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SEPTEMBER ISSUE

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CHAMBER EAST RAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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EVERYTHING THERE IS TO KNOWN ABOUT THE YES INITIATIVE South Africa faces a number of economic and social challenges, and unemployment is one of the most severe. Of the country's 58 million citizens, nearly 28 percent were unemployed as of May 2019. Obviously, rapid and rm steps must be taken to combat this – and one of the ways this is happening is the YES Initiative, a collaboration between South African workers, the government, and the business sector designed to get young South Africans into the working world. What is the YES Initiative and why do we need it? The YES Initiative was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018 to combat youth unemployment in South Africa. YES stands for Youth Employment Service, and the goal of the initiative is to create one million new jobs and job opportunities over the next three years, in urban areas, peri-urban areas and rural areas throughout the country. Ther e are currently nearly six million young people without jobs in South Africa, and of these about 60 percent live in townships. Three million of these unemployed youth are neither employed nor pursuing further information. This has massive ramications for South Africa's economy as well as for the dignity and quality of life of South Africans – youth unemployment is a social problem as well as an economic problem. Through facilitating youth employment and YES Community Hubs, the YES initiative aims to combat high youth unemployment, upskill workers, make South Africa more attractive to investors, and boost the South African economy. Who will the YES Initiative benet? The YES Initiative will benet youth and businesses alike. Specically, black, Coloured and Indian youth between the ages of 18 and 35 are encouraged to apply to join the YES Initiative. A Matric certicate is not a prerequisite. Being unemployed is itself sometimes a barrier to employment. The YES Initiative ghts this by, rstly, ending unemployment, and then by improving the work-readiness of youth who sign up by providing them with training and development opportunities. The Initiative will also create Community Hubs, which are staffed by skilled people and equipped with modern technology, and will provide aspiring small businesses and businesspeople with the facilities to boost their ideas and plans. In this way, local communities can stop simply being passive consumers in the economy and step forward as the creators and beneciaries of economic growth. Businesses who take part in the YES Initiative will benet not only from doing the right thing to support their communities and their national economy, but also stand to gain in terms of BBBEE points.


What kind of work with the YES Initiative create for youth who join? As of March 2019, over 400 companies in South Africa had joined the YES Initiative. The Initiative provides new positions for unemployed black, Indian or Coloured youth, within member companies or sponsored by them, for a period of twelve months, and for a minimum salary of R3500 per month. These jobs are provided in major metropolitan areas as well as in rural areas, where unemployment is often especially severe. After the initial 12-month period has ď€ nished, the youth can be taken into the company as part of the permanent workforce. A position that has been secured through the YES Initiative is not the same as a learnership, internship or apprenticeship. What does getting involved with the YES Initiative entail for businesses? To get involved with the YES Initiative, businesses must meet certain BBBEE requirements, which vary according to whether the business involved is an QSE, EME or generic entity. If YES placement targets, which are also based on enterprise size, are successfully met and some of the youth so placed are absorbed into the permanent workforce, the enterprise stands to gain BBBEE levels and points. Although fees are attached to taking on YES placements, the Initiative is not a proď€ t-making body, and all income is directed at extending the YES placements into areas outside major metropolitan areas, such as rural provinces and township areas. For more information on how you can get involved with the YES Initiative, get in touch with CENFED: www.cenfed.co.za marketing@cenfed.co.za

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HOW TO SERIOUSLY ENABLE BUSINESSES TO INVEST IN LEGAL ACTION THAT WILL DRIVE POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY

The South African economy needs to improve. There is a definite need for businesses to work together to create a vibrant economic community with a strong voice and clear goals — and for this community to push for posi ve change. One of the major forces in this is certainly a business community that is prepared to cooperate on advoca ng for ma ers that will boost change. It is in the interest of South African business for their community to take steps to counteract the e ff e c t s o f nepo sm, corrup on and lack of investor confidence on the South African economy. But, in a tough economic environment, how are businesses to get themselves into the required posi on? The answer is simple: maximise return on investment. By joining a board of trade or chamber of commerce such as the East Rand Chamber of Commerce (ERCOC) and the Chamberlink Service Division, members put themselves into a posi on to really bump up their income. A rela vely small investment in the shape of membership fees has great return on investment because it opens up the use of Chamberlink's business support services. These services will help your business to reach its full poten al, expand and become more profitable — and with more profit comes more funds that can be used for causes that improve the South African economy. What business services are available from Chamberlink? Inbound marke ng services, labour rela ons services, business services and skills development training are all on offer via one of Chamberlink's service arms. Hublink, our marke ng arm, can help your business create be er brand awareness, boost the profitability of content marke ng, generate high-quality leads, and ul mately get a great return on investment on marke ng campaigns. Chamlabour assists with labour-related queries, including CCMA ma ers, disciplinary ma ers, union nego a ons and bargaining council consulta ons. Ge ng Chamlabour's consultants to assist you in handling South Africa's complex labour environment cuts through a lot of red tape, making your business more profitable and more produc ve. Cenfed Business Services is also equipped to help your business navigate the complex economic and legal environment, by providing assistance when it comes to BBBEE consul ng, company registra ons, shareholder agreement dra ing, and other business legisla ve requirements. Cham-Training, itself a Level 2 BBBEE-accredited body, is geared towards beefing up the skills and qualifica ons of your staff through providing SAQA-accredited trainers, assessors, moderators and skillsdevelopment facilitators. Cham-Training also ensures that your staff, when trained, are appropriately registered with the right industry-specific SETA. All of these business-support services exist solely to help your business thrive and expand, and they are open to you as a member of the East Rand Chamber of Commerce. Your membership fee for ERCOC gives you access to experts and specialised services that maximise your return on investment, strengthening both your financial standing and your credibility as a member of the business community. With a strong business image and profitability, businesses are in an excellent posi on to take a stand against factors that could nega vely impact the health of the business sphere, such as corrup on, crime, lack of employment skills, and infra structural problems. 010 040 7706 - marketing@chamberlink.co.za


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FACTS ABOUT ROOFING PROFILES

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Without a properly functioning, wellmaintained roof, a building and its marketing@jcproofing.co.za occupants are vulnerable to the elements. We all know the feeling of distress that accompanies a sudden leak in winter or a draft that sneaks its way in from somewhere above our heads. Understandably then, when buying and installing roong, you want to make sure that it is going to do the job. Besides ascertaining which prole will best suit your needs, a question that may be at the forefront of your mind is whether the roong you are investing in might one day corrode. Can roong proles rust? The short answer is yes. But this depends on the material the roong prole is made out of – and what has been done to that material. Of course, roofs made of wood or plastic are not at risk of rust. Metal roong, unfortunately, often is. Many roofs today are comprised of steel sheeting, and steel, being an iron alloy, is prone to rust. Exposure to oxygen and water leads to corrosion – with resulting red, aky patches. This process is particularly fast in coastal areas and regions with high levels of precipitation. If it is not nipped in the bud, rust can eat holes in your roong and render it ineffective. However, rare is the case where steel roong is used without some kind of protective anticorrosion coating. The best way to deal with the problem of rust is to prevent it from occurring in the rst place. Most modern steel roong proles use one of three popular anti-corrosive treatments. When ordering your roong, you can specify whether you want it in Chromadek®, Galvanized or ZincAL®. Chromadek®, a patented material with a futuristic feel, uses a galvanised substrate pre-primed with a primer and nished with a coat of paint. 14 different colours are available. Chromadek® is extremely popular in South Africa due to its resilience even under the harsh sun and weather conditions. It is light and strong and ideal for use in rural, industrial and moderate marine conditions. Chromadek® Standard and Chromadek Ultim® versions are on the market – with each being suited to different applications. A roong expert can advise on the pros and cons of the two products. ZincAL®, on the other hand, is produced using a unique technique where rolled steel is continuously hot dipped into an alloy. This comprises 55% aluminium, 43.5% zinc and 1.5% silicon. The result is a solid, reliable layer between the steel and anything that could potentially cause corrosion. Galvanised roong uses a simple zinc coating to protect the steel sheeting, a long and established practice with good results. These steel coatings greatly extend the life of the roong, saving you money down the line. In some cases, a roof can last four times longer than it would without anti-corrosive treatment. Regular maintenance is still required but tends to be minimal and easy to perform. By choosing one of the coatings, you are effectively changing the answer to the question of whether roong proles can rust. 010 040 8324


The Different Types of Warehouse Storage options

Shelving & Racking Company In the world of warehouses, storage is crucial. You can't simply stack pallets upon pallet from oor to ceiling. Not only would that provide terrible access, but those stacks just wouldn't be very stable. This is why warehouse shelving was invented; to get things off the oor, to maximise space and mostly make the warehouse more efcient. To make objects easier to store, see locate and ultimately remove. Of course, not everyone's needs are the same, and so we are left with many different kinds of storage options to t various diverse situations. There's a good chance your warehouse will contain multiple kinds of pallet racking systems. That is all the more reason why you should know what each type is and how it works. The benets of picking the right storage system include an improved use of space, easier work processes and better overall business efciency. Therefore, it's important to choose the right one for your particular business.

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What are the main forms of warehouse storage? They all have very particular applications, which depend on the size, weight and nature of your stock, as well as the size and layout of the warehouse. Within each category, especially pallet racking and storage there are many subcategories. Here are some of them, to give you an idea of which one(s) will suit your warehouse best. Pallet Racking- is the most common as well as an essential component of logistical stock storage and movement. Anything which is delivered and stored in boxes and requires inventory logging is a prime candidate for pallet racking. The most important considerations with pallet racking are access/movement, weight, stability and space. Weight limits must be strictly adhered to, and all pallet racking must be inspected and regularly maintained to make sure that it is stable enough not to risk toppling. Aisle space required will depend on your specic space requirements or limitations, but consider whether forklift access will be just forwards and backwards or require a turning circle with a pallet attached. Shelving -This one is fairly self-explanatory. The stock sits on static shelves rather than mobile pallets so cannot be retrieved via forklift. But shelving is ideal for quick, easy access to stock, just as if you were in aisles at a shop. For this reason, it's far more applicable for small, light items requiring manual picking and placement, such as agricultural produce, clothing, machine parts and components and small products. Anything too heavy to carry alone can't be stored this way. Many shelved items need to be handled with care. Height is the main thing to take into consideration after weight, as high shelves require ladder access. Multi-tier racking- Multi-tier racking is ideal if you want to take full advantage of the vertical space you have in your warehouse. Multi-tier racking systems have different tiers, much like oors, so that stock can be accessed manually all the way up to the maximum limit of vertical storage. Often this is achieved with a system of mezzanine ooring and stairs, although sometimes scissor lifts are also used. The storage they offer is very dense, so it's most effective when you have large quantities of stock with a relatively small individual unit size. Mezzanine ooring-A warehouse mezzanine oor can yield a massive amount of extra storage space. Effectively, you're just constructing a second oor above existing aisles, which provides extra shelving space, working areas for staff to pick and pack or check and move stock on. Mezzanines don't always need to be restricted to a single level; they can provide two or even three extra levels. Because of the mezzanine advances, virtually all mezzanine ooring is custom designed and tted to integrate with most storage situations in virtually any warehouse situation. It's best to use a company that can manage the whole process for you, from designing and installing mezzanine systems to advising on how you should t out and make the best use of your additional space, as well as embedding the important additional features you may need. If you need expert advice on what will suit your situation and plans for your warehouse; visit www.sscomp.co.za and send an enquiry, a member of our team will get back to you.

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010 040 8330 marketing@hublink.co.za

Why are Backlinks important for SEO success?

Otherwise, known as an “inbound links” or “incoming links”, backlinks are created to link one website to the other. Backlinks are directed towards your website and are the building blocks to good Search Engine Optimization. The number of backlinks a website has is a good indicator of its popularity or importance with search engines. Search engines, such as Google, give more credit to websites that have a larger number of quality backlinks and consider those websites more relevant to the search query. Why are Backlinks important? Backlinks are especially valuable for SEO because they represent an “endorsement' from one site for another. In essence, backlinks to your website are an indication to search engines that others vouch for your content. If many sites link the same web page or website, search engines can conclude that content is worth linking to and therefore also worth surfacing on a SERP (search engines result pages). Therefore, earning these backlinks can have a positive effect on a sites ranking position or search visibility. Crucial Backlink Factors As much as the number of backlinks you have is important, there are many other factors to consider to ensure successful backlinks. These factors are:


Relevance: Let us say your website is all about selling beauty products and offering beautician services. However, if you are getting backlinks from websites that are not connected in any way (such as car repairs website), then this, unfortunately, will not boost your SEO. In fact, it may prompt suspicion that you did not earn your backlinks the correct way. Different types of websites: There are many types of websites connected to most industries. Some are blogs and review websites; there are even forums as well as online directories and other commercial websites. You need backlinks from all relative industries to your business and not just from a particular type of website. (for example ( If you a have a motor vehicle website then relative websites would be, car part services, motor technicians etc.) The speed of acquisition: Unfortunately, you will not suddenly have a thousand backlinks appearing overnight. That would make search engines suspicious. Getting a thousand backlinks is only possible if you bought them, which Google could penalise you for. Thus, it is better you produce satisfactory content and use the available forums to distribute your content, as this will build you good quality backlinks. Essentially the more and better backlinks you have, the greater chance you have of improving your SEO and ranking with Google. Just make sure you do it ethically. With the help of experts such as www.Hublink.co.za doing so will be a breeze, and you will soon be well on your way of obtaining a pleasing competitive advantage.

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d e t a i c o s s a s t  e n e B t d n n e a m s p g o l e v e Savin D s l l i k S h wit Black Economic Empowerment and its successor, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, are aimed at uplifting large portions of the South African population that were denied equal economic opportunity during the apartheid era. Becoming BBBEE compliant should be a goal for all South African business owners and employers, not only because it shows commitment to creating positive change in this country, but also because it has certain benets for business. Skills development, BBBEE compliance and the BBBEE scorecard There are denite savings and benets associated with investing in skills development within your company, and being BBBEE compliant is certainly one of those. Along with ownership and enterprise and supplier development, skills development is one of the three most important elements of the BBBEE system. Generic entities have to comply with all three of these to be avoid being demoted one BBBEE level, and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs) have to comply with two of the three to avoid being demoted one level. On the BBBEE scorecard for generic entities and QSEs, the skills development category measures the degree to which the business concerned makes efforts to develop the skills of black, Indian and coloured people within and, to an extent, outside the company. The benets for current employees (and their employers) are obvious, but investing in skills development benets entire communities, in that programmes can extend beyond the company's workforce. People in the community can also benet from company-led skills development, leading to skills improvements in the community. This helps uplift the community, and also boosts the social development score on the BBBEE scorecard of the company facilitating the skills development programme. Skills development programmes can be especially benecial if they include black women, youth, people with disabilities, ruraldwellers, or unemployed people—all sectors of the population that still face widespread discrimination today. Tax benets, SETA grants and skills development Investing in skills development, moreover, has tax benets. The South African Revenue Service requires that all companies with a payroll of more than R500 000 per year pay a skills levy equal to 1% of that payroll. 80% funds gathered in this way are distributed to the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) created under the 1998 Skills Development Act, while 20% is paid into the National Skills Fund. The funds gathered by the abovementioned skills levy are used to fund training and programmes within that specic SETA.


Employers can, by meeting various conditions to do with skills development in their workplaces, qualify for a tax break, SETA discretionary grant or SETA mandatory grant. For example, an annual learnership allowance (an amount paid to the employer of a person engaged in a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF-registered qualication) of between R20 000 and R60 000 can be claimed back if certain conditions are met, while employers who are up to date on their skills levy payments and offer PIVOTAL (profesional, vocational, technical and academic learning) programmes may qualify for a discretionary grant from their sector's SETA. The importance of SETA-accredited skills development courses Choosing SETA-accredited courses for skills development is important. A non-SETAaccredited course does not give those who complete it a valued nationally-valid qualication, and may not always teach relevant material, which means that the future employee may not be fully equipped to t into the country's skills framework and consequently might not enrich South Africa's employment skills base. This does not benet current or future employers, or the employee concerned. Partnering with an experience BBBEE consultancy and/or an accredited training agency assures your business of both a smooth path to BBBEE compliance and an upskilled, wellqualied workforce. Both of these create great value for not only your business but for your business partners, suppliers and customer, and the country as a whole.

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