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Is insolence as deserving of dismissal as insubordination?

By: Dylan Stewart     15th January 2016 Despite the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration’s (CCMA’s) findings that insolence and insubordination might overlap in certain instances, it is yet to be clarified whether all instances of insolence that are worthy of dismissal must contain elements of insubordination,... 

SA industry to benefit from new nanotechnology centre

By: Keith Campbell     15th January 2016 The Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF), a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), that was launched early last month, marks the start of the next phase in the development of nanoscience and... 

German group seeking water treatment training partnerships in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 German automation manufacturer Festo is in talks to sign a memorandum of understanding with South African Energy and Water services Sector Education and Training Authority to enable local training organisations to present its Aquatronics diploma course, which is a cross-section of electrical,... 

Contingency plan to rescue employment of professionals

By: Dylan Stewart     15th January 2016 As an alternative to retrenching about 55 professional employees, a large facilities management company had partnered with contingent workforce solutions provider Highveld EOH to transfer the employees to Highveld, providing ad hoc employment for them. Highveld marketing and sales GM Jabu Banda... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal water management

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 While water conservation and demand management are not practised widely enough in South Africa, incentives can improve private-sector water management, and water-stewardship requirements can improve municipal water management, says engineering firm GIBB Integrated Infrastructure sector senior... 

Incentives, ‘stewardship’ key to improving municipal  water management
JACQUES LAUBSCHER Business and society must change from viewing water as a service to viewing it as a limited commodity worthy of careful management

Zuma appoints commission of inquiry into higher education funding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2016 President Jacob Zuma has appointed a Commission of Inquiry, chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher, to look at broader issues affecting the funding of higher education. A former judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Judge Heher was appointed as a judge of the High Court in 1993 and as a judge... 

Zuma appoints commission of inquiry into higher education funding
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President Jacob Zuma

Industry committed to meeting March 15 Agoa deadline

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th January 2016 Meeting the March 15 deadline for the import of US poultry into the South African market or risk losing some of the country’s duty-free benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), is a key priority for all agricultural industry stakeholders, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries... 

Industry committed to meeting March 15 Agoa deadline

Post-school education opportunities, funding increased

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th January 2016 As the number of post-school education opportunities rise, Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Monday said billions of rands would be made available to ensure hundreds of thousands of students gain access to universities and colleges across South Africa in 2016. Briefing... 

Post-school education opportunities, funding increased
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Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

New school system planned for 2017 – report

By: News24Wire      11th January 2016 The department of basic education hopes a planned new three-tiered school system will eventually see about 60% of pupils completing technical qualifications, the City Press reported on Sunday. “People can laugh at [EFF leader Julius] Malema because of [his having studied] woodwork, but woodwork... 

New school system planned for 2017 – report

Solidarity calls on Defence Minister to end outsourcing of work to Cuban technicians

By: Natalie Greve     7th January 2016 Trade union Solidarity has criticised Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s decision to outsource the South African Defence Force (SANDF’s) vehicle maintenance and repair work to Cuban technicians, describing it as “outrageous” that the Ministry opted to recruit foreign skills rather than... 

Solidarity calls on Defence Minister to end outsourcing of work to Cuban technicians
Gideon du Plessis

SA labour minister must investigate Cuban engineers’ employment conditions – DA 

By: African News Agency      7th January 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday that it has asked the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant to find out if expatriate Cuban engineers were being subjected to unfair labour practises in the Free State province. The DA claimed that the Cuban engineers had not engaged in any work since... 

SA labour minister must investigate Cuban engineers’ employment conditions – DA
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Mildred Oliphant

Slowing growth in emerging markets worrisome for global economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 Weak growth among major emerging markets is expected to weigh on global growth in 2016, the World Bank said on Wednesday, noting that economic growth had slowed in most of the world’s largest emerging markets for a third consecutive year in 2015. Global economic growth was less than expected in... 

Slowing growth in emerging markets worrisome for global economy
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Jim Yong Kim

Sub-Saharan Africa to see modest growth in 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to pick up to 4.2% this year, as commodity prices stabilise and electrical power supply improves in many countries, the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report states. Activity would vary across the region, with consumption growth... 

Sub-Saharan Africa to see modest growth in 2016

Education failing S Africa’s poor

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th January 2016 Several organisations, cautiously welcoming the outcome of the 2015 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations, are nevertheless calling for closer scrutiny of the nation’s persistent economic disparities, which lead to high dropout rates and learner success being highly skewed in favour of... 

Education failing S Africa’s poor

Cosatu calls for worker protection amid national heatwave

By: Natalie Greve     6th January 2016 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on employers to adhere to health and safety regulations and protect workers from dehydration and heat stress amid a recent heatwave that has engulfed the country. “We call on all, especially on employers, in agriculture, construction,... 

Cosatu calls for worker protection amid national heatwave

Jobs crisis facing matric class will lead to increased debt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th January 2016 Owing to a tighter job market, Debt Rescue estimates that almost 500 000 youths will be joining the ranks of the unemployed this year. This meant that only four out of every ten matriculants would be employed in the next year. 

Jobs crisis facing matric class will lead to increased debt

The big story of 2015 is found in the many small ones

By: African News Agency      29th December 2015 Looking back over 2015, a few very big stories loom large (SAB-AB Inbev merger, Volkswagen emissions scandal, MTN Nigera fine, to mention just a few). When you look a bit closer, you will see that the big story, especially in Africa, is the many, many smaller stories, frequently focused on... 

The big story of 2015 is found in the many small ones

Ageing white workforce to impact SA labour market – report 

By: News24Wire      24th December 2015 The white workforce in South Africa is ageing and this has implications in areas ranging from employment equity to the shortage of skilled individuals, the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR) said in a report on labour market trends issued on Wednesday. In 2015 close to half (48.5%) of what the... 

Ageing white workforce to impact SA labour market – report

Govt has lost control over teacher appointments - Motshekga

By: News24Wire      17th December 2015 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Thursday admitted that government had handed control of appointments of teachers and principals to corrupt officials. She said she was saddened to inform the media that half of her department's appointment system was controlled by unions. Motshekga... 

Employment up by 0.1% - StatsSA

By: News24Wire      17th December 2015 The number of employees in the nonagricultural sector of the South African economy has increased by 0.1% in the third quarter of 2015, according to a Statistics South Africa's (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) survey. The survey that about 8.95-million people were employed in... 

Employment up by 0.1% - StatsSA

From hounded Merafong mayor to finance minister

By: African News Agency      10th December 2015 While disappointment has been expressed in many quarters at President Jacob Zuma’s decision to sack finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, all eyes will turn to focus on the man who was sworn in on Thursday to take over the hot seat. David Douglas Des Van Rooyen, who was sworn in as finance minister in... 

From hounded Merafong mayor to finance minister
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David van Rooyen

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th December 2015 Fifty-six per cent of engineering professionals surveyed in financial services provider PPS’s latest survey indicate that there are not enough job opportunities available for young engineers in the local sector.    Compared with the same period a year ago, 46% of respondents said there were not... 

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt

Gauteng remains focused on improving service delivery – Makhura 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2015 As employees of refuse-removal company Pikitup were returning to work following a strike, which has left the city of Johannesburg under a blanket of municipal waste, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday noted that the provincial legislature had made significant strides in service delivery.... 

Gauteng remains focused on improving service delivery – Makhura

NEF still determined to create black industrialists

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2015 The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has, since its inception in 2005, approved funding of R6.6-billion in 688 transactions, supporting over 82 900 jobs. Nearly R4.6-billion had been disbursed to companies, while over R1-billion had been repaid by investees. 

NEF still determined to create black industrialists

PPP sees opening of air-conditioning, refrigeration academy at TVET college

By: Natalie Greve     27th November 2015 A public–private partnership (PPP) between electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) and the Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to plug the skills gap in the technical... 

PPP sees opening of air-conditioning, refrigeration academy at TVET college

Wind farms stimulate socioeconomic development in WC

     27th November 2015 Impoverished communities near rural Vredenburg, 130 km north of Cape Town, are starting to reap the benefits from the West Coast One wind project, which became fully-operational in June, and is operated by a consortium comprising financial services provider Investec, electric utility company... 

Wind farms stimulate  socioeconomic  development in WC
WEST COAST ONE The 94 MW wind farm will counteract more than 5 billion tons of carbon emiision

Business confidence plummets to five-year low

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 Business confidence has dropped by a full 15 points over the past year to reach its lowest level in five years, the latest Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) has shown. After falling from 43 to 38 in the third quarter, it fell by a further... 

Business confidence plummets to five-year low

New NSA board revealed, seeks to support Seta system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th November 2015 The National Skills Authority (NSA) would renew efforts to strengthen skills development to ensure a responsive post-school education and training sector in South Africa, acting chairperson Thulani Tshefuta stressed on Thursday. Speaking at the announcement of the authority’s newly elected board... 

New NSA board revealed, seeks to support Seta system
The new National Skills Authority board

Minimum wage could be on cards in 2016 – Oliphant

By: News24Wire      25th November 2015 The National Economic Development and Labour Council's (Nedlac's) consideration of the modalities of the introduction of a national minimum wage could be completed next year, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday. Addressing Cosatu delegates at the labour federation’s 12th national... 

Minimum wage could be on cards in 2016 – Oliphant
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expects the growth potential of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to continue increasing over the next five years, particularly in contact centre, shared services centre and legal process outsourcing. He added that the BPO sector was... 

Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

Western Cape hosts second year of its ‘Dragon’s Den’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, in partnership with Deloitte, has invited local entrepreneurs to, once again, participate in the Western Cape Funding Fair, open to any business seeking funding of more than R2-million.   To pitch for funding, entrepreneurs would... 

Western Cape hosts second year of its ‘Dragon’s Den’

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The need for skills upliftment in the construction industry has never been more vital as South Africa prepares for the long-awaited roll-out of tenders for government’s strategic integrated projects (Sips) in 2016, states The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016
PROPELLING CONCRETE Courses presented by The Concrete Institute aim to build a greater understanding of concrete in the construction industry

Globally recognised accreditation ups value for design students

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 Draughting institution The Draughting Academy has received accreditation from UK-based skills development institution City & Guilds, and claims to have ensured enhanced compatibility with the certification.  

Globally recognised  accreditation ups value for design students
ENHANCED CREDIBILITY The Draughting Academy’s new City & Guild accreditation will enhance the credibility of its students

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 2015 South Africa is significantly affected not only by the current drought but also water losses that have been costing the country more than R7-billion a year, which translates to 37% of nonrevenue water being lost. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through physical leaks. 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has opened its first in-house training centre to meet the growing demand for tuition by qualified members of and new entrants to the profession.  

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training
ENHANCED ENVIRONMENT Larry Feinberg and Karl Trusler at the new EduTech Training Centre of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

Skills authority told to bring Setas in line with objectives

By: News24Wire      19th November 2015 The National Skills Authority (NSA) was told to “concentrate” and bring the country's Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) in line with its objective of getting people learning on the job in critical skills. In an awkward briefing to Parliament's education committee, representatives... 

Skills authority told to bring Setas in line with objectives

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