The current economic turmoil in South Africa is likely to affect the already strained job market, and in a country with one of the highest unemployment rates globally, job seekers have the potential of becoming even more desperate in their pursuit of employment. This will certainly intensify the problem for hiring managers, advises Rudi Kruger general manager of LexisNexis Governance,…
Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:11

Corruption in SA - where do we stand?

  The National Development Plan envisions zero tolerance for corruption in South Africa by the year 2030. With just over a decade to go, can a country that has a history of several high profile corruption cases break the cycle, asks Rudi Kruger general manager of Governance, Risk & Compliance at LexisNexis South Africa.   “While there have been numerous…
Tuesday, 01 September 2015 10:29

Accountability in Public Procurement Lies Ahead

South African government entities are taking responsibility for fraudulent practices within their operations and while the process has been slow but steady, the crackdown is aimed at restoring public trust, reviving reputations and cutting costs.   On 1 April 2015 the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) was introduced to facilitate accountability and good governance while promoting efficient management…
Employees are a company’s most valuable assets, regardless of its size. However, if unsuitable or unscrupulous employees are hired, they can also be the biggest liability. This is especially true for small businesses.   While larger businesses often have the capacity to absorb the impacts of employee transgression, small businesses do not, according to Director of LexisNexis Governance, Risk &…
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 02:00

Supply chain – Customers are watching!

What would be the point of business if it were not for customers? With the growth of technology and the rapid exchange of information, consumers are taking advantage of their role in commerce. They are becoming more informed, astute and prudent with their purchasing power now more than ever before. Their particular influence on supply chain was highlighted in the…
Thursday, 11 June 2015 02:00

Five tips to improve supplier vetting

Every day, supply chain management professionals are faced with the task of facilitating a credible and transparent networking business environment, one that is free from corruption, fraud, dishonesty and non-compliance.   “Businesses should never jeopardise the integrity and credibility of their supply chain management processes, even in the early start-up days,” advised Rudi Kruger, general manager at LexisNexis Risk Management.…
Failing to retain staff is a costly mistake as the impact of high employee turnover can have severe consequences on your business. It is increasingly important to ensure that the rate at which staff leave is kept under control with responsible practices like proper pre-employment background checks, which will ensure that you hire quality candidates who will commit to a…
South Africa’s unemployment rate, at 25 percent, is at a 12 year high according to the most recent figures from Statistics SA. As the cost of living goes up, so too does the anxious demand for employment. With an estimated 5.2 million people of employable age, many run the unfortunate risk of resorting to being dishonest in their applications and…
In South Africa’s skilled labour talent pool, there are many candidates who can take your business to new heights and flourish in positions that require advanced knowledge and capabilities. On the opposite end of the spectrum are candidates who appear promising but fail to deliver despite impressive CVs and referrals. In the tentative world of recruitment, it is better to…
The introduction of the e-Tender Publication portal and the central supplier database (CSD), launched by the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO) on 1 April 2015, signals a positive move towards accountability and a prospective deviation from dubious procurement practices. All eyes will be on the tools’ effectiveness, especially as government is poised to increase expenditure by 7.9 percent…
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