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Italian couple is travelling around the world to tell co-operative stories

An Italian couple have set out on a year-long journey to discover inspiring co-op stories. Researcher Sara Vicari and her husband, video editor Andrea Mancori, are documenting co-ops, collective action and sustainable development in more than 10 countries. The couple have set up an association – Aroundtheworld.coop – to give voice to

Working to build up Malawi’s co-op movement

Over the last six years, we have been working with the co-operative movement in Malawi to develop a national apex body, known as the Malawi Federation of Co-operatives (MAFECO). Working with a number of partners, at the Co-operative College we have utilised our vast experience of supporting co-operatives in Malawi,

SA scoops best exhibitor award in SADC region

South Africa took home the best exhibitor award in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region at the conclusion of the 54th Feira International de Maputo trade fair on Sunday. The South African pavilion at the Feira International de Maputo (FACIM) was hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry

First day of NSFAS online applications go smoothly

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says the first day of online applications for 2019, are going smoothly without any technical glitches. “At 10am this morning of the first day, more than 400 new applications have successfully been submitted, and more than 8 000 users have already visited the

New Umalusi council appointed

Professor John D Volmink has been reinstated as Umalusi chairperson, the Department of Basic Education has announced. The Council, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, appointment was announced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga last week during a formal function in Pretoria. The four-year tenure

Alleged fake and expired foodstuff under the spotlight

The Health Department is to look into the safety of alleged “fake foods” following various videos which have been widely circulated on social media. “Due to the high volume of complaints received by the department in the past few days, we take these allegations seriously as potential for danger to

South Africa, China lift ties to a new level

South Africa and China have entered into several agreements that will enable economic growth and educational opportunities, the Presidency said on Monday. One agreement signed during the state visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa – on investment and trade promotion between the two countries – carries a monetary value of approximately

Success stories from Africa – Women’s cooperatives in rural Ethiopia

In most parts of the Dodola district, 300km south of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, slow-moving oxen are seen ploughing open stretches of farmland. But in one field, a red tractor is speedily tilling women-owned cooperative farmland ahead of the rainy season. For Kamso Bame, a widowed mother of 12 and

TVET colleges: Get the skills to make your own future

Government wants more young people to attain skills and competencies that will help them find jobs or create their own enterprises. Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Buti Manamela on Friday said there was an incorrect perception in society that one would only consider a Technical Vocational Education and Training

SA to host China

President Cyril Ramaphosa will host the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on a State visit to South Africa. “The State visit takes place within the context of strengthening strategic and historic political, economic, social and international cooperation partnership between South Africa and China,” the Presidency said