01-06-2011 -WALTER Sisulu University’s 6th graduation ceremony in May 2011 was an incredible six-day affair that boasted many a celebration last week.  Close to 4,000 graduates were capped in ceremonies held in Mthatha, Butterworth and Buffalo City, five honorary doctorates were conferred and WSU had the honour of having... Read more
  Businesses can expect transparent tender processes and faster turnaround times with the new rules issued by National Treasury on Tuesday. Business chambers welcomed National Treasury’s instruction note aimed at combating tender fraud and reducing turnaround times for settling payments to business in 30 days. Previously the process of... 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
Masixole Zwedala, a qualified artisan, took a risk many dare not take and resigned from his job as a team leader at Mercedes-Benz South Africa to start Dausons Engineering. Awakening the entrepreneurial potential in him, Masixole took a package and registered the company in September 2009. In 2009 Masixole... Read more
Bachelor of Science honours graduate Noluvuko Ngalonkulu has headed the Amatola Water science lab in Nahoon Dam for the last five years   It’s all in a day’s work for Noluvuko Ngalonkulu who has been heading up the Amatola Water science lab in Nahoon Dam for the last five... Read more
Eastern Cape women finalists feature strongly in entrepreneur competition
Eastern Cape business women are holding their own in male dominated sectors such as construction, information and communications technology and the green industries, says SMME Business LaunchPad Competition on the announcement of the province’s finalists. Nationally, women are proving to be enterprising people making up 70 percent of informal... Read more
ECDC support for SMMEs soars 23-11-2010 -An additional 107 small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) received direct financial support from provincial development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), from 800 last year to 907 in 2009/2010. This represents a 12% increase in direct financial support to SMMEs. This... Read more
Summit coincides with global entrepreneurship week which will be celebrated in 88 countries.   23-11-2010 – More than 300 small business owners are set to benefit from the expertise of SMME development practitioners, academics and when the fourth annual SMME Summit kicks off at the East London International Convention Centre... Read more
Development financier improves its loan portfolio to the province’s youth. 23-11-2010 – Although provincial budget cuts resulted in Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) securing R226 million, which was less than the required funding for 2009/10, the corporation achieved a 49 percent increase in loans disbursed to youth in the previous... Read more