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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.

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.

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.

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) 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.

Business and training leaders will gather in Cape Town in April for the one-day National Critical and Scarce Skills Summit. Speakers including Dr Raymond Patel from Mersata, Chieta CEO Kelebogile Dilotsotlhe and the Chief Director of Education Planning, Dr Sigamoney Manicak Naicker. Registration is now open if you would like to attend this important conference.

This June will see the Association of Private Providers of Education, Training and Development (Appetd) hold their fourth annual conference. These very useful event brings the country's leading training providers together to address the current issues facing the sector. This year's theme is, "Achieving excellence through the business of Private Education".

A three-day conference that seeks to harmonise and promote compliance with labour relations laws in the public sector is currently underway. Speaking at the conference, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser Moleketi reiterated President Thabo Mbeki?s statement during the State of Nation Address that "compliance levels within departments have been somewhat mixed'.

Government has stressed that the crucial role of behavioural change by individuals, particularly the youth will put South Africa on course to defeat the scourge of HIV and AIDS. The Cabinet spokesperson expressed the government's appreciation for the role of all the stakeholders who participated in the two-day National Consultative Conference.

Security industry workers have called on the government to introduce a minimum wage in their sector to address shortcomings in their conditions of service. The call was made by members of the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) during a march to the Labour Department regional offices in downtown Johannesburg.

African Universities should be on the forefront on research, education and the implementation of mechanisms that would prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS, Education Minister Naledi Pandor. "Historically, our universities have enjoyed a high degree of independence in finding solutions to the challenges we face,' she said.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a revolutionary course this April that uses a powerful process adapted from psychology to help executives develop their strategic planning and decision-making capacities. The course, called "Thinking with your Gut', is the brainchild of the business school’s Executive Education unit, and will enable leaders to tap into and use a powerful resource many may have overlooked - intuition.

Foster-Melliar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Simeka BSG Limited and leading local provider of ITIL and ITSM in partnership with the ILX Group plc, are making ground-breaking strides in computer-based training (CBT), providing a more convenient way to study for the ITIL Foundation and PRINCE 2 qualification at a time and pace convenient to each student.

Workers' rights are set to dominate the meeting of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) Governing Body in Geneva, Switzerland which ends on March 30. The meeting, started with a series of reports scrutinised by Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana, as the new Chairperson of the ILO governing body, and his team.

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.

Disregard of workplace safety measures continues to prove a trend as Labour Inspectors embark on surprise inspections in the construction sector around the country. This is what the Labour Department inspectorate discovered in four Eastern Cape towns.

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

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.


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