An innovative programme in forestry management is not only creating jobs in some of Knysna’s most vulnerable communities, but also teaching locals about plantations and indigenous forest.
PG Bison, South Africa’s leading diversified timber company, is currently offering the programme to 28 learners, who will be given an opportunity to advance through four forestry qualification levels. They are paid a stipend during their training, and the company has committed to helping them find employment either at PG Bison or at a sub-contractor, once the learners graduate.
The learners will develop a broad skills set in theory and practice. This includes basic mathematics and communication, financial management, as well as subjects specific to forestry like weed control and tree planting. Continue reading
With a national youth unemployment rate of 34,9%, the City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate is hosting a series of career expos in the next month, bringing prospective employers to young job seekers’ doorsteps.
The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate today launched its careers expo roadshow to try and open doors for unemployed youth.
The expos are part of the City’s Transversal Youth Development Strategy, which includes personal development through life skills training, with a focus on unlocking economic opportunities.
‘Stats SA recently informed us that the national youth unemployment rate is just under 35%. There are a number of reasons for this, including lack of access to information and opportunities, young people who are simply not work-ready, and the fact that so many young people drop out of school without completing matric. We are addressing these very complicated issues on a number of fronts and the expos are about taking opportunities to our young people and opening their eyes and minds to what is out there for them if they’re prepared to work hard,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little. Continue reading
One change for DHL Stormers
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck has made one injury-enforced change to his team to face the Toyota Cheetahs at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Leolin Zas will make his starting debut for the DHL Stormers in place of Kobus van Wyk, who is sidelined with a minor ankle injury, with Huw Jones taking his place amongst the replacements.
The quicksilver 20-year-old wing earned his first DHL Stormers cap when he came off the bench in the 33-9 win against the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands last week.
Fleck would like to see his side build on their opening performance when they face a dangerous Toyota Cheetahs side on Saturday.
“It was encouraging that we finished so strong against the Vodacom Bulls, but there are still plenty of areas in which we can improve, so we want to take another step forward in Bloemfontein
MyCiTi commuters and road users should please take note of the MyCiTi route deviations and road closures to accommodate the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour that is taking place on Sunday 6 March 2016.
‘The City of Cape Town is proud to be hosting the world’s largest timed cycle race for the 39th year. On Sunday cyclists will face a challenging route of approximately 109 km around the Cape Peninsula and they will be supported by our residents along the way. As is the case with cities around the world, Cape Town is also becoming more populated and congested due to urbanisation. With the Cycle Tour taking place on our doorstep, I would like to make use of the opportunity to emphasise that cycling should be embraced not only for recreational purposes, but also as a legitimate form of transport,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member: Transport for Cape Town, Councillor Brett Herron. Continue reading
BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – A glittering collection of the world’s greatest sports stars have been nominated for the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media.
The contest for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award promises to be the hottest ever. Nominees include three-time Laureus winner Usain Bolt, tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic, triple Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi. They are joined by first time Nominees Stephen Curry, star of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and golf’s world No.1 Jordan Spieth.
After a sparkling 2015 in which she won three Grand Slams, US tennis legendSerena Williams is again nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award – her record tenth Laureus Nomination.
In another strong category, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team is nominated for the second straight year for the Laureus World Team of the Year Award, along with Rugby World Cup champions the All Blacks, Champions League winners FC Barcelona, NBA champions Golden State Warriors, the Great Britain Davis Cup Team and the US Women’s Football Team, who won their third World Cup. Continue reading
A year since the devastating South Peninsula fires in March 2015, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Volunteer Unit today took receipt of seven new fire skid units – a donation made possible by the generosity of residents and corporates who donated funds to a radio-thon spearheaded by Primedia Broadcasting in the aftermath of the fires. The volunteer unit received just over R400 000 of the funds raised and used this donation to acquire the fire skid units. Continue reading
BERLIN, March 2, 2016 – South Africa’s remarkable and versatile Paralympic athlete Pieter du Preez has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability Award, following his outstanding performances in 2015.
Du Preez won double gold medals in the time trial and road race In the H1 class at the Para-Cycling World Championships and finished the season No.1 in the world rankings. In wheelchair competition, the 35-year-old broke the 10,000 metres T51 world record and set new African records in the 200, 1,500 and 10,000 metres. He is the 2015 world No.1 at 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000 metres. Back in 2013, he famously became the first quadriplegic to complete an ironman triathlon.
He said: “It is one of the biggest honours in my life and I am extremely humbled to be nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award. I am very proud to represent not only my country, South Africa, but also quadriplegics and tetraplegics all over the world.” Continue reading