State of the Nation Address 2013

On 14 February 2013, President Jacob Zuma opened Parliament with the 2013 State of the Nation Address. This address, amongst other things, reinforced the importance of education, infrastructure development, and transformation in our country. Whilst recognising achievements in service delivery, the Jobs Fund, the Green Fund, local procurement and other government processes, Zuma made it clear that more needs to be done to fight corruption, crime (especially against women and children), and to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment.  Furthermore, the President urged government, business and civil society to all play our parts in our country’s progress.
For the full speech please see: http://www.info.gov.za/speech/DynamicActionpageid=461&sid=34250&tid=98676
 
Green Fund 2013: Research and Policy Focus

This year’s round of the national Green Fund focuses on research and policy projects. For more information, see: http://www.sagreenfund.org.za/
 
Global employment Trends 2013
The International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Employment Trends report for 2013 is a special edition, warranted by the resurgence of the crisis in 2012. The year 2011 saw a tapering off of the recovery, followed by a dip in both growth and employment in 2012. Unemployment increased by a further 4 million over the course of 2012. The report examines the crisis in labour markets of both advanced economies and developing economies. For access to the full report please visit: http://www.ilo.org/global/research/global-reports/global-employment-trends/lang--en/index.htm