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 […]

South Africa: Help At Hand for Small Business

Original article on 29 September 2016 | Government is forging ahead with its plans to promote more inclusive growth and an environment that enables small businesses to flourish. These efforts have seen about 280 rural enterprises, 181 township enterprises and 147 existing SMMEs being assisted with skills and start-up support so that they can […]

South Africa: Decisive Action Needed to Tackle Youth Challenges

Original article on | 29 September 2016 | Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi says there is an urgent need for government to act decisively and redouble efforts to resolve challenges facing young people, including unemployment. The Minister said this when he addressed the Accelerating Inclusive Youth Employment conference in Stellenbosch on Monday on behalf of […]