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The message from training providers in KwaZulu Natal to the Minister of Labour was clear. A thick document comprising letters of complaint had a common theme - please come to our rescue!

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula says his department will not be in a position to fulfill some of the employment equity requirements in its core function section.

South Africa's economy is "firmly on a higher growth range", with interest rates and inflation rates at their lowest levels in decades, according to Minister of Trade and Industry Mandisi Mpahlwa.

Government is on track to meet the target of introducing community development workers, says Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

Unemployment Insurance Fund Commissioner Shakes Mkhonto has ordered that payments to the more than 400 beneficiaries of the UIF in Pretoria be fast-tracked.

The Nelson Mandela Metro has laid a charge of fraud against a Uitenhage man for allegedly using illiterate black men as a front for his employment companies.

South Africa needs to achieve "a critical mass" of researchers with master, doctoral and post-doctoral degrees, and is intending to spend up to one percent of gross domestic product on research and development by 2008 in order to reach this target.

Taxi owners across the country have started to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund ahead of the looming 1 July deadline.

MEC for Education in Gauteng Ms Angie Motshekga has announced a R10 billion budget, the largest by a single government department, for education in the Gauteng province.

The second impact study into the National Qualifications Framework had some good things to say about the relevance of learnerships and skills programmes.

The SA Qualifications Authority (Saqa) has opened admissions for the pilot phase of its NQF Support Link learning programme. The six-module programme allows learners to develop a full understanding of the NQF.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena has urged for the development of a critical mass of science researchers to respond to the country's social and economic challenges.

Stats SA will only release the offical (and lower) definition of unemployment in their next report. They claim that also reporting the expanded (and much higher) definition is causing confusion!

The Minister of Labour, recently returned from the ILO meeting in Switzerland, officially opened a new department office in Nyanga, Cape Town with a rousing address to a packed hall of local dignitaries.

Alleviating Sub-Saharan Africa's poverty will be the first priority of the World Bank, Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz declared after meeting President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria.

Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana has expressed disappointment at the International Labour Conference?s failure to adopt a Convention that would regulate the working conditions of Maritime Workers.

President Thabo Mbeki has called on youth in the country to be the builders of the new South Africa, saying for its part government will live up to its commitment of providing skills training and funds.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is gearing itself up for the anticipated influx of taxi owners wanting to register as employers and their employees - the drivers - with the fund. The registrations commence from 1 July.

Sasol and trade unions have committed to working together to ensure safety at the fuel company's plants and mines.

"After completing this Expanded Public Works Programme [EPWP] project, where will we go?" This question was asked by labourers participating in the EPWP projects during an imbizo here yesterday organised for various people benefiting from the programme to raise their concerns.

Youth in Gauteng and Free State have urged the private sector to join hands with government in addressing unemployment.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena and his Lesotho counterpart Motsoahae Thabane have signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral relations.

Mandela Metro Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Youth Desk co-ordinator Siphiwo Rwentela has called on the youth to embrace learnership programmes to enable them to contribute to the country's economy.

A black empowerment company has acquired a 26.67 percent stake in AltX-listed software provider Alliance Data Corporation for R5.4 million.

Job related accidents and illnesses claim more than two million lives annually worldwide - an International Labour Organisation conference has heard.

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