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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.

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.

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.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena has emphasised the need for government and the private sector to channel more funds into research and development in the country.

A meeting between leaders of big-business and the Presidency has identified skills development as a key factor in attracting business outsourcing work into South Africa.

Regarding the Domestic Services Learnership, an advertisement was placed in the local free newspaper of Vereeniging requesting applications. I know of applicant information that was submitted and that was the last ever heard from. After making enquiries as to availability for participating in the learnership project the applicant information was requested but the applicant was never contacted for training.

The Higher Education Working Group will establish a task team to explore funding alternatives for the higher education sector.

South Africa's unemployment rate dropped to 26.2 percent in September last year as compared to 27.9 percent in March 2004, Statistics South Africa reported.

After years of poor performance, weak internal controls and bankruptcy, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has finally come out of the doldrums.

Government has generated revenue of R68.1 million to the Unemployment Insurance Fund collected from domestic, seasonal and farm employers and employees.

Deputy President Jacob Zuma says as the country celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, it is important to remember its pledge to open "the doors of learning and culture" to all.

Bloemfontein - Community members within the Mangaung Local Municipality are to be empowered through a learnership on emerging contractors, in line with the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has welcomed the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Governing Body discussions on budget proposals for the 2006-2007 biennium.

The Department of Social Development and the Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) have signed an agreement to work together in the transformation of youth in the country.

Department of Labour inspectors have suspended some operations at one of Sasol plants in Secunda in Mpumalanga following the death of yet another worker.

Sasol will meet with unions and present the results of an
investigation into safety at the fuel producer, according to the company's management.

Nelspruit - Tourism and hospitality industries in Mpumalanga are set for new heights with the opening of a training tourism academy here.

The Commission for Injuries and Disease through its Compensation Fund paid out R2.8 billion to pharmacists, hospitals and doctors over the past three financial ending March 2005.

Government's multibillion job creation project, the Expanded Public Works Programme has so far created in access of 82 000 job opportunities for the unemployed.

The Minister of Labour has told parliament that the Labour Department has conducted an extensive review of Setas and has put systems in place to ensure they are monitored quarterly.

Some believe that the raising of the skills levy threshold to R500 000 will cause many hundreds of SDFs to lose their livelihood. However Jim Freeman writes that while one door is closing, a number of others are opening.

Government is to review finance allocations to public tertiary institutions across the country, with specific attention to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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