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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.

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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Handover of books to the Luvuyo Child Youth Care Centre.

The Economic Development Department (EDD) delivered employee-collected children books to the Luvuyo Youth Care Centre in Soshanguve on 14 September 2016, fulfilling the commitment made by the Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, during the Mandela Day commemoration at the institution on 18 July this year.

The institution is a home to 33 either abused or HIV positive children. Seen here with volunteers and children is the institution’s manager, Mrs Lindiwe Nokwali, (second from the left), Mr Reginald Khanzi, EDD’s Events Co-ordinator and Protocol Officer, (left) and Mr Duma Nkosi, Acting Deputy Director-General: Social Dialogue. Mrs Nokwali expressed her appreciation for the donation and added that the books would go a long in developing the minds of the young children.

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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The pictures show Minister Patel ‎being shown the sweet-making process by workers and talking to workers in the factory.

Minister Ebrahim Patel visited Broadway Sweets to engage young workers on development issues.
The factory manufactures sweets and is owned by a black industrialist.

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Minister Patel ‎was shown the sweet-making process by the workers in the factory.

View a selection of photos from the Minister's visit on EDD's FlickR page.

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Scam Alert
All Service Providers and Businesses

The Economic Development Department wishes to advise members of the public, particularly those in business, to be alert to a scam utilizing the logo of the Economic Development Department. The fraudsters involved send unsuspecting business operators a Request for Quotations for the provision of Solar Panels.

As the Economic Development Department, we wish to state that we do not have such a project, and therefore beware that the Request for Quotation is not from the Economic Development Department.

Please confirm any request you receive with our Supply Chain Management division on these details 012 394 3579. Report these fraudulent activities to the SAPS or call the Anti Corruption hotline 0800 701 701 or SMS to 39772 or send an email to fraud@economic.gov.za.


Broadway Sweets Factory vist | 9 June 2016
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