During the Mbeki/Manuel era, we became used to very orthodox budgets being the norm. Fiscal conservatism was the order of the day, with the budget deficit and the national debt (relative to GDP) gradually but persistently reduced from levels that risked becoming unsustainable, to being exemplary. During this era... Read more
Indications are that the wheels of the Eastern Cape economy are starting to turn with export activity at the province’s commercial ports showing a marked increase in 2010 up by 1,5 million metric tons from the previous year. This comes at the back of positive figures from the Eastern... Read more
Need to support agriculture with requisite skills 15-02-2011 –Leadership needed to jumpstart stagnant economies of the Eastern Cape In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma highlights the need and government’s commitment to create employment opportunities for all South Africans. Nowhere is this more critical than in the... Read more
The Eastern Cape economy is on the resurgence according to the latest 2010 fourth quarter figures by economists.co.za. The numbers are a welcome boost for a province which has been hard hit by the deepest recession we have seen in 17 years. Importantly, these figures will do a lot... Read more
Massive investments stream into province but these are yet to improve business confidence levels in the province 28-01-2011 – Massive investments into the Eastern Cape economy this year seem to fly in the face of Grant Thornton’s international business report which states that the province’s business owners’ optimism levels... Read more
Experts call on an improved quality matric pass and a training approach that produces highly needed skills beyond matric, to better meet the labour market’s needs. They blame the cookie cutter approach to secondary education at school level and a high supply of skills such as social sciences that... Read more
The vast majority of matriculants hoping to enter the job market will not be able to find jobs because they do not possess the skills required by the economy and business. Admittedly, this is not the news a matriculant wants to hear early on in the year straight after... Read more
A training programme that will see local youths empowered with expertise in the installing and maintenance of solar systems is planned by Matla Solar Water Heating (SWH), the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) and accredited training service provider. The accredited programme will come hot on the heels of... Read more
  The East London Industrial Development Zone’s (IDZ) first Renewable Energy Sector Investor, Matla Solar Water Heating (SWH) employees stand to benefit from a world class training programme provided by the company’s Taiwanese investors. The company, launched in the East London IDZ, will be manufacturing solar water heating systems... Read more