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Issue 11-13
Inspiring Continuous  Improvement

Editorial

It is great to talk to you again. We have started the year with an enormous pace. The newsletter subscribers have grown, and so did the business. We have broken the 5200 mark for our subscribers, which is great.  I have to appoligise for the delay since our last communication, but we have experienced technical difficulties, but that is now resolved.
There are a couple of events which will have a significant impact on the way companies will be allowed to do business in the future as well as the way new business will be registred.

The main events for the following weeks are:


1.  25 March 2011 - Launch of the new Companies and Intellectual Property Commission
2. 31 March 2011 -  Implementation of the New Consumer Protection Act
3. 01 April 2011 - Implementation of the new Companies Act (No April fools joke)

The big questions is: Are you and your business ready for these changes? Do you know how it will impact on your business?

As we have informed you last year, we have new Pension and Provident Fund Umbrella Products for SMME's that is affordable and cost effective. You can start with a minimum of 5 people  at maximum of 8.5% of salary contributions. For more information call us or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

if the average earnings is more than R5000 per month and 15
We have introduced the OcsaCare product to you last year as well, and it is growing with leaps and bounds. Have you considered this for your staff?

A new offering is the GAP cover. Since we introduced it late last year to our union clients, it took of like hot cake. Will tell you more in the next issue.

 
Please send any ideas, questions, concerns or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a relevant subject description on the topic that you might inquire, contribute or have concerns about.

Have a great week, and may all your plans materialise and make you lots of money.

Wynand Louw
AFS Informer

Business

1st of April sees the introduction of the new Companies Act and the 31 March 2011 the introduction of the rest of the new Consumer Protection Act. This will mean the end of Close Corporation registrations. If you have not yet reserved a name for a cc registration, you are to late.

The same with the restoration of your Close Corporation, if it was finally deregistered by CIPRO due to none compliance with submitting annual returns. You are currently liable for all the costs and liabilities of your company, and is currently running a non entity. You could loose your business's name if you have been de-registered. This means some-one else could reserve the name and use it for their company. Please ensure that your company have not been de-registered.

If you are currently a Sole Proprietor, and you are using a "Trading As - T/A" name, you will not be allowed to do this after the 31 March 2011 implementation of the new Consumer Protection Act. You will have to register your "T/A - Trading As" name with CIPRO in order to verify that it will not be in conflict with the current registered entities on the CIPRO database.  You will also have to conduct business in your full personal name untill your Trading As name have been registered. 

To find out if your company is still registered, or to get more detail on Company registrations, go to CIPRO website or  Contact Cipro at 0861 843 384, or contact our offices. We will gladly assist you in the process, but it will  be a paid service.

We have many satisfied clients who utilises our registration services for CIPRO, SARS, COID, UIF, PAYE etc.  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For a simple demonstration or to acquire our help in your next facilitation meeting, call us at our office or email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free non obligatory quotations.


Helping a Discouraged or Traumatised Employee


When employees are discouraged or traumatised, they can be cancerous to the workplace. As their own production goes down, they often attempt to contaminate others around them. Discouraged and traumatised employees can be easily identified.

When you observe the signs, you should discover the source of the employee’s dissatisfaction or trauma and then find a customized a solution to the employee's situation. While the best approach is to prevent your employees from getting discouraged or traumatised in the first place, the same skills can be used to provide the treatment. Prevention is better than cure.

To help your managers to identify and assist these employees, please give our office a call at 012 348 0149 or send an email to Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
We can train your managers how to identify discouraged and traumatised employees, and how and where to get help and assistance and how to apply emergency help. We could also assist your employees through our employee assistance program, group coaching and mentoring.

 


Occupational Health

OCSACare

This is a low cost product you can introduce as a benefit to your staff and volunteers, with tremendous benefits to your organisation.
It is an occupational health solution designed for the South African labour market to keep employees who were previously excluded from any form of private healthcare, healthy and productive.
The Gold Package:
For only R190.00 per employee per month from 1st of January 2011. It provides your employees with the option to visit any CareCross Doctor, Dentist or Optometrist without co-payments for these services. This option is available to groups of 10 or more.
The Silver Package:
For only R 160.00 per employee per month from 1st of January 20111. It provides your employees with the option to visit any CareCross Doctor, without any co-payments for this service. This option is available for individuals and groups fewer than 10. Ideal for Domestic Servants, Gardeners, Butlers, Personal Drivers.

For more information, contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks to the following clients who have joint OcsaCare:

1. Casta Diva Guest House
2. Easy 4u Products
3. United association of South Africa.
4. MassMart Group
5. Ackermans
6. Hang Ten
7. Adcorp
8. Scooters
9. Maxis
10. Postnet

To all the clients who promissed their staff they will join next year, please do not fall behind. Take the lead and see you next year.

Online Life Insurance:

  1. Instant Life
  2. Do Life Yourself

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you require a life policy quotation, please send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We have signed an agreement with a company who provides life cover for people living with HIV/Aids and Diabetes. for more information or a quotation please contact us or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Open Source Software Solutions

For training, information or assistance please contact us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Closing:

Have a great time. Hope you will enjoy all the sport that is current on the go, if you are a spot fan. If not, please bear with the rest through this trying times, especially if they are Bulls supporters.


Wynand Louw & AFS Informer Team

What is this newsletter about:

This Weekly publication is issued by Aquilla Advisors cc (Specialising in Business Solutions to SMME's in all the various aspects of business) and Aquilla Financial Solutions cc (Specialising in Financial Services Advice and Intermediary Services).

It contains information useful to business owners, business advisors  and managers, NGO's, Schools, Churches etc. We have a volunteer NGO network with affiliation benefits for professionals, students and organisations. To learn more about the network or to join and enjoy the benefits the network provides, visit Inter Trauma Nexus at www.itn.org.za.

If you want to comment on anything in this newsletter, send us a mail to:  afs.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. For more information on Aquilla Advisors , go to www.aquillaadvisors.co.za. To visit Aquilla Financial Solutions, visit us at www.afsonline.co.za. Feel free to pass on this newsletter to other interested parties. You'll find the subscribe - unsubscribe function at the end.

We are willing to do lunchtime talks, staff meeting discussions , training, workshops and conferences, about various topics, from Business, employee issues, management challenges  and legislative issues to any topic that would interest you.  We also assist businesses and organisations in strategy planning through a process called Participlan which gives employees the freedom of expressing ideas. For more information contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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