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Wits’ Lee Berger named in TIME 2016 list of world's most influential people

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st April 2016 University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) professor Lee Berger has been added to the 2016 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s yearly list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Berger is an award-winning palaeoanthropologist, researcher, explorer, author and speaker from the Evolution Studies... 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and Wits, have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience and a premium academic qualification. 

Wits, Unilever to pioneer practical work training for engineering students

By: Natalie Greve     19th January 2016 In the first corporate-academic partnership of its kind, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever South Africa and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have announced a collaborative skills development programme that aims to provide promising engineering students with practical work experience... 

Dearth of top-level software engineers reducing number of information technology projects

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2015 A shortage of software engineers is leading to fewer information technology (IT) projects in private and public sector organisations. This also places a dampener on the economy, as IT is an integral part of business and civil service, says University of Witwatersrand (Wits) Johannesburg College... 

Students reject 6% cap on fee increase, call for 0% increase

By: News24Wire      21st October 2015 Protesting students have rejected a proposed 6% cap on university fee hikes for 2016 and have demanded a 0% increase. The revised increase was agreed on by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande and vice chancellors, ahead of a possible nationwide protest on Wednesday. 

Selecting the right training provider: Wits gives you the edge 

     19th October 2015 The South African skills landscape changed radically when the various Skills Development Acts were promulgated in the 1990’s. One of the effects was that informal and non-formal training were being recognised as a valued part of skills development.  

Black Business Council appoints new CEO 

     15th September 2015 The Black Business Council (BBC) has appointed Mohale Ralebitso CEO, effective October 1. Ralebitso, a BA Honours graduate from the Queens College City University of New York, in the US, also completed a Senior Executive Programme in 1999, which was a joint initiative of the Harvard Business... 

Eskom's role in nuclear plan reviewed 

By: News24Wire      31st July 2015 Cabinet ministers are reviewing their decision to grant Eskom the ownership and operational rights of the proposed nuclear build programme, said the energy department's Deputy Director General Zizamele Mbambo. Mbambo, addressing a  seminar on South Africa’s nuclear build programme at the Wits... 

Mboweni joins Wits as honorary professor 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th July 2015 Former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni will join the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) as an honorary Professor in the School of Economic and Business Sciences, from August 1. He was also recently appointed as nonexecutive director of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, or... 

IBM’s R700m equity equivalent investment programme kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2015 The first leg of one of South Africa’s largest equity equivalent investment programmes (EEIP) aimed at bringing a research hub to the nation’s shores along with enterprise and deep skills development was officially implemented on Wednesday. The launch of an enterprise development programme marked... 

New dinosaur from South Africa gets Sesotho name

By: RDM News Wire      25th June 2015 South African and Argentinian palaeontologists have named a 200-million year old dinosaur from South Africa‚ “Sefapanosaurus”‚ from the Sesotho word “sefapano”. The researchers from South Africa’s University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University)‚ and from... 

Chemicals personnel undergo skills training

By: Dylan Slater     20th March 2015 Chemicals production staff from chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals recently underwent a 12-month training programme, provided by the Institute for Quality Education Training and Development, to further their skills sets, the company tells Engineering News. 

Parly disruptions destabilise policy making – economist 

By: Sapa     13th February 2015 The disruptions in Parliament while President Jacob Zuma delivered his eighth State of the Nation address on Thursday night were an attempt to disrupt and destabilise policy making, an economist said. "The ugly scenes in Parliament which disrupted the State of the Nation, shows that there are... 

Instilling critical thinking into business leaders

By: Bruce Montiea     12th September 2014 The TopMBA Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014 ranks the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Business School (WBS) at number two in the Africa and Middle East region. School head professor Steve Bluen says one of the reasons why the business school manages to place so high in the... 

Miners pouring millions into education and training 

By: Anine Kilian     5th September 2014 Education and training are integral to South Africa’s mining sector and contribute to the industry’s objective to be safer and more profitable, which is why mining majors continue to invest millions of rands in education and skills training. However, the investment does not always yield the... 

HESS measurement strengthening Namibia CTA bid

By: Leandi Kolver     11th July 2014 The Namibia-based High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) recently measured pulsed gamma rays in the southern sky from ground level for the first time, strengthening the country’s bid to host the world’s largest gamma ray telescope, the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), the University of the... 

Water scientist disputes NGO’s claim of Mintails' criminal noncompliance

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2014 Environmental risk analyst Dr Anthony Turton has vehemently denied claims by independent environmental organisation the Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) that tailings extractor Mintails has not complied with the terms of its water-use licence (WUL) and other environmental... 

Negative correlation between school proximity to mine and pass rates – report  

By: Natalie Greve     23rd May 2014 Despite the implementation of several multimillion-rand education investment programmes by mining majors in the platinum belt, the results of a 2013 research study released on Friday have revealed that there is a strong negative correlation between the proximity of a school to a mine and maths... 

Tailings extractor invests R1.5bn in long-term mine dump rehabilitation

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th March 2014 South Africa-focused tailings extractor Mintails has, to date, invested R1.5-billion into its mine closure operations and expects to spend an additional R85-million on closure costs by the time it ceases its planned operation in the next 20 years. Addressing the media on Wednesday during a site... 

Climate change impacts cyclone prevalence and citrus production

     28th March 2014 South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by topical cyclones within the next 40 years, report researchers from the University of the Witswatersrand (Wits). PhD candidate at the university’s school of geography, archaeology and environmental studies Jennifer Fitchett,... 

Sangqu to join Implats as executive director

By: Leandi Kolver     17th January 2014 JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) on Friday announced the appointment of former Xstrata South Africa executive director Andile Sangqu as sustainability and risk group executive, with effect from March 1.  

Sibanye bids R407m for Wits Gold

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2013 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye Gold has made a R407-million bid to acquire 100% of Wits Gold, in a deal that could “give life” to the gold junior’s assets and secure the future of Sibanye’s Beatrix mine. The R11.55-a-share offer, for which a December 10 implementation agreement was executed on... 

Wits Gold secures future for projects with Sibanye transaction

     11th December 2013 The Wits Gold board of directors announced today that it has signed an implementation agreement with Sibanye Gold (Sibanye), in terms of which Sibanye will acquire the company’s entire issued ordinary share capital for a cash consideration of ZAR11.55 a share to become the registered and... 

Johannesburg launches the second phase of the Rea Vaya BRT system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Following protracted negotiations between city officials and taxi association leaders, the City of Johannesburg last month rolled out the second phase of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system, in Johannesburg. 

Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system Phase 1B, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th October 2013 The City of Johannesburg has rolled out the second phase of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system. 

Wits Gold confident of attracting cornerstone investor 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2013 JSE- and TSX-listed gold explorer turning producer Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Resources (Wits Gold) is confident of being able to begin gold production at the Burnstone mine in the next 18 months. The company is also confident of attracting a cornerstone investor to fund not only Burnstone... 

Aerospace centre plans to expand human capital development support

By: Carina Borralho     13th September 2013 The National Aerospace Centre (NAC) reports that it is planning to expand its skills development programmes by deploying them at more universities throughout South Africa to ensure the growth of skills development in the industry.  NAC acting director Philip Haupt says the centre plans to... 

Replace site-by-site mine rehab with regional regeneration – CSIR

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2013 Holistic regional economic hub building needs to replace the current site-by-site approach to mine rehabilitation and far more productive post-mining landscaping needs to be implemented, new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) natural resources and the environment executive... 

Wits Gold completes drilling programme at Free State project

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th December 2012 xplorer and developer Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold (Wits Gold) has successfully completed an initial three-borehole geotechnical drilling programme for the positioning of shafts at its De Bron-Merriespruit (DBM) project, in the Free State. As part of the DBM final feasibility study, the... 

SA gold companies sign deal with three unions

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2012 South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA on Thursday agreed to a new pay structure for the gold mining sector, which was hit hard by wildcat strike action. The unions and the Chamber of Mines (CoM), representing gold producers AngloGold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony,... 

AngloGold third-quarter output falls, fires 12 000 striking workers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th October 2012 Gold producer AngloGold Ashanti on Wednesday reported a third-quarter production loss of between 40 000 oz and 70 000 oz of gold owing to the wildcat strikes by 35 000 workers countrywide. Gold production during the three months to September reached 1.03-million ounces, compared with the... 

Engineering students construct 200 ℓ/d biodiesel plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st September 2012 The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Engineers Without Borders – Wits student society started construction of a small-scale biodiesel plant this month. Wits third year chemical engineering student Robert Louw and numerous other engineering students have been researching small-scale... 

Institute organises international conference

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The International Institute of Welding (IIW) Regional Congress, organised by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), will be held on November 7 and 8 at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg. The theme of the congress is ‘Advancing science and technology of welding in sub-Saharan Africa’,... 

Airbus, NAC sponsor 12 aerospace research students

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2012 Airbus and the National Aerospace Centre (NAC) on Thursday said that a joint bursary programme has been extended to include 12 new students in 2012. The programme, which aimed to support human capital development, awarded the bursaries, valued at R1-million, to students from Stellenbosch... 

Wits Gold to raise additional funding before December

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th August 2012 Explorer and developer Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold (Wits Gold) on Wednesday said that it would require additional financing to complete further feasibility studies at its De Bron-Merriespruit (DBM) project. The company would raise between R100-million and R150-million of additional funding... 

Nuclear programme aims to create thinkers, problem solvers

By: Sashnee Moodley     24th August 2012 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) School of Physics has already taken steps to make it possible for students to enter a career in the South African nuclear new build programme, envisaged by government through the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), by means of a BSc Nuclear Sciences and... 

Gautrain mulls aligning operating hours with province’s ‘vibrant nightlife’

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2012 The possibility of running later operating hours on Fridays and Saturdays between the Gautrain end-points of Park station, in Johannesburg, and Hatfield station, in Pretoria, has been mooted to enable users to partake in the vibrant nightlife of the two cities, says Gautrain operator Bombela... 

As Wits turns 90, it sets sights on being a top-100 varsity by 2022

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2012 South Africa’s renowned University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is celebrating its nintieth year of existence this year and is using the milestone event to plan for the future – a future that builds on the institution’s academic and research heritage in a way that enables it to navigate the... 

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