In almost every organisational or individual case, change starts with a history of doing the right thing and doing it well. Then, often unexpectedly, something happens: the environment shifts and the right thing becomes the wrong thing. A new competitor comes on the scene with equal quality, but significantly lower price or a new technology renders past standards of product reliability obsolete or government regulations disallow previous business practices or customers change their preferences or a million and one other shifts.
A person centred approach in managing conflict in the work place is worth exercising. In a climate of empathy, unconditional acceptance and congruency, quality in relationships will be fostered to the advantage of the organisation involved.
Mining has long been seen as the lifeblood of South Africa's economy.
December 2007 saw the launch of Deep South Africa, a book exploring the history of the South African mining industry, its colourful characters through the centuries and a look at the current players in the sector.
The main hurdle is formed by the relatively low salaries for skilled workers in Mauritius. For example a qualified engineer starts here on R6 000 per month. It is no surprise that Mauritius has to import a considerable number of skilled workers every year. In addition most of the infrastructure projects are handled by foreign, and especially by Chinese firms, these days.