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Employers in the construction industry have been warned to step up their management of sub-contractors to protect their image. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana sounded the warning during a blitz inspection at the Berg Water Project in Franschhoek in the Western Cape. He noted that contraventions of occupational health and safety regulations in the sector were largely caused by sub-contractors, who were giving the companies and the country at large a bad image.

When top cricketers from across the world come out to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup opening in the West Indies, they will also be taking a strike against HIV and AIDS. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is teaming up with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Caribbean Broadcast Media Partnership

To address the critical skills that are needed for the tourism industry, a leading training provider in the sector has developed a health and safety awaremess programme for the tourism industry's needs. Don Leffler explains that the programme is intended for all who will interact with foreign visitors.

The Department of Labour has stopped a cleaning operation at a business complex in Durban, as workers were not adequately protected from asbestos at the site. Spokesperson for the department Zolisa Sigabi said three workers of a private company were removing debris from an asbestos roof without the use of the necessary protective equipment.

An HIV prevention programme undertaken by the Medical Research Council (MRC) was found to have empowered women in the Eastern Cape by encouraging dialogue on sex and health issues. Participants, particularly women, found that after they participated in the MRC’s educational programme, they felt more empowered to discuss and negotiate issues such as condom use with their partners.

Government is putting finishing touches to the country’s National Strategic Plan on HIV prevention and treatment, the Deputy Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge has said. The plan aims to reduce the rate of new HIV infections by 50 percent by 2011 and place 80 percent of HIV positive people on treatment.

The internationally-accredited Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business is embarking on one of the largest scale roll-outs of coaching expertise yet seen in the country, with a new coaching course in Durban and additional courses in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The Department of Labour will revisit a number of farms in the Northern Cape to inspect workplace conditions there after being unable to do so in the time set aside last week. The department’s inspectors could not inspect 17 farms in Carnavon, Fraserburg and Van Wykvlei during its week-long inspection campaign as despite having made prior arrangements to visit them, they found gates locked or no-one on the properties when they arrived for the inspections.

English is the main language of communication in South Africa as it is the language that most people from different groups are likely to understand. But for those working in the tourism sector it is particularly important to ensure that foreign visitors can also understand the particular brand of English that we speak. It is a critical skills for the tourism sector.

One of the many challenges of the modern business world is managing employees over different workplaces, sometimes in different cities or countries. Modern IT is supposed to help, but sometimes its more trouble than its worth. On-Site Training's Richard Rayne reviews the latest generation of Microsoft products to see how they can assist the HR department.

South African youth last week adopted a national Youth Information Society and Development (ISAD) programme to promote youth involvement in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Spokesperson for the National Youth Commission Monde Mkalipi said the adoption of programme would lead to the rollout of youth development initiatives on ICTs as part of the national plan on ISAD.

The Home Affairs office in Itsoseng near Mafikeng in the North West province was shut down after Department of Labour inspectors issued a prohibition notice pointing to serious contraventions of the occupational health and safety regulations. Some officials working in the Home Affairs offices in Itsoseng alerted the Department of Labour inspectors about the appalling conditions they were working under.

"Over the years I have worked with many people who have completed numerous courses in shipping, yet found them incapable of performing their functions with any kind of real ability. They may once have known the facts, but they don't know how to apply their knowledge to their task." Gerber Shipping Academy's Gwen Gerber explains her vision for 'wisdom driven' training.

South Africa and Namibia will embark in a joint-venture to improve the workplace conditions for workers. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said the two countries would ensure that labour relations in both countries were harmonised for the purposes of addressing the violation of worker rights by multi-nationals.

Foster-Melliar is offering clients an assessment service to determine their readiness for ISO/IEC 20000 certification. This offering also includes the development of a roadmap to assist organisations with the initial planning for achieving certification.
Certification gives objective proof of an organisation's commitment to and quality of IT Service Management.

As the farming sector workplace blitz inspections hit the Free State goldfields of Welkom, labour inspectors will be hoping the high rate of compliance with the labour laws they registered in Kroonstad recently is actually the trend. The scrutiny forms part of the government's workplace law enforcement drive to ensure that both workers and employers understand the various regulations and follow them to the letter.

The Department of Labour is set to take drastic measures against a Pretoria-based construction company for defying a prohibition notice ordering the company to stop all construction work at a site in Pretoria West. Spokesperson Zolisa Sigabi has condemned the company's apparent absolute contempt of labour laws.

One of the greatest problems facing companies is HIV/AIDS and the effect it will have on morale, worker retention, productivity and profitability. Employers are faced with the task of addressing the spiraling cost and effect that the illness will have on business in general.

The International Business Training Association (IBTA®) based in the USA and local training company, On-Site Training, partner together to offer training to meet the growing demand of South African business by offering the fastest growing business skills program - the Certified Business Professional™ Series.

The campaign to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS will be intensified and the implementation of a comprehensive approach such as prevention, home-based care and treatment will also be improved. President Thabo Mbeki has said the government would also strengthen the partnerships built over the years with NGOs, labour, civil society, business and people living with HIV and AIDS.

SAA and International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed an official agreement to provide word-class aviation training within Southern Africa. The association will offer direct and easy access to aviation training as part of SAA's commitment to improving safety and to provide service within the region and in the entire Africa.

Avocado Vision and Can Do are thrilled to announce that their new joint venture, Ngikwazi Field Marketing, has been awarded a Lottery contract by Gidani, the new lottery operator as of 1 April 2007. Their mandate is to find, train, accredit and provide ongoing support to the 8 000 new and existing Lottery retailers.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a new initiative that will see managers on one of its premier executive programmes obtain some of the most advanced learning support offered by a South African business school yet. Those studying on the flexible format programme will for the first time have a hotline to the School that they can call at any time and support will range from confidential counselling and ad hoc coaching to practical advice.

The Department of Labour will conduct a second round of workplace inspections in the Free State, this time the department will be targeting farmers who do not comply with labour laws. Senior inspectors from the department will visit 17 farms in the Bothaville and Viljoenskroon areas of Kroonstad, to investigate whether employers are complying with laws governing farm workers’ wages.

The IT security market continues to be influenced by issues like social engineering, identity theft and compliance with legislation. Corporate South Africa should associate IT security with more than just efforts to protect the business against external threats. Clint Carrick from Carrick Holdings explains what the work of a security service provider entails.

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