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Education & Skills Development News

Transnet offers voluntary severance packages to staff

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 Transnet on Friday confirmed that it is offering voluntary severance packages (VSPs) to its management and bargaining unit employees to streamline its business and ensure the group’s long-term sustainability. The parastatal cited subdued global economic growth, including a weak economic outlook... 

Driving home the renewable energy message

By: David Oliveira     24th March 2017 The Energy and Water Skills Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has unveiled an innovative mobile renewable-energy technology unit, which has been developed with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Known as energyDRIVE, the unit comprises a custom-built truck that will be used... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Business school association appoints new president

By: Anine Kilian     22nd March 2017 The South African Business School Association (Sabsa) has appointed Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Dean Professor Nicola Kleyn as its new president. Kleyn who was appointed dean at GIBS in April 2015, is widely published on the topics of business ethics, branding and reputation... 

The African way of Western leadership practices can lead to business success, study finds

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 A hybrid approach to leadership, merging Western and African styles, may be key to business success in African markets, a new Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Business School study has found. Despite the significant differences, a combination of Western pragmatism and African... 

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

Barloworld Logistics appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th March 2017 Industrial engineer Kamogelo Mmutlana has been appointed to take the helm at Barloworld Logistics. He will be responsible for driving further growth in the Logistics business, aligning with Barloworld Group-wide growth ambitions, and will seek to ensure that Barloworld Logistics remains agile,... 

Barloworld launches incubation hub to assist in SMME development

By: David Oliveira     14th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld on Tuesday launched the Siyakhula Incubation Hub at its Johannesburg offices to assist suppliers and other companies operating in its value chain to overcome challenges such as market access, finance and skills that tend to impact on small, medium-sized and microenterprises... 

Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school opens in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     10th March 2017 Africa’s first multidisciplinary design school has been formally launched at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking, commonly known as the d-school, aims to foster innovation and encourage fresh ways of thinking. 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Information technology (IT) firms Mint Management Technologies and Pinnacle are working to establish a professional network to support the career development of women in the IT sector, says Mint Management Technologies human resources executive Lauren Clark. The need for a professional career... 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT
LAUREN CLARK Simple work mechanisms can ensure career support and the retention of skilled female employees

DRA launches two-year graduate programme for engineering students

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Global engineering firm DRA launched a two-year graduate programme earlier this month that will see the firm provide practical industry experience to six engineering graduates. DRA human resources manager Louise Dercksen notes that the firm is hiring graduates from the mechanical, electrical and... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems
FAITH MKHACWA EnMSes are not ‘one-off’ projects, but rather need to becontinuously implemented on site

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

School project dubbed case study in meaningful public–private partnership

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 The high school built and supported by information technology and business systems multinational Oracle, in Kaalfontein, Midrand, was a case study for the department on how to design, build, equip and support schools, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Speaking at the Ponelopele... 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful  public–private partnership
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS Oracle employees donate their time to support the school and mentor the teachers and pupils

Tracker sees big data investments adding fleet-management value

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Vehicle telemetry multinational Tracker is investing in a range of research and development projects, which will provide significant insights and value for a broad range of stakeholders. The projects leverage the large volumes of data and many data streams that Tracker has access to, says Tracker... 

AFD sets aside €1.3bn to support high social impact South African projects

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) expects to disburse €1.3-billion in funding support to South African projects in the coming five years as part of a newly approved operational strategy for the country. AFD says the funding will take the form of nonsovereign... 

One month left for public to comment on OHASA regulations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 Companies that employ people in high-risk areas and the public in general, have one month left to comment on the draft ergonomic regulations set to be promulgated in the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHASA). In January, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant gazetted her intention to introduce... 

UK, S Africa universities study impact of digital technology in higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 As digital technology continues to influence and disrupt how students learn and are taught, a new transcontinental research project by the University of Leeds, in the UK, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will examine its effect on staff, students and employers. The ‘Unbundled University:... 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) announced last month that they had teamed up for the international Solar Payback project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial... 

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Increased awareness key to  enhancing industrial water efficiency
SAFEGUARDING SCARCE RESOURCE The Industrial Water Efficiency Project will guide a transformation of industry’s water use through a systematic and holistic approach to water management

One regional water utility for the Eastern Cape

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Eastern Cape State-owned water utility Amatola Water is leading the charge in the advocacy of and planning activities required to ensure that a single regional bulk water utility is realised in the Eastern Cape, in line with the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS’s) institutional reform... 

Programme complements government objectives

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Private higher education institution Monash South Africa welcomed the first class of students for its new Postgraduate Diploma in Water Management this year. 

Programme complements government objectives
BIMO NKHATA Water Week is crucial for highlighting the role that every person has to play in using water responsibly and sustainably

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is adamant that government will not stand by while its poultry industry is “decimated”, but acknowledges that there are also issues of industry competitiveness that should be addressed. Speaking this week during the Economic Sectors, Employment and... 

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies
Poultry workers and management during a recent march to the EU Delegation in Pretoria, to protest the dumping of bone-in chicken

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years 

     2nd March 2017 Information technology multinational Oracle last month celebrated the tenth year of the fully digital high school, which it built in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education.  

Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years
Digital public-private high school celebrates ten years

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free digital skills platform

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2017 Technology multinational IBM launched a $70-million (R945-million) digital literacy and skills development initiative aimed at training 25-million people in Africa over five years. The Digital Nation Africa (DNA) initiative is being undertaken in partnership with African universities, companies... 

IBM aims to train 25m young Africans using free  digital skills platform
HAMILTON RATSHEFOLA The appropriate response to the challenges facing Africa, including inequality, lack of skills and unemployment, is to provide accredited, free, online education

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on  experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’
DIRTY WORK The internship programme offered at Rio-Carb provides on-the-workshop-floor experience

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution
BOOSTING ENERGY The Africa Energy Indaba brings together politicians and energy luminaries to envision and catalyse decisions that will enhance access to energy

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Energy efficient qualifications  finalised
WYNAND VAN DER MERWE This qualification will ensure that technicians have a unique skill set that is in high demand

Familiarity with building contracts essential for emerging contractors

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Failure to fully familiarise oneself with the contents of a building contract can cause conflict between parties and result in costly problems, says nonprofit industry representative the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC) CEO Uwe Putlitz. 

Familiarity with building contracts essential for emerging contractors
UWE PUTLITZ Most disputes between building contractors can be avoided by following the provisions in the building contract

Quality key for the construction sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry association the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) is taking a proactive role in ensuring that a high level of quality is instituted and maintained throughout the civil engineering and construction sector’s supply chain. 

Quality key for the construction  sector
BENEFITS OF PRECAST Precast concrete is gaining popularity as a cost-effective and efficient solution that can help to facilitate good quality construction work

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