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South African intellectual property agency seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     Updated 2 hours 11 minutes ago The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

Post Office to become fully-fledged bank – CEO

By: African News Agency      Updated 2 hours 46 minutes ago Plans are under way to remodel the South African Post Office (SAPO) into a fully-fledged bank, CE Mark Barnes said on Wednesday. “Let me tell you about where you are and what the future is. We believe that the Post Office will prove to be a critical element in financial inclusion, for a number of... 

CNC Machines to produce components for isotope separation facility 

     Updated 5 hours ago Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators will be manufacturing and producing components for a medical isotope facility in Pretoria.  

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     26th April 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

Promoting growth and transformation within the Quantity Surveying industry

     25th April 2017 ASAQS is committed to transformation and skills development in the built environment The built environment is one of many industries that faces challenges due to the skills crises. Exacerbating the issue locally is a lack of transformation, retiring baby boomers, too few formalised training and... 

Engen Driver Wellness 2017 kicks off in the Eastern Cape

     25th April 2017 Engen Driver Wellness, a mobile health awareness initiative run by Thubelihle Occupational Health & Wellness kicked off this month at Cape Road Convenience Centre in Port Elizabeth. The initiative which impacts positively on the country’s bulk truck driver operators continues to increase driver... 

More than 2 million tertiary students get NSFAS funding – Nzimande 

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 More than two million students studying at South Africa’s public Universities and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges have been funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) since 2013, the Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande said... 

Wireless becomes key integrated component of enterprise systems

     24th April 2017 Wireless networks have traditionally been viewed and managed as an ‘add-on’ to the corporate network, but new security threats demand that they now be integrated into the heart of the enterprise, says Fortinet. The traditional approach to enterprise wireless was to treat it as an independent... 

Nigerian minister asks builders to construct better after spate of collapsing buildings

By: African News Agency      24th April 2017 Nigeria is concerned after a spate of collapsing buildings, which a government minister blamed on a lack of commitment to quality by some builders. In 2014, some 84 South Africans were killed during one of these collapses, at a church in Lagos run by prominent pastor TB Joshua. The pastor denied... 

AFRINIC to Hold IPv6 Training Courses for Network Engineers in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Training Workshop to be Held in Johannesburg from 2-5 May as Part of AFRINIC’s Commitment to Capacity Building, Knowledge Share and Education to Improve Internet Infrastructure Development Throughout Africa.    Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd &  ZACR  are partnering with the African Network... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Education technology must empower educators, learners

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The focus of any education technology must be on the skills that students and learners need and how technology can be used as an enabler to develop skills, says technology multinational Microsoft South Africa MD Zoaib Hoosen. The role of any education technology must be to empower educators and... 

Greg Boulle

     21st April 2017 This week we feature Gregory Boulle, CEO of Bravo Group, the largest manufacturer of lounge furniture and sleep products in South Africa.   

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Just what is education?

By: Kelvin Kemm     21st April 2017 There is hardly a day that goes by without the word ‘education’ coming up somewhere.  Everybody agrees that education is important, but what I detect is that virtually nobody asks what education actually is. That question is most important.  Many people just assume that, if a person goes to... 

Limpopo to use open-source software to boost enterprise and industry development

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2017 The Limpopo government has adopted a free and open-source software (Foss) strategy and aims to leverage the low-barriers to entry to these systems to boost its enterprise development and services sectors and initiatives, says German enterprise open-source software subsidiary SUSE Africa indirect... 

Once again, we have a nonengineer as Energy Minister

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     21st April 2017 In the film The Remains of the Day, Anthony Hopkins is a butler in a large country house. It is before World War II. The upper-class guests are all discussing the state of the world and of Germany. Somebody suggests that the opinion of the people should be taken into account. The common people. A... 

Modular building manufacturer addresses South Africa’s skills deficit

     19th April 2017 The South African bill of rights states that, “Everyone has the right to a basic education, including an adult basic education.” Education is essential for the transformation of South Africa’s society, providing individuals with the knowledge required to bring about social, economic and political... 

Governments worldwide could save $1tr by adopting procurement best practices – McKinsey 

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2017 Governments worldwide could reduce their current purchasing bill by 15%, or a combined $1-trillion, if they were to adopt best-practice procurement disciplines, a new study by the McKinsey Center for Government (MCG) claims. The study, titled ‘Government Productivity: Unlocking the $3.5-trillion... 

Happy 10th birthday Legae!

     18th April 2017 On 1 April 2017 the Legae Community Childcare Centre celebrated 10 years of providing assistance and schooling to children in the Daveyton area on the East Rand. SKF was there to celebrate with them. Partnering with St Andrews and St Marks Presbyterian Churches, SKF South Africa established Legae... 

De Lille to address Cape Town drought intervention plans 

By: News24Wire      18th April 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille will join a panel discussion on Tuesday to discuss the city's interventions in the metro's drought crisis. De Lille will address the Climate Change Coalition at Green Point Urban Park, and will also discuss the city's stance on climate change, and the risks... 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Industry body develops training for flooring industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and, further to this, aims to facilitate improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned... 

Ross Collard

     14th April 2017 This we feature Ross Collard, MD of Chase Construction, which distributes distributes Case earthmoving equipment throughout South Africa   

TVET students benefit from Euphoria, Saben partnership

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th April 2017 Local telecoms provider Euphoria Telecom announced that it had partnered with South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) to offer affordable Voice over Internet Protocol to South African technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges and students. Saben is an initiative... 

Solar industry registers quality and safety training programme

By: David Oliveira     13th April 2017 Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions in South Africa attended the first workshop – Inform the Trainer – at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC) last month. These representatives will train solar photovoltaic (PV) technicians to install solar panels... 

South African R&D spending on the rise but government aims yet higher

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 The South African government seeks to increase the country’s investment in research and development (R&D) by 100% from the R29-billion of 2014/2015 to about R60-billion a year by 2020. In terms of percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), this would involve an increase from 0.77% to 1.5%. This... 

Survey on South African publicly-funded intellectual property launched

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2017 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the first 'South African National Survey of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Publicly Funded Research Institutions' in Pretoria on Wednesday. “The survey reveals many trends that we did not know before . . . [T]his survey... 

Thyssenkrupp contributes to skills development through adoption of graduates programme in South Africa

     11th April 2017 Graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get into the job market not only due to job scarcity but also because often companies are not keen to employ graduates straight from universities or colleges because of their lack of work experience. “Many companies in South Africa prefer to... 

Downgrade will have major consequences for economy, businesses and citizens, warns AHI

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2017 Small business representative organisation AHI says ratings agency Fitch’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s credit rating to junk status, will lead to lower economic growth, with some expecting billions of rands in outflows and a doubling of the current account deficit for South Africa. In... 

South African spatial data infrastructure is developing, but not as fast as desired 

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Despite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (Sasdi), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

Government infrastructure projects: Why it matters who manages the spend

     10th April 2017 Quantity surveyors are best positioned to keep public infrastructure spend on track, despite 83% of government infrastructure spend currently managed by engineers. An estimated R875.70 billion has been committed to a number of ambitious government infrastructure projects for the Medium Term... 

Fitch downgrades SA to junk status

By: African News Agency      7th April 2017 Fitch Ratings agency on Friday downgraded South Africa to junk status, citing the removal of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister. Fitch said President Jacob Zuma’s decision to fire Gordhan last week, was likely to see a change in economic policy. 

Sibanye wins four NSA awards

By: Anine Kilian     7th April 2017 Sibanye Gold won four awards at this year’s National Skills Authority (NSA) awards. The company won three gold awards for the Best Adult Education and Training programme, the Best Skills Programme and the Best University Placement programme categories, and a bronze award for the Best Artisan... 

Opinion: Renewables IPP programme an example of impeccable governance

     7th April 2017 It is important to regularly pause, reflect and appreciate a job well conceived and well executed. Back in 2010, the South African government took the bold decision to create a legislative and practical environment in which the Department of Energy could procure power generated by private... 

Wits 'deeply concerned' about state of SA

By: News24Wire      7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Senate has expressed “deep concern” about the state of the country and the effect of corruption on education funding. “Political events have exposed the scale of the current social and economic crisis in South Africa,” the university said in a statement... 

Development projects a core part of business

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Owing to the role of groundwater resource development projects in communities’ wider socioeconomic wellbeing, consulting engineering company JG Afrika’s geohydrology technical director Mark Schapers says these projects are fast becoming a core part of the team’s business. 

Duncan Ayling

     7th April 2017 This week we feature Duncan Ayling, GM of Wind Prospect, a wind and solar engineering and technical consultancy providing services for developers, investors, lenders and utilities throughout Africa   

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