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Three German transport experts will visit the Eastern Cape to share ideas and possible scenarios towards coordinated planning of a proposed Provincial Transport Demand Management Plan for 2010.

Integr8 FAX, a member of the Integr8 Group housing Integr8 IT, South Africa?s largest privately BEE owned national Information Technology network integration and infrastructure management specialist, is helping to improve the efficiency of ICT infrastructure within the business, government and education sectors.

Tobacco is a major public health priority and remains the leading cause of preventable death globally, said the World Health Organisation (WHO). "Tobacco is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (approx five million deaths each year). "If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some ten million deaths each year by 2020.

Virtual tuition or e-learning, study by way of the Internet and video conferencing technology, is gaining popularity in the market. Teryl Schroenn, MD at Accsys, a national provider of HR and payroll management software, says this is a practical and convenient approach to addressing skills shortages.

The Vice-Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Elizabeth Mataka, has been appointed as the new United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said special envoys assist to mobilise and strengthen responses by working with a wide range of partners, including governments and civil society.

A delegation of Labour Department employees from around the country will next Wednesday, 30 May jet out on a two-week skills empowerment programme to Cuba. The 10 Employment Services Practitioners (ESPs) will be accompanied by 10 managers and the Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Manager.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Sunday led South Africa?s observance of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Durban. "Leading the Way to a World without AIDS!' is this year's International Candlelight Memorial Day theme, emphasising the quest for a generation free from HIV and AIDS.

Government is improving its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure to deliver efficient services ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi announced a Next Generation Network (NGN) would replace the current Government Common Core Network (GCCN).

Allan Gray has established ten annual scholarships worth a total of R1.25 million exclusively for full-time MBA students at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB). Allan Gray has been providing funding for previously disadvantaged students at the UCT GSB for a number of years, and the ten newly formed scholarships are a consolidation of the company's funding input to the business school.

South African researchers now have the advantage of using massive computing power in their quest for new knowledge and applications. This is as a result of a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and its partners in creating the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), which is the first of its kind in the country.

A total of 674 Department of Labour inspectors are currently being trained to enforce compliance with the newly promulgated sectoral determination in the hospitality sector.

More than 6.3 million South Africans over the age of 15 years have hypertension also known as high blood pressure. This was revealed by the Southern African Hypertension Society. The occasion aims to raise awareness about high blood pressure and its consequences.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged policymakers and industry leaders to work with young people to give them access to Information and Communications Technology (ICT). In his message of support for World Telecommunication and Information Society Day Mr Ban said in many instances, young people were the driving force behind innovation in the development and use of new technologies.

Integ8 IT, South Africa?s largest privately-owned national Information Technology network integration and infrastructure management specialist, has sponsored IT infrastructure towards the Savoy Waverly Active Protection (SWAP) crime-fighting initiative.

Following this week's announcement by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana about the minimum wages for the hospitality industry workers, the Department of Labour wishes to point out that the information as reflected in the Cape Times is absolutely incorrect. The sectoral determination sets only two levels of wages.

A number of nursing colleges in Gauteng that were closed are to be re-opened in an effort to produce more nurses. "I am pleased to announce that we have decided to reopen some of the colleges currently not in operation, this will allow us to produce more nurses in shorter periods,' Gauteng Health MEC Brian Hlongwa said.

A George employer in the Western Cape was this week fined R7 000 by the Small Claims Court for failing to comply with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Act regulations. The UIF Act stipulates the payment of benefits to all employees.

Tourism in South Africa has grown three times more than global tourism in 2006, the Chief Executive Officer of South Africa Tourism Moeketsi Mosola said at the Tourism Indaba in Durban Saturday. While globally, tourism grew by 4.5 percent, South Africa shot to 14 percent with African countries being the main influence.

The Department of Labour calls on taxi operators to register with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) before the month end deadline. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is currently offering tax amnesty to small businesses including taxi operators with a turnover of R10 million. The amnesty is set to expire on 31 May 2007.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) will run a powerful mentorship programme this June to give leaders and managers the tools to become high-impact mentors. The benefits of a mentoring environment, from an improved bottom line to informed and productive staff, have been recognised globally..

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has raised concerns about the rampant rate of discrimination in the workplace. "Although progress had been made at combating discrimination in the workplace, rising gender disparities in income and other forms of discrimination including age, sexual orientation and HIV and AIDS status were a cause for growing concern,' said ILO in a new report.

Lifestyle diseases like, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic pulmonary disease are challenging health systems in both developing and developed countries. According to Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon lifestyle diseases have been sweeping the entire globe.

The Department of Labour Director-General, Dr Vanguard Mkosana, has warned employers that the department is to intensify inspections of workplace law compliance throughout the year. According to the department, iron and steel, construction, agriculture, and the food/drink/beverage sectors were the four main contributors to the 47 percent of reported workplace injuries and fatalities country-wide.

The Department of Labour has cracked down on a leading tombstone manufacturing outlet, Capricorn Tombstones, because of non compliance with health and safety laws. The department?s inspectors issued a stern warning against the employer to comply with the provisions of the Occupational Health and safety Act, 85 of 1993 or face prosecution or a complete shut down.

The UCT Graduate School of Business runs an innovative short course this June aimed at empowering businesses to revolutionise their marketing activities. The course will provide South African businesses with the knowledge and tools to achieve success through building strong relationships with customers and stakeholders, and to use the 21st century?s digital explosion to their advantage.

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