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Post-elections

Vote, Warning, What is next,Well the elections have come and gone and in my mind not very much has changed. All the provinces are still governed by the same parties as before and the same president is still president, but it will cost us R150m to get him inaugurated into the same position he currently holds.

The value of money

Someone once said that it seems politicians do not know the value of money and many do not quite understand the difference between a million and a billion.
He explained that if you spend ... continue reading

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Without my job, who am I?

cardboard, job, old, future, unemployed, joblessThe last official unemployment figure for South Africa I heard of was more than 27% while many people estimate it to be much higher. Comparing it to a 25% unemployment rate at the height of the Great Depression during the 1930s, we realise we need more than just political promises for South Africa.

Driving through towns and especially industrial areas and seeing how many business premises are empty, I realize that it confirms the high unemployment figures that we read about in newspapers.

Unemployed?

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Pioneers and freelancers

employee, freelancer, correct, check, boxI read an article by Amanda Visser on Network 24 about the changing environment of the workplace. Now, I’ve previously written about the fourth industrial revolution which forms the backdrop for the enormous and

dramatic changes that is expected to take place in the workplace.

Freelancers

It is estimated that thirty years ago only about 6% of the American labour force was made up of freelance workers, while it is estimated that by the year 2020 about 40% of their labour force will be freelancers.

Freelancers are basically entrepreneurs

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Great minds think alike. Really?

car, mechanic, work, fixThey say the first thing a motor mechanic needs to learn, is how to whistle in astonishment when opening a motor vehicle’s bonnet. It immediately prepares the client to expect a bigger bill than he originally bargained for.

So what a surprise when the man working on our vehicles this morning informed me that the repairs he’d done on my car would only be a fraction of what was estimated. It almost sounds too good to be true.

Eskom

But it seems that we will not get off that easy ... continue reading

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Never say never

road, blue sky, cloudsJust because somebody has a senior position, does not mean they know everything.

Predictions

In 1899 Charles H. Duell, the US Commissioner of Patents said

Everything that can be invented has been invented.

Yet, at present more patents are registered in one year than during the whole of the 19th century.

But miscalculating future events was not reserved for Charles Duell alone. Many others have also predicted future trends with a serious lack of vision.

An executive from the world’s leading telegraph company in 1876 said “The telephone has too ... continue reading

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2 Sam 12:25 “So he called his name Jedidiah because of the Lord.”

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