As many students face their final year of studies, either in matric or tertiary education the question on many minds is what does the South African job market hold for them when they enter it? While formal qualifications are the cornerstone on which many successful careers are built for many employers of first time candidates the ‘soft skills’ required are just as important a consideration. Recent research by British Council surveyed employers working in public, private, and non-profit organisations in nine countries found that employers recognise a clear business value in employing staff who can work effectively with individuals and organisations from cultural backgrounds different from their own. Conversely, organisations whose employees lack these intercultural skills are more exposed to risk.
The research, undertaken with IPSOS and Booz-Allen Hamilton, asked employers to define ‘intercultural’ skills. One of the key outcomes of the research was the belief that intercultural skills include the ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints; demonstrating respect for others; and knowledge of a foreign language making the learners truly part of an international workforce. Employers reported that employees with these skills are more likely to bring in new clients, work well in diverse teams, and positively support their organisation’s brand and reputation. Employees who lack intercultural skills leave their organisation susceptible to risks including loss of clients, damage to reputation, and conflict within teams. Continue reading
Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016
Time: 11h00 – 13h00
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cape Town, 8 June 2016 — Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies.
Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth oftomorrow.
Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year.
Performers will share the stage for the finale, a 10-minute third act. The day’s celebration will end with a rousing rendition ofHeal the World, My African Dream, and a funky version of the South African national anthem.
Defending champions Chippa United were drawn in Group B. They will have their hands full competing against Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, City Strikers and Addo Development, in what has already been termed the ‘Group of Death’.
Glenville Celtic were drawn in Group A alongside Highland Spurs, Sakhulutsha FC and PE Sundowns. Group C sees Hotspurs, St Georges, Future Stars and Thornhill United go head-to-head, while Group D pits Rangers FC, XI Angels, Riverside and Mabayibone against each other.
Cindy Bunde, Engen CSI Coordinator: Eastern Cape, said: “As always the primary focus is on the talented young players who participate in the tournament. We encourage them all to use the Engen Knockout Challenge as a stepping stone to launch their professional careers. This is where it all starts, and Engen is delighted to be a part of the development of football at grassroots level.” Continue reading
Ireland looseforward, CJ Stander, received a red card during the first Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between South Africa and Ireland on Saturday, 11 June at DHL Newlands in Cape Town.
The matter was heard by the Judicial Officer Terry Willis of Australia on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.
After hearing the evidence and submissions made by Gerrie Swart, representative of the player, the Judicial Officer was not satisfied on the balance of probability that the referee, Mathieu Raynal of France, was wrong when he issued the red card to the player.
As a result, the player was suspended for one match and will miss the second Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series between Ireland and South Africa, scheduled for Saturday 18 June at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, whereafter he is free to play again.
One of the goals of the Standard Bank Grahamstown Jazz Festival – the country’s oldest and longest jazz festival which runs from June 30 to July 9 as part of the National Arts Festival – is to open up opportunities for networking and collaboration between the international performers and their South African counterparts.
This year South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli joins forces with Swiss trombonist Andreas Tschopp in a band that includes two other young Swiss musicians Florian Egli (sax), Florian Favre (piano) and South Africa’s Sphelelo Mazibuko on drums.
Explains Mombelli: “Collaborations are vital and are what make the Grahamstown Jazz Festival a special place for musicians. We get to play with musicians from all over the world. And it is not like we are backing this or that superstar, we all bring our music and share our ideas and concepts and because of that we can build relationships that continue after the festival.” Continue reading
Today the City of Cape Town achieved another first in South Africa, with an important step towards our goal to become the digital capital of Africa by launching the pilot phase of Wi-Fi provision on our MyCiTi buses.
As an opportunity city, we understand the demands of the 21st century and the greater need for connectedness.
As of part of a pilot phase, Wi-Fi has been installed on 10 MyCiTi buses, which will first be tested on the various feeder routes across the city.
Once the service has been tested on the feeder routes, the full roll-out will be expanded to all 380 buses such as the trunk routes in Atlantis, Table View, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.
Passengers on these buses will be able to connect their Wi-Fi-enabled devices (cellphones, laptops, tablets) to the Wi-Fi.
Late last year, the City of Cape Town awarded a tender to VAST Networks to provide and manage the provision of Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses. Continue reading
Note to Editors: Rights free audio clips of Junior Springbok assistant coach Nazeem Adams in English and Afrikaans are attached.
Junior Springbok assistant coach Nazeem Adams drew inspiration from the class of 2012 at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in South Africa to inspire the team to advance to the semi-final of the competition this year in Manchester.
In 2012, the Junior Springboks suffered a first-round defeat against Ireland, but fought their way into the semi-final with bonus-point victories over Italy and England, and went on the win the trophy. Continue reading
Experienced Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn has been called up as replacement for the injured Pat Lambie who suffered concussion against Ireland on Saturday at DHL Newlands.
Lambie will take a mandatory break of one week following his injury in Cape Town and will therefore miss the second Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Lambie underwent precautionary scans on Sunday, which proved normal, and he was examined for a third time on Monday morning by Springbok team doctor, Dr Konrad von Hagen. The player has already returned to his home in Durban.
According to Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, Steyn, who has 60 Test caps to his name, was always in his plans as a flyhalf replacement option in the event of injury to one of the three flyhalves in the squad. Handré Pollard, another Bok regular at No 10, is also injured at the moment. Continue reading
It’s official, we bid farewell to sunny days and blue skies and it will be a while until we can see flowers poking up through the earth. In the meantime, we’re trapped beneath layers of clothes and boots – longing for the days where we can wear sandals and those pretty little summer dresses again.
We don’t have to let the cold weather cause chaos on our entire body though! This is where the importance of body scrubs comes in. Body scrubs are great for exfoliating as they eliminate the dead skin cells and nourish the new skin beneath, leaving your skin soft and glowing all over.
Below are just a few ideas for DIY scrubs you can make at home, instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on them at the specialty shops. I know I will be making some of these this winter!
Sea Salt Scrub
To create a simple salt scrub, you basically just need coarse sea salt or Epsom salts, a carrier liquid (like an oil, glycerin or some honey) and a scent. Feel free to experiment with different oils, salts and essential oils to see which you like the most and which work best for your skin.
Citrus Morning Scrub
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 cup sea salt
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 2 drops grapefruit essential oil
Mix all the ingredients together and pour into a lidded jar. Wet your skin in the shower and gently massage the scrub all over yourself—preferably in gentle, circular motions—to exfoliate it. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and moisturize if necessary. Continue reading