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PODCAST | Fraudulent qualifications on the national agenda

An interview with Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of Communications & Supplier Relations, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing an article written by Michelle Baron-Williamson, CEO, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) on the 'name and shame' register launched by SAQA which lists the known fraudulent qualifications and the consequences that may result by people who claim qualifications that are fraudulent.

Crimes of BBBEE capture!

Criticism of Broad Based, Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) abounds amongst employers. People who own their companies and are terrified that BBBEE means losing control of their most prized asset, the business built over decades through hard work and sacrifice. These scared and witless business owners perpetuate the myth that BBBEE is bad. They spread it around so that they are able to share their misery with other unsuspecting ill-informed and dangerously wrong counterparts.

BusinessBrief April/May 2019 edition is now available!

Read our exclusive cover story entitled CRIMES OF BBBEE CAPTURE! | ARE CONSULTANTS DEFRAUDING EMPLOYEES OF THEIR ENTITLEMENT? by Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, as well a host of other topical management articles written by professionals, consultants and academics in the April/May 2019 edition of BusinessBrief.

Global standard for digital literacy, skills and readiness launched

The Coalition for Digital Intelligence (CDI), a platform created in association with the World Economic Forum (Forum) and formed jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), IEEE Standards Association (IEEE), and DQ Institute, has today launched the DQ Global Standards Report 2019 which is the world’s first attempt to define a global standard for digital literacy, skills and readiness across the education and technology sectors.

BBBEE – Social engineering which has broadly succeeded

This article may appear counter-intuitive, given the huge amount of rhetoric and conjecture which abounds outside of workplaces where Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) has been mindfully implemented. There is a huge amount of negativity which exists where BBBEE has failed to be successfully implemented, and even more fake news from owners in those companies which have failed to, or where they have simply refused to, implement any kind of BBBEE solution at all.

FEATURE | ETHICS & GOVERNANCE

South Africa’s current woes are in large part a result of a large-scale breakdown in ethics (both personal and professional) and good governance practices. One only needs to look at the goings-on at Steinhoff, KPMG, Eskom, SARS and VBS Bank to see the impact that unethical behaviour, large scale looting and unchecked business practices have had on the South African economy and on South Africans, whose confidence in the leadership of this country and those in business is at an all-time low.

Social engineering of the most disastrous kind

The Council of Higher Education (CHE) has established itself as South Africa’s primary protector of the Holy Grail of Higher Education Qualifications - at the cost of the dignity of our working citizens.

Jail time for cartel conduct?

The amendments to the Competition Act, 1998, which introduce criminal liability for cartel conduct, came into effect on 1 May 2016.

Start-Up ideas are everywhere – even in Aged Healthcare

Every loving son ages with the same question on his mind: 'What are we going to do about my mom?' This question follows from some lessons I learned from an interview with Jason Calacanis, an American internet entrepreneur, angel investor, author and blogger and Seth Sternberg, CEO of Honor which is a business in the USA focused on private Home Care for the elderly.

To what Degree?

On a daily basis we deal with graduates who are not able to find work despite impressive sounding qualifications. Some qualifications sound very glamorous, but only return value after a person has reached a Master or Doctorate Level.
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