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Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Young chefs join hospitality industry

Tourism Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe has congratulated 50 chef graduates in Newlands, Cape Town.

The chefs were trained through the National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP). It is a project that develops unemployment youth between the ages of 18 and 35 years in the skills of the culinary arts. It’s the brainchild of a partnership between the National Department of Tourism and the South African Chefs Association (SACA).

The programme was first piloted in 2011 for a period of 10 months, where a total of 800 young South Africans enrolled in the City and Guilds Certified qualification in Food Preparation and Cooking. Phase two of the programme commenced in the 2012/13 financial year.

In continuing with the programme, the department approved a budget of over R74 million to train 577 learners during the 2015/16 financial year and another 577 learners in the 2016/17 financial year.

The beneficiaries are trained in the National Certificate of Professional Cookery NQF 3, which has 145 credits.

“Highlights of the training programme for the 2016/17 financial year include 90% learners passing, 66% of those achieving distinctions and merit passes, and 100% pass rate in nine of the schools around the country, including Vhembe FET, Alfresco Fusion in the Eastern Cape and the Mafikeng Hotel School in the North West,” Minister Thabethe said.

Speaking on behalf of SACA, Chef Allister Esau said the programme has been a huge success, measured by the fact that most students have graduated and found permanent employment.

“Chefs and cooks coming through the programme have proven that this is a sound initiative and investment in the youth of our country by the National Department of Tourism, with SACA as the implementer,” said Esau.

There are currently 19 culinary schools across the country and the Northern Cape is expected to also have a school as soon as it has met all the requirements. The programme has also afforded some graduates an opportunity to work in the Seychelles, Dubai and the United States.

The future of this programme includes a continuation of 227 learners with the National Certificate Professional Cookery Course Level 3. One hundred trainees will also continue with the National Certificate in Professional Cookery Course Level 2. Additionally, the recruitment of 250 new entrants for the 2017/18 financial year period has started.


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Wed, 23 Aug 2017
Thousands of animals from KZN head for Mozambique

More than 2 000 animals from KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland are on the move in a major wildlife shifting operation – to boost tourism in a depleted game reserve near the Mozambique capital, Maputo.

Over the last six years, about 1 700 animals have been moved to the Maputo Special Elephant Reserve – once home to large groups of elephant, rhino and antelope.

This year, another 2 700 animals – mostly antelope species – are being moved from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Swaziland game parks to the Maputo reserve, with financial support from the World Bank and the Stellenbosch-based Peace Parks Foundation.

A massive 3km-long suspension bridge from Maputo to Catembe and a 209km tar road from Maputo to Ponta do Ouro is currently under construction by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation at a cost of $725m.

“Maputo Special Reserve and the Ponta do Ouro marine reserve are set to become major tourist destinations thanks to the new tarred road and bridge that will cut travel time from Maputo to the reserves to just 45 minutes,” said Peace Parks Foundation chief executive Werner Myburgh.

Conservation links

Mozambican conservation agency director-general Bartolomeu Soto said the translocation would provide a significant boost to the trans-frontier conservation links between SA, Swaziland and Mozambique.

A recent survey suggests there are now more than 6 200 herbivore species in the Maputo Special Reserve. Apart bringing in giraffe, waterbuck, kudu, nyala, zebra, wildebeest and waterbuck from KZN, Swaziland and Mozambique’s Gorongosa Reserve, Myburgh said there were also plans to bring buffalo from Namibia.

“By adding another 2 300 animals this year, it will completely transform the Maputo reserve into a sought-after wildlife destination. The next step will be to start investing into more tourism accommodation and infrastructure,” the foundation said.

The scenic Maputo reserve has numerous inland lakes and large open plains, close to the specially-protected Ponta do Ouro marine reserve popular with divers.


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Wed, 23 Aug 2017
SABC interim board members make shortlist for permanent board...

The five members of the SABC interim board have made the shortlist of 36 for the permanent board.

Initially the African National Congress nominated controversial former head of SABC news Snuki Zikalala, but when they presented a whittled down list, his name was removed. Former ANC Youth League leader Ronald Lamola was still on their list.

The portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday decided if two or more parties nominate the same candidate, that person would make the shortlist that will be interviewed in September. When the committee adjourned for lunch, 20 of the 36 spots on the shortlist were filled.

Apart from the interim board – chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama, her deputy Mathatha Tsedu, Krish Naidoo, John Matisson and Febe Potgieter-Gqubule – Nomvuyo Batyi, currently a board member of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) – received unanimous support.

Former SABC board member Rachel Kalidass were nominated by all parties present except the Economic Freedom Fighters.

The other candidates who received support from more than one party and are thus on the list, are:

Thabiso Andrew Ramotso Kharidza Dzuguda Rufus Michael Grant Markovitz Willie Currie Leanne Govindsamy Deenadaylen Konar Harriet Meier Dawn Earp Michael Bauer Judge Christopher Greenland Desmond Golding Mathumo Manaka Victor Rambau

The committee will continue its deliberations later on Tuesday.


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Wed, 23 Aug 2017
New cancer policies to improve prevention and treatment for women...

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi will on Friday launch cervical and breast cancer policies aimed at addressing the high mortality caused by these two types of cancers. The Department of Health on Tuesday said the policies are also aimed at improving the management of cancer and the quality of life of women in South Africa.

The launch is scheduled to be held at Frere Hospital in East London in the Eastern Cape. Breast and cervical cancers have been identified amongst the leading causes of death among South African women, especially women aged 30 years and older.

The Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Policy will assist to prevent the disease by promoting healthy lifestyle and providing Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The Health Department said the Breast Cancer Control Policy will focus on breast cancer awareness, early detection, treatment and care.

The implementation of both policies will provide clinical support for women, who are both at risk of developing the disease later in life and currently undergoing treatment to survive and live healthy lives.

The department said it is working on a 10-year plan to equip hospitals with the necessary facilities to care for and support patients with cancer in an effort to address the Hospital Service Equity and Accessibility for women.

“The Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control policy will enable the introduction of a new screening technique called liquid-based cytology, which is an improvement from the Pap smear technique and is more comfortable and produces reliable results.

“The Breast Cancer Control Policy will allow women, who are diagnosed early, to have access to treatment such as trastuzumab, which will prolong life if treatment is completed and minimise the recurrence of the disease women.”


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