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News - February 2015


BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has delivered on the commitment of working towards eradicating the inhumane and humiliating bucket system that is still in use in some areas of the City. On Tuesday (January 24, 2015) the NMBM officially launched a R500 million bucket eradication programme in Despatch, Khayamnandi. The Municipality's Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate led by Portfolio Chairman, Councillor Andile Mfunda braved the rainy weather to launch the programme that will see about 4500 beneficiaries who were using a bucket system getting flushed toilets.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete and NMBM Executive Mayor Benson Fihla officially cut the ribbon at one of the newly built ablution facilities (toilets) to mark the start of a programme that will bring dignity to thousands of people across the City.  Speaking at the launch a visibly impressed Deputy Minister Tshwete said , “I am satisfied to see that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is doing everything possible to rectify the legacy of the apartheid regime. We cannot dismiss the fact that the Municipality has a backlog. However, the ANC lead government is dealing with that and this is one of its initiatives. As a department we commit support the NMBM in all its endevours. Sanitation is dignity, we are really please with the progress that has been made".
Deputy Minister Tshwete made a plea to the people of Despatch to protect the ablution facilities that they have received.  "We will be spending resources on these facilities, once we are done we want to move to other areas that are as desperate as this one. We do not want to be forced to come and re-do what we have already done here because of vandalism," said Deputy Minister Tshwete.
NMBM Executive Mayor said: "The time of promises is over. It is now time to deliver and change people's lives for the better. Our people have suffered too much under the inhumane conditions of the past regime. Only the ANC led government can restore their dignity. This is why we are here today, launching this important programme".
However, this programme entails a three-pronged approach that will in total cost approximately R500 million over three to four years.
The first phase is a communal ablution facility phase that will be erected in densely populated informal settlements.
The next phase is the construction of house slabs, with a closed flushing ablution facility, while the beneficiary is waiting for the housing subsidy to be approved.
The last phase will be a complete house with running water and a working ablution facility. All these phases are expected to run concurrently, depending on the feasibility.
One of the beneficiaries, Thembisa Rayi could not hold her excitement. "I am over the moon. We have been using the buckets with all its risks and unhygienic conditions. Thank you to our government, they have delivered on their promise. As the community we hope that the programme will spread to other areas".

At the launch, the Municipality unveiled the house slab, with a closed flushing ablution facility phase. The beneficiaries will use the closed flushing ablution facility while they wait for a housing top structure to be approved. Once the top structure is approved, the construction will be done around the already existing closed flushing ablution facility.
Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki at (041) 5061539/0713813779

 February 25, 2015
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BY Coega Development Corporation

THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) today released the latest projected job creation targets for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015).

“The CDC is well on its way to reaching its job creation target, and by mid-February we stood at 95%.  This represents around 13 804 jobs created for the South African economy between March 2014 to February 2015 on our set annual target of 14 588,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications.

Dr Vilakazi said that by diversifying its product offering and expanding its role from operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to an implementation agent for national and provincial government on infrastructure development programmes, CDC was able to ensure that its job creation targets were met, thus contributing towards reducing the unemployment rate in the EC province and country as a whole.  This achievement has been well received by all stakeholders including the community of the Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape at large.

“For our new financial year which starts next month, we have set an annual target of 20 198 jobs and we also plan to provide training and skills development to around 6 000 individuals.”

Dr Vilakazi said CDC has 35% SMME participation target in all the service contracts it awards as the participation of emerging businesses is important to ensure development and transformation in the province.

 February 20, 2015
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BY Inkanyezi Events

The country's largest Career Guidance Initiative - The Working World Exhibition will be hosted
by business at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from March 4-6 to boost the job prospects of 2015 matriculants.

The Working World Exhibition, now in its 16th year, will be hosted with the participation of big business and leading educational institutions including Coega, Vodacom,  Access Management VWSA, Old Mutual , SAASTA and the NMMU.

Organised by Inkanyezi Events, in partnership with the Department of Education and the business community,  the collective provides World-class Career Guidance Textbooks, personal career guidance counselling and career DVD resources  to 20 000 Grade 12 learners, for free.

Over the past 16 years Inkanyezi has interacted directly with over 240 000 grade 12s.

While the Textbooks, compiled by Inkanyezi, The Department Of Labour, The Department of Education and the NMMU are distributed to Grade 12's at the beginning of the year, the initiative culminates with an exhibition attended by up to 100 exhibiting institutions, including corporates and 15 000 matrics.

“Big business will be putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to the urgent need for career guidance at the 16th edition of South Africa’s most comprehensive career initiative, the Working World Exhibition’’, said Inkanyezi CEO Andrew Binning.
“With more and more matric exemptions being achieved each year and the business sector demanding skilled employees, matrics and their families need to think very carefully about their plans after school,” Binning said.
 “The key issue for any school-leaver is to gain meaningful employment after training. While increasing numbers of learners are gaining access to University, employers are requiring specialised or technical skills.
“The fear is that school leavers do general degrees with little specialisation rather than skills training, as an example, that would make them far more employable and competitive in the labour market,” Binning said.
Coega,  Vodacom, Old Mutual,  The Department of Education, Volkswagen South Africa, Access Management, SAASTA and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will be playing an active role in the event in order to match the skills of job market entrants with the needs of employers.

The exhibition exposes Grade 12 learners to career and study fields across a broad range of sectors, represented by an estimated 100 exhibitors, Binning said,
 “The entire initiative is about opening channels, new thinking and possibilities for school-leavers and connecting them with industry driven information that enables them to plan a successful entry into the world of work.”
“There are many sectors in the economy that promise work opportunity, while others remain constrained as the economy moves slowly out of crisis.  Understanding where the opportunity lays and how to match that with a passion, is key to job creation and economic growth,’’ Binning said.
“Although there are large numbers of unemployed young people and a constantly growing labour supply, many enterprises struggle to fill open positions, Binning said.
 “According to an article published in The Economist in 2012, in South Africa 3 million young people are not in education, training or employment, we have 600 000 unemployed university graduates but  800 000 job vacancies. This clearly shows that there are massive skills mismatches.  Partly as a result of that and a slowly growing economy South Africa has the third highest number of unemployed out-of-school youth in the world.

"Stats SA has confirmed that the level of education attainment for the youth (aged 15 to 34) has improved between 2008–2014, but their labour market prospects had in fact deteriorated," Binning said.
The exhibition is open from 8.30am to 3pm on each day. Entry is free.  An estimated 15000 Grade 12 learners will be attending and the exhibition is open to the public. Parents are encouraged to come along with their children in order to gain as much as possible from the exhibition. A customised leadership seminar, for the learner leadership bodies of schools will take place on March 5 and a Subject Choice information Workshop for Grade 9’s and their parents will be held on March 3 from 4pm-6pm, organisers confirmed,
“The prefects seminar, supported by Coega, is aimed at providing the region’s young leaders with resources and insight to make a profound contribution to society”, said Inkanyezi Project Director Wellington Jansen.

The young leaders will also have the opportunity of engaging with the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Commerce’s top 40 under 40 business leaders.
For more information please contact Wellington Jansen, from Inkanyezi Events:041 363 0310 or

 February 19, 2015
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