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first_imgProjects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities. (Image: GetOn Skills Development Centre)Unemployment is one of the major ills plaguing South Africa. This is partly the result of a lack of skills among the working age population, those who can actively contribute to the country’s economy.This prompted GetOn Skills Development to take action and provide skill-specific and market-related training to ambitious and promising young individuals in Pretoria West and its surrounding areas.The organisation gives young people a chance to realise their potential. Yet it also aims to develop its protégées socially and emotionally in order for them to lead happy and productive lives as independent and self-supporting adults.South Africa’s unemployment rate sits at 25.5% among the working age population, according to data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) for the third quarter of 2015, the latest available data. This shockingly high figure highlights the need for more measures to be taken to empower unemployed citizens.The unemployment rate has risen steadily in recent years, posing a potent threat to the wellbeing of the country as a whole, with individuals living in rural and informal settlements bearing the brunt.This makes creating jobs a key challenge that has to be addressed, with a firm eye trained on alleviating the pressure on youth. It also ties in neatly with the aims of the National Development Plan, which sets out to achieve a crucial reduction in the unemployment rate from 25% to 6% by the year 2030.“Why this is so real for me is because on a monthly basis we get new students coming in to GetOn and I see a lot of these students shrinking with the burdens and a lot of stress,” said Brenton Cryer, the general manager of the GetOn Skills Development Centre.“When I look at them I smile because I know that after a few weeks they’re standing up tall, confident and ready to take on the world, and that’s really where I see GetOn making a lot of change in people’s lives, through the life skills [we provide].”PARTNERS FOR CHANGEThe GetOn Skills Development Centre was set up by the GetOn Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organisation working to empower developing countries and close the gap between them and their developed counterparts.Projects developed by the GetOn Foundation are created with the intention for them to become self-sustaining and to enrich their targeted communities.The organisation is partnered with a number of groups whose goals are aligned with its goals, such as Learn to Earn and the Mr Price Foundation, both aimed at developing youth from disenfranchised communities and helping them to break into the job market.“It was a challenging time in my life when I came here [to GetOn]” says former GetOn trainee Thabo Mokhonoana. “I was unemployed and discouraged at not knowing which direction I should take in my life.“I’m glad that when I came here GetOn opened its arms to me and it embraced me like a son. I’m glad to say that today I’m working. It has been six months that I have been working and I have seen a lot of progress in my life financially.”Like many of the GetOn graduates, Mokhonoana aspires to open his own business at some point in the near future and make full use of the skills he has acquired.“I’d love to open my own business because GetOn gives us skills so we can start businesses. It doesn’t just give us skills so that we can work for people, but it gives us skills so that we can be empowered to go out there and make a difference.”GETON AND GET INVOLVEDGetOn offers a number of options to those looking to contribute to bringing about the change the organisation is working towards.These options include campaigning for the organisation, raising funds, donations to ensure the longevity of the programme as well as getting directly involved in the day-to-day happenings at the GetOn centre.For more information on how you can get involved, visit GetOn’s get involved page.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_img26 June 2014 US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is set to partner with South Africa’s North-West University in preclinical research, a key field in the development of new drugs, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the company and the university this week. According to a joint statement, the partnership could include the use of Pfizer’s genetically modified animal models for testing the safety and efficacy of a range of new drugs, including treatments for cancer, heart disease and immune system disorders. Joint research projects will be conducted at North-West University’s (NWU’s) Preclinical Drug Development Platform, a state-of-the-art facility with a permanent staff of 14 scientists that functions as a national study platform, supplying researchers across South Africa with the infrastructure for preclinical studies. The facility was established, and is largely financed, by the Department of Science and Technology in order to enable a faster, more efficient drug discovery process in the country. The memorandum of understanding was signed by the facility’s director, Anne Grobler, and Pfizer’s Gabriela Cezar, at Pfizer’s R&D site in La Jolla, California on Monday. Mikael Dolsten, president of worldwide research and development at Pfizer, said the company hoped the partnership would produce scientific and medical advances for patients in South Africa and beyond, adding: “We salute the South African government for fostering an environment that encourages and rewards investments in innovative research.” Grobler said NWU was “enthusiastic about the milestones we may be able to reach in the areas of infectious and chronic diseases that are so relevant to our South African society”. Mmboneni Muofhe, deputy director-general of technology innovation in the Department of Science and Technology, said the development of South Africa’s pharmaceutical sector was a key component of the government’s national bio-economy strategy, “so we are delighted to witness the very first step in this new partnership”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#gaming#Kickstarter 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App nick statt Ouya, the $99 Android game console that racked up more than $8.5 million in Kickstarter funding last August, will finally begin shipping to backers next month. The big date: March 28, according to CEO Julie Uhrman in a Kickstarter update this morning. A full launch in retail stores is still set for June.(See also: From Kickstarter to Target: Indie Ouya Gets Major Retail Partners)Uhrman acknowledged up front that units will ship in staggered fashion over a number of weeks, given that production is still ramping up and the company has a large number of orders to fill. She did tell the project’s backers to expect a tracking number with an arrival estimate via email.Ouya’s Confirmed GamesUhrman also announced a string of confirmed games for the console, expanding on a once-ambiguous set of titles that had many skeptical that Ouya could live up to its goal of revolutionizing the game industry.(See also: Can Ouya Challenge Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo?)Newly announced games include an exclusive title from Kim Swift (of Portal and Left 4 Dead fame) and Airtight Games, a port of developer Minority Media’s Papa & Yo, The Ball from Tripwire Interactive (maker of The Killing Floor), and a console version of the PC role-playing title ChronoBlade.Uhmran also announced the winners of Ouya’s 10-day game jam contest, co-sponsored with Kill Screen:CREATE Grand Prize: Strange Happenings on Murder Island (Free Lives)Most Surprising: Television (Laboratory Games LLC)Four Bright Buttons and Two Sticks: Bombball (E McNeill)Most Immersive: Whispering Willows (Night Light Interactive)Pop Your Eyes Out: Pipnis (Santa Ragione)Best Couch with Friends Games: 2D Cube Zombie Platformer (Molinware)Best Game Created Using Unity Engine: Stikbold (Team Stikbold)Ouya, of course, still has a long way to go before it becomes a console gamers can rely on. Uhrman is quite aware of all that:You will also get to watch Ouya evolve over the coming weeks and months. We’ll continue to add new features, refine our user experience, and bring on more games. As always, we appreciate your feedback (and apply it), so keep it coming.last_img read more

first_imgThe crisis within the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) government in Nagaland has further deepened with Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu sacking 10 of his parliamentary secretaries following a demand for his removal, an official said on July 9, 2017.The development comes as former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang on July 8, 2017 wrote to Governor P.B. Acharya and staked claim to form a new government. He claimed he has the support of 33 NPF legislators and seven Independent legislators. In the wake of the demand for his removal, Mr. Liezietsu, who is also the NPF chief, terminated four NPF legislators and six Independent legislators, as parliamentary secretaries.The Nagaland government issued notifications terminating the appointment of Mr. Zeliang as Advisor (Finance) and Mr. Nuklotoshi as Advisor to Chief Minister.Apart from sacking the legislators, the NPF Disciplinary Action Committee which met on July 8, 2017 also suspended 10 legislators as primary and active members of the party.Those suspended include Home Minister Yanthungo Patton, Power Minister Kipili Sangtam, National Highway and Political Affairs Minister G. Kaito Aye, Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen, besides, Shetoyi, Nuklutoshi, Deo Nukhu, Naiba Konyak, Benjongliba and Mr. Zeliang. Mr. Zeliang along with 41 legislators are camping at Borgos resort in Kaziranga National Park in Assam to discuss the transition of power. “All 41 of us are intact and we are waiting only for Governor Acharya to invite Zeliang to form the government,” Forest and Environment Minister Imkong L. Imchen told IANS.“We don’t care about (suspension from the party) it because those people who have signed the suspension order do not have the grassroots support,” Mr. Imchen said, while refusing to divulge further.Governor Acharya is in Maharashtra and he is expected to return to Nagaland in a few days.The fresh political instability has come at a time when Mr. Liezietsu is gearing up for the July 29 byelection from the Northern Angami-I assembly constituency. Mr. Liezietsu has however voiced confidence that the crisis within the NPF would be resolved at the earliest.Mr. Liezietsu was sworn in as Chief Minister on February 22, 2017 after Mr. Zeliang’s resignation following a violent protest by tribal groups who were opposed to his move to hold civic polls with 33% reservation for women.The Chief Minister said that he was deeply pained by the recent disturbing developments affecting the normal functioning of the government.“The current issue is within the NPF party and will be resolved at the earliest to bring about normalcy in the state. The mandate of the people will be respected and the present crisis will be resolved in the larger interest of the people of the state,” Mr. Liezietsu stated.Noting that the NPF-led government will complete its full term, the beleaguered Chief Minister appealed to the people of the state to remain calm.In his letter to the Governor, Mr. Zeliang said “The legislators also urged the present Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who is a non-legislator, to resign and pave way for me (Mr. Zeliang) to take over as the Chief Minister.”Claiming support of 34 (including himself) out of the 47 NPF legislators, he also told Mr. Acharya that seven Independent legislators have also affirmed their support in his favour.The legislators wanted him to continue as leader of NPF legislature party and also authorised him to stake claim to form a new NPF-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland government.In the truncated 59-member Assembly, the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland coalition government comprises 47 NPF legislators, four BJP and eight Independents. The NPF MLAs include the 10 suspended legislators.Interestingly, Mr. Zeliang has even warmed up to his once bitter rival Neiphiu Rio, a three-time Nagaland Chief Minister. Mr. Rio, the lone Lok Sabha member from Nagaland, was suspended a couple of years back for “anti-party activities”, particularly against Mr. Zeliang.last_img read more