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Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been identified as key to service delivery and one of the essential factors in promoting economic growth in the South African economy.

Information communication technology (ICT) research and consulting house ForgeAhead will be sharing their findings from ongoing research into the status and use of ICTs in South Africa, and the rest of the SADC governments on Tuesday.

The Home Loan Guarantee Company, a Section 21 company specializing in the provision of access to housing finance for lower income people, has outsourced the complete management of its network infrastructure and services to Integr8 IT.

South Africa?s Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape has been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage list, Wednesday.

The digital divide is widely accepted as a major challenge within developing markets like South Africa. As the country prepares to host the Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in 2010, there is renewed urgency to narrow this digital gap. And it is the revamped outsourcing business model that could very well lead the way in terms of corporate development and digital communications availability.

In this series of three articles written by Sandra Inman, Assistant Managing Director of CBM Training, she explores the significance for businesses to
focus on skills development, and the role of the Unions in the process.
In the first installment, Sandra looks at why it is so important for companies to sign up for training courses...

In the third part of her article on the importance for businesses to
focus on skills development and the role of the Unions in the process, Sandra Inman, Assistant Managing Director of CBM Training delves into the challenges facing businesses looking for training companies, pitfalls to look out for, and Future trends...

In the second instalment of a three-part investigation into the importance of skills training, CBM Training's Sandra Inman looks at why training has become increasingly important in South Africa over the past few years, as well as areas of demand and current local trends...

The Business Women's Academy, the first of its kind in the country concentrating on women in business, was launched by USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED) of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, in association with HERS-SA. HERS-SA is a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of women.

Cabinet has approved the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR) relating to Pandemic Influenza and appointed the National IHR Focal Point to help manage and prevent the spread of such diseases.

In another first for Africa, the UCT Graduate School of Business has been admitted to the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON), a prestigious network of the top business schools around the world.

Shareholders, creditors and other stakeholders in smaller companies in South Africa may be exposed to greater levels of risk if the government goes ahead with plans to introduce an audit exemption threshold, warns ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

An AIDS-free generation can be a reality, says United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF) acting Chief of HIV and AIDS Doreen Mulenga. "We know what works - so let?s use this knowledge,' she told HIV and AIDS Implementers? Meeting attended by more than 1 500 participants worldwide in Kigali, Rwanda.

Professor Frank Horwitz, Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business, has been elected as the South African representative to the five member governing body of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).

The just ended 96th session of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has adopted new standards designed to improve the conditions of over 30 million people working in the fisheries sector worldwide. The new standards, contained in a convention, to be known as "The Work in Fishing Convention, 2007", will come into effect when it is ratified by 10 of the ILO?s 180 member states.

Damelin, a private tertiary education institution, has purchased 350 seats of Autodesk 3ds Max 3D modelling and animation software through Autodesk?s Premier Solutions Provider Touchvision. This rendering and modeling software lets game developers, design visualisation professionals, and visual effects artists tackle challenging animation projects.

The Department of Labour has called on taxi operators to ensure they make monthly contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) of no less than R28. As per the government and taxi industry agreement, the current minimum wage in terms of the Taxi Sectoral Determination is R1 431 per month for a taxi operator.

. High Powered PA?s have among the world?s most desirable jobs. Who wouldn?t like to be the closest business confidante to Nelson Mandela, Bill Gates or Madonna? Astro Tech's Wayne Ford explains that the modern PA is really an assistant manager.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a landmark course to guide businesses on the use of cutting-edge Internet and mobile marketing techniques. Course director Dave Duarte says the goal of the course is to bust the intimidating jargon around this technology, and to give companies clear insight on what is available to them and how to make the most of digital marketing opportunities.

A greater awareness of the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Africa?s development seems to be developing amongst the continent?s people and organisations. This is reflected in the number and quality of nominations from many African countries to participate in the 2007 African ICT Achievers Awards.

Integr8 IT, South Africa?s largest privately owned national BEE-Information Technology network integration and infrastructure management specialist, has been commended for its display of innovation in the running of an early adoption program based on the latest Microsoft technologies.

Two Foster-Melliar graduates have achieved double distinctions in the Managers Certificate in IT Service Management exams. Both Leon Du Preez and Christo Brits achieved the distinctions in the Service Support and Service Delivery modules of the course.

The Global Fund has welcomed the recommitment of G8 nations to assist in funding universal access to HIV and AIDS treatment. The G8, who met last week in the German resort town Heiligendamm, pledged US$60 billion to uphold an earlier pledge to boost its development aid.


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