A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN STRUGGLES DUE TO DECREASED DEMAND OF COAL

A new season is welcomed by many people with joy and optimistic attitudes now that coronavirus is no longer at its peak. But for the coal business owners it is a tragic to their pockets because unlike the cold winter period, the demand of coal has now fallen dramatically.A business owner Nhlanhla Given Mavuso who’s been specialising in coal supply since 2019 in Tsakane has taken a strain due to fallen demand of coal. He described the new season as bad for his business except on rainy days because he…

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Strengthening the Steel Industry

Strengthening the Steel Industry Through Skills Development and Training Quality education and training are constituent components of the SouthAfrican steel industry. As the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic havewreaked havoc on the metals sector, in the face of a steadily increasingunemployment rate across the board, the industry must focus on stimulatinggrowth and employment opportunities. This strategy begins with pioneering work-based learning programmes toensure that youths are integrated in the steel manufacturing ecosystem. According to Neil Reddy, Business Strategy & Projects Manager at Veer SteelMills, while skills development and training has…

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Afrovation Group answers the call to nurture a small, yet capable army of women in ICT

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has – in the recent past – said that South Africa needs a “capable army” that includes women that can contribute to and benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). She added that government has realised that in order to derive an effective economic spin-off from #4IR, there is a need to build and continuously nurture these capable soldiers. This army, she believes, will not be capable enough unless there are women in it. The Afrovation Group has answered this call…

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AN ENTREPRENEUR’S DREAM MATERIALIZES IN CARPENTRY

To get where he is today was not an easy journey, however, he was determined to make a success of it and took the decision to be his own boss.A young and dedicated entrepreneur from Buhle Park in Germiston, Thamsanqa Mathenjwa, has ventured into woodwork and found his passion within that field after working several jobs. His business began in October 2019 when he wanted to do his own thing of designing and constructing unique TV stands.Working for a carpentry company enabled him to realise his passion, and later went…

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A DREAM WORTH FIGHTING FOR

A 21 years old Lebo Monama AKA Blueberry from Kingsway in Benoni, did not let her odds define her destiny as she is fighting tooth and nail, to make a difference with her clothing brand ‘Isphithiphithi.’“The name of my company is ‘ISPHITHIPHITHI WEARS’, I am selling clothing called ‘ISPHITHIPHITHI’ as a face of the business,” Says Lebo. The company also does printing and branding, it was established in 2017 when Lebo was only 17 years old and legally registered a year after she matriculated in 2018.“The business today has been…

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40% GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS FOR WOMEN

The Democratic Alliance (DA) is strongly opposed to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that 40% of Government procurement contracts will be set aside for businesses owned by women. This is not a sincere effort to empower women, but rather yet another cynical attempt by the ANC to loot the state coffers even further.South Africans must not be fooled. It is not ordinary women who will benefit from this announcement – only ANC cadres and those connected to them will get the contracts and kickbacks. The ANC does not care about women’s…

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SPAR EMPLOYEES PROTEST

The Benoni Spar employees protest (corner Tom Jones St and Lake Ave in Benoni CBD), calling for an end to their violated workplace rights.The demonstration took place on August 5, 2020, prior to the day of protest the employees had assigned the EFF party members to engage with the Spar management team on their behalf regarding their unsatisfying working conditions which failed to materialize. “The issues of the employees is that they don’t know if they are employed permanently or not, they last signed a three months contract when they…

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TymeBank’s rapid customer growth

A mere 18 months into existence and TymeBank has raked in three significant international accolades, owing to its strong value proposition to consumers.It is the same value proposition which has seen the bank consistently onboarding just over 100 000 customers each month. The bank has previously set an ambitious goal of achieving 2 million customers by the end of December 2020. As a result of the strong customer demand for TymeBank’s products and services, the bank is now likely to achieve the milestone of 2 million customers by the end…

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MORE JOBS CREATED THROUGH COOPERATIVES

Starting a cooperative with only five (5) members was not an easy task for Gladys Ngozo, but eight years later, the ‘Amazebra Dignity Pack Cooperative’ based in Etwatwa, Ekurhuleni has grown to employ over 75 women. The 59-year-old lady from Emaphupheni says in August 2012, she gathered women from her community because she saw a skills gap. She then registered her cooperative with the Gauteng Department of Social Development with a sole aim to assist with the production of dignity packs and help women in her area to generate an…

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Reducing youth unemployment in spite of global pandemic

According to statistics from Trading Economics the youth unemployment rate in South Africa – before the COVID-19 outbreak – decreased to 58.10 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 from 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. This small margin is definitely not something to be celebrated; especially considering the after-effects of this pandemic on the global economy in the first half of this year. One of the challenges faced by this country’s youth has been to secure employment after graduating as companies are always looking for candidates with…

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