Author: SWM Communications

Each year, the celebration of Heritage Day on 24 September highlights discussions around culture. On this day, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions. In a rainbow nation, our differences are to be celebrated. Globally, too, there is greater emphasis being placed on diversity and inclusion in organisations. In light of this, we thought we would take this opportunity to talk about an important aspect of culture – company culture.  Company culture encompasses values and behaviours that contribute to the unique social and psychological environment of a business. It defines the rules...

14 August 2020. Showcasing its dynamic ability to add value to any property development, the ICON Group is nearing completion with the groundwork for a residential project in Pretoria’s suburbs. Making use of its world-class fleet of equipment, the company is adding to the sustainability, efficiency, and quality of the project....

12 August 2020. Food and beverage manufacturers are constantly under pressure to package a wider variety of products in more types of packaging without compromising productivity. Now they can answer these trends while increasing throughput using the new iTRAK 5730 small-frame intelligent track system from Rockwell Automation. The system uses independent cart technology to support smart, flexible and efficient machines. ...

If the title of this blog post rings a bell, it’s because this line was the theme for International Women’s Day 2020, and rightly so. The wide-reaching research available on the topic of women in the boardroom shows that gender equality has a strong business case. It’s not just great for women, it’s great for financial and social performance of a company too. As we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa this month, let’s catch up on what this theme means in our local context.  Since we offer strategic business services and reputation management, the SWM team has a finger on...

Johannesburg, 29 July 2020. Despite disruptions to many industries due to lockdown restrictions in place in South Africa over previous months, COENG is on track to complete its 2 x 40 MVA plant substations at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum's Bakubung mine, near Rustenburg in the North West. Based in Midrand, Johannesburg, COENG is an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) firm with a strong track record for delivering on time and to specification for projects across a multitude of industries. ...

With a history of award-winning experience in the energy, natural resources, and infrastructure sectors, LNP Attorneys has been recognised by various professional bodies and publications for service excellence. Since the firm was founded, it has been awarded by prestigious entities including Best Lawyers International, Chamber & Partners Global, Who’s Who Legal International, IFLR 1000 and the African Legal Awards....

The recently released Auditor-General’s report on the latest municipal audit results does not paint a good picture for spending and service delivery on the part of South Africa’s local governments. Auditor-general (AG), Kimi Makwetu states in the report that there are limited resources across all provinces, however, no proper care is applied to manage and spend diligently. “The safe and clean hands that can be relied upon to look after the public’s finances in local government are few and far between,” he states. ...

Saturday, 4 July was graduation day for 14 entrepreneurs who successfully completed the COENG Business Skills Development Programme. The three-month course, presented by COENG in partnership with Anglo American Platinum, provided the entrepreneurs with training in valuable business basics like general management, finances, human resources, marketing, safety and quality management, and entrepreneurship. Held in Mokopane, Limpopo, the event was hosted under strict adherence to Covid-19 guidelines....

Knowing how to captivate and engage an audience has always been a critical skill for business, although it is a skill that is often overlooked. Think back to the conferences or training events you have attended over the years; does the phrase “death by PowerPoint” come to mind? All too often, presenters who are tasked with capturing your attention achieve the exact opposite. Now, in the era of physical distancing and virtual events, this task becomes even more difficult. Presenters in the age of video calls and teleconferencing have a host of new concerns to manage. You might not be able...