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A good business plan is the step to success for any business, and getting it right can mean the difference between big profits and big trouble.
A business plan as per Wikipedia is a formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.
Whether you are an employer or an employee safety is high on the priority list. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that the working environment is safe and employees have responsibility to adhere to the safety rules prescribed by employers.
A safe and healthy workplace not only safeguards workers from injury and illness, it can also lower injury or illness expenses, increase productivity and quality, and raise employee’s confidence. In other words, safety is good for business, protecting workers against hazards to health and safety arising out of or in connection with the activities at work is the right thing to do.
One of the negative consequences of this load-shedding, especially for the workers, is that industries, heavily reliant on electricity for production, are already considering cutting down the cost of production through retrenchments. How does Eskom affect labour?
Business Times writes that, while unemployment fell unexpectedly from 25.4% to 24.3% in the fourth quarter of last year, economists warn that power shortages rule out any sustained improvement in the employment outlook.
Businesses are totally reliant on communication, which is defined as the exchange of ideas, messages or information. Without communication, businesses would not function.
If communication is diminished or hampered, the entire business suffers. A thorough communication brings about a vibrant and effective business environment.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT ACT NO. 97 OF 1998
The aim of the Skills Development Act is to provide an institutional framework to devise and implement national, sector and workplace strategies to develop and improve the skills of the South African workforce; to integrate those strategies within the National Qualifications Framework contemplated in the South African Qualifications Authority Act, 1995:
Budgets are an essential part of efficiently running any business whether big or small. A budget serves as a plan of action for managers as well as a point of comparison at the period\'s end.
A budget is a plan for spending the income you have, building savings and using credit wisely.
Employment Equity applies to all employers and workers, protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination, and provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.
A “designated employer is an employer who either employs 50 or more employees, or his turnover is above the industry limit. All designated employers must now submit their EE reports annually. The submission is regulated by representatives from the Department of Labour who might issue a Compliance Report following a labour inspection.
Customer feedback is vital when determining a customer's needs and tastes.
Customer feedback also lets companies to better understand how customers rate and use their products versus competitive products. It is vital in determining where a company's products and services excel or fall short compared to alternatives on the market.
Training grants major opportunities to expand the knowledge base of all workers. Most people have weaknesses in their workplace skills. A training program lets employees to toughen the skills that they need to develop.
Google is the most popular search engine in the world, but with so many people using it, few actually know how to use Google.
Let us have a clear definition of what Google is.
Google commonly referred to as Google web search or just Google is a web search engine owned by Google Inc. It is the most-used search engine in the World Wide Web, handling more than 3 billion searches each day.
Media presentation Tshediso Matona Chief Executive - 15 January 2015
We apologised to the nation for the inconvenience of the past few weeks due to load shedding. We communicated that for an extended period the power system is extremely constrained and vulnerable. With the system being tight, any abnormal event pushes us into load shedding. With the reserve margin being low, we do not have enough capacity to meet demand, necessitating planned, controlled and rotational load shedding, to protect the power system from a total country-wide blackout.
We also said that over the last few months we have seen a significant increase in unplanned maintenance/breakdowns on our plant (between 5000MW to 9000 MW) that has had a compounding negative effect on power system reliability. We were able to avoid load shedding during the Festive Season.
Section 32(1)(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, No. 108 of 1996(Hereinafter referred to as “the Constitution”) provides that everyone has a right of access to any information held by the state and any information held by another person that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights.
Definition of Access to Information
“To give effect to the constitutional right of access to any information held by the State and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights; and to provide for matters connected therewith”.
The head of one of South Africa's largest business chambers, the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, says the government's fixation with ideology and politics is steering the country to disaster - and nowhere is this more apparent than in the collapse of Eskom.
Christo van der Rheede was part of a delegation of business leaders who were briefed on the energy crisis by Eskom this week. At the meeting, Eskom CEO Tshediso Matona told them his parastatal needed an immediate R20-billion bailout to keep the lights on.
Owning a business can be overwhelming and exciting at the same time! With so much already on your plate, you want to engage in marketing that is proven and effective so you are not wasting your time with promotions that do not benefit your company. This is where business directories should play a role in your marketing strategy.