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.

The New Africa Partnership for Africa Development (Nepad) has established the Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) to strengthen the biosciences capacity in the southern African region.

A draft human resource plan has been released for the public health sector. It attempts to juggle the need for additional trained staff with the problems associated with training staff who are often tempted to then work in other countries.

Crafters from across the country have converged at an art exhibition at Gallagher Estate in Midrand hoping to lure prospective buyers by the end of the show.

Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool, opened the 4th Learning Cape Festival and highlighted the need for investing in the human resource potential of the province.

As part of President Thabo Mbeki?s clarion call on the civil service to fulfil the agreements reached at the Growth and Development Summit, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has embarked on a two day Imbizo tour in the Johannesburg area as part of his campaign to interact and bring services closer to the people.

Business Unity South Africa has called on organised labour to embrace the idea of revising labour market regulations, saying this will result in job creation and economic growth.

After a cabinet Lekgotla, President Thabo Mbeki has confirmed that labour market reform is still on the agenda and importing individuals with scarce skills is to be part of the government's plan to improve delivery in municipalities.

The Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana is calling upon the leadership of all the parties involved in the South African Airways dispute to make serious efforts towards the resolution of the problem.

British High Commissioner Paul Boateng says aid alone is not enough for Africa but fair trade and debt relief underpinned by good governance will help rebuild the continent.

While the debate about relaxing labour market regulation goes on, the Minister of Labour has commissioned research to get definitive answers to some of the key questions: do SA labour laws really restrict the economy and job creation?

The Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) says it has approved R1.5 Million for research aimed at benchmarking total entrepreneurial activity of young South Africans aged 18-35 years.

The first batch of Community Development Workers (CDWs) will be ready for deployment across the country soon, as they complete a year-long training at the end of July.

A group of unemployed youth in northern KwaZulu Natal has been awarded R100 000 from a corporate donor as recognition for their job-creating environmental initiative.

Consulting Editor, Sylvia Hammond, arrived in central London at the same time that bombs started going off across the city. She was impressed with the organised responce from the authorities and hopes that South Africa has the skills and capacity to deal with unforseen emergencies in the same manner.

Mafikeng - Rural residents of North West are now able to access services from the labour department on their own doorstep.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena says the lack of role models for young girls has contributed to women being under-represented in the upper echelons of scientific careers.

Environmental Affairs and Tourism Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi has officially opened the SADC MeteoSat Second Generation Training Centre at the South African Weather Services (SAWS) in Pretoria.

The people of Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats are to benefit from a skills development initiative being planned for the city.

Delegates to the Umsobomvu Youth Fund conference recognised the successes achieved by projects such as the Amasondo Esibindi Learnership for learners with disabilities. However areas that need more work were also highlighted.

Eighteen-year-old Harriet Madalana from Bushbuckridge is bursting with excitement as she and eight other students are off to Malaysia to study for the next five years.

The North West provincial government will launch the Growth and Development Strategy, a move set to highlight and encourage growth in the province's key economic areas of mining, agriculture, manufacturing and tourism, among others.

The Institute of People Management (IPM) has again stated its objections to the initiative by the HR Council of SA and the SA Board for Personnel Practice to legislate ther human resources profession by way of an Act of parliament.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena has expressed concern over the low number of high school learners taking and passing Mathematics and Science subjects.

The Department of Labour has launched mobile units countrywide in an effort to bring services closer to communities.


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