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Minister Blade Nzimande delivers keynote address at Indigenous Knowledge Systems Jobs Summit, 30 Mar

26 Mar 2021

Minister Nzimande to deliver keynote address at virtual Indigenous Knowledge Systems Jobs Summit

An Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) Jobs Summit will convene next week, bringing together public and private sector stakeholders and community organisations to explore innovative ways of creating decent and productive employment opportunities for IKS graduates.

A number of IKS courses are offered in South Africa's higher education system, and many students are graduating but are failing to find employment in this sector.

To address this issue, the summit will explore potential roles for IKS graduates in the working environment, while providing a networking platform to create opportunities for graduates. Stakeholders will be able to pledge work opportunities for graduates, while graduates will get an opportunity to market themselves.

The virtual event will take place over two days under the theme of "Exploring decent work, productive employment and sustainable entrepreneurship prospects for IKS graduates: Cultivating grounds for grassroots innovation".  

The summit will be hosted by North-West University in collaboration with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the Universities of Venda, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

Experts in the field of indigenous knowledge will participate in interactive panel discussions on the following subthemes: Opportunities for IKS-based entrepreneurship development; IKS and the Fourth Industrial Revolution; IKS and the private sector; IKS teaching, learning, research and community engagement; IKS and economic development; IKS and arts, culture, heritage, museums, archives and libraries; and IKS and agriculture, health, science and innovation.
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, is expected to deliver the keynote address at the summit on Tuesday, 30 March 2021.

The media are invited as follows:

Date: 30 and 31 March 2021
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: Zoom

To attend please use the link:

Julian Leshilo-Sebake
Cell: 060 961 2194

Phenyo Mokgothu
Cell: 076 687 9250


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