Government admits data costs must fall

Original article on | February 2017 | by  y Simnikiwe Mzekandaba Public outcry on the high cost to communicate in SA is one of the issues government is looking to address in 2017, although it has yet to outline how this will be achieved. Last year, South Africans, especially the youth, ignited a furore on […]

5 things small businesses must watch out for during SONA 2017

Original article on | 7 February 2017 President Jacob Zuma will present the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on 9 February 2017. Anton van Heerden, MD and executive VP, Africa & Middle East at Sage notes that the president and his cabinet have their work cut out as they focus on reigniting growth […]

South Africa: Take Advantage of Business Opportunities

Original article on | 19 January 2017  Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has encouraged South Africans to register their companies in different databases within all spheres of government in order to take advantage of the many business opportunities. “We made a commitment of procuring 75% of government goods and services from South African producers,” Minister Peters […]

A win-win solution to unemployment

Original article on |12 December 2016 | by Melanie Mulholland Demand-driven apprenticeships are a win-win in increasing the employment prospects of unemployed young people and closing the ever-increasing skills gap, but companies have to enable this process. South Africa’s  unemployment is at its lowest level for five years, but there are still major concerns about […]

Raspberry Pi to be used in Soweto health hackathon

Original article | 30 November 2016 | by Lauren Kate Rawlins, Technology firm A2D24 has partnered with the Gauteng Department of Health to host a hackathon in Soweto this week for 100 grade 11 learners from three local high schools. A2D24 aims to stimulate an interest in technology among South African youth and then help […]

Focus on youth start-ups: What is really holding young SA entrepreneurs back?

Original article on |16 November 2016 | The youth of South Africa does not start businesses at the nearly the same rate as youth in other African nations. Meanwhile, youth unemployment remains very high nationally. Despite support from government and the private sector for entrepreneurs, the rate of uptake is low, said Tope Toogun, founder of […]

Businesses in support of employment tax incentive

Original article on |14 November 2016 | by Amanda Visser Johannesburg – The employment tax incentive is due to expire at the end of this year, and there is uncertainty about its future. Business has called for a two-year extension. The incentive aims to stimulate employment for young people between 18 and 29 years and has […]

South Africa: Cooperative Governance On Severe Weather Conditions

Original article | 11 November 2016 | PRESS RELEASE issued by: Department of Cooperative Governance Communities urged to be cautious amid severe weather conditions South Africa continues to experience drought condition across the country, this has been characterised by the inconsistent rainfall rates and excessive heat conditions. In the recent days, heavy rains started pouring […]

South Africa: Youth Must Play Role in Local Content Production

Original article on |4 November 2016 Pretoria — Communications Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has encouraged young people to tap into the development of local content, as the broadcasting and media industry has career opportunities. “It opens the doors to exciting fields such as concept creation, script writing, producing, sound, editing, post-production and broadcasting. We […]

Four million poor youth could benefit from grant

Original article on |29 September 2016 | Unemployment is especially high for those younger than 35. Many of the unemployed have never had a job. Long-term unemployment means extreme poverty and misery for millions. In the Eastern Cape, for example, more than 1-million young people live in households in which nobody has ever worked. The […]