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SMEs To Transform SA’s Education Sector

Updated 4 hours ago The education sector in South Africa remains a catch-22, with public schools struggling to yield positive results and private schools being too costly for many South African households to afford. This challenge, however, signals a gap in the market and provides an opportunity for small and medium... 

Octodec focuses on tenant retention, property value-add in challenging market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec has declared a 203.4c distribution a share for the financial year ended August 31, which is nearly unchanged from the 203.1c a share distribution reported for 2017. Net asset value per share also remained virtually unchanged at R29.39, compared... 

Breytenbach welcomes greater certainty for renewable energy projects 

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2018 Participants in the renewable energy sector say they are encouraged by the dedicated infrastructure team that will be set up in the Presidency, as it will give investors more certainty and confidence to back projects. “We’ve seen what the last two years of delays in the signing of renewable... 

African Chemicals Imbizo registers impressive growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The fourth African Chemicals Imbizo, to be held in Durban from October 24 to 25, is expected to be the largest one in its four-year history. Starting as a modest concept of meetings between members of the Durban Chemicals Cluster (DCC) – a public-private partnership between eThekwini municipality... 

Rob Ross

19th October 2018 This week we feature Rob Ross, divisional MD at Southey Contracting, a company that is involved in thermal insulation; access scaffolding; industrial surface protection, including thermal spraying; HVAC ducting; fireproofing; and asbestos abatement   

IRP 2018 suffers from major failings, nuclear analyst claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Irregular expenditure

By: Riaan de Lange     19th October 2018 Take a moment to reflect on the phrase 'irregular expenditure'. What thoughts does it evoke? Anything? These two words, I wager, have been rendered devoid of their impact, owing to excessive use. 

South African ICT students head off to China under learning programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 Another ten information and communication technology (ICT) university students from various institutions have headed to Huawei, in China, on a study trip aimed at building up an ICT talent ecosystem. The yearly study opportunity in China, under the Seeds for the Future programme – a joint Huawei... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Project Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) project, UK and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, has run into serious financial trouble. 

Increased urgency to improve mine health, safety – Mantashe 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th October 2018 The increase in mining fatalities in South Africa’s mining sector over the past two years has increased the urgency of improving health and safety in the sector, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Mine Health and Safety Summit, in Benoni, he... 

Informal waste pickers should be integrated into formal waste management sector, suggests analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 The informal waste economy in South Africa has been largely responsible for the high rates of post-consumer material recycling that have been achieved, GreenCape Sector Development Agency waste economy analyst Dr Kirsten Barnes noted during a presentation at WasteCon 2018, on Wednesday. Her... 

Closing the Skills Gap in Africa with Expanded Educational Offerings

17th October 2018 Doros Hadjizenonos, regional sales director at Fortinet in South Africa To close the skills gap, organizations and academic institutions must take proactive measures. 

Digital-enabled creativity, tech solutions and interaction at Italian innovation fair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The circular economy, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and space exploration were among the main topics that were showcased at this year’s Maker Faire Rome, which took place at the Rome Exhibition Centre in Rome, Italy, from October 12 to 15,  2018. The largest European innovation event –... 

Wits Business School Addresses the Energy Sector Skills Shortage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The energy landscape in Africa is changing dramatically.  Opportunities abound for investments, partnerships and other initiatives in the sector, particularly in oil and gas and renewable energy. The World Bank's Africa Energy project portfolio currently carries 48 projects totalling US$3... 

Bloodhound project faces financial crunch, seeks R475m

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2018 Bloodhound Programme, the UK company behind Project Bloodhound, the initiative to break the land-speed world record (currently at 1 227.98 km/h), has run into serious financial trouble. The company has entered into administration, with the appointment of Andrew Sheridan and Geoff Rowley, partners... 

Mobile tech laboratory using robotics to inspire love of science in children 

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 The latest mobile laboratory of the Inspired towards Science, Engineering and Technology (I-SET) science community engagement project has robotics kits that learners use to build and program robots, thereby inspiring them to pursue careers in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.... 

Grant Bennett

12th October 2018 This week we profile Grant Bennett, country manager for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa at SUSE, an information and communication technology supprt and services company   

What’s changed and what remains the same 20 years after the launch of Google Search?

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th October 2018 As Google Search celebrates its twentieth year, the local division has revealed how South Africans use search, the significant surge in searches and overhauls underway to improve the popular feature. Google has experienced significant growth over the past two decades, starting from an offering in... 

Joblessness scourge

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th October 2018 South Africa’s inaugural Jobs Summit was convened in Johannesburg last week to brainstorm on possible solutions to the country’s stubborn unemployment scourge. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) tells us that the unemployment rate stood at 27.2% in the second quarter of this year, a deterioration... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms 

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut South Africa's economic growth forecasts for this year and next, as it urged implementation of reforms to improve policy certainty and the efficiency of State-owned companies. Having stagnated for a decade, Africa's most industrialised economy... 

International Accolade For South African Professional Body For Supply Chain Management

9th October 2018 South Africa’s Professional Body for Supply Chain Management (SAPICS) has received an international accolade honouring its commitment to advancing supply chain excellence. APICS, the association for supply chain management in the United States, presented SAPICS with its 2018 Diamond Partner Award... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Engen Driver Wellness sees Western Cape truck drivers roll up their sleeves and get tested

9th October 2018 Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19... 

India’s High Commission co-sponsors artisan centre of specialisation

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2018 The High Commission of India and the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) on Monday jointly launched a centre of specialisation at the Tshwane South technical and vocational education and training college to train electricians, boilermakers, mechanical fitters and millwrights, the... 

Cape Town secures R974m towards disaster recovery programmes, projects 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 The National Treasury and the National Disaster Management Centre has allocated R974-million towards disaster recovery programmes and projects in the Western Cape. Some R553-million of this drought funding was distributed to the City of Cape Town for drought alleviation projects and specifically... 

BC market regulator settles with Nickel One president

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th October 2018 The British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) has reached a settlement agreement with the president of a junior mineral exploration company that filed a deficient technical report. Carl Vance Loeber is the president and a director of Nickel One Resources, a junior mineral exploration company... 

Jaco Maree

5th October 2018 This week we profile Jaco Maree, CEO and cofounder of WIRUlink, an Internet and telephone services company   

Economic stimulus and recovery plan

By: Riaan de Lange     5th October 2018 It is said that there are only three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot. The stimulus and recovery plan has sevral broad parts: implementation of growth-enhancing economic reforms, reprioritisation of public spending to support job creation, the establishment... 

SA to offer Swahili as a school subject

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2018 Readers of this column who are not news junkies like yours truly may have missed the announcement, made last month: South African schools, both public and private, will be offering Swahili as an optional language from 2020, alongside such foreign languages as French, German and Mandarin, which... 

MTN working to unlock entrepreneurial potential of young South Africans

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN South Africa, through its local foundation, is working to unlock entrepreneurial potential and development in South Africa by backing a youth entrepreneurship programme. PrimeStars Marketing’s Step Up to a Start Up initiative aims to upskill grade nine to 12 students... 

Recovery is the key word

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2018 “It’s still in the morning, it’s not a midnight special,” President Cyril Ramaphosa jested ahead of his speech at the Union Building last month to unveil the contents of government’s economic stimulus and recovery plan. While obviously light-hearted, the quirky introduction is important for two... 

We are rooting out State capture, corruption to save and create jobs - Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday said his government was determined to eliminate the capture of the State and its organs through corruption which he said was one of the greatest barriers to investment and job creation in South Africa. "One of the greatest barriers to investment, growth and... 

Mining tech boosts competitiveness, efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 The miners of today look to create greater efficiencies to ensure their sustainability and profitability, which is greatly enabled with technology, a panel of speakers agreed during day two of the Joburg Indaba. Accenture Resources Africa MD Cameron Tandy said in a separate statement that the... 

Dlamini-Zuma calls for collaboration as NDP is divided into smaller plans

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2018 Minister in the Presidency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday called for greater collaboration between the public and private sectors in South Africa as she announced that the National Development Plan (NDP) would be divided into smaller plans that would be attended to within five-year... 

Engen Driver Wellness sees truck drivers roll up their sleeves and get tested

4th October 2018 Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. 
As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October.

Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19... 

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