DEVELOPMENT

ANC MOVING FAST WITH MERGER OF A STATE MINING COMPANY

The ANC’s 2014 election manifesto, launched in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on Saturday, was a mixed bag of old and new pledges.

President Jacob Zuma said the party would continue to focus on job creation, rural development, land reform, food security, education, health and fighting crime and corruption.

It was no secret that the majority of South Africa’s poor were black, particularly women and those living in rural areas.

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ICT KEY TO AFRICAN GROWTH DEVOPMENT

For Africa to embark on a higher growth and development trajectory, it must find ways of encouraging foreign investment in information and communication technology while developing its own ICT skills and infrastructure, says President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Motlanthe was addressing the inaugural ICT Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Tuesday.

The three-day event, organised by the Department of Communications and endorsed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which aims to formulate an African agenda to promote ICT as a catalyst for socio-economic development on the continent.

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WHY EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT

  • Education beats poverty: one extra year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by up to 10%. 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.

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WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

UNESCO inaugurated 5 October as World Teachers’ Day.

World Teachers’ Day represents a significant effort to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development across the globe.

What are your school memories with your teachers?

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JUNE – YOUTH MONTH

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. With government having declared 2011 as the year of job creation, the focus of this year’s Youth Month commemoration will be on youth empowerment and participation in the country’s socio- economic activities/priorities, job creation, health, fighting crime, rural development and education. Linked to that, this year’s Youth Month will be launched under the theme “Youth Action for Economic Freedom in our Lifetime”.

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A LOOK AT LITERATURE

Literature depicts situations specific to given societies. Temporality and spatiality (time and space) provide artists their setting. The particular is applied, however, to express the universal. The appeal of literary works beyond their specific cultural or historical settings is often a result of subject matter choice. Human emotions, which provide most artists their subject matter, are universal (love, hatred, etc.). Human aspirations can also be universal. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights conveys some of these common aspiration as follows: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights…; everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person…; everyone has a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion…; everyone has a right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Beyond these first-generation rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, literature also champions issues such as the eradication of poverty, destitution and oppression that are widespread human conditions. Literature intervenes in the main on the side of the wretched of the earth, including women and children. Literature thus propagates a human rights culture that transcends national boundaries.

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STEPHEN MNCUBE FARMING DEVELOPMENT

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DEVELOPMENT ISSUES IN THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

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INITIAL RESEARCH, WATER LESS, TOILETS CBC CONSULTING CC

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