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South Africa South Africa: National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Welcomes Free Higher Education Announcement
The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement of free higher education for poor, working class students. “The NYDA welcomes President Zuma’s response to the Heher Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training. This ground-breaking decision comes at a time wherein almost a million candidates sat for the matric final examinations, with no clear way forward about their future,” said the agency on Saturday.
South Africa South Africa: Regulations to Improve Customer Treatment in Insurance Sector
National Treasury and the Financial Services Board (FSB) have published regulations to improve customer experience in the insurance services sector. The Insurance Regulations and Policyholder Protection Rules (PPRs) form part of government’s reform programme to deliver better customer outcomes across the financial sector. The Insurance Regulations were made by the Minister of Finance and the Policyholder Protection Rules were made by the Registrar of Insurance, under the Long-term Insurance Ac ...
South Africa South Africa: Fresh Water Resources Discovered in Western Cape
An unprecedented discovery of a fresh water resource has been found in Beaufort West, in the Western Cape, says the Department of Mineral Resources. The resource was discovered by the Council for Geoscience (CGS), a statutory Science Council reporting to the Minister of Mineral Resources, while conducting research on the development of shale gas. The preliminary results indicate that the water is of good quality for drinking and other uses.
South Africa South Africa: South Africa World Science Forum
South Africa has thrown its hat into the ring to host the World Science Forum in 2021. Initially held only in Hungary, central Europe, this biennial forum decided to increase its global footprint and so is held outside of Hungary every second year. Hosting of such an international event would further raise the profile of African science and enhance the continent’s science prowess on the global stage, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said.
South Africa South Africa: SA Participates at THE 11TH World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference
South Africa is participating in the 11th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The ministerial conference is the highest decision-making body in the WTO and will be attended by delegates of the 164 countries which are members of the WTO. Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies and the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, together with the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Bulelani Magwanishe ar ...
South Africa South Africa: Teachers are the Backbone of our System
The editorial (09 October 2014) entitled; “Teachers are not valued” requires a nuanced response. Your editorial is tinged with hyperbole and half-truths. The Department of Basic Education and all its nine Provincial Education Departments place a premium on the value of its teachers. We believe that teachers are a heartbeat of a functioning school system. It is often said that the quality of education cannot exceed that of its teachers. We cannot expect teachers to promote quality learning and ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Cements Trade Links with Russia
South Africa’s Ambassador to Russia has commended the work put in by government to create opportunities for local businesspeople. Speaking at South Africa’s national pavilion at the World Food Moscow international expo in Russia, Nomasonto Sibanda-Thusi said the two countries need to redouble efforts to showcase their respective offerings. “South Africa is endowed with capabilities and has a lot to offer to the Russian market and the world at large, we just need to double our efforts in showca ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Companies to Woo Russian Investors
South African companies will embark on a mission to woo Russian investors with their products and services. The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) will lead a business delegation on the 10th Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI) to Russia to be held in Novosibirsk from 24-26 October 2017. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said the objective of the ITI is to develop and build on relationships that were established with previous visits by both countries and to expose and showcase South ...
South Africa South Africa: SA Delegation to Attend African Union (AU) Ministerial Meeting
South Africa will participate in the African Union (AU) Ministerial Meeting of the Specialised Technical Committee on Youth, Culture and Sports taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
South Africa South Africa: SA Helps Municipalities to Go Green
Municipalities across the country are set to go greener with the introduction of a new national strategy. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has developed the national greening strategy, which aims to assist municipalities to develop greening plans at local level, and ensure that greening is included in the Integrated Development Plans (IDPs).
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