Matrixvisa Issue No. 3/2016 – CONFIRM APPOINTMENTS, WEATHER & OUTDOOR LIFE

ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Confirm Appointments
  2. Canadian Weather
  3. Outdoor Life in Canada
  4. Canada Economic News
     

1. CONFIRM APPOINTMENTS
 
Clients are requested to confirm their appointment at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Please email Natasha at admin@matrixvisa.com with the date and time of your appointment to officially confirm.

Name *
Name
Date of Meeting *
Date of Meeting
Time *
Time


ITENIRARY

Friday 18 March 2016 in Johannesburg (from 8:00 am- 4 pm)
Meetings will take place at our office in Sandton, Johannesburg.
 
Saturday 19 March – Monday21 March at Oliver Tambo Airport.
Meetings will take place at the City Lodge located on the Oliver Tambo Airport (not the City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is 5 km away from the Airport). Most GPSs take drivers  to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is the wrong City Lodge Hotel).
 
Tuesday 22 March 2016 (2 pm  - 9:00 pm) in Kimberley
Location will be provided to clients.
 
Wednesday 23 March 2016 (12:00 noon - 4:00 pm) in Bloemfontein
Location will be provided to clients.
 
Thursday 24 March in Stellenbosch.
Office 301, 3rd floor, Eikestad Mall, 43 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch
 
Monday 28 March at Oliver Tambo Airport.
Meetings will take place at the City Lodge located on the Oliver Tambo Airport (not the City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is 5 km away from the Airport). Most GPSs take drivers  to the City Lodge at Barbara Rd, which is the wrong City Lodge Hotel).

2. CANADIAN WEATHER

Canada is now formally in Spring. Western Canada has had an exceptionally warm winter with very little snow. Here is a screen shot of the weather app for Calgary last week.


3. OUTDOOR LIFE IN CANADA
 
As it can be seen above spring is exceptionally warm which means that the bears are waking up form their annual hibernation. 
 
In Western Canada people enjoy the so-called back country. With increased hiking and camping comes an increased risk for bear attacks. A smart outdoorsman carries 3 items for bears:

  1. Bear Spray. The photo below as Yukon Magic brand of bear spray
  2. Wildlife horn
  3. Bear Bangers. It is hand held pen like device onto which a red capsule is screwed and fire with a firing pin. The photo below also has a green and white flare that can be fired with the same device.


4. CANADIAN ECONOMIC NEWS

The Canadian Cattleman Association issued a News Release on 15 March in which the following was mentioned:
 
“ Chronic workforce shortages in Canada’s agricultural sector are expected to continue, with the number of unfilled jobs in the beef sector forecasted to more than quadruple over the next decade.
 
According to the Labour Market Information Study (LMIS), the labour gap is significant, with unfilled vacancies costing the beef industry $141 million is sales (farm gate cash receipts) in 2014.  
 
Proactively addressing workforce issues in agriculture, in terms of insufficient labour to fill jobs at packing plants and farms and the lost opportunity those chronic job vacancies create, are top priority for the CCA. 
 
According to the study, over the next 10 years, the labour gap in the Canadian beef cattle industry could widen to 12,500 workers. The LMIS indicated this future increased labour gap could be partially caused by a spike in labour demand of as many as 2,500 workers.
 
Export dependent and protein-based commodities, such as the Canadian beef cattle industry, are expected to have productivity growth around 2.5 per cent over the next 10 years. Additionally, trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are likely to generate more beef exports. These factors will create an increased demand for labour as the beef industry works to capture this growth. However, the study suggested that a declining labour supply in beef production is the largest contributor to the projected growing labour gap.  
 
Retirement of beef cattle producers is the driving factor behind the decrease in labour supply; the study indicates that one-third of the current workforce will retire over the next decade. Immigration is likely to account for growing share of the future labour force in Canadian agriculture and beef production, but some provinces may benefit more than others due to regional economies and demographics”


CONTACT US
 
 Contact us direct if you have question. We can be reached at:

  1. 087-750-0341 South African number after 5 pm South Africa time (answered in Canada) when Matrixvisa personnel are in Canada
  2. 076-381-0053 Cell number you can use during my South African visit and only active during visits to South Africa
  3. 00-1-780-409-0931 X 101 office in Canada or
  4. 00-1-604-395-0801 X 101 office in Canada
  5. 00-1-403-710-7156 Canada Cell number

See you in South Africa and hopefully later in Canada!

All the best,

The Matrixvisa Team!