The Online Publishers Association, South Africa?s independent representative body for online publishers, in association with Lowe Bull, announces the launch of The Bookmarks

Construction has begun on the Kusile power station in Witbank, the second coal-fired power station being built by South African state company Eskom, as part of its multi-billion rand expansion, with completion scheduled for 2017. The new base-load power station, which will consist of six units generating a total of approximately 4 800 megawatts.

There are more than 120 000 people in South Africa who could be considered education and training practitioners, says Mark Orpen, and best practice can vary depending on the needs of the specific sector. "ETD Practitioners will need to rapidly gain a deeper knowledge of the range of philosophies, theories and practices that inform their workplace context," explains Orpen.

The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality has set up a new website where unemployed youth graduates can register to be linked to employment opportunities in the private and public sector and institutions of higher learning.

Low income earners in South Africa have the opportunity to invest in their future with their money guaranteed by Government through Retail Savings Bonds.

It is about time that we as South Africans - and Africans as such - realise that we are part of the global economy, where skills are being transferred frequently from one country to the next.Africans must immediately stop the mentality that everyone not of your specific culture and language, is seen as an alien and a threat

Since 2000 the National Sills Development Strategy has gathered R42 billion in skills development levies to be allocated for training projects. Yet there are only 98 education and training practices (ETD) professionals registered up to NQF level 5. A new initiative is attempting to address this shortage.

"In today’s competitive job market, companies are spending a great deal of time, resources and money in ensuring - screening, interviewing and selection processes deliver high-quality candidates that will produce desired results," writes Des Squire. He stresses the need for a process that allows employers to predict future job behaviour.

I am afraid to burst anyone’s bubble, however the seta’s are already doing toooo little. To have a course accredited involves far too much red tape.

We do not need to start again. We need to start at the top and systematically set NATIONAL standards to skill those SETAs in whose hands all aspects of provider evaluation, learning provision, and learner assessments rest.



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