Western Cape to become conferencing hub

convention centreConferencing in the Western Cape is off to a good start in 2016, with two bids worth almost R2 billion (€118 million) secured.

According to Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, the official destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the province, the World Ophthalmology Congress will take place at the CTICC in 2020 and the International Fiscal Association in 2022.
“These two conferences combined will bring a total of 16300 delegates to the province generating some R262 million (€15 million) for the economy.”
Harris said conferencing and events was an increased focus of the organisation that had a dedicated conferencing team who were tasked with promoting Cape Town and the Western Cape to the world.

Harris said business confidence in Cape Town in particular was growing and it was being seen as a world-class conferencing destination.

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Durban benefits from airlift boost

Durban-benefits-from-airlift-boost-800x400Four new airlines launched services to King Shaka International Airport last year. What is behind this sudden increase in interest in KZN? Sue van Winsen investigates.

Since opening in 2010, Durban’s King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) has been on a major drive to attract international airlines. While initially growth was slow, with just Emirates and Air Mauritius operating scheduled services, in the last year Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways and Proflight all commenced flights to the airport.

Passenger volumes also continue to grow, with a 6.1% increase in international passenger traffic in the 2014/2015 financial year compared with same period in 2013/2014. This follows on from a 22.5% increase in international passenger volumes in the year prior.

One of the reasons cited for the sudden increase in interest is the recent hosting of the World Route Development Forum, which saw aviation stakeholders from some 150 different countries converging on Durban in September last year. Another reason is that Durban has been awarded the rights to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which Jonathan Minnett, Qatar Airways Country Manager SA, said was one of the reasons the airline had sought to expand its presence.

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The New President of Tanzania Wins Hearts of Tanzanians and Africans

The 11th of February marked 100 days since John Pombe Magufuli was sworn in as the 5th President of Tanzania. So far, most Tanzanians feel satisfied with his performance. A survey commissioned by Mwananchi Communications Ltd (MCL) shows that an overwhelming majority of Tanzanians have given the thumbs up to their President. About 90% of the respondents said they were satisfied with how President Magufuli is managing the government. Whichever way one looks at it, Tanzania’s new President is currently the man of the moment. His words and actions, from the day he was sworn in to succeed the former President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, have impressed many people. He has taken into office with gusto, and has lived the spirit of his campaign in a true fashion. Having emerged victorious from the bruising battle with a bolstered opposition, the President has demonstrated that he is keen to deliver on his promises. Since being sworn in as Tanzania’s president on November 5, John Magufuli has been cracking down on corruption and wasteful spending, which are problems that continue to plague many African nations.

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3 Reasons Why Studying Abroad Brings Significant Career Benefits

employment-important1456830068091Studying abroad comes with at least three benefits: social and intercultural competencies as well as other employability related soft skills which are important in a work environment.
There are some great benefits that come with studying abroad but students need to learn how to harness these exceptional outcomes from their experiences abroad to perfectly fit into their career paths.

A study seeking to investigate the effect of mobility on skills and institutional development, employability, and the internationalization of higher education institutions in Europe has reported that students who study abroad are better placed in terms of finding a job after graduation than those who don’t.

In addition to gaining employability skills, the research, Erasmus Impact Study (EIS) also indicates that more than 90% of international students reported an improvement in their soft skills including their ability to interact and work with individuals from different cultures, communications skills, adaptability and foreign language proficiency.

Here are some of the reasons why taking that overseas training, or internship could boost your chances of becoming a better employee in the future.
International Experience

The EIS notes that “effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalization of higher education institutions finds that internationally mobile students are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and that, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower.”

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Economic crime at pandemic level in SA – survey

saeconomic crimeCape Town – The stark reality is that economic crime is at a pandemic level in South Africa and no sector or region is immune from it, Louis Strydom, forensic services leader for PwC Africa, said on Tuesday.

More than two in three South African organisations (69%) have been the victim of economic crime in the past 24 months, according to PwC’s latest biennial Global Economic Crime Survey.

Globally, the overall rate of economic crime reported has fallen for the first year since the financial crisis, but only marginally – to 36% from 37% in 2014. The SA survey rate of 69% has remained unchanged from 2014 and is much higher than the figure reported by organisations in the rest of Africa.

The survey found that asset misappropriation remains the most prevalent form of economic crime (68% of respondents), followed by procurement fraud (41%) and bribery and corruption (37%). Cybercrime has risen to the fourth most reported type of economic crime in SA, with 32% of organisations affected – on par with the global average.

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