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Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk BurgerThe Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

Editorial Insight

Promise amid the gloom

By: Terence CreamerAnalogies between the state of South Africa and Bafana Bafana were easy to make after the team’s disappointing draw with Libya in Durban earlier this month. As with the national team, the atmosphere surrounding the country is far from supportive, despite a decidedly improved global economic... 

Promise amid the gloom

News & Insight

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

Cloud-based business tools can assist SMEs to integrate with large supply chains

By: Schalk BurgerSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can use low-cost, cloud-based enterprise resource tools that can be customised to automate and improve business processes and reduce costs, says enterprise resource planning software firm Palladium Software CEO Stephen Corrigan. Basic uses of modern... 

Comsol and Samsung launch 5G pilot in Soweto

By: Natasha OdendaalEnterprise-grade wireless infrastructure provider Comsol Networks and mobile, television and appliances giant Samsung South Africa have teamed up to bring fifth-generation (5G) communications to Soweto as a pilot before commercial deployment in 2019. Soweto’s Vilakazi Street is now lit up with a... 

Draft White Paper changes focus to improve impact on country

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) contains a number of policy shifts in comparison with its predecessor, the 1996 White Paper on Science and Technology. These are intended to allow STI to fulfil its... 

Getting It Right

By: Creamer Media Reporter In the September 14 edition, we ran two stories on Volkswagen Group South Africa, one on the company's plans to start assembly operations in Ghana and Nigeria in the future and the other on the appointment of Andile Dlamini as head of group communications. A photograph featuring Volkwagen... 

New IFS CEO bullish about prospects for growth in SA market

By: Natasha OdendaalNearly three months into his new role as IFS South Africa MD and country manager, enterprise software veteran Mohamed Cassoojee has his eyes firmly focused on growing the global group’s local presence in large enterprise accounts, as well expanding its ecosystem of top-tier consulting and... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk BurgerWith the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

SA aims to set new innovation agenda as Draft White Paper is released

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Presidency is to lead a Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) “Plenary meeting” involving major sectors of South African government and society, Science and Technology Minister (Ms) MT Kubayi-Ngubane told the media at the recent launch of the Department of Science and Technology’s draft... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk BurgerAdvanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

Photo of the Week


By: Creamer Media Reporter Putting paper in the recycling bin is only the start of a complex process of value creation, in which packaging company Mpact is deeply involved. Once the waste is collected from households, reclaimers, or private companies, separate the paper, plastic and other recyclables from the waste that... 



Facilitators of State capture in SA

By: Aubrey MatshiqiThe State capture commission of inquiry is under way. The picture that is beginning to emerge is that of a South Africa where, by the time former President Jacob Zuma left the stage, corruption was no longer endemic because it had become systemic. In other words, by the time Zuma was forced to... 

Facilitators of State capture in SA

Recorded music

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoyFrom the first voice and music recordings of the 1800s, nothing much changed in the early part of the 1900s. Wind-up gramophones with paper mache cones were used for the reproduction of music that was stored on metal or wax discs. There was no electronic amplification – the recording was done by... 

Technically, stuck in a recession

By: Riaan de Lange“Is you is or is you ain't?”, to partially borrow from the title of American blues musician BB King’s song. Is South Africa in a recession or ain’t it? It is a simple enough question that should solicit a 'yes' or 'no' answer, ain’t? Surely, if one knows what a recession is, then one should know... 

The industrialisation debate in SA – what are the lessons?

By: Saliem FakirManufacturing has been in slow decline in the past decade or so. The sector has always been treated as a useful link between mining and higher-value beneficiation. Light and heavy industrialisation were, and in some respects still are, at the core of South Africa's industrial base. Before the... 


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