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The government is forging ahead with its plans to eradicate Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country’s post-school education institutions.

Under the Policy Framework to Address GBV in the Post-school Education and Training System (PSET), which came out for public comment this week, government aims to conceptualise GBV and define its manifestation in terms of existing laws and policies.

The framework details the international and national regulatory framework for institutional and departmental responses to GBV. It provides guidance around the structures, mechanisms and processes that institutions must put in place to address GBV.

This will be done by mandating institutions to develop a comprehensive, overarching policy to address GBV, which includes harassment and discrimination more broadly, staff grievance and disciplinary proceedings, as well as student and staff codes of conduct aligned and integrated within the total policy environment of the institution.

They will have to put support and assistance mechanisms in place that can immediately offer support to victims of GBV in institutions, as well as establishing effective reporting, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.

Furthermore, they will also institute a charter on ethics that will be signed by all staff and student leadership in institutions.  The charter should clearly specify ethical conduct that pertains to the eradication of sexual harassment and GBV.

The latest statistics of the World Health Organisation reflect that 35% of women worldwide experienced either physical or sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) or non-partner sexual violence.

In South Africa, the problem is even more severe. According to the South African Police Service (SAPS) Crime Statistics report of 2018, a total of 50 108 cases of sexual offenses were reported in 2017/8 – a 0.9% increase from the previous year. Femicide increased by 11% over the last two years.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), in the Crime against Women in South Africa (2018) report, estimates that 138 per 100 000 women were raped in 2016/17, the highest rate in the world.

GBV has also been linked to other societal problems such as drug and alcohol abuse, abuse of people with disabilities, safety of students and staff on campuses and in student residences, and mental health problems such as depression on the part of victims and their families.

These social problems have plagued the post schooling institutions, with more cases of rape and murder of women students being reported.

Most of these crimes against women were perpetrated by men who were well known to the victims, such as partners, former partners or fellow students.

Despite this, crimes affecting women remain underreported, resulting in students protesting against unsafe environments and demanding gender transformation in institutions.

These protests have negatively affected the academic calendar of institutions and in some instances, interfered with their academic progress.

With this in mind, the Policy Framework’s goals are to put supportive, efficient and reparative assistance procedures to complainants/victims in place.

This includes plans to establish just and specialised procedures for the reporting, investigation and resolution of complaints; and provide comprehensive, specialised support and other assistance to victims and where possible, perpetrators of GBV.

Government, for its part, will conceptualise and run a national GBV campaign at post-schooling institutions, and standardise institutional mechanisms tasked with dealing with sexual violence.

Government is also investigating the possibility of publishing a register of offenders that will be used in the recruitment of council members, staff and support personnel, as well as investigate a ‘whistle-blowing’ mechanism to report GBV in institutions.

The implementation date will be stated in the Government Gazette.

SOURCE- SAnews.gov.za

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Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) Bursary 2020

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The bursary is awarded available to students who are enrolled in the University, Further Education and Training institution (FET) and the University of Technology. The awarded bursary is based on the student’s academic performance

The MQA bursary accepts the following mining fields of study:

  • Mining Engineering
  • Mine Survey
  • Metallurgical Engineering (Extractive only)
  • Geology
  • Environmental Health and Management

The following disciplines will also be considered through a limited number of bursaries:

  • Electrical Engineering (Heavy Current)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering( Mineral Processing)
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Jewellery Design and Manufacturing

Female applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities, will be given special consideration.

MQA Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • Students of a University, Further Education and Training institution (FET) and University of Technology
  • Strong academic record
  • Proven financial need
  • Students studying in mining-related degrees
  • Consideration will be given to female or disabled applicants

How to Apply and Application Details

Download and complete the MQA bursary application forms below: MQA Bursary Application Form

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Submit copies of the following supporting documentation along with your application form (these documents are compulsory – if any of these items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • Certified copy of Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
  • Full academic record on the official letterhead of institution or logo (if you are already studying at a university, university of technology.
  • Acceptance letter from a university, university of technology for first time students.
  • Certified copy of a valid South African identity document not older than three (3) months.
  • Letter of consent to engage MQA bursary scheme from immediate supervisor.

Application form and supporting documents can be submitted at the following MQA offices:

Gauteng: 7 Anerley Road, Block C, Parktown, 2193 / Tel: 011 547 2600 / Post: Private Bag X118, Marshalltown, 2107

Eastern Cape: King Sabatha Dalindyebo TVET College, R61 Queenstown Road Cicira Village, Mthatha / Tel: 087 095 0497

Free State: Goldfields TVET College, 14107 Ndaki Road, Tosa Campus Thabong / Tel: 087 095 0266 / VutomiC@mqa.org.za

Limpopo: Sekhukhune TVET College, CN Phathudi Campus Stand No. 2659, Praktiseer / Tel: 087 095 0267 / DiiteleniT@mqa.org.za

Mpumalanga: Nkangala TVET College, Mpondozamkomo Campus, 1 Moses Kotane Drive, Ferrobank / Tel: 013 696 8120 / 2121

North West: Orbit TVET College, Mankwe Campus, Stand 230, Unit 2 Mogwase / Tel: 014 555 8860 / TebogoT@mqa.org.za

Northern Cape: Northern Cape Rural TVET College, Kathu Campus, Hans Coetzee Drive, Kathu / Tel: 053 723 0100 / JoshuaC@mqa.org.za

Closing Date

31 January 2020.

Contact Details

Address: 7 Anerley Road, Parktown
Post: Private Bag X118, Marshalltown, 2107
Email: info@mqa.org.za
Tel: 011 547 2600

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(From right to left) Kevin Brandt (EWN), Robert Inglis ( Science Spaza),Pfungwa Nyamukachi( The conversation), and Sibusiso Biyela ( Journalist)

The Innovation Bridge technology and showcasing event and Science Forum South Africa created a platform for local innovations to express the possibilities of science growing Africa’s economy and changing communities.

The fifth summit, was for the first time in collaboration with the Innovation Bridge – a technology matchmaking and showcasing event.

According to the head of the National Intellectual Property Management Kerry Faul, this event gives innovators the opportunities to come face-to-face with investors, their market, funding partners, and manufacturers.

Taking that science is not popular among communities, one of the issues that was raised at the Science Journalism Workshop was the inability of communities to understand innovations and new technologies enough for them to use the technologies on their own.

A Panel discussion held by Kevin Brandt (EWN), Pfungwa Nyamukachi( The conversation), Robert Inglis ( Science Spaza) and Sibusiso Biyela ( Journalist) looked into the complexities of science.

Talking about science communication, Robert Inglis emphasised framing science in good stories to encourage science stories with impact and Moving away from simple narratives when dealing with the complexity of science.

With the technological revolution, new technologies a set to come in, technologies aimed at improving quality of life within communities.

According to the panel, the introduction of new technologies should be accompanied by stories which allow communities to understand new technologies and science in ways which create impact.

The growth of science has encouraged partnerships from all around the world, specialists to come together, opened new grounds for entrepreneurs and most importantly has become inclusive.

#IBSFSA2019 an initiative by the Department of Science and Innovation



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IB and SFSA collaborate to ignite science,technology and innovation

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60 exhibitors, 97 innovations, industry leaders, domain specialists, entrepreneurs and investors will come together to “ignite conversations about science for innovation with impact”.

For the first time, the 5th Science Forum South Africa (SFSA) will be hosted together with the 3rd Innovation Bridge (IB) Technology Matchmaking and Showcasing Event.

Under the theme “Igniting conversations about science for innovation with impact”, the Science Forum South Africa and Innovation Bridge will take on discussions about science, technology and innovation in society.

A three day event which is set to take you through how science,technology and new innovations will be compatible in the 4IR era.

The event will take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre from the 4th to 6th December 2019. Both events are initiatives of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).

For more information click on the following link: DSI

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