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How Rpl Empowers South African Businesses

     1st July 2016 South Africa has come a long way since the first democratic elections in 1994, but in the field of education, many inequalities still remain. As the late Nelson Mandela once said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. In order to achieve this, however,... 

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Chad Andrews

     1st July 2016 This week we feature Chad Richard Andrews, MD of Lapp Group, which markets, sells and distributes specialised cables for the low-voltage industry 

Identity-defined workspaces protect data regardless of device

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2016 Identity-defined and managed workspaces overcome the hurdles of typical identification-as-a-service (IDaaS) and mobile application management and improve the adoption of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives, says virtual machine multinational VMware desktop products and end-user computing VP... 

iWayAfrica and Avanti improve download speeds across East Africa

     30th June 2016 iWayAfrica, a Pan-African broadband provider and Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services, has announced that consumer and business customers in Kenya can now benefit from increased downlink speeds to 15Mbps in a move that will improve their satellite... 

Wind project to inject more than R800m into local community – CEO

     30th June 2016 Call for pupils to become entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector to position SA globally A little more than a year after connecting to the national energy grid, one of South Africa’s first major wind farms has announced that it is injecting more than R800-million into community economic... 

Altaaqa Global and Caterpillar Team Up to Power Cameroon and Empower Locals through Customer Development Program

     30th June 2016 The program through Caterpillar University helps solve Cameroon’s energy challenge while facilitating the transfer of engineering and advanced technical knowledge to local professionals at state-of-the-art 50 MW project Altaaqa Global Caterpillar Rental Power, a leading global temporary power... 

New Wits Mining Institute to focus on innovation

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2016 Innovative technology solutions for the struggling mining sector will be the focus of a new unit at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), which brings together various disciplines under former School of Mining Engineering head Professor Fred Cawood. The new Wits Mining Institute will... 

New certification for logistics, transport, and distribution sector launched at SAPICS conference

     29th June 2016 The Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution designation was introduced to delegates at the recent 38th Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition for supply chain professionals. The CLTD programme will provide supply chain practitioners with the essential knowledge needed for success... 

Govt deals with about 4 000 tenders daily – Brown

By: News24Wire      29th June 2016 Government deals with approximately 4 000 tenders each day and it’s impossible to know what’s happening with every single tender, according to chief procurement officer Kenneth Brown. Brown, who was part of a panel discussion on the progress made by the national procurement office, said South... 

Fluor Proud to be Part of Initiative to Help Mobilise People in Alexandra

     28th June 2016 ALEXANDRA, South Africa and IRVING, Texas (28 June, 2016) – Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that 50 excited children at Kwabhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, have received bicycles through a partnership between the City of Joburg and Qhubeka. The... 

Gemco, land council ink agreements to benefit traditional owners

By: Samantha Herbst     28th June 2016 After three years of negotiations, traditional owners represented by the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) and managers at the Gemco manganese mine have settled on a range of landmark agreements to substantially expand the Gemco mine, located on Australia’s Groote Eylandt, which will generate new... 

Australia's election is a fight for a future after mining

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2016 Australia is heading to elections on July 2 to determine which party will steer the economy through a fading mining investment boom and a deterioration of public finances. Seeking a second term for his Liberal-National coalition, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he’s best-placed to create new... 

SANRAL investment in the country’s youth to increase, yet again

     27th June 2016 SANRAL, committed to developing skills of students interested in studying and building a career within the engineering and road Infrastructure environment, has in addition to its youth programmes increased its contract participation goals for the youth.   The Construction Industry Development... 

Eskom helping to shape entrepreneurial successes

     24th June 2016 Eskom was today able to meet the country’s electricity demands while performing the requisite maintenance on its power generating plants.   Eskom’s corporate social investment vehicle, the Eskom Development Foundation, believes that young people should be taught early on that instead of studying... 

DoC takes firm stance on funding, support for community broadcasters 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th June 2016 The Department of Communications (DoC) has lent its support to community broadcasters, but warned that funds were limited in a stalled economic climate and that other sources of funding should be sought. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi on Friday told stakeholders at a community... 

Keeping truckers healthy and aware with free medical screenings

     24th June 2016 Engen Petroleum, a leading producer and marketer of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products, has recognised the Cape Winelands as a welcome refuelling and refreshment stopover on the routes of long haulage companies with the launch of a permanent wellness clinic. Truck drivers passing through... 

Unsustainable use of revenue from once booming phosphate sector haunting Nauru

By: Ilan Solomons     24th June 2016 The entire topside of the island of Nauru, in the Central Pacific, has largely been mined out and requires extensive rehabilitation, says Asian Development Bank (ADB) economist Roland Rajah. The tiny island nation, with a population of about 10 700 residents on an area of about 21 km2, has... 

Bridging sustainability reporting gap

     24th June 2016 Taking stock of business requirements and reporting on active participation, have become a vital part of scaling up the value for any successfully-driven business, says African infrastructure solutions provider GIBB sustainability consultant Lowrens van der Merwe.  

Consulting engineer selected to serve on advisory board

     24th June 2016 Engineering consulting services provider ECS announced early this year that the company’s Mid-Atlantic LLC president, Leo J. Titus, has been selected to serve on the advisory board for George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship in Virginia, in the US.  

Rockwell Automation in BEE deal, moves to new offices

By: Dylan Slater     24th June 2016 Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation has expanded its presence in South Africa with the opening of its new offices in Randburg, in Johannesburg, on June 8.  

Trevor Miller

     24th June 2016 This week we feature Trevor Miller, executive officer of passive fire protection company Pyro-Cote  

Wits unveils first suite of free online courses

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2016 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has launched the first batch of free online courses as part of a series of massive open online courses (MooCs) on the edX platform that will be launched over the next three years to bolster post-school education. The first three MooCs, namely System... 

New Board Calls For Industrial Unity To Safeguard Skills Funds

     23rd June 2016 The newly-established Professional Board for the Master Built Environment intends playing a major role in boosting the skills level and professional status of 41 industries that have pledged allegiance to the PBMBE's goals, says Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO of ArkKonsult,  the consultancy spearheading... 

Youth entrepreneurship can help solve SA’s job problem

     23rd June 2016 As South Africa narrowly avoids a credit rating downgrade, one factor that can contribute positively to the revival of the economy is entrepreneurship, particularly youth entrepreneurship. Yudhvir Seetharam, Head of Analytics for FNB Business says with first quarter GDP figures not showing signs... 

Cameco, Areva and First Nations ink new collaboration accord

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd June 2016 Canada’s largest uranium operators Cameco and Areva Resources Canada, and local communities traditionally associated with the Cigar Lake, McClean Lake and Rabbit Lake uranium mining operations, have inked a new collaboration agreement that builds on the existing impact management accord signed in... 

World’s First Robotics and Innovation Store to Open in Dubai

     22nd June 2016 Action To Action is set to open the world’s first robotic and innovations store in Dubai. “Innovators”, which will be located at Dubai Festival City, is the only retail concept of its kind, dedicated to visualising the future transformation of consumer electronics retail. The store opens to the... 

Molten salt technology to reduce mining industry costs

     22nd June 2016 The University of South Australia (UniSA) has formed a collaborative research funding partnership with Centrex Metals in a bid to use cutting-edge molten salts technology to significantly reduce energy and water usage, and therefore, the cost of mineral processing. The research, based around the... 

PROTEC, which offers a national programme in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) continues to build on its success over the last 33 years.

     22nd June 2016 “Since its inception, this non-profit technological career development initiative has assisted some 30 000 learners from disadvantaged communities to fulfil their dreams to become engineers, scientists, doctors, educators and entrepreneurs,” says Balan Moodley, CEO of PROTEC. “As part of the... 

Unilever head urges South African firms to prioritise society not just shareholders

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2016 The global head of consumer goods group Unilever has urged South African companies to eschew short-termism and begin integrating the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their operating models, describing their attainment as not only achievable, but also a high-return... 

Rockwell Automation joins forces with empowerment shareholders

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2016 Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation has joined forces with South African trusts, Ma Afrika Tikkun Endowment Trust and Simanye Trust, as its broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) shareholders. In a statement released on Tuesday, MD Barry Elliot said the collaboration with... 

ECDC begins construction launch of three schools valued at R195 million in the OR Tambo district

     21st June 2016 The Eastern Cape Development Corporation says the 92- year old Flagstaff Comprehensive School in Flagstaff is one three schools that are getting a major facelift as part of a R195 million schools revitalisation programme in the OR Tambo District Municipality.   Officially unveiling the... 

Muthambi lashes out at Nzimande over digital TV

By: News24Wire      21st June 2016 Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has hit out at Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande over recent comments he made about digital television. Nzimande, who also heads up the South African Communist Party (SACP), told Eyewitness News last week that Muthambi went against ANC policy on... 

First Asset Management certification training in South Africa

     21st June 2016 Company executives will finally be able to effectively control their IT Assets, reduce risk and maximising return on investment. Local IT Asset Disposal specialist Xperien, together with IT Asset Management specialist services company ITAMSA, has now introduced the first IAITAM certification... 

Sage supports government’s call to grow South African entrepreneurship

     20th June 2016 Sage, the global market leader for integrated accounting, payroll, and payment systems, has welcomed the call for South African government to support entrepreneurs and grow a sustainable Small & Medium Business sector in the country.   Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told delegates at a recent... 

New dawn for entrepreneurs in KZN’s Cornubia, Blackburn communities

     20th June 2016 Entrepreneurs in Cornubia and Blackburn communities may get assistance to grow their businesses to the next level, thanks to Tongaat Hulett Developments, the property arm of agricultural and agri-processing group Tongaat Hulett’s investment in a new business incubator serving the area.   This is... 

SA lacks FinTech skills

     20th June 2016 FinTech is a booming industry throughout the African continent but South Africa is reluctant to take advantage of this opportunity. This is largely due to a lack of skills and training, particularly in financial literacy. Future Talent Academy, a subsidiary of Khonology, believes the FinTech... 

Atlas Copco exposes teenage girls to working environment & future career options

     17th June 2016 In acknowledgment of the importance of empowering young women for the promotion of socio-economic growth in South Africa, Atlas Copco invited 24 Grade 11 and 12 learners from Lethukuthula Secondary School, situated in Katlehong on the East Rand to share sound advice and career planning with the... 

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