Education / Information

AGOA  / AFRICAN GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is a United States Trade Act, enacted on 18 May 2000 as Public Law 106 of the 200th Congress. AGOA has since been renewed to 2025. The legislation significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries.

Qualification for AGOA preferences is based on a set of conditions contained in the AGOA legislation. In order to qualify and remain eligible for AGOA, each country must be working to improve its rule of law, human rights, and respect for core labor standards.

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THE ROLE OF INFORMATION

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In this modern age of information explosion, one of our most urgent needs is to master information, rather than to be its servant. The servant deals with information pollution, the master commands information.

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MINORITY AND REFUGEE

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South Africa is currently looked upon as a country that has undergone a tremendous transformation in its constitutional  transformation from an apartheid system of government to a new constitutional democracy that is revered by many nations in the world today.

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XENOPHOBIA, AFROPHOBIA, CRIMINALITY ?

XENOPHOBIA, AFROPHOBIA, CRIMINALITY

Black consciousness? Intolerant, Destructive, Hate, Unforgiving, Disrespectful Where is Ubuntu?

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Durban – A tit-for-tat xenophobic war could erupt across sub-Saharan Africa if the government acted on the wishes of King Goodwill Zwelithini and deported foreigners living and working in South Africa.

“ As the xenophobic unrest continues to spread in Durban, King Goodwill Zwelithini has castigated the media for “distorting” his comments that foreigners should leave the country. This is an audio clip taken during the king’s speech three weeks ago in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal in which he said in isiZulu that foreigners must go back to their countries.”

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MY NAMES IS AFRICA

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Contributos

Dr. Stephen Sipho Mncube is a distinguished scholar, educator and information specialist
who has been actively involved in the Pan Africanist movement since 1995

Pape Joop art work is well know in Segal and around the world.
The spirit of African nationalism is highly present in his art endeaour

There are many colleagues in the USA and Africa who kindly volunteered to do
the translation of some of the verses to their native language.

Re-arranged and Illustrated by Allhan Khaddydhar  IT Specialist
Softwares and Web developer.

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THE FIRST ATTEMPT TO TRANSLATE ICT TERMS FROM

ENGLISH TO ZULU

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Thanks goes to DBSA, Sentech ans special thanks to the late former Minister of Communications, Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri  

It is recognised that some terms have different definitions and meanings in various professional fields or specialities and this glossary is a contribution to the discussion on the standardisation of terms in Information and Communications Technology.

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MADIBA’S BIRTHDAY – 18 JULY 2012

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On 18 July, people across South Africa and around the world joined in celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday, and his vision of a better world for all, by giving some of their time for those less fortunate – together creating the ultimate birthday present for Madiba: the love of the world.

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ICT ‘KEY TO AFRICAN GROWTH, DEVELOPMENT’

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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CHILD LABOUR DAY 

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Child Labour Day is commemorated on 4 April to give a clear distinction between Child Work and Child Labour. Research indicates that of those children found to be working almost 60 percent did so in order to help their parents financially. This clearly constitutes Child Labour and is therefore unacceptable.

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NATIONAL WATER WEEK 

Theme: Water is life: Respect it, Conserve it Enjoy it

Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Ms Edna Molewa is calling on all South Africans to join the department in celebrating National Water Week by making a positive contribution towards efforts to conserve and protect the country`s water resources.

The country’s already scarce water resource is further threatened by high levels of pollution in dams and rivers, water wastage that occurs in our homes as a result of leaking taps and pipes and a lack of commitment to conserve water by industries and the agricultural sector.

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DID YOU KNOW?

R1,235 billion

– The amount allocated to the Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges Bursary Scheme in 2011/12. 122 911 students are being supported with bursaries and loans.

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TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK 12 – 19 FEBRUARY 2012

Being a teenager often means having lots of emotional ups and downs. School, parents, friends, relationships can be confusing and frustrating – things can be great one minute and horrible the next. Many people believe that sadness is just a normal part of growing up, but teens who feel really down and unhappy for two weeks or more at a time may have depression – in fact about 1 in every 5 teens get depression.

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CYBERCRIME IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Cybercrime is generally defined as any form of criminal activity involving the use of computers and the Internet. Also refered to as computer crime, electronic crime, e-crime, netcrime and hi-tech crime.

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PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA CONGRATULATES CLASS OF 2011

President Jacob Zuma wishes to congratulate all the matriculants who sat for their National Senior Certificates examinations in 2011 and has hailed the ascending pass rate as a step in the right direction. President Jacob Zuma would like to further give special acknowledgment to those who demonstrated outstanding performance in various subjects last year.

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WHAT CAN SOUTH AFRICANS DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE?

Do not build your house in areas that may be at risk from the impacts of severe weather events like floods and storm surges (big waves) – climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather-related events (flooding, fire, storms and drought).

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CRUNCH TIME FOR DURBAN CLIMATE TALKS

As heads of state and government ministers start arriving in Durban for the UN climate talks, negotiators are hoping that, come end of the week, some kind of political compromise will have been reached to break the stalemate on a range of issues.

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CONNECTING AFRICAN YOUTH FOR CLIMATE

Connect 4 Climate, is a global initiative that is supported by the World Bank. It encourages African youth to raise climate change awareness through an online photo/video competition – the winners of which be on show at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Durban.

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‘CLIMATE TRAIN’ LEADS WAY TO COP 17

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) takes place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre from 28 November to 9 December.

The train project has been touted by some as one the biggest campaigns in the history of the conference.

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CLASS OF 2011

I would like to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to the 620 266 students who commenced writing their examinations yesterday. Education is very important for the future of this country. What you nurture today will make you tomorrow’s leaders. Invest in your future, give back to the community, and teach others to pay it forward.

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WORLD OSTEOPOROSIS DAY – 20 OCTOBER 2011

Video Courtesy: www.osteoporosisday.org

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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 

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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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HANDS UP 4 EDUCATION

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About Hands Up 4 Education

“Hands Up 4 Education” is the Department of Basic Education’s campaign that seeks to mobilize and encourage all South Africans to put their hands up in support of education.

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PAPERLESS 2015 CLASSROOM NOW REALITY

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele were among those to deliver the ground-breaking project.

Ramaphosa initiated the project by pressing a button on one of the two big computer screens that took the place of a chalkboard at the front of the classroom.

The whole process was then demonstrated by a teacher on how the system works.

Ramaphosa urged students to grab the opportunity, acquire knowledge and be the best they can be.

“You are very lucky to be in this school, to be in this class,” Ramaphosa said.

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