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Trailblazer – Hon. Ronald Lamola

Trailblazer – Hon. Ronald Lamola

Minister Lamola Turns His Focus to Land Reform By Raine St.Claire Honourable Ronald Ozzy Lamola is the current Minister of Justice and an ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member. He holds a Masters of Law in corporate law and extractive law, both obtained at the...

SONA 2024 – 10 Key Takeaways

SONA 2024 – 10 Key Takeaways

We have come a long way, but still have a long way to go. This was the message which came out of His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, the last of the 6th administration. This year’s speech comes as the country celebrates 30 years of democracy, reflecting on the successes and failures, examining the weaknesses and acknowledging the strengths.

World Cancer Day Awareness Campaigns

World Cancer Day Awareness Campaigns

The WHO World Cancer 2024 theme, ‘Close the Care Gap,’ urges collective action. By underscoring that “together, we challenge those in power,” serves as a call for global leaders to prioritise and invest in cancer awareness and initiatives. Without urgent measures, cancer mortality in the region is projected to reach about 1-million deaths per year by 2030, surpassing the global average of 30% in 20 years.

Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies 2023

Africa’s Fastest Growing Companies 2023

South Africa shines with 17 entities in the top 50 of Africa’s 100 fastest growing companies for 2023, as revealed by The Financial Times and Statista’s annual ranking. In its second year, the ranking underscores the remarkable expansion of companies in fintech, renewable energy, healthcare, commodities, and agriculture.

Just Energy Transition – UN COP 28

Just Energy Transition – UN COP 28

The participation of South Africa at COP28 is part of its national commitment, as outlined in the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan, to drastically reduce emissions in accordance with the 2015 Paris Agreement. The South African government states that the Conference presents an opportunity to fast-track the energy transition by building the energy system of the future “while rapidly decarbonising the current energy system to keep 1.5°C within reach.”

The world’s top decision-makers gather in Davos

The world’s top decision-makers gather in Davos

The South African delegation is led by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana and Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel. “Together with Brand SA and various private sector representatives from Old Mutual, SAB and Naspers, amongst others, the delegation includes ministers of key departments, with the Minister of Electricity and his drive to gauge the appetite for investment in the energy space being an important part of Team South Africa’s agenda.”

Deputy Director-General, Carmen Joy Abrahams

Deputy Director-General, Carmen Joy Abrahams

Our Woman in Leadership for this edition is Carmen Joy-Abrahams. With over 23 years of dedicated service in the public sector, Carmen-Joy Abrahams has been appointed as Deputy Director-General (DDG): Professional Services. Effective from November 2023, she brings a wealth of 19 years of senior management experience within the public service and diverse expertise gained across various portfolios.

Gwakwani – SA’s 1st Smart Rural Village

Gwakwani – SA’s 1st Smart Rural Village

This is a story of innovative thinking, strategic resourcing, partnerships, achieving development goals, technological innovations and a rural village that was put on the map for the first time. Gwakwani, a village in Limpopo, has become South Africa’s 1st smart and sustainable rural settlement.

SIU: Striking Against Corruption

SIU: Striking Against Corruption

Established in 1996, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been a beacon in anti-corruption efforts, forensic investigations, and litigation, with a primary mandate to scrutinise allegations of corruption across the state institutions of South Africa. The SIU was at the forefront of significant legal matters. In a groundbreaking ruling, the Constitutional Court found that, while not a court, the Special Tribunal still holds the jurisdiction and powers to adjudicate reviews brought by the SIU and to grant orders setting aside unlawful procurement contracts awarded by State institutions.

ICJ Elects SA Judge to United Nations’ Top Court

ICJ Elects SA Judge to United Nations’ Top Court

Professor Dire Tladi was recently announced as one of five new judges by the UN General Assembly and the Security Council. This historic appointment makes him the first South African to serve as a permanent judge in the 78-year history of the court – an unprecedented achievement for a South African citizen. The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, requires the expertise of highly skilled international lawyers.

Digital Banking – Data Protection

Digital Banking – Data Protection

47.8 million South Africans78.7% of the population – used mobile devices to access the internet In 2022. This upward trend is expected to continue and by 2027 the anticipated trajectory of internet utilisation in South Africa and the ascendancy of mobile devices is expected to grow by 90%. However, alongside this remarkable industry growth comes a concerning increase in cyber fraud. Identity theft, credit card fraud, online privacy, and scams like phishing are highlighted as major consumer concerns.

CIGFARO: Professionalising the Public Sector

CIGFARO: Professionalising the Public Sector

Gathered at CIGFARO’s conference were hundreds of finance professionals from municipalities across the country who were treated to engaging sessions covering the nuts and bolts of public finance management, including addresses from outgoing CIGFARO president, Cheryl Reddy, the Auditor-General’s office, Honourable Thembi Nkadimeng and representatives from SARS. This year’s theme was “Iron Sharpens Iron: Learning From Best Practices”, pointing to the knowledge sharing which took place over the three days.

Financial Fitness: Planning For 2024

Financial Fitness: Planning For 2024

Much like adopting a fitness regimen brings benefits and confidence, being financially fit means skillfully managing money for present and future needs. Having, and sticking, to a financial plan helps save for emergencies, avoid debt, and build good credit, all crucial for financial security. To kickstart your journey to managing your money, here’s a monthly breakdown of practical tips to help you achieve financial fitness.

VEA MD Thoko Tshabalala-Shandu: Leading By Example

VEA MD Thoko Tshabalala-Shandu: Leading By Example

Thoko Tshabalala-Shandu’s association with VEA Road Maintenance and Civils began in 2017, marking the beginning of a transformative journey. Armed with over a decade of experience in the mining industry, particularly in roles encompassing business development, sales, and customer service, her proficiency and confidence in engaging with individuals across all organisational levels did not go unnoticed by the Board of Directors.

Festive Season – Volunteering

Festive Season – Volunteering

Christmas and the New Year are around the corner and while for many it has been a year of recovery, there are many who will need a helping hand. Throughout the year, there are opportunities to offer up your time to help those in need, and if you have not done so already, the festive season is a perfect time for you to start making a difference.

Reconciliation: Building a United and Cohesive Nation

Reconciliation: Building a United and Cohesive Nation

December is reconciliation month in South Africa, and the country marks National Reconciliation Day on December 16. The day aims to promote social cohesion, healing, unity, and nation-building. According to the South African government, this year’s emphasis is on South Africans’ vital role in strengthening democracy and ensuring that their opinions are heard and incorporated into daily decisions aimed at improving people’s lives.

Bonuses, Leave, Overtime and Tax

Bonuses, Leave, Overtime and Tax

We look at some of the most common misconceptions and myths, providing clarification based on what the tax and labour laws actually state. As the year-end and holidays approach, many workers look forward not only to a well-deserved rest but also to the possibility of receiving a bonus. For those fortunate enough to receive some extra payment, you may be wondering about the tax implications and how much of it you can actually enjoy and spend. And what about those unlucky not to receive a bonus, are they entitled to any type of bonus?

His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa’s Last Letter for 2023

His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa’s Last Letter for 2023

In his letter to the nation, penned on 11th December, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa took the opportunity to review the successes as well as the challenges of 2023; the challenges include the impact on our economy of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and instability in the global economy as well as, locally, load shedding and inefficiency at our ports and railways.

Financial Fitness: Make Your Home Green

Financial Fitness: Make Your Home Green

Living sustainably is more than just a passing trend; it is a lifestyle shift that contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. As custodians of this beautiful planet, it is our responsibility to protect the Earth and conserve its precious resources, ensuring that future generations inherit a world of abundance, not scarcity.

16 Days of Activism – Leave No One Behind

16 Days of Activism – Leave No One Behind

“Accelerating actions to end gender-based violence and femicide: leaving no one behind” -This is the theme for this year’s 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign in South Africa. Deputy President Paul Mashatile said this year’s theme is a call to action to raise awareness about the devastating impact that Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) have on women, children, and the entire social fabric.

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