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Labour News

Solidarity opposes urgent court application by Evraz

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th November 2015 Trade union Solidarity is preparing to challenge an urgent High Court application to have embattled steelmaker Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium’s (Highveld’s) business rescue plan halted and set aside. Two companies linked to Highveld's parent company LSE-listed Evraz – East Metals and Mastercroft... 

Government committed to finding ‘no fees’ funding, says Nzimande

By: African News Agency      4th November 2015 If government’s baseline allocation to universities did not increase, the number of university admissions would have to be reduced, the department of higher education and training (DHET) said on Wednesday. “The baseline for university funding must be increased by a minimum of R2.4-billion in 2017... 

Government committed to finding ‘no fees’ funding, says Nzimande
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Blade Nzimande

Enhancing industrial aspects of S Africa key to fiscal independence 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2015 As one of the leading economies on the continent, South Africa is showing increasing signs of fiscal trouble. However, this could be resolved by using policy instruments to enhance the country’s industrial manufacturing capabilities, ruling party African National Congress treasurer-general Zweli... 

Enhancing industrial aspects of S Africa key to fiscal independence

Marcus – Wealth tax not the only way to fund universities 

By: News24Wire      4th November 2015 According to former Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, a wealth tax and an increase in VAT are not the only options to fund tertiary education. Marcus was delivering a keynote address at the annual Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening. She called for a holistic... 

Marcus – Wealth tax not the only way to fund universities
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Gill Marcus

Investing in Africa requires long-term approach

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2015 Companies wanting to make short-term investments for short-term returns should not invest in Africa, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) producer Kellogg sub-Saharan Africa CEO Gerald Mahinda said on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel discussion at the EY Strategic Growth Forum Africa 2015, he noted... 

Investing in Africa requires long-term approach

Africa needs to take SMEs seriously – Zulu

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2015 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are not being taken seriously, but other States on the continent can learn from the strategy South Africa is implementing to promote growth in this sector, Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu told delegates at the EY Strategic... 

Africa needs to take SMEs seriously – Zulu

Barclays PMI drops yet again

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd November 2015 The seasonally adjusted Barclays Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined further below the neutral 50-point mark to 48.1 in October, from 49.9 index points in September. The headline index remained stuck below 50 for a third consecutive month, suggesting that the manufacturing sector was... 

Barclays PMI drops yet again

Academy to introduce 'blended training' for artisans in 2016

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th October 2015 As of next year, accredited training provider MSC Artisan Academy will implement what it calls ‘blended training’ for artisans, which it hopes will stimulate self-learning and e-learning for its students owing to technological advancements being incorporated into the training methodology. 

Gauteng learners dominate at Eskom science fair

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th October 2015 At the thirty-fifth State-owned power utility Eskom Expo International Science Fair held earlier this month, learners from Gauteng excelled and took home the most number of prizes valued at over R2.5-million. 

Small SA defence company successfully carving a niche for itself

By: Keith Campbell     30th October 2015 Small South African defence company Twiga Services has recently started sea trials with its latest product, an 8.5 m long military patrol boat. Manufactured out of high density polyethylene (better known as HDPE) it is designated the Rugged 850 Military Patrol Boat (MPB). “The Rugged 850 MPB is... 

Nzimande looks to basic education budget to solve his problems

By: RDM News Wire      29th October 2015 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has hinted that the answer to his department's future funding woes could lie in the Department of Basic Education's budget. Addressing Parliament's portfolio committee on Higher Education yesterday‚ he said that the funding crisis was the... 

Nzimande looks to basic education budget to solve his problems
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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

S Africa’s rural landscape to change by 2030

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2015 The Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) cluster, which oversees progress in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), reports that an agripark is ready to be launched in the North West. Government has committed to developing 44 agriparks across the... 

S Africa’s rural landscape to change by 2030

R2bn a year needed to fund land reform targets, says Winde

By: Tracy Hancock     27th October 2015 The Western Cape government has spent close to R500-million on land reform and empowerment projects since 2009, but research conducted by the Department of Agriculture has revealed that the province needs to spend a minimum of R2.16-billion a year over the next 15 years to achieve the National... 

R2bn a year needed to fund land reform targets, says Winde

Too few S African companies with good governance records – Lewis

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2015 South Africa has some “excellent institutions”, such as the South African Reserve Bank, the National Treasury, financial regulators, the competition authorities, the JSE and the sophisticated justice system that are “keeping the country afloat”, says Corruption Watch executive director David... 

Too few S African companies with good governance records – Lewis
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David Lewis

Companies Act puts more power in employees’ hands 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2015 The Companies Act that was promulgated five years ago offers a treasure chest of opportunities to those involved in the management of companies or that advise companies, says law firm ENS Africa director Professor Michael Katz. However, he told delegates at Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa's... 

Companies Act puts more power in employees’ hands

Q3 unemployment rate ticks up to 25.5%, youth most marginalised

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2015 As South Africa’s unemployment rate for the three months to September 30 inched up to 25.5%, the youth remained on the sidelines of the country’s labour market, the latest quarterly report by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has shown. The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) showed... 

Q3 unemployment rate ticks up to 25.5%, youth most marginalised

Tax the rich to fund education‚ says Nzimande 

By: RDM News Wire      27th October 2015 Blade Nzimande thinks that the student protests are a sign of the success of the governments higher education programme‚ and that the rich should be made to fund the sector in the country. The Minister of Higher Education and Training delivered an address in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon... 

Tax the rich to fund education‚ says Nzimande
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Blade Nzimande

Announcement due Thursday on funding fees shortfall – Nzimande

By: African News Agency      27th October 2015 An announcement would be made on Thursday as to where government is going to find the R2.6-billion it is going to cost the fiscus to scrap university fee increases for 2016, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday. Opening a debate on higher education transformation in the... 

Announcement due Thursday on funding fees shortfall – Nzimande
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Blade Nzimande

National Assembly to debate higher education transformation

By: News24Wire      27th October 2015 The National Assembly will debate higher education transformation in the country on Tuesday, following closely on the heels of a nationwide protest against fee increases. The debate, which is expected to be attended by various student leaders, will be opened by Higher Education Minister Blade... 

National Assembly to debate higher education transformation

DA looks to amend budget to play catch-up on R2.7bn fees shortfall 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2015 While President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that there would be no fee increases for universities for 2016 – following two weeks of protests by tertiary students nationwide – was a welcome relief for all students, no mention was made of where the resulting shortfall in university income, estimated... 

DA looks to amend budget to play catch-up on R2.7bn fees shortfall

Calling on business to fund tertiary education not feasible – Sacci 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2015 Business is concerned by student protests regarding proposed university fee increases and the call for free tertiary education that take place under constraining demands on the fiscus for free basic education, access to health services, the provision of free basic water and electricity supply,... 

Calling on business to fund tertiary education not feasible – Sacci

Sapoa calls for better leadership in country

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2015 South Africa needs leadership now more than ever to take the country forward, South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and Tongaat Hulett Development MD Mike Deighton says. In a meeting between Sapoa and key government stakeholders, aimed at fostering relationships between the public and... 

Sapoa calls for better leadership in country

Gauteng Premier calls ‘feesmustfall’ movement an opportunity for govt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2015 The ongoing student protests, which is calling for university fees to fall, is giving local government the opportunity to deal with education issues it has not dealt with before, particularly in terms of nurturing talent, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Thursday night. “To move our country... 

Gauteng Premier calls ‘feesmustfall’ movement an opportunity for govt

Evraz-linked companies seek to have Highveld rescue plan declared invalid

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2015 Two Evraz-linked companies, East Metals and Mastercroft, have approached the High Court to have the Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium (Highveld) business rescue plan declared invalid and for the October 13 vote by creditors supporting the plan to be set aside. East Metals is a large creditor,... 

Evraz-linked companies seek to have Highveld rescue plan declared invalid

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1 reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

By: Keith Campbell     23rd October 2015 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of its SAFARI-1 research reactor, the country's – and Africa's – first nuclear reactor. It first "went critical" (achieved critical mass, and so started operating) on March 18, 1965 – at 18:33 (or... 

Looking back and forward, as SA’s SAFARI-1  reactor marks its fiftieth anniversary

Mashatile calls for high-quality data to bolster South African planning

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2015 ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile called for private and public organisations to focus on using quality data to enable proper planning, as inaccurate data and information produced ineffective economic initiatives, interventions and policies. Mashatile was speaking at master data firm Pilog’s... 

Education, training expenditure to keep pace with inflation – Nene 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st October 2015 Finance Mininster Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday slammed the recent student demonstrations over fee increases across a number of universities in South Africa, noting that the “disruption of learning is not constructive”. In his 2015 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, the Minister said the past week... 

Education, training expenditure to keep pace with inflation – Nene

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting University of Cape Town (UCT) students have reportedly started making their way to Parliament ahead of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's mid-term budget speech on Wednesday. Pam Dhlamini, a student leader among protesters, told News24 that protesters planned to go to Parliament in the... 

Protesting students plan to disrupt mini budget

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase. The revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible nationwide protest on Wednesday. 

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

Opposition parties slam 'band aid' response to education crisis

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Opposition parties have rejected the agreement to cap fee hikes at 6% for 2016, announced by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and university vice chancellors on Tuesday afternoon. DA spokesperson on higher education Professor Belinda Bozzoli said the agreement was "nothing... 

Opposition parties slam 'band aid' response to education crisis
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Blade Nzimande

Nzimande announces 2016 increase in university fees capped at 6% 

By: African News Agency      20th October 2015 After a second day of protests at universities around the country turned violent, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said an agreement had been reached to cap fee increases for 2016 at 6%. Nzimande told a media briefing stakeholders had reached an agreement that fees for the coming year... 

Nzimande announces 2016 increase in university fees capped at 6%
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Blade Nzimande

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 South Africa and Sweden agreed to extend the Swedish-sponsored full scholarship programme, which provides the opportunity for study at a post-graduate level for South African students at Swedish tertiary institutions in a range of fields, until 2021. The agreement was signed during the ninth... 

S Africa, Sweden partner on education, energy, environment
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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

Intl law firm to open Johannesburg office

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th October 2015 Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills is opening its first African office, in Johannesburg, to take advantage of the growing market on the continent, while delivering tailored offerings to sectors such as energy, infrastructure and mining. "Africa is a core feature of our global strategy. With... 

Intl law firm to open Johannesburg office

Nzimande puts issue of tuition fee hikes squarely at universities’ door 

By: Natalie Greve     20th October 2015 Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has called for calm amid growing student tensions on several of the country’s university campuses, but has diverted the responsibility for fee structures and yearly enrolment increases to the universities themselves, telling a media briefing in Pretoria... 

Nzimande puts issue of tuition fee hikes squarely at universities’ door
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Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande

AMCU snubs Phakisa, says don't know what it is

By: News24Wire      16th October 2015 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) president Joseph Mathunjwa on Thursday ruled out the union’s participation in Mining Phakisa sessions. Speaking at a mining conference in Johannesburg, Mathunjwa said he would not take part in Mining Phakisa. AMCU is the largest union on... 

AMCU snubs Phakisa, says don't know what it is
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AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa

Anti-corruption marchers in Johannesburg hand over list of demands to govt and chamber of mines

By: African News Agency      14th October 2015 Anti-corruption demonstrators delivered memoranda at offices of the Gauteng legislature, the South African Chamber of Mines and the SA Reserve Bank on Wednesday. The march, organised by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), saw political parties such as the Economic Freedom... 

Anti-corruption marchers in Johannesburg hand over list of demands to govt and chamber of mines

We will make Joburg ungovernable - Numsa protesters

By: News24Wire      14th October 2015 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) vowed to make Johannesburg ungovernable as they marched against corruption and job losses in the mining industry in South Africa's economic centre on Wednesday. Former Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary, Zwelinzima... 

We will make Joburg ungovernable - Numsa protesters

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