Changing jobs is a difficult decision and made even more so by employers who use "low balling? tactics - trying to get a person to change jobs with an offer that is only a tad better than their current package.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana is expected to chair an African Union meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss poverty alleviation and job creation in the continent

Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called on South Africans to take responsibility for children living and working on the streets. The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to recognise street children who had completed training programmes.

Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka has called on the black middle class to re-invest in their communities to create skills required to grow the country's economy to the set six percent goal

We are currently trying to find ways of assisting young people to train for employment, our limited experience with the school students have shown very high demand on their future career wishes, all want top professional jobs but lack the academic skills to attain them.

The qualified youngsters cannot find jobs in their field of training, they find jobs as waiters, bartenders and travel overseas
as our country is unable to offer them decent employment

President Thabo Mbeki has called on the accounting profession to pay particular attention to SMME development in the country. Speaking at the SAICA 25 anniversary celebrations, the President also praised the organisation for its committment to skills development in the country.

I think getting your hands dirty is the way to true learning, making wrong decisions is the most effective way of to make right decisions.

Entrepreneurship and work related skills are important to young people so that they are prepared for the world of work and job creation

I think Joel Netshitezhe is 100% right,by saying youth must become entrepreneurs because even SETA does not help at all.

I think now entrepreneurship is the way to go, it is good to be thought to start and manage your own business than to be thought to manage somebody?s business.

The Expanded Public Works Programme has helped Bernadette Kay to get a job as an assistant at the HelpSaam Desk. She originally got back into the job market via a stint as a construction site worker at her local school.

We have to face facts which are glaring at us and have been for a long time, by
sheer weight of numbers, this is not going to happen. Let`s face it, the millions
out there, full of hope, are going to stay out there.

I would have to agree with Ivor Blumenthal with regards to skills and workplace experience.

I do agree with Mr Ivor Blumenthal, form Services Seta, that gaining work experience and proper education will be essential before any youngster attempt to start up their own business.

The Department of Labour has begun a process of reviewing minimum wages for the wholesale and retail sector after its three-year life circle lapses in January next year.

The South African youth should become artisans and entrepreneurs instead of believing that qualifications of status would make them employable by others, says government communications CEO, Joel Netshitenzhe.

President Thabo Mbeki says he would welcome applications from members of minority communities, including those who enjoyed privileges under apartheid, for positions in local government given the skills crisis faced by the country's municipalities.

A shortage of skills remains one of the key hindrances to South Africa's ability to reach a higher economic growth rate, says Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa.

Research into the labour market shows that the rate of unemployment amongst graduates has more than doubled in the last ten years. The Minister of Education has called on universities to focus more on the needs of society and labour market.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has arrived in Havana on a trip that he hopes will strengthen bilateral relations with the Cuban government.

Staff at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have gone out on a nationwide strike after rejecting management?s latest offer. This is the first strike to hit the ten-year-old organisation.

The Minister of Education is considering the recommendations of a report compiled by Mamphele Ramphela into the future configuration of the Walter Sisulu University of Technology in the Eastern Cape.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will lead a South African delegation to a conference in London focusing on growth strategies in SA.

Government is set to exceed the target of recruiting community development workers by March next year.


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