Des Squire

South Africa's new Employment Equity Amendment Bill of 2020 has been approved for submission to Parliament. SA's Cabinet says that “The Bill promotes equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination”. 

This bill re-emphasizes how important it is for companies to actively transform their workplace but this begs the question - which companies are at risk of non-compliance?

US First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to land in South Africa on the evening of 20 June 2011. During her visit, she will engage young people about youth leadership, education, health and wellness. She will be visiting sites of the anti-apartheid struggle, meeting dignitaries, and speaking to youth leaders about empowerment.

Collins Chabane, the Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation has announced that government is piloting a Performance Monitoring System, which will be used to measure the state of national and provincial departments, and municipalities, and service delivery. The tool has been modelled on international experience and is being adapted to local conditions.

President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Tripoli, Libya, for high-level talks with that country?s leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Zuma, who is engaged in the talks in his capacity as a member of the African Union High Level Panel for the resolution of the conflict in Libya, is expected to discuss the immediate cessation of all hostilities, and the cooperation of Libyan authorities to facilitate the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance to the needy in that country.

The Department of Home Affairs is cracking down on fraud and corruption within its ranks, arresting 12 of its employees in the past two weeks. With the help of the Hawks, the department?s Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested officials at the OR Tambo Airport, Durban, Grahamstown and Mount Frere, said department?s director-general Mkuseli Apleni.

As the sun rose on Friday morning, two days after the country?s fourth democratic local government elections, the results showed the African National Congress?s (ANC) support seemed stable, while the opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA) may be set for its best performance yet.

South African creativity features prominently in this years international award ceremonies. Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile took pleasure in congratulating Co-owners of Handspring Puppet Company, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones for winning a prestigious Tony award, and Xoliswe Sithole who has been nominated in two categories for a BAFTA, after also being announced as the winner of a Peabody award.

COSATU challenges leaders of business and governments, gathered for the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, to address the expectations of workers and the poor, if such a forum is to prove relevant to the prevailing conditions on the continent.

"Shaping Africa?s Role in the New Reality" is the theme of the 21st World Economic Forum, opening at the International Conference Centre in Cape Town. Lead minister for WEF, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, explains that South Africa is now redefining its role, moving past and building on its reputation for a rich cultural heritage, the country is now emphasising achievements in the fields of science and technology, innovation and financial services.


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