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“IT is difficult for my team to win the title as while a few of my main rivals are bolstering their squads, they are, at the same time, doing their best to deplete my team.” This is the perspective of a frustrated Corey Bennett, head track and field coach at Hydel High School, as he slammed rivals St Jago for consistently poaching his top talent. “We lost a quality girl, last year in Shaneil English, who went to St Jago, and at the start of this season, a similar situation occurred as Alysha Kelly, who missed Champs last year after transferring from Guy’s Hill, was ready to compete for us at the Championships, but like English, she was lured away to St Jago High,” said a very disappointed coach Bennett. “It is sad when one invests in these athletes and selfish people try to break what you try to build,” added Bennett, who stated that it would always be hard for his team to really challenge for the title if they consistently lost their athletes to other schools. Pressure mounting Despite losing English last year, Hydel, who, in fairness, also recruit heavily, was still able to overcome that hurdle and finished second behind Edwin Allen, and ironically, in front of St Jago. However, this time, Bennett believes things will be even more difficult for his team. “We have a good all-round team, but with those losses and twin sisters Shadae, an outstanding thrower, and Shardia Lawrence a very excellent triple jumper migrating to college overseas, we will have to dig deep to remain among the top three,” continued Bennett, who also stated that he would be taking a different approach this year. “We used to compete at every development meet in the past, and because of this, they were very exposed, and when they are beaten by other athletes, they are kind of unmotivated going into “Champs”. Now we are going to be a bit quieter by going to fewer meets and especially low-keyed ones – and then make a big push for Champs,” he said. Meanwhile, Bennett is tipping Edwin Allen to successfully defend its title. “Based on what I have seen so far, Edwin Allen looks a safe bet to win again as I don’t think they have lost much of the 100 points they won by, while teams like Vere Technical and Holmwood Technical have looked really good so far,” assessed Bennett. Hydel is undoubtedly the most improved team in the country in schoolgirl track and field. After entering the Inter Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships in 2011, where they finished 11th among the girls, Hydel has enjoyed tremendous movement up the table. They secured their first top-10 finish the following year and have remained in the top five, with their best finish being last year’s second-place finish.
JOB VACANCY: MC CLAFFERTYS’ EUROSPAR GORTAHORK has a reputation for good food, quality, value and friendly service, as an independent retailer and a major local employer. They offer their shoppers commitment to the traditional values of good fresh foods and excellent services.They currently wish to recruit an experienced person for our Fresh Food Supervisor job available in our store in Gortahork. We want a hands-on supervisor with the ability to drive sales and excellent communication and organisational abilities.The successful candidate will have a passion for people development and delivering excellent customer service.We are seeking a Fresh Food Supervisor who is people focused, is capable of delivering performance through their teams and ultimately can drive service through high retail standards, availability and presentation.Key Accountabilities For our Fresh Food Supervisor role are: Exceptional customer focus.Excellent Interpersonal skills.Effective planning and organisational skills.Budget Management.Maintaining food safety standards and HACCP records.Supportive yet persuasive management style.The ability to achieve the highest standards across all fresh food areas.Clear vision and a determination to succeed.Apply in writing with CV by 26th June 2015 to:Recruitment Section,Mc Clafferty Eurospar,Gortahork,Co. Donegal.Or alternatively send CV’s via e-mail to [email protected] JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL SUPERMARKET LOOKING TO RECRUIT FRESH FOOD SUPERVISOR was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jobsnews
KwaZulu-Natal is an important hub of industrial development in sub-Saharan Africa, thanks to its rich natural resources and well-developed infrastructure.The container terminal at the Port of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: Brand South Africa)Economic activities in the province are mainly concentrated on the port of Durban and the capital, Pietermaritzburg, with significant contributions in the Richards Bay-Empangeni area, the Ladysmith-Ezakheni area, the Newcastle-Madadeni regions as well as on the south coast.KwaZulu-Natal province overviewGallery: All-year sunshine in KwaZulu-NatalKwaZulu-Natal provincial governmentTrade & Investment KwaZulu-NatalInvestment opportunitiesKwaZulu-Natal is a competitive region for foreign investment, particularly for re-export opportunities through the port of Durban.The province has identified nine prime targets for inward investment: textiles, clothing, plastic products, chemicals, fabricated metal products, automotive components, wood and wood products, footwear, machinery and appliances. Of these, primary and processed aluminium at world competitive prices from local suppliers, provides a real opportunity for investors in the sector.Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal promotes strategic business growth in the province. Services to prospective inward investors include:Pre- and post-establishment support, such as feasibility studies, liaison with government departments, marketing, technical and financial analyses, and assistance with legal formalities and regional regulations.Provision of infrastructure and utilities.Lease or sale of land and property.Loans for acquisition of plant and equipment.Working capital loans.Introductions to key contacts, such as auditing companies, legal practitioners, material suppliers and shipping groups.IndustryRichards Bay is the centre of operations for South Africa’s aluminium industry. The Richards Bay Coal Terminal is instrumental in securing the country’s position as the second-largest exporter of steam coal in the world. Richards Bay Minerals is the largest sand-mining and mineral-processing operation in the world.Richards Bay Coal TerminalThe vehicle-manufacturing industry has created a considerable multiplier effect in component and service providers. The automotive leather industry has grown rapidly, with exports significantly increasing foreign exchange earnings. KwaZulu-Natal has also recently undergone rapid industrialisation, thanks to its abundant water supply and labour resources. Industries are found at Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Richards Bay, Durban, Hammarsdale, Richmond, Pietermaritzburg and Mandeni.Substantial progress has been made to the Dube Trade Port and King Shaka International Airport project at La Mercy. It is estimated that redevelopment of the current airport site will create 269 200 jobs over a 25-year period.Durban Chamber of CommerceNewcastle Chamber of CommerceZululand Chamber of BusinessManufacturingThe three largest manufacturing industries are pulp and paper products (19%), chemicals and petrochemicals (17%), and food and beverages (16%).In the chemicals and petrochemicals sector, industrial chemicals comprise a third, at R1.1-billion, of the gross output, petroleum and coal products 30% at R1-billion, chemicals 21% at R700-million, and rubber and plastic products the balance. In the textiles, clothing and leather sector, which represents 15% of the manufacturing sector, textiles contributed 54% at R1.6-billion and clothing 27% at R800-million.The manufacturing sector is geared for export, with nearly a third of South Africa’s manufactured exports being produced in KwaZulu-Natal.TourismThe Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (see below) has created unique opportunities for investment in tourism in the St Lucia region. The governments of Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland are launching tourism investment opportunities on a scale unparalleled in Africa – in an area of immense potential underpinned by a wealth of natural and cultural resources, including a pristine coastline, classic African game parks, the southernmost coral reefs in Africa and rich indigenous cultures.KwaZulu-Natal Tourism AuthorityKwaZulu-Natal WildlifeLubombo Spatial Development InitiativeStraddling southern Mozambique, eastern Swaziland and northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Lubombo region has some of the most picturesque and unspoiled natural attractions in Africa. At the heart of the region nestles the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s seven Unesco World Heritage Sites.The Lubombo region is currently enjoying the biggest and most prolonged tourism boom in its history. The year 2005 marked the 17th successive year of increased foreign visitor arrivals in South Africa, with a record of over 7-million overseas tourists choosing to holiday in the country.The growth in international tourism comes on top of a large, established domestic tourism market currently worth twice as much as its foreign counterpart.Recognising the opportunities offered by this robust growth, a number of excellent tourism investment opportunities have been identified in each of the three countries. These range from beach resorts to boutique hotels and game lodges, and are designed to help establish the Lubombo region as global tourism destination.Until now, the region’s inaccessibility has inhibited development beyond some game reserves and a few lodges. A major new tourist road and secondary roads are being constructed as part of the Lubombo SDI.Some R630-million has been committed to regional support networks such as new roads and the upgrading of the major national access route, park infrastructure such as game fences, internal road networks and tourism facilities, the restocking of the park and various regional programmes that include major new malaria eradication drive.Brand South Africa reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Pam Green of Second Chances believes that true change is possible if everyone plays a part in improving the lives of their fellow citizens. (Images: Second Chances)A complicated break-up left Pam Green destitute, but she managed to overcome adversity with the help of close friends who lent her their support.Following her personal triumph, Green took it upon herself to help other people going through similar struggles who had also been left without a home or a means to provide for themselves.Shortly after making this decision, she founded Second Chances, an initiative aimed at creating social upliftment and embracing ubuntu, the spirit of helping your fellow citizen, through social media.“I have always felt the desire to help,” Green told Independent Online.“In my school days I used to go a couple of times a week and volunteer at orphanages in the afternoons. I started actively initiating projects and getting more involved… It is very important to pay it forward and always remember where you come from.”THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIASocial media has fast become a powerful tool for companies and organisations to get their names into the public eye and drive their business.It is no surprise then that Second Chances tapped into this potential to help drive social upliftment and get South African citizens to play an active role in improving the lives of the less fortunate.The organisation makes use of social media to bring pressing issues such as unemployment, poverty and substance abuse to the attention of people who are in a position to help. In this way, it acts as a link between the source of help and where the help is needed.GET INVOLVEDIf you would like to play a part in this online initiative that is changing people’s lives one tweet at a time, visit its get involved page for more details.To see some of the great work Second Chances is doing, visit its Facebook page.“I’m so grateful to those who now follow the work that I do, who support the work that I do and get involved,” Green said.“But most importantly (I am grateful) to the people who trust me enough to get involved in their lives.”Watch Green pay it forward:PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.
In 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley left London for Johannesburg to open a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue. Today that building is still a refuge for the penniless and abandoned, while its sister Bethany Home helps victims of abuse.The Frida Hartley Shelter in Bellevue is a place where women can make a new beginning. (Image: Frida Hartley Shelter, Facebook)Lucille DavieIn 1923 wealthy socialite Frida Hartley gave up her comfortable life in London and headed to Johannesburg, where she opened a shelter for destitute women, a solid one-storey brick building in Bellevue.Ninety years later the Frida Hartley Shelter is still solid, standing in a quiet, jacaranda-lined street of modest houses and small blocks of flats. And its doors are still open to penniless and abandoned women, some of them pregnant, and their children.The home is specifically for destitute and homeless women; abused women and their children are taken in by its sister shelter, Bethany Home in nearby Bertrams.“She wanted to make a difference to women in Africa,” says Bridget Edwards, the manager of both shelters.“These are women abused in a different way,” says Edwards. “They are often just homeless, for circumstantial reasons.”The shelter can house up to 27 women and children, but currently has 12 women and 13 children. They are allowed to stay for up to six months, during which time they are expected to find jobs and alternative accommodation. Often, with Edwards’s intervention, they reunite with their families.They are also given transport money to help them look for jobs, as well as advice on compiling a CV and doing well in job interviews.As with many non-profit organisations, funding is always a problem. Edwards says they rely entirely on the private sector, getting generous donations from corporates and trusts, churches, Rotary, the Freemasons, and “wonderful Johannesburg individuals and families”.“I love Johannesburg. The people are the most amazing, generous people.”Love and prayerEdwards, a slim and sprightly 59-year-old, says two things make both shelters work: love, and prayer. The women often come from abusive homes, where there is no structure to their lives, and as a result have no self-esteem. “No one has ever told her she is loved.”They get plenty of love from the shelter staff, with affectionate names like “my baby”, “sweetheart” and “my darling” flowing naturally from Edwards. “With enough love, enough encouragement … love conquers all,” she says. And that love keeps her going too. “I absolutely love it to see the end product. To see them fly, is just most rewarding.”That “end product” is women who have new skills and jobs, some of them in their own businesses. One now has a stall at a local market, others are seamstresses, another has her own hairdressing salon, and one has her own upholstery business. Others are housekeepers and security managers. Edwards’s biggest success stories include two who are studying – one electrical engineering, and the other financial management at the University of Johannesburg.Sometimes, before women can begin to rebuild their lives they have to get the basics, such an ID book. This can take Edwards up to two years to obtain. Now she only takes in women who already have IDs. Others have to be taught to read and write. Then companies come to the party, sponsoring the women and teaching them a skill. “The women are amazingly stoic, beautiful people.”The children are put into private schools, as public schools are usually full.Bethany HomeEdwards spends most of her time at the larger Bethany Home for abused women, which can accommodate up to 54 women and their children, but currently has 26 women, and 25 children. There, she says, she experiences “so many miracles on a daily basis”.She recounts a time when the staff lost the keys to the craft cupboards. After searching fruitlessly they prayed in a circle, and shortly afterwards the keys were found. Another time, she says, she had a sick child but could not get hold of the doctor. Fifteen minutes after praying the phone rang – with the doctor on the other end. “God is so great,” she says. “Thousands and thousands of miracles happen. We pray for funding and it happens.”Edwards does intensive counselling with the women and children at Bethany Home, to help them recover from abuse. She says her job is hectic, full of “real highs, and real lows. It is the most incredible work.” Abuse and violence against women is on the increase, she believes. “The family value system has broken down.” Sometimes, when women fall pregnant their male partners throw them out.She tells of a 22-year-old whose boyfriend, when she fell pregnant, abandoned her to go overseas. Her mother was dead, and she had fallen out with the rest of her family. After Edwards’s intervention she now lives with her aunt, who will support her when she has the baby.Edwards has been working at the Frida Hartley Shelter for eight years, and at Bethany Home, which opened in 1989, since 1999. Before that she ran a preschool, and then did private counselling from home.“The wounds heal,” she says of the abused women who come to Bethany. “Once the emotional healing is accomplished, we give them training, and help to find them jobs and a place to stay.” According to Edwards it takes 12 to 14 months to rehabilitate the women.Bethany Home is clearly a place of healing, bustling with positive energy. Two women are in the sewing room making quality picnic blankets and aprons. A craft room produces jewellery. An upstairs balcony is now a hairdressing salon. Other women cook and sell their food to companies in the area. Others sell disposable nappies, or hairpieces.“Our craft is becoming well known in the community, and we have been invited to sell to many organisations, churches and schools over the past year,” says Edwards.“It’s a humming business,” she adds. It’s also a happy place, where women smile and laugh a lot.Success storiesOne of her success stories is 36-year-old Izzy Moabi. Escaping an abusive relationship several years ago, she came to Bethany with her child and stayed for a year. “I received healing before I started afresh,” she says.Moabi has worked as a house mother at the Frida Hartley Shelter since 2009. “I love working here. There was a time when I was destitute. That prepared me to understand what it was like to be destitute.”She had a job but couldn’t find a place to stay, and her life just spiralled downward. But in six months she recovered. “I managed to forgive myself, him and everybody,” she says. “We blame ourselves, and say to ourselves: ‘I did something wrong, I should have respected him more’. We look for excuses for them and say, ‘I deserve it, I was not behaving properly.’”Moabi says the hardest part of her job is when residents don’t keep to the rules of the house, and in dealing with women who are in denial. But the best part is “when people who are emotional and free to talk to us and have faith and hope to go out and make it again, and get back on their feet”.Another former resident, who declines to be named, is now working as an administrator and part-time nail technician at a beauty salon. In the Bethany Home pamphlet she writes: “Thank you for the person that I’ve become, I learn to depend on myself and not let anyone bring me down.” She spent a year at Bethany Shelter, then got a waitressing job and soon moved on to store manager, before working in beauty salons. “I’m going strong and nothing is going to clip my wings and it’s all thanks to Bethany.”In 2013, 23 women have been rehabilitated at Bethany, and with jobs and homes can now fend for themselves and their children. One is a receptionist, three have done a hospitality course, another is an administrator, two are cleaners, one is a bookkeeper for a doctor, another a preschool teacher and another a cook at the preschool. Two more are working at an upholstery factory, learning the craft.Edwards says former residents often call by to say hello, and one calls her at least twice a week to chat.She’ll stay in her job, she says, until she drops. Or “until the passion goes”.“This job requires a lot of energy, and passion from God,” she says. “It takes an incredible amount of compassion and understanding. The biggest thing is unconditional love, a lot of patience and a love for people.”She does have disappointments, but when they happen, she “gives them to God”, and moves on. She says there is no room for baggage, because the women she sees have plenty of baggage which needs to be unpacked.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
dan rowinski Tags:#Samsung Samsung can teach us a lot of lessons. Sometimes, you just need to change everything you are doing. In 1995, Samsung chairman Lee Kun Hee piled 2,000 inoperable cellphones on the pavement at the company’s manufacturing plant in Gumi, South Korea. He then burnt them all to the ground. What was left was ground to dust by bulldozers.According to an in-depth report on the internal processes of Samsung by Sam Grobart at Bloomberg Businessweek, Chairman Lee had given the cellphones to employees as Christmas gifts. They turned out not to work and the bonfire that ensued has been a defining moment in the way Samsung approaches its business ever since.Chairman Lee, as he affectionately known, took over Samsung in the late 1980’s after the death of the company’s founder, his father. He then set out to build his own global empire. That included completely rethinking everything that the company had ever done. Lee assembled his executives in Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1990s and delivered a three-day speech, known now as the Frankfurt Declaration.“Change everything but your wife and children,” was the main message, according to Grobart. In a way, this was the real bonfire that spurred Samsung to the heights of global manufacturing and the leader in the smartphone wars years later.This is a lesson that Samsung’s competitors can learn from.Burn Your Crappy Smartphones To The GroundThe competitive landscape in the smartphone business is … well, it’s not good. There is Samsung. There is Apple. Then there are a bunch of has-beens and wannabes. That list includes former powerhouses of the gadget world, companies that nobody ever thought would be in decline. Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, HTC and Sony are the headliner has-beens, while Huawei, LG and ZTE are among the wannabes. Media gets its hands on the Samsung Galaxy S4What is the lesson that each can learn from Samsung? Each should take its mediocre and middling smartphones and burn them to the ground. Then get that bulldozer and grind them to dust. Anybody who has ever lived with an HTC Thunderbolt would probably be extremely happy to see a pile of them in flames. Or maybe a group of Motorola Razrs or Atrix smartphones. Or anything running BlackBerry OS 7. These companies got complacent and made mediocre products aimed at the top of the market. Samsung ate their lunch. And now they need to completely rethink their products to compete. In the end, that should lead consumers to better choices of smartphones and, hopefully, cheaper prices. Already BurningSome burning has already begun, of course. Google is clearing the Motorola pipeline and working on a so-called “X” smartphone that has had some wild rumors attached to it, such as personally customizable hardware and a 4000 mAh battery. (For comparison, Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 will sport a 2600 mAh battery.)Similarly, after the debacle that was 2011 — see: Thunderbolt and its ilk — HTC redesigned its products and came out with the critically acclaimed HTC One X in 2012 and now the HTC One 2013. Great phones in hand, HTC just now needs to burn everything else down about its approach, from its marketing to distribution. The company has started this approach with aggressive marketing efforts aimed against Samsung’s newest Galaxy S4 smartphones. BlackBerry basically set fire to its entire smartphone lineup and is coming fresh with BlackBerry 10, which has shown early signs of success. Samsung Electronics president and head of mobile JK Shin introduces Galaxy S4Nokia may be in a tough spot. Its “burning” metaphor has already come and passed when CEO Stephen Elop wrote the infamous “burning platform” memo, ditched the company’s MeeGo and Symbian operating systems and went all-in with Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system. As yet that bet has not really paid off for Nokia and it’s hard to envision a future where it will.The smartphone industry is a fickle beast. Nokia’s example shows that, even when you do pile up your old strategy into a rhetorical pile and set it on fire, that does not guarantee you will succeed on the other end.There is more to Samsung’s ascendancy than Chairman Lee’s pile of burning plastic and metal, of course. Samsung succeeds because it is hyper-focused, controls most of its own component processing and spends a ton of money on marketing. It can iterate on ideas faster than its rivals and spread its distribution further. Its rivals, HTC in particular, just don’t have the bandwidth to match it. Top image courtesy Shutterstock Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology