Monthly Archives: August 2017

Environmental Affairs concludes AFRIMAB Southern Africa Sub-Regional Workshop

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has today, 29 August 2017, concluded a two day African Network of Man and Biosphere Reserves (AfriMAB) sub regional workshop, in Saldanha Bay, Cape Town.South Africa was elected for the second time to coord…

Women artisans, apprentices saluted

Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has saluted women artisans and apprentices for venturing beyond social stereotypes and debunking the myth that certain skills and occupations are the preserves of men.

Minister Nzimande paid tribute to women artisans and apprentices during a ceremony held on Tuesday at Ekurhuleni West Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College to honour women in artisanship.

In his address, Minister Nzimande said women artisans and apprentices must be empowered economically so that they can win the war against poverty.

Income inequality based on gender bias also needs to be confronted and reversed wherever it shows its ugly head. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, the Minister said.

He said providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

The Minister also acknowledged that the numbers of females registered for artisanal trades are still low at below 25% for the 2015/16 financial year.

He said the department will continue with the Decade of the Artisan Programme, which is the department’s artisan advocacy programme aimed to showcase young women that it is cool to be a woman artisan.

The National Development Plan directs us to produce 30 000 artisans per annum by 2030, we will endeavour to encourage women, especially young women to join artisanal trades, if we are to succeed in our fight against poverty, unemployment and inequality. �

Source: South Africa Government News Agency

South Africa deplores the launch of ballistic missile by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea over Japan territory

The South African Government deplores the latest launch of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over the territory of Japan, which again violates the obligations of the DPRK under various UN Security Council resolutio…


DURBAN, Five robbery suspects and a bystander have been killed during a shootout with police at two scenes in Durban Monday as a group of armed men robbed a cash-in-transit vehicle, the police say. One other suspect is in critical condition in hospital…