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The Master’s Offices which deal with liquidations and deceased estates has been in the media recently over poor management and service delivery. Chief Master advocate Martin Mafojane writes that the Master’s office is confident it has turned the corner

The Master’s Offices are responsible for the administration of liquidations and deceased estates as well as the registration of trusts.

This often translates into us serving the most vulnerable members of our communities – the widowed and children in particular. In recent weeks, many media articles have reflected negatively on the services at Master’s offices around the country, particular those in Johannesburg, Gqeberha and Cape Town.

Some of the articles concentrated on the current Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation into allegations of fraud and corruption against certain officials, but most focused on deceased estates administration, poor management and lack of service delivery by the Master’s offices.

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Management and employee

The best definition of management was created by the American Management Association. “It is the act of getting things done through others and having them do it willingly”. It is a difficult art, not a science, like the computer business or manufacturing. Have you ever bought 10 boxes of performance or three cartons of morale?

These are intangible things that are concepts, yours and your employees, and they don’t always match.   You also have to get things done. You are responsible not just for what you do, but also for the results of others. Accomplishments, results, productivity are all now your responsibility. And now the hard part. You have to accomplish this through others and have them do it willingly.

How to achieve this is in large measure what this series is all about.

How do you become successful supervisor? Supervisors should establish objectives, create the proper work environment, remove

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My Favorite Marketing Courses

Written by Smruti Iyer

At UTD I’m pursuing double master’s degrees in management science and marketing. The marketing program offers many courses covering a wide range of topics. They cater to the interests of all students pursuing marketing, which was the main reason I chose this program. The program continually updates and upgrades its courses to stay relevant with the current industry requirements. Alex Edsel, the program director, also holds course previews every semester, which was one of the most helpful sessions during my master’s experience.

Joshua Schapp

My Professors Brought the Latest Tools and Techniques Into the Online Classroom

Written by Joshua Schaap

Ultimately, what drove my final decision was my in-person meeting with MS in Marketing Program Director Alex Edsel in January 2018. Director Edsel made time to visit with me while

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  • There are international misperceptions about the way SA is handling the coronavirus pandemic, warns Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.
  • It is important to clear up these misunderstandings, she said during a briefing about a recovery plan for SA’s important tourism sector.
  • The recovery plan follows from input by the public and private sectors.

There is a growing misunderstanding about how South Africa is managing the coronavirus pandemic – and the perception that there is a “new variant” of Covid-19 in SA has not helped, according to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane.

“The association of a Covid-19 variant with SA has had a negative impact on the country’s brand and the country has been placed on a travel alert by many countries,” she said during a briefing on Thursday about the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which Cabinet has approved. 

“We had various engagements with targeted source markets and embassies. What we find is

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The Centre wants the judiciary to keep its hands off the management of the COVID-19 crisis and its “waves/surges”.

The latest 218-page affidavit filed by the Centre in the Supreme Court on May 9 informs the judiciary in no uncertain terms that “though it [Centre] is duty-bound to fully assist this Honourable Court… the policy, strategy and steps taken by the Executive, based on expert medical and scientific advice, have to be appreciated in the context of the medical crisis”. It said decisions were taken after “detailed deliberations at the highest Executive level”. Hence, no “interference” is called for in judicial proceedings. In other words, the Centre has asked the courts — Supreme Court and the High Courts — to “leave it open” for the government to discharge its functions in “larger interests”.

However, an examination of the Supreme Court orders from April 30 to May 6 show that the

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Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization’s capital and earnings. These threats, or risks, could stem from a wide variety of sources, including financial uncertainty, legal liabilities, strategic management errors, accidents and natural disasters. IT security threats and data-related risks, and the risk management strategies to alleviate them, have become a top priority for digitized companies. As a result, a risk management plan increasingly includes companies’ processes for identifying and controlling threats to its digital assets, including proprietary corporate data, a customer’s personally identifiable information (PII) and intellectual property.

Every business and organization faces the risk of unexpected, harmful events that can cost the company money or cause it to permanently close. Risk management allows organizations to attempt to prepare for the unexpected by minimizing risks and extra costs before they happen.


By implementing a risk management plan and considering the various

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