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Over 2000 bursaries go towards developing Gauteng’s Top learners

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The Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, and Gauteng MEC for Education, Mr Panyaza Lesufi expressed immense pride as they handed over 2000 bursaries to Gauteng’s Top Learner’s for the academic year of 2019.

The bursaries were awarded to top 3 performing learners from schools participating in the Secondary Schools Improvement Programme (SSIP), and Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) public ordinary schools.

“we believe with these investments the Gauteng province will be a province that takes care of its own children’, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said.

One of the biggest concerns with graduates and students has always been finding space within private sectors for skills training. This year we see the extended reach of the programmes, with placement of some graduates within the private sector.

This was achieved through private sector partners, such as Barloworld, Lazarus Motor Company, Scaw Metals Group, Eurospec Automotives, Muavha Auto Mechanics, Umfundiso and more.

Another issue of concern was governments support towards entrepreneurship, which Premier David Makhura highlighted as an important task that government is taking on.

He further stated the importance of having entrepreneurship as part of academic learning within higher education institutions, and having the necessary support from government to ensure that this fits in with the current economic status of the country.

” The focus is on areas called scarce skills areas to support our development mandate. The Gauteng’s development mandate focuses on the type of economy we want to build to ensure a capable developmental state”

Since the year 2014, the Gauteng Provincial Government has spent over a billion worth of investment on bursary packages.

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UCT’s academic programme to support South African youth

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The University of Cape Town has come up with an initiative which is aimed at supporting South African youth who are not in unemployment, education or training (NEET).

The academic programme is led by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU).

The programme is called the Basic Package of Support (BPS) and was developed in 2019 and it takes a positive youth development approach which recognises young people’s agency.

Associate Professor Ariane De Lannoy, chief researcher at SALDRU and BPS programme said, “It works with youth in the ecosystem of available government or non-profit programmes and services to enhance their navigation of the steps needed to realise their envisaged futures. Importantly, the BPS model appreciates that young people need a wide range of support services to deal with the many challenges or deprivations they face, ”

“It will support young people’s educational and employment transitions, recognise the interconnectedness of deprivations and seek to support their agency and resilience, which will be crucial following the COVID-19 pandemic”

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DHET releases policy framework to tackle GBV at PSET institutions

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The Department of Higher Education has released a policy framework in dealing with Gender-based violence (GBV). This is for the post-school education and training (PSET) system.

The policy framework will guide educational systems around the structures, mechanisms and processes that PSET institutions must put in place to address GBV.

GBV cases within educational institutions are increasing, with 380 cases of rape reported at schools, universities, colleges or daycare facilities thus far.

“The Policy Framework compels PSET institutions to both create awareness of GBV policies and prevent incidents of GBV; as well as to assist PSET institutions to address the occurrence of GBV. It also provides a monitoring instrument to the Department to assess the implementation of the Policy Framework,” said Minister Blade Nzimande.

Minister Nzimande further stated that, “The policy fosters co-operation between PSET institutions and the Department through creating a enabling environment and enables the Department to monitor and evaluate its implementation. Systematic reporting as well as monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are critical as they continuously improve the reliability of data and the quality of future intervention strategies”

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“GBV cannot be addressed without addressing gender inequality”-UJ

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Gender-based violence (GBV), a worldwide problem and according to President Cyril Ramaphosa “A war waged against women and children”.

This has also affected students on and off campus leading universities to ensure that responsive support services and safe spaces are made available to students.

In developing these support services, the University of Johannesburg recognises that “measures to deal with GBV need to move beyond reactive and curative responses, to prevention and addressing the social-cultural norms that enable gender inequality”.

To address the issue of GBV, last year UJ Senate appointed a task team to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to address GBV.  Key UJ stakeholders were  actively involved in this plan, which considers: (a) Intervention and responses, (b) Community education, awareness, marketing and prevention; (C) Teaching, learning and research, and (e) Monitoring and evaluation.

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UJ support services for GBV:

Transformation Division: Transformation@uj.ac.za I 011 559 7789

Gender Equity Unit: gender@uj.ac.za 

(PsyCaD): psycadinfo@uj.ac.za Crisis Line: 0820541137

Campus Health: APK 011 559 3837 / APB 011 559 1238 / DFC 011 559 6544 / SWC 011 559 5571

National and local support services

GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 * Please call *120*7867# * SMS help 31531 Lenasia South Thuthuzela Care Centre: 011 213 9722 * Nthabiseng Thuthuzela Care Centre: CHC Hospital: 011 933 1206 * Tembisa Hospital Masakhane Thuthuzela Care Centre: 011 923 2180  

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