Job Vacancy: Office administrator/bookkeeper required

first_imgJob Vacancy: A part-time office administrator/bookkeeper is required for a business in the Manorcunningham area.The successful candidate will be required to:– Prepare & submit VAT & P.30 returns – Maintain computerised accounts– Liaise with debtors and creditors– Process weekly payrollThe successful candidate should have at least two years experience in a similar role. Please email with CV to [email protected] no later than Friday the 23rd of June 2017.Job Vacancy: Office administrator/bookkeeper required was last modified: June 8th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AdministratorBookkeeperjobVacancylast_img read more

Distell in €31m cognac acquisition

first_img3 March 2009South African wine and spirits producer Distell has made its first fully-fledged international acquisition, with the purchase of the renowned cognac brand Bisquit from Pernod Ricard for €31-million (about R390-million).The deal gives Distell, the world’s fourth-largest brandy producer, the inventories of Bisquit’s finished cognac, as well as stocks of eau-de-vie (cognac distillate) currently in maturation. However, the purchase excludes Bisquit’s Lignieres castle and its Rouillacais vines in Cognac.“The deal not only augments our spirits stable with a highly respected international brand, but gives us access to Bisquit’s existing customer base in Europe and Asia for other Distell offerings,” Distell MD Jan Scannell said in a statement this week.”“At the same time, it enhances our range of brandies that already includes several internationally acclaimed Cape potstills and brings us long-established traditional cognac expertise.”To avoid any disruption of supply, Distell has maintained existing distribution agreements with Pernod Ricard affiliates in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg.International expansionBisquit will be the first wholly-owned Distell brand to be produced outside Africa, taking the local company further into the mainstream international spirits market, and follows on the company’s joint venture established two years ago with Scotch whisky producer Burn Steward Distillers to produce and market the Bunnahabhain, Black Bottle and Scottish Leader whisky brands in sub-Saharan Africa.Scannell pointed out that while the South African spirits market had recently been under pressure given the impact of the global financial crisis, Distell had actually increased its share of the segment, and consumers across all alcoholic beverage categories were moving toward premium brands.“A sought-after name in cognac such as Bisquit allows us to capitalise on the growing South African appreciation for luxury spirits and still further consolidate our position in the local market.”He added that while there had been a very recent decline in sales of cognac to developed countries because of depressed economic conditions, demand for well-known cognacs had increased substantially in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.CognacWhile accounting for only 8.6% of brandy volumes sold worldwide in 2007, cognacs command a higher price than any other type of brandy and growth in sales has outpaced that of any other spirit over the past decade.With an almost 200-year history, Bisquit is a market leader in Belgium, and enjoys a loyal following in Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, France, Germany and China, as well as in international travel retail.It offers an entry-level Bisquit Classique VS, the Bisquit VSOP Fine Champagne and the ultra-luxury Bisquit XO Excellence, with prices ranging from €17 to €100 (R215 to R1 250) a 750ml bottle to cater to a range of income groups.“We are enormously excited by the potential of Bisquit and are very proud to include a brand of such stature in the Distell portfolio,” Scannell said. “While we believe it will still be possible to maximize opportunities during the current downturn, when the global market recovers we shall be extremely well placed to take advantage of the resurgence in demand for prestige brands with impressive provenance.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

South African Tourism, stakeholders on SME development

first_imgSouth African Tourism and other stakeholders spoke about how they were helping the Hidden Gems in the country, during a live webinar.Programmes such as the Hidden Gems mainly chose to work with SMEs that offer unique experiences such as adventure and cultural activities, says Hannelie du Toit of Southern Africa Tourism Services Association. (Image: Brand South Africa)Melissa JavanThe small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that were part of the Hidden Gems programme during Africa’s Travel Indaba earlier this year would have a three-year relationship with South African Tourism and other stakeholders, said Neil Nagooroo.Nagooroo, South African Tourism’s general manager: strategic events and exhibitions, was speaking in a live webinar, “Engage with SA Tourism on SME development” held on Tuesday 28 June 2017. The webinar was hosted by the online tourism news platform, Daily Southern African Tourism Update.To grow local SMEs globallyThe relationship with the 90 SMEs on the Hidden Gems programme was part of the intention of SA Tourism and other stakeholders to help the businesses to grow internationally. Nagooroo said that they wanted to give the SMEs a platform to showcase their products or services at global conferences.The Hidden Gems’ 90 businesses — 10 from each of the nine provinces — were the special focus of Africa’s Travel Indaba. The annual convention is held in May in Durban. Earlier this year, Sisa Ntshona, SA Tourism CEO, said a key focus of the Hidden Gems was to train and mentor SMEs, and help them with preferential access to influential industry players.“For me, one of the Indaba’s highlights is our new Hidden Gems programme, which will help boost tourism by enabling smaller players. [The 90 small businesses are] emerging and existing enterprises are at least 50% black-owned,” Ntshona said.The National Department of Tourism and the Southern African Tourism Services Association are working with SA Tourism on the programme. Through them, the entrepreneurs got exposure at the Indaba and had the opportunity to pitch their products and services to travel buyers during speed marketing sessions.Nagooroo said the SMEs now understood how to run their businesses better. “We found in the past that challenges they had included not having the right tools to run their businesses. Also, they didn’t know how to network. Having them equipped is a phenomenal experience for us.”In April 2017, the majority of tourists — 895 760 (97,5%) — were on holiday; 16 533 (1,8%) and 6 791 (0,7%) were here for business and for study, respectively according to Statistics South Africa’s tourism and migration report. (Image: Brand South Africa)Growing the networkSepti Bukula of Osiba Management was a local buyer at this year’s Indaba. The company brings international conferences to South Africa. Clients often would ask them for certain tourism experiences, said Bukula, but his company did not have available services. Now it was working with SMEs with which it had connected at the Indaba.“We were at the Indaba and after we heard that SA Tourism was undertaking SME development, we wanted to partner with SA Tourism. The Indaba was a useful experience for us.” Osiba Management now partnered with 14 of the businesses that exhibited at the tourism convention, and had set up a network with the SMEs.“Our hope and intention is to grow the network and to expand it by bringing in more SME partners,” Bukula said, adding that his company told the small businesses that collaboration was key to growth.Unique experiences such as opening up townships and heritage area sites were attractive to tourists, said Hannelie du Toit of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (Satsa) in the webinar. “Those opportunities are being taken up. Interaction with humans — I think that’s what tourists are generally asking for.”Adventure and cultural activities were popular. “If your product or service is similar to others, think about what is your unique selling proposition,” she advised. Du Toit also said that SMEs should look at collaborating with those in their communities.StatisticsAlso this week, Statistics South Africa released its “Tourism and Migration” report for April 2017. In that month, more than 3.8 million people (arrivals, departures and transits) passed through South Africa’s ports of entry.The data collected by the Department of Home Affairs show that in April 2017 the totals were made up of 1,068,065 South African residents and 2,773,454 foreign travellers. Foreign arrivals of 1,395,241 were made up of 85,768 non-visitors and 1,309,473 visitors, said Stats SA.It also reported:Overseas tourists (222,055) increased by 17,8%; in April 2016, the number was 188,491.The highest increase, 50.5%, was in tourists from Germany (18,423 in April 2016 to 27,720 in April 2017), followed by Switzerland at 29,6% (from 4,320 to 5,600).Tourists from the SADC (680,918) increased by 15,3% from 590,456.The highest increase, 54,3%, was in tourists from Botswana (from 52,875 to 81,570), followed by Lesotho at 20,4% (from 132,161 to 159,175).Tourists from other African countries (15,052) decreased by 5,9% from 15,996 in April 2016.The highest increase, 14,0%, was in tourists from Uganda (from 983 to 1,121), followed by Ghana at 12,5% (from 1,316 to 1,480).There were also 1,003 tourists whose countries of origin were unspecified.Sources: South African Tourism, Indaba, Southern Africa Tourism Services Association, Statistics South Africa and Daily Southern African Tourism Update.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, partners work to develop next generation agriculturalists

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two projects to attract middle and high school students to careers in agriculture have been announced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. One project entails Central State University agriculture students introducing ag careers to middle schoolers. In the second, the Ohio FFA Foundation will develop curriculum to recruit high schoolers into ag-related careers.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded $85,000 in grants for the two projects. They are part of the foundation’s new Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture program, funded by foundation’s Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. The Fisher Fund is named after former Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.Farm Bureaus in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties will partner with Central State University to pilot the “Agricultural Career Exploration” project, in which CSU students will visit middle schools and give hands-on lessons that explore agricultural career options. A task force composed of secondary teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, university faculty, Ohio Farm Bureau members and ag-related employers will design the curriculum. The pilot project will be in at least 15 school districts and reach at least 1,000 students. The goal is to further expand the program across the state.The Ohio FFA Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education are partners on the second project, “Ohio FFA’s Career Pathways for Gen Z.” The program’s goal is for Ohio FFA Foundation to recruit students from Gen Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) for careers in food, agriculture and environmental sciences. The project will have two components. One is the development of high-quality, engaging curriculum to be used for workshops with Gen Z students statewide. The second will have students create their own project with the help of an educator. Once fully developed, the curriculum will be available on a website for educators and students to access.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is dedicated to solving the challenges facing Ohio by preparing the next generation of leaders, funding innovation in our communities and ensuring a healthy environment. To learn more about the foundation, visit read more