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The Minister of Labour will soon announce a Sectoral Determination for workers in the tourism and hospitality sector. The determination follows a five-year investigation by the Employment Conditions Commission which surveyed 900 employers and more than 1000 employees in the sector.

The DG in the Department of Health, Thami Mseleku, says the government?s AIDS communication campaign is to put more emphasis on treatment, care and support. He was addressing the media after the department awarded the Sizwe Ntsaluba Khomanani Team the tender to re-launch and run the Khomanani campaign worth R190 million over the next two years.

At a glittering gala dinner at the Johannesburg City Hall, KZN-based NGO, 'TREE: Training and Resources in Early Education', was awarded the first national ABSA/Sowetan/SA Congress ECD Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Development.

AstroTech, one of South Africa?s fastest growing training organisations will this year expand its base beyond Gauteng and offer courses in Durban and Cape Town.
It will also open a sister company, BizTech that will offer training to middle managers, administrators and supervisors - but finding good trainers is becoming a challenge.

The government has stuck to the six percent salary increase for the public sector during the wage negotiations as a result of urgent priority areas. "Government has taken account of all spending priorities including social development, addressing crime issues, infrastructure investment and better service delivery for the communities in the pursuit of a better life for all,' said the Minister for Public Service and Administration, Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi.

Cabinet has approved the recently-announced national strategic plan to combat HIV, AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases. Cabinet expressed "its unreserved appreciation' to all the stakeholders in SANAC, which has emerged with from its restructuring with a powerful consensus from all its members in the campaign against HIV and AIDS.

The United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is to triple its spending by 2010 in order to meet demand, particularly in developing nations. "The Board?s vision of tripling or even quadrupling the size of the Global Fund is a strong vote of confidence for our work. Programmes we support are currently saving 3 000 lives per day,' said Executive Director of the fund, Michel Kazatchkine.

The internationally-accredited Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business is proud to announce the Durban launch of our extremely popular 2-day coaching programme, Coaching to Excellence (CTE). The two-day CTE course is designed to introduce participants to the principles and methods of coaching.

Those Travel Agencies who have supported the "Adopt a Learner' Project launched by THSBS in 2007 must be commended, and recognised, for their commitment to developing skills for the benefit of the Travel industry, says Adv Don Leffler, Director of the Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Business School.

The newly constituted South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) was launched in Kempton Park Monday and endorsed the new comprehensive National Strategic Plan for HIV, AIDS and STI for 2007-2011. The council, chaired by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka officially brought together government and civil society in a renewed partnership against HIV and AIDS.

"Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is one of the core principles of the National Qualification Framework (NQF)", explains Rooksana Rajab. "It is rooted in the need to recognise the contribution, knowledge and skills of those who built this country and struggled for liberation, while at the same time opening up access to education and training opportunities which had been denied in the past".

As the United States Congress holds the first of several hearings on progress in the fight against global HIV and AIDS, a South African HIV and AIDS educator and activist, will visit several US cities to deliver talks. Monalisa Ngqisha, has begun a multi-city tour of the US to explain some of the changes needed in the US approach.

The demand for more qualified technicians has lead distance learning provider, INTEC College, to expand their offerining. They have become the first South African institution to offer the internationally recognised CompTIA HTI+ Home Technology Installation Certificate.

Paula Barnard from Rival Wellness tells us that many companies and HR departments battle to distinguish between 'Wellness' and 'Training' when considering budgets. She gives us some ideas on how to balance your Wellness and Training requirements.

The Department of Agriculture will prioritise the refurbishment of the lecture premises and computer rooms at the Potchefstrom College of Agriculture to ensure that learning areas are up to the required standard without undue delays. The North West MEC for Agriculture, Madlenkosi Mayisela announced the measures at a recent graduation ceremony.

A new Microsoft School Technology Innovation Centre is set to increase access to digital literacy for the students contributing to creating job opportunities. "This centre?s main objective is not to bridge the digital divide, but to ensure that more people have access to digital literacy,' chairperson of Microsoft in Africa, Cheick Modibo Diarra said at the unveiling.

Sandra Inman, Assistant MD of CBM Training is concerned about training providers who don't deliver the service they have been paid for. And when companies have a bad experience with a training provider it can do long-term damage. "Clients can be suspicious of training, easily scared off and reticent to commit," she says.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) should be used to develop the brainpower needed to pull Africa out of poverty, says President Thabo Mbeki. Addressing the unveiling of the New Partnership for Africa?s Development (Nepad) e-Schools Demonstration Project Tuesday, President Mbeki explained the project aimed to change the continent for the better.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a new course this May that will help local business people master the art of trend forecasting, enabling them to make strategic choices for their businesses that result in sustained business success.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) skills in Africa are critical for the continent?s economy to become more essential, according to Deputy Chairperson of the Nepad e-Africa Commission Henry Chasia, who stresses the need to get a "critical mass? of African youth to have these skills in the shortest time possible.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has alerted the public of con-artists posing as Labour inspectors, swindling both employers and the unemployed into paying money for non-existent UIF registrations. The UIF said the scam was detected in areas including Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria.

A 50 year old man appeared in the Pretoria North Magistrate's Court today, Wednesday, on charges of impersonating Labour Inspectors. Johan Van Staden's appearance occurred just weeks after the Labour Department's public warning on similar incidents of bogus inspectors extorting money from unsuspecting business owners in the East Rand area.

The Blazing Moon corporate social responsibility approach is "No matter how insignificant the contribution, for the youth we are providing a brick in the foundation of their future'. Blazing Moon Corporate Training was invited to attend a Career Day hosted by the Life Changing Bible Church in Katlehong to provide young people with the guidance they need to make career choices for their future.

Foster-Melliar in partnership with UK based training company ILX Group plc, has launched an ITIL distance learning program that is a first for Southern Africa. "As a direct result of our partnership with ILX Group plc, Foster-Melliar is now able to offer interactive multimedia computer-based training to our learners that effortlessly combines teaching and technology, creating a "blended learning? environment that gives attendees the best of both worlds,' says GM Ian Butow.


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