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Tuesday | 06 August | 2019 Politicians can learn from trade union coalitions

Coalitions between political parties are either formed or broken up after national or local government elections. Especially the DA and the EFF have a legacy of making up and breaking up.   The phenomenon of formal coalition formation has established itself in trade unionism for quite some time already and shares commonalities with coalitions in the political environment. In trade unionism the motive behind coalition formation is to either protect or establish majoritarian status of representivity at a workplace by means of a coalition or to form an opposition bloc against the majoritarian trade union. Underlying this is the “winner
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Thursday | 25 July | 2019 Afraid of your inbox after the vacation?

Before you went on a well-deserved holiday break, you had anxiety attacks about the amount of work that needed to be completed before you could switch off and relax. Upon your return, you end up wishing that you never went on leave as your inbox is an immediate headache. To overcome this inbox nightmare and ensure it does not rob you of your post-holiday bliss, here are a few tips: Set aside time to work through your inbox. Look at this time as a scheduled meeting that you cannot postpone and must attend. While you have your “inbox catch-up meeting”,
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Tuesday | 16 July | 2019 Lonmin doomed after ‘unholy’ pact with Amcu

Lonmin, the world’s third largest platinum producer, was taken over by Sibanye-Stillwater on 7 June. Had this takeover not taken place Lonmin may well have been under business rescue by now.   Lonmin’s cashflow problems initially arose from the failed mechanisation attempt by Brad Mills, its CEO from 2004 to 2008.   In August 2012 a second major blow hit the company by way of the Marikana events. A few months after Marikana Ben Magara was appointed as Lonmin’s chief executive. While Magara did good things too, he expedited Lonmin’s end.   I got to know Magara as head of
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Tuesday | 16 July | 2019 When you suffer from burnout!

By Bianca Smit “Burnout is a sign that something needs to change.” – Sarah Forgrave The abovementioned statement makes it sound so easy: If things do not work, change them. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. Health practitioners, nurses and social workers make the conscious decision every day to sacrifice their own wellbeing so that they can take care of other people’s wellbeing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced in a press release that burnout is now regarded as a medical condition. This follows shortly after the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) reported in April
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Thursday | 11 July | 2019 Healthy habits for a busy life

By Mandy-Michelle Thackwray   The other day a colleague mentioned to me that in the past, you had very busy periods at work, then things slowed down a bit, until the next big thing came along. However, this is no longer the case. There are no more periods at work where we are allowed “breathers”. We are all swamped with too much to do and too little time.   Many people complain that they do not have enough time to plan a family vacation, not even mentioning spending enough quality time with their families. Long term goals are clouded by
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Thursday | 27 June | 2019 Stop saying ‘yes’ when you actually mean ‘no’

By Bianca Smit   “Don’t say maybe when you want to say no” – Paulo Coelho as quoted by Ryan Holiday To have to say yes all the time, is something so many of us are confronted with on a daily basis, and this leads to high stress levels and possible burnout. The question is: Why do we do it? Here are some of the reasons why we can’t say no: Fear of rejection It is part of being human to experience rejection when you feel you have disappointed or you are being excluded. In his book on rejection John
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 The country is on the losing end when mines go under

According to the Minerals Council South Africa, full-time employment in the mining sector has shrunk by 56 366 employees over the past five years, from 509 909 in 2013 to 453 543 in 2018. In 1994 this sector had 600 000 employees. The question is: What are the consequences of a shrinking mining industry? The answer is: A catastrophe!   First, when a miner loses his job, it affects about ten dependents. As mining is so labour intensive it also has a downstream impact with about 1,7 jobs being lost in the contractors’ and support services sectors for each permanent
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 Month end – opportunity to try again

By Anell de Beer Month end at any job is sometimes challenging. Every job has a different end-of-month process, but that one month needs to be ended and another started is a fact. Like me, you may have started a new job and need to learn a lot of new things and try to master it quickly on top of everything. If you are anything like me, you would want to complete all your tasks perfectly. However, it is not always possible to walk away with a hundred percent success rate after completing a task. How does one handle those
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Thursday | 13 June | 2019 Social work – an essential profession in a country, but one that receives little recognition and support

This is the one profession that can change people’s lives positively but due to misperception, financial shortages and difficult working conditions it always gets the short end of the stick. Dr Elsha Hermann MA(MW) Play Therapy, PhD(MW)   Social work is described as a noble profession. Social workers are those with the kind hearts who want to be there for others and support them. What does social work really mean though? The social work profession is defined as follows:   Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion and the
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Monday | 10 June | 2019 Find routine in chaotic days

By Lize-Mari Labuschagne To follow a strict routine can help you to be your best, most productive self. Routine reigns in the world of productivity and routines are easy, if every day looks and goes exactly the same as the previous ones. But, what if every day at work looks different? If you follow the same routine every day, it sends a message to your brain of what can be expected and what should follow. If your brain doesn’t have to think or make decisions about what will happen next, it releases more mental energy for your actual tasks. It
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