Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has expressed sadness after the death of an eighth Sasol employee following a blast at the company's Secunda Plant two weeks ago.

President Thabo Mbeki has sent condolences to the family and friends of the late Ray Alexander, who died on Sunday 13th September.

The Minister of Labour has confirmed that there is a need for extraordinary corrective measures to be take to rectify the situation at the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Despite the progress made in transforming the country's education system, the number of illiterate adults is still too high, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has confirmed to the public that the services of the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) are free to anyone who wishes to use them.

The International Monetary Fund says through its fiscal and monetary policies, South Africa has made impressive strides in rebuilding its economy since the country attained democracy.

Inspectors from the Department of Labour have shut down operations at the Sasol plant in Secunda in Mpumalanga following an explosion that killed six workers and injured several others.

Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica says government needs to ensure that forestry contributed to strengthening the economy among rural communities.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana says skills development is a key component to realise government's mission of halving poverty and unemployment by 2014.

North West Premier Edna Molewa has urged the private sector to embark on leanership programmes to bridge the skills gap between youth and the labour market.

The Mpumalanga Government will spend about R2 million on a special programme to improve the qualifications, skills and efficiency of its employees.

Labour Minister Memebathisi Mdladlana has welcomed the conviction of a Krugersdorp woman after the Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria found her guilty of defrauding the Department's Compensation Fund.

The Labour Department has embarked on a blitz inspection in four provinces to check employer compliance with the sectoral determination that sets minimum wages and conditions of employment in the domestic sector.

The mainstream cosmetics industry has begun the process of developing a self-driven Black Economic Empowerment Plan, which is set to include the majority of black firms into the sector.

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Deputy Auditor-General Terence Nombembe says there is still much to be done to transform the auditing profession in this country.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena says there is a need to nurture a new generation of scientists consisting of black and female researchers.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lindiwe Mahlangu-Nkabinde says women empowerment is a prerequisite for the achievement of gender equality.

The business wing of the North West taxi industry Bokone Transport Holdings (BTH) says the deal it clinched with fuel giant Caltex is a significant move for Black Economic Empowerment in the province.

The third annual Learning Cape Festival has been launched with hundreds of events planned to promote lifelong learning, especially in rural areas.

Government has expressed confidence that the intended commencement date of the Information and Communication Technology Empowerment Charter will be achieved.

Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa says the private sector is slow on women empowerment yet this is a crucial element of transformation that should not be seen as a responsibility to government alone.

Government says it is on the verge of finalising the much-awaited Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Advisory Council and the related Code of Good Practice.

Women empowerment at the institutions of higher education in the country remains a challenge in terms of gender equity and other aspects according to Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

The National Treasury has released a Code of Good Practice for BEE in Public Private Partnerships.


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