South Africa: National Youth Development Agency Welcomes Decision to Settle NSFAS Students’ Historic Debts

PRESS RELEASE

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor to allocate nearly a billion rands for scrapping historical debts for National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) funded students.

Executive Chairperson of the NYDA, Mr Sifiso Mtsweni has applauded Minister Pandor and says that “The decision is in line with meeting the demands of students across institutions of higher learning who have been raising this issue for many years, as historic debt served as the basis for exclusion of students from poor and working-class background”.

We commend the bold decisive action by the Ministry that will see over 52 414 NSFAS funded continuing student complete their studies within projected record time.

“We are confident that this decision will enable access and success since students will be able to continue with their studies and change their lives for the better” added Mtsweni

Issued by: National Youth Development Agency

Source South African Government

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Child and youth care centre enjoys visit from South African Navy

Members of the centre are grateful to the SA Navy for giving off their time, and to the Ubuntu Community Chest for their long-standing partnership with the centre.

The Ethelbert Child and Youth Care Centre, which is based in Malvern, was a hive of excitement when a troop from the South African Navy visited the organisation for a fun day, recently.

The team of 12 representatives got down to business early morning prepping, priming and painting the outdoor play area for the centre as part of the Ubuntu Community Chest’s Day of Caring initiative.

The naval team were on point, methodically working to create a beautiful area for the children of Ethelbert CYC centre to enjoy.

Team leader for the day, Buppy Naidoo said, “We are inspired by the work of this organisation and are so happy to be here today, contributing to making this an even more inviting place for the children.”

Members of the centre are grateful to the SA Navy for giving off their time, and to the Ubuntu Community Chest for their long-standing partnership with the centre.

Director of the centre, Vanessa Theophilus said, “Partnering with like-minded individuals and organisations is fundamental in sustaining the work we do. It is through collaborations such as this, donations and in-kind support that we are able to offer an impactful experience of family life for our children; creating a caring community at large.”

Source RGCS

South Africa: Twizza welcomed as new sponsor of national Youth Track and Field Champs

The new sponsorship will raise the profile of these championships which will in turn give the sport a huge boost and further allow ASA to grow athletics.

Athletics South Africa (ASA) is excited to welcome Twizza as the title sponsor of the Twizza ASA U/18 and U/20 Track and Field Championships that will take place between 28 and 30 March.

These Championships are the breeding ground for the next generation of South African athletics heroes. The success of this championship was proven through the performances of South Africa’s athletes at the last World U/18 Championships in Nairobi in 2017, with 5 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 3 bronze medals being raked in by the South Africans.

At the IAAF World U/20 Championships Tampere 2018, South Africa finished sixth overall despite being level on three golds with USA, Ethiopia and Great Britain – all of whom had more silver.

“We are excited to welcome Twizza as the title sponsor of the Youth and Junior Championships,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA. “The standard of South African athletics has shown tremendous improvement at both the junior and senior levels over recent years. The support of a title sponsor allows us to host a world class championship where South Africa’s Junior Track and Field stars can shine, taking their talent to the next level.”

Ajee Valentine, Twizza’s National Sponsorship Manager said: “Twizza is South Africa’s first official Proudly South African carbonated soft drink. We are exceptionally proud to be the title sponsor of the Twizza ASA U/18 and U/20 Track and Field Championships. Track and Field is the flagship of world athletics, where SA boasts immense talent at both the junior and senior level. The championship provides us with an excellent platform to support Track & Field, while creating awareness of the Twizza brand and product. We want consumers, including athletes and supporters, to experience Twizza’s great taste and quality.”

Source RPS

South Africa: Human Rights Day: FF Plus Youth creates platform against HRC’s finding regarding Malema

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) has let South Africa down with its finding that the EFF Leader, Julius Malema, is not guilty of hate speech.

Last week, the HRC ruled that the statement made by Malema in November 2016 outside a court in Newcastle that “we are not calling for the slaughtering of white people, at least for now”, does not amount to hate speech.

At the time, Malema appeared before the court on the charge that he encouraged land occupations.

This makes celebrating Human Rights Day in South Africa seem pointless, particularly for the white minority in the country.

South Africans who do not agree with the HRC’s ruling can join the FF Plus in fighting back by declaring that Malema’s statement is a violation of their human rights.

The FF Plus Youth has created a petition page so as to give South Africans an opportunity to voice their objection to Malema’s statement. The petition could also be used in taking further steps against the EFF leader and the HRC.

The ideological and populist statements made by political leaders are more than just words. They have the potential of dividing South Africa based on race and skin colour.

Being a national institution, the HRC has the mandate and responsibility of ensuring respect, compliance with and the protection of human rights without fear or prejudice for all South Africans.

The HRC has the obligation of considering political statements, in particular, based on more than merely technical merit. The FF Plus believes that Malema’s statement undoubtedly calls for the slaughter of white people. The only question is when.

South Africa’s constitutional democracy first and foremost protects its citizens – not political leaders making populist statements. Incitement to violence, whether now or later, remains a threat to peace and nation building in South Africa.

On Human Rights Day, the FF Plus Youth encourages South Africans to fight back against the HRC’s finding and political leaders who are jeopardising South Africa’s future by making racially motivated statements by signing the electronic petition. The petition can be signed at the following link: http://chng.it/gbKm22VKnc

The FF Plus Youth wants to build a better future for South Africa and will keep fighting back against any and all forms of discrimination and hate speech that may incite violence.

Statement issued by Tammy Wessels, FF Plus Youth Leader, 21 March 2019

Source Politics Web

What we learnt from young South Africans about the minimum wage and employment

By Leila Patel

A national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and stimulate those who have given up trying to find work. But those without work need additional help.
National minimum wages are used in many different countries to reduce poverty and inequality. But there are many unanswered questions, such as what their impact might be on youth employment and unemployment. This is a pertinent question in a country like South Africa where joblessness of people aged between 18 and 24 years stands at a staggering 54,7%.

In the 1990s researchers in the US began to challenge the dominant view that national minimum wages had negative effects on employment. Since then, there has been an upsurge in their popularity. But the impact in developing countries is under-researched. Existing research suggests that overall employment is unaffected and where negative results are seen, these are small and limited to unskilled workers.

There is some limited data about the effects of minimum wages on youth unemployment in South Africa. This stems from evidence following the introduction of minimum wages in some sectors, starting in about 2000. Earlier research found a negative – but small – impact on youth employment in agriculture; with some increases in the retail and taxi sectors, and no negative effects in the other remaining sectors. They also found significant levels of noncompliance with the law, with between 40% and 50% of young people earning less than the applicable minimum wages.

The country introduced a national minimum wage across the board in 2019 with the aim of reducing poverty and unemployment. But little is known about what its impact might be on youth employment and unemployment.

We set out to establish young people’s views on the subject.

For our research we conducted 16 focus groups with employed and unemployed youth. Ten were in urban areas, two were in semi-urban areas and four in rural communities. The conversations were conducted in four languages.

The research focused on young people’s experience of unemployment and work-seeking, their understanding of the national minimum wage and how the national minimum wage might affect those looking for work or those in low-wage jobs.

The findings suggest that a national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and that it could stimulate those who have given up trying to find work to do so.

But, the vast majority of unemployed young people probably won’t benefit from a national minimum wage. This is because disadvantaged young people face a range of challenges that prevent them from finding work. Other social interventions are needed to address the youth unemployment crisis.

What young people told us

The most interesting findings were that:

  • Many respondents expect employers to try to sidestep the minimum wage. This points to the urgent need for better enforcement of the minimum wage by government.
  • Many participants felt powerless to bargain for higher wages which they believe makes it unlikely they would be able to claim their rights.
  • There was evidence that the guarantee of a higher wage would encourage job-seeking among unemployed youth, and that it would not affect a young person’s decision to study further. An unemployed respondent from Hillbrow in Johannesburg said:

For me it’s an opportunity to advance myself. Maybe at home I’ve got no shoes, no toiletries. Sitting at home doing nothing, being hungry the whole day and no food… for me the minimum wage is a way out of that

  • Unemployed and employed youth have very different ideas of the lowest wage at which they are willing to work (reservation wage). But all indicated they would be willing to work for a lower wage than their reservation wage, even if it was unfair or below the cost of living.

Challenges young people face

Young people face multiple challenges when looking for work. These need to be taken as seriously as the wage issue.

The main challenges include a lack of both hard and soft skills as well as work experience. Hard skills are technical skills in, for example, computers and entrepeneurship, while soft skills relate to social skills that are important in the work place.

Other key problems include a lack of jobs and social networks that can link them to jobs. A majority of respondents indicated that the cost of seeking work was exorbitantly high.

At this stage it’s not clear whether these issues form part of the broad remit of South Africa’s National Minimum Wage Commission. This is important because more than just a minimum wage is needed to create opportunities and safeguard the long-term job prospects of half of South Africa’s young population.The Conversation

Leila Patel, Professor of Social Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons licence. Read the original article.

AB de Villiers launches ‘ABDCam’ app to raise funds for youth in South Africa

By Syndicated Feed

Former South Africa player, AB de Villiers, has launched a social media app ‘ABDCam’, using which fans and users will be able to take pictures and videos with various stickers and frames found in the app.

The app has been launched to raise funds for youth in South Africa. Users can earn JETpoints from their selfies that can be contributed to social impact causes through the AB de Villiers Foundation. The app is available for both Android and iOS users.

“I wouldn’t be here without my fans, they are incredibly close to my heart,” Sports24 quoted De Villiers, as saying.

“With the birth of the AB de Villiers Foundation and my new official app, ABDCam, my fans can now have access to exclusive, cool ways to create their own content whilst helping kids around the world,” he added.

The wicket-keeper batsman is one of the best batsman of his time and hold some records, like the record for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs at the same time, that will require strenuous work for any player who is planning to break these.

Although the 35-year old has taken retirement from international cricket but still holds a broad fan-base and they watch him with the same excitement when he plays in the league matches.

De Villiers, called by the name Mr. 360, is set to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in this season of IPL, which is scheduled to kick-off on March 23, under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Source Business Standard