Labour laws ‘balance’ needed: Gordhan

first_imgSouth Africa may only create four-million jobs by 2025 on its current growth trajectory unless it modifies some of its labour policies, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Monday. However, this would be done in the awareness of the bitter struggle fought against apartheid for human rights, decent work and decent wages, he said. 18 August 2011 According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s official unemployment rate currently stands at 25.7%. Under the expanded definition of unemployment – which refers to people of working age without work and available to start work that week, but who had not looked for work in the four weeks before the Stats SA interview – 7.67-million South Africans were unemployed. Unless such changes were made, “we will not be able to make the breakthrough we need to create jobs in South Africa,” Gordhan said. “… we are not going to lose what we have gained through hard struggles.” New Growth Path “This is not enough to make a significant dent in unemployment,” the minister told an internal auditors conference in Johannesburg.center_img Gordhan said laws might also have to be relaxed to allow young people to enter the workplace and gain skills and experience at lower wages, but not at the expense of people who already had jobs. For example, a balance needed to be found to retain the jobs of the 10 000 people working at clothing factories in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, while still allowing them to earn a reasonable wage and keeping the factories open. Factories in the area had threatened to close down and relocate to Lesotho or Botswana if they were forced to pay minimum wages. Decent work, decent wages The New Growth Path envisages the creation of five-million jobs by 2020. Gordhan suggested that South Africa might have to relax its labour laws in certain cases to grow jobs. “We may have to change the way we see the labour dispensation in South Africa,” he said. Sapalast_img read more

GMSA wins R6bn US export contract

first_img2 July 2013 General Motors South Africa (GMSA) and component manufacturer Tenneco South Africa have been awarded a R6-billion contract to export catalytic converters for GM’s next-generation V-6 engines to the United States. The converters will be manufactured at Tenneco’s clean air plant in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and will be used for vehicles sold in the US from 2015 to 2022. GMSA and Tenneco have been in partnership for over 12 years to produce catalytic converters for the US market, and current export levels are 2.6-million converters per year for use on 17% of all vehicles manufactured by General Motors around the world.‘Supporting strategic export growth’ “The decision to award this contract to South Africa is a great show of support by our parent company, as it comes ahead of a clear legislative framework by the South African government to support the strategic growth of exports,” GM Africa’s managing director, Mario Spangenberg, said in a statement last week. The programme will provide a boost for the Eastern Cape economy as it will create employment in manufacturing, supply and support services. The country’s mining sector will also benefit from the programme with a projected need for 10 tonnes of platinum group metals over the duration of the project. “Supplier operations in South Africa are competing with other operations around the globe. In order to attract business, suppliers need to be globally competitive in the critical areas of both cost and productivity,” said GM’s international operations vice- president for global purchasing, Johnny Saldanha. “A key characteristic of vehicle manufacturing is that we often have to plan as far as five years in advance for the next vehicle programmes. “Tenneco and General Motors have long and proud associations in South Africa spanning many years. We are delighted to have been selected by GM for this critically important programme,” said Tenneco country manager, Gary Keen. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Vilane shows the way to the top

first_imgAdvice from Sibusiso Vilane, “You’ve got to dream and then set out to achieve your dreams.” (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)• Sibusiso Vilane+27 83 630 3391• Antarctic team did it for children • Will Vilane make North Pole history? • South Pole adventurers return • Sibusiso Vilane’s trek to the top • SA pair for south pole recordSulaiman PhilipNothing is impossible, Sibusiso Vilane told assembled scouts when he was unveiled as the new Chief Scout of South Africa in March 2014. “You are limitless!” sounds like a call to action when you are among the greatest adventurers alive.Vilane has endured glacial temperatures and violent snow storms to become one of fewer than 150 people to climb the highest peak on all the continents. Once he had completed the Seven Summits, Sir Ranulph Fiennes goaded him into taking on a real challenge – the Goliath Challenge. Goliath, or the Three Poles Challenge, recognises adventurers who have climbed Everest and have walked unaided to the North and South poles.In 2008, along with partner Alex Harris, Vilane reached the South Pole. In April 2012, he reached the South Pole, becoming the first African, and one of only a handful of people, to accomplish the Explorers Grand Slam. As Vilane reminded the scouts: “Strive for great heights and remember that it is not about where you were born, where you live or what you become, do or have. It’s about what legacy you want to leave behind.”Sibu, as he is affectionately known, was born in what is now Mpumalanga before his mother moved with him and his sister to rural Swaziland where his income as a cow herder kept food on the table. As the sole provider he was kept out of school until he was 10; but it was not that he was older than everyone else that bothered him. “I had no shoes because there was no money, and I had one uniform. As a child my family’s poverty embarrassed me.”“There will be challenges but it’s about just being persistent and not giving up,” has been Vilane’s advice to children that he gives motivational talks to. (Image: Sibusiso Vilane)While working as a game ranger at the Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland he met former British high commissioner John Doble. Impressed by his strength and stamina, Doble suggested that Vilane join him in a climb on the Drakensberg. That expedition was in 1996.And on to EverestIn 2003, Vilane found himself at Everest base camp unsure even of how to wear his climbing harness. Physically and mentally he felt ready to face the challenge, it was just the mechanics of climbing with which he needed to get comfortable. “I was attracted to the mountain so it came down simply to getting into the mindset. Not once in the 60 days it took to reach the summit did I think that Everest was impossible.”It is a message that forms a big part of the talks Vilane gives to corporate clients and schoolchildren: with determination, hard work and perseverance there is nothing you cannot achieve. Standing above the world was, at the time, the highlight of his life. Along with a South African flag, Vilane placed a copy of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, at the summit. “Reaching the top and Mandela’s example were proof that we are capable of accomplishing anything we set our minds to. That message, that we Africans can reach great heights, was all over the world – I could have died there but I would have been the happiest man.”In Nepalese, Everest is Sagarmantha, “Goddess of the sky”. In June the temperature can drop to below -30°C, and it takes just two minutes to freeze to death. On 3 June 2005, Vilane summited Everest for the second time, this time ascending from the more difficult North Ridge. Returning to base camp alone and without water and oxygen, he came the closest to death he ever did.Resting in the howling wind, trying to catch his breath, he began to fall asleep. “The music of the devil was sounding very clear. The mountain was beckoning me to lie with her forever. She had so much energy, felt so alive, as if she was going to consume me like so many other climbers,” he wrote in his autobiography, To the Top From Nowhere.Saved by ubuntuHe was saved by Mingma, a Sherpa who had given up his opportunity to reach the summit to bring Vilane oxygen and water and guide him to safety. By saving his life, Mingma had confirmed a long held belief of Vilane’s: that working together, people can accomplish miracles.It’s an idea that inspires his charitable endeavours too, ensuring he is playing his part for others. Three children’s charities benefitted from his second Everest climb: the Birth to Twenty Research Programme at Wits University, the Africa Foundation and the SOS Children’s Village in Swaziland.Since 2006, he has been the African ambassador for Lifeline Energy www.lifelineenergy.org. He dedicated the 1 113 kilometres he trekked to the South Pole to the children of South Africa. And in May 2008, Lifeline Energy gave 300 Lifeline radios to children from the Nkomazi district, where he was born, thanks to those who sponsored his trek. “The future entirely depends on the education of children, their access to information to broaden their thinking and understanding of the ever-changing and challenging world,” he says.There have been plenty of other efforts to help others, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Caring4Girls and youth leadership development programmes, and running the Comrades Marathon in aid of the 46664 Bangle Initiative www.46664bangles.com.In his book, the adventurer talks about the lessons he learned from surviving and overcoming near-death experiences; in the end you can depend on none but your own strengths. “Nothing but myself can break me. By self-limiting, by not entertaining that the impossible does exist in my mind, as long as I believe, then nothing can break me.”Expedition bugVilane has the bug now. He has gone from a poor boy to a man who leads expeditions to the top of the world, a man who claims that boredom would overtake him if he was not climbing mountains or testing himself in the worst conditions on the planet. “I never dreamed I would be ‘the first’ to do anything in my life but now, I cannot live without an expedition. When I am not on an expedition, I am preparing for one or I am dreaming of expeditions to come. There are so many more challenges I strive to conquer.”For all his firsts, Vilane calls his 20-year marriage his finest achievement and his four children his greatest joy. One day he hopes that his children will join him on an expedition. His wife, Nomsa, while wary, would not have a problem letting her children join their father on top of the world. “When he returns you can see how much he enjoys having his family around. I see how climbing mountains have made him appreciate life so much more and to pass that gift on to our children would be a blessing.”Climbing mountains, testing yourself against nature is something that everyone should aspire to says the motivational and inspirational speaker. Testing yourself in adversity makes you a better person and can help change the world. No matter what challenge you choose for yourself, “it’s important to have the ability to persevere, despite the difficulties that lie ahead of you. It matters that you know that you are capable of anything.last_img read more

Adopting a Green Lifestyle

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img I’ve always struggled with the word “green.” I’m not quite sure what “green building” means, but most definitions include the idea of environmental responsibility.To get a better handle on environmental responsibility, it might be useful to create a list of green values or aims. Here’s my stab at creating such a list.Green values include:This list can certainly be criticized; I invite GBA readers to improve it or add to it. But this list is an attempt to describe “green” ideals.After I created this list, I thought about its implications. Here’s what I noticed: What about buildings? Anyone interested in “green building” should aim to live and work in buildings that are aligned with the values I listed above. What are the implications of this statement? Misguided “green” obsessions Advocates of green building often get sidetracked by issues that have little to do with the values I listed. Class issues Upper-income Americans may assume that a green lifestyle requires the construction of a new home that sports an Energy Star label, a LEED for Homes label, or a Passivhaus label. But this expensive endeavor is unlikely by itself to bring the homeowners in close alignment with the green values I listed. Moreover, low-income Americans are in a bind when it comes to finding green housing or choosing a job that promotes green values. In most cases, poor people don’t have many options about where they might live or what type of job to accept. Housing specifications are usually beyond their control.Like it or not, low-income families rarely purchase airline tickets or spend thousands of dollars a year on consumer goods; this lifestyle may be depressing for… last_img read more

Acaylar ‘not satisfied’ as PH sweeps Macau in tuneup

first_imgSammy Acaylar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Sammy Acaylar said he’s still far from content with the way the Philippine men’s national volleyball team performed in its straight sets win over Macau, 25-16, 25-16, 25-15, in an exhibition game Sunday in the Battle of the Rivals at Mall of Asia Arena.“I’m still not satisfied,” Acaylar said in Filipino. “What we’ve been practicing in our trainings didn’t show today. Maybe it’s because it’s our first time to play together and also the first time to play in an arena like this with the kind of crowd that we had.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress In Korea, the training sessions are about to get on another level with thrice-a-day practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while continuing their two-a-day sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays until they return home on August 4.Acaylar is confident that the national team would gain a lot in the Korea trip, noting that the lessons they would gain there will be valuable for the regional tiff.“Korea is one of the best teams in Asia. That is why I really chose that over Japan for men’s, because I want to develop more on service receive and pattern of floor defense, and especially, blocking because when it comes to men’s blocking is really the name of the game,” he said.“Also, I told my libero and my setter that every time before they go to sleep, I will really make it a point that Korean coaches will handle them because Koreans are good in setting.”Acaylar is hopeful that all the sacrifices will pay off in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,. MalaysiaADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I want to do that because I want to win and the whole Philippines is supporting us, so we really have to deliver good results.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Also, maybe it’s our culture that we know that we can beat them, our intensity goes down. But I told the coaching staff that we have to train their psychology and character of the players, that whoever our opponent is, the killer instinct must be there.”Bonjomar Castel fired seven of his nine points off kills, while Greg Dolor churned the same output to lead the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRanran Abdilla added six markers, while team captain Johnvic de Guzman and Mark Alfafara uncorked five points each as the Philippines swept its two tuneup matches against Macau, with the first happening last Friday in Imus which also resulted in a straight-sets victory.Acaylar said that the national team will now go on a twice-a-day training, practicing on mornings and afternoons, before they go to Korea on July 22 to better prepare themselves for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on August. Time for payback for Gilas vs Chinese Taipei Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: SL win toss

first_imgSri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat. But there was a little confusion and the coin was tossed for the second time. On the first occasion both skippers MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara had on the same side and referee could not hear what they had said because of the din.The second time round Kumar Sangakkara said “tails” and won.Teams:  Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara(w/c), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera, Thissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan  India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth Comments:Dhoni: Big games, you would always want to put runs on board, but we need to field well. It is important to be calm and cool. We have Sreesanth in place of Nehra. It is a good game, a pressure game and it will be good to restrict the opposition to as little as possible. Sangakkara: We would like to bat first, their side is good and they are the favourites, for us it is all about doing what we do the best. We are excited, everyone is happy to be here. We have got a few changes, we are going in with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers. Kapugedera is in, Perera and Kulasekara are in. MS Dhoni in tournament finals: Played 8, won 4 and lost 4. The Indians have won the 2007 T20 World Cup, the CB series in Australia in 2008, Compaq Cup in 2008 and Asia Cup 2010 under him. They have lost the Kitply Cup that involved Bangladesh and Pakistan, Asia Cup 2008, the tri series in Sri Lanka 2008 and the Bangladesh tri series in 2010.  Pitch report: The red soil will assist some turn as the game goes forward. The wicket is evenly rolled, not much grass on the wicket. Some movement early on for the quick bowlers due to the moisture in the wicket, but it is still a win the toss bat first wicket feels Sourav Ganguly. advertisementWeather report: Max temp: 33 deg. Humidity 69% It will be hot and humid, no rain whatsoever!last_img read more