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Nedbank Small Business Index: Recruiting via referrals for small business

5 November 2013 17:18

Any manager will tell you that recruiting the right staff is one of their most challenging tasks, more so for small business owners, who cannot afford to hire the wrong person.

Destruction: Palestinians stand atop the ruins of the headquarters of El-Wafa rehabilitation hospital, which witnesses said was destroyed during a seven-week Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City on Thursday (August 28 2014). Patients receiving treatment in the hospital were moved to another branch of El-Wafa hospital, officials said.

Picture: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

Hot or Not

  • This Week

    Hot:

    When it’s your time, it’s really your time. Fresh from a gold in triple jump at the Commonwealth Games, Khotso Mokoena led the South African ­contingent with a solid victory in the men’s long jump event at the ­Diamond League meeting in Stockholm this week. This could prove to be Mokoena’s year to capture the world stage and make it his own.

    Not:

    Ratings agencies have become one of those things we love to hate. Whether anyone agrees with the downgrades or not, the minute they declare a company or country junk, a whole lot of investment protocols kick in, ensuring that the rating is proven correct. We have felt their scorn, and we want them to go away and pick on someone else.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Laughter is the best medicine, but it wasn’t enough to cure actor Robin Williams of his deep depression. He made us weep with laughter and, in his darker roles, just weep – and hid his own demons behind a wide smile and sad eyes. His ­suicide this week left the world a little emptier.
    Thanks for the memories, Robin – we’re sorry for your pain.

    Not:

    President Jacob Zuma has mastered the art of passing the buck. After keeping us waiting for months for a response to the Public Protector’s Nkandla report, he delivered what was essentially two pages of a reply as most of the 20 pages were a regurgitation of other reports. And the substance was: Ask the police minister.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    When science is cool, it’s really cool. European spacecraft Rosetta caught up with a comet this week. It will ­attach a probe to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko – Chury to its friends – and gather data from its surface. This will offer a peek into what reports call a kind of “astronomical time capsule” to see what things were like when our solar system was born.

    Not:

    Lending money to poor people at high interest rates is bad enough. Springing one of the biggest shockers in South Africa’s corporate
    history is not hot either. Not long ago, African Bank’s management indicated it was at rock bottom. Almost R10 billion got burnt this week once the extent of its ­problems became clear.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    Team SA for their 37-medal haul with three days to go at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, getting closer to the target of 43 set by Sascoc and already surpassing the 33 from the 2010 Games. The SA lawn bowls (five gold medals), judo (one) and Rugby Sevens teams proved that the nation should not only always rely on swimming and athletics for gold medals.

    Not:

    What will it take for the US to ­finally ditch its “softly, softly” ­approach to Israel? Not even the bombing of a UN-run school in Gaza by Israeli forces could do it. The US called the act “indefensible” and called on Israel to “live up to their own standards” of protecting civilians. That’ll show ’em, Obama. Or not.

  • Previous Weeks

    Hot:

    It is common cause that when a minister’s official car breaks down, the department hires a replacement. Not for Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, who chose to drive her own private car when her state car was not in use. At a time when government is calling for cuts in excessive spending, Pandor’s action shows a minister leading by example.

    Not:

    Dragged for kilometres during a hijacking and then dying. That’s the end of life for four-year-old Taegrin Morris. His death should shock us all into taking a stand against crime. The fight against crime cannot be relegated to the police alone. It will also take society’s efforts to clear our country of violent criminals.

Introducing the Nedbank Small Business Index™

11 September 2013 13:40

For the small business sector to not only survive but also thrive, it needs to access in-depth industry trends and insights, which is why Nedbank has created a comprehensive Small Business Index for all.

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You should expressly withdraw your intentions on or before Sunday August 31 at 12 noon, failing which I will have no other option but to approach an appropriate forum for appropriate relief
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema warning National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete that unless she withdraws plans to suspend EFF MPs, he will take her to court.

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