From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report.
Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more.
In an effort to create a strong pipeline of trained welders for the skills-strapped manufacturing industry in South Africa, the Alstom Foundation’s new Esibonelwesihle Welding School will start equipping Grade 10 to 12 high school students with much-needed welding skills. Alstom Welding School trainer Solomon Thena discusses this further.
Alstom Welding School trainer Solomon Thena:
Started in January, the Mechanical Technology: Welding and Metalwork subject now forms part of the technical scope of the senior school learners.
The project also feeds into Alstom Ubunye’s own in-house accredited welding school at its 80 000 m2 facility, in Nigel, which absorbs ten welding learners each year.
The candidates graduating from the Welding School will have the opportunity to apply for a position in the accredited programme to further their skills or take what they have already learnt to market.
Other news making headlines.
Cape Town drought hits tourism, threatens province’s credit ratings
And, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth
As the ongoing drought and resultant water crisis threatens Cape Town’s credit ratings and GDP growth, warnings of the impact the drought on the local tourism industry are mounting.
Wesgro CEO Tim Harris
South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with Seifsa forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018.
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade
That’s Creamer Media’s Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa’s real economy.