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Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd June 2017 Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. “Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as... 

Norman Seymore

     23rd June 2017 This week we feature Norman Seymore, CEO of Chryso Southern Africa and abe Construction Chemicals, as well as executive VP of Chryso Group, responsible for Africa and the Middle East. The group specialises in construction chemicals and construction systems   

R&D incentives pivotal for sector growth

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The direct correlation between successful economies and their investment into research and development (R&D), is the reason consultancy firm Cova Advisory joint MD Duane Newman says it is important that local manufacturing sector and government continue to engage in the R&D incentives made... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

VescoPlastics’ strong training heritage recognised

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 For its commitment to training, local polymer bearing manufacturer   VescoPlastics received the Artisan Award at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, which were held last month at the Industrial Development Corporation Conference... 

Maile’s 2017 budget to focus on jobs

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2017 Gauteng will continue its focus on intervening decisively to resolve the bottlenecks facing various industry sectors to save and create jobs at a time when the unemployment rate in the province remains high. Economic Development and Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Lebogang Maile on Thursday... 

SARB to challenge Public Protector’s recommendation in court 

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2017 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) on Tuesday said it would take legal action to challenge Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s recommendation that Parliament effect a Constitutional amendment to force the SARB to promote economic growth, rather than currency and price stability. It said the... 

Continent-wide digital skills development initiative aims to train half a million young Africans in one week

     20th June 2017 The 2017 edition of Africa Code Week officially kicked off yesterday in Flic-En-Flac, Mauritius. Now in its third year, Africa Code Week aims to spread coding literacy among African youth, with a key focus on female skills development and training.   Inaugurated in 2015 by SAP Corporate Social... 

Rosatom, Zambia agree to cooperate on nuclear energy development 

By: Dylan Slater     19th June 2017 Rusatom Overseas, a division of Russian State-owned atomic corporation Rosatom, on Monday signed a project development agreement (PDA) with Zambia, paving the way for a preliminary feasibility study into the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant. The signing took place during the yearly... 

Final Year Achiever Participates At Cambridge

     19th June 2017 The Arup Education Trust’s (AET) top final year achiever for 2016, Comfort Matlakala, recently visited the University of Cambridge to take part in the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE) programme. The AET was launched in South Africa in 2011 and owns 30% of Arup Pty (Ltd).... 

Education is the key to economic freedom, says Zuma

By: African News Agency      16th June 2017 Education is the most powerful weapon towards economic freedom, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “Government has taken reasonable and practical measures in ensuring that young people are enrolled in schools and study in decent schools and not mud schools and other inappropriate structures,... 

Bubele Nyiba

     16th June 2017 This week we feature Bubele Nyiba, CEO of the Rose Foundation, which promotes and encourages the environmentally responsible management of used oils and related waste in South Africa   

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

NBI offering guidance for workplace-based learning for youth

By: Schalk Burger     16th June 2017 Business organisation the National Business Initiative (NBI) is using its construction industry youth internship project to determine best practices in establishing effective youth training initiatives in other industries. The organisation, in June, launched the NBI Guidelines for Work Integrated... 

Newly developed chemical on trial in S Africa and Zim

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 Chemcol, the latest product in research and development (R&D) from chemicals supplier ChemQuest, is currently on plant trials and laboratory evaluations at three platinum mines in South Africa and Zimbabwe concurrently.  

Budding local wind technicians graduate on Global Wind Day

By: Kim Cloete     15th June 2017 After seven months of intense training, 18 young South Africans graduated from the internationally recognised Wind Turbine Service Technician programme, in Cape Town, on Thursday, which also happened to be Global Wind Day. Five of the seven months of training were spent at the South African... 

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

Consolidation of efforts key to increasing youth participation in mining

By: Ilan Solomons     15th June 2017 South Africa’s mining sector needs to consolidate its current youth development initiatives to ensure meaningful upliftment of the country’s youth, says Chamber of Mines (CoM) of South Africa skills development head Mustak Ally. The pooling of resources will provide a more focused and centralised... 

Engen helps intellectually disabled young adults this Youth Month

     14th June 2017 Ten intellectually disabled students have received the chance to transform their lives and build a better future. In a partnership between non-profit organisation The Living Link and Engen, these students have commenced a year-long ‘Adult Integration Programme’ aimed at integrating them into... 

Federal govt invests in mine rehabilitation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th June 2017 The Australian federal government will invest A$4.9-million over the next five years through the Australian Research Council (ARC) to fund a research training centre for mine site restoration in Western Australia. Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham this week said the new ARC... 

Fluor’s Commitment to Sustainable Development in Botswana

     13th June 2017 Development of individuals is critical to the overall success of companies, as well as to the countries in which they operate. Fluor, a global engineering, procurement and construction company, has trained more than 250 000 people over a period of 100 years. In 2008, Fluor University, an award... 

Novus profits dip 39% as print volumes decline

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2017 Print industry holding company Novus Holdings’ (NVS’s) operating profit declined 39% year-on-year to R393-million in the year ended March 31, owing to a volume decline in the group’s print segment. This was exacerbated by tough trading conditions, a volatile foreign exchange rate, and an... 

Vodacom sets up R20m disaster relief fund

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th June 2017 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has set up a R20-million disaster recovery fund to provide support to those hit by the fires and storms in the Western and Southern parts of the Cape. Some R10-million has been made available immediately to sustain an emergency partnership with the Department of... 

Anglo American Platinum Partners With Afrigrow And The North West Department Of Education To Host The Garden Heroes Project Awards

     12th June 2017 Anglo American Platinum is proud to announce the culmination of its partnership with AfriGrow and the North West Department of Education on the Garden Heroes Project, an initiative focused on building sustainable food gardens in schools.   The 12-month project, which was launched in June 2016,... 

Technology group shares internship lessons as search intensifies for youth employment answers 

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2017 A year’s work experience creates an 80% chance for a person to successfully enter and remain in gainful, productive employment for the rest of his or her life, says information and communication technology (ICT) multinational EOH Group business development director Brian Gubbins. The... 

Barry Owen

     9th June 2017 This week we feature Barry Owen, MD of Bobcat Equipment, Bobcat Rental and Goscor Earthmoving Equipment, which are involved in the sale, service and rental of compact and other earthmoving equipment   

Switzerland to expand innovation partnerships in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th June 2017 Following the successful collaboration between Switzerland and South Africa in the innovation space, which spans nearly ten years, Switzerland aims to expand and intensify the Swiss-South Africa collaboration, says Swiss Ambassador to South Africa Helene Budliger. “Innovation is key for creating... 

System positions company in good stead in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand is using its lighting and motion management systems to position itself in the South African energy efficiency market. “We have seen a positive response from the South African market to these systems, with a pleasing... 

Technology group shares internship lessons as search intensifies for youth employment answers

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2017 A year’s worth of work experience creates an 80% chance of a person successfully entering and remaining in gainful, productive employment for the rest of his or her life, says information and communication technology (ICT) multinational EOH Group business development director Brian Gubbins. The... 

Uber, chumocracy and a corrupt culture of entitlement

By: Riaan de Lange     9th June 2017 Is this an apt summation of present-day South Africa? Quite possibly so. But the headline of this column was appropriated from a British newspaper published in the days prior to David Cameron’s resignation as Prime Minister of the UK in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum result, but not after... 

Engen Celebrates Youth on June 16th

     8th June 2017 This Youth Day, Engen is celebrating the bright futures of their recent graduates of the 2016 Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS). EMSS is a national initiative that addresses key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields by providing after hours Math and Science education to... 

Phosa condemns charter tinkering, urges growth negotiations  

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2017 Stop tinkering with sector charters and instead negotiate them in a manner that creates room for sizable growth, African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee member Dr Mathews Phosa urged on Wednesday. Delivering the keynote address at the Junior Indaba, the former premier of... 

ISSA Joins CleantexPulire to Expand African Market Value

     5th June 2017 Organisers of the CleantexPulire exhibition, e-squared publications (E2) and ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, have announced a joint ownership agreement to collaboratively administer and promote future events. The agreement aims to reinforce and enhance this established African... 

Canadian Students Gain Insight Into Manuafcturing After Multotec Visit

     5th June 2017 A group from Canada’s University of British Columbia’s Mining Engineering faculty recently visited the Multotec Group manufacturing facilities in Spartan, just outside of Johannesburg in South Africa. The visit for the students, from the graduating class of 2017, provided the ideal platform from... 

Zokwana is right – SA needs more college-educated farmers

By: Kelvin Kemm     2nd June 2017 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana recently said that there was a gross imbalance between the rapidly increasing population and the number of people producing food.  He said: “Research shows an enormous decline in the number of South Africa’s commercial farmers since... 

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

Theo Mashego

     2nd June 2017 This week we feature Theo Mashego, MD of Unidrive Electric Motors, a company that supplies and repairs electric motors.   

S Africa drops a notch in global competitiveness ranking

By: Anine Kilian     1st June 2017 South Africa’s overall global competitiveness dropped from 52 in 2016 to 53 in 2017, according to the International Institute for Management Development’s 'World Competitiveness Yearbook' (WCY).   The institute cites a lack of sustainable and inclusive growth, high levels of structural... 

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