April 2012 Business Newsletter
Dan Skinstad – “Sick and tired of being sick and tired”
After six months kayaking the Icelandic seas, Dan Skinstad wants to inspire others to live beyond their fears.
Speaking during an Express Sales Summit on 21 January 2012, Skinstad, who has cerebral palsy, told of how he
grappled with his disability before embarking on the expedition.
Dan Skinstad is a young aspiring Lawyer who Early in 2011 after a series of serendipitous In September 2011 the pair emerged victorious
is one of three boys in a sports mad family. occurrences and chance meetings, Dan and having completed what many had thought to
Dan suffers from a rare form of cerebral palsy his friend and paddling partner, well known be impossible.
known as spastic diplegia which meant that solo adventurer, Riaan Manser, embarked on
for the majority of his life he has had to settle an epic and ambitious adventure with their Since arriving back Dan has spoken to a
with being an enthusiastic spectator when all aim being to circumnavigate the land of ﬁre number of audiences and the media about his
he really wanted to do was play competitive and ice more commonly known as Iceland on adventure. He is currently in the ﬁnal stages of
sport with his brothers and friends. a double kayak. being admitted as an Attorney.
Dan has a lively, charismatic and warm persona
For years he had to bottle up the stress and This daring adventure spanned six months and through his experiences, aims to spread
anguish that his physical condition causes and roughly 2300 kms where the pair had to the message that with self belief anything and
him which resulted in a very low self esteem. conquer the savage elements, their fears and everything is possible.
His usually bubbly persona was often clouded insecurities and severe homesickness among
over by the negativity that he felt towards many other challenges. Express Employment Professionals
A few years ago Dan decided that he was “sick
and tired of being sick and tired” and decided
to do something positive to better his life, his
physical condition, his self esteem and the
way others perceived him. belief anything and
Dan Skinstad and Riaan Manser Dan Skinstad and Carolyn Diaz at the Express
Sales Summit on 21 January 2012
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Express Employment Professionals Earns Top Awards
at International Leadership Conference
Express Employment Professionals South instrumental to the growth and sustainability “We would like to express our gratitude for
Africa earned top honours at the staffing of South Africa. Since taking over the helm the support of our communities, clients
ﬁrm’s 29th annual International Leadership in 2008, it has seen consistent growth every and the efforts of our staff that made these
Conference in San Antonio, Texas. year. She has helped Express grow by 277% in awards possible,” Express Employment
four short years, and has developed a strong Professionals.
The Express Durban South, Richards Bay and staff component at Head Quarters.
Midrand offices were awarded the Circle of
Excellence, which recognizes top performing Nearly 1,400 Express franchisees and
offices in the Express system. their staff attended the company’s annual
international leadership conference from 22-
The Directors Award was received by Carolyn 25 February. The conference featured three
Diaz, Express Head Quarters. This award is days of workshops, networking and training
given to individuals who have grown and on staffing and workplace issues such as
developed to higher levels and continue leadership, customer service, retention and
to model the Express culture. She has been team building.
William Stoller (USA) Carolyn Diaz (SA) Robert Funk (USA) William Stoller (USA) Hilda Walker (SA) Robert Funk (USA)
William Stoller (USA) Annelie Laubscher (SA) Robert Funk (USA) William Stoller (USA) Brenda Delport (SA) Robert Funk (USA)
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The Changing Face of Labour Broking in South Africa
The industry as a whole should not be of vulnerability of employees placed by labour Cape Town research revealed that of the 3.4-
blamed and punished for a few labour brokers and that it embraced the ILO notion million jobs created since 1994, about 1.2-
brokers exploiting workers. It is a valuable of “decent work”. At that time labour brokers million jobs were created in the ﬁnancial and
contributor to the ﬁscus and to the creation were placing more than 500 000 temporary business services category. Of these close to
of jobs’ The Confederation of Associations in assignees daily across all industries. Of these a million positions were ﬁlled through labour
the Private Employment Sector (CAPES). The 31% achieved permanent appointments. brokerages and security services. Things have
future of labour brokers in South Africa is a Moreover, labour brokers also facilitated more changed, not least the fact that now some
controversial debate that fluctuates from total than 20 000 learnerships annually. At the time 42% of temporary assignees gain permanent
banning to the greater regulation but few of organised business also mentioned that it employment. SA’s jobless rate stands at
the sector’s critics acknowledge that as long was not averse to the idea of joint and several 23,9%, with about half of its young people
ago as August 2009 CAPES placed a written liability of labour brokers and their clients, unemployed.
submission to the Parliamentary Portfolio but that this should be limited to vulnerable
Committee in which it accepted the principle employees. More recently University of Business Report
Private Employment Ser vices
Did you know?
Private Employment Services provide a stepping stone: Private Employment Services create skills:
In South Africa, just 15% of workers were in jobs before accessing agency 70% of agency workers (Internationally) undergoing training are
work; the ﬁgure rised to 61% afterwards. younger than 35 years old where as only 50% of permanent workers
Agency work does not substitute permanent contracts: trained fall into this age group.
74% of user organisations would not consider hiring permanent workers Private Employment Services reduce the time-lag between
as an alternative to taking on agency workers and 62% of them would recovery and job creation:
not have created jobs if they had no access to private employment There is a one-on-one correlation between the evolution of the number
services. of agency workers assigned and the evolution of GDP.
Unemployment and agency work rates follow inverse patterns:
The higher the agency work penetration rate, the lower the The Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector -
unemployment rate. CAPES
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Do you see growth potential in 2012?
W ith so much uncertainty surrounding 33.3% of our poll respondents said their
whether this year will hold success, decline, or
stagnation for businesses, we wanted to know
companies’ growth would remain steady, but
The two top
what our readers foresaw happening over the
next 12 months. While this is good from the viewpoint that
So, in our February 2012 poll, we asked you,
things won’t be getting worse, it doesn’t
bode well for employees who have seen their
considering the current economic trends,
how you perceived your company’s growth
pay remain stagnant and job responsibilities
are losing their
potential for 2012.
Business leaders need to take these issues
The results were fairly positive considering into serious consideration since the two higher pay
that 26.7% said their company would see a top reasons organisations are losing their
decrease in gains. employees are higher pay somewhere else
and feeling overworked.
somewhere else and
40% of leaders said they expected to see feeling
exponential growth within their businesses Express Employment Professionals
over the course of the year. overworked
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