South Africa’s membership to the Bric group of emerging economies will prove to add value and benefits to the country’s trade and exports, President Jacob Zuma said.
“It is going to positively encourage and promote the development of trade and investment which boosts industrialization and stimulates job creation,” said Zuma.
In economics, BRIC can be described as a grouping acronym that makes reference to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, who are all considered to generally be at a comparable phase of newly advanced economic development. It is usually rendered as “the BRICs” or “the BRIC countries” or as an alternative as the “Big Four”.
He was addressing a question in the National Assembly with regards to the benefits associated with being a member of the Brazil, Russia, India and China grouping. South Africa becoming a member of the bloc would most likely take it from Bric to Bricsa.
Zuma talked about the business opportunities and possibilities offered for South Africa to do business with the various other Bricsa members were “fantastic”.
“We at the same time co-operate as members in the aspects of finance, agriculture, statistics, justice development, finance institutions, business development and exchange in addition to academia.
“Completely new elements of co-operation are increasingly being given consideration when it comes to science and technology, culture, sport, climate change and energy.”
He explained the “influence,effect and impact” associated with the grouping was increasingly being felt internationally and that South Africa’s membership connected the African continent to other countries in the world.
South Africa is going to participate in its very first meeting as a member of the group on 14 April.
The whole process of developing South Africa’s rural regions took a huge leap forward when teenagers were given certificates for finishing the first phase of their skills empowerment programme.
An overall total of 500 teenagers from the country’s rural areas managed to graduate and obtained their certificates from Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti at De Brug Military Base in Bloemfontein last Thursday.
The graduate students successfully concluded a seven-week long basic training course of the new National Rural Youth Corps (NARYSEC) aided by the Department of Defence and Military Veterans.
The NARYSEC is actually a two-year programme geared towards skills development and job creation for young adults coming from the 3 300 rural wards in the country, who happen to be between the ages of 18 and 35 and in addition have at the very least passed grade 10.
The very first group to graduate from the NARYSEC had been signed up for training with the objective of equipping all of them with theoretical and practical knowledge, coupled with leadership skills designed to assist them to think and view life in a different way.
Addressing the graduates, Nkwinti mentioned they were planning to empower around 20 000 young adults coming from the countryside.
“With this particular project, government is without a doubt showing that it truly takes young adults interests seriously,” he stated.
Immediately after concluding their two-year training programme, Nkwinti stated the future leaders have the opportunity to assist their own communities making use of their useful skills by way of establishing employment opportunities for themselves together with their people.
“This, at the end of the day, is going to result in the foreseeable future growth and development of our nation as a result of these graduate students and in their upcoming phase, they are going to perform house profiling to ascertain residence requirements within their smaller communities.
“After that, they are going to undertake training in construction work to enable them to build houses, roads and ablution facilities throughout their residential areas,” he was quoted saying.
Nkwinti pointed out that following the completion of the comprehensive training, the group are going to be let loose within their respective rural communities, where they make use of their skills and expertise to develop their village infrastructure.
Despite the fact that the graduates obtained training from the Defence Department, they, however, did not go through military training.
For graduate, Selinah Hlakane from Mid-Vaal in Gauteng, the courses made it easier for her to learn to think out of the box.
“Now that I have obtained this kind of mind-sharpening instruction, I most certainly will under no circumstances regard and permit poverty to destruct my personal character as well as those of my peers around my village. After I return home, I am going to mobilise other young adults to ensure that we are able to interact with each other to bring about development when it comes to our community,” she explained.
Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi pointed out that he was thrilled that graduates are going to go back to their homes accompanied by a completely different life strategy.
“All of us taught the values adn ideals of being a South African, respect, negotiation skills in addition to leadership skills not to mention that our working relationship with them will last forever,” he said.
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President Jacob Zuma has recently admitted the fact that the government by themselves probably will not be capable to create the job opportunities South Africa urgently requires, and has now called on the country’s private sector to come on board when it comes to the job creation drive.
Zuma shared with the SABC, during an interview, the fact that the government would need to partner along with other social partners in order to accomplish its employment goals and objectives.
“It truly is nothing like the type of predicament which might be encountered by one, it’s actually a difficult task that will require every one of us to participate in, to some extent it really is a national challenge that will require all of us … it requires the government, it requires business, it requires the unions,” Zuma explained.
R9-billion jobs fund
As part of his State of the Nation address, Zuma revealed that the government will set up a job opportunities fund of R9-billion over the up coming three years in an effort to finance completely new job-creation projects, at the same time private sector would receive billions in tax breaks in order to stimulate job growth in manufacturing.
The government has recently recognized job creation amongst five key priorities that will be dealt with during the upcoming medium-term time frame.
During his address in Parliament, Zuma stated that the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had appropriated R10-billion over the upcoming five years for the purpose of financial commitment in economic activities that have high job creation possibilities.
Departments are additionally instructed to table their particular plans and strategies concerning employment creation, at the same time a strategy is going to be devised to make certain that all vacant posts within the public sector are filled.
Carrying out things in a different way
The President declared that even though the state will undoubtedly be performing its part, it is going to demand all the help and support it could possibly get to tackle the “unacceptably” high unemployment rate in the country.
“The truth is the fact that we will need to alter the approach in which we are generally doing things … You will definitely appreciate that I mentioned we are planning to combine all of the small financial institutions which have been doing business for instance with the economic activities assisting businesses.”
The government would need to furthermore make certain that South Africa’s state-owned enterprises be roped in the job creation drive by means of internship training programmes and learnerships.
“Public enterprises will be looked into rigorously … as they quite simply must make sure that they come on board. One important thing we are going to be considering here is to make sure that we employ individuals who meet the criteria for the jobs.”
Education, health, social welfare
Looking at education, health and social welfare, Zuma reiterated the fact that education would certainly continue to be the main focus of his current administration, cautioning that squandering of teaching time would not be accepted or tolerated.
“We have made the correct choice by making education the apex of our priorities; we proceeded to go even further to split the department which was basically extremely big as well as the inclination at the time was the fact that the concentration was on higher level as opposed to the basic.
“Now we have developed a 10-point plan within the level of basic education, and I believe we are undertaking the right strategy.”
To take control of poverty and give a boost to social security, Zuma explained that the government would utilize the Comprehensive Rural Development Programme unveiled throughout provinces such as Limpopo along with the Eastern Cape during the past year to guarantee economic activity when it comes to rural areas.
The government bodies in addition intended to provide a third of the 1.2-million South African homeowners residing in informal settlements security of tenure within the next three years.
Men and women in rural areas possessed the relevant skills and abilities required to take care of livestock, and additionally methods will be investigated to permit individuals to utilize these skills and abilities for economic benefits, Zuma stated.
“Why don’t we facilitate dairy farming and say we are going to provide cattle for them so that they have the ability to take care of cattle within their herd, they could produce milk and make it avaliable on the market to allow them to be in a position to generate some income, and I also are of the opinion that there are various other pursuits you can easily perform.”
Regarding health, Zuma said the long-awaited National Health Insurance policy could well be made public in the near future and, in preparation for the scheme, the government planned to enhance health care this year by way of appointing suitable not to mention qualified personnel to the right positions.
“All of us require qualified and competent heads of department, chief financial officers, hospital chief executive officers, district health officers and clinic managers,” Zuma explained.
The statement was made by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel in Parliament.
While addressing the National Assembly, Patel stated that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is going to declare additional monetary commitments which will be presented in the Budget to encourage business opportunities within this sector.
“We already have commenced with installation of solar water geysers in brand new low-cost households and to date, already have 25 000 units set up by way of a joint venture that also includes the IDC,” explained Patel.
“Together with an additional 170 000 units scheduled, this specific undertaking is going to play a role in employment creation along with strengthening the local manufacturing of components as we plan to enhance the sourcing of components to at the very least 85% local content in the near future.”
At the same time, Patel claims the New Growth Path is likely to expand the overall economy by way of improving infrastructure investments on a variety of projects, vamping up the agro-processing and farming market sectors, and taking advantage of trillions spent on the African continent – all in order to generate a great deal more work opportunities.
Aside from that, the IDC is going to make available R5 billion in funding over the up coming five years for the agro-processing sector.
The development finance institution has additionally been requested to examine its financial loans application procedures – particularly, extensive amounts of time it takes in order to grant finance to entrepreneurs as well as the cost of finance.
Government is additionally focusing on a one-of-a-kind project, that might be a catalyst for thousands of jobs.
“We happen to be working on a venture to create the world’s very first integrated metals plant beneficiating titanium, zirconium, vanadium, magnesium and silicone. Should it be verified by way of the feasibility study being carried out, it is going to require a R15 billion financial commitment and can also generate in excess of 7 000 work opportunities in construction in addition to the operation of the plant,” said Minister Patel.
Patel’s department would definitely in addition seriously look into reducing bureaucracy in addition to assisting businesses within the informal economy, by among other things, combining the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) – which gives business help and support to entrepreneurs – with small business funding agencies to create a single organization that can assist small businesses.
A brand new direct small business funding programme is going to be rolled out, with information and facts to be publicised in he upcoming weeks, Patel pointed out.
The DA’s Athol Trollip stated the party welcomed the R9 billion job opportunities fund, along with the R20 billion in tax breaks in order to incentivise investment within the manufacturing sector, revealed by President Jacob Zuma in the State of Nation Address.
Trollip, however, suggested similar tax breaks really should be extended to small and medium-sized businesses.
He pointed out that former president Thabo Mbeki made a variety of promises to assisting small business owners in the 2006 State of the Nation address – commitments that had been remarked upon by Zuma in his State of the Nation Address.
Trollip said he was hoping the New Growth Path will be adapted to the National Planning Commission’s conclusions regarding how to minimize poverty and create viable and practical economic options available for South Africans.
He called on the President to additionally create completely new innovative solutions, green industries, and additionally take action against climate change.
Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota pointed out it seemed to be “exciting” to hear of the billions earmarked by the government to promote job creation, however he appeared to be apprehensive that President Jacob Zuma did not provide “practical steps” regarding how these amounts will likely be utilized.
Lekota believed the increase of tenderpreneurs was really a “catastrophe” for South Africa: “Job creation can be described as function of entrepreneurship. There have been tenderpreneurs created, not entrepreneurs.”
He explained a lot more effort and hard work would have to be taken in educating and training skilled people who run businesses regarding how to obtain tenders.
Lekota said while civil servants would certainly continually be safe with monthly salaries, business owners had to be successful with contracts in order to place food on the table.
He explained there are clearly lessons to be learned from other countries – such as Japan – which accomplished economic growth as a result of technological innovation and know-how following on from the devastation of that country after World War Two.
Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthulezi mentioned the country should become serious with regards to taking on job creation, by way of a collaboration between political parties.
The Department of Public Works has invested R32 million when it comes to the growth and development of vital skills intended for young people within the built environment sector.
Talking to the initial group of 100 students from the Northern Cape on their first day of the Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA), Public Works Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu reminded those individuals gathered that: “It cost government R32 million to bring you into this programme.”
“The department can expect absolutely nothing less than achieving success from you. You will make or break this particular programme simply because our expectations rests on you to set the tempo for a lot of additional youngsters that will follow in your footsteps,” she explained.
Bogopane-Zulu at the same time emphasised that because of the Artisan Development Programme, her department was in fact performing favorably in order to make sure that government be successful with regard to its priorities of jobs creation and educational services by way of skills development.
The Northern Cape Artisan Development Programme happens to be an intake of 100 recognized students coming from the Northern Cape for the 18 months Artisan Development Programme which has been geared towards favorably making contributions to dealing with the challenges presented by the higher than average level of unemployment in South Africa, especially among the many youth consequently furnishing all of them with a chance to generate income in addition to obtaining technical skills that hopefully will boost their likelihood of employment, entrepreneurship as well as general development.
Following comprehensive deliberation with numerous stakeholders, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) was recognized as the training provider for the programme that is designed to consist of 20 students within each one of the following learning areas: Boilermaking, Fitting and Turning, Mechanical, Electrical (in construction) and Welding.
The students will in addition go through a six-month theoretical training program and after that move forward to experiential training for a minimum of 12 months on learnership programme.
Contingent upon accessibility to financial resources, a number of additional learnerships will likely be performed in order to complete the four year artisan development programme.
Following on from the completion of the programme, NECSA is going to be the agent responsible for identifying at the very least 50 work place/ experiential learning opportunities.
The department is going to be given the task of determining additional 50 work placement for experiential learning.
Supplemental education and learning could possibly be identified which is to be offered at N4 level. This kind of training could possibly be carried out at the time of experiential learning and definitely will make it possible for students to leave together with complete artisan qualification.
The relevant skills development programme covers:
* Lodging and daily meals for 100 students
* National Skills Fund will take care of all education and learning associated expenses for instance such as training provider costs, assessment, moderation and certification
* Partial monthly payment of Learners allowances at R660 pp p/m for theoretical component.
Other expenses that will be taken care of by the National Department of Public Works include things like:
* Logistical fees for students screening and selection sessions
* Selection/promotional/ orientation resources
* Top up Stipends (R660 pp/ pm for theoretical component
* Learners allowance (R1200 pp/pm for the practical component)
* Transport expenditures during assessments
* Transportation fees back and forth to Pretoria
The education and learning programme is co-funded via the NDPW as well as the National Skills Fund (NSF) within the Northern Cape Department of Education. This kind of Artisan Development Programme will certainly make it possible for students to be able to leave equipped with full artisan qualifications and advanced practical skills.