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Promoting construction-industry transformation through partnerships – press briefing on construction industry Settlement Agreement | 13 Feb. 2017

Promoting construction-industry transformation through partnerships – press briefing on construction industry Settlement Agreement | 13 Feb. 2017
Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, Minster of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Gugile Nkwinti and Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, speaking at the press briefing regarding the construction industry Settlement Agreement, 13 February 2017. (GCIS)

On 11 October 2016, Government and seven companies in the construction industry signed an agreement to promote transformation in the sector and settle outstanding and potential civil claims between the parties relating to a number of infrastructure projects. The civil claims relate to the infrastructure projects in the period to 2010, that were settled as part of the Fast-Track Settlement process with the Competition Commission.

The Settlement Agreement, also known as the Voluntary Rebuilding Programme (VRP), has three components:

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Minister Patel signs a memorandum of understanding with the government of Flanders and the International Labour Organizationon for the development of a social economy policy in South Africa | 30 Jan. 2017

Minister Patel signs a memorandum of understanding with the government of Flanders and the International Labour Organizationon for the development of a social economy policy in South Africa.

Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Flanders and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help boost job creation in the social economy in South Africa.

The Government of Flanders committed Euros 1 324 367 (around R19 million) towards the initiative which is aimed at creating and supporting decent jobs in a sustainable and inclusive social economy. EDD’s in-kind contribution is R4.8 million, bringing the total project cost to around R23.7 million. The International Labour Organization will give technical support to the Economic Development Department in the implementation of this project.

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Minister Patel brings smiles to faces of children in Soshanguve

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, is surrounded by the delighted children of Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve, where he donated T-shirts and blankets to the institution to mark Mandela Day, on 18 July 2016.
Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, is surrounded by the delighted children of Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve, where he donated T-shirts and blankets to the institution to mark Mandela Day, on 18 July 2016.

Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, provided the much needed hope to the children of an orphanage in Soshanguve during a visit to the institution to mark Mandela Day on Monday, 18 July 2016.

The Luvuyo Youth Care Centre is a home to 33 homeless children, aged between eight months and 22 years old, who have either suffered domestic abuse or are living with the HIV virus.

Since the centre started operating in 2003, it had managed to accommodate 352 children, of which 22 are permanently residing there.

Speaking individually to the children and asking them simple questions about their current studies and envisaged future careers, after a walk-about around the institution, Minister Patel motivated them to acquire as much knowledge as possible so that they could make informed decisions about their future careers.

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