Development

Unemployment Remains the Biggest Risk

Ubiquity Reputation Strategist, Kaveer Beharee, says unemployment remains the biggest risk perceived in South Africa.

Beharee's comments come as the country hopes to convince international investors that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination.

This week will see the sitting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and interested stakeholders are readying themselves for Davos.

Meanwhile, more than 80 South African businesses, government and non-governmental organisation leaders will attend the WEF.

NGOs’ Humanitarian Needs for 2016

There is one prediction for 2016 that most aid workers can make with confidence - that the year will usher in rising humanitarian needs.

Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there is also the threat of more violence in Central African Republic and hunger caused by El Nino, which is expected to bring more drought to already-parched southern regions in Africa and potential flooding in the east.

Cities Not Keeping With Demand for Basic Toilets

Katrina Charles says that over the last 15 years, 68 million people gained access to improved sanitation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Charles, who describes this as a big achievement, says in the same period the urban population grew by an estimated 167 million, leaving an additional 99 million urban dwellers without access to improved sanitation.

TB at Crisis Level – World Bank

The World Bank says tuberculosis (TB) in the mining sector in Southern Africa has reached crisis proportions and needs all relevant stakeholders to work together.
The World Bank, which has put aside over R1.6 billion to assist different governments in the region, address this pandemic, maintains that the current infection rate is at 10 times the level classified as an emergency.

In addition, it says that the number of TB patients and those at the risk of contracting it in the mining sector is growing at an alarming rate.

A New Jet or a New Approach

This month (November 2015), media reports averred that a decision had been taken to purchase a new presidential aircraft, at a cost of around R4 billion. “Jacob Zuma to get new R4 billion presidential jet,” was the headline on the Times LIVE website, while News24 at least put a question mark at the end of its headline, “R4 billion VIP jet for Zuma?” 

Every Company Should be a Campus

In an ironic twist, the students were not the ones to blame for the suggested hike in fees - but the class of 2015 would literally have been the ones paying for it.

A zero percent increase in fees has now been clarified and confirmed by President Jacob Zuma, and the Department for Higher Education and Training is facing a long task of truly providing free tertiary education for everyone. But are we looking at this from the wrong angle: can the private sector help solve the problem?

UNICEF: El Niño Sows Death, Destruction in Africa

The United Nations Children’s Fund says about 11million children in Eastern and Southern Africa face hunger, disease and water shortages due to the strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in decades.

Food and water shortages brought about by drought and floods are causing malnutrition, which increases vulnerability to killer diseases such as malaria, diarrhoea, cholera and dengue fever.

Telkom Plans to Buy Cell C

Telkom has said it is in talks to buy Cell C as it seeks to boost its fledging mobile phone business.

Mybroadband spokesperson, Jan Vermeullen, says Telkom’s plans to buy Cell C will be a good idea as it will gain a very significant mobile phone operator.

Buying Cell C, the third largest mobile telecoms network in Africa, to boost the fixed line operator’s fledging mobile phone business, would give Telkom about 20 million mobile phone users.

Illegal Mining for Gauteng’s Murder Rate

Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, says that illegal mining is behind 10 percent of the overall murder rate in the province.

Nkosi-Malobane says it is not only illegal immigrants who were involved, adding that, “There are those rich people who use some of the less fortunate people to mine illegally on their behalf.”

She argues that the kingpins are the ones that we need to act against in order to close this illegal market before we can deal with the small men on the street.

Over 50 Percent of Youths Jobless

While university students fight for their rights, just over 50 percent of the country's youth are unemployed.

The Child Gauge 2015 report, released by the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town, states that 51 percent of those aged between 20 and 24 are not employed or studying, while 21 percent are employed, 16 percent are still completing school and 12 percent are studying or training.

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