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Job Opportunity – Executive Coordinator – DBSA – Midrand Gauteng

Application Closing Date:  27/3/2012  – To apply click here

Job Reference No.: REC0162.ZM

The successful applicant will have, amongst others, the following responsibilities:

Strategic and Operational Planning Alignment

  • Balanced Scorecard (BSC) & Submission to Exco, Board, Committees & other Forums
  • Assist in the coordination/preparation and alignment of the Division’s BSC and monitor implementation thereof
  • Assist in following up on progress of BSC execution of the various Clusters/Business Units
  • Coordinate Division submissions to Board and its Committees; and to Management Committees
  • Assist in following up on key decisions from Board; Executive Management; etc. and ensure timely implementation thereof
  • Undertake other tasks as assigned by the Executive Manager, from time to time
  • Assist with the facilitation of alignment and integration of cross cutting BSC activities across the Division
  • Drafting of Board and Exco presentations
  • Drafting of strategic and operational frameworks


  • Prepare, manage and monitor the budget of the Executive Manager’s Office and serve as its budget controller in consultation with the Executive Manager
  • Prepare and present (variance) reports concerning activities, expenses, budgets and other items affecting the Division and its business.
  • Budget controller in the Office of the Group Executive

Risk Management

  • Coordinate the preparation of the Division’s risk matrix
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Risk Metrics in order monitor the effectiveness of Risk strategies, frameworks, policies, procedures, guidelines, etc.
  • Evaluate, monitor and report Risks and mitigation thereof
  • Coordinates high level divisional risk reports for Group Risk, Exco, Credit Committee, Board, etc.
  • Coordinate audit plan for the Division
  • Business Continuity management and ensuring that Business impact assessment is in place for the Division


Management of the Group Executive’s office with specific reference to the following:

  • Liaising and consult with the Personal Assistant to the Executive Manager on a continuous basis to ensure effective office procedures and flow of work
  • Assist in ensuring that the  Group Executive’s office is appropriately and adequately staffed and quipped
  • Ensure that the Executive Manager is briefed and prepared in advance of meetings
  • Participate in meetings and interactions in order to ensure the recording of decisions and follow-up
  • Analyse and interpret data and/or reports to advise Executive Manager on appropriate way forward
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements with suppliers and distributors according to delegated authority level
  • Procurement of professional services on behalf of Exman by developing TOR and ensuring that procurement is done according to policy
  • Contract management


  • Undertake project / programme management (BSC adhoc) initiatives as directed by the Group Executive (operational, real project, “approach & discipline stream” within the Division in respect of projects).

Relationship & Stakeholder Management

  • Assist in the management of Group Executive correspondence with high level stakeholders, including CEO, Group Executives, etc.
  • Builds client portfolio in order to leverage business needs for the Division
  • Assist in providing advisory services in terms of planning and execution of key strategic client projects / programmes
  • Supports senior level (internal and external) decision-making by ensuring timely and consistent communication on status to stakeholders
  • Act as key contact between Executive and the rest of the staff in the division and organisation with regard to resolving issues, suggestion of alternatives to problems, presenting cases and getting the answers or guidance for a different approach
  • Manages relationships with external consultants


Coordinate and assist in the preparation of Division submissions to:

  • Board
  • Business Review
  • Management Committees
  • Adhoc Resolutions from Division specific committees (secretariat)
  • Compile all communication from the Office of the Exman

    People Management – an added advantage

  • Oversee the support staff in the Group Executive’s office:
  • Performance Planning & Reviews
  • Setting of Individual Development Plans
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Capacity building through learning and development
  • Assignment of work in liaison with Group Executive
  • Management of leave
  • Administration of Group Executive’s office
  • Act as Employee Champion for staff in the division and organisation
  • Interviewing staff on behalf of the Exman or as part of the Exman team
  • Managing of the relationships between Exman Office staff

Expertise & Technical Competencies:

  • A minimum of an Honours degree in Finance, Business, Accounting or Economics
  • Postgraduate tertiary qualification (MBA//Masters) – an advantage
  • 4-7 years relevant work experience, particularly in the banking industry
  • 4-7 years operational and general management as well as leadership experience in a comparable environment
  • Strong solutions design and partnering skills at strategic level
  • Strong business acumen and strategic advisory experience
  • Experience in strategy formulation and execution
  • Management of Risks(Enterprise-wide Risk Management)
  • Financial Management (broad understanding)
  • Analytics and reporting
  • Project Management

To apply click here

Digital Village (KZN) featured on Summit TV (DSTV Channel 412)

SUMMIT TV (DSTV Channel 412) is featuring our KZN Digital Village in their programme at the following times and dates:

Monday 27 February at 21h10
Tuesday 28 February at 09h10
Thursday  1 March at 16h30
Friday 2nd March at 18h10

Your loose change can make a difference!

Still got change?

From 1 – 31 March, your spare coins can help promote the interests of people with mobility impairments.

Through road accidents, crime, injuries on duty and sporting incidents, approximately 1,000 people living in South Africa become spinal cord injured every year. Quadriplegics have limited use of their legs and arms, while paraplegics’ use of their lower limbs are impaired.

The good news is that South African quadriplegics and paraplegics are wonderfully supported by the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), who actively creates opportunities to integrate them back into mainstream society.

QASA has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with Pick n Pay, which has allowed it to be both sustainable and functional.

By supporting QASA through the money box project during March 2012, you’ll be making a difference to the lives of people with disabilities in South Africa. Remember: a little goes a long way!

Alternatively, you can transfer your donation into the following account:

Account name: QASA, Nedbank Pinetown
Account number: 1339473267
Branch code: 133926


Wheelchairs win parking-space war!

A Wheelchair-bound Member of Parliament, and lobbyist for the disabled, last Friday chalked up a victory for handicapped people everywhere. Dumisani Gamede successfully challenged a R100 parking fine issued to him for – ironically – ‘blocking (the) entrance and exit to a disabled parking’. He explained that the fine was issued when he tried to act on an able-bodied person illegally parked in an allocated ‘disabled’ parking bay outside Andrew’s Spar in Empangeni. He parked-in the vehicle to wait for a traffic officer who could fine the offender.

However, the traffic officer fined them both. ‘While the amount is nominal, it is the principle of the matter I feel is important to defend,’ said Gamede. After presenting his case to a prosecutor at the Empangeni Magistrate’s Court, Gamede’s fine was withdrawn. Zamani Disabled People’s Association members came out in full force to support Gamede. PRO Bheki Sibiya said able-bodied drivers who abused ‘disabled’ parking were a source of huge frustrated to the disabled community. ‘When you are bound to a wheelchair,’ explained Sibiya, ‘it is almost impossible to use a regular parking space because there is just not enough space to manoeuvre the wheelchair.

‘Shopping centres usually only have one or two parking spaces allocated to the disabled and if these are unthinkingly used by people who do not really need them, then we have a real problem when we arrive. ‘This is why we need to sensitise the Zululand public on the needs of disabled people.’

Disability Rights Promotion International South African Project – an opportunity for members to be involved in this project as a short term employment contract

Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)

Scope and Objectives of the Project

York University’s, Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) is a collaborative project working to establish a comprehensive and sustainable global system to monitor the rights of persons with disabilities. DRPI’s third phase involves fostering the sustainability of global monitoring activities by increasing and strengthening the international network of people with disabilities and disability organizations with the skills to manage, coordinate and participate in disability rights monitoring, including monitoring under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

DRPI is grounded in the principle that people with disabilities and their representative organizations should take the lead in monitoring disability rights. DRPI also adopts and promotes a holistic approach to disability rights monitoring that focuses on gathering information from three focus areas – systemic measures (laws, policies and programs), individual experiences of persons with disabilities, and societal attitudes toward disability – in order to obtain a comprehensive picture.

South African Project Overview and Recruitment Profile

The DRPI Project in South Africa in partnership with the South African Disability Alliance begins during the week of the13th February 2012 with a recruitment process and invites SADA members to propose candidates who qualify according to the criteria outlined below from across disabilities. SADA members are invited to propose suitable candidates to the selection process from among their membership or representative disabilities. (See regional recruitment requirements and profile below).

Suitable candidates will be selected to attend a training workshop scheduled to run from the 11th April to the 17th April 2012. Selected candidates will arrive at the conference venue on the 10th April, venue to be confirmed, and will stay at the conference venue for the duration of training. Accommodation and Transport will be provided.

The data collection phase, consisting of individual experience interviews, begins immediately after training and will run for a period of approximately two weeks or until all required interviews are completed. Monitors and coordinators will then be required to attend a further post study debriefing/follow up session.

In the event that individual candidates selected require assistance and or caregivers, interpreters or translators, each accordingly to their needs these will be provided.

Selected candidates will be remunerated for each day of training and for each completed interview. The agreement with the recruited candidates does not constitute employment and the payment is a stipend and not a salary.

The project requires that we recruit a total of 16 monitors from across disabilities and communities in four provinces, Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal. The monitors who will be implementing the individual experience interviews must come from the specific communities selected in the study design. (See regional recruiting information below).

Monitors will be required to conduct the individual experience interviews required in the study design and in accordance with the training they will receive.

There will be an additional 4 regional coordinators appointed who will manage the process in the provinces.

Regional Recruitment Information and Profile

The study design requires that monitors be resident in the communities that have been selected and that the individual experience interviews be conducted in the preferred language of the candidates being interviewed.


Candidates should have achieved a Grade 12 education level, be able to speak English (the training will be done in English) and have sensitivity to general disability issues.

The following communities and regions have been chosen and candidates wanting to apply must be from within these communities:

Eastern Cape  –     Township  –  (Port Elizabeth or East London)

–       Rural    –  (Umtata)

Mpumulanga   –   Rural

Kwazulu-Natal –   Urban  –  (Durban and surrounding)

–   Township – (Kwamashu or Umlazi)

Gauteng           –   Urban –  (Pretoria or Johannesburg and surrounding)

–       Township – (Soweto)


There will be one coordinator appointed in each province (4). They should be resident or live within a 50km radius of the areas mentioned above where the personal experience interviews will be conducted.

Candidates should have achieved a Grade 12 education level, be able to speak English (the training will be done in English) and have sensitivity to general disability issues. In addition they should be computer literate and have a driver’s license and vehicle or have access to personal transport.

NB: All applications should be made in writing and emailed to Bongi Malope (Project Coordinator)

email: bongi@amawheelies.co.za 

cell: 076 582 6442

DBSA Job Opportunity – 14 February 2012

To apply please log on to www.dbsa.org and click on the careers link

Category: DBSA: Legal & Advisory
Job Reference Number: REC0138KM
Job Title: Legal Advisor
Business Unit : International Division: Project Development & Partnerships
Location: Midrand, Johannesburg
Job Type: 3 year Fixed Term Contract
Application Type: Internal & External Applicants
Application Closing Date: 22/2/2012

Key Responsibilities

  • As a member of core project teams, assist Investment Officers in the structuring of various pre-investment and investment projects, with emphasis on project finance transactions;
  • Conduct comprehensive legal due diligence investigations;
  • Conduct advanced research into a wide variety of legal issues relating to various pre-investment and investment projects;
  • Provide advice and make legal inputs into the drafting of Appraisal Reports
  • Serve and participate in various governing committees of the Bank and Funds
  • Prepare/review or negotiate full Term Sheets in respect of all pre-investment and investment projects, with emphasis on project preparation and finance transactions
  • Lead negotiations on finance terms with clients/co-funders and stakeholders
  •  Draft/vet and review a wide variety of Complex Legal Documents and Agreements
  •  Provide substantial legal advice, support and opinions to various facilities/funds the Bank managed
  •  Ensure compliance with various legislation, policies and regulations
  • Monitor developments in the legal field and provide updates to management
  • Liaise with external attorneys and prepare comprehensive brief to attorneys, where necessary
  • Assist in the execution and implementation of different pre-investment and investment projects from a legal and security point of view
  • Provide general legal support to the operational and corporate support Units of the Bank.

Expertise & Technical Competencies

  • LLB degree or other relevant post-graduate qualification
  • Admitted Attorney/Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
  • Excellent negotiation skills, drafting and vetting skills, dispute/conflict resolution skills are critical competencies for this position.
  • Seasoned experience in Project/Structured Finance transactions
  • Private Public Partnership experience will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a commercial/finance or corporate Law field
  • Research skills at an advanced level coupled with excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • Energetic, analytical thinker, good business acumen, independent worker
  • Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality at all times

Equity Statement
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) supports the appointment of previously disadvantaged individuals.

The DBSA corporate culture fit requires clear, logical and analytical thinking grounded in good interpersonal skills, a sense of urgency and results orientated execution of duties. The ability to work collaboratively and finding practical yet innovative solutions is critical to success in a work environment that demands emotional resilience, accountability and responsible risk taking and management. The DBSA reserves the right to amend or remove vacancies in line with organisational requirements.

KCI Air Mattress for sale

For sale…….almost brand-new. It was made by KCI, and their replacement costs around R30,000.  This is a KCI Sure Mattress, for sale for only R10,000.00.  Contact Caesar on 0832278902 / viriato.cesar@gmail.com

SARS – ITR-DD – Confirmation of Diagnosis of Disability form – annual renewal not necessary

2 February 2012

ITR-DD – Confirmation of Diagnosis of Disability form  
It has come to the attention of SARS senior management that some branches are informing individual taxpayers that the ITR-DD – Confirmation of Diagnosis of Disability form must be renewed annually. This is not the case for all disabled taxpayers.


A “disability” is defined as a moderate to severe limitation of a person’s ability to function or perform daily activities as a result of a physical, sensory, communication, intellectual or mental impairment, if the limitation –

  • has lasted or has a prognosis of lasting more than a year; and
  • is diagnosed by a duly registered medical practitioner in accordance with criteria prescribed by the Commissioner.


The form must be renewed as follows:

  • For persons with a temporal disability, the form must be renewed every year. A disability will be temporary if the disability is expected to last for less than five (5) years.
  • For persons with a permanent disability, the form must be renewed after five (5) years.

Note: Taxpayers must be reminded that proof of all medical claims must be retained for a period of five (5) years after the date of submission of the Income Tax Return (ITR12).