Government has transferred the management of 140 000 hactres of forestland to two operators as part of its ongoing plan to restructure state-owned forests.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has launched a portal that has been described as the first online education experience for South African learners and educators.

I think that the skills development is one of the best moves ever, but where will the money come from and will we have enough jobs for all these trained people.

I feel that the focus is on ownership rather than skills development
because skills development is essentially a process which takes
longer periods than the period it takes to acquire ownership.

Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri will deliver a keynote address at the second workshop on Nepad e-Schools Initiative to be held in Pretoria.

The current approach by business is equivalent to suicide. One cannot give ownership to unskilled people.

Learnerships must be demand driven if they are to reduce unemployment.

it is important for blacks in particular to understand that the issue is not just economic transformation nor integration but one of economic independence.

BEE is a fact and a success. Skills and responsibilities are the issue now. Why do Setas treat skilled project managers like thieves?

South Africa possesses a tremendous wealth of resources, namely, her natural and human resources.

The National Empowerment Fund has concluded a R5 million broad-based Black Economic Empowerment deal with a black owned tomato processing company.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will seek to meet with his Communications counterpart Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi to discuss ways to avert the looming retrenchments at Telkom.

The Department of Labour has released provisional dates for the National Skills conference, which will see the launch of the updated National Skills Development Strategy.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor is to address the Carnegie-South Africa Undergraduate Women's Scholarship Programme at the Alpha Conference Centre in Broederstroom.

North West MEC for Public Works Howard Yawa says fronting poses a great threat to the realisation of government?s vision for economic transformation.

Deputy Minister for Education Enver Surty says government wants to see more learners taking Mathematics and Science on Higher Grade to provide the skills required by the country?s economic sector.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says it is essential for students who have passed matric to move on to higher education institutions.

This year's matric pass rate with the exclusion of Mpumalanga is 71.4 percent compared to last year's 74.7 percent.

Reconciliation Day was marked by President Thabo Mbeki's testimony that South Africa has in the last ten years transformed.

KwaZulu-Natal Finance and Economic Development MEC Zweli Mkhize, has heaped praises on the Umsobomvu Youth Fund for its work in the province, saying those critical of the fund are ignorant of its programmes.

Fifty-seven young people who completed a government's youth skills development programme graduated at a ceremony held in Saldanha.

A recent inspection blitz at wholesale and retail businesses in Mpumalanga has yielded good results, that saw the Department of Labour forcing some employers to establish corrective measures.

New revised figures of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shows the South African economy grew by 5.6 percent in the third quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa reported.

The Tourism Black Economic Empowerment Scorecard steering committee has confirmed that it will deliver to government a draft BEE scorecard for the tourism sector soon.

The South African Police Service has opened a new training centre in Johannesburg to enhance service delivery in policing.


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