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African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     Updated 4 hours ago Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in Gauteng

     Updated 4 hours ago The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

NSFAS to fund over 400 000 students for 2017

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has approved over 400 000 applications for funding for the 2017 academic year. NSFAS chairperson Sizwe Nxasana said they had approved a total of 309 788 students for universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), but... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

CSI fund supports investment in Vanderbijlpark school infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 Gas materials and equipment company Air Products South Africa launched its new R800-million air-separation unit, the G-Plant, in 2014, with an associated ring-fenced corporate social investment (CSI) fund aimed at uplifting the Vanderbijlpark community.  

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Luther Erasmus

     17th February 2017 This we feature TLT MechCal and TLT Actom MD Johannes Erasmus. The group is a global leader in the supply of innovative ventilation solutions for the mining, power, industrial and process industries   

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

Diepsloot girls play at the national chess championship

     16th February 2017 Two Grade 5 girls from Diepsloot, who started playing chess through the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess programme in 2015, made such excellent progress in the sport that they were selected to be part of the Johannesburg Metro Chess Union team at the SA Junior Chess Championship in Boksburg in... 

DRDGold spends R26m in six months on environmental restoration  

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Johannesburg is probably one of the world’s best examples of unintended sustainable development, where almost accidentally the mining economy has been fully replaced by another larger economy. This is because mining took place for long enough to allow for the emergence of services industries such... 

Engen continues to build future leaders

     15th February 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Engen KZN learners scoop top three positions

     13th February 2017 Engen Maths and Science Schools learners in KwaZulu-Natal scored top marks in 2016, scooping the top three programme positions nationally.   The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by... 

Adapt IT reports on normalised headline earnings as it continues with acquisition strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Information technology services provider Adapt IT has, for the first time, disclosed normalised headline earnings per share (HEPS). At 34.74c for the six months to December 31, this was up 20% from the prior year, owing to higher noncash expenses as a result of acquisitions. Noting that its... 

Atlas Copco and Tirisano Trust help further education through donation of laptops

     10th February 2017 Siyabonga Children’s Home residents Sage Godfrey (18) and Rosemary Holt (20 are the proud recipients of a brand new laptop donated by Atlas Copco and its social development funding organisation, Tirisano Trust, on 20 January 2017. Expressing their delight, Sage who plans to study a BCom in... 

MCA laments Victoria opposition party’s support for ban on onshore gas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has slammed the Victorian opposition’s support of a ban on onshore gas developments, saying the party had been cowered by a political scare campaign. “This is a weak, politically expedient decision that confirms the Victorian opposition has been captured... 

Eerste River High School construction project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 The Department of Public Works for the Western Cape Education Department is building a school to accommodate 1 200 learners. 

Ian McCrystal

     10th February 2017 This week we feature Ian McCrystal, CEO of First Cut, which manufactures and distributes engineering cutting consumables and also sells and services associated machinery, including bandsaw machines, tube and sheet metal bending, laser and waterjet machines   

Northern Cape youths receive financial aid for tertiary education

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 Twenty-six youths from the Emthanjeni municipality, in the Northern Cape, were awarded full tertiary bursaries last month by solar energy project developer Solar Capital and its subsidiary Solar Capital De Aar 3. These bursaries were among the 80 distributed at the well-attended Ministerial... 

Those who cannot do . . . talk

By: Riaan de Lange     10th February 2017 You may well be acquainted with the adage 'He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches' from George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play, Man and Superman, Maxims for Revolutionists: Education. But it no longer holds true for South Africa for several reasons, the most prominent being that I do not know of... 

Cesa eyes ambitious consulting engineering profession transformation strategy  

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2017 A year after taking a back-to-basics approach, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is gearing up to tackle transformation within its membership base and throughout its industry, with a transformation committee embarking on a process to develop the industry body’s proposed interventions to... 

Unpaid stipends, no certificates, Carletonville youth up in arms

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 More than 100 Carletonville youths – who completed a three-month courses in practical skills that included upholstery, sewing, clothing, agriculture, jewellery and cabinet-making – are up in arms because the Gauteng department of education has not given them certificates. All in all about 115... 

Barriers to Youth Employment: Pursuing a Career vs. Finding a Job 

     7th February 2017 Is the prevailing ‘job mentality’ hindering our youth and their quest for rewarding work? In recent months, much has been written about the staggeringly high unemployment levels in South Africa. While many solutions have been proffered, from policy changes to training hubs, recent research... 

SAP Skills for Africa adds 101 students to digital workforce

     7th February 2017 Students, SAP Africa partners, customers and executives gathered at Eskom’s Megawatt Park in Sandton for the SAP Skills for Africa graduation ceremony which celebrated the completion of an intense three-month digital skills training programme. Now in its sixth chapter, the job creation initiative... 

SunPower donates solar panels to power computer labs 

     6th February 2017 SunPower recently donated solar panels to Bottomup and Douglas SEDC, two nonprofit organizations leading social development and education initiatives in South Africa. Bottomup received 18-kilowatts of photovoltaic solar panels to help power its Parkwood Technology Centre, a community education... 

Cutifani encourages mining sector to focus on constructive dialogue

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2017 Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has advocated a new future for mining, through innovation, a sharper focus on resilience and, in South Africa in particular, a recognition that “capital has no colour”. He told delegates at the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba conference, in Cape Town,... 

Finance Minister invites public input ahead of Budget speech

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th February 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged South Africans to share their views on economic conditions and to highlight issues they would like government to focus on in the National Budget Speech on February 22. The National Budget Speech will be presented against the backdrop of sluggish economic... 

Deloitte continues to sharpen the skills of data analytics professionals across Africa

     3rd February 2017 After the success of the first Deloitte School of Analytics education event in February 2016, Deloitte is once again bringing world class training to Africa in 2017. The Deloitte School of Analytics annual education event is a three day training programme that focuses on enhancing Analytics... 

Ivanhoe cleared to relocate informal graves near Platreef project

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd February 2017 Africa-focused project developer Ivanhoe Mines' Ivanplats subsidiary has been cleared by a South African court to continue with the relocation of informal graves located in the vicinity of its $1.2-billion Platreef mine development project, in Limpopo province. Justice John Murphy set aside the... 

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

Lex Winson

     3rd February 2017 This week we feature Lex Winson, service manager of the Goscor Lift Truck division.   

Switzerland to share skills development insight with South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 Best practice cases for skills development and implementation from Switzerland will be the focus for skills development company Expect More International (EMI) at the first Switzerland and South Africa Sustainable Skills Development Conference. EMI partner Bert Evers notes that the 2017... 

UK outlines 'modern industrial strategy' vision

By: Keith Campbell     3rd February 2017 On January 23, British Prime Minister Theresa May formally unveiled what is officially described as “proposals for a modern Industrial Strategy”. That same day her administration published a 132-page Green Paper entitled “Building Our Industrial Strategy”. (Green Papers are effectively the same... 

Mobilising youth, greater entrepreneurship key to unlocking job creation in Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st February 2017 With the continent facing a significant unemployment rate and with millions in need of jobs, local governments need to strengthen their relationships and build alliances within Group of 20 (G20) economies, but without sole reliance on its capital resources. During a South African Institute of... 

Sabinet supports maths and science skill development in SA

     1st February 2017 Protec launched its 2017 programme at the Hofmeyr Secondary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria on Saturday 28 January. Protec’s goal is to empower South Africa’s youth with optimal scientific, mathematics, technology, engineering and life skills to access and succeed in STEM-based careers... 

Zuma says Cabinet lekgotla ahead of SoNA will focus strongly on economy

By: African News Agency      31st January 2017 The four-day Cabinet Lekgotla which sets the tone for President Jacob Zuma’s State-of-the-Nation (SoNA) will focus strongly on boosting South Africa’s economic growth, a statement from the presidency said on Tuesday. The Lekgotla, which starts on Wednesday, would be attended by Zuma, his deputy,... 

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