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Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and Wits, have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience and a premium academic qualification. 

Mmusi Maimane leads jobs march in Johannesburg

By: African News Agency      27th January 2016 Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane will on Wednesday lead a jobs march through the Johannesburg central business district, his party said in a statement. The march will begin at the Westgate Transport Hub, Corner of Anderson Street and Pat Mbatha Busway. 

Mmusi Maimane leads jobs march in Johannesburg
Mmusi Maimane

S African citrus farmers’ investment paying off as EU exports rise

By: Anine Kilian     25th January 2016 Three years of intense collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) resulted in record South African citrus exports in 2015. Given that the EU is the biggest export market for South African citrus, the domestic industry continues to... 

S African citrus farmers’ investment paying off as EU exports rise
Laeveld Sitrus

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training

By: Keith Campbell     22nd January 2016 The acting CEO of South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel, Zwelakhe Ntshepe, is “delighted” at his company’s role in helping prepare young South Africans to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He was speaking at the group’s annual Young Achievers Awards ceremony in... 

Defence group Denel promoting high-tech education and training
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Acting Denel Group CEO Zwelakhe Ntshepe

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Drive components and systems company Voith’s cycloidal drive marine propulsion system, the Voith Schneider propeller, was chosen to power State-owned freight logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TPNA’s) new fleet of tugboats, currently under construction as part of the 9 Tug... 

Cycloidal drive propulsion commissioned to power local tugboats
CYCLOIDAL DRIVE The size 32 Voith Schneider propeller can produce bollard pulls in excess of 70 t

Electric motors donated to training facility

     22nd January 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group donated a substantial quantity of electrical equipment, which includes electric motors, to the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College late last year.  

Electric motors donated  to training facility
ELECTRICAL TRAINING Level 3 electrical infrastructure learner at Tshwane North TVET College demonstrates the WEG MPW 25 motor protective circuit breaker

Eastern Cape ICT incubator posts good 2015 results

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 Ten new technology startup companies were established in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, in 2015 with the help of the local Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) of the Department of Small Business Development. The Seda Nelson Mandela Bay information and communication technology (ICT)... 

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     22nd January 2016 Following its win at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, BMW Eco Team Pro from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) plans to attract more sponsors for the project to participate abroad, particularly at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon in London.  

Shell Eco-marathon winners eye London event in 2016
BMW ECO TEAM PRO The BMW Eco Team Pro, consists of engineering students from the University of Johannesburg

S African CEOs not confident of company growth in near term – survey

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st January 2016 In light of South Africa’s pressing macro concerns, including social instability, government’s response to the fiscal deficit and debt burden, overregulation and unemployment, only 37% of local CEOs are very confident of growth in their own companies over the short to medium term, the latest PwC... 

S African CEOs not confident of company growth in near term – survey

UN leverages renowned personalities to promote sustainable development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 United Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has appointed a group of renowned Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) advocates in an effort to help world leaders achieve the SDGs they adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which took place in September, last year. The SDGs... 

UN leverages renowned personalities to promote sustainable development
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Ban Ki-moon

Lack of regional econ diversification stalls Sub-Saharan African job growth

By: Natalie Greve     20th January 2016 Against the backdrop of long-standing structural weaknesses, combined with unfavourable and volatile current conditions in the global economy and a lack of regional economic diversification, the creation of productive jobs in sub-Saharan Africa remains a key challenge, a report by the... 

Lack of regional econ diversification stalls Sub-Saharan African job growth

Sapoa, National Treasury work together on improving S Africa’s spatial development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2016 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) and the National Treasury have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to focus on joint strategic partnerships, collaboration on research-coordinated planning and urban management. The MoU would place emphasis on spatial planning,... 

Sapoa, National Treasury work together on improving S Africa’s spatial development

Davos brings in youth to help shape outcomes with millenials in mind

By: African News Agency      19th January 2016 Fifty people under the age of 30 from all over the world, including two South Africans, will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2016 in Davos in a bid to bring a millennial perspective to the agenda. In a statement issued on Monday by the Global Shapers Community – a network... 

Davos brings in youth to help shape outcomes with millenials in mind

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 As many as 7.1-million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation, globally over the next five years, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, titled The Future of Jobs, warns. The report, which... 

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

Industry body donates plastic  recycling bins to charity organisations
RECYCLING BINS Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling

PoPI delays impact on employer accountability

By: Dylan Stewart     15th January 2016 The commencement of the dormant provisions of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act 4 of 2013 is possibly being delayed, owing to the establishment of the Office of the Information Regulator, which will be a watchdog for the new Act, suggests business law and litigation firm Fasken... 

PoPI delays impact on employer accountability
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SECURE PROCESSING PoPI will demand that employers implement more stringent measures when processing employees' personal information

Q1 survey reports 7% increase in net employment outlook

     15th January 2016 Employment services company Manpower South Africa has revealed that, of the 755 employers that participated in its Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, 13% of employers plan to hire new staff members in the first quarter of 2015, while 6% expect to let staff members go, amounting to a 7% increase... 

Q1 survey reports  7% increase in net  employment outlook
JOB GENERATOR It was reported that the South African call centre industry created 14 000 jobs from 2010 to 2012

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,... 

Is insolence as  deserving of dismissal  as insubordination?
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GROSS INSUBORDINATION An employer is entitled to dismiss an employee if the refusal to carry out a lawful and reasonable instruction is of a deliberate and serious nature

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
Photo by Duane Daws
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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

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