Skills boost for businesswomen

first_img18 July 2006Auditing and advisory firm KPMG has launched the South African chapter of the KPMG Network of Women (Know), an initiative aimed at increasing the number of skilled professional women in key business areas in the country.Aligning itself closely with the government’s drive to improve the skills of South Africans, Know will seek to increase access to professional skills development for South African women.According to KPMG, Know has spread to 31 states across the US and benefited over 8 500 female executives since its launch in 2002.Speaking at the launch of the local branch in Johannesburg in June, KPMG executive director Tshidi Mokgabudi said KPMG would begin by employing 20 unemployed women graduates for 12 months in project management and information technology services “to ensure adequate exposure, knowledge, experience, exposure and skills development.”Women make up 52% of South Africa’s adult population, yet comprise only 41% of the working population and a mere 4.7% of all executive managerial positions, according to the latest Businesswomen’s Association census.Addressing guests at the launch, Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said it was common knowledge that South Africa had a shortage of chartered accountants and project managers.Mlambo-Ngcuka – who heads up the government’s Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA) – challenged the country’s accounting sector “to look at itself and how it has contributed to ensuring that the lives of young people become better in our country.”Asgi-SA has identified SA’s shortage of skilled labour as one of the main constraints to its goal of boosting the country’s economic growth to 6%.“I am on record as saying that the scarcity of skills is a global challenge,” Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “The financial sector is one of the affected sectors. South Africa has an army of youth who must be trained and absorbed into the mainstream economy.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

PayPal And The Evolution Of The Digital Wallet [Sponsored Video]

first_imgTags:#e-commerce#Mobile Payments#online payments#Payments#What’s In Your Mobile Wallet? Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… ReadWrite’s Michael Singer explains how online payment services are evolving to include mobile wallets that give you unprecedented flexibility when shopping at major retailers and small businesses. Get a walk through on using your mobile phone and PIN – or an associated PayPal card – to pay quickly and conveniently without having to share your financial information with retailers. Plus, learn how to get the deals and discounts you want automatically applied to your account.It might be time to leave your wallet – and your cash – at home. michael singer Related Posts center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

IYD: 10,000 people to do yoga with Naidu, Kejriwal in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) As many as 10,000 people are expected do yoga with Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt Gov. Anil Baijal and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the International Yoga Day in the national capital.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be organising the Delhi edition of the International Yoga Day (IYD) at the Connaught Place, its six radials and inner circles, and at the citys three gardens–Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Talkatora Garden and Childrens Park at India Gate.”About 10,000 participants will be performing the common Yoga protocol. The programme will start at 6 am and Yoga protocol by the participants will go on from 7 am to 7:45 am,” NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar told reporters.”Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu will be the chief guest while sports minister Vijay Goel, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal and New Delhi MP Meenakashi Lekhi will be among the other guests taking part in the event,” he added.The diplomats of various countries would be participating in the programme at Nehru Park, he said.Volunteers from organisations like Patanjali Yoga Peetha, Art of Living, Maa Shakti, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya, Gayatri Pariwar, Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), the Delhi Police, the NDMC, the CISF, the CRPF, the BSF, the ITBP, the Walking Volunteers, general public, VVIPs and VIPs would perform yoga on the occasion.”The vehicular traffic in Connaught Places inner circle will be closed from today 11 pm till 11:30 am of June 21 for preparations and arrangements and organising the event.advertisement”Shops and pedestrian traffic, however, will remain open but parking lots in the inner circle will be available,” the NDMC chairman said.On Prime Minister Narendra Modis call, the UN General Assembly declared in December 2014 that June 21 would be observed as International Yoga Day every year.This year, Lucknow will be hosting the main event in which the PM and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be participating, along with around 55,000 people.The first Yoga Day celebration in the country was organised at the Rajpath in New Delhi on June 21, 2015, in which representatives of 191 countries had participated. PTI GJS SMJlast_img read more

Exconvict trying to help those walking in his old shoes

first_imgAPTN National NewsA former convict, drug addict and lost to the streets Andy Nieman can hold a captive audience.Now armed with a degree in social work Nieman is trying to help First Nation inmates at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre.“I’ve been in that system so they want to connect with me. I have an automatic connection with them. I know how they feel and what they think,” says Nieman.APTN’s Shirley McLean has his story.last_img