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Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi has announced that a special allowance is to be paid to retain and attract key employees with scarce skills.

Black domestic employers are among the "worst in ill-treating their employees and disregarding laws", according to the Minister of Labour.

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) hosted an investment conference, under the theme "providing development finance for job creation".

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has announced a "big" adjustment in the maximum earnings level for the Unemployment Insurance Fund beneficiaries, which is hoped to contribute towards alleviating poverty in the country.

Education Minister, Naledi Pandor has hailed a new partnership agreement that will see the Umsobomvu Youth Fund using a number of FET Colleges to deliver youth skills development programmes. She has called on Setas to do the same.

While stakeholders had reason to celebrate Nedlac's tenth birthday, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on the institution to address the issues of unemployment and inequality and to look for lasting solutions.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says it is important for employers to place employees' safety before profits.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has announced several measures to increase the number of nurses and improve their distribution in the country.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor says there is a need to intensify efforts aimed at addressing gaps in Early Childhood Development (ECD). She was speaking at the Ntataise conference in Vanderbijlpark.

Twenty-one employment skills practitioners (ESP 2s) from the Labour department are visiting Cuba as part of a skills empowerment programme organised by the two governments.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana averted a potentially disastrous situation when he ordered an immediate halt to the construction of a septic tank whose walls were on the verge of collapsing on workers anytime.

An organisation representing the interests of the poor wants credit bureaux to be prevented from supplying job applicants' credit details to prospective employers.

A loan from the Job Creation Trust Fund helped a wheel-bound Ga-Rankuwa entrepreneur set up a business that is now thriving and employing 17 people.

In view of the high rate of illiteracy in many rural areas, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in Limpopo has identified voter education as a major challenge.

A skills audit conducted by an outside consulting firm has attempted to determine how the skills of Mpumalanga government managers compares to their private sector counterparts.

A Johannesburg woman has defied the odds and has become one of the few in the country who have ventured into male-dominated world of motor repair.

Nine women in a rural village here have come together to establish a sewing project that enables them to provide for their families.

A new agricultural skills training programme hopes to reintegrate offenders back into society as educated and economically-active community members.

Why does the country suffer from the contradictory problems of unemployment and unfilled job vacancies? Education Minister Naledi Pandor blames school leavers who aren't prepared for the job market - and belives that FET Colleges could provide the answer.

Government is to increase the number of schools in the country that teach Mathematics, Science and Technology from 102 to 529 next year as part of its strategy to produce 50 000 Grade 12 students in these subjects by 2008.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor says distance education can play a pivotal role in strengthening indigenous language use within the tertiary education sector on the continent.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has applauded a partnership that promotes the learning and understanding of maths and science in the country.

The Sector Skills Plan for the clothing, textiles, footware and leather sector includes plans to tackle the challenges that the local industry is facing from cheap imports. Jim Freeman went through the SSP in detail and found some strategies to save the industry.

A group of 25 volunteers have received training here on how to assist the country's electoral body during Voter registration Day on 3 September.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor met with the Interim Council of Walter Sisulu University of Technology and Science to inform them of the recommendations of a academic configuration working group.

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