Monday, March 30, 2015

Register for the Durban Business Fair - Vacancies in the Arts


THE City has invested more than R100 million towards the Durban Business Fair since its inception and plans to spend about R63 million in the next three years to continue inspiring growth and sustainability to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

This was announced by the Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning Committee, Nomvuzo Shabalala today, 27/03/15, during the 2015 Durban Business Fair launch held at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre under the theme, ‘Connecting Durban Business Fair Globally’.

This is the 17th edition of the Durban Business Fair.  

The Durban Business Fair scheduled to take place on 16-18 October 2015 at the Durban Exhibition Centre will be preceded by five Regional Business Fairs that will take place in the West, South, East and North Regions. They are scheduled as follows: Hammarsdale Junction on 17-19 April; KwaMnyandu Mall on 22-24 May and Bridge City Mall on 19-21 June. Two additional regional fairs, which will happen in partnership between the City and the Province, will be held at Folweni and Clermont in April and June respectively.

Shabalala said the City decided to increase the number of the Regional Fairs because of the growing interest in the Fair from businesses within eThekwini and beyond. This limited other interested businesses access to be part of this ground-breaking event as it could only accommodate about 500 exhibitors.

“Today the City pride itself of the many success stories that the DBF had produced. This includes ICT business that is operating at a global level, women owned businesses that are operating at national level and businesses that are not only relying on Government tenders, but able to obtain work from the private sector and self-sustainable,” said Shabalala. 

Sibusiso Shabalala of Adapt IT who once benefited in the City’s business development programmes such as exhibiting in the Durban Business Fair said: “The best recipe of the successful business is to focus on one business and to do many things at once, develop a deeper understanding and become an expert on what he/she does.

He said it is very critical to never forget the real reason that made one venture into business because government wants to invest in experts that can innovatively create jobs and tackle poverty using their skills.

“When I founded Adapt IT my vision was to create eThekwini as an IT hub and make a difference by creating employment. I used all the available government platforms available to source knowledge and upgrade my skill and became an expert hence why today KwaZulu-Natal produces the highest number of technicians,” he said.

Shabalala added that his company is now valued at 1.2 billion, they have offices in Cape town, Johannesburg and Durban being their headquarters and now exporting their services and have people based in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. He employs about 550 permanent people.

Registration to participate in Regional Business Fairs is now open. For the Inner/Outer West Region contact 031 837 0616, South Region 031 829 6460 and North Region 031 564 2273.

Vacancies In The Arts 

The PANSA Western Cape Administrative assistant/ coordinator.
Duties will include providing efficient and effective administrative and support functions to ensure the smooth running of PANSA.
The role is primarily an administrative one, and strong numeracy and literacy skills are required. The applicant will be able to demonstrate a better than average knowledge of computerised systems and standard office procedures.
Minimum educational requirements are a Matric exemption certificate with at least five (5) years of relevant experience.
Specific skills required include:
  • Experience in a computerised accounting system
  • Experience in bookkeeping and accounting procedures
  • Experience in a computerised Customer Relationship Management system
  • Better than average skills in office productivity software, such as Microsoft Office
  • An ability to create and maintain accurate records relating to financial information, including petty cash recons and payment schedules
  • Excellent organisational and project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in at least two of the following languages: Xhosa, English and Afrikaans
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • A knowledge of, and passion for, the performing arts would be an advantage.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and skills. The successful applicant will report directly to the National Administrator and National Coordinator.
Submit your CV, including at least three contactable references, to
Closing date for applications is 31 March 2015.

Project Manager (British Council Connect ZA)

We are looking for an experienced project manager to join the British Council Connect ZA arts team.

British Council Connect ZA is a project from that is working to connect the new generation of creative professionals and audiences in the UK and South Africa. The project utilises innovative digital techniques in developing programmes of work. Connect ZA reaches new diverse audiences for the arts by working in spaces and places where our audience live and work. Our showcasing develops audiences for work that challenges and updates perceptions of contemporary creativity. Our partners share expertise in working digitally, developing young audiences and supporting new creative careers.

The British Council’s Creative Economy programme forges connections between the growing creative industries in the UK and overseas. Using on-the-ground resources in over one hundred nations, and a global network defined by direct access to policymakers and collaborative dialogue, we co-create programmes to develop cultural enterprise, leadership, skills and infrastructure in partnership with a range of organisations and individuals.

The global arts team is a group of experts in the Arts in the UK and worldwide who build strong external networks and partnerships. Using these networks, working with colleagues across the organisation, they develop international opportunities in four specific priority areas:

- Bringing new UK work to new global audiences
- Showcasing the UK at events of international importance
- Developing skills and leadership in the creative sector
- Harnessing the power of arts in achieving international development goals
Accountabilities, responsibilities and main duties:

The post holder will be accountable to the Connect ZA Head of Arts for the successful progress and implementation of projects either developed by the team or individuals.

Specific duties will include:
- managing partners that deliver projects
- financial management and reporting
- monitoring and evaluation
- support delivery of creative sector development events and initiatives
- developing relationships with relevant creative sector stakeholders
- working with partners to develop opportunities for young creatives
- supporting our work around audience development with our partners
- helping to develop digital engagement strategies and platforms
- documenting work and publicising activities across our digital platforms
- Working closely with the Head of Arts and the Regional Business Manager in seeking opportunities for partnerships and income potential

Key relationships:

- coordination and cooperation with the Connect ZA team
- support to senior managers in representing the Council’s operational programme to external stakeholders
- collaboration with communications colleagues to promote project marketing
- general team working with colleagues across the directorate
- connection with the advisory teams in London

- coordination and cooperation with project partners and the wider creative sector

Other important features or requirements of the job:

Operational project work requires occasional (or sometimes regular) work outside conditioned hours, for example in the evenings or at weekends. TOIL should be agreed with the line manager in advance to maintain an adequate work-life balance. Post holders may be required to travel abroad on British Council business and should therefore hold valid travel documents.
The position of CZA Project Manager has become available in the Johannesburg office. For more details about the post, please read through the role profile below and apply, please complete the application form and submit via email to  by Thursday 2 April 2015
Please ensure to quote the reference number on the application form: CZA-PM-CE

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