The Hate Crimes Bill to be Published – October 2016

Cabinet has approved the publishing of the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.  The bill will be issued for public comment.  Hate Speech may be defined as speech that attacks, threatens, or insults a person or group on the basis of national origin, ethnicity, colour, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation,…

Higher Education Fees- Outcomes of the Ministerial Task Team – October 2016.

A Ministerial Task Team (MTT) has been established by government to address the challenges and find long-term, sustainable solutions for the Higher Education sector.  Primarily concerning the lack of affordability to pay fees by students and or their families.  The MTT is comprised of student leaders, parents, universities, relevant stakeholders) and includes Ministers of Communications,…

Gauteng Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Grooming Women for Senior Positions – October 2016

GoGTA is working together with bodies like the Municipal Infrastructure Support Agency for the empowerment of women to become engineers, architectures, among others. To this end, the Southern African Institute of Learning (SAIL) has partnered with the department and offered 150 training and certification vouchers to enable the training of 150 women.  The qualifying women…

The Department of Water and Sanitation empowers women – October 2016

The Department launched the Women in Water Empowerment Programme (WWEP) on Friday 14th October 2016.  The programme aims to support women-owned organisations to be efficient in delivering proper water and sanitation programmes to the public.  The programme includes Mentorship, Entrepreneurship Incubator and a Women’s Forum, ensuring sustainable and tangible procurement which will increase and enhance…

BANKSETA delivered over 12 000 qualified employees for the Banking Sector to date – October 2016

In partnership with the banking and microfinance sector, BANKSETA has provided learning and skills development opportunities to unemployed youth.  Over 12 000 learners to-date have been successfully placed in various financial institutions.  The BANKSETA Letsema programme recruits unemployed matriculants and the Kuyasa learnership recruits unemployed graduates, providing learners with relevant qualifications and workplace skills.  BANKSETA is…

City Power on boards 24 unemployed engineering graduates – October 2016

In line with government’s mandate to reduce unemployment and to ensure that graduates are gainfully employed, specifically in sectors where there’s a shortage of skills, City Power has deployed 24 students.  This also in response to the National Treasury’s call to improve and provide employment opportunities for unemployed youth.  Approximately 200 qualified individuals applied, regrettably…

The Black Business Council Discusses Pressing Business Transformation Matters with President Jacob Zuma- September 2016

The Black Business Council raised key issues pertaining to the economic transforming of the country.  Foremost being the need to accelerate BBBEE ownership, control and management, this according to the presidency. As part of the meeting matters pertaining to the National Empowerment Fund, participation of Blacks in the SME Fund, reviewing the under-utilisation of Jobs…