Our world in 2018

by Tony Frost, tony@siroccostrategy.com


 

It would be easy and accurate to say that 2018 will not be very different from any other year. Some say it has to be better than 2017. Of course it doesn’t, but it may well be.

We live in a fractured and fracturing world. Much of this is the result of poor or non-existent leadership. We see it in our own country, but it is equally prevalent and maybe even more dramatic abroad. Here we just have to think of the tweeted rantings of Trump and the dithering Theresa May to put our own trial and tribulations into context. Some say that emigrating is the answer. I am not so sure about that.

Whatever happens; things are going to happen, some big and some small, over which we have no control. This, however, is not the issue, what is the issue is that we may have no control over events and circumstances round us, but we most certainly have control over how we view and react to those things. Before we get into any scenarios about 2018 let us be sure that we fix our mindset.  Last year I wrote about the crucial attitudes needed for success. They are no less important for the year ahead:

  1. Fix your Mindset

There is little more demeaning and self-defeating than a victim mentality!  Have a sense of hope, spread this hope and be joyful about life. It really is worth living!

  1. Be Courageous

Surround yourself with like-minded people who also want to make positive change happen.

  1. Make Creativity your Centrepoint

Society starts with you. We CANNOT leave the future to the politicians. You are the centrepoint of all of society and if ever there was time for innovativeness and creativity it is now. Be at the centre of renewal.

  1. Persevere!

There is no way you would be able to summit Mount Everest unless you are prepared to persevere, hang in there, keep going. Especially when the going gets rough and tough! But the rewards are priceless!

  1. Spread the Love

There is too much animosity in the world. We are all too angry about too much, but do not really know what we are angry with, or at, or about. Anger is a useless emotion. Get rid of your anger it will not help you in the long run. Love is contagious. Love those around you and let them know it. This will come back to you in countless, and often surprising ways.

  1. Live and Work IN the World

The world is truly a village; a village of increasing complexity which simultaneously becomes more accessible and more opaque; bigger and smaller; faster and slower; closer and further. Without education it must feel like a world of chaos. Even with education it is often extremely difficult to understand. And yet it is our world. It is critical that we are part of it; just as it is part of us. We cannot escape from this globalised world. Avoid looking only at the needs and wants of our village, or our country. Be a world citizen, but live and work locally.

  1. Make sure you Stand for Something

Too many of us concentrate on being busy; almost as though busyness on its own will bring rewards.  But busyness on its own will inevitably lead to disaster. At the end of one’s life no-one will ever ask what we were busy at; instead they will talk about what we represented; what we stood for. These are the things that make for positive change in society. Think of global icons – Mandela, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Desmond Tutu. All of these individuals are known way beyond their singular area of activity or interest because of what they stood for, not what they were busy doing.

So now for 2018:

Politics: For South Africans 2018 will, to all intents and purposes, be a precursor to 2019 when our next National Elections take place. This will mean our year ahead will be filled even more than usually with politics, politicians and politicking. It will be tempting to get sucked into this maelstrom. But rather make your presence felt at local level where it really counts. People protest locally about local issues. There has been very little protest nationally about national issues although Zuma has helped to change this somewhat.

Economics: Economics is the twin sister of politics: Especially for a little country like South Africa which is so dependent on the goodwill of the world. This means that we must make our democracy work for all at all levels. Especially locally! We desperately need radical job creation! Be entrepreneurial. Support local entrepreneurs. Buy South African!

Education: Much of our education is shambolic. If you are reading this you are probably amongst the educated elite. Education is an easy area in which to make a meaningful contribution. Teach kids to read. Volunteer at one of the local schools. Mentor teachers, principals. Provide financial support to the kids of your employees. The matriculating class of 2017 represented only 37% of those that started school 12 years earlier. Education is our biggest crisis!

Technology: We are in the throes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. New technology will be in our faces at every turn. Jobs will be lost, but many new jobs will be created. Embrace the change. It is all designed to make living and working easier and to make our connected world even more connected.

Society: Our fractured, tormented past haunts us. We live in divided dormitories. But recent research shows that South Africans are generally not racist and all want to be part of a really new and undivided South Africa. If we wish to build a united South Africa at peace with itself we have to reach out to those who we see as being different, maybe even strangers. Indeed many of us see our own countrymen and women as foreigners. Only we can change this. Not someone else. Not the politicians (actually for many of them it is not even in their interests to do so). Not the government. Us, we and them, are the only ones who have the capacity to make the change happen and we will be the biggest beneficiaries.

In summary 2018 is a year of change, of opportunity, of some uncertainty on the economic and political front, but it mostly a year in which the citizenry can really make our presence felt. It is really up to us to create the kind of country we want. This is far too important a task to leave to the politicians!

 

IATA Dangerous Goods Workshops

Only two days to go to the IATA Dangerous Goods Workshops in South Africa.

The Johannesburg event will be held at the airport Southern Sun Hotel on the 31st January, the event starts at 09h00 but we suggest that you join us from 08h30 for coffee.

the Cape Town event will be held on the 1st February 2018 at the Hotel Verde, start time is 09h00 but please join us at 08h30 for coffee.

Bookings can be made through Professional Aviation Services, contact salome@professional.za.com or david@professional.za.com for details

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Aviation stowaways in 2018?

CBS Chicago has the story of a lady who manged to slip past all AVSEC measures at  O’Hare’s Terminal 3 and board a London bound flight….

This after wondering around the terminal for two days.

Yes, in 2018.

Once on the London-bound plane, sources say, Hartman hid in a bathroom and eventually walked out and found a seat.  When she couldn’t produce a passport Monday at Heathrow Airport, officials sent her back to O’Hare, where she was taken into custody Thursday.

The list of failures is long and I am sure that their will be enough blame to go around but perhaps the place to start is Human Factors and Training?

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Changes to Dangerous Goods training?

Join IATA for the interactive Dangerous Goods workshops and learn about the changes that are on the way in how we train Dangerous Goods.

Dangerous Goods training is a particular challenge for the courier and express industry, this is your opportunity to learn first hand information how the significant changes to the way Dangerous Goods training will be done in future will impact of your business.

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IATA Dangerous Goods Workshops South Africa 2018

The agenda and speakers for the IATA Dangerous Goods Workshops on 31 January in Johannesburg and 1 February in Cape Town is set out below:

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Please make sure that you book early at (IATA Dangerous Goods Workshop Bookings) and make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity of meeting with the Dangerous Goods Experts from IATA

And remember the participation fee is USD125 and all will receive a free electronic (windows or mobile) copy of the DGR 59th 2018 edition valued at USD328.

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IATA Workshops South Africa 2018: Meet the IATA Expert Team

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The IATA Dangerous Goods Workshops (31 January in Johannesburg and 1 February in Cape Town) offer the perfect opportunity to engage with experts from IATA on critical issues impacting on how we deal with Dangerous Goods by Air.

This is your chance to meet with Dave Brennan and James Wyatt of IATA and get clarity on any Dangerous Goods question you may have direct from the IATA experts!

Dave Brennan

David Brennan

Assistant Director Cargo Safety & Standards

International Air Transport Association

David has been with IATA since 2002 and is currently Assistant Director Cargo Safety & Standards.

David is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Cargo team who are jointly responsible for the IATA standards publications and products that address dangerous goods transported by air.  David is the Secretary of the IATA Dangerous Goods Board and the Panel member nominated by IATA to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel. David also participates, on behalf of IATA, in the meetings of the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods.

Prior to joining IATA David worked for Ansett Australia for a period of 26 years holding a number of supervisory and management positions within the Operations Division, the last being Corporate Advisor Dangerous Goods Compliance. 

James Wyatt

James WYATT

Assistant Director, Dangerous Goods Publications

James joined IATA in 2016 as Assistant Director, Dangerous Goods Publications. James, a British national, has 17 years of cargo industry experience and prior to joining IATA he worked for Lufthansa Cargo, AeroLogic, Qatar Airways and DHL Express.

James has been involved with Dangerous goods throughout his career and prior to joining IATA he managed the Global Restricted Commodities program for DHL Express, including all of the airlines under the DHL umbrella. James represented DHL Express at the ICAO Dangerous Goods panel, through the Global Express Association and the IATA Dangerous Goods board.

Industry will have the opportunity of engaging with David and James on the changes contained in the 59th Edition of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations

The strategic change to Dangerous Goods training, is a matter of critical importance to every person and organisation that deals with Dangerous Goods. This is your chances of learning all about the changes, how these will impact your operations and how to prepare for the changes.

This will change how we think about Dangerous Goods education and training.

Summary of proposed Dangerous Goods training changes

Key highlights

  • An overview of the current regulatory framework and what changes will come in 2018 and beyond.
  • How these regulations align to the ICAO Technical Instructions, and
  • Regulatory compliance of the different entities in the supply chain giving you the opportunity to learn exactly what steps you need to take to keep the supply chain safe.

Participants will receive a free electronic (windows or mobile) copy of the DGR 59th 2018 edition.

Registration & more information
Please click here to register for the Workshop.

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Interactive IATA Dangerous goods Workshops

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Invitation to IATA Dangerous Goods Workshop
The International Air Transport is holding two interactive 1 day workshops which will include guest speakers from across the supply chain, learn about the essentials of shipping dangerous goods and lithium batteries by air.

Target Audience
The Workshop targets all stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain. It is of particular importance to shippers, freight forwarders and airlines in the industry.

Dates and Locations
Johannesburg, South Africa – 31 January 2018 Cape Town, South Africa – 1 February 2018

Key highlights
• An overview of the current regulatory framework and what changes will come in 2018 and beyond.
• How these regulations align to the ICAO Technical Instructions, and
• Regulatory compliance of the different entities in the supply chain giving you the opportunity to learn exactly what steps you need to take to keep the supply chain safe.

Participants will receive a free electronic (windows or mobile) copy of the DGR 59th 2018 edition.

Registration & more information
Please click here to register for the Workshop.

For more information, you can write to us at: igom-africa@iata.org

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