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UCT Libraries will be closed for Women's Day on the 9th of August 2017. The Hlanganani 24/7 study space will be available for use during this time.
"South Africa commemorates National Disability Rights Awareness Month annually between 3 November and 3 December. 3 December is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is also commemorated as National Disability Rights Awareness Day.
This year's theme is: Persons with disabilities : Equal participants in shaping a sustainable future."
The Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency has published the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency Catchment Management Strategy for comment. "This Catchment Management Strategy (CMS) has been developed taking into consideration the previous draft CMS for the then Breede-Overberg Catchment Management Agency (BOCMA), the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA) Annual Performance Plan and all other relevant studies that were used to inform the situation assessment and sub-strategies relating to reconciliation, water resource protection, water use regulation, monitoring and information management, financial aspects and importantly stakeholder engagement.
The Breede-Gouritz Water Management Area (BGWMA) falls into the category of being water stressed. The need for a Catchment Management Strategy to guide the management of water resources in the WMA, is therefore critical."
World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on 1 December. This year's campaign, launched by UNAIDS, "My Health, My Right, focuses on the right to health and explores the challenges people around the world face in exercising their rights."
"The right to health is enshrined in the 1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. This includes the right of everyone to the prevention and treatment of ill health, to make decisions about one’s own health and to be treated with respect and dignity."
"Women's activists have marked 25 November as a day against violence since 1981. This date came from the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic, on orders of Dominican ruler Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961).
On 20 December 1993 the General Assembly, by resolution 48/104, adopted the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In this context, in 1999 the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and invited governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize on that day activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem."
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture this month released the Agri Worker Household Census report. The Census was taken over three years after the agriculture strikes in 2012, in order to identify and address the challenges facing agricultural workers.
"Key figures from the census:
2 991 farms participated;
11 028 households surveyed;
42 928 residents covered;
The majority of the respondents (31.2%) were aged between the ages of 19 – 34;
In total, 45.1% earned an income of between R2500 and R4999"
"Digital Society SA is South Africa’s National e-Strategy, which aims to position South Africa as a significant player in the development of ICTs throughout the value chain of the sector as well as accelerate the uptake and usage of ICTs in other social and economic sectors. In essence this deals with the transformation of South Africa into a full digital society marked by a widespread diffusion, uptake and usage of ICTs in the whole society."
"The ICT SMME Development Strategy is a sector specific intervention to address challenges facing SMMEs operating in the ICT sector. It sets the policy context and defines the vision for the development of the ICT SMMEs in South Africa up to 2020, and outlines the support mechanisms required to realise this vision. The focus of this Strategy is two-pronged, that is, it focuses on accelerating the development and growth of small enterprises in the ICT sector as well as on creating support mechanisms to increase the levels of uptake and usage of ICT services by SMMEs across various sectors of the economy."
"The purpose of the National e-Government Strategy and Roadmap is to guide the digital transformation of public service in South Africa into an inclusive digital society where all citizens can benefit from the opportunities offered by digital technologies to improve their quality of life."
The Report of the Commission of Enquiry into Higher Education and Training regarding the feasibility of making higher education and training fee-free in South Africa has been released. "The Commission recommends that all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at both public and private universities and colleges, regardless of their family background, be funded through a cost-sharing model of government guaranteed Income-Contingency Loans sourced from commercial banks. Through this costsharing model, the Commission recommends that commercial banks issue government guaranteed loans to the students that are payable by the student upon graduation and attainment of a specific income threshold. Should the student fail to reach the required income threshold, government bares the secondary liability."
The 2016 South African science, technology and innovation indicators "report is based on the analysis of NSI performance during the period between 1996 and 2016. Coincidentally, government is leading a process of reviewing the current 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology and developing the new White Paper on STI. Therefore, the 2016 STI indicators report can provide necessary input into the current policy development process. The 2016 STI indicators report identifies areas of progress but also points to the lack of progress in certain areas of the NSI."
The National norms and standards for the sorting, shredding, grinding, crushing, screening or baling of general waste have been published. "The purpose of these Norms and Standards is to provide a uniform national approach relating to the management of waste facilities that sort, shred, grin, crush, screen, chip or bale general waste."