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Transnet continues to boost maritime skills

By: Anine Kilian     18th January 2017 State-owned Transnet has further committed to building and strengthening the country’s oceans economy with a further intake of trainees for its maritime training academy, the Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), in Durban. The intake of unemployed learners is part of Transnet’s Market Demand... 

Education and right mix of skills crucial to growth and development – Radebe

By: African News Agency      18th January 2017 Investing in education and the right skills have become vital elements to a country’s economic growth, development and competitiveness in a global setting. This was according to South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National... 

ANC to review NDP at policy conference

By: News24Wire      18th January 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) plans to review the successes and challenges of the National Development Plan (NDP) at its upcoming policy conference which set to be dominated by talks on broadening economic inclusion and ending the "rhetoric" on land redistribution. On Tuesday party... 

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2017 The World Bank says raising private investment in South Africa will be critical to increasing the country’s growth potential above its current estimate of only 1.3%, which is well below the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) aspiration of 5.4% a year. In its ninth South Africa Economic Update,... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 Amid the country’s rising unemployment rate, 83% of South African CEOs are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next year, which will result in an increase in headcount. In its eighth South African edition of the yearly Global CEO Survey, financial services firm... 

Radebe joins WEF stewardship board

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2017 Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe has been appointed to the stewardship board of the Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work system initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Radebe, who is also National Planning Commission chairperson, is... 

South Africa lags digital construction

     17th January 2017 The 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) Institute survey shows that there is a significant lack of education in terms of digital construction and building information modelling for complex building projects in South Africa. “A cursory glance at construction projects in our major cities... 

CSIR heeds call for more young people in photonics industry

     16th January 2017 There is a growing need to boost the number of and accelerate progress within tertiary education of young people embarking on a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Dr Sandile Ngcobo says.... 

Modular classrooms contribute to a higher Matric pass rate in the Northern Cape

     16th January 2017 In 2015 the Northern Cape had a Matric pass rate of 69.4%, placing it sixth out of South Africa’s eight provinces. In a study carried out by the Public Services Commission in 2016, it was found that dilapidated teaching spaces and overcrowded classrooms were some of the challenges impacting... 

Draft new built environment regulations to be completed by financial year-end – Nxesi 

By: Anine Kilian     13th January 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) is reviewing “outdated” legislation that regulates the built environment. Addressing media on the sidelines of a DPW bursary awards ceremony in Centurion, on Friday, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi noted that the department intends to have new built... 

Public Works dept allocates R5.2m in student bursaries 

By: Anine Kilian     13th January 2017 The Department of Public Works (DPW) on Friday handed bursaries worth R5.2-million over to 40 learners who are going to pursue built environment studies at various universities across the country. Each bursary is valued at R130 000 and covers tuition, accommodation, meals, textbooks, academic... 

FEM Establishes R750 million Education Foundation

     13th January 2017 With the spotlight on the South African education system over recent months, a welcomed announcement has been made by The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) following the establishment of the R750 million FEM Education Foundation.   Through the establishment of this education... 

NSFAS to ease tertiary fee burden, DHET troubled by corruption 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has conceded that there is corruption in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), which has led to some students not receiving their tertiary funding. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, on Thursday, he said that while this... 

All 40 000 learners in need of schools will be placed – Makhura

By: African News Agency      11th January 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Wednesday assured parents that “everything will be done” to ensure that all 40 000 children on the waiting list will be placed in schools. “The more we improve education and results (the more) we have more problems. We have migrant learners and this is a crisis of... 

Smart multi-modal supply chain unlocks Central African Republic

     11th January 2017 Since Ecolog was awarded its contract by the United nations mission MINUSCA in the Central African Republic in September 2014, the company manages successfully the delivery of 1.5 million kilograms of food and water every month to 22 different locations in the Central African Republic. Despite... 

Cape Town to host the first UN World Data Forum

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2017 The first United Nations (UN) World Data Forum, which will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from January 15 to 18, provides an opportunity for producers and users of data and statistics to collaborate in launching new initiatives and innovative solutions that will deliver... 

Opinion Piece: Keeping workplace alcohol consumption under control all year round

     11th January 2017 The fact that alcohol consumption increases over the holiday period is a well-known fact, and many companies implement more stringent controls and policies over these times to reduce risk. However, this piecemeal approach is often ineffective in the long run, as the momentum achieved as a result... 

Driving Excellence In People Through Skills Development

     9th January 2017 Skills development remains acknowledged as a key driver of economic growth in South Africa.  Without it, the workforce cannot move forward. Graduation is a word that is filled with hope, a promise for a more specialised future, and a symbol of commitment to personal and professional development.... 

Africa is poised for sustainable growth and development. But there are risks

     9th January 2017 As we know, growth accelerations are pretty commonplace among developing countries. Economist Ricardo Haussman and his colleagues identified 83 growth accelerations of eight consecutive years at 2% higher than the five-yearly average between the mid-1950s and early 2000s. But most growth... 

SA remains optimistic about 2017 economic growth forecast despite global slowdown, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      9th January 2017 The African National Congress is optimistic that South Africa will achieve a decent economic growth rate this year despite the slow recovery in the global economy, ANC President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday. Addressing supporters at the ANC’s 105th birthday celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto,... 

SA education system one of the worst in the world – The Economist

By: News24Wire      6th January 2017 In the week that South Africa’s matric results were released, international news magazine, The Economist, has declared the country’s schools as among the most inept in the world. "South Africa has one of the world’s worst education systems," the London-based publication reported on its online... 

Matric results dispel 'DA lies' – Sadtu 

By: News24Wire      5th January 2017 The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said on Thursday that the 2016 matric results prove that the union is not a barrier to education, as the Democratic Alliance has claimed. "This (the matric results) has dispelled the lies peddled by the likes of the DA that Sadtu members in the... 

SA’s Class of 2016 improves pass rate to 72.5%

By: African News Agency      4th January 2017 Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga announced on Wednesday that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) class of 2016 had achieved a pass rate of 72.5% – up from the 70.7% in 2015. The 2016 pass rate includes progressed learners – those who had failed Grade 11 twice and been pushed through... 

Progressing failed learners has borne fruit – Motshekga

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education's policy to promote more than 100 000 learners has borne fruit, Minister Angie Motshekga said on Wednesday. The 2016 matric pass rate, including the results of the progressed learners, has increased to 72.5% - 1.8% more than last year’s rate of 70.7%. 

50% of matriculants gain access to higher education

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Department of Basic Education has announced that more than 50% of matriculants have obtained passes that will give them access to higher learning institutions. "More than 50% of learners passed with the required standard to enable them to access higher education," said the department's Dr... 

Drones help communities map flood risk in Dar es Salaam slums

By: Reuters     4th January 2017 The sight of a drone hovering above the streets of Tandale to map the crowded flood-prone neighbourhood in the north of Dar es Salaam spread excitement among inhabitants tired of dealing with regular inundations. “I am happy to see something is being done to prevent flooding,” said 35-year-old... 

Education dept stands by 2016 matric results

By: News24Wire      4th January 2017 The Basic Education Department is standing by its 2016 matric results, due to be released on Thursday, despite DA MP Gavin Davis questioning the way some averages were increased. "We do stand by our results," said department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga on Tuesday. 

DA queries what looks like artificial inflation of matric results

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 The Democratic Alliance on Friday expressed concerns about the standardisation of matric examination results for 2016, pointing to what the party said looked like artificial inflation of results. In an open letter to the head of the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education... 

Economic growth and jobs priority for 2017, says Zuma in New Year’s message

By: African News Agency      30th December 2016 Igniting economic growth to create more jobs would be top of government’s agenda for 2017, President Jacob Zuma said in his New Year’s message to South Africans. Zuma described 2016 as a fruitful year in which government worked hard to fight poverty, inequality, unemployment, and reversing “the... 

'We want the rand to fall so that when it rises, we will control the economy' - Maine 

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2016 African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine says the league wants and needs the rand to fall so that when it rises again, the country's economy will be under their control. "We want the rand to fall, we need those economic turntables. The rand will fall but when it... 

Black people still don't control the economy - Zuma

By: News24Wire      22nd December 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday said black people were still not in charge of the economy. He was speaking at the African National Congress Youth League's (ANCYL) 'Economic Freedom in Our Lifetime' lecture at Durban’s Olive Convention Centre. He told a gathering of more than 2 000 people the... 

Worcester set to have a new R61m high school in 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     22nd December 2016 Construction of the new Worcester high school, in the Western Cape, is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors in January, the Western Cape government (WCG) said on Thursday. The R61-million project was commissioned in August 2015 by the Department of Transport and Public Works... 

Andrea Nono

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     16th December 2016 This week we feature Andrea Nono, CEO of MTU South Africa, a company established in 2001 that is responsible for the Rolls-Royce Power System business in over 30 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa   

Rate of growth in social investment by SA corporates stalled in 2016

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 Private sector companies and State-owned enterprises in South Africa spent R8.6-billion on social development during 2015/16, representing a 6% increase in nominal growth from the previous year, according to corporate social investment (CSI) and sustainability consultancy Trialogue.  

UN, Coca-Cola upskill 25 000 women entrepreneurs 

By: Anine Kilian     14th December 2016 The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), together with The Coca-Cola Company, on Wednesday celebrated the upskilling of 25 000 female micro entrepreneurs in South Africa, achieved through the entities’ project to empower women entrepreneurs through a... 

AfriSam Committed To Responsible Transporation Methods And Road Usage

     14th December 2016 Leading concrete materials producer, AfriSam takes its responsibility towards the road-going public extremely seriously and has put various measures in place to ensure that its extensive fleet of readymix trucks takes both safety as well as the environment into consideration when on the road.... 

AFRICA ENERGY INDABA 2017 brings together Africa’s leading women in energy

     13th December 2016 The third annual Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector on Monday 20th February at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference on the continent... 

Results Of 2016 International Coastal Clean-Up For Cape Provinces Released

     12th December 2016 According to the results of the 20th International Coastal Clean-Up (ICC) that took place on Saturday, the 17th of September 2016, glass bottles and pieces and paper bags have taken over from PET bottles and bottle caps as macro pollutants on Cape beaches.  Good turn-out of volunteers The ICC is... 

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