19 Jun 2012

IT & Telecommunications


What makes a good recruitment ad?

This week in human resources & recruitment, Paul Brand asks what makes a good recruitment advert, and then answers the question with a range of points that contribute to you composing the recruitment ad that is far more likely to attract just the right candidate you need for the position.

Brand also points out what you should avoid doing.

On the tax front, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has warned that taxpayers are becoming increasingly wary of misuse of their tax monies. Many people would agree with him, but perhaps suggest that he's being too tactful. It would probably be more accurate to suggest that taxpayers are also becoming weary, and sick and tired of seeing their tax monies wasted, misspent through wasteful expenditure, and lost through corruption and incompetence.

To rub salt into the wound, however, we have a new tax bill coming soon - and in a recent workshop to brief the public on it, the reaction to it has been decidedly mixed.

Good news, however, is that the net is tightening on poor quality financial advice. A new financial consumer advocate is on the prowl.

Finally, if you're feeling gutted because you should have been on the guest list for the Queen's recent Diamond Jubilee, but somehow weren't, our motoring editor Henrie Geyser (also not invited, by the way), reckons you could assuage your wounded feelings with the purchase of a new Mercedes-Benz M-Class. Henrie reckons it's fit for royalty.

Rod Baker, content director

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New CEO appointed at mLab
The Mobile Applications Laboratory Southern Africa (mLab SA) has appointed Derrick Kotze as its new CEO with effect from 15 June 2012. Read more >>


UniForum SA, the only applicant for .africa Top Level Domain
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) confirmed that there is only one applicant for the .africa Top Level Domain (TLD), namely UniForum SA, the organisation officially endorsed by the African Union. Read more >>


Gary Leih on the changing role of digital
[Jordan Scott] Before we move any further there is something that must be said, and it's this: The presentation from Gary Leih is perhaps mainly of interest to those within the marketing and advertising industry. However, in whatever sector of business you happen to be, digital will be a part of what you do, so it's as well to read Leih's views on the subject. Read more >>

MediaShop's latest forum points to mobile
The latest MediaShop industry forum held at the Johannesburg Country Club Woodmead saw speakers Justin Sanan of AC Nielsen Africa, Fiona Potgieter of Yonder Media and Toby Shapshak of Stuff magazine, delve into South Africa's digital landscape and reiterate the growing power of digital media. Read more >>

State may get cash windfall from Telkom
Is there any reason to invest in Telkom? Not really, according to many investors; it is not even paying a dividend. Read more >>

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Gauteng ICT resource centre launched
PRETORIA: The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with Vodacom, on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, launched the third provincial ICT Resource Centre. Read more >>


RamsayMedia launches digimag platform
In the latest move to consolidate and grow its e-commerce initiatives, RamsayMedia has launched its own in-house digital magazine platform. The development aims to give the company greater flexibility in managing and monetising its relationship with subscribers and is designed to open the door to extending digital magazine fulfilment to other media companies. Read more >>

The evolving economics of buying global software
[Rick Parry] Why local software developers should not be underestimated... There are strange habits in the world of enterprise software customers. They're not new, and certainly not surprising... but maybe it's time the SA software industry - and the SA software buying community - started to do something about it. Read more >>

Take greening beyond the data centre with intelligent management solutions
[Robert Brand] Reducing energy consumption and working towards greener business has become progressively more important in light of changing regulations, public pressure and ever-increasing utility costs. When it comes to the IT environment, greening practices are generally focused around the data centre, as it is often a huge consumer of electricity and can be prone to inefficiency. Read more >>

Microsoft appoints Comztek to launch Office 365
Microsoft has appointed local technology distributor - and long-standing partner - Comztek as its first channel developer partner for cloud services in South Africa ahead of the commercial launch of its Office 365 productivity suite. The move will effectively see Comztek tasked with developing a channel of partners who will promote Microsoft's cloud services offerings to the marketplace. Read more >>

May 2012 US online video rankings
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc, a leader in measuring the digital world, has released data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that more than 180 million US Internet users watched 36.6 billion online content videos in May. Video ads posted another month of record-breaking gains, surpassing the 10-billion mark for the first time on record. Read more >>

Latin America leads as the most socially-engaged global region
SANTIAGO, CHILE: comScore, Inc, a global leader in measuring the digital world, has released its latest report on social networking in Latin America from its comScore Media Metrix service. Read more >>

May 2012 US search engine rankings
RESTON, US: comScore, Inc has released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the US search marketplace. Google Sites led the explicit core search market in May with 66.7% of search queries conducted. Read more >>

More International...

Farmers want access to telecoms
Progress was "definitely" being made in addressing the concerns of Northern Cape farmers over access to telecommunications, Agri Noord Kaap's president, Henk van Wyk, said this week. Read more >>

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