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Education & Skills Development News

IEA recognises ECSA for a further six years for Washington Accord

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) has recognised the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA‘s) standards and processes for the Washington Accord for an additional six years. “The recognition of ECSA by the IEA reaffirms that ECSA conforms to global engineering education and... 

Numsa reiterates demands as it prepares for further negotiations in metals, engineering sector

By: Anine Kilian     27th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has confirmed it will participate in further meetings with employers in the metals and engineering sector to resolve a wage disputes. Further negotiations will take place on June 28 and 29, and again on July 5 and 6. 

Formal jobs decline by 48 000 in Q1 – Stats SA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th June 2017 Jobs in the formal nonagricultural sector declined by 48 000, or 0.5%, to 9.64-million in the quarter ended March 31, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) report has revealed. This was mainly driven by trade and finance and business services, which lost 32... 

MEIBC appoints subcommittee in attempt to resolve metals, engineering wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council’s management committee has agreed to appoint a subcommittee to attempt resolving the disputes declared by employers and trade unions in the metals and engineering sector. Negotiations to conclude a wage agreement and an agreement on... 

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Expansion ensures  greater manufacturing  capability for Hydra-Arc
BEACON OF HOPE Mshiniwami trainees do practical training by assisting with the less complex welds on Hydra- Arc’s water tank projects, helping water-scarce rural communities

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

VescoPlastics’ strong training heritage recognised

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 For its commitment to training, local polymer bearing manufacturer   VescoPlastics received the Artisan Award at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, which were held last month at the Industrial Development Corporation Conference... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th June 2017 South Africa’s economy is set to earn around R2-billion and gain about 3 600 formal jobs through the economic output generated by the local drone industry, Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa economist Dr Roelof Botha believes. Speaking at Drone Con, in Midrand, last week, Botha said... 

Untapped drone industry holds multibillion-rand potential for economy

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 Education is the most powerful weapon towards economic freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “Government has taken reasonable and practical measures in ensuring that young people are enrolled in schools and study in decent schools and not mud schools and other inappropriate structures,... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma
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South African President Jacob Zuma

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Company focuses on total cost of ownership
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SHARING KNOWLEDGE CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech offers training on friction, wear and lubrication for engineers

NBI offering guidance for workplace-based learning for youth

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Business organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) is using its construction industry youth internship project to determine best practices in establishing effective youth training initiatives in other industries. The organisation, in June, launched the NBI Guidelines for Work Integrated... 

Programme provides in-depth understanding to boost green industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Owing to the continuous development and application of new technology in the green industry, training and research provider Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises at UP) will present the biannual ten-day Programme in Environmental Management under the auspices of the Centre for... 

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Major Hazard Installation (MHI) regulations for hazardous chemical and petrochemical industries – which fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) – are under review to align them with international standards.  

Regulation changes for chemicals industry next year
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SAFETY ABOVE ALL Ishecon’s training helps engineers to build and operate safe chemical plant installations

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Trade unions, MEIBC reach wage negotiation deadlock

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity, along with other unions, on Thursday declared a dispute with employers in the metals and engineering industry over stalled wage negotiations that are currently under way at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC). Solidarity deputy general secretary... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th June 2017 Trade conditions remained in negative territory in May, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Wednesday, with its Trade Activity Index at 49. While this was an improvement on the 45 recorded in April, Sacci raised concerns about the index remaining below the neutral... 

Deteriorating trade conditions will contribute to higher unemployment – Sacci

Sasol awards consultancy contract to Petroplan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local chemicals and energy company Sasol has contracted oil and gas recruitment specialist Petroplan to provide consultancy and managed services in the UK, South Africa and Mozambique. Petroplan already has a long-standing working relationship with Sasol through the provision of both contract and... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity has succeeded in its application to have the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration. The first of its kind in the country, Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp welcomed the judgment by Judge Sean Snyman, noting... 

Court orders MEIBC to be placed under administration

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 While South African employers are reporting limited hiring prospects for the third quarter, opportunities for local job seekers are expected to be strongest in the electricity, gas and water supply and the finance, insurance, real estate and business services sectors, ManpowerGroup South Africa’s... 

Deterioration of local economic landscape pinching jobs outlook

Solidarity to hear outcome of MEIBC bankruptcy application

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 The Labour Court will on Tuesday deliver judgment regarding Solidarity’s application to have the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) placed under administration in what the union says is a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. The trade union on Friday lodged... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector 

By: African News Agency      9th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has rejected the 5.3 percent wage offer made by employers in the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) on Friday. This comes after Numsa tabled a demand for 15 percent wage increase across the board to the employers... 

Numsa rejects 5.3% wage offer in engineering sector

Innovation, entrepreneurship key to tackling unemployment

By: Anine Kilian     9th June 2017 South Africa needs to promote innovation and entrepreneurship if it wants to tackle mass unemployment, South African Youth Chamber of Commerce (SAYCC) president Thapelo Maleke has said. “In an era of radical transformation, the focus should be on digital change,” he noted at the Youth in Science,... 

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive

By: Dylan Slater     9th June 2017 Langlaagte-based sleep products manufacturer the Bravo Group’s Sleep Factory attributes its lions’ share of the domestic premium sleep products market to an adoption of low technology processes, low levels of automation and, instead relying on a large labour-intensive workforce and refined... 

Lean technology approach helps mattress manufacturer remain competitive
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LOW-TECH APPROACH The Sleep Factory relies on a highly-skilled workforce, capable of easily switching between the manufacture of many different types of sleep products

Switzerland to expand innovation partnerships in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 Following the successful collaboration between Switzerland and South Africa in the innovation space, which spans nearly ten years, Switzerland aims to expand and intensify the Swiss-South Africa collaboration, says Swiss Ambassador to South Africa Helene Budliger. “Innovation is key for creating... 

Switzerland to expand innovation partnerships in South Africa
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MINDSET ENCOURAGEMENT There is opportunity for small and medium enterprises and corporates to create an innovation mindset and encourage innovation in all departments

Solidarity to approach Labour Court for assistance to save MEIBC

By: Anine Kilian     8th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday request the Labour Court to place the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) under administration in a bid to save the bargaining council from bankruptcy. About 340 000 employees and 10 000 companies fall under the MEIBC. 

Solidarity submits wage agreement to MEIBC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday said it was the only union, so far, to submit a new main wage agreement to the Metal and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC) for industry level wage negotiations for the year. A new agreement was necessary since the Labour Court declared the... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th June 2017 To assist South African microentrepreneurs in tracking growth in their business, as well as provide basic business concept training and essential business tools, small business incubator and investor Awethu has developed a virtual incubator (VI) app. The mobile app is currently available on... 

Awethu VI app seeks to broaden market for microentrepreneurs

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Boeing business internship 2018 programme application period to open next week

By: Keith Campbell     1st June 2017 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing on Thursday announced that the application period for its International Business Internship Programme (IBIP), which is now open to South African students, will start on June 6 and close on July 15. This registration period for internships that will run... 

Boeing business internship 2018 programme application period to open next week
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Nigerian wins the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2017 Nigerian systems engineer Godwin Benson has won £25 000 as the winner of the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. He developed an online digital platform called Tuteria, which links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget. Users find the skill they want to learn on... 

Competition Commission approves Denel buy of local aero-engine company

By: Keith Campbell     25th May 2017 South Africa’s Competition Commission has recommended that State-owned defence and aerospace group Denel be allowed to buy local aero-engine company Turbomeca Africa (TMA). The recommendation was given to the Competition Tribunal. The Commission announced this decision on Thursday.  

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

Influx of job seekers to Gauteng threatens economic momentum

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Although it has made “remarkable progress” in creating jobs over the mid-term, between May 2014 and November 2016, the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) still faced a rapid increase in the economically active population owing to migration, Premier David Makhura said in his Midterm Report on... 

Solidarity approaches court to revoke Eskom’s employment equity plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd May 2017 Trade union Solidarity will on Friday approach the Labour Court in Johannesburg to have State-owned power provider Eskom’s current employment equity plan declared invalid and revoked. Eskom’s employment equity plan is expected to be in force until 2020. Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices... 

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