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Africa is on the rise

CHARMEL PAYET IN ORDER to grow the African economy, emerging entrepreneurs which include the youth, need to be creators of jobs instead of job seekers. This was the focus of the 18th annual African Renaissance Festival which was successfully hosted in eThekwini Municipality in May. A number of events were held as part of the Festival including an Africa Day concert, a two-day conference and a fundraising banquet dinner. The theme of the conference, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, was ?Entrepreneurs of Africa.? Delegates from across the globe engaged in robust discussion on entrepreneur development and innovation. At the banquet dinner on 23 May, Minister in the Presidency Jeffrey Radebe told guests that policies should be frontloaded to benefit the African youth in preparation for Africa?s bright future. ?Africa is rapidly urbanising and is perfectly located and capable to embark on modern urbanisation projects that will cater for specific needs in electricity, urban transport, waste management and human settlements,? he said. Delivering the welcome address, Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala said the conference was a platform to discuss ways of enhancing the social economic agenda of the continent. ?It is through platforms like these that Africa will rise again and rebuild the confidence of its sons and daughters. It is important that economic opportunities in our country and continent are identified by us to encourage the spirit of innovative entrepreneurship.? She said the informal trade sector should not be discounted as small businesses were vital to the economy. ?Recent figures show an annual injection of over R7 billion into the City?s economy through the informal trade sector alone,? Shabalala added. Delivering a keynote address at the conference, Education Minister Angie Motshekga said despite the challenges facing the continent, Africa is rising. She said success has also been made in South Africa particularly with equipping learners for the digital world of business. ?In 2016, 2 892 schools will be connected to the internet and will receive training and ICT devices to support teaching, learning and e-Administration,? she said. The first day of the conference saw speakers talking on a range of issues including instilling a culture of entrepreneurship as well as creating a conducive environment to ensure entrepreneurs rise up. This included presentations on climbing the corporate ladder, growing entrepreneurs to meet the country?s needs and unleashing Africa?s creative economy. There were also presentations on how to shape our education system to create entrepreneurs and a possible school entrepreneurship Pictured are guests of honour at the opening of the 18th annual African Renaissance Festival which was held in Durban in May. Part of the Festival was a two-day conference focusing on creating entrepreneurs in Africa. programme. The second day of the conference focused on success stories of local entrepreneurs. A session was dedicated to opportunities available to youth to study abroad through different embassies as well as international exchange opportunities.

Durban to host Athletics African Championships

SIMPHIWE DLAMINI REMEDIAL work to resurface Kings Park Athletics Stadium track is currently underway to ensure that the stadium is ready to stage the 20th Confederation African Athletics Track and Field Senior Championships. The championships are scheduled to take place from 22 to 26 June 2016 in Durban. Africa?s biggest athletics meeting will see over 822 top athletes from 52 African countries converge in Durban from 15 June 2016. The athletes will have high hopes of making the best Contractors are hard at work to ensure that the Kings Park Athletics Stadium track is ready. qualifying times for the 2016 Rio Olympics Games. The President of Athletics South Africa Aleck Sikhosana said the Confederation of African Athletics took a


decision in 2014 that the championships will be hosted in Durban because of its weather and world class infrastructure. ?On behalf of Athletics South Africa and the Confederation of African Athletics we want to commend the City of Durban for acting swiftly in preparing the track for the championships,? said Sikhosana. The Acting Deputy Head of Sport Development and Recreation Department Sandra Khathi said the City will pull out all stops to ensure the championships are a huge success.

Applications now open for Artisan Training Programme

PRINCESS NKABANE THE Artisan Development Programme, which will see eThekwini Municipality facilitate training for 10 000 youth artisans over three years, is now open to receive applications. The City is offering training opportunities to individuals with a genuine interest in pursuing a career to qualify as an artisan in any of the following trades: Electrical, Motor Mechanic, Diesel Mechanic, Welding, Airconditioning/Refrigeration, Boilermaking, Millrights, Fitting and Turning, Plumbing, Carpentry and Bricklayering. The criteria states that applicants must not be older than 35 years old, must be residents of eThekwini and must be unemployed. The project is also in line with the City?s Employment Equity Strategy with 60 percent of the intake being women. The estimated total cost of the project is R742.1 million which includes tuition fees, monthly stipends, material and project management. City Manager Sibusiso Sithole said they wanted people who would be diligent and committed to their studies to apply. ?Candidates will be required to complete an apprenticeship programme

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as per the specified and regulated criteria of the applicable SETA and the National Artisan Moderating Body,? he said. The programme will involve practical training on-site and attendance at a training institution to obtain the theory component. At the end of the programme the apprentice will undergo a formal trade test to qualify as an Artisan in the relevant trade. Applicants are required to complete the eThekwini Municipal application form indicating the name of position applied for. See advertisement on page 13 for more information.

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