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Mental Health Awareness Month July 2018

July 02 2018 By Progression

July marks Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, and there is no better opportunity to highlight one of South Africa's most prevalent topics - mental illnesses.  The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that in 2017 1 in 3 people in South Africa, will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and that 23 people...

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Unpacking the Amended B-BBEE Codes

May 30 2018 By Steven Lekalakala

On the 29thof March 2018 Dr. Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry, issued Government Gazette 41546 which deals with amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. The proposed changes to the Codes should be implemented in October this year. Steven Lekalakala, Business Development Consultant and B-BBEE Expert at Progression, takes a close...

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How Learnership Allowances can Reduce your Tax Bill

May 30 2018 By Tarryn Mason

Did you know that investing in Skills Development under a formal learnership provides you with the opportunity to claim a tax deduction according to Section 12H of the Income Tax Act? Section 12H of the Income Tax Act states that employers are eligible for an allowance in respect of qualifying 'registered learnership agreements' entered into betw...

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Simulated Learnerships - True Transformation or Pure Compliance?

May 15 2018 By Beth Cook

In recent years, hosted and simulated learnerships, in which learners are hosted at premises other than the lead employer or in a simulated work environment, have become prevalent and in some instances, even preferred among corporates. This is especially true with regards to learners with disabilities. There are some instances in which an "offsite...

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The Importance of Considering People with Disabilities in your Health and Safety Procedures

April 10 2018 By Tarryn Mason

As human beings, we are all entitled to a safe and healthy working environment. Legislation in the form of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993) was written and passed by Parliament to address this matter. This Act aims to ensure the provision and maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment for all, including people with di...

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Stephen Hawking- Disability Need Not be an Obstacle to Success

March 26 2018 By Justene Smith

When Stephen Hawking passed away recently, the world lost an incredible human being, someone who was able to look past his physical limitations and become one of the great thinkers of our time. Hawking was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the tender age of 21. Doctors gave him a mere two to three years to live, yet he went on to live for 76 ye...

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Intellectual Disability Awareness Month

March 20 2018 By Justene Smith

Of every one thousand people living in South Africa (and our population is over 55.91 million), 25 have an IQ between 50 and 80. Yet, we know very little about Intellectual Disability. The month of March is dedicated to bringing awareness to Intellectual Disability, a subject often plagued by stereotypes, misconception and misunderstanding. Justen...

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Matric Requirement Limits Both People with Disabilities as well as Organisations' Ability to Maximise their B-BBEE Score

February 05 2018 By Beth Cook

Across the country a number of young adults waited eagerly for their matric final results, which were released on the 4th of January for the IEB schools and the 6th of January for the Government-regulated curriculum system. Many young people are now considering their next steps, their work and study options. Sadly, only a handful of youth with disa...

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Managing Disability During the Festive Season

December 15 2017 By Justene Smith

While the festive season is meant to be a period of relaxation, when enjoying time with family and friends and celebrating the end of another year are high on the agenda, many people find it particularly stressful.  Justene Smith, disability expert at Progression, says while dealing with the festive season can be stressful for the man-on-the-stre...

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Disability Rights Awareness Month - Overcoming the 1%

November 23 2017 By Beth Cook

Theme for Disability Rights Awareness Month 2017: Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all. Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) takes place annually from the 3rd of November to the 3rd of December. The 3rd of December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, also celebrated as National Disability Rights ...

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Now or Never - Addressing the Skills Gap in South Africa

September 18 2017 By Tarryn Mason

The critical skills gap that exists in South Africa is a growing concern for many industries. One would assume, to combat this concerning lack of critical skills, employers would be investing more in learning and development (L&D). However, according to the annual Deloitte Human Capital Trends Report, the opposite is true. According to the rep...

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Is Diabetes a Disability or Chronic Condition?

August 28 2017 By Justene Smith

The painful and tragic death of kwaito artist Anthony Motaung, popularly known as Fatty Boom Boom or Tsekeleke, has highlighted the importance of gaining a greater understanding of Diabetes and its legislative status in South Africa. Some 7% of South African adults aged between 21 and 79 (3.85 million people) have Diabetes. World statistics are j...

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Mental Health Matters

July 24 2017 By Justene Smith

The month of July is Psychosocial Disability Awareness Month in South Africa, an important and momentous one as it highlights an all too often shunned and stigmatised topic: mental illness.  According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), approximately one in five people will, or do, suffer from a mental illness including, bu...

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The Youth - the Future Workforce of SA.

June 26 2017 By Tarryn Mason

June is a special month for our country as we celebrate 66% of South Africa's population, the youth. As a big part of the population, young people are at the heart of the future of South Africa. While South Africa's history was driven by young people through the Soweto Uprising in 1976, more recently young people are facing many challenges in moder...

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The Importance of Disability Equity Audits

June 12 2017 By Candice Lambert

Disability Equity Audits can be better understood as  'disclosure campaigns' and have been implemented by Progression since the business started in 2002. Through our in-the-field experience, Progression has found that not all staff members disclose their disabilities to HR personnel. There are various reasons for this, the main being a lack of kn...

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Combatting Unemployment one Learnership at a Time

May 08 2017 By Tarryn Mason

It is extremely unsettling to know that 50.9% of South Africa's youth are unemployed. It is therefore evident that more focus needs to be placed on how we can assist the youth in entering the job market without a formal tertiary qualification in order to contribute positively to the country's economy. The job market is a competitive one, with th...

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Shedding Light on Disability in the Workplace

April 11 2017 By Progression

Written by Imogen Rossam. March 2017. As a Business Development Consultant for Progression, Melanie Bothma interacts with many clients across a range of industries.  An all too often occurrence however, is the existence of common misconceptions, prejudices and stigmas that she sees on a daily basis. Melanie discusses some of the most common of t...

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Skills Development Trends for 2017

February 16 2017 By Progression

January 2017 'Trends for the new year' - a buzz phrase that fills our social media feeds as companies kick off the year by telling their clients "What to expect in 2017" or "What will drive your business to success in the new year". The fact is that very often we don't see anything new or different, just reminders of what we should have implemente...

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Measuring Effectiveness of Employee Training and Development

December 13 2016 By Beth Cook

December 2016 Employee training and development plays a critical role in advancing organisational performance, but is not always a priority for top management. HR Practitioners can make use of critical KPIs for employee development in order to justify the investment of time and money towards improving organisational talent. On-the-job training th...

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Growing Critical Thinking in the Workplace

November 29 2016 By Beth Cook

November 2016 At Progression we assess thousands of young school, college and varsity leavers for entry into the workplace or further skills opportunities each year. What constantly amazes me is that only a very small percentage of these individuals have the ability to think critically and strategically, a skill that would make them workplace read...

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