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South Africans unite on Heritage day

A story that is part of the history books, the freedom of South Africans is what makes us a great nation a nation that stands together, September is the month of celebrations, we kick off the seasons with spring the start of something new and then South Africans have the opportunity to celebrate each other’s cultures. South Africa is one of the most diverse cultures in the world, each culture with their unique traditions.

If you take a look at the eleven different languages, a rainbow nation all South Africans contributing to their special piece of South Africa. When I in vision the celebrations, the symbolic way of describing Heritage day the image of a unified nation holding hands, respecting and celebrating each other without judgment.

From the most inspirational leaders of our time the ones that have been good and the really bad ones we as a nation, the ground players have all stepped up to embrace the uniqueness and the change, incredible leaders lead good in change. And we the ground players are the game changers, we are a team and if we hold hands stand together and show that we have the ability to lead and respect each other a leader’s job is only to inspire the greatness.

Heritage day, does not have to be an annual event it can be a daily reminder of where we have come from and the nation we are aspiring to be. Heritage day is for all South Africans, celebrate it enjoy it and lets all share and let’s all of us build a road to success, and inspire.

One of my favorite quotes about heritage by Branch Rickey “it is not the honor that you take with you, but rather the Heritage you leave behind” we are still growing towards the sun, each year the growth is stronger and stronger and the legacy we are leaving behind is so much more impact-full.


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Welcome to the family, Homo Naledi!

The formal introduction of Homo Naledi was a welcome piece of excellent news in a time when most South Africans are numbed by bad news from every quarter. The news about Homo Naledi affirms the fact that South Africa was probably the true Cradle of Mankind. The thoroughness and extreme effort put in by South African scientists over the past few years confirm the fact that we are still world leaders in many different fields.

But Professor Lee Berger, leader of the scientific team concerning Homo Naledi, had an ace up his sleeve! Women!

Women! What do women have do do with it all?

Everything! Without women this fabulous find would never have seen the headlines all over the world. Without brave, courageous women there would not be a bone fragment to examine. Oh, don’t forget skinny and small. Here is the story. It turns out that the cave where the fossil remains of Homo Naledi resided was extremely difficult to reach. Only very small and skinny people could traverse the long vertical chute, at places only 18 centimeters wide, into the Rising Star Cave, where the fossils were to be found.

When he realized his dilemma, Professor Lee Berger posted a Facebook advertisement. He was looking for small, skinny people. They must have no issue with claustrophobia and the must be fit. They must have climbing and caving experience. They must preferably have experience in the field of Palaeontology. They must be available to drop everything immediately and report to the site. They must be willing to work for next to nothing and they must be willing to live for some time in primitive conditions.

Wow! With all those restricting criteria one would think that Professor Berger got nothing but some ridicule and good-natured giggles. No, not so. More than 60 people applied almost immediately. Women. All of them. And so it came to be that Homo Naledi owes its well-deserved world wide fame to six skinny, highly talented, driven women who knows how to camp and to crawl through some really narrow spaces. The Naledi in Homo Naledi means “star” in Sotho but perhaps the real stars are those six women. We salute you!

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How important is Small Business Development?

Last week I was privileged enough to meet with a Member of Parliament, our Shadow Minister of Small Business. He came to chat with me about the work we do, and about the various barriers facing SMMEs in our country.

I explained to him that in my opinion, there is far too much red tape for a small organisation to ever really know if they are abiding by all the applicable laws that are relevant to their organisation without the assistance of a professional consultancy. Even if they had to become okay with these, chances are that they will be amending, be revised or become obsolete in the next few months as our labour legislation and compliancy laws change often with the needs of our country ebbing.

So one can never be totally guaranteed as an SMME that you are indeed ticking all the boxes without a specialist keeping them in the know.

South Africa – The Importance of Small Business

As a country it is more vital than ever to reform, to redress, and to carry on growing our country, and this can only be possible with small businesses growing and thriving, and mentoring other small businesses to grow and thrive and employ more and more people. Traditionally, the economy and indeed the world’s economy depended on large organisations to employ and to train, and to develop. Today the grid has changed and tipped, begging SMMEs to prosper, to train and to employ.

This is the way of the future and the only way that we can ever assist our youth in being trained, by implementing Learnerships in our SMMEs, transferring skills, and opening doors to young entrepreneurs to pursue their own dreams of small business.

Don’t ever give up on your dreams, small business owners. Weather the storm and continue to look at the big picture and the end result, and it WILL become your reality!

Author: HAYLEY HYND – follow my blog!

I am an HR expert, specialising in areas of compliance. I am fiercely passionate about relationships, particularly family relationships, and parental relationships with children. I am a mentor and coach and find great satisfaction in growing people.