Obama’s Speech at the #MandelaMemorial

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world. Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success. Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power. Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.” It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.

Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”

But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial. “I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?

It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.

(Source: The Washington Post)

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Are Bloggers Journalists?

The fact that you blog, are you a Journalist? The question that we argued over lunch at #ITWebSocial Summit 2013 with @BontleMoeng  , @lilly_tech and @TkaySA and I promised them I would post a blog post.

Let’s start with definitions (my favourite way in any argument)

Blogger – a person who keeps and updates a blog.

Journalist – A person who writes for newspapers or magazines or prepares news to be broadcast on radio or television.

So by definition, the fact that WeszMadz blogs doesn’t make me a Journalist but just a person who keeps and updates a blog. (I LIKE)

But what is a blog?

A Blog – A Web site on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.

NetFlorist nets it on Keeping Customer Informed

I have used Netflorist for a long time now but this most recent order made me post a quick post on my blog. Why? Well I will post the full response below. Since it’s women’s day on Friday I though let me get Mrs WeszMadz some flowers which I did online on www.netflorist.co.za    I then received the usual confirmation of order and thank you email. The next day I got this email from them with the heading “Your delivery is on the way”

Hi Wesley

We just wanted you to know that your order of (what I ordered was written here. NO you won’t know what it was) for delivery to Mrs WeszMadz has just left our hub and should be delivered by 09:20 today.

This is an estimate and delivery times could vary based on pot-holes the size of the Grand Canyon, taxi drivers overtaking on a blind rise on the wrong side of the highway, and the blue light brigade rushing to get our ministers to McDonalds before closing time, BUT we’ll do our best to get to Mrs WeszMadz on time.

How’s that for keeping the customer informed and some humour! Keeping the Customer Informed Lesson Folks!

And Yes ofcourse on delivery I get this email with the heading “Delivery confirmation for Mrs WeszMadz”

Hi Wesley (next time try Good Day Wesley)

We’ve been looking in our magic ball and predict that Mrs WeszMadz is going to
contact you shortly to sing your praises because your gift (what I ordered) has arrived at its final destination.

It was delivered today (07 Aug 2013) at 09:24 And Signed For By Pauline (name changed to protect the innocent)

Hope you’ve got your phone close by and thank you again for the support

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How is that!! I love this kinda of service! You guys rock!!! (not as much as me) but you still rock!

Comparison: 2012/2013 SA’s Largest HR Recruitment Trend

MCI Consultants, the largest distributor of staffing software in Southern Africa, announced the results of its 2013 SA HR Recruitment Trend Survey which saw the participation of 1012 HR professionals from across the country over a period of 30 days.

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WeszMadz compares their 2012 results to 2013 results

Organisations that use a recruitment management system [2012 52% / 2013 43%]

Organisations that had an annual staff turnover rate of less than 10% [2012 58% / 2013 59%]

Organisations that attempt to source and place candidates internally before approaching recruitment agencies [2012 93% / 2013 87%]

Organisations that rely on internal staff to refer candidates to HR for hiring consideration [2012 56% / 2013 52%]

Organisations that have an employee candidate referral rewards program in place [2012 58% / 2013 61%]

Organisations that do not primarily make use of recruitment agencies to fill their requirements [ 2012 58% / 2013 56%]

Organisations that have between 1 and 5 recruitment agencies on their preferred supplier list [2012 40% / 2013 44%]

On Social Media

Organisations that use social media to recruit candidates [2012 53% / 2013 58%]

Organisations that use job portals to advertise vacancies [2012 64% / 2013 68%]

Organisations that use print media to advertise vacancies [2012 65% / 2013 65%]

2013 Social Networks that gave the best results

69% LinkedIn. 18% Facebook. 7% Twitter. 7% Google+

Placement Fees

Fees charged 21% Cost to Company [2012 2.8% / 2013 3%]

Fees charged 16-20% Cost to Company [2012 16.3% / 2013 14%]

Fees charged 11-15% Cost to Company   [2012 46.5% /  2013 46%]

Fees charged 6-10% Cost to Company [2012 17.6% / 2013 20%]

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A word from MCI

“This is the second consecutive year that we have run this survey.  Due to the overwhelming response, we can definitively say that this is the largest survey of its kind ever to be conducted in South Africa,” commented Rhett Davies, Partner at MCI.

“The results of this survey clearly indicate that HR departments and professionals of corporate SA have become extremely proactive and are managing a bulk of their recruitment internally. Interestingly though, there was an increase of 6% in the number of corporates utilising agencies as their first port of call. This year’s results also showed a remarkable increase of 5% in the number organisations utilising Social Media to recruit which aligns with the growing global trend.”

Wesley Says

  • More recruitment agencies are now charging less. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
  • Google+ and Twitter will definitely change those percentages in 2014
  • Print Media still hanging in there but Social Media Use on the rise. Recruitment firms brace yourselves or this decade will leave you behind
  • Am every worried about a decrease in recruitment management system use. How are you gonna manage all the social media responses if you don’t have a system?

What they say about WeszMadz – Am Honoured

Carolyn Diaz, Managing Director, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)

“Wesley has a positive attitude, is enthusiastic and extremely dedicated to his work. He has this wonderful ability to multi-task, and is continuously empowering himself with knowledge by utilising all the e-tools available in this day and age! I have absolutely no doubt that Wesley’s has a very bright future ahead of him and look forward to working with him for a long time to come.” August 27, 2008

Madeleine Du Toit, Consultant and Payroll Administrator, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)

“Wesley is a friendly Coach who I worked with directly in the past. He gave our office a lot of support, I followed his mentoring and suggestions and with that information we won several prizes at the Sales Summit for our office. He’s on top of it all and has the answers, all you need to do is ask.” September 1, 2011

Fanie Van Heerden, Owner, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)

“Wesley, in his capacity as our Group’s Sales Development Manager, is adding a lot of value to the managing of our business on a day to day basis. His positive attitude and always being available when his guidance is needed, makes him a star to work with. All our staff regard Wesley as part of our office, irrespective that our offices are in different provinces.” September 1, 2011

Kobus Schlebusch, IT Manager, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)

“Wesley is a very dedicated and resourceful person, achieving objectives and doing whatever is necessary to sustain it! Very well versed in his ability to develop and grow a business. A social media expert!!” September 1, 2011

Demitri Tambourlas, Recruitment Trainer, Demitrisays SA (colleague)

“I have met many talented and exceptional people in the staffing industry during my tenure, but none as dedicated and results driven as Wesley. He gets things done! Not only that, but his ability to embrace and drive change is beyond exemplary. He has my utmost respect and trust.” September 21, 2011

Ockie Pretorius, Manager, Express Employment Professionals SA (colleague)

“I can highly recommend Wesley for his expertise in the Staffing industry. He has helped me a lot to understand and grow my business. He is a dedicated, hard working person with great interpersonal skills and industry specific knowledge and experience” February 23, 2012

Genevieve Ellis, Recruitment Consultant, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)

“Wesley Madziva is one of the best, most talented, most knowledgable Sales Developers that I have come across. His experience and knowledge of the Sales World is vast, and there is nothing that Wesley does not know. He is always willing to extend his knowledge to others, and whatever questions you brought to him, he would answer without hesitation. Besides being a Sales Guru, he is a real motivator. When things got tough in the work place, he was always there to pick you up and motivate you to move on, try again, and get it right. It was an absolute honour to work with such an individual like Wesley Madziva.” October 18, 2012

Tamara Britz, Snr Staffing Consultant, Express Employment Professionals (colleague)
“Wesley is a coach and mentor par excellence. He always adds value, whether it is a social visit to our office, or official business. He never leaves our offices unchanged, he is like a breath of fresh air, leaving us refreshed and re-focused. His ability to recognize all people and make everybody feel important gives him tremendous influence in any situation, and enables him to motivate people to be better and empower themselves. Wesley strives for excellence in everything he does, and inspires others. He is a people’s person always carrying express’ motto -“Respecting People. Impacting Business” – close to his heart.” September 12, 2011

Njabulo Xaba, Owner, Express Employment Professionals SA, Port Elizabeth (colleague)

“Wesley is a great Team Leader and Developer. Focused with direction and knows how and what to deal with, even though our paths cross sometimes, we find a way to move forward.” September 15, 2011

Lloyd Dicks, Ethics Chair – Western Cape, APSO (ASSOCIATION OF PERSONNEL SERVICES ASSOCIATION) (business partner)

“I have worked with Wesley for a number of years in the team at APSO (Association of Personnel Services Organisations). A real people’s person, Wesley gets on with everyone. He has a passion for technology and especially social media, and was instrumental in launching and promoting the APSO Social platforms. I am proud to have my name associated with Wesley Madziva and I will be pleased to recommend him to anyone who will listen. Please feel free to give me a call.” October 11, 2011

Roodt Griesel, APSO Western Cape Chairperson, APSO (business partner)

“What can I say about Wes? A Zimbo who has made an incredible contribution in South Africa. His positive energy, willingness to walk the extra mile, good networking skills and sound business mind makes Wesley a force to be reckoned with. Thanks for your contribution at APSO. Go Wesley Go☺” October 19, 2011

Venketash (Pat) Ramadass, Systems Architect and Partner, emediaIT (business partner)

“Wesley brings enthusiasm, focus and out of the box thinking to to all things with which he is involved. His broad range of knowledge and operational understanding is invaluable in his industry. It was an absolute pleasure working with him and I hope that we are able to work together again in the future.” August 15, 2008

Livingstone Sagonda, Response Handling Specialist, Affirmative Portfolios (colleague)
“Wesley is a astute business manager, coupled with people management skills and a strong knowledge of market trends and client demands. He pays attention to details and uses a hands-on approach to coach and mentor subordinates in-order to empower them in the execution of their key performance areas. It is lively and fun to relate to him in a business sense.” September 1, 2011

Diana Scott, Learning Development Director, Express Employment Professionals (academic)

“I have had the opportunity of working with Wesley since 2007. As one of the liaisons to our South African learner group, Wesley is a joy to work with! He helps make distance learning both effective and easy for both the learners in South Africa and the administrators and content developers in the U.S. Also, as an active student of our corporate university, Wesley is a lifelong learner and active contributor to our content offering. I look forward to having a long term educational and business relationship with Wesley!” September 21, 2011

Nosi Khol
Wesley is an easy to get along with person, highly adaptive, very creative and I love working with him. We are really blessed to have such rare “breed”, he is on his toes, consistent and always helpful despite whatever situation he may be in. I love that he is highly informed, is a professional and am inspired by him. October 18, 2012

Am I Permanent after 6months of working as a temp?

This has been a huge argument among labour experts some saying all temps become permanent after six months. Well today (4 April 2012) the Department of Labour held their first public briefing in Johannesburg and here is what the Labour Chief Director Thembinkosi Mkalipi had to say….

Temporary work would be defined as that lasting no more than six months, said chief director of collective bargaining Thembinkosi Mkalipi. “After six months, I cannot be treated differently from other employees, no matter if I am employed by the broker or the client,” he said. “Let’s give workers what is due to them.”  This could be summarised as “same treatment and same pay for the same work”. Exceptions included workers who earned more than R172,000 per year, certain types of seasonal work and contracts to replace staff on sick leave.

SOURCE: iafrica

So there we have it! and I qoute “…no matter if I am employed by the broker or the client”

Amendment of section 198 of Act 66 of 1995 – general provisions regulating temporary employment services
Section 198 continues to apply to all employees. It retains the general provisions that a TES is the employer of persons whom it employs and pays to work for a client, and that a TES and its client are jointly and severally liable for specified contraventions of employment laws.

A number of further general protections are introduced:

  •  An employee bringing a claim for which a TES and client are jointly and severally liable may institute proceedings against either the TES or the client or both and may enforce any order or award made against the TES or client against either of them.

What is Time?

DefTimeTime is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future and also the measure of durations of events and the intervals between them [Wikipedia]. One view is that time is part of the fundamental structure of the universe – a dimension independent of events, in which events occur in sequence. The opposing view is that time is part of a fundamental intellectual structure within which humans sequence and compare events.

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“Einstein showed that there isn’t a universal time,” explains Paul Davies. “Your time and my time get out of step with each other if we move differently.” In other words, the duration of time between two events can vary depending on how fast you are moving in the period between the events. Time is relative to the observer, or as the physicist Kip Thorne prefers to put it, time is “personal”

“People like us who believe in physics know that the distinction between the past,
the present and the future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion”    Albert Einstein

Create visual job ads from your iPhone

http://www.careercloud.com/instajob/ Create visual job ads from your iPhone with this new app for employers, recruiters and small business owners. Works in conjunction with your existing social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Take a picture, add a filter with your job title and career url then share it on social media. Its that easy.

WeszMadz Top Tweets from #ITWebSocial

A selection of the Tweets I found interesting from the ITWeb Social Media Summit 2013

Mo – Ya’eesh@Mo_Yaeesh You know you’re a geek at a geek event when no ones talking to eachother and everyone is frantically typing away #ITWebSocial

@marshyp16m: Thanx to @WeszMadz and @tallulahlucy for the Social Media Summit tweets yol got me glued to my timeline #ITWebSocial

@ITWeb #ITWebSocial “Don’t let your customers have more technology than you – otherwise they’ll beat you up with it.” – @ryanhogarth

@DavidGrahamSA @weszmadz . . . and make the investment to learn, understand and master all the functions and features offered by LinkedIn #ITWebSocial

@Mo_Yaeesh Jeez these Microsoft dudes could bring about world peace with a simple presentation.. Hide your women #ITWebSocial

@Jeanine_F Except that I am freaking out & going through my feed with a fine tooth comb, @mngomezulu_n ‘s talk on SM law was amazing

@TkaySA “When great minds come together, anything is possible…” Thank you #itwebsocial

@WeszMadz Putting Social Icons on Your Website is NOT a Social Media Strategy #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz Use CRM and social together to maximize revenue #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz Social is not a destination! It is a capability that provides a transportation service #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz Get Mobile! #ITWebSocial almost every speaker is saying Go Mobile! Be Mobile!

@WeszMadz Use Hashtags to be found #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz Social Media Landscape is changing everyday. Change your strategy on a regular basis #ITWebSocial

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@WeszMadz Companies are blocking Social Media access at work but they have follow us icons on their websites #ITWebSocial

@tallulahlucy: So in other words I’d better never say anything dodgy because I’m totally associated with my company #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz Don’t bring your employer into disrepute as a result of your comments on Social Media #ITWebSocial it can be used in your disciplinary

@WeszMadz You may publish something that’s defamatory as long as you can back it up. fair comment #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz You have the right to privacy but is your expectation of that privacy reasonable #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz No platform will be a success if there is no strategy #ITWebSocial we have different platforms for a reason.

@liamarus Don’t cut and paste one post across all social media platforms #hrpulse #ITWebsocial

@WeszMadz Data is a pain point, we are the 12th most expensive Internet in the world! #ThankYouTelkom #ITWebSocial

@WeszMadz There is no space for B2B on Mxit, they are no deals! It’s about search then you sorted, it’s about B2C on Mxit #itwebsocial

@Mo_Yaeesh: I think there should be a day dedicated purely to Social Media Law – Very insightful #itwebsocial

@jonmetricas @RichSimmondsZA @WeszMadz @jamaaludeen most popular users at #ITWebSocial http://twtb.in/2F7E13uhze8  via @TweetBinder

TweetBinderAccording to TweetBinder.com #ITWebSocial. WeszMadz was the Most Active User and the Most Original Tweets Generated. Oh Yes! I also won a R1000 Kalahari.com Voucher!! What a fruitful day. Thank You ITWeb!