PACSA – The Professional Administrators’ Conference in South Africa is the premier event for all Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Office Managers to attend.  The event combines hard hitting, practical business sessions with life changing presentations on how to get ahead and be more successful in your profession and is topped by great networking opportunities and a LOT of fun with like-minded people.

This year, it is being hosted in Sun City and offers a line up of top trainers and celebrity speakers to provide delegates with the latest thinking in administrative support as well as key personal development tools.

   

Professional Administrators & Secretaries Conference in South Africa 2014

Price: Starting from R9, 450 Excluding VAT
Duration: 3 Days
Date: Venue:  
26 – 28 October 2014 Sun City Conference Centre

To enquire further contact SASPA on T: 011 454 5505 or visit www.saspa.co.za

 

With over 11 million people in South Africa going to bed hungry and cold each night, the local Dell team decided that something needed to be done to address this. At Dell we focus on delivering results that make a positive difference, not only to our bottom line, but to the lives of the people around us. And it’s because of this that over 200 staff members dedicated 67 minutes towards helping the needy this Mandela Day. As part of Dell’s commitment towards such a special day each of our staff members made a delicious and nutritious sandwich, packaged it in a bag with a cosy blanket, and gave it to someone in need on their drive home from work that afternoon.

The quality of being able to add value to everything we do, no matter how small, in order to affect a positive outcome upon the people we employ, the people they in turn depend on, the communities we serve and the nation as a whole is what drives us – here’s to 67 minutes of making a difference every day!

Nine industry sectors, representing more than half the economy, are at risk of becoming non BEE compliant when evaluated against the amended BEE codes that will be introduced on 1 May 2015.

The sectors affected are construction, tourism, transport, forestry, accounting profession, ICT, agriculture, financial andproperty.

Keith Levenstein, CEO of BEE advisory firm EconoBEE, says these industries are waiting for the dti to release amended codes for each sector, but it is unlikely that the deadline will be met.

“If the sector codes are not released in time, businesses will need to follow the amended codes released last October,” he says.

“Even if the sector codes are issued in time, they will be very similar to the current amended codes, meaning that businesses should start adapting the existing amended codes so as to make the necessary adjustments timorously for their updated (annual) BEE certificate.”

It makes business sense to start implementing the new codes well in advance of the expiry date of your current BEE certificate, at least 12 to 18 months before,” says Mr Levenstein.

A company’s BEE scorecard is usually aligned to their financial year end and the certificate is valid for 12 months. Businesses with a BEE scorecard expiring after 1 May 2015 will have their BEE certificate assessed on the amended codes, based on the data and activities carried out in the year prior to verification.

“For example, if your new financial year end started in 1 June 2014 to 31 May 2015, the amended codes will need to be followed,” because your financial year ends after 1 May 2015.”

“Based on the new codes, a business currently at level 4 will almost certainly fall to level 6, and possibly even further. Management will need to do additional work and activities to retain their current BEE status. Training spend, for example, needs to be increased from 3% to 6%,” says Mr Levenstein.

“For a company providing training to earn BEE points, it is a long process. A training budget needs to be allocated, staff selected and only then can the training be done. This is usually spread over a period of six to 18 months. The BEE points allocation only accrues after the money isspent. The same goes for procurement, socio-economic development (SED) and enterprise development (ED),” says Mr Levenstein.

“In earning BEE procurement points, your suppliers will become non-compliant if they do not adhere to the amended codes. This will result in your BEE rating, as their customer, being negatively affected.”

“Businesses could be caught with a number of suppliers having lost their BEE rating, resulting in a domino effect of downgraded BEE ratings across all the industry sectors.”

 

African Education Week – on its last day of show today – will examine the causes and looks for solutions to improve the standard and quality of education, by bringing together over 2,000 education stakeholders from teachers, principals, lecturers, researchers, academics, and policy makers to discuss solutions, new ideas and share hands on real life practical experience through workshops, debates, panel discussions and one on one meetings hence the theme for this year’s event Empowerment for all through quality education.

The 2014 programme has been divided into three tracks focusing on basic education, further & higher education & training, and educational technology, with a strong focus on literacy & numeracy and teacher training & development.

With a large exhibition, attendees can meet face to face with the vendors showcasing the latest curriculum support products and technologies, allowing for hands on experience and demos.

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