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Friday | 05 June | 2020 Spelling is important, irrespective of your industry

Anja van den Berg “People will judge you on it. That is the harsh reality.” – Simon Horobin, Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford Approximately 85% of people around the world are connected online and receive emails.  Around 62% of them communicate via social media. While autocorrection and spelling software has become a given in our lives, the importance of spelling has not lessened – on the contrary, it has never been more important! Spelling and literacy have reached an apex across all human history. So too has the demands on the quality of delivery.
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Monday | 01 June | 2020 Omring jouself met die regte kollegas

deur Mandy-Michelle Thackwray Paulo Coelho het gesê: “Die lewe is te kort, of te lank, om my die luuksheid te gee om dit swak te leef.” Goeie werksverhoudinge is baie belangrik in elke persoon se lewe. Ons kan nie altyd ons kollegas kies nie, maar ons kan kies hoe ons met hulle oor die weg gaan kom. Die regte kollegas is baie keer ’n steun-pilaar, ‘n klankbord of word soms selfs vriende.   Daar moet wel gewaak word teen toksiese kollegas, of die sogenaamde “vrot appels” wat veeleisend is, onbetroubaar, jou uitstres en jou van jou werksvreugde beroof.   Hierdie
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Thursday | 21 May | 2020 Probleemoplossing baie handig vir ambagslui

Deur Nico Strydom Daar gaan nie altyd 'n handleiding met oplossings beskikbaar wees vir al die probleme wat ambagslui in hul loopbaan gaan teëkom nie. Probleemoplossing is dus 'n vaardigheid wat ambagslui handig te pas sal kom. Dit help ambagslui om te leer uit ervarings in die verlede en om met alternatiewe oplossings vorendag te kom. Probleemoplossing behels onder meer die identifisering van 'n probleem, navorsing, identifisering van moontlike oplossings, besluitneming, implementering en die evaluering van die uitkomste. Philip Minnaar, hoof van die tegniese kollege Sol-Tech, meen ambagslui moet oor die besondere vermoëns beskik om eerstens, ter wille van instandhouding,
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Wednesday | 13 May | 2020 What about us? Prevent burnout by practising self-care – Part 2

By Dr. Elsha Hermann We here at Solidarity Helping Hand realise that social workers experience unbelievable work stress, with few resources and emotionally draining cases. This means that social workers often suffer emotional and mental burnout. In Part 1 of “What about us?” we placed a link to a questionnaire for determining burnout. In order to prevent burnout, it is important to follow an inclusive approach, which includes the physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions. Pro-active behaviour must be pursued rather than reactive solutions to the problem. It is, firstly, important to admit that everything is becoming too much
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Wednesday | 13 May | 2020 What about us? Mental health of social workers – Part 1

By Dr Elsha Hermann The never-ending feeling that you as a social worker must handle everything, plus at the same time the expectation of others that you must be able to handle everything, leaves most of us social workers in a hole. A deep, black hole. Sometimes we fall so deep into the hole that we have trouble climbing back out. Social workers, like any other person, sometimes just need to hear a thank you. We sometimes do find that single person who is thankful, but most of the time we get no thank you. That makes it difficult to
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Tuesday | 05 May | 2020 Office practitioner: My employer cannot afford my services any more

By Bianca Smit With Covid-19 and an economy that is tight, retrenchment will soon be a reality for many, or it has already become a reality. What should I do if I am facing this prospect? In a detailed article published on www.corona.org.za Solidarity has already pointed out that retrenchments due to the Covid-19 pandemic would be fair. Retrenchments take place when employers have to terminate the services of employees due to operational reasons. If this happens to be the case at your workplace, your company must follow the correct section 189 process under the Labour Relations Act. More information
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Monday | 04 May | 2020 Engineers step forward amidst Covid-19 pandemic

Engineers have stepped forward anew amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic has among others resulted in a lack of health care equipment, which means that engineers are being utilised to help with the manufacture of essential equipment. The pandemic also offers engineers the opportunity to come to the fore with new products and unique solutions. The South African National Army, which is being deployed until the end of June, has also already requested that members of its reserve force who have not yet been called up, and who possess specialised skills, such as qualified engineers, make themselves available. In the
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Monday | 04 May | 2020 The future of artisans

A worldwide shortage of well-qualified artisans still exists, which means that people with these skills are in great demand all over the world. According to Xpatweb’s latest report about critically essential skills, South Africa also has a shortage of well-qualified artisans. Xpatweb questioned 110 companies, among which JSE listed companies and multinational enterprises in Africa, for the report. “The most conspicuous jump in the figures is the number of South African companies that struggle to recruit artisans. The figure has increased by 45% compared to the previous year,” said Marisa Jacobs, immigration specialist and director at Xpatweb. Together with two
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Thursday | 30 April | 2020 Developments in the automotive industry

By Cindy Venter Tim Abott, Managing Director of BMW SA welcomes the decision that manufacturing in the automotive industry can resume. This brings great relief to the industry in terms of exports as 64% of cars manufactured in SA are exported. Although manufacturing may be resumed in the automotive industry, car dealerships may still not open their doors to sales. They may, however, do urgent repairs. The concern is that dealerships who rely on local sales will manufacture cars but won’t sell them. Mark Dommisse, Chair of the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada), said dealers will probably start considering retrenchments
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Wednesday | 29 April | 2020 Henru Krüger, die man agter die groot prentjie

Deur Reon Janse van Rensburg Die Solidariteit Beroepsgildes bring mense uit dieselfde beroepe bymekaar en gee ook aan jongmense 'n kans om spesifieke beroepe te betree. Die gildes tree ook as waghond op wat brandpunte in beroepe takel deur met werkbare oplossings vorendag te kom. Die gildes se doel is om 'n netwerk te skep waarbinne lede die beste praktyke met ander kan deel, kan sake doen en hulself in hul beroepe kan ontwikkel en bevorder. 'n Beroepsgilde is deel van jou pad van lewenslange leer en 'n geleentheid waar jy insette kan lewer oor hoe jou beroep beskerm en
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