Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

Labour hosts 5th Annual Explosives workshop to empower safety managers, 26 Nov

The Department of Labour is to host a day-long workshop to put into the spotlight the subject of safety in explosives working environments.

The 5th Annual Explosives Manager Workshop is expected to be addressed by Department of Labour Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa.

Held under the theme: “Explosives Manager Empowerment”, the workshop seeks to empower managers with knowledge in the explosives working environments on the importance of compliance to occupational health and safety (OHS) requirements.

The workshop will be held at the North West University (Potchefstroom – Sanlam Auditorium). The gathering will be held on 26 November 2015 at 8:30am.

Some of the topics that will be under the spotlight during the explosives workshop include: safety in the explosives environments; issues on explosives workplace licensing; manager qualifications; management of explosives facilities; relationships between Chief Inspector and other regulations.

Explosive environments covers those areas that stores and handles dangerously volatile substances, including gas and petroleum products; oil, dynamite, and blasting caps filled with highly explosive compounds.

The workshop is also expected to be addressed by speakers from the academia; explosives technology institutions; the South African Police Services; and the Department of Labour.


Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesman

Cell: 082 808 2168


North West youth contractor delivers houses in Kanana, Orkney

The Deputy Minister of Human Settlements, Zoe Kota-Fredericks has called on young people to work with government in building quality low cost houses. Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks who was accompanied by the Executive Mayor of Matlosana local municipality, Mike Khauoe, said this yesterday in Kanana near Orkney at the launch of the youth build programme which also coincided with the handing over of houses which are part of the 115 completed houses built by a youth contractor.

She said the Department of Human Settlements will continue to provide decent quality houses that are accompanied by public amenities. “As government, we want to see young people and women forming cooperatives in order to get access to housing opportunities”, she said.

Thokozane Littler was awarded 187 houses in 2013 and has so far delivered 115 of those due to delays caused by identification of legitimate beneficiaries. Littler, who also won the Best Youth Contractor award during the 2015 Provincial and National Govan Mbeki Housing Awards, said he heeded the call by government to young people to become employers instead of relying on government for employment.

“I took this challenge to heart and heeded the call from government and established my company. Investing in the country’s youth and paying attention to skills development will help the country stay on course to achieving economic growth in the future. The world would prosper if there is a concerted effort to support emerging youth contractors” remarked Thokozane Littler.

The Youth Build is intended to:

Facilitate the formation of youth owned entities

Initiate legal contracting processes, agreements and arrangements between youth contractors, provinces, municipalities and main contractors

Develop an emerging contractor incubator training and mentorship programme

Facilitate the participation of youth contractors in the Govan Mbeki Human Settlements Awards and other excellence platforms

Facilitate the allocation of 1976 housings to youth owned contractors per year.


Ben Bole

Cell: 071 566 1399

E-mail: msbole@nwpg.gov.za