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Education & Skills Development News

Technology to feature strongly during education expo

By: Petronel Smit     17th September 2010 Technology in education will be a strong focus at this year’s Education Week Convention and Learning Expo in Johannesburg, with about 1 000 education professionals expected to attend the event from September 28 to 30, 2010. 

Aerospace company advances its footprint

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th September 2010 Aerospace company Denel Aviation, part of the State-owned Denel Group, is embarking on an aggressive marketing strategy to pursue markets beyond South Africa’s borders. 

NEF to keep disbursements at R500m-level in FY2011

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th September 2010 Development finance institution (DFI) the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) plans to maintain its current disbursement rate and would aim to disburse about R500-million to assist and promote business ventures run by black people in the 2011 financial year, chief investment officer Frencel Gillion... 

International entrepreneurs to visit South African towns 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2010 A group of international entrepreneurs will this year reach out to South African entrepreneurs operating outside the mainstream economic centres, and offer them the opportunity to learn from international experience. The Entrepreneurs’ Organisation (EO), which comprises in excess of 7 500... 

Spotlight on the 
newly elected SAIW president

     10th September 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) head for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Madeleine du Toit has been elected president of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).  

Swapping guns 
for welding rods

     10th September 2010 The first group of 30 Niger Delta welder trainers recently graduated from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), as international welding practitioners (IWP).  

Institute calls for structured skills development

     10th September 2010 Welders need to be trained through a credible programme that delivers the high skill levels required by industry, as all programmes do not do this, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild claims. 

School series boosts computational materials science in Africa

By: Petronel Smit     10th September 2010 The first of the African School series on electronic structure, methods and applications (Asesma), aimed at generating a legacy of computational materials science in Africa by developing a network of African researchers in this field, was hosted by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences... 

SA slips to position 54 in latest competitiveness ranking

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2010 South Africa slipped to 54th position from 45th in the World Economic Forum's (WEF's) latest Global Competitiveness Index, but remained the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa - Switzerland continued to top the 2020/11 ranking, followed by Sweden and Singapore. The US, which ceded its... 

SA failed to achieve R&D expenditure target in 2008/9

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2010 South Africa's ratio of research and development (R&D) expenditure as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) remained short of the 1% national target set for 2008/9, having declined for the second year in succession to 0,92%, the latest national survey on research and experimental... 

Seta system here to stay, Nzimande tells skills conference 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th September 2010 The Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) sector was here to stay and would not be scrapped, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande asserted on Thursday. He said during the National Skills Summit that Seta's would remain a "central cog" of the country's skills development... 

Nzimande calls for transformation of FET colleges  

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd September 2010 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande on Friday called for some amendments and additions in the curriculum of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges to absorb the country's desolate youth into its workforce and address the high unemployment rate in South Africa.... 

Project management key for career growth

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Project management is a discipline that engineers and other professionals neglect at their peril as the personal costs and the potential penalties can be significant. On the other side of the coin, good project management skills can take careers onto a faster track. 

Business focus on sustainability critical

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Sustainability is a key issue in today’s business world, and Rhodes Investec Business School lecturer Simon Taylor says that when people are taught sustainability it provides them with a philosophical framework within which to work. 

Entrenching entrepreneurial behaviour and creativity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Business School is of the view that its MBA programme will not change the world, but its graduates will. 

MBA degrees are increasingly popular in the engineering fraternity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 MBA degrees are very popular with engineers tend to be excellent students as they come from a strict and rigorous undergraduate degree background and they are often lateral thinkers. Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) digital marketing manager Sue Swart says this is a distinct advantage... 

Students collaborate with automaker on mechanised-seat project

By: Petronel Smit     3rd September 2010 Third-year mechatronics students at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) have recently been given the opportunity to develop a concept design for a mechanised car seat installation system, as part of an assembly line at General Motors South Africa (GMSA), in Port Elizabeth. 

New city bid to match skills to industry requirements

By: Petronel Smit     27th August 2010 The mismatch between the skills required in Johannesburg and the skills available to industry has resulted in the recent launch of the City of Johannesburg’s Section 21 Leago Skills Hub. 

South African men earn more than female counterparts – Adcorp

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2010 Many South African companies were still paying female employees less than their male counterparts for doing the same work, staffing solutions group Adcorp said on Monday. “South African men earn up to 65% more than their female counterparts for the same work. This is despite the fact that more... 

Public sector strike still on cards despite revised offer 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2010 The South African government tabled a revised public sector salary offer on Thursday and again appealed for immediate acceptance, which Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said would provide "a bridge" to a more far-reaching negotiation process that would be synchronised... 

Consulting engineers support corporate 
social investment 

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 Investigations are under way to determine if training institution African Academy’s computer systems can be run off a central server, which could allow the academy to be virtually accessible to the rest of the country, reports consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch. 

Multidisciplinary approach to draughting and design

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th July 2010 The Academy of Advanced Technology offers a multidisciplined training approach to new and experienced consulting engineers, giving them a competitive edge, says Academy of Advanced Technology founder and director Professor Emil Dirsuwei. 

South Africa should promote entrepreneurship to grow economy  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th July 2010 South Africa’s economy was falling further and further behind the rest of the continent owing to deficiencies in the education system and its skills development efforts, which was, in turn, eroding the country’s competitive ability, Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine said on Thursday.... 

Regulations now in place for SA's R20bn large project tax incentive

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2010 Regulations for South Africa's long-awaited R20-billion tax incentive for large-scale industrial projects have been published, potentially opening the way for significant new manufacturing sector investments. The incentive will officially continue until December 31, 2014, but could be closed... 

SA economy shed 61 000 jobs in Q2, jobless rate ticks up 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     27th July 2010 South Africa's unemployment rate increased marginally to 25,3% in the second quarter, compared with the 25,2% recorded in the first quarter of the year, official data showed on Tuesday. This was 1,7 percentage points higher than the unemployment rate of 23,6% in the second quarter of 2009. 

Guiding the youth in construction

By: Karishma Thakurdin     23rd July 2010 Role-players in the civil engineering and construction industry have joined forces to encourage school learners and students to join the industry, through the Youth in Construction Week initiative. 

Focused on skills

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 Vehicle manufacturer Nissan South Africa (NSA) believes that developing skills is significant to its business growth and is focused on enhancing the skills of its current employees and on developing new skills. 

Public–private partnership to develop BBBEE

By: Dimakatso Motau     23rd July 2010 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development reports that the recent initiative to establish an incubation centre to nurture black-owned component suppliers at vehicle manufacturer’s Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) plant in Silverton, Pretoria, heralds a new way of stimulating the... 

Green technology on the road soon

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd July 2010 Seventy members of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) operating minibus taxis on a pre-determined route will take part in a project where their vehicles will be converted to run on both petrol and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) says. 

Canada pledges R140m to help develop African mathematical sciences hubs 

By: Petronel Smit     23rd July 2010 The Canadian government has pledged support of more than R140-million towards the establishment of five African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) centres in Africa over the next four years. 

South Africa’s artisan shortage cloud may have a training silver lining 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     23rd July 2010 It is widely accepted that South Africa's artisan shortage is a chronic problem and that the training initiatives to build a new cadre of artisans have failed, thus far, to fully address the backlog. 

New programme for draughting academy

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineers and project implementation company Hatch has developed and implemented a training programme for draughting education and training institution African Academy. 

Job shadow month to expose learners to the engineering environment

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Consulting engineering company SSI is participating in the Consulting Engineers South Africa’s National Job Shadow Month, in July, which aims to expose learners to the engineering environment, particularly consulting engineering. 

Investing in early skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 Software development company Dariel Solutions sponsors the independent, nonprofit Vuleka School by setting up computers, networking, asymmetric digital subscriber lines and Internet connectivity through Internet service providers, to expose the learners to information technology (IT) at an early... 

Competition underscores mechatronics

By: Eleanor Seggie     16th July 2010 The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has won this year’s Cyber Junkyard Challenge, a mechatronics competition that drew entries from 11 engineering tertiary institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.  

SAQA sets up career advice helpline 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2010 he South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) has established the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and Career Advice Helpline, in line with the expectations of Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande. The helpline services would be accessible by phone, SMS, the Internet,... 

Youth agency and Higher Education join forces on skills development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th July 2010 The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande have agreed to collaborate on a number of projects to improve education and skills development among South Africa’s youth. NYDA chairperson Andile Lungisa met with Nzimande earlier this week to look at... 

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