As a coalition of civil society organisations formed to lobby and advocate for the interest of the NGO sector throughout South Africa, we have been receiving and observing responses to the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa towards the economic relief for businesses and support for affected individuals in the country. However, some individuals and organizations have raised concerns that the presentation was silent on the plight of NGOs/NPOs in South Africa.
It is encouraging to note that a number of Telcos, Communications Companies and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are engaged in initiatives to economically empower South Africans. This comes in a form of skills development, business initiatives, and employment creation.
During the Budget Speech 2020, the finance minister pointed out the growth in employment due to the Job Fund projects. Action on youth unemployment on the minister of finance’s budget speech was welcomed by many as one of some fair steps by governments, though not enough when we consider the current economic situation. It will take a lot of work to mitigate the unemployment situation. The government has a central role to play in turning SA into a competitive economy. We hope that this speech indicates the government’s willingness to do so.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published the outcome of its consultations with government and other authorities in South Africa, warning that the country’s GDP per capita will continue to decline if it does not act now. GDP per capita is a measure of a country’s economic output that accounts for its number of people. It is often used a more accurate representation of real economic growth in a country, as a higher population should yield a greater GDP output.
While there’s far more focus than there has ever been on the importance of mental health; worldwide, the majority of people with mental health concerns do not access the care they need to transform their lives. This is particularly the case in South Africa, where the need is staggeringly high and exacerbated by widespread chronic poverty, crime, unemployment, violence, disease, discrimination and domestic abuse.
Google SA has committed to upskill over 30 000 primary and high school leaners across SA’s nine provinces through its computer science programme, CS First.
Yesterday, the search engine giant officially launched the initiative at an event in Kempton Park that brought together government officials, members of the education community and community leaders. CS First, according to Google, is an educator-created programme to equip learners with the fundamentals of computer science in a collaborative environment, and make coding easy to teach and fun to learn.
The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is making headway towards realising its vision to provide each school principal with a smartphone to close the communicationsgap at its schools. This is how MEC of education and youth development Panyaza Lesufi described the department’s latest efforts to promote digitalisation of learning in Gauteng.
Yesterday, the GDE, in partnership with Vodacom, handed over 2 200 of the latest Samsung Galaxy A30 smartphones to principals across the province as part of this process.
The Vodacom Foundation has today announced plans to roll out its digital literacy programme countrywide for women farmers, following a “successful” pilot in four provinces.
Introduced last year, the programme, a partnership initiative between the Vodacom Foundation, UN Women and South African Women In Farming (SAWIF), seeks to bridge the digital and information gap by equipping women farmers with the digital skills and knowledge to run their businesses better.
Defaulting municipalities that owe Eskom billions, coupled with poor electricity distribution infrastructure, are beginning to affect mobile network operations across the country, a senior Vodacom executive says.
Eskom is owed more than R20 billion by defaulting municipalities. The problem has now reached dangerous proportions and is affecting mobile network communications in some areas.
The South African and Internationally affected business sector is concerned that Eskom has reported R20.7bn net loss after tax and is struggling to service debt of more than R400bn. This situation cannot be solved by the government and Eskom alone. Other stakeholders such as the private sector should make a contribution as well.