Daily Archives: April 27, 2018

Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Laying the bricks for women empowerment

The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has held a women’s roundtable as part of efforts to show its commitment to transformation in the human settlements and built environment sector.

Held in Gauteng, the session sought to address issues that relate to the advancement of equal opportunities for women in the built industry. It was a platform to continue the debate on the socio-economic transformation of the industry.

The roundtable was held following the launch of the NHBRC’s Transformation Charter, which was developed to empower designated groups (i.e. women, youth, military veterans and people with disabilities) through procurement, training and development, as well as employment opportunities.

More than 300 women have gone through the NHBRC’s flagship programme � Women Empowerment Programme, which was developed in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), with the aim of developing leadership potential and boosting the business skills of women.

This was further boosted by an investment of more than R30 million in training and skills development programmes in the 2017/18 financial year.

NHBRC acting chairperson Julieka Bayat said while great strides have been made to bridge the inequality gap, a lot more still needs to be done in order to realise real tangible benefits on the ground and the NHBRC needs partners from the industry to accelerate this.

Through this event, we hope to broaden the scope by creating more opportunities for the sector. We would also like to encourage and challenge our sister human settlement entities and the private sector to come on board with us in order to drive this, as we contribute towards radical economic transformation said Bayat.

In keeping with the radical economic transformation agenda, the NHBRC set a target of 51% of procurement spend to be directed towards Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) companies.

This target has been overachieved, as more than 60% of the NHBRC’s procurement came from BBBEE companies in the 2017/18 financial year. The NHBRC committed itself to ensure that it excels in transforming procurement to the benefit of black business.

The NHBRC is an agency of the Department of Human Settlements, which is responsible for the protection of housing consumers and to regulate the home building industry.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Limpopo police reach out to communities through outreach programs

Thohoyandou � The Sector Commander, Capt Shandukani together with Vispol Support Capt Tshikukuvhe, Communication Official Sgt Dathi as well as fourteen members from CPF attended a monthly meeting which was held at the station’s main boardroom on Thursday, 26 April 2018 at about 16:30.

All the challenging crimes which occurred from the first of this month to date were shared and discussed amongst the attendees. Property and contact crimes seemed to be extremely challenging within the sector as house breaking residence together with breakings at business were on top of the rest in the sector crime statistics. Areas and times of commencement of the crimes indicated above were also spelt out.

As is like a norm concrete/solid partnership between the community and the police was encouraged, street patrols and neighbourhood watch was also influenced/preached.

The members continued to another outreach program where about three hundred and fifty community members, Chief Randima and other community structures like Sanco were gathered at the community hall when the Sector Commander Captain Tshivhase together with Sgt Dathi conducted a crime awareness programme today at about 08:00.

Crimes like murders, car hijackings, rapes, house robberies, house breakings and all types of assaults were touched.

Formation of the CPF in the said village and community street patrols were recommended as a matter of urgency. The closing times of the taverns or liquor outlets must be monitored by the community themselves assisted by the police as most crimes are being contributed by alcohol.

Source: South African Police Service

NEW IAAF REGULATIONS A BLOW TO SOUTH AFRICA’S CASTER SEMENYA

JOHANNESBURG– The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has adopted a new, much-awaited regulations for female athletes with differences in sex development and which will a huge impact on South Africa’s 800 metres Olympic champion Caster Semenya.

The new more stringent regulations could prevent Semenya from competing in athletics. The world athletics governing body’s new regulations will come into effect on Nov 1.

The new rules restrict the blood testosterone levels for female athletes, but only for those running distances between 400 and 1,500 metres, which are all Semenya’s specialties.

The President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), Gideon Sam, said Thursday they would seek expert advice from their medical commission before moving forward.

Many South Africans have rallied behind Semenya and are giving her their support during the IAAF’s regulation considerations, which will directly impact Semenya and her athletics career.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

Ministers call for negotiated settlement to end bus strike

The Ministers of Transport and Labour have called on parties involved in the ongoing bus strike to come to a negotiated settlement.

Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande and Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant met with representatives of organised labour and employers in the bus industry on Thursday, where they were briefed by both parties on their bargaining positions aimed at ending the protracted bus strike.

The Ministers noted progress in negotiations and appreciated the fact that both parties are determined to resolve the impasse swiftly, with concessions already made from the original positions held by both parties prior to the negotiations.

Both Ministers called on all parties involved to find a negotiated settlement under the allowable rules and regulations in the interest of all South Africans.

Now in its second week, the bus strike has left thousands of commuters stranded, with many being forced to use other modes of more expensive transport.

In their joint statement, the Ministers said while they are not party to the negotiations, the only reasonable outcome that they expect from the negotiations is the immediate resumption of bus operations, while labour and employers are finding a permanent solution to the impasse.

Both Ministers will continue to observe the negotiations with keen interest and wished all involved best regards in concluding the negotiations.

Bus drivers involved in the strike are demanding a 9.5% salary increase in the first year and 9% in the second year. They initially demanded 12%, with their employers offering 7%.

The South African Transport Workers and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) announced last week that they will be intensifying strike action this week. Last week, negotiations deadlocked with unions refusing to back down from their demands.

Source: South African Government News Agency