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Gone are the days where new infrastructure is created without either an economic growth or poverty alleviation target in mind, said North West MEC for Public Works, Honourable Mr. Howard Yawa, recently.

MEC Yawa was presenting the Outlook on Implementation of the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS) at the Provincial Senior Management Services Conference held at the Convention Centre in Mmabatho.   "The total failure to target job creation, skill development and leveraging of private investment in project plans show neglect of the basic principles and assumptions underlying the PGDS". said MEC Yawa.

He further said that government departments will have to change their attitude of "business as usual" and begin to embrace the principles and basic assumptions of the PGDS, if the province is to deliver on its vision and goals of halving unemployment and poverty by 2014. MEC Yawa proposed that existing planning and implementation mechanisms be strengthened for integrated and sustainable growth and development while the capacity challenges are also addressed in a structured and systematic basis.

The objective of the two days's conference, which is part of the Public Service Week, is among others, to benchmark public service delivery against expectations of the PGDS.
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AngloGold Ashanti shines!

By Johan Marais

A positive trend in most aspects of their company's operational and financial performance for the 3rd quarter, was spelt out by AngloGold Ashanti's executive officer, Robbie Lazare, at the quarterly community briefing session held on Tuesday, 8 November.

With their production figures being of the best amongst other mining houses, there would however, always be room for improvement, he said. Of the company's South African operations, Kopanang and Mponeng were the star performers. An overall improvement is also shown in the general health and safety figures, with Savuka mine (the deepest in the world), having no fatalities in the past year. Truly a marked achievement, as sights are set for a million fatality-free shifts there.

In other issues of interest, it was mentioned that AngloGold Ashanti became the first company to receive full conversion of old to new order mining rights. Wage negotiations have also been concluded, and production started immediately without delay after the 5 day strike. The HIV/AIDS program targets to pass 20% of the workforce through voluntary counselling this year, with the aim of improving employees' quality of life and productivity.

Future effective cost management was envisaged together with a reduced target of capital expenditure. Labour restructuring is 95% complete and a much more normalised 2006 is expected in this regard, if the gold price does not drop severely.

In his presentation on Anglo Ashanti's procurement strategy, commercial services manager, Robert Barrie emphasised the importance of honouring socio-economic responsibilities in respect of BEE and supporting local business communities. Entering into mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers and encouraging future technology initiatives is essential. Vendor performance criteria focus on price, delivery and quality. An extensive overview of Anglo Ashanti's involvement in Small and Medium Enterprise Development was presented, highlighting the initiatives in their philosophy, mission, BEE procurement achievement and projects.
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Business Confidence Consolidates

At 126 in October 2005, SACOB's Business Confidence Index (BCI) maintained an almost unchanged level, compared to 125.9 in September, and is only 0.5 index points below the October 2004 level. It seems therefore, that business confidence has consolidated at this relatively strong level.  When comparing the SACOB BCI for October 2005 to that of October 2004, an analysis of the thirteen sub-indices is encouraging. Most of the six so-called structural sub-indices do not present any particular concern, while the seven so-called activity sub-indices should remain in support of the BCI for some time to come. The current level of activity, of all of these indices, exceeds their longer-term growth trend.

SACOB endorses all efforts to shift attention to policy issues which will increase South Africa's longer-term economic growth potential. SACOB is of the opinion that efforts to remove growth impediments, enlarge the asset base of the economy, and secure efficiency and service delivery should enjoy priority.
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Self upliftment for the North West 

Typically, communities rely on private sector and Government investment initiatives to create new jobs and to grow the economy in their regions. With the cost of living continuing to rise, available job opportunities cannot match the needs of our communities. But for a group of people in the North West, sitting back and waiting for Government to intervene or hoping for a salary increase from their employers was not an option anymore.  “In Channel4Life, they have found a business opportunity that provides communities with the means to supplement their income, or even springboard them into becoming self-employed.  You don't need any special skills or experience nor do you need a lot of money to start your business,” said Clara Mojaki, new Channel4Life Business Owner from Klerksdorp.

Channel4Life is an opportunity for people from all walks of life that are interested in earning a substantial income on a part-time of full-time basis. The opportunity is based on a referral marketing business model also known as relationship marketing. Channel4Life provides the means of earning a substantial income without the challenges and responsibilities that are normally associated with running a traditional business.

“We do not need to provide financial advice. As a Channel4Life Business Owner, we sell the business opportunity and the Channel Call Centre sells the products.  It can not be easier, no in depth product knowledge is needed nor do you need to worry about things like debtors or the financial burden of carrying stock,” added Mojaki.

Business Owners will earn ongoing commission every month for up to four years from one single sale that was generated as a result from their referral.  The commission structure is designed to reward business owners faster, with more money and over a longer period of time.  For more information about the Channel4Life business opportunity, phone 08600 46673 or attend a free business presentation at the Klerksdorp Library (Mayibuye Centre) on Wednesdays at 17h30.  Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book beforehand.
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Die wenners van die jaarlikse Elizabeth Eybers Dig/Kunsuitstalling vir hoërskole, aangebied deur AD ARTEM Kunsvereniging van Klerksdorp, in samewerking met die A.T.K.V.  Die uitdaging:  Om gedig/prosa/liriek ensovoorts, van eie keuse (verkieslik eie) kreatief, in skilder of beeldhou, in enige medium, uit te beeld.

Karien van der Westhuizen van Wesvalia, het weggestap met die louere as Algemene Wenner.  Cindy van Deventer van KHS, was kort op haar hakke.  Albei ontvang boekpryse van die Koninklike Nederlandse Ambassade, met briewe van persoonlike gelukwense!!

Lourens, Heppell & Bezuidenhout het dié jaar besluit om donasies in te samel vir die kankernavorsing, en sommer besluit om hul hare vir gees te “spray”, net om te wys hulle gee om!


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