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Real Economy Report

Published 13 May 10        By: Shannon de Ryhove
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Our top stories this week: the next phase of the solar geyser roll-out will incorporate greater local content; South African Airways' new CEO discusses the new King Shaka airport; and the South African government aims to combat the current artisan shortage.

Shannon de Ryhove:
South African President Jacob Zuma has officially launched the National Solar Water Heating programme, where some 270 units have already been installed in Winterveldt, north-west of Pretoria. Christy van der Merwe reports.

President Jacob Zuma

Christy van der Merwe

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters

Shannon de Ryhove:
On the first commercial passenger test flight to the new King Shaka airport, South African Airways' first female CEO gave her impression of the airport. Chanel Pringle has the story.

Chanel Pringle:
SAA spent R35-million on relocating its equipment and operations from the Durban International Airport to the new King Shaka airport, but CEO Siza Mzimela believes the new airport will greatly benefit passengers and airlines.

SAA CEO Siza Mzimela

Chanel Pringle:
Meanwhile, Mzimela, who was appointed as CEO of SAA in March, also outlined her plans for the national carrier this year.

Siza Mzimela

Shannon de Ryhove:
The South African government aims to combat the current artisan shortage by scaling up artisan training, with the assistance of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority. Jacqueline Holman has the story.

Jacqueline Holman:
The development of human potential is a priority to government to reduce poverty and increase skills development. Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande explains his vision for the country.

Higher Education and Training Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

Jacqueline Holman:
Nzimande also states the importance of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) in skills development, especially the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta).

Dr Blade Nzimande

Shannon de Ryhove:
And now for a sneak preview of this week's Engineering News magazine:

In our cover story, we find out what South Africa's airlifter options are after the A400M withdrawal late last year.

Read about South African armoured and mine-protected vehicle manufacturer BAE Systems Land Systems OMC's order from Finland.

And, we report that French energy technology company Areva plans to develop a solar power business in South Africa.

And in Mining Weekly this week:

In our cover story, we highlight the public relations problem the mining industry is facing.

We report that rising international demand is driving mining investment in Brazil.

And, read about gold miner AngloGold Ashanti's model to mine safely and profitably 5 kilometres below surface.

That's Creamer Media's Real Economy Report. Join us again next week for more news and insight into South Africa's real economy.