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SMMEs Need Skills Training: Zulu

Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, says black people’s businesses are the ones that are falling apart.

Addressing the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa summit on 29 October 2014, Zulu expressed concern over the statistics showing that almost 80 percent of small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs) fail in their first year.

Speaking on AM Live, the minister says SMMEs need skills training and access to markets to thrive.

GE to Invest US$2 Billion in Africa

GE (NYSE:GE) has announced that it will invest US$2 billion in facility development, skills training, and sustainability initiatives across Africa by 2018.

GE made the announcement in advance of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where GE is hosting African and global government officials, policy experts, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and business leaders for a conference on investment, infrastructure, and innovation in Africa.

Govt Investing in the Youth - Zuma

Jacob Zuma - at the Presidential Indaba on Youth Jobs and Skills - announced that the youth employment has grown and emphasises the importance of investing in the youth.

Zuma states that youth employment has vastly increased since the adoption of the Youth Employment Accord.

He adds that, "420 000 new jobs have been created… mainly in construction linked to our National Infrastructure Plan, the trade sector, government programmes, business services, transport and communication."

Partnership to Empower Zambian Youths

Zambia’s National Project for Poverty Reduction (NPPR) has signed an agreement with China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD), a Chinese NGO to sponsor about 600 youths in various skills training.
 
NPPR board chairperson, Ngosa Simbyakula, says that 600 youths are already in various trades colleges across the country pursuing training in food production, cosmetology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and auto-mechanics.
 
Simbyakula says others were pursuing courses in power electrical, general agriculture, plumbing and metal fabrication.

Symphonia for South Africa: Operations Manager

Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

Symphonia  for South Africa seeks to appoint a person experienced in social change as Operations Manager, based in Cape Town.

Symphonia for South Africa: Communication & Marketing Manager

Symphonia is a nonprofit organisational change practice that works with leaders to engage their stakeholders so that talent, human energy and creativity is maximised. Our mission is to ignite a sense of possibility everywhere we work.

Symphonia for South Africa works to develop strong leadership, particularly in education through its flagship programme, Partners for Possibility (PfP). The programme pairs business executives and leaders with school principals and supports their partnership through world-class training.

Zoë-Life: Volunteers

Zoë-Life is a purpose-driven organisation working towards societal transformation through direct service interventions, capacity-building, technical support and skills training for organisations and communities. Zoë-Life specialises in addressing crucial areas of need, with a core focus on health (HIV, TB and malaria), child survival (infant feeding, nutrition, shelter and illness management), and family strengthening (psychosocial support and parental health).

Skills and Training Policymakers Should Focus on ‘Demand-Side’

Business continues to struggle to find adequate skills in South Africa, despite government’s extensive reforms to the national skills development and training system that have taken place over the last decade. This is as a result of government’s focus on building supply-side interventions such as sector skills councils, qualifying frameworks, grading of qualifications, and funding based on these, rather than acting to create the skills the country demands.
 

Saide: Programme Specialist - Learning Technologies

The South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide), is a non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region.

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