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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 DBE national policy on HIV, STIs and TB "was developed through a participatory consultative process with stakeholders inside and outside the Basic Education sector, The Policy presents a bold new vision for the sector, to drive the response on HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) as well as Tuberculosis. it is aligned to, and presents the sector's contribution towards the National Strategic Plan on HiV, STIs and TB for South Africa, 2017 -2022 (the NSP). The Policy replaces the 1999 Department of Education National Policy on HiV /AIDS for Learners and Educators in Public Schools and Students and Educators in Further Education and Training Institutions."
The Department of Trade and Industry has published the Draft Defence Sector Codes of Good Practice for public comment. "The Defence Sector Code aims, within the defence industry, to give effect to the constitutionally enshrined right to equality by addressing the systemic past exclusion of Black people from participating in the economy, which effects remain firmly in place."
"The first report, The State of Climate Change Science and Technology in South Africa undertaken by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) on behalf of the DST, has been completed and endorsed by Cabinet. The second report is due in March 2019. The report assesses the climate change science and technology landscape and highlights the key challenges and impacts in South Africa over the next 30 years. While the country is set to face challenges brought about by climate change, our science research community, which is focusing on this global threat, is productive, well respected and growing."
This year's commemoration of Women's Day on 9 August "marks the 61st anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956. On that day up to 20 000 women of all races, class and religious pesuasions protested against the extension of Pass Laws. The march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and our society at large."
The White paper on international migration for South Africa "proposes that international migration must be managed proactively and strategically in order to contribute to national priorities, such as nation building and social cohesion, inclusive economic growth and national security. South Africa needs to start a conversation on the importance of international migration so that there can be consensus on its contribution to meeting broadly supported national goals.
The "Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy serves as the embodiment of Government’s commitment to the growth, development and transformation of South Africa’s maritime transport sector. It represents South Africa’s long-term vision, the underpinning philosophy and principles that inform its development and the direction that Government has committed to take the sector to reach its full potential.
"The European Union will further boost its research and innovation cooperation with its strategic partners Brazil and South Africa in order to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. The three sides launched the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed the Belém Statement on Atlantic Research and Innovative Cooperation Conference in Lisbon on 13-14 July 2017.
The OECD report, Getting skills right: South Africa, "identifies effective strategies to tackle skills imbalances in South Africa. It provides an assessment of practices and policies in the following areas: the collection and use of information on skill needs to foster a better alignment of skills acquisitions with labour market needs; education and training policies targeting skills development and investment for individuals and employers; job creation policies to develop skills through on-the-job learning; and policies facilitating the entry of migrants with skills that are in demand. The assessment is based on country visits, desk research and data analysis conducted by the OECD secretariat."
The OECD has published its fifth economic survey of South Africa, OECD Economic Surveys: South Africa 2017. This survey "identifies some of the foundations for inclusive growth in the future: more access to higher education; a more integrated labour market; expanding regional markets; and efforts to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. Allow me to address each of these in turn.
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, was held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017. "In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews will be state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders."