Monthly Archives: August 2017

Download and Send Bursary Application Form via Email to PIDT

The Potato Industry Development Trust (PIDT) invites applications from students who wish to pursue their post graduate studies in the field of Agriculture.

The Trust, through Potatoes South Africa, provides bursaries to diploma, undergraduate and post graduate students studying agriculture at a tertiary institution in South Africa.

The primary goals for providing thesepost graduate bursaries are as follows:

  • To make a contribution towards ensuring that well qualified scientists are developed to address the research needs of the potato industry.
  • To increase the potato industry’s pool of knowledge.

Who can apply?

  • Honours, Masters and PhD students in the field of agriculture – potatoes. (Masters and PhD students to submit a potato related
    • research proposal.)
    • Must have excellent academic standing.
    • South African citizens.
    • Proof of registration at an appropriate South African university

    Conditions of the bursary

    After completion of the studies the student must work for a potato industry related company, organisation or institution in the Republic of South Africa as approved by the Potato Industry Development Trust equivalent to the period of the bursary.

    OpportunitiesAll students are given the opportunities to get to know the potato industry through an annual induction programme that takes place in April. The program includes visits to a fresh produce market, a potato farm, a processing plant and research facilities. Diploma and undergraduate students

    will be given the opportunity to enhance their skills through an internship (for disciplines requiring practical training and exposure as part of their qualification condition) and a workplace experience program to enhance their employment opportunities.

    How to apply

    Applications from students who have an interest in pursuing a research in a potato related field will receive priority. Students with a good academic standing and who wish to further their studies can request an application form from or may download the application form (Download here)The closing date for applications is 31 October 2017 and students who have not been contacted by the 31st of January 2018 must regard their application as being unsuccessful.

Hire out Slot Car Racing Tracks

One of the benefits of operating a hiring business is that it has recurring income without a lot of the worries that plague other types of businesses. But a lot of existing party event rental businesses (such as jumping castles) has a lot of competition, so you have to try something different. I’ve covered hiring out racing simulators and putt-putt courses which has less competition. Today we’ll be looking at starting a business hiring out slot car racing tracks and cars.

What is stock car racing?
Slot car racing is the hobby of racing with miniature cars (or other vehicles) which are guided by grooves or slots in the track on which they run. Both the cars and tracks come in various sizes and configurations.

Getting started
You get commercial tracks that you can purchase such as those from Ninco but tracks can also be built using injection molded plastic, chip board or fiber board. To make it even more appealing you can build tracks that resemble real life race courses, with miniature landmarks such as buildings and trees around it.

Car size: For rental purposes you should not go smaller than 1:32 scale, preferably 1:24 scale, this means the track needs to be large enough to be entertaining, so you will need at least a trailer to transport it. You will also need to have various cars available, at least one for each lane (and more for backup).

Target market
Slot car track rental is part of the events business; your target market should be parties (especially if it’s racing themed), and mall events such as fun days as well as other types of get-togethers, indoor events, park events etc. You can also make prizes available for the winners.

Business model
Charge a daily fee compensating for travel and setup costs as well.

This business requires a bit of research and knowhow, but delivers a fun and memorable experience when done correctly.

Further reading
Slot car racing on Wikipedia for a primer
Slot car racing: A first-time buyer’s guide for basics on choosing a track

Department Of Home Affairs Jobs

Are you looking for an exciting and challenging career in a rapidly changing organisation? The Department of Home Affairs has embarked on an extensive turnaround programme, aimed at developing a culture of responsiveness and improved service delivery. We are looking for committed, passionate and talented individuals to form part of a new leadership team, equipped with the right skills to deliver a world-class service. If you have what it takes to serve the needs of South Africa’s citizens, residents and visitors – and your credentials meet the requirements of any of the following positions – then respond before the closing date. Join our leadership team in transforming our vision into a reality.
The Department of Home Affairs is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It is our intention to promote representivity (race, gender, disability) through the filling of positions. Candidates whose appointment/transfer/promotion will further the objective of representivity will receive preference.

Applications must be sent in time to the correct address as indicated at the bottom of each position, to reach the address on or before the closing date. Applications send to a wrong address and/or received after the closing date or those that do not comply with the requirements, will not be taken into consideration. In the event of hand-delivery of applications, applicants must sign an application register as proof of application
Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83), obtainable from any Public Service department or at and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, including the details of at least two contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the applicant) and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (with an original certification stamp). It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of foreign qualifications to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority. Where a valid driver’s licence is a requirement, applicants must attach certified copies of such licences. No faxes or e-mailed applications will be considered. If no contact is made within three months of the closing date, please accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. Successful candidates may be required to undergo a competency



Location: Western Cape

If you recently graduated or are in the process of graduating in 2017 this Programme is for you. The ideal Parmalat Graduate is a self-starter who can deal with complexity and has high levels of energy with a Suitable Degree (or equal) in a relevant field of study.

Most of the phases of the programme will be assessed, but we expect more from you than just meeting minimum requirements. We expect you to make the most of the exposure you’ll enjoy in terms of learning and experience.

We continuously look for top talented individuals to upload their CV’s to our Graduate Pool where we recruit from. If you want to be contacted for potential future vacancies on the Graduate Programme, please clearly indicate your preference and register your CV.

 Finance Grad / Intern

  • Finance Graduate – Degree in Finance (Management Accounting)

Apply Online for the Parmalat Finance Grad / Internship Progrgamme

 Procurement Grad / Intern

  • Procurement Graduate – Degree (Purchasing, Negotiation Strategy, Supply Chain Management)

Apply Online for the Parmalat Procurement Grad / Internship Progrgamme

 Marketing Grad / Intern

  • Marketing Graduate – Degree in Marketing (Marketing Management, Statistics, Financial Management)

Apply Online for the Parmalat Marketing Grad / Internship Progrgamme

Sales/Customer Marketing Grad / Intern

  • Sales or Customer Marketing Graduate – Degree with commercial subjects;

Apply Online for the Parmalat Sales Grad / Internship Progrgamme

 Information Technology Grad / Intern


Closing Date: 30 September 2017
Location: Durban

The In-Service Training Programme is focused on developing talented individuals for future technical requirements. The programme affords the incumbent an opportunity to gain invaluable work intergrated learning and on the job development.

What are we looking for?

Individuals that are challenge driven and who demonstrate academic excellence as well as exceptional communication skills.

 Electrical Engineering H/C Trainee


SALARY : R152 862 per annum, Level 05
CENTRE : DFSC Office, Kasteel Park, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria.

REQUIREMENTS : Qualifications: Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent (NQF Level 4) qualification,
experience in Logistics Management/Supply Chain Management. Knowledge of
Defence logistics/procurement policies, processes and procedures will be an
advantage. A valid drivers’ license will be an advantage. Experience: A minimum of
two (2) years in providing logistical and procurement support in a government
department. Competencies: Logistical/Procurement/Supply Chain experience;planning and organizing skills; computer literacy with specific reference to spread
sheets; good language skills and ability to interact well with people at different

DUTIES : The successful candidate will be required to perform the following functions:
Perform logistical related clerical services and support tasks as instructed by the
Head of Admin Support. Receive and process stores demands. Obtain
procurement quotes and ensure that procurement register and logistics register are
up to date. Perform logistics related clerical services and support tasks as
instructed. Execute quarterly and annual stocktaking and proper inventory control.
Render administrative services as and when required to do so. Perform regular
stock-takes and verification.

ENQUIRIES : Ms M.M. Tema, Tel no: (012) 367 9340
APPLICATIONS : Defence Force Service Commission (DFSC), Private Bag X52, Pretoria 0001 or
may be hand-delivered to DFSC Offices, Leerdam Building, SAMHS

Head Office,
Kasteel Park, at the corner of Nossob and Jochemus street, Erasmuskloof, Pretoria.

NOTE : All the short-listed candidates will undergo a competency test.

closing date :18/08/2017

click here to apply


We are looking for a resilient and efficient individual, with a high energy level and a compelling sense of urgency, to provide key administrative/office support to the Managing Director.
Our ideal candidate will be highly organized, able to multi-task and effectively manage, organize and influence stakeholders internally and externally at all levels.
• A Matric certificate or equivalent qualification
• A relevant qualification e.g. secretarial/ personal assistant/ office administration would be beneficial
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• has good coordinating skills
• Is Proactive and able to work independently
• Is able to plan ahead and spot potential areas where help may be needed
• has basic numerical skills, together with the ability to complete numerical reports/budgets accurately (as and when required)
• is able to present themselves and the company in a professional manner
• Is able to act as the main contact point for all matters relating to the Director.
• has a strong service orientation
• has excellent relationship-building and networking skills
• is able to communicate effectively at all levels both within, as well as outside the company
• is able to remain flexible, function under pressure and maintain a positive attitude and work performance in a variety of circumstances
• has excellent time management, planning and organizing skills
• has a strong “sense of urgency” with regards to everything they do
• is accurate, pays attention to detail and is reliable in meeting set deadlines

is accurate, pays attention to detail and is reliable in meeting set deadlines
• is able to consistently deal with telephone calls, requests and interruptions with the highest degree of efficiency and professionalism
• is able to manage confidential information with utmost discretion
• is able to be innovative and show initiative
Experience Required:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
• Sound knowledge and experience in managing an Executive’s diary is an important requirement
• A minimum of 5 years previous experience in a similar role
• Proficiency in all the latest Microsoft packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook)
Key Responsibilities • Managing calendars/diary including the annual company calendar.
• Providing a confidential and comprehensive administrative/office support service
• Dealing with and responding to correspondence and telephonic queries

Taking and distributing minutes and monitoring progress feedback.
• Effectively executing financial administration and the services function through budget set up and expense control.
• Organizing functions/meetings and appointments etc.
• Compiling and distributing reports and/or presentations.
• Timeous and effective organization of travel, local and international.
• Filing and record keeping

How to Invest in Coin Collection Business

A Coin Collection requires time and investment but it is a very rewarding activity. Regardless of whether you have a lot of money to spend or small budget, I will try to give you the tips on how to start collecting and making money for the future! There is a variety of rare South African coins available.

Different ways to collect

At The Coin Company all our clients share the same interest: Coins

There are two different main types.

  • Collector’s Interest. They would try to get a collection that is priceless and in many cases they will never think about selling it.
  • Collecting only highly graded certified coins or Profit interest: The type of client that wants to buy coins as an investment. This type of client will look for coins that will grow in value in the future.

Coin Investment requires the advice of a broker to make the right choice and purchase. This is a long time investment. We do not recommend buying online any coin before having the possibility to inspect the coin in your hand.

Coin collections

Most of the coins you will find at The Coin Company are graded coins as well as rare South African coins. This means that coins have been inspected and inserted in a plastic capsule with a bar code and a hologram to certify the coin is authentic. This process is done in United States.

If you have a collection of coins that are currently in circulation, remember that unfortunately we don’t buy or sell circulated coins.

If your coins are out of circulation, old or rare, never try to clean them.

The value will decrease if you clean them.

Make the right decision

Make a decision of the type of coin you would like to buy. We will help you decide.

Nelson Mandela Coin Collections

At The Coin Company we specialise in Nelson Mandela Coins.

There are 3 series of coins that were released by SA Mint portraying Nelson Mandela and his presidential inauguration.1994 Presidential

The sky is the limit

Now, when it comes to collecting coins, the possibilities are unlimited. The mint of origin, the grades, the year of mint, however, the most important thing to remember is that no matter whether you are collecting only highly graded certified coins, or you want to specialize in collecting only coins for a particular mintage, or whatever coins you

wish to collect – coin collecting is a fun and exciting hobby that should always be held in a safe and out of the way location, such as in a locked safe.

And always remember before buying any coin consult an expert about the specific coins you have interest in


Why Forex Trading Is Becoming Such A Big Deal In SA

forex trading is the buying and selling of currencies based on market activity. Forex traders speculate on whether the exchange rate will go up or down and just like any other form of speculation, they want to buy a currency at one price and sell it at a higher price in order to make a profit.

For example, if they think the euro is going to rise against the U.S. dollar, they can buy the EUR/USD currency pair low and then sell it at a higher price to make a profit. However, if they buy the euro against the dollar (EUR/USD), and the U.S. dollar strengthens, they will then be in a losing position. They will then lose the trade or the money they risked on that specific trade.

However, there is no way of accurately predicting how the currencies will perform. According to Jaba Investments, forex traders “take calculated risks by relying on statistical probabilities to determine trades”.

But it’s not quite that simple.

The biggest misconception: a get-rich-quick scheme
Volatile, erratic, risky, personal, emotional, intense and stressful are some of the words Forex traders used to describe the trade to HuffPost SA. All emphatically share the sentiment that it is far from easy and definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme

“You pack people into a class and ask them to pay R25,000 for two days, promise them riches but only 5% of them make money after,” says Forex Academy’s Ernest Klokow. “These people are overpromising because quick returns are largely not possible.”

“What they don’t tell you is that all beginner traders have a 95 percent chance of failing,” warns Real Trader’s Chrizette Rossouw. Rossouw had her accounts completely wiped out when she started trading and it took her years before she made any real money out of forex trading.

ACM Gold’s David Rosenthal says people who have made money quickly normally end up losing it the same way. His advice: “Steady and easy. Trade money as you would any other investment.” Rosenthal blames false advertising for creating unrealistic expectations and misleading people.

Johannesburg-based forex trader, Tshepo Brand, warns potential investors not to fall for brokers who guarantee returns. “There are no guarantees, and any forex trader who tells you that is a liar,” he tells HuffPost SA.

Colin Abrams agrees. A full-time forex trader himself, he tells HuffPost SA: “If you think it’s quick wealth, you are inviting short-term trouble. It is trickier and more complicated than people think, but people underestimate its difficulty.”