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Thursday, 24 November, 2016
Quote of the week
"The chronically high unemployment rate can only be eased by nurturing skills through an effective education system."
- Kevin Lings, chief economist at Stanlib.
Comment of the week
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16 Days, Unemployment, ICC…
Patrick Wisani beat his intimate partner‚ Nosipho Mandleleni‚ with a sjambok and broomstick in September 2015, leading to her death.
Lihle Xasa, was beaten by an Uber driver following an altercation while travelling from Sandton to Pimville in Johannesburg, said the driver threatened to ‘kill her’.
A man died after shooting a woman and their child several times and then turning the gun on himself in Hammanskraal outside Pretoria.
A couple faces 22 charges of child abuse, assault, attempted murder, rape and sexual assault. The parents allegedly never took the oldest children to school and neglected their children's mental and physical care.
A Durban mother is seething after her six-year old child was allegedly abused by his teacher. That's after he had soiled his pants in class.
South Africa woke up to these headlines, a few from many that happened in 2016 which were reported in various news channels. Horrific incidents like these happen every day of our living lives, some are reported and others not. We find women and children suffering and dying in the hands of many and we find men as well being on the receiving end of abuse. Let us stand up, teach and fight gender and children abuse.
This campaign is used as an organising strategy by individuals and organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. It was originated by the first Women's Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and is coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership.
In support of this civil society initiative, each year, the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women calls for global action to increase worldwide awareness and create opportunities for discussion about challenges and solutions.
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SA’s high unemployment rate climbs to 27.1% in the third quarter and 5.873 million people were without jobs in the third quarter, compared with 5.634 million previously, this is according to a report released on Tuesday by Statistician General Pali Lehohla.
Economist Kevin Lings said the country needs to create more than 350 000 jobs a year just to keep the unemployment rate at 27,1%.
Lings, mentioned that the chronically high unemployment rate can only be eased by nurturing skills through an effective education system. "We have to do a skills audit in the country and nurture skills according to our needs - the CEO initiatives would help - but there must be broader intervention," says Lings.
"The sectors that are the real economy have generated negative growth, both quarter on quarter and year on year. Manufacturing mining and agriculture have all been losing jobs," says Lehohla.
The manufacturing sector, which accounts for about 15% of GDP, lost 28 000 jobs while mining lost 9 000.
The expanded definition of unemployment, which includes people who have stopped looking for work, was slightly lower at 36.3% in the third quarter, from 36.4% in the second.
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Ignoring Africa’s concerns puts the future of international criminal justice as a whole at risk.
African states’ concerns with the International Criminal Court (ICC) are well publicised, but often badly understood and all too easily brushed aside. That must change and the responsibility for changing it rests with African states themselves, the ICC and the international community at large.
The past two months have been rocky for the ICC, and particularly its relationship with Africa. South Africa, the Gambia and Burundi recently submitted notices to withdraw from the ICC and other African countries have indicated similar intentions.
Transnational problems such as the migration crisis have shown that insular thinking by states can be counter-productive in the long run. In the world of international criminal justice, this means that grievances ignored today are bound to become tomorrow’s larger, more pressing problems.
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