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Sabre celebrates ten years of growth in Nigeria

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Deputy President: Proposed skills plan supports growth, job creation

Cape Town � Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the newly proposed National Skills Development Strategy addresses national government priorities, as it supports economic growth and job creation.

The Deputy President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

He said the skills strategy, which is currently being discussed at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), is scheduled to be implemented on 1 April 2020, once the process of consultation has been concluded and the relevant legislative framework has been finalised.

The proposed new National Skills Development Strategy focuses on occupation that supports growth, encourages employment creation and encourages social development.

This will allow for a development of a range of programmes and will not be restricted to scarce skills to ensure that these programmes reach a large number of people, which in the end will enable them to have access to employment and be able to embark on self-employment opportunities.

This skills plan is aligned with many others – the National Development Plan (NDP), the White Paper of Post School Education and Training and other key documents of government that have set out important strategies and priorities for development, with an emphasis on inclusive growth as well as employment creation, he said.

The Deputy President was responding to a question by ANC Member of Parliament, Cornelia September, who had asked how the new skills strategy addressed national priorities, and what lessons were drawn from the previous strategy and if it influenced the content of the new strategy.

Lessons that have been learnt from the current strategy include the need to strengthen governance. The proposed plan seeks to establish credible systems for skills planning as well.

The success of this strategy and all other programmes aimed at building our human capital will be judged by the extent to which our young people, who are the key beneficiaries of this, will gain the skills necessary to participate meaningfully in the labour market of our country, the Deputy President said.

He said one of the most critical mandates of the Department of Higher Education and Training was to ensure that the skills development systems and all supporting institutions are properly aligned to respond not only to national priorities but to the wide range of needs inherent to the developmental state project that needs to happen in the country.

The proposed National Skills Development Strategy specifically emphasises the need to address all these challenges that have emerged from the current strategy including, but not limited to, the production of artisans, as envisaged in the NDP and the placement of learners and graduates in the workplace.

The role of the National Skills Authority will be restructured according to this plan and refocused with its function concentrated specifically on the monitoring and evaluation of our skills development system, he said.

Source: South African Government News Agency

Remarks by President Jacob Zuma during the South Africa-Tanzania Business Forum Meeting held during State Visit and SA-Tanzania BNC

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MEC Alan Winde on inaugural ride of Cross Cape cycle route

Cross Cape cycle route to attract thousands of tourists to rural towns across the Western Cape

The Cross Cape cycle route, which travels through some of the most scenic small towns across the Western Cape, is expected to deliver a significant economic impact to the province’s rural economy.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, is this week leading the inaugural ride of the Cross Cape route � from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch.

Minister Winde outlined the province’s cycling initiatives at a media event in Stellenbosch today (11 May 2017), ahead of the inaugural ride which kicks off tomorrow (12 May 2017) at 8am at Mellville’s Corner Shopping Mall in Plettenberg Bay.

An initiative of the Western Cape Government, the route is supported by Wesgro, our economic agency responsible for tourism marketing, municipalities and tourism offices across the province, as well as the private sector.

At the media launch this morning, Minister Winde said the 742km route would drive tourists to towns across the province, creating jobs and growth along its length.

The route starts in Plett, and there will be a permanent marker to indicate the starting point in that town. From here, you travel along mainly gravel roads and forest tracks through Knysna, Rheenendal and George.

The route then crosses over the Montague Pass into the spectacular Klein Karoo, touching Herold, Oudsthoorn, Calitzdorp and Van Wyksdorp, before heading back into Riversdale, Suurbraak and Swellendam. The last leg takes riders through Riviersonderend, Greyton and into Stellenbosch.

Rural villages along the route now form part of the Cross Cape, a cycling attraction marketed to tourists across the world.

Cross Cape is an initiative under Project Khulisa, which has the target of adding up to 100 000 jobs to the tourism sector. With this route, we are seeking to increase tourist flow to towns off the beaten track. We are eager for residents in those towns to start packaging offerings around the route, including hospitality services.

We’ve seen that a route like this can unlock economic opportunities for residents who cater for riders as they move through. Riders might want to camp along the route, or need a service which ports their baggage from one town to the next.

Local entrepreneurs in these towns now have access to an international market. Additionally, in the months to come, we’ll be facilitating a globally-recognised bike mechanic training programme. The Western Cape Government will support a select number of locals to take part in this training, as part of Project Khulisa.

New Zealand’s cycle network now generates over 1.3 million trail users per year, of which 100 000 were international visitors, and an annual economic impact of R350 million.

Through a concerted marketing effort, and due to the natural beauty of our province and its people, we believe our cycle network could generate similar results in due course. We’ll be adding two more routes in the year to come to grow our offering.

Minister Winde invited locals from small towns to join the group as they passed through. At each departure point, Minister Winde will highlight unique tourism trends and visitor attractions for that specific region. Town mayors will also attend the send-off in each town.

The Cross Cape Route is the first route from Cape Cycle Routes, a network of routes planned for the Western Cape, which will be launched over the next two years, said Minister Winde.

Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO, said: As the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, Wesgro is an incredibly proud Cape Cycle Route partner and excited by the its launch today. The Route promises to provide cyclists in the Western Cape unforgettable new sights and niche experiences.

It will also incentivise them and other people visiting the Cape to travel throughout its multifaceted regions, reinvigorating a number of towns across the province in the process and helping them ward off the approaching winter season slow.

Stellenbosch Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, said: The Cross Cape Cycle Route will create new opportunities for residents to become more directly involved in the tourism industry, expanding on the wonderful offerings for visitors to region.

I am so excited for Stellenbosch to be included as an arrival/departure point on the first route as it highlights the status we enjoy within the cycling community and creates new opportunities for jobs and economic growth in key areas in our town.”

Speaking at this morning’s event, Shameeg Salie, road cyclist, said growing up in Grassy Park cycling was not viewed as a popular sport, but had grown steadily over the years.

Last year, Salie was part of Dimension Data for Qhubeka team, travelling to Lucca, Italy for the team’s European program. Salie said the Cross Cape route would expose more people to the “beauty of the Western Cape”.

“For me it is my passport to so many opportunities. I can’t wait to see where it will take me next,” said Salie.

During the last leg of the Cross Cape ride, Minister Winde will ride in tandem with a visually impaired cyclist, Cindy Jacobsz, who works for the Western Cape Government.

I chose to ride the route because I love cycling and to raise awareness on visually impaired cycling, to experience the beauty of the Western Cape. We can also enjoy the nature through other seances and with the assistance of my pilot (the person steering the tandem) see new places and have fun in a healthy way, said Jacobsz.

Source: Government of South Africa