‘Second chance’ for SA’s unemployed

first_img18 May 2010Despite losing her job as a facilitator last year, 24-year-old Mphafi Mamapepe’s determination to support her family set her on a different path. Today, she is one of hundreds of beneficiaries of the government’s Training of the Unemployed project which aims to minimise the negative effects of the recession.The Department of Labour launched the Training of the Unemployed project early this year, one of its objectives being the re-skilling of retrenched South Africans.South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 25.2 percent in the first quarter of 2010, with close to one million jobs have been lost as a result of the global economic recession.The project currently trains people as electricians, boiler-makers, welders and mechanics, with more than 750 registered trainees in Gauteng province.Department of Labour spokesperson Muzi Mkhwanazi said the department was looking at the possibility of rolling the project out to other provinces.“People who are currently on training were drawn from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) database, and once they have completed the training another group will be called in,” Mkhwanazi said.Mkhwanazi said that while the project was earmarked for UIF beneficiaries, those who were not UIF beneficiaries also qualified.He added that the department would also assist with placement once the trainees had completed their training.A second chanceMamapepe, originally from QwaQwa in the Free State, said the project had given her a second chance.She had been employed as a facilitator by the Education with Enterprise Trust, an NGO working with schools in the Free State. Now, she is training as a boiler-marker at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute in Wadeville, near Johannesburg.While boiler-making is dominated by men, Mamapepe told BuaNews that she was determined to make a mark in the male-dominated trade. “While this job is mostly done by men, I am determined to prove that even though I am a woman, I can do what men can do,” she said.Asked where she sees herself in five years, she said: “I would love to see myself being a Drafter.”According to the Department of Labour, the qualifications the trainees would obtain at the end of their course met the requirements of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Education and Training Authority.Facing the world with confidencePatrick Sekgobela, 26, from Phalaborwa in Limpopo, who now trains as a boiler-maker, was previously employed at Hydro Sebenza in Boksburg, where he worked as a semi-skilled boiler maker.Sekgobela says he is optimistic that, once the training is complete in June, he will have a good job. “Now I’m going to face the world with confidence, with the right qualifications. Hopefully one day, I will own my own company,” he said.The UIF and other government entities contributed almost R50-million to train the candidates. All those in the project are paid a stipend of R2 100 a month. UIF beneficiaries get their UIF benefits as well as the stipend.Mark Johaar, 32, who lost his job in 2005 and is also a trainee at the Sam Andrew Johan Training Institute, sees himself as an employer upon completion of the training as welder.“I want to start my own company and employ many people to help me,” he said. “When I lost my job, I did not know what to do, I was just frustrated.” Now, Johaar says he is optimistic about the future.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Sounds of the Bay GC30CB GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – June 11, 2012

first_imgView from Sounds of the BayWhoever said that good things are hard to come by, hasn’t searched for the Sounds of the Bay (GC30CB) geocache on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay.Listen closely, because this difficulty 2.5, terrain 1 traditional cache is surrounded by a wave-activated acoustic sculpture, called the Wave Organ, and it’s calling out to geocachers.The small size cache container found somewhere on the jetty was placed by Surfcal in January of 2002. Over the last ten years, more than 1950 geocachers have logged this cache and helped make it one of geocaching’s most visited sites.Wave Organ PipesThe jetty itself was constructed with used building materials. There are 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations within the jetty, which stretches into the water. The rise and fall of the tide creates a wave-powered symphony as water moves in and out of the pipes.With more than 180 Favorite Points, this cache is just as easy on the eyes as it is on the ears. With views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Exploratorium – an arts and science center, and Alcatraz – a notorious prison island, it’s easy to see why geocachers are in for a treat.As one logger put it, “Way cool! Music to my ears and then some, primitive yet spiritual in nature and soothing to the soul. Thanks for bring us here, we may never had known about it otherwise. This is what makes caching a great hobby.”The cache at Sounds of the BayContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:More SharePrint Related520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”Concrete floats! — Betonschiff Redentin (GC15D8C) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 4, 2013In “Community”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

PBA: Meralco routs Blackwater

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Standhardinger says relationship with Chot now at a higher level National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMeralco got it going early on both ends en route to a 107-78 whipping of Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer scored a team-high 20 points on top of eight assists while Allen Durham had 18 points and 21 rebounds for the Bolts, who zoomed to a 32-15 lead after the first 12 minutes and never relented.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READcenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “It was exactly the kind of start we’re hoping for. We came out pretty strong defensively,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We were able to pick up some stops in the first quarter and our offense started to click.”Minus the injured Art dela Cruz and Mac Belo, who is with Gilas Pilipinas for the Jones Cup in Taipei, the Elite couldn’t draw enough offensive support from their locals to back up their import Trevis Simpson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSimpson had game-high 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds. Bam Gamalinda was Blackwater’s next best scorer with 10 points.The Elite fired blanks from downtown, missing all of their 13 attempts. They shot just 35% from the field and were out-rebounded, 64-46. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The Bolts shot 48% thanks to their good ball movement that led to 27 assists.Garvo Lanete added 15 points, all of which came from long range for Meralco, which nailed 11 3-pointers.The Bolts stretched their lead to as high as 39, 93-54, early in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

NU crushes FEU for 13th straight, Ateneo gets 3rd seed

first_imgNU Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—National University Bulldogs claimed its 13th straight win after blasting second seed Far Eastern University, 25-13, 25-23, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The top-seeded Bulldogs ended the elimination campaign with a 13-1 record while the Tamarawas saw their three-game winning streak end as they settled for an 11-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew UST’s depleted state fuels Eya Laure ahead of UAAP Final Four MOST READ Ron Medalla had 17 points for Ateneo while Ishmael Rivera and Luis Ligot finished with 16 and 14 points, respectively.George Labang led the Falcons with 11 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Angelo Almendras scored 19 points to lead the Bulldogs while Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad had 16 and 11 points, respectively.Redi John Paler had 12 points for FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn the first game, Ateneo ended the eliminations as the No. 3 team after taking down Adamson University 25-23, 30-28, 25-19.The Blue Eagles head to the Final Four holding a 10-4 record and will face the Tamaraws while the Soaring Falcons, at 9-5, will take on the Bulldogs in the semifinals. View commentslast_img read more