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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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Monday | 10 June | 2019 Saying “no” does not mean you are a bad person

For most of us, “no” does not come naturally. You always feel you are disappointing a colleague, you feel guilty not to please your boss and anxious to decline a client’s request. You don’t want to be the person who always says “no”. The problem with this is that too many projects and tasks for your capacity can only make you feel tense and unhealthy. If you don’t have time to do something, you are doing an injustice to the person to whom you said “yes”. Your time, skills and capacity are too valuable to get involved in tasks that
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Wednesday | 22 May | 2019 The path to my heart is through my ears

Brigitte Raath   Your job is like a romantic relationship. Whether you like it or not. You co-workers and clients see you at your best when you are presenting something and at your worst, when you want to pull you hair from your head after a 60-hour work week. You promised eternal loyalty to your employer the day you accepted the job, and just like in a marriage, it takes blood, sweat and tears and the proverbial seven bags of salt to have the business relationship bloom over time.   “Love advice” can also be applied at work. Not the
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Friday | 17 May | 2019 State’s incompetence in dealing with adoptions

On 10 January 2019, the Department of Social Development argued in a press release that no fees should be payable for adoption services, because the facilitation of adoptions should not be a business, as in the case of all other child protection services. Another reason for this amendment, according to the department, is that parents who are interested in adopting a child but cannot afford it, are prevented from doing so because of fees. Annelise de Vries, a researcher at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI), consulted experts about the proposed amendments to the Children’s Act, No 38 of 2005, which
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Thursday | 16 May | 2019 Kantoorpraktisyns nou deel van 'n netwerk van werk

Kantoorpraktisyns kan nou deel word van 'n beroepsgemeenskap waar hulle deel is van 'n netwerk waar hulle kan leer, deel en floreer. Die Gilde vir Kantoorpraktisyns is jou tuiste waar jy vry, veilig en voorspoedig in jou beroep kan wees. Deur in te skryf vir die kantoorkampioenkompetisie van 2019 word ons kantoormeesters ook beloon vir hul uitenemendheid! Wil jy graag meer hieroor weet? Luister na hierdie klankgreep deur Brigitte Raath, hierdie gilde se ambassadeur.

Friday | 03 May | 2019 Shocking statistics on nurses’ poor working conditions

The nursing profession is facing many challenges and problems. Nurses in South Africa are confronted by unsafe working conditions, burn-out and inadequate resources in the workplace. South Africa has a total of 3 816 public healthcare institutions. The Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) conducted inspections at 969 (25%) of the healthcare institutions across South Africa for the period 2016-2017 to determine whether they complied with basic health standards. The results for only 852 institutions were released (reason unknown). Only seven (1%) of the institutions complied with health standards with a score of more than 80%, and 32 (4%) institutions complied
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Thursday | 25 April | 2019 Time management

By Salome Coertze   Get the right thing done in less time! Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ― H. Jackson Brown Jr. Susanne Madsen (Blogs: Developing project leaders en The Liquidplanner en skrywer van die boek The Power of Project Leadership) provides valuable tips on how to manage your time better. She starts by saying the following: To get ahead in your career, deliver your projects successfully and to get a
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Thursday | 25 April | 2019 Nursing – gap becoming too big for the future

By Reon Janse van Rensburg The provision of good healthcare services is largely dependent on the labour force in the health sector in terms of the numbers, quality of the skills the workers possess, how and where they work, as well as the management and deployment of the medical services, equipment and staff. Students – the future One of the biggest challenges in the nursing industry in South Africa is the shortage of nursing staff. According to the Health Department, a shortage of more than 44 700 nursing staff was already experienced as far back as in 2010, and in 2016
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Monday | 15 April | 2019 Minerals Council can take a page from mining communities’ book

The Minerals Council of South Africa recently filed a court application for a judicial review of the Mining Charter over the continuing consequences of empowerment transactions. The Council contends that the charter, which was published in September 2018, is not fully in line with a High Court declaratory order of April 2018 on the once empowered, always empowered principle.   Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is not impressed by the application and requested the council to rather find a solution to the problem through dialogue.   The decision to go to court could well cost the council dearly because of
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