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Driving home the renewable energy message

By: David Oliveira     Updated 4 hours ago The Energy and Water Skills Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) has unveiled an innovative mobile renewable-energy technology unit, which has been developed with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). Known as energyDRIVE, the unit comprises a custom-built truck that will be used... 

Sello Motau

     Updated 4 hours ago This week feature Sello Motau, CEO of Bicacon, an infrastructure development company   

Higher Education Minister extends skills strategy to reach goals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2017 Four years after its 2013 conference, the National Skills Authority is still implementing recommendations aimed at improving the mandate it is tasked with, enhancing national skills development, including the systemic study of the implementation of the third National Skills Development Strategy,... 

Women Investing in Infrastructure packs a punch for gender equality

     22nd March 2017 Three influential female captains of industry have established Women Investing in Infrastructure (WIiI), a company to fast-track equal gender opportunities in infrastructure development across the African continent. WIiI aims to improve the quality of women’s lives by investing and participating... 

UJ, Singapore university strengthen research ties, to improve local maths, science education

By: Anine Kilian     20th March 2017 The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), which was established through a partnership with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), has renewed its partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ) through the signing of a second memorandum of understanding (MoU) on... 

Oliphant visits various Amplats-led SLP projects in Rustenburg

By: Ilan Solomons     17th March 2017 Platinum miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Friday hosted Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant at the official handover ceremony of a number of the company’s social and labour plan (SLP) projects in Rustenburg, in the North West. The projects included the official opening of... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Joburg rooftop gardens bringing agriculture to heart of city living

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director general José Graziano da Silva. “In... 

Lack of reliable power supply hinders Africa’s growth – trade commission

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Despite an uptick in planned power-generation projects, it is still fair to say that Africa lacks reliable power supply, which has prevented the continent’s economies from developing in line with their potential, says Austrian Trade Commission Advantage Austria.  “The effects of the lack of... 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

Smart projectors being used to enrich meetings and lessons

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Smart projectors that enable users to interact directly with the images and videos displayed are increasingly being used in commerce and education to make meetings and lessons rich and collaborative, says electronics multinational Epson Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia Visual Instruments... 

R158m road construction project part of Gauteng development programme

By: African News Agency      16th March 2017 An R158-million road construction project was launched for the Rust der Winter and Mkhombo Nature Reserves, north-east of Pretoria, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said on Thursday. The D1944 road construction project, launched by the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

UK remains committed to helping research and development in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     16th March 2017 The British government has assigned up to £35-million from its Prosperity Fund to South Africa. This money will be disbursed over the remaining period of the current UK Parliament (that is, until 2020). This was pointed out by outgoing British High Commissioner to South Africa, Dame Judith... 

Take community engagement seriously, ARM’s Motsepe advises 

By: Martin Creamer     16th March 2017 The South African mining industry must take community engagement extremely seriously to prevent this country’s global competitiveness from being negatively impacted, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe urged on Thursday. Speaking at question time after ARM... 

Multotec Launches As A Fully Botswana Company

     16th March 2017 After five years of successfully growing its market in Botswana, mineral processing solutions provider Multotec will now be relaunching as a fully-fledged subsidiary – locally registered and rooted in Botswana. “With our head office in Letlhakane and additional site offices at Jwaneng, Orapa and... 

4AX to hold first listing in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Although the Financial Services Board has agreed to South African stock exchange, 4 Africa Exchange (4AX), becoming operational and ready for trade at the end of February, the bourse will only see its first listing in April. “Given all the holidays that are coming up and the fact that we cannot... 

Taking ECSA, Minister to court was a ‘last resort’, says Saice

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 Taking legal action against the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) and Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi was a last resort in attempts to have the current ECSA council suspended, South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) CEO Manglin Pillay told Engineering News Online on... 

New EOS/ESD Association, Inc. Online Academy Classes

     14th March 2017 Education is the EOS/ESD Association, Inc.'s first priority. By offering convenient training, EOS/ESD Association, Inc. provides ESD professionals with the knowledge and tools needed to meet the challenges of ESD in their companies and in industry. • Learn from top industry professionals. • Meet... 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

Heading For Harvard

     13th March 2017 Hailing from KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School at Mangosuthu University of Technology, Sasasa Dlamini completed matric with an 89% average and distinctions in all his subjects. A learner at Westville Boys High School, Sasasa is bound for Harvard University in the... 

ANC proposes tax on unused land to force owners to sell to the State

By: News24Wire      13th March 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) has proposed more taxes for unused land to force owners to sell their land to the State in an attempt to fast-track its failed land redistribution programme. Head of Economic Transformation Enoch Godongwana said the party was looking at a raft of taxes for... 

Career development network being established to boost women in IT

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 Information technology (IT) firms Mint Management Technologies and Pinnacle are working to establish a professional network to support the career development of women in the IT sector, says Mint Management Technologies human resources executive Lauren Clark. The need for a professional career... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

School project dubbed case study in meaningful public–private partnership

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2017 The high school built and supported by information technology and business systems multinational Oracle, in Kaalfontein, Midrand, was a case study for the department on how to design, build, equip and support schools, said Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Speaking at the Ponelopele... 

Thulani Dlamini

     10th March 2017 This week we feature Thulani Dlamini, CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research   

Africa’s Biggest Coatings Show Entrusted To Major Global Expo Organisers

     9th March 2017 Leading international exhibitions organisers, dmg events - Middle East, Asia & Africa, will in June next year stage Coatings for Africa 2018, the largest event for its industry on the continent. Coatings for Africa – the longest-running coatings event in Africa - is jointly presented by the SA... 

BASF in South Africa supports science and education projects to upskill local learners.

     9th March 2017 • BASF in South Africa donates R250 000 to Maths and Science education project. • Techno-blended Mathematics and Science school model supports skills for automotive, manufacturing and chemical industries. BASF in South Africa yesterday made a R250 000 donation to the Govan Mbeki Mathematics... 

Welcome home! Mogau Day & Night Care Centre gets a brand new home

     8th March 2017 Engen service station owners have once again come together to help the children of Diepsloot informal settlement, many of whom are hungry and live below the breadline. In collaboration with leading non-profit organisation JAM South Africa, 31 Engen franchisees have pledged to support the... 

AFD sets aside €1.3bn to support high social impact South African projects

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2017 French development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) expects to disburse €1.3-billion in funding support to South African projects in the coming five years as part of a newly approved operational strategy for the country. AFD says the funding will take the form of nonsovereign... 

MICROMINE Russia is proud to sponsor the finalists at the 2017 Case-In International Engineering Championships.

     8th March 2017 MICROMINE Russia announced they would be sponsoring an additional place at this year’s Case-In International Engineering Championships. The purpose of the Championship is to identify and support the most promising students in the fields of mining, electric power, exploration, metallurgy and oil... 

UK, S Africa universities study impact of digital technology in higher education

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 As digital technology continues to influence and disrupt how students learn and are taught, a new transcontinental research project by the University of Leeds, in the UK, and the University of Cape Town (UCT) will examine its effect on staff, students and employers. The ‘Unbundled University:... 

KZN budget up to R115bn

By: African News Agency      7th March 2017 KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial budget is set to top R115-billion in the coming financial year – a R5-billion rand increase over the current year. This emerged on Thursday when KwaZulu-Natal finance MEC Belinda Scott presented the provincial budget to the KwaZulu-Natal legislature in Pietermaritzburg. 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing with Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

     7th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance... 

Stakeholder engagement key to African development success

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2017 Capital for development ebbs and flows with global economic cycles, pushing to the fore the need for long-term regulatory security when it comes to multinational miners developing projects in Africa, said Ashanti Gold CEO and director Tim McCutcheon during a panel discussion on Africa’s mining... 

Engen continues to build future leaders in the Eastern Cape

     6th March 2017 The 2016 class of the Engen Maths and Science Schools achieved an impressive 94% pass rate, up 5% from last year’s average of 89%, with 70% of learners attaining a Bachelor pass. The Engen Maths and Science Schools are a national initiative that seeks to address key skills shortages in the... 

Atlas Copco supports World Cancer Day

     3rd March 2017 Atlas Copco South Africa acknowledged World Cancer Day (4 February), by hosting Reynolda Makhutle from Cancer Vive, a three-times cancer survivor who shared her experiences with staff members at the company’s Jet Park head office on Friday, 3rd February, 2017. Members from Cancer Vive live with... 

Full Steam Ahead For Grade 11 Maritime Economics Learners!

     3rd March 2017 There was much excitement on Wednesday this week at five schools in the greater Durban area when a brand new Grade 11 Maritime Economics textbook was distributed to learners by author Balungile Masuku, together with representatives from African Marine Solutions Group (AMSOL), the project sponsor.... 

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