Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Necsa cof The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation SOC Limited (Necsa), has been chosen as one of the winners by The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) for its renowned artisan training programme.The training programme has been nominated under the category of Best Artisan Development Programme.Acting CEO of CHIETA, Kedibane Moroane, expressed elation regarding the commitment from all stakeholders noting that the awards evening, is recognition of dedicated, hard-working contributors that make a difference in the lives of people.Best Artisan Development ProgrammeMoroane said: “Congratulations to Necsa on being chosen as a winner in the category, Best Artisan Development Programme.“Necsa has managed to have a success rate of 95% for a number of years and have managed to employ some of the artisans. The success of this programme should not go unnoticed, hence this Award.”Phumzile Tshelane, Group CEO of Necsa said: “I am proud and gratified that all the work that we have put into developing a world class artisan training programme has been recognised in this way.”Necsa is internationally certified as both a designer and fabricator of nuclear technology systems. Necsa is the only company in South Africa with this certification.Tshelane added: “To run with the world’s best in the construction of our new nuclear power fleet we train our highly- rated artisans to world standard, with no compromise.”Tshelane said that Necsa is working on expanding its artisan training capacity to meet the demand for highly skilled local manpower which will result from the building of the new nuclear power stations.Currently Necsa is training 300 people in a range of highly skilled craft trades to meet the coming demand. Generation UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Finance and Policy Previous articleSiemens joins forces with Future Energy East AfricaNext articleGlobal transition to clean energy Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.
When law firms first started to promote themselves online, their websites were little more than brochures: ‘This is who we are, this is where to find us and you can phone or email us for more information.’ Many firms have at least moved on to a more interactive experience for clients and potential clients, but for others the only advance has been to create an online form for an enquirer to complete by way of indicating their needs. I suggest that this does not really advance such firms’ offerings. Nonetheless, such an online presence does get you noticed by prospective clients searching for a local solicitor, or a solicitor with a particular expertise. So it should go without saying that, when an enquiry from such a search is received, the firm must respond quickly to capture the enquirer as a client. After all, yours may well not be the only firm to whom an enquiry has been submitted. Regular readers of my blog will be bracing themselves for a story about how law firms have failed to rise to this modest challenge, but on this occasion you can relax a little, because my anecdote is this time about accountancy firms. Don’t get too complacent though, because there may be a sting in this little tale. I recently had cause to seek the services of an accountant, so I did some research and narrowed down my choice to three firms. All of them had online forms and I duly submitted my queries to each of them. Only one produced an automated email response advising me that I would hear from them within one working day, and they duly contacted me within that time. The second took two days to respond, and even then only after I emailed them to ask whether I might hear from them. As for the third, well, I’m still waiting six days later. I suspect that, in the case of the firms that have been slow to respond, it was not a case of the person in receipt of the online form simply not being bothered. Or at least I hope so. It is more likely that they do not have a simple mechanism in place to ensure that all online expressions of interest are immediately routed to one or more persons tasked to respond immediately, with backup systems in place to deputise for absentees. This really isn’t rocket science and yet, in failing to have such systems in place, these firms have caused their reputations more damage than by not having a website in the first place. The sting in the tale? Do you know how your firm manages online enquiries? When I ask partners in firms with management responsibilities, often they don’t know…
Melbourne’s Kingston Heath Golf Club had been due to host the 105th edition of the historic championship, the world’s fifth oldest professional golf tournament, in November.But with the country battling a surge in COVID-19 cases and the game’s stars facing major tournaments moved to later in 2020, Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse said they would instead look at a “January to March 2021 window”.The US Masters, originally scheduled for April, will now be played in Augusta from November 12-15.Coupled with COVID-19 travel restrictions and quarantine measures, that means it would be almost impossible to assemble a world-class field in Melbourne.“Unfortunately, it is not a simple matter of whether or not we could co-ordinate any international stars to visit,” Brookhouse said.“The uncertainty of the quarantine requirements for any players coming from outside Australia needed to be considered,” he said, noting that the restrictions would also impact Australian players currently overseas.“These are very challenging times for all Australians and the uncertainty the global pandemic has caused makes it very difficult to be definitive in relation to future dates at this time,” Brookhouse said.Australia closed its borders to most international travellers in March to curb the spread of COVID-19, although exceptions have been made for some professional athletes who agree to quarantine for 14 days.While most of the country has successfully contained the epidemic, Melbourne is struggling to control a second wave of the virus, closing nearly all travel into the city and surrounding Victoria state.Last year’s Australian Open in Sydney was plagued by smoke from unprecedented bushfires. It was won by Australia’s Matt Jones.The postponement means 2020 will be the first year since World War II in which the Australian Open will not be held.