Daily Archives: March 29, 2016

“Jobs for sale” report to be released soon

Pretoria – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will from next Monday meet with various stakeholders to address issues relating to “jobs for sale” investigation, says the Department of Basic Education.

The Minister will on 15 April release the report into the matter once all processes have been completed.

The department on Tuesday the Minister has noted statements from the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) and the concerns they have raised.

“The Minister will not engage any stakeholders via the media but will instead address all issues at the scheduled meeting planned for April 14,” said the department.

Minister Motshekga appointed a task team after reports surfaced that certain posts for teachers were sold for cash. The department said the task team has handed in a draft final report which the Minister has received.

The department’s spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said key to the investigation was the protection of witnesses and whistle-blowers hence the involvement of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and a forensic team of investigators.

Among the stakeholders expected to meet with the Minister are the Cabinet Committee which is scheduled for 5 April, Cabinet sitting on 13 April, teachers unions on 14 April and School Governing Body (SGB) associations on 15 April.

“The Minister remains committed to making the report public as she said at the time of setting up the investigation,” said the department.

Source: South Africa Government News Agency

Hydrogen powered forklift, refuelling station to be unveiled

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, and Impala Platinum (Implats) will unveil a prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station in Springs, on the East Rand, on Thursday, 31 March.

The partnership working on the prototype includes Impala Refining Services and the Hydrogen South Africa centre of competence for systems integration and technology validation (HySA Systems), hosted by the University of the Western Cape.

HySA Systems is one of three centres of competence established by the Department of Science and Technology under the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Innovation Strategy, the objective of which is to use local resources to develop high-value commercial activities in hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The ultimate goal of the HySA Strategy is to enable South Africa to supply 25% of global platinum group metal-based catalyst demand by 2020.

The Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, Implats CEO Terence Goodlace, and the Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele, will also attend the event.

Details of the event

Time: 09:00 – 13:00

Venue: Impala Refining Services, Cnr Cowles Street and East Geduld Road, Springs

Date: Thursday, 31 March 2016

To RSVP contact David Mandaha at 072 126 8910 or david.mandaha@dst.gov.za.

For media enquiries, contact Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446 or lunga.ngqengelele@dst.gov.za.

Source: Republic of South Africa Science & Technology