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A New Year and a New You

A New Year and a New You

A new year and new you – keeping to your new year’s resolutions. I hope that you decided that 2022 is going to be YOUR year - a year where you transform your old habits into new ones. And the year where you actually keep your new year’s resolutions! But to achieve...

Abandon Yourself to Abundance!

Abandon Yourself to Abundance!

Start living a life in its abounding fullness of joy and strength for mind, body, and soul. We live in a very scary world. Many of us are afraid of ‘what’s to come.’ The uncertain future may seem grim and may cause a downward spiral,  increasing negative thoughts and...

Getting to know Carol Nake

Getting to know Carol Nake

Getting to know our Presidential Award Winner 2021/2022 Carol Nake Carol grew up in a small village called Ronaldsey near Hazyview on the way to Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga, raised by a single parent with six children, Carol is baby number two. We asked what...

Getting to know Marlene Smuts

Getting to know Marlene Smuts

Getting to know our Businesswoman of the Year 2021/2022 Marlene Smuts Marlene grew up in a small town called Christiana on the border of the Free State, Northern Cape, and North West Province.  On asking what she wanted to be growing up, Marlene responded “I always...

Getting to know Laurie Edwall

Getting to know Laurie Edwall

  Getting to know our Community Warrior Woman 2021/2022 Laurie Edwall Laurie Edwall grew up in Minnesota in the USA.  She has lived in South Africa since her early 20s and currently finds herself in George in the Western Cape. On asking her what she always wanted...

Mindful Living

Mindful Living

Whenever I think of the concept of mindful living, I picture a beautiful Buddhist temple. It just comes to mind and I’m in the state of meditation with the chanting in the background - how serene ! When I started my health and healing practice I went deeper into the...

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month People observe October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with the current global focus on the pandemic, it is almost as if other health matters have disappeared. However, breast cancer and other cancers are still very much a...

Garden Day | A new garden on a low budget

Garden Day | A new garden on a low budget

  This summer, are you looking around your garden and finding that it needs a change? There are many reasons why a garden might need minor changes or even a complete overhaul. Here are some reasons why you might want a garden makeover Plants have outgrown their...

Invest for a Purpose

Invest for a Purpose

Investing certainly has multiple benefits: create wealth for yourself and your family, create financial security, prepare for unforeseen circumstances, and create passive income streams. Making investments even more attractive, is when not only you benefit but you can...

Locally Grown Medicinal Plants

Locally Grown Medicinal Plants

It is September! Spring is in the air and the change of seasons come with the excitement of warmer and longer days.  We are all keen to get outdoors and just enjoy the beauty of nature as new life is beginning to show all around.  In South Africa we are also...

Never too late for a new beginning

Never too late for a new beginning

Never too late for a new beginning;  Previous generations started thinking of retirement, travelling and being grandparents after their 60th birthdays but these days you see many women over 60 still exercising, looking better than ever and in good physical shape. ...

A more Equal Future at the Office

A more Equal Future at the Office

    How to shape a more equal future at the office - this generation’s ordinary women can become the changemakers. Generations of women have been paving the way for their peers in the fight for women’s rights and equality. Although we have come a long way,...

Featured Member | Louisa von Moltke

Featured Member | Louisa von Moltke

Hindsight and Experience are powerful tools Life is not a destination; it is a journey!  This is the motto of Louisa Von Moltke, member of the Centurion branch of the SA Council for Business Women and a well-known Centurion resident.  Louisa grew up in Centurion and...

Women in the Boardroom

Women in the Boardroom

The fact that women are under-represented in boardrooms, is not fresh news. The question is “Why is this still the case?” Literature provides three interesting reasons for the absence of women in the boardroom. 1. Second generation gender bias The new generation of...

Tips for first-time job seekers

Tips for first-time job seekers

  Youth Month – Four Pointers for first-time job seekers Be intentional about guiding and supporting our youth. It is the best way to build a flourishing future ~ Anja van Beek I have seen many people getting stuck, settling for a job just because it is the first...

Are you a Sandra?

Are you a Sandra?

Gender Based Violence Laws Amendments: Are you a Sandra? Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a term that society has become all too well accustomed if not desensitized to. Undoubtedly, women bear the greatest brunt and remain victims of this unconscionable phenomenon. The...

Featured Member Elistia Evertson

Featured Member Elistia Evertson

  Fairness, equality and justice “I want to build an empire that focusses on the upliftment and empowerment of young women”.  This is the dream of Elistia Evertson, a proud member of SACBW in Kimberley.  “I want to do this through education, internships,...

Increase trust in your remote team

Increase trust in your remote team

  If I asked you to be honest today and tell me if you trust that your remote team members are working as they should – what would your answer be?  Are they really that productive working from home? Let's look at increasing trust in your remote team. It is only...

Numbers you need to know

Numbers you need to know

Finance is the core of any business. Let's be honest:  there is no sense in running a business that is not profitable (unless it is for a charitable cause). The sad reality is many business owners don’t spend enough time on managing and analysing their finances...

Featured Member Michaela Oberholzer

Featured Member Michaela Oberholzer

  Don’t leave a vacancy – leave a legacy! Michaela Oberholzer, member of the Centurion branch, has been a member of the SA Council for Business Women for a long time and has been a successful business owner for the past 20 years. When OB-Motion was established it...

GrowSA Partnership

GrowSA Partnership

SACBW partners with GrowSA GrowSA is a free e-publication distributed monthly to members of business chambers and owners of small and medium sized businesses. The publication brings positive news and promotes opportunities for the businesses in South Africa so that...

Don’t let work hi-jack your holiday

Don’t let work hi-jack your holiday

  Don't let work hi-jack your holiday. Not all stress is bad, yet it is never intended to be experienced 24/7! Chronic stress, without recovery, depletes energy reserves which leads to burn-out. Therefore the importance of taking a proper break and "switching...

Featured Member Odette Hartzenberg

Featured Member Odette Hartzenberg

Odette Hartzenberg: Designer, entrepreneur and mother Odette Hartzenberg combined her passion for design with a desire for excellence as a graphic designer. She is above all, a photographer, busy entrepreneur, and mother-of-three. Odette Hartzenberg gives us an...

Entrepreneurs and Retirement

Entrepreneurs and Retirement

Are you an entrepreneur and feeling stressed about not having sufficient retirement savings? Plenty of business owners are still seen to be actively working years after reaching retirement age. They really love what they do, or they don’t have somebody reliable to...

Antoinette Snyman

Antoinette Snyman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoMIvb0AdH4   Playing with puppets Antoinette Snyman, creator of marionette dolls for tv personalities such as "Liewe Heksie", "Haas Das", "Sarel Seemonster", and "Miena Moo" to name a few. A veteran in children's entertainment in...

Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity

  Are we afraid of cultural diversity? The phrase “cultural diversity” often brings up images of division and even of conflict. Is it not interesting that we often hear the words “opposites attract” when discussing differences between partners in a marriage? In...

Rebuilding your employees’ skills

Rebuilding your employees’ skills

Rebuilding your employees’ skills Your employees are the most valuable asset of the business and you need to look after them as they are in many cases the primary contact with your clients. Businesses across the globe are trying to recover from the havoc brought on by...

Tax Savings: Tips for Year-end

Tax Savings: Tips for Year-end

Tax Savings: Tips for Year-end Tax Savings: Tips for the Tax Year-end Question: I am a small business owner and dread this time of year. Can I maximise tax savings to ease tax pain? We all know the feeling but start by doing it early, when that is not possible anymore...

Soft Skills Trending in 2021

Soft Skills Trending in 2021

Soft skills for successful business Last year made us realise adaptability is essential and change is inevitable. This is as true for business as in life! To survive and succeed in business it is important that the learning process must continue and the constant...

Lynn Hill, SACBW Patron for 2021

Lynn Hill, SACBW Patron for 2021

MY PAIN BECAME MY POWER, MY WOUNDS BECAME MY WISDOM! “We all have the power to decide how anything affects us. “It takes the same amount of soil to dig a grave than it does to plant a garden.  When I could have been buried, I chose to be planted”, says Lynn Hill,...

SACBW President 2021

SACBW President 2021

SACBW President for 2020/2021 elected History was made on Friday, 23 October, when Hester du Bruyn, National Leader of the SA Council for Business Women in 2020, became the first past President to be elected again after 6 years. Her appointment was announced at the...

Celebrating Heritage Day

Celebrating Heritage Day

Celebrating our heritage This week we will be celebrating Heritage Day across South Africa – a day when we recognize the celebration of the cultural wealth of our nation.  We usually spend the day remembering the cultural heritage that makes up the population of South...

Featured Member: Hanlie Delport

Featured Member: Hanlie Delport

Meeting people energise me – I think it’s addictive! I love people and the stories they tell.  I also like to tell the stories of others.  And therefore, I studied Journalism.  Hanlie Delport, Gauteng Provincial Leader, has always been keen to learn new things. ...

5 Methods to Prevent Burnout

5 Methods to Prevent Burnout

5 Methods to Prevent Burnout The pandemic has left many people feeling helpless, depressed and has taken its toll on people’s mental health and wellbeing. It is a global impact of the pandemic and the whole world acknowledged this situation on 10 September when it...

Kyla-Leigh Rodgers: Neethlingshof Wine Estate

Kyla-Leigh Rodgers: Neethlingshof Wine Estate

Her glass runneth over... September is Tourism month and we proudly profile some of our members working in the tourism or related industries.  This week, we visit Kyla-Leigh Rodgers, Tasting Room Manager at Neethlingshof Wine Estate, to find out a little more about...

My bags are packed for traveling

My bags are packed for traveling

Outside my comfort zone... One of the reasons why I LOVE traveling is how it has the potential to take you outside of your comfort zone.  There are so many studies that have shown that traveling is not only essential for getting some rest and relaxation, but that it...

Project Heartbeat

Project Heartbeat

Tell us what you need for your business With many women currently restructuring their businesses and taking decisions that will have long term effects on their businesses, we realised that there is a need for us to fully understand what you are going through. With...

(RE)BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE

(RE)BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE

    This year have tested all of us to a degree unknown to us, our mothers, and sisters.   Not only have we seen our lives, our “normal”, being ripped away but we have also lost contact with our customer, friends, and family.  We have seen businesses, with...

Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety

How Leaders can develop high-performance Teams using ‘Psychological Safety’ What is Psychological Safety and why is it fundamental to high-performing teams? Amy Edmondson, an Organizational Behavioural Scientist, coined the term ‘Team Psychological Safety’ (TPS) in...

Never stop learning

Never stop learning

  When she couldn’t find formal employment after graduating, Erikka Motang decided to be self-employed.  But her first official business actually “just happened”  when a client could not pay for her services and offered her equity and partnership instead. “The...

When you work for yourself

When you work for yourself

Keeping to 9 – 5? Not when you work for yourself! Nadia Carolissen, member of the National Executive Committee of the SA Council for Business Women, is not a new entrant to the business scene but she has quickly learnt that being your own boss meant that office hours...

South African Budget Speech – 24 June 2020

South African Budget Speech – 24 June 2020

The supplementary budget speech by Tito Mboweni Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, tabled a supplementary budget adjustments on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. This speech that ripped through the financial community, which created a negative reaction on the stock market....

BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP IN THE WORKPLACE

BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP IN THE WORKPLACE

June is Youth Month As we are celebrating Youth Month the focus falls on the younger women in the workplace.  Whilst we need stability in our business and therefore usually depend on the more senior women, we should not forget that the younger groups bring specific...

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

The special touch of a soft-spoken, beautiful young woman, Cheyna Ross, may be just the touch your event needs to be transformed from good to great!  When you order from She’s Cheyna, you can be assured that the gift, the flowers, or the complete event will hit the...

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN ABILITY

BELIEVE IN YOUR OWN ABILITY

What should have been an exciting new start for Karin Igesund and her husband in 2018, turned out to be slightly different than planned.  As a Marketing and Consulting Coach, married to a seasoned retail businessman, Karin and her husband bought Packtown in...

THE ROAD TO EXTREME SUCCESS

THE ROAD TO EXTREME SUCCESS

Although successful in her own right, Bettie Pretorius shies away from the limelight and won’t take any individual credit for her company’s dynamic growth: “I am merely part of a large team, where each person brings their own unique skills and abilities to the table,”...

Innovative Thinking: Life beyond the Virus

Innovative Thinking: Life beyond the Virus

Now, more than at any other time in living memory, employees need vocal, galvanizing leadership with innovative thinking. This is not a time for stealthy, bureaucratic PR or corporate-speak, but rather a time for inspiration, transparency, and courage. As an expert on...

Resetting our economic landscape

Resetting our economic landscape

The George Business Chamber is hosting a series of podcasts during this time to discuss how to reset the economic landscape and Dr Dennis Farrell interviewed Hester du Bruyn, National Leader of the SA Council for Business Women, on how the pandemic has influenced...

Zoom fatigue

Zoom fatigue

ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM…..I want to go to my room! Zoom Fatigue is described as follows in the Urban Directory: Sore buttocks and slight throbbing of head from starting at everyone in their pajamas while participating in meeting after meeting in your dining room due to...

Live the life you love!

Live the life you love!

Live the life you love, love the life the live! Our new National Leader Hester du Bruyn recently took office as National Leader of the South African Council for Businesswomen (SACBW). After the resignation of Elise Coetser, who decided to focus her attention on her...

Mother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day 2020

Our gift for Mother’s Day 2020 to you, a wife, a mother, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and pioneer! A gift you can use multiple times. English Our gift for Mother's Day 2020 to you, a wife, a mother, a businesswoman, an entrepreneur and pioneer! The bliss when hot...

WORKING FROM HOME

WORKING FROM HOME

WHEN YOUR HOME OFFICE DÉCOR INCLUDES LEGO We all had to come to terms with a new reality in April – being restricted to our homes. To ensure that we try and keep the wheels of business turning, we all had wonderful ideas of how we will work from home, maintain certain...

Corona Article 2

Corona Article 2

Remember, the virus is respiratory. So, the virus is spread through the air, commonly by coughing or sneezing. Maintain a distance of about 1.5m. Do not touch hands, faces, mouths. Politely avoid hand-shakes. Most importantly, frequently wash hands with soap and water for about twenty seconds.

Employee Relative Education Tax Benefit

Employee Relative Education Tax Benefit

The cost of educating our youth has grown exponentially and has become a major burden on many parents and caregivers. Rewarding employees and creating loyalty remains a costly exercise for employers. Employers are faced with the daunting task of finding creative initiatives to successfully implement employee benefits that are not associated with huge financial and administrative strains to them.

Employment Equity

Employment Equity

In the wake of the recent Department of Labour’s Roadshow on Employment Equity, it is imperative that employers properly comply with the requirements of employment equity and not use a tick box approach to compliance. The Department of Labour has realised that employers have been superficial in their approach and the intensifying Director-General Reviews is aimed at ensuring employers do what they are supposed to and not the bear minimum.

Documents don’t speak for themselves

Documents don’t speak for themselves

Our firm was recently instructed to initiate a review application. The employer received an unfavourable arbitration award in the CCMA, which ordered reinstatement of an employee. Reinstatement was awarded due to the employer’s representative’s failure to lead the previous disciplinary record of the employee as evidence. The record did however form part of the employer’s bundle of evidence. Consequently, the commissioner decided the matter on the premise that there was no disciplinary record. The employer was ordered to retrospectively reinstate the employee, citing the sanction too harsh.

How to solve insubordination in leadership

How to solve insubordination in leadership

How you as a leader handle insubordination is a true test of your leadership abilities. Insubordination shows a lack of respect and one bad apple spoils the batch. Although the labour law and disciplinary hearings are there for extreme cases, mutual respect amongst you and your subordinates is needed to drive, and grow the team from strength to strength.

Flying through a December holiday without worry​

Flying through a December holiday without worry​

When you tell people that you are a Travel Agent, people generally all have the same response. Whether that person is a first-time overseas adventurer or a fixed income family man the same question always pops up: “How do I travel within my budget?”. Don’t get us wrong – a Budget Traveler doesn’t just mean saving money, but also traveling in the smartest, most stylish way possible.

Generational Diversity

Generational Diversity

Auctions have a long history,in fact the first auction was recorded to have taken place as far back as 500 BC.  Today as much as 85% of residential properties in Australia are sold on auction and the platform is firmly recognized as a mainstream method of acquiring and selling property….

Environmental Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Environmental psychology constitutes an area of inquiry that is rooted in numerous disciplines. Biologists, geologists, psychologists, lawyers, geographers, economists, sociologists, chemists, physicists, historians, philosophers and engineers share an interest in understanding the complex, often delicate, set of relationships between humans and their environments. Because of this multiplicity of origins, and because of its relative youth as a discipline, environmental psychology is still evolving. Environmental psychology could, however, be defined as a behavioural science that investigates, with an eye toward enhancing, the interrelationships between the physical environment and human behaviour…