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THE DUTY OF CARE; PROTECTING STAFF & ASSETS DURING STRIKE ACTION

In South Africa, “strike action” has become a metaphor for “violent outbursts against all authority”. The reality is that striking employees simply do not abide by the rules. With a single-minded focus to disrupt business and productivity, these employees can do irreparable damage if they are not contained. Protecting employees, assets and property require specialist intervention from expert teams, lawfully providing protection and creating order during the chaos of strike action.

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Striking a blow for employers

A workforce on strike can have an unsettling impact on the corporate image on an organisation. Violent or ill-disciplined strikes can be downright disastrous for both employees and employers. What steps should a prudent employer take in anticipation of looming industrial action by its employees?

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS; MOULDING EMPLOYABLE GRADUATES

Further Education and Training (FET) should strive to achieve three goals: making graduates employable; creating a diverse workforce; and meeting the needs of the country’s economy.  The goals of FET and the theme for the celebration of youth could not be more perfectly aligned.

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Strategy should not be a guessing game – especially in uncertain economic times

“Africa may face significant technological, social and political challenges, but by focusing on opportunities rather than weaknesses, and following an informed decision-making process, companies can still do well on the continent.” -  strategy expert, Wayne Borchardt, convenor of the Strategic Decision-Making programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

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Benefits more important than bucks

Employees are increasingly seeking customised benefits to suit their unique needs:The traditional remuneration and benefits model has shifted significantly over the last few years, with more people viewing quality of life as paramount – and not just as measured by the size of their paycheck. Companies can no longer view the way they remunerate staff in isolation to their culture or an individual’s life stage, and as a result, a different Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is vital to cater for the diverse South African workforce.

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