Daily Archives: February 7, 2018

Hisense reconnue parmi les « 10 meilleures marques chinoises mondiales de BrandZ »

PÉKIN, 6 février 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Le rapport BrandZ sur les 50 plus grandes marques chinoises a été publié aujourd’hui par WPP, en collaboration avec Google. Le rapport identifie et classe 50 marques chinoises dans neuf catégories selon leur importance en dehors de Chine et offre des informations et des recommandations pour la stratégie de marque mondiale. Hisense s’est classée neuvième et a remporté le titre de « marque d’électronique et électroménager au développement le plus rapide ». Le rapport se penche en profondeur sur les marques chinoises qui ont un impact sur les consommateurs des marchés internationaux et offre une grande quantité d’informations précieuses sur la manière dont les entreprises chinoises peuvent construire avec succès leurs marques à une échelle mondiale. C’est la deuxième fois que WPP collabore avec Google pour publier le classement de marque, une étude basée sur des données de 7 pays et plus de 395 000 clients. BrandZ™ est la plus grande base de données au monde sur la valeur des marques, elle couvre 53 pays, 120 000 marques et c’est la méthodologie d’évaluation de marque de référence dans le monde.

Ce classement parmi les « 10 meilleures marques chinoises mondiales de BrandZ » prouve la force de la marque Hisense ainsi que sa stratégie globale. À l’heure actuelle, Hisense possède 18 sociétés en Europe, en Amérique, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Asie du Sud-Est. La société compte 3 bases de production à l’étranger pour assurer sa propre chaîne de distribution et possède 12 institutions de R-D dans le monde. Dans l’« Étude mondiale d’image nationale de la Chine » publiée par China International Publishing Group, Hisense est classée parmi les « 10 marques chinoises les plus familières aux citoyens étrangers » pour la deuxième année consécutive. La croissance est due en partie au rythme soutenu d’expansion mondiale du secteur chinois de l’électronique et l’électroménager ; elle prouve également l’aptitude de Hisense à construire sa propre notoriété et présence de marque sur le marché mondial.

Le chiffre d’affaires total d’Hisense Group a augmenté de 10,7 % en 2017 et les recettes à l’étranger ont bondi de 21,3 %. Le chiffre d’affaires de la marque Hisense International a lui progressé de 19,6 % par rapport à l’année précédente. Pendant ce temps, selon les statiques des douanes, les ventes à l’export de climatiseurs et téléviseurs de Hisense ont augmenté respectivement de 28,3 % et 34,4 %. Avec l’absence de modifications significatives de la demande mondiale, Hisense maintient sa croissance rapide, qui est le résultat de l’effet de marque.

L’initiative « Une ceinture, une route » a été lancée il y a plus de 3 ans. Les produits haut de gamme de Hisense ont joué un rôle essentiel dans son développement à l’étranger. La technologie ULED développée par l’entreprise, le système des opérations à l’étranger, les excellentes performances de produit et les remarquables chaînes de distribution locales permettent à Hisense de garantir une réponse efficace et rapide au marché. La Coupe du monde™ 2018 de la FIFA approche. Hisense s’efforcera non seulement de construire une marque mondiale mais de construire une marque mondiale innovante de valeur plus élevée, de renforcer la croissance et la stratégie mondiale grâce au marketing sportif. Hisense est à la tête du secteur de l’électronique et l’électroménager et ses efforts pour développer de nouvelles technologies alimenteront la croissance de l’entreprise et renforcera sa conscience de marque mondiale à un rythme incroyable.

Pray for rain this weekend

The Department of Water and Sanitation has encouraged everyone from all walks of life, wherever they will be, to pray for rain this coming weekend.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said faith-based organisations play an important role in communities, and they can help as water challenges continue.

The lack of rain, which has caused the average dam levels nationally to drop to as low as 59.6%, is a serious concern and we need a coordinated effort that will ensure we secure much needed rains to complement our interventions.

The department is working around the clock with different stakeholders to ensure that the current systems do not fail in an effort to ensure that people continue to have uninterrupted access to water. The dwindling water levels have further been exacerbated by excessive water use and leakages.

We call upon all South Africans to head this call and pray for rain, while also adhering to water restrictions in an effort to save the current water that we have. In addition, we also encourage behavioural change in terms of how people use water. We need to inculcate the culture of saving this precious resource at all times, the Minister said.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Ministerial Task Team (IMTT) on Drought and Water Scarcity 2015 will on Thursday brief media on integrated efforts to ensure that the country responds effectively to the drought in the country, especially in Cape Town.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Labour finalising enactment of minimum wage

The Department of Labour is finalising the drafting of exemption regulations ahead of the enactment of the national minimum wage, Unathi Ramabulana, Deputy Director of Employment Standards Unit told the workers.

Ramabulana was addressing a workers engagement/briefing session on the implementation of the national minimum wage (NMW) and amendments to the Basic Condition of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) at Umtata in the Eastern Cape, on Wednesday.

She said the department will conduct training sessions to educate stakeholders, once the regulations have been published.

The Bill provides for the Minister of Labour to grant exemptions from the NMW � the exercise of which is to be regulated by a regulation.

The regulation will include the procedure for exemption, the obligation on employer to consult with employees or their trade unions, the criteria for evaluating exemptions, and documents to be submitted among other factors.

Ramabulana said the exemption application will be subjected to thorough audits.

She said South Africa currently has no less than 10 Sectoral Determinations (SDs) with a myriad of varying wage structures, adding a workload to the inspectorate and making them (SDs) cumbersome to enforce.

National Minimum Wage (NMW)

The NMW Bill, amendments to the BCEA and LRA Bills are currently in Parliament for review.

Department of Labour Director of Collective Bargaining, Ian Macun, reiterated that a single minimum wage would improve compliance and would make a difference in the living conditions of the poor.

The national minimum wage is a floor. Nobody will earn below the minimum wage. It will also be illegal of an employer to unilaterally change conditions of employment. Workers can exercise their right and take their dispute to CCMA, Macun said.

The NMW at R20 per hour will be the minimum at which it will be implemented and enforced from 1 May 2018.

The NMW will be reviewed annually. The rate will be applicable to all sectors. Sectors excluded from the R20 per hour level for now are:

NMW for Farm/Forestry workers: R18 per hour (90% of the NMW)

NMW for domestic workers: R15 per hour (75% of the NMW)

NMW for workers on the Expanded Public Works Programme: R11 per hour (55% of the NMW)

Also, learnerships will for now have a separate arrangement.

The transitional phase to bring these sectors to a NMW regime is expected to take at least two years.

Macun cautioned that the NMW does not include payment of allowances (such as transport, tools, food or accommodation) payments in kind (board or lodging), tips, bonuses and gifts.

The proposed legislation also makes provision for the Minister to exclude other forms of payment by regulation.

Basic Condition of Employment Act (BCEA)

Ramabulana said the introduction of the NMW Bill has necessitated changes to BCEA, so as to ensure alignment.

In the BCEA the levels of violation of sectoral determination have been found to be very high. The amended legislation will extend the provisions for monitoring and enforcement by the labour inspectorate to apply to NMW and the Unemployment Insurance.

The jurisdiction of the CCMA will be extended to include enforcement and claims for underpayment of the BCEA, the NMW, Unemployment Insurance and claims from contracts or collective agreements.

National roadshow

The Department of Labour has been on a national roadshow hosting worker briefing sessions to educate workers on the implementation of NMW and inform them on the implications of proposed amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, the coming into effect of the Accord on Collective Bargaining and Industrial Action and the Code of Good Practice on Collective Bargaining, Industrial Action and Picketing.

The worker engagement/briefing sessions started last November in Johannesburg. The briefing sessions have so far been held in Pretoria, Cape Town, George, Pietermaritzburg, Richards Bay, Durban, Tzaneen, Polokwane, Mbombela, Emalahleni, Klerksdorp, Rustenburg, Bloemfontein and in Welkom.

The next briefing session on NMW, amendments to BCEA and LRA will be held tomorrow in East London at Premier Hotel Regent, 22 Esplanade.

The briefing sessions on NMW and amendments to labour laws are held from 10:00-13:00.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Former MEC, five others nabbed for corruption

The Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested six accused including former MEC for Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu.

Mabuyakhulu was arrested alongside former Head of Department, Desmond Golding, for alleged fraud, corruption, money laundering and contraventions of Public Finance Management Act estimated at R28 million.

The other accused are service providers, Ceaser Mkhize, Zandile Mkhize, Nonhlanhla Ninela and Mzwandile Ninela.

According to the Hawks, the six allegedly unduly benefited from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) through irregular procurement process during 2012 and 2013.

It is alleged the DEDT planned to host a major event known a North Sea Jazz Festival (NSJF) in KwaZulu-Natal towards the end of 2013. The concept of (NSJF) had been brought about by a foreign based company.

The department allegedly accepted the concept and agreed to fund the event on condition that foreign based company forms a joint venture with a local company, Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said on Wednesday.

It allegedly transpired that the said agreement was altered by department and the local company without the knowledge of the overseas company.

Having heard about the alteration, the international license holder cancelled the agreement with the local partner and that was communicated to the Head of Department.

Mhlongo said this meant that the NSJF could not proceed as planned, however a full project amount of R28.5 million was paid to the service provider which was the local company.

It is understood that the said event was supposed to be sanctioned by the Cabinet and during a fact finding mission to Rotterdam in Holland officials, they were shocked when they saw advertisements around the NSJF which is set to take place in South Africa.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Hawks, who kick-started the investigation, which confirmed allegations of corruption and possible collusion leading to the arrest of the six suspects.

All six suspects appeared briefly in the Durban Specialised Commercial Court today and they were granted bail between R50 000 and R30 000, respectively.

The case was postponed to 06 April 2018 and more arrests are imminent.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Former MEC, five others nabbed for corruption

The Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested six accused including former MEC for Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu.

Mabuyakhulu was arrested alongside former Head of Department, Desmond Golding, for alleged fraud, corruption, money laundering and contraventions of Public Finance Management Act estimated at R28 million.

The other accused are service providers, Ceaser Mkhize, Zandile Mkhize, Nonhlanhla Ninela and Mzwandile Ninela.

According to the Hawks, the six allegedly unduly benefited from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) through irregular procurement process during 2012 and 2013.

It is alleged the DEDT planned to host a major event known a North Sea Jazz Festival (NSJF) in KwaZulu-Natal towards the end of 2013. The concept of (NSJF) had been brought about by a foreign based company.

The department allegedly accepted the concept and agreed to fund the event on condition that foreign based company forms a joint venture with a local company, Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said on Wednesday.

It allegedly transpired that the said agreement was altered by department and the local company without the knowledge of the overseas company.

Having heard about the alteration, the international license holder cancelled the agreement with the local partner and that was communicated to the Head of Department.

Mhlongo said this meant that the NSJF could not proceed as planned, however a full project amount of R28.5 million was paid to the service provider which was the local company.

It is understood that the said event was supposed to be sanctioned by the Cabinet and during a fact finding mission to Rotterdam in Holland officials, they were shocked when they saw advertisements around the NSJF which is set to take place in South Africa.

The matter was brought to the attention of the Hawks, who kick-started the investigation, which confirmed allegations of corruption and possible collusion leading to the arrest of the six suspects.

All six suspects appeared briefly in the Durban Specialised Commercial Court today and they were granted bail between R50 000 and R30 000, respectively.

The case was postponed to 06 April 2018 and more arrests are imminent.

Source: South African Government News Agency