A new chapter has been opened in South Africa's job creation drive with the Minister of Labour, Membathisi Mdladlana, together with the National Skills Authority, launching the new National Skills Development Strategy.

The Labour Department says the Unemployment Insurance Fund is now financially viable after formulating reserves of up to R8.4 billion.

Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has rejected widespread
claims South Africa's unemployment rate is running at 40 percent.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has confirmed the suspension of Deputy Director-General responsible for the Employment and Skills Development Services and Human Resources Development, Adrienne Bird.

The South African Nursing Council (SANC) has warned potential nursing students to be aware of some "private nursing schools" that are operating in the country illegally.

The Labour Court has ruled that broadcast carrier
Multichoice could not unilaterally change employment conditions for
its staff.

The private sector has launched an academy to offer project management skills to professionals, in a move to address transport and infrastructure development needs of the country.

Bloemfontein - The Free State will host a two-day Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) conference, starting on the 28th February, aimed at creating a platform for economic growth in the province.

President Thabo Mbeki says academics have an obligation to consider themselves as architects of the new Africa.

I believe job creation initiatives are everyone?s baby, government, parastatals and corporate. However each will have their specific roles to play.

Labour legislation is a stumbling block to them employment.

I believe that investors in small business development should seriously consider the infrastructure and support available to small business owners to assist them in building GREAT businesses that they actually enjoy running.

North West Department of Public Works says it will ensure that more women, youth and people living with disabilities benefit from the construction industry.

Big business look for more profits, more productivity and will continue to use automation, the selection of workaholics and the elimination of the incompetent and lazy as tools.

Mafikeng - A minimum of 16 000 jobs were created in the North West through government's Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) since its launch last year.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will, together with the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr ME Surty, officially launch the inaugural Further Education and Training Colleges programme at the Lovedale College in the Eastern Cape on Monday, 21 February 2005.

Youth in the Western Cape are set to benefit from a Human Resource Development Strategy the provincial government will launch soon.

I do believe that the private sector (small businesses) should contribute to creating jobs, or at least do some sort of training towards skills upliftment.

The National Youth Commission has announced that it will merge with the Umsobomvu Youth Fund to work towards better youth development in the country.

The government Expanded Public Works Programme is projected to create more than 130 000 jobs opportunities before the end of the year, according to Minister Stella Sigcau.

South Africa's electricity supplier Eskom is expected to create 26 000 new jobs in Mpumalanga once three power stations are re-opened.

The president's desire to exempt small, medium and
micro-enterprises from central bargaining is "unconstitutional",
according to the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi says labour relations in the country have in the past decade undergone a major transformation.

There is hope for a better life for the people of Newcastle following the announcement that the provincial government will open a Clothing Centre of Excellence in the area.

The Communication Workers Union has signed a
headcount management agreement with Telkom, enabling the company to
offer enhanced voluntary severance packages to all staff.


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