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News24.com | LIVE: Parliament debates Ramaphosa’s first SONA

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Ramaphosa promises corruption crackdown at maiden SONA 

Time could be up for certain people at state institutions, as President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised strong action against corruption in his maiden State of the Nation Address, which he delivered on Friday.

Ramaphosa entered a jovial and relaxed National Assembly just before 19:00 on Friday to the customary standing ovation, following Parliament’s presiding officers.

The mood in the Assembly, however, did not deter him from taking a clear, firm stance on his plans to end corruption at state institutions and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), as well as the private sector.

Those who got in the way would be dealt with.

“This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions,” he told a packed joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament. 

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Operations Trade Support Senior Operations Professional (Cape Town Claremont) Fast-paced Broker and Financial Technology Company based in Cape Town (Claremont) is seeking the skills and experience of an Operations Trade Support Professional reporting to the Operations Manager

To liaise with all divisions of the business (trading, sales, technology, operations and tax – as well as external clients to assist in facilitating the business’ core processes) and provide guidance and direction for new and existing products.

Minimum requirements:

  • Relevant Financial Services qualification
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant financial services experience

Knowledge:

  • Specialist knowledge in any of the following functions is highly advantageous:

–          Clearing, settlement and custody of local or international securities and FX

–          Funding

–          Reconciliations

–          Corporate Actions

–          Issuance of securities through IPO’s

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  • Analytical and problem solving
  • Interpersonal / relationship management
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail

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  • Liaise with all divisions of the business:

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–          Sales

–          Technology

–          Operations

–          Tax

–          External clients to assist in facilitating the business’ core processes, and provide guidance and direction for new and existing products

  • Strategically analyse control processes to help protect the companies’ reputation and assets
  • Work closely with IT, QA and Development teams testing existing software / applications; communicating suggestions on time critical projects; or finding and implementing efficient solutions
  • Accurate and timely capture of all transactions received from clients
  • Verification of each trade against Broker confirmation
  • Liaising with client regarding any discrepancies on trades and resolution
  • Speaking with brokers to chase confirmations and resolve trade discrepancies
  • Liaising with Brokers regarding client’s settlements instructions, dealing with day to day queries from clients, custodian and Brokers
  • Monitoring and resolution of any unmatched / failed trades
  • Working closely with other teams within the organisation to ensure a smooth and accurate execution to settlement process
  • Corporation actions – analyse event notification and ensure accurate and timeous processing of all events on ex-Date
  • Access information from various sources and compile an event notification from the clients
  • Understanding the difference between foreign and local events as well as tax implications
  • Prepare and perform weekly / daily reconciliations including thorough investigation of all outstanding issues
  • Monitor and manage cash positions at liquid providers
  • Ensure that all FICA requirements are complied with (where relevant)
  • Opportunity to get involved in projects and business development

Should you meet the minimum requirements, please send your CV to: gerhardv@transman.co.za Reference number: Senior Operations

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MALE ASSISTANT OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (LADYSMITH) in Kwazulu-Natal | PA/Secretary | Job Mail | 4188781

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Requirements:

  • Office Administration Experience 
  • Basic Business Finance qualification an advantage 
  • Experience in Stock control, Invoicing, Budgeting, P.O.S and Petty cash control 
  • Knowledge of Kitchen appliances or similar an advantage 
  • Fluent in English and Zulu
  • Computer Literate (Word/ Excel/ PowerPoint and Outlook)
  • Must have a Matric / Grade 12 

You will need to reside in LADYSMITH or surrounding area.

Please take note: If you have not been contacted within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Your details will be held for future vacancies.

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International fast food group looking for both junior and senior restaurant managers. Successful incumbent will have at least 1 year experience in restaurant industry in management capacity. Matric essential. Fast food exposure highly advantageous. info@staffjunction.co.za

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(2578) Our client requires a natural leader, who is dynamic and self-motivated and passionate about the South African retail steel and allied industry, to increase branch sales and motivate the sales team. Proven experience in Management and a strong sales background in the Steel Retail industry is essential. This position requires a candidate with a minimum of 5 years management experience, advanced computer skills in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel and Syspro). Grade 12 and a completed tertiary qualification will be an advantage. sam@worxs4u.co.za

Health24.com | 5 myths about antioxidants that will blow your mind

It’s billed as an epic story of good versus evil – biology in comic-book form. The villains: free radicals, those nefarious DNA-attacking poisons of modern life. Our fearless defenders: antioxidants, poised to protect us from – well, everything, right?

You’ve heard the claims. But while we think we know what antioxidants do, few of us know what antioxidants actually are. And food manufacturers are fine with that; the less you know, the more likely you are to swallow the hype.

“Antioxidants have a health aura around them,” says Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University.

“They are supposed to fight something bad in your body. Who wouldn’t want to consume more of a helper like that?”

Read more: Coffee might be a more powerful antioxidant than we thought

There’s no doubt that antioxidants can be good for you. But to maximise their benefit, we first have to strip away some assumptions.

1. Free radicals must be destroyed

Not so fast.

The basics: Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are unstable molecules in the body that can cause DNA mutation. Even though free radicals have been linked to serious conditions like heart disease, Parkinson’s and cancer, they aren’t necessarily villains – they’re by-products of a basic metabolic process called oxidation.

“They’re absolutely essential to life,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of the antioxidants lab at Tufts University. “For example, immune cells will shoot free radicals onto invading bacteria in order to kill them. They’re an important part of the body’s defences.”

Too many free radicals, on the other hand, are harmful. Pollutants, cigarette smoke and sun overexposure can generate so many free radicals that your normal antioxidant defences become overwhelmed, leaving you vulnerable to cell damage and disease. Some researchers also link free-radical oxidation with aging.

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That’s where antioxidants come in. “We need to make sure we have adequate antioxidant defences to combat all the excess free radicals,” says Blumberg.

Read more: 3 supplements that you really need in your diet, and 3 that are just wasting your money

Do this: Assuming you’ve curbed bad habits such as smoking and excessive tanning, turn to your diet. If you eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, your diet is naturally rich in thousands of antioxidants.

Studies suggest eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day to reap the most health benefits.

2. All antioxidants are created equal

Not even close.

Any molecule that protects your cells against oxidation is technically an antioxidant, says Joe Vinson, PhD, a professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania. “They’re anti-oxidation.”

This includes familiar nutrients, like vitamins, as well as more unfamiliar types of antioxidants, like flavonoids and polyphenols – about 8 000 varieties in all.

But don’t assume that all antioxidants operate the same way, Blumberg warns.

“You can’t say, ‘Well, I’m not going to worry about taking in enough vitamin E, because I take lots of vitamin C.’ All the vitamin C in the world won’t substitute for vitamin E,” says Blumberg.

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Some antioxidants excel at fighting certain types of free radicals (yep, there are different varieties of those, too) while others are effective only in specific parts of a cell. Still others can battle free radicals only under the right conditions.

“Think of antioxidants as an army,” he says. “You need generals, lieutenants, corporals, privates and others with specific duties. You can’t fight an enemy with only generals.”

So how do you create an effective defence system in the battle for your life? By building a multipronged counteroffensive – er, diet.

Read more: This diet is ranked #1 in the world – but is it right for you?

Do this: Branch out and try something new in the produce aisle. In a 2006 study, researchers at Colorado State University found that people who ate the widest variety of fruits and vegetables had the most DNA protection.

3. All antioxidants come from fruits and vegetables

Wait a minute.

The entire plant kingdom – including beans, nuts, seeds and grains – is awash in antioxidants, according to a recent study from the University of Scranton. That’s because all plants produce antioxidants to fight against predators and UV rays, says Vinson.

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It’s important to steer clear of refined grains, though; they’ve been stripped of most of their antioxidant benefits.

Even meat, dairy products and eggs contain some antioxidants, which mainly come from the nutrient-rich plants the animals fed on.

Read more: You probably don’t need to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you think

Do this: Eat whole-grain foods, beans, nuts and seeds regularly. When animals are on the menu, make sure they’ve been grass-fed; meat and dairy products from these better-fed beasts have been shown to contain higher levels of antioxidants. Eggs from pastured hens also rank higher in antioxidants – look for them at farmers’ markets.

4. Antioxidant-fortified foods are healthier

Not really.

The ink was barely dry on early antioxidant studies when food companies started slapping the A-word on their packaging. You can even chug an antioxidant-fortified version of Cherry 7UP.

The FDA requires food manufacturers to list the variety of antioxidant in a product; that part is often in fine print. Look closely and the label reveals that you’re receiving a tiny helping of vitamin E. Perhaps “Cherry 7UP Vitamin E” didn’t sound as impressive.

If you’re relying on processed foods to supplement your antioxidant intake, you may be surprised to find that many processed foods have relatively small amounts of just one or two kinds. Since variety is critical, you probably aren’t making up for lost ground.

Read more: Are fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables better for you?

Do this: Ignore the hype – there’s no research to prove that packaged products provide the same health benefits that whole foods do. Instead, focus on the ingredient list. If a food product contains mostly plant foods, it’s likely to be rich in antioxidants.

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5. If I exercise and take supplements, I’ll be superfit

Maybe not.

Working out leads to more oxidation and an increase in free radicals. That’s not a bad thing.

“Since free-radical production is a normal response to exercise, taking a large dose of antioxidants right after a workout could interfere with the natural, beneficial response to exercise,” says nutritionist Alan Aragon, MS, a Men’s Health weight-loss expert.

The logic is unexpected but clear: Scientists speculate that the oxidative stress triggered by exercise promotes insulin sensitivity and weight loss, and possibly reduces your risk of diabetes.

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Case in point: A 2009 German study found that when exercisers took antioxidant supplements (vitamins C and E), they weren’t rewarded with the typical post-exercise boost in insulin sensitivity. So much for that well-intentioned antioxidant-fortified recovery drink.

Michael Ristow, MD, an author of the study and chairman of the department of human nutrition at the University of Jena, Germany, speculates that other antioxidant supplements might have similar negative effects, though more study is needed.

Read more: You might be taking the wrong form of this common supplement

Supplements can even sap your power: A 2006 British study found that runners who took 1 000mg of vitamin C daily for a week lost muscle strength.

Do this: If you’re exercising to lose weight, your antioxidants should come from whole foods, not from supplements or antioxidant-enhanced food products.

When it comes to antioxidants, more isn’t always better.

How antioxidants work

Normal cellular processes – as well as stressors like cigarette smoke and sunburn – trigger your body to produce excessive amounts of cell-damaging molecules called free radicals.

Here’s how antioxidants can come to the defense.

1. When a molecule loses an electron, it becomes a reactive free radical with an extra, unpaired electron.

2. The free radical tries to steal an electron from a nearby molecule to regain balance.

3. This can create another free radical, causing a chain reaction that can damage cell components, including DNA. This can lead to possible health problems ranging from a weakened immune system to cancer.

4. An antioxidant molecule can neutralise a free radical by giving up one of its own electrons. Unlike a free radical, it’s able to maintain stability by redistributing its electrons.

This article was originally published on www.mh.co.za

Image credits: iStock

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eNCA | Five key food precautions you need to practice to avoid Listeriosis

JOHANNESBURG – The manner in which food is prepared in businesses and in homes has been under the spotlight since the outbreak of Listeriosis in December 2017.

The source of the outbreak remains unknown.

Last week, 57 people died from the food-borne disease, bringing the death toll to over 160.

READ: Listeriosis getting worse

According to the World Health Organization, foodborne infection in humans occurs through the consumption of contaminated foods, particularly unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, vegetables and prepared meat products such as pâté.

“Unlike most foodborne pathogens, Listeria multiplies readily in refrigerated foods that have been contaminated,” the World Health Organization says.

“Transmission is also possible from mother to fetus or from mother to child during birth.”

Fruit and vegetables must be washed well and meat cooked thoroughly.

Here are five key food precautions you need to practice:

  •  Keep clean
  •  Separate raw and cooked food
  •  Cook thoroughly
  •  Keep food at safe temperatures
  •  Use safe water and raw materials

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Sport24.co.za | Swys ‘relieved’ with ‘sweet’ Lions win

2018-02-19 08:31

Lloyd Burnard

Cape Town – It was far from a clinical performance, but Lions coach Swys de Bruin is satisfied with his side’s 26-19 win over the Sharks at Ellis Park on Saturday. 

In what was De Bruin’s first match as head coach since taking over from Johan Ackermann, the Lions were not at their best. 

There were still periods of the attacking enterprise that has been a hallmark of their game in recent seasons, but struggles at the lineout as well as an inability to look after the ball meant that the Sharks were always in the contest. 

The visitors didn’t have their best day at the office either as they lost six scrums on their own ball, slipped 29 tackles and were also let down by their handling at crucial stages. 

Despite the struggles of both sides, it was the Lions who came out on top in a match that certainly did not lack in entertainment value. 

The result means that the Lions have now beaten the Sharks in all of the last seven Super Rugby matches between the sides, and De Bruin acknowledged afterwards that there was something sweet about getting one over the men from KwaZulu-Natal. 

“Warren (Whiteley) is from the Bluff there (in Durban), I lived there for 12 years and I think Rudolf Straeuli (Lions CEO) still owns half of Durban,” De Bruin joked.

“It is very sweet to beat the Sharks, I must admit.”

Going into the match, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Lions and how they would gel under their new head coach. 

The concerns were intensified by a lack of match preparation leading up to the start of the tournament, with a friendly against the Bulls their only public outing. 

De Bruin acknowledged that there had been worries over the lack of preparation, and while he described his side as “rusty”, he has now been given a solid base to launch from as the 2016 and 2017 tournament runners-ups prepare to host the Jaguares this weekend. 

“Very pleased and relieved … that’s the first reaction,” De Bruin said.

“We did go in a bit underdone into this game. That was the long discussion we had with our leadership group.

“We asked for character and it came through.”

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect for De Bruin and the Lions would have been their defensive performance in the last 10-15 minutes of the match. 

The Sharks, with their tails up, hit the hosts hard with a series of attacks that threatened numerous times to get them over the line. 

The Lions, though, found something from somewhere and their defence held firm as first substitute loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani and then Marnus Schoeman forced crucial turnovers. 

“The last bit, when Hacjivah came on and stole that ball … for him as a youngster, he doesn’t realise how huge that was and the same as Marnus Schoeman when he was under the sticks when he got hands on the ball,” said De Bruin.

“If you can win those small margin calls then we’re happy.”

eNCA | Mining charter review: Stakeholders agree to reopen talks

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers for Human Rights has come out swinging against government and the Chamber of Mines.

It’s slamming both parties for excluding the organisation’s clients from a proposed agreement on the charter.

On Sunday, the Chamber of Mines and Presidency agreed to go back to the drawing board and halt a court battle, seeking a review of the charter.

READ: Chamber of Mines holds back on taking charter to court

But Lawyers for Human Rights says it’s going ahead with its court application, calling for a new charter as it was left out of the latest developments.

In his State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to intensify engagement with all mining stakeholders.

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News24.com | Hawks went back and forth with Ajay Gupta lawyer – Mbalula

Johannesburg – SA law enforcement agencies are closing the net on Ajay Gupta and others accused of corruption in the Estina dairy farm project in Vrede, the police minister has said.

Police minister Fikile Mbabula, in an interview with SABC TV said that a back and forth with Gupta’s lawyer led to the red alert on the Indian national.

“Ajay Gupta is one of the five being sought. The Hawks approached his lawyers. They have been playing cat and mouse going back and forth. You don’t do that with the law.”

Mbalula said of the 13 suspects in the Estina Farm Project, eight had been arrested in the Free State and Johannesburg.

He said police were working with Interpol and believed suspects were in China, Dubai and India.

“Nothing says they escaped. They left of their own business or whatever the case. The world is very small. We interact with Interpol. All means necessary are being employed so that these people come to book. Lots of money disappeared. That is the money for the poor and the money of the taxpayer.”

He added: “There are no untouchables. If ever you are found to have something to do like that, you must come to book.”

Speaking on former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, Mbalula said he could not confirm if a warrant of arrest was out for him.

“I cannot confirm warrant of arrest and whether he is being sought. In terms of the prescript of the law, an individual will be sought and only upon they appear in court can they be named. If he is being searched, I am not at liberty to say. I am not privileged to answer that question.”

The arrests came after the search and seizure operations executed by the Hawks at the Agriculture Department and the offices of the Premier Ace Magashule.

Speaking on Magashule, Mbalula said there were no issues into anyone being investigated.

“We do not want to portray this as a target. When police arrested people in KZN  they said we had targets. We said no, police must do their job. We are investigating and arresting, that is all.”

When asked if he believed former president Jacob Zuma should be charged he said: “That is for the institutions of government to decide.”

Watch: 17-Year-Old American Vincent Zhou Lands First Quad Lutz in Olympic History

What an Olympics it’s been for 17-year-old American athletes. 

Snowboarders Chloe Kim and Red Gerard took home gold in their events earlier this week. Now, teen figure skater Vincent Zhou has made Olympic history by landing a quadruple Lutz. 

Zhou is the first skater to ever land the jump at the Olympics. 

No skater has successfully landed a quad Axel in competition, making the Lutz the most difficult quad jump you’ll see at the Olympics

Fellow American Nathan Chen, who is just 18, also has a quad Lutz in his routine and landed two of them during his free skate at Skate America earlier this season.

Common Chemicals in Nonstick Pans and Food Wrappers Could Hurt Your Health–and Your Waistline. Here’s How to Avoid Them

A common class of chemicals that’s been linked to cancer, fertility problems, and thyroid dysfunction has now been tied to another major health issue: According to a new study in PLOS Medicine, women who have high levels of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their blood tend to gain back more unwanted weight after dieting.

The new study included both men and women who’d been enrolled in a two-year clinical trial and who lost weight by following a heart-healthy diet. But when researchers factored in the levels of PFAS in participants’ blood at the start of the study, they found that people with high levels tended to gain more of that weight back after initially losing it.

The association was found almost exclusively in women, and the researchers say that PFAS’ effects on estrogen in the body may be one reason why. But the study also found that people with high PFAS concentrations had lower resting metabolic rates; in other words, their metabolism was slower and they burned fewer calories doing daily activities.

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The researchers concluded that PFAS may play a role in body weight regulation, and therefore in the country’s current obesity epidemic. “We all know it’s feasible to lose weight through diet or physical activity; however the challenging part is that almost no one can maintain that weight loss,” says senior study Qi Sun, assistant professor in the department of nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “Now we’ve shown that PFAS level may actually determine how much weight people regain.”

But what exactly are these chemicals, and why are they in our bodies to begin with? Here’s what you need to know, and how you can reduce your exposure.

Ditch fast food and microwave popcorn

PFAS chemicals have water- and oil-repellant properties, which makes them valuable to the fast-food industry and for packaged foods like microwave popcorn. In a 2017 study published in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, researchers found that about half of the 400 food wrappers and containers they analyzed contained fluorine, an indicator of PFAS.

Previous studies have found that PFAS have the potential to leach into food—and that once PFAS enter the body, they stay there for years. That’s reason enough to avoid exposure whenever possible, says Laurel Schaider, PhD, an environmental chemist at the Silent Spring Institute and lead author of the food-wrapper study.

“I think we all already have some reasons to reduce how much fast food we consume, and this may be another one,” Schaider told Health in 2017. “If you’re going to eat it, you could try to get the food out of the wrapper as quickly as possible—that might help a little bit.”

RELATED: Another Reason to Never Eat Fast Food Again (That Has Nothing to Do With Fat)

Think twice about stain- or water-resistant products

Another common use for PFAS is making clothing, carpets, upholstery, and other textiles stain- or water-resistant. (Think of advertisements where spilled wine on a sofa beads up and wipes right off.) And while some older PFAS have been phased out of textile production because of associated health and environmental risks, some newer ones have taken their place, says Tom Brutton, PhD, a fellow and PFAS researcher at the Green Science Policy Institute—and their health effects are not yet known.

To be safe, Brutton recommends avoiding stain-, water-, soil-, or grease-repellant products whenever they’re not necessary. And when they are—in the case of a raincoat, for example—look for gear labeled PFAS-free or fluoro-free. “You’re starting to be able to find rain jackets and outdoor gear without these chemicals,” he says, “and I think there will be many more options in as little as two or three years.”

If you already own fabrics with PFAS, don’t panic. “The harm that’s going to happen to one person from the exposure of wearing a raincoat or sitting on a stain-resistant carpet is probably quite minimal,” says Brutton. “What we’re really concerned about are the chemicals released when these products are manufactured and also when they’re disposed of and end up in a landfill.” If consumers can make smarter choices so there are fewer of these products in circulation, he says, it will be better for our health, and for the environment as a whole.

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Don’t buy another nonstick pan

The same advice goes for nonstick cookware: If you already own pots and pans with these chemicals, you don’t have to stop using them or throw them away—at least not until they’re scratched or damaged. But don’t buy a new set either. “The exposure to you from your use of that pan isn’t going to be so huge that it represents a significant health threat,” says Brutton. “But when it’s time to buy a new one, perhaps look for one that doesn’t contain PFAS.” Many experts recommend stainless steel, ceramic, or cast-iron cookware, or you can look for brands that advertise being PFAS-free.

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Be smart about seafood

Because they’re so prevalent in the environment, PFAS can also accumulate in the tissue of animals that humans then consume for food. The chemicals have been found in contaminated seafood, for example, and Brutton says that buying organic won’t necessarily reduce your exposure.

What will help, however, is choosing fish that are lower on the food chain. You may already be doing that if you’re concerned about mercury and other heavy metals in seafood, says Brutton. Following those same rules will also help you avoid PFAS. “Instead of buying swordfish, for example, choose salmon,” he says.

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Check on your water supply

PFAS released during industrial and manufacturing processes can also accumulate in water supplies, especially near industrial sites, wastewater treatment plants, and military fire-training areas. A 2016 study found that drinking water supplies for at least 6 million Americans may exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory limit for lifetime exposure to certain PFAS from drinking water.

Unfortunately, there may not be an easy way to know if your community’s drinking water is contaminated with PFAS, since the EPA does not currently require municipalities to notify residents about these chemicals. But if you’re concerned, it’s worth asking your local supplier.

“In a lot of cases when water utilities find that their levels are high, they’ve taken action and installed filters and alerted consumers, although there’s no guarantee,” Brutton says. Consumers who are concerned about contaminant levels can also install activated carbon filters in their homes. “These products do a fairly good job at removing a lot of these chemicals from drinking water,” he adds.

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Bond Store Clerk Cape Town in Western Cape | Other Professions | Job Mail | 4188825

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Bond Store Clerk (Cape Town Airport Industria) Leading Logistics Company based in Airport Industria (Cape Town) is seeking the skills and experience of a Bond Store Clerk who will be responsible for receiving and despatching stock in bond, keeping of accurate records and customs compliance.

Minimum requirements:

  • Grade 12
  • Minimum of 3 years’ working experience in a bond store
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience of updating bond books (both manually and electronically)
  • Valid driver’s license (Advantageous)
  • Knowledge of the customs process in South Africa

Skills and Competencies:

  • Knowledge of the different types of entries applicable to receiving and dispatching of goods in bond store.
  • Knowledge of the customs bonded warehouse requirements.
  • Good industry knowledge in terms of documentation requirements, customs requirements (SA), Port Health, Sate Vet, import permits, etc.
  • Computer literate in terms of E-mails and excel.
  • Knowledge and experience with Compu-clearing and or Shipshape will be an advantage.
  • Good communication skills (written and verbal). Can provide both verbal and written information in a timely, clear and concise manner. Expresses ideas effectively, adjusting style, tools and mode to the needs of others. Listens attentively, and summarizes or asks questions, when needed, to clarify information.
  • Organized and disciplined: Sets clear and realistic goals and objectives. Establishes a course of action and a sequence of steps to ensure that activities and objectives are efficiently achieved. Is structured with good personal organization. Schedules time effectively and use efficient work methods and tools.
  • Attention to Detail: Can be counted on to keep commitments. Complies with the intent of policies, procedures and agreements. Builds others’ trust in own professionalism, integrity, expertise and ability to get results.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines: Remains calm, objective and controlled in responding to urgent or demanding situations. Maintains effective performance under pressure. Stays positive.

 

Job responsibilities:

 

Goods Receiving:

  • Ensure goods received voucher and relevant customs entry (with customs release) received for cargo arriving.
  • Move cargo into bond store, ensuring goods received into bond are exactly as per the customs entry. Ensure product is correct, product code is correct, number of items/cartons is correct, etc.
  • If there are any mismatches or discrepancies request a second check or verification by warehouse operator. Once discrepancy has been finalized the documents have to be endorsed and operations notified.
  • Update bond register as per the customs requirements for goods received into the bond store.
  • Ensure goods received into the bond store are labelled as per the customs requirements. E.g. entry number, line number, description, entry date, quantity, etc.
  • Ensure that goods received are allocated positions in the bond store as per the customs requirements. E.g. per entry, per entry line, etc.
  • File all relevant goods received documentation.

Goods Dispatch:

  • Ensure goods dispatched voucher and relevant customs entry received for cargo picking.
  • Pick cargo as per the relevant customs entry (with customs release). Ensure products are correct, product code is correct; number of items/cartons is correct, etc.
  • If there are any mismatches or discrepancies request a second check or verification by warehouse operator. Once discrepancy has been finalized the documents have to be endorsed and operations notified.
  • Update the bond register as per the customs requirements for goods removed/dispatched out of the bond store.
  • Update the labels in the bond store with all the relevant entry details. E.g. removal entry number, line number, amount removed, balance, etc.
  • File all relevant goods dispatched documentation.

General:

  • Regular stock/cycle counts of stock in bond to be done and recorded.
  • Ensure that stock count balance to bond register.
  • Ensure any damages or short loadings are reported immediately and recorded.
  • Ensure bond store is secure and conforms to customs requirements.
  • Assisting and resolving bond related queries.
  • Ensure that bond store movements for clients are invoiced as per applicable tariff.
  • Bond store to be kept clean, neat and tidy.
  • Ensure Bond store complies to health and safety requirements.
  • Bond store and bond records to conform to customs requirements at all times and be ready for a customs audits.
  • Liaise with clients where necessary in terms of stock take, stock requirements, etc.
  • Forecasting and planning in terms of space in bond store in relation to client forecasts for goods to be received or dispatched.

Should you meet the minimum requirements, please email your CV to: annelienv@transman.co.za with reference: HEBSC

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