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Education & Skills Development News

Labour market index improves, but no cause for celebration – Solidarity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 While the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) improved to 42.5 index points in the third quarter, up from the downwardly revised 41.9 in the second quarter, the trade union cautioned against premature talk of “green shoots” of recovery in the South African economy. The trade union said the... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be part of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) committee that is dealing with the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) section 77 notice, which calls for national protest action demanding free education. Nedlac has... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

16 emerging contractors hired on Eastern Cape housing initiative

By: David Oliveira     4th November 2016 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) reported last month that it had built 496 houses in the small town of Moltena, outside of Queenstown, in the Eastern Cape, on behalf of the Department of Human Settlements (DoHS). The initiative forms part of projects that the CDC has successfully... 

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Welding certification to become unavoidable for rail industry

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 With infrastructure development planned to take place rapidly in the rail industry, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) believes that EN 15085 certification is crucial to upholding the quality and safety of railway vehicles and components in the local industry.  

Welding certification  to become unavoidable  for rail industry
WELDING CERTIFICATION SAIW offers training, qualification and certification programmes to meet international requirements

Wits ranks 222 globally, 2nd in Africa  

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th October 2016 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has been ranked the second best academic institution in Africa and 222nd globally according to the 2016/17 Best Global Universities (BGU) ranking by publisher US News & World Report.  Wits scored 61.4 points, up 62 places from its 2015/16 global ranking.... 

Wits ranks 222 globally, 2nd in Africa

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2016 Transnet, which has partnered with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute to establish the Transnet Innovation and Design Research Centre, this week showcased 20 entrepreneurs who invented “life-changing” ideas that would provide solutions to challenges in their... 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

Government, society need joint solution for Fees Must Fall challenge

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has acknowledged concerns raised by various parts of the post-school community regarding free tertiary education, noted Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement address on Wednesday. The Fees Must Fall movement, comprising university students demanding... 

Government, society need joint solution for Fees Must Fall challenge

AfDB provides R4.2m for South African sustainable mining efforts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th October 2016 To develop skills and knowledge in sustainable development and mining, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has granted R4.2-million to an initiative run by the South African government and the University of Cape Town (UCT). Aimed at helping turn the minerals extraction and beneficiation... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo
Photo by Duane Daws
INDUSTRY COMPOSITION The Railroad Association believes the youth must be made aware of the different aspects that contribute or relate to the rail sector

Sasol invests in social responsibility initiatives

     21st October 2016 Furthering its social outreach, energy and chemicals company Sasol held its sixteenth flagship career exhibition, Sasol Techno X, from August 16 to 19 at the Boiketlong Sports Centre in Sasolburg. 

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

Growing demand in Africa for knowledge & education

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 SUSE Enterprise Linux is in the process of training and educating its African region partners, such as South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana, to apply new open-source technologies efficiently in Africa. 

Growing demand in Africa for knowledge & education
SANDER HUYTS The SUSE Linux system is operational and secure so that all enterprises can use it

Innovation to provide solutions for African businesses

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 Businesses in Africa are facing a variety of challenges, which has led professional services firms like KPMG to constantly invest in innovative products to provide solutions for businesses. 

Innovation to provide solutions for African  businesses
BENSON MWESIGWA To date, KPMG has delivered 85 000 l of water as part of Operation Hydrate

Many tech companies expected to be started, incubated at Joburg hub

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2016 Many new technology companies would be started and incubated  at the digital innovation hub, in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, which would also contribute to the transformation of Johannesburg and Gauteng. The hub – called Tshimologong, which is seTswana for a place of new beginnings – was the... 

Many tech companies expected to be started, incubated at Joburg hub
BARRY DWOLATZKY Constant learning and innovation is the engine of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Wireless infrastructure prominent growth enabler for African continent

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2016 With noticeable developments regarding unified policies in the African Union, wireless vendor Ruckus Wireless believes that the key goal of an Africa-wide standardised telecommunications policy should be to stimulate growth by springboarding Africa into a position that would allow for much easier... 

Sars wants 'rogue unit' docs barred from labour case

By: News24Wire      11th October 2016 Lawyers for the South African Revenue Service (Sars) want key documents relating to the infamous "rogue unit" saga to be disallowed as evidence in a labour dispute with one of the revenue collector's former employees. Proceedings in former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay's bid to have his... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th October 2016 Women entrepreneurs must use their environment and the immediate challenges facing their communities as drivers of business, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) CEO Leah Manenzhe said on Monday. Manenzhe told delegates at the Gauteng Young Women in Business Breakfast Dialogue – which aims to... 

Community challenges seen as business opportunities for women – GEP
Women entrepreneurs are encouraged to find solutions in their immediate environment. Cameraperson: Nichoals Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Consultancy proposes ways to kick-start South Africa’s GDP growth

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 Five actionable plans would be key to help kick-start South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth – currently standing at below 1% – and address the country’s triple threat of unemployment, inequality and poverty, delegates heard at business consultancy IQ Business’s smartgrowth.co.za... 

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

By: Dylan Slater     7th October 2016 The South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac) is due to enter line production in early 2017, with the construction of a purpose-built factory at Wonderboom Airport, north of Pretoria.  

Production of Ahrlac aircraft set to begin in early 2017

South Africa’s economic woes largely self-inflicted – CDE

By: David Oliveira     7th October 2016 While the historical legacy of apartheid and the global economic slowdown have contributed to South Africa’s poor economic growth, Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) executive director Ann Bernstein stated that South Africa’s economic woes were predominantly owing to government’s policy... 

Government signals crackdown on cartels 

By: Kim Cloete     6th October 2016 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel is adamant about cracking down on cartels that he says are pushing people deeper into poverty and raising prices of food and other goods. He told the tenth annual Competition Law, Economics and Policy Conference on Thursday that he hoped newly... 

Government signals crackdown on cartels
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2016 The only way to win the trust of mineworkers is for the mining business to become open and transparent, former National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) president Dr James Motlatsi said on Thursday. Speaking at the Joburg Indaba, Motlatsi shared the podium with Association of Mineworkers and... 

Transparency only way to win mineworker trust – Motlatsi
Photo by Ilan Solomons
Former NUM president Dr James Motlatsi

Stellenbosch University offers MBA online in real-time

By: African News Agency      4th October 2016 The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) will be the first South African business school to offer its MBA in real-time online, transferring the physical classroom space to anywhere in the world. Students from around the world will be able to attend classes via live streaming and... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

In-house training necessary to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2016 Cybersecurity skills are in short supply worldwide, and South Africa competes locally and internationally for these skills. The risks of training and then losing employees must be weighed against not having access to the requisite skills at all, says cybersecurity multinational Intel Security... 

In-house training necessary  to improve cybersecurity
TREVOR COETZEE Intrusion detection, secure software development and attack mitigation as among the skills most in demand

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training 

     29th September 2016 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: The South African Institute of Civil Engineering has held its 25th yearly school bridge building competition, which sees pupils from across Southern Africa competing and aims to get children to apply engineering... 

25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training
25th school bridge building competition demonstrates value of hands-on engineering training

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd September 2016 The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) and Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to ensure that small, medium-sized and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in townships have... 

Gauteng govt, JCCI sign MoU to promote SMMEs
Photo by Duane Daws
MEC Lebogang Maile

Local unit of global defence group enjoying significant success

By: Keith Campbell     23rd September 2016 South African private-sector defence company Saab Grintek Defence (SGD) is enjoying such success that it has had to recruit 198 new staff since January 2015, taking its work force up to 719 people. The company, 75%-owned by Sweden’s Saab and 25% by black South African investors, now has customers... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th September 2016 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has committed R11.9-million to the Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority to fund the training of 325 Scaw Metals employees for six months. This follows the approval of Scaw Metals’ application to the Commission... 

UIF commits nearly R12m to training scheme for Scaw Metals employees

Commercial bamboo production may have biofuel potential  

By: Dylan Slater     16th September 2016 According to Africa-focused bamboo technology company Afribam, growing bamboo commercially could create biofuel possibilities for commercial power generation and serve to sequestrate a percentage of carbon emitted by the same power generation facilities.  

Commercial bamboo production may have  biofuel potential
Bamboo specialist Adrian Sutton tells Engineering News about the opportunities of commercially growing bamboo. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th September 2016 Massive open online courses – MOOCs – are exposing many people to the educational content and academic quality of universities, with these courses forming part of increasingly diverse, flexible study options that enable a wider range of students to access quality tertiary education. MOOCs have... 

MOOCs won’t ease higher-education stresses, but add diversity and flexibility

South African firms report ‘positive but cautious’ Q4 hiring intentions

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2016 South Africa’s mining, quarrying and manufacturing sectors will remain the country’s weakest job link as local employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months to December, according to data released by workforce expert Manpower Group. This data alternatively... 

MTN’s new BBBEE scheme launched

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th September 2016 Subscriptions for MTN’s new R9.9-billion broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme MTN Zakhele Futhi are now open to qualifying black investors and groups. Some 123.4-million ordinary shares in MTN Zakhele Futhi are on offer to new and existing investors at R20 a share, with a minimum... 

Building industry calls for accredited inspection qualification

By: David Oliveira     9th September 2016 An accredited building inspection qualification will help protect South African property buyers and will also foster job creation in the nascent local building inspection industry, says local home inspection training institution the South African Home Inspection Training Academy (Sahita)... 

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