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Aerotropolis the future for Dube TradePort?

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, July 23, 2014

passenger plane take off from runway against dusky skyMajor airports have become key nodes in global production and enterprise systems offering speed, agility, and connectivity. The recent rapid expansion at the King Shaka International Airport and surrounding Dube TradePort has made this a natural selection for further development into South Africa’s own Aerotropolis. This area is considered to becoming a major trade and business hub in Sub-Saharan Africa right on the doorstep of KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest city and primary manufacturing centre, Durban.

The logic behind the Aerotropolis concept is that airports offer connectivity to suppliers and customers across the globe. Many of the businesses around airports can often be more dependent on distant suppliers or customers than on those locally. The aerotropolis encompasses a range of commercial facilities supporting both aviation-linked businesses and the millions of air travellers who pass through the airport annually.

Given its unique location between two of Africa’s major seaports of – Durban and Richards Bay – its 32 000-acre ‘Greenfield’ site and the longest airport runway at sea-level in South Africa  (3.7km), capable of accommodating the largest aircraft in the world, King Shaka offers the ideal site.

Durban is Africa's busiest port and the largest container facility in southern Africa, while Richard's Bay is the world's largest bulk coal terminal.

In addition, three components clearly set Aerotropolis-KZN apart, affording it a distinct competitive advantage over other South African and African destinations.

  • Firstly, this is a freight-orientated development with world class cargo facilities, managed by a single handler and considered the most secure in Africa;
  • Secondly, it is being purpose-built, especially within a radius of 7,5km around Dube TradePort; and
  • Thirdly, this is one of few such developments around the world utilising a Greenfield site, with an additional 32 000 acres, ready for carefully planned and controlled development.

Located only 30km from Durban city centre, with a complete supply chain in place and improved trade capacity, King Shaka Airport has already secured enhanced connectivity and commerce for the region. Along with high speed optic fibre cables installed for super connectivity and highly efficient inter-modal logistics links, Dube Trade Port's Development Strategy will guide the development of the entire Airport City and create significant opportunities for all businesses.

Aerotropolis – KZN represents a unique opportunity to plan and develop an integrated, multi-modal hub from scratch, with each component designed for synergy and growth.
While the objective of the development is the facilitation of trade and economic development in the province as well as helping the airport to become the centre of an economic node, it will not only focus on profit. Dube Trade Port aims to address longer term environmental issues and ensure sustainability and viability of all the communities and areas involved in the development.

This development in Durban is opening up new job opportunities in the freight and supply chain industries. Take advantage of this for your career and contact us today. Communicate Personnel is a specialized recruitment company with consultant that are experts in sales, road freight, courier, warehousing, logistics, production, supply chain and more. Check out our vacancy page and apply today.

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Who’s Keeping Time?

Mallisa Watson - Monday, July 21, 2014

Time Concept What is everyone doing? This is a question you’ll ask once in a blue moon in a traditional work environment.  Technically, it's assumed that everyone is hard at work doing...well, something.  If you show up at 8:00am and stay until 5:00pm, you have met the expectations, or have you?

Most companies still believe the more time you spend at your desk, the more productive you will be. And this method does work for some employees. While other organizations started adapting more flexible working hours. Time management and the balance between your personal and work time could be a challenge. We provide you with some ideas to help you manage it.

Time Management
The hardest part about executing a plan is being disciplined enough that you can actually meet your goals. Every week, your plans & priorities will likely be challenged by something happening at the office.

You need to identify areas of your life where you are wasting time and try to reduce these. A good way to do this is to log everything you do for a week in detail and then examine your record to see how you use (or misuse) your time.

Develop a regular work routine. Keep your work space tidy so that you can work efficiently - it's hard to do this if things you need to find are buried under a pile of paper! Work to schedule so that you meet deadlines in good time - don't leave everything until the last minute. If you have a difficult report to write, start by drafting out the structure first- this will break the ice.

Finding That Balance
Knowing when it is your personal and work time is important. Juggling the demands of each can be difficult. By thinking differently, you can perhaps find ways to have a better balance between work time and personal time.

As your career grows your priorities changes and you need to set them according to your family status, job responsibilities living standard and ambition. The lifestyle of a junior employee is different from a manager and therefore your planning and time management will differ.

Here's the fact of the matter: Until you own your own time and have complete control over how you spend it, goal-setting will always be an important part of showing your worth to your employer.

Our bet is that most of you have great goal-setting tools at your companies, but people aren't actually using them correctly. Goal-setting is not supposed to be just a paper exercise. If you need help in setting up goals, our article “Fresh ideas for career goals” will help you create a career vision statement that inspires and energizes you.

So, are you ready to step up the ladder of success? Well, you’ve come to the right place.  We have Finance jobs in Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, and Corporate Finance jobs. A variety of IT jobs ranging from Developers to CRM and ERP Consultants, through to Project Managers, BI and BA. Engineering jobs in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and more. Supply Chain jobs as well as Freight jobs in Procurement, Production, Logistics, Warehousing and Distribution just to name a few. Contact us today to apply!


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Green Building: Changing the Way the World is Built

Mallisa Watson - Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green City Activity in South Africa's green building sector has excelled in recent years as the government, businesses and developers in the country embrace sustainable building practices. At the moment, green buildings is leading the pack of green innovation in our country with systems and corroboration in place to educate inspire and assist all those who are serious about a more sustainable future.

Green building is a process of consciously thinking how to reduce our personal and global impact on our environment. The goals are:

• Efficient use of energy, water and all other natural and material resources.

• Look after our personal and global health while improving human productivity.

• Reducing waste, pollution and environmental dreadful conditions.

Many associate green with expensive energy-saving solutions such as solar panels, sod roofs or straw-bale homes. So is it possible to attach a financial value to the cost and benefits of green buildings? A new inclusive report recently released from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), highlighted a large number of undeniable benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building. “It dispels the myth that green building is more expensive, lists the benefits of green building and provides the local proof of these,” explains Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) CEO, Brian Wilkinson.

Design and Construction Costs
There has been an overall shift in thinking towards the cut in design and construction costs associated with green building as building regulations around the world become stricter, supply chains for green materials and technologies mature and the industry becomes more skilled at delivering green buildings.

Asset Value
As investors become more knowledgeable about and concerned with the environmental and social impacts of the built environment, buildings with better sustainability records will have increased marketability. Additionally, there is a demonstrated link between the green characteristics of buildings and the ability of these buildings, in some markets, to more easily attract tenants and to command higher rents and sale prices.

Operating Costs
Green buildings have been shown to save money through reduced energy and water consumption and lower long-term operations and maintenance costs. The energy savings alone typically exceed any cost premiums associated with their design and construction within a reasonable payback period. The Eskom Switch and Save residential mass roll out sees the provides households with free energy saving and load managing devices installed in their homes free of charge. Switching to gas appliances (heaters and stoves) may cost in the short term but save you significant amounts in the long run.

Workplace Productivity and Health
There is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that the physical characteristics of buildings and indoor environments can influence an employee’s productivity, occupant health and well-being, resulting in the end result benefits for businesses. The Allan Gray office building at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront vision and mechanical design of the building has ensured optimal indoor environmental quality for those working inside the building to promote health and well-being. Building users have access to striking external views, ample natural daylight and care has been taken to specify paints, wood products and carpets that contain no harmful compounds that could possibly be inhaled by tenants.

Risk Alleviation
Sustainability risk factors can significantly affect the rental income and the future value of real estate assets, in turn affecting their return on investment. Regulatory risks have become increasingly obvious in countries and cities around the world, including mandatory disclosure, building policies and laws banning inefficient buildings.

The industry is embracing this vast shift towards sustainable practices and it is exciting to see this unfolding right before our eyes.

The growth opportunities in the Engineering field are looking quite promising. If you are in the market for new Engineering jobs then this is the right time to start your job search! We have great opportunities in Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and more.

Visit our website and apply today.

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Building a dream team

Sandra Olivier - Monday, July 14, 2014

dream team That fact that employees and applicants all have individual strengths and weaknesses is no surprise to employers and hiring managers. Using these strengths and weaknesses to create an effective business and work environment, however, has historically been a goal more easily identified than attained.

We all know that building a great team isn’t going to be all plain sailing — in fact, it’s very hard work! Making sure that you get the right people for the job can be a lengthy, expensive and sometimes painful process.

It’s not enough to hire someone with technical skills, you need to find the right combination of unique individuals that will make for a great team.

We’ve looked at some of the best teams out there and picked out some of the characteristics that can also help you build a dream team.

Big Ideas
You always need at least one person on your team that has the big ideas. These individuals are creative problem solvers who are constantly scanning their environment for information. They are artistically expressive and "think outside the box." They have the ability to connect seemingly unrelated concepts to come up with clever, revolutionary new ideas, products and processes.

The Realist
This is the person that keeps everybody in the team grounded. When a new big idea is presented in the team, the realist will offer resistance, point out flaws, risks and alternatives. You need at least one person who can identify weak points and that has a very strong, critical way of thinking. One of the risks of leadership is thinking too positively when you plan and set expectations, which is why having a realist in the team is vital.  

Firecrackers
Every team needs a firecracker to get the team going. These high-energy individuals make things happen in the workplace. They are goals-oriented and thrive when presented with a challenge. Optimism is one of their strongest attributes. They see an opportunity with every failure and do not understand the meaning of giving up.

Organizer
A great team needs a behind the scenes kind of person, someone that coordinates and gets things done. They have a special skill to make a problems go away before the problem even happens. They work 10 steps ahead of the designated plan and prepare for each possible outcome. The organizer is who most team members turn to in a pinch and works best assisting communication between all members of the team.

The Perfectionist
These intelligent, hardworking individuals are exceedingly talented in a single field. When free to follow their specific working routine, they can focus on projects intensely. They are good at what they do. They have the ability to pick up new skills with ease, and showcase an exceedingly high-level of patience. They set high standards for themselves, and refuse to settle for subpar results.

Higher productivity and efficiency are the ultimate goal for any team, mapping out your company's talent will help you see the value in your current employees and the holes in your hiring.

If you require hotshot talent to complete your dream team, we can help. We understand how difficult it can be to find ideal individuals with top skills that will grow your organization. Communicate Personnel have the very best recruitment consultants that are masters at sourcing the right person and matching them to your company culture. Get in contact with us today.

We also specialize in finding skilled individuals Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and  Freight jobs. Visit our vacancy page and apply today!

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Fingerprint Technology is closer than you think

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

scanning finger touch screen The changes in technology has us astounded on a daily basis and much have been said about keeping relevant with new trends and how this changing environment is improving or cluttering our lives. A couple of years ago you would have marvelled at Hollywood’s ability to come up with another futuristic movie that allowed the hero to make use of his fingerprint to do online mobile payments, purchase merchandise offline and sign into online banking, without making use of codes or credit card details. Now, this idea is our next reality.

According to Simon Leps, CEO of Fontera Digital Works “Biometric fingerprint authentication technology has already found its way into laptops, external hard-drives and electronic wallets, and will be made use of in the e-commerce environment going forward as a quick means to make online purchases.”

Employees and customers expect to access online services and e-commerce sites from numerous devices. With password fatigue reaching new heights, many security professionals want stronger authentication methods that eliminate the complexities and risks associated with the integration of online credentials and identity management. Therefore, several companies have started investing in biometric fingerprint authentication.

Galaxy S5 smartphones are leading with this technology in the US allowing customers to purchase goods and services on the Internet using fingerprint authentication on all sites that accept payments via PayPal. This is possible due to the fingerprint scanner located on the phone and the biometric user authentication that accesses the corresponding mobile PayPal app.

However, from a security perspective, there are still several concerns. Experts say only if biometrics is used as an additional form of authentication and not as the sole authentication mechanism, is the technology a sound means of verification. Recently the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanners were bypassed with "dummy fingers" which is an indication that the technology, as a standalone feature, is not yet secure enough.

In light of this, a company in Sweden has put a new twist on biometrics that lets customers at retail outlets simply swipe their hands instead of using credit cards for payments. According to them scanning veins in the human hand could become the biometric measure of choice for authentication when we pay for things or want to unlock devices such as smartphones. Fingerprints are notoriously easy to lift from surfaces and are not as secure. One of the main benefits of vein scanning is that you don't leave behind vein prints. Most vein scanner technology coming out requires no physical contact, it means there are no residual biometric patterns that could be copied, preventing fraudulent use.

The landscape of mobile payments and payment authentication is rapidly changing as user demand easier but also more secure options. The need for technology savvy individuals that can navigate the changes successfully and assist companies in providing for their client’s needs are now more important than ever.

Are you looking for a new challenge in the Information Technology industry? We can assist as we work side by side with some of South Africa’s most forward thinking technology companies. Communicate Personnel is a specialist IT recruitment company that can help you find your next job opportunity. We have a variety of IT vacancies ranging from Business Analysts, Java Developer, PHP Developer, C# Developer, BI Developer, .Net Developer, IT Manager, Linux Engineer and much more. Visit our website and apply today!

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