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Labour News

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... 

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

From hounded Merafong mayor to finance minister

By: African News Agency      10th December 2015 While disappointment has been expressed in many quarters at President Jacob Zuma’s decision to sack finance minister Nhlanhla Nene, all eyes will turn to focus on the man who was sworn in on Thursday to take over the hot seat. David Douglas Des Van Rooyen, who was sworn in as finance minister in... 

From hounded Merafong mayor to finance minister
Photo by Duane Daws
David van Rooyen

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th December 2015 Fifty-six per cent of engineering professionals surveyed in financial services provider PPS’s latest survey indicate that there are not enough job opportunities available for young engineers in the local sector.    Compared with the same period a year ago, 46% of respondents said there were not... 

Engineers losing confidence in industry, govt

Gauteng remains focused on improving service delivery – Makhura 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th December 2015 As employees of refuse-removal company Pikitup were returning to work following a strike, which has left the city of Johannesburg under a blanket of municipal waste, Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday noted that the provincial legislature had made significant strides in service delivery.... 

Gauteng remains focused on improving service delivery – Makhura

NEF still determined to create black industrialists

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th November 2015 The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has, since its inception in 2005, approved funding of R6.6-billion in 688 transactions, supporting over 82 900 jobs. Nearly R4.6-billion had been disbursed to companies, while over R1-billion had been repaid by investees. 

NEF still determined to create black industrialists

PPP sees opening of air-conditioning, refrigeration academy at TVET college

By: Natalie Greve     27th November 2015 A public–private partnership (PPP) between electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) and the Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to plug the skills gap in the technical... 

PPP sees opening of air-conditioning, refrigeration academy at TVET college

Wind farms stimulate socioeconomic development in WC

     27th November 2015 Impoverished communities near rural Vredenburg, 130 km north of Cape Town, are starting to reap the benefits from the West Coast One wind project, which became fully-operational in June, and is operated by a consortium comprising financial services provider Investec, electric utility company... 

Wind farms stimulate  socioeconomic  development in WC
WEST COAST ONE The 94 MW wind farm will counteract more than 5 billion tons of carbon emiision

Business confidence plummets to five-year low

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 Business confidence has dropped by a full 15 points over the past year to reach its lowest level in five years, the latest Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) has shown. After falling from 43 to 38 in the third quarter, it fell by a further... 

Business confidence plummets to five-year low

New NSA board revealed, seeks to support Seta system

By: Ilan Solomons     26th November 2015 The National Skills Authority (NSA) would renew efforts to strengthen skills development to ensure a responsive post-school education and training sector in South Africa, acting chairperson Thulani Tshefuta stressed on Thursday. Speaking at the announcement of the authority’s newly elected board... 

New NSA board revealed, seeks to support Seta system
The new National Skills Authority board

Minimum wage could be on cards in 2016 – Oliphant

By: News24Wire      25th November 2015 The National Economic Development and Labour Council's (Nedlac's) consideration of the modalities of the introduction of a national minimum wage could be completed next year, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday. Addressing Cosatu delegates at the labour federation’s 12th national... 

Minimum wage could be on cards in 2016 – Oliphant
Photo by Duane Daws
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant

Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies expects the growth potential of the local business process outsourcing (BPO) industry to continue increasing over the next five years, particularly in contact centre, shared services centre and legal process outsourcing. He added that the BPO sector was... 

Local BPO sector to continue growing – Davies

Western Cape hosts second year of its ‘Dragon’s Den’

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd November 2015 The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, in partnership with Deloitte, has invited local entrepreneurs to, once again, participate in the Western Cape Funding Fair, open to any business seeking funding of more than R2-million.   To pitch for funding, entrepreneurs would... 

Western Cape hosts second year of its ‘Dragon’s Den’

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The need for skills upliftment in the construction industry has never been more vital as South Africa prepares for the long-awaited roll-out of tenders for government’s strategic integrated projects (Sips) in 2016, states The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie.  

Biennial concrete course complements roll-out of Sips tenders in 2016
PROPELLING CONCRETE Courses presented by The Concrete Institute aim to build a greater understanding of concrete in the construction industry

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) has opened its first in-house training centre to meet the growing demand for tuition by qualified members of and new entrants to the profession.  

Centre launched to meet demand for quantity surveyor training
ENHANCED ENVIRONMENT Larry Feinberg and Karl Trusler at the new EduTech Training Centre of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

Globally recognised accreditation ups value for design students

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 Draughting institution The Draughting Academy has received accreditation from UK-based skills development institution City & Guilds, and claims to have ensured enhanced compatibility with the certification.  

Globally recognised  accreditation ups value for design students
ENHANCED CREDIBILITY The Draughting Academy’s new City & Guild accreditation will enhance the credibility of its students

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th November 2015 South Africa is significantly affected not only by the current drought but also water losses that have been costing the country more than R7-billion a year, which translates to 37% of nonrevenue water being lost. Of this, a quarter is considered to be losses through physical leaks. 

Inside government’s War on Leaks project as water worries rise

Skills authority told to bring Setas in line with objectives

By: News24Wire      19th November 2015 The National Skills Authority (NSA) was told to “concentrate” and bring the country's Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) in line with its objective of getting people learning on the job in critical skills. In an awkward briefing to Parliament's education committee, representatives... 

Skills authority told to bring Setas in line with objectives

New I&J vessels part of R500m investment in SA fishing industry

By: Tracy Hancock     18th November 2015 Cape Town-based I&J has expanded its fleet with the addition of the Ferox and Umlobi fishing vessels as part of a R0.5-billion investment; the largest in the South African fishing industry in the last 25 years, states the company. “This investment highlights I&J’s commitment to both its current... 

New I&J vessels part of R500m investment in SA fishing industry

'Appropriate use' of ICT in classrooms seen as helping turn SA’s education tide

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 The launch of the Operation Phakisa information and communication technology (ICT) in Education initiative will see classrooms fitted with smart black boards and pupils given tablet computers to do work and access source materials. Operation Phakisa ICT in Education marks an overdue turning point... 

'Appropriate use' of ICT in classrooms seen as helping turn SA’s education tide

Automation solutions provider expands sales network

By: David Oliveira     13th November 2015 Industrial automation company Festo South Africa has invested more than R10-million in training and sales resources to ensure that customers have greater access to products, services and the extensive sales engineering team. Festo South Africa business development manager Russell Schwulst tells... 

Automation solutions provider expands sales network
EDUCATION ON WHEELS Festo’s about R3-million mobile classroom, the Eduvan, is capable of training up to 12 people on all technologies in the automation value-chain

Steam locomotive operator undertakes refurbishment contract   

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based nonprofit association and steam locomotive operator Reefsteamers Association is undertaking a dual refurbishment project on two mainline steam locomotives to return them to full operation.  

Steam locomotive operator  undertakes refurbishment contract
steam locomotive expert Shaun Ackerman tells Engineering News about Reefsteamers’ newly refurbished locomotive wheel lathe. Cameraperson: Dylan Slater.

University completes bogie certification tests

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 In conjunction with the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM), UP’s business division, Business Enterprises, which is situated at UP, has completed a series of static and fatigue tests on a locally manufactured locomotive bogie as part of State-owned... 

University completes bogie certification tests
TEST RIG The test involved a large-scale application of wire strain gauges, with simultaneous data logging of over 100 channels

R19.7bn needed for university subsidies - Nzimande 

By: News24Wire      5th November 2015 In the little time that Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande spent answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he mostly went through figures for funding, including the R19.7-billion needed for university subsidies. His figures were mentioned by the director general of Higher... 

R19.7bn needed for university subsidies - Nzimande
Photo by Duane Daws
Blade Nzimande

Infrastructure spend saving grace for African economies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th November 2015 Despite facing headwinds, owing to lower oil prices, softening commodity prices and the slowdown in the Chinese economy, Côte d’Ivoire has managed to achieve consistent gross domestic product growth of about 9% since 2011. During a panel discussion at the EY Strategic Growth Forum Africa 2015, on... 

Infrastructure spend saving grace for African economies

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... 

Solidarity opposes urgent court application by Evraz

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
Photo by GovtZA
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
Photo by Bloomberg
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... 

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