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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 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 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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

"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".

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.

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.

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 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.


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