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Advantages to starting a new job or hiring at the end of the year.
We’re all looking forward to the end of the year but some are contemplating on changing jobs during November or December.

There are also hiring managers wondering if it is a good idea to hire now. We hope to assist you in this decision with a few pros to help prompt you to make the move now, rather than later.
Advantages to starting a new job or hiring at the end of the year
11/6/2019 12:00 PMAce the job search, Know the industryChristopher Els11/6/2019 12:00 PM
job search, hiring, jobs, recruitment


We're all looking forward to the end of the year but some are contemplating on changing jobs during November or December. There are also hiring managers wondering if it is a good idea to hire now. We hope to assist you in this decision with a few pros to help prompt you to make the move now, rather than later.

If you're a candidate looking for a new opportunity, now is probably the best time to move.

  1. It's tactically better to change jobs during this period
  2. You can get your training/admin out the way during this downtime period
  3. Your office is generally quieter so you get the chance to learn new systems, the way things are done and the new company culture
  4. You aren't competing with other candidates (or as many candidates as you would be in January/February)
  5. Traffic is a breeze and dress code is generally casual and as is the office environment

 

Hiring now also has its benefits

  1. You get your training or induction out the way early
  2. Your new starts get used to the environment now so come January, they are able to hit the ground running
  3. You get candidates which take their career seriously and are immediately available
  4. You don't have to wait until January / February to finish off the hiring process
  5. Recruitment budget – you have a hiring budget that you haven't used yet. You may not have the budget when you need it come the New Year. Get your team ready while you still can.

Whether you're looking to hire Great Candidates or looking for Great job opportunities, Connect with us so that we can help you hire Great Candidates or find Great jobs. 

Visit www.communicate.co.za


What do these questions from Recruiters actually mean?
We're often left puzzled at certain questions in an interview with a recruiter. This article will help clarify what recruiters really mean when they ask questions.
What these questions from recruiters really mean
Questions from recruiters
10/17/2019 12:00 AMAce the job searchMpumi Zingitwa10/17/2019 10:40 AM
interviews, questions, recruiters, interviewing, interview, job search

What do these questions from Recruiters actually mean?

 

Tell us about yourself?

This is usually one of the first questions in an interview used to break the ice after the firm handshake has long loosened at reception. Refrain from telling us about your cheating  spouse or how your dog ate your cat. It's an opportunity to tell us about your schooling achievements, your personality traits, interests and work history.

 

What are your reasons for wanting to leave?

Be honest from the get go about your reasons for wanting to leave. Refrain from throwing your current company under the bus as this might seem like you don't take responsibility for whatever has gone wrong in your current position. We get it, we've been doing this for 38 years, just because you and your boss have a bad relationship doesn't mean we won't put you forward to meet the client. We are keen to hear the story behind the relationship breakdown with your current boss as that might guide us to see if you would work well with your upcoming boss. If you decide to lie to us, we'll put on our detective caps and get to the bottom of the matter, we have our ways which we will not divulge at this juncture. Let us know even if you are getting retrenched, gone are the days where retrenched candidates where perceived to be the less desirable candidates compared to employed candidates. In this tough economy most companies retrench people on the bases of last in first out bases.

 

What's your notice period?

We ask this question to manage the expectation for our clients. However, if you are in an interview with a client and this question is brought to the fore it's usually a good indicator that they are interested in hiring you. If a recruiter asks you this question please don't think you've got the job…its due diligence from our side.

 

We are putting you ahead as the only candidate

I hate to burst your bubble but no you're not the only candidate that we've put through. In most instances recruiters say this as a confidence booster. Another common statement from Recruiters is "we've put through a couple of CV's but they loved your CV". Again this is another confidence booster for our candidates, it's actually not a great idea to put forward 1 CV because ultimately we want you to be confident and not arrogant at the interview with our client.

 

Tell us about your strengths and your weaknesses?

Everyone has weaknesses and that's totally acceptable, unless you were born in Krypton. Not having weaknesses is rather worrisome. Communicate them to us and the client. Go ahead and be smart about them, euphemise them and turn them into positives. So for instance, if you say you can't work with other people, highlight the fact that you're independent when tacking on tasks. Please don't lie to us though, usually most candidates will undergo psychometric tests and these reliable tests prove the type of person you are pertaining to your weaknesses.

 

What's your desired salary?

It's unreasonable to say that we must look at securing you double what you're currently earning. Stick to a realistic package increase and don't harp on about the money. 7% – 10% increase is a good salary increase on average. Again don't Photoshop your payslip with inflated numbers. Tell us about your real current salary is. Stick to telling us that you're interested in the potential company and how you can add value by joining their team.  Don't be greedy, at a lower salary bracket, you could get away with an above average salary increase but on a higher salary bracket the tax man has a vested interest in your hard earned income which makes it next to impossible to ask for those sharp salary increases. Remember we want what's best for you too which means we'll advise on the bases of market value. We'll educate you as to what the market is willing to pay for your skill set. Be that as it may, sharp salary increases do exist even in this market but do known that it's a black swan.

 

Where else have you sent your CV?

Well when we ask you this question we'd like to see who else are we in competition with for your golden signature, how far are you down the line with other job interviews as well so that if our client likes your CV, we can ensure that you are available for their position. If you are looking to make a career change in Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting, please register and send us your CV on www.communicate.co.za

 


Women worth emulating
For centuries, women were not allowed to work but today, every second post on LinkedIn is of a women being applauded for being CEO, CFO, COO and similar. So what has changed? Or what is it that women are exuding now that the workforce finds attractive? Let’s delve into this.
Women worth emulating
8/28/2019 3:00 PMTake the leadBridget Maoko8/28/2019 3:00 PM
women, CEO, CFO

shutterstock_737115142.jpgWikihow has a 14-step guide on how to be a successful woman; this should make it easy for 3.8 billion women in the world to be successful right? Not quite! Success is complex and sometimes inherently easy.

For centuries, women were not allowed to work but today, every second post on LinkedIn is of a women being applauded for being CEO, CFO, COO and similar. So what has changed? Or what is it that women are exuding now that the workforce finds attractive? Let's delve into this.

On an interview with Tim Modise (South African journalist), Vusi Thembekwayo (venture capitalist and global business speaker) said that black South Africans are not previously disadvantaged – but that they are disadvantaged because those systems still exits. The same can be said about women. Systems such as patriarchy, gender pay gap, unconscious biases and caring responsibilities are still in place, making it harder for them to advance in the workplace.  

Be that as it may. There is a breed of women who are defying these systems. Women like Shirley Machaba, Gail Kelly, Priscillah Mabelane, Maria Ramos and Phuthi Mahanyele. Not only are they exceptional leaders but they are setting standards and inspiring generations. This is what they all have in common if you want to follow in their footsteps:

  1. They are not afraid to take risks
    As Sheryl Sandberg would say; affecting change in your career and beyond  requires the ability to stop playing it safe every once in a while. Successful women don't make reckless decisions, but they do know how to take a calculated risk.
  2.  They have a worldview
    Open-mindedness is the single most important characteristic we have as human beings and most women in this league have that. An open mind comes with a worldview. To have a worldview - you must read, travel, engage with people in different cultures from around the world.
  3. They take responsibility
    As the old saying goes: the captain goes down with the ship. Taking responsibility is the highest mark of great leaders and these women epitomise that. If you want to emulate them you have to cultivate a mind-set that is not afraid of taking responsibility.
  4. They endorse education
    There is no question that education plays a pivotal role in the success of most women in the corporate world. You could be learning online, from a mentor or taking practical classes bottom line - you have to stay learning and improving on your education. 

There are many other traits that they endorse and embody. Follow them on their social media platforms and read their biographies to get more insights into being a powerhouse of a woman!

We are a Recruitment Company with over 3 decades of experience that is 17% Black women owned. Visit our website to learn more about us.

Healthy living - the new luxury trend you should adopt!
Healthy living encompasses more than Kauai smoothies and cutting off carbohydrates. It’s more than having a Nike app on your Apple watch and being rewarded by Vitality or Multiply for walking 10k steps a day. It’s holistic. It takes your work environment and home settings into account. It takes your dreams into account, your mind state, finances and spirituality.
healthy living
8/20/2019 2:00 PMTake the leadBridget Maoko8/20/2019 2:00 PM
Healthy living, South Africa, nutrition,

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I am a budding Yogini and Pilate Master. Well, not quiet. That's a statement I read somewhere on Instagram. Anyhow. I do practice yoga and pilates  for health and leisure purposes at least 3 to 4 times a week. Some days I am at the garden doing headstands and some days I am at the gym doing  wall squats. And nope, I do not post these on my Instagram account of 850 followers. I do these because they are congruent with my blue print of  healthy living.

Healthy living means different things to different people.
It takes into account more than just diet and exercise. Depending on where you are in the world it also takes into account your socio-economic  status, cultural and philosophical beliefs as well as your mental health.

Let's delve into what it all entails. We'll start with the body.

Great philosophers and great businessmen have, throughout history reiterate the importance of having a healthy body. ''What good are all the  riches of the world if you do not have a great body to enjoy them in?  Self-preservation is love they'd say.''
This is because a healthy body sets the standard of day-to-day well-being and determines how well you'll age.

According to research, having a great body also means having the right weight. You can check this against your BMI. A fit and healthy body enables  you to be fully functional and perform at your peak. But this won't come into play without good nutrition.   

In South Africa, the minimum wage is R3 500 per month and the costs of a nutritious basket of food for a household of four is R3 123 ergo  maintaining a daily intake of 2000 calories per day as recommend for an adult will be difficult. But assuming you live above the poverty line and   can afford to eat healthily like my boss - who snacks on Woolworths almonds nuts which cost around R175 per 500g then you are fine.

Nutrition plays a pivotal part in our overall wellbeing. It is not about strict limitations on certain foods or staying unrealistically thin and depriving  yourself of the foods you love. It's about vitality - having more energy and boosting your mood.

The Harvard School of Public Health published 'The Healthy Eating Plate.'
It offers a more specific and accurate recommendations for following a healthy diet. You can use it as a start.

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Healthy living is holistic and cannot be achieved without the right mind state. Having a fit body and eating nutritious foods is just one part of it. In  fact, you can have a great body, pay premium gym memberships, drinks smoothies all morning and still lead a dreary life. Why? Because your mind  is not in the right state and that is where mental health comes in.

According to new studies of positive psychology – having a positive attitude can boost your energy, increase your life span and help you become  better during hardships. All this starts with the small talk within and only you can fine-tune it.

You can gauge if you have a healthy mind state if the following reverberates with you: you have self-confidence and esteem, a sense of  meaning  and purpose in your activities and relationships, a sense of contentment and zest for life.
A strong mental health is not the absence of problems but rather of having and exuding more positive characteristics.

The reason I do yoga and pilates is because it's holistic. I can switch between meditation and core, between speaking great things into the ethos  and toning my abs.
Someone once said human beings are genetically wired to seek love, this being a 'god' or a super being of some sort that is above us as 'humans'  either through religion, spirituality or whatever fancy term relevant to your generation and culture. This part of your life needs to be nursed as it  plays a great role is your overall healthy living journey.

As mentioned before, healthy living encompasses more than Kauai smoothies and cutting off carbohydrates. It's more than having a Nike app on  your Apple watch and being rewarded by Vitality or Multiply for walking 10k steps a day. It's holistic. It takes your work environment and home  settings into account. It takes your dreams into account, your mind state, finances and spirituality. Best of all, it requires maintains and hard work.  Its  not for the faint hearted, so go ahead and prioritise it!

It’s up to us as South Africans
Finally it’s youth month again! The spotlight falls onto our Youth and how far we’ve come as a country from a political perspective. However it feels like over the years the loud voice of our Youth is softening largely due to the muted growth of our economy over the past 10(9) years which has a direct correlation with the high rate of unemployment in our country.
It’s up to us as South Africans
6/18/2019 3:00 PMTake the leadMpumi Zingitwa6/18/2019 3:00 PM
Youth, South Africa, unemployment, economy

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Finally it's youth month again! The spotlight falls onto our Youth and how far we've come as a country from a political perspective. However it feels like over the years the loud voice of our Youth is softening largely due to the muted growth of our economy over the past 10(9) years which has a direct correlation with the high rate of unemployment in our country.

There's a myriad of challenges that face our youth squarely in their wallets. Over the December period, I went home to spend a few days with my Family and childhood friends and boy unemployment left me disheartened. For the first time in my life, all of the unemployment stats that live in the corridors of my app and the Stats SA website pages were a reality as most of the men and women I hadn't seen from home were unemployed. Monday in the township generated the same amount of foot traffic as Sunday, which was highly unusual. Now that I was confronted by that rhetoric it makes sense that there is a frustrated amount of young people who endure the same challenge across our country.

In my opinion the road to reducing unemployment includes the critical role small businesses have to play in our economy. The even taller hurdle is for us as the Youth to believe in ourselves and actually start businesses up. We have to be patient with the process of building a business because it is a long term solution for a long term problem and not for the short term gain. No Chief, I'm not referring to tenders here. President Cyril Ramaphosa also spoke of other young people who became innovative and were now successful entrepreneurs at his 25 Years of Democracy Celebration Rally where he encouraged youth to create employment for themselves.

A lot of our youth seem not to be aware of the myriad of state funding bodies in the market that offer financial impetus to small businesses. SEFA (Small Enterprise Finance Agency), National Youth Development Agency and the Industrial Development Corporation are some of the notable players. Some of these funds are loans that have a low interest rate and some are grants. With funding, it's important to read the Tc's and C's because they indeed do apply.

As South Africans, we lack the depth of understating how imperative our role of supporting small businesses is. This has a knock-on effect towards our economy. I sometimes take a long look at my personal income statement and get ashamed of where my hard earned capital flows outwardly to. My begrudged 72 months car payments end up Ingolstadt, Germany then my house payments end up in easterly China. My cell phone bill after the Vodafone acquisition now lands up in the UK and my handset and ITunes costs are contributing to the growth the American economy. My gym bill ends up in Sir Richard Branson's already loaded pockets. The narrative here is that most of my hard earned Rands I made from a South African company end up outside our borders and not creating employment and wealth in our stagnant economy. With every purchase we make, let's repeatedly look at supporting small South African companies.

As citizens of South Africa we need to take the collective responsibility to solve the challenges that are facing us. Yes I know that investors are also critical to the economical typography of our country but we also have to help ourselves here before it's too late.

Top 5 benefits of using chatbots for your business
Some companies apply the 80/20 rule. They leave the bot to answer 80% of the frequently asked questions and 20% of the complex questions are left for humans to answers. The onus is always on the business to decide what will work best.
chatbots
5/7/2019 12:00 PMKnow the industryBridget Maoko5/7/2019 12:00 PM
AI based chatbots, command based chatbots, chatbots, business

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Globally, over 23 billion text messages are sent daily. WhatsApp alone handles just about 30 million messages daily. This can only mean one thing: consumers are used to instant communication in their private lives, and they expect the same when they communicate with companies, hence chatbots.

Anyone who knows how to use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp can interact with a well-built chatbot without having to learn anything new.


There are two types of chatbots:

1. Command based chatbot

Command based chatbots rely on a databank of replies and heuristics. The bots reply by selecting an answer that matches the context of a query. They use template search or dynamic search for understanding and answering questions. The answer to the above-raised question depends on the business you are in and how your company is driven by innovation and technology. 

2. AI based chatbots

AI based or Machine Learning Chatbots can answer ambiguous questions. Meaning, you do not have to be specific when asking questions to these chatbots. The chatbots create replies from scratch using natural language processing.

It's important to know what your business needs are and which bot will serve its needs better. Some companies apply the 80/20 rule. They leave the bot to answer 80% of the frequently asked questions and 20% of the complex questions are left for humans to answers. The onus is always on the business to decide what will work best.

Here are top 5 benefits of using chatbots for your business:

  • Chatbots are always available, they are never rude, tired or irritated – they are pleasant 24/7/365
  • They are cheap to develop - in comparison to application development.
  • Audience who uses messenger Apps are willing to talk to a Chatbot
  • Language is the most natural interface humans understand and that is the interface that bots use
  • Chatbots are ideally placed to help streamline engagement between consumers and brands with the purpose of improving customer service.

If you're looking for Great Candidates, let's chat about our tailor-made recruitment solutions. Contact us today to find out how we can help up find the right candidates for your business.  

Globally, over 23 billion text messages are sent daily. WhatsApp alone handles just about 30 million messages daily. This can only mean one thing: consumers are used to instant communication in their private lives, and they expect the same when they communicate with companies, hence chatbots.

Anyone who knows how to use Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp can interact with a well-built chatbot without having to learn anything new.

There are two types of chatbots:

1. Command based chatbot

Command based chatbots rely on a databank of replies and heuristics. The bots reply by selecting an answer that matches the context of a query. They use template search or dynamic search for understanding and answering questions. The answer to the above-raised question depends on the business you are in and how your company is driven by innovation and technology. 

2. AI based chatbots

AI based or Machine Learning Chatbots can answer ambiguous questions. Meaning, you do not have to be specific when asking questions to these chatbots. The chatbots create replies from scratch using natural language processing.

It's important to know what your business needs are and which bot will serve its needs better. Some companies apply the 80/20 rule. They leave the bot to answer 80% of the frequently asked questions and 20% of the complex questions are left for humans to answers. The onus is always on the business to decide what will work best.

Here are top 5 benefits of using chatbots for your business:

  • Chatbots are always available, they are never rude, tired or irritated – they are pleasant 24/7/365
  • They are cheap to develop - in comparison to application development.
  • Audience who uses messenger Apps are willing to talk to a Chatbot
  • Language is the most natural interface humans understand and that is the interface that bots use
  • Chatbots are ideally placed to help streamline engagement between consumers and brands with the purpose of improving customer service.

If you're looking for Great Candidates, let's chat about our tailor-made recruitment solutions. Contact us today to find out how we can help up find the right candidates for your business.  

The Do’s and Don’ts of an interview with Recruiters
As a candidate centric company we help our candidates to avoid these interview mistakes. We’ve spoken to some of our top consultants and they shared some their candidate experience in an interview and how you can avoid them
Interview
4/24/2019 2:00 PMDevelop your careerBridget Maoko4/24/2019 2:00 PM
interview, candidate, advice

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If you live in South Africa, you should probably know that being invited for a job interview is almost a privilege. Unfortunately, some candidates do not see it that way and have a knack for blowing their own interview opportunities. We have all heard cringe-worthy stories about candidates sleeping during interviews or not even showing up at all.

As a company we help our candidates to avoid these interview mistakes. We've spoken to some of our top consultants and they shared some their candidate experience in an interview and how you can avoid them.


1.  Do not show up drunk.

This may sound cliché but it seems some candidates do not get the message and actually show up drunk in an interview or reeking of alcohol. No recruiter will want to sell you to a client in this state and will deem you a waste of time and resources as you are bringing them and their brand into disrepute.

2.  Not knowing your CV or lying about contents in it.

This is always a bad idea. Interviewers always expect you to know your CV chronology by heart. When a company discovers that you are lying, you will be disqualified and future opportunities may be denied. CV fraud is high and you do not want to come across as a CV fraudster. At the end of the day, it is your CV, it comprises of your life and work experiences there is no reason as to why you should not know it by heart.

At Communicate, we conduct thorough interviews, screenings, reference checks, verifying skills and experience. We are contracted to MIE, a background-screening agency to verify qualifications, criminal, credit, fraud and ID records. So if you are laying – it is likely we will know, and what are the chances we will call you for future opportunities?

3. Not being prepared for the interview.

Almost all our consultants stressed this point. Come prepared! You are being sold to a client, look the part! Look like you want the job!

4. Using an agency to get a counter offer.

If a recruiter discovers that you are using them just to get an offer at your current company, they might not represent you as you are a wasting their time and resourcing. Recruiters are less likely to represent people who job-hop and are prone to taking counter offers. Recruitment agencies are not there to help you get counter offers from your employer. During an interview, do not come across as someone who is likely to take one.

5.  Arrogance.

There is nothing wrong with having a higher sense of self and the same can be said about confidence. The problem comes when it borders into arrogance which infuriates the interviewer. No matter how educated or senior you are, you still have to respect your interviewer. They are your potential gateway to landing the next job.

6. Language barriers.

In South Africa like in most countries, English is an offial language and medium of instruction. When invited for an interview unless otherwise stated, you are expected to be articulate and or fluent in English. So brush up on your English and industry jargon before going in an interview. How else will an interviewer sell you to a client if they do not understand the language you speak?

This may read like another one of those tired articles giving advice to candidates about what not to do during an interview but we would not stress the message enough if candidates actually understood the importance of brushing up on language.

We have over 3 decades of experience in Connecting Great People with Great companies. Part of our process is to prepare our candidates before sending them out for interviews with our clients. Visit our website to find out how we can help you.

Literacy in Africa
Education is a crucial part of personal, national and global growth. In Africa, like in most continents the only way we can continue to develop and grow is through education.
Africa
4/10/2019 3:00 PMKnow the industryBridget Maoko4/10/2019 3:00 PM
Africa, literacy, education, growth

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Education is a crucial part of personal, national and global growth. In Africa, like in most continents the only way we can continue to develop and grow is through education. But many families in Africa live below the poverty line and have limited access to quality education.

In South Africa, the government spends more money on education than the US and UK but the education system is rated 126th out of 138 countries according to World Economic Forum. There return on investment for the government on our education is low. According to the report released by the commission of inquiry into the provision of free higher education, South Africa has a significant NEET problem. NEET is an acronym used to describe a certain subset of youths in South Africa. Not in Employment, Education or Training.

Is you think this is bleak, South Africa ranks 3rd in Africa for having the best education system. That says a lot as most organisations can argue that the educational system is in dire straits. Be that as it may, it was still the country with the most educated people in Africa in 2018.

Here are the top 5 best education systems in Africa:

  1. Zimbabwe:
    The country supposedly has 90.7% literacy rate – the highest in Africa. The country is dominated by people who can read and write. English is the official and primary language.
  2. Equatorial Guinea:
    Its literacy rate is 87.0%. Every child is entitled to free primary education and this is one of the reasons why the county's literary is high.
  3. South Africa:
    The literacy rate is sitting on 86.40%.
  4. Kenya:
    In Kenya, 8 years is the specified period for primary education. Education is not mandatory in Kenya. Their literary rate is sitting on 85.10%
  5. Namibia:
    This country boasts a 85.00% literacy. It is mandatory for everyone in Namibia between the ages of 6 and 16 to receive education.

The best universities in Africa are:

  1. University of Cape Town
  2. University of the Witwatersrand
  3. Stellenbosch University
  4. University of Kwazulu-Natal and
  5. Makerere University in Uganda

The most educated Presidents in Africa are:

1.      Tanzania  - John Pombe Magufuli
Has a Bachelor of Science in education (Chemistry and History) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Has a masters and PhD from the same university.

2.      Malawi  - Dr Peter Mutharika
Studied law at the University of London before getting an LL.M degree from Yale University the next year. He then obtained the Doctor of the Science of Law
(JSD ) degree from Yale University.

 3.      Mauritius  - Ameenah Gurib

Has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey in. She holds a PhD degree in organic chemistry from Exeter University.

4.      Ivory Coast  - Alassane Ouattara  

BSc degree from present-day Drexel University (the Drexel Institute of Technology) He earned his master's degree and PhD in economics from the same university.

5.      Mali  - Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta

The president of Mali has a Master's degree in History and Master's degree in Political Science.

 South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria remain the most influential African countries to date. We connect great people in the IT, Finance, Engineering, Freight and Contracting industries throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis. Visit our website to find out how we can Connect you. 

Forbes list - African billionaires 2019
Every year, Forbes tracks the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary business in Africa. They calculate their net worth using assets, paper stock and currency exchanges among other aspects. Of the 20 selected this year, five of them were from South Africa and only two are female
Forbes
4/2/2019 12:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko4/2/2019 12:00 AM
Forbes, Africa, rich list, Africa’s billionaires in 2019

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Here is it again, the famous list from Forbes, showcasing Africa's billionaires in 2019. You are probably not on the list, but here is some inspiration.

Every year, Forbes tracks the wealth of African billionaires who reside in Africa or have their primary business in Africa. They calculate their net worth using assets, paper stock and currency exchanges among other aspects. Of the 20 selected this year, five of them were from South Africa and only two are female: Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angola's former president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria.

In a per country ranking, Egypt and South Africa were tied with five billionaires each, followed by Nigeria with four and Morocco with two. For the eighth year in a row, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria is Africa's richest person. The second richest person is Mike Adenuga, also of Nigeria worth $9.2 billion. Number three is diamond heir Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, his grandfather founded diamond mining firm DeBeers, which he ran and then sold to mining giant Anglo American for $5.1 billion cash in 2012.

Three South Africans fell off the list last year, they are: Stephen Saad, founder of generics drug firm Aspen Pharmacare; Desmond Sacco, chairman of iron ore mining company Assore Group; and Chris Wiese, founder of retailer Pepkor and former chairman of the now embattled furniture retailer, Steinhoff International.

Overall, the number of African billionaires has shrunk to 20, down from 23 a year ago.

The Richest Africans as of February 2019 are:
  1. Aliko Dangote
  2. Mike Adenuga
  3. Nicky Oppenheimer
  4. Nassef Sawiris
  5. Johann Rupert
  6. Issad Rebrab
  7. Naguib Sawiris
  8. Patrice Motsepe
  9. Isabel dos Santos
  10. Mohamed Mansour
  11. Strive Masiyiwa
  12. Koos Bekker
  13. Aziz Akhannouch
  14. Mohammed Dewji
  15. Othman Benjelloun
  16. Abdulsamad Rabiu
  17. Yasseen Mansour
  18. Youssef Mansour
  19. Folorunsho Alakija
  20. Michiel Le Roux


    The five South African billionaires are:

    1. Nicky Oppenheimer
    Age: 73
    Net worth: R102 billion
    Source of wealth: Sold his family's 40% stake in De Beers, the world's biggest diamond producer to mining company Anglo American in 2012 for $5.2 billion

    2. Johann Rupert
    Age: 68
    Net worth: R74.2 billion
    Source of wealth: Rupert controls the world's largest luxury watchmaker, Cie. Financiere Richemont, through a family trust. 

    3. Patrice Motsepe
    Age: 57
    Net worth:  R35 billion
    Source of wealth: Mining business and his investment portfolio: He's the founder and chairman of African Rainbow Minerals and became a billionaire in 2008

    4. Koos Bekker
    Age: 66
    Net worth:  R33.6 billion
    Source of wealth: Bekker is revered for transforming South African newspaper publisher Naspers into an e-commerce investor & cable TV powerhouse.

    5. Michiel le Roux
    Age: 69
    Net worth:  R15.4 billion
    Source of wealth: Completing our list of SA billionaires on the Top 20 Richest Africans list is Le Roux. He founded Capitec Bank in 2001 and owns about an 11% stake.

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The cost of owning a drone in South Africa
The drone industry has been gaining traction both locally and abroad over the last couple of years. With vloggers, media agencies and photographers using these nifty devices to take their passion to new heights, the public are also beginning to hop on the band waggon
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3/20/2019 12:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko3/20/2019 10:00 AM
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The drone industry has been gaining traction both locally and abroad over the last couple of years. With vloggers, media agencies and photographers using these nifty devices to take their passion to new heights, the public are also beginning to hop on the band waggon.

But, how much does it cost to own and operate a drone in South Africa? There are a few key points to consider when discussing this:


  • Type of drone
  • Usage
  • Area
  • Licensing
  • Laws

In many instances, you can get a decent drone for a few hundred Rand, if you're a hobbyist. However, with the likes of DJI, Parrot, GoPro these can go into the thousands. It ultimately depends what you'll be using the drone for.

You can purchase drones for personal, professional and enterprise use. If you're looking for a semi-decent drone to use in your personal capacity and don't intend on making money from your images/video, you can pick up a DJI Spark for around R6 495.00 (Drone only).  The DJI Mavic range is where you start seeing value in drone photography and videography. With the recent release of the Mavic 2 Pro, the features just get better. The Mavic 2 Pro starts at around R29 500.00 for the basic drone only (no fly more pack included). Your professional and enterprise drones can go for anything between R48 000.00 and R150 000.00 each.

You are able to purchase accessories and add-ons for your DJI drones at an extra cost. They also make "fly more" kits available which include extra batteries, a case, extra propellers and other nifty items.

There are cheaper options for those just wanting to have some fun at home – national retailers like The Gadget Shop and Dion Wired, along with online stores like Takealot sell affordable alternatives. For those that want to mess around, you can fetch a drone for as little as R499.00.

Licensing

If you'd like to operate your drone commercially (make money from selling your images and video) you would need to obtain a RPL (Remote Pilot License) from an accredited school. Your RPL is comprised of a theory section and a practical.

The components covered in the theory include air law, flight planning and navigation, meteorology, human factors, principle of flight, technical aspects and other related items. Along with the theory module, students will also need to complete restricted radio license training and an English proficiency course. After your theory (which is between 5 and 7 days) you would then move on to your practical. This is done with a licensed instructor to test your practical know-how and see if you're equipped to man a drone.

Various RPL schools charge different rates for their courses but you can expect to pay anything between R20 000.00 and R50 000.00 for your license.

Legalities

The South African Civil Aviation Authority outlines the uses, dos and don'ts when it comes to RPA's (Remotely Piloted Aircrafts) in South Africa. They define RPA's as "unmanned aircrafts operated from a remote pilot station excluding toy and model aircraft". They also state "acceptable" uses of RPA's in personal and non-personal cases.

The law tries to protect both sides of the fence here – the operators and the general public. The CAA outlines that potential threats could include, but are not limited to:

  • Collision with aircraft
  • Injury to bystanders
  • Damage to property
  • Legal liabilities for breaking laws

There are a range of laws that should be adhered to when operating a drone, which you can read more about here.

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