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The Department Of Water and Sanitation recently launched a three-year entrepreneurship programme which gives women the opportunity to mentor each other and learn about business.Water and sanitation minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, was in Johannesburg on Friday 14 October to launch the Women in Water Empowerment Programme that will support 90 female-owned companies.Besides offering knowledge and support, the initiative will also help the entrepreneurs become more effective and efficient in delivering water and sanitation related services to the public, said the department.Mokonyane said they are especially targeting rural development initiatives. She added that the goal is to create jobs, empower women and invest in skills.Watch the minister talk about the benefits for the youth:The programmeThe Women in Water Empowerment Programme has three divisions: the Mentorship Project, the Entrepreneurship Incubator Project, and the Women’s Forum.The Mentorship Project aims to:Build a network of partners.Provide knowledge in dealing with partners, networks and clients.Refine the product or service offering.Provide introduction workshops, interactive follow-up sessions, and training where there are gaps.The Entrepreneurship Incubator Project focuses on growing and transforming the economy, creating jobs and attracting investment.The project will cover:Skills development, assessment and support.Business and entrepreneurship analysis.Clear achievable short term (three to six months) and longer term (one year) milestones for beginners and intermediates.A clear mechanism for preferential procurement.Listen to a few of the women talk about their companies:Money already spent on small business ownersAccording to Mokonyane, the spending on past initiatives didn’t support entrepreneurs well enough.She said the department spent R13.5-billion on procurement between 2015 and 2016, of which R2.2-billion was spent on small business. That is 16% of the total procurement for the period.Of that portion, just R1.1-billion was spent on black-owned companies. Of the amount dedicated to black business, R102-million was spent on women-owned companies and R738 000 spent on youth. Persons with disabilities received nothing, said Mokonyane.The other R1.1-billion of the small business expenditure went to procurement of goods and services from white-owned businesses.Mokonyane said there has been a 12% improvement in spending on SMMEs over the last two years. “It is, therefore, against the backdrop of this poor showing that we go over our commitment for transformation. [We] have made it a point to focus on tangible procurement transformation by ensuring that women, youth and persons with disabilities are specifically targeted in the current procurement processes,” she said.Mokonyane said the incubator forms part of government’s year long programme in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March.She said the project options being considered are:Full scale dam projects (small and large) and large upgrades.Sanitation projects.River rehabilitation projects.The Rehabilitation of Canals programme.Sources: The South African Government, Department: Water and Sanitation, Facebook, and SouthAfrica.info reporter.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As 2019 draws to a close, long-awaited progress is being made on trade.On Dec. 13, the Trump Administration announced it had struck a mini trade deal with China.“We have agreed to a very large Phase One deal with China,” President Trump tweeted. “They have agreed to many structural changes and massive purchases of agricultural product, energy and manufactured goods, plus much more.”In addition, after months of negotiations between the administration, House Democrats, and the Mexican government moved closer to congressional ratification. On Dec. 10 Mexico approved U.S. changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, paving the way for a House vote this week. Meantime, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated a vote in that chamber isn’t likely until after the Senate votes on impeachment.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has decided to seek legal opinion on whether his Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu can continue to appear as a celebrity judge on a popular television show. “Capt. Amarinder has said he is not sure what the law says regarding a Cabinet minister working on a television programme, and will have to ask the State’s advocate general to give legal advice on the matter,” his media advisor, Raveen Thukral, told The Hindu.Conflict of interest“It’s about whether there’s any conflict of interest if he [Mr. Sidhu] continues to work in television…If there is any, then the Chief Minister will talk to him [Mr. Sidhu] and bring it to his knowledge,” he added.The controversy erupted after Mr. Sidhu recently said that he will continue to appear on a popular TV show as a celebrity judge. “TV shows will not interfere with my Cabinet responsibilities. The public had elected me five times with what I have been doing…If they don’t have a problem, why should anyone else have it,” Mr. Sidhu had said. ‘Not office of profit’He insisted that his TV shows will not interfere with his Cabinet responsibilities. “I have no liquor, sand mining or transport business like former deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. I earn a living through TV shows and I will be in Chandigarh from Monday to Thursday and in Amritsar from Friday to Sunday. What I do at night should not be anyone’s concern. I will take first flight back to Punjab after TV shoots in Mumbai,” he said.Mr. Sidhu, who currently holds the portfolios of local government, tourism and cultural affairs, has been maintaining that doing a TV show does not come under the ambit of “office of profit”.Meanwhile, Navjot Singh Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur has come out in support of his husband through a Facebook post, saying that the issue was being over-hyped without any reason.“Such hype has been created about Navjot earning a living from television. He has left 80 per cent of shows, which included IPL, commentary, etc.I think it is a meagre time for a non-socially active God-fearing workaholic,” she wrote on Facebook. (With inputs from PTI)
Driven by a desire to change the “political discourse of the country”, over 50 alumni of IIT have got together and formed a new party, the Bahujan Azad Party, to contest the Lok Sabha poll. Formed in April last year, the party has been allotted “slate” as its election symbol.“Our party symbol signifies our motto: nurture the root first,” say a group of IITians in one voice as their white SUV moves precariously on a narrow levee full of potholes in Bihar’s Sheohar constituency. “It (levee) has been in construction for 20 years… you can see its condition, and they [parties in power in Bihar and at the Centre] keep talking about development,” says Anand Kumar Kushwaha.A bespectacled young man clad in white kurta and blue jeans, Mr. Kushwaha is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi. He passed out in 2006 and founded a start-up in Bangkok. But somewhere in his heart, he says, there was an ache to do something for the people of his State.Online coaching He later came in contact with NGO ‘Mauka Foundation’ run by fellow IITian Akhilesh Kumar. Over 50 IITians were associated with the foundation that gives online coaching to IIT aspirants living in remote villages.However, they all had dreams in their eyes and wanted to empower the downtrodden. Their IIT fellows in Delhi had seen and participated in the “Anna movement”. But they got disillusioned with fellow IITian Arvind Kejriwal’s (now Chief Minister of Delhi) “hurry to get power” and decided to take the plunge themselves.“So we formed BAP,” says party president Naveen Kumar alias Virodhi Naveen.Local contribution BAP has decided to contest five seats in Bihar (Sheohar, West Champaran, Karakat, Patna Sahib and Patliputra), 22 in Maharashtra, one in U.P. (Allahabad), one in Punjab (Bathinda) and two in Delhi. “We’ve our own way of interacting with the locals… we move on bicycles fitted with loudspeakers and reach out to people through meetings. The response is very encouraging,” says Mr. Akhilesh, who is also the party’s Bihar unit president. “While campaigning we seek a contribution of ₹1 from the locals to meet our expenses.” Mr. Kushwaha is pitted against two-time sitting BJP MP Rama Devi and Syed Faisal Ali, a journalist, fielded by the RJD in Sheohar that goes to the polls on May 12.
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