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S Africa ideal launchpad for expansion in Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2015 South Africa’s established infrastructure and its sophisticated accounting, banking, medical and legal environments, leverages the country as the ideal platform for foreign businesses to establish a presence and venture into the rest of Africa, a group of panelists said on Wednesday. Speaking at... 

Numsa to lead mass march against corruption 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2015 Labour union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) plans to, later this month, mobilise labour and about 230 civil society organisations in mass protest action in Pretoria and Cape Town against escalating corruption in government and the private sector. Union president... 

Numsa to lead mass march against corruption

South Africa still attractive investment destination – advisory firm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2015 International companies are still looking at South Africa as a base for their expansion plans into the rest of Africa, advisory firm Intergest South Africa director Volker Werth says. “Despite the doom and gloom that is facing the country, its foreign direct investment growth between 2013 and... 

South Africa still attractive investment destination – advisory firm

Africa’s construction industry a treasure trove – Maile 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th September 2015 With growth in the continent’s construction sector no longer being “just a by-product of mining activity”, Africa will be able to further promote its industrialisation agenda, while supporting economic diversification, Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural... 

Africa’s construction industry a treasure trove – Maile

NRF appoints new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2015 University of South Africa institutional development VP Dr Molapo Qhobela has been appointed CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF) for a five-year term. Former CEO Dr Albert van Jaarsveld left the NRF in February to take up an appointment as vice-chancellor of the University of... 

NRF appoints new CEO

Hamburg aquaculture farm completes second harvest of dusky kob this year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2015 A local aquaculture farm in Hamburg, Eastern Cape, falling under government’s Operation Phakisa: Ocean’s Economy initiative, conducted its second harvest from its first batch of dusky kob, or kabeljou, this week, taking the total number of fish harvested to 422, with a further 537 fish still... 

Hamburg aquaculture farm completes second harvest of dusky kob this year

SAIW Foundation provides career opportunities in welding sector

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The first ever group of trainees brought to nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for training by the SAIW Foundation is doing well, says SAIW executive director Sean Blake. “Each learner has shown a commendable enthusiasm and dedication and their progress... 

SAIW Foundation provides career opportunities in welding sector
SAIW FOUNDATION STUDENTS The SAIW Foundation provides training to previously disadvantaged individuals

SAIW welding inspectors programme a proven success

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Welding Inspector programme has been a success locally and internationally, says the institute, which regards the course as one of its most significant achievements to date. The Welding Inspector suite of... 

SAIW welding inspectors  programme a proven success
TRAINING PROGRAMMES THRIVE There is global demand for SAIW's Welding Inspector qualification

Welding industry growth relies on skills development

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th September 2015 The biggest potential driver of growth in the local welding industry lies in skills development, says nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). SAIW president Morris Maroga says one of the biggest challenges facing the local industry is the  importing of... 

Welding industry growth relies on  skills development
WELDING INSPECTION The biggest potential driver of growth in the local welding industry lies in skills development

Labour minister's no show at meetings raises ire 

By: News24Wire      9th September 2015 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has not attended a single meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Labour since her appointment in 2010. The Democratic Alliance (DA), who asked President Jacob Zuma to fire her on Wednesday, said her lack of presence showed a "flagrant disregard for the constitution... 

Labour minister's no show at meetings raises ire
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Municipal union concludes wage deal with Midvaal water board

By: African News Agency      9th September 2015 The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has concluded a 10% wage increase with Midvaal Water Company, the union said on Thursday. ”This historic agreement with the water board will only be applicable to SAMWU members hence we urge other workers employed by Midvaal Water Company to... 

Municipal union concludes wage deal with Midvaal water board

Manpower expects uptick in energy sector job opportunities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2015 South Africa’s job seekers are most likely to find opportunities in the country’s electricity, gas and water supply and wholesale and retail trade sectors, while the mining and quarrying sector will have the lowest number of opportunities, workforce solutions provider Manpower South Africa points... 

Manpower expects uptick in energy sector job opportunities

FDI still flowing into S Africa, Davies assures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2015 While South Africa is not seeing a “big rush” of foreign direct investment (FDI) into its mining industry, neither is there a “general fall-off” in investments in other value-added sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. On the contrary, figures from the Department of... 

FDI still flowing into S Africa, Davies assures
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DTI Minister Dr Rob Davies

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of five-year restructuring plan

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2015 South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion, just south of Pretoria. In the... 

Denel unit targeting big revenue uplift as part of  five-year restructuring plan

Business confidence dips again in August

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd September 2015 Domestic economic conditions and financial market nervousness, as well as global financial market turmoil and economic uncertainty, have led to a fall in the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) Business Confidence Index (BCI) to 84.3 in August, compared with 87.9 in July and... 

Business confidence dips again in August

Moody’s affirms S Africa’s rating, says country will avoid recession

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd September 2015 The South African government on Wednesday welcomed Moody’s Investors Service’s decision to affirm South Africa’s sovereign ratings and maintain a stable outlook on the rating. Moody’s affirmed the government bond ratings at ‘Baa2’, based on the expectation that the fiscal consolidation path... 

Moody’s affirms S Africa’s rating, says country will avoid recession

Municipal union signs wage agreement with Salga

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2015 The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has signed a salary agreement with employer body, the South African Local Government Association (Salga), the union said on Wednesday. ”The signing comes after rigorous mandate taking process to members which resulted in the Samwu central... 

Municipal union signs wage agreement with Salga

AMSA moves ahead with job cuts, says recent protection will help only in longer term

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Monday that processes had been initiated “with immediate effect” that could result in the retrenchment of 400 people at the Vereeniging meltshop and the forge, in southern Gauteng. An “industrial footprint review” had also been... 

AMSA moves ahead with job cuts, says recent protection will help only in longer term

ANC does not take jobs crisis seriously - DA 

By: News24Wire      28th August 2015 Government should face the fact that South Africa’s full-blown jobs crisis is a matter of urgent public importance, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Friday. MP James Vos, the DA shadow minister of tourism, was responding to a letter by Baleka Mbete, the Speaker of the National Assembly, in... 

ANC does not take jobs crisis seriously - DA

NRF awards laud country’s top researchers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2015 To celebrate South Africa’s top researchers’ continued pioneering work in advancing knowledge creation and innovation, the yearly National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards was held in Durban on Thursday. University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Astronomy Professor Michael Feast received the... 

NRF awards laud country’s top researchers

DTI relaunches industrial innovation support programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th August 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies this week relaunched the Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII), which assists enterprises through the promotion of technology development and the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and processes.... 

DTI relaunches industrial innovation support programme
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Mechatronics laboratory enables pupils to explore industrial systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th August 2015 The Mechatronics laboratory, or MecLab, at science centre Sci-Bono, in Newtown, Johannesburg, will enable school pupils to build, test and operate industrial handling and automation systems, says Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. “A key problem that educators and industries face worldwide is that... 

Mechatronics laboratory enables pupils to explore industrial systems
MECHATRONIC MANUFACTURING Pupils can explore and trial picking, sorting and handling systems, as well as the integration of these subsystems to create a manufacturing circuit

Monitoring solution mitigates worker fatigue

By: Dylan Stewart     28th August 2015 More than a dozen companies worldwide are using heavy machinery and engine manufacturer and designer Caterpillar’s 24/7 equipment operator monitoring service, which provides customers with the ability to see, mitigate and manage operator distraction or fatigue, says Caterpillar safety solutions... 

Monitoring solution  mitigates worker fatigue
PREPARED When Caterpillar’s monitoring centre is alerted, the company’s analysts follow a custom, preset safety procedure

SAA claims vindication by Labour Court

By: Keith Campbell     28th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the State-owned national flag carrier, believes it has been vindicated by the recent Labour Court ruling regarding retrenchment processes at SAA and its subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT). SAAT undertakes aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. The court ruled in... 

Support initiative gaining ground, boosting supplier development

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th August 2015 In aiming to identify a business growth opportunity in the local aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) at the end of last year assisted Cape Town-based machining and assembly company Daliff Precision Engineering in developing a mounting tray to support avionic... 

Support initiative gaining ground, boosting  supplier development
MARKET APPROACH The design and production of a 3/8 mounting tray will now enable a full range of mounting trays to be developed locally

Union warns that 45 000 South African jobs are currently at risk

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Analysis has shown that at least 45 000 jobs across 58 companies are already affected by staff reduction processes this year, trade union Solidarity said at a media conference, in Centurion, last week.  

Union warns that 45 000 South African jobs are currently at risk
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DIRK HERMANN South Africa is heading for a perfect storm as waves of retrenchments are flooding the country’s economy

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th August 2015 South Africa’s successful Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has not only brought in hundreds of billions of rands in economic infrastructure investment but has also seemingly become the fulcrum of the country’s proposed ‘green economy’ development. In... 

S Africa’s renewables programme the basis of green economy

GIBS, AmCham launch leadership programme 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th August 2015 The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) has, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Gauteng provincial government, launched a public–private partnership to improve leadership. The partnership, in the form of a training programme, was aimed at improving the... 

GIBS, AmCham launch leadership programme
Gauteng Premier David Makhura speaks at the launch of a new leadership programme

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa recently chaired a Human Resources Development Council meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in the wholesale and retail industry in South Africa.  

Baker third scarcest job in South Africa
Baker third scarcest job in South Africa

Local government wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action – Salga

By: RDM News Wire      27th August 2015 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) said on Wednesday it had successfully concluded the salary and wage negotiations with trade unions in the local government sector‚ and that "strike action and its destabilising effects have been averted". "The agreement is a three year deal... 

Local government wage negotiations successfully concluded with no strike action – Salga

Economic growth fears emerge as S Africa's GDP contracts 1.3% in Q2

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th August 2015 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by 1.3% quarter-on-quarter in the quarter ended June 30. “The real economy has not performed that well, including construction, which has always been one of the main job creators,” Statistics South Africa statistician-general Pali Lehohla... 

Economic growth fears emerge as S Africa's GDP contracts 1.3% in Q2

Inquiry into socioeconomic conditions of farmworkers

By: News24Wire      25th August 2015 Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has launched a R10-million commission of inquiry into the socio-economic conditions of farmworkers in the province. Launching the eight-member commission in Mbombela on Monday, Mabuza said they were given eight months to complete the task. 

Inquiry into socioeconomic conditions of farmworkers

Baking third-scarcest job in South Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa chaired a Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg earlier this month, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in South Africa.  

Baking third-scarcest job in South Africa
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CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Attention needs to be paid to basic and secondary education, as well as higher education, vocational training and adult education

Collaboration to form key part of companies’ digital transformation

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2015 Cooperation in a company across its structures and divisions, as well as with its external partners, will be a key part of the digital transformation of businesses, and broadly commerce, worldwide, says market research firm International Data Corporation research manager Lise Hagen. Broad... 

12 SMMEs settled into new Riversands incubation hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th August 2015 With 12 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) safely tucked away in incubation and a few more in the process of being absorbed, the Riversands Incubation Hub hopes to envelop another 56 before year-end. The hub, located in a new commercial park near Diepsloot, had the capacity to... 

Labour Minister reinstates expired auto sector labour deals

By: Natalie Greve     18th August 2015 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has renewed several expired employment agreements struck under the auspices of the Motor Industry Bargaining Council (MIBCO), once again granting the council the necessary jurisdiction to enforce these agreements, it said on Tuesday. Promulgating the agreements,... 

Labour Minister reinstates expired auto sector labour deals
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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Retrenchment crisis already affecting 45 000 jobs in S Africa – union

By: Sashnee Moodley     18th August 2015 Analysis has shown that at least 45 000 jobs across 58 companies are already affected by staff reduction processes this year, trade union Solidarity said at a media conference, in Centurion, on Tuesday.  

Retrenchment crisis already affecting 45 000 jobs in S Africa – union
Photo by Reint Dykema
Solidarity CEO Dirk Hermann

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