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Education & Skills Development News

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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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

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

Enko Education launches its first South African school

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2016 Enko Education this month launched its first school in South Africa, bringing its total in sub-Saharan Africa to seven schools. The school, located in Ferndale, will teach a curriculum that is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation norms. Its programmes lead to the completion... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The South African light steel frame building (LSFB) market is estimated to be worth about R1-billion a year. This is based on the steel used by LSF manufacturers, as well as volumes of the major materials – including gypsum board, fibre cement board, insulation, vapour permeable membranes and... 

Local LSFB market worth R1-billion yearly
MALL OF AFRICA PROJECT The latest large-scale project completed using LSF was the external walling of the 131 000 m2 floor area of the multibillion-rand Mall of Africa

More adjudicators needed for new regulations

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 With the implementation of the Prompt Payment Regulation and Adjudication Standard for construction contracts imminent, multidisciplinary consulting firm MDA Consulting laments the lack of adjudicators in the industry to deal with disputes. 

More adjudicators needed for  new regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
CONSTRUCTION DISPUTES Disputes between construction contractors, employers and subcontractors will soon be handled by adjudicators

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 Last month, education consultancy Sangari launched the Life Sciences Lab and the Land Rover 4 x 4 in Schools Technology Challenge at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre science museum, in Johannesburg. 

New technology laboratory opens in Johannesburg
SCIENCE LABORATORY The Sangari Life Sciences Lab allows students to experience experiments at their own pace

PROTEC opens more education centres

By: Victor Moolman     18th November 2016 South African nonprofit organisation PROTEC opened two new education centres in Gauteng, on June 6, 2016, in Ebony Park, Midrand, and on October 3, 2016 at the Soweto Empowerment Zone, with plans to open another in Atteridgeville, in Pretoria, next year. 

PROTEC opens more education centres
CONTINUED GROWTH A new centre will be opened in Atteridgeville next year

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority
2016 STEEL AWARDS The yearly Saisc Steel Awards provide an excellent platform for members to network

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

Digital Skills Academy giving away $10 000 bursary

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th November 2016 Online tertiary group Digital Skills Academy (DSA) and Brainstorm magazine have launched a competition for working professionals where a place on one of DSA’s acclaimed International BSc degree programmes in digital skills, worth $10 000, can be won. The competition, which opened on October 1, is... 

Football talent in Alexandra gets R8.5m boost

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2016 The Totalsports Safe-Hub, a football-based after-school programme for youth development, was launched earlier this week 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... 

Football talent in Alexandra gets R8.5m boost
Photo by Duane Daws
Totalsports Safe-Hub in Alexandra

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