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Fri, 14 Sep 2018
FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES TO APPSAFRICA INNOVATION AWARDS

The AppsAfrica Innovation Awards – showcasing the continent’s most innovative ventures – provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking opportunities with over 300 industry peers at the awards ceremony in Cape Town on November 12. Winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join more than 400 tech leaders from across the continent.

The awards provide are open to corporates, established ventures or startups which have launched tech services in at least one African market.

Applicants must operate in one of the 14 categories covered by the awards: Disruptive Innovation, Health Tech, Best African App, Enterprise, Blockchain, News and Entertainment, Edtech, Fintech, Agritech, IoT, mCommerce, Mobility, Social Impact, and the Changing Africa Award.

Applications will be assessed by a team of industry expert judges who are selected based on their knowledge, influence and contribution to the improvement of technology and business in Africa.

Entries can be submitted here until September 14, with the shortlisted finalists announced in October 2018. Source: http://www.bizcommunity.africa/Article/410/78/181675.html

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Tue, 11 Sep 2018
UPSKILL YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE THEM EMPLOYABLE

In May Statistics SA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which revealed that one in three young South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 were disengaged from the labour market.

Put another way, 32.4% of the 10.3 million people in that age group were “not in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2018”. That’s 3.3 million young people sitting at home, idle.

Unemployment is a structural issue which has seen little improvement in recent years and is one of the four critical dimensions impeding the country’s ability to improve socio-economic well-being. The other three being education, income inequality and health care.

Poor education results in a lack of skills, which contributes to high unemployment. High unemployment fosters income inequality and slow economic growth, which in turn limit access to, and funding for, education; access to and funding for health care are similarly imperilled.

Unemployment among the youth is an even more complicated and layered challenge.

South Africa’s youth presents the best opportunity for addressing ingrained poverty and socio-economic challenges in the country.

An employed, and economically active youth, represents the best opportunity for long-term sustained economic growth.

While the reality is that employment opportunities remain limited, there are ways that young people can make themselves more employable or create employment opportunities.

* Entrepreneurship as a way to create jobs:

Most young people don’t think of entrepreneurship as a career but starting, and successfully managing, your own business will not only ensure you of an income; it could lead to job creation for other people in your community.

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitors 2017/2018 report, total early-stage entrepreneurial activity in South Africa is at 11%, 4.1% points higher than 2016’s 6.9%. This is the highest activity level of people taking steps to start a new business since 2013.

While this is positive, South Africa’s Small Medium and Micro Enterprises space remains constrained by poor access to credit, bureaucratic red tape, and policies that discourage entrepreneurship. Governments and the private sector need to examine ways to ensure that these barriers to entry are dismantled, especially when it comes to empowering young people.

For the youth, identifying an opportunity to provide a service or product in their community is just the first step. Growing and nurturing a business takes patience and skill.

* Fighting unemployment and creating new skills through vocational training:

There is an obvious need for South Africa to strengthen its vocational training. This country needs more artisans and people in technical jobs. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) has the potential to both close skills gaps and reduce unemployment.

According to a report from global skills development company City and Guilds Group, a survey of South African chief executives found that 36% were extremely concerned about the availability of key skills, compared to a global average of 17%.

Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor recently announced that TVET colleges were at the forefront of providing education and training options for our youth and that the bursary allocation for TVET colleges has increased from R2.437billion in 2017 to [...]

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Mon, 10 Sep 2018
SA BUSINESSES BACK R100M POVERTY ALLEVIATION PLAN

President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to this at an ANC lekgotla, announcing that the ruling party will tell government “to move with urgency to develop and implement a stimulus package to ignite growth that will lead to the creation of jobs, especially for young people and women”.

But eyes should also be on corporate South Africa to see how it will respond to these latest numbers.

One initiative that has quickly gained traction is the Mandela Centenary Campaign, whose vision is to raise R100 million for job creation and literacy in the year of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

Long-term effects

It’s the brainchild of South African social enterprise, the Relate Trust, and kicked off at the end of March 2018. The project has two main aims: to create earning opportunities for unskilled people (who make the special centenary bracelets) and to fund the Mandela Library project (with the proceeds from the sale of these bracelets).

In just four months, the initiative has secured partnerships with several big businesses who looked beyond 67 minutes on Mandela Day in favour of being part of a vision that will have a long-term effect on thousands of South Africans.

The Relate Trust raises funds for other NGOs, while empowering some of South Africa’s poorest communities. Their unique business model is a proven success as it has raised more than R50 million for over 120 charities globally, while creating thousands of jobs in the process.

 

Relate CEO, Neil Robinson, says that in terms of stepping up job creation efforts, the centenary campaign is crucial: “The number of people between the ages of 15 and 34 not in education, training or employment increased to 39.3%, or four out of ten, in the second quarter of this year. This is a crisis that needs to be addressed now. We offer a simple and tangible solution for individuals and companies to make a real difference by coming on board, as other major brands have done.”

The companies who have already partnered with the Relate Trust come from a number of sectors and include Pick n Pay, Protea Hotels by Marriott, Woolworths, South32 (formerly BHP Billiton), and Comair, among others.

‘A national priority’

South32 Chief Operating Officer, Mike Fraser, says that the Mandela Centenary campaign supports the company’s commitment to making a difference in communities. The mining group has gifted thousands of bracelets to their staff across the country.

“Every year for Mandela Day, our people come together to help alleviate poverty by taking time out to serve and assist various charitable organisations in our communities. This year, we’re proud to support this cause which makes a difference and improves lives now and for generations to come, by giving our employees a special bracelet that honours Nelson Mandela’s centenary and legacy,” Fraser said.

Comair’s Head of Corporate Communications, Susan van der Ryst, says job creation should be the focus of every South African: “Creating employment and ensuring that young people have the knowledge and abilities to take up these jobs and thrive, or create their own opportunities, must [...]

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Thu, 06 Sep 2018
10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Province in South Africa is astoundingly diverse and, in parts, deliciously undeveloped. In winter, snow sometimes dusts its distinctive mountain peaks, and in summer, its sparkling coastline lures throngs of surfers, swimmers, and sun lovers. From the sea to the inland desert, the scenery of the Eastern Cape is spectacular. Sightseers can explore everything from ancient forests and gaping valleys to craggy sea cliffs and the lush coastline stretching from the Tsitsikamma section of Garden Route National Park to the subtropical Wild Coast. Inland, the rolling hills around Grahamstown are known as Settler Country, after the British migrants who settled these ancestral Xhosa lands in the early 19th century. Animal lovers can view a dazzling diversity of wildlife at the national parks and private game reserves, including the rare Cape mountain zebra, white lions, and rhinos. Travelers can explore part of the Eastern Cape’s coastline on the Garden Route scenic drive. The Eastern Cape Province in South Africa is astoundingly diverse and, in parts, deliciously undeveloped. In winter, snow sometimes dusts its distinctive mountain peaks, and in summer, its sparkling coastline lures throngs of surfers, swimmers, and sun lovers. From the sea to the inland desert, the scenery of the Eastern Cape is spectacular. Sightseers can explore everything from ancient forests and gaping valleys to craggy sea cliffs and the lush coastline stretching from the Tsitsikamma section of Garden Route National Park to the subtropical Wild Coast. Inland, the rolling hills around Grahamstown are known as Settler Country, after the British migrants who settled these ancestral Xhosa lands in the early 19th century. Animal lovers can view a dazzling diversity of wildlife at the national parks and private game reserves, including the rare Cape mountain zebra, white lions, and rhinos. Travelers can explore part of the Eastern Cape’s coastline on the Garden Route scenic drive.

1 The Valley of Desolation 2 The Wild Coast 3 Addo Elephant National Park 4 The Storms River Suspension Bridge 5 Mountain Zebra National Park

6 Jeffreys Bay Surf Break 7 Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area 8 Port Elizabeth Beaches 9 Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve 10 Grahamstown: Settler Country

Source: https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions-/eastern-cape-saf-ec-ec.htm

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