Daily Archives: November 21, 2016

Labour hosts Private Security Seminar

Department of Labour puts private security sector in the beam of spotlight

The Private Security Sector has despite tough economic conditions experienced a phenomenal growth in South Africa, and with this growth new challenges have emerged making the sector problematic in terms of compliance with labour legislations.

The Department of Labour will be hosting a Private Security Seminar targeting captains of industries, employer organisations, interested stakeholders as well as union representatives in the sector. The Private Security Sector has been identified as one of vulnerable and labour-intensive industries which has the potential to employ quite a considerable number of people and therefore assist in fighting poverty and unemployment.

To that effect, proper regulation and inspection of the sector, therefore becomes both imperative and indispensable. Thus continual engagement and interactions with all stakeholders with vested interest in the sector is of paramount importance. This will assist in reaching consensus on how to move the sector forward and rid it of lapses in regard to compliance with labour laws.

The Private Security Seminar will be held under the theme: “Improved compliance in the private security sector”. The Seminar will be held on November 24-25. The first day will be dedicated to the training of shop stewards, and the second day will be Seminar proper. More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the Seminar. The Seminar will be held at Zebula Lodge Golf Estate in Bela Bela, Limpopo Province.

The training of shop stewards will focus on informing them about Sectoral Determination requirements, the operations of the roster system, claims processes of the industry pension/provident fund, dispute resolving mechanism by CCMA, and the responsibility of Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSiRA) in the private security sector.

The second day will be dedicated to the unveiling of national results of the Private Sector blitz inspection conducted recently, there will also be presentations by the Employment Conditions Commission on the state of the sector, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, the industry Provident Fund, SAPS, trade union(s), the South African National Security Employers Association, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Some of the department’s past inspections blitz have uncovered that the Private Security Sector is found wanting when it comes to registration of workers; denial of worker rights; lack of training; failure to comply with the Sectoral Determination on the payment of minimum wage to workers, growing predominance of fly-by-night businesses; failure to provide workers with uniforms and suitable weapons; lack of benefits for workers and “non-unionisation” in the sector.

Some of the distinguishing features about the Private Security Sector is that it is subject to Sectoral Determination which governs the minimum wage and conditions of employment in the vulnerable sector. The private security sector has more than 8000 registered security businesses. South Africa has some 479 617 registered and active security officers.

NB: Media is invited to the Private Security Seminar. It starts at 8:30am

Source: Government of South Africa

North West Health briefs media on investigations into maternal and child mortality

The North West MEC for Health Dr Magome Masike invites the media and health reporters to a Forum where they will be briefed about investigations into maternal, child and infant mortality in the Province.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 340,000 women in the world die each year, with millions more suffering infection and disability, as a result of preventable maternal causes. Research indicates that 90% of maternal deaths occur particularly in developing countries. The North West Department of Health is committed to reducing infant and maternal mortality.

The purpose of the Mother Child and Women’s Health (MCWH) forum is to ensure management commitment, quality of care and implementation of interventions that are geared towards decreasing maternal and child morbidity and mortality. The MEC will share the status of maternal and child morbidity and mortality with the Media.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Derek Hanekom awards certificates to tourism practitioners for training programme in Mandarin

Tourism practitioners graduate from foreign language training programme in Mandarin

Minister Derek Hanekom will award certificates to tourism practitioners who successfully completed the Foreign Language Training Programme in Mandarin at an event that will be held at the Lido hotel in Johannesburg.

The Foreign Language Training Programme is a capacity-building initiative designed to enable frontline staff and tourist guides to develop competencies in Mandarin, with the view of improving service levels and visitor experience.

Twenty tourism practitioners participated in the three month training programme that focused on language tutoring, reading and writing skills, and a course on Chinese culture.

China is among the top tourist markets for South Africa. Statistics released in January 2016 showed a 63.7 % increase in tourist arrivals from China.

Source: Government of South Africa

Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature swears in two new Members of the Provincial Legislature,

The Hon. Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Ms Noxolo Kiviet, will swear in two members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) as new Members of the Provincial Legislature on Monday, 21 November 2016. The two public representatives, Ms Mary Jane Cowley and Ms Nosimo Beauty Balindlela, will be sworn in the seats that Mr Athol Trollip and Mr Ross Purdon left vacant after serving their resignations. This ceremony which is scheduled for 10h00 will take place at the Speaker’s Boardroom.

Source: Government of South Africa

MEC Donald Grant on proposed 6% increase in motor vehicle licence fees

The Provincial Government gazette has published the draft regulation pertaining to motor vehicle licence (MVL) fee increases in the province.

The draft regulation is now open for public comment for a period of 30 days. While not required by law, we have continued to publish these draft regulations for comment so as to allow the over 1.7 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape the opportunity to submit their comments. This year, the proposed fee increases amount to an average 6% increase for the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Provincial Government relies on vehicle licence fees to:

” Build, upgrade and maintain the provincially-owned road network.

” Assist municipalities to fund the maintenance of their more strategic roads.

” Continue to reduce the maintenance backlog, which has been decreased by 16.2% over the last 6 years.

These fees, along with budgetary allocations, help keep the Province’s roads in a condition significantly above that of other provinces, with many visitors to this province attesting to this freely and frequently. Our roads are an asset with an approximate value of R68 billion and they are consumed, over time, by the over 1.7 million vehicle owners in the Western Cape and other users

National Treasury Regulation 7.3.1 requires that all fees that are not or cannot be fixed by any law and that relate to revenue accruing to the revenue fund must be reviewed annually and submitted to the Cabinet via the Provincial Treasury.

Source: Government of South Africa