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Manuel urges partnership to deal with education system

National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel suggests that a combined strategy in government will undoubtedly be necessary to tackle the inefficiencies in the country’s education system along with other issues brought up in the diagnostic report of South Africa unveiled by the National Planning Commission last month.

President Jacob Zuma appointed the NPC comprising 26 commissioners to advise government concerning critical development challenges confronting South Africa. Commissioners were additionally given the job of creating a 2030 vision and development plan for the country which is to be monitored over time.


The document, drafted following a year of rigorous work by the NPC revealed nine key issues facing the nation specifically, poor education, divided communities, uneven public service performance, an unsustainable resource-intensive economy, a high disease burden, unemployment, existing spatial patterns, crumbling infrastructure and corruption.

A number of sectors of society have received the document with mixed emotions, with the ruling ANC stating it was in “full agreement” with the wide-ranging comments mentioned in the body of the report to the effect that the country has accomplished a great deal since the start of democracy in 1994 however a whole lot more remains to be done.

Manuel mentioned that ever since the release of the commission, they had been bombarded with feedback from the public.

“All of us are certainly encouraged by the advices we are receiving. Naturally the reactions are wide and varied for the reason that some individuals are reacting according to the South Africa we see now, whereas we are going to have a different South Africa by 2030, consequently dialogue is different from individual to individual, based upon how you see South Africa,” Manuel said.


National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel


The NPC is scheduled to release its first planning report which will be delivered to Cabinet in November.

While Manuel admitted that there were probably going to be fiscal difficulties for the country to deal with a number of the issues raised on the diagnostic document, he explained it was subsequently left to government to figure out how resources were designated to meet society’s pressing demands.

A member of the public had previously questioned whether or not funding patterns for the three spheres of government were sufficient for the country to take care of the majority of the challenges brought up in the diagnostic report.

“Of course there will probably be fiscal challenges down the road, however resources need to be allocated in a way such that the countries sees fit and it is up to the Treasury to make those choices definitely not us as the commission.

“We will put the plan forward on 11 November and will also take care of every one of these issues – several in greater detail than the others, however the tools that we utilized are the tools that all South Africans will make use of to deal with these challenges,” added Manuel.

He proceeded to state the fact that the diagnostic report was not a “prescription” for the government, but geared towards enabling correct planning for the country in the next upcoming decades.

“The diagnostic report addresses varying findings with regards to the South Africa that we know now, that we can speak from research and in conjunction with where we would like to be and say to South Africans, ‘discuss these problems and inform us whether this is the country you would like to live in 2050’.”

Free State Premier Ace Magashule talked about how the province had been working hard to make sure that popular participation of its citizens in the report, adding that there had been an agreement at provincial government relating to the problems raised.

“It is quite apparent that the people of the province who are engaging in the NPC discussions are incredibly enthusiastic in terms of ensuring that indeed, we have one plan as a country and I believe this is definitely the starting point of that process and additionally our call and plea is going to be for every individual to participate,” he was quoted saying.

Source: BuaNews


Manual plots SA way forward and future growth plan

South Africa may very well be an sickly patient – weighed down by high unemployment along with a poor education system – however its problems are by no means terminal, the Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Planning, Trevor Manuel, explained.

He was speaking against the backdrop of the release of a document that plots the country’s key long-term challenges.

During a media briefing in Parliament prior to addressing the National Assembly, Manuel explained that the National Planning Commission’s diagnostic overview would assist South Africans to contribute to and play a role in the drafting of Vision 2030, which happens to be scheduled for release in November.

Manuel compared the diagnostic overview to a doctor taking care of a patient who explains to them they are sick but that they wouldn’t die.

“It is not pleasing, however at the same time, it is similar to visiting a doctor and he suggests ‘you are certainly not well, however it is not terminal’,” he quipped, adding that South Africa could possibly have gone much the same way as Libya and other countries, but had elected not to do so.

Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Planning, Trevor Manuel


He said if it was going to be successful, the commission found it necessary to get all South Africans interested and involved in making the country a better place.

“There were things we couldn’t carry out and we did it. And now we are saying to South Africans – ‘this is what lies before us, let’s turn this country around and come to terms about what confronts us as a nation,” he said.

He explained the diagnostic overview acknowledged the advancement South Africa had made since 1994 – for instance the broadening household services, growing participation of black people in tertiary education as well as transformation of the top 20 percent of income earners – but sets out what still needs to be accomplished.

These are grouped according to nine challenges: high unemployment, poor educational outcomes, a high disease burden, divided communities, uneven public-service performance, settlement patterns that marginalise the poor, corruption, an overly resource-intensive economy and crumbling infrastructure.

Key element among these are unemployment and poor education, said Manuel.


The diagnostic overview highlights that on going lack of employment is influenced by a number of variables, which includes growth in the labour force having outstripped employment creation, deficiencies in skilled people to serve a modern economy in addition to the fact that almost 60 % of unemployed individuals have never worked.

Additional factors associated with the country’s unemployment problem is that the majority of jobs have been created in skills-intensive sectors, salary increase have frequently surpassed growth in productivity and the country’s business environment has often constrained the expansion or start-up of small businesses.

In education, the diagnostic discloses that just one percent of black African schools were actually ranked as top-performing schools, while 88 % happen to be in dire condition.

This compares to formerly privileged schools in the country, where 31 percent are ranked as top performing, and 49 percent as poor performing schools.

The diagnostic overview singles out the overall performance of teachers and leadership at schools as the most crucial factors when it comes to enhancing the quality of education in black African schools.


It shows that when tested in the self-same subjects they taught to pupils, teachers scored less than the minimum scores expected from the average pupil. By way of example those teaching maths in grades four to six, scored on average 33 percent.

Manuel pointed out in moving forward in finding answers to the country’s challenges, the commission had held 36 meetings, including 10 plenaries since 11 May 2010 (since its inaugural meeting).

In crafting the diagnostic overview, the 26 commissioners organised a week-long online forum with youth, along with various consultations with political parties, trade unions and experts.

A public comments period will operate between now and September to provide for South Africans to get familiar with and take part in the drafting of Vision 2030.


The commission is additionally likely to release a development plan which sets out how this vision is going to be accomplished, as well as release reports on issues having an effect on long-term development, such as infrastructure investment, water resources and inequality.

Manuel said the commission had not resolved whether or not it would be developing a general five-year plan when it came to long-term planning or it would break this up into individual sector reports.


To view, contribute and make public comments on the National Planning Commission’s diagnostic overview visit www.npconline.co.za

Source: BuaNews


South Africa’s employment rate at a record high

The employment rate in South Africa reached a two-and-a-half year record high in March, based on the Adcorp Employment Index released on 11 April 2011.

A large number of work opportunities became available within all major sectors as total national employment increased by 5.6% last month when compared to February.

“This is definitely the very first time in approximately two-and-a-half years that each and every sector, occupations and employment types revealed positive growth,” said Adcorp’s CEO, Richard Pike.

Unquestionably the transport sector experienced the best employment growth rate with 18.3%. Mining currently employs approximately 316 000 employees, as employment increased by 11.5%.

Manufacturing presently has in excess of 1.4-million employees. Demonstrating excellent recovery coming from a recession, job opportunities within this sector expanded by almost 9.4% from February. It encountered a -3.4% decline in February when compared with January.

Additional record high employment growth rates happened to be observed in the electricity, gas and water supply industries with a combined 13.6%, and agriculture sitting at 11.8%.As much as 89 000 South Africans happen to be doing work in the former, at the same time there are now approximately 10.3-million skilled agricultural and fishery workers in the country.

The formal sector accomplished a 7.3% monthly growth, at the same time employment in the informal sector increased by 2.0%. “This stands out as the first time since January 2006 that the formal sector drew staff out of informal employment,” Pike said.

Employment within the financial sector stands at over 1.6-million plus increased by 3.8% in February. In excess of 1.6-million ply their particular trades in the wholesale and retail industry.

South Africa lost far more than a million jobs as a consequence of the economic recession that endured throughout 2009, nonetheless the March employment rate of growth is surely an signal of shift and progress.

Beneficial to New Growth Plan

This particular employment growth, despite the fact that it is not guaranteed, bodes well with the government’s campaign of lowering the country’s unemployment rate by 10% over the next 10 years. By means of its New Growth Plan, the government is determined to create five million work opportunities within the period.

The government has called on the private sector to play an even more significant function in this particular drive by creating more jobs.

All of the government spheres have already been asked to produce jobs. Adcorp’s February employment index discovered that new government jobs improved by 5.5% in the month. The expansion appeared to be mostly in municipalities and provincial government.

The national unemployment rate currently stands at 24%, after a 1.3% drop in 2010. Statistics South Africa believed that a minimum 13.1-million South Africans were found to be employed by the fourth quarter of 2010.

Short-term employment

Temporary employment showed a 3.7% growth during February. Adcorp remarked that this type of employment in conjunction with contract jobs has grown by 64.1% since 2000.

Long term work opportunities happen to be diminishing as businesses have a preference for temporary or short-term contract employees.

Adcorp maintains the fact that temporary jobs boom is in line with global general trends and “South Africans in spite of everything requires a change in way of thinking surrounding the notions of temporary and permanent employment”.

This particular development could quite possibly put a strain on a large number of South African workers, simply because it confines their participation in the economy and personal growth. Additional complications usually appear when short-term contract employees have to gain access to funding for essentials such as housing.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


Nursing opportunity for South Africa’s jobless

In an attempt to make sure that far more out of work individuals receive an opportunity to get into the employment market, the Gauteng Department of Labour, as a result of its Public Employment Service Unit, has joined up with with the Gauteng Department of Health in order to recruit applicants for nursing options available.

All those showing an interest have only one month to get their applications in. The due date is 29 April 2011, thereafter all applicants who fulfill the academic prerequisites are going to be evaluated.

The group of applicants with the most potential are going to be referred to the Gauteng Department of Health for the last selection stage of interviews.

As outlined by Mishack Magakwe, the provincial labour department’s spokesperson, the actual collaboration involving the two departments will see in excess of 800 out of work individuals signed up for a four-year nursing diploma course which will consist of theoretical and practical training in various hospitals in and around Gauteng province.

Registered out of work individuals are processed against set requirements produced by Gauteng’s Department of Health, and those that successfully pass the primary screening process will most certainly be further evaluated by Department of Labour career counsellors to ascertain their unique potential.

Assisting the jobless

The particular undertaking has been in development ever since January 2010, when the two government departments hosted their first joint meeting. The Department of Health offered its authorization to recruit individuals in April 2010.

As a result of the project’s initial good results, the Department of Labour was in fact requested to recruit for a second time with regard to 2012’s intake.

Last year’s recruitment drive saw 742 successful applicants entering the four-year nursing diploma, which began in January 2011. Students will be given a salary when participating in training.

The actual venture is designed to help unemployed individuals signed up with the Department of Labour’s database to gain access to placement opportunities.

The whole process of signing up unemployed individuals, subsequent recruitment and assessments, in addition to registration of vacancies, is provided at 26 departmental labour centres within the Gauteng region and their services and assistance is rendered free of charge.



For more information, contact Gauteng Department of Labour and Gauteng Department of Health directly



Career Guide to Nursing


Source: BuaNews, nmsu.edu, asupr.com, nurs.uark.edu


Bursaries provided to smart youngsters with unemployed parents

Vhembe District Municipality

Limpopo’s Vhembe District Municipality has recently earmarked R3.5 million for high school leavers whose parents or guardians happen to be unemployed and are not able to find the funds to send them to tertiary institutions this coming year.

The deadline day for application submissions is 12 January.

“All of us would like to make an investment in the future and potential of promising students whose families happen to be too poor to pay for the costs of their education,” explained district mayor Falaza Mdaka.

He explained that the particular bursaries would definitely take care of tuition, text books and accommodation.

“Bursaries are readily available for high school students who would like to continue thier education in civil engineering, electrical, mining or chemical engineering, auditing, financial accounting, economics or business management within the sectors of tourism and agriculture,” Mdaka explained.

In exchange for benefiting from the bursaries, successful candidates are going to be required to work for the district municipality for no less than two years.

One additional prerequisite is the fact that applicants must reside in the region and in addition their parents or guardians have to be unemployed.

Application forms can be obtained at the municipality’s head office in Thohoyandou.

Contact Details:

Email: enqueries@vhembe.gov.za
Website: http://www.vhembe.gov.za/
Telephone: +27 15 960 2000
Address: Old Parliament, Government Complex,Tusk Venda Street,Thohoyandou.

Source: BuaNews, vhembe.gov.za