Structural investigators from the Department of Labour are to investigate the collapse of a 30-year-old roof structure at Wits Technikon, at Auckland Park, Johannesburg, at the weekend.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has appointed Dr Mbuyiseli Vanguard Mkosana as his department's new Director-General with effect from the 1 December.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has hailed an increase in the number of black and women graduates, saying they represent achievements in widening access and encouraging equity in institutions of higher learning.

Cabinet has welcomed the move by the Public Investment Commissioners (PIC) to buy a 15.1 percent stake in Telkom, saying the decision will ensure the shares revert to South Africans.

The Public Investment Commissioners have acquired a 15.1 percent stake in fixed-line monopoly Telkom after Andile Ngcaba's consortium failed to the raise the necessary funds in time.

Khula Finance - an institution set up to finance and support small businesses - has vowed to curb bureaucratic red tape in processing loans to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mpumalanga Premier Thabang Makwetla will visit the region's largest sugar producer, TSB Limited, to discuss its black economic empowerment efforts.

A new training program for young cheese makers from Western Cape will start in France next year.

The Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad says South Africans need serious discussions on ensuring that the benefits of broad based economic empowerment reach people with disabilities.

The shortage of mathematics and science learners and educators in the country is once again under the spotlight.

About 57 North West youth undergoing training in Physical Planning and Road Construction as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) are set to acquire certificates qualifying them for jobs in future development projects.

Government says it will only react to the deportation of a Cosatu delegation from Zimbabwe, once it has examined events in this regard.

The country's first free higher education institution for historically disadvantaged students is set to open another door for learning, this time in Cape Town.

The Deputy Minister of Education Enver Surty says human resource management and development can assist in bridging the gap between the first and second economies.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has emphasised the importance of skills development, saying it is key to halving employment and alleviating poverty.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has concluded his Imbizo Outreach Programme in Limpopo, after visiting government-funded projects.

Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana, said a memorandum of understanding signed between South Africa and Zimbabwe would help to stem the tide of unscrupulous employers who employ Zimbabweans without valid work permits.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor says although government has created employment for 1.6 million people in the past ten years, there are still not enough jobs to cope with the number of persons coming on to the labour market.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana began his two-day visit to Limpopo Province with a courtesy call on the Venda Paramount Chief Mpephu Ramabulana.

Labour Minister, Membathisi Mdladlana, said productivity is crucial for the performance of firms or industries, as well as in improving the living standards of the general community.

The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, has announced that national and provincial departments are ready to implement the next phase of the National Curriculum for Grades 10-12.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has congratulated the Joint Education Trust (JET) for its enormous contribution towards generating attention to informed innovation and quality performance in education.

Statistics South Africa today announced that the unemployment rate dropped slightly from 28.4 percent in September last year to 27.8 percent in March.

The Western Cape government has handed over a R571 000 cheque to Bouwland Wine Trust in Stellenbosch to further transformation and black economic empowerment in the wine industry.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called on workers to report violations of health and safety regulations at their workplaces to their nearest labour offices in a bid to prevent unnecessary mishaps.


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