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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 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."
According to the State of Tourism Report 2015/16, "Despite global economic and political constraints, international tourist arrivals and tourism receipts grew by 4.6% and 4.4% in 2015 compared to 2014 respectively. The weight of international tourist arrivals and receipts are carried by travellers from Europe, Asia and the Pacific and Americas."
The 2016/17 Victims of Crime Survey "data combined with the data from previous years show a general decline of crime both in terms of the proportion of households that were victimised and the proportion of individuals 16 years and older that were victimised. However, the rate of decline is very low. With South Africans experiencing lower levels of crime, it is expected that communities would feel safer. Instead, the survey reveals that declining crime trends were accompanied by deteriorating feelings of safety among households. According to the survey, the percentage of households who experienced at least one incident of crime decreased from 9% in 2015/16 to 7% in 2016/17, while feelings of safety when walking alone in their neighbourhood when it is dark decreased from 31% to 29% in the same period."
The Western Cape Department of the Premier has published the Western Cape alcohol-related harms reduction policy: White Paper. "The policy begins by providing a brief Background section that considers the emphasis and shortcomings of the current legislative framework. It also discusses the links and differences between the national and provincial alcohol-harms related processes. The Problem statement section sets out the nature of the problem and provides the basis of the policy. It first discusses the context of alcohol-related harms in South Africa.
According to the recent report, Poverty Trends in South Africa: an examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2015, "Despite the general decline in poverty between 2006 and 2011, poverty levels in South Africa rose in 2015. When applying the upper-bound poverty line (R992 per person per month (pppm) in 2015 prices), we see that more than one out of every two South Africans were poor in 2015, with the poverty headcount increasing to 55,5% from a series low of 53,2% in 2011.
Statistics South Africa has published the Vulnerable Groups Indicator Report 2016. "A variety of interventions that seek to address challenges faced by different sectors of the population in the country such processes require adequate monitoring as well as information on key indicators that can be used for monitoring. The Vulnerable Groups sector is one of the most affected sectors of the population. Vulnerable Groups are defined as a part of the South African population that experience a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion than the general population. This sector requires particular effort to be made at all levels of policy planning and implementation to inform amongst other things resource allocation."
Whither a Demographic Dividend South Africa: The Overton Window of Political Possibilities "paints a picture of evidence over the past thirty years on the socio-economic conditions that are a fundamental requirement for a demographic dividend to take place. In a way the analysis asks the fundamental question of what in the case of South Africa is the Overton window of political possibilities.
"To address the significant contribution of transport to national GHG emissions, the Department of Transport (DoT) has undertaken to develop a Green Transport Strategy (GTS) which aims to minimise the adverse impact of transport on the environment while addressing current and future transport demands based on sustainable development principles. The strategy will promote green mobility to ensure that the transport sector supports the achievement of green economic growth targets, and protecting the environment." The Department has published the Draft Green Transport Strategy: (2017-2050) for comment.
The Department of Higher Education and Training published the Report of the Ministerial Committee to develop a Funding Framework for Community Education and Training (CET) as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges for comment. "As cited in this report, the role of technical and vocational education and training is particularly crucial to the development of the country's manufacturing sector which at this point is seriously underdeveloped, given the country's level of development.