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SEP

The Role of Telecommunication in Global Development - Dr Chaesub Lee

Dr. Chaesub Lee joins Adetunji Omotola on the sideline of the ITU conference 2018 in the city of Durban South Africa. They discuss the different roles of telecommunication in the global development.

Chaesub Lee is the Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, following his election at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea. He took office on 1st January 2015.
Dr. Lee has been involved in the telecommunication and ICT standardization field for 30 years, specializing in areas such as integrated services digital networks (ISDN), global information infrastructure (GII), Internet protocol, next-generation networks (NGN), Internet protocol television (IPTV) and cloud computing.
He started his professional life in 1986 as a researcher at Korea Telecom. After 17 years he took up a role at the country's Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), where he stayed for the next eight years.
Most recently he worked at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and as a senior advisor to the Koreans Ministry, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP).
Africa Business Radio
02
SEP

Misfit or Ill-fitting Executives And How To Hand Deal With it - Bret Rogers

Bret Rogers and Gavin discuss ill-fitting executive in an organization and how do you handle a situation like this.
Having been “raised” in companies with healthy talent planning processes, one can easily take for granted the benefits of having a bench of strong internal candidates and few talent crises. We make the case for onboarding or a situation whereby you have a consultant working with the internal team just on a particular project, how do you make sure that you are still able to maintain a healthy organizational culture. Bret highlights what must be avoided and major red lights that could serve as a signal for trouble.

Injecting external talent, nevertheless, is an important aspect in maintaining a healthy and vibrant organization. However, the same processes that help prevent a poor internal selection are not as effective in the case of that occasional external hire. An external hire, unless handled by an experienced professional, is exposed to fewer quality controls to ensure organizational fit.
Africa Business Radio
01
SEP

Is Criminal Record Holding You Back Professionally? Michelle Baron

Michelle Baron-Williamson, CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation, joins us to discuss what to do if you think your criminal record is hindering you professionally.
Securing a job in South Africa today is tough for many. Latest figures from Stats SA indicate that unemployment has increased to 27.2% for the second quarter of the year (from 26.7%) – where hiring organizations are more cautious than optimistic about growth in the economy, their markets, and their businesses. Hiring someone with a criminal record is often just not an option.

According to Michelle Baron-Williamson, CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), “In times of instability and evolving change, such as we are experiencing now, businesses particularly tend to become more risk adverse to their gainful investment, including in their people, and take a more inspective and discretionary approach to hire. As a result, we are seeing increasing investment into comprehensive background screening solutions to assist businesses in mitigating against the potential risk of an inappropriate candidate being hired. And if a candidate is found to have a criminal record, his or her job application may not be viewed favorably.”

MIE research shows that uptake of background screening services has grown by 6.77% in the last five years and criminal record screening remains the most frequently requested check by our clients in South Africa. In 2017 alone, the company conducted over seven-hundred-thousand criminal checks, of which 9.91% were found to have a criminal or pending criminal record; from violent crimes to theft and narcotics offenses, crimes against the state, white collar, and other crimes.

“The fact is, having a criminal record – no matter how small or ‘insignificant’ the offense may seem – will haunt a candidate professionally. Just like being ‘blacklisted’ or being recorded as a bad creditor can severely lessen a consumer’s chances of securing credit; having a criminal record could significantly impact
Africa Business Radio
08
AUG

Reducing Digital Skills' Gap in Africa - Quentyn Taylor

Quentyn Taylor chats to us about how to reduce the current digital skills' gap in Africa.
Plugging the gap – how businesses can resolve Europe’s digital skills shortage
Digital transformation is revolutionizing the European workplace, with its ability to streamline processes, reduce expenditure and enhance the service offering. Rapidly advancing digital technologies are already being used in hundreds of sectors, including farming, healthcare, transport, education, retail, home automation and logistics. The demand for information and communications technology specialists is growing fast – so much so that according to the European Commission, 9 out of 10 jobs in the future will require digital skills.
At the same time though, 169 million Europeans between 16 and 74 years – 44% – do not have basic digital skills. This means that the benefits that digitization can drive are quite literally under threat as Europe is failing to produce enough IT graduates. What’s worse is that as the pace of technological development snowballs, this gulf is widening. The prospect of 500,000 unfilled jobs in the European IT sector by 2020 is very real and looming.
Businesses cannot expect governments to tackle this crisis on their own. Firstly, disruptive and revolutionary innovations will always affect private companies before they affect the state – because businesses tend to try out new technologies before governments do. As a result, nobody understands the implications of and reasons for the digital skills gap better than the businesses that are directly suffering the consequences.
Secondly, with a capable and trained workforce, businesses stand to benefit enormously from digitization. Any organization, large or small, can contribute to tackling the growing digital skills gap, either by addressing it within their own function or by providing skills training more widely.
Africa Business Radio
07
AUG

David And Tiago Share Their Experiences of Being A Member of SA Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

The South Africa Portugues Chamber of commerce celebrated its 5th year anniversary and also held its annual Business Excellence Awards (with Standard Bank as the headline sponsor). Africa Business Radio is delighted to continue our partnership with SAPCC in covering this special event.

The SAPCC Standard Bank Business Excellence Awards are held annually to celebrate the Luso-South African business community’s contribution to the economic vitality and social fabric of South Africa. The Awards recognize excellence in business, personal achievements, innovative practices and outstanding contributions to the community. The format of the Awards has changed this year. The Chamber has increased the award categories from 3 to 8. The categories are 1. Professional of the Year, 2. Small Business of the Year, 3. Large Business of the Year, 4. Franchisor of the Year, 5. Business Person of the Year, 6. Business Innovation Award,7. Entrepreneur of the Year and 8. Mandela Tribute Award.
Africa Business Radio
03
AUG

Introducing The SAPCC Business Excellence Awards 2018 - Jeannie D and Fernando Anceriz

The South Africa Portugues Chamber of commerce celebrated its 5th year anniversary and also held its annual Business Excellence Awards (with Standard Bank as the headline sponsor). Africa Business Radio is delighted to continue our partnership with SAPCC in covering this special event.

The SAPCC Standard Bank Business Excellence Awards are held annually to celebrate the Luso-South African business community’s contribution to the economic vitality and social fabric of South Africa. The Awards recognize excellence in business, personal achievements, innovative practices and outstanding contributions to the community. The format of the Awards has changed this year. The Chamber has increased the award categories from 3 to 8. The categories are 1. Professional of the Year, 2. Small Business of the Year, 3. Large Business of the Year, 4. Franchisor of the Year, 5. Business Person of the Year, 6. Business Innovation Award,7. Entrepreneur of the Year and 8. Mandela Tribute Award.
Africa Business Radio
03
AUG

The Law of Psychology - Rui and Tony

Rui is a lawyer and Tony is a psychologist, together they call themselves 'The Law of Psychology'. Rui and Tony chat to us about some of the work that SAPCC has been doing over the past 5 years.
The South Africa Portugues Chamber of commerce celebrated its 5th year anniversary and also held its annual Business Excellence Awards (with Standard Bank as the headline sponsor). Africa Business Radio is delighted to continue our partnership with SAPCC in covering this special event.
Africa Business Radio
02
AUG

SA Portuguese Chamber of Commerce Has Been A Great Lead Generation Platform - Thokozani And Rui

The South Africa Portugues Chamber of commerce celebrated its 5th year anniversary and also held its annual Business Excellence Awards (with Standard Bank as the headline sponsor). Africa Business Radio is delighted to continue our partnership with SAPCC in covering this special event. Thokozani and Rui of GrowthMap, both members of the chamber join us to share their experiences of the chamber.
Africa Business Radio
30
JUL

Smart Ports innovation Can Unlock Nigeria's Economic Growth Potentials

Smart Ports generally has to do with inter-connectedness of the different components of a port, this can be simply referred to as internet of things, very much different from a smart port but more about inter-connectedness.
Major ports like the Lagos Port Complex, the Tin Can Island Port, Calabar Port, Port Harcourt, Delta Port and Onne Port experience tremendous volumes of sea and road traffic. Trucks and ships converge to carry exports out of the country (mostly commodities like oil) and imports into the country.
Nigeria imports a very high proportion of its consumer goods. Ships descend on the major ports at a relentless pace, serving the almost 200 million people in Nigeria, and much greater numbers in the surrounding regions.”
The volumes seen in Nigerian ports vastly outweighs what we see on even the busiest day in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
At Lagos’ ports, it’s not uncommon for trucks to queue for two to three weeks, waiting to get into the port. With poor road networks connecting the port, this has a ripple effect on traffic congestion levels throughout the city and represents a loss of productivity for the local economy.
Africa Business Radio
30
JUL

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance Calling on African Journalist - ACCER Awards

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations whose goal is to mobilize and empower African civil society to ensure the realization of environmental and climate justice for all people in Africa.
We are the largest alliance of Civil Society Organizations (CSO) with over 1000 members in over 45 countries in Africa, embodying one African voice on climate and environmental justice.
The formation of ACCER (Africa Climate Change Environmental Reporting) is to allow Africans to report on environmental issues and the theme this year is “changing the African narrative on climate change”. This call is to all journalist who is passionate about the report on the such as a table. The application link is accerawards@pacja.org

PACJA has a vision of a global environment free from the threat of climate change with sustainable development, equity and justice for all; also to develop and promote pro-poor development and equity-based positions relevant for Africa in the International climate change dialogue and related processes.
Africa Business Radio
27
JUL

Importance of Reference Checks on Job Applications - Rudi Kruger

Rudi Kruger, General Manager of LexisNexis Data Services joins us to discuss the importance of reference verifications on job applications. On the show, we tackle the following:

• Why is it important for employers and recruitment agencies to do reference checks
• Is there a way employers can verify that what the employee is saying is true?
• It has become a trend to have employees asking friends to act as references on their resume or leave out the reference of employers who could possibly damage their chances- can employers find those employers?
• What are some of the disadvantages and advantages of reference checks?
• realistically speaking how many candidates get reference checks?
• are there specific reference check question employers should be asking?
• How can employers conduct effective reference checks?
• Falsifying credentials are on the rise - can reference checks curb this?
Africa Business Radio
25
JUL

Technology in The Workplace And How It Can Impact Your Bottom-Line

Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies joins Gavin Smith to talk about Technology in the workplace and how it can influence and affect productivity and profitability. Here are some of the questions that were examined:

• How can employers use technology to improve productivity and profitability?
• Why is technology important in a business?
• How can ICT help in business?
• How can technology help with employee engagement?
• What is the true impact of technology on workplace productivity?
Africa Business Radio

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