July 18, which is Nelson Mandela's birthday, was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2010. The celebration of this international day recognises and gives credence to the former President’s commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.
It is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and change the world around them.
A global movement for positive change begins with small actions. As each person acts, they fuel momentum toward positive change, raising awareness and expanding the reach of Mr Mandela’s values – fighting injustice, helping people in need and practicing reconciliation.
The month of August is Women’s Month, and 9 August was declared Women’s Day by the democratically elected government of South Africa and is a public holiday. Women’s Day has its roots in the political activism by women during the struggle for liberation against colonisation and apartheid which culminated in the Women’s march on 9 August 1956. About 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings on this day to protest against the inclusion of women in the pass laws that served to control the movements of Blacks.
This 1956 march was co-ordinated by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) led by four women; Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams–De Bruyn.
The 2014 Youth Month is highly significant as South Africa marks 20 years of freedom since the first democratic elections were held in 27 April 1994. The 2014 Youth Month programme will facilitate conversations with the youth on the achievements and progress made in youth development over the past 20 years as well as the challenges that still exist.
While the youth of 1976 fought for freedom and the creation of a democratic state, today’s youth activism is directed towards successfully tackling the challenges of combating poverty, unemployment, HIV and AIDS, personal development; economic freedom and the development of the country.
More than 800 young people from all nine provinces gathered for the Presidential Youth Indaba on Friday, 28 February to 2 March 2014. The Indaba was organised in partnership with the Presidency, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), South African Youth Council (SAYC), state owned entities and various government departments.
View the Declaration of the Presidential Youth Indaba, 2 March 2014, here. View the Commissions Report March 1, 2014 Final Consolidated Youth Indaba Programme.
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The Minister of Economic Development, Mr Ebrahim Patel, tabled his Budget Vote Speech in parliament on 22 July 2014.
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Unemployment rate 25.5%
Absorption rate 42.8%
Participation rate 57.2%
Formal sector non-agriculture employment (q\q %) -0.1%
Formal sector non-agriculture gross earnings (q\q %) -4.6%
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