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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... 

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Reint Dykema
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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Duane Daws
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

SAA claims vindication from Labour Court decisions 

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the State-owned national flag carrier, believes it has been vindicated by the Labour Court ruling on Monday regarding retrenchment processes at SAA and its subsidiary, SAA Technical (SAAT). SAAT undertakes aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul. The court ruled in... 

SAA claims vindication from Labour Court decisions

Samwu issues notice to strike at Rand Water

By: Natalie Greve     17th August 2015 The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) plans to embark on a strike at Rand Water, following the collapse of wage negotiations between the water utility and the majority union on Monday. The union said in a statement that it had issued Rand Water with notice to strike within 48 hours –... 

Samwu issues notice to strike at Rand Water

Steel construction companies advised to invest in training

     14th August 2015 Steel construction companies should use quieter business periods, caused by negative economic conditions, to improve the skills of their workers, says steel construction industry body the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) education director Spencer Erling. He says one of... 

Steel construction  companies advised to  invest in training
From left: interns from Vaal University of Technology at Saisc offices Mpho Mukhudwani, Lugisani Mavhimbi and Ritshidze Mavhungu

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     14th August 2015 Steel construction industry promoter  the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) believes its renewed strategic focus involving increasing its presence in the rest of the African continent will help the local steel construction industry survive the current trying economic... 

Steel institute to increase presence in Africa
BETTER BUILDING PRACTICES Saisc offers training courses to improve the workmanship of its members

Social impact of business rescue proceedings should be prioritised, academic argues  

By: Natalie Greve     13th August 2015 The social impact of business rescue proceedings, which referred chiefly to the impact on employment, should be prioritised above the interests of the flailing company’s debtors, particularly given the socioeconomically challenged environment in which South Africa finds itself, University of... 

Social impact of business rescue proceedings should be prioritised, academic argues

Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education 

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 Preliminary work has begun for Operation Phakisa in Basic Education, and the Education Phakisa Lab process will begin in September/October this year, says President Jacob Zuma. He said the intention of this segment of Operation Phakisa is to further improve the quality of basic education by... 

Operation Phakisa to raise standard of education

New national policy for youth

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th August 2015 Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Jeff Radebe, says the National Youth Policy 2020 will address challenges such as unemployment and the Aids epidemic that are facing young people today. The Minister said this when signing... 

New national policy for youth
Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela

UP unveils its R50m Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2015 The R50-million Kumba Iron Ore Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design has opened at the University of Pretoria. Ilan Solomons attended the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s recent Virtual Reality conference, where delegates were given a tour of the new facility and filed this... 

UP unveils its R50m Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design
UP unveils its R50m Virtual Reality Centre for Mine Design

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 Trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity and Uasa on Wednesday threatened to start mass pickets and demonstrations to defend jobs and highlight “the brutal plight” faced by workers in South Africa’s industry. This followed a bilateral meeting with steel... 

Trade unions threaten strike action over looming steel job cuts

DTI appoints EconoBEE CEO to task team

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has appointed advisory firm EconoBEE CEO Keith Levenstein to its task team to examine and report on broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) schemes. The task team was established as a consequence of the controversy around ownership notices issued... 

DTI appoints EconoBEE CEO to task team

ILISO Consulting establishes operations in Namibia

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th August 2015 Consulting engineering firm ILISO Consulting has expanded into Namibia, appointing director and office manager Theunis Heunis, along with a strong board of directors, comprising chairperson Namibian ophthalmologist Dr Helena Ndume, consulting CEO Clint Koopman and Namibian operations MD Hans... 

Commission to police BEE fronting

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 Companies and employers could face criminal prosecution for fronting as black economic empowerment entities if found guilty by a soon to be established watchdog. BEE law expert at Norton Rose Fulbright Ismail Laher and commercial litigation expert Matthew Clark told Fin24 that amendments to the... 

Commission to police BEE fronting

Baker third scarcest job in S Africa

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th August 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa last week chaired a Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) meeting at the Pick n Pay regional offices in Johannesburg, where it was revealed that baker was the third scarcest occupation in South Africa.  

Baker third scarcest job in S Africa

Development of a Rooivalk Mark 2 attack helicopter under consideration

By: Keith Campbell     7th August 2015 The country's State-owned defence industrial group Denel hopes that the Department of Defence and the South African National Defence Force will give a favorable response to the proposed "future roadmap" for Denel's Rooivalk attack helicopter. This was stated by group CEO Riaz Saloojee at the... 

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