A dedicated seminar division whose objective is to keep South African companies updated on the practical impact of legislation such as the Companies Act, the Income Tax Act and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, has been formed by Softline Pastel.
“Our goal is to assist SME companies to be as productive and efficient as possible in understanding and complying with the many legal requirements, while also passing on our business experience to help them run their businesses better. So we aim to pro-actively help mature the business skills of SMEs in our country,” says Joe Ferreira, head of the new division.
“Pastel is no newcomer to training and education and is already involved in providing free software and training to 5 000 schools. Every year 13 000 learners complete Pastel Accounting courses at university level and with more than 36 000 people attending Pastel seminars and training every year, it made sense to set up a dedicated division.”
Ferreira adds that the popularity of the seminars offered by Softline Pastel had reached a point where a dedicated division to focus solely on seminar management and logistics had become necessary.
“We have installed a software solution that enables us to administer seminar bookings online via our website. With 10 years of experience in seminar organisation and management the division is now a business and profit centre in its own right with a focused management and administration team responsible for the entire process.”
Ferreira says all seminars are structured around topical business issues, not products and over the years strong relationships have been built up with experts in fields such as accounting, payroll, human resources, labour, taxation and legislation that affects business such as the Companies Act, BCEA, BEE, the new National Credit Act, performance management and others.
“With the new dedicated division we are aiming for countrywide seminars every month encompassing Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane and Nelspruit. Our overall goal is to extend the base of understanding of accounting and payroll, HR, CRM and legal issues as well as other relevant business topics such as directors’ duties and post budget tax implications.”