Why Gauteng has higher salaries..

One of our clients asked this Question: How do people residing in the Western Cape and KZN, doing the same job with the same tools etc, earn up to 20% less than Gauteng? via Taryn. So I went to my social networks and posed the same question. Below are the responses .. (full names not used unless where approval has been granted)

  • Jay – Cost of living is higher in Gauteng
  • Erika – Accommodation is much more expensive in Western Cape
  • Fritz – Because Cape Town have the mooooountain.
  • Johann – I think they only get up to speed after 10:00 am en they’re on the beach by 15:00.
    So they get paid for half day. Calling it a full time job makes them feel great.
  • Pieter – Productivity is a factor but then again is it worth the 20%?
  • Albert – Supply and demand is vastly different between the provinces also. My branch managers in Gauteng, Dbn and Cpt dont earn the same because we don’t bring in the same revenue at each branch.
  • Lisinda – They dont have to pay etolls
  • Stephan – Common sense says there’s more companies and more money here. More money more pay.
  • Julia – Because the standard of living in Johannesburg is higher and it is a known fact that in Johannesburg ,people tend to travel longer distances
  • Taryn – I understand Julia’s comment. The cost of living in Cape Town is quite high too….Durban not as much as JHB and CPT but a lot of workers commute from surrounding areas such as PMB to work in Durban too
  • Julia – I agree that the cost of living is high in Cape Town too but Johannesburg is by far the highest. Yea workers do commute in Durban but the distance travelled is not as far as the distances travelled in jhb and surrounds but yes very interesting topic to be discussed
  • Malcolm – Simply because you need to pay 20% more for people to want to live in JHB, they typically have to sacrifice coastal living and lifestyle aspects and substitute it with traffic and longer hours
  • Deon – Almost everything in Pretoria cost more, as it is brought up from the coast. even fuel is cheaper there…i don`t know how accurate your clients gesture is… But There is also more capital to go around here and almost everything is more expensive here… If your client stays here you can respond with, you earn 20% more, why should I….
  • Kenji – I am originally from Cape Town and moved to Johannesburg last year September, and the cost of living between the cities are high. Cape Town you don’t travel far distances to work etc, however in Johannesburg, it’s constant traffic, everything is far and even groceries are ridiculous. But I think, it should be fair to everyone that the salaries offered in both cities for certain positions should be the same
  • Nicky – 20% increase in JHB is like “danger pay”
  • Laurence – The generalisation would be smaller companies in KZN. Entrepreneurs will pay less than a blue chip. Also lower qualifications would play a role. What are our costs on recreation vs theirs? I think you’ll see we’ll outspend them by a big margin. Our healthcare costs are probably more too, due to our lifestyle and stress levels.
  • Jamie – The simple answer is that the cost of living in Johannesburg Metro is more than the other provinces. From the cost of groceries, travel, entertainment, eating out, fuel, taxes. This is one of the reasons why the Western Cape is booming and Gauteng is declining. A lot of companies are relocating to the Western Cape because of the lack of service delivery and governance but mainly because it is less expensive to run the business out of Gauteng
  • Njabulo – Well, JHB life is quite expensive. From renting an apartment to buying groceries. Transportation is a nightmare and more people drive here than they commute whereas in Durban, more especially, people commute and public transport is cheaper ……Most of the big name companies’ headquarters are based here.
  • Sean – Look at it in terms of an Expat Salary with an inconvenience allowance to live there.


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#MeetingsAfrica15 and #USB15 MyTweets

Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent. Unique Speakers Bureau hosted their Premier League of Speakers Showcase during Meetings Africa Expo 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre and thank you USB for the invite. Below are some of the Tweets I did during the event


The Twitter wall was a large digital screen!


Dress your brand – find out if you are getting it right!

When The Success Academy invited us to an Executive Breakfast on the 18th of February 2015 and their topic was “Dress your brand – find out if you are getting it right!” presented by Janine Starkey owner of the House of Janine, I was excited to be going. It’s no secret every room I enter I am (most of the time) dressed differently to all so I was looking forward to hearing what Janine had to say.

Janine impressed me a lot cause she approaches dressing your brand from an Individual perspective. Here are some of the quick notes I jotted…

  • 93% of first impressions is visual. What is your first impression, are you making the best of your physic?
  • We are our own brands. Represent your own brand.
  • If you look good you perform. Are you wearing your personality? It’s your fingerprint. If you are not wearing it its a disaster.
  • Style sells. What is fashionable is when an individual knows who they are and they are comfortable.
  • Black drains the colour from your face for both men and women. Wearing black is not successful.
  • In Business what image are you predicting. Corporate image rules – no open toes, no open shoulders, 
  • If you have a stomach, pleats are your friend in men, if you don’t then NO
  • Slim fit, fit shoulder otherwise relaxed fit is good depending on your body. Slim fit requires the right body
  • Don’t steam your collar when ironing.
  • You know your own brand better than anyone else and you should shop alone.
  • Never wear a short sleeve shirt with a Jacket, when you take off the jacket you lose all formality 
  • Don’t tuck your shirt into your shorts.
  • Choose clothing for your staff for who they are as people 
  • Self esteem – it’s about the interior. Understand who you are inside 

Janine Starkey

Janine Starkey, owner of The House of Janine. Her topic “Dress your brand – find out if you are getting it right!” You’ve heard it said – you never get a second chance at making a first impression. It takes 7 seconds to create a first impression and 17 repeat visits to correct a bad first impression!

Janine will help you put style back into your life and assist you to understand your personal brand and that “who you are” should be translated through what you wear.

Janine studied fashion design at the London International School of Fashion and spent 5 years as head of wardrobe on the popular South African soap opera Egoli. Speak to Janine

Personal Brand Just Walked Into The Room

“Personal Brand is What People Say About You, When You Leave The Room” –  Jeff Bezos, Founder, Amazon.com. This statement by Jeff Bezos got me thinking, How did I enter the room? What did I do in the room? and How did I leave? So I looked for the definition of Personal Brand and by definition Wikipedia says “Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands


Lisa Citroen says “Everyone has a Brand by Design or By Default”

Thus by default I have a brand. So if I am not in the practice of marketing myself and my career as a brand, what did I bring into that room?

Wikipedia continues to say Personal branding also involves creating an asset by defining an individual’s body, clothing, physical appearance, digital and online presence and areas of knowledge in a way leading to a uniquely distinguishable, and ideally memorable, impression.

When I walked into that room I brought in my body, clothing, physical appearance *Fair Enough* but get this I also bring in my digital and online presence! As well as areas of knowledge.

Did you know when you walk into that room, yes any room, you bring in your digital and online presence with you? So when you leave the room, you leave an impression of your digital and online presence. How memorable is that presence? With that said, Is Your Online & Digital presence different to the real you? The real you physically walked into that room but carrying with you your personal brand.

Personal Brand is in everyone by default, but YOU are in control of changing the default settings and constantly improving the tangible and intangible aspects thereof.

Wesley Madziva

Business Transformation. Challenging Corporate Culture – Rene Carayol

Today (14 April 2014) I attended a talk by Rene Carayol on Business Transformation – Challenging Corporate Culture.  The Talk was proudly brought by Unique Speaker Bureau (USB) Below are some notes I made and thanks to Natalie Singer for all the tweets which assisted in the composing of this post.

Business Transformation – Challenging Corporate Culture 

  • The world has changed a lot and good enough is no longer good enough. Have you changed?
  • 600 Million new jobs are needed in the next decade. The worst case scenario has arrived. Recessions are man-made and not God’s creation.
  • Management saved us well in good times, these are extraordinary times. We need leadership and leadership is not the top position in the company, that’s management.
  • We need leaders who can “Make It Happen” as you can’t predict the future in today’s world, its changing too fast. Disruptive Technology is speeding up change.
  • We need a change in mind-sets towards more transformation and leadership  is a mind-set, not the top position in an organisation. Once your mind-set shifts you can lead. If it goes wrong we have a coaching opportunity
  • In South Africa we trust no one and we have a fear of failure. We don’t have a management issue, we have a Leadership issue.
  • Today’s business world is VUCA (Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous)
  • Culture is the way we do things around here, everyone can copy your strategy but not your culture. Culture is what happens when the CEO leaves the room. Culture is more powerful than strategy. You cannot hide from your culture but you can change it. 80% of Companies do not craft their own culture. Talent in today’s world is choosing the organisation that fits their own culture.
  • Leadership is not management, it is how you energise your people towards your vision.
  • Management is Strategy, Plans, Tasks, Process. Leadership is Vision, People, Teams, Culture
  • Leadership is the art of Accomplishing More Than The Science of Management says is Possible. Leadership is all about Attitude & Heart and anyone can be in it. It’s not about a qualification. Experience wins all the time.
  • Choose to Manage a little less and Lead a little more. Biggest challenge for success is not Talent, it’s Leadership.
  • Top Ten Tips Business Transformation – Challenging Corporate Culture
    1. Tip 01: What do you think? Do you ask your employees or you are all the answers? Listen, engage and if it makes sense act on suggestion and acknowledge.
    2. Tip 02: Leaders tell stories, Managers talk strategy. Martin Luther never said “I have a strategy”. Capture the people’s hearts and minds
    3. Tip 03: Leaders create Excitement
    4. Tip 04: Treat your people like volunteers
    5. Tip 05: Diversity works. Diversity in experience.
    6. Tip 06: Learn, UnLearn and Re-Learn
    7. Tip 07: If you are in complete control, you’re just not going fast enough. Trust your people, delegate and get more done.
    8. Tip 08: Share the Plan and Charge the Hill
    9. Tip 09: Inspire and Challenge your People. Management is Auditing. Leadership is Inspiring.
    10. Tip 10: The World’s a stage – Tell Your Story


    Leadership Changes Society. Empower everyone in your organisation to be a Leader. They should be empowered to lead themselves and their part in the success of the organisation.
    How good is your social media? Do you know what good is being said about you and what are you doing about it? Connected world means you must know how to manage both good and bad things happening in your organisation.
    We can’t think ourselves to success any more. We have to behave our way there.
    Only Two organisations receive more than 1 million unsolicited job applications each year: Google and Proctor & Gamble – Great Cultures attract and can choose the best
    What do you stand for? Are you that leader people will sacrifice for? When you leave will people say “We have just been in the Presence of Greatness?”


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