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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

SA companies to seek opportunities in Angola

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe is expected to lead a business delegation on a trade and investment mission to Angola. Speaking ahead of Monday’s investment mission, Magwanishe said the mission grants the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) the prospect of continued economic collaboration and partnerships with

Putting economic power in the hands of youth

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) will on Monday officially launch Youth Month at the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum in Soweto, Johannesburg. In line with government’s programme to celebrate the centenary year of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, Youth Month 2018 will be commemorated under the theme ‘Live

Child Protection Week ends with a lifetime commitment

Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu will on Sunday close the National Child Protection Week (CPW) campaign in the Free State. Shabangu launched the week-long campaign last Sunday in Pretoria. The 2018 CPW marked the 21st anniversary of the commemoration of the CPW campaign. The campaign was initiated in 1997 to

5G forum to take SA forward

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has established the 5G Forum with Working Groups which is aimed at addressing a number of aspects in relation to 5G, says Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane. These aspects include spectrum to enable the uptake of 5G Systems, policy and regulation, standards, research

Government to outline Mandela Centenary programme

Government will next week brief the media on developments around the centenary of South Africa’s founding President Nelson Mandela. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), appointed to manage the centenary, is scheduled to brief the nation on plans around the centenary on Tuesday.  The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth

NYDA urges youth to reflect on Freedom Day

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has called on the youth to reflect on the meaning of Freedom Day, which is being commemorated today. “Young people must continue to reflect on what freedom means to us and whether the sacrifice of young freedom fighters such as Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, Andrew

Campaign to celebrate Human Rights Day

As part of celebrating Human Rights Day, Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo announced that her department will embark on a campaign to encourage public servants to observe Batho Pele principles. Batho Pele requires public servants to be responsive, timeous and efficient at all times when rendering services to

Listeriosis outbreak

The statistics as at 2 March 2018 showed that the current listeriosis outbreak had caused close to 180 fatalities and almost 950 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis in South Africa since December 2017. On 4 March 2018, the Minister of Health, Dr Motsoaledi, announced on eNCA that the source has been

Heads of State congratulate President Ramaphosa

Messages of congratulations have poured in from Heads of State across the world for South Africa’s newly-elected President Cyril Ramaphosa. “President Cyril Ramaphosa received messages of congratulations from a number of Heads of State and Government during a round of telephone calls on Sunday 18 February 2018. President Ramaphosa took

New era for SA

South Africa’s newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament tonight, amid high expectations and enthusiasm. Ramaphosa was elected and officially sworn-in as the fifth President of the democratic SA on Thursday, following unprecedented political events in the country, which culminated

President Jacob Zuma resigns

President Jacob Zuma has tendered his resignation as the head of State in the Republic of South Africa after nine years in office. The President addressed the nation in a live broadcast on Wednesday night that had generated keen domestic and international interest. The National Executive Council (NEC) of the

Care for children as they are SA’s future

Communications Deputy Minister Tandi Mahambehlala says giving to children and caring for them is very important for the future of South Africa. The Deputy Minister said this when she visited the Ravensmead Crèche in Parow in Cape Town to handover fleece blankets and goodie bags on Monday. As the country

Women economic empowerment through cooperatives in Upper Egypt

In Upper Egypt, women have been largely excluded from the labour market and related social dialogue and decision-making processes. Most of them are engaged in informal home-based work characterized by long hours, poor returns, significant safety and health hazards, high dependence on intermediaries with limited skills and training opportunities. The

Cooperating out of child labour in Malawi

In Malawi child labour is a persistent challenge. The recent estimates show that more than 2.1 million children, or about 38 per cent of Malawian children, continue to be involved in child labour. Most of these children are employed in the agricultural sector, and many are in hazardous forms of

AU Summit to reflect on fight against corruption

The theme for the 30th African Union Summit, scheduled to take place from 28 to 29 January 2018, presents a unique opportunity to reflect on and address specific challenges related to the fight against corruption on the continent. The theme of the African Union for the year 2018, under which

Innovation holds key to jobs

South Africa must cultivate a conducive business climate that is able to support innovation so start-ups can thrive and ultimately create jobs. Releasing the 10th edition of South Africa’s Economic Update in Tshwane, the World Bank identified innovation as the bedrock for a country that is keen to drive up

Trade contributes to 15% of GDP

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) has revealed that not only did the trade industry contribute to 15% of South Africa’s 2015 GDP, but it is also the biggest employer in the formal business sector.  According to a report  released  by StatsSA shows that the trade industry contributed to 22% of employment.

Swaziland Rail Link project

More than 9 000 direct jobs are set to be created in South Africa and Swaziland during the construction of the Swaziland Rail Link project. “Approximately 3000 and 6500 jobs will be created in South Africa and Swaziland individually during the construction of the Swaziland Railway line,” said Transnet Rail Freight

South Africa outshines 24 countries at Mozambique International Trade Fair

South Africa has scooped two awards at the Mozambique International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM. South Africa won the Best Pavilion Award, while Kama Industries, a Johannesburg-based company producing audible and visual signalling devices, was voted the Best Exhibitor at FACIM 2017. Kama Industries was one of the companies

Namibia All Set For 4th National ICT Summit

Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology will host the 4th National ICT Summit from Oct. 9-11 in the capital, Windhoek. The Ministry at a stakeholders engagement meeting said, the ICT Summit which is an annual event is aimed at bringing ICT stakeholders together to share innovative ideas in bridging

Google Makes Offline Version Of YouTube Available For Nigerians With Slow Internet

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. The specially-designed version of the online video platform, called YouTube Go, allows users with

Co-operative College receives £5,000 from Unicorn Grocery 4% fund

The College will use the money to support the development of co-ops in Malawi, whose agrarian economy is vulnerable to climate shocks and high inflation The Co-operative College has received a £5,000 grant from the Unicorn Grocery 4% Fund, building on the support it received in 2015. The fund, operated by

Co-op Group backs Kenyan Fairtrade tea farmers with new community resource centre

The retailers will build a new community resource centre in Kenya to support Fairtrade farmers With Sainsbury’s dropping the Fairtrade logo for its own-label teas, and former trailblazer Green and Blacks launching a ‘Velvet Edition’ chocolate range that is neither organic nor Fairtrade, Fairtrade has had a tough time recently. However

Egyptologists Turn To High Tech Innovations To Unlock Ancient Mysteries

From the Giza pyramids to the pharaonic tombs of Luxor, Egypt’s ancient monuments are holding onto mysteries which researchers now aim to unravel with cutting edge technology. For more than 200 years since Napoleon Bonaparte landed in Egypt with a retinue of scholars who laid the groundwork for modern Egyptology,

SA open for business

South Africa is open for business and awaits partnerships from the Zambian and regional private sector, says President Jacob Zuma. “As the South African government, we have urged our private sector to participate in the economic growth of the region including Zambia,” President Zuma said. Addressing the 91st Agricultural and

Co-op consortium formed to help farmers in Africa gain access to financial services

Organizations from Canada, Ireland and Africa are teaming up to improve rural outreach for credit unions in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Malawi. The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is leading a three-partner consortium in a new project to make financial services more accessible to smallholder farmers, women and young people in eastern

Government continues to support disadvantaged students

Government continues with its efforts to ensure that students from disadvantaged backgrounds have access to Post-School Education and Training (PSET). Official spending figures from the Department of Higher Education and Training show that total amounts via National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), in support of students at universities and colleges

Mandela Day: Deputy President focuses on children

From donating clothes to the needy to volunteering at charity organisations, South Africans came out in their numbers on Tuesday to celebrate Mandela Day in honour of the late iconic former South African President by doing good deeds on what could have been his 99th birthday. Joining in the day’s

Pushing SA to new heights

Not everyone knows this, but the people pushing their trolleys full of junk all over our cities, or trolley people as Rowen Anderson calls them, actually have method to their madness. Although they may not know it, these pioneers are pushing our country towards a first world culture of recycling

The Final Statement of the IV Cooperative Leadership Meeting of BRICS Group Countries

We, the representatives of cooperative movement of Federative Republic of Brazil, through the Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB); of Russian Federation, through the Central Union of Consumer Societies of the Russian Federation (Centrosoyuz); of the Republic of India, through the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI); the People’s Republic of

Summit opens doors for co-ops

Opportunities exist, but co-operatives in South Africa lack the infrastructure and finance to supply to the international market. This is the view of business owner Lucky Mabethe, who attended the Co-operatives conference hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in 2013.

Moshupa co-operative society on track (Botswana)

The South African National Apex Cooperative (SANACO) President Mr Lawrence Bale has commended Moshupa Multipurpose Co-operative Society for operating at maximum aptitude and being able to sustain itself despite several factors which contribute to the collapse of societies. Mr Bale said during the SA delegation’s visit to the Moshupa Co-operative

SANACO making cooperative development accessible

In 2015 SANACO was awarded the contract to train 150 Youth in the services sector and form them into cooperatives, according to the Secretary General of SANACO Mr.Thulane Mabuza the training is well underway and busy implementing the project in the Westrand District in Gauteng. Initially the Learner were chosen