Daily Archives: December 5, 2016

Minister Rob Davies announces South African Premier Business Award’s winners

Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies will tomorrow announce the winners of the 4th Annual South African Premier Business Awards at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The annual South African Premier Business Awards are a key feature on the Department of Trade and Industry’s calendar and celebrate national corporate excellence and success.

Minister Davies, reflecting on the significance of these Awards, said that Strong South African corporates contribute to the profile of the country as a competitive business destination. South Africa is also able to provide goods and services to the global marketplace in efficiently and competitively.

We must acknowledge and celebrate the role of business in contributing to national socio-economic objectives and this is what the annual South African Premier Business Awards achieve.

The Awards will be jointly hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. Tsogo Sun, Old Mutual and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are sponsors to the Awards.

One hundred and eighty entries were received in the following categories: Black Industrialists Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Exporter Award, Investor of the Year Award, Manufacturer Award, Play Your Part Award, Proudly South African Member Award, SMME Award, Women-Owned Business Award and Young Entrepreneur Award.

Source: Government of South Africa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa briefs Parliament on National Minimum Wage

In his last engagement with Members of the National Assembly in the fourth quarter of the 2016 legislative programme, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will field questions from Members of Parliament on several issues of national importance including various aspects of the proposed National Minimum Wage.

The engagement with Members of Parliament comes against the background of the recently proposed level of National Minimum Wage unveiled by a Panel of Advisors appointed by Deputy President Ramaphosa to advise National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Committee of Principals on the level at which the National Minimum Wage could be set.

The Committee of Principals comprising representatives of Labour, Business, Government and Communities was tasked by President Jacob Zuma during the state of the nation address of 2014 to look into the issues of wages, wage inequality, labour relations and National Minimum Wage.

Since the announcement of the proposed National Minimum Wage, Deputy President Ramaphosa has been meeting bilaterally with NEDLAC social partners with a view to receiving feedback from their constituencies and to find a common ground among the partners to move the country forward on the issue of the National Minimum Wage.

Among the issues that members of the National Assembly raised regarding the National Minimum Wage is the issue of affordability and whether it could be extended to foreign nationals.

Secondly, the Deputy President is expected to brief the National Assembly on measures being undertaken to consolidate existing relations between members of the Executive and Parliament as part of efforts to ensure accountability to the national legislature.

Similarly, Deputy President Ramaphosa will utilise the opportunity of the interaction with members of parliament to brief the assembly on national efforts by government, business and labour to create a positive climate for investments, to grow the economy and create more jobs for the people.

This comes against the background of the recent decisions of S and P, Moody’s and Fitch rating agencies to retain the current status of South Africa’s credit rating.

Coming against the recently held World AIDS Day Commemoration in Daveyton, Gauteng, Deputy President Ramaphosa will also update members of parliament on plans to fight the scourge of HIV and Aids particularly on plans to reduce the rate of new HIV infections especially among young women and girls.

South Africa has recently launched a new HIV vaccine trial as part of efforts to push back the HIV epidemic.

The Deputy President is also expected to brief the national assembly on ship-building training opportunities for South African students arising from his recent working visits to Vietnam and Singapore to consolidate political, economic and trade relations between South Africa and the two countries.

Vietnam boasts one of the largest ship-building facilities in the world. In this regard a number of South African students are currently enrolled for Masters Degrees in ship-building in Vietnam.

Source: Government of South Africa

Science and Technology hosts Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria

Media invited to South Africa’s second international forum on science

The second edition of Science Forum South Africa kicks off next week with an interesting array of national and international speakers, engaging exhibitions and science in the streets.

Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) will be held under the theme “Igniting conversations about science” on 8 and 9 December at the CSIR Convention Centre,

The forum is a platform for scientists, policy-makers, students, academics and the public to engage on pertinent issues around science, technology and innovation.

Building on the success of first SFSA, the forum programme comprises several parallel sessions addressing diverse topics, while an exhibition staged at Church Square in Pretoria as a side event will seek to expose ordinary citizens to the world of science and technology.

With this year’s focus being on the social sciences, discussions will centre around some of the hard issues with which South Africa is currently grappling, such as the debate on the minimum living wage and the reported 60% dropout rate at South Africa’s universities.

South Africa’s experience and social sciences perspective offers rich opportunities for learning, which could provide insights into how to promote reconciliation elsewhere in the world. Discussions on relevant questions will include reflections by leading social scientists, civil society actors and international commentators like the United States Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard.

Topics will include climate change-induced migration, public perceptions of genetically modified organisms, food security, and how social science can shape Africa’s future.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will share the stage with high-profile players in the sciences, as well as policy-makers, academics and students from the continent and abroad.

Former head of policy in the Presidency, Mr Joel Netshitenzhe, will deliver the keynote speech, while a strong international dimension to the event will be reflected in the participation of speakers and delegates from Africa, the UK, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Austria, India and Japan.

Speakers will include Prof. Salim Karim, one of South Africa’s leading HIV researchers; Prof. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences; Prof. Tebello Nyokong, Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Rhodes University; and Dame Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission from 2012 to 2014.

Source: Government of South Africa

Road Traffic Management Corporation on road accidents

South Africa records festive season setback

South Africa has suffered it’s first major festive season setback when two major accidents occured in less than 24 hours.

Eigh people died in a gruesome crash when a truck collided with a motor vehicle on the N1 south of Mokopane near Nyl Plaza in Limpopo on Sunday night.

The exact cause of the accident has not been determined.

Two other people and 70 were injured when a bus crashed on the M1 in Chatsworth in KwaZulu-Natal early this morning. (Monday 5 December 2016)

The Road Traffic Management Corporation is working with all authorities to investigate these crashes.

Investigations will look into the conduct of each driver before the accident, the roadworthiness of vehicles, the quality of roads and environmental factors.

Drivers are advised to exercise caution on the roads and show respect to other road users.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Bathabile Dlamini launches the 5th national youth camp

The Department of Social Development, in partnership with the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, will host the fifth national Youth Camp at the 3 South African Infantry Battalion, next to Kimberly in the Northern Cape Province.

The Youth Camp will officially be opened on December 6 by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini.

Under the theme #40YearsOn – Youth still moving South Africa forward – the annual camp will bring together 1000 young people across race, ethnicity, gender, class and language from all nine provinces with the aim of promoting national identity, nation building, social cohesion, patriotism and active citizenry among young people of South Africa.

The South African government recognises the challenges associated with adolescents and youth and is committed to continue prioritising investments aimed at equipping and developing young people.

As such, during the Youth Camp young people will participate in discussions around the many challenges they face, including living without parents (child-headed households), access to education and skills training, unemployment, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual abuse, youth pregnancy, social and cultural integration, and HIV/Aids, to name a few.

The discussions are held with the view to shape young people into empowered community leaders who will go back to their respective communities and implement development plans to improve their communities and their own lives.

Since the first National Youth Camp in 2012, youth participants have undertaken a number of projects in their communities aimed at bringing about development. The Youth Camp therefore also provides an opportunity for the young people who are now leaders in their own right in their communities to share their experiences with other youth.

Source: Government of South Africa