Police Minister to engage Zandspruit community

GAUTENG - Following the gruesome murder of six people killed allegedly in an act of mob justice, Minister of Police General Bheki Cele will today address the Zandspruit community .

During his visit, Minister Cele together with Community Safety MEC, Faith Mazibuko will engage the Zandspruit community leadership structures and discuss some of the policing concerns in an effort to amongst other things, ensure residents don’t resort to acts of vigilantism.

The closed meeting will take place at the Emthonjeni Community Hall.

Shoprite offers bursaries for Retail Business Management and Pharmacy students

The Shoprite Group has opened bursary applications for Retail Business Management and Pharmacy students for the 2022 academic year. 

Registered university students with a 65% aggregate or higher are encouraged to apply via the Group’s Bursary and Graduate Opportunities page before 30 June 2021.

Upon successful graduation, Retail Business Management and Pharmacy students will have guaranteed jobs at Africa’s largest retailer, with strong career growth prospects.

Retail Business Management

A bursary in Retail Business Management is a particularly strong offering for ambitious students looking to advance their careers. The Group is constantly opening new supermarkets across its Checkers, Shoprite & Usave brands, and this presents hard-working graduates with plenty of opportunities to move through the ranks to ultimately become Branch and/or Regional Managers. 

Maphindela Sabela, a Retail Business Management graduate from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is currently a Trainee Manager at Checkers Jukskei Park. 

“With the Shoprite bursary, I was able to pay for all necessities. The cherry on top has been the work-back agreement which guaranteed me a job upon graduation,” Sabela says.


The Group’s pharmacy division also offers promising career paths to motivated students. 

Upon graduation, Pharmacy graduates join the Group as interns for a year. This is followed by 12 months of community service, whereafter graduates return to Medirite as fully qualified pharmacists.

In the 2020 academic year, the Group spent R17.3m on its bursary programme and supported 271 students, including 191 from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, of which 150 students are females.

President Ramaphosa to address the National Assembly

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa will use his reply to questions in the National Assembly, to provide an update on progress with the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The President will outline details of the country’s vaccination programme following the resumption of the vaccination of health workers, in the same week as the first batch of Pfizer vaccines arrived in the country. Over 325 000 Pfizer doses arrived in the country on Sunday evening.

President Ramaphosa is due to respond to questions in the National Assembly on Thursday.

Following this initial delivery of the Pfizer vaccines, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, at the weekend said government was expecting approximately the same number of doses to arrive on a weekly basis to a total of over 1.3 million doses by the end of May.

Thereafter the vaccine supply will increase to an average of 636 480 per week from 31 May, which will see the country accumulating close to 4.5 million doses by the end of June. 

The President generally answers questions for oral reply in the National Assembly once every quarter.

“He will also report on South Africa’s contribution to regional and continental efforts to address the security situation in Mozambique,” said the Presidency in an advisory.

The President will also use the occasion to update the nation on the progress of the economic recovery plan and efforts to curb gender-based violence. 

He will also deal with progress in the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, including recent announcements on the expansion of the country’s energy generation capacity, the work of Operation Vulindlela and the successful first phase of Presidential Employment Stimulus.

President Ramaphosa will also address challenges in the implementation of the National Strategic Plan on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), which was launched just over a year ago. – SAnews.gov.za

Job creation initiatives yield results

According to acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, the Presidential Employment Stimulus that was launched in October 2020, to respond to the economic impact of COVID-19 created or retained 360 010 jobs by the end of February 2021, mostly for unemployed youth.

A number of government interventions to stimulate the participation of more South Africans in the economy, particularly young people, are starting to yield results.

“Over 300 000 of these opportunities came from placing young people as assistants in schools across the country, through the Basic Education Employment Initiative. These school assistants have played an important role in strengthening the learning environment at schools during a difficult time,” the Minister said on Thursday.

Addressing the media on the outcomes of a Cabinet meeting that was held on Wednesday, Ntshavheni noted a number of monthly reports on the performance of various sectors of the economy that have been released by Statistics SA.

“Although some sectors continue to battle with the recovery, the resilience of the agriculture, manufacturing and mining industries continues to inspire confidence in the recovery of the South African economy.

“Cabinet is pleased that the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is making noticeable impact in South Africa’s recovery,” the Minister said.

In addition, Cabinet welcomed the 2021 Annual Front Office Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Omnibus Survey, which ranked South Africa first in the world as a destination for BPO.

The survey extended to over 600 executives from eight key sourcing markets, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom (UK) and the USA.

“This affirms the proactive work of government and the sector in building the country’s BPO capacity, with a strong growth in call centres, technical support and back and front office services for major multinational and South African firms.

“The country’s sophisticated digital infrastructure, skilled workforce, knowledge in technology and financial services, and proficiency in English, continue to make it an attractive destination for BPO,” Ntshavheni said.

Infrastructure development

Cabinet acknowledges the progress made in enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of the Port of Durban, that has resulted in a significant reduction of congestion and improved turnaround times.

“Improving the performance of South Africa’s ports, particularly the Port of Durban, is central to government’s objective of maintaining South Africa’s position amongst the largest and most efficient trading ports and strengthen our position as the gateway for the region and the continent,” Ntshavheni said.

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa, visited the port to assess progress with port infrastructure improvement following his meeting with port users and stakeholders in October 2019.

“Cabinet also welcomed the report from an oversight visit to the Saldanha Bay Harbour in the Western Cape by Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille –  along with Deputy Minister Noxolo Kiviet and Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Head of Investment and Infrastructure in The Presidency – on Tuesday, 6 April 2021,” the Minister said.

The Small Harbours Repairs and Maintenance Programme, which is a Strategic Integrated Project as part of the Infrastructure Investment Plan approved by Cabinet in May 2020, is currently 77% complete.

It has created a total of 611 job opportunities and various local small, medium and micro enterprise businesses have benefited to the value of R55 million. The project is expected to be completed in March 2022. –SAnews.gov.za

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