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First auto incubation centre programme participant graduates

     2nd October 2015 Broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) automotive supplier Zig Enterprise owner Caiphus Mokotedi met the minimum criteria required to graduate from the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) automotive incubation centre, making him the first graduate of the programme. The... 

Manufacturer ramps up automotive composites production

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites is ramping up production of several automotive component composite parts for a UK-based, high-end automotive manufacturer. AAT Composites, which was awarded the contract of undisclosed value in April, will... 

Manufacturer ramps  up automotive  composites production
LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The composite parts are made using laminate construction of advanced carbon weave-epoxy material

PPE supplier’s new management system reduces TCO

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Bramhope Health and Safety has introduced holistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of PPE and safety items, including its award-winning PPE management system. Bramhope CEO Isak Marais notes that the system, which provides a... 

PPE supplier’s new management system  reduces TCO
PPE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Bramhope Health and Safety have introduced an award-winning cloud based management system

Scope for increased localisation of auto components

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd October 2015 South Africa’s light vehicle production has increased only marginally in the past five years – 533 000 units were produced in 2014 – with local content of automotive components also stagnating at a low 35%, compared with levels of more than 80% in countries such as Thailand and Brazil, says the... 

Scope for increased localisation  of auto components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL INITIATIVE A developed local supply chain could enable component manufacturers to buy more reliable and cost-effective subcomponents and materials, locally

Workwear distributor boasts extensive fire-resistant range

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Workwear manufacturer and distributor MB Workwear (MBW) has been supplying specialised fire-resistant fabrics producer DuPont’s Nomex inherent flame-resistant overalls, specifically designed for the oil and gas industry, for many years and is the leading supplier of protective clothing to the oil... 

Workwear distributor boasts  extensive fire-resistant range
FIRE-RESISTANT RANGE MB Workwear's fire-resistant range includes Zeroflame, Vinex and DuPont's Nomex overalls

Davies calls on manufacturing industry to mitigate challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st October 2015 South Africa’s manufacturing industry can either sit and hope that things get better in the face of current tough economic conditions or it can work to find ways of revitalising the sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Thursday. Speaking at the Austrian Business Chamber, in... 

Davies calls on manufacturing industry to mitigate challenges

Employment 1.8% lower y/y in June

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 The number of employees in South Africa’s formal nonagricultural sector decreased by 1 000 between March and June, owing to a decrease in the manufacturing, transport, business services and construction industries, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES)... 

Employment 1.8% lower y/y in June

Sacci announces new board, plans for 2016

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th September 2015 South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) president Vusi Khumalo remains at the helm of the organisation, following the election of a new board for 2015 to 2017. The chamber on Monday announced its new board, following its annual general meeting last week, with Tinus Havenga... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 South African hoist and lift and company Wesant is increasing the capacity of its manufacturing facilities by upgrading and increasing its capital machinery, streamlining its production line, says Wesant founder Digby Wareing and the Wesant engineering team. The company is expanding its... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand
8 T ICE RINK LIFT The 8 t Ice Rink lift will carry the Rink’s Zamboni up 9.5 m

State slated for 'costly and ineffective' jobs agency

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2015 Only 2.3% of the more than 600 000 unemployed South Africans registered with the government’s employment agency have been placed in full-time jobs. This emerged from Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant's reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question. Oliphant stated that of the 618... 

State slated for 'costly and ineffective' jobs agency

New UN development goals ‘too expansive’

By: African News Agency      23rd September 2015 Developing countries will struggle even to track their progress in implementing the 17 new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets, which world leaders will adopt at a summit at the UN in New York this weekend. Pope Francis is to open the summit on Friday, followed by... 

New UN development goals ‘too expansive’

Ramatlhodi to replace Collins Chabane

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2015 Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi will replace the late Collins Chabane as public service and administration minister, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday. Chabane was killed in a car accident on the N1 outside Polokwane on March 15. 

Ramatlhodi to replace Collins Chabane
Photo by Duane Daws
Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Higher education summit to look into transformation – Nzimande 

By: African News Agency      22nd September 2015 As violent protests hit yet another university campus on Tuesday, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande announced a summit that would look into transformation and other issues facing tertiary institutions would be held next month. ”The summit will provide the opportunity to review... 

Higher education summit to look into transformation – Nzimande
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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

South Africa tops list for Africa investment destinations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2015 South Africa retained its position as the most attractive investment destination in Africa, despite a reduction in its score owing to a weaker business environment and a faltering business outlook, Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB’s) Where to Invest in Africa 2015/16 report has revealed. Egypt... 

South Africa tops list for Africa investment destinations

Township Awards to recognise small business excellence 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2015 Gauteng entrepreneurs stand the chance to receive cash injections of up to R1-million, as well as mentorship and incubation provided by established businesses across various trades and sectors, by entering the province’s first Township Entrepreneur Awards. The initiative was launched on Monday... 

Township Awards to recognise small business excellence

Unemployment compounded by lack of post-school education opportunities

By: RDM News Wire      21st September 2015 While unemployment in South Africa is exacerbated by a lack of appropriate skills‚ it is also compounded by the shortage of suitable post-school education opportunities‚ Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said on Sunday. He was speaking on the occasion of the release of the government's... 

Unemployment compounded by lack of post-school education opportunities

Govt on track to meet MTSF goals, says Radebe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th September 2015 Government was on course to achieve most of the targets set in its Medium-Term Strategic Framework, adopted in 2014 to support its National Development plan vision, with progress made in education and skills development, health and safety and security, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister... 

Govt on track to meet MTSF goals, says Radebe

Fewer strikes in 2014, but longer duration

By: News24Wire      18th September 2015 Despite fewer strikes in 2014, labour action lasted for longer periods, according to the Department of Labour’s latest strike report. The report released on Thursday showed that South Africa saw 88 strike activities in 2014 compared with 114 strikes in 2013. 

Fewer strikes in 2014, but longer duration

Cape builders body offers various training schemes to bolster skills

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 To address the skills shortage witnessed in the construction industry, the Master Builders Association Western Cape (MBAWC) has implemented a training programme that will offer basic skills acquisition courses, apprenticeship initiatives, a cadet education programme, the upskilling of... 

Philips calls on locals to showcase their healthcare innovations

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th September 2015 With the belief that innovation is an essential part of improving lives, Philips has opened a competition aimed at drawing out the best of South Africa’s healthcare-related inventions. Philips Africa senior VP and CEO JJ Van Dongen said innovation was a catalyst for economic development and had... 

R6.1bn in wages lost during 2014 strikes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th September 2015 Although South Africa experienced fewer strike incidents in 2014, with 88 work stoppages recorded in the year, compared with 114 in 2013, the strikes lasted longer, resulting in more lost work days and hours, the Department of Labour’s 2014 Industrial Action Report reveals. Of the 88 strikes, 48%... 

R6.1bn in wages lost during 2014 strikes

S Africa third in global budget index 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th September 2015 South Africa was ranked third in the International Budget Partnership’s (IBP’s) 2015 Open Budget Index (OBI) survey, which measured governments’ budget transparency, citizen participation and independent oversight. The survey, which measured 102 countries around the world, saw Sweden take first... 

S Africa third in global budget index

Visa regulations already impacting tourism industry – report 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2015 A report shows that South Africa’s newly implemented visa regulations have already started impacting the local tourism industry, with a major hotel group estimating that its revenue has decreased by R2.5-million, based on a comparison of total room revenue for the period June 2013 to December... 

Visa regulations already impacting tourism industry – report

Entrepreneurship programme creates 63 jobs this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2015 The Entrepreneur Internship Programme (EIP), a capacity building programme supported by South African mining company Anglo American’s enterprise development arm Zimele, has created 63 jobs this year through 27 start-up and early-stage businesses. This was a significant increase from the six jobs... 

Entrepreneurship programme creates 63 jobs this year

US investor roadshow to determine opportunities in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2015 Attracting foreign investment is not likely if a country makes its market slightly more attractive, but should rely on countries making their markets more attractive than their competitors, as global investors can do business anywhere, US Department of Commerce industry and analysis assistant... 

US investor roadshow to determine opportunities in Africa

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... 

S Africa ideal launchpad for expansion in Africa

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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

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