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May 2003

8 May 2003
Media advisory: President Mbeki at launch of higher education working group (6 May, 15:00-17:00)
Having addressed the Africa Regional Disability Consultative Conference (Tuesday, 6 May, 11:00) at the Sandton Convention Centre, President Thabo Mkeki will later today, Tuesday, 6 May (15:00-17:00), participate in the launch of the Higher Education Working Group at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Click here for more details

12 May 2003
Growth and development summit preparations
Preparations for the Growth and Development Summit scheduled for the 7th of June in Midrand are on track, according to Labour Director-General, Rams Ramashia. Ramashia, who is also Convenor of the Government caucus, has confirmed that four task teams have been set-up, each focusing on one of the four agreed themes, namely; Investment, Employment, Skills and Equity, and Local Action. Click here for more details

12 May 2003
Regulations banning the use of thin plastic bags for thicker, recyclable bags come into effect today
mplementation of the regulations marks a victory for environmental protection, will lead to lowered food prices, and will encourage re-use, reduction and recycling of plastic carrier bagsRegulations introducing the use of thick and recyclable plastic bags and replacing thin plastic bags came into effect today, a move that marks a victory for waste management efforts in the country. Click here for more details

20 May 2003
Prof. K. Asmal launches FET colleges:
The Further Education and Training college sector has, for a long time, been the Cinderella of our education system. In the post-Apartheid democratic South Africa of the twenty-first century, this cannot continue to be the case. Click here to view

20 May 2003
SA marks the World Day for Safety and Health at work, 19 May 2003:
Tens of thousands of workers and employers from Lima to London and Bangkok to Brazil commemorated World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, drawing attention to work-related accidents and illnesses that annually take some 2 million lives and cost the global economy an estimated US$1.25 thousand billion ($1.25 trillion), according to the International Labour Office (ILO). Click here to view

20 May 2003
Clicks Learnership Successes - 2002/2003
When the learnership programme started in 2003, our organization was faced with quite a few challenges. These included the implementation of NQF aligned material with the goal being a registered qualification, structured training within a learning academy and the challenge of this being a pilot. Click here to view.

21 May 2003
Press statement on Paia indaba
Democracy, which is commonly understood to mean 'government of the people, by the people and for the people', cannot be adequately manifested if the people on whose behalf governments are instituted cannot participate meaningfully in matters of governance. This necessary participation cannot materialise without the people having adequate access to information pertaining to matters of governance. Click here to view.

21 May 2003
Sectoral determinations are to improve living conditions of vulnerable workers
The Minister of Labour, Membathisi Mdladlana, has issued a strong warning to employers who are firing or retrenching domestic and farm workers because of advent of sectoral determinations in those sectors. Click here to view.

21 May 2003
Keynote address by the Minister of Education, Professor Kader Asmal, MP, at the launch of the Readathon 2003
I want to start by thanking READ for inviting me to address you on this special occasion. Today we have gathered here to 'Spread the Word' about the READATHON 2003 campaign, and this is a wonderful opportunity for us to remember and remind fellow South Africans that literacy is an important priority of government. The READATHON 2003 theme, 'Spread the Word' strengthens the message that literacy skills are fundamental building blocks for lifelong learning, for personal and social development, and for building a successful nation. Click here to view.

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