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Marc Hugo
Marc Hugo
Attempt to bridge racial divisions at tertiary institutions
Oh quite right True Patriot. Take away all the racist legislation, and I mean ALL of it, and then gradually an utter disappearance of the past attitudes will die out generationally (sorry about that non-word). But until then, forget it.
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 11:16
Donnette Davis
Donnette Davis
No execution without court intervention
Thank you for your candid report. I am dealing with a similar situation where the defaulter is in arrears with a rather large amount of maintenance for his children. He himself is a practicing attorney. For 15 years he has refused to adhere to a High Court Maintenance Order, ignored various other orders compelling him to produce financials etc - simply refuses to pay; has no contact with the children, and desires none "out of sight out of mind". But as long as he can hang on to the new E Class Mercedes he is quite "the man". The most recent Writ of Execution against Movable property saw him denying his identity to the sheriff (although he uses the sheriff's courts for his own work #makesOneWonder) the sheriff failing to attach even a small percentage of the debt owed, due to the fact that the debtor had been tipped off, and said sheriff arrived during the "move". We now approach the High Court for a warrant of attachment against immovable property in terms of the High Court Maintenance Order and hope that this will be a little more "user-friendly" - and hopefully less expensive.
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 10:02
Marc Hugo
Marc Hugo
A tax of 20% mooted for sugary drinks
This is misguided. I'm all for a leaner society, but this will have as much effect on consumer behaviour as excise on tobacco. That is to say, none.

Those tasked with the survey wanted to deliver a cautiously encouraging result to those that sponsored it, but people will get fat in other ways. Corn curls and indolence for a start.

Attach a levy on health insurance premiums, airplane tickets. Get direct about it. Don't, as usual, tax those who shouldn't be affected by it.

This just a way to burden society with more tax (by pretending the government cares), create needless jobs to collect it all and monitor it, and set up committee upon committee to kick out data that just isn't true.

Heck. if the government was so concerned about it, then they would set up disqualifiers for employing civil servants with excessive BMI levels.

But they are not going to set the example and take away the sugar from where their mouths are, are they?
Posted on 27 Aug 2014 09:12
Lindsay Curran
Regular screenings provide early warnings
Hi Andrew,
a new breast self examination device has just been launched in SA.
Take a look at www.fairylight.co.za for more information.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 18:32
Afrika Peter ka Ngobeni
Why you need credibility to be successful
Great news indeed, the building blocks of great leadership. THANKS!!

Afrika
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 17:08
tsepo boseka
IT company helps graduates to become productive employees
i am still new in the industry and i did I..T in general, so i need some giudens in some other issues in the industry exposure, can you help me plz
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 16:58
Jacques Smith
Jacques Smith
Expats may cut ties with UK due to tax changes
If anyone needs help with this please contact me.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 16:55
Marilyn Keegan
Marilyn Keegan
marcusbrewster wins international PR award
Well done to Marcus Brewster. He deserves it.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 15:56
Stuart Magooze
Stuart Magooze
DigiChat with Andrea: Social media ROI
Why do you want a Social Media Presence? Is something I regularly ask clients.
The answer 80% of time is something like " Because my competitors have one"

If you want to go the social media route, you need to have specific objectives and goals, and measure them on a continuous basis. Adapt and change to get the maximum out of your spend.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 15:20
Richard Gee
Richard Gee
Are we on the same planet?
Mmmm. You missed SABC?
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 14:11
Neutral
Print circulation data shows disturbing trends
Lets actually consider this alleged "trend" which you have referred to, using the latest consumer magazine ABC's which you presumably had in your possession when writing this article. Go to the last page- this page indicates total copy sales through out the country, of the total paid only 0.04% have been sold below 50%. Do the same exercise with the daily newspapers and I think you will find that the situation through out South Africa is even further from what you have described as a growing "trend" . Do your homework before writing such subjective articles, if you want to attack Finweek and The Star etc do so, don't drag the rest of the country in for a bit of sensationalist writing.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 13:01
Simone Bosman
Simone Bosman
Advertising industry must support local musicians
If you were writing this as a South African consumer who has no access to the advertising world, then I would totally understand where it is that you are coming from. But listen carefully...listen to the radio ads and tv ads very carefully and ask yourself, if the track is not renowned, does it necessarily mean that it is library?
To purchase well known or popular tracks for advertising used to be affordable for clients. However, with the big publishers managing more artists/ bands and affiliating more to their international standards - license to purchase a popular local track for a short term on an advert can range from R250k - R1m! As a result, clients who are able to afford and also motivate their marketing spend to purchase a popular track as a campaign investment will be able to afford this.
But for those brands who trim their budgets, agency creatives and clients have become more astute to give more south african composers briefs to produce music (that you might deem as Library).
Listen and listen very carefully to the quality of the back ground music.
More and more composers are willing to produce a track for a campaign to beat the Library sounds...

The question, that you should be posing well known musicians is - are they willing to adjust themselves and collaborate with the ad industry? There are, but a handful of well known musicians who have woken up to the merits of producing tracks for commercial. We wish that more would come to the fore.

Listen, and listen to how the advertising industry has adjusted itself to this category. The SA ad industry has been embrasive by producing Proudly South African adverts - we just need to ensure that we have more ingredient to work with.
Posted on 26 Aug 2014 08:58
Tony Lopes
Tony Lopes
There's no such thing as a 10-page website
Amen, SEO is alive and well and still relevant, although quite different from 2 or 3 years ago.

Well said!

Good content, usability and relevance are important, and key is putting your customer at the centre of it all.

I always start with keyword research around the particular niche, and then map out a content plan line by line in Excel, with unique titles and descriptions for each URL. Using a multi-tiered approach, I can see how each piece of content fits neatly within various topic silos.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 21:32
Shan Radcliffe
Shan Radcliffe
Unilever sells ice cream to Eskimos
Anon123: Have you never heard of the phrase "S/he could sell ice to an Eskimo"? It's an obvious play on the idiom, insinuating that Unilever has figured out a way to sell ice cream even during the winter months.

And while we're Wiki'ing semantics here, "While the term "Eskimo" is sometimes considered offensive, it is not, in its linguistic origins, a fundamentally offensive word..." Our use of this well-known expression (well, it used to be) is obviously in no way meant offensively. Although, since you have taken exception to it, would you have preferred we use "Inuit"?
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 17:13
Shan Radcliffe
Unilever sells ice cream to Eskimos
Anon123: Have you never heard of the phrase "S/he could sell ice to an Eskimo"? It's an obvious play on the idiom, insinuating that Unilever has figured out a way to sell ice cream even during the winter months.

And while we're Wiki'ing semantics here, "While the term "Eskimo" is sometimes considered offensive, it is not, in its linguistic origins, a fundamentally offensive word..." Our use of this well-known expression (well, it used to be) is obviously in no way meant offensively. Although, since you have taken exception to it, would you have preferred we use "Inuit"?
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 17:13
Christopher Jackson
Christopher Jackson
Print circulation data shows disturbing trends
I am a printer. I will tell you this much, PRINT is busy dying month by month. Ask any printer, the majority of us who run magazine, newspaper and book jobs are all watching the market grow smaller. We have seen countless people start up an edition, watched as it took off and watched as they closed down. People are finding it easier to go online in the comfort of their own home and read something digitally. No paper means no mess in the house, everything can be stored on the net or computer.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 15:34
Dianne Bayley
Dianne Bayley
Print circulation data shows disturbing trends
"Publishers of newspapers and magazines have been bleeding" . . . and will bleed even more if they don't change current "formulas". I buy three "top" SA home/decor publications. Looking back over the past three years' copies, all three appear to publish the same "features" every month - and have done for three years. Why do I continue to buy, if I'm just getting a rehash of the same goods from all three? Hmmmm . . . perhaps it's time to stop being sentimental about print and go online, to FREE sites . . .
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 15:29
Tony Dovale
Tony Dovale
Government needs innovation for service delivery
From my extensive experience in doing staff/ leadership / team building workshops in many public service departments revealed a range of issues that become evident as
1. Bad attitudes,
2. Low trust,
3. Low engagement,
4. Presenteeism
5. workplace conflict

...as well as other culture-based additional symptoms that interfere with building a service delivery culture.

There is a potent solution, that we incorporate into our team building and leadership development events that transforms this dynamic... but it needs to be more widespread to be fully effective and sustainable to become SA's dominant culture... .

www.lifemasters.co.za - Tony Dovale 083-447-6300
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 14:29
dalton stephens
dalton stephens
Print circulation data shows disturbing trends
I am quite sure that if you had to take the educational copies, airport copies and any other bulk copies out of the true circulation advertising and per copy sales would leave the major press in drastic financial trouble. However it may mean that advertisers will get better overall ROI. Depending on what percentage print plays in their media mix. But this is nothing new. What is new is advertisers measuring other mediums far more carefully and redefining ROI.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 14:28
Thabiso Dlamini
Thabiso Dlamini
How social media is destroying our society
I concur with Mr McNab, Bizcommunity is no different from the social media sites you have cited.
Posted on 25 Aug 2014 13:47
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