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Turning the tide on absenteeism

Absenteeism is costing the economy billions, at a time when we can scarcely afford it. How can companies turn this trend around?

Late in 2014, Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) and Statistics South Africa released the shock statistic that the country was losing some R16 billion a year to absenteeism. Around 15% of employees were absent on any given day, and only a third of these were actually ill.

Meanwhile, Alexander Forbes called for a proactive management strategy among organisations countrywide to tackle absenteeism, after noticing that it had increased at “staggering rates” over the previous decade. The strategy should focus on implementing the best practice of managing absenteeism and increasing productivity in the workplace, the report noted.

All employers in fact have the power to begin making this happen. There is a noticeable correlation between employee well-being and low rates of absenteeism, and yet relatively few employers are taking advantage of the wealth of knowledge available to increase productivity in this way.

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NEW RELEASES & PRODUCTS
Clover introduces “Way Better” low fat milk in line with new government legislation

In keeping with its Clover’s “Way Better®” promise and in line with the R260: Agricultural Product Standards Act passed by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Clover will be implementing a change to the fat content of its low fat milk variant.
Easy baking with new Snowflake Treats products

Snowflake is proud to announce the launch of two exciting new additions to the Treats range of cake mixes: Rainbow Cake and Marble Cake.
Sea Harvest brings speciality seafood to your kitchen

The Easter Holidays are a time when family and friends gather around the table to eat delicious seafood meals. Of course, pickled fish made with South Africa’s favourite white fish, Cape Hake, is a must on the menu.
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NEWS HEADLINES
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Edcon in talks to defer $110m coupon payment

Edcon is in talks with creditors to defer R1.6bn of interest payments to December to boost its liquidity, it said on Friday (15 April).
Eskom hits back at Gupta-owned Optimum coal theories

Eskom said on Sunday that it would not increase the price it pays for Gupta-owned Optimum's coal in order to promote black economic empowerment.


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Allan Gray banking on Nene’s experience

Asset management group Allan Gray has appointed former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene as a non-executive director, hoping to tap his strategic and leadership skills, it said on Monday (18 April).
Nestle’s coffee push brews better sales - Switzerland

Nestle SA, the world’s biggest food company, reported first-quarter sales that beat analysts’ estimates, as Nescafe and Nespresso were boosted by marketing to ward off increased competition in coffee.



RECRUITERS & NEW APPOINTMENTS
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Nicolene Di Bartolo

Nicolene Di Bartolo develops and delivers strategic recruitment solutions that are innovative, robust and effective. Our executive search and management appointment services are trusted by leading employers, both locally and internationally.


Strategy Recruitment Marketing

Strategy Recruitment Marketing, tailor-made alternative recruitment solutions, the latest recruitment practices and technology, cost-effective impactful results.
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MULTIMEDIA
#DentyneSmile feat. Minnie Dlamini

Dentyne believes that the power of a smile is endless, that's why we've teamed up with Minnie Dlamini to give 2 lucky women the chance to launch their dream careers.

MARKETING & BRAND ACTIVATION
Expansion drives Dr. Wolff sales to record levels in 110th year

Bielefeld, March 2016. In the past business year, the Dr. Wolff Group generated internal growth of 9 percent, resulting in sales of 265 million euros (2014: 242 million euros) and marking an increase for the eleventh time in a row.
dmg events acquires Exhibition Management Services (Pty) Ltd South Africa

One of the world’s leading event companies, dmg events, has announced the acquisition of long established Pan African exhibition organiser Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS) – headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Oreo opens up to reveal a childlike sense of wonder across South Africa

This Easter weekend, inspiring moments of openness and curiosity was shared through the unique #WonderChutes and #WonderSelfie activations that excited Oreo cookie lovers in Durban and Johannesburg respectively.
The Foschini Group acquires Whistles

TFG (The Foschini Group) has acquired, through its United Kingdom (UK) subsidiary, Phase-Eight, the entire share capital of Whistles, a British contemporary fashion brand for men and women.
The Lay’s and Pepsi #PerfectMatch quarterfinals ticket winners are in!

Lay’s and Pepsi, the official snack and soft drink partner of the UEFA Champions League, are proud to announce the three lucky winners of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals tickets.
Welcome to Clear Design

For the past 20 years, Clear Design has been manufacturing and printing acrylic displays, specialising in the fabrication of Perspex acrylic supplied by Lucite UK and Plexiglas acrylic sheeting supplied by Evonik of Germany.
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LOGISITCS, PACKAGING & SUPPLY CHAINS
A bright future for Pyrotec PackVerifi

Pyrotec PackMedia, March 2016: Propak Africa, the largest packaging, processing, printing, labelling and plastics exhibition in Africa took place from March 15 to 18, 2016, with exhibitors from all over Africa represented at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Gauteng.
Emerging trends in logistics

The future of logistics is paved with innovation and technology.
Expand your branding options with ElastiTag®

Have you reached the point where your packaging needs a pick-me-up? Perhaps you’re keen to draw shoppers’ attention to a specific product benefit or highlight a key ingredient?
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RECIPES
SA’s #1 cheesecake revealed at the LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® final

Lucky LANCEWOOD Cake-Off® winner, Lizelle Solomon of Alberton, will soon be on her way to the Big Apple, home of the cheesecake itself.
Snack on baked camembert goodness

Fed up with the standard cheese, crackers, and olives when putting a snack together? Make a baked Camembert!

CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT
SASKO Siyasizana Daycare Project awards 350 Daycares

In September 2015, SASKO successfully launched its SASKO Siyasizana Daycare Project to assist daycares in Tembisa in receiving much-needed items for their facilities.
Shoprite Checkers does its part for World Water Day

On World Water Day, 22 March, the Shoprite Group will be donating 49 300l of water and 2200 food buckets in the community of Grey Town as part of the Group’s Project Thirst.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Herman Mashaba, Alan Pullinger, Yusuf Randera Rees, and Mark Stewart join Leaders on the Move
March and April
South Africa
South African Cheese Festival in the spotlight
30 April – 2 May 2016
Sandringham Stellenbosch South Africa
SIAL China 2016: The best inspiring platform for food and beverage trade
5 – 7 May 2016
Shanghai China
FMCG Insights and Conference in association with Sowetan
10 May 2016
Turbine Hall Johannesburg South Africa
First ever South African Bike Festival to be held
27 – 29 May 2016
Kyalami Race Track Johannesburg South Africa
Sunday Times Generation Next is back – even bigger and better in 2016
10 June 2016
Pavilion, Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg South Africa
Logistics Sector Joins Cape Industries Showcase
13 – 15 July 2015
Cape Town International Convention Centre Cape Town South Africa
Bright new Afro-Futuristic campaign for 100% Design South Africa 2016
5 – 9 August 2016
Gallagher Convention Centre Midrand South Africa
Don’t miss SIAL Paris - The exhibition that inspires the world’s food industry
16 – 20 October 2016
Paris Nord Villepinte France
 
ABOUT US
Fastmoving provides news, insight, and analysis into the retail and FMCG industries in South Africa, and has been doing so for the last 12 years. We provide marketing services to businesses operating in the retail and FMCG sector by creating dedicated company pages, publishing news releases, and offering exposure in our regular weekly and monthly newsletters.

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Editor

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