I’d thought long and hard about writing this follow-up blog on South African banking, but given the current state of affairs, I am left with no other option. I HAVE tried to assist my financial services and credit providers in settling my accounts, but I have been willfully obstructed from doing so – with them adding interest and fees on all the late payments. Laughing all the way to the bank methinks – if banks were humans it would be a rather narcissistic thought; them running all the way to themselves.
In Feb/March last year I was retrenched from my job. Luckily I knew I’d taken out credit life insurance on my accounts which covered retrenchment. But, it has been a gruelling, isolating and brick-to-wall-hitting few months – if I, as an informed consumer could struggle so, how much more do our poor, uneducated, struggling South Africans get taken for a ride by South African banks and credit providers? Methinks, the NCR has some digging to do…
Retrenchment is a strange devil – it’s something so scathingly passive-aggressive, we don’t know how to respond to it.
In a sense, as the Section 189 documents relevant to the South African retrenchment process will tell you – you have lost your position through “no fault of your own”. But any person who has gone through it will know that “no fault of your own” is as vague an HR term as are innovation, agile and core competency in the pretentious sport of jargon-slinging.
Pappa passed away on 14 May 2016. Known to many as simply Advocate Meyer, he was a friend, father, lover, mentor and protector of many.
I’m struggling to find the words to describe this loss… (more…)
*another linguistic rant*
Okay, so Zuma is a fool. I have many rants about the man, but I tend to refrain mostly because there really are no words. But there’s a type of commentary on Jacob Zuma which just gets my blood boiling… (more…)
I once worked for a company where, on a night of heavy celebration following some or other departmental feat (yes, it involved free flow of alcoholic beverages), I was offered a more senior position by my manager. I’d told him that I wanted to mull it over but accepted the next day. Returning to work that Monday, I was told by my HR manager that unfortunately we’d not followed the correct route and that the job spec had not even been finalised.
A few days later I received the job spec and was told (rather too smugly) I could apply if I qualified for the position. Of course I didn’t qualify – it was early days in my career, and I was still working towards my degree so it goes without saying that I didn’t apply. Though I was somewhat upset at my manager for the slight, my biggest issue was the way the company, and its HR manager, had (mis)managed the situation.
It was a mortifying experience, but I suppose one needs to go through a few mortifying experiences in your career in order to understand the industry and set down ground rules and non-negotiables for your personal career path. (more…)