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THE ENTREPRENEUR PIETERMARITZBURG 2014
A competition for budding entrepreneurs with total prizes to the value of R500 000 to be won in training, mentorship, advertising and cash. Entries close on the 12 September 2014. For an entry form click here.
SOCIAL INNOVATION FINALISTS IN RUNNING FOR ZAR1MILLION
The South African Breweries Foundation has selected the finalists in its 4th annual Social Innovation Awards 2014 who will compete for the ZAR1m first place prize. The pro-poor innovations range from products and processes, which are selected according to whether they are scalable and can be commercialised. Each must also benefit the SAB Foundation's target beneficiaries who are women, youth, people living with disabilities and people living in rural areas. Other prizes include ZAR500 000 for the runner-up and ZAR300 000 (third place) and several seed grants of between ZAR100 000 and ZAR150 000 deserving innovations finalists. In total, 18 finalists are in the running. Read more.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: NATIONAL SKILLS AUTHORITY BOARD
Please find attached letter from Hon Dr BE Nzimande, MP, Minister of Higher Education and Training addressed to Nedlac, calling for nomination for Constituency representatives to the National Skills Authority Board. The National Skills Authority (NSA) is a statutory body that was first established in 1999 in terms of Chapter 2 of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (SDA). The NSA’s third term ended on 30 June 2014. BUSA has been invited to nominate five (5) representatives to serve on the Board for a period of five (5) years in terms of the SDA as amended or until operationalization of the NSA mandate as per the White Paper for Post School Education and Training. Kindly forward the nominations to email@example.com by close of business on Thursday 21st August, 2014.
SYMPOSIUM ON RESEARCH & EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING
The Office of the Premier and Statistics South Africa invite you to the 2nd ISIbalo Symposium on Research and Evidence-Based Decision Making. This year the theme of the conference is statistical evidence in support of development in KwaZulu-Natal, with specific focus on the KwaZulu-Natal government priorities. More information.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR TO ARCHITECTURAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The cream of South Africa’s architectural talent was acknowledged at the 2013/14 Corobrik-SAIA (South African Institute for Architects Awards) of Excellence and Merit at a gala dinner at the ICC Durban recently. The event was attended by several delegates from the International Union of Architects attending the world congress in Durban. For the list of the winners click here.
EMPLOYMENT TAX INCENTIVE
The Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) was constituted in August 2002 following unity negotiations among three former business organisations – the Pietermaritzburgse Sakekamer, the Midlands Black Business Chamber and the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Commerce and Industries. In forming a new chamber of commerce and industry, the unifying bodies agreed to forego their independent identities. Following the unification, the PCB was afforded the recognition of the local and provincial governments as the representative of the business community in Pietermaritzburg.