“In an age of radical transparency, your internal culture is your brand. Time to take action!” proclaims the headline from Trendwatching.com.
The premise is that up until recently most business operated with a black box mentality, expecting outsiders to believe whatever branding the company chose to paint on the outside of the box. “Glass box” thinking is a radical shift towards business transparency, whereby a company’s internal culture and processes are on show for all to see.
The all-revealing glass box
“Once, your internal corporate culture was just that: internal. But now that a business is a glass box, there’s no such thing as an ‘internal’ culture.” Trendwatching.com
Leon Ayo, CEO of Odgers Berndtson in sub-Saharan Africa, recently shared on Bizcommunity that “Today’s brands are under more scrutiny than ever before as the rise of radical transparency has catalysed an irreversible move from an inscrutable black box to an all-revealing glass box model.”
The UK’s University of Law states “In the current age of transparency a positive internal culture of business is vital for growth and positive public image.”
How to showcase internal culture
According to Trendwatching.com in a culture-first approach, examining and improving internal culture and then telling the world via brand stories is the winning strategy to ensuring internal culture and processes become brand assets.
Global consultancy Refinerylab.com adds, “For a company used to competing in the market strictly on price or features, with little internal focus or cohesion, the idea that internal culture and processes are highly visible will be a very new one. But it will be a worthwhile process and add tremendous value if done correctly.”
“Fortune 500 companies lose roughly “$31.5 billion a year by failing to share knowledge,” Pamela Babcock SHRM.org.
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We are seeking an Executive Housekeeper to ensure standards of cleanliness, hygiene and tidiness are maintained throughout the property and to manage the housekeeping and department efficiently to maintain standards and control costs.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- To ensure standards of cleanliness, hygiene and tidiness in all Bedrooms /corridors /function rooms /public areas are maintained.
- Supervising the daily cleaning of assigned rooms, bathrooms, corridor areas and public areas to the highest standards. This includes changing bed linen, replacing towels, cleaning bathrooms thoroughly, vacuuming, mopping and dusting daily. Subject to levels of business the housekeeper will be expected to also service rooms.
- Ensuring the upkeep of vacant rooms.
- Replenishing brochures and paper goods throughout the bedrooms.
- Maintaining an orderly storeroom and trollies.
- Ordering inventory and housekeeping stock when required
- Do weekly and monthly stock takes
- Do monthly / weekly / daily housekeeping administration
- Do monthly project management for the finance department
- Maintaining and upkeep of the housekeeping staff files
- Ensuring guest laundry is collected, charged and returned to the guest in a speedy and accurate fashion.
- Ensuring guest property left behind is logged and stored in a secure location for lost property.
- Resolving any guest problems or complaints when possible and ensuring management are kept informed.
- Action any maintenance requests in order to comply with the Guest House’s / Apartments’ established quality standards and ensure guest satisfaction.
- Do daily pre-arrival checks in guesthouse rooms / apartments
- Do daily inventory checks in guesthouse rooms / apartments when guests depart
- Must be willing to work hospitality hours and overtime when requested
- Carrying out any other duties as may be reasonably required by management
- High school graduate or equivalent.
- Must speak, read, write, and understand English at a professional level.
- Previous housekeeping management-related experience required.
- Must have a SA ID
- Must have a valid driver’s licence and own transport
To apply for the position, please forward a motivational letter, an updated CV with a picture of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org
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An eclectic accommodation collection in the vibrant neighborhood of Camps Bay is looking for a passionate Duty Manager to support as established team. Let us know if you have what it takes.
CANDIDATE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• High school graduate with hospitality experience / hospitality qualification.
• Must speak, read, write, and understand English at a professional level.
• Computer literate (Windows Office – Excel, Word and Outlook)
• Working knowledge of Opera.
• General knowledge of HR and the labour law.
• Previous front office management experience essential.
• Familiar with all duties and procedures in Front Office / Reservations Department
• MS Office (Word, Excel and Email) is essential
• Opera experience is essential
• Must have a SA ID
• Must have a valid driver’s licence and own transport
• Reliable, responsible and dependable to fulfil obligations
• Attention to detail
• Willingness to lead, take charge and offer direction
• Ability to multitask
• Show initiative by taking control of task
• Excellent communication skills
• Friendly and service orientated
Tasks (include but not limited to):
• Ensure smooth operation of the reception area
• Ensure guests are greeted, checked in and allocated apartments / rooms promptly and courteously
• To ensure reservations are taken correctly and courteously
• Ensure credit control procedures are strictly adhered to
• To ensure guest accounts is kept up to date
• Ensure effective and speedy check out facilities
• Ensure collection and delivery of luggage to apartments / rooms are done efficiently
• To ensure that the reception area is correctly managed
• Ensure that the switchboard is efficiently and effectively managed
• Must be willing to work hospitality shifts (weekends and public holidays), hospitality hours and overtime when requested
• Carrying out any other duties as may be reasonably required by management
• Ensure that guest house rooms / apartments are serviced and maintained to the standards
• Make sure all front of house areas is clean and tidy at all times
• Ensure the back of house is clean and free of clutter
• Ensure the smooth operation of Housekeeping daily
• Daily spot checks of apartments and rooms to ensure standards
• Checking of all monthly stock takes for amenities, chemicals and linen for Housekeeping
• Reporting and follow up of all maintenance issues pending or outstanding
• Assisting with the overseeing of the maintenance department in the absence of the Facilities Manager.
• Be familiar with the Health & Safety measure of the property
• To ensure regular on-the-job training is training place in your departments
• Ensure dress code of staff is up to standard
• Holding regular performance appraisals with senior staff, identifying areas for development and training needs
• Be readily available to deal with problems and complaints
• To circulate regularly throughout Front of House areas. Maintaining high profile with guests and staff
• Ensure accurate and timeous submission of all reports and administrative work
• Prepare and submit annual budgetary information and updates as required by Financial Manager
• To ensure effective liaison between Reservations & Front Office and other departments (e.g. Housekeeping)
• Act as a Duty Manager when required
• To attend all management meetings as required
To apply for the position, please forward a motivational letter, an updated CV with a picture of yourself to email@example.com
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Large Automotive concern seeks candidate with relevant tertiary education coupled with 3-5 years solid Supplier Management and Localisation of Body Electrical parts within the OEM Automotive Sector. Will be responsible for:
– Drawing up and implementing purchasing strategy of Body Electrical Automotive components / parts
– Recommending parts sourcing and potential suppliers
– Supplier assessments and technical communication
– Negotiate and conclude supplier agreements according to localisation plan
– Parts cost optimisation
– Local parts development process control
- Integration into a dynamic team building next generation solutions for company globally
- Interact with different company clients, exploring and advising on possibilities and solutions that accomplish their goals
- Agility, flexibility and keen attention to detail in order to manage and advance multiple projects simultaneously.
- Attention to detail during the development and quality assurance testing of projects.
- You will be joining a team committed to working on high-quality code and will work closely with the new and legacy products to support clients
- Willing to learn new technologies, teach and share knowledge with other team members.
- Project management of all technology development initiatives
- Coach and mentoring of Software Developers and System Engineers
- Promotion of a continuous improvement culture within the team
- Adhere to all guidelines and requirements to ensure compliance standards of quality, security, extensibility etc.
- Strong time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
- Familiar and comfortable with Agile terminology and teams
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Good communication skills.
- A technical mind-set and analytical approach
- Great attention to detail
- Good leadership skills
- Proficient in W3C standards
- Proficient in various SQL and NoSQL based Databased Management Systems.
- Proficient in various code management and branching strategies (Git Flow, Feature Branching).
- Proficient in Object Orientated design and programming.
- Proficient in Mapping (ORM) frameworks (e.g. Hibernate, Entity Framework)
- Ability to build Web API’s using various programming languages Node.JS/.Net (C#)
- Proficient in Domain Driven design concepts
- Proficient in rest API design standards in order to implement them in to Frontend products.
- Extensive knowledgeable and experience in DevOps principles and impact on development lifecycles
- Minimum NQF 7 – BSC/BCom/BTech in Information Technology , Information Systems Engineering or Computer Science or relevant equivalent
- Certification in Project management would be advantageous
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in software development
- 3-5 years’ Project Management experience
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We are looking for an Experienced Senior Fast Food Manager in the Bloemfontein area
- Manage the restaurant in accordance with Restaurant’s Policies and Procedures
- Maximize restaurant sales and profitability by effective deployment of labour, assets and production costs
- To maintain excellence in the execution of all duties
- To focus on exceeding customer expectations
- To focus on developing and training staff, as well as to providing negative and positive reinforcement, and to recognize and reward superior performance
- To maximize the profitability of the restaurant by monitoring food, packaging and labour costs as well as controllable expenditure to ensure that these are in line with established targets
- Ensure that all restaurant resources, i.e. Labour, product, supplies, tills and equipment are at correct levels to meet the various volumes of business
- Ensure that all cash handling and in-restaurant banking procedures are adhered to at all times
- Do a daily, weekly and monthly stock check in the restaurant
- Assist with IT problems experienced with MICROS/GAAP registers, computer and day end reports
- To ensure that the correct level of supplies are ordered, deliveries checked and that stock levels are monitored on a daily and weekly basis and any discrepancies fully investigated and reported
- To prepare the weekly labour schedules in advance and to ensure all shifts are properly staffed and that labour costs are in line with the budget
- To ensure that the mix of staff recruited in no way conflicts with the Company’s non-discriminatory policy
- To ensure that all staff receive a comprehensive induction and are correctly trained to perform those tasks assigned to them and that they are actively encouraged to progress through the training program
- To provide development for staff and to ensure that succession planning is carried out to ensure full management of the restaurant
- To ensure that the Policies and Procedures are followed to minimize employee relations issues within the restaurant
- To action recruitment and termination payroll change documentation and to forward these updates to the HR Department
- To coordinate, hold and record monthly staff meetings to discuss various issues which affect the restaurant/team
- To ensure that all restaurant staff and management are fully trained in fire procedures, health, safety and food hygiene practices as well as security and robbery procedures
- To ensure that all daily, weekly and monthly administration is completed accurately in line with procedures
- To ensure that accurate operating reports are kept
- Ensure that standards are in accordance with HACCP
- Ensure that the Safety, Health and Hygiene standards are in accordance with statutory regulations
- To carry out Local Store Marketing activities as authorized by the Regional Operations Manager
- To monitor all local competitor activity and any local activities – this may affect the volume of business
- To coordinate the implementation of in-store promotions and ensure that all staff is fully briefed in advance of promotions
- To monitor operating practices and to action any problems identified
- Demonstrate belief in people by treating each person in the restaurant fairly and with respect
- Coach and support staff and ensure that they are fully trained and on job training is effective
- Demonstrate team work by helping staff and management with their work, cross training them, effectively resolving their concerns and holding regular team meetings
- Hire, develops and promotes restaurant staff in consultation with Area / Regional manager
- Administer progressive discipline as needed, ensures compliance with all statutory regulations
- Grade 12 / Matric
- 4 – 5 years Fast Food Restaurant Manager experience preferably:- KFC, Hungry Lion, Chicken Licken or similar Fast Food store experience
- Micros/GAAP POS – 4 years’ experience
- MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook/e-mail)
- Salary is dependant on skillset and operational experience, salary ranges from R11 000 – R14 000
- SA Citizens only
“We could see her slipping away moment by moment. We gave her to God just before 2pm that afternoon. Both [my wife] Jaen-Mari and I said to God it’s okay, He could take her.”
Two weeks after his daughter’s death, the shocking scene of the car accident that claimed her life still haunts this father of three. His sister’s partner’s body had been pinned in the driver’s seat of the wreck. On the back seat, his three children’s belongings were scattered.
Weeks after the crash in which his three children, his sister and her partner were involved, it still feels as if a part of him died along with Angel-Lee, 9, that day, Tommie Blignaut, 41, who works in the mining industry, tells YOU.
“We’re shattered, our hearts are broken. One simply doesn’t know how to come to terms with this kind of loss,” he says.
The community of eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, where the Blignauts – Tommie and his wife, Jaen-Mari, 33, and their three children, Angel-Lee, Caylin, 13, and Jesse James, 5, are from – has been in mourning for the little girl who family members describe as “a ray of sunshine”.
The accident, his worst nightmare, happened on June 29, Tommie says. He and Jaen-Mari had just arrived home at about 5pm from a family outing to Pretoria when Jaen-Mari’s cellphone rang.
She answered the call, which came from an unknown number.
“Madam, were your children travelling with your sister-in-law?” the caller wanted to know.
Angel-Lee, Caylin and Jesse James had indeed been in the car with Tommie’s sister, Rina Marais, and her partner, Koos Meyer. They’d been on their way to visit the kids’ grandparents when they were in a head-on collision on the N14 highway.
Tommie and Jaen-Mari raced to the scene of the accident.
“A paramedic called me from the scene to update me,” Tommie says. “The most horrific things go through your mind. You don’t know what you’ll find when you get there – you’re just praying that your loved ones are alive.”
By the time Tommie and Jaen-Mari got to the scene, Koos had already been declared dead. An ambulance had taken Rina, Caylin and Jesse James to the Lenmed Randfontein hospital. Angel-Lee had been airlifted to the Busamed Modderfontein private hospital.
“I hadn’t wanted Jaen-Mari to see the devastation. I walked up to the wreck on my own and saw Koos’ body still trapped inside. My daughter’s shoes were on the back seat. It was extremely traumatic,” Tommie says, his voice crackling with emotion.
Rina’s brow bone and jaw were broken, and her left arm crushed. Jesse James had serious bruises and his one lung had collapsed. Caylin had a broken pelvis, shoulder and jaw.
“Angel-Lee’s condition was critical – that’s why she was taken elsewhere. Both her legs were broken. At the hospital an artery ruptured internally.”
One of the passengers in the other vehicle was also killed but no further information about the other car is known.
Tommie says Angel-Lee’s condition steadily deteriorated. On July 1, two days after the accident, doctors called her parents to the hospital.
“The doctor told us [on the phone] they were losing her. It was 12.15pm. I asked him to call me back and he put the phone to her ear. I told her, ‘My love, Mommy and Daddy are on our way. Just hold on.’
“It was horrible seeing her in hospital. There were tubes in her throat and her eyes were taped shut. They’d performed brain surgery earlier. We could see her slipping further and further away each moment. Just before 2pm, we gave her to God.”
The family are trying to pick up the pieces of their life. Caylin and Jesse James have been discharged and though Rina is still in hospital, her condition is stable.
“Our home has never felt this empty. It feels like something’s missing. And there is: our little girl. The children ask about her, but what do you tell them?
“All we can say is that she’s with Jesus. We don’t know if we’ll ever get used to the loss, if it’s ever going to stop hurting. But we know she’s with God – that’s our only comfort right now.”
A memorial service for Angel-Lee was held on July 11.
Can sex help improve the health of a Parkinson’s patient?
It might – at least for some.
So claims a new two-year study that tracked the sexual habits and disease progression among 355 Parkinson’s patients.
“This is in line with data showing a close relationship between sexual health and general health, both in healthy individuals and in patients with chronic disease,” said the Italian-British study team, led by Dr Marina Picillo. She’s an assistant professor at the University of Salerno’s Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Salerno, Italy.
Picillo and her colleagues concluded that early-stage male patients who are sexually active do experience “milder” disease progression and a less dramatic loss of motor skills and other disease symptoms, compared with those who don’t.
But there’s a hitch. The finding only appears to apply to men.
Why? The answer is not clear. But one factor may be that the investigation results were skewed, as twice as many men were enrolled as women (238 men versus 117 women).
Beyond that, the study authors pointed out that women experience different Parkinson’s symptoms to men. And women “are less prone to talk about sexual and genital issues due to societal attitudes,” wrote Picillo.
No cure of prevention
Even so, she and her research team said the findings warrant the attention of movement disorder specialists, who might view a patient’s sexual history as a tool to predict or even influence Parkinson’s disease progression.
If so, the finding could turn out to be big news for the roughly 1 million Americans the Parkinson’s Foundation estimates will be living with the disease by 2020.
For one, the neurodegenerative disease can be very debilitating, presenting symptoms such as uncontrollable tremors, trouble walking, rigidity and stooping, dizziness, balance issues and slowness.
There is also no known cure or prevention for Parkinson’s, and symptoms can be difficult to treat.
So the researchers set out to see if an active sex life might help.
Study participants were about 57 years old when first diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At the 2005–2006 study launch, all were classified with “early-stage” disease.
Men sexually more active
All underwent motor skill disability testing and mental health screenings before completing a health interview that asked about overall heart health; sleep habits; feelings of fatigue, pain, or apathy; stomach and urinary status; attention and memory skills; body weight changes, and respiratory condition.
Patients were also asked if they had sex and/or sexual dysfunction during the past year.
It turned out that the men said they were twice as sexually active as women: While about two-thirds of men said they were having sex, only one-third of women said the same.
At the same time, nearly half the men complained about erectile dysfunction and orgasm problems, and sexual activity did drop off somewhat for everyone during the two years of follow-up.
Still, Picillo’s team concluded that men who engaged in sexual activity displayed less severe motor disability and a better overall quality of life than those who did not. For women, no such luck.
Reacting to the findings, the University of Florida’s Dr Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora stressed that “the association between active sexual life and improvement in motor and non-motor symptoms is important”. He is an associate professor of neurology and a Parkinson’s Foundation education expert.
“It is in line with the concept that improving sexual function increases pleasure, communication and satisfaction between couples, increases relationship intimacy, and reduces stress and [Parkinson’s] symptoms,” said Ramirez-Zamora.
At the same time, he noted that “hyper-sexuality” is a “well-established and common impulse control disorder” among Parkinson’s patients who take a class of drugs known as dopamine agonists, which include pramipexole (Mirapex) and ropinirole (Requip).
Such drugs can help patients by activating a brain receptor that produces dopamine, which is known to help regulate movement. But it could also mean that the treatment – rather than sex — is what contributed to an improved quality of life.
So Ramirez-Zamora cautioned against drawing any firm conclusions on the role of sex in Parkinson’s progression, until more research is completed.
Picillo and her team reported the findings recently in the European Journal of Neurology.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa took a subtle dig at the previous administration, criticising frequent Cabinet reshuffles, “bling and blue lights” and an “endless focus on petty squabbles”.
With most political junkies’ focus on Johannesburg, where former president Jacob Zuma refused to be cross-examined at the Zondo commission into state capture, Ramaphosa addressed the National Assembly in Cape Town during the debate on the budget of the Presidency.
He said the Presidency should develop and implement a “national policy in a coherent and cohesive manner to remove policy uncertainty”.
“In the past, this envisioned co-ordination has weakened,” he added.
“Frequent reshuffles of ministers and a high turnover of senior managers at both national and provincial governments have led to instability, misalignment and confusion.”
He said the government should be “machinery that learns from its mistakes and take decisive steps to correct the situation”.
“We are here to work for our people. The endless focus on petty squabbles, on intra-party politics and on political brinkmanship does not serve our people well.
“In the spirit of Madiba, I call upon each member of this House to commit themselves to collaboration across the political divide.”
He said this administration’s task was to restore hope to the people, and regain their trust.
“We want, indeed we need, a joined-up government, one that works for the people.”
“The executive of the sixth administration will speak with one voice. It will not pursue pet projects that are disjointed and misaligned with national priorities.
“It will epitomise a caring state that is prudent with public finances and that derives its respect from masses through hard work and not outward shows of excess like bling and blue lights,” Ramaphosa said.
“This administration will be accountable to the people of South Africa. Ministers will have to answer questions in Parliament, and participate in portfolio committees.”
He said his would be a presidency that acted.
However, opposition leaders warned him to not follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane reminded him that he had sat in the House as Jacob Zuma’s Number Two.
“And you were silent then. Will you continue to be silent now, as your party is flayed and its entrails laid out at the commission?”
He challenged Ramaphosa to go to the Zondo commission and “set the record straight”.
“We need a president who acts, not one who sits idly by.
“In the words of former president [Nelson] Mandela, ‘We can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities. And we dare not linger for our long walk is not ended’,” Maimane said to groans from the ANC benches.
“You dare not linger, Mr President.
“You need to choose your country over your party. You need to change what isn’t working, because simply doing more of the same will get us nowhere,” Maimane said.
“If you choose the path of reform, you will have an ally in the DA. Together, we can rebuild the consensus we lost as a nation – a new 2019 consensus that will see us through the next 10 years.”
EFF leader Julius Malema warned Ramaphosa not to “outsource” his presidency to a “cabal”.
He continued the party’s attack on State Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, or “honourable Jamnandas” as he consistently referred to him.
Gordhan did not show much emotion during Malema’s tirade, except toward the end when he said something to Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe with an annoyed expression.
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu came to Gordhan’s defence.
“Why do the EFF pursue Gordhan so much? Why this anarchic pursuit of the stalwart of the revolution?”
Mthembu provided three reasons, the first being its “hatred of Indians”.
“You’re racist,” he said.
Mthembu added in the process of cleaning up corruption at state-owned enterprises, Gordhan “stepped on some corrupt EFF cronies”.
“They’re trying very hard to try and deviate from their friends dealing in illicit cigarettes,” Mthembu said.
“And now Pravin becomes a scapegoat.
“Honourable president, don’t be deterred by these howlers,” Mthembu said, turning to Ramaphosa.
While he spoke, EFF MPs grumbled about “Jackson Gordhan”.
Deputy President David Mabuza pledged his support to Ramaphosa.
Toward the end of his 30-minute speech, he said to Ramaphosa: “We commit to travel with you in good times and bad times.”
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