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South Africa’s President Vows More Jobs at Election Rally

Addressing the ANC's final rally Sunday, Ramaphosa promised more jobs, economic growth and a drive against corruption at the rally

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President of South Africa's governing African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa waves to his supporters, as he arrives for the party's final rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 5, 2019. VOA

Campaigning for South Africa’s upcoming elections reached a climax Sunday with mass rallies by the ruling party and one of its most potent challengers, ahead of national elections for president and parliament Wednesday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress, the party of Nelson Mandela which has been in power since apartheid ended 25 years ago, is expected to win the elections but is dogged by allegations of corruption and lackluster economic performance. The ANC’s margin of victory is expected to decline from the 62 percent of the vote it received in the previous elections in 2014.

Addressing the ANC’s final rally Sunday, Ramaphosa promised more jobs, economic growth and a drive against corruption at the rally. “Our young people want jobs and they want them now,” said Ramaphosa, who promised to reduce the country’s unemployment rate of 27 percent. “We know what needs to be done to increase jobs, to grow the economy.”

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“Our young people want jobs and they want them now,” said Ramaphosa, who promised to reduce the country’s unemployment rate of 27 percent. “We know what needs to be done to increase jobs, to grow the economy.” Pixabay

He pledged to raise 1.4 trillion rand ($100 billion) to invest in the country’s economy to create jobs. Ramaphosa was speaking to thousands of ANC supporters wearing the party’s yellow, black and green colors at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park rugby stadium, which was nearly full its 62,000 capacity.

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Ramaphosa came to power last year after previous president Jacob Zuma, also of the ANC, was forced to resign amid widespread scandals. “We’ve taken decisive steps to fight corruption across the country,” said Ramaphosa. “The era of impunity is over. We are now in an era of accountability.” However, the view that the ANC tolerates corruption is expected to hurt the party in the polls.

On the other side of Johannesburg, in in Soweto, the city’s largest black township, thousands gathered for a competing rally by the Economic Freedom Fighters, a populist, leftist party. Firebrand leader Julius Malema, who split from the ANC, is set to address the rally, despite the death of his grandmother Saturday. Malema has campaigned on vows to expropriate white-owned land without compensation and to nationalize the country’s mines. (VOA)

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82% Indians Believe Technology Improves Workplace: Study

82% Indians believe technology is enhancing work environment

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Many Indians believe that technology is enhancing workplace and providing access to better jobs and opportunities. Pixabay

Smart technology has already transformed the workplace, and it is now helping to create more diverse work environments, as a new study on Thursday revealed that 82 per cent Indians believe that technology is enhancing work environment and providing access to better jobs and opportunities.

A new study conducted by Lenovo, surveyed over 15,000 individuals from around the globe including the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy, and found that employees share many positive opinions around the world regarding technology and its role in the workplace, such as its ability to improve job opportunities and job quality.

“Millennials & Gen-Z comprise — 60 per cent of the workforce and expect their employers to provide them seamless access to cutting-edge technology. At Lenovo, our vision is to provide smarter technology for all,” said Rahul Agarwal, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Lenovo PCSD India.

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‘Smart technology’ encourages ‘smart workplace’. Pixabay

“Lenovo is well positioned to meet the demands of the new-age workforce and enable ‘smarter workplaces’,” Agarwal said.

The study revealed that 73 per cent respondents in India believe tech helps people like them get good jobs and enhance careers.

Worldwide, 56 per cent strongly believe tech is making it easier to advance to the next career level: this rang most true among workers in India (85 per cent ), Mexico (74 per cent) and Brazil (72 per cent), the study said.

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The survey also showed that 83 per cent of employees from India are happy for artificial intelligence (AI) to take over the ‘boring’ parts of their jobs, as compared to 52 per cent respondents globally.

This includes tasks such as paperwork, timesheets and invoices, cleaning and organising and notetaking. (IANS)