Conflict management

Why alternative currencies matter – and are the future of South Africa’s development

8 July 2017

When I began to teach in 2012, I decided to start my course with an analysis of how money affects social order. What my students found particularly fascinating was the then-nascent world of cryptocurrencies, which I described at length as a crucial feature in the future of money.

Some colleagues criticised my approach. They accused me of indirectly encouraging students to invest in what they saw as a shady, crime-ridden financial underworld. But I was simply exposing young minds to a fast-evolving, complex phenomenon that in my view would have a major impact on power distribution in the global economy.

Behind most cryptocurrencies is a simple technology known as “blockchain”, a system residing in multiple computers that allows for peer-to-peer financial ledger recording of all transactions occurring in a network. This results in a transparent open-access registry of monetary flows which […]

2017-07-27T14:05:57+02:00Jul 27th, 2017|Conflict management, Finance, Recources|


Steps for referring Disputes at the CCMA

Provided by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) 

Step 1: If you have a labour problem, it is very important that you take steps immediately. In the case of an unfair dismissal dispute, you have only 30 days from the date on which the dispute arose to open a case. With discrimination cases, you have six months.

Step 2: If you have decided to lodge a dispute, you need to complete a CCMA case referral form, also known as a LRA Form 7.11. These forms are available from the CCMA offices, DOL offices and the CCMA website. (

Step 3: Once you have completed the form, you need to ensure that a copy is delivered to the other party. You must be able to prove that they received a copy. Acceptable methods include faxing a copy (keep the fax transmission slip), sending it by registered mail […]

2017-06-23T15:51:42+02:00Jun 23rd, 2017|Conflict management, Human Capital, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

Top 10 ways to manage conflict in a business

Top 10 ways to manage conflict in a business


Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Friday, Jun. 19, 2015 10:10AM EDT

When conflict arises in the workplace—as it inevitably does—many smaller organizations and family enterprises are not prepared to handle it. It takes some careful crafting of policies, as well as genuine self-reflection, to get the team back on track. These tips will get you started.

 1  Understand and evaluate people’s emotional responses When employees have strong emotional reactions to a workplace dispute, their whole internal defense mechanism may resort to a fight or flight reaction, and their ability to think and reason will typically take second place. The best strategy is to communicate with those involved after the anger and upset has dissipated. Arguing with someone who is emotionally triggered usually leads nowhere.

 2Be self-aware Are you a conflict avoider or an aggressive leader? Be aware of who you are, how you deal with conflict, […]

2017-06-23T15:32:02+02:00Jun 23rd, 2017|Conflict management, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

Conflict may be good

Here’s Why Conflict Is Actually Good For Business

Jacquelyn Smith – Apr. 1, 2014, 9:23 AM

Very few people embrace conflict. It makes us uncomfortable — so we dodge it whenever possible.

But, as it turns out, conflict can be a good thing for your business. “It can even be great,” says Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways,

in a recent LinkedIn post Peterson says workplace conflict is inevitable; it arises in every office. Employees argue over creative differences; squabble over project ownership; butt heads over political issues; and disagree about budgets.

“It’s just a fact of life – and work. But the difference between conflict in a dysfunctional company and in a high-trust organization is how people deal with it,” Peterson explains.

He says healthy organizations are often the noisiest. “To outsiders, they may appear conflict-ridden and unable to find a perfect harmony. But inside, leaders are harnessing the different viewpoints and ideas to power progress, to […]

2017-06-23T15:29:26+02:00Jun 23rd, 2017|Conflict management, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

A Little Debate & Disagreement Among Team Members Can Actually Lead to Better Results

A Little Debate & Disagreement Among Team Members Can Actually Lead to Better Results

Generates New Insights

If everyone agreed all the time, there would be no reason to consider different perspectives or look for new ways to handle situations. The best ideas often rise from the ashes of conflict and the creative problem-solving process that has to occur so to reach a satisfactory agreement.

While conflict is often viewed as something to be avoided at all costs, that is not necessarily the case. It’s a fact that conflict is, at some times, inevitable in every relationship. Fortunately, however, conflict is not necessarily a bad thing. Managed effectively, conflict — even in the working world — can actually have positive outcomes.

As team members work through conflicts, they are able to make progress toward accomplishing goals that need to be reached. This is true in […]

2017-06-23T15:24:51+02:00Jun 23rd, 2017|Conflict management, Recources, Syllabus Topics|

Discrimination and religion

Discrimination and religion (Ivan Israelstam)

Section 6 of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) prohibits unfair discrimination against an employee on arbitrary grounds One of these grounds is that of religion. This means that no employer is entitled to discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment purely on the grounds of the employee’s religion. For example, it would be discriminatory for an employer to:

  • Turn down a job applicant because he/she was Christian, Jewish, Moslem or a believer in any other religion
  • Decide that only employees belonging to a …

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2015-11-30T13:33:31+02:00Nov 30th, 2015|Conflict management, Human Capital|

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