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The Future of Payments Systems: Webinar 8

15 December 2021

Eldrid Jordaan, shared how GovChat created a successful digital ecosystem for over 8.5 million users offering access, scale and data privacy (view here). Portia Matsena, CIO of BankservAfrica, in her presentation on A path of inclusion and mitigation: data, an enabler to inclusion, shared insights on Data as a business asset, data pain points, changing mindsets on data, developing a data strategy and an integrated programme of work for data. The second part of her presentation highlighted key points on data vs. information, AI, digital identity, how SASSA can consume data and possible key outputs. Megan Brown, FNB, shared insights from the BASA Payments Modernisation Programme (view here). The presentation included an overview with enablers for a digital economy, data and data use cases, data applications, an overview of the ‘as is’ payment space versus the BASA modernisation programme plan as well as a summary of the payments needs analysis results conducted by the FinMark Trust and the World Bank.

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The Future of Payments Systems: Beneficiary-centric Design

17 November 2021

The sixth webinar in the Future of Payments Systems Series comprised presentations on key issues and lessons critical for beneficiary-centric design in G2P and P2G systems.

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The Future of Payments Systems: Digitisation in the public sector

3 November 2021

The fifth webinar in the Future of Payment Systems Series focused on digitisation in the public sector. The webinar comprised an overview on Governance issues for G2P payments from Khuram Farooq at the World Bank (view presentation), a presentation from Portia Matsena, CIO of BankservAfrica, on her experiences in digitisation in the South African public sector (view presentation), an overview on Fees and incentives in social protection funds disbursements from William Cook from CGAP  (view presentation), as well as case studies on Bangladesh and Poland presented by Karol Karpinski from the World Bank (view presentation).

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The Future of Payments Systems: Data Standards and Uses in Stacks

20 October 2021

The fourth webinar in the Future of Payment Systems Series focused on data standards and uses in stacks. It covered data standards for interoperability and exchange between public and private data platforms, data privacy and security, better use of data for means testing and leveraging novel data uses.

The event kicked off with a reflection session which takes stock of the webinars so far and discussed:
What are the key issues that have emerged?
What are the key elements of the payment systems of the future? 

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The Future of Payments Systems: G2P Payments, E2E Solutions, Onboarding, Payment Disbursement & Payout Options

6 October 2021

South African case studies and experiences on End to End Payment Solutions, Onboarding, Payment Disbursements and Payout Options were shared and discussed during this third webinar of the series attended by representatives of government, business, NGO, multilateral organisations.

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The Future of Payments Systems: Next Generation G2P Payment Systems

22 September 2021

The second event of the series contained presentations on next generation G2P architecture, how digital payments can accelerate the achievement of development outcomes, modern (government-to-person) G2P design principles, enablers of accessible and choice based G2P payments and a summary of learnings from COVID-19 response. Country case studies included an overview of the Direct-to-Citizens Payments system in Bangladesh and a powerful vision for G2P transformation in Indonesia.

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The Future of Payments Systems: An 8-Part Capacity Building Webinar Series

September to December 2021

This eight-part webinar series explores the future of government-to-person (G2P) and person-to-government (P2G) payments in a post-Covid digital world. The webinar series aims to build capacity by learning from other countries and government departments on G2P and P2G solutions and develop a high-level road map for the South African government to modernise, digitise and automate the onboarding, disbursement, payout and reconciliation processes to ensure that citizens have access to government programmes in an easy, accessible and hassle-free manner, while promoting financial inclusion and ensuring the choice, dignity and safety of our citizens.

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Implementation of Productivity Interventions and Improved Workplace Collaboration in the Clothing and Garment Manufacturing Sector in South Africa Webinar

Thursday 15th April 2021, 10:00 – 12:00

We are excited to share the lessons learned from the implementation of the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme in the clothing manufacturing industry in Kwa-ZuluNatal, Gauteng and the Western Cape. This journey started in 2016 when the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry (NBCCMI), through a joint decision of the clothing industry trade union (SACTWU) and employer associations, established the Productivity and Training Institute (PTI) to assist clothing manufacturers and their employees to develop competitive and sustainable workplaces through improved industrial relations. Through engagements initiated by SACTWU and PTI with the International Labour Organization (ILO), an agreement was reached between the social partners at the 2018 Presidential Jobs Summit to pilot the SCORE programme in the clothing manufacturing sector in South Africa, promoting inclusive and sustainable workplaces while increasing productivity. SACTWU, the NBCCMI, PTI, the ILO and ProductivitySA partnered with the EU-funded Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP), in theGovernment Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), to fund the SCORE programme.

The webinar will reflect on the lessons learned by trainers, by employers and workers from the participating firms and by the supporting institutions. It will explore the potential for rolling out SCORE to additional manufacturing sectors and industries.

Background:

Piloting SCORE in the clothing and textile manufacturing industry of South Africa stems from the fact that the sector has faced numerous challenges over the years, including retrenchments and factory closures coupled with low competitiveness levels compared to its international competitors. The sector struggles to compete with imports. An industry diagnosis identified challenges across large, medium, small and micro-sized entities ranging from poor policies, strained employer employee relationships, low competitiveness levels, aged equipment and manufacturing technologies, and inadequate human resource practices and investment in training and skills to respond to changing market and consumer demands. The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have further affected the sector.

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A Skills Partnership for Employment and Growth: From Current Engagement to Future Action webinar

Tuesday 10th November 2020, 10:00 – 12:00

Register now to receive the agenda and meeting link: https://bit.ly/2Gs2B53

This EU Investment Month webinar will focus on the mismatch between the skills that South African educational institutions are producing and those which employers need. Further education and training are being provided that do improve job-seekers’ employability, but their value is unevenly distributed and standards are mixed. South Africa remains behind in many international rankings on education and training. Action is required urgently, but this should be informed by research and past lessons learned. At least eight EU Member States (and Switzerland) as well as the EU Delegation are active in improving the synergies between education and employment. In this webinar we will hear insights from their experience. Framing the discussion, experts will present analysis from a recent CBPEP-supported study that tracked the destinations of graduates completing training in South African TVET colleges.

Participating will be representatives from the Presidency, National Treasury, the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Sector Education and Training Authorities, EU diplomats, South African and European business.

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Equal Pay for Women is the New Industrial Revolution

For immediate release: 17 September, 2020 11:30

On the first International Equal Pay Day, a call to change the way the world works

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The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), in collaboration with the National Planning Commission (NPC), is holding a roundtable discussion on Education in South Africa

Via Zoom, from 17:00 to 18:30 on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

The discussion will revolve around two landmark papers that have been released by the National Planning Commission for public comment. The papers are:

1) Education and Skills for the Economy, which focuses on basic and technical education;
2) Analysis of Post-School Education and Training System (PSET) Trends Towards NDP 2030, which focuses on trends in post-school higher and vocational education.

The two papers offer vital insights into progress in the advancement of South African education and skills development. The papers explore where the system has fallen short, and make recommendations for strengthening delivery. They further aim to understand how the South African education system is enabling pathways to the labour market and employment.

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New Shoots: A ground-breaking new study sows the seeds for job creation and food security in a post-COVID South Africa

For immediate release: 3 June 2020, 14:00

Employment-intensive land redistribution could hold the key to agrarian reform, reveals the landmark field study

Against the background of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has cast South Africa’s social inequalities into stark relief, a ground-breaking new study has raised the hope that small-scale farming can play a significant role in tackling the challenges of unemployment and food security.

Commissioned by the Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion (CBPEP), an EU-funded initiative, the study by a team of experts set out to model the impacts of redistributing 50% of available agricultural land in four local municipalities. More than 23,000 jobs can be created in these municipalities alone, in Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and Western Cape, suggests the study. According to team leader Professor Ben Cousins, founder of the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, these gains can be achieved by:

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