responsible for the policy of “performance” management. It monitors, evaluates and supports an organisation's workforce.

Human resources is the most important department in any company. It is the central hub for all of the employees and everything that they do. The HR department is responsible for recruiting and hiring, on-boarding, compensation and benefits, employee performance management, training and company culture.

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Earlier this year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced they  received more than 6 million applications for the Teaching assistant and general school assistant posts. Only around 278 000 positions were available. 

A career in human resources can be a rewarding and enriching experience. It offers a way to improve the lives of others, while at the same time making a difference in the world. 

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The realisation came when I least expected it. We had been out of South Africa for five years when we met my parents, siblings and their families for a family holiday. Our children by then had gained New York accents and were stylishly attired in their overpriced fashion items, whilst the nieces and nephews marauded through the hotel in their “Naartjie” outfits that were more akin to pajamas than to fashion.

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Technology is undoubtedly changing the workforce, with many jobs becoming automated or obsolete. By 2030, it is expected that there will be an even higher number of jobs that are at risk of being eliminated. With this in mind, it is essential to continually educate oneself in order to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the world.

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