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Contents Institute for Futures Research Coccoon Network Africa Energy Indaba – Shaping Africa’s Energy Future

IFC & 1 2&3

The Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education – Jonathan Jansen Lec Marketing


Petroleum Agency SA – Explore South Africa 6 & 7 Message from the Publisher


Izimbokodo Energy


Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies


Petromarine, Amcom and Shipshop


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How to uphold company culture while working remotely – USB Executive Development 40-41 Rigid Printers


5 qualities of a good leader – USB Executive Development


XPATWEB – Work permit and expatriate solutions


Universal Trading


University of Johannesburg – Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management 16-17

Ngaphaya Y2K10


HCLS – Human Capital Learning Solutions

Adapt and learn during a time of crisis – USB Executive Development



Senter 360 Technologies


Alcohol Breathalysers


Constructive IT Solutions


Kokake – Construction and Projects






University of the Free State – School of Financial Planning Law


Phoenix College


USB Executive Development


Barry Collier and Co.


Math Engineering


Open Trade Training Centre - World Skills 1995-2018 56 & IBC




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Although South Africa remains heavily dependent on coal, Renewable Energy is making steady inroads into the energy sector. The launch of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Procurement Programme in 2011 signalled the government’s intention to reduce carbon emissions. The procurement programme, however, is focussed on utility scale power generation.

Evidence now shows that the uptake of SmallScale Embedded Generation (SSEG) is on the rise, driven in part by steep increases in electricity tariffs. Furthermore, mini- and micro- grids could be the relevant solutions to the country’s rural electrification challenges. Solar Photovoltaics and onshore wind are experiencing rapid cost declines, making these technologies the more viable alternatives to fossil fuel generation. As South Africa transitions to cleaner energy, the important role of academia, is heightened. Human Capital development, Research coordination, and developing critical skills are at the heart of the activities of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at Stellenbosch University, primarily funded by the Department of Science and Innovation. The Centre offers Renewable Energy Post Graduate programmes together with the department of Mechanical and Mechatronic




Engineering, the Department of Electrical and Elec-

ment (CPD) points. People in industry are able to

tronic Engineering, as well as the School of Public

improve their knowledge of specific chosen sub-

Leadership. These are post graduate programmes

jects, by choosing a course relevant to their field.

including Postgraduate diplomas, Structured Mas-

Courses available vary from a focus on policy, to

ters as well as Research Masters.

much more technical courses relevant to smart grids power systems. “What is important, is that

The programmes are mostly structured as week

we get to a point where we have built a critical

long course modules, with assignments and

mass of skills� says Professor Sampson Mamph-

projects that are able to be executed away from

weli, Director of the Centre for Renewable and

campus. Individuals with full time employment

Sustainable Energy Studies.

are then able to complete the course work in the environments they reside in. Certain modules are

Collaborations are critical to the work done at the

available as stand-alone short courses, which are

Centre. The Department of Science and Innova-

registered for Continuing Professional Develop-

tion funds the Energy Research programme, which




uses a hub- and-spokes model, to develop renew-

cally dependent on energy. The alliance also aims

able energy research capacity and expertise. The

to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers

hub-and-spokes is a collaborative model that rec-

through market access.

ognises and supports the distribution of research across more than one institution. The Centre is the

In addition to academic work, the centre conducts

designated Hub, the central institution through

contract research projects for industry. “Through

which all activities are coordinated. The spokes are

a team of dedicated renewable energy research

paired South African institutions, focusing on a

engineers and researchers, we are able to provide

specific area of renewable energy. Currently there

specialised services to industry� said Professor

are three spokes namely the Solar Thermal Spoke,

Mamphweli, who is genuinely proud of the work

the Solar Photovoltaic spoke as well as the Wind

done at the organisation. Contract research proj-

energy spoke.

ects already undertaken range from large scale, such as a study done for the Namibian Electricity

Eskom is also sponsoring a Research Chair, and

Control Board that was focused on understanding

they have established the EPPEI (Eskom Power

the drivers behind the uptake (or lack thereof) of

Plant Engineering Institute) Specialisation Centre

SSEG or roof-top PV.

for Renewable Energy and Power System Simulation within the Centre. The Specialisation Centre

In 2009, at the Fifteenth Conference of the Paris

coordinates a wide range of research across sev-

Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework

eral South African Universities with other research

Convention of Climate Change, South Africa

institutions both locally and internationally. As the

made voluntary commitments to reduce carbon

installed capacity of renewable energy systems in-

emissions to below business-as-usual levels. Re-

creases worldwide, the need to understand how

newable and sustainable energy, therefore, needs

these systems will impact the traditional grid also

to own a much bigger stake of the energy sector.


The Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) indicates a willingness by the Department of Energy to

Another critical collaboration is the African Re-

gravitate towards de-carbonising the power sector.

search Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network

Prof Mamphweli is optimistic that the knowledge

of 16 research focussed African Universities es-

base required is growing and that a carbon free

tablished in 2015. The alliance prioritises the

power sector in the country is possible.

integration of renewable and sustainable energy into systems that address the food, energy and water supply challenges in the African continent. The Centre hosts the ARUA Centre of Excellence for Energy, within the alliance. The integration of renewable energy into water and food supply systems enables the intensification of agriculture, postharvest preservation and water supply, criti-




Prof Sampson Mamphweli Director

Professor Sampson Mamphweli holds a Masters degree from the University of Venda and a PhD from the University of Fort Hare. He also possesses a number of certificates in Renewable Energy and a Mini-MBA certificate in Green Energy from the Green Power Academy in Britain. He has published more than 48 research articles in peer reviewed journals including three book chapters. In addition, he has published 28 articles in refereed conference proceedings and has presented more than 30 research articles in national

renewable energy projects on behalf of the Facul-

and international conferences including 12 invited

ty of Science and Agriculture. He is a recipient of

presentations and keynote addresses. Professor

the prestigious University of Fort Hare Vice Chan-

Mamphweli has supervised and co supervised 25

cellor's Emerging Researcher medal for the year

Masters and PhD students to completion.


Prof Mamphweli began his career at the South

Prof Mamphweli joined Stellenbosch University

African National Parks before moving to the

in July 2017 as Director for the Centre for Renew-

University of Cape Town where he worked as a

able and Sustainable Energy Studies, a position

Research Technician. He subsequently joined the

he has held until present day. He became a full

University of Fort Hare as an Eskom Research Fel-

Professor in Process Engineering, and delivered his

low in 2005, conducting his PhD simultaneously.

Inaugural address on the 26th April 2018.

He moved up the academic ranks at the University

Prof Mamphweli is a member of the South Afri-

of Fort Hare, from Researcher, to Senior Research-

can Institute of Physics. In addition he is a member

er, and became an Associate Professor.

of a number of committees that deal with renew-

Prof Mamphweli's primary area of specializa-

able energy issues at national government level.

tion is biomass gasification and biogas digesters.

He is also the Co-Director of the African Research

During his tenure at the University of Fort Hare, he

Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence

raised significant funding and implemented a con-

in Energy. The CoE is based at Stellenbosch Univer-

siderable number of renewable energy projects in

sity and it deals with research on the Food, Energy

the Eastern Cape. He also managed a number of

and Water nexus.










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Phoenix College Empowering the community Since the founding of Phoenix College in 1994, it has been providing quality education at an affordable cost. Today it is one of the best “low fee independent schools” serving the lower socio economic group of previously disadvantaged learners. It was recently mentioned in “Hidden Assets”, a report by the “Centre for Development and Enterprise” on “low fee independent schools”, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation in the U.S.A. After this International publicity, Phoenix College was visited by Professor, Doctor Stephen Ball Head of Education at London University to see what makes Phoenix College great. He found no High Tech Education but great management and teaching skills, coupled with passion and caring which led to great results.

Phoenix College has made its mark as a valuable and integral part of the community. • It should be borne in mind that not only were these achievements obtained by a low fee school costing parents less than the fees at former model ”C” schools, but educating a learner in this school also costs the state less than one third of what they would have paid to educate a learner in a public school. • Many of our learners completed their education from grade 1 to grade 12 at Phoenix College and are now sending their children to Phoenix College. • Many of our learners are now studying overseas and one of our learners is a judge in a High Court of South Africa while many others are engineers, attorneys and educators. • The college provides a comfortable working environment for staff members and many have expressed their loyalty by remaining at Phoenix College for many years. • The role played by Phoenix College was acknowledged in 2010 when a photograph of our learners carrying South African flags was put on the cover of a birthday card sent to Madiba from the Johannesburg district of the municipal council. (Esther Dipale)




They say that you can judge a tree by the fruit that it produces, and we highlight some of the fruits of the tree called Phoenix College 2019

 Second in National Commerce Olypiad


 Top school in Athletics (primary)


 Top school in soccer, Inner city league.


 Top school in drama in Gauteng.


 Menelisi Ncube Under 18 Top Chess player for Gauteng.


 Top school in Volleyball.


 Top debating team in Gauteng.


 Top Matric students in Economics and Business Studies


 Talia Ndlovu captained Gauteng Chess Team – came 2nd in SA National Competition.


 Number 1 Volleyball team for U15 & 17 in the district.


 Thabisani Sibanda obtained a UNISA certificate for CELLO.


 Best production ensemble in drama


 Zakhele Mthembu Top learner in Gauteng Maths Lit


 Rachel Mhlomi 2nd in Gauteng School Chess


 Our top student in matric achieving 7 distinctions


 Our top student for 2012 in grade 12, Nkosinathi Sibanda, was the Top (Dux)

student in Gauteng, thereby being awarded the Nelson Mandela Trophy. 2012

 Visit by Professor, Doctor Ball, head of Education and prolific author visits

Phoenix College 2012

 Runners up in TV Maths/Science show.


 Winners of the HSS trophy for Gauteng for grade 10


 Obtaining the trophy for the “Top Achieving School” in Gauteng South..


 Obtaining an international award from a Swedish N.G.O. as a child caring school.

Ms S Sebata – Top Matric Educator in the district in Isizulu Home Language. (2012, 2015, 2016) Ms N Nleya –

Top Matric Educator In the district in English FAL (2013, 2014)




Phoenix College makes its mark! Founded in 1994, Phoenix College has provided quality education at an affordable cost. Today it is one of the best “low fee independent schools” serving the lower socio economic group of previously disadvantaged learners. It was recently mentioned in “Hidden Assets”, a report by the “Centre for Development and Enterprise” sponsored by the Templeton Foundation in the U.S.A. Phoenix College has made its mark as a valuable and integral part of the community by obtaining many remarkable achievements academically, athletically and recreationally, including obtaining 100% matric pass rate since 2008.

It has also been pointed out at meetings of the Gauteng Education Portfolio Committee held at

The need for Independent Education

the Gauteng legislature that not only do indepen-

Both the Constitution of the Republic of South

what they would have paid to educate a learner

Africa 1996, as well as the South African Schools

in a public school, while costing parents less to

Act 84 of 1996, identified the essential role that

send their children to these schools than to former

independent schools would need to play in order

model ”C” schools, but that independent schools

for the national education strategy to be achieved.

in the province have during the period 2009 to

As it is foreseen that the state would not be able

2017 often achieved a higher average matric pass

to provide the total education needs of the coun-

rate than that achieved by public schools.

dent schools cost the state less than one third of

try at the required level for the foreseeable future, independent schools will continue to play an important role in providing quality education. Many independent schools were started during

The Founding and Development of Phoenix College

the previous dispensation in order to assist with the

Fred Boltman, a retired engineer, used his sav-

education of disadvantaged learners who were not

ings, insurance payouts and pension payout to

catered for at that time. Beyers Naude High School,

found Phoenix College in order to empower the

previously located in Braamfontein, was an exam-

community by supplying quality education at an

ple of an independent school that was established

affordable cost to historically disadvantaged learn-

to respond to this need. When Beyers Naude High

ers from the poorer socio economic classes. The

School closed, the learners were accommodated

Phoenix in Greek mythology was a bird that died

by Phoenix College as a result of a recommenda-

in flames. Out of the ashes, a baby bird was born.

tion by the Gauteng Department of Education.

In 1994, the name Phoenix College was chosen to



be symbolic of the new dispensation that was arising out of the ashes. Phoenix College was born.


The Phoenix College Saturday School providess extra lessons to uplift learners from poorly perform-

Located at Happiness House, the school is con-

ing public schools in outlying districts. Since 1994,

veniently close to rail and taxi services, but the

the total learner base has grown to approximately

building may not be able to accommodate planned

1255 learners. The total full time staff complement

future growth. Phoenix College is engaged with

is 72 while the Saturday School and the Matric Re-

planning a second school for which the land has

write Centre have additional casual teaching staff.

already been purchased.

Phoenix College is fully BEE compliant.

The full time school caters mainly for learners that live in the inner city with some learners from Katlehong, Thokoza, Soweto, Alexandra and a few learners from outside our borders. In about 2006, however, Phoenix College took in 16 refugees from the DRC whose parents had been massacred in the war. They were fed, provided with uniforms and after they passed matric, they were united with family members that were traced overseas. Many of them obtained their degrees in Sweden, Canada,the U.S.A. and other countries.

The needs of Phoenix College The main needs are:

to supply free textbooks or learner support material

to supply free stationery

to obtain additional computers and technical learning equipment such as projectors and screens

to obtain camera surveillance for security purposes

to obtain a public address system

to obtain electronic access control

Science labs for practical training

Transport in the form of a school bus

Building materials for a new school




What makes Phoenix College great! Co-operative and Excellent Management.

Unique Educational Offerings.

• This is evidenced by a certificate for “Co-oper-

• SETA and other skills training courses in areas

ative and Excellent Management” presented to

such as Entrepreneurship and Project Manage-

Phoenix College by the Gauteng Department

ment are offered to learners to widen their

of Education, Gauteng South.

horizons and to push them forward in the

• Total commitment to education as evidenced by the excellent academic results achieved. • The Director has an open door policy which means that he is accessible to all parties.

queue for university entrance or obtaining jobs. • Computer / Mathematics lessons are offered to learners from public schools on Saturday mornings for R16-00 per 1 hour lesson.

Caring for children.

Technology Oriented School

• The ‘World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of

• Phoenix College is one of the few colleges to of-

the Child” was awarded to Phoenix College

fer Information Technology, a subject covering

by a Swedish N.G.O. for the part played in

the Delphi programming language (according

re-uniting learners with their families in foreign

to the Department of Education curriculum).

countries. • Numerous testimonials have been received from parents. • Bursaries are awarded to eligible children. • Children who cannot get home are cared for.

Other Distinguishing Features. • Grade 9 and grade 12 learners are offered personality tests and have individual counseling on subject and employment choices. • Zero tolerance for drugs / alcohol.

Excellent Education.

• Good discipline.

• See under Executive Summary

Empowering the community! 32



With limited finances and a lack of education facil-

limit the growth of schools, or lower the standard

ities, excellent academic results are being achieved

of education, neither of which is in the national

through good management and high levels of


staff commitment. Although there is an almost insatiable need for education, the changing government funding

The need for Additional Income

model for independent schools is putting the fu-

The education department acknowledges the fact

ture of independent schools at risk.

that many “low fee independent schools” cannot

Continual changes to the National Norms and

survive with the present financial model and has

Standards for School Funding is creating challeng-

since 1998 been advising schools to create addi-

es as the learner pass requirements to obtain a

tional income streams or seek sponsorships from

subsidy are being increased while many schools

private commercial enterprises. The education

that manage to retain their subsidy have seen the

department currently pays a public school 100%

‘real’ amount reduced.

of all its essential expenses. This includes rental,

The present system of paying a subsidy based

operating expenses, salaries plus a 100% subsidy

on the previous year’s headcount is illegal and will

per learner to cover learner support material (LSM)

As shown below, an independent school such as Phoenix College is paid a far lesser amount than a public school whilst the funding norms dictate that it must obtain results that are better than those obtained by public schools in order to obtain the government subsidy.

Class of Expenditure

Amount paid by the GDE to Public Schools

Phoenix College




Building Rental



Operating Expenses



Learning Support Material


40% (32%)




As a result of present financial constraints in 2018, Phoenix College has problems relative to the:

The inability to expand owing to limited financial capacity

payment of market related salaries.

Payment of building rental.

Payment of operating expenses.

Procurement of a suitable level of Learner Support Materials.

If the standard of education is to be maintained, the lesser amount received by Phoenix College from the Gauteng Department of Education will have to be recovered from:

School fees paid by parents.

Other Income Streams


Other business models.

In the present economic climate, fees income is under threat and as Phoenix College caters for previously disadvantaged learners from the lower socio economic classes, there is a limit to the fees increase that can be charged. Increased tuition fees also result in lower subsidy being received. We have however realized that in order to ensure our future, it will be necessary to open a new school which will help us to absorb the fast growing number of learners seeking quality education at an affordable cost.




Phoenix College has a number of unique offerings that would assist a Brand to increase their presence in the communities that we serve. These offerings include :

A “Soweto Strings” type orchestra

Advertising during sport activities.

Engagement with the community

Advertising during Drama activities

Engagement with government officials

Inclusion of sponsor’s brand on Phoenix College advertising platforms

Linking the achievements of Phoenix College to an organization could result in a win – win situation for both parties and will add greatly to the empowerment of the community. There is an insatiable demand for education and this could be a good time for Phoenix College to grow in order to ensure future viability. Because of present financial constraints, Phoenix College is in the situation that it needs to fight for survival.

Looking at the future survival of Phoenix College, long term plans will have to be made to:

Obtain sponsorship.

Enlarge the school.

Construction of a new school.

A Training College named PTI has been registered and we plan to open this year.

The Future. The present building is at maximum capacity and an additional building to house the pre and primary school will need to be sought within a year.

F.W.Boltman., B.Sc. (Eng) Director: Phoenix College. Chairman: Alliance of Black Independent Schools. Member: The Gauteng Joint Liaison Committee for Education.




The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on education is not only severe in the present but will have multigenerational consequences into the future. The most dramatic and immediate effect is without doubt the exacerbation of inequalities between the schools of the privileged and the schools of the poor. About 20% of elite schools would have had un-

more than 600 schoolchildren that parents were

interrupted education because of online learning

often caught in a bind between feeding the family

or some form of blended learning because of

and providing data for studies.

“going digital” even before the pandemic-en-

COVID did not of course create inequality in South

forced lockdown. About 40% of the poorest

Africa but it exposed the depths of unresolved in-

schools would have been completely cut-off from

justices in terms of unbroken access to high quality

any contact with teachers and therefore without

education for all our children. There is no way in

months of education over the period of the lock-

which the continued closure and stop-start open-

down. In between these two realities are another

ing and re-opening of schools will be able to close

40% of schools where children would have had

the gap in educational outcomes for children of

intermittent access to some form of teaching

the privileged and children of the poor for years

and learning under lockdown. In this group of

to come.

schools, data and devices were available from

There is no indication in the governmental re-

time to time e.g. parents sharing a cellphone

sponse that suggests that any effective treatments

so that the child could download content sent

of the problem are in sight. The broadcasting ini-

by a teacher via a WhatsApp group. This middle

tiatives are completely ineffectual because there is

group is a highly frustrated cohort of students

too little content offered on unreliable schedules

because access depended on an unreliable inter-

and which is not systematically related to the of-

net service on the one hand, and the availability

ficial curriculum. The energy of senior education

of money to buy data. In a research paper titled

officials is consumed with saving the academic

Data or Bread? Policy provisions for education,

year—an impossible task given how much time

I demonstrated through stories collected from

has been lost and will still be lost until and even




the poorest of the poor. As in the case of schools, the education of the poorest university students in poorly resourced and poorly managed universities has been massively disrupted. Institutions like Wits, Stellenbosch and UCT could immediately provide their students with data and devices to secure a relatively uninterrupted education. This was not the case for the poorer universities where students were often stranded in rural areas without access to higher learning. This does not mean that poorer universities will simply disappear. There will still be buildings and routines of administration and teaching. In fact, many universities are putting pressure on lecturers to do everything possible to ensure students pass even if the quality of education for the degree has taken a major knock. I have no doubt that students will graduate less than well prepared for their professions because of compensatory measures taken by universities based on serious compromises in the quality of education. But simply having a building does not mean you have a university. This is an inescapable reckoning that will be forced on higher education institutions in the post-pandemic period.

What is to be done? after infections peak in the country. Nobody is thinking in a deliberate way about what education should look like post- the pandemic. The same is true for universities. I predict with some degree of confidence that the pandemic will cause a major shake-out among the 26 public institutions in that the 10-12 top universities will emerge strongly from the crisis whereas the rest

I agree with the Wits Vice-Chancellor, Adam Habib, that the role of the private sector has to emerge as a major factor in the reconstruction of education and training once we have achieved immunity through effective and safe treatments and vaccines, and society fully re-opens.

will become empty shells of academic pursuit for




To begin with, I support the idea that cellphone companies must be part of the long-term resolution of the problem. As technology and education expert at UCT, Laura Czerniewich asks: “Why should government not require that cell phone companies zero rate public educational sites for schools as well as for universities and on a permanent basis? This could be their social responsibility contribution” I also believe that the private sector has the capacity to do what state institutions simply cannot, and that is to harness the imaginations of the brightest minds to generate innovative solutions for education in a post-pandemic world. Other countries are experimenting with micro-schools and pods which provide learning in high-tech sites for smaller groups of children on an uninterrupted basis.

Right now, I am working with a small group to

ing is absolutely crucial if we are to land on our

create a different kind of online school that would

feet when this crisis is eventually over.

hopefully challenge the idea that “low cost, online

One thing is certain, there will be future epidem-

learning” is not an oxymoron. More traditional-

ics and even pandemics. In other words, there

ly, what does a well-orchestrated plan for delivery

will be lockdowns again of various durations if

of education look like that integrates various me-

the epidemiologists are to be believed. If we do

dia (broadcast, print, face-to-face etc.) running

not prepare it is not only education that will suf-

on a seamlessly coordinated timetable that is se-

fer but the economy will once again struggle to

quenced strictly in accordance with the so-called

recruit high-level talent into business and indus-

CAPS curriculum for schools?

try because of a dramatically shrunken pool of

Our primary problem is not resources; it is the fail-

oven-level graduates.

ure to imagine what a future school (or university) system might look like even while we fight the im-

Jonathan Jansen

mediate scourge of a devastating plague. Shifting

Stellenbosch University

our minds from rescue modalities to futures think-

20 August 2020





How to uphold company culture while working remotely COVID-19 has forced everyone Define your purpose indoors – and away from each Whether your company’s purpose is to drive more sales, “Make A Difference” à la King Price Inother. And while your entire surance or “Live Happily Ever Active” like Virgin team may be working apart, Active, stating your purpose and having buy-in your organisational culture is as from everyone in the company will provide your team with motivation towards a common goal. vital as ever. Make sure you continuously go back to this pur-

pose in every aspect of communications and Company culture is the backbone of any organi-

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sation, influencing every aspect of how you work,

frequently to really take root.

whether that’s remotely or in the office. An easy way to define company culture is to liken it to the user experience: it’s the experience your employ-

Outline your values

ees have while working at your company or in

Values are the core pillars that guide your organisa-

your team. It’s also a combination of your organi-

tion. These could include emphasising productivity

sation’s values, mission and goals, and can only be

over actual hours worked, advises If

achieved if everyone, from employees and human

your values are aligned to those of your employ-

resources to leadership, participates, says Lucid

ees, it will also increase your team’s loyalty and


dedication and they will be more likely to contrib-

If your company culture is what encourag-

ute to the overall growth of the organisation.

es innovation, accountability, performance and

Again, it’s imperative to entrench values through

teamwork, will the new norm of work-from-home

visual cues, training and constant communication.

(WFH) kill off what is essentially the DNA of your

You can also build your values around your staff…

organisation? Without effort from all sides, it may.

if certain employees exemplify traits you admire,

These five tips will guide you on how to maintain

take these traits and build them into your values,

the culture at your company while tackling the

using the team member as an example.

new rules of social distancing.




Think long-term Although we may continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, it’s important to think beyond lockdown. This could mean considering WFH options for certain employees once everyone returns to the office and how to maintain the company culture that’s developed over this time. AnswerFirst, a company that provides a customer care answering service, has virtual events throughout the year while remote project management tool company Blossom fosters a culture of continuous improvement, allowing all employees to identify areas within the business that can be im-

Communicate using the right tools Now that your team is working remotely, it’s im-

proved upon.


portant that you schedule time once or twice a

As with any company culture built over time,

week for everyone to connect with each other.

your remote culture is a continuous process.

Emails are great but can often lead to a lot of

Even if a physical office does not exist, providing

miscommunication. Instead, leverage the right

your employees with a sense of empowerment

technological tools to make communication a

and trust as well as an open forum will keep

breeze – these can include the appropriate hard-

your company culture intact for the long haul.

ware, project management software and real-time chat applications.

USB-ED believes that a strong company culture begins with a strong leader.

Stay connected

Our Project Management course is designed to

A lot of company culture is reliant on the human

valuable understanding to respond to the needs

interactions that take place in the working envi-

of a modern workspace, including the virtual

ronment. It can be difficult to achieve the same

one we now all find ourselves working in.

provide middle to senior managers with an in-

level of camaraderie when you can’t catch up at the water cooler or over a coffee. Instead, harness the power of Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom to set up virtual socials such as a game night, lunch, happy hour or wellness activities that everyone can participate in without the pressure of work.


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Command Council (NCCC) decided to extend the

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lockdown, the President delivered the news with

showed the world he had the leadership qualities

a compassionate look on his face and thanked all

required to keep our country’s citizens safe. Even

South Africans for their efforts to stop the spread

in his most awkward moment (that mask), he has

of the disease. This engagement endeared him to

shown us the qualities that make a great leader.

many people and stoked a connection between the president and his countrymen.

Resilience The spirit of a true leader is not how well they per-


form during times of ease but rather how they roll

The President’s first few speeches about the novel

up their sleeves and get their hands dirty during

coronavirus focused on working together, keeping

times of difficulty. A leadership trait that comes

spirits up and appreciating the part every citizen

with experience, resilient leaders are also resource-

could play in stopping the spread of the disease.

ful and agile. President Ramaphosa showed us his

This influence can be likened to inspiration when it

resilient side by remaining positive and calm in the

is done in an authentic and transparent way.

face of a deadly pandemic and rallied all South Africans to support the initial lockdown of the country.

Diplomacy and respect


These two traits go hand-in-hand. The greatest

You may have heard the proverb “to err is human,

through treating everyone with consideration and

to forgive is divine”. Well, Uncle Cyril showed us

courtesy as well as standing up for your team.

leaders don’t demand respect; instead, it’s earned

just how true this could be when he ended off his

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Adapt and learn during a time of crisis All over the world, people are working hard to keep all the balls in the air. Working from home (or having to look for a new job) while trying to keep children educated, entertained, and fed can test the skills of the most talented multi-tasker. Add in the need to maintain relationships with your friends, family, and significant other and it can be extremely exhausting and overwhelming.

when executed properly, learning something new can provide a structured way to ensure a feeling of purpose and fulfilment.

Ultimately, the aim for a perfectly managed lockdown life is not only impossible to achieve – it can be extremely harmful. For the sake of our mental

Why now is the best opportunity to adapt and learn

health, we need to let go of perfection and start making time to work on ourselves. This may be easier said than done, but there

Some ‘me’ time

are ways to minimise mental fatigue and the frus-

Pursuing a new skill or qualification takes the kind

tration that might be bubbling under the surface.

of time and commitment that you might not take

Now’s the time for some change management

for yourself for other, more indulgent activities.

through self-reflection and non-traditional self-

When you are watching a lecture, reading for an

care… While adding another project or activity to

assignment, or participating in a classroom dis-

our plates might seem like a recipe for disaster,

cussion, that kind of distraction is the break your




mind needs to feel energised again. You have spe-

of work we do, or the loss of a job can impact

cific tasks and deadlines that can be the perfect

our self-worth in a big way. With so much of our

distraction from the non-stop news cycle of gloom

lives in flux, we can quickly become despondent

and doom.

without activities that make us feel that we are a

This can also let you off the hook for the online

contributing force.

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We need to be able to adapt to change. By

but haven’t had a viable excuse to decline. ‘I’d love

exploring online learning opportunities, you are

to, but my study group meets at that time’ can be

keeping your day productive and reducing men-

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tal stagnation. Finding a course with an interactive

understand than ‘I can but I don’t want to.’

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Albert Einstein played his violin whenever he was

a new project. Achieving a new qualification can

stuck on an idea. Sir Isaac Newton was sitting un-

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der a tree when he discovered gravity. Archimedes

mistic and enthusiastic about the future.

There’s also an essence of hope when working on

discovered the principle of buoyancy by taking a bath. For years, all great thinkers have known that the best way to find an answer is to stop thinking about it and do something different. Neuroscien-


tists call it ‘Combinatory Play’ – aka finding the

It may feel overwhelming to consider pursuing

Aha moment.

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Cognitively, being stuck in a rut can mean that

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those ‘Ahas’.

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Keep Productive


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