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YES helps position S Africa as credible springboard into continent again 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Foreign direct investment is critical to the development of the South African economy and some innovative thinking by the Department of Trade and Industry has turned recently gazetted amendments regarding the Youth Employment Service into an additional arrow in the DTI’s quiver on a recent... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 The rise in unemployment levels in South Africa, especially in agriculture, is a major concern and deserves the immediate attention of President Cyril Ramaphosa in his new tenure, Agri SA said on Wednesday. South Africa's unemployment rate has risen to its highest level since the third quarter of... 

Rise in unemployment rate a call for government to revisit policies

Unemployment rate rises to 27.6% in Q1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th May 2019 South Africa’s unemployment rate increased by 0.5 of a percentage point to 27.6% in the first quarter of this year, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows. The increase in the unemployment rate is attributable to a decline of 237 000 in the number... 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC 

By: Sane Dhlamini     13th May 2019 The Black Business Council has called on the African National Congress to use its mandate to transform and grow the South African economy following the party’s victory in the 2019 election. The ANC received more than ten-million votes in this year's national election. In a statement, BBC... 

ANC must use its mandate to transform and grow economy – BBC

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th May 2019 Business Unity South Africa on Monday urged all employers, including its members, to encourage workers to exercise their right to vote in the 2019 national election on May 8.  While political parties wrap up their campaign for the hotly contested sixth general elections since the dawn of... 

Busa calls on business community to allow employees to vote on May 8

Ramaphosa addresses YES youth concerns

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2019 Since President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service (YES) in March last year, companies have jointly committed to realising nearly 18 000 work opportunities. The President on Thursday met with YES candidates who started their paid work experience at Nedbank and responded to... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday receive an update on the Youth Employment Service, a business-led collaboration with the government and labour to create work opportunities for young people. Ramaphosa launched the initiative in March 2018 to place the needs of and opportunities for... 

Ramaphosa to receive update on Youth Employment Service
President Cyril Ramaphosa

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs  

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for greater attention to be given to the reskilling of Eskom workers “so that they can be absorbed” into clean-energy technology work opportunities. In a statement released following a meeting of its national executive committee in Gauteng, the... 

NUM calls for reskilling of Eskom workers to equip them for clean-energy jobs

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2019 Nedbank has agreed to sponsor 3 315 youths between the ages of 18 and 29 for paid work experience over the 12 months from May 1. This forms part of the bank’s funded skills development programme run with the Youth Employment Service (YES). The agreement, dubbed the CEO Pledge, was signed by... 

Nedbank commits to further investment in Youth Employment Service
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YES CEO Tashmia Ismail-Saville and Nedbank CEO Mike Brown sign the CEO pledge

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 One cannot develop South Africa with a blanket approach, without consultation and discussion and these interactions should not be confined to the election season only, Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mhuleko Hlengwa asserted during a Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa... 

Political parties agree on need for business, government collaboration

Expanding KP’s scope will help create economic potential, says WDC executive director

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Expanding the scope of the Kimberley Process to include issues related to human rights and labour relations, as is being advocated by the World Diamond Council (WDC), will help create conditions in which Sub-Saharan Africa's artisanal diamond miners can meet their economic potential, and so... 

South Africa needs rapid, employment-intensive growth – CDE

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2019 Centre for Development and Enterprise executive director Ann Bernstein on Tuesday said that, for South Africa to achieve rapid economic growth, it would require a “decisive shift in policy, growth and jobs”, which remain at the apex of national priorities in South Africa. However, accelerated,... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2019 The Small Business Institute (SBI) will hold its first of two small business indabas at the Bryanston Country Club, on April 11, where three major South African political parties will debate their manifestos. The indaba will be held under the theme “Creating jobs against all odds”, with the... 

Small Business Institute to host indaba with a focus on job creation
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Small Business Institute executive director Bernard Swanepoel

Industry asks government to intervene in crisis

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     29th March 2019 The sugar industry has called on government to act immediately to prevent the industry’s collapse, as the industry has lost R1.3-billion in only one season since the implementation of the sugar tax in April last year. South African Canegrowers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank says... 

Industry asks government  to intervene in crisis
GRAEME STAINBANK The South African Canegrowers’ Association believes that government should acknowledge the damage that a sugar tax has had on the economy and the sugar industry

Numsa members embark on strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday claimed that BMW South Africa had unilaterally changed the terms of service for contract workers. As a result, Numsa members have embarked on a strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria. 

Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns – BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The joint business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for Group Five and Group Five Construction on Monday confirmed that subsidiary companies of these entities would continue to operate as going concerns, as they do not fall directly into business rescue proceedings. This is also the case for Group... 

Group Five subsidiary companies to continue operating as going concerns – BRPs

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) reported on Friday that it would appeal the dismissal of an urgent application, lodged by the ASJV in February, seeking to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge... 

Aveng Strabag Joint Venture to appeal ruling on calling of Mtentu bridge bonds

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month to inspect its work and its youth development partnership. The... 

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy
PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION The youths are trained to install drywall and ceiling installation, as well as insulation or sound-proofing systems

NUM says Ramaphosa assured union no jobs would be lost in Eskom unbundling

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) on Tuesday confirmed that it had met with President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe this week. The union noted, however, that it still needed to consult with its members employed at Eskom, on the... 

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2019 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) announced on Tuesday that it would march on the African National Congress’ (ANC's) Luthuli House head office, in Johannesburg, on March 30 to voice its opposition to the unbundling of Eskom. It would also use the protest action to call for the resignation... 

NUM to march on Luthuli House on March 30 to protest Eskom unbundling

AMSA says contingency plans in place as Numsa strikes over ‘labour brokers’ 

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it has introduced contingency plans at its various plants to minimise the potential impact on production of a National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike. The union indicated on Tuesday that a strike had been declared, owing... 

AMSA says contingency plans in place as Numsa strikes over ‘labour brokers’
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AMSA's Vanderbijlpark steel mill

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 Virtual Reality (VR) has hitherto been associated largely with the gaming industry. But as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand new skills sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

Women have only three-quarters of men’s legal rights, affecting work prospects

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th February 2019 If women had equal opportunities to reach their full potential, the world would not only be fairer, it would be prosperous, said World Bank Group interim president Kristalina Georgieva. In its newly released index titled Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform, the World Bank... 

Women have only three-quarters of men’s legal rights, affecting work prospects

Labour broking not a dying breed

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Although the temporary employment sector has been under pressure over some years it has now reached a level they are regarded as legitimate for sectors in an open economy.  The industry continues to play a significant role in sectors of the economy including the Constructional Engineering... 

Labour broking  not a dying breed
LABOUR LINEUP Labour broking is still a viable option for many short-term projects

Now is the time to focus on Industry 4.0 – CEA chairperson 

By: Shannon de Ryhove     22nd February 2019 With 2019 ushering in new executive leadership at employer and employee representative association, the Constructional Engineering Association of South Africa (CEA), chairperson Rajen Govender believes that it is the ideal time to focus on the association and industry’s readiness for the Fourth... 

Now is the time to  focus on Industry 4.0  – CEA chairperson
CEA chairperson Rajen Govender speaking about the future of the association and the impact of Industry 4.0 on the metals and engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful that there will be an upturn in investments in the sector... 

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future

Retrenchments at South32’s Hillside smelter could affect up to 500 jobs – Solidarity

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday said it had received a retrenchment notice from South32’s Hillside aluminium smelter, in Richards Bay. The trade union stated that the retrenchment process could impact the lives of up to 30 000 people and, consequently, the entire Richards Bay area. 

Don't trample on workers, Cosatu pleads in march to Parliament 

By: News24Wire      19th February 2019 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) marched to Parliament on Tuesday – the day before Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is set to deliver his maiden Budget – to call for job security and an end to retrenchments.  The trade union federation held marches in eight of South Africa's nine... 

 Don't trample on workers, Cosatu pleads in march to Parliament

South Africa's biggest labour group embarks on nationwide strike

By: Bloomberg     13th February 2019 South Africa’s biggest labor federation will embark on a nationwide protest on Wednesday that will keep teachers, policemen, miners and workers at embattled power utility Eskom away from their posts amid a fourth day of rolling blackouts. The National Union of Mineworkers -- an affiliate of the... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

AI and machine learning expected to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 An increase in the productivity and pace of business processes can be expected owing to the use of artificial intelligence (AII) and machine learning (ML), says cloud service firm Oracle South Africa MD Niral Patel. An autonomous enterprise requires less time for manual tasks and lower chances of... 

SA-Tied discusses measures to grow South Africa’s economy, combat inequality

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2019 Inequality is a massive inhibitor of inclusive economic growth in South Africa and, to lower income inequality, the country needs policies that are inclusive of those at the bottom of the income distribution rank or not economically active at all, Amargi Media CEO and journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha... 

UNTU intends to launch protest action against PRASA, Transport Minister

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2019 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) is in the process of launching a Nedlac Section 77 process through its affiliated federation, the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), which will allow protest action to force the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and... 

Ramaphosa arrives in Geneva for ILO report launch

By: African News Agency      22nd January 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa arrived in  Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday morning to launch the International Labour Organization’s (ILO's) Global Commission on the Future of Work Report, his spokesperson Khusela Diko said in a statement.  Ramaphosa and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven are... 

Ramaphosa arrives in Geneva for ILO report launch
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2019 An ambitious plan to develop Gauteng’s West Rand into an agri-industrial hub, primarily producing high-value crops for domestic and export markets, is starting to take shape and is expected to be officially launched during the first quarter of 2019. The initiative has been branded ‘Bokamoso Ba... 

Agri-hub seen as key post-mining-economy jobs driver in west Gauteng
Photo by Sibanye-Stillwater
The programme is part of bigger plan to build a sustainable post-mining economy in the West Rand

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff   

By: Sane Dhlamini     14th January 2019 Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs chairperson Hlomani Chauke on Monday called on the Department of Home Affairs (DoH) to consider an outright ban on cell phone usage by front line staff during working hours at all branches. This follows numerous complaints made to the committee from members of... 

Home Affairs Committee proposes cell phone ban for DoH staff

OECD, Sars, Treasury sign MoC for taxation collaboration

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2019 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the South African Revenue Service (Sars) and the National Treasury on Friday signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC), in which all parties agreed to continue working together in the area of taxation. The MoC is in place until... 

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