11 January 2012 Over 100 000 new jobs were created in South Africa in December 2011, with temporary work growing the fastest, according to the latest Adcorp Employment Index.“A total of 103 327 new jobs were created in December 2011 – the fastest rate of growth in nine months,” Adcorp said in a statement on Tuesday.All employment categories reported growth in December, with the fastest being temporary work (15 percent) and permanent jobs (six percent), said Adcorp labour market analyst Loane Sharp.He said labour agency work lagged behind with a growth rate of five percent, “possibly reflecting regulative and regulatory uncertainties regarding labour broking”.However, the number of jobs in South Africa was still 850 000 below the peak reached before the 2009 global recession.The country had lost 1.56-million permanent jobs and created 0.71-million temporary jobs since then, Sharp said.In December, the distribution and logistics sector grew significantly at 16 percent, as did the financial services (nine percent) and retail (eight percent) sectors.The index found that no sectors had reported a decline in employment.Job growth was fastest in the low-skilled and semi-skilled job categories.Services workers grew at a rate of 11 percent, clerks at 10 percent and elementary occupations at eight percent.“This is the first time since the 2009 recession that employment growth has been observed in the entry-level occupations,” Sharp said.Sapa
14 June 2012 Three young people from Soweto in the south of Johannesburg have begun an enterprising journey to uplift and inspire the young people of South Africa, in memory of late student activist Hector Pieterson. Sina Molefi, a half-sister to Pieterson, together with Zuza Mbatha and Tera Gaju, call themselves “activists of Hector Pieterson”, and say they are not out to exploit his name for money, but to use it to make a creative impact on the youth of South Africa whilst creating a legacy for his family. The three started a fashion label in 2007 – which they named after Pieterson – under Abasha Innovations – a closed corporation company they run jointly. They used the brand to commemorate not only the now world-famous teenager, but also all the other victims of the fateful day of 16 June, 1976 – the beginning of the Soweto uprising. Abasha is an isiZulu word that means “young people”. Since its establishment, the aim of the brand has been to preserve the valuable contribution of the youth of South Africa through fashion. Some of the items currently available include accessories like caps and handbags, while they also have ranges in T-shirts, skirts, dresses and suits. The trio’s clothes were initially sold at independent retail stores like the Y Shop in Rosebank and Cyberzone at the Carlton Centre in the Johannesburg city centre, but the team decided to expand and make it available through other channels. And so with their collective vision they began with plans to open a clothing store, which they hope will take his legacy to new heights. The store, expected to open in August, will be located outside the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West. Their immediate plan is a modest one that involves operating the business out of a shipping container to start with, with the hope of venturing into a larger, more conducive space in future. One of the most immediate challenges for the team is securing sponsors for the store. Another idea they had was to get an advertiser to use the container space for exposure of their brand, which would in turn help them finance the day-to-day running of the store. But even that is proving to be a struggle. Once the store is up and running, the items sold will be directly available to their target market, young people in Soweto as well as to visitors to the memorial site. Fashion meets history The fashion identity of the “Hector Pieterson” label is a combination of South African township trends and urban styles, and was started with the hope that it will mean something to young people. “If young people and maybe even adults are wearing the clothes, they will help keep the memory alive,” says Mbatha. He hopes the story of 1976 is alive every day and inspiring change in the youth. Molefi, who is the creative director for the label, is responsible for the designs. She studied fashion design at Parktown College. Mbatha, who has also worked with well-known fashion label Loxion Kulca, manages the operations of Abasha, while the sales and marketing responsibilities of the label lie with Gaju.The Hector Pieterson Foundation The team at Abasha have not left their plans to inspire change entirely up to the success of the store. The company has also signed a binding agreement with the Hector Pieterson Foundation to further help support and empower young people. All profits from the label will go towards the foundation, which was started by Hector’s mother Dorothy and another sister Antoinette Sithole. The foundation’s work focuses on rehabilitating young people from broken families as well as orphans, and inspired by the childhood story of Dorothy, who herself was an orphaned at the age of 10. “The idea behind the foundation is to keep the memory and legacy of Hector Pieterson for generations to come,” says Sithole. The Abasha team hope this process will assist youth projects in previously disadvantaged communities. “Our mission is to uplift youth who are involved in different projects and initiatives so that they can inspire change,” says Mbatha, whose vision for the brand has not changed since its inception. “The youth must come up with their own ideas to create jobs, not just to make money.”The brand’s vision The Hector Pieterson brand will not be confined to South Africa only. Once the label becomes successful locally, Abasha plans to market it overseas and make it available for online purchase as well. “The struggle of apartheid is understood by people around the world and is recognised globally, as there are countries who have overcome similar trials and struggles for freedom,” says Mbatha. He also makes it clear that the label is not meant to be associated with June 16, 1976 or youth month for that matter. “The store will be an on-going, independent commitment to uplift the youth,” he says. “It will be a reminder to all South Africans of the sacrifices that were made for them to enjoy their democracy.” If all goes well with the store and the foundation, Abasha hopes to expand their operations towards designing school uniforms as well. All sales of uniforms made from schools that buy from them will be generously matched by Abasha in the form of donations to disadvantaged schools. “If, for instance, we make a sale of 20 000 school trousers, we will donate another 20 000 school trousers to a school in need of them,” says Mbatha.Support from South Africa The Hector Pieterson fashion brand will showcase its newest items of fashion and accessories at this year’s South African Fashion Week from 30 August to 2 September. Items from the store can also be purchased during the event at the pop-up store at Sandton City. Clothes from the label will also feature on the big screen. Veteran director Faith Isiakpere, a former senior producer at the BBC and filmmaker, approached Abasha last year to provide some of the wardrobe for her upcoming musical Cry for Love, a film inspired by the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The clothes can be seen worn by well-renowned local artist Yvonne Chaka Chaka and actor Leleti Khumalo in the film. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
The highest-earning Kickstarter campaign of all time, the Pebble e-ink smartwatch, landed an exclusive deal last week with Best Buy to get the device to new consumers starting July 7. Upon hearing the news, I promptly cancelled my order.I pre-ordered a Pebble in June of 2012 shortly after its Kickstarter had netted the tiny team over $10 million, primarily because I felt it would be more ethical as someone who might eventually write about the Pebble to refrain from backing the project. I waited a year for the moment when the company said my device would ship (May 2013), and then when it still didn’t two months later, the Best Buy news was a punch in the gut. So much so that I decided the company had lost my business, no matter how much time and money had since become sunk costs to me. To make matters worse, not even all of the original backers of the Kickstarter have received their Pebbles, reportedly due to manufacturing issues depending on the color of the selected model. The only solution to get the elusive smartwatch on time: cancel your order and funnel the refund money to Best Buy. That was until the watches, which were available for purchase via bestbuy.com during a five-day pre-order period following the announcement, sold out. Leaving Backers BehindPebble’s move was aimed at getting the watches out in the wild, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky told The Consumerist last week. Migicovsky also said that only black Pebbles are available at Best Buy and that all Kickstarter backers had already received their units if they selected black as their preferred color. However, that appears to be false, and some angry backers are voicing their concerns on the Kickstarter page to prove it. But despite Migicovsky’s explanation and what is likely a small slice of backers that may have fallen through the cracks, Pebble drew a line in the sand over its intentions as a company with the Best Buy deal, basically saying, “We don’t care who we have to spurn on our path to becoming a legitimate business.”It’s a move that raises concerns of the future of Kickstarter hardware projects that are being similiarly echoed amid the missteps of other successful hardware campaigns like the Ouya, the $99 Android gaming console that ranks as number two on the highest-earning campaign to date on the crowdfunding site. Both the Ouya and Pebble are fantastic ideas that blew up beyond imagination only to be marred by an inability to scale. And when it came down to the moment when both the teams behind the Ouya and the Pebble realized they were way off schedule, both companies decided to dive into retail anyway, furious Kickstarter backers be damned. The actions on display here raise an interesting question about the most ethical way to use Kickstarter. Are these campaigns a way to build something collectively? Or in the case of hardware, where so many complicated facets of the business must be built from the ground up, is Kickstarter just a way to ensure demand and whip up interest before a project can make the jump to full-fledged startup? For Pebble, it’s clear that it’s the latter, and no amount of backer dedication could keep it from leaving its Kickstarter shell in the dust. The Pebble Timeline: A Lesson In PatienceI pre-ordered my Pebble, in white, on June 6, 2012. Then I waited … for six months. On January 9, 2013, I was told to confirm my payment of $150, which I did.I assumed this was because the small company, now practically living out of Taipei to scale its production up to meet the 85,000-unit demand it generated through Kickstarter, was preparing to finally announce a long-awaited ship date. I was right.On January 9, Migicovsky announced that the device would begin shipping to Kickstarter backers on January 23. For those of us who pre-ordered, it was projected that we would get our Pebbles sometime in May. My white Pebble timeline right before I cancelled my order. I received no updates to the ‘Late May 2013’ projection I was originally shown when I paid back in January. That seemed reasonable, and so I continued to wait. When May rolled around and I didn’t receive an update, I begin investigating and learned that the Kickstarter shipments, as well as the manufacturing hurdles involved with producing the wide array of colors the company was now promising, had extended the wait time for pre-order customers and especially so for those who selected white. Late May came and went. Then June came and went.On July 2, without ever having received an update on my white Pebble or the online shipping timeline I had hopelessly checked throughout the previous two months (it still said late May), the company announced its Best Buy deal.Why I Cancelled My OrderWhy didn’t I simply jump at the opportunity to pre-order a Pebble through Best Buy and get it as soon as this week? After all, color wasn’t a huge issue (from white to black in my case), and it would still mean that I was getting the first fully realized smartwatch before any real competitors hit the market.Simply put, I ordered a Pebble from the manufacturer directly because I believed in the product, and that belief was shattered. The decision to let Best Buy begin selling directly to anyone and everyone not only split open the already fraying relationship Pebble had with its tens of thousands of customers, it defeated the entire purpose of being an early adopter of its smartwatch.True, I wasn’t one of the Kickstarter backers. I don’t have anywhere near thereason to be as angry as the project’s still watchless backers following a wait of more than a year. Still, I felt betrayed. The feeling is one being shared by many in the comments section of the Kickstarter page. “I’m writing once again to ask for a full refund on my pledge,” wrote backer Sally Crispo last week. “I, like many others, have been extremely patient with your process and I just my money back now. It’s also insult to injury that Pebble is going on sale at Best Buy this weekend.” “I am gutted that not only has my white still not arrived—I had almost forgotten about it—now you are boasting of your deal with Best Buy,” wrote Graham Bishop. For those who have waited months for their Pebble, it almost makes more sense now to simply get your money back (if you’re not stuck as a Kickstarter backer) and wait for competitors’ offerings to do a full comparison. After all, Apple and a slew of other companies will be delivering on the smartwatch rumors soon enough. While Pebble rose to fame by being one of the first and best-looking of this new breed of hardware, it completely dropped the ball when it came to delivering, and rubbed salt in the wound by spurning its backers for a Best Buy deal.Furthermore, anyone who had a developed a unique relationship with the product by pledging and seeing it grow has reason to feel exploited. No amount of cool features or new colors can erase that. 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Severe winter weather storms hit the east coast and other parts of the nation recently. What if you had an emergency while driving in a severe winter storm, are you prepared with a winter survival kit? If your answer is no, the Cooperative Extension Service is here to help by providing information on preparing a physical winter survival kit and providing a winter survival kit smartphone app called Winter Survival Kit.Winter Survival Kit appThe Winter Survival Kit app was developed by Cooperative Extension of North Dakota and Myriad Devices, with funding from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Smith-Lever Special Needs grants. The Winter Survival Kit app can help you if you find yourself stuck or stranded in severe winter weather conditions by:Storing important phone and policy numbers for insurance and roadside assistance. You also can designate emergency contacts you want to alert when you become stranded.Determining your geographic location of where you are stranded and contacting emergency services. The app’s “gas calculator” will help you estimate how long you can run your engine on your remaining fuel.Alerting you every 30 minutes to remind you to periodically turn off your engine and to check your exhaust pipe for snow buildup. These alerts are critical in helping you avoid deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.The Winter Survival Kit app also provides information on how to:Put together a physical winter survival kitPrepare your vehicle for winter drivingHow to stay safe when stranded in a winter storm.The Winter Survival Kit app is available for free on Google Play and the iTunes App Store.
Film school is a controversial topic amongst filmmakers. While some of the best filmmakers are formally trained, others skipped film school and got their education on-set. I would argue that for creatively minded individuals, film school simply isn’t the best option.From a very young age the importance of receiving a formal post-secondary education is ingrained in us. We’re told that by going to school and specializing in something, we’re going to land better jobs and make more money. Unfortunately though, most of the time this type of advice is coming from people that aren’t even remotely in touch with the entertainment industry, and don’t necessarily understand the benefits of not going down that path.With filmmaking, your level of formal education may have no bearing on your level of success. In fact some of the most successful filmmakers I know either didn’t attend film school, or dropped out early on and were able to get a head start in the industry by working from a very young age. Count James Cameron and Christopher Nolan as two of the greats that never sat in a film school class.That said, there are some personality types that benefit from a more structured creative environment and who are best served by going to film school. I would say they are the exception, not the rule. I would argue that the majority of creatively minded people tend to learn best on their own terms – by actually getting their hands dirty and learning the ropes in a real world environment.Probably the biggest benefit of going to film school is the fact that you are able to meet peers who may later be your collaborators. Outside of that, anything that you can learn in film school you can learn on a film set (and then some). Even if you’re volunteering on a film set, you’re a heck of a lot better off financially than you would be if you were spending thousands of dollars in tuition fees. The reality is that film school will not get you a job – networking will. If you want to reap the benefits of film school as a means to network, then certainly go for it. But if you’re on the fence about film school in general, be sure to read through these three reasons why film school may not be the right path for you.1. Film school can give you a false sense of confidence.In film school, you can truly be led to feel that you can do no wrong. This obviously differs from school to school (and is largely dependent on your instructors), but for the most part recent grads often have a hard time adjusting to the real world of filmmaking based on confidence alone. While in film school, you’re going to be writing/directing your own projects all the time, and although this may sound great it doesn’t represent what real life is going to be like.The real trouble with film school is that the people teaching are so far out of the industry that they don’t give the students an idea of what’s happening.-Brian De Palma, Director of Scarface, Mission: Impossible, The Untouchables, CarrieIt’s a harsh reality check when you go from directing your own work consistently to becoming a PA on a large set, where your opinion is not typically welcomed. I can’t tell you how many filmmakers I’ve met over the years that had a really tough time in their first working year after graduating film school as a result of the false confidence that they developed in themselves. This isn’t always going to be the case, but it is a fairly common issue for those filmmakers that want to take a more traditional path by trying their hand at climbing the ladder on large scale productions.2. On-set experience is far more valuable than in-class training.Some film programs offer some really great in-class training with regards to directing, cinematography, editing, and other aspects of the craft. That said, no matter how good the training may be in any given school, it will likely never come close to the training that you will pick up on a real film set. There are so many intangible skills that you learn on a real set (including how to deal with people and how to handle problem situations), that you simply won’t be exposed to in a controlled environment.When I was in film school, I was learning more theory than practice.-Louis Leterrier, Director of The Incredible Hulk, The TransporterDon’t think that just because any given film school might simulate film sets for you that it comes close to the real thing… it doesn’t. One way or another you are going to need to learn by doing, and by making mistakes on a real set. It’s up to you whether or not you jump in with both feet right away, or give yourself the buffer of film school before playing in the big leagues.3. You can spend that money making a movie.Many film directors (Quentin Tarantino included) have stated that there is something to be said about skipping out on film school, and using that money to make a film with.When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’ – TarantinoIt’s not uncommon for a film school to cost $20,000 per year (or more), plus the cost of room and board if you’re living out of town. Assuming you are in a 3 – 4 year program, you may be talking about $50k – $100k in overall cost, which may just land you a PA job at the end of that process. Imagine what would be possible if you were able to spend that money on a film instead. In a far shorter amount of time you would be able to learn by doing – and would actually end up with a finished product (which you would be able to use as an asset for your career). There is no substitute for making your own movie as a means to develop your craft at storytelling. When you do it in the real world, as opposed to within the comfortable confines of a film school, you might just be able to do it a whole lot better.
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China.The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.Playing her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Mary Kom had made a place in the last two of her weight division after drubbing Kate Appari of Philippines.In the title clash she had to work hard as her North Korean opponent put up a stiff challenge.In the end though, it was the skill and agility of the world champion that came through as she went on to clinch the yellow metal, the Indian Boxing Federation said in a statement.However, he other Indian in fray, Pavitra (57kg) had to face defeat in the finals as she lost 6-11 to Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand.Earlier in the tournament Neetu (60kg), Kavita Goyat (75kg), Laxmi Padiya (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg) earned bronze medals for their performance.PTI