Daily Archives: June 11, 2018

Hungry for experience, eager to learn

Hungry for experience, eager to learn and ready to prove themselves – over 1400 young graduates are prepared to do what it takes to enter the job market.

The National School of Government (NSG), in partnership with the European Union (EU), is facilitating the Breaking Barriers to Entry (BB2E) for 1440 interns from Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape, KZN and Gauteng.

The training will run from 11 June to 13 July 2018. The inaugural group of 90 interns will be trained in Sekhukhune, Giyani and Polokwane.

This intervention comes as a result of the NSG/EU Public Service Training and Capacity Building Programme training on BB2E.

The BB2E is a flagship programme of the NSG aimed at preparing unemployed graduates to access employment opportunities in the public service.

The aim of the programme is to equip unemployed graduates and interns with knowledge of Public Administration and public services how they are organised and function.

The orientation programme is underpinned by values and principles found in Chapter 10 of the Constitution and is aimed at orientating learners to the public service, equipping them with the values required of public servants, the National School of Government said in a statement.

Since the target audience might not be absorbed into the public service, the programme enables capacity in good citizenship, respect for government and patriotism.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Hungry for experience, eager to learn

Hungry for experience, eager to learn and ready to prove themselves – over 1400 young graduates are prepared to do what it takes to enter the job market.

The National School of Government (NSG), in partnership with the European Union (EU), is facilitating the Breaking Barriers to Entry (BB2E) for 1440 interns from Limpopo, Free State, Eastern Cape, KZN and Gauteng.

The training will run from 11 June to 13 July 2018. The inaugural group of 90 interns will be trained in Sekhukhune, Giyani and Polokwane.

This intervention comes as a result of the NSG/EU Public Service Training and Capacity Building Programme training on BB2E.

The BB2E is a flagship programme of the NSG aimed at preparing unemployed graduates to access employment opportunities in the public service.

The aim of the programme is to equip unemployed graduates and interns with knowledge of Public Administration and public services how they are organised and function.

The orientation programme is underpinned by values and principles found in Chapter 10 of the Constitution and is aimed at orientating learners to the public service, equipping them with the values required of public servants, the National School of Government said in a statement.

Since the target audience might not be absorbed into the public service, the programme enables capacity in good citizenship, respect for government and patriotism.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Gender Commission welcomes roll-out of GBV policy at institutions of higher learning

The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) welcomes an initiative by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to roll-out gender based violence (GBV) Policy in institutions of Higher Learning. As the Commission, we believe the GBV Policy would assist universities and colleges with a set of standards and guidelines on how to address issues of gender based violence within their respective institutions. That being said, the policy must look at dynamic issues that exist within these institutions and hold provisions to realise immediate practical implementation.

Through the Commission for Gender Equality Gender Transformation Hearings in the Institutions of Higher Learning, we have observed that various institutions have sexual harassment policies in place, however the disjuncture in particular with the existing policies is their implementation and impact or lack thereof.

The CGE is cognizant that the GBV Policy seeks to have a conducive and secure environment for both students and personnel, however that should not come at the detriment of their fundamental rights and freedoms. This GBV Policy should also call for a renewed activism by communities around institutions of higher learning to be partners in ensuring that the GBV scourge is eradicated.

The CGE is making a clarion call to the Institutions of Higher Learning to work closely with the South African Police Services (SAPS) in rolling out of the GBV Policy. This will ensure that the partnership between the police, communities and institution of higher learning is enhanced. Institutions of higher Learning equally must not in any way try to protect the perpetrators of gender based violence.

They must ensure that they follow the set standards and guidelines so that there are no inconsistencies in application. The CGE is also appealing to the DHET to ensure availability of adequate financial resources for effective implementation of the policy.

The CGE if called upon by either by the Department of Higher Education and Training or Institutions of Higher Learning will avail itself to assist with building capacity in an endeavour to create a society free from gender oppression and inequality. Gender based violence requires a consented effort from all sectors of our society and the institutions of higher learning offers platform to create responsible men that will help educate fellow-men against the scourge, said Ms. Lulama Nare, the Chairperson of the Commission for gender Equality.

Source: Government of South Africa

KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA DISUCSS DEEPENING BIL;ATERAL, TRADE TIES

NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has held talks with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, focused on deepening bilateral and trade relations and agreed to hold a bilateral investment conference in Nairobi in the last quarter of the year to promote intra-Africa investment in general, and specifically investment into South Africa and into Kenya.

At their meeting in Quebec City in Canada on Sunday, after attending the Outreach meeting of the G& Summit at the weekend, the two leaders resolved to strengthen bilateral relations, including to work on immigration facilitation where some progress has been made.

They also agreed that President Kenyatta will make a State Visit to South Africa as soon as possible. The President was accompanied at the meeting by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Dr Monica Juma and Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy and Policy, Ruth Kagia.

In Quebec, President Kenyatta also met World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristina Georgiera and discussed the Bank’s infrastructure projects in Kenya. President Kenyatta pitched for the Bank’s emergency fund to help in the repair of Nairobi roads damaged by rains.

President Kenyatta Kenyatta and the World Bank CEO also discussed the re-aligning of the Bank’s funding to Kenya reflect the government’s “Big Four Agenda” involving Universal Healthcare, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Food Security.

President Kenyatta also held talks with President Macky Sall of Senegal and Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica. During the talks with President Sall, it was agreed that Kenya will open its first embassy in Francophone countries in Dakar, Senegal, within four months.

President Kenyatta said that the opening of the embassy in Dakar will be a big step in raising the level of engagement with that part of the world. He said Kenya sees Senegal as an important entry point in its quest to expand trade in terms of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

At the meeting with Prime Minister Holness of Jamaica, the leaders agreed to get tangible bilateral relations moving between their two countries. They discussed a wide range of areas of cooperation including exploring quick wins like code share for airlines with Kenya Airways due to start non-stop flights from Nairobi to New York in October. Connection to Kingston, Jamaica, is 3 hours from New York.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

25 die on Gauteng roads

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, has expressed concern about the accidents on the province’s roads following the death of 25 people this past weekend.

Our road safety efforts and practices continue to be ignored by some drivers which result in the death of many innocent citizens, Nkosi-Malobane said in a statement on Monday.

The MEC said too often, drivers and passengers do not buckle up which results in people who are involved in an accident losing their lives.

Excessive speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol have also been found to be the most contributing factors to these crashes.

Again passengers walking on our busy freeways are also a major concern, they normally do not have reflective clothing which makes it difficult for the drivers to see them and result in many deaths, she said.

This past weekend law enforcement officers had to contend with various operational difficulties such as drunk and driving, reckless and negligent driving behaviour.

I am deeply worried by the ongoing rate of road crashes in our province. As the Gauteng government, we will intensify the road safety education programmes in reducing road crashes within our roads, the MEC said.

She called on motorists to observe the rules of the road to avoid accidents on the road.

Source: South African Government News Agency