Race: public comment sought on BEE codes

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The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is seeking public comment on the proposed amendments to the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment (B-BBEE) Codes of Good Practice.

“The dti is inviting members of the public to participate in a public commentary process on the proposed amendments to the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice on or before 29 May 2018. The proposed amendments aim to promote innovative ways to increase the participation of black South Africans and in particular black youth in the economy,” said the department on Friday.

On 29 March, the Minister of Trade and Industry announced a 60-day public commentary process on the Reviewed Statement 000 and 300 of 2018 in terms of section 9 (5) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment (B-BBEE) Act 53 of 2003, as amended by Act 46 0f 2013.

Key to the amendments is the Youth Employment Service (Y.E.S) initiative and the introduction of a ring-fenced Point Indicator on the skills development scorecard for a 2.5% spend target on bursaries for black students attending higher education Institutions.

The Y.E.S initiative was one of the initiatives presented in the 2018 State of the Nation Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Y.E.S initiative aims to improve the grim employment outlook for young work seekers by offering work opportunities and therefore inclusion in the economy.

The department said the introduction of the ring-fenced 2.5% target for Skills Development Expenditure on bursaries for black students at higher education institutions is a critical intervention to enable the raising of funds for the education of needy and deserving black youth.

Both the above highlighted changes are critical policy revisions that are deliberately targeting youth empowerment initiatives through work opportunities and critical skills development.

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Coverage of Sierra Leone's election reflected stereotypes, not reality

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Supporters celebrate Julius Maada Bio's victory in Sierra Leone's presidential run-off. EPA-EFE/Ernest Henry

Sierra Leone recently held peaceful presidential elections. But you would not know it from the media, which suggested that the country was frequently overwhelmed by violence during this period.

The first round results were announced in mid-March, which concluded that no single party had the required majority. The results of the run off between the two main parties, the incumbent All People’s Congress and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party, were announced on 4 April.

The opposition party won, making it only the second time the country has had a peaceful transition between parties since the end of the civil war in 2002. It’s also the fourth time since the end of the war a peaceful democratic election has taken place in the country.

During the campaigning period between the two elections there were reports of violence, “tribal rhetoric” and ritual killings across the country.

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