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Education & Skills Development News

Architectural body seeks to reignite recognition of prior learning scheme

By: Dylan Slater     20th January 2017 Architectural professionals’ regulatory body the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (Sacap) announced the unveiling of its new online platform that will launch its re-ignited Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme – a component of the council’s plan to realise... 

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Businesses to navigate the effects of  union instability
Photo by Duane Daws
MAINTAINING MAJORITY South Africa’s larger trade unions will have to make difficult choices to mitigate the loss of their majority

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Investment the cure for SA’s unemployment – Fedusa

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 All sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country is to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment. This was according to Dennis George of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the second largest trade union federation in the country, who is... 

Education and right mix of skills crucial to growth and development – Radebe

By: African News Agency      18th January 2017 Investing in education and the right skills have become vital elements to a country’s economic growth, development and competitiveness in a global setting. This was according to South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 Amid the country’s rising unemployment rate, 83% of South African CEOs are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next year, which will result in an increase in headcount. In its eighth South African edition of the yearly Global CEO Survey, financial services firm... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC
PwC Southern Africa CEO Dion Shango discusses CEO sentiments

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the passing of the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) Act, which it believes will enable significant strides in the creation of more jobs for the youth. President Jacob Zuma signed the Bill into law on January 11 under the Taxation Laws Amendment Act. 

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

Public Works dept allocates R5.2m in student bursaries 

By: Anine Kilian     13th January 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) on Friday handed bursaries worth R5.2-million over to 40 learners who are going to pursue built environment studies at various universities across the country. Each bursary is valued at R130 000 and covers tuition, accommodation, meals, textbooks, academic... 

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4-million this year, spurred by deteriorating labour market conditions in emerging countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. In its latest ‘World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017’ report, the organisation outlined that... 

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

NSFAS to ease tertiary fee burden, DHET troubled by corruption 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has conceded that there is corruption in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which has led to some students not receiving their tertiary funding. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, on Thursday, he said that while this... 

NSFAS to ease tertiary fee burden, DHET troubled by corruption
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Minister Blade Nzimande

SA education system one of the worst in the world – The Economist

By: News24Wire      6th January 2017 In the week that South Africa’s matric results were released, international news magazine, The Economist, has declared the country’s schools as among the most inept in the world. "South Africa has one of the world’s worst education systems," the London-based publication reported on its online... 

SA education system one of the worst in the world – The Economist

Matric results dispel 'DA lies' – Sadtu 

By: News24Wire      5th January 2017 The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Thursday that the 2016 matric results prove that the union is not a barrier to education, as the Democratic Alliance has claimed. "This (the matric results) has dispelled the lies peddled by the likes of the DA that Sadtu members in the... 

Matric results dispel 'DA lies' – Sadtu

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

By: African News Agency      4th January 2017 Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2016 had achieved a pass rate of 72.5% – up from the 70.7% in 2015. The 2016 pass rate includes progressed learners – those who had failed Grade 11 twice and been pushed through... 

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

Progressing failed learners has borne fruit – Motshekga

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education's policy to promote more than 100 000 learners has borne fruit, Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday. The 2016 matric pass rate, including the results of the progressed learners, has increased to 72.5% - 1.8% more than last year’s rate of 70.7%. 

Progressing failed learners has borne fruit – Motshekga
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Minister of Basic Education Angie Motsekga with Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

50% of matriculants gain access to higher education

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education has announced that more than 50% of matriculants have obtained passes that will give them access to higher learning institutions. "More than 50% of learners passed with the required standard to enable them to access higher education," said the department's Dr... 

50% of matriculants gain access to higher education

Education dept stands by 2016 matric results

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Basic Education Department is standing by its 2016 matric results, due to be released on Thursday, despite DA MP Gavin Davis questioning the way some averages were increased. "We do stand by our results," said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga on Tuesday. 

Education dept stands by 2016 matric results

DA queries what looks like artificial inflation of matric results

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 The Democratic Alliance on Friday expressed concerns about the standardisation of matric examination results for 2016, pointing to what the party said looked like artificial inflation of results. In an open letter to the head of the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education... 

DA queries what looks like artificial inflation of matric results

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd December 2016 Construction of the new Worcester high school, in the Western Cape, is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors in January, the Western Cape government (WCG) said on Thursday. The R61-million project was commissioned in August 2015 by the Department of Transport and Public Works... 

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi

By: News24Wire      20th December 2016 The revelations that President Jacob Zuma conspired with Secret Service agencies to establish a rival trade union to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)in the platinum belt should be seen as the last straw, said former Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. “If this is... 

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi
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Zwelinzima Vavi

UN, Coca-Cola upskill 25 000 women entrepreneurs 

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2016 The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), together with The Coca-Cola Company, on Wednesday celebrated the upskilling of 25 000 female micro entrepreneurs in South Africa, achieved through the entities’ project to empower women entrepreneurs through a... 

UN, Coca-Cola upskill 25 000 women entrepreneurs
Department of Small Business Development Edith Vries talks to Engineering News Online about female entrepreneurs in South Africa

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra 

     14th December 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched last month in Alexandra, Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision... 

Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra
Football Safe-Hub kicks off in Alexandra

Former President Mbeki appointed Unisa chancellor

By: Samantha Herbst     9th December 2016 In an effort to sustain the reputable profile of outgoing University of South Africa (Unisa) chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, who served the university for 15 years before stepping down this week, Unisa has appointed former South African President Thabo Mbeki its new chancellor. In a media... 

Former President Mbeki appointed Unisa chancellor
Former President Thabo Mbeki

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 International power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

Artificial football field built in Alexandra in latest roll-out of Safe-Hub programme

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this month in the north of Johannesburg, as part of the South African Football Association’s (Safa’s) Vision 2022 that aims to build the structures needed for the development of local... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time
KRIYA GOVENDER The real-time nature of the solution enables all levels of employees to proactively manage productivity

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 Being the second largest regional economy after Gauteng, the Western Cape is set on creating new industries as well as stimulating labour-intensive industries such as agroprocessing, marine culture, the green economy, tourism, and oil and gas to further grow the economy. 

Plans in place to stimulate industries for further  economic growth
JANINE MYBURGH There has been great cooperation between the private sector, the province and the council to improve, build and promote Cape Town

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses
DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Solar system donation for Western Cape nonprofit organisation

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 Solar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa donated a R120 000 5 kW solar system to Western Cape-based non-profit organisation Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures horticulture and life-skills college, which will significantly reduce the foundation’s electricity overheads, allowing for... 

Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th November 2016 The findings of the second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey has revealed that 48% of respondents who earned less than R100 000 a year thought it was difficult to navigate daily life without paying bribes. The survey was conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa and sponsored by... 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

Top 1% globally for Wits researchers 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th November 2016 Three researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have ranked in the top 1% in their fields globally, according to media and information firm Thomson Reuters. The Wits staff are professors Christopher Henshilwood, Christopher Mathew and Lynn Morris. 

Top 1% globally for Wits researchers
Professor Christopher Henshilwood

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability
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