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.

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

The Department of Education has announced that a new curriculum for Grades 10, 11 and 12 will be introduced in the country over the next three years.

Geneva - African Ministers of Health currently attending the 58th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, have spoken with one voice regarding the continued migration of health professionals to developed countries.

The South African Management Development Institute will establish a new model for training and development in the public sector.

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has launched an institute to facilitate national economic development based on information and communication technology.

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa says his province is determined to halve unemployment and poverty by 2014.

Receiving money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund will no longer be tedious for many who used to travel long distances, risking being mugged in the process.

More than 1 000 jobs will be created in the North West province through the government's Extended Public Works Programme.

Decentralising and modernising government's Compensation Fund has helped expose 435 employers who have not registered with the fund in Limpopo.

Government will strive to meet the objectives of the Freedom Charter and provide free, compulsory education, said Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Government has stepped up its efforts to regulate the taxi industry with the announcement of minimum wages and working hours for taxi drivers.

The fear of looming job losses in the mining industry has brought government and the National Union of Mineworkers together in an effort to encourage mining bosses to think of creative ways of reducing costs rather than simply retrenching workers.

Individual countries cannot single-handedly overcome the challenges of poverty alleviation, employment creation and addressing the social ills in their societies, said Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.

The newly-configured North West University has the potential to shape many ideas to grow the economy, fight HIV and AIDS and social ills in society.

The number of black researchers have increased to 25 percent compared to zero percent in the previous years.

The North West government will add more thrust to its existing activities aimed at the growth and development of the SMME sector in the province.

The Labour Department?s long standing pursuit of sound relations with workers and employers was further evidenced today with Minister Mdladlana?s high profile visit of the Volkswagen car manufacturing plant in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape.

Occupational health and safety remained the responsibility not only of the Government inspectors, but that of workers and employers as well, Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has said.

Polokwane - The need to close the gap between the education system and the job market in Limpopo has been highlighted once again, this time by Education MEC Aaron Motsoaledi.

Pietermaritzburg - KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Ina Cronje says her department is well on course to ensure all communities in the province receive education, especially in the rural areas.

Western Cape has appointed former South African Airways (SAA) Vice President Anisha Archary, as chairperson of its Routes Unlimited Board.

In a move that will see the Department of Defence playing a more effective role in the resolution of conflicts in Africa, all South African National Defence Force officers are to receive multi-disciplinary training.


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