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A step towards better science for education policy

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By Connie St Louis- SciDev.Net Evidence-based policy. It’s one of those phrases that has become ubiquitous. But what exactly does it mean? And perhaps more importantly, where is that evidence coming from, and can it be trusted as a basis for formulating policy? The NGO The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has been wrestling with such questions in the …

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Exporters encouraged to utilise more of AGOA tariff lines


This came through at the two-day Team Export South Africa (TESA) workshop which took place in Midrand in the past two days. South African exporters have been encouraged to utilise more of the tariff lines negotiated under the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). This came through at the two-day Team Export South Africa (TESA) workshop which took place in Midrand …

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gridComm, Somerset Group Bring Smart Street Lighting Sensory Network


gridComm, a leader in smart street light solutions and IoT sensor networks, and civic-minded investment firm Somerset Group have partnered to install smart street lighting sensory networks across the Kingdom of Swaziland. A developing country with a small economy, Swaziland — a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) — …

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SA: Roadmap needed to finance higher education

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By– Cape Town – A roadmap to finance the study costs of poor and working class students is needed to address the ongoing university fees protests across the country, government said on Wednesday. “A roadmap is needed to fully finance the costs of study for students from poor and working-class families. The plan needs to consider the impact of …

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Successes realised by Abagold is Testimony that South Africa can grow Jobs in the Aqua-Culture and Processing Sector


Abagold Way cultivates, produces and markets natural abalone The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says that successes achieved by Abagold Way aqua enterprise in increasing its employee workforce even during tough economic times is testimony that there is an existing abundance of job growth opportunities in the aqua-culture and processing industry. Davies was speaking in Hermanus during …

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Uganda’s first-ever Social Service Delivery Equity Atlas launched


Atlas maps key results vs public expenditures for children across Uganda. The Government of Uganda has today launched an Atlas that helps to monitor the delivery and impact of basic services for children and other vulnerable groups across Uganda. Dubbed as the Social Service Delivery Equity Atlas, Uganda’s first-ever publication that maps key results versus public expenditures for children, the …

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Agriculture Entrepreneur from Madagascar wins $25,000 2016 Anzisha Grand Prize for African Youth Entrepreneurship


The 12 Anzisha Prize finalists were hand-picked from an applicant pool of 550 entrepreneurs from 32 African countries. African Leadership Academy ( and The MasterCard Foundation ( are pleased to announce Heritiaina Randriamananatahina, 22 year old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar, as this year’s winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize in the sixth annual edition of Africa’s premier award for youth …

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SA: Enrolment at Higher Education institutions on the rise


By – Cape Town – Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says the number of students that have enrolled at institutions of higher learning have been on the increase over a ten year period. Briefing the media at the Imbizo Centre in Cape Town, on Tuesday, the Statistician-General said the Financial Statistics of Higher Education Institutions 2015 …

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SA: Matric exams kick off

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By- Pretoria – Learners across the country will today sit for their final 2016 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations. They will write their first English Paper at 9am. A few of them started last week with other subjects including IT. The Grade 12 examinations will run from 26 October to 29 November 2016. Umalusi, which quality assures all exit …

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International Colloquium of Rabat to study links between trade, investment and sustainable development

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This year’s edition of the colloquium will take place under the theme “Trade, Investment and Sustainable Development” and will take place from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 October at the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Science of the Mohammed V University of Rabat (Morocco) This event is taking place as Morocco is preparing to host the Twenty-Second Conference of …

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