Emerging farmers in the Piet Retief region in Mpumalanga have been urged to use their farms to create jobs and alleviate poverty by President Jacob Zuma during his address to the local community, announcing that agricultural projects were key to job creation.

The already stressed industry is under increased pressure due to the gazetting of the new PPPFA which officially comes into play on 8 December 2011. Gavin Levenstein COO of EconoBEE explores the factors that contribute to the slow rate of verification.

The new procurement regulations gazetted by the Minister of Finance contains the latest guidelines for determining BEE status, to be used when scoring suppliers in future. Andile Tlhoaele takes an in-depth look at the scoring system.

In the second quarter of 2011, about 1.2 million South Africans were involved in volunteer work, says Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) citing that white educated women made up the biggest volunteer group.

EconoBEE, a national BEE consultancy will be presenting a series of conferences across the country to stress the important aspects of the Procurement and Enterprise Development elements on the scorecard.

There are regulations that companies must adhere to in order to ensure compliance however many fail to meet these legal requirements which leads to costly and time consuming labour action. Des Squire provides guidelines to ensure employers meet the necessary requirements.

Bioentrepreneurship which combines business acumen with medical discovery is growing within the biomedical field and XCell BioConsulting in conjunction with GSB has developed specialised courses to help novices determine the commercial value of their health solutions.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, will spend this year’s National Children’s Day empowering children with information on global warming and climate change.

Representatives from the BRICS countries are meeting a second time to discuss ways of combating global hunger through agricultural developments, against the backdrop of unpredictable climate changes. The ministers have pledged their commitment to various food production initiatives.

With less than a month to go before COP 17, President Jacob Zuma has warned that if parties fail to renew and sign the Kyoto Protocol, this would be a major setback for the world.


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