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Monday | 21 September | 2020 Women can be successful in technical careers

By Marli Naidoo Every career has it advantages and disadvantages. For women in the technical field, where primarily they are still in the minority, these challenges can be overwhelming. What does such a woman do to flourish and excel in the position she holds? She sees challenges as opportunities, misconceptions as an opportunity to change mindsets. Passion and endurance are important for success. When she tackles something with heart and soul, she will achieve success. She makes sure she is healthy, physically and mentally. Enough rest, regular exercise and healthy eating habits are important. This woman knows that change and
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Friday | 04 September | 2020 Covid-19 wreaking havoc while 4IR is developing

By Reon Janse van Rensburg So far discussions on the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has been based solely on speculation. Fear and uncertainty are instilled in readers and the labour force while not much is said about the positive aspects of 4IR. While companies worldwide are grappling with economic turbulence triggered by the lockdown measures and the Covid-19 pandemic, companies can develop a strategy they did not have during the major recession of 2008 – the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Engineering investigated the challenges experienced by engineers in the construction industry and the
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Monday | 17 August | 2020 Hints for a successful interview

By Nico Strydom An interview for a position in technical occupations often differ from any other traditional job interview. Interviews for positions in technical occupations will often include questions about your reactions in specific situations as well as problem-solving questions. The interview will be aimed at testing your technical knowledge, skills and capabilities relative to the requirements of the specific job you are applying for. An attempt will also be made to find out more about your thought processes when it comes the solution of problems. The interview will usually begin in the same way as any other interview: a
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Friday | 24 July | 2020 What does the future hold for aviation?

By Nico Strydom Experts say the aviation industry, locally and internationally, will probably look totally different after the Covid-19 pandemic. The big question now is how the industry should resume its activities when it gets the green light to do so and how long it is going to take the industry to get back to the position in which aviation was prior to the pandemic. Passenger flights have been cancelled since the beginning of February and then stopped altogether due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Covid-19 also compounded existing problems in the aviation industry and certain airlines have already announced that
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Friday | 17 July | 2020 The importance of mentorship in the workplace

By Nico Strydom Many companies have formal mentorship systems to make sure that knowledge and skills are transferred and to identify and develop talent. Mentorship programmes do not only serve as instruments for development, but are also extremely cost-effective options with numerous benefits for a company because the resources are already in place. Research has found that mentorship makes for job satisfaction and professional and personal development for the mentor as well as for the person at the receiving end. Employees also tend to stay with their place of work if they feel that they are getting help and that
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Thursday | 16 April | 2020 Wees toegewyd tot verandering

Deur Higgs Venter Aan die begin van die nuwe werkweek waar ons weer na die nuwe “normaal” kon terugkeer is ek vanoggend bewus van die feit dat ek regtig na die eerste dag terug op kantoor uitgesien het. Die uitsien was egter maar van korte duur. Ons gaan nou eers aan die einde van die maand, indien alles goed gaan, weer kantoor toe kan gaan, dus is my huis vir nóg 'n rukkie die skool, kerk en kantoor. Ewe skielik is motivering weer deel van die samestelling. Motivering word deur Pinder beskryf as 'n stel van energieke kragte wie se
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Monday | 30 March | 2020 Hulp sal nie gou beskikbaar wees vir swaar getrefde lugvaartbedryf in SA nie

Deur Cindy Venter Die lugvaartbedryf in Suid-Afrika is een wat alreeds swaar kry – dit is al lank reeds die geval en die Covid-19-pandemie sit nou net die kersie op die koek. Op 25 Maart 2020 het besigheidsreddingspraktisyns 'n versoek by die hooggeregshof ingedien om SA Express te likwideer. Die regering het aangedui dat hulle 'n besluit sal neem nadat hulle die aansoek verwerk het. Hulle was in die verlede gekant teen die besluit. Dit het gevolg nadat SA Express reeds in Maart 2020 nie salarisse aan hulle 691 werknemers kon betaal nie. Kulula en British Airways het op hul
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Monday | 23 March | 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on the pilot profession

By Cindy Venter While we are all cancelling or rescheduling flights because of Covid-19, people in aviation must now also make plans to ensure that they survive this pandemic. Below follow just some examples of recent and sudden developments in the industry: Emirates requested pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave. Emirates has more than 21 000 cabin crew and employees more than 4 000 pilots. Emirates has a total staff complement of 100 000. British Airways, which has 4 500 pilots in its employ is cutting salaries by 50%. They are mitigating the shock by effecting the cuts over a period
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Wednesday | 20 February | 2019 Grounding can lead to major retrenchments at CemAir

In a letter to the Director of Civil Aviation, Poppy Khoza, trade union Solidarity expressed its concern over the grounding of CemAir and the possible retrenchments that may arise from it.  According to Solidarity Deputy General Secretary Johan Botha, the trade union has received a notice that the airline might reduce its workforce by about 200 employees. “Not only does the grounding have a huge impact on the economy and CemAir’s sustainability as an airline, but it also has a devastating effect on each and every employee and their families,” Botha said. Botha stated that Solidarity was currently consulting with
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Friday | 16 November | 2018 SACAA ERD

Dear Member     The SACAA ERD department held a Part 121 & 135 workgroup on Monday regarding ALPA – SA FTL Regulation proposal.   Industry was represented by all parts, whiles Organised Labour was represented by Solidarity and ALPA.   After some robust discussion on the proposal, the AASA’s ( The Airlines Association of Southern Africa) counter proposal and the Moebus Aviation (Switzerland) “Scientific and Medical Evaluation of Flight Time Limitations” report, the following Resolutions were taken.   There is not enough Scientific data in the South African context to advocate for changes to the current SACAA Regulations, thus:
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