Oct 05, 2012
Eskom sets up school to train specialist weldersBack
Engineering|Expertise|Africa|Contractor|Eskom|Pipe|PROJECT|Projects|Training|Welding|Africa|South Africa|Brian Dames|Power|Pipe
© Reuse this
Speaking at a South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry convention on Friday, Dames said Eskom had employed expatriate welders at Medupi and Kusile, owing to the fact that there was a local dearth of such high-level welding skills.
But the issue had been raised as a concern and was even a source of labour unrest on the Medupi site in 2011, when some contractor employees expressed dissatisfaction about the fact that Thai nationals were being employed ahead of South Africans as welders, riggers and pipe fitters.
The State-owned utility had since established a school to train high-quality welders internally as part of a larger thrust to train beyond it needs in response to South Africa’s skills shortages.
To date, Eskom has taken on 12 000 learner artisans, technicians and engineers and had invested R1.4-billion, or 6% of its pay-roll, on training.
It had also established a power plant engineering institute to collaborate with South African universities in a bid to ensure that there was a pipeline of engineers with specialist power-sector expertise.
The Medupi project alone, Dames said, was absorbing the equivalent of 43% of the country’s yearly engineering graduates and 48% of the artisans produced in the country in a year.
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Other Welding and Cutting News
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
This Week's Magazine
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene earlier this month stated that, while South Africa’s 2015 economic growth target of 2% was achievable, it was not enough to deliver the tax revenue needed to combat the country’s challenges.
The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use.
The 25-year master plan for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project will go through a process of approval and adoption during June and July, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are also in the process of putting together a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to...
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels.
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...